Then there are the political preachers, those that preach the religion for personal gain whilst not practising the religion except to break all of it's tenets. You look at many of those right wing pseudo Christians and for them the ten commandments are just a score card, how many of them they can break upon a daily basis. When it comes to that lot being ready for ET, well can they screw a profit out of it, nope, than you bet they will strictly adhere to denial, especially as publicised ET will be the world together and disrupt that whole divide, conquer and exploit thing.
You are talking about fictitious maybe, might be, could have possibly happened consequences. Something that is only really used in corrupted courts by corrupt prosecutors. Stick to the facts, of what actually happened and copying is never theft, copying is copying and theft is the denial of possession. So overall is seems they were far less naughty than the NSA, hugely massively less naughty then the NSA.
As for hundreds of millions of dollars spent on repairing security breaches, when will government agencies stop lying in court, it is a criminal act and these claims should be investigated and when proven false those who made the claims prosecuted for perjury.
Otherwise people can be charged for possibly starting world war three because they dropped a banana peel and because a particular person slipped on it, this could possibly set off a chain reaction of events which could possibly lead to world war three hence the person who dropped the banana peel needs to be charged with mass murder and war crimes.
The reality is when it comes to something like Ebola when they use the words 'completely contained' they are quite simply completely lying in order to protect trade and tourism. Reality is with any infectious diseases the correct terminology is 'was contained' or 'according to current information the spread has been limited'. Any claim of complete containment is a lie as it requires the complete knowledge of every person in that population and their current state of infection, something that is impossible in a modern western country let alone an African country.
So when countries in Africa start talking about the lie of 'complete containment' I find that extremely concerning and that an externally applied containment to the African continent is likely the only safe way to go and sooner rather than later will likely be beneficial.
Futuristic weapon of course do not really work they way people would think. The whole idea is about releasing the minimum required amount of energy at the target location to achieve a desired result. So when it comes to stopping a space battleship, the required amount of energy to shut down it's computers. Obviously the energy required at the target location is minimal, getting it there is the trick. There are many particles that will readily travel through objects, project those particles and fluctuate the amount at the right frequency at the target location and you will alter the energy balance at that location and achieve a molecular resonance, where the molecules at the target location release the energy to achieve a desired affect.
So it is all about hiding and attacking without being attacked or using really advanced technology to uncloak and shut down the opposing war machine. Using massive amounts of energy really is technologically speaking primitive.
Same with planetary attack, you are not attacking a planet, you are attacking a society on that planet and eliminating that threat. So biological attack, a gene therapy attack to eliminate the social threatening traits. The sustained technological shut down of energy generation, to allow the collapse of a society and it's re-evolution in a more desired form. Even a political attack, achieving political reform to eliminate the threat.
Looking at our own world we can see how we have revised war over the millennia, to be far more subtle, mainly in the last few years of course.
Avoiding the supply charge, those cables in the street is also require, otherwise they will continually ramp up the supply charge and this affects the poor far more than it does the rich.
Keep pursuing the cheapest labour and pretty soon you will have no one to sell your code to, as no one will be afford to buy the devices to put the code on. It's all about balanced economies, not the greatest possible exploitation, not unlimited growth, not the highest possible productivity which in reality implies the cheapest possible labour (when will you guys and gals wake up to that one, what did you really think all that spin about increasing productivity really meant).
Well to be factually accurate Uncle Tom Obama the Choom Gang Coward, did not change his tune at all, it's just that his and his administration tune did not in any way shape or form match that tune. Admittedly Obama is not on his own in this as he only signs off on the voting of the senate and the congress. So the president is more of a look at the other hand magic thing to distract people's attention whilst the actual decisions are being made in the congress and senate. Remember this, the congress and senate have it within their power to cut the presidents roll down to just a empty figure head role with no power at all. It is only corporate America and mass media that want you focusing in on the President and ignoring your representative in the congress and senate and contacting them directly, via phone calls or via snail mail or email.
Before you can apply the physics of space battles you need to look at the tactics of space battles and how you would apply those physics.
