Steven C. Schulz comments

Posted in: Venezuelan President Maduro expels top U.S. diplomat, deputy See in context

If "the Empire" really wanted Maduro gone he'd be dead.

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Posted in: 5 more Australian MPs leave parliament after court's citizenship ruling See in context

Funny enough, the only US equivalent is the president, who must be a "born American citizen," though exactly what that means remains unclear.

It's not unclear. So long as you don't acquire citizenship through naturalization, you are a born citizen. A "born citizen" acquires citizenship at birth by being born on U.S. territory, or by "inheriting" it from a parent who is a citizen.

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Posted in: McDonald's torched, 200 arrested in May Day protests in Paris See in context

On the other hand, this is what "hold the government accountable" looks like.

Destroying private property in no way holds the government to account.

It's rioting, not protest, and should be punished as the criminal activity it is.

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Posted in: 10 dead, 15 injured after van plows into crowd on Toronto sidewalk See in context

Incredible discipline from the police. The driver simulates drawing a weapon from his waistband, and pointing it at police. He advances, police retreat and maintain an appropriate distance, and no shots are fired. They take him into custody without further incident.

Wait; Canadian police. That's how they do it in other countries.

And how many people potentially faced harm for their consideration, including the officers themselves?


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Posted in: Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote See in context

"If you're not with us, you're against us"

That worked out last time didn't it?

Except Trump might be crazy enough to follow through with what that means - withdrawing the U.S. from NATO and other international organizations.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote See in context

Haley and Trump are correct on the logic. Why should a country get American protection and support when they don't adhere to American interests?

But you lose all leverage if you have an open tantrum about it.

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Posted in: Thai teenager permitted to stay in Japan despite deportation order See in context

This is the best outcome. There should be no reward for intentionally breaking the law, but it can show compassion on someone who had no say in the matter.

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Posted in: After London setback, May wins Brexit cheer in Brussels See in context

To think that Brussels would go from May's nemesis to savior, essentially saying "the deal is the deal whether you apprive it or not".

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Posted in: U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom See in context


Nor has there ever been a fascist administration. I was pointing out the ridiculousness of CrazyJoe's hyperbole.

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Posted in: U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom See in context


Yeah, totally unlike the unelected, bought, and paid-for authoritarian socialists that told the ISPs how they could use their private property in the first place.

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Posted in: Japan avoids criticizing U.S. move on Jerusalem See in context

They do. Unlike the West, which created this mess in the first place, Japan has consistently taken a different approach in middle east politics, keeping the neutral position from both Israel and Arabs. And that's good for the region and the world.

Not participating is not the same as being neutral. Japan wants a seat at the great power table. Iy should behave like one.

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Posted in: Japan avoids criticizing U.S. move on Jerusalem See in context

Basically correct. Japan maintains good relations with Israel and with the Arab countries. Geographically it is outside their "sphere of concern". This is like asking China or South Korea where they stand on this issue. They don't care either. Stupid journalist trying to "create" a story.

Japan believes it should become a permanent Security Council member. Then it should show interests in things that concern the Security Council.

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Posted in: EU sues Czechs, Hungary, Poland over refugee quotas See in context

It's very unlikely that the Visegrad countries (these three + Slovakia) will stay in the EU in the long-term.

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Posted in: U.S. quits talks on global migration pact over sovereignty clash See in context

Why are the USA part of the UN again...? If they plan to not participate in anything, they should just quit and do their own thing at home and not bother everyone else.

Because, as a permanent Security Council member, it gets to impose its will on the world.

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Posted in: Trump likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital next week See in context

There is literally no American interest served by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, unless you think putting a target on the back of every American tourist and diplomat in the city is in America's interest. 

Like them being American isn't reason enough...

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Posted in: Tokyo subway 'phantom station' reveals itself to passengers for first time in nearly 90 years See in context

Makes me think of the lost stations in New York and London.

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Posted in: Three coffees a day do more good than harm: study See in context

It's ironic that a plant who's key ingredient is a pesticide could be so beneficial to human health.

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Posted in: Russia worried Japan becoming base for U.S. military build-up in Asia See in context

Where have they been for the last 60 years?

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Posted in: Iran warns it will increase missile range if threatened by Europe See in context

Which country has power limited by the rule of law even when it produces suboptimal outcomes? U.S.

Which country is under the discretionary rule of a cabal of religious zealots? Iran.

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Posted in: U.S. regulator unveils plan to end 'net neutrality' See in context

Republicans in the US always go on about how the government should not be involved in issues, then they put forward a bill like this making the government involved in the internet.


They're removing government regulation of ISPs' networks, so not inconsistent.

And this is administrative action, not legislation. Only the FCC board vote.

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Posted in: U.S. opposes Nazi speech, but will vote no at U.N. to banning it See in context


The issue in the example of your acquaintance can be explained by the difference in negative and positive rights.

The U.S. constitution has incredibly strong negative rights - restrictions on government action. However, explicit positive rights - compulsions of government action - are completely absent.

Additional implicit negative and positive rights have been fleshed-out over the years, usually when strict constructionists weren't dominant on the Supreme Court. An example is the right of one man, one vote; even though the right to vote itself doesn't actually exist.

Because of this, consequences between one private party and another, such as firing someone for "politically incorrect" speech, has no cause of action for the government to intervene.

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Posted in: U.S. opposes Nazi speech, but will vote no at U.N. to banning it See in context

I thought hate speech wasn't covered under free speech protection.

Curious position for the US to take.

The First Amendment is all but absolute, and is the most ironclad speech protection against the government in the world.

The closest thing to a hate speech exception requires a directed, immediately actionable call to violence.

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Posted in: Zimbabwe's army seizes power; Mugabe confined See in context

By 2007-2008 inflation topped out at 500 billion percent.

That's nearly 16,000% per second. Thats $10 becoming $.06 every second.

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Posted in: Formula 1 champion Hamilton avoided taxes on jet: leaks See in context

In the U.S. tax avoidance is legal, but tax evasion is not. Don't know if it is the same in the U.K.

Avoidance - minimizing your tax obligations within the law - is always legal, but unpopular if you're exposed.

Evasion - hiding income or property so that it's not exposed to taxation - is always illegal.

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Posted in: Leaks show U.S. commerce chief, UK queen's offshore investments See in context

Like she knows anything that's going on with her money.

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Posted in: Astros' Gurriel makes racist gesture toward Darvish See in context

i thought all racist incidents were caused by the culture Trump has created and his hateful rhetoric? But somehow no one has connected him to this?

He defected from Cuba last year. I think it has more to do with upbringing.

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Posted in: Japan to propose strategic dialogue with U.S., India and Australia See in context

The Quadrilateral is back?

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Posted in: Kershaw, Dodgers beat Astros 3-1 in hot World Series opener See in context

They'll freeze by comparison in Houston.

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Posted in: May wins Brexit reprieve, but faces tough weeks ahead See in context

EU position makes much more sense to me; divorce & settlement agreement (financial, political etc) first then talks about a future relationship,

Since both sets of talks are inextricably linked, they really should be negotiated at the same time. It's all well and good for the EU to say no trade relationship without settlement, but for the UK it's "no settlement without trade relationship". So long as they're at cross-purposes, nothing will be agreed for anyone.

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Posted in: Defying Trump, EU leaders commit to Iran nuclear accord See in context

They can say whatever they want. In the end, if U.S. sanctions come back, European companies will have the choice of doing business in Iran or in the U.S - they won't allow both.

That may bite, but that's how it is.

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