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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

mr.mctibbs In a nutshell (407 comments)

"There's a prisoner shortage"

Framing it this way is typical of a mindset that is depressingly endemic in our culture. We do not have a shortage of prisoners, we have an excess of prisons.

about a week ago
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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

mr.mctibbs Re:infects 50 million, eh? (71 comments)

I was trying to figure out what's wrong with you, but I'll just assume you're drunk.

about 6 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

mr.mctibbs Re:How many Earthworms? (392 comments)

This guy's got the right idea. IN ISOLATION, how much total biodiversity is required to sustain a stable ecosystem that can support humans and is resistant to systemic failure?

about 7 months ago
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Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

mr.mctibbs At least one of these is true (395 comments)

"37 percent of respondents who fully agreed that U.S. regulators are suppressing access to natural cures,"

Cannabis, anyone?

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot beta sucks

mr.mctibbs Honestly? (9 comments)

I don't think it really needs any discussion. I visit Slashdot precisely because of its layout and discussion style. If they take that away, there's nothing keeping me here that I can't get at any one of the bazillion gawker sites.

Bottom line, really: if they change it, I have no reason to come back.

about 9 months ago
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Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan

mr.mctibbs Wall Street (362 comments)

Are you wondering why on Earth Obama would think it's a good idea to bomb Syria, when Libya was such a disaster? I'll give you a hint: both countries are non-members of the WTO, with state-owned banking systems. So is Iran.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/making_the_world_safe_for_banksters_syria_in_the_cross-hairs_20130905/

The people who financed Obama's elections -- and who are the only folks for whom he's been a good president -- are the ones who have the most to gain by regime change in Syria.

about a year ago
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Israeli Army Retweeting 1967 War As It Happened

mr.mctibbs Re:Liberty (317 comments)

"They were not enemies but the US was not an Israeli client."

FTFY

about a year ago
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Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority

mr.mctibbs Re:English... (230 comments)

Or, you know, maybe because it's the language spoken by the other half of the western hemisphere? Just a thought.

about a year and a half ago
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Explosions at the Boston Marathon

mr.mctibbs Citation Needed (1105 comments)

"Drones killing civilians is an accident; people thought there was a military target there. Sometimes mistakes happen, and innocent people die, but the intent is to target military forces and largely that is what happens."

According to whom, the government that won't officially acknowledge the program exists?

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked By Anonymous

mr.mctibbs You goin' Soviet on us? (212 comments)

It is perfectly fine to strip away the rights of a person if they are nuts in a way that is a danger to the physical safety of other human beings.

FTFY

about a year and a half ago
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Firing a Laser Into Your Brain Could Help Beat a Drug Addiction

mr.mctibbs Re:Addiction (156 comments)

Bah, ignore me. I misread; only the section on MDMA references a Scientology article. That part was still bullshit, though.

about a year and a half ago
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Firing a Laser Into Your Brain Could Help Beat a Drug Addiction

mr.mctibbs Re:Addiction (156 comments)

Anybody else notice that a good chunk of that article's references are articles by a Scientology front group?

about a year and a half ago
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Possible Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

mr.mctibbs Re:Finally (164 comments)

Cynical describes the arms dealers. You're just being a realist.

about a year and a half ago
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How a Programmer Gets By On $16K/Yr: He Moves to Malaysia

mr.mctibbs Re:Ubatuba, SP Brasil (523 comments)

For what, impersonating a corporation?

about a year and a half ago
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Berkeley Scientists Plan To 'Jurassic Park' Some Extinct Pigeons Back To Life

mr.mctibbs What Would Brian Boitano Do? (209 comments)

I feel like this should be a new verse.

about a year and a half ago
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Nuclear Arms Cuts, Supported By 56% of Americans, Would Make the World Safer

mr.mctibbs Care for a game of... (615 comments)

Global thermonuclear ad hominem, anyone?

about a year and a half ago
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US CEO Says French Workers Have Three-Hour Work Day

mr.mctibbs I'll bite. (1313 comments)

Our nuclear weapons program, as a start. Then the entirety of USSOCOM. Our aircraft carriers. Most of our submarines. All currently-planned weapons development programs. I would definitely cancel the JSF program. Any soldiers who would be put out of a job by this could take over jobs currently under contract, such as base security, cleaning services, food prep, etc.

Fully half of military officers graded O6 or higher could be let go. Every single civilian defense agency under the DoD should have its entire contract staff fired immediately and be reorganized to make do with civilian personnel. Any roles that cannot be filled with the civilian workforce should be examined and eliminated, if possible.

I could go on. There is literally too much waste to even account for, which is why DoD hasn't even attempted an internal audit in a long time.

about a year and a half ago
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US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

mr.mctibbs Re:Yet... (582 comments)

Yeah, I'm not a fan our police state either, but the DoJ, flawed as they are, are the ones who *actually* prevent terrorism, and would be sorely missed. If you're looking for some useless, dangerous bureaucrats to defund start with the DIA, NSA, and CIA. Those folks create more terrorism than they thwart.

about a year and a half ago
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Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense Shield Actually Works

mr.mctibbs Re:Too bad... (861 comments)

Buffer zone? That's good. For any German readers out there: that translates to Lebensraum.

about 2 years ago

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