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The Benefits of Inequality

Uberbah not mutually exclusive terms (253 comments)

Which is why we don't actually have a democracy, we have a republic

People who repeat this talking point don't understand republics or democracies.

yesterday
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Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

Uberbah Re:Pretty obvious (114 comments)

Thing is, red light cameras catch people who are entering an intersection on red, which is illegal, dangerous, and inconsiderate

Unless the yellow light times were deliberately shorted in order to write more tickets while making the roads LESS safe by increasing rear-end collisions. This is not news.

There is no question of balancing rights and improvement in traffic conditions.

But of course there is, and that's even allowing the conflation of going through an intersection that's just turned red with going through an intersection where the cross-traffic has already started.

yesterday
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Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

Uberbah Re:First post (266 comments)

There is ZERO evidence that a trial would not be fair.

Do something about that willful ignorance: read up on the Espionage Act, the torture of Chelsea Manning, and Obama's unlawful command influence. Then try again.

Compared to what other system? Russian courts? Mexico?

You'd take your chances at Russia or Mexico over genpop in Ft. Leavenworth for the rest of your life.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Uberbah Re:Confusing the issue (337 comments)

It has HDMI out using standard Micro USB which doesn't exist on the iPad, and which seems to be missing from a lot of Android offerings.

Dur wha? Video out on iDevices predates the iPhone, much less the iPad. You do need an adapter cable, but until the Surface gets a full HDMI port you'll still need an adapter.

or extend your display.

Now there's an actual distinction and a difference.

about a week ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Uberbah Re: And so it begins... (252 comments)

Have you considered Colon Blow to treat that uptight pedantic Hatorade?

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Uberbah Re: And so it begins... (252 comments)

Not fluff, just a bit anti-climatic after resolving both the situation on Earth and the Shadow War. The telepath war was a BFD but it took time to build up the story.

about two weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

Uberbah Re:Interesting (322 comments)

butterfingers. posting to undo a downmod that was supposed to be an upmod.

about two weeks ago
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Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

Uberbah Re:Obvious and Intuitive (171 comments)

Let's see... I want to spend ã10 on some music. So I go to the iTunes Store. Find a song that I like, click on buy, and I'm asked to enter the password for my AppleId.

That's what online Shopping Carts are for. Or when buying stuff on Newegg do you click the "Checkout" button for each individual item?

about two weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:child casualties (868 comments)

Why the fixation on a propaganda video when the issue is there is no place in Gaza far from people?

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:child casualties (868 comments)

No, seriously, what part of "there is no place in Gaza that isn't close to civilians" do you not understand? You look at a map and at population densities.

Your finely thought out and worded retort (summary: "I'm not, you are!"), along with your completely irrelevant and dysfunctional comparison to the unjustifiable attacks of 9/11 provide insight into why you hold the position of being an apologist for terrorists, and lead me to suspect the you have blah blah blah blah blah

You could have just said "yes, I'm a depraved racist because civilian deaths are only justifiable when they happen to be brown people" and saved yourself a lot of typing.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:100% Israeli Propaganda (868 comments)

Big non sequitur. Again, claiming that Israel is responding to Hamas rockets is a falsehood when even Israeli officials admit it's the other way around.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:Ok: you have everything backwards. Everything. (868 comments)

The point isn't that Hamas hasn't fired any rockets, the point is the claim that Israel is responding to rocketfire is a falsehood, when even Israeli officials admit it's the other way around.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Just imagine - for five seconds what our response would be if, instead of illegals, Mexico decided to lob rockets at us.

I'll imagine, for five seconds, that this willfully ignorant talking point making the rounds wasn't debunked propaganda. Nope. can't do it.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

if hamas had tanks and were strapping women and children to the front of them, would you still consider it a warcrime for israel to shoot the tanks? it's hyperbole, but i'm pretty sure it's analagous in the right ways.

Was Israel using "human shields" by having uniformed, active duty soldiers using buses for transportation? You know, the buses hit by suicide bombers....or does the "human shields" line only apply to brown people of certain religions?

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re: Radicalization (868 comments)

Projection much? Should the Israelis give up any and all human rights before the recognize the right of the Palestinians to exist? You're also flatly ignoring the fact that Arabs living in the West Bank are living under a system of Apartheid, which denies them the right to travel or vote, whether or not they accept the legitimacy of European immigrants taking their land by force.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

So your solution is that the Israelis roll over and succumb to Hamas rocket fire and tunnel attacks instead?

No, the solution is to not repeat Bibi's Bullshit Propaganda that is debunked if you bother to check with Israeli officials or media. Not only had Hamas faithfully held to the cease fire since 2012 - despite constant IDF attacks - it was arresting those who had.

because Hamas was also attacking Egyptian soldiers in support of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's violent resistance to it's overthrow

So now Hamas are also bad people for resisting a violent coup to overthrow an elected government and the resulting, brutal junta? Gotcha.

