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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

Collapsing Empire Re:So what? (1046 comments)

So have I. I refer back to my original post.

more than 2 years ago
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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

Collapsing Empire Re:So what? (1046 comments)

We have an unarmed victim, making the supposed deadly threat unlikely. That would mean Zimmerman shot him without a credible fear for his life

Martin was a well-built athlete. Zimmerman, not so much. If Martin started a fight, it's highly probable that he didn't know Zimmerman was armed.

If Martin sucker-punched Zimmerman and started beating on him before Zimmerman brandished a weapon, then that makes it a legitimate use-case of SYG.

(Please note that I am prefacing these statements with 'if' since we do not know for certain. I am merely presenting a case where SYG could legitimately be used and argued for)

We have evidence that the victim was attempting to retreat (evenm though not obligated to do so) which further suggests there was no threat to Zimmerman's life

No. The evidence we have shows that Martin was being followed by Zimmerman for the purposes of surveillance (911 call about a suspicious person by Zimmerman), not that Zimmerman was pursuing Martin with a weapon drawn or the threat of violence.

Again, that makes the claim that Zimmerman was reasonably fearful for his life look rather weak.

You seem to be proceeding on the basis of faulty information.

more than 2 years ago
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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

Collapsing Empire Re:Zimmerman claimed he was beaten about the head (1046 comments)

There are two problems with this argument -

(1) He was treated by EMTs before being brought into custody. This is standard procedure - the cops don't want a suspect dribbling blood all over their police station and moaning in pain while trying to piece together events.

(2) A higher resolution video has been released that seems to show evidence of injuries: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2012/03/31/New-Hi-Def-Vid. (You may disagree with Breitbart, but the video is relevant regardless of who posts it).

more than 2 years ago
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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

Collapsing Empire Re:So what? (1046 comments)

(1) Citation needed. Not aware of Florida law in particular, but Zimmerman was licensed to use his firearm. Further, 'neighborhood watch' programs are not regulated in any capacity that I'm aware of - they are simply just bands of civilians who have to follow the same laws that individual civilians do. He is permitted to carry his firearm as a civilian regardless of whether or not he's doing it under the auspices of a 'neighborhood watch' program that the government makes no special deference to.

(2) This is common sense that Zimmerman should have followed. It's not a legal commandment, however.

(3) The suggestions of the 911 dispatcher are not legally binding in any way. 911 dispatchers are not officers of the law, nor does the 911 dispatcher really have full situational awareness of what is going on.

more than 2 years ago
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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

Collapsing Empire Re:So what? (1046 comments)

The authorities don't press charges unless they believe they have a reasonable case to proceed on. The police can't just arrest because "just because". Sometimes the price of due process and defense of civil rights includes letting possible criminals walk free for a while while the authorities do their job behind the scenes to build up a more solid case.

Instead of misdirecting your rage at the local officers, you should be looking at the SYG laws that put a heavy burden of proof on the prosecution to prove that people like Zimmerman did not legitimately defend themselves under the SYG law. That's why he's walking free today - Zimmerman can simply say that the event happened a certain way and with no opposition witnesses and of course, no Trayvon Martin, there was no immediate basis to claim he was wrong.

The authorities *are* putting together a grand jury where all the known facts will be evaluated and a case will be opened if the grand jury believes there is sufficient evidence to proceed.

more than 2 years ago
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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

Collapsing Empire Re:It's not a question of innocence (1046 comments)

The shooter and two witnesses (that I am aware of).

And there *is* an investigation. Stop spreading disinformation. Let the system do it's job.

more than 2 years ago
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Forensic Experts Say Screams Were Not Zimmerman's

Collapsing Empire Re:So what? (1046 comments)

Erm, the case *is* being investigated. For one thing, he was taken into custody for questioning the night of the incident. I also believe that local officials actually tried to present this case to a prosecutor and was denied due to lack of evidence. Now work is being done to present this case to a grand jury. How can you say that there is no investigation?

It's amazing how much misinformation is being spread out there that is fueling a lot of pointless emotions.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft: RDP Vulnerability Should Be Patched Immediately

Collapsing Empire Re:Not worrying (126 comments)

Wow. Just wow.

Please don't tell me you're in any way shape or form responsible for IT security.

