Never thought Microsoft Support would be uplifting.
Depends if you're wireless or not.
Never thought Microsoft Support would be uplifting.
Depends if you're wireless or not.
stuff a raspberry pi into it
Stuffing pie is what it is trying to prevent. That would be self-negating.
shut up you stupid app
What's wrong? You hungry bra?
And if you believe this agency is above tipping the party that promises them the most, about the activities of the others, you are sadly mistaken.
So how does that work? NSA has opposition and supporters in both parties. Can you imagine the political fallout if that were to come to light? That would be far more explosive than what Snowden has revealed. Think Watergate 5x. The party involved would almost certainly face a massive backlash, and the agency personnel involved would go to jail - just like Nixon's men.
Emails with opposition talking points mysteriously appearing in inboxes? That would Never happen, right?
That sort of thing happens now, but the source is political party operatives, not NSA or CIA. The parties aren't that shy about their talking points - they basically give them away as soon as they open their mouths.
Suggesting that the intelligence agencies both can and must be involved in domestic politics is a quick route to +5 insightful because everybody just "knows" it happens, indeed it must be happening right now! To get there you have to look past all the laws, regulations, background checks, norms, and other controls to prevent such a thing from occurring, the minimal payoff if it occurs, and the substantial consequences if caught, and the lack of evidence that it is happening. What I find interesting is that this same power of "just knowing" on the part of most people here both indicates that the intelligence agencies interfere with domestic politics while denying that Snowden could be a bad actor. There seems to be some sort of calibration problem there.
The Stasi was known as the "sword and shield of the party," that would be the Communist Party of East Germany. Its mission was to keep the Communist party in power. It did that by engaging in repression of political opposition, religious groups, and any other possible group, movement, or organization that could threaten Communist rule in East Germany. The Stasi routinely sent people to prison, had them tossed out of jobs, kept them from living near border areas, and even shot dead people trying to leave the country without permission. If you are paying attention you will note that the NSA does not engage in that sort of oppression, at all.
You have no lack of cheek, but you do lack insight in this case. I stand by my post.
You need more than that. You need research to find the strings - which will take resources and leave traces, you need people willing to pull the strings and a command structure to coordinate it, you need to pull enough strings at the right time for long enough, and you need to not get caught, now or in the future, by the leadership, executive branch, Congress, the Judiciary, journalists, the people on the other end of the strings, or be exposed by a whistleblower. Complicating matters is the fact that elections are run separately in each of the fifty states and checked for totals by local precincts that use many different technologies and methods for running elections. The NSA isn't structured or resourced to operate in the US to do something like that, nor is the CIA. I think you are trivializing the difficulties of doing it,
The political parties themselves try to influence elections by all sorts of means and spend enormous amounts of money and time and find it difficult to accomplish. They are also always looking for dirty tricks. What happens in an election has to pass post election scrutiny and legal challenges. As I say, I think you are trivializing the difficulties, and that is assuming that they would even want to try.
Its funny how you term cost in "minor amounts of munitions"
It isn't that funny since I was responding to this line in the post:
if you have a war, you can 'use up' a lot of your war toys and get brand new shiny (more expensive) ones from your Uncle.
I agree that the logistics costs are substantial, but no small part of that is piracy by the Pakistanis and the border regions. There is plenty of "highway robberty" both literally and figuratively. That drives up the costs a lot. The US government often prefers to fly in material to Afghanistan rather than risk movement by Pakistani highway.
As to no-bid contracts, they aren't demanded by contractors, but are often a consequence of who can supply the good or service. There is a reason that various contractors were able to pull those down and that is because they were either unique or in a very small club of those able to provide the good or service world-wide in remote regions. Contracting to set up and run a FOB in Iraq or Afghanistan, with all the logistics, isn't exactly mom and pop operation.
I'm not going to say that is the best or cheapest way to do it, but there are often other considerations.
As to the security contractors, many of them have been from African nations or other places that made them very cost effective. When it comes to contractors for intelligence or strike missions, that is obviously a different matter. Somebody ran the numbers and decided it was cheaper to hire contractors rather than recruit, train, equip, and deploy new special forces or intelligence units.
Except you don't have any facts, fuck head. I've read your posts and they all amount to "No it's not!"....
Why don't you do a little more reading. (There are others you could read, but that will be a good place to start.)
Sorry, but that is simply wrong.
In 2012 defense spending was $677.8 billion, and should be falling from there due to cuts and sequestration. US participation in the war in Iraq is over, and Afghanistan will be winding down next year. Even if intelligence weren't counted in that we know the budget is about $90 billion, so it is well under $1T whereas Federal spending is more than $3.5T. In 2013 defense spending should be about 4% of GDP. If you examine this chart you will see that there are many sectors of the economy that are equal to or larger than 4%. And note that the long term trend for defense spending is downward as a percentage of GDP.
And as a correction, healthcare is approximately 17.6% of GDP, not 11%. That makes it roughly equal to 4x the size of defense spending at present.
As far as South Korea goes, US defense spending is about equal to the GDP of Florida, not much more than that of Illinois or Pennsylvania, and well under that of Texas, California, and New York. Many US states are the size of foreign countries in both area and population.
It is also worth remembering that defense spending is a composite of spending on many different goods and services, such as civilian and military salaries and benefits, construction, equipment, land, food, petroleum, ammunition, spare parts, weapons and equipment, services of many types, and so on, involving many different companies.
The bottom line is that it is ridiculous to think that the US would go to war based on the advocacy of any single company, or even the defense industry.
Facts and counter-arguments would be preferable, if the facts were in your favor. But I agree with you, derision of my posts is all you've got left to fall back on in most cases.
After carefully reading your post I have noted a distinct lack of counter-arguments or facts other than a trollish acknowledgement of my post.
I'll take that as acquiescence to my arguments. Thanks dude!
I wasn't referring to rights, but to values. But perhaps you don't share those democratic values, or more likely you're simply confused - a common condition here.
Here's a nickel - try again.
Frankly, I'm glad I'm in my 60s, and not a young'un anymore, as I don't want to see where this country will be in 10-20 years.....
If you're only in your 60s the country can't afford for you to die any time soon. The country will need you to help pay for Obamacare, especially for the really old and sick, and you aren't there yet. It isn't the NSA that is going to screw the country over, it is Obamacare and the other "fine" work the administration is up to. There is still at least three more years of sand in the gears and sugar in the gas tank to look forward to, not to mention the IRS will be starting enforcement of Obamacare next year. If you are going to die it should probably be either this month, or put off for 20 years.
At least, that had better be the story. Because anything else is just a bunch of rich kids whining that they've been outed (and treated poorly). They weren't slaves, prisoners or compelled to remain.
That actually cuts both ways. Most of the complaints you read here, to use your phrase, are just a bunch of rich kids whining that they've been treated poorly.
You don't seem to be letting your lack of understanding about the situation inhibit your posting though.
Blessed be those who initiate lively discussions with the hopelessly mute, for they shall be known as Dentists.