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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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Re: Sounds like a good decision.

I think the battery has more to do with an axe which the poster needed grinding...

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

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"I like to think of the universe as,well,universal.. in other words, goes in all directions forever without

End...my gut tells me this is true even if I can't grasp the immensity of it all....so.....an event cant..."

Well, so long as you've determined that the universe is actually infinite because the word 'universal' seems to mean infinite to you, and because your gut tells you it's true, I'm happy to go along with your conclusion, rather than the research results and tomes of equations produced by leading physicists.

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Re: "I WILL DO ANYTHING TO STAY IN THE NEWS"

Dude, as per the story, he wrote the comment in a book.

It's not HIS fault news sources jumped on the quote.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Re: Trees still standing?

Not really.

Meteors of the size cited don't 'explode' as in 'high explosive' and create a vast over-pressure. There's no real reason why they should be knocked down.

It takes a sh*t ton of pressure to knock trees over. Ever seen a car hit one or driven a car into one? They don't budge. Or photos of WW1 battlefields churned to muddy hell, with plenty of trees still standing?

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Re: 107,200 very bright meteor???

"* having lit up an empty sea spectacularly."

Which would show on satellite imagery. And a more horizontal path would surely have made noise that would have been heard in the wake of the impact?

My money is on conventional explosives and a cock-up in initial interpretation.

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Re: 107,200

"And the Nicaraguan government does not want to admit it."

Why leap to such an conspirational assumption? If it was a conspiracy, then the government would have sealed it off and not given meteor-science-boffins access.

Occam's razor would point to it having been mistakenly identified, partly due to the cognitive bias of knowing that another big rock sailed by at - to laymen - what seemed the right time.

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Re: kinda cool...

"It would have been detected even if it hit the most remote places in Antarctica or in the middle of the ocean. The shock waves left infrasound traces that circled the globe twice and took a day to fully dissipate."

Really? from a 1 tonne of TNT blast?

If so, I'm impressed. I suspect that we can't detect such small blasts a day later, but I'd be pleased to find out otherwise.

(However, I wouldn't be surprised if there are plenty of early warning satellites which are capable of noticing something hot and heavy lighting up the atmosphere on entry.)

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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"Wow, it's almost like someone sat down and thought "I wonder how I can use more energy"."

The energy is free for them. Pump up enough oil and you get plenty of gas. There's enough of that to make electricity (and hence de-sal water) effectively free in the Gulf States. Utilities cost a negligible amount.

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Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable

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Re: This is the problem with American...@bladeforce

I did create something better, but Google-sponsored IP reforms made it public domain.

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Re: The only thing more staggering...

Hey remember: Google aren't evil, because their motto says so!

*sips Koolaid*

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: They've got you...

"A magistrate is guided by his assisting law officials"

Magistrates are no more judges than a TA private is a member of the SAS. They are part-time busy-bodies with no legal background.

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Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

"Then why is ignorance of the law not a defence when you seem to think it is acceptable for police officers?"

Ignorance of the law is a viable defence if you otherwise acted as a reasonable person with decent morals and had no real reason to get prior legal advice.

If you genuinely believe the police should all have a degree in law and go on a ten-week refresher course each year, then you can pay for it. I'd rather they just did the police-work, let CPS sort out the complex legal matters and got done for wrongful arrest and harassment if they screw it up. Because that's what you can do if they do: If their partial knowledge of the law screws you over, the law is theoretically on *your* side.

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Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

"And yet it is their duty to arrest anyone whom they see (or hear about) breaking the law. How on earth can they do that if they don't know the law themselves?"

Again - as already stated - they have a WORKING knowledge of the law. They're trained to do the job, not be lawyers.

Again: It's the job of the CPS to figure out precisely what laws were broken after the bill have pried the proverbial two parties off of each other and mopped up the blood.

And you can still sick them for illegal arrest or harassment if they balls it up.

It takes years to qualify to be a solicitor, and then you earn a ton of money. Do you honestly believe it's viable for our policemen to be trained to those standards of familiarity with the law?

