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Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 495

by penix1 (#47877541) Attached to: Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

I know for a fact that the forms you submit to the OPM ask you in plain English "have you ever belonged to an organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of the US government"

Yes it does ask that and I also believe that question leads to guilt by association. It needs to be changed to:

Have you ever advocated the violent overthrow of the US Government?

That change will remove the friend of a friend of a friend is a terrorist thing.

Besides, if you were to apply that question to the government as a whole, then they too would fail considering the perpetrators of 9/11 itself was US supported during the Afghanistan / Russian war during the Reagan administration as "freedom fighters".

Comment: Re:forensic 'science' (Score 1) 133

by penix1 (#47846117) Attached to: New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

It is a chain. One that is used to build a strong case against an individual. It was Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character Sherlock Holmes that said, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Another Holmes quote which applies here is, "It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment."

To be true to the fist quote you would need physical evidence from the other victims to compare DNA. You would have to account for his time during the murders. You would also need to place him at the scene of each murder. Lastly, you would need the motive as well as the means. Without a murder weapon or a motive, there are holes in this story.

Comment: Re:And make video available when asked (Score 1) 170

by penix1 (#47837307) Attached to: NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Plenty in this topic saying that. Everything from streaming it from the cars via WiFi to storing it in the "cloud". The point is, the minute it leaves your custody and can be accessed by others, you lose the chain of custody evidence requires. That is why they still use tapes. It is a physical object that can be put under lock and key with special handling requiring a huge paper trail.

Comment: Re:And make video available when asked (Score 1) 170

by penix1 (#47836519) Attached to: NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

You may as well put it on YuoTube if you are going to put it anywhere with / via the Internet. It won't take long for the feeds to get hacked and then where is your chain of evidence? Would be funny though if someone did hack it and streamed a whole bunch of kiddie porn to it instead of the real feeds. The cops would then have to arrest themselves for possession and be placed on the sex offender lists forever...

Comment: Re:No: They Can't (Score 1) 258

by penix1 (#47797805) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

That is the most retarded post I have ever read and I am in a "hillbilly" state too! I would go along with your proposition if you would sign a waver that prevented you from suing anyone or making any claim what-so-ever including but not limited to SSDI, worker's compensation, health care or life insurance. In short, if you took FULL responsibility for your own carelessness. Oh, and when your carelessness causes death or injury to others you will take full responsibility for their costs too right? When your carelessness causes damage to plant equipment you'll pay for that too right? And I figure while you are taking responsibility for your actions you may as well pay for lost production while they are cleaning up the mess you make on the plant floor.

All because you feel uncomfortable in the safety gear you are required to wear for the job, you want to endanger yourself and more importantly, others. OSHA exists because they are needed to prevent companies from endangering their employees seeking profits above safety. Just look into Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in Raleigh County, WV for an example of profits over safety in action.

Comment: Re:Since nuclear is "too cheap to meter"... (Score 1) 258

by penix1 (#47797607) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Or Chernobyl or Three Mile Island....

Still, the coal fired power plants have had their fair share of industrial "accidents" as the coal impoundment failures across the country has shown in the past 30 years. And now the wind and solar industries are facing off with the naturalists over bird and bat kills. So every effort we seem to make will have its risks. Welcome to life.

Comment: Re:Since nuclear is "too cheap to meter"... (Score 1) 258

by penix1 (#47797551) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

Whoa there cowboy! You threw out monetary figures, laws and even court orders without a single reference. And I take particular offense at this line:

The taxpayers have benefited from over $30 billion of free money gifted to the government by the electricity generating companies, it's not the other way around.

It wasn't the taxpayers that were screaming to build the nuclear power plants. It was the "power generation companies" who were seeking ever increasing profits with lower up front costs. They made a deal with the Devil and now they don't want to dance? Especially since I suspect it will take far over $30 billion to implement a storage facility that everyone and their dog will scream NIMBY at for good reason!

