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Comment Re:Yawn... Parent is Russian propaganda. (Score 1) 202

Yeah, except that didn't really happen.

Except that it did. Victoria Nuland admitted to $5B :

the fact you used the word "unconstitutional" is what gives you away as a Russian shill

There was regime change without elections. You and I might consider this "just", given that the previous bunch were pretty corrupt, but it certainly wasn't "constitutional".

NATO doesn't make anyone join by force

That's right, and I don't think anonymous GP was arguing they do. But they do accept or deny membership bids, and accepting Poland and various other former East Bloc nations was a violation of the promises made when the cold war ended.

Comment Re:practically true. Interesting theory $10 millio (Score 3, Insightful) 142

Now, we use Diffie-Hellman every day to do exactly that, as part of https. We thought it was impossible to share a secret on a public forum (or network) without everyone else on the forum being able to read the secret, but we were wrong. Diffie and Hellman invented a way.

Just thought I'd mention Ralph Merkle, the guy gets nowhere near fair credit for having co-invented public key cryptography. In fact, Hellman argues we should talk about Diffie-Hellman-Merkle key exchange.

And there were some guys at GCHQ who independently did pretty much the same. But I credit them less because it was all kept secret and they work for, you know, evil.

Comment Re:Reporters without borders? (Score 3, Informative) 37

Yeah, it's not actually that clear in this case: the Saudi regime for instance, most evil theocracy on the planet and great friends of the U.S., do not get a pass from these guys, as your theory would predict.

And the U.S. themselves only rank around #30 on their Press Freedom Index, last time I checked. But that is compiled from reports by actual journalists in the field, IIRC, so might be more difficult for them to doctor.

Comment Re:Reporters without borders? (Score 3, Interesting) 37

Because Reporters Without Borders is an organization of considerably more dubious repute than the similarly named Doctors Without Borders. For one thing Otto Reich was involved, and besides State Dept there are very persistent accusations of ties with Western intelligence outfits. They were active in propaganda campaigns all over South America, Cuba in particular.

Comment FOIA (Score 5, Insightful) 609

Seems to me the reasons for her decision to use a private server for government business are pretty simple. It means that she (and her staff) get to decide which documents should be forked over in response to FOIA requests.

In a just world this server would now at an independent expert for thorough inspection.

Same thing for congressional oversight. Case in point: Benghazi.

Also, it keeps all of her correspondence out of the official protocols. She wants to delete some stuff? No problem. That would be more complicated if she had used her government-issued means of communication.

I seem to remember from earlier incidents (like the hack of Sarah Palin's personal mail) that this is *not legal*. For good reasons.

Finally, it is basically a given that some of her correspondence contains sensitive, if not outright secret, information. If someone like Thomas Drake gets threatened with ridiculous punishment for having *un*classified information on his home PC, surely this here should land Mrs Clinton in a whole lot of trouble. But, well, who am I kidding, right?

Comment Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 1) 517

The point is they were widely being used before being scrutinized.

Some of the compounds listed in that report (which I don't think claims to be exhaustive) are known or suspected carcinogens. Depending on the local geology, much of them stay in the ground -- never mind that the fossil fuel lobby argued otherwise when they managed to prevent EPA from regulating fracking.

Comment Re:Lots of weird crap coming out of Congress latel (Score 5, Informative) 517


Requiring EPA to use publicly available data sound reasonable enough until you realize that many of these same (mostly GOP) people have no problem with (often times heavily subsidized) companies refusing to share data.

Like the fracking example parent mentioned; nobody is able to research their methods and the compounds used, because trade secrets. Something similar happened with GM crops, which have been widely planted for over a decade before the scientific community at large were able/allowed to research them.

"Seeking to remake the membership and procedures" is just code for subverting, eroding, EPA until it is a hollow shell of what it was intended to be.

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