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  • Nov 19, 2013 @ 02:27am


    Or perhaps learning too well.
    Guy's gotta be taking his cues from Somewhere.

  • Nov 18, 2013 @ 02:14pm


    'Course, the public has that option too. They're just the one's stuck with the cleanup afterwards, and thus less keen to use it.

  • Aug 07, 2013 @ 09:04am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Pretty sure there's surrounding context there.
    Jesus taught Love, personal peace, perhaps, but not pacifism. he became angry when faced with things which were wrong, and corrected them, in one or two cases destructively, but was always willing to give those who genuinly wanted to do better a chance to do so.

    He's saying (and goes on to describe in more detail) that his teachings will cause conflict. And, surprise surprise, they did, as those who saw them as a threat to their own power sought to suppress them.

  • Aug 07, 2013 @ 08:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: "sins" Schooled in Style...

    Hell is an unsupported myth that has nothing to do with scripture.
    At All.

    It got picked up from, among other things, Norse myth and intigeated into the tradition.

    Biblically, there is the place where the dead wait for the end times, equated to Hades. At that point they are sorted. Those who did not chose to follow Jesus/God are described as, from memory, being cast into a holocaust. A great destructive fire, which Ends them, in exactly the same way most atheistw claim death does to Everybody.

    There Is No Eternal Torture.

    Further more, the place where the demons reside, which Does suck that much? They don't run it. It's a prison for them. And at the end the go into that destructive fire and stop existing too. (there's also some descriptive factors that equate it with the earth's core.)

    Somehow, the demon prison was fused with the land of the dead and the fire at the end in the common mythology, but there's no scriptural support for that At All.

  • Jul 21, 2013 @ 10:13am

    Re: Where is the line for you ?

    The US govetnment doesn't seem to think such a line exists.

  • Nov 21, 2012 @ 06:42pm

    ya know, being a republic doesn't actually guarantee, or even IMPLY any sort of freedoms, right?

    all it means is that the head of state position is not hereditary. that is, it's not a monarchy.

    China is a republic. the USSR was a republic. all dictatorships are, by definition, republics (otherwise they're absolute monarchies, which is only Almost the same thing.)

    republic in no way implies democracy, freedom of speech, or anything else.

  • Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:43pm



    worst part is that it's draining Dotcom's coffers, draining the NZG's coffers... and is basically an irrelevant drop in the bucket in the USG's budget/debt situation. they can pretty much keep this up indefinately... and the international level response to unpaid debts, the only way to reclaim them, is invasion... and there's no way NZ can get anywhere trying to pull That stunt vs the US... so even if the case is tossed and the USG stuck with the bill for the whole chain of bullshit, nothing will come of it.

    (especially as our PM (and others) seems to be getting along FAR too well with the entities responsible for this mess...)

  • Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:40pm

    Re: Re:

    except that the mafIAA keep trying to claim that it IS theft, the USG keeps trying to claim that somehow this is terrorism or something, and that the bank thing was a 'would be joking if it weren't dead on' explanation/analogy of the utterly bullshit 'logic' involved, the nature of the actual entities being irrelevant. (could have used trees, squirrels, and nuts rather than banks, people, and money, and it would have held.)

  • Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:37pm

    Re: Re:

    while said cereal box instructions are rare here (the products largely sell themselves or don't sell at all), they Have shown up from time to time (i think there was a model space shuttle one time...) ...

    they made FAR more sense than that.

  • Nov 21, 2012 @ 12:35pm


    should. it Should get the case thrown out immediately with prejudice.

    see, thing is, the case against Megaupload?
    that IS taking place in the US.

    the only stuff that's happening in NZ is an attempt to extradite Kim Dotcom ... which.... doesn't seem to be getting anywhere all that fast. partially because, hey, legal system, and partially because every time something like this comes out it makes it look more and more like the political nonsense it is rather than a matter of law and justice.

    on the flip side, the longer it drags out, the more of Dotcom's funds are drained away, so the harder it is for him to come back from it... but the more State funds are drained away and the more pissed off the public get about it.

    'course, there's the usual pro US right wing Morons who think the correct solution to such a situation is to just let the USG have him. .... i call them morons for a reason. at this point, the correct response is to bill the USG for the whole mess, and/or reject the extradition.

  • Nov 17, 2012 @ 07:33pm


    it's saying that they care more about money than anything else.

    which is... pretty much inevitable in a plutocratic republic (which is what the US has, and is pretty much what it's Always had. plus or minus however much 'bureaucracy' replaces one or the other term.)

    aristocrats, plutocrats... either way it's the elite who care more about their power and status (wealth is simply a way of measuring this) than about the nation or public. (at least aristocracy Usually goes along with some vague idea that they should try to do what they think is best for the country rather than just using rabid 'patriotism' as a pubic justification for their nonsense. even if it doesn't actually result in any better behaviour.)

  • Nov 13, 2012 @ 07:06pm


    fairly easy to detect if they think of it... i already came up with a simple solution.

    but i'm not sharing.

    don't want to give anyone ideas...

  • Nov 13, 2012 @ 07:04pm


    ... you've not been paying attention, have you?
    a unit of stupid seems to be cancelled out by a few hundredth units of currency...

    tells you something that the corporations involved in this insanity pay hundreds of thousands of such currency units on a regular basis to get the things passed, doesn't it?

  • Nov 11, 2012 @ 03:42pm

    i dunno about their other stuff, but logic-tech's good for it's low end stuff: relatively basic, low price, high quality. pretty much everyone else's equivalents are either crap or a lot more expensive.

    dunno about fancy, high end, customisable 'far too many buttons to be reasonable' stuff, mind. never had much need for it, myself.

  • Nov 05, 2012 @ 07:28pm

    Re: Re: My biggest complaint about your post . . .

    heh. even 'to verb a noun' is a case of verbing a noun, in this case, the word 'verb' is a noun assigned to ... verbs... (i'm going to stop there before this becomes recursive or something...)

  • Nov 05, 2012 @ 07:25pm

    Re: Re:

    ehhh sort of.
    the basic nature of large groups of people remains the same, yes.
    however, individual persons can change quite drastically if given motivation to, and the culture of an institution, on any scale, changes how these two factors translate into actual behaviour.

  • Nov 05, 2012 @ 07:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Point 4: A "consumption" tax isn't practical.

    ANY sort of sales tax becomes a Regressive tax which is a Terrible idea that rapidly leads to poverty And reduces the number of transactions taking place, slowing the economy down over all.

    higher income taxes look scary due to being in one lump sum, but cause far less problems.

  • Nov 04, 2012 @ 12:50pm

    Re: "We swear we didn't pay him."

    can't prove a negative.
    burden of proof is on the one disputing it to prove the positive that nullifies it.
    because, you know, that's actually possible.

    come to think of it, our resident trolls need to learn that one.

    (yes, I realise you were probably joking and know this already, and found it amusing in that capacity. I have problems leaving incorrect things alone, and not just on the internet. Hence part of the reason for my usual excess of parentheticals and my inability to leave uncorrected trolls alone :S)

  • Nov 02, 2012 @ 11:42am

    who's plotting?

    i can't be the only one who initially read that as the Parliamentary Copyright Maximalists being the ones doing the plotting, and was thus understandably confused. (headlines tend to leave out Who was doing the 'seeing', as it is implied to be 'various people, who we will tell you about/speak to in the article. also, possibly, the public.')

  • Nov 01, 2012 @ 05:26am

    oddly, back when demos were to be had, i came across more than one that was Great fun... and then the game itself was just... kind of flat. (some version or another of Worms was a prime example.) or sometimes outright terrible. so they weren't really representative anyway...

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