I hope you understand that graphical exploit kits do exist that target UNIX systems. This commenter pointed it out.

An attacker who knows what he is doing will attack both Windows and UNIX systems. One that doesn't will just use a tool that a skilled person wrote to "point and click" his way into a box regardless of what OS it is running.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Collapsing Empire Re:No (671 comments)

I respect your point, but I think you overlook some very easy to imagine scenarios where the laptop can be compromised.

One case would be the employee has his laptop out, lets say in a meeting (but this could be anywhere, like the airport lounge, cafe, and etc.). Employee is distracted for a while (maybe a phone call, or maybe somebody is striking up a long-winded conversation) - somebody has physical access to the laptop for a minute or two. A backdoor is loaded on the laptop during the distraction. The usual Windows group policies to lock out the laptop after 5 minutes are meaningless.

Is it farfetched? Maybe you think it is. But a long time ago, people never thought the exploits we battle today would be a problem on the Internet.

Again, the question goes back to what this employee is really doing. Does he want his ass on the line if his Ubuntu laptop gets compromised and then later traced back to his laptop? It's really situational. Not all mobile users handle sensitive data or are really targets for attacks. Not all laptop users travel - many laptops are just issued for home and office use.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Collapsing Empire Re:No (671 comments)

As an alternative, you can also compromise the boot loader and/or device driver that is used to actually enter the password to decrypt the system. Since the loader/driver itself is not encrypted, it is subject to being compromised.

Once the correct password is entered in later by the authorized user, the password can either be stored somewhere (maybe in the MBR) or if you're clever enough, you can actually use the compromised driver to run unauthorized code once the system is connected back to the internet.

Then there is the cold boot attack.

Encryption helps, but does not seal up all possible avenues of attack.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Collapsing Empire Re:No (671 comments)

1. The laptops carry sensitive data. Treating them as hostile is a good start, but it in no way validates leaving the user to install his own malware/crapware, etc.

Strawman. Nobody said the employee should be deliberately installing malware. What kind of idiot would think that is a good idea?

The point is situational - if the employee can be responsible enough to secure the laptop and get away with it (i.e. they don't have a little Hitler in the IT department with a keylogger running or something), then by all means I don't personally have a problem with it.

If the employee is actually handling sensitive data (i.e. something where law enforcement, lawyers, SEC, or shareholders might get involved if there is a breach or loss), then it is probably in his best interests to let the IT department take the heat if the laptop is hacked, stolen and then subsequently recovered, or found manipulated by a virus later.

IT departments are pretty good about patching Windows/MS Office etc

I love how you speak for all IT departments.

Just who's post is the 'tarded one now? (If you can bait the flames, then you can take the flames too!)

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Collapsing Empire Re:No (671 comments)

But they haven't lost physical control of the machine, they've given it to an employee with clear guidelines on how to maintain security.

Look, you don't get it. A desktop PC never leaves the office. You always know where it is. If your facilities are secure like they're supposed to be, you know who comes in and out of the building, and ultimately, who has had access to that desktop.

If you give a laptop to an employee for work use, you don't know *exactly* where that laptop is going and you don't know who else might have access to it while it is away.

If you think you do, you're really deluded. I'm not trying to be an ass, but I do IT security for a living. We go through these scenarios on a nearly daily basis with our clients.

You absolutely cannot trust a device once it has left the premises until it has been wiped totally clean and reinstalled from the standard company OS image.

A client I've worked with recently had their network breached because an employee connected to a rouge hotspot while traveling in China and picked up a virus from an exploit that the vendor had only *just released* the patch for but the company had yet to deploy. And that's just *one* scenario of what could happen with a mobile device.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Collapsing Empire Re:No (671 comments)

You should be embarrased to post that in what used to be technical forum

Name one technically inaccurate point made in my post. Tick, tock. I'm waiting.

A laptop in possession of a trustworthy employee governed by policy is not losing physical control

So you're saying that all employees will carry their laptop on their person at all times, including while they're going through airport security (in which the agent asks you to take the laptop aside), never left in a hotel room, never left in a meeting room at a conference while everyone goes to grab lunch, and etc?

You really have no clue. You should be the embarrassed one.

The OP didn't mention what the policies and so this entire thread will be a flame war.

Well thanks for taking the high road buddy.

