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Comment: Re:For Guys Who Are About 40th in Political Contri (Score 1) 521

by laird (#47788785) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Perhaps you should have done more research than 5 seconds in Google.

Democrat donors are at the top of the list of reported donations because they are more likely to report their donations. The whole point of how the Koch brothers route their money, and money funneled through their network of PACs, "think tanks", etc., is to hide the fact that they are funding it, so that their organizations all sound like "independent" supports of the Koch agenda. So they route it through "non-profits" or by providing non-cash benefits (e.g. providing a free vacation / educational conference), and of course pumping a fortune into "independent" issue campaigns, which are unregulated and whose funding sources are largely unreported. And, of course, the un-reported money flow is much larger than the reported money flow.

And you really can't equate the two.

In terms of assets, the Koch Brothers have 20x as much as Soros. So that's not even close.

And in terms of tactics, the Soros' political donations are well documented and transparent - be is open about what he supports, and he lobbies and promotes it in an open fashion. The Koch Brothers' money flow is generally hidden, and goes to subversive organizations like ALEC that literally write legislation, give it to legislators, who they give free vacations and political donations to, and has them pass it, sometimes literally in the middle of the night behind locked doors so nobody can see what they're doing. So you can't equate their tactics.

Comment: Re:Local storage (Score 1) 375

by dgatwood (#47788557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Definitely not true. Backwards, in fact. POP defaults to removing messages from the server and must be explicitly configured to leave the messages on the server. IMAP leaves them on the server by default, and IIRC, most IMAP clients don't even provide the option of removing messages from the server until you delete them.

Comment: Re:Extraordinary rendition (Score 1) 230

by dgatwood (#47786709) Attached to: US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

That's a pretty scary abuse of power. By Canada. Diverting the plane to Canada was okay, because the U.S. has jurisdiction over what air traffic may enter its airspace. However, the Canadian government had no legitimate legal right to arrest any person so diverted, because as a passenger on an international flight, he did not legally enter Canada, and a landing forced by the inability to reach your destination due to circumstances beyond the pilot's control constitutes an emergency landing, which is subject to various legal protections in all civilized countries.

Unfortunately, I've read that the Canadian government did a lot of that sort of thing for international passengers diverted on 9/11, too. Apparently Canada has little respect for international law regarding air travel—specifically, Articles 5 and 25 of the Chicago Convention (of which Canada was originally a signatory, but later withdrew from).

What the U.S. did was rather bizarre, but legal. What Canada did was unconscionable. Want to ensure that this never happens again? Write your MPs and demand that Canada re-sign the International Air Services Transit Agreement (IASTA).

Comment: Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (Score 1) 230

by dgatwood (#47786137) Attached to: US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

The criteria themselves should not be secret. The details of what actions meet the criteria might be. Of course, once a person is dead, there's likely no reason to keep that person's details secret. So they should disclose the way that the guy who was fighting against us in Iraq got on the no-fly list. Wait, what? He wasn't on the list? Seriously? Then what the f*** good is it?

Comment: Drop Caffeine Altogether (Score 5, Interesting) 110

by MyLongNickName (#47784507) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

About ten years ago, I cut out caffeine altogether. The first two weeks off of it was really tough. I slept a lot and when I was awake I didn't feel awake.

Now, I'm more alert than I was when I was caffeinated and when I hit the pillow at night, 9 times out of 10 I am out within five minutes. I wake up without an alarm clock and have no more than a minute or two of grogginess when I get up.

I was probably a harder core caffeine user than most, and with my personality, dialing it back wouldn't work -- it is either consume a lot or none at all.

Overall, it was the best health choice I've made for myself.

Comment: Re: A fool and their money (Score 1) 254

There was no control group, I just 'felt' those locations were correct.
Now, I would love to be in the same situation again and test it out. I can afford to spend some cash and see the results if I need to do this again.
It was lucky guessing the first time, but again, my question is how the heck do you set something like this up for an honest review.

Comment: Re:More uncalled for advice from ADD boy? (Score 1) 443

by dbIII (#47782081) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic
Another post devoid of any connection to the one above it. Why bother?
You still haven't told me why you chose to jump on to give me a lecture despite not actually reading more than the start of the post that was the target of your lecture. Are you the holder of both the narcc account and SuperKendall pretending to be an unrelated person? Are you the ten year old child of the actual owner of the narcc account? Is this some stupid Eliza script being run as a game? Either way, why do you feel that you are in a position where you are fit to lecture me when your own behaviour shows a distinct lack of maturity? Why should I roll over when some immature little shit attempts to bring me to task yet the little shit is in some way above criticism?

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