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Comment: Re:Too bad (Score 1) 144

by JaredOfEuropa (#47946023) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence
That depends. Belgium did benefit from having the euro, according to the Economist at least. Their franc would have been utterly destroyed by speculators otherwise by now. The problem with the southern European countries is that they got into dire economic straights, but were not given the chance to apply the tried and true remedy: a controlled devaluation of the national currency. The rest of Europe was overextended as well, otherwise the Spanish banks or Greek debt shenanigans would not have threatened the rest of Europe so badly. This would also have happened without the euro; the problem for the rest of Europe wasn't the single currency, but the large interest of their own banks in Greek debt. If anything, having the euro means it was much easier for all nations to form a front against speculators.

Comment: Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (Score 2) 124

Most middle class people are able to cough up the entry fee and yearly dues, but my guess is that very few of them would be willing to drop that much of their disposable income on something that probably has zero value to them. Except for royalty watchers who enjoy a more intimate peek at what goes on between movie stars and other rich folk, this fee will do a good job of keeping out the little people. It might also keep out the rich though; the well-to-do will pay extra to be shielded from the common folk, but they do expect value for money other than just privacy. The site had better be good, and offer a sterling experience and nice perks.

If I were rich and considering joining this site, I'd be less concerned about ads and more about the site selling off my data to others. It'll be a goldmine for certairn businesses, and I can already see how that plays out: site becomes popular, site gets sold to investors at an overinflated price, new owners change the rules and start milking more and more data to recoup their investment.

Comment: Re:No, It Won't (Score 2) 282

by DNS-and-BIND (#47943151) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

The rate of extreme poverty in China rate fell to 12% in 2010. Guess how much it was in 1981, when they had real socialism? The kind of socialism where people went to prison for being right-wingers. 84%.

It's funny how you call for a truce and say neither is right...when socialism insists that it is 100% right all the time, and is not joking.

+ - Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem->

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cold fjord (826450) writes " reports, "The life sciences have come under fire recently with a study published in PLOS ONE that investigated the level of sexual harassment and sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments. The study found 71% of women and 41% of men respondents experienced sexual harassment, while 26% of women and 6% of men reported experiencing sexual assault. The research team also found that within the hierarchy of academic field sites surveyed, the majority of incidents were perpetrated by peers and supervisors. — More at The New York Times where it notes, "Most of these women encountered this abuse very early in their careers, as trainees. The travel inherent to scientific fieldwork increases vulnerability as one struggles to work within unfamiliar and unpredictable conditions..." ""
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Comment: Re:lets pump the brakes here and analyze. (Score 1) 146

No person is "evil". Calling extremists evil is a lazy manipulation designed to stop you thinking about their motivations and grievances. I think we've had quite enough of that.

ISIS engages in rape, torture, beheadings, amputations, crucifixions, live burials, mass executions, and genocide.

Are they simply misguided? They desire to spread their civilization and form of government over all the earth. Is that wrong? Are you being "judgmental"?

ISIS Attacks: “Religious Cleansing and Attempted Genocide”
Horrors Of ISIS: Children Buried Alive, Crucified Corpses
Iraq crisis: Islamic militants 'buried alive Yazidi women and children in attack that killed 500'

Comment: Re:Look, over there! (Score 1) 146

Its classic misdirection to keep people distracted from the increasing unemployment, worsening economy, political infighting and other Abbott government failures.

So, preventing citizens from getting their heads chopped off or blown up by suicide bombings is calculated to gain the voters favor? Those clever bastards! One question - will the next government not do that? How do you think people will react to that? Are you suggesting that people in Australia are resigned to being slaughtered like so many cattle? How will that reflect upon Australia?

Comment: Re:If you want someone who *did* compromise securi (Score 1) 174

by cold fjord (#47942621) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

If you think the Valerie Plame saga is worth flogging compared to Snowden you have a very serious gap in your judgment and sense of proportionality.

But if you want to continue, maybe you should get it right.

Valerie Plame

On July 14, 2003, Washington Post journalist Robert Novak, using information obtained from Richard Armitage at the US State Department, effectively ended Valerie Plame's career with the CIA

And no, "Richard Armitage" isn't an anagram for Richard Cheney.

Comment: Re:The sad part is... (Score 1) 174

by cold fjord (#47942571) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

I don't think they're idiots. I think that they think we are idiots.

When massive amounts of detailed information on intelligence programs and alliances is stolen and released to all comers and people try to claim that it doesn't cause any harm, as many here do, they might have a case to describe some of those people as "idiots."

Al-Qaeda's Embrace Of Encryption Technology - Part II: 2011-2014, And The Impact Of Edward Snowden

This issue of Inspire, the first since the Edward Snowden affair, includes a focus on Internet security. Most significantly, it notes on the first page, in all-capital letters: "DUE TO TECHNICAL AND SECURITY REASONS, WE HAVE SUSPENDED OUR EMAIL ADDRESSES TEMPORARILY." Since, as mentioned, Inspire has always provided email addresses and encryption information for readers wishing to contact it, and, as a major part of its outreach efforts, urged readers to write in, its decision to suspend its email is meaningful.

It is worth noting that this issue includes praise for Snowden, as well as for other Western leakers such as Bradley/Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. It notes under the heading "Questions We Should Be Asking": "If those making blasphemy against Islam have the right to express themselves, why aren't the actions of Assange, Snowden, Manning and Hammond considered freedom of expression?"

The cover story, "Shattered: A Story About Change," by Abu Abdillah Almoravid, who also authored an article in the previous issue of Inspire, focuses on the immoral nature of America and, in another mention of Edward Snowden, how he helped unmask it. ...

Praise for Snowden can also be found in Issue III of the English-language online Taliban magazine Azan, released August 26, 2013 ....

Also following the Snowden leaks, on August 30, 2013, Mula'ib Al-Assinnah, a senior member of the leading jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam warned online jihadis not to use Google's Gmail because Google is part of the National Security Agency (NSA). ...

Comment: Re:At some point us intelligence changed (Score 1) 174

by cold fjord (#47942509) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

While I agree, I'm not sure how much of a transformation happened. If you look at the origins of the CIA, they were about making the world safe for American business pretty much from the beginning. That's not all they did, or do of course. But Allen and John Foster were Wall Street lawyers after all.

The CIA was about having an American intelligence agency suitable to face the challenge of the Cold War: the enormously powerful and dangerous Communist bloc lead by the nuclear armed Soviet Union which was further fortified by the Warsaw Pact nations, Communist China, and the growing number of Communist insurgencies across the world. Trying to explain the CIA as "making the world safe for American business" is silly.

The Communists killed 100,000,000 people in the last century in all manner of cruel tortures, executions, forced starvations, and many other crimes against humanity. Why wouldn't countries want to prevent that from befalling their people? Of course! The real danger is "Wall Street bankers and lawyers!" Please.

The Soviet Story - trailer

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.