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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

amicusNYCL Re:Why only Americans are of concern ? (307 comments)

First off, who are the good and bad guys in Syria?

The good ones are the ones not fighting. The bad ones are the ones fighting.

You can stage an intervention unless this is established, and it's way too blurred at this point to determine the best side to back.

The "side" you back is the large group of people who are getting killed, not fighting back, and waiting for help. Those are the only people fit to rule anything. Anyone who has ordered an attack, or who has participated in an attack, should be held accountable and disqualified from any position of leadership. Instead, what is actually happening is that a new presidential election is scheduled for June. Bashar shouldn't have a problem winning that since he keeps killing the people who would vote against him. The current government is not fit to rule, and the people fighting the government are not fit to rule.

What can the world realistically do with Syria? If the US directly intervenes, people will say they're trying to act as the "world police" again and it'll be seen as an Arab world vs USA proxy war, which the US doesn't really need at this point. The UN is useless because countries like Russia will veto any attempt at a UN-backed military intervention due to their interest in selling arms to the Syrian government.

Yes, see my statement above about the world not really caring what happens there. Russia wants business as usual, China would rather just completely ignore it, and most of the rest of the world seems to think that it is the responsibility or desire of the US to invade another country. It's not the responsibility of the US, it's not the responsibility of the UN. It's the responsibility of the whole world to stop things like this from happening. But the motivation isn't there, because there is money to be made, or intervening might cause uncomfortable questions at home, or people don't want to send their soldiers there, or whatever the case may be. Like I said, no one really cares. This war has been going on for 3 years. The war started before Obama got re-elected. If the world cared about stopping it, then it would be stopped by now. Here's a list of a few other things that happened the same month the Syrian war started:

There were protests in Iran, and protesters got gassed and shot at.
There were protests in Jordan and Yemen.
There was a civil war in Libya, which culminated in Gaddafi's death.
Shahbaz Bhatti was assassinated in Pakistan.
Pope Benedict XVI (remember him?) exonerates the Jewish people for the responsibility for the death of Jesus.
Apple unveiled the iPad 2.
2 US airmen are shot and killed at Frankfurt Airport in Germany.
Obama signs a bill to stall the government shutdown for another 2 weeks.

Remember all that stuff? That was from only the first 2 days in March. A couple weeks later, Syria attacks its citizens, and they have been fighting ever since without any serious effort to get them to stop and give Syria a government that will work for the people instead of against them.

Ultimately the world is tired with wars and conflict all the time and are tired with the Arab world's complete inability to keep their shit in check and in peace. Apparently no-one really wants peace over there so they keep finding ways to push for conflict. The world can't do shit at this point - all that can be done is to wait for the war to finish on its own. It will eventually, even if Syria itself is completely destroyed in the process. Such is the nature of man.

That I can agree with. War in the Middle East will eventually end once Iran develops nuclear weapons and someone gets nuked. That's the way the fighting will end. Or, at least, stop for a little while before one tribe realizes that they hate another tribe.

2 days ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

amicusNYCL Re:Why only Americans are of concern ? (307 comments)

The US simply kill whoever they want, wherever they want.

Yeah, that's the beauty of the "Global War On Terror", right? The enemy is whoever the government says it is. They have no nation. The government can define "terrorist" however they want to define it in order to justify whatever they want to do. Oddly enough, most other countries seem to be (officially) ok with this. The US will only start to have a problem with it once other countries start using a definition of "terrorist" that includes a large group of Americans. But, as it is now, my government can call me a terrorist and kill me (or you), for reasons which they claim are classified. Hopefully this court order is the beginning of the end of that policy, although I doubt that. History shows that once our government gains a certain power or ability, they will do everything they can to keep it. If the policy is found to be illegal, then the solution will be to change the law to make it legal.

2 days ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

amicusNYCL Re:Why only Americans are of concern ? (307 comments)

So there is a difference between citizens versus other people?

Yes. In every country, even those with no military.

2 days ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

amicusNYCL Re:I am confused on this issue (307 comments)

Safety is less important than freedom and the constitution.

Myself and Ben Franklin agree with that statement.

2 days ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

amicusNYCL Re:No answer will be given (307 comments)

At least the next election with fix a hell of a lot.

I would put money down on the fact that this sentiment has been expressed ever since George Washington was in office.

Sorry, but whoever the president is doesn't really make a whole lot of difference. The same bullshit Congress is still going to be there, the same people playing the same game that has been played for decades. The only way to have any sort of lasting substantive change is to rewrite the rules for people in Congress, then remove everyone in there, ban them from being elected again, and put all new people in. Congress, not the president, makes the laws. All the president can do is reject them. If you want change and fixes then the problem is Congress, and the solution is to remove everyone there and replace them with people uninterested in playing the same game.

2 days ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

amicusNYCL Re:Why only Americans are of concern ? (307 comments)

There is a difference, however subtle, between a government killing its own citizens versus other people. Governments kill citizens of other countries all the time, that's called war. When a government is using its military to attack its own citizens, regardless of which government it is, then that is a major problem. Those governments are typically not seen as very legitimate in modern times. Syria is a good example of that. Syria is an interesting case though, the world doesn't seem to really care what's happening there.

It would be interesting to see the US government declared illegitimate by its people. I would support that, I know that I am not represented in my own government. If I contact my representatives I get a boilerplate response. If I try to meet with one of my representatives I get ignored. This country is definitely not a representative democracy or really even much of a republic, it is an oligarchy. The elite and wealthy are the ones with the real power, not the people in general.

