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Comment: Re:Anonymity == being a schmuck for a good number. (Score 1) 728

by INT_QRK (#48112239) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win
Concur. Every crime against a victim who happens to be a woman isn't a "Crime against women," any more than every crime whose victim hails from a particular race or religion isn't a crime against that race or religion. People need to stop blowing so much political smoke. It only makes the debate and all of its participants more stupid.

Comment: Re:Request the government to provide it (Score 2) 94

by INT_QRK (#48111875) Attached to: Accessing One's Own Metadata
The problem with that approach is that information releasable under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) does not include information that has been classified. Another kicker? The category of unclassified information administratively designated "For Official Use Only" (FOUO) is also exempt release under FOIA. Even though FOUO is clearly defined, its use is increasing applied with considerable discretion, to the effect that Agencies routinely mark nearly everything FOUO these days. I am neither defending nor condemning these practices, just explaining. "Catch-22 is a beauty, all right!" - Yossarian

Comment: Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (Score 2) 221

by INT_QRK (#47961473) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach
I apologize for having carelessly left an impression that I disagreed. I actually identified with your points, and I was going off on a tangental rant. This being /., I'm so used to reading America haters on both sides of the Atlantic painting uninformed pictures of violent crime ridden America; and for the same reasons, the distortions inherent of ubiquitous press and entertainment media only capable of creating highly cartoonish caricatures of reality. The serious shame is what it's doing to our children, and thus future generations. When I was a kid, we could leave the house in the summer every morning, and not return until dinner, or even by dark, unless we got hungry and diverted home, or to a friend's home, for chow, sometime noonish. Now kids are prisoners of "play-dates" and hovering parents who are scared shitless by the sick perception that if they divert theirs eyes for a second, Johnny's going to be butt raped and murdered, no question. Why? Because in the statistically few tragic occasions when something, anything, sensational does happen anywhere in any small corner of the country or the world, it's splashed all over CNN, MSNBC or Fox every 15 minutes all day. Did shit happen in the 50's and 60's when I was growing up? Sure. But when it happened in Tallahassee, we didn't get to hear about it all day long in San Diego on 24 hour news networks for 5 freaking days running, with constant streams of "experts" reminding us constantly how we need to imprison our little darlings for their own protection. Life will suck for our grandkids.

Comment: Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (Score 3, Insightful) 221

by INT_QRK (#47958497) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach
I'd just recommend that when you compare, it's done intelligently and fairly. I mean, there's a huge difference between the insanely distorted America depicted in clever headlines and media soundbites and the many and varied communities across the United States. The US is not CNN, it is not the E Channel, it is not Hollywood. Really. I've lived and traveled extensively in Europe and Asia across the decades. I've found there to be at least as much variation in good and bad neighborhoods, rich and poor, genteel and tough, both Europe and Asia. There are streets, stradas, rues, calles, etc., on either continent that I avoid at night or alone.

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