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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

Thanks, and good luck. (PS There was a run of 5 6's in the comment number of your post; I notice these things, likely some impact of the Asperger's... :)

more than 2 years ago
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NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

Thing 1 Re:It's not Entrapment. (573 comments)

Nope this is just another case of something the government is damned good at, and that is the appearance of doing SOMETHING even if that something actually is as useless as moving a rock from the left side of a field only to move it back to the right the next day.

Actually that would be good for some exercise. What the FBI is doing here seems like it would be better left not done.

more than 2 years ago
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BART Defends Mobile Service Shutdown

Thing 1 Re:Illegal... (149 comments)

I'm not sure where the constitution, bill of rights or anything else mentions tweeting. Care to enlighten us?

I believe the first amendment covers that.

more than 2 years ago
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BART Defends Mobile Service Shutdown

Thing 1 Re:Next they'll turn off the power (149 comments)

You know, I'm no fun of poor public decision-making but honestly turning off the data in underground public transportation seriously does not seem like that big of a deal to me.

I'm sorry, I just don't see what possible "event" could warrant making the populace unable to communicate with each other, unless said "event" was created by the people who are turning off communications.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

Way to be purposefully obtuse.

Uh, no, it was "way to be challenged on the spot". I really wanted to be on that jury, actually, not because of the issue but because I am interested in learning our civic processes. (I'm also slightly afflicted with Asperger's so do not always function correctly, socially.) And, no, I didn't think, when I was on-the-spot, that the question was related to evidence-less claims, I took the question at face value and attempted to answer it as best I could. Next time I will ask for clarification.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

They've always removed me from the jury pool, by asking a question designed to show whether I was intelligent or not. Last time it was, "How believable is a police officer compared to a member of the public?" My response included that the officer had training in observation and recollection, so would likely be a slightly better recording device than a common human, so perhaps 55%, or 60%, instead of 50/50? The judge said, and I quote, "Next."

more than 2 years ago
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Terminal Mixup Implicates TSA Agents In LAX Smuggling Plot

Thing 1 Re:TSA corruption?! (255 comments)

Reminds me of the test for cops, that kicked applicants out for being too intelligent. "If you can see through our shit, then you're not good enough for us!"

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:Little brat (1174 comments)

Travel is not a right.

Perhaps not directly; however: how am I to pursue this happiness when I keep running into security checkpoints?

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:My 2 cents (1174 comments)

Reading comprehension much? I realize there's only one letter difference, but he wasn't talking about which administration created it; he was talking about the terrorists, and how they're winning. We are now less free than we were last millennium. But still, project your rage.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

Currently no mod points; I read the parent because of your post, and am glad that I did, so I'm echoing the sentiment.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

Tyrants use media to brainwash and spread propaganda so we should throw out or TVs and unplug the internet.

Many of us are witness to what the mainstream media has been doing and continues to do regarding the Ron Paul campaign. He just won at least half the delegates in both Iowa and Missouri; the only way I know about this is from reading the comments in "hit piece" articles about Ron Paul's "failing campaign".

During these past few months, my relationship with the television has been changing as well. I'm no longer really interested in the stories that it has to tell me; reality is much more interesting (like that Chinese curse).

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

I think the pat downs are insane and disrespectful and completely worthless, but no jury would accept that they are equivalent to rape or physical harm [...]

Put me on that jury, and I will accept exactly that. Touching someone in their "private" area uninvited is definitely close to rape, and is physical harm. I agree with the rest of what you wrote.

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

TSA: Government Work Program for the unemployable.

What's weird is to think that these people are the result of unfunded federal mandates like No Child Left Behind...

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

Thing 1 Re:Exactly! I was saying that too! (1174 comments)

Why ethanol? It seems like renewable forms would be much better and would not disrupt the food supply (and pricing). If you're talking about automobiles, we should move towards the new IBM "breathable" batteries, which weigh much less because they get some of their power from the atmosphere. Batteries in cars make the most sense, because it decouples "power generation" from "power usage"; the batteries can be filled from energy produced via water, wind, sun, nuclear, coal, fusion, and whatever the next quantum-based energy source is. (Siblings said similar statements, albeit with much more vitriol...)

more than 2 years ago
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FBI Compromises Another Remailer

Thing 1 Re:Backdoor (164 comments)

Since 911 we are living in Jack Bauer land. Better hope the Good Guys never lose their moral compass.