What do you want: Policemen who are au fait on a working level with the law, or to triple the salray of every policeman.

Because those are your choices.

"Yet our legal system insists that every citizen must act as if he knew every law in detail."

No, it doesn't. That's not how our legal system works. It expects us to act as a reasonable person would. Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to the morally obvious, but it's a perfectly acceptable defence when it comes to intricacies that a reasonable member of the public would not understand, have exposure to, or be likely to take legal advice over.

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Re: Also there is apparently no law against

"Police State Britain!"

Mate, I don't always think much of our police either, but it's not a police state. It's a long way away. And I don't like it to be called such as it belittles the plight of people who are unfortunate enough to live in them.

Ultimately, you're not going to be banged up without trial, beaten for confession and have your family threatened by the police because of your perceived wrongdoings. Our police don't routinely carry firearms. You can have a trail and legal representation. There are no star chambers.

It's not a perfect police force and I'll be near the front of the line when it comes to pointing out short-comings, but we should have a bit of perspective and consideration for those less fortunate before tossing around phrases like 'police state' and 'Orwellian'.

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Re: They've got you...

"They can always claim that your Graphics Card transmitted it to your Monitor."

No 'they' can't, because the law of the land is supposed to be interpreted and sustained in line with what a reasonably intelligent and just man on the street would do.

Ultimately, our law is not about weaselling, but common sense. Common sense interpretations apply.

"If they have the judge in their pocket, he could rule on this."

Judges tend to take their work fairly seriously, despite what TV teaches us.

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Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance

Key thing to remember: The police are not barristers. They have a *working* knowledge of the law, but are not experts and aren't supposed to be.

Yes, I *know* that in an idealised world every PC would be au fait with every piece of legislation, but if they were, they'd be called 'lawyers who also patrol the streets', we'd have to pay them all over £80k a year and not many people would ever qualify for the job (and if they did, they'd take the training, work for 5 years and then go and work in the private sector for more money, just like RAF pilots and GPs). It's just not viable for police to know about what they're enforcing in detail. Instead they only have a working knowledge. That's why the CPS exist, and that's why a lot of arrests go nowhere when the CPS discover that there's no actual case.

The police exist to nick you for likely causing an offence and taking you to a station. It's someone with proper training's job to then figure out if you actually did something wrong.

However, all that doesn't excuse a PR dolt for passing legal advice on to a member of the media. Frankly, it's a stupid, stupid thing to have done, and whoever the muppet is should lose their job.

If things had been the other way around and the press had been advised by a PR officer that something was perfectly ok, and you read and acted on that and were later arrested, you know how much slack you'd be given for having been told what the law was by a PR copper? Zilch.

tl;dr: If you want legal advice, talk to a lawyer, not a copper.

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

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"It shouldn't be necessary for anyone to hack in to see what is going on with that investigation."

Except for every media outlet ever, looking for a scoop.

Also remember that the Chinese government were very keen to be seen as pushing and leading the investigation, to the point of twice being insistent that stuff they'd found was the real deal, when it wasn't. If it *WAS* a government hack then they were trying to get an inside track and scoop to save some face for the benefit of their citizens.

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"And just what exactly might anyone hope to find on any investigator's computer, ONE DAY after the plane went missing...?"

A news scoop?

The investigator's PIN and debit card details?

Classified RADAR traces that shows the military capabilities of another nation?

All are viable answers.

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"More to the point, why is anything in such an investigation "classified"?"

Because some information passed to the investigation was from military sources - such as RADAR and later SONAR traces - and would demonstrate classified capabilities.

If the investigation did not guard that information at the appropriate level, future crash investigation could probably kiss goodbye from being handed such data from military sources (especially foreign ones) ever again, thus making the entire process more difficult for everyone in future and causing further woe for affected families seeking answers.

Hope that answers your question.

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Re: The fact that the attack occured one day after MH370 disappeared...

"Clearly the Chinese Government..."

