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Comment Re:This is truly a difficult situation (Score 1) 369

Your post (and that article) describe the failures of Scott J.

Your are correct, but think: Who appointed Scott J. Bloch to that position, who is protecting him in the courts, and who is appointing his replacement(s)?

Blame one man all you want, however it is the whole institution that has positioned itself against whistleblowers (as demonstrated beyond any doubt by the relentless bipartisan persecution of them).

Comment Re:This is truly a difficult situation (Score 4, Informative) 369

It's called the Office of Special Counsel and it has demonstrated its complete and utter failure. No whistleblower in their right mind would attempt to use it given its history:

While the Department of Justice relentlessly pursues, prosecutes and imprisons inconvenient whistleblowers, high-ranking bureaucrats who violate their rights are usually coddled by the system. The crooked wheel of justice crushes those at the lower levels of the government and pushes up criminals in high places.

  • Knowingly and willfully ignoring whistleblower disclosures;
  • Dismissing and closing hundreds of whistleblowing complaints without investigation

  • Deleting hundreds of files pertaining to whistleblowing disclosures and complaints of retaliation and reprisal;

  • Rolling back protections for federal employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation;

  • Staffing key OSC positions with cronies who shared his discriminatory views;

  • Engaging in retaliatory activities against OSC staffers who opposed his wrongdoing;

  • Assigning interns to issue closure letters in hundreds of whistleblower complaints without investigation;

  • Intimidating OSC employees from cooperating with government investigators;

  • Misusing prosecutorial power for political purposes;

  • Reducing the backlog of cases pending at the OSC by 56% percent by closing cases without an investigation and destroying electronic files;

  • During the fiscal year of 2008, the OSC filed 0 corrective action petitions with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB);

  • During the fiscal year of 2008, the OSC obtained 0 stays from the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB);

  • Bloch reassigned his perceived critics within the OSC to field offices across the country – giving them 10 days to accept, or else they'd be fired;

  • Bloch imposed retaliatory transfers upon OSC staffers he perceived as having a "homosexual agenda";

  • OSC under Bloch rarely recognized legitimate whistleblowers, typically only when the whistleblower has already prevailed elsewhere;

Comment Re:This is truly a difficult situation (Score 5, Interesting) 369

The shenanigans go much deeper than you realize:

"The mass surveillance and mass interception that is occurring to all of us now who use the internet is also a mass transfer of power from individuals into extremely sophisticated state and private intelligence organizations and their cronies," he says. Assange also discusses the United States’ targeting of WikiLeaks. "The Pentagon is maintaining a line that WikiLeaks inherently, as an institution that tells military and government whistleblowers to step forward with information, is a crime. They allege we are criminal, moving forward," Assange says. "Now, the new interpretation of the Espionage Act that the Pentagon is trying to hammer in to the legal system, and which the Department of Justice is complicit in, would mean the end of national security journalism in the United States." [includes rush transcript]

Comment Re:Growing market (Score 2) 178

Well it could be true that there's a growing market, and you'll definitely find people on Slashdot who are part of that market, but could we have some stats? Why does it "certainly" seem that the market is growing?

Anecdotal evidence: Privacy search plugins like Google Sharing appear to have fast growing userbase/# of reviews etc, many more each time I upgrade and check them anyway.

Comment Re:Retaliation (Score 2) 182

Is there any way to know if you're retaliating against the correct target?

Does "hack back into the system from which the attack originated" == "retaliating against" or is it merely investigation into the perpetrators?

Considering many bot nets are state run (think wikileaks take-downs) Id venture that the answer official will always be "No, do not investigate [our possible] botnet activity"

Comment Shale - the next bubble to pop (Score 3, Informative) 467

From here

"The second thing that nobody thinks very much about is the decline rates shale reservoirs experience. Well, I’ve looked at this. The decline rates are incredibly high. In the Eagleford shale, which is supposed to be the mother of all shale oil plays, the annual decline rate is higher than 42%. They’re going to have to drill hundreds, almost 1000 wells in the Eagleford shale, every year, to keep production flat. Just for one play, we’re talking about $10 or $12 billion a year just to replace supply. I add all these things up and it starts to approach the amount of money needed to bail out the banking industry. Where is that money going to come from? Do you see what I’m saying?"

Comment Re:End climate silence (Score 5, Informative) 238

...Sandy blows all the historic stats out of the water, including 1938 hurricane Bellport. Calls bullshit on the "75 year cycle storm" theory - where is the data to back that up?

While a couple of hurricane landfalls in Florida have produced pressures in this range, most cities in the Northeast have never reached such values, as is evident in this state-by-state roundup. The region’s lowest pressure on record occurred with the 1938 hurricane at Bellport, Long Island (946 hPa).

Comment Re:Who started it? (Score 3, Insightful) 292

Which ignores the fact that Britain had legally secured the mineral rights to virtually all of Iran. The new government was going to welch on the deal

Yeah, right. Who is Ignoring the facts now?:

In 1901 William Knox D'Arcy, a millionaire London socialite, negotiated an oil concession with the Shah Mozzafar al-Din Shah Qajar of Persia. He assumed exclusive rights to prospect for oil for 60 years in a vast tract of territory including most of Iran.

Any democratically elected government has the legal (and moral) right to roll back and change the terms of any abusive deal made by previous unelected rulers - even those made "only" half a century before by a dynasty than no longer "owned" Iran.

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