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Comment Re:Easy (Score 1) 586

We are now just shy of 7bill and expectation is that population will plateau at around 10bill.

Plateau? Isn't that just a lovely euphemism for "exceed the earth's ability to support any more people"? Ignoring the dire need for population control, I don't think anyone in this discussion is really ignoring human resourcefulness and creativity. Most of the comments here are suggesting various directions our collective intelligence could take us. Quite a few of the comments point out that capitalist self-interest has a tendency to drive us down less than optimal avenues, paths of least resistance that enrich those who already have the money to influence politicians.

I don't see a problem with using our intelligence to predict the resource pressures and attempt to begin creating solutions to those shortages. Better to have a flint in your pack than pretend you'll be able to scrounge one when the need for fire becomes urgent.

Comment Re:Al Franken ticks me off (Score 2) 604

Why would you do that to him? And why would you do that to public discourse?

Not that it isn't an interesting idea -- he's certainly smart enough and would bring a whole different spin to any discussion -- but he serves a more important role using comedy to question the decisions and even the discussions being promoted by those in charge. There is nothing that can ground an issue and restore perspective like shining a light on absurdity.

Comment Re:Antivirus? (Score 1) 318

You say you can get infected from "seemingly innocuous" sites. Does that include mainstream sites, like Netflix or YouTube, or Amazon or blogs like Slashdot?

Actually, I was referring to any site that I might come across while doing a search. I've come across numerous situations where I'm trying to find information on something and one of the sites I click on is blocked by AVG. I haven't had a well-known mainstream site blocked, IIRC.

Comment Re:Does it address what ports are open? (Score 1) 611

These days I cannot use those ports. I know for a fact that 3389 and 80 are blocked. And any time I run RDP on a different port it'll wind up blocked again after two or three connections.

Not to get off the point of your post, but if you can't use those ports it's time to call your ISP.
I'm on Comcast and I run a small web server and FTP server, and I use VNC or Remote Desktop all the time.

Comment Re:Does it address what ports are open? (Score 1) 611

Absolutely correct. If you could pick up Japan and fold it in half, you could drop it into North and South Dakota with a little room to spare. With Finland, you'd have to use the Dakotas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The U.S. is a pretty large, sprawled out place. You have to account for that when planning out the 'net architecture and the problem domain of providing ubiquitous fiber service.

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Journal Journal: Any Democrat Except Obama in 2012? 2

I voted for Barack Obama. I was excited about voting for him. It felt historic, and based on his campaign rhetoric, it felt right. It felt like I was helping to heal the country after 8 years of the ass-hat, monkey-faced-frat-boy Bush. I didn't actually think he'd roll over the GOP the way they rolled over the Democrats during Bush's reign of horror, but I fully expected that it was understand throughout the Democratic Party hierarchy that voters wanted Guantanamo closed, the Iraq War end

Comment Re:Antivirus? (Score 5, Informative) 318

You don't get them by opening email or surfing the web these days. Tracking cookies are not viruses.

You absolutely CAN get an infection from simply surfing the web. I was one of the people affected by the AVG Update Of Death, but I recovered and I will continue to use them in part because it integrates with Firefox and has stopped numerous attacks by intercepting seemingly innocuous sites. If you're not aware of the danger involved in simply surfing the web, you should do a little honest research.

Comment Re:To immediately Godwin the poll... (Score 4, Insightful) 1270

??!! You're kidding, right? Bill Clinton's administration did its darnedest to get Osama bin Laden, to set up policies that would result in his capture or death, to bring down Al Qaeda, etc. And Bush's administration did its level best to ignore the threat, and then afterwards to pretend that it couldn't possibly have foreseen what would happen.

As for making Bin Laden a mass murderer, we had absolutely nothing to do with his insanity. In my personal opinion, terrorism has no excuse in a civilized world.

Comment Re:To immediately Godwin the poll... (Score 5, Informative) 1270

Yes, for brevity... Here ya go:

Original World Trade center bombing. All 10 terrorists involved are now serving life in prison.

Mujahedin attempts to take over Bosnia are thwarted by CIA.

Plot to blow up planes coming out of Philipines stopped. The Phillippine government uncovers a plot to fly planes into the Pentagon and the WTC.

Oklahoma City: Tim McVeigh was caught, tried, and executed.

Khobar Towers bombed.

Clinton sends 40 FBI investigators and forensic experts to work with Saudi authorities.

Clinton appoints General Wayne Downing as head of commission to review and improve security for overseas military installations.

Clinton advises G7 in Lyon on steps to take to fight terrorism.

CIA is ordered to focus its Counterterrorism Center exclusively on Osama bin Laden.

Sudan is urged by Clinton to expel Bin Laden. Sudan complies and Bin Laden flees to Afghanistan.

Clinton sends in marines to guard U.S. embassy in Albanian, thwarting an Al Qaeda attack, and begins working with Albanians to break up Al Qaeda cell there.

Clinton begins talks with Pakistan regarding Al Qaeda and Taliban.

Terrorist plan to bomb Holland and Lincoln tunnels thwarted.

