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Comment It's not only Russia (Score 0) 244

Anyone who seriously entertains the notion that the US/UK or for that matter any country hosting governments interested in information control is not employing paid trolls, shills, misinfo and disinfo agents in an attempt to control the narrative and beliefs of their populace (or at least muddy the waters beyond comprehension) is to this writer's mind either lost in cognitive dissonance, or worse, willfully ignorant.

Comment It's all about the money. (Score 1) 361

Interestingly, at the same time this relentless fear-porn negative coverage about e-cigs is being bandied about (among other things like "vape juice is worse than cigarettes!"), millions of people are saving their own lives by switching to electronic cigarettes. The big tobacco companies do not like this one bit. Nor do governments who see billions of dollars every year in cigarette tax, nor does big Pharma, who generate massive sums off the "management" of cancer victims and others. This is why we only see a negative narrative with regards to the phenomenon.
One has only to examine the sources of the many studies for and against E-cigs to see that the negative ones - while not completely irrelevant - are largely funded by big tobacco in collusion with governments.
Even more interesting, companies like Philip Morris are developing their own proprietary vape technology even as they spend obscene amounts of money trying to convince us E-cigs are evil. It works by vaporizing actual tobacco in a traditional cigarette form factor, ensuring a transition to smokeless cigarettes while still maintaining the high prices and exclusive government approval for public sale. As always, follow the money - not the hype.

Comment Re:Not Securing America (Score 1) 212

If I ran the DOJ, I would fire off a massive witch hunt to convict everyone in charge at the NSA with treason. Hang the lot of them, they have done more to damage US internal and external interests than Snowden could ever manage.

A cunning plan sir, with just one minor fault: As soon as any of the NSA bigwigs heard of your plan, your mangled dead body would be discovered shortly thereafter, blamed on "suicide" or an "unfortunate accident", well before your first witch hunters could even get their shoes on.

Submission + - Patriot Act Idea Rises in France, and Is Ridiculed (nytimes.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: After shootings last week at a satirical newspaper and a kosher market in Paris, France finds itself grappling anew with a question the United States is still confronting: how to fight terrorism while protecting civil liberties. The answer is acute in a country that is sharply critical of American counterterrorism policies, which many see as a fearful overreaction to 9/11.

Valérie Pécresse, a minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy, said France needed its own version of the USA Patriot Act, which gave the United States more authority to collect intelligence and pointed America’s surveillance apparatus at its citizens. Politicians and civil rights advocates on both sides of the Atlantic bristled at that suggestion, and at a string of arrests in which French officials used a new antiterrorism law to crack down on what previously would have been considered free speech.

Dominique de Villepin, the former French prime minister, warned against the urge for “exceptional” measures. “The spiral of suspicion created in the United States by the Patriot Act and the enduring legitimization of torture or illegal detention has today caused that country to lose its moral compass,” he wrote in Le Monde, the French newspaper.

Comment Re:Warp drives, wormholes (Score 1) 334

Good point :) However I was speaking of such fanciful ideas as warp or wormhole technology, thought engines we have envisioned, that may well exist in some form or another in a galaxy far, far away.. It appears to me that this one-way deal would be the only possibility for contact with intelligent alien life, as we lack these completely theoretical transport capabilities, and most likely will destroy ourselves long before the realization of such ideas. Which saddens me a little, as I was hoping to meet a nice Vulcan equivalent hottie one day.

Comment Warp drives, wormholes (Score 1) 334

If there is life out there, surely some of it has progressed to levels of technological innovation far beyond our wildest imaginings. Even if we cannot reach them in any meaningful timespan, perhaps they can reach us. I remember a story once about a ship on a five year mission to seek out new life and civilizations.. Would not any advanced society with the technological capability do the same? Great story. They really should have made a tv show or a movie about it.

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