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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

BlueStrat Re:Insurance (208 comments)

The primary thing to be looking at is that the courts grant warrants, as they did in the cases you mentioned.

What you are missing is that a warrant for something un-Constitutional is invalid even if issued in accordance with unanimous decisions from the SCOTUS., therefor actions taken to execute said warrant are illegal and are criminal acts carried out under color of law. Dred Scott comes to mind, though hardly the only example of the SCOTUS ruling contrary to letter and/or intent of the Constitution.

Courts are not the final arbiters. People are. What can the government do if most of the population (including a large percentage of workers within said government and members of the military) refuses to comply?

There are already laws on the books regarding citizen rights & responsibilities pertaining to dealing with agents of the government committing criminal acts under color of law. I would refer you there.

Strat

2 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

BlueStrat Re:Insurance (208 comments)

That is kind of interesting, everything I have read indicated there were warrants issued through the FISA court, and numerous rulings that what they were doing was constitutional, all published. Could you point me to an article stating that there was ANY unwarranted surveillance?

So you would accept it as Constitutional if the courts rule that police randomly entering & searching your home without a warrant or probable cause to believe a crime is or is about to be committed is not a violation of the 4th Amendment?

No US court has the power to overrule the US Constitution, secret or otherwise. Any such rulings are by definition unlawful and un-Constitutional. An un-Constitutional law is no law at all, and it is the duty of every US citizen to ignore and/or disobey/violate it if/when it conflicts with the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.

Strat

2 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

BlueStrat Re:Insurance (208 comments)

So, what's to stop an insurance company from working with the ride share companies.../snip

Government bureaucrats & officials, and the innumerable laws, rules, and regulations at local, State and Federal levels at their disposal to interpret however they wish unless/until there's enough public attention and outrage to force the issue.

The same government that prevents Tesla Motors from selling cars directly and also in many areas limits the choices available for domestic home high speed internet services. The same government that completely ignores the US Constitution and shits all over the 4th Amendment with NSA bulk surveillance.

You know, the guys you help elect and vehemently defend because "he's your guy" and you don't want those other guys to get in even though they agree on everything except carefully focus-group tested and selected wedge issues designed to keep the electorate divided.

Strat

2 days ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

BlueStrat Re:Obviously on the right track (329 comments)

How many allies died after Enigma was broken? Just because every threat isn't countered, doesn't mean they didn't know it was coming.

There's a huge difference between wartime-code breaking of enemy military communications, and the bulk collection/monitoring/analysis of all domestic civilian communications in peacetime in direct violation of the rights and protections guaranteed in the US Constitution. Especially when that collection is sold to the public as being created precisely to stop such terror attacks.

Sorry, that doesn't wash.

Strat

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

BlueStrat Re: We deserve this guy (496 comments)

The seats up for election- outside a special election to fill a premature vacancy, is set in the constitutions of the US and states. They are not subject to manipulations.

Just more evidence the US Constitution was conceived by those religious-nutjob Colonial Right-wing radical extremists to prevent the government having all the powers it needs to fight for Equality, Order, and Social Justice on behalf of the People! /s

Strat

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

BlueStrat Re:Obviously on the right track (329 comments)

Surprise: Freedom-hating authoritarian scumbags make the argument that safety is more important than freedom and privacy, all the while pretending that they value freedom and democratic values. I wish these people would move to North Korea.

Where they lose the argument is that these days privacy is safety; any hole, even a government-approved hole, provides an attack vector for threat actors. While it might be marginally helpful to the spooks to be able to track terrorists more easily, it would be immensely helpful to terrorists to have a generally more insecure infrastructure. Both weaknesses in communications relating to civil infrastructure and personal communications between could be used effectively for planning and targeting terrorist operations.

You assume that the spying by governments in the UK & US is actually about stopping Islamic terrorists or terrorist acts. That has not been born out by the facts surrounding many if not most of the terrorist attacks carried out by Islamic terrorists who arrived from nations/regions known for such activity and even when warned by the foreign intelligence service of the nation they left.

They can't catch a couple of not-genius terrorists even monitoring all communications and having been warned, yet they seem to be doing a brisk biz in 'parallel construction' to make drug and CP busts.

It's about protecting those in power and the status-quo that maintains the system that keeps them in power, and the biggest threat to any bloated, corrupt, increasingly-authoritarian and tyrannical government and it's power-and-control-seeking leaders are the citizens.

The US has steadily been sliding towards an ever-more authoritarian surveillance state for decades under both Democrats and Republicans.

If you want to solve the problems, the first thing you need are different people working on the problems. The problems will never be solved by the same people who have created & maintained them for decades.

Want to get both Party's attention? Stop giving money or volunteering time/work to either Party. No more checks. No more handing out flyers or putting up yard signs. No manning call centers, campaign offices, etc. When they call tell them you're done with their lies. When/if they knock on your door, slam the door in their faces. Tell your friends, neighbors, coworkers. Use social media.