All parties responsible for Khobar towers are executed by Saudi government.

U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, are bombed by Al Qaeda.

Clinton okays a strike against Bin Laden, and the Navy launches cruise missiles, destroying the site in the Sudan where Bin Laden had been reported to be, but had left.

Clinton okays a missile strike against Al Qaeda sites in Afghanistan.

Clinton briefs Congress on the reasons for the missile strike and receives nearly unanimous approval.

Clinton signs Order 13099 imposing economic sanctions against Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, invoking the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Clinton orders General Shelton and General Clark to develop commando raid plans for Afghanistan.

Clinton signs several Memoranda of Notifications authorizing the CIA to use lethal force against Bin Laden and his associates.

Clinton signs an executive order freezing the assets of the Taliban.

U.S. officials begin training Pakistani commandos to go into Afghanistan after Bin Laden.

Musharraf takes over Pakistani government in military coup, cancels commando program. Clinton begins talks with Musharraf to reinstate program.

A terrorist is caught crossing the border with Canada. Based on information provided by him, terrorist cells in the northeast U.S. and in Canada are broken up.

U.S. study reports that Al Qaeda might crash planes into the Pentagon.

Al Qaeda attacks in Jordan are thwarted.

Clinton okays an additional $300 million to anti-terrorism budget of $9 billion.

USS Cole is attacked in the Yemeni port of Aden.

A missile strike is nearly carried out against Osama, but is aborted on the advice of the CIA, who believe evidence of Osama's presence was insufficiently reliable.

Comment Re:To immediately Godwin the poll... (Score 5, Informative) 1270

And that's just terrible historical awareness. Here:

On December 19th, Clinton and Sandy Berger briefed newly appointed President Bush on the threat from Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban. At that time it the urgency of pursuing al Qaeda was explained to George Bush.

Sandy Berger spoke at a "passing the baton" event, "The survivors of the USS Cole reinforced the reality that America is in a deadly struggle with a new breed of anti-Western jihadists. Nothing less than a war, I think it's fair to describe this.

Richard Clarke sends Condoleeza Rice the plan for retaliation adopted by the Clinton administration should it become evident that al Qaeda was behind the USS Cole bombing.

FBI concludes that al Qaeda was responsible for the USS Cole bombing. In response, Bush did not order strikes or escalations of Clinton measures.

Richard Clarke sent Rice a memo with an attached document, "Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadist Networks of Al Qida: Status and Prospects"

Among other things, that memo stressed that Al Qaeda should not be taken lightly and that the position taken by the administration at that time, that Al Qaeda issues should be lumped in with other regional issues, was tragicly flawed.

Rice responded that the terrorist policies of the former administration weren't working because regional policies (Afghanistan, Pakistan) weren't working. She didn't elucidate.

Clarke was unable to effectively escalate the matter because Bush downgraded terrorism below Cabinet-level issues, delegating it to the deputy level. The deputies didn't meet to address terrorism until April.

Still choosing not to attack Al Qaeda, Bush instead writes a letter to Pakistani President Musharraf about al Qaeda's role in the USS Cole bombing.

In Bush's address to Congress, he asserts that the only way to defend U.S. interests is to beef up our missile defenses, a la Reagan, even though this would not have helped prevent the USS Cole bombing, the first World Trade Center attack, the embassy bombings, or any other attack we've undergone in the last decade.

Frmr National Committee on Terrorism Chairman Paul Bremer, after being refused an audience with the Bush administration to discuss the terrorist threats they'd been studying intensely, said, "What they will do is stagger along until there's a major incident and then suddenly say, 'Oh, my God, shouldn't we be organized to deal with this?'"

Saudi Arabia offered to hand Osama bin Laden to the United States in exchange for a cessation of sanctions. The Bush Administration never responded to the offer.

NYC testimony reveals that Bin Laden was sending agents to acquire planes

At the deputies meeting, deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz announced that the real terrorism threat wasn't Al Qaeda, but Iraq.

Sen. Carl Levin, Armed Services Committee expressed concern in Congressional hearings that Bush's policies were misguided.

FBI is told that Zacarias Moussaoui is interested in learning to fly jumbo jets.

Deputies submit the same plan that Clarke submitted in January. But the cabinet principals didn't meet to hear the plan until September.

Bush writes another letter to Pakistani President Musharraf the USS Cole bombing.

In the presidential briefing entitled, "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US": "Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparation for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York."

FBI memo says Moussaoui might "fly something into the World Trade Center."

The president's cabinet principals meet and discuss, for the first time, issues concerning terrorism.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein requests a meeting with Dick Cheney to urge him to escalate counter terrorism measures. She is put off, told that Mr. Cheney will need about 6 months to prepare and educate himself on the topic first.

NSA intercepts a message from Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia: "Tomorrow is zero hour."

Al Qaeda operatives commandeer and fly 4 commercial planes on suicide missions against the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and theoretically, the White House itself.

If Gore had been sitting in the Oval Office, the terrorism policies of the Clinton administration would have been acted upon, and 9/11 might never have happened.

You're welcome.

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