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Comment: Re:Frist pots (Score 1) 238

by tchdab1 (#46784955) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

Not sure what you expect from your government, but here in the USA we have a range of options, from bupkis, to the triad (personal savings, worker pension, social security, all of which were paid into), to whatever you can scrounge. If we can get the government to pay for anything beyond health care at 65, it would be both lucky and meager.

Comment: Beyond oversight? (Score 4, Interesting) 143

by tchdab1 (#46517301) Attached to: Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

Seems like the NSA and CIA might be by nature beyond oversight. Their job includes assuming that the worst scenarios are possible, which then justifies any action to thwart them, including lying to their overseers in order to keep doing illegal things they think is necessary to prevent those worst possible scenarios. It's bureaucratic paranoia resulting in functional schizophrenia that makes sense within the hive mind but not within the greater public mind that employs them to keep us safe.

Comment: Re:Ooh Scary! SLR (Score 1) 121

Speaking of "ground water", I believe the island is susceptible to high tides now and it (the island) is not getting any higher. A recent study (http://www.bcdc.ca.gov/planning/climate_change/TreasureIslandStudy.pdf) used 55" as a plausible/high level for sea level rise (SLR) by 2100. It rose 8 inches in the last 100 years, according to the same study. Plus the island is isolated as far as public transportation - perhaps people are looking to build in a place near SF that most people have trouble getting to?
Seems like a poor choice for a place to invest in the long term, if it's going to be underwater.

Comment: What about the NSA (Score 1) 206

by tchdab1 (#46170067) Attached to: Lawmakers Threaten Legal Basis of NSA Surveillance

Is anyone going to address the NSA surveillance issue behind the law? It's pretty well established that they're sucking up every possible piece of information because their world view is based in maximum paranoia (if the other guys are capable of doing this, they're probably doing this). Yet their info-vacuum yields little to no results. If we judged their potential for abuse like they judge the world's threats, there would be no NSA. So what kind of intelligent intelligence agency do we rebuild the NSA and it's ilk into? Anyone? Boehner?

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