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Comment Re:Miranda (Score 1) 768

I am sorry officer, I do not consent to searches

I'm not apologetic about my rights. I would refuse with a statement along the lines of "I don't consent to searches, and if you were an honest, patriotic American, you wouldn't be trying to undermine the fourth amendment to the constitution."


Comment Re:Constitution (Score 2) 568

Take just a second and read about what must be done in order to use FISA data in a criminal prosecution of a US citizen.

The fourth amendment doesn't say that the government may violate our privacy as long as they don't use what they find in a criminal prosecution. It says that we are not to be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures.


Comment Re:Get a court order. (Score 1) 229

If retrieving your posts is that important to you, get a court order, so Facebook must give you access to download them.

If the government's archiving all digital communications, who needs a court order? Just file a FOIA for your old stuff.

I wouldn't trust the government to provide the accurate number of "likes" the post received. ;)

Comment Re:More important: Why are they drying up? (Score 5, Interesting) 178

Why are the grants drying up?

In many cases, it's not that the money is drying up; it's that the money is increasingly 'focused' on projects rather than administration.

There's a popular conception among donors that the best way to keep NGOs from existing for their own sake (and growing fat and complacent) is to cease providing core funding, instead providing money for individual initiatives. As a happy coincidence, this also keeps NGOs on the string, having to justify every single little thing they do, which makes it easier to ensure that NGOs don't do anything that might make the donors uncomfortable, like speak their mind, or have a conscience or tell the truth.

The 'no core funding' argument has some merits, I'll grant (heh) you, as there have been NGOs who got caught up in navel-gazing, who got lazy and spent more time feathering their respective nests than actually, you know, doing good. That is absolutely something to be guarded against. But this move toward project funding has the unfortunate effect of keeping some NGOs on the fringe, struggling to stay alive. This applies particularly to those who challenge the status quo.

And as noted here, it has a knock-on effect on all NGOs, who find they can obtain salaries and meet project expenses, but can't own any fixed assets or even keep a vehicle running. Perversely, this increases their operating costs, which have to be met somehow. And that results in bigger grant applications for project funding.

Obligatory software analogy: This is similar to tech companies who see design, tech support, permanent staffing and even updates as cost centres and therefore areas to starve as much as possible. This can all too easily lead to more friction in the gears, longer ramp-up times, slower release schedules, reduced quality and sales, and yes, higher development costs, once everything's factored in.

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