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In the letter sent Monday to Obama and Congress, several former advisers to and members of the Church committee, including the former chief counsel, said that the current situation involving the NSA bears striking resemblances to the one in 1975 and that the scope of what the NSA is doing today is orders of magnitude larger than what was happening nearly 40 years ago.
“The need for another thorough, independent, and public congressional investigation of intelligence activity practices that affect the rights of Americans is apparent. There is a crisis of public confidence. Misleading statements by agency officials to Congress, the courts, and the public have undermined public trust in the intelligence community and in the capacity for the branches of government to provide meaningful oversight,” the letter says."
Interesting question. What use would this study be for Nasa? Why would they pay for it?
Nasa is one of the concrete government programs that has programs that are designed to run for decades. Space does not have an election cycle or quarterly reports. They build real things that have to be shepherded for years to get to the point where they can get results. That long-term vision might make a study like this useful.
If the economy collapses, engineers aren't going to be making much use of Hubble any more. So a few bucks to look at this, even as simply a potential future funding barrier seems ok by me. And yeah, like this costs as much as making a nice CGI video of the next Mars probe.
The simple solution to all concerns raised here is... huge taxation of the elite, and spend it all on cool Nasa stuff! They left that part out of the report.
Only Rich People can travel quite quickly and easily.
Try getting citizenship in Iceland, or getting past the immigrant holding-camps in Australia, or over the border separating Mexico from the North, or moving from Africa to most of the European countries.
It's a curiosity of the corporate-libertarian economic model that capitol is multinational, but labour is stuck with the economy their dealt. That's part of the problem that this study seems to address. The elite do not have to care about the majority, because they and their offspring will be able to run from the worst of the problems for the longest – probably. But unless the elite are forced to see themselves at risk, and lose some of the benefits of their elite status, they will oppose change, and with their concentration of power that will cause problems for everybody.
Pretty creepy stuff. Maybe some elitists will read this study and save us! Or some other plan....
I don't want to spend time carrying groceries because I have to do more important things like drive to the gym. Wait....
Cars designed the way Americans live. It is a unique lifestyle that has lasted less than a hundred years. It may well change in less time than that and be a historical curiosity. It is difficult to change it right away, but I do think most of us will live better as we drive less.
I've admired these folks – known only by their cheeky "Citizens Committee to Investigate the FBI" name – since I first read about them 25 years ago. Their actions made the world a better place to work for change.
They brought to light (along with the Senate Church Committee hearings) that in the name of fighting terrorism (they used to call it "extremism") the FBI was functioning as a terrorist organization. The FBI itself used to define terrorism as using violence or breaking the law for political ends. The FBI did that. Their Cointelpro actions were illegal, and for political aims. They should have been investigating themselves.
But these folks did it for them! I thank them, and only wish I ever had the chance to contribute something so damn cool.
They say in the video they could have dozens of them operating together. Did anybody else think of old TV shows, and prepare to panic?
The Rover, "a floating white ball that could coerce, and, if necessary, disable inhabitants of The Village, primarily Number Six."
If they come back to Earth like that old Venus probe, we're in trouble.
(Yeah, I remember these episodes of the Six Million Dollar Man from when they came out. I strongly suspect they were not as good as the Prisoner.)
Ice-fishing was used to take samples during November and December, prime season for burbot, a "cod-like" fish at the top of the food-chain in its fresh-water habitat. Research began in Russia between 1980 and 2001, when funding was cut. “More studies are needed in the Russian Arctic if we are to better understand how mercury moves through this type of environment,” said study co-author Leandro Castello.
The article, “Low and Declining Mercury in Arctic Russian Rivers,” is published in today’s (Dec. 20) issue of Environmental Science & Technology, a journal of the American Chemical Society."
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"They delved too greedily" was for mithril in the Mines of Moria, the Arkenstone was buried in Tacoma.
Come now – "a tricycle can become deadly"?
Many, many more people run over their children in the driveway compared to the number of kids killed by their toys.
Cars are the number one cause of death for children after infancy. When we complain about people worrying about stupid things, this is what they should worry about. More than half of all kids are killed by automobiles, far more than any other cause.
http://webappa.cdc.gov/cgi-bin/broker.exe (Center for Disease Control, fun interactive graphs about death and dying).
If a specific kind of car adds even more danger to this carnage, (hmm, a pun) I see no reason why they shouldn't be removed from the road. I'm happy to blame drivers, but I'd like to take dangerous tools out of their hands too.
Now, whether the issue of regulating the minuscule number of these exotic cars matters in the overall issue of traffic danger, is another matter. We should not focus on a few cars without looking at what measures would actually increase safety in general. But if these cars (and the people who chose to drive them) are costing other people's lives, I'm happy to take their keys away. Let them drive a tricycle, no?
Oh, sorry, read that wrong.
Eisenhower was talking about vast military spending, not helping poor people (or whole populations) with basic medical care. If the national debate was over whether we should have private military insurance, that would be interesting. "Sorry, no cheap oil for you, you didn't pay for your invasion insurance."
The PC will be standard technology for at least the next 100 years.
I know that was obviously hyperbole, but 100 years ago you might have been typing up a note on a not-yet-standardized typewriter and sending it downstairs using a pneumatic tube from whence it would be taken to a telegraph for longer distances. Wikipedia actually says the first teletypewriter was invented at that time as the cutting-est of the cutting edge tech, so things were ramping up for ongoing rapid change. In San Francisco a hundred years ago, ice for iceboxes was still being delivered by horse drawn wagons. Things have changed more in the last two-hundred years than in the entire history of the species.
To think that anything will be the same 100 years out is folly. The only clear prediction would be a "backward" progression where civilization collapses and our great grand-children are growing food with known pre-industrial tech and using busted hard-drives full of a century's worth of data as hand-mirrors. On the other hand, where tech might head if it "keeps going" is anybody's guess but it won't be the same as today.
I'd recommend trying the various ergonomic keyboards as well. A few centimetres change in posture or desk/chair height can make a remarkable difference too.
Unfortunately, trial and error have been my most successful way of finding solutions. I tried three different keyboards before getting one of the portable Goldtouch ones with the adjustable keyboard angle. It helped a lot, quite quickly. (My issue was with the tendons on top of my hands so ymmv.)
Good job to get working on this now, better than waiting years with further damage.