"Okay. Explain to me how to remove the Google search from an Android phone and replace it with a yahoo search - without rooting the phone." Uhm... Normally I use a browser and then go use DuckDuckGo. It's not like you even need a dedicated App for simply doing a search.
"Explain to me how to stop Firefox from sending my incomplete typins to Google as searches (so they can get paid)." Do you even use Firefox? My search bar in Forefox also goes directly to DuckDuckGo, not to Google. I haven't used Google for any searches for more than a year now.
"Explain to me how I can surf the web without getting buried under targeted and semi-targeted ads from Google based on the my searches on their search engine - without having to disable other products." Why is it Google's fault if people use their ad services?
Unfortunately there seems to be something strange going on on Flickr. I cannot just right click on the images and save them like I am used to. Would be nice if the pictures were uploaded somewhere where they are more easily accessible.
Yeah, the cops come in shouting, causing adrenaline to rush through someones veins and only because the person they are assaulting has got psychological problems now they are justified in shooting him? Good to hear that mentally unbalanced people have no right for due process.
Also: http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/ Read about "self defense" and how it actually works. First aggravating someone and then shooting him when he actually reacts aggravated (which is totally natural" is not self defense.
I think the natural reaction to massive shouting is not so much "confusion" but more "panic" and the natural reaction to "panic" is definitely not mostly "stop" but "do something, no matter how stupid".
Part of the problem is assuming that others are supposed to look to the US "for leadership and justice". This kind of attitude is so far removed from reality I don't even know where to begin. If any countries at all might ever be eligible for this kind of role (which I do not believe) it might be those with high social equality and all around happiness of citizens, so one might want to look to Scandinavia instead. But they've got really high taxes and social welfare there and those are totally evil, right?
"Their answer would be "we didn't think it was torture at the time"."
I don't know about American law, but here in Germany we have a legal principle that says that you are not exempt to the law only because you are ignorant of it. I think this should apply in this situation.
Hmm, combining this with pro-second-amendment argumentation I get the following idea of how this should work:
At the top there are well-armed, law-abiding citizens that control the police and overthrow the government if it should turn into a police state. Below that is the police, armed with less modern equipment, ready to deal with criminals. They can't be too well equipped though, because then they would be able to defend the government if it should turn into a police state. Now, the criminals... Uhm... Well, if some weapon is used for some kind of crima, all the weapons of non-criminals get upgraded above that level! It's easy! Why didn't I think of that before?
"That's their problem, not ours." Actually it is your problem, even if that problem was caused by somebody else.
"and we have more secularism here than in most other places." Uhm... Creationism in schools? Please! You've got god on your Dollar bills!
It may be more secular than a lot of countries in the Middle East, but that's not saying much.
"America influences the region, as does most of Europe (France and England particularly), not to mention the Russians." America is a superpower, France and England aren't. There you have the root for your problems.
Look, it's not like Ferguson is something that is somehow the big wake-up call to how bad the US government is (as seen from the outside), it's more like "huh, now they're doing it in their own country too!"
First: Although I actually am a pacifist, where did my post actually say that I am? It's not like I was saying you shouldn't shoot the terrorists or something. "Honor" is not required to fight and being a coward doesn't prevent you from fighting either.
Second: Way to go on the sexism here. Fuck you. I somewhere read a quote that went something like this: "I don't get why having balls is seen as being tough and being a pussy as being sensitive. Balls are the organ most susceptible to pain while a pussy... well, a pussy can take a beating."
Third: How does me being a pacifist *or* a "pussy" invalidate anything I said? Are you thinking with adrenaline or something? That's what the brain is actually for, adrenaline is not made for thinking.
I find it alarming how often words like "honor" and "cowards" are thrown around in the comments here. I had hoped those concepts had lost their acceptance in the public mind, but it doesn't seem like it.
As if honor was somehow a commendable value! As if it even was somehow well defined instead of something that often has been used to drive people to do insane and crazy things. It's exactly what those insane terrorists are using to further their agenda. It's as useless as a basis for your morals as justice. You can define it in almost any way you want and any discussion based on how honorable something is is bound to devolve into group-think or a fight.
In the same way "cowardice" is used as a way to silence your opponents. "Oooh, look, the terrorists hide, what cowards!" Yeah, sure. I can see the people writing this, sitting at home, feeling so much better than those terrorists "hiding". If you were hunted, you'd hide, too. And it's what I would expect of you. If they didn't hide, they wouldn't exist anymore. What does it help anyone to call them cowards? How does it make their actions less threatening, how does it help the people who are hunting for them, how would not being cowards make them better persons in any way?
I just don't get this mindset. It's like I'm back in the fucking middle ages here - only with Internet, of course.
"The blame rests with the cowards using human shields." Assigning blame is easy. Blame is a concept that all to often is used to shrug off responsibility, as if the two were the same.
The fact of the matter is: If you drop a bomb you, and no one else, are responsible for every death caused. There is no way around that.
"If I had my way, we'd inoculate them with ebola and send them back home." Fortunately you don't have it your way. Unfortunately people in charge seem to think similarly to you, that means, without thinking about the consequences. Instead of eradicating Ebola, they think of using it as a weapon, diminishing the chances to ever get rid of this scourge for mankind, lowering the living quality for the whole of mankind and thus promoting the terrorism they are supposedly fighting.