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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

MRe_nl Re:Winners don't use drugs! (439 comments)

Winners do whatever the fuck they want, and succeed at not getting addicted.

yesterday
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The Truth About Solar Storms

MRe_nl Re:One of many... (90 comments)

But Uncle Jerkov, I want go to Liberty City, in search of better life. Cousin Roman is living there with lots of money, sports cars, women and a mansion. Is better life than in Soviet Russia...

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

MRe_nl Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (873 comments)

"(He) tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane" =/ "Rape victim".

4 days ago
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Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

MRe_nl As I've said before (109 comments)

I don't mind my (local) government having some sort of file on me, (preferably no racial or ethnic information as you so rightly state) but I would rather have it on paper and in a wooden building, so if we're ever occupied or a dictatorship arises the files are relatively easy to destroy : ).

4 days ago
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Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

MRe_nl Maybe you should read the link you post? (109 comments)

Shortly after it was established, the Nazi military regime began to persecute the Jews of the Netherlands. In 1940, there were no deportations and only small measures were taken against the Jews. In February 1941, the Nazis deported a small group of Dutch Jews to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. The Dutch reacted with the February strike, a nationwide protest against the deportations, unique in the history of Nazi-occupied Europe. Although the strike did not accomplish muchâ"its leaders were executedâ"it was an initial setback for Seyss-Inquart as he had planned to both deport the Jews and to win the Dutch over to the Nazi cause. Before the February strike, the Nazis had installed a Jewish Council: a board of Jews, headed by Professor David Cohen and Abraham Asscher, who served as an instrument for organising the identification and deportation of Jews more efficiently, while the Jews on the council were told and convinced they were helping the Jews. In May 1942, Jews were ordered to wear the Star of David badges. Around the same time the Catholic Church of the Netherlands publicly condemned the government's action in a letter read at all Sunday parish services. Thereafter, the Nazi government treated the Dutch more harshly: notable Socialists were imprisoned, and, later in the war, Catholic priests, including Titus Brandsma, were deported to concentration camps. Of the 140,000 Jews who had lived in the Netherlands before 1940, only 30,000 (21%) survived the war. But the real picture was even worse than this suggests. The Netherlands had the highest Jewish death toll of any western European country. Of the approximately 107,000 Jews deported to the camps, only 5000 survived; a survival rate of less than 5%. On top of that, included in that number were about 900 Jews still in Westerbork at war's end and not in the same extremis as those deported. This high death toll had a number of reasons. One was the excellent state of Dutch civil records: the Dutch state, before the war, had recorded substantial information on every Dutch national. This allowed the Nazi regime to determine easily who was Jewish (whether fully or partly of Jewish ancestry) simply by accessing the data. More to the point, the Dutch attitude of "going along to get along" with the Nazis made many Dutch workers more or less willing collaborators in the effort.

Another factor was the disbelief of both the Dutch public as a whole and the Dutch Jews themselves. Most could not believe that the Jews would be subjected to genocide and sent to death camps. This meant the Jews needed to hide in others' homes, but that was difficult especially in urban areas. It was also punishable by death. Despite the risks, many Dutch people helped Jews. One-third of the people who hid Jews did not survive the war.

4 days ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

MRe_nl Regardless of your politcs (424 comments)

Those statements are factually incorrect.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

MRe_nl Hereditary=genetics? (157 comments)

Hereditary=genetics? What kind of a gross over-simplification is that? "Like in Humans, Genes Drive Half of Chimp Intelligence"? Genes don't drive human intelligence. They determine the upper and lower limits that can be achieved with proper nutrition, care and education and a multitude of other factors. More and more factors are being discovered everyday, each diminishing the role of genetics.
http://pss.sagepub.com/content...
http://www.apa.org/monitor/feb...

about two weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

MRe_nl Re: Jezus (364 comments)

Are you for a free internet?

about three weeks ago
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The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

MRe_nl Jezus (364 comments)

You're on a roll : ). And persistent.
But your spelling is getting better.
I guess you ran out of toads? ; ).

about three weeks ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

MRe_nl The only pre-order bonus (86 comments)

The only pre-order bonus you should ever give is a discount. I understand the will to preferably "sell-out" pre-order, but all you can really do is give a bigger pre-order discount. All other options are Pandora's boxes.
"Unlockables" should always be in-game content.
"Custom" should be reserved for skins/cosmetics, not content.

Just my 2 eurocent.

about three weeks ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

MRe_nl ANYwhere in the world (353 comments)

"He even suggested sending nasty messages on a condolence page set up for two female police officers shot dead in Manchester" this here will get you fucked up by the law. All the other stuff is just throwing whatever might stick at him in my opinion.

about three weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

MRe_nl Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

Most of the WASPS in the region have been replaced by DRONES; get with the program : ).

about three weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

MRe_nl Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

To be honest, under duress, any fanatic could easily be expected to lead an exemplary public life provided that he considered it important for the cause.

about three weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

MRe_nl Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

Unless, of course, you work for a multinational, are a serving member of the armed forces, you have traveled there and made friends, your forefathers came from the region, you still have family there, or lovers, you like to watch the news and have an inkling of an interest in international politics, history or economy it is indeed incredibly unlikely as an American citizen to be involved with anything happening in the Middle East.

about three weeks ago

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Stephen Hawking hospitalized

MRe_nl MRe_nl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MRe_nl (306212) writes "Stephen Hawking hospitalized, reported very ill LONDON — Cambridge University says that famed mathematician Stephen Hawking has been rushed to a hospital and is very ill. The university said Hawking has been fighting a chest infection for several weeks, and on Monday he was taken to Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge, north of London. The 67-year-old Hawking gained renown for his work on black holes, and has remained active despite being stricken with motor neurone disease as a young man. For some years, Hawking has been almost entirely paralyzed, and he communicates through an electronic device activated by his fingers."

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