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Comment Re:Trust no one (Score 1) 50

"I'm the only one who can fix this problem", run away as fast as you can.

"Come with me if you want to live!" (- from the movie "Terminator" [and hand in your geek card if you needed this citation])

It seems that "question authority" has more recently been all but replaced by a more-PC "question only authority (and those who hold it) that we say to question...all other authority that agrees with us is sacrosanct".

Start questioning the authority of certain things and suddenly all that "question authority" crap goes right out the window for many, many people and turns to "get 'em!"...sometimes even to the point that calls are made for laws which would criminalize publishing certain arguments and opinions. This sort of behavior is not limited to only one of the 2 major US parties in case you think I'm being partisan. I'm not.

When any group/party/etc must resort to supporting a position by silencing speech and criminalizing opposing thought and opinions, that's a sure sign that they and their position are another "authority" that must be strongly questioned.


Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 0) 421

Well, having male and female bathrooms at all is discriminatory (it's the same shit as whites only bathrooms/ drinking fountains).


There are male and female bathrooms because males and females are anatomically different because they are different sexes and have methods of expelling bodily waste which are different! The two sexes also each have personal and individual rights and needs for privacy.

And did you really actually just dare compare separate bathrooms for males & females to fucking *slavery*!?!? OMG! You think MLK or Malcolm X would be OK with that comparison? Do you think anyone with any knowledge of the history of slavery, with a rational and reasonable sense of proportion and relative importance/significance, would agree?

I can easily understand why you would post this garbage as AC.


Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 179

You also need to be prepared for state laws making it illegal for a municipality to intrude into what should be commercial space. (This has already happened, but I don't know in how many states, or which ones. IIRC it was somewhere near Chicago, but not Illinois.)

Yes, agreed. Excellent point.

You're right in that the fight will eventually likely go State-level and maybe even Federal. Still, the effort has to start at the local level.


Comment Re:I'm disturbed... (Score 1) 197

As a corollary, make just about everything a crime and that gives the gov't carte blanche to get tangled up in your life, any time, for any reason.

"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."

- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Has anyone told those in power that AS (and equally '1984', 'BNW', Animal Farm, etc) was/were NOT intended as instructions?

You can attack Ayn Rand all you want, but she's not alone (see works cited above) and events seem to be unfolding in eerily-similar ways to not only significant portions of AS, but also to those other 'future Dystopian world' books.

But at least we have cool pocket-sized Telescreens, and not those silly console-sized things from the B/W movie! Double-plus good!


Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 179

Do not, however, be prodded into becoming violent in return, as then you can be labeled extremist, violent, and dangerous and your cause minimized in the public's mind.

Like you can control that. Agent Provocateur. []

Two words:

"Code word"

Or, "code [sign/ribbon/badge/hat/etc etc etc]".

Passed out to members before a protest/assembly/march or whatever. Run anyone away that doesn't have/know it, and video/publicize the attempted false-flag/provocateur actions.


Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 179

IF you are pissed at your options, make this proposal to your City council next time the Franchise Agreements come up for renewal. MAKE them work for you, they are your Public Servants (or should be)

Exactly, but don't be either surprised or dissuaded when they play the 'make up procedural rules as they go' game to block your proposal and/or your speech (out of order!).

They will most likely need to be removed/impeached/voted out, as long-time city council members where franchise agreements have been the norm often begin to feel *entitled* to these deals and the graft they bring.

It will take those concerned to do door-to-door canvassing/petition drives, peaceful public assembly/protest, buying advertising in local media channels, and other forms of community organizing and education to affect real change.

Be prepared for a lot of push-back, up to and including possibly even arrests and 'crowd control' measures by law enforcement used. There is a lot of money and power at stake, and it won't be surrendered easily by those who seized it. Do not, however, be prodded into becoming violent in return, as then you can be labeled extremist, violent, and dangerous and your cause minimized in the public's mind. Publicize locally and globally video and photos and stories of any violence and/or corrupt/illegal/unconstitutional actions of local law enforcement/court systems/judges used against your peaceful effort for constructive change and battle against corruption.


Comment Pot Meet Kettle (Score 1) 123

"the allegations against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche reveal a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law and the protection of public health and the environment."

"the allegations against top US political parties and leaders reveal a culture of deeply-rooted political arrogance & corruption, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law and the protection of public Rights, freedom. and the Rule of Law."


Comment Re: The price hike is minimal... (Score 1) 450

Netflix might not have a choice, but how in hell can I complain to the content owners in a way that they would listen other than with my wallet and not pay for a shitty streaming service.

My solution? I don't watch TV at all, haven't for 6-7 years or more now, I don't even own a TV anymore. Same with movies. I have a few favorite old movies I watch occasionally, but nothing newer than ~8-10 years old and most much, much older.

