Federal Prosecutors, In a Policy Shift, Cite Warrantless Wiretaps As Evidence
While it is true that the original scope of the intelligence community were not to enforce the law, that role is increasingly becoming part of their previously secret budget. Or that budget just increases with the collaboration between the different alphabet soup agencies. A microscopic gap indeed. That gap is non-existent to foreigners especially if you are in certain regions of Pakistan and Yemen under a CIA drone.
EFF Wins Release of Secret Court Opinion: NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional
I wish most people believed that. In my state, the biggest argument is who can be the better conservative and who can hate Obamacare more.
UK Government Destroys Guardian's Snowden Drives
Good old fashioned book burning internet style. Less flame but just as fun.
Losing the Public Debate On Global Warming
Here are your citations! plantsneedco2.org says warmer is better then colder. They have lots of facts that seem logical and scientifically sound. Like this bit:
We have determined that CO2 's influence, while significant at low concentrations in the atmosphere, is of minor impact as more and more is added to the atmosphere...
It must be true because that is what I have been saying all along without any research or experimentation. [end sarcasm]
Honestly, what is even more troubling to me is other potential problems that might be caused by co2 like the acidity of the oceans.
Yet, when I talk to a self-identified Conservative that denies global warming and I mention other potential risks of co2 (such as the aforementioned) the response is childish at best. We can agree humans are putting a lot of c02 in the atmosphere at unprecedented rates. Yet, global climate change is outside of our influence.
How many papers have been published and peer reviewed in journals that support the current consensus of the scientific community? Isn't it like 97-98% of all papers submitted in regards to global warming have verifiable data to reach the conclusion that we are indeed impacting the climate in a warming sort of way. How many for the deniers???
I will just leave with this quote from plantsneedco2.org and let your head explode.
CO2 (carbon dioxide) is one of the drivers and while everyone agrees that CO2 does contribute to climate change as a greenhouse gas, the magnitude of CO2 's influence has not been settled within the overall scientific community, the political systems, the media or the population in general.
I like my coal smug cloud.
Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week
employer started demanding constant unpaid overtime
There is a difference between your employer demanding OT and you feel obligated/want to put in additional OT. Either because you have a vested interest in the project your working on or your the only one putting in the minimum when everyone else (including the founders/owners who are developers) put in OT.
Similar situation as you (4 years experience with undergrad). I love my job and the company/people I work with, however, I feel I do not carry my weight if I do not put in at least 45-50 hours a week. The job market is strong enough to easily relocate. But the OT is a small price to pay for who I work with, where I work, and what I work on.
I only have 4 years in the workforce and in that time I had a few bad places to work that had a direct effect on my health. I can only imagine after 20 years of crappy jobs you finally find one that is what you have been looking for. The only thing, OT is an unwritten rule. I already made the choice to go with OT to at least have the satisfaction and enjoyment of the work I do with the people I work with.
LightSquared Satellite Disabled By Last Week's Solar Storm
At least pissing on the coffin doesn't add to the fire/gasoline or dynamite being lit. One less thing to worry about as you fall to your death in a gruesome yet fiery box of death that explodes with the majesty of Halley's Comet. :)
DARPA-Funded 'Cheetah' Breaks Speed Record For Legged Robots
First impression; headless robot chicken that dances. At 18mph, the waddling stopped and it looked like a headless goat zombie cyborg from hell. God help us all.
DARPA Researches Avatar Surrogates
All of your base are belong to us.... err. i mean there is no cow level.
GamePro Shutting Down After 22 Years
a new study came out that showed game enthusiasts read their iPad/Smart phone while visiting the throne room instead of a magazine or newspaper. This trend of ditching the traditional throne reading median has been gradual but appears to be all inclusive now.
Mario's Raccoon Suit Enrages PETA
Then they could rename it to People Eating Tasty Animals.
Could Crowd-Sourced Direct Democracy Work?
Not a clue, and I'm happy to be quiet on such a topic. Unfortunately, many people in the same situation would not, and I dread to think what would happen if we listened to all of them. The number of people who know something about an esoteric subject is usually outnumbered by the number of people willing to interfere in things they know nothing about.
If maybe there were a way to determine your level of expertise on various subjects that either qualify or disqualify you from voting on certain matters. Such that, in regards to interstate grazing rights you would forfeit your vote to the people that have been determined to know precedents, rulings, rights, and other determining factors for such policy. However, say a policy of voting ethics, you would be able to cast your vote with other eligible voters that have passed pre-screening for voting on that matter. There by leaving the decisions to the people that know the ins-n-outs of the issue at hands.
I guess the trick would be to determine qualifications for voting on particular matters. If you had to answer questions about your depth of knowledge on the particular subject it would make the time to vote for A or B much more time consuming than just click-scribble-done. Which may or may not be a bad thing.