Regardless of movies and TV series, planetary systems are completely undefendable from toxic dust clouds in counter orbit, to triggered solar flares, to the obvious stealthed high yield warheads fired from beyond detectable range, the ways to attack a planet with the area in space to defend are just to great.
So first up, evacuate those you need to fight the war to a space fleet and take that fleet to the nearest light years big dust cloud. This hides the fleet and provides the resources needed to supply the interstellar war, whilst you wipe out the oppositions planets, unless of course they do the exact same thing. This of course pointing to the futility of wars in space and highlighting the need to nip the problem in the bud.
Any existing space faring race will of course eliminate or any species entering space if the species is deemed to be an 'uncontrollable' threat. Of course as region become substantively older this mitigation of threat will likely be passed off to less advanced societies as a measure of their development.
So space battles are just for computer games because there is absolutely no way to defend or win anything. The most realistic interstellar wars are of 'influence' bound around, genetic and social engineering and we are just really starting to learn how advanced technology can really make it happen, at a 'mind boggling' (heh heh) level.
Regardless the individual or corporate day, hour, minute traders are toxic to the corporate market and the destructive influence they have on the management of corporations.
Two things need to radically change, stamp duties on share transaction need to rise to at least 1% to slow down the desire to trade and the speed of transfer of shares need to be slowed down, so to at least 30 or even 90 days between the the purchase and sale of shares. This will hugely stabilise the share market and have a major influence on the management of companies and the desire to fabricate an illusion about the wealth of a company for short term share gains.
A push needs to be made to shift value of investment in shares from short term capital gains back to dividends and transaction taxes along with hugely slowed down trades will do that.
Or, could it possible be, finally in spite of all evidence to the contrary, that those CIA torture freaks are finally feeling some sense of shame for the perverse behaviour. I wonder how recruiting is going?
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Catch is even that has limits. Once battery technology is there and you can combine wind with solar and can store at least 48 hours average use, than it is all over for the except for supplying medium and high density housing together with commercial and industrial but the residential market will go solar with battery storage.
Restricting access to major corporations when it comes to surveillance technology without informing the general public seems of course, 'WILDLY SUSPECT'. Seriously WTF are these idiots thinking. Their private for profit partners and contractors are now actively sharing in the deployment and use of various espionage devices without detailing what is being done and providing that information to the public.
One thing I found interesting right at the beginning was about whether information and knowledge should be free. It would seem logical that a core level of information and knowledge should be freely accessible on the internet and be provided by the state. The core of this information being all about the management system of the state (being local, state or federal), what they are doing, how they are doing and why they are doing it, something of vital importance to a democracy. Expanding upon this of course is a general public encyclopaedia of knowledge and instruction, so that the public can make use of the management information provided. So how close are we to a state funded and managed 'Wikipedia' as part of state information and education systems, basically to save the whole community access costs and to provide the necessary information to be a real democracy (no lying allowed if caught then prosecuted). No guaranteeing the people will bother to access it but if they start doing it from an early age as a part of their education then it is likely they will keep going back to it as they age.
Of course if you want to pay less tax you need to revise administration of some functions of government. For example emergency services should all go from local to state funding and management, this of course eliminates management systems replicated hundreds of times, a huge savings. Schools should go from local to state funding and management, again management systems replicated hundreds of times eliminated, a huge savings. All hospitals and medical services, again huge savings. Even sewerage should go from local to state management and major sewerage farms could service many communities, taking gravity into account. Cut back local government, to local streets and footpaths, local parks, stormwater systems, community services like libraries and, community centres and of course planning and approvals. Their main role should be pursuing the state for greater provision of other services. Now you can just whine and whine and whine or you can be proactive. Want to save taxes then cut out repeated systems of management and do so real bureaucracy trimming. Savings in there could be as high as 50%, huge. Even federal tax savings, as management of provision of funding is cut back from monitoring thousands to just 50 again a huge savings. Of course just whining about it and pointing out to those who monitor this forum how much you absolutely hate and loath paying taxes, will work much better.