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Submission + - US Secretary of Defense: Climate Change National Security Issue (

omaha393 writes: Secretary of Defense James Mattis identified climate change as a national security risks to the Senate Armed Services Committee, according to unpublished comments sent to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Secretary Mattis joins several scientific and policy experts as well as the Pentagon Study urging action to address climate change. While Secretary Mattis’ position seems at odds with other members of the White House cabinet, this is hardly the first time Mattis has offered contrary opinions on major policy decisions. Other members of the cabinet, including Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, have changed their tones on the subject, now supporting the evidence that man-made climate change is real and may pose a threat to national security. How climate change will be addressed under the new administration remains to be seen, as advisors the White House have indicated the administration intends to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords and the recently revealed "budget blueprint" seeks to slash funding to climate change alleviation.

Submission + - Critical Information for Aviators Bogged Down In 'Ridiculous' 1920s NOTAM System 2

Freshly Exhumed writes: Mark Zee of OpsGroup, an entity that provides airlines and aircraft operators worldwide with critical flight information, has had enough of the NOTAM system of critical information notices to aviators, decrying that it has become 'absolutely ridiculous. We communicate the most critical flight information, using a system invented in 1920, with a format unchanged since 1924, burying essential information that will lose a pilot their job, an airline their aircraft, and passengers their lives, in a mountain of unreadable, irrelevant bullshit.'

Submission + - NY bill would require removal of inaccurate, irrelevant or excessive statements ( 1

schwit1 writes: In a bill aimed at securing a "right to be forgotten," introduced by Assemblyman David I. Weprin and (as Senate Bill 4561 by state Sen. Tony Avella), New York politicians would require people to remove 'inaccurate,' 'irrelevant,' 'inadequate' or 'excessive' statements about others...
  • Within 30 days of a "request from an individual,"
  • "all search engines and online speakers] shall remove ... content about such individual, and links or indexes to any of the same, that is 'inaccurate', 'irrelevant', 'inadequate' or 'excessive,'' "
  • "and without replacing such removed ... content with any disclaimer [or] takedown notice."
  • " '[I]naccurate', 'irrelevant', 'inadequate', or 'excessive' shall mean content,"
  • "which after a significant lapse in time from its first publication,"
  • "is no longer material to current public debate or discourse,"
  • "especially when considered in light of the financial, reputational and/or demonstrable other harm that the information ... is causing to the requester's professional, financial, reputational or other interest,"
  • "with the exception of content related to convicted felonies, legal matters relating to violence, or a matter that is of significant current public interest, and as to which the requester's role with regard to the matter is central and substantial."

Failure to comply would make the search engines or speakers liable for, at least, statutory damages of $250/day plus attorney fees.

Submission + - Lawmakers Try To Create Minimum Seat Size Requirement On Planes (

AmiMoJo writes: A group of lawmakers Thursday introduced a pair of bills that would create a seat-size standard for commercial airlines, as well as a minimum distance between rows of seats. The text of the bill does not specify any dimensions for seat widths or legroom. Rather, if the legislation is passed, the particulars would be left up to the FAA to sort out. Though seat size may vary from airline to airline, Cohen notes that the average distance between rows of seats has dropped from 35 inches before airline deregulation in the 1970s, to around 31 inches today. Your backside is getting the squeeze, as well, as the average width of an airline seat has also shrunk from 18 inches to about 16.5 inches.

Comment Re:This is a wise move (Score 1, Troll) 305

Also, start jailing their execs if they do nothing about it.

How about you keep your Nazi hands out of American companies? It's the internet bro, and the Germans don't control American internet sites.

If I want to post that Angela Merkel is, in my opinion, a politician who destroys Europe, and that I would not be sad if someone would assasinate her, then that is my opinion which I am entitled to have and speak out, in the jurisdiction that I am currently living in and posting from. German law has NOTHING to do with that. So why should Mark Zuckerberg be jailed?

F German Law, and F the EUSSR.

Comment Re: Well, that's one thing (Score 1) 295

A bit late to reply, but just for argument's sake.

Either way there's nothing in the EU rules to prevent you working for as long as you want. Just that you can't be forced to. You thinking that is a bad thing just makes me think that you've been at work too long today and should get your head checked.

I have not expressed myself clearly enough, apologies for that. Laws which prevent an employer for forcing unreasonable overtimes are good and necessary. But they also exist in the U.S. on a federal and state level (I'm in CA).

Yep you're definitely in the 0.01%. Most people say the opposite.

You are right, I am very fortunate to be in the position that I'm in. My work is interesting, my workload is acceptable and my family is happy too. I live in Socal, giving me pretty much the best weather in all of the US.

And the fact that you call it the EUSSR just shows you either have no idea how the EU works, or how the USSR worked. Or both. Comrade.

You are mistaken here. I am very familiar with the EU and it's rule making process. While I was raised in The Netherlands, and consider that my home country, I was born in former Yugoslavia. My yearly 2 month trips to see family thought me a lot on how a communistic regime works, and how bad it is for society to have too much socialism.

That said, there are two things that I would love to see taken care of on a federal level: healthcare and education. But I'm also realistic enough to know that that's not going to happen in the near future.

