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Comment Re:Ummm ... (Score 1) 7

The fascism is in the people who scapegoat third parties when their favorite party loses,

No. Not even close. Not unless you're using the term to mean "Anything I don't like" like some 1980s activist "Man, you can't MAKE me vote, that's fascism man!"

I agree it sucks we'll face the choice we're facing, but those are the breaks. In most elections I'd encourage third party voting if you really don't like the major parties - it sends a message that your vote is available if only the major party closest to you is willing to change a few policies and its behavior. In this case we have an actual fascist - that is, an authoritarian who's advocated shutting down criticism, who's supported violence against his opponents, and who is scapegoating minorities and advocating hate against them - running against an unappealing, but nonetheless democratic candidate, and the election is close, too close to be "sending a message" to the big 2.

Am I going to blame Stein voters for a Trump victory? No, I'm going to blame the Democratic establishment for nominating such a divisive uninspiring candidate. But I'm still going to encourage everyone in a swing state to vote for her, because Trump is terrible.

Comment Re:somewhere in between (Score 1) 7

I was making an analogy. I hate suburbia, but just because it would be easy to escape it via certain methods (for example, going to prison) doesn't mean that alternative is better. Just because Prison would be something I could escape to NOW doesn't mean if I reject it I'm blocked from escaping to, say, a city at a later date.

Likewise, putting a fascist in charge of the USA is a pretty extreme and negative way to get rid of the establishment. It might achieve it, but the results are unquestionably worse than the alternative, especially as "not replacing the establishment now" does not mean we'll be unable to in the future.

...of course, as I've said elsewhere, Trump isn't even "not the establishment". He represents, by and large, the people who are running the country, but feel threatened by others who want to finally have some say in how their government works. And Clinton? Well, she's one of the people who threatens them - but she's spent the last few decades trying to make herself part of it.

Whether she's succeeded or not depends on whether you think she is going to spend the next four years doing ordinary politics, or whether she's going to spend the entire time fighting bogus investigations from people who clearly think she's not a legitimate President.

Comment Re:Ummm ... (Score 1) 7

Nah, that's just the natural end point of a two party system. It's not fascism to have two parties you dislike dominate the polls, it just sucks.

I think the definition above is missing something, largely because it folds it into "right wing system of government" without recognizing that right wing is a large umbrella that covers a wide range of different, often opposing, points of view. Trump's support for violence against opponents, coupled with his racial scapegoating makes him Fascist, not any pro-war attitudes. He's not Hitler, but he's definitely a low rent Mussolini in some respects, and a full rent Mussolini in others.

Comment Re:Two types of laws (Score 2) 350

Not exactly a useful suggestion. Most traffic laws aren't about intent and if they were, not seeing a stop sign is not the same thing as not intending to roll past one. I can totally see someone whose brakes fail getting stop sign violation tickets thrown out of court, for example.

This case is typical of much of the anti-Clinton rumors we've seen lately. A germ of truth - that a Clinton employee might have asked Reddit for help to change email addresses on an exported file - has been whipped up into allegations that she ordered him to delete emails (not email addresses, emails), in some kind of attempt to cover something serious up.

Going back to the real allegation: OK, he asked to change email addresses on an export. So.... what's the scandal here? No seriously, those who aren't lying about what the allegation is are at least claiming it's evidence of evidence tampering - but what actually was tampered in such a way it would have materially affected an investigation?

What was he trying to do that would prevent Clinton from being criminally prosecuted? Anything at all? He's just changing email addresses in headers, not content. A single response to a message "From" Barack Obama that quotes the sent email as being actually "from" Colonel Gadaffi would be easily spotted.

The most likely reason the email addresses were changed was to prevent certain email addresses from becoming public.

Which is fine. No scandal.

We go through this bullshit every few months. Clinton's haters seem to be incapable of spending more than a few days without inventing some other crap. It sucks because we're probably going to spend the next four years seeing Clinton constantly investigated for non-issues, with government as dysfunctional as ever. It's part of why I'm reluctant to vote for her (but will, because I live in a swing state.)

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Journal Journal: What I think of you based on your politics 7

(0. You don't have the vote. Sit down, relax, and watch the fireworks I guess.)
1. You're voting for Trump because you agree with him or hate Clinton that much: You're probably a horrible person. You should definitely feel bad.
2. You're voting for Trump because you want to upend the establishment: I don't think you're very bright. Hey, I don't want to live in suburbia any more, but I'm not going to get out of it by committing a Federal felony and letting the FBI know. I'd rather bit

Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 5, Interesting) 266

That works/worked* in the car industry where a car that's twenty five years old isn't typically much less advanced than one twenty years old. But in our industry?

Commodore's problem was more that they took an age to substantially improve the Amiga and make those improvements available. The A500 was more or less an A1000 in a keyboard case and was still being sold as one of TWO Amiga models five years later. And the A2000, the other model, wasn't more powerful than the A1000 (or A500), it was just more expandable. In the same year they finally relented and released the A3000, a 32 bit Amiga, but priced it way out of consideration for most people.

None of this was the engineers' fault it should be pointed out. While it took a while to come up with a better base chipset to replace OCS/ECS, the engineers were still belting out some fantastic designs, most of which were squished by upper management. Commodore Management's response to the increasing obsolescence of their low end model wasn't to replace it with something better, it was to replace it, at the same price, with the A600, a machine that was worse in almost every respect (well, it did have an IDE interface...), and which had been designed as a replacement for the Commodore 64.

Had the A3000 replaced the A2000 in 1990, with a similar upgrade given to the A500, I think Commodore might have stood a chance.

* OK, there's a reason I put 20 years there and "worked" - the car industry is genuinely going through a development phase which is nice to see.

Comment Re:Would you rather they SHOOT YOU DEAD? (Score 1) 180

We also realize that that 96% - they are not the ones that end up shooting unarmed civilians.

No, but an overwhelming majority of them seem to be the ones who doctor their reports and lie in court to cheat justice for the 4% that end up shooting unarmed civilians. Most non-police wouldn't participate in coverups to let their co-workers get away with murder, yet every unjustified police homicide seems to have elements of a coverup surrounding it.

Obstruction of justice, perjury, and accessory to murder may not be quite as bad a crime as murder, but the enormous percentage of police who seem to be alright with committing them aren't "almost EXACTLY as honest as your average employed civilian". The police departments are either selecting for people more likely to cover up major crimes committed by fellow officers or they are training them to do so. That behavior is way more rotten than your ordinary person is comfortable with.

Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 0) 391

The summary is fine. Pepe the Frog is a beloved meme, check. Pepe has been recently adopted by the far right, check. The only thing wrong is the headline, which can easily be misread as meaning the ADL has made a blanket "All uses of Pepe are examples of Hate".

The biggest thing that's wrong is... well, Slashdot's readers. Give them something you can easily misunderstand, and they'll launch half cocked, often with an interpretation even more stupid than the obvious misinterpretation.

And, BTW, to the OP of this thread: the ADL is one of the oldest surviving and famous groups that fights anti-semitism. It's hardly obscure, and a quick Google search would have given you the answer.

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