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Comment Re:"Gay Culture" is blind devotion then? (Score 1) 620

If I was gay I might be a little scared of Trump, but I'd be fucking terrified of Mike Pence.

What exactly do you think Mike Pence could or would do that would be reasonable grounds to be "terrified"?

Do you think he might do something as outrageous as George W. Bush? You know, the US President that spent billions of dollars fighting AIDs in Africa? (As opposed to Bill Clinton that signed DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act.)

Unless you have something quite specific that seems to be at best a highly exaggerated response to any policy he would be likely to support let alone get through Congress. At worst it is a groundless smear.

Comment Re:Fascinating .... (Score 1) 313

I think it goes without saying that Ecuador controls their own embassy. The question is, why such a major change in direction RIGHT NOW, essentially "turning on a dime."

I head speculation that someone was threatening to either call in some big loans to Ecuador, or call their bonds unless they unplugged Assange. That sort of raw political pressure might explain the sudden turn by Ecuador. Hillary has some very rich friends and backers.

Where Has Hillary Clinton Been? Ask the Ultrarich

Comment Re:The Goldman talks... (Score 3, Insightful) 313

So what does defending bragging about sexual assault say about the Trump campaign?

Good question. I've got a better one: What does actually raping women, silencing them through intimidation, plotting with campaign staff to attack them in the media, and coordinating with members of the media to silence, harass, and discredit those rape victims say about the Clintons and their campaign? (And that was going on for decades.) And what about Bill's many trips to pedophile island?

As bad as Trump is, the Clintons are worse. Of course the Clintons are "Progressives" so it's all good, right?

Comment Re:Droning justification [Re:I'm just surprised... (Score 1) 313

That "material support" argument was made at Bradly Manning's trial and was not allowed, so legally that isn't going to cut it. I'm not sure that is or should be the final word, but there it is.

As to that "making videos and speeches" line .... I assume you're referring to Anwar al-Awlaki? If so you considerably understate his role. Were the propagandists of the Soviet Communists, Italian Fascists, and German National Socialists unconnected to their crimes and aggression? al-Awlaki was more than just a propagandist, he was a recruiter, operational planner, and more.

Anwar al-Awlaki: Drone kills US-born preacher who inspired lone wolf terrorists

One official said Awlaki was involved in the printer bomb packages found at East Midlands airport last year.

The Yemeni outfit had developed bombs that contained no metal and were so hard to detect that police missed the material on first inspection.

To distract police, Awlaki put a copy of Great Expectations in the packages. His finger prints were found on the book.

Comment Re:Droning justification [Re:I'm just surprised... (Score 1) 313

Re droning him, I'm curious, what the rules of engagement are? He's a fugitive on the run, and arguably a national security threat. Suppose he was droned down . . .

Not going to happen. The only people the US deliberately attacks and kills with drones are members or affiliates of terrorist groups like al Qaida and ISIS. For all of his faults, Assange isn't a terrorist or affiliated with terrorists.

Comment Re:So Assange has overstayed his welcome. (Score 5, Insightful) 313

No, Ecuador could do it. It might look something like this:

Assange: Hello Mr. Ambassador, a pleasure to see you again.
Amb Ortiz: Hello Julian, let me come straight to the point - you can no longer use the internet connection in the embassy. The Foreign Minister has made this decision under difficult circumstances. We are doing this so that we can continue to provide you asylum from Sweden and Britain.
Assange: But Mr. Ambassador!
Amb Ortiz: No buts, Julian. No more use of the embassy internet or we will show you the door, and put you outside.
Assange: I understand Mr. Ambassador. What if I can make other arrangements?
Amb Ortiz: That is your affair, as long as it does not make use of the embassy facilities.
Assange: Thank you, Mr. Ambassador for your continued hospitality.

Comment Fascinating .... (Score 2) 313

I wonder who had enough "juice" to make this happen?

Ecuador has been very willing to poke Sweden, Europe, and the US in the eye over Assange for years. So, why now?