Supposition upon supposition. There is no evidence that the attack was even from the Chinese government - or even launched by people from China.

Even if it was, there's a gulf of difference between wanting the inside track and knowing that something is amiss.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Infinite monkeys

"So if an infinite number of monkeys did manage to type out a brand new Shakespeare play, Shakespeare would lose out on all the royalties? How fair is that?"

He doesn't get any, on the grounds of being dead.

Nor does his estate earn anything, because the copyright has long since expired.

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Re: Another way to use this

"a "so called" photographer"

I don't think speech marks do what you think they do.

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Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again

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Re: Communism

Sounds more like capitalism to me.

Oh, you meant *corrupt communism*.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Sorry...

"What a stupid thing to say, I don't intend on declaring a war on another country or landing myself on the moon. But most people are interested in things that happen outside of their own little world."

What a stupid thing to say.

Clearly I was being at least slightly ironic given that I'd not only read an article about it, but cared enough to add to the comments section...

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Re: Please

"In the meanwhile, I would like to inform some of you that sitting there and calling someone--not to his face--a wanker or a moron does not make you look big or clever, neither is that helpful in any way whatsoever."

If it helps, I'd gladly call him a wanker to his face if he'll come out of his hidey-hole.

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Re: Does the court case matter?

"He might be not a nice person or even worse. But he did some good in his Wikileaks days."

That is and should not be of any relevance to a Court.

Rapeyness or not, we know that he is absolutely guilty of jumping bail and contempt of court in the UK.If you or I did that, we'd be banged up. why should he be any different?

What is there about this person that means they should not suffer jail for jumping bail?

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Re: Sorry...

" I do care about the predicament in which he finds himself."

I don't intend ever getting all rapey and bail-jumpy, so it's not really relevant to me.

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Re: On the matter of the public's right to know. (They don't!)

"FACT: "Signing" as in 'throwing a gang sign means you are in a gang. There are pictures of the kid throwing gang signs all over the media."

It doesn't mean you're in a gang at all. It means you have sympathies towards them and MIGHT be in the gang. However, whether the guy is in a gang or not has nothing to do with the matter. Just as if the police officer is a member of the KKK or a freemason shouldn't have any bearing on the matter. Our courts do not recognise gang affiliation when determining what happened over the course of the ten seconds before they were shot by an officer. What you're doing is judging guilt by social and racial profiling.

"Gang members REGULARLY kill cops."

What does that have to do with it? You attack others for judging guilt, but you've done just the same:

He was black and threw gang signs.

Ergo he was in a gang.

Gang members kill cops.

Egro he deserved it and the cop was defending himself.

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Re: "puts his life on the line every day"

"You Eurotrash should spend a whole night on the streets of a major US city and see how scared you get by the scum that police have to deal with every day; BEFORE you spout off about something you have NO IDEA about."

I have, thanks. Baltimore. It was surprisingly ok. The only intimidation I suffered through was a police officer. I'm not damning the man for being aggressive towards me or tarring an entire organisation with the actions of one man, but the only aggressive, rude and threatening behaviour I experienced was at the hands of a guy in uniform, toting a lethal weapon.

"It's pretty clear that you have already made up your mind and convicted the cop before he ever has a chance to go to court."

No, I'm open minded as to whether the gun was grabbed. I'm more appalled that the cop kept shooting after the guy had started running (and I'm open minded as to if that happened still), and even more appalled by your own attitude towards the impoverished racial minorities.

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Re: Has anyone given thought to the fact that...

"But why are most people assuming that the kid was innocent?"

I'm personally not assuming he's innocent at all. I have an open mind.

However, when you have corpse with multiple bullet-holes in its back and no weapon, and another guy standing nearby with a weapon, it's fair to make some working assumptions in the name of public safety. You don't just assume the person was innocent and let them carry on as they were while you go about finding out.

