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Comment Tojan detected! (Score 4, Insightful) 272

The NSA is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. This whole things smells fishy. "bad actors" will buy this software on the black market, use it to spy on other people all the while the NSA actually gets to watch everything over their shoulders: backdoors into the networks of those that installed it, side-channel copies of all the surveillance etc.

Installing stolen NSA software obtained on the black market would be as smart as installing that cool new game downloaded from a warez folder found on a porn site.

Comment Re:It's amazing she still has defenders (Score 1) 742

Let me add to clarify, the third party doesn't threaten the most opposed dissimilar party. The third party divides the power of the most similar party, guaranteeing the most dissimilar party wins. For example, the current Republican party would LOVE and assist a left-wing third party candidate entering the contest and likewise the current Democratic power would LOVE and assist a right-wing third party candidate entering the contest.

Comment Re:It's amazing she still has defenders (Score 1) 742

> pretty big wakeup call

Which they will respond to by gerrymandering districts to make sure no other party can get back in power and making it legally and practically nearly impossible to change the voting system ... NOT by becoming responsive to the people instead of their funding sources.

When an alpha wolf is challenged he doesn't respond by being nicer to the pack, he responds by killing his competition and scaring any other potential contenders.

No, the solution is FIRST change the voting system to one that doesn't guarantee two party rule THEN vote third and fourth parties into some shared power (like many European countries).

Comment Re:It's amazing she still has defenders (Score 1) 742

Challenge it how? Voting third party is mathematically a poor choice under our current voting system (watch the video). It isn't going to happen.

If by "challenge it" you mean educate lobby and work towards a more productive voting system, then yes I am all for that!

Comment Re:It's amazing she still has defenders (Score 4, Insightful) 742

From your link: "Godwin's law itself can be abused as a distraction, diversion or even as censorship, fallaciously miscasting an opponent's argument as hyperbole when the comparisons made by the argument are actually appropriate"

I can't think of a more appropriate comparison since the 1930s.

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