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Comment: THIS (Score 4, Insightful) 246

by korbulon (#47783907) Attached to: US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

is one of the many reasons why I think there really is no discernible difference between Republicans and Democrats. Two sides of the same d2. I kinda fooled myself into thinking the Dems would be different after 8 years of W. But we just see more of the same. Same abuse of powers, same sense of entitlement and executive privilege, same (or expanded) levels of invasive surveillance, same police-state mentality.

The federal government has become an insatiable monstrosity of bureaucratic machinery that would have defied even the imagination of Kafka, demanding accountability and transparency from all (achieving such ends at gunpoint or through a wiretap), while offering none itself.

The great insight of the founding fathers was recognizing a need for checks and balances, and creating a theoretical system to prevent excesses of the executive (or the other branches). The problem with this nice idea is that in the real world powerful people tend to curry favor among themselves, where Supreme Court justices go on duck hunting trips with the Vice President and suchlike: the branches of government are just three sides of the same d3.

Comment: Yes trolls are a terrible blight on humanity (Score 1) 457

by korbulon (#47677113) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

Because we wouldn't anyone meddling with the tweets of our latest small-c celebrity (don't upset the beliebers!), or mocking human interest stories about heroic talking dogs, or critiquing instagram posts of various culinary abominations or leaving snide comments on your facebook page. Because that's the "way media is disseminated these days", and this is what generally passes for social communication and interaction, apparently.

Comment: Re:Murica (Score 1) 502

by korbulon (#47581699) Attached to: Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

They have you so well trained you don't even stop to *think* about all the real-world consequences of what you're saying. Oh sure, U.S. prosecutors should have carte blanche international access because, you know a *crime* possibly has been committed (somewhere. Oh, and "think of the children!" while we're at it).

Investigators in a criminal case want to see some emails stored on Microsoft's servers in Washington. Microsoft has resisted, on the grounds that Chinese law enforcement doesn't have jurisdiction there, but a Beijing judge ruled against them...

Not so nice when the shoe is on the other foot, is it?

Comment: Murica (Score 4, Insightful) 502

by korbulon (#47581225) Attached to: Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

I never fail to find the bravado and hubris underlying American exceptionalism... exceptional.

Land of the free... as long as you're not in one of our many many prisons ( ), which has a higher per capita incarceration rate than Cuba, which is second on the list. Oh, and speaking of Cuba, there's always

Home of the brave... because you'd be pretty brave too if your military budget was larger than the nearest eight other countries combined ( )

Where all men are created equal... except, of course, when they're not ( ) and a man can make something from himself even if he starts out life with nothing (but probably not): )

And where the rule of law is universal and sacrosanct... except in those cases where it's not convenient ( ) and ( )

Oh well, enjoy your "freedoms".

Comment: SHHHH! IGNORE. YOU'RE NOT HELPING (Score 2) 214

by korbulon (#47448459) Attached to: Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

We need crimes like internet piracy to help foment the growth of the global police state! These are real criminals who needed to be hunted down and punished to the full extent of the law (and then some) at the behest of our media moguls who help fill the political troughs. US gets to go first, but one day China and Russia would sure love a turn.

Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward.