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Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 1) 910

You're right, I had two replies and I was conflating them together. Sorry.

That said, Medina is just a place. I'm not an expert on Islam, but I know of no specific religious ties to that location. Though obviously it has historical significance and is considered holy for that reason.

Mecca is explicitly tied to the religion, but it's not a home. You can't by any stretch call it a homeland. And that's not just me being pedantic: in principle, someone else could control Mecca and exclude Muslims from living there (though not from visiting) without violating any Muslim tenants. In practice, of course, this wouldn't happen without a great deal of push back.

Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 1) 910

I said "in that way" to denote the difference between being merely a birthplace of a religion, and being the homeland of a religious people as proclaimed by god. The fact that Christianity started there is not the same thing, is not even really similar, to the fact that Jews believe that god gave them this land and that therefore anyone else living there is a usurper.

Very few groups would make them claim that a particular land belongs to them or to their people when they had been absent from that land for 1,800 years.

Comment Re:Death To All Jews (Score 3, Interesting) 910

After all, just about everybody else has a "homeland".

Really? What's the Christian homeland? What's the Muslim homeland, or the (insert any other religion)? Judaism is fairly unique for being tied to a specific place in that way. (Mecca is not the "Muslim homeland", the Vatican is not the "Christian homeland") There are a few other religions like that, but they're not popular ones nowadays. The only ones I can think of are the old Mongolian religion and some aboriginal ones, and I don't know any of their names or any details about them.

The point you make about people using anti-Zionism as cover for anti-Jewishness is often true, but in the same way this fact is also often used as cover to dismiss grievances against some of the negative actions of Zionists. ... I wrote that, but I'm finding it a hard sentence to parse. Basically: When people say, "Those Zionists are bad because they're slowly stealing/conquering land through the use of settlements." that is a legitimate grievance. When people say, "Those people say they're anti-Zionist when they complain about the settlements, but really they're anti-Jewish and should be ignored." that is not a legitimate counter argument. Painting with a broad brush like that is wrongheaded, no matter who is doing the painting.

Comment Lucky few? (Score 3, Insightful) 102

The video (which, by the way, was pretty decent for a commercial) says that only a "lucky few" get to experience the STRAW. ... What? What the hell is that? I was briefly sold on trying one of these out, but there's no way I'm going to trek to McDonalds and buy one of these shakes only to get stiffed on the one reason I was buying the shake in the first place. That's like buying a Happy Meal and not getting a toy. You just don't do it. That's a sad meal.

I realize that the point of this is to generate buzz, but what's the point of buzz if you're going to follow it up with, "Ha ha, just kidding. We're not actually going to sell you the thing we're advertising."

Comment Re:The Real Question (Score 1) 142

It doesn't sound like this is a fire hazard, I don't see any reason why you couldn't take it on a plane. You're right about the dead man's switch though - that does seem like the only way that you could plausibly get away with destroying evidence like that. I don't know why the parent even asked that question, of course it's destroying evidence if the cops pull you over and then you... destroy evidence.

Comment Re:Not what he said. (Score 5, Insightful) 594

It's funny, there was a story just the other day about H1-B visas which inspired exactly the opposite response in most of the comments. When the union is the country, and the scabs they're keeping out are foreigners, the union is great (as long as you don't call it a union, even though it's doing exactly the same thing).

Comment Re: This is not surprising (Score 1) 245

She was not a good candidate! That should have been obvious to the big money contributors, it should have obvious to the other politicians that were going to have to back her candidacy, and it should have been obvious to the party.

If you're genuinely confused about all of this: everything that you've said regarding her eligibility as candidate is a negative, you've considered none of the positive reasons why the DNC / contributors / others would consider her to be a good candidate. She checks most of the classic political boxes, in another era not so long ago she would have made a very fine candidate based on her positive qualities - enough to overcome any of the negatives or perceived negatives that you mention.

Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be how it works anymore and the DNC hasn't caught on to that yet.

Comment Nintendo has been positive toward third parties (Score 2) 40

This is absolutely not true: 'That relationship has never been too friendly, with former president Hiroshi Yamauchi saying in 2000 that third-parties are "not helping the industry at all."' I'm not familiar with that quote, and I recognize that there's a difference between being friendly towards third parties and getting a lot of third parties developing for your platform. So pointing to the broad support which Nintendo has received for many of its platforms isn't necessarily disproving anything, but I do know that the original NES was created specifically with third party devs in mind - one of the requirements when developing the hardware was that dev kits should cost no more than $100, in order to make it as accessible as possible to outside developers.

Now, that's going back quite a few years, it's true, but so is quoting a company president from 2000, who has been replaced twice since then.

Comment Re:Cheap (Score 1) 626

That's not how it works. The law only prohibits hiring decisions which are made to the detriment of someone in a protected class, if that decision is made because of that person's membership in that class. It is perfectly legal to make hiring decisions based on race, age, gender, etc., provided that you don't run afoul of this issue.

Comment Re:"This add-on will stop working..." (Score 1) 163

Well... it kinda depends on what you're trying to do. Privacy Badger is about protecting your privacy, Adblock just blocks ads. There's some overlap there, but they're not the same thing. That said, I don't think that Privacy Badger is foolproof. It's not the only thing that I use. If you want a blocklist-based privacy filter though, I still wouldn't go with Ghostery. Try Disconnect.

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