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Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 592 592

He'll likely get a pardon when the american people are ready to oust those congressional folks that are pushing this high surveillance agenda, primarily those older folks like Mich McConnell that come from old power.

I wish that was the popular consensus, but look at the amount of backlash over the confederate flag or the fact that Donald Trump is leading in the Republican polls.

What Snowden did was no doubt wrong, but how do you play a game when the decks are stacked against you and the house is not about to cave, you are given limited options.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 1, Troll) 434 434

You are correct in that I would like to see both administrations take some heat over their actions. As radical as the idea is, I feel both Administrations should have to answer for war crimes.

I still feel that under the current Administration, the adage goes, if the they did it, I can too. That seems to be Obama's mantra so far. I feel an election of Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton will be a continuation of this idea.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 0, Troll) 434 434

Anything she gets will likely be harsher than Karl Rove managed to get for outing Valerie Plame.

All of this has been done before. Complete BS if she gets harsher treatment than the previous administration. I agree that we need to clamp down on the problem, but some retro activity would be nice as well.

Comment Re:High fat? (Score 5, Insightful) 244 244

This and more.

I have switched to low sugar, low carb, and started working out five times a week, two days of lifting, three days of cardio with running 5K or more on the weekends and managed to lose 40 lbs in 8 weeks. That's over 15% of my body mass.

While the level of insanity that I endured for this is a bit much, I can attest to the fact that the amount of crap we add in American diets is excessive to the point of "we need to stop hurting ourselves"

The biggest guidelines that I have for myself is if it's designed to sit on a shelf for a long time, it's not designed to be consumed and carbs are great, only if you have a plan to burn them off.

Comment How engrained in our society are these stereotypes (Score 1) 490 490

I don't think people understand how complicated the matter of gender stereotypes are as far as roles in our society. This begins as early as birth. Parents immediately give their child a pink or a blue cap depending on whether or not it's a boy or a girl. While the child is too young to understand this, they will look back on that picture and understand later in life. The point that is more important is that because how we treat each gender in society and until we learn to break ourselves of this, we will continue to shape our society as such.

Now, my problem is I don't mind these roles so much and in fact, as a guy, a girl in a dress for a particular event is always welcome and sometimes preferred. But I try and not be judgmental as far as what a female can accomplish. Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, and Hedy Lemarr reshaped the world for Information Systems. Because of this, I know not only can the opposite sex program, but they can leave a lasting impact just as much if not more than their male counterparts.

Comment I can't say I fully agree (Score 3, Insightful) 637 637

Highly evolved animals such as humans have a pretty impressive track record when it comes to seeing into the future. The problem does exist that some if not all of us have evolved enough to plan adequately into the long term. Like playing a game of chess, generally the player who can see his opponent's moves and strategies the furthest into the future is the victor. Yet, not everyone is a chess master and thinks that far ahead.

Comment I for one support this Candidate (Score 4, Funny) 830 830

I don't know the stances of Lincoln on other issues, but trying to push the metric system is a great start and bound to fix the economy as soon as people can figure out how to measure things. Why can't one of the main stream candidates get this?

Comment Re:Motivation and punishment (Score 1) 94 94

If they were doing nothing wrong, they shouldn't have had anything to hide. At least, that's how we are told to treat citizens of this country, right? Why shouldn't the government abide by the same rules that it expects its citizens to abide by?

Oh wait, they need an exemption because government. Because "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others"

I am sorry, I was going to continue, but now I feel like I am giving a book report on Animal Farm.

Comment Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 686 686

You should research history. If you did, you would find out that a lot of these people in power now are either Vietnam vets or hippies from the same era. The Vietnam youth were far more radical and active than the counter-culture that exists in the youth today. Many of these people managed to get old and get into politics or become politically active, but seemed to lose that train of thought of peace, love, and freedom. Apparently as you get old, you get senile and go into this phase of trusting the government to do what is right. This is a sad thing really.

Only the highly intelligent people can think that for forward as well as that far backward. Others seem to whitewash their history and remember everything as the "Good Ole Days."

Comment Stupid People Continue to be Stupid (Score 1) 622 622

We are a foolish nation of consumers who can't seem to think past tomorrow. I can't wait for the economic collapse that follows.

People are going to lock themselves into large vehicles again, and when the prices adjust accordingly, they won't be able to pay their bills and we will see 2008/2009 all over again on a smaller scale. Please oh please, let people not be shocked by this. I know I won't be.

Comment Re:Talk about blaming the messenger (Score 2) 230 230

This is exactly right. I was going to dumb it down to, "If you're not for us, you're against us" mentality. You can only provide secure communications or insecure communications. Any backdoor given to outsiders automatically becomes insecure communications. This includes law enforcement of any kind at any level.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long