Yeah, I figured the bootable USB external might be the way to go.
I know of a local LUG to get questions answered, and yeah, if I can get my productivity on in Linux then I'll just made that a dedicated system and worry about getting games going later. The winehq link helps.
Is there anything in the world that is sold as a burglary tool or a theft device?
Is there any part of the law that defines these terms?
Is there any part of the law that defines who decides what is a burglary tool or a theft device?
How can such a law be taken seriously? Or is this one of those laws like the CFAA or Espionage Act that when matched with prosecutorial discretion allows the DA to put in prison anyone that displeases him, such as the husband of the woman he fancies?
The prevalence of conservative, uncharitable, wealth-worshipping right-wing Christianity in the US has given me enough perspective to figure that not all Islam is necessarily militant segregationist as the media in the west likes to portray them.
Yes, some of their scripture does point that out to that effect, but if so many Christians can pick and choose which of their scripture they can ignore, then it would make sense that Islam is that way as well.
But I wouldn't count on them universally. The lying to hide Jews from Nazis example comes to mind. On a greater scale, if isolationism or pacifism in the US prevailed, the Jewish holocaust would probably have continued for longer, and the German war machine may not have been stopped after all.
And the Dalai Lama has already proven his own susceptibility to human biases when he accused disaster victims of bad karma from prior lives. More than one Buddhist master has said you don't take their words as gospel because they are Buddha rather you regard them critically and accept them when they pass muster.
In this case, I get his point. US justification for extrajudicial torture and mass surveillance runs contrary to the respect for human rights that was once fundamental to the people of the United States. Now, even if the US thrives, we thrive as a country that no longer has those values, and it will take years, maybe centuries of contrition and abstention before we can regain that moral identity.
I think the end can justify the means if the benefits of the end result are more than the tragedy of the means. (Again, the lying to Nazis scenario comes to mind) But we are bad at foreseeing the outcome of our choices, especially in the long game, and will stampede into disaster when trying to act ethically as easily as when we choose to take unethical action.
But if you put me in front of the streetcar paradox for sake of the five victims the poor fat man is so toast.
Unless you're talking about the Sabra and Shatila massacre of 1982, the US has been bombing the crap out of the middle east since long before 9/11. In fact this is partly why Bin Laden coordinated the attacks on 9/11/01 in the first place.
Regardless, you're right, they have far more cause to hate and attack the US than the They want our freedoms! rhetoric might suggest. And our officials and elected representatives have proven to be exactly as despicable as they describe. The US has painstakingly earned every grain of outrage directed at us.
I'm pretty sure that it was against Nazi rule to torture regular POWs. Only spies and civilians that qualified as untermenchen. Germans were law-abiding to a fault.
Of course that didn't stop the SS from indulging in spoils of captured territories, and it didn't stop folks like Goering from carting off huge quantities of valuable art, but there were allies who'd do the same if they could. Absolute power and all that.
But that's the thing. Even the Nazis respected the conventions of war more or less. The Bush Administration pretty much said fuck the Geneva Convention, which is why the US will torture just anyone.
You or me, if some high-ranking official has a mind to make our respective lives too miserable to suffer.