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Comment: Misuse of FOIA (Score -1, Troll) 231

by _KiTA_ (#47443793) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

First off, lets begin with this: The Freedom of Information Act is NOT a fishing lure. It is not designed to request all the emails of a certain employee, nor should it. The FOIA is designed for targeted requests for specific information, not blanket demands so conspiracy theorists can try to dig for "evidence." The NSA should have ignored this FOIA act or pointed that out.

Second off, this story (and the multitude of Greenwald/Snowden cult of personality reposters) is missing the most important thing in the NSA's response, the last sentence:

“For your information, there are no emails indicating that Mr. Snowden contacted agency officials to raise concerns about NSA programs.”

That's the real story here. The FOIA request was trying to show that Snowden tried to warn the NSA about abuses but they ignored it, the fake story Greenwald and Matthew Keys are trying to push is that the NSA is somehow hiding it, the real story is that Snowden, Libtard hero, never even tried to whistleblow.

He's no patriot, he's just a cowardly little shit.

Comment: Re:No such thing as 'catastrophic man-made... (Score 1) 385

So Whatsupwiththat, JoNova, Climate Depoe, and Climate Etc. and climate comments from Lubos Motl are all crackpots as well, right?
"there is no debate" said the guy who does not want to debate.......idiot.

Whatsupwiththat -- or rather, Wattsupwiththat I presume -- is Anthony Watt's website, and yeah, he's a crackpot and professional grifter. He has no academic or scientific training, his arguments are either debunked climate denier talking points being regurgitated or "hey, it's cold outside, LOL" type circumstantial evidence - hardly worth an eyeroll. He adds nothing to the conversation but he does keep getting speaking gigs and advertiser bucks, so hey, grifters gonna grift.

JoNova is Joanne Codling (aka Joanne "I watch too much Star Trek" Nova)'s blog. She's funded by the Heartland Institute and the Science and Public Policy Institute -- in other words, she's a professional shill for professional climate deniers. Oh, and she's not a scientist (she's a failed TV talking head) and thus her opinion on a scientific fact like global warming is utterly useless.

Climate "Depoe," unless I'm not seeing the site, is one I've already covered - Climate Depot.

ClimateEtc is Judith Curry's blog, and while she's a climatologist at Georgia Tech, she's also a loon. For example, she heavily cites and defends the Wegman Report, and later admitted she never read it. I doubt she'll make it another 5-10 years at Georga Tech before joining Richard Lindzen as a professional crank for some Heartland Institute shell company.

Oh, and Lubo Motl? He's a failed string theory physicist, not a climatologist, and his only claim to fame was being hired at Harvard and fired for being a raging douchebag. You can tell, mostly because his blog reads like something from the GNAA or the Yahoo News comments section. And don't get me started on his shitting over half the science blogs on the internet in the comments section -- I guess when you're a failed PHD student who hasn't done any actual work in science since 2007 you have lots of time to troll blogs.

So yeah, I will repeat it. There is no debate. Your sources are crackpots, loons, cranks, and professional grifters, and at this point, I'm willing to go further -- you don't get to "debate" scientific fact. There is no climate change debate. It's real, it's man made, and it's the biggest threat we as a people will likely ever face.

The only debate left is what we do about it. Deniers are just idiots on par with Anti-vaxxers and should have their brains taken away by social services.

Comment: Re:No such thing as 'catastrophic man-made... (Score 4, Informative) 385

... global warming'...

But I'm amazed these retards actually used the phrase 'global warming', since the new accepted LIE is to use the deliberately misleading phrase 'climate change', which is MEANT to mean "catastropic man-made global warming', and is IMPLIED every time they use it...

Just go to www.climatedepot.com and start reading the truth about this ridiculous 'global warming' scam. These 'scientists' are just shysters in it for the money, and my, doesn't it show.

ClimateDepot is a shell website created by the "Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow," a think tank funded by crackpot Richard Mellon Scaife (you might remember him from every fake Clinton scandal ever) and Exxon Mobil.

It's ran by Marc Morano, an ex-producer of Rush Limbaugh's show, which should tell you about as much as you need to know about it's journalistic ethics.

In short, ClimateDepot is a fake website designed to sucker idiots like you into believing there's some sort of "other side" to the climate change "debate" -- when in reality there isn't. But then again, 90% of the Climate Deniers I have met are in it just to piss off liberals in some sort of psychotic ignorant tribalism, so... perhaps I waste my breath.

Comment: Re:Streisand effect? (Score 1) 239

by _KiTA_ (#47371237) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

What about this slashdot entry? Will it also not appear in google search results?

Until they change the law to force Google to remove ALL Slashdot results to "ensure complete compliance with the citizen's rights."

Heck, I'm waiting for a US version of this law to allow companies to issue Google Gag orders against bad things they've done. Want to learn about how Exxon Mobil spilled oil? Not on the Corporate Internet, you don't!

Comment: Spore 2 (Score 1) 100

by _KiTA_ (#47319369) Attached to: Building the Infinite Digital Universe of <em>No Man's Sky</em>

So they're making Spore 2? Or maybe Minecraft: Corporate Sellout edition? We've heard this song and dance before.

Of course, since I've been playing Roguelikes for decades, literally nothing in the hype train up there really gets my attention. Wake me when they have something with 1/10th the complexity of Dwarf Fortress.

Comment: Re:How deep is the rot in Washington? (Score 1) 682

by _KiTA_ (#47282527) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

Did you read your first reference? Or are you just some kind of special stupid?

Did you read my first reference? You are citing Darrel Issa's report, and my first source is all about pointing out that Darrel Issa's report is full of bad data. He lied. Made it up. Misled the American people. Intentionally. There is no scandal here and everyone not a Tea Party nutter knows it.

