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  1. This isn't government intrusion. First off, as you may see in other threads, CISPA is dead int he water in the US. We will be drafting our own group of bills to try and recreate it, but that's another issue entirely. Second off, not instituting a ban on asking for facebook passwords is not the same as mandating potential employers to ask for them. THe government has simply decided not to address the issue within this piece of legislation. (again, a dead legislation anyway). Let's all calm down and put away the tinfoil hats. We have real work to do in this nation now if we wish to protect our privacy. We are in a lot of trouble with this issue. Now that our government has decided not to pursue the plan as a worldwide treaty, we no longer have the support of the rest of the world community to fight as a unified people with a common interest. We now have to go this alone, as individual nations. And we have to do so amidst a criminally undereducate dpopulace and against a congress with no meaningful fealty to the constitution. It is time for us to collect ourselves, put away the nonsense and pay attention. They will attempt to draft many bills to separate the legislation so that it appears less jarring.
  2. I will be curious to hear your explaination of how we will put up a nationwide infrastructure of fiber optic lines purely from private monies and labor or how we will magically find a bandwidth that is not regulated to use and defies a government employee's antenna. There is no such thing as an infrastructure that cannot, or will not, be regulated in the US. Having said that, I am opposed to this horrid activity and I full on expect to have to deal with it. There is virtually no way this, or something VERY much like this wont pass sooner or later and be ratified as a "worldwide" treatie. This is hardly the first attempt at this. For those of you just joining the cause, SOPA/PIPA were the last most recent attempts and they were not the first either. And frankly I don't see why any of you would consider it a victory that the senate is drafting their own legislation. An international treaty is damned hard to enforce, especially when we are among the greatest military mights in the world. A LOCALIZED legislation, written by a criminal congress of people who defy the constitution whenever it is inconvenient to their ends is a tragedy! It means we have to face this threat as only one people instead of a worldwide community. They'll pass this easily. They wont stop until they get what they want. This is the nature of creeping gradualism. While you sleep, they plan. While you grill with your family, they progress. While you laugh with friends, they execute. It is the nature of peacable, decent peoples to be preoccupied with the "mundane" pleasantries of life. And it is the nature of those who seek power to do so tirelessly. This has always been true and always will be for so long as we're humans.
  3. Digital video and images were the end of any remaining credibility images had...not that they were ever especially credible to begin with. Any 8 year old with after effects or photoshop can make astounding images at this point. I am a die hard skeptic that there are little grey men with an anal fixation in the sky on my absolute most open minded of days. But with the progress mad ein the fields of digital image manipulation I can never truly trust ANY image. To prove that there are ETs on earth, I need cold hard evidence. Any less will be considered nothing but an attempt to fool me.
  4. Haha. As a genuine, unabashed and unapolagetic socialist, I agree in full. It makes me cringe every time I hear these right-wing extremist nut jobs, many of whom I know for a fact have not passed so much as a high school civics class, go ahead and scream "socialist" everytime they dislike something the President does. I WISH he were a socialist! I suspect his private ideology is probably more in line with socialist tendancies but his position of governance and track record have been staunchly moderate, even to the point of being almost Republican grade conservative on a number of issues. But that's what happens when you have a nation where people get their way by screaming louder as opposed to, you know, manning up and educating themselves.
  5. So long as she's not elected simply because she's a "she", I don't really care one way or another. I don't see it as some great victory to elect a person to any office simply because of their skin color, gender, sexuality etc etc. These things are irrelevant to the nature of the job they're signing up for.
