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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

clarkkent09 Re:Always a chuckle (117 comments)

That's pretty much what's happening here. Robocoin will hardly prosper by providing a "service" like this and getting sued for breach of contract. In fact that's how the world works in general except where companies are granted special privileges by the government.

about two weeks ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

clarkkent09 Re:Always a chuckle (117 comments)

Libertarians never said disputes or fraud don't happen in business. That's what courts are for.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

clarkkent09 Re:Fine! (365 comments)

Pardon the mess from typing on a cell phone and not previewing but hopefully you get the idea.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

clarkkent09 Re:Fine! (365 comments)

You don't have to break up the country, you just give more power to the state and local governments. Lots of small countries leads to all kinds of inefficiencies regarding trade, customs, defense, law enforcement, immigration etc etc. Just look at the complicated mess called European Union. In fact what they are trying to create with enormous amount of trouble and complications, is not very much unlike what we used to have, a weak fed (because of the difficulty of getting 27 sovereign countries to agree to anything) is what we already (used to) have: federal government with certain specific powers that make sense for it to have and everything else decided at the local level.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

clarkkent09 Re:Fine! (365 comments)

Less power to the government as per the Constitution. Yes we need the government to provide a court system, enforce the law, defense and a lot of other things and. since we have to pick them somehow, yes we need the democratic elections. But less involvement in every detail of our life by the government, the less opportunity for the tyranny of the majority and the corrupt politicians who control it.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

clarkkent09 Re:Fine! (365 comments)

That's pretty ignorant of what the Tea Party stands for. Yes there are plenty of Republicans who are pro-crapitalism (crony capitalism) but the libertarian wing of the party are against corporate welfare. Actually when both Dems and Republicans voted for corporate bailouts it was Tea Party congressmen who voted against.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

clarkkent09 Re:Fine! (365 comments)

You don't get a choice when government is involved. 51% votes for stupid things 49% has no choice, that's the problem with big government.

about 1 month ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

clarkkent09 Re:I'm gonna go with (200 comments)

Really, the US police only investigates crimes if reported by wealthy people!? I don't know what kind of parallel universe you live in.

about 1 month ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

clarkkent09 Re:I agree, 100% (478 comments)

Ah I see, you are talking about collective "liberty", i.e everybody has to do what 51% of people decide, and I am talking about individual liberty.

about a month ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

clarkkent09 Re:I agree, 100% (478 comments)

I thought liberals are about heavy regulation, not about the freedom to choose.

about a month ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

clarkkent09 Re:I agree, 100% (478 comments)

He may not have specifically called for euthanasia but its not hard to read between the lines.

"[old age] robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world." In the article he even has a chart showing and what age people contribute the most to society (apparently all contribution ends at 60!?).

During the debate about Obamacare he was proposing rationing of healthcare based on age and disability and that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, "as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others".

To me, "progressive" "liberals" like this guy, who think that the purpose of individuals is to serve the society rather than the other way around, are a living example of why collectivism is evil. It is not a long way from thinking like him to Gulag.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

clarkkent09 Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (981 comments)

Iran is not a democracy. Iran is a theocratic dictatorship run by the Ayatollah and the mullahs surrounded by a ridiculous complicated system designed to superficially resemble a democracy.

I don't know about you personally but I notice a miserable failure of perspective in many people in the west especially on the left. It seems that a lot of the same people who throw a fit and scream fundamentalism when some Christian group in the US pathetically tries to insert a disclaimer in some book about evolution or put up a religious monument on public land will happily give a pass to countries that are frigging controlled by religious clerics at the highest posts in government and with elements of Sharia as the law of the land! Iran has laws on the books right now that cause women to be arrested and whipped for not covering their head. Thieves are still getting amputations as punishment, woman's testimony is legally worth half of man's testimony, and a woman needs a written permission from a male in her family to work outside the house or travel, adultery and homosexuality is punishable by death etc etc. A lot of Iranian legal system is straight from Sharia. Apparently stoning to death (using small stones to prolong the suffering) was on the books until 2010.

