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White House To Appoint "Internet Czar"

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the with-enough-czars-all-things-are-possible dept.

Security 205

An anonymous reader writes "The Washington Post reports that President Obama is set to appoint a 'Cybersecurity czar with a broad mandate': 'The adviser will have the most comprehensive mandate granted to such an official to date and will probably be a member of the National Security Council but will report to the national security adviser as well as the senior White House economic adviser, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deliberations are not final. The announcement will coincide with the long-anticipated release of a 40-page report that evaluates the government's cybersecurity initiatives and policies. The report is intended to outline a "strategic vision" and the range of issues the new adviser must handle, but it will not delve into details, administration officials told reporters last month.' Cynics are expecting the appointee to be a lawyer for the RIAA."

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AC appoints first post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094203)

eat my obama, you turd burglar!

Owww!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094497)

I want an internet dictator! Or how about internet proconsul?

I have a funny feeling (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094225)

Why do I suspect that this "czar" will spend about 10% of his time dealing with security issues and 90% of his time finding ways to help big media companies protect their IP from evil pirates, teenagers, and Youtube?

Re:I have a funny feeling (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094309)

Because he is the RIAA's female dog.

Re:I have a funny feeling (5, Insightful)

gubers33 (1302099) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094461)

10% of his time you dealing with security issues? He will spend all of his time on security issues because everyone knows the biggest threat to America are the pirates of multimedia with their Limewire and BitTorrent. All of the people attempting to hack into the DoD, Bank of America and so forth come in a distant second so he will just ignore them.

Re:I have a funny feeling (5, Insightful)

click2005 (921437) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094513)

All of the people attempting to hack into the DoD, Bank of America and so forth come in a distant second so he will just ignore them.

He/She wont ignore them... They will make great headlines, followed by lots of promises to regulate/police the internet to protect american (business) interests.

Re:I have a funny feeling (1)

gubers33 (1302099) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094563)

Well said.

Re:I have a funny feeling (3, Interesting)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095853)

I have more faith in the czar. He/she won't stop at headlines. There will be a few studies commissioned and a hearing or two also. They may even get some guidelines passed that everyone who knows anything about the subject will agree are impossible to enforce and/or contain loopholes large enough to drive a Mack truck through.

Black Racism Against Whites and Asians (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28095941)

During the election, about 95% of African-Americans voted for Barack Hussein Obama due solely to the color of his skin. See the exit-polling data [cnn.com] by CNN.

Note the voting pattern of Hispanics, Asian-Americans, etc. These non-Black minorities serve as a measurement of African-American racism against non-Blacks. Neither Barack Hussein Obama nor John McCain is a non-Black minority. So, Hispanics and Asian-Americans used only non-racial criteria in selecting a candidate. Only about 65% of them supported Obama.

If African-Americans were not racist, then at most 65% of them would have supported Obama. At that level of support, McCain would have won the presidential race.

At this point, African-American supremacists (and apologists) claim that African-Americans voted for Obama due to the Democratic party (and its ideals) that he has supported. That claim is an outright lie. Look at the exit-polling data [cnn.com] for the Democratic primaries. Consider the case of North Carolina. Again, about 95% of African-Americans voted for him and against Hillary Clinton. Both Clinton and Obama are Democrats, and their official political positions on the campaign trail were nearly identical. Yet, 95% of African-Americans voted for Obama and against Hillary Clinton. Why? African-Americans supported Obama due solely to the color of his skin.

Here is the bottom line. Barack Hussein Obama does not represent mainstream America. He won the election due to the racist voting pattern exhibited by African-Americans.

African-Americans have established that expressing "racial pride" by voting on the basis of skin color is 100% acceptable. Neither the "Wall Street Journal" nor the "New York Times" complained about this racist behavior. Therefore, in future elections, please feel free to express your racial pride by voting on the basis of skin color. Feel free to vote for the non-Black candidates and against the Black candidates if you are not African-American. You need not defend your actions in any way. Voting on the basis of skin is quite acceptable by the standards of today's moral values.

