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Bitcoin-Based Drug Market Silk Road Thriving With $2 Million In Monthly Sales

gambino21 Re:And in countries where it's legal? (498 comments)

I think the difference is that if you drink or do drugs in your living room, you are only increasing the risk for yourself. If you drink or do drugs while driving, then you are increasing the risk for yourself and others who do not wish to share your risk.

about 2 years ago
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Apple-Motorola Judge Questions Need For Software Patents

gambino21 Re:Oblig: TED Talk (372 comments)

Doctors don't need to know every drug everywhere. There is this thing called google where you can type in your symptoms and find out what drugs might be helpful. There are also reference books that a doctor could use to look up what are the appropriate medications for various problems. Or the primary care doctor could consult with a specialist if they are unsure about appropriate medications for a certain condition. I would much prefer my doctor determine the correct medication via a book or Internet search vs. a commercial.

more than 2 years ago
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'Inventor of Email' Gets Support of Noam Chomsky

gambino21 Please mod parent up (288 comments)

Thanks for articulating that very well. It actually takes some effort to analyze the facts and try to make a well reasoned argument. I guess that's why so many people take the easy way out to show themselves they are right, and just say something like "X is a crackpot, therefore don't listen to X".

more than 2 years ago
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Copyright Infringer Tries To Shut Down Reporting On Her Infringement

gambino21 Re:Please stop trying to scapegoat (418 comments)

[Lybian war] in a month, for under a billion dollars

Sounds like you are quoting the figures that were given before the war and didn't bother to check if that's how things actually played out. The war in Lybia lasted from March 31 to October 31, so it was more like 7 months. And wikipedia says 1.3 Billion spent just by the US. And now that Gaddafi is dead, everything is great there right? Not quite. There is still plenty of murder, torture, rape, etc. going on, probably worse that what was occurring under Gaddafi.

As far at the Republican criticisms being inconsistent, I won't argue with you there, but Obama has been at least as inconsistent as them on this issue given that during his candidacy he specifically said the president does not have the power to do what he did in Libya.

more than 2 years ago
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Copyright Infringer Tries To Shut Down Reporting On Her Infringement

gambino21 Re:Please stop trying to scapegoat (418 comments)

failing to take advantage of the brief period of Democratic control of Congress by getting his health care plan passed

It's not his fault; he's naive and inexperienced, and never should have been put up as a nominee

I have a somewhat different view of this. It seems that Obama actually got the health care that he wanted. Sure he paid lip-service to a public option for political reasons, but maybe you don't remember or didn't know that he negotiated away the public option in private meetings with the insurance companies early on [1] [2]. There's also the fact that Obama decided to personally scold Kucinich for trying to stick up for the public option. So I don't really buy the argument that Obama has good intentions but is just too powerless, inexperienced, good-natured, etc. to stand up to the Republicans.

more than 2 years ago
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Solyndra's High-tech Plant To Be Sold

gambino21 Re:Fun fun fun (233 comments)

If what you say were true, the average deficit under Bush, with the Republican controlled Congress he had for the first six years of his term, would have been more than $250 billion. Instead, it was around $250 billion.

Are you saying that the extra military spending and Bush tax cuts somehow kept the deficit lower than it would have been otherwise? I find this hard to believe. What are your sources/reasoning for this?

Obama's average deficit is around $1250 billion. So it's not the wars. It's not the tax cuts. You are full of shit.

To be sure Obama (and Congress during his term) has been very fiscally irresponsible. He extended the tax cuts (after promising to veto them), and has continued the high military spending. I believe most of the increase in deficit under Obama was caused by the bailout/stimulus.

more than 2 years ago
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Dell Designing Developer Oriented Laptop

gambino21 Re:Resolution (399 comments)

As a developer, I'd prefer 1080x1920 myself.

Just turn your laptop on it's side.

more than 2 years ago
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In Nothing We Trust

gambino21 Re:Not natural (910 comments)

Occam's Razor suggests that there is a powerful, sinister organization which is ruthlessly stamping out any leaders who even start to surface

I think it's more like a pattern of corporate owned media and politics, than any single sinister organization. Any leader to tries to spread ideas outside the accepted dogma is quickly attacked and/or ignored by the existing powers. The media had an extremely strong negative reaction to Wikileaks when it started gaining popularity because it went outside the normal power structures. The mainstream media also had a pretty negative initial reaction to the Occupy movement. They also had/have a significant bias against Ron Paul. Whether you agree with RP or not, I think it's difficult to deny that the media did a lot to marginalize him.

more than 2 years ago
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Whistleblower: NSA Has All of Your Email

gambino21 Re:anyone surprised? (478 comments)

Bush went to war against Iraq, Obama got us out. Can you see the wee-bit of difference there? I can and I'm voting for Obama.

There are just three little problems with that argument:
1. The timeline for withdrawal was negotiated under Bush.
2. Obama tried to keep us in Iraq beyond the timeline, but was blocked by the Iraqi government.
3. We are still keeping a significant militarized state department security force in Iraq indefinitely.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Protests TSA With Nudity

gambino21 Re:hope it was worth the megan's law list (434 comments)

Why are we in America so terrified of the human body?

