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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

interkin3tic Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

I can't imagine how you got "democracy is good... but... hm... ehm... [cognitive dissonance]... except in Israel" from my post. I'm saying it SHOULD be democracy even though I won't like the result very much. I'm simply acknowledging that Palestinians aren't saints (no country is), their understanding of human rights is different than mine (again true of nearly every other country including the US), and that Palestinians aren't particularly fond of US interests (with good and obvious reasons).

If it were a true democracy, I think there would be very real safety concerns for Israeli Jews immediately. Going from one group being persecuted to the other group being persecuted isn't good. But at least that would be democracy rather than persecution WITHOUT democracy.

about a month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

interkin3tic Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

A treaty doesn't dictate reality. The US and Israel pretend Palestine is a seperate country when it suits them, but do everything possible to prevent it in reality. Look at how bent out of shape they got when Palestine wanted a seat at the UN. It's a part of Israel in reality governed by Israel and totally subject to Israel's rule, but they have no vote.

Read this and tell me why Gaza is the terrorist state.

about a month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

interkin3tic Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

"Undue influence" is quite an understatement. Israel doesn't allow Palestinians to leave, and prevents anyone it can from entering. They're not allowed to import anything aside from life-sustaining rations Israel approves of. Israel did all it could to prevent Palestinians from voting for who they wanted to in their own elections. They're not allowed to have an army. Israel encourages extremists to take Palestinian territory with force. On top of that, Israel is attacking Palestine in an extremely one-sided conflict.

Aside from the freedom to reproduce, there doesn't seem to be much that Israel doesn't attempt to control about Palestinian life.

about a month ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

interkin3tic Re:We already have a bill... (176 comments)

..which empirically is not enough to stop the current situation...

about a month ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

interkin3tic Re:What's the point? (176 comments)

You'd suggest what? Cynicism is warranted with politics, but when it gets into resignation, then it's usually a contributor to the problem. People who would stand against the spying are too busy lamenting how the country is going to hell in a handbasket to actually demand something real. People who like their politics to be like a wrestling match in the meantime cheer on their team and let everything else get trampled.

about a month ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

interkin3tic Re:Golly, the "USA Freedom Ac" - it must be good! (176 comments)

Hey now! Did we even read the bill? We don't know that it will be bad, I mean the Senate has stood up against ... wait

and it has support from the executive branch as well

Never mind. We're doomed.

about a month ago
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3-D Printing Comes To Amazon

interkin3tic Re:Meh (62 comments)

I agree. Furthermore, why make an egg now? Fuck that, wait for a chicken first, THEN make an egg. Greedy fucking ovipares always jumping the gun...

about a month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

interkin3tic Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

I did some quick googling, I'm sure there is controversy over some of these numbers:

Number of Knesset members: 120
Number of current Arab Knesset members: 12 or 10%
Number of Israelis: 8 million
Number of Palestinians: 4.4 million

Given that Israel rules Palestine, that really doesn't meet my definition of democracy. As an American I'm sure I'd have problems with an Islamic Israel, but we tell ourselves we value democracy and freedom above all else. Furthermore, I can't imagine the current course will end up better.

about a month ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

interkin3tic Re:Explains some things (250 comments)

They were honest: comcast is very scared of it. And those cities WERE failed experiments in the sense that they weren't very experimental. What's the hypothesis here being tested? That the city can offer a municipal service... involving computers?

about 1 month ago
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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

interkin3tic Re:Get used to this... (250 comments)

The rights of corporations to put out fliers has never been in question. It has nothing to do with corporate personhood, nothing to do with spending money as speech.

If you don't want corporations to be considered people in terms of freedom of speech, fine, lets pretend that's the case. Only real people have freedom of speech, done. What a roadblock for comcast! Why, they would have to give money to some real person in order to have THAT person exercise their freedom of speech in the form of misleading fliers! Man, that could add a whole hour or two to the process, imagine how much freedom we'd have! (single tear runs down cheek)

about 1 month ago
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

interkin3tic Re:Ignorance is no excuse ... (96 comments)

Ignorance is no excuse from legal repercussions is the meaning of that phrase. Google made that statement to a reporter asking for comment, not in a courtroom. In reality (as opposed to the legal system) yes, ignorance of a law definitely is a good excuse. Look at patent trolls, those are clear cases where ignorance of the laws are unfortunately not a legal defense but are definitely a moral excuse.

about 1 month ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

interkin3tic Re:Not news (342 comments)

A man goes to a doctor. The doctor says "You need to stop smoking." Man says "SNORE! Old news, you told me that last time, tell me something I don't know!" and lights up. The man dies shortly thereafter *.

