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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

srichard25 Torture vs Drone Kills (371 comments)

According to the Obama administration, using waterboarding against known foreign terrorists to obtain critical information is wrong, but using a drone to kill Americans without due process is necessary.

I guess we know which side the Obama administration is on.

about 1 month ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

srichard25 Re:Huh? (465 comments)

The IRS, like most big government agencies, are mostly filled with people who support big government agencies. On average, the leaders of these big government agencies are unlikely to be sympathetic to a party that claims to want to shrink the federal government (whether they actually do so is a topic for another thread). If the next president is a Republican, he/she is unlikely to get the IRS leadership to attack liberal groups like they have attacked conservative groups.

about a month ago
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Web Browsing Isn't Copyright Infringement, Rules EU Court of Justice

srichard25 Re:Copyright ending (79 comments)

A few of those people were middle class when they went into Congress. Somehow they miraculously became millionaires while in Congress. Funny how that works.

about a month and a half ago
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Former NSA Director: 'We Kill People Based On Metadata'

srichard25 Re:Thanks for nothing. (155 comments)

This post is specifically about the NSA. The NSA is part of the Executive Branch. Obama, as head of the Executive Branch, can shut down the whole NSA very easily. He refuses to do so because of political reasons, not because he lacks the power to do so. He has NOT done everything he can to try to stop this. In fact, he has barely lifted a finger to try to stop this.

about 2 months ago
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ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee

srichard25 Re:The oversight doesn't care (107 comments)

What do you consider congressional oversight? When the NSA Director tells congress an outright lie and faces no repercussions whatsoever, I would say that "congressional oversight" is pretty much a farce.

about 3 months ago
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White House Worried About Discrimination Through Analytics

srichard25 NSA? (231 comments)

Let's apply the same standards to the NSA collecting data on all Americans. Since white people are more likely to own cell phones and use the internet, the NSA data collection will be racially biased and should be ended in the name of equality.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Embodies the Gender Gap in Tech

srichard25 Re:how come we never hear (302 comments)

You think millions of years of evolution have only affected upper body strength?

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/how-male-female-brains-differ
"Boys generally demonstrate superiority over female peers in areas of the brain involved in math and geometry. These areas of the brain mature about four years earlier in boys than in girls, according to a recent study that measured brain development in more than 500 children. Researchers concluded that when it comes to math, the brain of a 12-year-old girl resembles that of an 8-year-old boy. "

about 3 months ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

srichard25 Re (312 comments)

I am constantly amazed at how naive the average American voter is. Obama was a guy who could give a good speech, but he had ZERO leadership accomplishments to his name. The most basic research into Obama's background should have given anyone pause that he could actually accomplish any of what he promised. He was a Senator, but couldn't point to a single legislative accomplishment. He was in the state senate, but had a record of just voting present on key bills and had no major bills to his name. He was a community organizer, but once again couldn't point to any significant accomplishments. He claims to be a legal scholar, but locked his school records.

For those of you who voted for Obama and are currently disappointed, I have a suggestion for you: next time do some background research on the person instead of just relying on campaign speeches and 30-second ads.

about 4 months ago
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We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

srichard25 Not in America (267 comments)

"Indeed, the average person on Earth is more free today, in 2014, than he or she would have been in the actual year 1984"

Maybe the average person on Earth is more free today, but the average American is most definitely NOT more free today than they were in 1984. Try to buy a large soda in New York. Try to smoke just about anywhere indoors. Try to board a plane with a pocket knife, or even just a soda. 20 year old adults can serve in the Marines, but can't buy a drink.

about 5 months ago
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TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

srichard25 Like it or not, TSA agents are the face of TSA (289 comments)

And how exactly should we "re-direct" our frustration to the "people at TSA headquarters who are being paid the big bucks to make the rules"? Should we all go down there and invite them to lunch? The TSA agents ARE the face of the TSA. They are the only part of the TSA agency that most people will ever come into contact with. If the TSA agents don't like being the face of an organization with absurd rules, then they should ALL quit. Maybe that would cause some kind of change to those absurd rules.