Re:I have a funny feeling (4, Interesting)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094489)

Why do I suspect that this "czar" will spend about 10% of his time dealing with security issues and 90% of his time finding ways to help big media companies protect their IP from evil pirates, teenagers, and Youtube?

Why do I have a feeling that this "czar" will accomplish nothing on either of those fronts and will prove to be as effective as all the other "czars" that have come before him?

Re:I have a funny feeling (5, Insightful)

jerep (794296) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094493)

Because 90% of what the government already does is to help big corporations?

Re:I have a funny feeling (2, Interesting)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094645)

Why do I suspect that this "czar" will spend about 10% of his time dealing with security issues and 90% of his time finding ways to help big media companies protect their IP from evil pirates, teenagers, and Youtube?

So would this make pirate bay be the internet Bolsheviks? Or would that only be the case if they had real guns and actually killed people?

Re:I have a funny feeling (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28095943)

hah Czar means in old russian language the Caesar. Becouse the slavs were thinking that they are the 3-rd Rome (after the fall of Constantinople). So the rulers adopted the title of Caesar, but becouse the russian language is a bit different in pronouncing foreign names, the Caesar mutated to Tzar (Czar).
So the white house is going to appoint a person who is going to build a kingdom out of the republic and will be killed by his "friends" in the end?

Re:I have a funny feeling (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28096071)

I for one welcome our new Internet czar overload.

WTF "Czars" (5, Funny)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094241)

Is it really that necessary to appoint a czar fro EVERY issue? I'm waiting for the Toilet Paper Czar, who will coordinate government efforts to regulate both the orientation of the roll in the holder as well as the direction of wipe.

Re:WTF "Czars" (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094375)

It's absolutely necessary! How else is Obama to look as if he's doing something productive?

Re:WTF "Czars" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094399)

Of course it is necessary. It gives somebody power and a 'mandate' while avoiding that pesky requirement of actually asking the Senate for "advice and consent".

Re:WTF "Czars" (4, Funny)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094517)

I'm waiting for the Toilet Paper Czar, who will coordinate government efforts to regulate both the orientation of the roll in the holder as well as the direction of wipe.

Nah, I like the idea I heard in another article. We need a Czar Czar to coordinate the activities of all of the Czar's that we are appointing ;)

Re:WTF "Czars" (3, Interesting)

htdrifter (1392761) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095223)

Nah, I like the idea I heard in another article. We need a Czar Czar to coordinate the activities of all of the Czar's that we are appointing ;)

And one Czar to bind them all.

Re:WTF "Czars" (1)

Tanktalus (794810) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095341)

Just to avoid all the old arguments on the topic, or maybe, by reference, repeating them: Czar Czar [slashdot.org] .

Re:WTF "Czars" (4, Funny)

coopaq (601975) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095403)

Yo Dawg! I heard you like Czars. So we put a Czar in your Czar so you can be be censored while being censored!

Re:WTF "Czars" (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095491)

Dammit you beat me to it!

Re:WTF "Czars" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28095751)

One Czar to rule them all!

Re:WTF "Czars" (3, Funny)

maroonhat (845773) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095851)

I know a James Binks who needs work

And I love the sound of Czar Czar Binks

It's Corporate America, Baby! (5, Insightful)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094569)

We need someone to scapegoat and fire today when fundamental errors made 20 years ago finally become manifest.

That's how we roll.

Re:WTF "Czars" (0, Offtopic)

b4dc0d3r (1268512) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094587)

Anyone he nominates for that position would be in direct conflict of the directives of the locally-elected Czar of Toilet Paper, my wife.

Re:WTF "Czars" (1)

Missing_dc (1074809) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095137)

Anyone he nominates for that position would be in direct conflict of the directives of the locally-elected Czar of Toilet Paper, my wife.

You mean your wife tells you how to wipe your ass?

now thats controlling!

Re:WTF "Czars" (1)

Tanktalus (794810) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095371)

No, more like it's prohibited as a matter of Household Security. (It keeps him from having affairs.)

Re:WTF "Czars" (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094799)

Don't worry. They'll be the first against the wall when the Revolution comes.