When that person is a civvie, they are immediately arrested, the weapon taken away, they are detained, questioned and probably charged. Their name is leaked to the media and published, and their freedoms curtailed while an investigation is under-way. I don't think it's unreasonable for police officers to expect the same - or even more stringent - measures to be taken when they're the one standing next to the corpse. Certainly, my consent to be policed only extends for as long as police officers are subject to the same laws and treatment as the rest of us.

My open mindedness to the dead guy's guilt or otherwise is also a separate concern to him being dead, backshot, yards from the car. If he was struggling for control of a lethal weapon and was shot in the process... well that's fair enough: Tough. I'd expect the officer to be cleared (providing he had followed procedure and his firearm was properly secured.) But when the guy stops struggling, turns and runs away unarmed... that doesn't warrant execution: Which is what shooting someone unarmed in the back is.

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Re: On the matter of the public's right to know. (They don't!)

I love it when someone disagrees so vehemently that they go through the entire thread, down-voting every one of someone's comments.

Because that really shows rationality and isn't at all laughably pathetic.

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Re: Not if you apply yourself!

"Not if you apply yourself!"

I just gave that post a second read, and it was no better the second time. Please tell me how the "whole culture promotes crime".

"there is nothing that can be done until they growup and want to have a better life"

I'm pretty sure most poor people don't want to be poor.

"My Niece (who was poor and half black and had a hard life with addicted parents and was raised by her white gandma) IS NOW A DOCTOR!"

Clearly only because she was raised by a white person or something, right?

The kind of attitude that you are preaching is precisely the problem: "It's not racist, it's just them poor black people all like rap music and won't try".

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Re: Not if you apply yourself!

"Stop trying to make excuses for people who would rather loot and steal than face facts."

Wow.

I don't think he was looting anything. He was too busy being back-shot by a police officer.

"The percentage is high because they won't apply themselves."

'They'? What, all of them? More than the white people in the neighbourhood, or equally?

If it's the latter, then it's a problem with POVERTY, not racial minorities, as you would have it.

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"I never made any such claim or assumption."

I never said or assumed you were.

"That is a matter of opinion."

No, it's a matter of historical fact. 150 years ago they were slaves. 50 years ago they were not allowed to sit at the front of the bus. Even if we pretend for a moment that America is no longer racist in any way, that means that the current generation is the first to have anything like equality. No time to establish themselves, no 'old money', not proportionally many families with enough tucked away to provide their kids with the best chances, et al.

"I see kids (many of them very smart) who wont even try at school because they are of the opinion that it wont do them any good afterwards"

And that's uniquely a 'black thing'? If it's not, then it's not a valid reason why a grossly disproportionate number are deprived. Are you seriously trying to go down 'the poor black kids are poor because they won't help themselves' route?

I can't even fathom why you are trying to persuade me that racism is not still firmly a part of US culture and that black people are not disproportionately deprived because - at heart - of racism.

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"Is it racist to point out that the %age of people in US who commit crime are black is many many times higher than the percentage of the US population who are black?"

No, but its racist to then assume that the cause of them being criminals is because they're black. Truth be told, the reason why the percentage is high is because of the endemic racism in society means that people from racial minorities are more likely to be poor than us white guys.

"Is it racist to point out that according to an article I saw, in areas which are majority black less than 15% of applicants to join the police are black?"

Maybe because they are bought up in a section of society where the police are viewed as oppressive and unjust, rather than as protectors of the community?

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Re: On the matter of the public's right to know. (They don't!)

"A cop is not automatically bad, you just make him out to be that way. "

When someone is standing over the body of someone they repeatedly shot, they probably aren't a 'good' person by my moral default.

"It is a "right of passage" of gangs to kill a cop or some bystander."

What, all of them? citation required. You condemn a poster for inferring all cops are bad, but then state that all gangs murder cops/bystanders by way of initiation.

"Therefore the cop shouldn't even think once before unloading a whole magazine into the scumbag."

Yeah. Screw it: Gun the scumbag down! And like you said: The USA is NOT the wild, wild west!

