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Comment Re:No one will be ruled by Trump even if he wins (Score 1) 673

Technically speaking, Georgia didn't comply, in a sense that it admitted the decision to be valid. The people affected were pardoned, which is basically saying "you're still guilty, but we'll let you go just because". They did not repeal the law in question.

In any case, the president can push as far as they think they can get away with. In case of Trump, based on his track record and temperament, he might decide to push all the way into a genuine constitutional crisis. And what then? What happens if an executive issues an unconstitutional order, SCOTUS declares it such, but top of executive demands that it be carried out people under him anyway? In theory, that's when Congress is supposed to impeach; but will a Republican Congress actually do so? And even if it does, what if the president refuses to vacate? Push far enough, and this is something that could only be resolved by use of force. If both sides use it, we're talking about a coup, and potentially a civil war.

Comment Re:Horse Hockey (Score 1) 673

If the Russians wanted to help Trump, they would indeed do so - a week or two before the polls in November.

More likely is that they have enough materials to keep things interesting for the rest of the race by staggering the release. WL has already said they have more damaging DNC emails, for example. I wouldn't be surprised if they released them after Sanders finishes speaking today.

Comment Re:well well well (Score 1) 673

You know, I'm not a fan of Russia and Putin, to put it mildly. But this whole outrage about "OMG how dare they influence our elections!", coming from Americans of all people, is rich. USA routinely does it all over the world, much more openly at that - and on occasion, it even sponsored military coups to overthrow a popularly elected candidate that was the "wrong choice".

Also, if you're worried so much about said influence, how about you tell your party and your candidate to not do any stupid shit that they can be blackmailed with later? Or if they do, at least don't put it in writing, on a poorly secured email server?

Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 1) 673

I can assure you, based on what I've seen in the Russian government, you won't get many smart techies working there.

And while Russia doesn't have a Silicon Valley, US does, and it's not all that hard to immigrate when you're in this industry.

The reason why Wikileaks wouldn't be particularly interesting in Russia is because there's already abundance of information about corruption, excesses, and outright crime that is collected by activists from public sources. For example, the country's general prosecutor is now definitively known to have been in cahoots with a gang of criminals that terrorized an entire village into submission and paying them "protection money", and killed an entire family, including little children, to make a point to the others. Government's reaction? They called it all lies, and Putin personally made a point that the guy will stay.

Comment Re:This confirms my previous speculation (Score 1) 452

Personally, I agree. But I know too many people who are willing to take the risk of Trump just to stick a finger to Clinton and DNC. I think it's foolish, but nevertheless, if there are enough of them, it may just add up.

Of course, the other side has a similar problem. Which is why I think that it's basically a contest of who can motivate more to show up to vote against the other guy. And given the potential consequences, I'd rather not take chances, even when small quantities of votes are at stake. Brexit should be a lesson to us all.

Comment Re: as someone who is suffering from this... (Score 1) 246

Libertarianism is not just any limited government. It's government limited to those functions that are necessary to maximize individual liberties (or individual negative rights, to be more specific).

Libertarians also believe that all people, not just those that happened to be born in a "right" country, have said rights.

Now, go ahead and explain how government-sponsored economic protectionism (which borders are, at least in the context of this discussion) maximizes individual rights and liberties.

Comment Re:Anything incriminating? (Score 1) 452

Take this email, for example:

If this were two Hillary campaign staffers discussing it, it would be very sleazy, but not blatantly wrong.

The problem is that it's two DNC staffers. Since DNC effectively organizes the primaries on federal level, they're supposed to be neutral. Instead, we see people not only expressing a clearly non-neutral opinion on one of the candidates, but they are actually plotting to do something that would benefit one candidate by hurting another.

Contrasted with the official DNC claim that they were, indeed, neutral, this is pretty damning. Not illegal, most likely, but as far as reputation goes, it's going to hurt. And Clinton will be affected by it as well, simply because she was the beneficiary of it.

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