Comment Re: Well, that's one thing (Score 2, Insightful) 295

20M on SSDI, 60M on food stamps, 20M felons who don't participate in anything, matches the scope of any problem in any EU country

And you know what's the big difference? SSDI and food stamps are enough to sustain you, but you would have a better life if you were working. In most of the EUSSR, or at least my home country, you are better of not working and taking tax-payer money.

you dense mother fucker

Yeah, that's the compelling argument that made me rethink my position. Just as the idiots downmodding my well-argumented position that they simply disagree with.

Comment Re: Well, that's one thing (Score 1) 295

Are you suggesting that an 80 hour week is optional because you are free to get another job?

No, I'm saying that an 80 hour work week is optional because it is your own choice to work 80 hours.

How is that any different from those who suggest that sexual harassment at work shouldn't be illegal because the woman is free to get another job to escape it?

First of all, you're an idiot and I totally understand that by giving arguments against your point, you will drag me to your level and beat me with experience. That said,

Sexual harassment is prohibited by law, not to mention morally deplorable. An 80 hour work week is not. Many people who work 80 hours a week do what they love. Ask any ER doctor, nurse, or Google/Facebook/Amazon/Apple network engineer.

I love what I do, and I don't give a crap how many hours I put in. Sometimes it's 40 a week, sometimes 60 sometimes 30. And in rare cases, 80.

Comment Re: Well, that's one thing (Score 3, Informative) 295

I'm an expat American who's lived and worked in the "EUSSR" for 10+ years.

That's funny, I'm the opposite. I worked in the EUSSR for 15 years, and moved to the U.S. in 2010. My perspective is very different than yours, and here is why:

First of all, taxes. All that free time and subsidized healthcare must be paid one way or the other. My income tax in my home-country was 52%, sales tax (VAT) is 21%. So out of the gate, the government took 73% of every euro I made. Wanna buy a car? Sure. MSRP is 10,000. Add 21% tax to get to 12,100. Now add 9,181 special car-tax and you get to pay 21,281 for your 10,000 car. Calculate it yourself:

Second, like in the U.S., once you are regular full-time, most positions won't pay overtime anyway.

Third, and this is the most important, in my home country, it is extremely difficult to get a regular full-time position, because it is extremely difficult for employers to fire you. If you have a full-time position that's not temporarily, they will have to go to court to get you fired. So they will avoid doing that as long as they can by giving you a temporary contract. First 6 months, then a year. Then perhaps another year. Maybe after that you'll get a full time position if you're special enough. If you work in a call center and are easily replaceable, they'll hire someone else so they can restart the clock. California is an at-will state and I've never had a temp contract, ever. This is what happens when the government starts interfering with private contracts. My brother and sister are well in their thirties and only recently got a regular full time position. Did I mention that you won't get a mortgage on a temporary contract?

And I did not even mention all the abuse I've seen of the welfare state. People who are perfectly capable of working, but choose not to because the government will provide for them, on my dime. Remember, the government uses my taxpayer money, extracted from my paycheck under the threat of a gun to my head, to pay other people not to work. Fuck that shit, and fuck the EU, for that reason alone already.

And I did not even start about civil liberties. Civil liberties in Europe, right. No freedom of speech, every ISP must retain all logs of you for 6 months, even a park ranger can check your internet history. That's why: EUSSR.

Comment Re: Well, that's one thing (Score 0) 295

Great when you work for a large corporation. Not so great if you're a fresh out of school kid looking for some stable income and ending up not working for multi-national who "cares" about employees Not true, for example CA has Short Term Disability.

If you want to work that will be your problem. Humans love being self destructive. Nothing says self-destruction more than volunteered unpaid overtime at the expense of your family.

Talk for yourself. I easily work 60+ hours a week. Wanna know why? Because I fucking love what I'm doing. My network is my baby. And I still get to spend more than enough time with my family.

You get 2 weeks, 3 if you're lucky. We'll continue to mock you from every other country. I've never seen a large employer offer you (even with some negotiation) what most other countries get as a mandatory minimum. But hey 80 hour weeks with no vacation, you sound like you're really living your life.

At my company, there is no hard limit, and you work with HR to get what you need. Other companies I worked for, I got 3, sometimes 4. After that I'd be covered by CA SDI. I also get more than enough vacation time to do everything I want to do.

Is this another one of those "employees have the power to negotiate these contracts" thing that Americans are the only country who hasn't realised it rarely works out well for the employees?

This is the crux of our discussion. You opt to have the state take care of you by enacting laws. I opt to live in a country where I can make my own choices. I lived in the EUSSR until 2010, so I know pretty well what I'm talking about. My move to the U.S. was my best choice ever. More money, way better quality of life, for the same work and amount of work.

Comment Re: Well, that's one thing (Score 0) 295

You as an individual can opt of the 48 hour week. That is your choice. However you can't be forced to opt out (expect in those occupations where it would be dangerous to do so).

I see you have no clue how EU labor laws work. Hint: they don't. Most of the labor laws are enacted on a national level. So where your country might enact a max of 48 hours, another country can choose differently.

So what's with the "EUSSR" label?

The European Union is looking more and more like the old Soviet Union. No freedom of speech, and an EU parliament that tries to enact and enforce legislation on a "federal" level. Whatever choices their citizens make is irrelevant. And I can give you a ton of examples, and let's start with the Ukrainian treaty as well as the EU constitution which is no longer called a constitution.

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