Except the last paragraph which is dangerously naive

No, it's not naive just because you don't like the point I made. Just because you've never worked with a company that can't keep up with patches doesn't mean these IT departments don't exist. Unlike you, I've actually done real IT work, done IT consulting, and do IT security for a living.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Collapsing Empire Re:No (671 comments)

Name a piece of software that can detect when Windows has been 0-day'd to allow a monitoring kit to be installed.

Name a piece of software that can tell when a laptop is being tinkered with (perhaps by a guy with a USB key loaded with hostile software) while the employee is distracted.

Sorry, software does not solve these problems.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Collapsing Empire Re:No (671 comments)

Once you lose physical control of a machine, you really can't say much about the security of it. You don't know where that laptop has been or who else might have tampered with it while it has been traveling the globe. The best you can really do is the standard antivirus scans. But that doesn't stop a 0-day or a custom written trojan.

You really ought to be treating all portable devices as potentially hostile devices and securing (and monitoring) your networks accordingly.

IMO if the user is competent enough to install Linux or their own custom Windows image on there, I don't think you are any worse off than it was previously. Seeing how out of date some IT departments are with patching and service packs, the machine may end up being more secure.

more than 2 years ago
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Speculating On What a Microsoft Superphone Might Mean

Collapsing Empire Re:This is stupid (371 comments)

Got laid tonight ... check.

Cool story bro.

more than 2 years ago
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Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon

Collapsing Empire Re:Back to the caves (322 comments)

Your post is full of grammatical errors so don't get started.

more than 3 years ago
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Students Suspended, Expelled Over Facebook Posts

Collapsing Empire Re:They are going to have to pass a law (669 comments)

What these students did was a jailable offense

Maybe in North Korea or China. In America something like this is at most a civil tort of libel.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawyers Using Facebook Research For Jury Selection

Collapsing Empire Re:IANAL (283 comments)

Sodomy was made legal by the supreme court.

more than 2 years ago

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Polygamist Ranch Raid

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I have been reading about this for the past week. I am generally anti-Christian in my philosophy, however, I feel compelled to comment on the total farce our collective morality has become in light of the response to the polygamists.

It is very likely at this point that the telephone call about the alleged abuse going on there was a total fake. This essentially renders the pretext for the raid and detention of all the minors to be moot (though not legally, apparently, as a judge has ruled).

What this is all about is the state's idea of "abuse". The idea is that, if you're a grown man and you engage in marital affairs with a post-pubescent teenager (which is a key distinction here - the young women are old enough to be sexually active - just not old enough to leagally engage in it), you're somehow "abusing" the young women.

There might be some arguable situations in which statuatory rape laws are legitimate - if you can argue that a young woman is not mature enough to really fend for herself and make her own decisions regarding mates, then perhaps there is an argument here to protect her from becoming pregnant at such an early age before she is able to adequately able to handle the consquences of childbirth while still trying to make it out of school.

However, the context here is much different. The young women are, at least from initial appearances, taken care of well and their needs handled. So where is the abuse exactly? I'm not seeing it. In ancient European culture, teenagers being taken up as brides or merely as sexual partners was common. Was that abuse too?

Law enforcement, courts, and your average American, would have you believe that there is some universal moral law that makes it a crime, in the most absolute sense, to have sex with a teenager (of course, the age puberty happens is never really explained away by the moralists).

Recent history tells me that the government looks down with disdain at any group of people who create quasi-self-sufficent communities that manage to culturally isolate themselves from the rest of society (Waco and Ruby Ridge come to mind here).

Purely speculation on my part, but I believe that the government genuinely sees the formation of distinct and self-sufficent communities as a threat to its power. If enough people started creating these communities in a region of the country, they might become large and powerful enough to pose a threat (such as secession). Gotta nip them in the bud before people realize that local communities offer them much more than consumer-culture globalism and junk entertainment.

I don't really know whats going on with these children, but nobody has presented any evidence that anything truly harmful was going on and thus the position I take is that there was never any evidence to begin with to justify the harm that has been caused.

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Kevin MacDonald Under Fire

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Professor / Dr. Kevin MacDonald is currently under siege for daring to speak his mind about a very controversial and incredibly sensitive subject: Jews. His works tend to be critical but honest rather than one-sided and anti-Semitic. He is a tenured professor of psychology at CSU Long Beach, so of course, he cannot be easily disposed of for speaking his mind as his detractors would hope.