Re:WTF "Czars" (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095433)

I'm waiting for the Toilet Paper Czar

They can have my three-ply, quilted softness when they pull it out of my unwashed, dead hands!
Seriously, TP is one of the few things I don't cheap-out on.

Re:WTF "Czars" (4, Insightful)

jpmorgan (517966) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095485)

Czars have a mandate and little authority, they're not supposed to actually accomplish anything. They get appointed for two reasons:

1. To give the appearance of activity without actually doing anything. ("Of course we care about issue X! We appointed a czar to oversee it.")

2. To reward allies and contributors with plum patronage positions but few actual responsibilities to worry about.

The "best" part is everybody cynically expects them to fail, so there's no complaint or comment when the appointee accomplishes nothing. It's really quite brilliant... Bush's mistake was making patronage appointments to positions which actually hold responsibilities, like managing FEMA.

Maybe... (1)

afxgrin (208686) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095579)

... we should become cyber Bolsheviks.

Hah - with Slashdot being the popular front, and our leader - the great Commander Taco.

Re:WTF "Czars" (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095815)

I'm waiting for the Toilet Paper Czar, who will coordinate government efforts to regulate both the orientation of the roll in the holder as well as the direction of wipe.

Government already has this job. It's officially called, "Director of the Internal Revenue Service." ;-)

Re:WTF "Czars" (1)

Whalou (721698) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095901)

Rumour has it the U.S. Government started negotiating with George Lucas for the right to use the term "Jedi" to replace "czar" once everyone is fed up.

Re:WTF "Czars" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28095945)

I nominate Cheryl Crow!
http://newsbusters.org/node/12226

Hacker CEO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094257)

I'm find with this as long as the government doesn't start sizing up security companies for consolidation/acquisition.

If conficker blows a gasket will white hat hackers get drafted?

I'm really sick to death of Czars (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094271)

Could we have a poobah or a caliph or sultan or something, please God, anything else for a change, plz?

Re:I'm really sick to death of Czars (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094383)

You mean something like a king?

Re:I'm really sick to death of Czars (4, Interesting)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094551)

"You mean something like a king?"

Being of Italian descent, I'm partial to "Caesar." But that's a bit of a mouthful for the one-syllable-only press, so we could shorten it to Cs...wait a minute...uh, nevermind.

Re:I'm really sick to death of Czars (1)

inamorty (1227366) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094581)

yes. like a burger king.

Re:I'm really sick to death of Czars (5, Insightful)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094567)

"Czar" title has a distinct advantage. Czars were abolished when the last of them had been put against a wall and the shot.

Re:I'm really sick to death of Czars (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28095259)

Technically Nicholas II of Russia was not a tsar, he was an Emperor. His title had some "tsar" parts, but they were secondary to his main title of emperor.

Re:I'm really sick to death of Czars (4, Insightful)

owlnation (858981) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094623)

The advantage of a Czar is that it's much more fun to overthrow them than a king. Just ask Lenin.

I think in this case the parallels with the excess and oppression of imperial Czars, and the ruling of the Internet, will be quite apt.

Of course it's just as likely that this new Czar will be just as effective as other previous government Czars. The Drugs Czar for example. Since being appointed in 1982 we can congratulate the holders of that office as having done a great job. There is now no drug problem whatsoever, as everyone knows.

Re:I'm really sick to death of Czars (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094817)

This time around, the czars are being appointed by the socialist.

Re:I'm really sick to death of Czars (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095863)

Could we have a poobah or a caliph or sultan or something, please God, anything else for a change, plz?

Sounds good to me! How about he appoints an "Internet Guru" to the Cabinet! The position should be filled by a 15-year-old kid, or Wesley Crusher Wil Wheaton. =)

More Cynicism (5, Insightful)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094301)

Having the adviser report to both the national security and economic advisers suggests that the White House is seeking to ensure a balance between homeland security and economic concerns, the sources said.

