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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Guest316 Re:Repeat after me... (534 comments)

You can't have representatives of the State killing innocents and then just saying "Whoops, my bad" and then throwing money at the family.

Then you'll be pleased to know they don't do that. Rather, they give the representatives in question a paid vacation while the chief works out a version of the events that complies with department policies and returns a report that no evidence of wrong-doing was found.

As a bonus, they may find reasons to arrest and charge any survivors.

about a month ago
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California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods

Guest316 Re:So... (96 comments)

TFA also says the CDAA opposed it as well, for being "too vague." This could be a genuine issue. For one, it could have unintended secondary effects (such as being open enough to be abused in ways it was never intended), or itself be ruled unconstitutional for being too wide-sweeping in its vagueness. This is just speculation for now as I try to dig up more info.

For that matter, I'm not sure of the utility of a state law reaffirming the Constitution's constitutionality. But it could be interesting to see what this one dissenter is all about.

about 2 months ago
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Sony To Make Movie of Edward Snowden Story

Guest316 Re:Reserved Judgement (107 comments)

Well unfortunately, whether intentionally or not, by criticizing only one side you're implicitly exculpating the other by omission. Same had you only mentioned Bush, since both have played their parts in this issue. Not that I disagree with what you said, only that you may have muddied your message with that closing paragraph. Consider this a stylistic suggestion rather than an argument.

about 3 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Guest316 Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

I wasn't trying to imply that orcas aren't intelligent. My objection was over the irrelevant ranking.

about 3 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Guest316 Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

Yeah, the ad hominem was uncalled for. That doesn't make him right though. Cognition is a complex field, and "my species can beat up your species" serves no purpose in understanding either species.

And btw, orcas aren't near relations to dolphins, they are dolphins.

about 3 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Guest316 Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

Apologies for the insult, was pissed about something else when I came across your comment, and "x species is smarter than y species" is one of my pet peeves.

about 3 months ago
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Sony To Make Movie of Edward Snowden Story

Guest316 Re:Reserved Judgement (107 comments)

Aww, and you were doing so well right up until you had to do the red-vs-blue baiting.

about 3 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Guest316 Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

[citation needed]

I'd warrant that both are more intelligent than you, even though I know better than to suggest intelligence is a linear scale.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

Guest316 Re:He was merely fortunate... (141 comments)

Modded "Troll" for pointing out a couple facts? Never change, Slashdot.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

Guest316 He was merely fortunate... (141 comments)

...in that most of userland was already available freely for him to use, and BSD's free release was delayed by court cases.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Guest316 Re:Untested? (1198 comments)

Animals, most likely.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Guest316 Re:Hanging (1198 comments)

I can't imagine even a long drop hanging being painless. Think how it'd feel to have your shoulder knocked out of alignment, then imagine that sensation in your neck instead. Consider that the brain can survive for about ten minutes without oxygen, even if unconsciousness would come somewhat sooner. Breaking the neck simply cuts off the brain from the rest of the body and halts its movement--it doesn't instantly kill everything from the noose up.

I'm not interested in joining the death penalty debate, simply putting forth the notion that motionless does not equate painless.

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Guest316 "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" (1198 comments)

Nowhere it the Constitution are those rights declared. You're thinking of the Declaration of Independence. Life, liberty, and property can be taken away with due process of law, and nowhere are you guaranteed happiness or even its pursuit.

about 3 months ago
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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Guest316 Re:If they were interested in upholding the law... (173 comments)

They can be good in some situations, where the worker is someone with no real power and is easily abused. I'd rather not go on too much of a tangent here though, so it suffices to say the topic of unions is not a black-and-white situation.

about 3 months ago
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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Guest316 Re:If they were interested in upholding the law... (173 comments)

http://archive.9news.com/dontm...
http://www.coloradofop.org/ind...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Just one example. tl;dr: Officer shoots someone's dog after it was already restrained as shown on video, gets brought up on charges for it, union summarily declares him innocent of all charges and rallies all available LEOs to "show support" by turning up en masse to pressure the court. But they're totally not part of the problem amirite?

Seems some people are insane about excusing unions no matter what. But I appreciate that you believe I'm unable to fail. :)

about 3 months ago

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