Kevin MacDonald's website

The following is the description of a group I just created on Facebook:

Dr. Kevin MacDonald is a Professor of psychology at CSU Long Beach. He has written and researched extensively on the topics of evolutionary psychology and human group strategies.

He has generated much controversy because of his writings on Jewish group behavior and anti-Semitism.

In discussion of contemporary cultural and political phenomena, MacDonald makes several observations. In regards to our open immigration and pro-War/pro-Israel policies, MacDonald discusses the influence of prominent Jewish activists who sought to impose these policies upon a majority of gentiles who played a much less significant role in their genesis. He also discusses the genesis of Boasian anthropology and Frankfurt School sociology as a form of Jewish academic activism designed to counter formerly popular views of racial differences to create a cultural atmosphere that would be less threatening to Jews who are historically sensitive to anti-Semitism.

MacDonald has chosen a purely academic path in his argumentation, calling upon his expertise in social psychology and a careful analysis of historical events, including an honest appraisal of historical anti-Semitism, to make his points. MacDonald is not an anti-Semite and holds absolutely no ties with neo-Nazi groups, despite the far-fetched implications of his detractors.

Despite this, a tide of anti-MacDonald activism from the likes of the SPLC and ADL (Jewish ethnic interest groups) and others have swooped down upon Long Beach to denounce his academic inquiry and call for his removal as a Professor. The hypocritical moralists have created a Hitleran caricature of him rather than engaging him in the historical academic tradition of debate and dialogue. The same people who denounce MacDonald, by the way, are never to be found when Frankfurt School academics make statements that are explicitly anti-White and attack Whites. I personally denounce them as intellectually dishonest hypocrites on this basis.

I call upon those of you who enjoy MacDonald's refreshing counter to social and academic cultural orthodoxy to show your support of MacDonald's right, as an academic, to freely research and discuss social issues without being bullied or threatened with any loss of his Professorship and academic credentials. I also call upon the right-thinking among us to denounce the people who are acting out against MacDonald as blatant hypocrites, as I describe above.

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Jewish Liberals to Launch A Counterpoint to AIPAC

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Your politicians and their foreign policy are being sold to alien interests. Am I the only one who remembers what Thomas Jefferson said about entangling alliances?

Some of the country's most prominent Jewish liberals are forming a political action committee and lobbying group aimed at dislodging what they consider the excessive hold of neoconservatives and evangelical Christians on U.S. policy toward Israel.

The group is planning to channel political contributions to favored candidates in perhaps a half-dozen campaigns this fall, the first time an organization focused on Israel has tried to play such a direct role in the political process, according to its organizers.

Again I ask, how would it be viewed if say, the French (or a more obvious example: the Chinese), were a little more politically active and tried to bribe congressmen for more aid to France? Of course it wouldn't go over very well. It would be seen for what it was - bribery of politicians for the sole benefit of an ethnic minority. Yet with Jews and Israel, there is a double standard.

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Tibet and the Lessons for the West

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago From an interesting third-positionist blog. Lots of interesting stuff from the perspective of ethonationalism and the going-ons in Tibet.

What does the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and the resistance of Tibetan nationalists against that occupation, have to do with nationalism here in the West? The answer is: a great deal. This article will use the recent events in Tibet as a starting point, and attempt to break down Left-Right thinking on the subject - that is, it will try and show that the Left does not have an exclusive monopoly on the issue. The intention of this article is to show that it is no exaggeration to say that, 'We are all Tibetans now'.

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CIA behind 'Free Tibet' movement?

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2008/04/is-cia-behind-free-tibet-campaign.html

I can't speak for the validity of any of this information. However, anyone who knows about the history of our foreign interventionism knows that the CIA has played a significant role in interfering with the political process of countless nations.

Not everything is always as it seems. We have a history of making our enemies into grotesque caricatures, for example.

What is really going on in Tibet? I have no idea. What I do know is that there are two factions who want us to believe two different stories. I'm not prone to accept either one, on the face of their statements.

Do Tibetans enjoy a modicum of cultural and political autonomy under Chinese rule? Does the Dalai Lama really represent an indigenous cultural and political movement or does he represent a bought-and-paid-for politican who will open up Tibet to foreign capitalists and heed the political desires of the West? The answers to these questions are not clear.

