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Comment !change nor the first time... (Score 4, Informative) 268

This isn't surprising in the least. Less than two weeks ago they had a workshop for Federal employees on openness in government and it was closed to the public.

Don't forget that Obama promised to have debates on healthcare on C-Span. (google cache)

I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table,” Obama said. “We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we’ll do is we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who are making arguments on behalf of drug companies or the insurance companies.

Then he goes on to have closed door meetings with drug companies and insurance companies. Not to mention that he promised to not support any health care bill that forced people to get healthcare.

You'll find very few people here who ever worshiped the Obamassiah. It's no secret that the Dems are just as much in the pocket of the media companies as the Republicans.

As a person who was continually modded down for saying there was (and will be) no difference between Obama and McCain before and during the election I find your statement very funny.

Comment Re:Do not want (Score 1) 104

I read that link as "fag factor" rather than "lag factor."

It must be time to put down Modern Warfare 2 for a few weeks.

From personal experience I have noticed a slight lag in the controls of Nintendo's Wii compared to the PS2. It really became noticeable when playing Guitar Hero on a friend's Wii. It took about a half hour to correctly compensate for the slight lag.

Comment Re:Link (Score 1) 316

From the pioneer press:

Fans of "Star Wars" have a chance to see a free screening of the notoriously bad "Star Wars Holiday Special" next week in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Film and TV Board is showing the 1978 television special as an official Toys for Tots event. It will be screened Dec. 16 at Bryant-Lake Bowl.

Film Board director of services Chris Grap is a fan of bad movies. Grap says he "couldn't believe" the "Star Wars Holiday Special" existed.

The plot involves Han Solo trying to get Chewbacca the Wookie back to his home planet to celebrate Life Day. The cast includes original "Star Wars" actors as well as Bea Arthur, Art Carney and Harvey Korman.

The screening is free, but people bringing a toy donation will get priority seating. Doors open at 9 p.m.

— Associated Press

Comment Re:To be fair... (Score 1) 161

Adobe just provides a platform; it's up to the producers to decide what protection (if any) to place on the documents.

If you're the TSA, then you decide that using an Adobe pdf editor to redact your documents is a good, secure idea. No one could ever figure out how to take off those redactions (from wikileaks). Oops.

The only thing that TSA manual is missing is a good procedure for properly redacting a document.

Comment Re:HUMINT SIGINT (Score 3, Informative) 131

Human SIGINT is flawed because they can easily be manipulated, compartmentalized and shut down when neccessary. You can also be relying on people who are flawed morally, intellectually, etc...

An Example

15 of the 19 hijackers fail to fill in visa documents properly in Saudi Arabia. Only six are interviewed. All 15 should have been denied entry to the US. [Washington Post, 10/22/02, ABC, 10/23/02] Two top Republican senators say if State Department personnel had merely followed the law, 9/11 would not have happened.[ AP, 12/18/02More]

At least 13 of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers were never interviewed by U.S. consular officials before being granted visas to enter the United States, according to a congressional report issued yesterday. The finding contradicts previous assurances from the State Department that most of them had been thoroughly screened.

The General Accounting Office also found that, for 15 hijackers whose applications could be found, none had filled in the documents properly.


The GAO report found that all 15 of the hijackers from Saudi Arabia applied for visas in Jeddah or Riyadh; two others applied in their native United Arab Emirates. The remaining two, including ringleader Mohamed Atta, an Egyptian citizen, applied as "third-country" applicants in Berlin.

None of 18 separate visa applications by 15 of the hijackers was completed properly, the report said. Thirteen of the 15, who were from Saudi Arabia or UAE, were never interviewed before being approved for a visa, the report found. Investigators were unable to review the applications for four other hijackers, including Atta, because they were destroyed.

If you want to see the actual Visas of some 9/11 hijackers you can go here.

If you want to know why people with such obviously fraudulent Visa applications can get in to the country consider the testimony of J. Michael Springmann. He worked at the Jeddah consulate approving Visas and says he was occasionally overruled by the CIA. Remember that when Springmann was working there they weren't known as terrorists, they were still called freedom fighters.

Comment Re:Olders users know more people? (Score 4, Funny) 174

Well, this is based on a completely unscientific poll of my brain cells, but it seems older users would be more likely to, at least initially, treat sites like Facebook as something new to just try out, a fun toy more than a serious part of their lives, and thus less likely to care that much about how they expose themselves on such a site.

Old people exposing themselves on facebook seems like a far larger problem than than this article speaks of.

Comment Re:I got tired of them when they went too far to . (Score 2, Interesting) 246

If you can get past the left-right paradigm then you'd see that MSNBC and CNN are on just as bad as Fox.

As for Wikipedia I've seen a peer-reviewed scientific article deleted from an article because it gave "undue weight" to a "fringe theory."

The Franklin Scandal, according to wikipedia was a "hoax" because one state senator called it a hoax. I was banned from wikipedia for simply pointing out that the person pursuing the case was also a state senator and thus changed it to "controversy."

Comment Re:Oh God (Score 4, Funny) 249

Just what we need - more people thinking that since they can play games they can do it in real life. Hide all the Guitar Hero/Rock Band addicts.

Bill Belichick got his job with the Patriots after showing off his skills at bribing the ref in Mutant League Football.

Now if only it was legal to kill the quarterback and farting was a 5 yard penalty, then I might watch a game again.

Comment Re:Fraud (Score 2, Informative) 874

So we should believe the same publications who published the fraudulent analysis from the same people who are implicated in this scandal? Yeah, right.

By the way, why don't they show us the data they've been hiding and trying so hard to block FOI requests for? Oh, that's right, they "lost" it.

The e-mails clearly show that they fudged the analysis of the data, not the data itself. The e-mails show they conspired with government officials to block FOI requests, which is a criminal offense. They also discussed deleting data after FOI requests were made, another criminal offense.

Reading two articles where they look at selected e-mails that don't show much isn't impressing anyone. Read the e-mails or at least have the fortitude to look at what dissenters have to say and which e-mails they show.

Comment Re:Science (Score 3, Interesting) 874

You act as if the deniers have nothing to gain from ignoring the science. No matter what the science says, everyone that has a stake in industries that produce large amounts of CO2 will tend to fight tooth and nail against anyone claiming that CO2 does any harm. Simple selfish interest.

It's the energy companies fighting for cap and trade. Demand goes up while they aren't allowed to supply more, which makes prices rise without them having to add any more supply.

Jones, who is stepping down had received over $22.6 million in grants since 1990.

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is the top shareholder of Dutch Shell Oil (how much so is a state secret) and is also the founder of the WWF. She is also an honorary member of the Club of Rome, which has pushed global warming as a way to scare people into world governance, funded by carbon taxes (see: First global revolution).

All of the top beaurocrats pushing global warming (al gore, maurice strong, etc...) are heavily invested in carbon trading exchanges.

I have yet to see the "deniers" be as heavily involved in money making schemes as the "alarmists."

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