Economic concerns like what? The fact that internet commerce explodes on Cyber Monday [wikipedia.org] as consumers and businesses enjoy a wealth of increased buying/spending? Or would you so happen to be referring to economic concerns like the MPAA/RIAA are short one ivory back scratcher? Perhaps the concerns that all that internet commerce is happening with most of it untaxed? Maybe concerns that used books, DVDs and games are being sold increasingly with a down-turned economy?

I am certain the economic concerns you speak of are only economic concerns of lobbyists when you should maybe be paying attention to what consumers are interested in?

You want to help the consumer, you should mandate that proprietary DRM violates anti-trust laws as it locks consumers into the software and hardware associated with their music service. Or maybe you should look into allowing people to use whatever level of encryption they want to secure their financial transactions [cnet.com] ? Nah, nobody's paying you for that.

Throw on top of that the fact that Biden's good friends with the MPAA and RIAA [p2pnet.net] (and I'm sure Obama's not far behind [wired.com] ) there may be cause for concern.

Re:More Cynicism (3, Insightful)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094579)

....any new Czar will soon realise that most of the Internet is outside his jurisdiction, and most US laws do not apply to the the people involved ....

Re:More Cynicism (2, Insightful)

uncle slacky (1125953) | more than 5 years ago | (#28096085)

That's never stopped them before...

Re:More Cynicism (1, Interesting)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094669)

Hmm, you know, the previous administration was one of the most corrupt in history, but someone should've told Obama it's not a corruption contest and he doesn't need to try to win it by being more corrupt.

Oh well, I guess it's too late for that now... he's decided which side his bread is buttered on.

As to me, I have to decide in 4 years whether to vote 3rd party, write in Dr. Phineas Waldorf Steel, or stay home and catch up on my reality-TV watching (um... I mean book reading.... that's the ticket)? Decisions, decisions...

Re:More Cynicism (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094731)

He has a point, this is area where if dark clouds come over and rain falls from the sky you are called cynic for saying that someone is going to get wet, but anywhere else the positivist/naysayer/shill would be called insane.

Re:More Cynicism (0)

Twillerror (536681) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094755)

I'm no fan of DRM or good friedns with the *AAs, but I'm not their enemy either.

Yes I'd like the songs I buy on Apple to be MP3s, but downloading songs for free from thepiratebay is not protesting anymore it is just stealing.

What pisses me off the most about my friends who still download crap illegally is that it is not forming the market we need. Instead form consumer protection groups and force...or maybe even just nicely ask...the companies to give us the content a little differently.

Honestly I think the powers that be have no f'in clue. Really they just need to be told what to do...but instead we all go off and download crap illegally...and then wonder why the RIAA and MPAA exists? Really...what are we f'in stupid.

DRM is a result of our stupidity. Stop downloading and start organizing. but I guess we are the lazy get everything for free generation so I bet we will just pay piratebay for a VPN connection instead of supporting music. And the end result is I have to listen to "gotta get that boom boom boom" on the radio now.

Re:More Cynicism (3, Insightful)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094949)

"Honestly I think the powers that be have no f'in clue. Really they just need to be told what to do...but instead we all go off and download crap illegally...and then wonder why the RIAA and MPAA exists? Really...what are we f'in stupid."

Need to be told what to do? We have been telling them for years what they should do, but the only language they know is brute force and manipulation. It took Wal-Mart to lower CD prices, not consumer advocacy. It took Apple's strong arming to get decent rates for downloadable music, not kids in t-shirts at a rally. The *AAs exist because they are an industry cartel. To them you are idiot cattle consuming product and they only know how to talk to people who speak their own language on other words professionals, people they respect by way of fear.

Re:More Cynicism (1)

AceofSpades19 (1107875) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095227)

I'm no fan of DRM or good friedns with the *AAs, but I'm not their enemy either.

Yes I'd like the songs I buy on Apple to be MP3s, but downloading songs for free from thepiratebay is not protesting anymore it is just stealing.

Yes, I'm physically depriving someone of physical property when I download a song from the thepiratebay. I think the term you mean to say is copyright infringement.