#DefundEmAll

Strat

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

BlueStrat Re:Curious... (786 comments)

You asked why "rich socialists" hate the rich so much, immediately after talking about Soros.

From my OP:

Why is it that the uber-rich on the Left are never mentioned? Most of the richest people in the US Congress are Democrats. Why don't we hear more about George Soros, who collapses national currencies for fun & profit, and the leftist/progressive institutions he funds like Tides Foundation and others who then in turn fund numerous other PACs and other groups? How about Bloomberg? Or if you want to get to the real money in political contributions, look at public & private sector unions.

What is it with rich socialists that they hate the rich so much? Or do they just hate the idea of anyone *else* becoming rich? They seem to view other people increasing their wealth as decreasing how much richer they are, and consider the resulting decrease in wealth disparity the same as having been robbed.

You'll notice that the two things aren't even in the same paragraph!

Methinks you simply wish to detract and criticize because you disagree politically/ideologically, but are struggling to find a valid reason to do so based on what I posted without appearing politically/ideologically biased and/or closed-minded.

Strat

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

BlueStrat Re:Curious... (786 comments)

If you want to have a reasoned argument and be taken seriously then you shouldn't try to compare people like Soros to socialists.

I never said George Soros was a Socialist.

George Soros funds things that push socialist-style agendas. He does this as one of many things done by him and others (not necessarily in a coordinated manner, but as fellow-travelers whose causes all would benefit from social/economic chaos) with the overall goal of weakening the social stability and unity in the US, and contribute to the ultimate collapse of the US Dollar and the US national economy. This would make it something like the 5th currency he has intentionally and heavily contributed to the collapse of, and profited nicely from as well at the same time.

George Soros believes in George Soros. What he does is for his benefit. The people and causes he funds are useful idiots and ideologues blinded by their narrow views and hatred. They are tools to him, nothing more.

Strat

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

BlueStrat Re:That poster was NOT delusional... (786 comments)

Well, the reason wealthy republican interest groups that sponsor politicians get vilified, is because they are enemies of the people. They buy influence to allow the poisoning of air and water, undermining the health of the population, deny the population health care and other such lovely things.
People don't care for enemies of the people.
They don't get vilified for who they are. They get vilified for WHAT THEY HAVE DONE, KEEP ON DOING, AND WANT TO DO AGAIN

They've probably also got a secret lair on the moon where they plan to use a [finger-quotes] "LASER" to blackmail the worlds' governments for one BILLION dollars! [pinky to corner of mouth]

Holy crap, dude! Do you actually believe all that, and that the other faction of the One Party is blameless for anything bad that's happened!? Talk bout some truly epic partisan blinders! Please alert people if you ever take those massive things off, moving those things will shift the Earths' center of gravity!

Strat

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

BlueStrat Curious... (786 comments)

From TFS:

Wealthy interests such as the Scaife Foundation and Koch Industries

Why is it that the uber-rich on the Left are never mentioned? Most of the richest people in the US Congress are Democrats. Why don't we hear more about George Soros, who collapses national currencies for fun & profit, and the leftist/progressive institutions he funds like Tides Foundation and others who then in turn fund numerous other PACs and other groups? How about Bloomberg? Or if you want to get to the real money in political contributions, look at public & private sector unions.

What is it with rich socialists that they hate the rich so much? Or do they just hate the idea of anyone *else* becoming rich? They seem to view other people increasing their wealth as decreasing how much richer they are, and consider the resulting decrease in wealth disparity the same as having been robbed.

Strat

about two weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

BlueStrat Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

Let me take the last first.

Also please note, the number of "bad guys with guns" stopped by a random "good guy with a gun" citizen in all of the past decade and a half of mass shootings is 0.
Zero.
Zilch.
Zip.
Nada.
None.
Not a one.
They were all stopped by either police, or themselves via suicide.

From http://www.thetruthaboutguns.c...

The problem with claiming that zero mass shootings have been stopped by armed civilians is just that: they were stopped. Thereâ(TM)s no weeks-long media feeding frenzy when a mass shooting doesnâ(TM)t happen. But I can definitely present some examples in just the past couple of years where a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun.

Clackamas Town Center: An armed individual, obviously attempting to commit a mass shooting, was confronted by a person with a concealed carry license. After seeing a gun being drawn on him, the shooter immediately deviated from his course and killed himself in an adjacent hallway.

Arapahoe High School: A student armed with a shotgun and multiple incendiary devices, shot one person in the face and was attempting to kill more people when an armed school resource officer confronted him. The attacker then killed himself.

Those are just the two most high profile cases in recent history â" a news story that doesnâ(TM)t happen is hard to find, so we never seem to hear about those. Even when they happen, the actual chain of events are still often hard to prove.

