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Comment Re:Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 1) 424

I'm sorry, you're one of those "states rights" dipshits

Please, don't hate, asshole. One more namecalling attempt from you, and you'll be talking to your keyboard alone. Behave yourself — you aren't in your "safe space" denouncing opponents' "evil thoughts" to like-minded assholes.

It's called - a state law.

Constitution trumps state laws. If the right to record officials is protected by the First Amendment, no state can take that away.

difference between police officers working for the public in a public setting, and doctors working for a private company

Planned Parenthood is not a private company. Ostensibly a "charity", it is financed by taxes — government money being their single largest source of funds — by far. Which makes them indistinguishable from police, firefighters, or the NPR "journalists".

none of the states found any evidence of wrongdoing

That's irrelevant. The topic is, California bans recording of public officials — such as PP personnel. Had it been about secretly recording, say, opponents of "gay marriage" for example, you and Mr. Becerra would not have objected — because both of you are hypocrites.

These films were nothing more than a couple lying piece of shits

Irrelevant. It still is — or ought to be — legal to make them. "Sticks and bones can break my bones, but the words never hurt me," — remember?

Comment Re:Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 2) 424

Get the supreme court to agree with you on that one, and I'll change my answer.

The four "Liberals" on Supreme Court — your part of it — did agree in the decision I linked to. If some school vouchers are taken to a religious school, they said, that makes the entire voucher program unconstitutional because tax money "supports religion".

The rest of the Court disagreed and "Liberalism" lost this time, but not in an earlier case like that.

Receiving even a modicum of public funds is a game-changer — as it should be. And then, of course, comes the general and common sense rule of thumb, that California's anti-recording laws are violating: "whatever can be legally seen, can be legally recorded".

I, once again, ask you to come up with an argument for recording police, that can not be used to support recording of PP officials.

Comment Re:Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 1) 424

I absolutely do not understand this OBSESSION with fetuses

Just can't stay on topic, can you? I expressed no opinion about abortions or fetuses. My point was, any and all government employees — be they policemen, firefighters, teachers, or indeed Planned Parenthood officials — can be recorded by taxpayers while on the job (with the obvious exceptions of those doing classified work, etc.)

How about you fund some inner-city schools

How about you stick to the topic at hand, uhm?..

Comment Re:Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 0) 424

Are you saying any entity that receives any kind of government money invalidates it's employees rights to not be recorded without their knowledge?

Yes. Receiving public money makes your office a public space and the employees — public servants. Whatever argument you'd use to argue, it is our right to record police, can also be used to argue for the same thing about any other government employees while on the job (with the obvious exception of classified work).

to the winner of the $500 council prize for poetry?

Prize-recipients aren't employed by the government. Everyone else on your list qualifies, yes.

Comment Some privacy is more equal than other (Score 0, Troll) 424

Obviously, privacy of police officers is less equal than that of Planned Parenthood officials. Whether the said officials have broken any laws or not, it should not be illegal to record them:

In California, you generally need the consent of everyone involved in order to legally record a private conversation.

Unless they are police officers?

Are PP's employees "entirely different" from policemen? Well, if school vouchers are anti-Constitutional — as the so-called "Liberals" would like us to think — because parents take them to religiously-affiliated private schools, receiving even a little bit of tax money changes everything.

Submission + - Scientists Discover Way to Transmit Taste of Lemonade Over Internet (vice.com)

schwit1 writes: With the use of electrodes and sensors—and zero lemons—a group of researchers at the University of Singapore have announced that they can convince you that you're drinking lemonade, even if it's just water. Plus, they can send you a glass of lemonade virtually over the internet.

In an experiment that involved 13 tasters, the subjects' taste buds were stimulated using electricity from receiving electrodes; LED lights mimicked a lemony color. Some were convinced that the water they were drinking was, in fact, almost as sour as lemonade.

"We're working on a full virtual cocktail with smell, taste, and color all covered. We want to be able to create any drink."

Why would anyone want to drink a virtual lemonade? Advocates of virtual eating say that virtual foods can replace foods that are bad for you, that you may be allergic to, or that you shouldn't eat because of a medical condition.

Submission + - Obama allowed use of NSA data in politics (circa.com)

mi writes: Barack Obama’s top aides routinely reviewed intelligence reports gleaned from the National Security Agency’s incidental intercepts of Americans abroad, taking advantage of rules their boss relaxed starting in 2011 to help the government better fight terrorism, espionage by foreign enemies and hacking threats.

Dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures. Sometimes the Americans’ names were officially unmasked; other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible.

Some intercepted communications from November to January involved Trump transition figures or foreign figures' perceptions of the incoming president and his administration.

Submission + - English redefined: the term "mankind" is now illegal (campusreform.org)

mi writes: An English major at Northern Arizona University had a point deducted from her grade for using the term "mankind" instead of the sex-neutral "humanity". The professor appealed to the authority of Modern Language Association and the American Psychological Association in order to justify the decision.

Submission + - California prosecutes couple for filming officials (ap.org) 2

mi writes: California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two activists who made undercover videos of themselves interacting with officials of a taxpayer-supported organization with 15 felonies, saying they invaded privacy by filming without consent. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a longtime Congressional Democrat who took over the investigation in January, said in a statement that the state "will not tolerate the criminal recording of conversations."

Didn't we just determine, that filming officials is not merely a right, but a First Amendment right?

Comment Re:Charitable crime-fighting (Score 1) 313

Ah, and how lucrative is it to misrepresent [politifact.com] information?

Yes, sure. According to the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture is incredibly efficient... Verified by that most objective of sources known as "Politifact".

or do you realize now, that you've been informed of the misapprehensions of your own source


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