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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 264

So, wait, we can give people the legal privilege ("rights" are a philosophical mysticism, not a real thing) of speech without repercussion from government, and then revoke that privilege from corporations (which are not people)? That's great! All we have to do is avoid public spaces! Put most places under the incorporated care of businesses on behalf of the government, and then fine the business for allowing politically-unfavorable displays in those areas!

Comment Re:Does this include Agent Orange... (Score 1) 298

Privately to an adversary.

An adversary with whom we've shared various kinds of intelligence (bi-directionally) for decades. Every president since there WAS a USSR and since has shared intelligence with Russia. They've also all had their private White House photographer present, just as the visiting Russian dignitary often has a private photographer present even when the press isn't allowed in the room. We and the Russians both had a photographer in that room. The difference is that the Russian's guy was being misrepresented as solely working in the counterpart capacity to the official White House guy. The agreement was that the photos from the meeting wouldn't make it to the press right away. So, the Russians lied about that. Nothing too new, obviously. But your phony hand-wringing about what they discussed is just silly on the face of it, and you know it.

Comment Actions (Score 0) 90

The half a million who switched to streaming services are the ones who are actually dissatisfied.* The ones who keep paying a monthly bill for cable TV are satisfied enough.

They'll whine to survey callers, but push comes to shove, the cable companies don't really care if the bills are paid and these people acknowledge sufficient value to continue.

Economists don't give surveys very much credence.

* excepting the very small minority who can get cable TV but not cable Internet

Comment Re:Intelligence agencies have lost credibility (Score 1) 298

Let's be honest though: there has never been a time in history when the CIA or FBI were particularly competent.

So, repeal the Espionage Act of 1917 and be done with this colossal waste of money, both directly and in terms of blowback.

The US survived without it for 128 years, it can survive without it again. But it probably can't be Team America without it.

Comment Re:Let's tell the fools from traitors here (Score -1, Troll) 298

I'm inclined to cut Snowden some slack for two reasons.

Yes, I too am willing to cut him slack — no capital punishment. 10-20 years in federal prison.

First, he took pains to release the information in as responsible a way as possible

This is simply evidence, he was well aware of the harm his releases will do to his country. And did it anyway. He may well have been sincere, but so were the Rosenbergs. It is still treason.

Comment Government giving itself an exception?.. No!! (Score 1) 107

Like this is the first time government officials are giving themselves an exception... From cops exceeding speed limits and driving the wrong way on one-way streets, to Amtrak's WiFi blocking Apple-store and Playboy.com (screw net-neutrality), to this.

Maybe, it is time for a Constitutional amendment prescribing a minimum punishment for such violations — nothing less will do...

Comment Let's tell the fools from traitors here (Score 1, Insightful) 298

Petraeus shared the information with a lover and a biographer — there was never even an accusation, he wanted or was prepared to overlook it being accessed by an enemy.

The hypothetical Chinese mole may well be an actual Chinese, working for his country. Assange is not an American and owes us little loyalty.

But Manning, who harmed his country to impress a boyfriend, and Snowden, who did it for some "greater good" (which never materialized), were traitors. The sooner we stop glorifying the two assholes, the sooner the healing will begin.

Submission + - US intelligence community lost credibility due to leaks (bloomberg.com)

mi writes: U.K. police investigating the Manchester terror attack say they have stopped sharing information with the U.S. after a series of leaks.

Whether the leaks are for a "higher purpose", to impress a boyfriend, or "just for lulz", the lack of prosecutions of the leakers is encouraging more and more of them.

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