William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls
Vote third party or don't bother
A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet
Doesn't apply anymore, we no longer achieve great things like eradicating a disease.
TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
The whole cavity search thing is great for jokes but I think in practice is pretty rare. I almost always opt out of flight of the mm wave screenings and instead get the pat down. I have had only 1 case of the TSA trying to intimidate me (Austin, TX) and because by then I had done it so many times I was more amused than anything else. On my last flight (Denver, CO) my bag turned up as explosive detected (no idea why) so I was given extra scrutiny in a private room. Sounds like the stuff of jokes but in practice it was the same pat down done by a different officer. Nothing major and certainly not a cavity search. I'm not super rude to the TSA but neither am I friendly generally and I do feel free to question stupid things they do like confiscate the toothpaste my kids like. The reason I mention all of this is that not making it easy for them only costs me about 2-5 minutes per flight, which seems like a reasonable price to pay for not going along with their program. I see very few opt outs these days, sad how quickly people buckle under. More people should opt out. Ask questions, don't just go with whatever you're told.
TSA - Fighting terrorism one tube of toothpaste at a time
Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven
Everyone knows that fire does a great job of killing trolls and keeping them from regenerating
Mt. Gox CEO Returns To Twitter, Enrages Burned Investors
"He continues to be oblivious about his own failure and the pain he has caused others. He is confirming that he is a self-absorbed narcissist with an inflated sense of self-confidence who has no remorse."
The only question is with qualifications like these does he pursue Wall Street or sub-prime lending?
How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets
I'm pretty sure family court judges have it easy, they just give the guy the shaft for the crime of being male. No sleuthing required or arguments required.
AT&T Hacker 'weev' Demands One Bitcoin For Each Hour He Spent In Jail
Fascinating article. I'm sorry that I have no mod points to give you a boost but thanks for the thoughtful essay link.
Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House
Jesse's Law ?
Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"
Few deaths that happen right after vaccinations are listed as caused by vaccinations. This is why the "anti-vax" crowd does have a point about vaccinations still needing to be improved. My son had a reaction immediately after his MMR vaccination that involved severe head swelling and we discontinued vaccinations for him. My daughter still gets them as she has had no reactions and I understand the issue. To many on this site I should have continued the vaccinations right up until my son's death. However we were privately advised by the doctors that although they can't say anything bad about vaccinations, we should stop them. I was willing to listen to their private opinion. The fact that they have to say it privately and confidentially tells a lot about how politicized the debate is. Essentially because vaccinations do so much good on a macro level there is incredible pressure (easily seen here) against any complaints on the individual level. Not much different than feeding a maiden a year to keep the dragon away works out well for most people but not all people.
Details You're Not Supposed To See From Boston U's Patent Settlements
It could serve the US taxpayer good if the requirement was "for free" as long as the company was based in the US and the end product was manufactured in the US. With a little thought most things can be made to serve the public good while still enabling an economy to function and entrepreneurs to flourish.
White House To Propose Ending NSA Phone Records Collection
I'm going to call the statement "beginning of the end" optimistic. I think we're well past the beginning. I ask myself if we're still in the middle or if this drama is drawing to a close. But we're definitely past the beginning of the end.
Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences
The 8th amendment also specifies no excessive fines, but that's clearly ignored.
Measles Outbreak In NYC
And while there is an occasional reaction to a vaccine, the good provided by the vaccine far outweighs the right on individual reactions.
While true on the macroscale that probably isn't helpful to the families who had kin that died. People do have bad reactions sometimes and once an individual is shown to be such a case they should be allowed to opt out. While making the first vaccination mandatory might make sense forcing the subsequent vaccinations on people who have reactions just seems cruel.
On a second note, the line of thinking where people are forced to do things in the name of public good is a very slippery slope. You really may want to reconsider that viewpoint.
CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling
I'm not a huge Ted Nugent fan but he was definitely harassed. Really nobody is safe. Period. Not a left wing icon like Feinstein, not Nugent, and certainly not the average /. reader.
70% of U.S. Government Spending Is Writing Checks To Individuals
The game of debating which bad thing is worse between a permanent underclass that only takes and the 0.1% uber rich that also cheat the system is why nothing is done. It doesn't have to be an either or. Both are bad. Both should be fixed. Debating which is worse allows us to remain divided while the game continues completely unchecked.
Pro-Vaccination Efforts May Be Scaring Wary Parents From Shots
A variant on this middle ground is when a problem is found. My daughter is current on all vaccinations but my son had immediate swelling in his head as a baby right after his first vaccination. His fontanel (aka the soft spot on a baby's head) went from slightly dimpled to slightly curved outwards and stayed that way for several months. For him, there won't be any additional vaccinations. On the whole vaccinations are helpful and I support them. However when you start getting evidence of being a "rare case" where complications exist it doesn't make sense to continue. I feel that if the vaccination debate becomes more nuanced rather than just being either 100% for or against vaccinations it would be helpful to everyone. Vaccinations are not a one size fits all but rather a one size fits most. If effort was made identifying the cases where problems exist then I think more people will be onboard with the idea.
We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia
My grandfather was able to do many things that I cannot. My father was able to do less than him but still more than me. I have already gotten to do things that my kids won't be able to. Need examples, try how many places you can go hunting / fishing / hiking / off roading / target shooting / camping. You can't even have campfires at developed sites in some areas. Consider what firework options you have, they have probably gone down. Granted I live in the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia, so many of you will have more options than I do. Even so, the trend that I've observed is that options (another way of looking at Freedom) are going down. I don't see an end in sight either.
53% More Book Banning Incidents In US Schools This Year
GLAAD loves banning / censoring speech. Hardly a Christan organization though.
TSA Screening Barely Working Better Than Chance
I've always thought that working for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) must be incredibly depressing. They must just see billions upon billions wasted, produce reports or try and enact change, then get ignored because the right congress people have been paid off. Must be a sad and depressing existence.
GTA V Proves a Lot of Parents Still Don't Know or Care About ESRB Ratings
An atheist with a chip on their shoulder and lots of insults. How unusual. I suspect that you have a rant queued up on how religious people are judgemental too ;-)
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