Comment: Re:How deep is the rot in Washington? (Score 1, Troll) 682

by _KiTA_ (#47272309) Attached to: IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

The politicization of the IRS should be the biggest scandal ever. How many other institutions are being used to pursue a political agenda instead of their true function?

Maybe because the politicization of the IRS is a fake scandal that even Newsmax and Fox News aren't covering anymore?

Seriously, it turned out that the IRS was actually covering Liberal Groups more than the Tea Party groups, something we would have known earlier except the GOP intentionally limited the audit to GOP groups. Oh, and the IRS is required by law to "harass" (read: investigate) Non-Profits in order to prevent the very thing that the GOP is freaking out about -- rich people like the Koch Brothers using fake non profits as a political machine. Note that the GOP isn't freaking out about people doing this, they're freaking out that they might be caught.

In other words, the real scandal is that the IRS somehow DIDN'T notice the Koch Brothers are breaking several dozen federal laws by astroturfing tea party "chartiies" in order to push anti-science, anti-climate change, and anti-worker agendas across the entire US.

All of this is due to the guy handling most of the GOP's fake scandals, Darrel Issa. He's got his thumbs in pretty much every fake scandal plaguing the Obama administration, in something that has come to be known as the Paula Jones Technique - make up fake scandals or inflate existing ones in hopes that your opponent (in this case, President Obama's Administration) can't do anything but react to the scandals.

+ - Kleargear.com found in Europe, will fight default judgement

Submitted by portforward
portforward (313061) writes "Remember Kleargear.com, that company who bills unhappy customers $3,500 for publicly expressing they are unhappy? Kleargear.com claimed they were owed a substantial amount of money after a couple posted their negative experience on RipoffReport.com and then attempted to collect, severly damaging the the family's credit rating. The unlucky couple sued, and got a default judgement against Kleargear in part because no one could actually find the owners of the company. Apparently now the owners have surfaced in Paris — vowing to fight and saying:

"Our sales contract is enforceable under the laws of the United States because business transactions are exempt from First Amendment rights ... If a customer disagrees with any merchant of policies, they are free to shop elsewhere."

Especially, of course, when the company adds conditions to the bill of sale after the sale is complete."

Comment: Re:Capitalism (Score 1) 90

by _KiTA_ (#46909879) Attached to: Can the Lix 3D Printing Pen Actually Work?

What we really need to do is cure cancer. We need to solve the cancer problem, because that very problem is what is affecting our world at a global level too. When we learn to cure that disease symptomatically identified as bloating of cancer cells, we will learn to stop the cycle of economic bloat, corruption and oligarchy.

Which "cancer problem"? There are over what, 200 different diseases all under the umbrella of "cancer," each requiring a different cure or preventative measure. Yeah, we need to figure out how some of the base line errors occur in cell replication et all, which will help prevent quite a few types of cancer, but there's never going to be a magic bullet -- a "cure" for "cancer."

+ - Asheron's Call to end active development, Turbine to release server software->

Submitted by _KiTA_
_KiTA_ (241027) writes "Asheron's Call, one of the longest running modern era MMOs at 15 years, will have one final monthly update on March 4th, whereupon the game (alongside Asheron's Call 2) will be placed in Mothball — going free to play for existing accounts, with only bugfix and balance updates to be expected.

However, at the same time, Turbine's going out with a bang — adding a Disgaea-like character reincarnation system, LOTRO style evolving weapons, and a fanservice-filled bonus dungeon for the remaining (and returning) faithful players.

Oh, and they're planning on releasing the game's servers, client, utilities, and art assets for free. Similar to how Ultima Online spawned a host of unofficial and technically illegal 3rd party servers, Turbine is going to officially allow 3rd party servers now that the game is being retired. There are also increasing rumors that Turbine might be working on an Asheron's Call 3 or AC Reboot, as well."

Link to Original Source

Comment: So what will end up happening is the states that (Score 4, Insightful) 597

by portforward (#46244527) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

implement this will be very popular with college students and then everyone will move to the "traditionally funded college" state schools to avoid the tax. Also the STEM, medical and business students will end up subsidizing the fine art, journalism and french medieval poetry students and their professors. This already happens to a degree (no pun intended), but at least the penalty is more born by the student through loans that need to be repaid, rather than the people who studied a more rigorous and practical career. Also, we will probably end up with too many people who go through law school because there is really no penalty to attend (besides lost wages) and then they won't be able to find jobs and then become something else.

Comment: I want my TAX dollars spent the way that I want (Score 4, Interesting) 233

by portforward (#46198917) Attached to: 25% of Charter Schools Owe Their Soul To the Walmart Store

Do you have a child in a failing school? Have you spent time time talking to clueless administrators? One of them told me "it was against state law" to teach the multiplication tables. They won't teach fractions except for 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4. That is unfortunate because you don't get to pick your fractions in algebra. One of the (first grade) teachers directly criticized my wife for not speaking more to my son in Spanish. The kindergarten teacher said he "didn't want parents in the classroom". The public school principal spoke with me in very thinly disguised contempt.

I could either run for school district or send my son to a charter school. When we asked about math, the principal of the charter school said, "Oh, so that is why none of the fifth graders who come from the school district can't do math."

So no, my presence, my ideas, my concerns were not welcome at the public school. Your theories fail the actual children in the schools. I like choice. What does it matter that a "corporation" does it rather than the school district? If you don't like charter schools, then don't send your children to one. If enough people don't like them, they will close.

Comment: Re:beacon of freedom (Score 0) 266

by _KiTA_ (#45926465) Attached to: How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

Anyway, here is a non-conservative site debunking your debunking http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/05/14/irs-tea-party-progressive-groups/2158831/

Except that's an older article that was parroting RWEC stories. I counter with this July article from USAToday:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/07/12/irs-occupy-groups/2511541/

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