IIRC near the beginning of season 2, Jack Bauer killed a suspect in custody. I think the good guys lost their moral compass years ago... (Besides, what "good guys"? The government is just the last thug standing.)

more than 2 years ago
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Billionaires and Polymaths Expected To Unveil a Plan To Mine Asteroids

Thing 1 Re:Gold isn't up at all. (531 comments)

In the Ron Paulite religion, gold is a sacred and mystical metal that can stave off recessions and makes economies unsinkable. Ron Paulites could be described as something of precious metal fetishists.

You have this backwards. To Ron Paul supporters, centralized banking is a recipe for extracting the wealth from a nation, through continuous boom/bust cycles, the boom being "easy credit" so people who shouldn't qualify for mortgages, do; the bust being "tightening credit" so those who shouldn't have qualified for mortgages are foreclosed on.

A stable currency won't "magically" cause these cycles to disappear. Moving away from centralized banking and fiat currency, will -- not magically, but because those cycles were designed in to the Fed's long con from the start.

more than 2 years ago
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US Journalists Targeted By Pentagon Propaganda Contractors

Thing 1 Re:Is it real at all? (232 comments)

IO is one of our primary tools in conflict, and we shouldn't somehow be ashamed of it

Well, I strongly disagree: it doesn't matter what the new label for "lying" is, "lying" is a behavior that I do not want my tax dollars to support. I am ashamed that my government lies to anybody.

more than 2 years ago
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Eating Meat Helped Early Humans Reproduce

Thing 1 Re:Malnutrition (487 comments)

Thanks!

more than 2 years ago
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Eating Meat Helped Early Humans Reproduce

Thing 1 Re:Vegan mums today. (487 comments)

Similar experience here: my sister was vegetarian for a number of years (half a dozen or so), and when she came out of it, the first meat she ate was bacon.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Occupy Me

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Thing 1 (178996) writes "An idea for Occupy sites, based on the reporting that they're starting to occupy foreclosed homes.

Leverage.

Given the right FHA etc program, one could purchase a home for as little as 3.5% down. Likely, even less.

So: those of us who are more the 7% than the 99% can purchase these homes, and let them fucking rot (i.e., pay nothing after closing costs). It will take several months for them to be foreclosed on. Do this with enough rolling forward, and the protesters will always have a place to go. Yes, I want this."

Journals

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NDAA Canary

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Similar to the Warrant Canary, it may make sense for someone to create an "NDAA Canary", where it sends individuals an email once a day that each individual must respond to. Perhaps just by clicking a link in the email; or, perhaps by entering "something you know" so that it is less likely to be spoofed. Then, when citizens start disappearing into Guantanamo or wherever, we will be able to know about it even if they are unable to discuss it (through geography, or via gag order).

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WTF

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Why the fuck can't I read the posts that I have created? Slashdot having a bad day? Here's the error I'm getting:

Error 503 Service Unavailable Service Unavailable Guru Meditation: XID: 2024519708 Varnish cache server

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Changing the signature again, and stupid programming tricks

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Old signature: The MIC is in charge; it doesn't matter who the meat votes in.
Wake up! It's 1984. - Oingo Boingo, 1983

New signature: Something positive, for a change.

Stupid programming tricks: the "Write in Journal" button is at the bottom of the page. There's new fancy Ajaxian code to auto-load new items when the user scrolls to the bottom of the page. So, the ability to click that button is a lot like those old annoyance applications with "click the button" which moved around the screen as the mouse got close to it.

In closing: WTF, why aren't my <p> tags working when I preview? This is wall-of-text! Oh well, the info is the important part, but presentation is also useful...

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Changing .sig

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 4 years ago Today is 2010-04-25 SUN, and I'm changing my .sig. Since this changes all previous posts to have the new .sig, my older one disappears, and I liked it and may bring it back if I survive the onslaught of religious oppression that must follow my new .sig. So, here it was:

Science controls nature; religion controls humans.

Wake up! It's 1984. - Oingo Boingo, 1983

And for posterity, here's the new one:

New sig 2010-04-25 SUN: The period at the end of this sentence represents Mohammed --> .

This is a reaction to the South Park death threats.

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Terry Pratchett Friends

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Anyone who references a Terry Pratchett quote will become a Friend.

Today I friended two people: ConceptJunkie for referencing Ankh-Morpork, and leonbrooks for referencing Nisodemus from Diggers.

I just finished most of his catalog and need more!

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I friended my freaks

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 9 years ago I just friended my freaks. I only had three of them, but I'd like to know what the people who dislike me are saying. It's a pity that the system doesn't give better feedback, like, "Why are these people upset with me? What exactly did I say to cause them to pull the trigger?"

That, and the old saying "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer."

