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Comment Democrats are sitting pretty. (Score 3, Insightful) 633

It looks to me like Democrats/progressives/liberals are sitting pretty. The Republicans are down one Justice - let's call a spade a spade here - so as long as the seat remains empty the other side is that much better off. And ISTM that there's not much prospect that the next president will be Republican, and the Democrats may pick up a few Senate seats as well. So the smart Republicans may be well advised to get the best deal they can get now rather than putting it off. But the reactionary caucus will ensure that that doesn't happen.

Comment God Damn It, Anne Frank (Score 2, Insightful) 170

You know who let their thing go to public domain? Hitler. Just sayin'...

On an editorial note, I would not have read the Diary of Anne Frank had I not been forced to in school, and 30 years of alcohol abuse and Prozac has mostly wiped away most of the memories of the books I was forced to read in school. So if any of my past English teachers are reading, yeah, thanks for that. And also, Herman Melville just wrote all that shit about the whale because he liked to hear himself talk. There. I said it. So whatever. Anne Frank can keep her damn copyright for all I care, and for all the good it'll do her.

Comment Really? That's All It Takes? (Score 1) 327

"Oh, sure! Suuuure! We'll stop trying to arrest you! Why don't you come out of that embassy there and... give it a try?" And for some reason I totally hear that in Brock Samson's voice.

And also, "You guys might want to think about, ah... febreezing that embassy of yours there... it smells like moldy pizza and... Assange crotch."

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 572

Oh yes, they're very particular about that in the classified documents training program. If it's marked classified, it's still classified, even if it's public knowledge. You (the person taking the training) are not to read classified information unless you have a "need to know." You are not to read classified documents over your level of classification. If you suspect you have discovered or in possession of classified material, you are to secure that information and notify your security team at once.

Given all that, they made an effort to make the point that so much as reading a news article about, say, the wikileaks... leaks... could put you in violation of this policy. So, for (totally hypothetical and made up) example, if the New York Times were going "har har har" about the leaked document discussing the dick pics the NSA intercepted that were being sent between W and Chancellor Angela Merkel and I read that, I'd have to stop reading and notify my security team of the article. I'm not aware of any specific consequence the paper would face over it. They didn't cover that bit. Also, although I don't work for those guys anymore, I still have to do that.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 572

She's been very careful to say "marked classified". That leaves a very big hole of "Well this information SHOULD have been MARKED classified, but wasn't." That leaves a gaping hole where she could have read a bunch of classified documents, talked about shit IN those documents all day in emails she generated, but she never sent the actual documents where she learned that information. Information is marked classified by a classification authority, which it doesn't sound like she is.

It's the difference been discussing the secret laser death satellite program in a Starbucks and leaving the documents describing that program there. Some of those conversations should not have taken place on the open internet, whether it was a private E-Mail server or one of Google's.

Not that most people would understand the distinction unless they've been forced to sit through the classified documents handling training, which you HAVE to re-do every so often. So it very much still makes what she's saying pretty fucking weasely. I mean even if it didn't sound pretty fucking weasely if you've had to sit through that training. It sounds weasely to me because I know all the shit she's excluding and I can hear her have to remind herself to say those specific words, "*marked* classified," so she can claim she didn't lie whenever someone finds classified information on there. And she sounds weasely to regular people on the street because they don't understand the distinction between "marked classified" and "sensitive information that really should be marked classified."

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