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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

HiThere Re:It'd be nice... (242 comments)

That's your metric. It's a fair one, but it's not the only one.

1 hour ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

HiThere Re:Jail them for contempt (242 comments)

Your mistake is assuming monolithic intent. Even a single judge has intentions that vary from minute to minute...just as yours do. When you factor in a large number of judges you get a large variation in intent. Sometimes they are even worse than you are currently imagining. Sometimes they are focused on the rule of law. Sometimes they are of some idealistic bent or other.

So the kind of result that you are expecting is possible, but not inevitable, even with a judge that usually bends to the wind. And some judges rarely do that.

Even so, I figure that the trend toward centralized authoritarianism is designed into they sysstem, given the greatly improved speed of communication and transportation. And, of course, the closing of the frontier. There's now nowhere to go to escape them. This makes designs that were only a bit authoritarian at the start ("I smell a rat. It squints towards monarchy."--Patrick Henry on the US Constitution) much more authoritarian now. The British system, with all its faults, is a lot better, but then it *evolved* under tyranny. (Unfortunately, they've been disabling their safeguards over the recent decades. Now Lords can be members of the House of Commons, IIUC, and that's totally insecure. The change they *should* have made would be to continue the separation, but so automatically promote into the aristocracy anyone who is sufficiently rich and powerful. Possibly also a provision to demote from the aristocracy the heirs of anyone who loses their wealth and power...but with a time lag to allow them to recover without loss of "status".)

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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

HiThere Re:THIS (242 comments)

There really *is* a difference. It rarely translates into action, but it infuses the rhetoric used. The Democrats want more people to like them, and the Republicans want more powerful people to like them. So they say the things they think will cause that to happe, while acting as self-serving greedy immoral power-seeking proto-despots (who are trying to lose the "proto-").

yesterday
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

HiThere Re:It'd be nice... (242 comments)

I take it you haven't known many. I'll agree that many of them believe that "all rights belong to the proprietor", and many of them don't stop to think that the title to the property is given by the state.

Or maybe the people I knew were just anarchists who called themselves libertarians.

yesterday
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

HiThere Re:It'd be nice... (242 comments)

You're neglecting the time element. After Obama is out of office expect shocking revelations...about something.

yesterday
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

HiThere Re:It'd be nice... (242 comments)

Depends on your metric, and not everyone uses the same one.

Example: Do you count Snowden's revelations as a part of Obama's transparency? Some do. Some don't. You can argue either way. Arguments over "sound bite" ideas aren't worth much. And quantity isn't as important as quality, but how do you measure quality?

FWIW, I could Bush's Iranian missles as a strong and important example of lack of transparency. (Most people couldn't see through it...even years later many people still believed it.) It's hard to think of anything quite as "qualitatively important" that Obama has hidden...though we may find out one in a few years, or decades.

yesterday
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

HiThere Re:Rural Illinois???? (246 comments)

I thought Fermilab decided to go with bison.

3 days ago
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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

HiThere Re:Are we, America, butthurt? (246 comments)

Actually "egghead" was a creation of Mussolini. But it's true that the UStatians adopted it.

3 days ago
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Exomoon Detection Technique Could Greatly Expand Potential Habitable Systems

HiThere Re:Who Cares? (65 comments)

Why not a generation ship? We are probably on 50-60 years from being able to build a generation ship, if we can handle the sociology. Perhaps up to a century. It's not clear that we'll *EVER* be able to do it in any other way.

If you're in a hurry, you were already born too soon.

4 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

HiThere Re:Is he a senior? (247 comments)

Actually, I didn't recognize the name "John Connor". But then I intentionally avoid anything sponsored or paying to the MPAA.

4 days ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

HiThere Re:$75,000 for a prosthetic arm? (194 comments)

Each one is a custom job. Not that many are produced per year. It's "high tech".

I must admit that it's expensive, but not rediculously so.

4 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

HiThere Re:as i've said before.... (207 comments)

You've got it. The plurality wins system of voting is a near guarantee of only two parties, too. But those in power have no interest in reforming it.

4 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

HiThere Re:Search for me but not for thee (207 comments)

The saying "Laws are for the little people" used to be funny, now, not so much.

Was only ever funny if you still had your eyes closed. OTOH, it *is* getting worse.

4 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

HiThere Re:as i've said before.... (207 comments)

Do you really think voting for a third party, or refusing to vote, makes any difference?

If nothing you do makes any difference, is it really your fault? There might have been something that would have made a difference, but voting isn't on that list. That became quite clear when they refused to even count the votes for Pat Paulson. (I suspect he would have won, but there's no way to tell.)

4 days ago
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NRC Analyst Calls To Close Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant

HiThere Re:Can it scram in 10 seconds? (216 comments)

FWIW, in Fukishima one of the main problems was with the cooling of spent reactor rods that were stored on site. Being SCRAMmed wouldn't help there. And they were a problem even on the reactors that had shut down normally.

Now Diablo Canyon wouldn't need to worry about corrosion due to using sea water to cool it in an emergency, but just how *would* they cool it in such an emergency?

4 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

HiThere Re:offgassing is a function of pressure (273 comments)

Except that it's my understanding that there has been explosive releases from methyl cathlates in the past. LARGE explosive releases (or we couldn't tell from this distance in time).

4 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

HiThere Re:Didn't folks predict this like decades ago... (273 comments)

I think this is a different source of methane.

IIRC, they decided not to mine the methyl cathlates because:
1. It would be too expensive.
2. There was too much chance of setting them off explosively. (State change explosion, not a normal chemical reaction.)

Apparently they're only stable at low temperatures, and the ocean is warm enough that they're iffy, and could be set off by an attempt at mining.

4 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

HiThere Re:Feedback loops (273 comments)

I think there are about as many positive feedback loops as positive feedback loops. The thing is, if a positive feedback loop isn't offset by an aligned negative feedback loop (or set of loops) then that part of the system tends to be unstable, and the system moves away from that point.

Heating the planet strengthens the positive feedback loops involving methane release. The initial heating was caused by an increase in CO2, which is continuing, so it's continuing to strengthen the release of methane. The corresponding negative feedback loop involves the degradation of methane to CO2 which is a less powerful greenhouse gas...but, whoops! it's still a greenhouse gas.

There are LOTS of sources of methane. Rotting pools of what used to be permafrost is going to be a big one. This identifies one under the ocean. It could be a big one, but might not be...because the methane might degrade to the weaker greenhouse gas CO2 before it reaches the atmosphere. Of course, CO2 will still contribut to global warming, just not as much. The real question mark (in my mind) is the methyl cathlates, which may become increasingly unstable if they get warmer. They *could* release explosively, in which case there will be a sudden large increase in the amount of methane in the atmosphere, Or they could release slowly, in which case there will be a slow rise of CO2. Or, if the ocean were cold enough, they could just remain in place. They appear to have released explosively a time or two long in the past, but I don't know how certain that is, or what the results were. Or how quickly they reform during periods when the ocean is colder. (Perhaps they've already done all the explosive releases they're going to do.)

5 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

HiThere Re:This is what they mean by "point of no return" (273 comments)

IIRC, the half life of methane in the atmosphere is around a decade (loosely speaking) but it converts to CO2 in most of its degradation modes (like being eaten by bacteria).

5 days ago

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