Honestly I think the powers that be have no f'in clue. Really they just need to be told what to do...but instead we all go off and download crap illegally...and then wonder why the RIAA and MPAA exists? Really...what are we f'in stupid.

the RIAA/MPAA exists long before the internet. I really think you should do some research before you post on this topic again

Re:More Cynicism (5, Insightful)

jshackney (99735) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095895)

Perhaps the concerns that all that internet commerce is happening with most of it untaxed?

BINGO!!!

This Czar's job is to figure out how the government is going to get their piece of the pie. Don't be fooled into thinking otherwise.

Re:More Cynicism (1)

Steauengeglase (512315) | more than 5 years ago | (#28096057)

If I had the points I'd mod you up.

Dick Cheney! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094353)

How 'bout Dick Cheney? Maybe he'll shut up again?

Again? (3, Insightful)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094361)

How many slashdot "White House to Appoint Internet Czar" stories are we going to see? Let's just report it when it happens (if it ever does).

Re:Again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094535)

In Soviet Russia, Czar reports on you!

Re:Again? (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094733)

How many slashdot "White House to Appoint Internet Czar" stories are we going to see?

At least one more, when the kdawson cron job dupes it.

Re:Again? (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095265)

No, let's flood slashdot with this story however many times it takes to get the message across. We must be ever vigilant with regards to humanities last bastion of freedom in the world!

XKCD (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094427)

http://xkcd.com/494/
through
http://xkcd.com/498/

Czars (2, Interesting)

slowgreenturtle (1529437) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094459)

When did we start offering offices to czars? I don't see any emperors or kings in charge of this country. And doesn't our constitution say something about not allowing titles of nobility? The government is like a child who constantly tests it boundaries and so far nobody's doing anything about it.

Already seen this! (0, Redundant)

Alfius (886617) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094473)

Wasn't there an XKCD about this?

Which member of ACORN (0, Offtopic)

thorkyl (739500) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094479)

is he going to hire for this job.

more importantly what country is he going to borrow the money from to hire this ACORN/RIAA moron from?

Power to Change Things? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28094515)

Mandate != Power to Change

Re:Power to Change Things? (1)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094599)

what part "Change" did you not understand while he was campaigning?

Re:Power to Change Things? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28095169)

And while we're at it...

Election != Mandate

Though I'm open to suggestions about which percentage would establish a "mandate" I certainly think it should be higher than ~52%. Especially considering the collected intelligence (read "clue") of the middle 40%.

what... (2, Funny)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094537)

... could possibly go wrong?

It might not be a lawyer... (1)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094543)

... it might be a CEO. Why, I hear the CEO of Sony just wrote an article about Guardrails for the Internet.

I bet if the price were right, he could get the job!

What do they call the Russia expert? (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094611)

Would he be the Russian czar? Condi Rice was an alleged expert on the topic, would that make her the Russian czarina?

!!democracy (3, Insightful)

Arthur B. (806360) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094627)

This *is* democracy. Democracy isn't a synonym of "good" and it doesn't imply a just or free society, it's not a poney filled land. Democracy is a political system and this is the result of such a system.

Re:!!democracy (2, Insightful)

maharb (1534501) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095309)

It is what happens when you have an uneducated public that can't look past the carrot dangled in front of them. It's hard to even argue against people that can't look past one iteration of a loop that contains great phrases like "the poor will be fed" and "free health care". No one cares where the money comes from as long as it isn't from them. My point is everyone looks at the first possible solution rather than thinking forward.

So you are correct this is a result of Democracy + Dumb People + Smooth Talkers = Any regulation will pass as long as it claims to protect and serve the common man.

Of course the public is going to love this. Obama is just trying to to protect you from attackers who are stealing your passwords and identities!

"democracy is the worst form of government (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095347)

except for all the other forms of government which have been tried"

-winston churchill, badly paraphrased

it does no good to point out the flaws of democracy, simply because for every flaw democracy has, any other government system you can show me has those same flaws, but more and worse... or not the same flaws, but much more horrible flaws

so what is your point? the probative value of your criticism of democracy is zero without the ability to describe a superior system

democracy sucks. and yet it is still better than any other governmental system out there (including and especially the absence of a governmental system)

Hackers and pirates beware . . . (1)

spamking (967666) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094751)

Hackers and pirates beware . . . Bruce Willis won't be there to save you this time . . .