Did Wallstreet firms make some threats about investment?
Did the Clinton campaign threaten vengeance when Hillary is selected as president?
Did the US State Department make some threats to cover for Hillary?
Did the CIA threaten tit for tat against Ecuador as part of rumored actions against Russia?
Are foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation leaning on Ecuador to stop Assange from exposing them?
Is the Obama administration threatening military action over the claimed interference in the US election?
Is the media threatening reports on Ecuador? Or is someone threatening to leak to the media about them?
Are there some lucrative deals Ecuador's elites have going that are in danger?

The possibilities seem almost endless. Whoever it was must have the ability to make a substantial threat, big enough for Ecuador to fold like a cheap deck chair.

But who was it?

Submission + - SPAM: Hillary Clinton's paid trolls

mi writes: Taking a page from the book of Vladimir Putin, whom her campaign would like to be seen as backing her opponent, Hillary Clinton is relying on paid "trolls" to respond to negative news about her.

The SuperPAC "Correct the Record", which is affiliated with her campaign, acknowledged in an April press release that it was spending $1 million on project “Breaking Barriers” to pay people to respond to negative information about Clinton on social media sites like Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter. That amount has since increased to over $6 million. The trolls create a false impression that Clinton has more support than she really does, because one supporter will frequently create multiple anonymous accounts.

I for one sure am glad, Slashdot is not on the above list — and that all Hillary supporters we see here are genuine and sincere.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Feds ask local police to scan license plates of cars parked at gun shows (

SonicSpike writes: Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails show, raising questions about how officials monitor constitutionally protected activity.

Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers—devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars—at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border.

Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews with law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the operation.

The investigative tactic concerns privacy and guns-rights advocates, who call it an invasion of privacy. The law-enforcement officials say it is an important and legal tool for pursuing dangerous, hard-to-track illegal activity.

There is no indication the gun-show surveillance led to any arrests or investigative leads, but the officials didn’t rule out that such surveillance may have happened elsewhere. The agency has no written policy on its use of license-plate readers and could engage in similar surveillance in the future, they said.

Jay Stanley, a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the gun-show surveillance “highlights the problem with mass collection of data.” He said law enforcement can take two entirely legal activities, like buying guns and crossing the border, “and because those two activities in concert fit somebody’s idea of a crime, a person becomes inherently suspicious.”

John Chigos, CEO of PlateSmart Technologies, Inc., which sells license-plate-reader systems, said the devices help protect the public but he called it “an abuse of the technology’’ to target gun-show shoppers.

Comment Re:Help Wanted (Score 1) 138

Don't forget, DPRK state media has endorsed Donald J. Trump for president (this is not a joke).

And the KKK Grand Wizard involved in this violent incident has endorsed Hillary Clinton.

So what?

Which way are you going to break? Trump is no Che, but he does have the endorsement of international "Progressives." Shall we be putting you down as +1 Trump?

Comment Re:Spoken by a genuine idiot (Score 1) 138

North Korea imprisons about 600 out of every 100k population. That is a horrific number, and is far worse than the world average. In fact, there is only one other country that imprisons a greater proportion of citizens: The United States of America, at about 700 per 100k.

North Korea imprisons its entire population in a hell modeled on Stalin's excesses. Attempting to leave the country without permission can get you and three generations of your family thrown into a prison camp with extremely harsh conditions, or simply killed. There are hundreds of thousands of North Koreans in those camps. Not clapping enough at a mass ceremony to celebrate the regime's accomplishments, or the glories of the Dear Leader, can also get you in that same sort of prison camp. When the crime is judged to be political in nature you are unlikely to ever emerge alive from one of the special prison camps they will send you to. Starvation, beatings, medical experiments, possibly experimental tests of chemical weapons, and other tortures are what await you.

The people in US prisons didn't get there by telling fat jokes about Presidents Bush or Obama. You're looking at real crimes like murder, rape, drug dealing, embezzlement, and so on.

Did you consider any of that when you made your post? Or were you just trying to somehow suggest that the US was actually a worse place than North Korea?

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