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Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 1) 114

by cold fjord (#48444025) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

It has been fucking PROVEN that the popular vote and popular issue created interest groups have practically no power to influence US policy, and yet you cling to the "VOTE!, IT'S THE WAY!" statement.

Really? I hear that the NRA, unions, ACLU, AARP, NAACP, and plenty of other organizations have influence. You'll telling me they don't? .

Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 1) 114

by cold fjord (#48443539) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

He didn't say it was. If you think Republic and Democracy are incompatible, you don't understand either term.

If you think a republic and direct democracy are compatible, you don't understand the term. That is an important distinction that plays into that whole "representative government" thing, not to mention secrecy debates.

What kind of dumbfuckery is this? The bank bailouts alone make a very bad liar out of you. The mandate to purchase for-profit health insurance further pulls back the curtain to reveal that you've put on your clown shoes.

Consulting the Congressional record I could find votes by Senator Mccain and Reid. Could you show me in the Congressional record the votes by Citibank and United Healthcare? Or aren't there any?

Where are Citibank and United Healthcare registered to vote?

I find it hard to believe you took a trip in your clown car for this.

Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 1) 114

by cold fjord (#48442853) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

The US is an oligarchy in rhetoric only, in reality it is a republic in which corporations can't vote but citizen can. Election still determine the composition of Congress and it is Congress that makes the laws, not corporations, even if corporations can and do influence the contents of various laws. The recently stated intent of the President to ignore the power of Congress is a troubling development, but one which I expect many on Slashdot will agree with.

Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 0) 114

by cold fjord (#48442793) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

You seem to hold some mistaken ideas about what "those who stand with liberty and freedom" actually do in some cases. The people that wrote that text you quote employed spies and kept some matters secret, both before and after the Revolution.

Resolution of Secrecy Adopted by the Continental Congress, November 9, 1775

Resolved, That every member of this Congress considers himself under the ties of virtue, honour, and love of his country, not to divulge, directly or indirectly, any matter or thing agitated or debated in Congress, before the same shall have been determined, without leave of the Congress; nor any matter or thing determined in Congress, which a majority of the Congress shall order to be kept secret. And that if any member shall violate this agreement, he shall be expelled this Congress, and deemed an enemy to the liberties of America, and liable to be treated as such; and that every member signify his consent to this agreement by signing the same.

Maybe you should read that again just so it sinks in - not keeping certain secrets could make you an enemy of the liberties of America in the eyes of the Founding Fathers.

Do you understand the meaning of representative government? The consent is to be governed, not to every single individual action of government.

Comment: Re:Consent of the Governed (Score 1, Troll) 114

by cold fjord (#48442675) Attached to: Judge Unseals 500+ Stingray Records

The US is a Republic, not a direct democracy. The lawmakers are representatives that do some things behind closed doors out of practical necessity. Abraham Lincoln had people spying on the Confederacy, and that wasn't done in the open view of the public either. There is always going to be a tension between the need to keep the public informed and the need to keep some things secret. Trying to resolve that tension by asserting there must be no secrets in government is a losing game and it goes against practically all experience and wisdom.* One may reasonably argue about where the boundaries should be, not not about the practical necessity of the government keeping some things secret.

*Hence the popularity among some on Slashdot.

Comment: Re:Sorry, you'll have to outsource. (Score 1) 134

by cold fjord (#48442389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

Since you're getting into something you by your own admission lack domain experience in, unless you've won the Powerball and have a lot more money than brains, anyone you interview will realize that you're going nowhere and hence even the short-term prospects are, at best, poor.

At least with outsourcing, you can BS them as much as they BS you so they won't walk out the door shaking their head.

So in short you didn't really have any useful advice, just spite, that for some reason some people think is "insightful."

Comment: Thats science for you .... (Score 2) 198

by cold fjord (#48441741) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

When asked for advice you'll get the best recommendation scientists have at the time it's given. Hopefully it isn't actually completely wrong, backwards, missing a key piece of the puzzle, or just plain lethal. It will always be subject to revision, and in 50 years you might get the exact opposite advice. And that is before we get to misunderstandings by the public, or the results of dumbing down the recommendations to make them more easily understood but not completely correct any more.

Eggs? Coffee? Butter v margarine? Vitamin supplements? ....

Having said that, we need to keep at it with the best tools science has since it is the best way forward and has been proven many times despite being wrong at times.

Now about "global warming" ....

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