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Comment: Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (Score 1) 271

Not so. For example here is the privacy statement from a well-known university:

Privacy of Information
Information stored on a computer system or sent electronically over a network is the property of the individual who created it. Examination, collection, or dissemination of that information without authorization from the owner is a violation of the ownerâ(TM)s rights to control his or her own property. Systems administrators, however, may gain access to usersâ(TM) data or programs when it is necessary to maintain or prevent damage to systems or to ensure compliance with other University rules.

Comment: Re:All publicly funded research needs public relea (Score 0) 271

OK with which part? Trying to repress work of scientists for political ends or trying to preserve their work for future study?

One is the despicable work of slimeballs trying to supress scientific inquiry or just simply punish people who have ideas they don't like, and the other is the work of archivists and libraries.

Clearly we have the former going right now. Fortunately the courts came to the right conclusion.

Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 5, Interesting) 630

1. Ex post facto limitations apply to criminal cases, not civil cases.

2. Bills of attainder applies to a specific person or group of persons. I.e. a law saying Joe at 123 Maple Street has to pay 50% of his money to Small Town DPW. In England they were used to execute people, i.e. the govt would pass a law saying Bill will be executed such and such a day.

3. The problem here is due process IF they can't show you the records to justify the seizure. That's really really bad news.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 630

Pretty much. Even forbids it in it's definition of treason.

This isn't a crime though. It's mistakes that were made in calculation of benefits for dependent children, The IRS is trying to collect it from the people whom the benefits were intended.

The problem is lack of due process. Their procedures are very shoddy.

Comment: Re:And they've already stopped (Score 4, Informative) 630

This has been going on for a while. And while it's stopped right now, it's only under review.

This sort of collection should be limited to the actual recipients, and have some sort of statute of limitations.

Commercial debt dies with the probate process. It's not passed on.

Comment: Re:Fuck this shit! (Score 4, Insightful) 429

by the eric conspiracy (#46743835) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

1970's? Global cooling? Are you serious? The prevailing opinion at the time was 'we don't know', that is the science available at the time was not capable of modelling the effect of man's activities on climate.

In this essay written by Carl Sagan in 1980 he expresses exactly this and makes a plea for support for such work.

The idea that there was a 'global cooling' consensus in the 1970's is the sheerest poppycock. Complete wishful thinking by people with a political agenda back by no rigorous assessment of the situation.

If you really are interested in just facts, you have failed to accumulate many.

"If value corrupts then absolute value corrupts absolutely."