It boils down to this: the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Police officer, concealed carry holder, school resource officerâ¦it doesnâ(TM)t matter. Any armed opposition is effective.

Also, the notion that "bad people will always have guns because they ignore laws" is not logically valid, and links two seperate concepts while ignoring the inherent assumptions required to link them. Bad people may ignore laws, but that has little to do with their ability to obtain firearms. Their ability to obtain fireams depends on the efficacy of efforts to disrupt their illicit supply chains.

Read the news out of France lately? The attackers had fully automatic weapons and a rocket launcher. Personal firearm selling, buying, ownership, and possession are all extremely heavily restricted and regulated in France. Have you seen the Colt Model 1911 semiautomatic pistols that are being produced by 3D printing these days? Heck, I can fabricate a STEN submachine gun with the common metal shop tools I have access to in a day or two. I have the complete plans and templates. As far as that goes, it's probably easier to just steal a shotgun and/or pistol from a parked police cruiser (might even get an AR or M4 from the trunk).

Heck, gangs in Brazil make their own guns, and so did Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto and elsewhere in WW2.

If more guns makes people safer and reduces crime, why is America not the safest country on the planet with the lowest crime rate?
Why is it that instead we see the exact opposite, that Amercia has the highest crime rate of all western nations, where the majority of those other nations have far stricter gun control than the US?

Sorry but no. The theory that more guns = less crime is a pile of manure disproven by simple observation.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics. Other nations don't count & categorize data points the same way the US does. Violent crime in the US is at an all time low and has been trending steadily downward for 40 years.

So basically, your entire post is factually wrong and smells like emotionally/ideologically-driven propaganda.

Strat

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

BlueStrat Re:It's about time (320 comments)

Speaking of "About Time", I recommend the movie of that name. It was a bit sad, but I felt worth the ride. Haunting musical score, too.

I recommend the 1960s TV comedy series by that name ("It's About Time").

Oooo! Oooo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Strat

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

BlueStrat Re:in public places (303 comments)

ITAR, Category XI, 7(b).

You're welcome.

Not so fast there, A.C.

ITAR is an export control treaty.

As long as nobody tries to export one (or detailed plans for making one) ITAR does not apply.

Strat

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

BlueStrat Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

I'm also going to reply to BlueStrat up above and say I disagree with the more good people then bad people. I think there are more people who are constrained by social conventions and laws then there are those who are not, but that's not the same thing and I think we would find that out quickly if we toss our social conventions and laws out the window .
Increasingly, it's looking like I will find out in my lifetime.

Wait, what?

Where did I say that? Nice strawman there. Took him down with dispatch, too. Bravo. Too bad I didn't say anything remotely like that.

Everybody is constrained by social conventions (like a common set of morals) and laws (except criminals both inside and outside government of course) or else a stable society and nation are not possible.

Do you believe that somehow the government *not* infringing on 2nd Amendment rights will cause a sudden collapse into insanity & chaos and/or cause a widespread abandonment of social conventions and rampant lawlessness?

Are you aware that gun violence and violent crime overall in the US has been on a steady decline over the past 4 decades despite record numbers of gun ownership (largely thanks to the current administration in Washingtons' anti-gun policies and attitudes)?

Strat

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

BlueStrat Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

Those two things are neither unrelated nor unintentional.

Those two things are neither unrelated nor coincidental.

Oops.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

BlueStrat Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

So does this mean we agree that the "overthrow the gubmint" peeps is stupid and stuff?

At this point, yes.

There are far too many other avenues other than violence that are still open at this point. Violence should be the very last resort.

However, it's very healthy for there to be a credible deterrent in the hands of a free general populace to dissuade ever-present political ambition and greed from infringing upon individual rights and liberty.

It's not necessary that civilians be capable of winning an all-out military conflict. A credible ability for civilians to inflict damages unacceptable to the government/politicians in all but the most serious situations and in which they have a majority of the population backing the government is a pretty good compromise.

History is littered with many examples that demonstrate over and over what almost always has happened when a population or groups/ethnicities/races/etc have been disarmed by their government. One need look no further than the laws enacted in the US South in the early/mid 1900s to prevent blacks from buying/owning/possessing firearms or ammunition at a time when the KKK and other violent racist groups were launching numerous violent and lethal terrorist attacks targeting blacks. Those two things are neither unrelated nor unintentional.

Strat

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

BlueStrat Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

You left out the part about weapon inequity in that many small arms don't stand a chance against a smart bomb.

And you left out the part where those smart bombs would be falling on *both* sides, or do you believe the military would not fracture?

The people in the US military are for the most part good and decent people, the sons and daughters of those same people the government would seek to suppress/pacify, heck, many in the US military *are* those resisters. Combined with the "rifle behind every blade of grass and darkened window", and with their C&C/logistics dependent on these same people, and located mostly smack in the middle of what would become hostile-occupied territory, I would not be so quick as to call it a done deal.

