This is fallout from the Snowden leaks.
No, Brandis doesn't need an excuse for this behaviour, he was like this before Snowden was born. His predecessor (and mentor) from the Howard government was Ruddock, Ruddock was the guy who threw out the Magna Carta in order to make a political prisoner out of David Hicks, it was the most shameful act of any Aussie AG I have witnessed in the last 50 odd years. I will be very surprised if Brandis does not sink even lower than Ruddock (assuming that's possible).
People who thirst for the power that comes with the role of AG should somehow be banned from applying for the job.
An Ivy League education's greatest value is partying with well-connected rich people who are obviously going to spend their entire lives well-connected and rich. Earning the friendship of these people makes you well-connected, and eventually rich.
And this dream, folks, is why so many complain about the cost of college. They spend ridiculous amounts of money going to [insert posh university], and then languish without a job with their english degree wondering why our system is so broken.
Heres a tip, if you spend $60k+ on school and dont end up with a marketable skill, youve made a terrible mistake.
Where are you people going to school? In state tuition is generally under 15k/year, which you can usually make a big dent in by working through school. I mean its not free, but if you're ending up with "obscene debt" youre probably making obscenely bad decisions.
Someone who hasnt been taught the theory of CS probably shouldnt be coding in a commercial setting. Just saying.
Where are all of you folks going to college that youre digging yourself into a hole, and why arent you working the cost off as you incur it?
That extra experience is "used up" compensating for the lacking degree, from HR's perspective, if they arent outright excluded from the running.
Heres a real-world tip for you: just about any job opening you see in the Washington Post classifieds is gonna note a required number of years of experience, and a bachelors degree. You can get a job without the bachelors-- but theyre gonna want additional years of experience, and even then you may simply be filtered out of the running.
The degree also does not have to be "outrageously expensive". Undergrad degrees at UVa and GMU are about $6000 / semeester, which you can pay off working weekends as a waiter.
Its like this discussion comes up every few weeks on slashdot and people still cant figure out how to attend college without it costing $50k/semester. Heres a tip: Stop going out of state to expensive colleges.
You're creating the false dichotomy that you cannot both be debt-free and attend college.
Watch as the remainder of this thread is filled with people who made stupid decisions regarding college debt argue with those who did not.
Why start this generation with massive debt that you might not be able to pay off?
That was the point of the first statement you were arguing against, the student loan thing in the US is what he wants to "fix". Believe it or not there are countries where you don't need take out a massive loan to get a degree. Here in Oz the government pays 75%, you pay the rest as a small weekly surcharge on your income tax, but only after it reaches a certain level. If you don't gain financially from the degree when you go back into the work force, it costs nothing. Of course if everyone had a degree then they would be worthless, so rather than limit student numbers with the cost of entry, the universities in Oz limit numbers on ability alone.
Right, but it is up to you to make sure that A) theres no conflicts, which typically occurs with overlapping functionality (COUGH adblock/ghostery/noscript), and B) the extension is well written and has no leaks.
You would do better to complain to adblock or whoever that their extension has a memory leak than to complain about firefox.