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Submission White House Responds to Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

protest_boy writes: The White House has issued a response to the two-year old petition to pardon Edward Snowden for any crimes that may have been committed in revealing secret NSA programs.

"If he [Snowden] felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and — importantly — accept the consequences of his actions. He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions."

Comment They do so much more! (Score 5, Informative) 169

SS agents are also versed in the arts of:

Deflecting possible Colombian hooker attacks on the president.
Drunk driving and crashing cars into WH's barriers and then destroying video evidence.
Sexually harassing female staff.
Committing arm burglary with their state issued 357 caliber guns.
Being totally ineffective at stopping mentally disturbed individuals to fence jump into the WH's lawn.
Letting armed ex felons ride the same elevator with the POTUS.

But yeah, by all means, focus your efforts on Twitter.

Comment Or just stop dodging BILLIONS in WA State taxes (Score 2) 161

Microsoft has been dodging WA State taxes at least since 1997 by redirecting ALL of its profits to a shell company in Nevada.
This petition here has a good analysis here showing running totals between $2.1 BILLION to $8.4 BILLION in dodged taxes.

Microsoft has effectively corrupted and captured the WA State's government, which routinely passes legislation to forgive Microsoft's back taxes, some as large as $100M a year, at times where the state is running deep into deficits.

Offering to "voluntarily" "contribute" 28M annually is like robbing a bank and then "offering" to return a few cents on the dollar.

Comment Are those the guys who made the movie? (Score 1) 190 I find their use of "Office Space" "virtually identical to, and/or confusingly similar" to the name of the movie, which was distinctive at the time that the Office Space Solutions, Inc. renewed and/or updated their business license.

Submission White House declines petition for removal of District Attorney Carmen Ortiz->

devloop writes: Petitioners requesting the White House remove D.A. Carmen Ortiz from office for gross prosecutorial overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz, received today what amounts to a denial from "We will not address agency personnel matters ... because we do not believe this is the appropriate forum in which to do so.". It is generally argued that the extreme zeal with which the D.A. prosecuted this case led Swartz to commit suicide.
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Submission White House responds to petition to fire Aaron Swartz's prosecutor->

Ear Phantom writes: From

Response to We the People Petition on U.S. Attorney's Office Personnel Matters

Aaron Swartz's death was a tragic, unthinkable loss for his family and friends. Our sympathy continues to go out to those who were closest to him, and to the many others whose lives he touched.

We also reaffirm our belief that a spirit of openness is what makes the Internet such a powerful engine for economic growth, technological innovation, and new ideas. That's why members of the Administration continue to engage with advocates to ensure the Internet remains a free and open platform as technology continues to disrupt industries and connect our communities in ways we can't yet imagine. We will continue this engagement as we tackle new questions on key issues such as citizen participation in democracy, open access to information, privacy, intellectual property, free speech, and security.

As to the specific personnel-related requests raised in your petitions, our response must be limited. Consistent with the terms we laid out when we began We the People, we will not address agency personnel matters in a petition response, because we do not believe this is the appropriate forum in which to do so.

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Comment Not "civilization", Natural Selection (Score 0) 387

Could it be instead that civilization caused a general lowering of testosterone..?

It *doesn't* work that way. Natural selection causes traits beneficial to survival/reproduction to become dominant. "Civilzation" cannot "cause" anything.

The conclusion reached by the researches is also nothing but a romanticized opinion, as we don't see lower levels of aggression in current humans.

The most likely (and brutal) cause-effect relationship is that tool makers, who were smarter and at least as aggressive despite their testosterone leves, dispatched the less intelligent high testosterone rivals and/or outbred them.

Submission White House responds to petition to allow Tesla Motors to sell directly to consu->

devloop writes: White House posts an official response to this petition, already with nearly 140,000 votes in favor, to allow direct sales to consumers in all 50 states. "We believe in the goal of improving consumer choice for American families, including more vehicles that provide savings at the pump for consumers. However, we understand that pre-empting current state laws on direct-to-consumer auto sales would require an act of Congress."
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Comment College enrollment ratios already favor females (Score 1) 548

"No, it's more like "why is ~50% of the country not pursuing IT?"... it seems like an issue that should be researched."

I think the appropriate answer to your "concerned" question should be along the lines of "screw you, misandrist pig".

Why is there absolutely no concern to research why 50% of the population (males) accounts for less than 40% of all college students (and continue to trend downwards)?

Given that education is ever more important in the information economy, shouldn't THAT be also an issue that should be researched?

Are boys not worth the same level of concern? Should companies like Google be skewing these ratios even more against male students?

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