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+ - Get paid to ruin a violent whackadoodle's day->

Submitted by Tise
Tise (110999) writes "The Department of Justice is finally willing to pay people to study violent extremists who are not Muslim, such as "Sovereign citizen groups" and "eco-terrorist groups". There are several types of projects they are interested in, but this seemed the most pertinent to this venue:

"...the majority of studies of how violent extremists use the Internet has focused on alQaida and other Islamic inspired violent extremists at the detriment to [sic] those inspired by other violent extremist ideologies. NIJ seeks applications that will test empirically the assumption that the Internet is a driver of radicalization to violent extremism. Applicants might develop a broad approach to cataloguing how the Internet did or did not factor into radicalization to violent extremism within and outside the United States. NIJ is interested especially in proposals that can parse out how different types of violent extremist groups use specific types of Internet functionalities (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Vine, chat-rooms). If applicable, applicants might explore whether the use of the Internet by violent extremists is in any way different from how everyday individuals, and especially youths, use the Internet and social media."


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Comment: Re:Bu the wasn't fired (Score 1) 1116

by Joe Decker (#46699613) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

I'm not suggesting I know one way or another, it's the folks saying "he was forced out" who seem to be insisting--as does the headline here.

That having been said, Eich doesn't make the claim he ws forced out by the board. Mozilla doesn't make that claim. Lilly, who resigned from the board before this ruckus because of Eich's appointment, says he resigned for reasons that had nothing to do with Prop 8, and doesn't appear to make that claim.

All I can see to support the claim that he was forced out by the board comes down to supposition and/or prejudice. Anything *could* be true, but I don't see any reason to find your explanation better than any other.

Comment: Re:I think the conversation here is missing the po (Score 3, Interesting) 1116

by Joe Decker (#46697641) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

"GLBT organizations have a perfect right to express their opinions,"

I'll be impressed if you can point at a signficant GLBT organization that actually did discuss Eich. As near as I can tell, the repsonse was entirely grassroots, and not limited to GLBT individuals.

Comment: ....indeed. (Score 0) 1116

by Joe Decker (#46697557) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

And, to my mind, the biggest point was not "how did you vote in 2008?" but "are you open enough to treating the people you intend to manage objetively, even if they are LGBT?"

Given his dodging about his feelings today, I'd suggest that even if he was forced out, the issue wasn't his vote, but instead, his ability to do his fucking job today.

Comment: My response would be, I'm afraid, no. (Score 1) 1746

by Joe Decker (#46657459) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

I'm not going to acknowledge that.

If someone is on record as not only saying, but actively paying to support making sure a group of people enjoy fewer civil liberties than another, and that person's *job* is managing people, some of whom are in that group?

In that case, I don't think it's bigoted to question whether they are capable of perfoming that job well.

That's not bigotry. That's common sense.

And to heck with 2008, while we're at it. If his suport for treating people equally had changed in the past six years, he had more than enough opportunities, including the CNET interview less than 72 hours ago, to not directly avoid answering that question.

Comment: Re:My answer (Score 3) 525

by Joe Decker (#43323913) Attached to: Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

...But I wonder how much of the mess that happens at borders is caused by cultural misunderstanding....I have great sympathy for the traveler described in the article, but I've never had a single problem traveling in the US and my only frustration with TSA is that they slow things down.

I'm sure some problems do happen because of cultural misunderstandings, but speaking as someone who grew up in the USA: the problems with the TSA are far more than cultural misunderstandings. I've had good experiences, to be sure, but some pretty horrible ones as well. I'll now drive half way across the country to avoid flying when it's possible, sadly that won't get me to many of the other places I need to get to.

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