Comment: Re:No: They Can't (Score 1) 258

by penix1 (#47797459) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

It's not hard to read US law, just tedious. It works a bit like a computer program, assuming you don't believe the lie that case law is law.

You evidently haven't read most laws that pass have you? They read more like program patches than full programs. Things like "strike 'the article' in part 24 of public law 93-025 and insert 'the code'.... etc...

To really get the gist you should be going to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) where the real rubber meets the road. Laws are implemented in the CFR. For example, the law that allows FEMA to do what it does is the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288) as amended. The CFR that implements it is Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations (44CFR). The Stafford Act has changed hundreds of times while the CFR reflects those changes every October. Trust me, you would go bonkers trying to read the law and all the amendments that go with it without the CFR.

Every law that has an implementation (most laws) has a CFR. Want to know about allowable expenses? 2CFR. Department of Transportation workings? 49CFR. The list is endless.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 108

by penix1 (#47795457) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

The police have, in the past, argued that they are allowed to *collect* that information because it is publicly available data, and that reasoning was accepted. Now they're arguing that they can't be required to *divulge* that data because it is *not* public data.

No, the police are arguing that to release it would compromise ongoing investigations by alerting the "bad guys" that they are being monitored prior to being charged. I tend to agree with that assessment. Hence a little thing called "protective orders". The judge can issue a protective order on the data and that should satisfy the issue.

I've always challenged the notion that the police are "trained observers" and can be trusted 100% of the time to tell the truth even under oath. They are human after all with all the failings of everyone on the planet including emotional issues. To trust them to destroy irrelevant data is foolish on its face. This type of data is too valuable to them in future cases.

Comment: Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (Score 4, Insightful) 180

by penix1 (#47781757) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

A typical executive order simply designates procedures and requirements to be followed by people working for the Executive branch of the government.

Which is EXACTLY what this executive order does. It is implementing at the Executive Branch the legislation to which it is based, namely the National Security Act of 1947 as amended. It even says so at the start of the order:

by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Security Act of 1947, as amended, (Act) and as President of the United States of America, in order to provide for the effective conduct of United States intelligence activities and the protection of constitutional rights, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Also, nothing in this executive order "led to" the warrantless wiretapping as alleged in the story. In fact, there are several places in the order that state that if US citizens are involved, it MUST go through the FBI / Attorney General. Read it. You will see what I mean.

Comment: Re:Haply so, but exec orders and agencies (Score 4, Informative) 180

by penix1 (#47781543) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Did you even read the executive order?

First of all, it has been modified many, many times since Ronald Reagen the last that I can find was in 2008.

Second, and more to your points, sprinkled throughout the document are statements like, any intelligence collected concerning United States citizens must go through the FBI / Attorney General. This is so they can begin criminal investigations using the tools (read WARRANTS) to gain physical evidence of a crime. And the collection of that data, according to the order, is tangential to foreign intelligence gathering. As an example, here is 1.1(a)

(a) All means, consistent with applicable Federal law and this order, and with full consideration of the rights of United States persons, shall be used to obtain reliable intelligence information to protect the United States and its interests.

[Emphasis added]

This is 20(A):

(A) The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall coordinate the clandestine collection of foreign intelligence collected through human sources or through human-enabled means and counterintelligence activities inside the United States;

[Emphasis added]

So sticking to the topic at hand, namely that this order authorizes warrantless surveillance of United States citizens, is patently false. That may be the way it is used but that goes counter to the executive order's language.

By the way, the "human enabled means" is the metadata you are talking about.

Comment: Re:All new passenger cars and light trucks (Score 0) 261

by penix1 (#47768573) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

My biggest problem is with this line...

NHTSA believes that V2V capability will not develop absent regulation, because there would not be any immediate safety benefits for consumers who are early adopters of V2V."

So in short, the government is going to mandate yet another thing that nobody wants and that even the manufacturers don't want to make. Brilliant!

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