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Comment Re: Wikileaks is a toxic organisation. (Score 1) 338

Um, have you seen their Twitter feed lately? It's a nonstop feed of anti-Clinton propaganda, half of it retweets, a lot of the claims so bad that even Wikileaks supporters on the Wikileaks Reddit sub have been calling them out on it. It's morphed into Breitbart.

They're even repeating Trump's "rigged election" lines:

There is no US election. There is power consolidation. Rigged primary, rigged media and rigged 'pied piper' candidate drive consolidation.

I'd say they have some pretty good reasons for repeating it.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 917

One of these days, the ever diminishing number of people who are charged with paying for all these benefits to the ever increasing number of people who expect to collect them are going to realize that bullets are cheaper than public benefits. Then the fun will begin.

Comment Re:Legal maneuvers are ... legal! (Score 1) 843

Change the laws enough and they all leave your country and take most of the wealth with them.

Why didn't that happen when the top Federal rate was 90%?

Er, maybe because when the top Federal rate was 90%, Europe was still digging itself out from the wreckage of 2 world wars, India and China were mostly know for massive famines, Korea was involved in a civil war, and Made in Japan was synonymous with cheap junk?

You can only charge monopoly prices when you have an actual monopoly. The US does not have a monopoly any longer.

Submission + - Trump's shock troops: Who are the 'alt-right'? (

alternative_right writes: Anthony Smith, a journalist for the website Mic, got a tip that the image had appeared on 8chan, an extreme message board with many users who self-identify as members of the alt-right movement.

At first Smith was sceptical that he'd be able to stand the story up. The message board is fast-moving, threads get deleted quickly, and it's difficult to search for and find images. But within an hour, he had his answer.

Submission + - Feds want to unmask internet commenters writing about the Silk Road trial judge (

An anonymous reader writes: A grand jury subpoena, obtained by Ken White of the law blog Popehat, demands that libertarian news magazine Reason hand over "any and all identifying information" about certain commenters posting on an article published May 31st, "Silk Road Trial: Read Ross Ulbricht's Haunting Sentencing Letter to Judge."

The subpoena cites a law against "interstate threats" as the reason for demanding the information, which the Supreme Court very recently decided must include real intent.

As White points out, the comments — repugnant as they are — may very well not constitute a true threat, as they aren't directed at the judge and don't detail any real plans for violence. The kicker: although it's possible to fight the subpoena, precedent suggests the US Attorney's office may have the power to obtain the information anyway.

However the situation shakes out, this isn't nearly the first fight over commenter anonymity and the First Amendment, and certainly won't be the last.

Submission + - StrageLoop bans engineer over political views (

Third Position writes: Software engineer Curtis Yarvin was scheduled to give a talk on a new system software stack at Strangeloop — but his talk has now been cancelled after the conference received complaints on social media by critics of his political views. These complaints occured despite the fact that Yarvin’s talk, the abstract of which is copied below, concerned a purely technical topic.

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