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Army Psy Ops Units Targeted American Senators 391

Weezul writes "The US Army illegally ordered a team of soldiers specializing in 'psychological operations' to manipulate visiting American senators into providing more troops and funding for the war. An officer who tried to stop the operation was railroaded by military investigators. (see also the Hatch Act of 1939)."

Comment Re:AT&T's Fault? (Score 2) 265


I understand what you're talking about but I have no idea why you choose to go off on this poor guy. He stated his opinion, made it clear it was only his opinion and backed it up with some the reasoning behind his statement. He in no way claimed to be absolutely right; in fact, he even pointed out a reason why he might be wrong. Perhaps he was a bit foolish to assume similarities between iPhone and N900 but one is free to draw that conclusion thanks to the information he provided.

In short, he offered a reasonable and fairly modest observation along with enough support to allow the reader to make their own judgement on whether to accept it.

This guy is not your enemy.


Aussie City Braces For Worst Flood In 118 Years 214

aesoteric writes "As parts of the Australian state of Queensland either experience or prepare for the worst floods to ravage the state in over 100 years, Australia's techies have taken it upon themselves to keep communications services on as the crisis unfolds. One man is mirroring flood information from a faltering Brisbane City Council website, and others have opened WiFi channels in their neighbourhood whilst mobile signal gets choked. But there is major damage to telco networks — at least one major fibre link has been severed by flood waters, telephone exchanges have been knocked offline and cell towers put on battery or generator back-up (or offline altogether). On a sombre note, the floods have claimed 10 lives, including children, and 78 people are still missing after facing a torrent of water up to 8 metres (26 feet) high."

Comment Re:i'm impressed (Score 1) 648

Hold on, here's the crux of the issue. If the state had an active role in selected projects to receive money and choose this theme park, there may be a problem here. If, however, the incentives were made available to all and the theme park applied them of their own volition, then there's no problem.

It's like the difference between someone handing out sandwiches only to Christians versus a Christian joining a line that says "free sandwiches".

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