We deserve a truly Great Leader for this (1)

hoarier (1545701) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094847)

There is one man, and only one man, with the decisiveness, ruthlessness, all-round leadership quality, and refined taste in footwear needed for this post. I refer of course to that great, great expert in matters internet [google.com] [no, AFP], Kim Jong-Il.

Re:We deserve a truly Great Leader for this (1)

Cassini2 (956052) | more than 5 years ago | (#28096081)

I refer of course to that great, great expert in matters internet [no, AFP], Kim Jong-Il.

Well, Kim Jong-Il is the only world leader to successfully shut down all internet protests in his country ...

Another Czar, Big Whoopteedoo (1, Insightful)

flyneye (84093) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094943)

LOL! The real irony here is that pre-election, the Democrats were busy pointing out what a moron Bush was.
I'll take bets in this thread over how long it takes till Obama to land in a pile of dog crap and end up just as popular or less than Bush.
Oh No! It's the gambling czar saying I cant do that. Oh crap! wait, I can't do that either the feces czar says " all your crap are belong to us"
Well I guess little Obamas solution is to turn a bunch of czars loose on the citizens in whats supposed to be a free country.
He won't be missed when he is finally shamed out of the whitehouse as an incompetent pretender.
Now don't get the idea that I hold any love for Republicans either, at least they're openly crooked.
Until we start electing outside of this imaginary two party bullshit, we get the government we deserve. Wait a minute, I didn't vote for these screwups! I guess anyone who offends themselves with what I say deserves that kind of government.

What we will soon need is a czar czar... (1)

VennData (1217856) | more than 5 years ago | (#28094955)

... to oversee all the czars: I propose Czar-Czar Gabor.

Freudian slip? (2, Insightful)

AnalPerfume (1356177) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095021)

Does anyone find it strange that a country steeped in an anti-communist / pro-capitalist past / present / future chooses to adopt a Russian term for an overseer? We've seen so many fuck ups by past US administrations because they got their panties in a twist about the fear of communism with Cuba, the McCarthy trials etc. The Republicans in particular have their supporters mind warped into seeing commies everywhere, yet it hasn't occurred to them that "Czar" is not a Western / US word.

They rail against state control over personal freedoms and here the government are trying to let people know where they stand and the people don't notice. Not only that, but many right wingers are thrilled that a Czar is taking charge to impose order, although presumably that only applies when the order being imposed is on an area they agree with and not with their rights to own guns etc.

It's like the story telling entertainment industries. They tell so many stories of corporate / political abuse of citizens which resonate with the audience and the audience never notices why. Stories resonate because they have enough basis in reality for the audience to relate to, yes they are fictional characters, fictional corporations, fictional laws etc but the base is real, and believable. It's believable because there is plenty of news about REAL people committing similar crimes and abuses and often getting away with it. The entertainment industry is showing us the world as it is through fictional rewrites and what do we do about it? Fuck all.

How many more times do we have to be shown reality before we decide that enough is enough?

Re:Freudian slip? (1)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095521)

I believe the Czar was highly anti-Communist. Hence the shooting.

Re:Freudian slip? (1)

AnalPerfume (1356177) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095649)

Yeah it occurred to me after posting that the concept of the Czar was pre-communism in Russia. When a country has a long turbulent history some things blend together in the mind.

Oblig. (1)

Tarlus (1000874) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095051)

Oi didn't vote for 'im!

G-d bless and keep the Czar... (2, Funny)

Mark Gordon (14545) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095181)

...far away from us!

- "Fiddler on the Roof"

Re:G-d bless and keep the Czar... (1)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095585)

Why did you leave the o out of "God bless" ?

ah the internet czar (1, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095235)

if i recall correctly, after the browser wars of the 1990s, the internet czar abdicated following the y2k debacle during which he and his family were imprisoned first in a cisco router at a server farm in virginia beach, then later in a backup tape at an ibm server facility in omaha, and finally at an iPod nano in spokane. The internet czar, his wife, his son, his four daughters, the family's medical doctor, the czar's valet, the empress' lady in waiting and the family's cook were all killed in the same disk partition by the internet bolsheviks on the night of the release of google's ajax mapping software.

