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Comment Absolutely not (Score 1) 387

The President of the United States, the Commander and Chief of her armed forces, does not pardon treason, the proffering of her most valuable intelligence secrets to the rest of the world, including her bitter enemies during what may well be considered a time of war.

And Snowden may well have done a good thing, but it is a complex judgement call and it isn't the role of the Executive authority of the United States of America to answer that question. Obama the person may be sympathetic, but to parley into a Presidential pardon is the act of a philosopher king, and and arrogant betrayal of duty and pubic trust.

He did what he did out of conviction. He needs to suffer the consequences.

The issue is for history to decide.

Comment It's a shame (Score 1) 203

When they came up with don't be evil, I think they meant it in good faith, it was naive and it was impossible, like pacts to be best friends forever, but at some level the people at the top there believed in this with respect to their muddled conception of evil.

So this is disappointing. Nexus was at the very least a huge bone to the tech community, and was pretty much the last man standing against a snowcrash vision of the mobile space. It was rooting friendly, and the majority of users kept it hooked into google services anyways.

So now yeah, they will end this because while a rooting friendly, stock android, top of the line, phone may be a service to the tech community or even to modern humanity itself, it isn't strictly in Google's interests so they will squash it. I am waiting for the day when all phones will be rooting hostile, and for the day that they get really good at enforcing that.

But in the grand scheme of things, maybe this is trivial in comparison to the evil that is silicon valley's increasing interest in using their gate-keeping positions to control/advance political/social narratives and affect elections.

Comment Re:The EU needs money desperately (Score 0) 564

No there's no equivalence, it's like a clinically retarded evil gorilla in a world of ants stomping on competent evil ant, because he's an ant not because he's evil. The former can destroy the world, in which the latter is but a role player. Seriously. It's fucking Europe against a company.

It's all about a cut. A continental gangster. Be afraid.

Comment Re:Off the rails (Score 1) 321

I don't disagree with you, but think you are overstating the case. There are swaths of society who want to watch precisely what you described. I don't know how things actually work in Hollywood management, but my starting assumption is that in the aggregate they want make the most money they can, which means that at base producers are procuring works and producing works they believe will attract the most viewers. They may live in a bubble and have some serious misconceptions, I will continue to maintain that assumption and explain away evidence to the contrary because to me, that is still the strongest underlying theory as to how things work there. But that's the tempest in the teapot, because whatever it is, whether Hollywood is a proxy for what the country in the aggregate wants to see or whether is reflective merely of what the producers want to see, the implication of Government studies into that is as I described, which is my main point because frankly I don't care much about my understanding of Hollywood or Hollywood per se.

But now that we're here, I'd ask you to consider a point just a bit deeper with respect to Hollywood output.

Why are all the men and woman in the movies attractive to the agree of x, why is there love interest in every single movie. I don't watch movies, so I can't really get more detailed but I believe that if you are willing to examine the output just a bit more closely you will find elements that are there precisely because that's what they believe we want to see.

Comment Re:Off the rails (Score 1) 321

'Not at all' is as naive as your depiction of my belief:

"Hollywood creates movies based on a democratic and unbiased worldview of the aggregate U.S. viewing public"

That's an overstatement. Hollywood is in the aggregate trying to get people to watch. There output is a model. Not perfect or even very good, but that's what it is. Government has no legitimate mandate to be 'studying' it.

Comment Re:Off the rails (Score 1) 321

You are right. We can only with with models and proxies. What Hollywood believes people want to to see in the aggregate is probably the best model we have for what people want to see. They have the most data, and the most interest and the most experience in that field of inquiry. Yes, they do their pet projects, but those projects probably more closely track the views of our enlightened betters in D.C.

But the point is the same, this government mission to bring the governed in line with the prevailing notion of the good and the true espoused by those who pull its levers is the core driver behind behind a progression that may wind us up in an a tyranny. Can you see a progressive supreme court striking down laws/executive-actions/administrative curtailments of media out of line with progressive ethos? I don't. We see this stuff and it's just par for the course--yeah government studying society to figure out how to bring us into line -- ho hum, progress....

Comment Off the rails (Score 1) 321

Google does what they want, they are a company and pursue what they perceive as their interests (the sick bastards), but government involvement is disturbing as it simply points, yet again..., to an entity that is so far beyond any conceivable mandate that we are dealing with a pure instrument of power, and we better hope the wrong people don't get at the levers (...)

Because here is the rub: Hollywood depiction of women is, in the aggregate, whatever the fuck the movie watching wants it be, generally, so the notion that the government need understand this, with a mind to reason about how to govern it, is nothing short of the government taking it on itself to affect the governed so as to bring them in line with what they who pull the levers of power hold as the good and true.

The republic is over. The branch of Government which most closely tracks the will of the people (Congress) is declining in power, and we are a couple of supreme court justices away from an unchecked progressive tyranny.


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