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Globalists expand their reach to 'protect' the economy

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Finance officials from the world's top economic powers endorsed a plan Friday aimed at preventing another financial crisis like the credit and mortgage debacles that erupted in the United States and quickly sent tremors around the globe.

The Financial Stability Forum, a group that includes central bankers and major financial regulators from around the world, developed the plan adopted by the G7. The forum is headed by Mario Draghi, chief of Italy's central bank, who presented his group's findings to the other G7 officials during their closed-door meeting.

The plan is designed to make financial markets less secretive and improve supervision, which in theory would help prevent a repeat of the current financial debacles.

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080411/credit_crisis.html?.v=15

I hope I'm not the only one who sees the irony of having a closed-door meeting to discuss openness of the economy.

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Obama belittles white working class

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them," Obama said. "And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0408/Obama_on_smalltown_PA_Clinging_religion_guns_xenophobia.html

I am not exactly sure what guns have to do with the job situation. Religion is not a reaction to the job situation by any means, its the common set of values and traditions these people have had for a long time, in good times and bad (I'm not a fan of modern Christianity by any means - just pointing out fact).

People oppose immigration and importation of cheap goods because those things actually do affect their welfare. You can't support your family when your job is devalued by an influx of labor who is willing to work for less than what you are making. China (as a singular example) is essentially a giant slave labor camp who can produce things for far cheaper than we can here because China invests far less in social welfare, worker's rights, environmental regulation, and etc. than we do, so of course, the importation of cheap goods from overseas will create less demand for domestically produced goods and subsequently depress wages and/or cause job loss.

There is no group that is belittled, mocked, and treated poorly more today than the white working class. Successful and hard-working whites are mocked for allegedly benefiting from "white privilege" rather than their actual effort. Whites are denied meaningful political representation while other ethnic interest groups are allowed favorable presentation in the media and attention from politicans. Legislation and court rulings have essentially made white people into 2nd class citizens who are given lower priority for admissions into college, government contracts, grants, hate-crime laws, and what not. If you're white and you try to represent your people politically, you're considered racist and bigoted (while the NAACP gets a pass). If you're white, you're made to feel guilty for being white and made to accept responsibility for historical events and other people's inability to succeed.

So these are the choices you have in Nov. 2008: a neo-Marxist who belittles the white working class (Obama) and a Zionist shill who wants to invade Iran and do Israel's bidding (McCain). This is the pinnacle of democracy!

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White Teen Sues UT Over Admissions Policy

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

An 18-year-old Sugar Land student sued the University of Texas at Austin on Monday, challenging the school's use of racial preferences in its admissions policy.

Abigail Noel Fisher, a senior at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, was named in the lawsuit filed on her behalf by the Project on Fair Representation.

Good luck with that. The courts have already decided that its OK to discriminate against whites because of 'historical injustices', despite neither you or your family having participated in any such activities. If you happen to be a white of Irish descent, well tough shit getting anyone to care about the historical injustices your ancestors had either because you're white.

When society finally collapses, I can only imagine how this welled-up anger is going to be manifested against all the judges and politicians who were responsible for creating and enforcing the mess.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/5682324.html

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Americans are greedy and indulgent

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Some residents in Oakland, which is located south of Apopka, are outraged over the proposed limit on water and said the rapid growth in the area must stop until there is no longer a shortage.

"I don't understand why they are allowing them to still build if the water supply is not there," Oakland resident "Susan" said. "And, why should we be cut?"

"What bothers me is when I get my bill and it is $50 or $100 and then they say, you can't use this much water," Angela Cardon said.

Nobody wants to engage in any sort of social responsibility here. The thinking is entirely selfish and individualistic. This is the sort of culture that promotes McDonalds and SUVs as cultural icons of high regard.

What will people do when Nature forces the era of irresponsible consumption to an end?

http://www.local6.com/news/15811993/detail.html

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Nietzsche: The Reader's Digest Version

Collapsing Empire Collapsing Empire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Nietzsche is a difficult read, but thankfully Joel Meyer over at the CORRUPT-ANUS has created some highlights. I recommend it as good starting material (and certainly I haven't had time to read Nietzsche's entire collection) in your philosophical developments.

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