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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

demonlapin Re:Militia, then vs now (1615 comments)

The amendment process for the Constitution is not for the faint of heart. The usual method is to have a 2/3 majority of both the houses of Congress pass the amendment, and for that amendment to be ratified by 3/4 of state legislatures. There is no way in hell that amendment would ever get through Congress, let alone the state legislatures.

5 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

demonlapin Re:Militia, then vs now (1615 comments)

Strict constructionists think that to change the meaning of the Constitution, you have to actually amend it. There's a process for that written right into it.

about a week ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

demonlapin Re:No problem! (163 comments)

My point is not that "overregulation is responsible for disasters"; my point is that "even overregulation does not prevent disasters".

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

demonlapin Re:No problem! (163 comments)

No, I'm juxtaposing can't and don't. When theory and reality diverge, which one needs to be updated?

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

demonlapin Re:No problem! (163 comments)

If your counting the number of articles and saying it isn't enough isn't a complaint about length, then what is it? Oh guru, tell me, how many articles does it take to properly regulate an oil industry? And if California - a wealthy, environmentally conscious state - can't do it adequately, then what hope do you have that anyone can?

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

demonlapin Re:No problem! (163 comments)

Government is not run by the Platonic ideal of disinterested technocrats; it is run by humans.

The fact that these regulations didn't work doesn't mean regulation can't, but it does suggest at the least that the ones they have should be scrapped as ineffective and replaced.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

demonlapin Re:No problem! (163 comments)

Are you seriously arguing that the quality of regulation should be judged by its length? Never mind that some of these 56 articles covering something less than 193 sections (some have been repealed, not going to bother going through them all) reference other sections, like this from section 6529:

Every employer shall implement confined space procedures in accordance with the provisions of the General Industry Safety Orders, Article 108.

Well, by your count that's one line, except that one line just embeds an entire set of other regulations.

Incidentally, if California - a wealthy state with a high-tax, high-service approach to government - can't design effective regulation, doesn't that tell us that pretty much nobody is going to come up with good regulations?

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

demonlapin Re:No problem! (163 comments)

If one of the wealthiest and bluest states in the country - cannot effectively regulate itself, then perhaps the problem is that regulations don't actually work very well.

about two weeks ago
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It's Time To Plug the Loopholes In Pipeline Regulation

demonlapin Re:No problem! (163 comments)

I find it difficult to believe that the oil industry in California is under-regulated. And yet all those rules failed to stop this leak.

about three weeks ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

demonlapin Re:"The state" has gone too far (405 comments)

... yeah, that was pretty much my point. The Puritans were really into you doing exactly what they said would bring about the "good of the many", as they interpreted it, and to hell with your ideas (and freedoms) to the contrary.

about 1 month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

demonlapin Re:What about private companies? (405 comments)

The major difference is that a private company can't arrest me and put me in jail. Government can.

about 1 month ago
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L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

demonlapin Re:"The state" has gone too far (405 comments)

If the state didn't have the power to do this stuff, it wouldn't matter whose interests it served. It's been almost 400 years, and we still have to put up with the damned Puritans' idiotic belief that you can make perfect human beings if you just swing the hammer of the state hard enough.

about 1 month ago
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Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

demonlapin Re:Relevant (96 comments)

I'm not talking about the pols, I'm talking about the population. Black society is very anti-gay, for example.

about 1 month ago
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Navy Database Tracks Civilians' Parking Tickets, Fender-Benders

demonlapin Re:Relevant (96 comments)

Mississippi is approximately 38% black, and routinely elects raging conservatives to every single national office. Some are Republicans, and some are Democrats, but every single one of them is nominally pro-life and anti-gay. The black ones much more so than the white ones, actually.

about a month ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

demonlapin Re:God (794 comments)

Whole Foods sells all manner of sugar-laden crap.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

demonlapin Re:$16B buys (144 comments)

A million fully refundable first-class round trips to Barcelona.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

demonlapin Re:Really though? (144 comments)

"Hey, hang out here and talk with us a bit, whether it works out or not we'll fly you to Barca in Zuck's private jet."

Really not a hard negotiation tactic.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp Founder Used Unchangable Airline Ticket To Pressure Facebook

demonlapin Re:How cute (144 comments)

I'll join the karma bonfire. Come on over to Soylent News and enjoy actual news for nerds.

about 2 months ago
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Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

demonlapin Re:Holy crap (268 comments)

4 was the one nobody used. DOS 5 actually had a lot of neat features that 3.3 and 4 didn't.

Also, fuck beta.

about 3 months ago

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How I choose my /. friends, or, Why did this idiot pick me?

demonlapin demonlapin writes  |  more than 9 years ago I'm reading through /. and, on any occasion that a political topic comes up, befriending people who oppose leftism. Doesn't mean I think you're a True Conservative (because I'm certainly not); doesn't mean I necessarily agree with you. It just means I think you're part of a badly underrepresented community here on the Dot, and I'm doing my little part to band some of us together. Think of it as a sort of net-only ProtestWarrior.

Anyway, look through my list of friends, and I'll look through yours. I don't plan to make any further posts to the Journal, so this will always be the top post. I'll check it once a week or so for comments.

Update: Heavy preponderance of low UID's here. Could be an interesting research project for someone - differences in political opinions based on when you first went online.

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