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Comment: great news. (Score 5, Insightful) 402

by Connie_Lingus (#48167683) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

as a "casualty" of the US's insane and poorly thought out War on Drugs...I find this news wonderful.

the idea that people like me, whom got caught up in the drug game due to low self-esteem, need to goto state prisons and waste away with child-rapists, murderers, and "lifers" is not only totally ridiculous, but utterly dangerous.

i spent 22.5 months in Florida prison's, all because I got caught with some MDMA and weed at a rave in Orlando, FL in 2001.

i am basically serving a life-sentence for this crime, as corporate BG checks prevents me for getting hired.

hopefully, now others won't be subjected to the things I've been through.

Comment: Re:Get real (Score 2) 348

Unless you have a few trillion dollar coins stashed away somewhere that'll fund thousands upon thousands of chemical rockets, it's just not possible to do this

this is, of course, 100% true.

but, in light of this administrations total incompetence on so many issues, i think the plan is just...

"hey, dream whatever ideas, we will get funding and then make announcements and speeches about how smart we are, and it doesn't even matter if they ideas succeed or not, we will just say they did!

it's our intentions that count, not results."

Comment: Re:Consider your stakeholders (Score 2, Insightful) 57

what makes you think the US hasn't done it too?

perhaps someone out there can technically prove to me that absolutely no foreign IPs are blocked by our US government, but aside from that, I am inclined to believe that mucky-mucks in the current (and past) administration actively block certain content.

and yes, my tin-foil hat is firmly in place.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 3, Informative) 575

by Connie_Lingus (#48040541) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

you are a tool of the political machine...a "useful idiot" in Marx's terms.

there is no difference between the two parties...our system is a Plutocracy.

the two party system is nothing but a circle jerk keep people distracted from understanding the true nature of it all.

Comment: Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (Score 1) 517

by Connie_Lingus (#48008507) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

exactly, because market competition 99 times outta 100 increases efficiencies, and all that energy chasing capital, in the end, keeps your monthly bills down.

where are those incentives when government takes over? that a bunch of nameless faceless bureaucrats who have no skin in the game are concerned about costs?

how does that work?


Comment: Re:the new (Score 1) 224

by Connie_Lingus (#47998179) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

good question.

what I was trying to abstract is the instant "rush-to-judgement-and-sentence" mentality that I see creeping into all nooks and crannies of society where people just react to something on a screen in an instant, pass judgement and move on.

in both the ray rice and this case, you have a group or individual in power to affect someone else's life looking at something on a screen, instantly finding it distasteful, and relegating the person to a professional junkyard and a life of struggle without really ANY facts about the situation, the history, etc etc.

there is a very valid reason why jurisprudence does not adopt this model...ill leave it as an exercise to the reader to figure out why.

this is really disturbing to me because it reeks of a form of totally societal control that may someday lead to everyone having to be robots in order to *never* do anything that is recorded (which is quickly becoming everything we do) that may offend someone who controls levers of power.

Comment: the new (Score 3, Interesting) 224

by Connie_Lingus (#47992095) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

yeah...i feel for this guy. i can relate.

in this day and age, pretty much anything you do that could potentially show that you are not a good little robot that sits up and says "more, please" when corporations and law enforcement slap you around goes on your record and eliminates you from enjoying that sort of upper middle-class life. how wonderful for the law-n-order so much for independant souls.

it's happening all around us in real time...the Goodell story, Ray Rice...hashtag mobs become judge and jury for a few days and completely destroy lives.

  now I get this case it's different but corporate HR departments are just hashtag mobs of 1.

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