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Comment Re: Onwards to victory. (Score 2) 355

And in other news satire dies as an art form.

Sorry - I sympathize with your feelings, but the death of satire has already been announced. It was about 40 years ago when Tom Lehrer (someone well qualified to comment on the subject) remarked that

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize."

Comment Re:UK import grade cryptography (Score 2) 135

I used to travel to the UK regularly. I have not been in well over 15 years and have no plans to ever visit the UK again. sad, as it was a nice place, once (at least to a visitor). now, I'd avoid going there unless 100% necessary. and so far, no travel has ever come up to be 100% necessary.

That's funny - in a sad way - because I live in Britain and I feel exactly the same way about going to the USA. In the 1930s my parents - both teachers of French and German - used to visit Germany regularly every summer. I'm not as brave as they were - or perhaps I have benefit of hindsight.

Comment Redundant verbiage excised (Score 3, Insightful) 135

"At the end of the day, will the U.K. security services be able to read your email, your messages, your posts and private tweets, and your communications if they believe you pose a threat to national security? Yes, they will".

At the end of the day, will the U.K. security services be able to read your email, your messages, your posts and private tweets, and your communications if they feel like it? Yes, they will.


Comment Shadowstats gives the true number: 23% (Score 0) 516

In case anyone is interested in the real unemployment numbers, look at John Williams' Shadowstats


"Counting All Discouraged/Displaced Workers, May 2016 Unemployment Rose to About 23.0%".

Why the big discrepancy? Because, just like the inflation figures and other government statistics, the unemployment numbers have been redefined and massaged to get them into an "acceptable" range. Williams explains the trick:

"To be counted among the U.S. government’s headline unemployed (U.3), an individual has to have looked actively for work within the four weeks prior to the unemployment survey conducted for the Bureau of Labor Statistic (BLS)".

So, essentially, what the BLS called the "unemployed" are people who are between jobs. If it takes a person more than a month to find a new job - or if they cannot prove that they have been actively looking - that person ceases to exist as far as the BLS unemployment statistics are concerned.

Comment Re:The real issue (Score 1) 95

I do however very much question the actions of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.

Just to help you make yourself just a tad clearer: why do you "question the actions of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government"? What specific things have they done that make you so suspicious of them?

Comment Re:There is a good reason (Score 2) 95

"19 Oct 2016 - Russian unemployment rate was recorded at 5.6 percent in May of 2016, down from 5.9 percent in the previous month. The figure came below market expectations of 5.8 percent and was the lowest October 2015. The number of unemployed people decreased by 217 thousand to 4.3 million".

Comment Re:Linkedin provides a service in Russia so it sho (Score 4, Informative) 95

Russia has a $20 billion budget deficit its looking to plug. Facebook, LinkedIn,Google and Twitter can plug a nice big chunk of it.

Er, 'For FY 2016 the federal budget estimates that the [US] federal debt will increase by about $1 trillion. That's about $250 billion more than the official “deficit.”'

So the US government must be 50 times as hungry for extra revenues as the Russian government. Furthermore...

"On January 26, 2016, debt held by the public was $13.62 trillion or about 75% of the previous 12 months of GDP. Intragovernmental holdings stood at $5.34 trillion, giving a combined total gross national debt of $18.96 trillion or about 104% of the previous 12 months of GDP".

Meanwhile Russia's national debt is 9.7 trillion. Oh, what's that you say? That's in rubles? So what's it in dollars? Oh, I see: about $151 billion. Gee, that's awful - that's nearly one percent of the US national debt. Those Russians are in real hot water now! http://www.nationaldebtclocks....

Comment Re:Honest doubt (Score 3, Insightful) 95

There is a powerful segment of opinion, mostly among the rich and influential in the USA and elsewhere, that nation states are on the way out, to be superseded by some vague but wonderful world society. Rather less wonderfully, two forces look set to take over the power and authority that nation states are supposed to relinquish: multinational corporations and the US government. (Those two forces, of course, are far from separate and in fact are heavily intertwined). These ideas are associated with the so-called "neocon" movement.

In this particular case the argument is that the Russian government has no right to insist that its citizens' data must be stored only in Russia. Information wants to be free! As for what right the US government has to dictate to the Russian government, well that is the issue that is being tried right now. If the Russians had stood for LinkedIn's previous practices, that would have been one tiny step away from national sovereignty and towards the rule of corporations. (As prefigured by TTP and TTIP). Now that the Russians have come out against the practices, Washington denounces them for being petty tyrants.

The only national government that is not scheduled for destruction under this scheme is, of course, the US government. Well, someone needs to be at the wheel while the world undergoes creative destruction! Thus the US government is the only one that stands relatively unchallenged by corporate power. Perhaps, gradually and almost imperceptibly, the US government might shade into a world government. However, the recent moves by the BRICS and others to reduce their reliance on and commitment to elements of the Washington-centric world structure, such as the IMF, the World Bank, and the ICC, suggests that many national governments are fully aware of the plan for their dissolution, and have no intention of going quietly into that good night.

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