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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

tukang Re:Cost effectiveness (273 comments)

Or maybe the gov't genuinely believes these programs are necessary and the parties profiting from these programs are good snakes oil salesmen. After all, the gov't spends tens of billions each year, so you can bet whoever is at the receiving end of that will do whatever they can to keep the cash flowing. Never attribute to malice that which can be attributed to stupidity.

about 10 months ago
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One Strike Against No Fly List; More Scrutiny To Come

tukang Re:Anyone should be able to fly (213 comments)

It does line someone's pockets. Maintaining and enforcing a no-fly list costs money. Follow the money.

about a year ago
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Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

tukang Re:Open Source (271 comments)

"open source" refers to analysis of publicly available information such as news, social media, etc. (https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/analytical/open-source-officer-foreign-media-analyst.html)

about a year ago
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Cisco Slashes 4,000 Jobs

tukang Re:Meanwhile, back at the bean counting dept. (139 comments)

There was a time, believe it or not, when profitable companies would generally not layoff people because the company was, uh, profitable. If a company did layoff people the stock market usually took it as an indication that something was wrong (which it generally was).

Ah yes, I can remember those times as if they were a few hours ago - maybe because they were: Cisco to cut 4,000 jobs; stock falls 10%

about a year ago
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Is Europe's Recession Really Over?

tukang Re:Debt-backed economies.... (159 comments)

It already is happening. The amount of interest we pay as a % of total tax revenue collected has been steadily rising and is at a a 10 year high even though the interest rate on treasury bonds is at relatively low levels. In other words the money we're borrowing is really cheap, yet we're borrowing so much of it that we're still paying more in interest relative to total revenues collected than we have in the past decade and there's no reason to believe that we will be able to continue to borrow money cheaply especially if we increase our public debt too much.

about a year ago
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Is Europe's Recession Really Over?

tukang Re:Debt-backed economies.... (159 comments)

We will never send real resources backwards in time in order to "repay" public debts.

Who said anything about sending resources back in time? We'll send our resources to our creditors and as the debt and interest increase future generations will have to send more of it to our creditors than we do now. You seem to think that increased spending leads to increased output but that's debatable and even if you do get an increase in output you can't guarantee that it will be domestic output.

about a year ago
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Automated Plate Readers Let Police Collect Millions of Records On Drivers

tukang Re:Someone please create an App (276 comments)

Centrally controlled surveillance is dangerous, expensive, and inefficient. It must be limited in a democratic society. Decentralized, community based surveillance has great potential to improve overall quality of life, especially on public roads, where every idiot has a license to kill with their own stupidity.

Yeah let's outsource surveillance to the community so that neighbors spy and tell on each other. That doesn't sound like a police state at all.

His earlier thought returned to him; probably she was not actually a member of the Thought Police, but then it was precisely the amateur spy who was the greatest danger of all.

about a year and a half ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

tukang Re:E-book monopoly (330 comments)

Maybe people aren't concerned about Amazon getting a monopoly on ebooks because Apple and Google are viable competitors.

about a year and a half ago
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Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong

tukang Re:He is not a whistleblower (536 comments)

authorized by and deemed legal by Congress and the court system

That's not entirely true. The court system has not ruled one way or another whether the secret programs are legal. The Supreme Court has so far refused to hear cases brought against the NSA's spying program because the defendands have not been able to prove that their constituional rights were violated by these programs (due to their secret nature) but with Snowden's leaks they can now easily prove that their communications have in fact been targeted and, as a Verizon customer, the ACLU has filed a case against the NSA in federal court.

Thanks to Snowden the Supreme Court will likely be forced to rule on the constitutionality of these programs and if they are found uncsontitutional it matters not what laws Congress passed or Executive Orders the President issued to authorize them because those all become null and void.

16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256:

The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be In agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows:

The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.

Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it.....

A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby.

No one Is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.

about a year and a half ago
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GCHQ Tapping UK Fiber-Optic Cables

tukang Re:And so (157 comments)

The solution is to let the gov't know we won't stand for this. If a large enough number of people protest, the government will listen but yes the question is whether Brits & Americans have become too pussified for this to happen. But just because something doesn't seem possible today doesn't mean it isn't possible. Just look at the protests in Brazil:

Just a few weeks ago, Mayara Vivian felt pretty good when a few hundred people showed up for a protest she helped organize to deride the government over a proposed bus fare increase ... But when tens of thousands of protesters thronged the streets this week, rattling cities across the country in a reckoning this nation had not experienced in decades, she was dumbfounded, at a loss to explain how it could have happened. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/world/americas/brazil-protests.html

Millions protest in Brazil
Brazilian girl calls to protest (english sub)

about a year and a half ago
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GCHQ Tapping UK Fiber-Optic Cables

tukang Re:And so (157 comments)

There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live--did live, from habit that became instinct--in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Files First Amendment Challenge Against FISA Gag Order

tukang Re:Uhm Yeah (163 comments)

They're only asking to be allowed to release counts, not the content of the requests.