Gazans have made enemies with both their neighbours with persistent violent action and that's led to their isolation

You left out the Short Skirt while explaining how they were Asking For It. Do you have any posts that aren't sagely repeating western propaganda as if it were fact?

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Checkpoints. Well, once upon a time there were no checkpoints and people were free to move about. Then the Arabs started taking advantage of this freedom to enter Israeli cities with explosive belts and blow up buses. Hence the checkpoints.

Lets see...first, you're ignoring the Israeli violence that precipitated the bus bombings. Secondly, uniformed Israeli soldiers used those buses for transportation. Using Israeli reasoning, that makes the buses valid military targets (since the IDF bombs anything they claim has anything to do with Hamas) and the Israeli government a bunch of soulless terrorists for using the bus passengers as "human shields".

Sea/air ports. All was open and free until Hamas started firing rockets at Israel and importing weapons from Iran.

Lets see...that's a lie. Even Israeli official will tell you that Hamas had, unlike Israel, been observing a cease fire prior to IDF dropping bombs on Gaza. Not only that, Hamas was arresting those who were firing rockets.

Continued occupation of their land. Sorry to inform you, but there has never been such a thing as "Palestinian Land"

Sorry to inform you, but that's a pile of racist bullshit. Just because the people of Palestine didn't have a flag doesn't mean there hasn't been a place called Palestine or a Palestinian people.

The Arab cities in the West Bank are under their own civil control, no one is confiscating land from Nablus.

Other than the constant land confiscations for "parks" or "building code violations", to make way for taxpayer-funded apartments for squatters. Oh, and there's that little system of Apartheid, of course: no right to vote, no right to travel on "Jewish roads", no right to intermarry, and so on.

In recent centuries the land (which the Romans named Palestine as a propaganda tactic - perhaps the most successful in history) was under Turkish rule, British mandatory rule, Jordanian and Egyptian military occupation, and today Israeli occupation in the West Bank.

So if the Romans, the Turks, the British or the Egyptians had wiped out the "continuing Jewish presence" in the area, you would have been okay with that because said Jews were under the thumb of another empire and had no flag of their own? Do you guys think through these talking points at all before regurgitating them?

Hamas rules over 100% of Gaza, and Israel isn't occupying or confiscating any of that

Israel utterly dominates the borders of Gaza, travel to and from Gaza, and what goes into or out of Gaza. Remember when they murdered Americans and Turks for bringing the well known terrorist weapons of food, medicine and shoes to the people living in Gaza? Guess what, Slick, that makes it an occupation.

Perhaps you should ask your leaders why, when Israel repeatedly offered to withdraw from almost the entire West Bank in exchange for peace, they refused, launching more and more horrific terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.

Big Lies, again. All of Israel's territory grabs in the West Bank and Jerusalem are illegal and always have been. All of them. Despite that, Palestinians were willing to make massive concessions in return for their own state and and end to Apartheid. Israel kept moving the goalposts and taking all the water, though.

Perhaps you should also ask your leaders why, in 1967, when there was no Israeli occupation at all, they attacked Israel rather than live in peace alongside it?

A bigger and more pathetic liar. Israel started the 1967 war with a sneak attack on the Egyptian Air Force. Their excuse was - after their claims that they were the ones who were attacked first fell apart - that it was to stop the Egyptian blockade of the Straits of Tiran. But guess, what, Slick: by Israeli reasoning that means that any and all attacks in response to the blockade of Gaza are justified.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

The reason they haven't done it is simple; it's not their stated goal and it never has been.

Other than the frequent calls from high-level Israeli officials for a Final Solution for the Palestinian "problem", of course. No, the only reason they haven't killed every Palestinian who refuses to get off Palestinian land for the benefit of the Zionist project is the fact that even Israel's sugar daddy, the United States, would have to respond with force.

That's not islamophobia; it's history.

It's not antisemitism, it's Zionist entitlement for land that hasn't been theirs for thousands of years.

On the other hand, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood etc have jihad and extermination of the Jews in their charter.

That talking point has been making the rounds, lately. The problem with a big lie, though, is that repeating it doesn't make it true, it just makes you a bigger and more pathetic liar.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:Israel lied about bombing the UN school. (868 comments)

It's amazing how Hamas is responsible for where every unguided gunpowder rocket lands (even if they're arresting the people that actually fire them), but Israel has no responsibility for where their precise munitions land. Sure, they can hit a dime on the ground two kilometers away, but it's just too much to expect them not to hit schools and hospitals, sometimes multiple times!

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Uberbah Re:Don't allow missils to be fired... (868 comments)

You might remember that the author is affectionately referred to as Charles Kraphammer for a reason. Israel "negotiated" a cease fire with Egypt, who, as you know, they aren't at war with. It's like your neighbor coming across your property line to beat the shit out of you, and then making an agreement to stop beating the shit out of you with your other neighbor across the street. Oh, and then demanding that you give up almost half your remaining property for a buffer zone in response to a conflict he started.

about three weeks ago

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