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Comment: not the best article (Score 3, Interesting) 135

by Lawrence_Bird (#49758321) Attached to: NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate

as it omits (this from the NYT)

After the two bills failed, Mr. McConnell offered a series of agreements to pass ever-shorter extensions, including one for a single day, that required the full consent of the Senate. But Mr. Paul, joined by the Democratic Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, objected — leaving the matter to next Sunday.

“This is a debate about whether or not a warrant with a single name of a single company can be used to collect all the records,” Mr. Paul said. “All of the phone records of all of the people in our country with a single warrant. Our forefathers would be aghast.

Mr. Paul has made clear that he wants the House bill, known as the USA Freedom Act, brought to the floor with an open amendment process so he can have the chance to toughen it.

Comment: Re:Thank you - just PR for his presidential run. (Score 1) 382

by Lawrence_Bird (#49750527) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

Perhaps if you read a bit more on Paul and the lead up to this mini-fillibuster you would know that he was trying to take advantage of Senate preocedural rules as they became available to him. And I might add, you claim to applaud Paul, Wyden and the others... but where exactly have the others been? Have they stuck their neck out and done something like this? Did they do the same with the drone issue? I'm not recalling any others who spoke more than their allotted handful of minutes on any of these issues.

And to those who say its simply pr for his campaign - explain how this helps him with the replubican "base" who are largely neo-cons and the largest contingent of primary voters. It might get him some dollars from his Dad's supporters but its a tough sell to say this clearly helps him in primaries where the game has been to see who can out neo-con who.

Comment: Re:why is that the question? (Score 1) 382

by Lawrence_Bird (#49750435) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

Anonymous poster taking crack again... Rand Paul is a party insider? Really? He's running just at the behest of party bigwigs so they can pick someone else? Run as an independent like Ross Perot or Jon Anderson?

That post shows a complete lack of understanding of a) Rand Paul, b) his position within the elephant party and c) electoral politics.

Comment: Government Intrusion (Score 5, Insightful) 827

by Lawrence_Bird (#49735757) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax

with the aim of knowing your where abouts at all times. If you don't want a gas tax, charge a weight based fee at registration. And if you really, really must have a milage based tax, do it at the annual inspection based on total miles over the prior year. Accept that there is no perfect solution but that putting monitors inside people's cars is about as offensively bad as it gets.

Comment: No, its the case for whining (Score 1) 87

by Lawrence_Bird (#49378705) Attached to: No Film At 11: the Case For the Less-Video-Is-More MOOC

If you don't want to watch the video -for whatever reason- almost all of the courses provide the text of the close captioning. Download and read that along with any other lecture notes that are available. Better yet, just troll Amazon for the "best" book on the subject as that is all you really want anyway.

The rest of us, who actually do want the video because, have among many reasons, a) we find the pace to be more conducive to long term learing, b) we like to take notes while we listen, c) (course dependent) we like to see problems worked out with verbal explanation, d) we like to hear the occasional question from those in physical attendance or as result of those posted to message boards.

Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.