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Thursday, May 24th, 2012

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  1. #1 |  Dave | 

    @#37 Mattocracy

    Reading that made me think of the book/movie “The Pentagon Papers”. I thought the movie was pure comedy until I read the book…then it just became depressing.

  2. #2 |  Personanongrata | 

    •The $1.45 trillion fighter jet.

    Boondoggle: a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation.

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

    ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, From a speech before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953
    34th president of US 1953-1961

  3. #3 |  Bad Medicine | 

    Re: arming the drones…

    To quote Leslie Nielsen:

    “Yes. Well, when I see 5 weirdos dressed in togas stabbing a guy in the middle of the park in full view of 100 people, I shoot the bastards. That’s *my* policy.”

    I can also see LARP-ers getting the short end of the stick on this…

    “Lightning bolt! Lightning bolt!” *tear gas*….

  4. #4 |  omar | 

    Mother Jones is more disappointed the government didn’t waste money on high speed rail then they are with wasting money on war projects.

    Leaving aside standard libertarian qualifiers about theft, force, etc, I have to agree with Mother Jones to a degree here. Having public transportation does raise the quality of life among the people near it. Making advanced weapons makes the quality of life go down for anyone on the receiving end.

    If the government is going to steal our money and spend it, I’d rather they build 500 public transportation systems than a single new fighter jet. Add to that, these politicians are BRAGGING that they rejected the transportation system that costs 1/2 of one percent of a project they are championing.

    Mother Jones is not the group you should be pissed at.

  5. #5 |  perlhaqr | 

    On the same side Radley links to: Google outs an anonymous blogger

    Google FORCED to out an anonymous blogger. TIFIFY

    Two years ago. Thanks for the news flash, Dana.

  6. #6 |  Dana Gower | 

    You’re welcome.
    Okay, maybe it’s old (I didn’t notice that), but what got me was the comments on the article where everybody was defending Google, saying, “Well, if the court says you have to…”
    Even on this site, where people seem smarter than most other sites I’ve seen, it seemed to get a yawn.
    For those of you who post anonymously, I think it’s kind of a wake-up call that, no, Google isn’t going to fight for you. And don’t say, oh, they had no choice. The way the story reads, they just threw in the towel without even trying.
    I use my own name, so it’s not that big of a deal to me. But at least I’m aware that the big companies are willing to throw me under the bus.

  7. #7 |  Steve Miller Band | 

    I see your point on the steak, Radley, but damn! I have to admit it sounds pretty tasty… I’m pulling a T-bone out of the freezer as we speak.

  8. #8 |  BamBam | 

    Anonymity solved by TAILS Linux distribution
    The Amnesic Incognito Live System

    No data saved during use, all memory wiped at shutdown, Tor network used by default.

  9. #9 |  BamBam |

    The Amnesic Incognito Live System or Tails is a Linux distribution aimed at preserving privacy and anonymity. It is the next iteration of development on the Incognito Linux distribution. It is based on Debian, with all outgoing connections forced to go through Tor. The system is designed to be booted as a live cd or usb and no trace is left on local storage unless explicitly told to.

  10. #10 |  Pi Guy | 

    @#34 | ParatrooperJJ

    What was racist about the psychologist’s comments. FBI crime data clearly shows black males commit crime at a much higher rate then white males.

    Careful how you spin your stats. From Wikipedia’s “Race and crime in the United States”:

    Racial inequality in the American criminal justice system is mostly caused by a racial imbalance in decisions to charge criminal defendants with crimes requiring a mandatory minimum prison sentence, leading to large racial disparities in incarceration.” {emphasis mine}

    Perhaps it’s better to look, instead of through the lens of racism, rather to consider his statements with respect to his view of his role in the system.

    The main premise of the entire educational system has to be that people can change. They can learn. How, in good conscience, can an educator be taken seriously when they’ve already conceded that changing one’s behavior is not possible? What, exactly, does he think his job is if it’s not to find ways to trick, if you will, young people into trying to aquire new knowledge leading to what will hopefully be beneficial new behaviors?

    He shouldn’t be fired for being a racist. He should be fired for acknowledging that he’s not willing to try to do his job.

  11. #11 |  Alan Miller | 

    Re: the panhandler, sounds like a perfect opportunity to put the Citizens United case to work – I suspect you could come up with a challenge based on “The Supreme Court has ruled that in effect money is speech, therefore laws restricting my ability to give money are government restrictions on my First Amendment rights.” Even if nobody’s buying that argument, they may just drop it based on you being the kind of annoying pedant that they don’t want to deal with in court.