It is news because it is still happening and most people don't know it, or like to pretend we're not in for rough times. If a story is a duplicate on slashdot, then that's one thing. If it's so obvious that everyone already knows it, then that's also fair to object.

about a month ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

interkin3tic Re:Vote (200 comments)

Maybe start by asking why they are all spouting the same nonsense. Then conclude that it's because we have stupid voters who tolerate it. Then move.

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

interkin3tic Re:Damn I used to like southwest (928 comments)

I get the impression that you have about equal chances of getting a rude gate agent no matter what airlines you fly with. Which is to say they're almost all reasonable people, but sometimes have bad days, other times it depends more on how you ask. The guy here seems to have an entitlement. He's a frequent flyer, his kids aren't, he was asking if they could get on with him in the early boarding. He could have paid the early check-in fee for them and gotten on before most people anyway. I think it's $15 on southwest. Point is, he had other options. It's fine to ask for favors, but if you're fuming about someone NOT granting you a favor, you're probably the asshole in that situation.

Moreover, personally, I'm willing to pay for more polite staff. Specifically, I'm willing to pay maybe five dollars. Southwest is still cheaper usually. Who cares about rude gate agents?

On service (as in flights on time) I have gotten the impression that they're slipping. Their fleet isn't as young as it used to be. Mechanical issues seem to be causing more delays. That said, they're still newer planes than Delta. I suspect southwest's reputation is working against them here: If Delta is delayed 2 hours you think "Fucking Delta, always pulling this shit, good thing I brought a book to read just in case this happened." If Southwest is delayed you think "WHAT THE FUCK!!! SOUTHWEST ISN'T SUPPOSED TO DO THIS SHIT!!! AAAAA!!!!"

I may be biased though because Delta woke me up in very the middle of a trans-pacific flight to fucking sell me duty free shit, and I didn't get back to sleep the remaining 6 or so hours, then on the ground I learned they had smashed both of my checked articles, and then told me with a straight face that I took that risk when I checked it. Southwest doesn't do international flights, so doesn't have a chance to wake me up trying to sell me something, and I don't check bags anymore.

about a month ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

interkin3tic Re:Let's just hope... (170 comments)

While terrorists have and will claim victory over causing economic damage, that's not their goal, and it never was. Their cult doesn't promise them forty grapes/virgins if they total a million dollars in lost GDP or anything like that.

about a month ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

interkin3tic Re:Think of it as evolution in action (170 comments)

Being ignorant of modern medicine is not a genetically-encoded trait. So, despite your best attempts to rationalize it, no, there's nothing good about people dying in this way.

Moreover, you sound like you consider yourself somehow superior to the people who are dying of the disease, though you are undoubtedly too cowardly to actually come out and say it even as AC. You're protected by geography and the fact that the virus doesn't appear to have gotten into a major international airport. At the moment. If it did, you would yourself likely be bread out of the gene pool. You are in no way superior to the people who are dying. In fact, I think a corpse has you beaten on personality.

about a month ago
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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

interkin3tic Re:Singularity (39 comments)

Not really. The embryo here is a fruit fly. They're small enough to see the entire thing with a microscope. Vertebrates tend to get too big to image completely with current microscopes really early on in development. A human brain is way too big to image completely with a microscope without slicing it thinner than lunch meat.

about a month ago
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Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal's Development Cell By Cell

interkin3tic Re:Wow (39 comments)

As a cell biologist I have to say, we already can:

Option 1. Die
Option 2. Cancer

about a month ago

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terrorist group hosted on dutch server

interkin3tic interkin3tic writes  |  about 5 years ago

interkin3tic (1469267) writes "'Columbia Reports' reports that a Spanish non-profit organization is hosting the website of Colombia's second largest guerrilla group, National Liberation Army (ELN), on a server in the Netherlands. ELN is on a terrorist blacklist, hosting a website for a group on the blacklist is punishable depending on the content.

The article goes on to state that the ELN website is political in nature, criticizing president Alvaro Uribe and the US military. The website is in Spanish, there is a link to it in the article, if you don't read Spanish, resist the temptation to click on it so we don't Slashdot it and contribute to the censorship."

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