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Comment Re:Lack of anonymity (Score 1) 80

That is what the voting booth is for. With generalized vote-by-mail, we would see much more vote buying and small-scale intimidation such as “vote for my stepbrother if you want to keep your job”.

Another issue is that the elderly in nursing homes and elsewhere are often "helped" to vote by people who actually mark the ballots according to their own preferences.

Comment Re:Suicide by politician (Score 1) 1010

Comment Re:Suicide by politician (Score 1) 1010

Indeed, the "people who've been caught doing exactly the same thing as she did" were Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and I haven't heard of anyone asking for them to prosecuted for these "crimes".

Another b.s. talking point, long demolished. Rice and Powell did not set up their own email servers. They did not send Top Secret material via insecure email. They did not destroy government documents. They did not lie about it.

Comment An omen of a Trump victory (Score 1, Insightful) 1592

So, it turns out that borders matter after all! And that First World citizens don't like being flooding with Third Worlders who don't necessarily want to assimilate, and in fact seem to want to make their new country more like the hellholes they escaped from. And that opinions that are criticized do better in the privacy of the voting booth than in polls. (See: "shy Tory effect" or "Bradley effect.")

Now we have Trump, who at least talks a good game about loving his country, vs. Hillary, who wants to "fix" and "improve" it by doing things like importing more Muslim refugees and restricting gun rights. Many people are going to be shocked when Trump wins.

(To those of you wanting to verbally abuse and downvote me: this is a prediction, not an endorsement.)

Comment Why this is terrifying (Score 1) 69

Facebook (especially) has the power to use the Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) to influence what people see, and that has been proven to have a strong influence on how people vote:

As one might expect, familiarity levels with the candidates was high – between 7.7 and 8.5 on a scale of 10. We predicted that our manipulation would produce a very small effect, if any, but that’s not what we found. On average, we were able to shift the proportion of people favouring any given candidate by more than 20 per cent overall and more than 60 per cent in some demographic groups. Even more disturbing, 99.5 per cent of our participants showed no awareness that they were viewing biased search rankings – in other words, that they were being manipulated.

Comment Re:H [Re:I know!] (Score 4, Insightful) 91

Nobody has presented public evidence that ANY were clearly classified at the time she sent/received them.

Zilcho.

Irrelevant, and false: Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest

Plus, some things are "born classified". They do not need "clear markings" to be classified, and she knew this.

Oh, and then there is the email in which she ordered someone to strip the classified markings from a document. Quote: "If they can't, turn into non paper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure." That's a smoking gun in my book. If you or I did that, we'd be in federal prison right now.

Comment Re:H [Re:I know!] (Score 5, Insightful) 91

Not that "murky." Hillary was under a sworn obligation to keep classified material secure. She had at least 22 Top Secret documents on her email server. Those things don't just get accidentally forwarded from a secure system. Somebody went to some trouble to move them from a classified system to an unclassified one. That is a federal crime right there. It's also a crime to handle classified materials in a negligent manner.

Comment Re:Cue the millenials... (Score 2) 391

Comment Re:Could hacktivists be defeating their own purpos (Score 1) 191

I am guessing that groups like the KKK are monitored by federal law enforcement.

At this point, most of the members are probably FBI agents.

Could such hacking muck with ongoing investigations?

Yup.

BTW: what has the KKK done in the last 50 years? A few pointless marches?

Indeed. This is just pointless if not counter-productive moral preening by SJWs high on over-hyped racism/"white supremacy" bullshit. It's the modern version of '50s McCarthyites seeing a Commie under every bed. It's the same mania that recently led college students to mistake a priest with rosary beads for a KKK member with a whip.

Comment Re: Green hypocrisy (Score 1) 299

Mass freight is cheap and efficient so I don't know what you're complaining about.

The last I checked, environmentalists considered ocean freighters to be sources of energy usage and air and ocean pollution.

The "placed end to end" measurement is a dramatic but silly way of measuring plastic cups and metal foil. I suspect the total mass and energy footprint of all K-Cups is pretty trivial, but I can't find a reference to their empty weight.

Comment Re:SF is filled with idiots (Score 1) 653

They block new housing development, so there is a shortage. Then they throw a fit because rent keeps going up. Even if there wasn't a tech boom, this is the expected result when you strangle the supply. Have they stopped teaching basic economics in our schools?

"Politics is the mindkiller." There are a lot of bright people here, but the politics is left-wing to the point of idiocy. We also finance what local wags call the "homeless-industrial complex" to the tune of $150-$200 million a year, and wonder why the problem never seems to get any better.

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