Internet Censorship... (1)

Carl_Stawicki (1274996) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095241)

Queue the internet censorship in 3...2...1...

Hypocrisy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28095243)

Where's the 'democrats' tag? The appointment of Kings, or 'Czar' if you speak Russian, is typical of the Democrat party. Ask any Brit...it'll be recorded and reviewed by his Government. And yours, soon.

ENOUGH WITH THE FUCKING "CZAR" TITLE!!! (4, Insightful)

ScooterComputer (10306) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095263)

Dammit these people in power in America piss me off. STOP USING THE TERM 'CZAR', 'TSAR', whatever! STOP STOP STOP.

I can't wait until a President is ready to march to Congress and appoint Der Fuehrer of Alternative Energy, which would prove that they have no clue what these titles mean to people around the world as well as citizens in our own country. I doubt Obama would appoint an Imperial Wizard of Credit Debt or Grand Dragon of Terrorism.

The term 'Czar' relates to a despicable history of oppression and murder. The term itself comes from Caesar, not exactly a bright point in Europe's history. There are better terms, and we as a Democratic people are more creative than this.

Cynics are expecting... (2, Interesting)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095303)

... a lawyer from the RIAA?
No, I expect he'll hire someone with actual internet experience, like a "private investigator" from MediaSentry.

Where will he live? (1)

Ezrymyrh (1554969) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095501)

Does he live in his parents basement? How about a funny hat, all Gov appointed Czars should get one.

Has any President been so "Czarist"? (1)

WCMI92 (592436) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095553)

Obama has appointed more czars than any other President that I can remember. And I think this is a bad thing, as czars end up with the same (or more) power as a constitutional cabinet official and don't have to go through the scrutiny of confirmation.

This makes it easy to slip in cronies and lobbyists. And yes, I expect the person to have MAFIAA ties.

The Obama administration runs like it has two cabinets, the one that had to be confirmed by Congress, and the "shadow" one made up of czars and all these "focus groups" he's been running.

This definitely doesn't lead to transparency in government.

The Bureaucracy is Expanding (1)

CodeBuster (516420) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095723)

To meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy...

"I'm from the government and I'm here to help you" (1)

Tokolosh (1256448) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095739)

"We fought for freedom and all we got was democracy."

Pieter-Dirk Uys

Let me get this straight... (1)

WheelDweller (108946) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095885)

An economist and two other cabinet members who evaded paying taxes, a 'car czar' who knows nothing about cars, a 'banking czar' who knows nothing about banks, and the admission that "I don't know much about finance", and he appoints another guy who likely knows nothing to round us up here, on the net.

I would say he means "FieldMarschall" but those were the best-n-brightest Germany could offer.

Is anyone else aware that the "Bail Outs" are actually "Buy Outs" which permits the Federal Government to control things not in the Constitution? We're in the midst of a coup.

But at least we'll have those sexy arms of Michelle's to watch as they crack the whip.

No more Czars! (1)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095929)

Seriously! The Czars PREDATE SOVIET RUSSIA! That's why they did the whole Bolshevik Revolution! So we can't even counteract this new rise in Czars with the whole "IN SOVIET RUSSIA" meme that's become so popular around here! What's a Slashdotter to do?!?!

New Idea! (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095955)

1) Make Lobbying illegal, punishable by death, and Create a "Czar" for the "People".
2) ???
3) Profit

Because... (1)

Artifex33 (932236) | more than 5 years ago | (#28095995)

I really need one more bureaucrat controlling my life. Rebranding them Czars must have played well in focus groups.

What? No "In Soviet Russia" jokes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28096029)

Well, I know czars were there before the Soviets (councils), but hey, this is Slashdot!

I know it's political (1)

confused one (671304) | more than 5 years ago | (#28096095)

But why would you appoint a lawyer to a position that clearly needs a person with a technical skillset, a technical background, in order to even understand the security issues and assess the implications.
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