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Comment Re:Is that constitutional? (Score 1) 135

This sounds like cruel and unusual punishment to me.

I think those people have already proven their masochistic side by signing up for Verizon.

I'll play devil's advocate on this part and say that I have lived in places where there were dead spots that were only penetrated by Verizon. T-mobile, AT&T, and Sprint all failed where Verizon did not. You pay for that additional coverage, but it is available.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 765

If his actions were purely altruistic then why would he not be willing to go for full martyrdom and come back and face trial?

the US government who want revenge

That would assure him martyrdom if indeed his actions were all about doing what is right for the nation.

I see his reluctance to do this as another sign that his "altruistic" actions were indeed more self-serving than you are willing to consider. There were other ways that he could have shed light on this problem that would not have put him in a position where he could be fearing criminal conviction - or at least conviction on this magnitude.

It would also stop him leaking yet more stuff for the benefit of all (except the corrupt crazies).

If he has more material to leak, coming back to the country would not prevent it from being leaked. He could share it with someone in another country and give them instructions on when to release it if things don't go according to plan.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 765

What Snowden did was altruistic and for the good of the people.

You are entitled to your opinion on the matter. Being as he has been unwilling to defend his actions in a court of law or give an official statement on it, we cannot say for sure what his motivations were. We have just as much support for the notion that he did it for the notoriety as anything. If his actions were purely altruistic then why would he not be willing to go for full martyrdom and come back and face trial?

After all, there were other avenues he could have chosen to expose the program. I don't for a moment disagree that the program was wrong, but he could have brought it to the attention of the public in other ways.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 765

Snowdon seems the logical "other pardon".

I disagree, based on the fact that Snowden is still at this moment a fugitive. He has never faced trial. Manning faced trial, plead guilty, and served time. While it is not without precedent to pardon someone who has not been tried (ie, Nixon), it is not easy to make an argument for it.


Netflix is 'Killing' DVD Sales, Research Finds ( 296

Netflix has become the go-to destination for many movie and TV fans. The service is bringing in billions for copyright holders, but it also has a downside. New research shows that the availability of content on Netflix can severely hurt physical disc sales, which traditionally have been the industry's largest revenue source. From a report: A new study published by researchers from Hong Kong universities provides some empirical evidence on this issue. Through a natural experiment, they looked at the interplay between Netflix availability and DVD sales in the United States. The experiment took place when the Epix entertainment network, which distributes movies and TV-shows from major studios including Paramount and Lionsgate, left Netflix for Hulu in 2015. Since Hulu has a much smaller market share, these videos no longer reached a large part of the audience. At least not by default. The researchers used difference to examine the effect on DVD sales, while controlling for various other variables. The results, published in a paper this week, show that DVD sales increased significantly after the content was taken off Netflix, almost by a quarter. "Our difference-in-difference analyses show that the decline in the streaming availability of Epix's content leads to a 24.7% increase in their DVD sales in the three months after the event," the paper reads.

Comment Re:Whoah there (Score 1) 22

Your fake concern is fake noted. That said, the pudge of old would have been able to convey that with one simple sentence and a shrug. This may be relevant to your interests.

Now, in the interest of avoiding your pedantic tendencies as much as possible, I feel we'll have to define "broadly reported unsourced attacks" before I get started.

For example, I doubt you'd approve of me using a site like, despite its age and traffic. Which is fine, as they don't actually produce much content anyway. Slightly more problematic are Breitbart and The Daily Caller. For both I'd suggest a cutoff date of 2012 (anything before that being invalid as they were both much smaller then than they are now.) National Review Online should be fine, methinks.

Moving on to talk radio, I would doubt you'd have a problem with sourcing anything from the big three: Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck. To make things easier, I won't bother with any of the others, no matter how popular. (They all have shit timeslots in my market anyway, so I don't really get much of a chance to listen to them unless they're filling in for one of the big boys.)

And, of course, the vast "liberal media" is just fine for plundering, right?

Comment Re:How do they keep doing this? (Score 1) 41

Economic refugees are not the same as war refugees

True, but at what point is state-sponsored oppression of a group of people (say Muslims for example) sufficient to count those people as war refugees if there is no declared war? If a state is actively taking action against a certain segment of its own population, but war is not declared, at what point do they count as refugees?

Comment Re:I'm still rooting for him. (Score 1) 136

and he's assuredly a pensioner

Pensioner in name only. If he was in his 40s in 1971 and lost his job at that time, he likely didn't have enough work history to have accrued much pension. Likelihood of him having taken a job with a pension after this would likely be pretty slim.

Comment Re:Or just go back to the way things were before (Score 1) 5

The American system isn't actually that kind. A large number of people are actually left to just go broke (and die) as a result of not having health insurance. Government covers urgent / emergency care and little else. If you're dying, you're out of luck (unless you were just subject to physical trauma, that is - if you're dying of chronic disease you're SoL).

Journal Journal: Conservative Cowardice On Parade 5

The GOP members of congress made dozens of attempts to repeal the ACA while President Lawnchair was still in office. They never worried about a replacement at the time because they knew their attempts were good publicity as they were guaranteed to fail.

Now they have all the power. Where is the repeal now? Nowhere in sight. Suddenly they have all these extra steps they have to take, when before it was so easy.

This. Is. Bullshit.

Comment Re:How do they keep doing this? (Score 1) 41

The "ability to establish and maintain a career" is not in and of itself anything that makes someone a potential refugee.

You're right, though it would be nice if it wasn't so unnecessarily difficult to move to a country that has demand and appreciation for my work (such as Canada). I wouldn't be seeking refugee status as much as a chance to actually work. When the government in this country takes an active stance against my work, I eventually need to look elsewhere in order to make a livable wage.

There is no "right to happiness" even in the USA.

It is true that the right to "life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" does not guarantee one's happiness. However when the government starts to actively interfere with them, then there is a problem.

And no, a country deporting people to their country of origin based on their religion is also not justification - they're just being sent home, so unless they are in danger in their home country, it's no big deal.

That would hold if the anti-Muslim sentiment was directed only at Muslims who are fresh off the boat. What happens when violence is directed at American-born Muslims? There are many Muslim communities that are many generations established in this country, but the hatred is being directed at them as well. And what about those with US citizenship regardless of where they were born?

Unless they are in danger in their home country, they are not qualified as refugees.

The definition of danger can be tricky. If you send someone back to a place where they cannot work - in spite of it being their home country - then whose interests are being served? We are going to see the reintroduction of wide-spread blacklists soon under the new administration. Worker's rights are already being quickly dismantled.

Comment Re:Whoah there (Score 1) 22

But in saying it this way, you're attempting to imply you can provide evidence. And I am simply pointing out that there is no reason to even consider that this is a possibility. Don't tell me you will do it later, because that's irrelevant. It's no different than saying nothing at all, or even saying "I have no evidence" or "I cannot provide evidence." They are all exactly equivalent in the end, except that the other methods do not have the implication that you might actually provide the evidence, despite you not giving us a reason to believe that, so it smacks of dishonesty.

Just say nothing at all, unless you have something to contribute. You'll be better off.

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