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Journal Journal: Edward Snowden vs President Alan Richmond 15

The cries of "Snowden is a traitor!" by traitors like Dick Cheney bring to mind a movie that sits on my shelf: Absolute Power, starring Clint Eastwood as a jewel thief named Luther Whitney and Gene Hackman as President Alan Richmond.

Comment Re:20GB?? That's it??? (Score 1) 113

Google is all about cloud computing

I guess I won't need to build a new PC after all, then, because Google and the NSA already get too much data from me, the creepy fucks. Considering some of the things I google for I'm probably on some list already.

Let me know when I can do this without "the cloud." I don't like not having control over my own data and processes.

Comment Re:20GB?? That's it??? (Score 1) 113

I'd have to buy or build a new computer. Neither of the two old towers will take more than a gig, and I'm not going to add any to this notebook, too much of a PITA.

All the old computers do what I need them to so it'll be a while before that happens. I guess if I needed this functionality I'd have to spend a few hundred bucks.

Speaking of it doing what I need, I guess I should get back to work on that book (yep, that's why I haven't been here much lately).

Submission + - HAARP ionospheric research program set to continue (

cylonlover writes: Reports that the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) had been shut down permanently were apparently a bit premature. According to HAARP program manager James Keeney, the facility is only temporarily off the air while operating contractors are changed. So why does anyone care? Despite being associated with various natural disasters over the past two decades by the conspiracy fringe, HAARP is in reality a facility for studying the ionosphere. Gizmag takes a look at the goings on at HAARP – past, present, and future.

Comment Re:Wake up (Score 1) 835

You said that criminals are getting more murdeous when the numbers don't support your assertion. Policing is of course dangerous, but from what I see in the newspapers (and police deaths, accidents, and injuries almost always get reported in the media) I'd say the most dangerous part of your job was writing speeding tickets on the side of the interstate. We had so many police fatalities in Illinois that state law now says you have to move to the left if there's a police car parked on the shoulder with its lights on.

Police officer isn't even in the top ten list of dangerous jobs.

As to assaults, I have no numbers but I'd wager a civilian has a much larger chance of being assaulted by a criminal than a cop does. You'd have to be crazy to assault a man armed with a gun and a taser.

Comment Re:Wake up (Score 1) 835

He was trying to make a point that criminals are getting deadlier, when there were only 10 more deaths in 2010 than 2000. The last few police deaths I've heard around here are accidental deaths caused by negligent drivers; from what I read, writing a speeding ticket on an interstate is pretty damned dangerous.

I'm not saying there job isn't dangerous, it certainly is, but it's not in the top ten most dangerous.

Comment Re:Wake up (Score 4, Informative) 835

The answer to why police have become more militaristic is because criminals have become more murderous against cops.

Sorry, officer, but you're full of shit. 160 police officers died in 2010, a 37% increase from 2009. Ten years earlier 150 died. That's out of 794,300 cops. And remember, those are all deaths including squad car wrecks.

To put that in better prospective, 774 construction workers died in the US in 2010.

Being a cop is a hell of a lot safer than being a construction worker.

Here's a little hint, Officer Moore: you might want to google before making a fool of yourself.

Submission + - 98 Million Americans Might Have Received Polio Vaccine Contaminated With Cancer (

SmartAboutThings writes: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website curiously mothballed pages admitting that the polio vaccine administered from 1955 to 1963 to over 98 million Americans was contaminated with a primate form of cancer virus. cdclogoOther CDC web pages also referencing the link between the widely-distributed vaccine and cancer have similarly been discarded. The pages are still available through Google’s cache system and at the links below:

Comment Re:Lobbyists will take it down (Score 2) 106

Huh?? Where do you see the slightest indication of that? If you're referring to Obama saying Travon Martin could have been him thirty years ago that was a perfectly apt statement that we whites should think deeply about.

Secondly, even if your absurd statement were true, the administration doesn't write the laws, Congress does.

Comment Florida (Score 1) 19

It's been thirty years since I lived there, but strangely I saw little racism among its residents but a whole lot in the cops. I got pulled over once for having a black passenger. If you there is more than one race in the car they automatically suspect drugs.

From the article it looks like the proper charge would have been child endangerment; firing a gun in the direction of a child is pretty damned serious if you ask me. She should have put the slug either in the ceiling or his leg.

Submission + - Rethinking the wetsuit (

symbolset writes: Apparently Australians have come up with the brilliant idea that if you don't want to be eaten by a shark it's best to not go swimming in shark infested waters in a seal costume.

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