1. TRIED to get even shitty satellite link (problem -for most- isn't that it is 'slow' -it is 5-10 times faster than DSL!- but the latency), but you know what ACTUALLY happens ? ? ? i call or go on website of a satellite ISP, and as SOON as i input my zip code, they either A. tell me they can't offer service because of NON-COMPETE 'agreements' (I DIDN'T agree to any steeenking non-compete 'agreements'!); or, B. LITERALLY transfer my phone call to my present (shit) ISP... THERE IS NO CHOICE, nimrod... 2. live in a rural-ish area outside a medium metro area (said area has a local utility which has 50mps service in some parts of the city, but CAN NOT EXPAND; NOT due to their desire, NOT due to the market/demand, NOT due to economics, BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE FORBIDDEN TO DO SO...) and while the local cable MONOPOLY (um, this *is* America, richtig ?) has said (and shown maps) that their service extends MILES past our residence for DECADES, that is a lie on two counts: A. they are plain old-fashioned lying, it does not extend that far; B. they are subject to NON-COMPETE agreements, so that i could not get their (slightly less shitty) ISP service if they did have cable strung out here... 3. last frustration, in esearching about fiber optic, ran across a map which shows a major fiber trunk NOT ONE MILE from where i live... will there be ANY FREAKING WAY i could tap that shit, EVEN IF I HAD THE MONEY/MEANS ? ? ? no fucking way, i am screwed by korporations who have fucked us over royally...
'we' do NOT own or even have any real influence on the shitty and shady 'deals'/laws 'our' (sic) municipalities/states have imposed upon us, to parcel out OUR right-of-ways, AGAINST OUR WISHES...
on the left side of this photograph is some material in the background that *appears* (i feel like a 'Fair Witness' in heinlein's stranger in a strange land) black/white...
*HOW* is that black even REMOTELY like EITHER shade shown in the dress (which i find ugly-ish) ? ? ?
further, in the upper right, you can see the overexposure where sunlight is streaming in a window which has blue-green (teal?) drapes; to *me*, it is obvious that *that* is what gives the 'white' portion of the dress its blue-ish cast to the white... again, HOW can you match any of that blue-ish color to either shade (aside from the white with blue-ish cast alluded to) ? ? ?
i have not stared at it long enough to get the colors to flip, and won't waste my time doing so... it is a gold-ish brown and white with blue cast...
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My point is that there's nothing inherent in Islam that isn't also inherent in Christianity that leads to violent action. There are murders happening in the US because some Christian whackjob decided that someone else isn't Christian enough.
would be much more productive, and much more accurate, to put the blame where it really belongs: on the heads of those people who are committing the atrocities.
Of course that is the trivial solution - but it doesn't do anything to prevent the next person in line from being "radicalised".
"...the US does not recognize the current government of New Zealand, and its judical decisions, as legitimate?"
*bingo* we have a winner ! ! !
um, except, it ain't just NZ, it is EVERYONE ELSE, EVERY OTHER COUNTRY whose sovereignty, laws, boundaries, and LIVES just happen to disturb Empire in the slightest...
of course, should it suit their purposes, Empire will argue equally vehemently the opposite tomorrow, and certainly aver that these types of (il)legalistic shenanigans -of course!- don't apply to ourselves...
i know some people (in fact, i work with them) who *think* they are some kind of reasonable human beans, who are abject authoritarians, who refuse to actually observe, reason, and come to their own conclusions based on archaic stupid things called 'principles', 'fairness', and 'ethics' ... they reflexively side with WHATEVER 'their' gummint (the fools) says, and want to ELIMINATE people like me who do not knuckle under the weight of Empire...
let me make this clear: i would like to get rid of (by any means necessary) the .1% who perpetrate this horrific charade; but, i do not want to eliminate the authoritarian dupes (i'd like to educate them, but -if you read up on authoritarians- they are NOT amenable to reason); but they WOULD lynch me tomorrow if they could, AND SEE THAT AS BEING HEROIC, NOT MONSTROUS... they see themselves as eliminating 'savages' and 'traitors', NOT humans...
they are quislings to the constitution, they are about as UNamerican as you can get, but they will NEVER see that; and WILL string you up righteously, all the while hiding behind the flag... never realizing THEY are what is wrong with amerika, THEY are unpatriotic and have abandoned the constitution, reason and equity in their sham patriotism...
What surprises me is how fast this Judge has ruled on this forfeiture considering this Judge is still yet to rule on other matters of the case against Megaupload that has well preceded this forfeiture by months.
You are invited to prove me wrong, find someone with a Phd in any of those fields from an accredited university who agrees with your interpretation and I'll concede.
Here you are asking for an appeal to authority rather than an appeal to evidence.
I'm not intersted in authority, I look to evidence from original sources.
Show me the verses from authentic (non-abrogated) Islamic scriptures that support your point.
think the fact that you equate muslims to nazis really says it all. This whole battle-of-civilizations thing is just warmongering wish-fulfilment for guys like you.
I don't equate Muslims to Nazis. You didn't read what I said carefully enough. My point was that it is perfectly possible for good people to believe in a bad ideology when they have not been told the whole truth about it. That negates the evidence you supplied - but it leaves the status of Islam undecided.
I am not a warmonger. Please stop making assumptions based on a stereotype. You do exactly the same to me as what you accuse me of doing.
My argument is with an ideology not with a people - after all Christian and Muslim araba are the same people. The same is true in Iran with Zoroastrians and in India with Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs.
Justice is not blind now, but it will be soon. The same computer that learned to master Jeopardy is being taught law. As soon as it has everything digested, it will be able to tell us when strings have been pulled one way or another in every historic case including this one. Using graphics, we will probably be able to see how distorted and unusual this case has been. Other examples are when a cop is being accused of a crime compared to when they have been a victim. To those pulling the strings behind this: You can lie to everyone including yourself but the truth wants to be free, no matter how crooked it reveals you to be.
History will have access to all of those pesky records you arranged to exist also. Good luck with keeping a non evil reputation.
As I understand it, way back in 2012, Kim Dotcom was arrested by New Zealand police forces and taken into New Zealand custody. Since then, determining that he wasn't a flight risk, he was released from custody by a New Zealand judge, on bail. And so far, as I understand, Kim Dotcom has abided by all of the bail conditions imposed on him.
Now, if this US Judge O'Grady is ruling that Kim Dotcom is a fugitive, despite his being arrested, processed, and released on bail (the conditions of which have not been violated) by the New Zealand police and judicary, does he rule that by extension, the US does not recognize the current government of New Zealand, and its judical decisions, as legitimate?