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Submission + - DEA program "more troubling" than NSA? (reuters.com)

Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters is reporting on a secret effort by the Drug Enforcement Agency to collect data from wiretaps, informants, and other sources. Considered most troubling is a systematic campaign to hide this program from the courts, denying defendants their right to know how evidence against them was obtained. This agenda targets U.S. citizens directly, as it is mainly focused on drug trafficking.

Submission + - A Climate of Violence?

Rambo Tribble writes: US researchers have come to the conclusion that climate change can drive increased violence in human society. Their findings are to be found in this Science Magazine article: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/07/31/science.1235367.

A nice summation and discussion of the report can be found on the BBC News site, at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23538771

Add this to the developing scarcity of water due to global warming and the prospects for a peaceful future do not bode well.

Comment A key element ... (Score 1) 251

... corporate buy-in, is where the campaign is really lacking. Numbers would rack up much faster with a few $80,000 committments. But business has been burned before by vaporware and a nearly year-long, (if everything goes according to plan), wait to get any return on the investment is a very, very hard sell.

Comment Many animals are mimics (Score 1) 181

It is a measure of human hubris that we fail to note the fact of animal intelligence that leads to their mimicing us. Another common example of this is the tendency of cats to become vocal and develop novel utterances as a result of observing human speech and interaction. Any keen observer will note that cats. left on their own will not develop such behavior. Upon observing and interacting with humans, at first a cat will simply meow in an utterly feline way, but then it will begin to experiment with varous gargling and purr/meow vocalizations. Finally, of course, there's the famous "silent meow", performed solely for the benefit of a human audience.

Comment The fox in charge of the hen house (Score 2) 835

Given free reign, most authoritarians will opt for the most egregious display of power they can muster. Their goal is to intimidate all who might question or oppose them, even within their own ranks or among their allies. Of course, such as an Edward Snowden is to be nipped in the bud. Furthering this agenda is the fact that SWAT teams burn huge amounts of money on each outing, requiring larger budgets and thereby aggregating more power to the commanders. It is a vicious circle owned and managed by those who profit from it. Unfortunately, that condition has developed in many of society's institutions, such as Wall Street or Congress.

Submission + - Whither Thy Beer to Thee? (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC takes an amusing and interesting look at the disconnect created by the convoluted machinations of marketing in regard to the beverage that is, "... proof God loves us and wants us to be happy." [Benj. Franklin]

Submission + - Time Gets Older (bbc.co.uk)

Rambo Tribble writes: Archaeologists in Great Britain have discovered evidence of a calendar dating to 10,000 years ago in an Aberdeen, Scotland field. Comprised of pits apparently aligned to lunar cycles, this represents the oldest known effort by mankind to measure time.

Comment Ultimately, the same motivation (Score 3, Interesting) 107

Whether excessive medical tests or excessive surveillance, the minions happily promote it to ensure their job security. If the patient or the society suffers, well, that's okay. Perhaps a bit regrettable, but okay.

Ultimately, a society that strenuously promotes competition also engenders a mercenary attitude. So, you see, the excesses of Wall Street are not that far removed from the excesses of the NSA, or Microsoft, to pick but a very few examples.

Comment The problem is societal (Score 1) 580

Analysis and logical thought are more than sidelined by media and society; they're actively discouraged. "News" organizations that push innuendo and fabrications as fact, advertising that teaches flash and dazzle trump substance, constant distraction touted as a desirable lifestyle, all lead to minds challenged by any concrete logic. It takes a village to create a scientist.

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