There's plenty to do for entertainment outside of movies/TV shows. There's F2P online games galore, YouTube, and plus I'm a musician so there's always picking up an instrument.

I've found I don't even miss TV/newer-movies, particularly as the quality of both have gone to shit anyways.

As far as cable/ISP, I have Charter internet @$60/mo, and if/when they raise prices, that cord will get cut, too. There's Barnes & Noble and a number of other businesses near me that offer free WiFi, and so I'll build a Pringles-can antenna.

Screw the greedy bastards.


Comment Re:You will not prove intent (Score 1) 85

I've worked with government IT and it's behind the time everywhere. It's not a conspiracy. It's a constantly budget conflict.

When you have budget X and it's near impossible to get funding. This kind of stuff happens on a regular basis. IT winds up just making it work.. good enough for as long as they possibly can. Like a poor person or minimalist trying to get 50 years out of their old pickup.


They'd just prefer spending our money that they confiscate under threat of deadly force on spying on the private communications of regular US citizens (particularly those who oppose the current regime and/or their policies/actions) and not on systems to keep them accountable to those citizens.


Comment Re:Clever Grad Student (Score 4, Insightful) 85

By requesting a search that should have netted his own earlier FOIA requests, and didn't, Ryan Shapiro was able to demonstrate the inadequacy of the index-term search the FBI is using. Clever.

He'd better hope they don't decide to make an example of him and charge him under CFAA or some other law, regulation, or Act for exposing the inadequacy of a government computer system or something along those lines. It wouldn't even matter if they knew beforehand that they couldn't get a conviction, the process is the punishment.

The Rule of Law is dead in the US. The "law" now depends on who you are, who you know (and what you know about them), and how much money and power you have.


Comment Re:It's just Microsoft being Microsoft (Score 2) 141

How do you expect MS to sell their new POS if they can.t cripple the old one?

Spot on. They know good and well that the hardware can keep operating for years.

Imagine if this idea takes hold in the auto industry? "Gee, the new car models came out, so my old model car got bricked by the manufacturer!" The only real difference is the amount of money involved.

This move by MS may just be class-action material, that is, if the US Department of (in)Justice and/or Congress/POTUS doesn't run interference for MS. Maybe MS can get some of that retroactive/ex post facto lawmaking goodness we've seen with the NSA/telecoms/surveillance issue to give MS immunity from past lawbreaking.

After all, in today's US, the "rule of law" depends on who you are, who you know (and what you know about them), and how much money and power you have. People like Hillary or Trump could blowtorch babies to death live on TV and walk away. People like us get years in PMITA prison for making bank deposits/withdrawals that some bureaucrat decides looks like it could possibly be considered "structuring" if one squints real hard.


Comment Re:Comes with a box of tin foil (Score 1) 88

After that book, delve into his other 'facts':

But, that's not the book under discussion. Just as Metallica sucking since they sold out doesn't make their earlier works less good, what someone writes in one book does not affect the accuracy or insightfulness of another book.

Please point out to us the factual errors in "The Creature From Jekyll Island" if you want to make a relevant reply. "But...but...look at this other thing he wrote at a different time!" has no relevance...good, bad, or the work being discussed.


Comment Re:CIO of FDIC should be indicted. (Score 1) 88

The criminal negligence we continue to see at all levels of government and quasi-government within the realm of "cyber security" is shocking.

Sadly, the criminality is not limited to government "cyber security", but pervades every government branch and agency and both major parties.

As far as the Chinese connection goes, one has to wonder what exactly all those laundered & bundled "donations" from the Chinese to Democrat campaigns, foundations, PACs, etc etc were intended to buy?

There are also many disparate groups who wish to collapse the US, each in service to their own agenda, but with many interim goals in common (and the enemy of my enemy...) and the banking/currency system is one of the prime targets in any such effort.

I don't get what's so hard for people to understand. Government is just people and people suck (basic human nature has not changed much in over 5,000 years) and seek wealth & power over duty, so the only practical way to keep government relatively honest and in-check is to make government as weak, decentralized, and local as possible so that those in government have very little to sell in the way of power/influence/control and know they face actual prosecution if they are caught, while also making it less attractive for those who might want to buy influence.


Comment Re:CIO of FDIC should be indicted. (Score 4, Interesting) 88

The FDIC is a private corporation serving private banks who use the private entity known as the Federal Reserve to earn a spread on your deposits.

How the whole Federal Reserve system came to be and who created and runs it is some deeply disturbing shit. Add the fact that the US has no gold reserves, not even the gold they supposedly hold for other nations. It's all been looted.

A good read on the history behind the creation of the US Federal Reserve is "The Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look At The Federal Reserve" by G. Edward Griffin.


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