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Comment: Re:My experience working for the NSA... (Score 1) 234

by kuzb (#49384447) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden

"The part of the NSA that does domestic surveillance is relatively small and not nearly as intrusive as the tinfoil hatters want to believe."

There's this guy named Snowden who showed us just how much complete bullshit this really is. Their domestic surveillance may not be as hardcore as their foreign, but it's still pretty damn hardcore. We don't really need tinfoil hats for this one - the evidence was provided.

Comment: Good. (Score 2) 234

by kuzb (#49384421) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden

People didn't trust the government before Snowden either. The only difference here is that Snowden offered us definitive evidence that what we all suspected was going on really was going on. Fuck the NSA. It has strayed so far from its actual purpose I hope it drowns in its lack of educated help. At this point, even tech companies with a strict profit motive are more trustworthy than the US government.

Comment: Re: Is no one blaming Lucas? (Score 1) 306

by kuzb (#49383561) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

(George Lucas stumbles across the shielded containment room to press up against the glass in a strained effort where an emotional JJ Abrams is on his knees looking inward. A single tear streaks down the left side of his face, clinging to his chin)

George Lucas (wheezing, seeming exhausted): Franchise ... out of danger...?

Comment: Re:What the "doomsday" critics all have in common: (Score 1) 101

by kuzb (#49375501) Attached to: Robots4Us: DARPA's Response To Mounting Robophobia

I honestly think it's a topic worth pursuing, I just don't think it's a topic worth discussing if you have no background in it. It's like me offering up my concerned opinions about the Large Hadron Collider when the closest I've ever been to high energy particle collisions is high school physics. It bothers me that we place any stock at all in the uninformed opinions of famous people.

Comment: Re:Don't blame me. (Score 1) 124

by drsmithy (#49368991) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

They have however maintained a farely solid voter base through recruitment of a younger generation who sadly don't seemed informed enough to see greens for what they really are.

The only remotely mainstream party in Australia politics with a progressive, centre-left, social democratic policy base ?

Pretty sure that's why they're getting the youth vote - because they're the only party that give a shit about demographics after baby boomers and have policies with a view past the next election.

Greens really are part of labor now, the only time they vote against labor is when they see a chance to gain publicity or popularity.

The Greens have a well developed and mature policy platform. They promote legislation that aligns with it.

no offense but it sound more like you are the one getting their information from Rupert to have such a positive view of them.

Murdoch portraying the Greens favourably ? You live in a very different world to me.

Comment: Re: Don't blame me. (Score 1) 124

by drsmithy (#49359603) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

I think the biggest indictment of them is the fact even my highly pro environmental friends refuse to vote for them as they see them as only a destructive force towards environmental sustainability and see either coalition or labor as a better choice for the environment.

I'd love to hear the rationale behind their thinking.

Because I'm at a loss how two parties promoting growth at all costs, overconsumption, exploitation of the environment (stripe-mining Coal, CSG, dumping of spoil on the reef, etc) could possibly lead to a "better choice for the environment".

Comment: Re:Don't blame me. (Score 1) 124

by drsmithy (#49359597) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

I think you are thinking of the greens from more than a decade ago. The Greens haven't stood for that for a long time. They are basically part of labor and push for policies for short term rather than taking consideration of the long term effects or goals.

Here is the Greens policy platform.

Tell us about which parts bother you.

The greens having power would probably do more damage to human decency and DEFINITELY more damage to the environment and the prospects of a sustainable future (if you destroy business you can't head to sustainability, you head towards being a 3rd world country or Greece).

Yes, obviously they'd do far more damage than the "growth at all costs", "destroy the middle classes" pro-oligopoly parties.

Comment: Re:Don't blame me. (Score 1) 124

by drsmithy (#49358525) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

They are all pretty much scumbags. Not even most environmentalists vote for the greens anymore as they are little more than an extension of the labor party, focused on short term thinking and power plays.

Greens an extension of Labor ? Now there's a chuckle.

Sounds like you get most of your political information from your local Rupertarian.

I'm sure a few hardcore greenies have abandoned the Greens as they slowly morph into a generalist centre-left social-democracy party, but their share of the primary vote has remained pretty constant for a decade or more.

Comment: Re:'Conservative' is a misnomer (Score 1) 124

by drsmithy (#49353057) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

If these people were actually conservatives, then they'd try to maintain the status quo, not introduce new controls, etc.

They are conservatives. They want to go back to the good old days of Feudalism.

Progressivism is how we escaped that history and created democracies, free speech, equal rights, and the like.

"Most of us, when all is said and done, like what we like and make up reasons for it afterwards." -- Soren F. Petersen

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