Name a major Islamic country other than Turkey which has a meaningful separation of church and state, and even in Turkey that separation is crumbling under assault from the Islamists.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

clarkkent09 Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (981 comments)

Typos are not interesting. A wannabe grammar pedant who confuses "as well" and "either" is ... well, not interesting either (or is it "as well", genius?)

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

clarkkent09 Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (981 comments)

Let us not forget that there's nothing inherent to either Christianity or Islam when it comes to fundamentalism. Christianity generated the Crusades, after all...

I think that's an example of cultural relativism that is as dangerous to the West as the people who are anti-math or anti-science. It is part of the deluded unscientific mythology of the left just as intelligent design is on the right.

There are obvious differences between Christianity and Islam that make Christianity able to coexist with a modern secular state while Islam is showing all over the world that it can't. For example Sharia is a comprehensive legal framework that observant Muslims are supposed to put above the secular laws (you know the ones brought about by a democratic process). There is no such thing in Christianity.

Also, Jesus mythology beats Muhammad mythology hands down as an example to follow (regardless of how much if any of it is true). Jesus' teachings were generally peaceful and kind and never attempted to spread Christianity by force, preferring to suffer himself instead. Muhammad slaughtered and enslaved thousands, explicitly permitted murder, stealing and lying (as long as directed against non-Muslims), kept 13 wives, including a 9 year old one, in addition to sex slaves.

Yes, there are obvious differences in the implementation at the present time which can possibly change: can you imagine the Pope leading a frenzied crowd in the St. Peters square in chants of "death to infidels" the way legitimate Muslim leaders do, rather than urging them to love and respect their neighbor? But there are also many doctrinal differences that make Islam more dangerous which is why in literally every place in the world where Islam is in contact with another civilization there is conflict. Just look at the map.

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

clarkkent09 Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

I wonder with 4 million voters who tend to overwhelmingly prefer Labour to Tories gone will Labour eventually cease to be a factor in the UK elections? UKIP: right, Tories: centre-right, Lib Dems: centre-left, Labour: loonie left.

about a month ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

clarkkent09 Re:This isn't scaremongering. (494 comments)

What will UK be called if Scotland secedes? United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland?

about a month ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

clarkkent09 Re:People like you... (643 comments)

Ok, so here are some counter arguments to cop cameras:

1) Officer discretion is gone. Jay walking? Have a tiny amount of pot? Prosecute everything since it's on camera and cop might conceivably get into trouble if he lets it go.

2) Potential for privacy invasion. The cameras don't just record the cops actions, they record everything in their line of sight. 800,000 cops in the US = 800,000 cameras on the street and inside people's houses with data stored on government servers.

3) Slippery slope. If you can put camera on cops, why not put them on other government employees? How about post office workers - mail theft is a serious crime. How about private sector employees.

4) More criminals let out on a technicality. This footage is a gift to the Saul Goodman type lawyers who can now pore over every single thing an officer does or says.

5) Cops are people too. How would you like wearing a camera on your job? Would you behave differently? Idk, I think this has subtle implications on good officer retention and also performance as they avoid every even smallest risk in everything they do.

This is more or less off the top of my head. There are probably many more. I'm not even saying we shouldn't do it, but it's ridiculous to say this is obviously a good idea, no discussion necessary.

about 2 months ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

clarkkent09 Re:Edward Snowden's Plan B? (167 comments)

It's a place to put enemy combatants to whom you don't want to allow the status of POWs (which they are not under international law) but at the same time you don't want to give them access to the US court system by charging them as common criminals (which realistically they also are not as they are waging war on the US). Not really a bad idea.

about 3 months ago
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Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

clarkkent09 Re:next... (167 comments)

Realistically, no. Russia is a capitalist country dependent on global capital and trade. It cannot afford to cut itself off like it thought it could when it was USSR and had a lot of satellite countries to buy its crappy goods.

about 3 months ago

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Google down?

clarkkent09 clarkkent09 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

clarkkent09 (1104833) writes "Last night I couldn't connect to gmail from a friend's computer or from a phone and thought that was strange. This morning from home I am trying again still not working: "The server at www.google.com is taking too long to respond". I actually tried to google for any news on this .... but was forced to use other search engines instead and can't find anything. Am I the only one with this problem?"

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