"It's as simple as that. And by the way don't expect any fair treatment by cops, TSA, ICE, Border Patrol or any other "public" servant who puts his life on the line every day for sorry losers like you!"

Idiot. You have appeared to missed the entire concept of justice, policing and policing by consent.

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Re: What happened to the principle of...

"Obama is a baldface liar and you have no real argument just your ignorant comments."

Unlike your chosen brand of politician, who is honest and not a massive lair at all.

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"You get to find out what celebrities have been arrested or had a warrant of some form issued against them as that is a matter of public record. You rarely hear that one of them is under investigation."

True that.

But if you or I shot someone dead, we would not *be* under mere investigation. We would be arrested and questioned, with full charges pending.

The Officer is being extended a luxury that the public would not have.

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"We'd also be offered police protection from an angry mob. How do you envisage that working in this instance?"

I would imagine that should his name be released, he would be given a safe house and police protection. Cynically, he'd probably get better protection than you or I would, too.

"I don't disagree with you by the way, but I find the whole anonymous making demands thing purile, repulsive, and deserving of stomping into the dirt. I'm not sure who they think they are that they feel entitled to make demands."

I don't entirely disagree. I don't approve the methods but they are essentially doing what the media would be doing (and earning money from doing it) were this a member of the public under investigation for -say- child abuse. Trial by media and mob justice are not good things.

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Re: I call BS on these anon-tards

No, because that's never how they've historically acted. Selling information to tabloids is never what the organisation has done.

I don't think much of them myself, but I'm not about to accuse them of selling out when they don't really seem to have that arrow in their quiver.

"yeah, they can take down computers, but they know as much about the officer who shot the kid as I do - zilch. BS called."

Quite right. Because people who can organise the taking down of websites and with a long track-record of hacking stuff certainly wouldn't know enough about computers to hack into a local police department to obtain data, would they?

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Re: Seriously...

By your own measure, the omission of a question mark at the end of the sentence means that no information you supply can be trusted, either.

Making a typo doesn't make a source unreliable.

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"Now, were these radicals actually radical, or intelligent, they might consider waiting for due process to take its course before deciding the police are guilty and the dead guy is innocent"

Putting the name of a suspect in the public domain long before court proceedings start is something common in the media. We all get to find out what celebrities are under investigation for long before they are found guilty (or not). While I don't agree that names should be dragged through the mud prior to evidence being presented, what is good for the goose is good for the gander: Police officers should be subject to trial by media in the same way that you or I would be.

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Russian PM's Twitter hacked to slap down Putin, post fake resignation

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Re: True, but...

"Easily distracted by 'Bread & Circuses' " is not really a worthy social commentary on any society, though. You might as well state "They are human beings". Show me a population *not* sedated by the proverbial bread and circuses.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

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Re: Just what the world needs ...

"...my camera is 10 years old and going no-where yet, and bits of my PC kit are >20 years old - I am typing on a 1992 IBM AT keyboard with a PS/2 connector right now. I don't think the world can afford to follow the throw-away cult for many more years anyway."

You could always throw your clogs into the cooling fans of all the terrible new kit. That'll put a stop to it.

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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

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"If you can't beat them, don't provoke them."

Leading to a logical conclusion which Israel reached a long while ago:

If you *can* beat them, provoke them.

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"I am not fearful of going to Israel (your chance of being killed by a rocket in Israel is about 1% that of being killed in a car crash)."

How about your odds of getting killed by an Israeli shell Palestine?

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

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Re: Net energy gaiin?

"You're probably better off burning the fossil fuel in the car. The same probably goes for solar cells, and wind turbines. If you're using solar cells or wind turbines to make energy you're probably better burning the fossil fuel directly."

Lots of 'probably' there, followed by conclusions which already fit your existing opinions, masquerading as a logical thought process.

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Facebook in new 'experiment' drama: Will users buy it?

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What Ads?

I've not seen any ads on the internet since I reinstalled Firefox and forgot to download Adblocker...

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Re: Lick my

THANKS OBAMA!

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