2 days ago
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

amicusNYCL Re:The Harsh Light of Day (185 comments)

Well, Isaiah prayed and the widow's son was raised to life. And Jesus raised Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha. And Peter prayed for Tabitha, who was raised. And Paul prayed for Eutychus, and he was raised.

When was the last time that someone was resurrected days after they died because of the power of prayer? Surely such a thing would be well documented if it happened within the last several hundred years.

God is concerned about a human being promising to be faithful to another human being, and then breaking that promise.

How come he doesn't come down on people who get divorced? Is everyone sentenced to an eternity of suffering who has ever fallen out of love with another and then moved on?

Also, how the hell do you know what God is concerned about? Do you have a direct line? Can you suggest that, if he is actually an omnipotent omnipresent ruler, then maybe it would be a good idea to show up every now and then where we can actually see him, hear him, speak to him, and receive answers? If you were living in a city, and everyone told you that there is this set of laws that you need to live by, but the government that made the laws hasn't been around for the past several thousand years, and if someone breaks a law then the government doesn't come in and punish them and apparently nothing happens, are you really going to be concerned with following all of the laws? Or would you make your own set of laws that make sense to you and actually enforce them?

2 days ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

amicusNYCL Re:ASP? (188 comments)

They list .NET separately so I don't think they mean ASP.NET, but they also don't include ASP in their list of "legacy" languages.

That's right, according to them ASP and Java are new, and PHP is legacy.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

amicusNYCL Re:Mirror image (641 comments)

None of the 35 million Muslims in my city

Which city do you live in that has 35 million Muslims? Tokyo is not >95% Muslim.

about two weeks ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

amicusNYCL Re:Easy fix (322 comments)

The article claims that they check the antennas before and after each shift, so they would know as soon as one was missing, and give the bill to whoever had the car during that shift.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

amicusNYCL Re:What a joke (195 comments)

Not necessarily the worst PR so much as the worst customer relations. If a bank implemented some of the same business practices that EA was using for its customers then you would see a lot more financial problems and angry people.

It's also highly related to recent well-publicized incidents. You can see that with SeaWorld, for example. In 2012 I think EA won because of Mass Effect 3, and in 2013 it was because of SimCity. They haven't done anything lately to piss off a lot of people even though they're probably still using a lot of the same practices. Most of the banks seem to be keeping their heads down as well. Comcast, however, has been in the news.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

amicusNYCL Re:What a joke (195 comments)

A video game company that makes shitty games.
Giant banking and investment firms that literally rend the economy that results in massive layoffs.

Welcome to the same discussion about the Worst Company In America that has been going on for the last 3 years.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

amicusNYCL Re:Well excuse me... (1116 comments)

A majority of Californians recently voted against gay marriage.

That would be more accurate to say that a majority of people in California who voted supported a measure to ban gay marriage.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

amicusNYCL Re:It is like that rat poop coffee. (469 comments)

You're referring to the civet, more like a cat than a rodent. If you search for "cat poop coffee" you'll find all kinds of information that you probably would rather not know.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

amicusNYCL Re:Sorry about the loss of the magic (469 comments)

The Stradavari family had extraordinary skill, surpassing anybody else at the time.

This is not necessarily true. I am an expert in Wikipedia, and I can tell you that over history several other families of luthiers, including the Guarneri and Amati families, were considered to be the finest. However, at this particular period in history, the Stradivari family is seen as superior.

about two weeks ago
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Elite Violinists Can't Distinguish Between a Stradivarius and a Modern Violin

amicusNYCL Re:Time to add another layer of BS indirection: (469 comments)

A violin made in the 1700s is still worth a lot of money, it just doesn't sound any better.

about two weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

Thanks Phil. It would be interesting to see an analysis of the relative speed, it looks fairly difficult to do because it looks like the rock is coming in at an angle (although it's hard to tell without much of a frame of reference).

about three weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

Oops, you're not the GP. I didn't check the name, I don't know if you're a skydiver or not.

about three weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

You're missing the point. The skydiver is not at rest either. It is not traveling at the absolute speed of 300km/h, it is traveling 300 km/h faster than the diver. Go ahead and count the number of seconds between when he pops his chute, and when the rock flies by, and tell me if that is enough time for the rock to accelerate to a speed of 300km/h relative to the diver while still being above him.

What you're suggesting is that the rock would have had to have been launched directly upward at a relatively high velocity, in order for it to have time to come to a stop, then start accelerating downward such that, when it passed the slower diver, it was moving substantially faster than he was. There is not enough time for that to happen.

It's cool that you're a skydiver, I admire that, but these people have been looking at this for 2 years. The guy in question owns his own wing suit and other gear. The guy in question does not think it came from him. I hope you can respect his experience and acknowledge that your own experience does not necessarily outweigh his. Your'e not the only person with skydiving experience in this situation.

I acknowledge that, yeah, it's possible for a rock to be launched out of a chute if it was packed with the chute. But that's not the situation that I see in the video.

about three weeks ago
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

amicusNYCL Re:Ummm, probably not (142 comments)

While not the most newsworthy, the simplest explanation is the guy packed a rock in his parachute and god knows how he didn't notice when he packed but it wouldn't be the first rock to take make a skydive.

That's a long post, but it fails to address how the rock got to the speed of several hundred km per hour by the time it flew past him.

about three weeks ago

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