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Comment: Re:bad but creating false evidence trails is worse (Score 4, Informative) 46

by Blue Stone (#49448247) Attached to: The DEA Disinformation Campaign To Hide Surveillance Techniques

>"Parallel Construction" [] is a fundamental part of police work now.

So true and yet an utterly chilling sentence.

A DEA official said, "Parallel construction is a law enforcement technique we use every day. It's decades old, a bedrock concept."

Where the state is engaging in perjury, openly and without shame, what justice can there be?

Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 2) 285

by Blue Stone (#49120329) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

>If I own a newspaper I can decide what I publish in the paper.
If you own a newspaper, you pay people to write FOR you. These people are your employees.
If you host a *public* blogging platform, you can certainly disallow what people are allowed to publish there, but you don't get to not call it censorship.

Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 1) 285

by Blue Stone (#49120281) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

Oh please. Why do people (mostly American) trot out this narrow, legalistic, definition of "censorship"?

Blogger is a site where the public can post their communications. If Blogger is deciding certain communications are unacceptable and is either hiding them or disallowing them entirely, it's still censorship.

Just because Google isn't a government, doesn't mean it can't engage in censorship.

Comment: Re:French politicians.... (Score 5, Interesting) 168

by Blue Stone (#48589959) Attached to: Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Yes, France's public transport system, for example is an example of the sort of failure that we, for instance in the UK, shudder at.

Cheap fares, efficient operation, a boon to the country and its people.

Ours in the UK, meanwhile engages in double-dipping (making shareholder profits while receiving public subsidy), has terrible roling stock and fucking high ticket prices that rise regardless of the economics of the country, all along with local monopolies(!!!!)

Those bloody French socialists and their incompetence!

Comment: Re:Growing Isolation (Score 1) 157

by Blue Stone (#48584155) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Again, I find myself agreeing with you largely, and would merely add that the President is mostly a figurehead (albeit one with *some* clout) and there are a body of people behind the scenes, who are not elected that run the show. And that includes corporate and wealthy power outside but with access. The US isn't a dictatorship, but the people who control what happens are just as unconcerned with the little people as any dictator.

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