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Comment Re:love the subtle anti-brexit push (Score 3, Interesting) 96

There are a lot of people in the US and Britain who seem keen to minimize Brexit's effects, to the point where they seem unwilling to admit that because Brexit hasn't even happened yet (Article 50 hasn't even been activated yet, for goodness sake), the idea that the more dire predictions can be just dismissed seems pretty unsupportable.

My assumption is that Theresa May, for political reasons, is going to allow this uncertainty to do a certain amount of calculated damage to British economy. This will serve to finally undermine the "Bastards" in her party, and allow her to negotiate at least some access to the Common Market, which will inevitably entail some degree of freedom of movement for EU citizens. But first she needs to make sure Boris Johnson's reputation is ruined.

Comment Re:WHat I said on ars: (Score 3, Informative) 200

And what pray tell is Hillary going to be pardoned for? She's been investigated more than any candidate in US history, and if there was something to bring charges against her over, it would have happened by now. And if you think Trump is going to pursue charges, then you're nuts, because if Trump does that, then it would invite his successor, should that successor be a Democrat, to do the same to him, and so on and so forth. ]

You can safely abandon the Clinton criminal syndicate rhetoric now. She's not going to be President, Trump has won, so can we all just please move on..

And yes, Assange is a weasel. This has nothing to do with the US, which has never put out an arrest warrant for him and has never shown any actual desire to bring him into custody. Demanding clemency from people who have no obvious intention of even laying charges against him is ludicrous. His legal problems are with Swedish and British authorities.

Comment Re:Stop calling Snowden a whistleblower (Score 1) 200

Exactly. Probably the single biggest blow to Wikileaks, and the point where I think that organization jumped the shark, is that Snowden eclipsed it both in the extent of the leak, and in the fact that, whatever you think of Snowden, he worked with actual journalists

Comment Re:Can't say as I blame him... (Score 1) 200

Do you have some evidence of any "hardon"? There have been some pretty intemperate remarks from the US intelligence community about Assange, and obviously the current US Administration, not to mention quite a few lawmakers in both parties, don't like the man, but there's been no charges laid against him, no request for his extradition, indeed no legal proceedings at all. I've heard many a tale spun about how he's going to end up in some Third World hellhole with car battery leads tied to his testicles while a CIA operative takes notes, but since that sort of thing is thus far unevidenced conspiracy theory, I see no reason to give it any particular credence. He's wanted for questioning by Swedish authorities on allegations of rape, and wanted by the British police and the Home Secretary because he's a foreign national on British soil who is supposed to be extradited to Sweden and is currently evading arrest.

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 2) 200

I never got the impression that the Alt-right had any time for Manning. I was lectured yesterday by many Alt-righters here on /. on how Manning is mentally ill and that gender dysphoria is a fake disorder and so on and so forth. I'm beginning to get the sense that the Alt-right are filled with a lot of people whose world view could be charitably described as chaotic and disordered.

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 1) 200

The British put an arrest warrant out for him because he failed to convince the British courts that he shouldn't be returned to Sweden. At the moment, he's in violation of British court rulings saying he is to surrender and be sent to Sweden. The whole "the US is out to get me" has been Assange's attempt at misdirection since the rape accusations in Sweden came out, but no actual evidence that the US actually wants to take him into custody has ever been demonstrated.

The British government does not want Assange in the country at all, but rather wants to honor its agreements with Sweden and return a man residing on British soil who is wanted by Swedish prosecutors on suspicion of rape. The British courts deemed Sweden's request valid, and thus sought to detain Assange so that he could be turned over to Swedish authorities, and his flight into the Ecuadorian embassy is why the British government wants him now.

Comment Re:Yeah, not a surprise (Score 1) 200

I think there's the tiny matter of the British authorities prosecuting him for evading an extradition order. Even if Sweden decides not pursue the matter any further (and Swedish prosecutors seem to have little interest in helping him stay on his martyrdom pedestal), the British government is almost certainly going to throw him back in handcuffs, at least so long as it takes to throw him out of the country. Since the extradition order still stands, that means after what will doubtless be a brief stay in a British prison cell, he'll be shipped back to Sweden.

Comment Re:liar (Score 1) 200

So far there's no evidence that anyone was persecuting Assange. He was wanted for questioning, tried to convince British courts not to extradite him back to Sweden, and failing that jumped into the Ecuadorian embassy. Yes, it is true that if British authorities want to get their hands on him, because he is evading arrest and violating court order, and for that alone, even if Sweden decides not to pursue him, he's going to spend real time in a real prison. But that particular problem is one he created.

Comment Re:liar (Score 2) 200

What good would any line of credit do him? Short of Russia having teleportation technology, he has no way out of the embassy. The second he sets foot outside the door, British police will have the handcuffs on him. Money does him no real good, because there's nowhere to spend it. He's in a prison as it is, though perhaps a more commodious one than awaits him once the Brits get their hands on him.

Now maybe Trump will return the favor for Assange's help with the DNC email dump, but if I were Assange I wouldn't count on the incoming President feeling any great debt. Unless Assange has some juicy details sufficient to change Trump's mind, I'd say he's going to be in that embassy as long as Ecuador tolerates him. The fact that they shut off his Internet access after the DNC leaks says even their willingness to play along with him has its limits.

Comment Re:EVEN TILLERSON says it's real. (Score 3, Insightful) 187

A rain belt shift that sees the Midwest and the Plains become more and more drought prone is going to have a pretty major effect on a country of over 300 million people. This isn't just about having to build dikes in Florida or abandoning portions of its coastline, there are certain features of modern civilization that are built upon ready access to arable lands.

CO2 levels 80 million years ago are irrelevant to a feature of the planet that has only existed for the last 10,000 years; namely human civilization.

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