So they're only asking to release metadata, which according to Mr. Clapper isn't a type of data, so I don't see why the gov't would reject this.

about a year and a half ago
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Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

tukang Re:Sure... (749 comments)

ANDREA MITCHELL:

Senator Wyden made quite a lot out of your exchange with him last March during the hearings. Can you explain what you meant when you said that there was not data collection on millions of Americans?

JAMES CLAPPER:

First-- as I said, I have great respect for Senator Wyden. I thought, though in retrospect, I was asked-- "When are you going to start-- stop beating your wife" kind of question, which is meaning not-- answerable necessarily by a simple yes or no. So I responded in what I thought was the most truthful, or least untruthful manner by saying no.

Even after getting caught lying under oath they still can not tell the truth. Yet they want us to believe they're being truthful and that Snowden is lying.

about a year and a half ago
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What Can You Find Out From Metadata?

tukang Re:Where is the outrage? (341 comments)

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” Mark Twain

about a year and a half ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

tukang Re:Someone start a defense fund (955 comments)

If it's unconstitutional then what the NSA has been doing CERTAINLY is a crime regardless of any other laws that have been passed. The constitution is the supreme law of the land and trumps any other laws:

16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256:

The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be In agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows:

The General rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and name of law is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of it's enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it. An unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. Such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted.

Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it.....

A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, insofar as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the lend, it is superseded thereby.

No one Is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.

about a year and a half ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

tukang Re:Someone start a defense fund (955 comments)

Unlike Bradley Manning who just dumped all the info he had access to, Snowden only released documents that showed how the gov't was infringing on people's rights. Snowden had access to "the roster of all agents and operating stations". I wish people would stop comparing him to Manning.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

tukang Re:So... (860 comments)

Has it ever occurred to you that most people who are against this type of snooping do not doubt the program's effectiveness of stopping terrorists but are simply not willing to trade their liberty for safety? "Give me liberty or give me death" has turned into "Take my liberty for a little bit of safety".

about a year and a half ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

tukang Re:Modern Jesus (860 comments)

Guess you didn't RTFA. He was going to blow the whistle but held off when Obama got elected because he hoped things would change, instead, they only got worse. Please understand that the "left vs right" thing is just a distraction. Both parties are happily taking our liberties away.

about a year and a half ago

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Texas Teen Jailed For Sarcastic Facebook Comment

tukang tukang writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tukang (1209392) writes "18 year old Justin Carter faces up to 8 years in prison after posting on Facebook that he was "going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts". According to Justin, the comment was a sarcastic response which he followed up with "lol, jk". Unable to make $500,000 bail, Justin has been incarcerated since March 27th."
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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

tukang tukang writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tukang (1209392) writes "The 29-year-old source behind one of the most consequential leaks in US history explains his motives, his future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows"
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South Korean Man Given Suspended Sentence for Twitter Posts

tukang tukang writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tukang (1209392) writes "Park Jung-geun, 24, of South Korea has been given a 10 month suspended prison sentence for violating the country's National Security Law, which prohibits “praising, encouraging or propagandizing” North Korea, by retweeting over 100 North Korean propaganda posts."
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Apple Loses Bid For Emergency Ban On HTC Phone Imports

tukang tukang writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tukang (1209392) writes "The US International Trade Commission has rejected an emergency request by Apple to detain some HTC phones (including the One X and EVO 4G) at the border while the agency investigates Apple's claims of patent infringement. In May, HTC's phone shipment was held up at the border and was only allowed to pass after US Customs and Border Protection received assurances that HTC worked around Apple patents, a claim which Apple disputes."
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Japan Needs Nuclear as Main Energy: Mori

tukang tukang writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tukang (1209392) writes "Japan needs nuclear power as its main energy source and the country shouldn’t follow European examples in banning new reactors, said Shosuke Mori, chairman of Kansai Electric Power Co., the nation’s second-biggest power producer."
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U.S. students behind in math, science

tukang tukang writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tukang (1209392) writes "American children aren't necessarily getting smarter or dumber, but that might not be good enough to compete globally, according to numbers cited Tuesday by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. He noted a special analysis put out last week by the National Center for Education Statistics that compares 15-year-old U.S. students with students from other countries in the Organization for Economic Development. It found the U.S. students placed below average in math and science. In math, U.S. high schoolers were in the bottom quarter of the countries that participated, trailing countries including Finland, China and Estonia. According to the report, the U.S. math scores were not measurably different in 2006 from the previous scores in 2003. But while other countries have improved, the United States has remained stagnant.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/08/25/students.science.math/index.html"

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Google and Creator of 'Family Guy' Strike a Deal

tukang tukang writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tukang (1209392) writes "Google is experimenting with a new method of distributing original material on the Web, and some Hollywood film financiers are betting millions that the company will succeed. The innovative part involves the distribution plan. Google will syndicate the program using its AdSense advertising system to thousands of Web sites that are predetermined to be gathering spots for Mr. MacFarlane's target audience, typically young men. Instead of placing a static ad on a Web page, Google will place a "Cavalcade" video clip."
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