But I'm more interested in what they're saying; if they're bigots or technophobes/luddites or humorless, or if they're just trying out the interface and freaking by accident, or if they're just like me and spend just a couple hours a day and want to see good stuff during that short time. Although I tend toward the carrot more than the stick: I have zero foes, but many friends. And everyone who fans me becomes my friend. It may take a while as I don't check it daily, more like monthly. But when I do, I bring everyone in so I can see what they're saying. I keep my threshhold at 3, but I +1 Funny and some other stuff so if you're making a joke, chances are I'll see it.

At any rate, shouts out to my freaks and hopefully I can turn you into fans! And if not, it's all good anyway. This is the Internet! ;-)

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With our help, SCO will soon become a "Bunch of Assholes"

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 10 years ago I just changed my .sig at the suggestion of a responder to one of my posts (I've somehow gotten more prolific lately, which is odd because I'm working 70+ hour weeks and have so little free time; I guess it's the lacking social life that helps in this regard).

My new sig states "Bunch of Assholes" which is a link to http://www.sco.com. The idea behind this (the post I responded to) was that Google spiders Slashdot, and ranks based on how many pages link to a certain site (PageRank), so the more people who link the phrase "Bunch of Assholes" to SCO, the quicker it'll bubble up in the search ranks and turn up when someone searches for "Bunch of Assholes."

At the time I posted it, SCO was nowhere on the first page of search results (searching with quotes or without). They still aren't, but it's only been a couple days. Won't you join me? (Post a reply if you do.)

Thanks to the 120-char limit, I had to shrink my original .sig but it still makes some sense (Homer's insights are great). Hope this new year's better for you than the last year, especially if you're in IT (I'm working and haven't been for over a year -- woohoo!).

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Submission: Has anyone tried the "debt elimination" companie

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 10 years ago I just submitted the following to Ask Slashdot:

There is a service which purports to eliminate your debt because banks are violating Federal regulations when they issue credit cards. The sales pitch states that all you have to do is write a letter asking them to clarify their compliance with these laws, and they have 90 days to answer or your debt is eliminated.

They then said most banks will write back without answering the inquiry, stating that "you signed the forms, you owe us the money" but they didn't answer the actual question, so you write another letter asking them to clarify and they have an additional 90 days.

They state that you will become debt-free in 6-10 months, and that they've helped 20,000 people do this in the past 5 years. The cost is $2,995 for $40k of debt, and $995 for each $30k of debt above that (so to eliminate $130k of debt, it would cost $995 x 3 + $2995 = $5,980).

This is not a small amount of money, and although they have a money-back guarantee (which they said nobody has ever taken them up on, i.e. they have 100% satisfied customers), I am very skeptical and would like to know if anyone has heard of this, used it, or knows definitely that it's a scam.

They have a few websites with more information: a sparsely-detailed site, a site with more details and links, and a link to the parent company.

I am seriously considering bankruptcy (as I'm sure many of us are after the dot-com crash), and if this "too-good-to-be-true" process actually works then it'll save my credit from being torn to shreds. (They'll also help you fix your credit when you're done.)

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Futurama is being canceled!

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  about 11 years ago (A record of my submission.)

Fox put this great show in a terrible spot and pre-empted it with the end of football games. Any wonder it's going away? The article is here and the fan club page is here.

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Rejection

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  about 11 years ago 2003-07-23 16:23:16 Humor: "KILLKILLKILL -- The SCO Group" (articles,humor) (rejected)

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Submission Wednesday 07-23-2003

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  about 11 years ago (A record of my submission.)

Subject: Humor: "KILLKILLKILL -- The SCO Group"

The Scoop: I was reading news at Excite and saw this article in relation to SCOX: "KILLKILLKILL -- The SCO Group".

The article is actually a note for PRNewswire to disregard the earlier article about SCO's acquisition of Vultus Technology, but the headline gave me a good chuckle.

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Rejection

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 11 years ago 2003-02-11 00:12:39 Dude, I'm getting a cell! (articles,doj) (rejected)

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Submission

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 11 years ago I'm recording my submission because the system only records the heading, not the complete text. Just submitted:

Dude, I'm getting a cell!

The "Dell Dude" was caught with a misdemeanor's amount of marijuana on him.

In related news, Hank Azaria (as Apu) said "420!" last night on "Inside the Actor's Studio" with the Simpsons.

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My first fan!

Thing 1 Thing 1 writes  |  more than 11 years ago I saw this blue circle which confused me so I clicked on it and found that I've got my first fan !

I haven't used the Friend/Foe system at all, so I don't know what to do about it. And I've never used the Journal system either; this is my first entry.

That's all.

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