Much more likely, it would be a very bloody and costly episode in history, regardless of who "triumphed", as it would almost certainly be a Pyhrric victory if an all-out civil war/rebellion were to occur in the US.

Strat

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

BlueStrat Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

Those hawking the 2nd amendment on the grounds that we must be able to overthrow the government are treasonous and unpatriotic.

Yeah, like those Colonial traitors Washington, Jefferson, Madison, et al.

You might want to read up on what those people had to say about firearms and regular citizens vs domestic government.

Sorry, but I'll give their opinions far more weight than yours.

Strat

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

BlueStrat Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

The problem isn't good people with guns vs bad people with guns. The problem is stupid people with guns.

That's why most places require successful completion of a firearm safety & training course. The same stupid people are police. Should we take away the cops' guns?

Personally, I'd rather read headlines like "Stupid Man Shoots Himself Cleaning Loaded Gun" than headlines like "Armed Insane Man Kills 50 School Children In Gun-Free School Zone Before Armed Responders Can Arrive To Stop Him".

I'd like to see a widespread comprehensive firearms handling/safety training course implemented as a mandatory part of basic elementary-level education and a requirement for grade promotion and/or graduation.

Strat

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

BlueStrat Re:in public places (303 comments)

a Stingray-type device...

is a weapon, and thus regulated

A weapon? Really? Please cite the laws/regulations which classify it as a weapon.

don't try to buy and use a 20mm Gatling gun without attracting unwanted attention.

A Gatling gun? No, probably not. A BOFORS 40mm auto-cannon? Sure! Perfectly legal with the proper forms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

If the New York cops are any indication, you're in for a long fight.

If the feces ever truly hits the oscillating rotary air circulation device, any police left that did not take their families and escape to the boonies somewhere would be overwhelmed and decimated in the first few days.

All the infrastructure that makes an effective modern police force possible is run and/or supplied with matériel by the very people and their families the police would be attacking. Does the government have facilities to house, feed, and supply all the necessities of life for every cop and his family, or do you think under such circumstances that they would be safe living among the people they're attacking?

How many cops would simply no longer report for duty if the SHTF? What happens when their food, fuel, & ammo runs out, when the necessary infrastructure to resupply them no longer exists? If the struggle lasts more than a small handful of days, defeat for the government is assured, as the supplies and infrastructure to support/supply the remains of the government would no longer exist.

I'm sure that Russia or China would be happy to help the US government by nuking major population centers at their request. WMDs would be the only way the US government could win a true widespread domestic rebellion. Of course, it would be an almost textbook Pyhrric victory. They'd have very little left to rule over, and that's assuming Russia or China doesn't decide to step in and take over.

Strat

about three weeks ago

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Apple Patent May Pose iPhone Privacy Threat

BlueStrat BlueStrat writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BlueStrat (756137) writes "MacWorld reports that Apple has submitted a patent application for remotely and stealthily activating features like the camera as well as using other features remotely without giving any visual or audible indication to attempt to identify users by voice and even heartbeat. Even the accelerometer, combined with other features, are envisioned as being used to identify if the phone is traveling, in which direction, how fast, and even the type of transport (train, plane, car, etc). The concept is said to be aimed at recovering stolen iPhones, but the possibility exists for many other more-invasive uses to which these features could be put, particularly by domestic intelligence, security, drug enforcement, and local/state law enforcement agencies.

From the MacWorld article regarding hacking/jailbreaking/etc prevention possibilities:

"While the proposed system could appeal to businesses concerned about securing data that workers access on their iPhones, it could also potentially be used by Apple to prevent so-called jailbreaking, which lets users load unauthorized software onto the phone. The patent application says that ways the technology would determine if an unauthorized user had the phone include identifying activities such as hacking, jailbreaking, unlocking, removing the SIM card and moving a predetermined distance from a synced device""

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Legal Threats From A Company On A Forum?

BlueStrat BlueStrat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BlueStrat (756137) writes "A company or business owner threatening lawsuits against posters to an online 3rd-party community forum doesn't seem like a productive marketing move. I recently came across a possible example that got really, really ugly!

Being a builder of custom vacuum-tube musical instrument amplifiers, I frequent many online forums and specific tech sites. During a typical browse today, I came across this forum thread in Harmony-Central http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2232581.

Apparently, the owner of Sozo capacitors http://www.sozoamplification.com/ a maker of "boutique" tube-amp capacitors got into a flame-war with some of the denizens. Accusations of re-labeling of other manufacturers' parts were followed by legal threats to the posters. Which, being the 'net, naturally escalated to profanity and beyond.

Even if this fellow from Sozo was totally legitimate and his companies' products were everything he claimed and more, is it worth this kind of display in defense of your company & products?

Strat"

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