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    Ioan @ 304: I grew up in Atlanta, and I completely disagree with you on this. To me, this sounds like a myth the locals tell themselves. ... and again @ 310: In this comment, I'm going to explain what...
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    In the US, mostly it had. Then the South got "creative", and then came "outsourcing" to private commercial prisons.... The "South", as you put it, ceased to exist about 45 years ago. The carpetbaggers moved in and took over, bringing...
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    But, there is the aforementioned "Lout" group" & then there's the professional cycling camaigners ... the latter actually don't want to improve cycling, they just want to shit on motorists. Which doesn't help anyone, in any group, of course .......
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    Worrying ideaThe WHOLE TRUM "Presidency" is a distractionOr so suggests Noam Chomsky.Everyone pays attention to DT, whilst the Ultra-Right gut the country for theor own profits ...Intereseting & scary?True? Partially true. Ryan et al in Congress are trying to gut...
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    Re: Cuba, US Embassy, sonics, illness ... I wonder if it could be something as mundane as diesel generators? I know Cuba doesn't have a very reliable power grid by U.S. standards & I'll bet all the buildings the U.S....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    It has the superficial appearance of a Madman Theory play I don't think Trump is "playing" at being a madman....
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    You think we know the mind of DT? I don't think Trump knows either. It's not really a laughing matter, but you got the scary part right....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Or am I completely wrong? Partly wrong. You're right about the geography of the new nation making state militias more advantageous because they would be closer to possible threats. The founding fathers didn't want a large, professional standing army. Their...
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    "assuming Pence isn't a pre-millennarian whackjob" I couldn't find evidence to support such an assumption....
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    The first is that US federalism, from the perspective of other countries that have a federal model for their nation-state level of government, looks much more permeable than we are used to and one can't be blamed for suspecting it...
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    Key point I think. And there's an interesting exercise to compare and contrast the Federal-State-Local government responsibilities, agencies and authorities across nations that have these three levels of government. National Guard units are under the dual control of the state...
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    Quibbling about whether the military units that killed civilians were commanded by a governor or a president doesn't change my basic premise. It's not a quibble because your "basic premise" is bullshit and it's wrong. “many countries use their militaries...
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    Some interesting details and speculations, but this quip is new to me: The important things are always simple. The simple things are always hard. The easy way is always mined. – Murphy’s Laws of Enterprise Information Security. Those are the...
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    Presumably Kent State also counts? National Guard shooting civilians is normally something the police do, but in that case it was the military. The Ohio National Guard was sent to Kent, Ohio by Ohio Governor Jim Rhodes at the request...
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    But then I also read things like this from truth-out and seems plausible. The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" (the framers knew the difference -- see the 10th Amendment), was...
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    gasdive @ 976: The videos that came out at the time had clear machine gun fire sounds on them. https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000005472618/mass-shooting-in-las-vegas.html The purpose of of devices such as the "bump stock" are to allow machine-gun like rates of fire without actually...
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    Just a quibble, but the US keeps the military firmly firewalled away from domestic police issues, and there aren't many exceptions. Widespread insurrection could do it. National Guard units can be called up by their respective state governors (not the...
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    Right now today the second amendment is more about ensuring that white folk can kill black folk (which is arguably the original purpose for at least some participants in the creation). The original purpose of the Second Amendment was a...
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    Thing is. The story I have heard is that the Taliban didn't tell the US to "poke off." Rather they asked for a minimal amount of evidence in order to justify extradition. I don't have a source for that however....
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    Fairchild-Republic proposed a two seat all weather variant, but the USAF didn't bight. A substantial portion of the reasoning behind the USAF declining is the USAF hates the US Army and loathes having to do ground attack & support missions....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Neurological effects... Speaking of neurological effects, could there have been something on the paper the prankster/protester handed Theresa May that caused her coughing fit?...
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    I'd probably never have made it as a POTUS candidate. Under U.S. law in effect when your mom was born she was a citizen both "by blood" & "by soil". Her parents were both U.S. citizens and she was born...
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    Correction: Herbert Hoover was the first president born west of the Mississippi; in Iowa. Other interesting factoids ... After Lincoln, the next seven presidents not born in one of the original 13 states, were all born in Ohio (Grant, Hayes,...
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    Quick do a search for any presidents who lived in the territories after the original 13 states. There have been several candidates born either to US citizen parents overseas or born in US possessions or territories, but none have won...
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    If you see spam in the comments would you mind saying so? One of the mods deleted it before I saw it, so it took me a while to go searching, locate the spammer account, ban them ... and dig...
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    Good question. It all depends on the interpretation of the meaning of "...a resident "within the United States" for 14 years...". The territorial status of PR makes that requirement a bit ambiguous. OTOH, the GOP were willing to have Arnie...
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    Off-topic Q for USAians here. Is Carmen Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Jaun, Perto Rico, eligible to stand as POTUS? According to Wikipedia, Puerto Ricans are natural-born citizens of the U.S. She was born in Puerto Rico in 1963, so...
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    Err ... NO A Gallon of water weighs TEN pouns - one of the very useful "Metric" conversions which one can calculate in your head for BOFP calcualtions ..... 2.24 lbs per kg, so 3 kg = 6.75 lbs (ish)...
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    I have no idea as to its legal status, but the book has been web-available since I downloaded it several years ago. The icon that appears on the tab when I open the URL is the Old Well at at...
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    When are we going to see any really good movie adaptations? I thought the adaptation of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' was good, albeit not much like the original. Beyond that I struggle to think of any good adaptations....
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