  6. There is something to be said for not making a martyr of these types. However, the media has reported very flimsy ties to organized terror at "best"...if you can call it that. A sensationalist media would absolutely adore him being the next wave of an al queada operation as it would provide them with weeks of material to fill their stale air waves with. The fact that they have not spun the story this way suggests to me that the evidence may be pretty convincing that these were more or less lone wolves. This is just me picking apart the "facts" as I can see them, with acknowledgement that basically no one in the private sector really knows the truth due to a legal requirement of silence about the evidence in the case. Though I am in favor of seeking the death penatly for him, should his trial proove him guilty, I would certainly agree that it could result in more problems than solutions if he is shown to have had genuine ties to organized terror. The fact that it appears he will be tried in civilian courts actually strongly suggests he's a lone wolf. We have special, extra constitutional places for true enemy combatants. I am not in favor of this approach, but it is what it is.
  7. Neurologists have routinely stated that there is solid evidence to suggest humans hallucinate on a semi routine basis. Brain chemistry is a highly variable system and "errors" do occur. Furthemore, they have stated that these hallucinations are often so benign and take the form of mundane objects or occurances to the point we are probably entirely unaware they are just a figment of our own fluctuating chemistry. Science has yet to provide evidence of the existence of ghosts. But it has provided us proof of concept that you can experience things and be completely unaware that your senses related something that does not reflect exterior conditions. Perhaps ghosts too can be explained this way. Even taken literally, I would say a ghosts' existence could likely blend in with the background provided the circumstances of it, as a phenomenon, were not overtly bizarre.
  8. Personally, I have a lot of philosophical discomfort with the death penalty, though I am not fundamentally opposed to it. We have a need as a nation to be certain we are prosecuting an innocent-until-proven-guilty defendant in a justice system and NOT persecuting a guilty by default victim in a vengeance system. I have argued in the past that the death penalties existence MAY undermind that position. Many would claim that they don't care about that because of some of the miserable things the guilty have done. I argue this point reflects an immature attitude, but I will give them that point seeing as how even I will not look in the eyes of a mother who's had her daughter raped and murdered and claim she has no right to her vengeful feelings. However, I will argue that it's not about the guilty. It's not about protecting the rights of criminals (although that IS important). It's about protecting the nature of society at large. In prosecuting justice, we must not sink to the level of those who have wronged society. An eye for an eye does not fly in the court, nor should it. We need to be ethically just if we are to maintain a system of justice that will be fair to ALL of us in our time of need. Now, having said all that, this kid blew people up. He brought a major US city to it's knees and wasted countless public monies. The human toll, as a direct consequence of his actions (allegedly! Let me be a worthy student of my own philosophy at least) is beyond unmentionable. So long as the case is proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and is as the media has reported it, I see absolutely no reason not to seek the federal death penalty. The cost to our culture, potentially our politics, and cheifly to the people directly involved is incalculable. He's crossed a line past which few other have. His actions are beyond heinous. Rehabilitation is not desirable as society need not suffer this person. His continued existence is an affront to the people he has wronged. He has gone beyond even a Charles Manson level of activity. We can never again trust that a person who has once detonated a politically nuetral event will ever be able to lead a life that does not pose a threat to society. Of course, all of this speaks from a philosophical position. Final judgement must wait until we hear what the courts decide and I hope beyond hope that we do not choose to side-step the justice system. I am open to hearing the defense's statements as all genuinely intelligent Americans should be. We are not a mob, goddamnit. We are a civilized, JUST nation and we are behooved to behave as such, regardless of the circumstances. We will show him the civility and poise he so vehemently denied his community becaus eit is the right thing to do. I have to believe that.
  9. In fact, there is a good argument to be made that "John of Patmos" was refering not to some future time, but speaking in thinly veiled code about Domitian or Nero and the perceived corruption of the government of that time. Don't forget that Roman occupation of parts of the middle east was truly hated by the local culture. There is no small connection between Messianic theology that grew from that culture and the occupation. Messianic theology of the time had a markedly political bent to it, Jewish adherents believing that the Messiah would lead a military revolution against Rome. This concept has largely vanished from populist concepts of Abrahamic theology at large and thus leads to some pretty strange ideas about some of the doctrine.
