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Comment They've already been sued...and won. (Score 1) 188

In 2006, the Center for Constitutional Rights sued the federal government asking a federal court for an injunction to stop warrantless wiretapping and naming George W. Bush, the head of the NSA and the heads of other intelligence agencies as defendants. The case was dismissed in June of 2013 when the court agreed with the precedent set in two other cases, which basically said that Americans don’t even have the right to sue their government over its surveillance program, unless they can prove that their communications were intercepted. In other words, you can't sue unless you can demonstrate irreparable personal harm from the spying program. Of course the NSA is never going to hand-over that information voluntarily.

Comment Re:Capitalism. (Score 1) 398

But don't you see how wonderful freedom is. The point isn't that you have to be a chemist, financial analyst, or a mechanical engineer in order to function in a free society. It's that you're free to be any or all of those things. Of course, in the real world, due to the atomized specialization of labor required to make the modern economy hum, it's ridiculous to expect an individual to posses a PhD in applied science just to function in society. That's what we pay other people to do, and why we need regulations more than ever.

Comment Re:Abandon their harmful behavior? (Score 1) 351

When you say voluntary cooperation, you mean like a treaty between states where the agree what powers they reserve to themselves and those that other states have. Something like a "constitution"? So that pollution being created in one state, and contaminating the water of another one can be addressed? Or, poor safety practices in a rendering plant in Kansas, causing people in California to get sick, or even die, can be stopped? You mean those kinds of issues should be left up to individual states? I for one, welcome the "government's" nose being involved in those things.

Comment Re:Germany sells nuclear tech to Iran (Score 2) 280

Oh, you mean "ethical and competent election officials" like those in Florida, or Alabama right? The fact is that "voter fraud" of the type you describe is a myth and in fact when someone is convicted of it, it usually involves someone with a felony conviction trying to exercise their right to vote.

" Over the past decade Texas has convicted 51 people of voter fraud, according the state's Attorney General Greg Abbott. Only four of those cases were for voter impersonation, the only type of voter fraud that voter ID laws prevent.
Nationwide that rate of voter impersonation is even lower.
Out of the 197 million votes cast for federal candidates between 2002 and 2005, only 40 voters were indicted for voter fraud, according to a Department of Justice study outlined during a 2006 Congressional hearing. Only 26 of those cases, or about .00000013 percent of the votes cast, resulted in convictions or guilty pleas. "

And yet I'm sure you think having to wait 3 days to purchase a lethal weapon is a burdensome and onerous infringement on your 2nd amendment rights.

Comment defense secretary? (Score 1) 279

I think the poster means Secretary of State for Defence. The difference being that unlike the American Secretary of Defense, the British secretary holds an elected
office (in the case of Philip Hammond, representing Runnymede and Weybridge), and does not need Parliamentary approval to serve. His US counterpart needs Senate confirmation to serve.

Comment Management Sucks (Score 2) 477

So on the one hand due to executive incompetence, product quality suffers, sales go down and the stock tanks, then some CXX suggest cutting down on office space and having employees telecommute to save on overhead, then due to executive incompetence and marketing/sales trumping product design and innovation, sales go down, and the stock tanks. Now they say they need employees to come in to the (now non-existent) offices, yet something tells me that it's just another example of executive incompetence resulting in poor sales, bad products and the stock tanking.

Comment Re:Charles Darwin Wrote (Score 1, Informative) 745

"There you will see that despite blacks making up 13% of the population in the US, they are [arrested] for a significantly greater proportion
of violent crime."

That's a more accurate statement. Also, what's more likely. people with higher melanin levels are more violent, or laws written
by the majority population are biased against the minority population.

Comment Re:"Financial Sense" (Score 1) 668

You're confusing cause and effect. Gerrymandering is an effect of the two-party system, not the cause.

For instance, Jeffrey D. Sachs attributes two-dominant parties in the US as a result of First-past the Post voting. "Members of Congress are elected in single-member districts according to the 'first-past-the-post' (FPTP) principle, meaning that the candidate with the plurality of votes is the winner of the congressional seat. The losing party or parties win no representation at all. The first-past-the-post election tends to produce a small number of major parties, perhaps just two, a principle known in political science as Duverger's Law. Smaller parties are trampled in first-past-the-post elections."
        —Sachs, The Price of Civilization, 2011

Comment Re:Ever notice (Score 1) 772

" It's really, really okay to just have a show be for entertainment and not for social engineering."

And this is Doctor Who you're talking about? Let's see, 1) he doesn't carry a gun, is a pacifist 2) is ostensibly an atheist. 3) is anti imperialist. In other words, Dr. Who is an old-fashioned liberal.

"The Mutants was one of the most blatant of the shows run, hitting targets such as race discrimination, colonisation and apartheid head on and is, at times pretty heavy going."

So there's already plenty of "social engineering" going on in Doctor Who. It's not just entertainment (it's produced by the BBC after-all)

Comment Re:Really? Political correctness? (Score 2) 772


"Bachiller polled in 18th place when she ran for a seat with the People’s Party (PP) in the last municipal elections. She replaced another councillor, Jesus Garcia Galvan, who had to resign his seat a month ago on account of charges of bribery and malfeasance in office."

So really her nomination had more to do with the scandals of another Councillor, than with PC.

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