One word: Christian Right

How about these two words: prison industry. The private prison industry has a strong interest in making every law as strict and harsh as possible.

more than 2 years ago
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Interview With TSA Screener Reveals 'Fatal Flaws'

gambino21 Re:Firing in US (582 comments)

But it's not an open market in this case, it's a monopoly where the vendors (various security contracting organizations) and the customers (elected officials) are basically a single group using the public's money. The objective of this group is to get as much money as they can while still giving a reasonable appearance of providing a service to the public. This particular employee tried to interfere with this relationship.

more than 2 years ago
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Waterboarding Whistleblower Indicted Under Espionage Act

gambino21 Re:Let this be a message to the unpatriotic (338 comments)

Romney 2012 is strongly opposed to Barack Obama's health care bill, which is basically exactly what Romney pushed through in Massachusetts as governor.

I agree in general that Romney will take (or not take) whatever position he feels will give him the most political advantage at the moment. However, the health care example might not be a good example of this because there are legitimate reasons to think that a given policy could be good at the state level, but not good at the national level.

more than 2 years ago
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Waterboarding Whistleblower Indicted Under Espionage Act

gambino21 Re:Let this be a message to the unpatriotic (338 comments)

{quote}I've never heard him say anything against doing this. On the other hand I've never heard him saying anything for it either. Romney's stance on things is often an enigma (like Obama 2008).{quote}
I thought Obama make his positions quite clear during his 2008 campaign. The problem was that he reversed these clear positions soon after becoming president. Closing Guantanamo being one of the most well known examples.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For 'Offensive Tweets'

gambino21 Re:Well (922 comments)

I guess all his tweets had to be removed from the Internet because they were so horrible that just reading them would make you want to go outside and start killing people.

more than 2 years ago
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German Pirate Party Enters 2nd State Parliament

gambino21 Re:Better: Some new "Pro-Electric Vehicle Party" w (188 comments)

From a European point of view, I can see the right, but the left? What you have is far right and moderate right politics to choose from.

I think a more accurate description of American politics is two corporate parties with minor differences on social issues. Neither party does a very good job of representing the interests of the general public. Trying to place the two parties along a single left/right axis is just a game played by the media to give the public the illusion that they have a choice, and that one of those choices matches their interests.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Deleted From the World's Banking Computers

gambino21 Re:The people will be the ones who suffer (667 comments)

Our current president hasn't invaded anyone that I know of.

Maybe you didn't hear of Yemen? He also stepped up military operations in Pakistan, and increased CIA involvement in Somalia

Libya we did help but it was more with logistics.

From wikipedia

The United States has deployed a naval force of 11 ships, including the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce, the guided-missile destroyers USS Barry and USS Stout, the nuclear attack submarines USS Providence and USS Scranton, the cruise missile submarine USS Florida and the amphibious command ship USS Mount Whitney. Additionally, A-10 ground-attack aircraft, B-2 stealth bombers, AV-8B Harrier II jump-jets, EA-18 electronic warfare aircraft, and both F-15 and F-16 fighters have been involved in action over Libya. U-2 reconnaissance aircraft are stationed on Cyprus. On 18 March, two AC-130Us arrived at RAF Mildenhall as well as additional tanker aircraft. On 24 March 2 E-8Cs operated from Naval Station Rota Spain, which indicates an increase of ground attacks. An undisclosed number of CIA operatives are said to be in Libya to gather intelligence for airstrikes and make contacts with rebels. The US also began using MQ-1 Predator UAVs to strike targets in Libya on 23 April.

A bit more than just logistics.

The last president did invade a country with no reason (Iraq) but he was promptly removed from office

You do remember that we invaded Iraq before Bush's second term right?

more than 2 years ago
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Iran's Smart Concrete Can Cope With Earthquakes and Bombs

gambino21 Re:Back in 2003 ... (609 comments)

It's not a case of being right or wrong, it a case of being flat out lied to by people who want to go to war.

Which people would that be; Clinton or Bush?

Both of them, of course.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks Tunisian Islamist Sites

gambino21 Re:Not against religion? (101 comments)

So, when Anonymous hacked Vatican's site, they were against religion, but now they say they are not?

Who are "they"? How do you know it's the same person/people? Do you know some of the members of anonymous personally? If so, please contact the FBI immediately for processing.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Learning Becomes Court-Ordered Community Service

gambino21 Re:Sign me up! (160 comments)

Check out the girl on the main page... Sign me up!

And compare her with the unshaved, tattooed man. I guess they're trying to promote the (educated) bad boy gets the girl stereotype.

more than 2 years ago

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Please Remove Your Shoes

gambino21 gambino21 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gambino21 (809810) writes "A new documentary called "Please Remove Your Shoes" discusses the policies of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration). From the film website:

Please Remove Your Shoes is a revealing documentary about broken government process. It is also an empathetic story about a half dozen public servants who try to fix it. And it is a familiar topic to all of us who have flown in the last fifteen years:the security routine at the airport, first the FAA and now the TSA.

Reviews of the film are available at the Washington Post and Salon.com."
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