  10. "The Government" is a highly convenient scape goat, and one our recent culture has been entirely too willing to flog. And to be clear, I'm not saying there are not plenty of reasons to dislike the state of American politics over the last 20 years and those reasons are mounting daily. However, I have said that our problems are largely cultural and not political in nature. The political problems are a symptom of our over all poor excuse for a culture, not the cause. We have jettisoned the concept of personal responsibility, as well as resist the idea of collective responsibility. THe thing is, youc an't have it both ways. Either way can work, despite our personal preferences on the issue. But you cannot fail to meet BOTH challenges. We have grossley deregulated our economy to the point we have bankers who literally profit from crashing nationwide insitutions. We have one party of fundamental obsructionists and another incapable of actually seeing their legislation through. We have a clownishly outdated justice system and a nationally corrupt police force. We have a military that sucks up more than half the GDP but provides very little in the way of actual protection, serving mostly as a means for a small corrupt faction within the greater government to use war for personal profit. ... Yet we do not collectively defund them in a responsible fashion. Is it any wonder people do not trust this system anymore? But then, we also don't vote and don't engage the system. We have a culture that expects government to just magically behave itself when there is no threat of populace reprisal. Why should they? What predator doesn't pounce on the easy kill? We also have a criminally under educated populace, most of whom at this point have not taken even a high school civics class and thus have absolutely no idea how their government functions. But yet they have opinions don't they? Facts dont matter to them, how they FEEL matters. In the end, this is a bottom up problem, not a top down one. Until the American populace takes it upon themselves to be reasonably educated and willing to spend a little of their time participating in the system, we will have greater degrees of corruption.
  11. I am perfectly calm. Beliefs are not valid when they fail to be backed by factual evidence. Define your "dimensions" and demonstrate their existence, or admit to self deception.
  12. It all depends on what information you subscribe to. Population control may be inevitable. Before my back went haywire, I was an avid hiker and naturalist in Pennsylvania, a state where generations ago virtually all large predators were hunted to extinction. I've seen first hand what happens when a herd or small animal population goes out of control. It's a death not fit for man nor beast. It's also the ugliest of all politics. Deciding who has a right to breed goes against virtually every individualist tendency we have here in the west. And yet, numbers ar eimpassionate and do not lie. We are literally screwing ourselves out of existence. We can either choose to abandon this "be fruitful and multiply" cultural mentality, or institutionalize the act of reproduction. The other side of the argument, and one that is not especially well proven but compelling all the same, is that there is inherently a population cap over which humanity is not likely to able able to surpass. Don't quote me on this but I believe I read it was 14 billion people. There is apparently a metric one can apply to virtually any animal to estimate it's population cap. I dread to think of a world with double the current living population. But it may be manageable, with great care and a federal government the size and power of which would dwarf our concept of totalitarianism. It's a lose lose scenario to realize you are part of a natural order. We recognize a sincere and veyr real need to be in balance with the systems that sustain us, that we may be allowed to be sustained into the future. But how do you chose?
  13. You are absolutely wrong that google execs dont use their own services. Google's top brass work under a corporate culture that prides itself in transparency. Unfortunately for us, that means our searches are catalogued and google does store vast amounts of data on us. But they also release vast amounts of data about themselves. I'm not saying I like the google philosophy,b ut they are in no way hypocritical about it. Google is storing data on it's owners too, because they do use their own products.
  14. Just what makes you think th emoon is being mined? Can you point to an obvious mining operation photo? Can you explain why there's no sudden influx of metals into the marketplace or a drop in price? Exactly how do you propose we're getting hauls of metal back to the planet? Our best minds could only come up with "Lets drop it in a balloon that will bounce for 50 miles" when they decided to launch a billion + dollar robot to the surface of Mars. That's not subtle.
  15. North Korea is very much a cornered animal. I wouldn't be incredibly surprised to see them actually pull an attack. It makes me wonder if their regeim actually is even aware of their situation. The world community is a little tired of their crap, to say the least. What would surprise me less than NK launching an attack would be preemptive action against them to settle this nonsense.