Some ideas are valuable. Some are not. Coldfjord's deserve as much derision as possible.
Can someone with mod points please bomb coldfjord into the troll-land he deserves? I know I try to remember to do that when I get mod points but I've neglected it the last few times.
Is that you Gen Alexander? Or are you Clapper?
America needs a better decision process for when to pursue war, and when to not pursue war.
We have a decent process, it's just that it hasn't been used in more than 70 years. Congress is supposed to declare war but it let the Executive branch usurp that power. Now instead of an argument and vote, one dude makes the choice.
Senator Obama spent of all of 2007 lying his ass off. He has taken every single one of GWB's radical policies, and cemented them as the new normal. It is shocking to realize that we could have a president more cynical and abusive to American values than GWB was, but Obama proves we are just beginning to plumb those depths.
You know what would be awesome? Standing outside the NSA gate with an enormous group of carolers singing songs to the NSA people.
We wish you a horrid xmas,
we wish you a horrid xmas,
we wish you a horrid xmas,
And cancer in the new year.
Silent Night, holy night,
signals are clear, very bright
peeping in windows or reading emails,
perving on phone calls, where's the hand cream
Why sadly? Seriously -- here you have a group of people doing everything in their power to undermine core American values in very salient and massive ways. They fucking deserve to be vilified. Because they're traitorous fucking villains.
Exactly, and furthermore: the snubbing, the low morale, the personal insults -- couldn't happen to a more deserving group of scum. If they want not to be considered scum, they need to quit and get a valuable, or at least a "not harmful" job. But when a person acts like Stasi, her or she should expect to be treated like shit, because it is well desrved, even if just following orders.
2006. Seven years ago. I think that's just another data point on my suggest that none of the really interesting cars are sold in America.
Most motorcycles get between 45 and 60 mpg. Almost no cars sold in America get that kind of mileage. I realize that in Europe there are efficient small diesels, we don't have those here. In Japan, efficient and cool mini-cars. We don't have those here. If you want to get 50 mpg, you need to find a 1980s era Honda CRX, or ride a motorcycle, because none of the truly interesting cars are sold in America.
So mount is bad but what about "dicked" as in, "I got dicked around by that asshole."
Man, these guys are total fucktards:
- Login screen has full text to Lord's Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, with Christian and American symbols
- qmail replaces sendmail as the standard MTA (sendmail was written by a prominent homosexual)
- No encryption provided; Christians have nothing to hide
The one positive piece of information I could find on the site was this:
This page last updated Wednesday, September 29, 1999, 13:51:07 PDT
It's important to remember that congress can pass no law (at least legally) that changes the meaning of The Constitution or one of its amendments.
I think Congress can expand rights, for example, as it did with the Civil Rights Act. But as far as the Third Party Doctrine goes, Congress didn't invent it. Its present incarnation Is rooted in a 1979 Supreme Court case: Smith v. Maryland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_v._Maryland
Essentially what happened, is that Smith robbed a woman, she reported it to the police with a description of the robber and the car he was driving. The car was noticed, its license plate taken down, and the owner and his address ascertained from registration info. At that point, the cops went to the phone company and "asked" it set up a pen register. A pen register records the numbers a person dials but does not record the audio content, i.e., it records metadata. Smith called the woman he robbed and harassed her. Then he got arrested and the question is, should the phone evidence be tossed because the cops didn't get a warrant.
Obviously, Smith is an asshole and everyone wants to see him go to jail. But if the SC tossed the evidence, he'd probably get off. By the same token, the cops were assholes too -- they certainly had enough evidence to get a warrant to put on the Pen Register but they couldn't be arsed to do it.
Ultimately, the SC held that when you share information with a third party, like the phone numbers you dial (i.e, _share_ with Ma Bell), you have no expectation of privacy and the 4th Amendment simply doesn't apply at all.
This doctrine has been applied to records most people consider extremely private: The SC has ruled that it applies to phone and bank records. There is a split in the circuit courts of appeals on cell tower location information. There are even cases in some jurisdictions applying it to medical and pharmacy records -- your doctor and your pharmacist are in fact third parties. And no, HIPPA doesn't matter. The SC hasn't ruled on these latter examples so protection depends on where you live, but you're pretty screwed in Maryland:
3. Under the third-party doctrine, Bellosi-Mitchell does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in her medical records.
In any event, the Third Party Doctrine is sort of like the Long John Silver standard -- the 4th Amendment only applies if you can maintain total secrecy, e.g., you have to kill anyone you do business with or lose your privacy rights.
In case you didn't get the memo, Ron Paul and Rand Paul sold out to big business years ago.
A month before the Snowden leaks began, Rand Paul proposed legislation to reform the Third Party Doctrine: http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/1037/text
The 3PD is the principal that if you share information with a third party, even if that third party promises you confidentiality, and even if that confidentiality is never actually compromised, the 4th Amendment doesn't apply and the Feds can simply demand the information willy nilly. The 3PD totally guts the 4th Amendment -- it is the basis upon which politicians can say that the NSA's masspionage is "legal". Without the 3PD, everything the NSA is doing, at least with respect to people in America, is so unconstitutional a third grader could litigate and win the case against it.
Fortunately, even Justice Sotomayer is questioning the wisdom of this rule in the modern world where everything a person does requires sharing information with third parties -- you cannot navigate the modern economy without such sharing. See the paragraph beginning on PDF page 19 for her thinking on this issue: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/10-1259.pdf
Whatever Rand Paul's faults are, he was aware of the eviscerating effect of the Third Party Doctrine and took action to protect the 4th Amendment PRIOR to the leaks. This is not the type of legislation that $megacorp loves and supports. It's a pure civil rights issue. However, I don't think his reforms don't go far enough because the only effect it would have is to exclude illegally obtained information at trial. Considering how the Feds engage in intelligence laundering, it is clear that a mere exclusion is insufficient -- there must be personal and agency penalties for a violation. To be fair to Paul, he didn't have this information when he wrote the legislation, but without personal consequences, it won't be that meaningful.
A decent example of such penalties is contained in the WA State statute regarding hidden mic recordings of conversations: See paragraphs 10 & 11: Violating the process for authorizing and recording a conversation surreptitiously, subjects the officers involved to personal prosecution for a class C felony and the agency to substantial fines ($25,000 per occurrence). The Feds need to have a little fear put into their hearts -- they need to ask themselves "If I can't do the time or pay the fine, do I really want to commit this crime?" And make no bones about it, the Federal government, due to its rampant lawlessness (e.g. collateral construction/intelligence laundering), is a criminal organization and needs to be treated as such.
Finally, back to the original point, Rand Paul might be a dick, but if you will step out of your partisan political mindset and consider the possibility that he just might have a good idea, we can get America back. Same goes for the tribal GOP -- both of you, Demoplicans and Republocrats alike, quit being so fricken tribal. The two parties are basically fungible anyway -- latch onto the very few good ideas and push them no matter who makes the proposal.
He doesn't know any better. He probably even carries an umbrella.