about 5 months ago
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Time Warner Deal Is How Comcast Will Fight Cord Cutters

srichard25 Future Cost (424 comments)

Future cost of cable will be this:
$150 per month for cable TV + internet
$140 per month for internet only

Enjoy your options.

about 5 months ago
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Nokia Turns To Android To Regain Share In Emerging Markets

srichard25 Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (146 comments)

Sounds like the standard Microsoft "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" strategy:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embrace,_extend_and_extinguish

about 5 months ago
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Ohio Attempting To Stop Tesla From Selling Cars, Again

srichard25 Re:Less government? Yeah right... (387 comments)

The people running for office mostly just want to be rich. To be elected to office, they need to appeal mainly to one of two groups of people: those who want less government telling them what to do, or those who want more government to take from others and give to them. Once elected to office, they don't have to actually do either. They simply need to pretend that they are working on less/more government while blaming any issues on the other side for not accomplishing less/more government. This is why Democrats have been promising to end poverty for 40 years yet poverty continues to rise (even when they control the White House and Congress). This is why Republicans have been promising to reduce the size of the federal government for 40 years yet the government continues to grow (even when they control the White House and Congress).

While there may be a small handful of honest politicians who truly believe in doing what is in the best interest of the American people, this is obviously not the majority of the people in Washington.

about 5 months ago
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HealthCare.gov Can't Handle Appeals of Errors

srichard25 Just the beginning (208 comments)

If the government can't put together a website, what in the world makes people think it can manage the complex healthcare system? The pain is only beginning. The failed amateur website will be nothing compared to the government crashing our healthcare system.

about 6 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

srichard25 Re:Watergate? (523 comments)

Compared to Watergate, what the NSA is doing is 10000000 times worse. Instead of stealing documents/info from just the Democratic headquarters, the NSA is capturing and storing info from ALL Americans. They are storing so-called "metadata" for every single cell phone call. The secret court ruberstamp grants them access to email and web info for anyone for any reason. They have worked to reduce the effectiveness of encryption standards for all internet users. And we don't even know all the "back doors" they have installed. If this stuff came to light when a Republican was in the White House, you can bet that he would have been impeached.

about 6 months ago
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Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

srichard25 Re:News for Nerds? (586 comments)

This is exactly the concept on which the USA was founded: a "loose" federation of states. Over time, the federal government has been growing more and more massive, grabbing more power for itself.

about 7 months ago
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Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

srichard25 Re:No Slugfest (586 comments)

Not sure why this is such a big deal. There are some people who are against Obamacare, but didn't know that the Affordable Care Act is the same thing. Why is that a problem?

about 7 months ago
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Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

srichard25 Re:And? (445 comments)

On average men are taller than women. Does that mean every man is taller than every woman? Obviously not. But if there is a job that requires reaching tall heights, you can bet that there will be more men working in that position than women.

http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/how-male-female-brains-differ
"Boys generally demonstrate superiority over female peers in areas of the brain involved in math and geometry. These areas of the brain mature about four years earlier in boys than in girls, according to a recent study that measured brain development in more than 500 children. Researchers concluded that when it comes to math, the brain of a 12-year-old girl resembles that of an 8-year-old boy. Conversely, the same researchers found that areas of the brain involved in language and fine motor skills (such as handwriting) mature about six years earlier in girls than in boys."

about 8 months ago
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Female Software Engineers May Be Even Scarcer Than We Thought

srichard25 Re:And? (445 comments)

At some point our society went from "leveling the playing the field" to "drastically changing the playing field to make the end-game scores the same". See, it doesn't matter that millions of years of evolution have resulted in some significant differences between males and females. It doesn't matter that there are already programs/scholarships to place to favor one group over another. It doesn't even matter if they can't find any specific examples of discrimination. The very fact that there are more of X than Y in a specific profession is reason enough to try to slant the playing field even further in an effort to make the end result the same.

about 8 months ago
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Time For a Warrant Canary Metatag?

srichard25 Re:technical fixes for political problems (332 comments)

This would be great if a majority of the voting public actually gave a damn. Unfortunately they are too concerned with Miley Cyrus to care about our government spying on us.

about 8 months ago

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