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Spot on.
 
I cannot stress this enough.

"To an increasing degree, we're counting on having angels in office and making ourselves vulnerable to devils. Bush and Obama have built infrastructure any devil would lust after. Behold the items on an aspiring tyrant's checklist that they've provided their successors:

* A precedent that allows the president to kill citizens in secret without prior judicial or legislative review
* The power to detain prisoners indefinitely without charges or trial
* Ongoing warrantless surveillance on millions of Americans accused of no wrongdoing, converted into a permanent database so that data of innocents spied upon in 2007 can be accessed in 2027
*Using ethnic profiling to choose the targets of secret spying, as the NYPD did with John Brennan's blessing
* Normalizing situations in which the law itself is secret -- and whatever mischief is hiding in those secret interpretations
* The permissibility of droning to death people whose identities are not even known to those doing the killing
* The ability to collect DNA swabs of people who have been arrested even if they haven't been convicted of anything
* A torture program that could be restarted with an executive order

Even if you think Bush and Obama exercised those extraordinary powers responsibly, what makes you think every president would? How can anyone fail to see the huge potential for abuses?

I am not saying no one would resist a tyrant. Perhaps Congress would assert itself. Perhaps the people would rise up. Then again, perhaps it would be too late by the time the abuses were evident. (America has had horrific abuses of power in the past under weaker executives who were less empowered by technology; and numerous other countries haven't recognized tyrants until it was too late.) Part of the problem is how much the Bush-Obama paradigm permits the executive to do in secret. Take that paradigm, add another successful 9/11-style attack, even after many years of very little terrorism, and who knows what would happen?

No one does."
More and more, we're counting on having angels in office and making ourselves vulnerable to devils.
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Um, the only reason all of this stuff is in place is because these people are not acting with pure motives.  They setup these systems based on impure motives in the first place.
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Interesting!
 
". The most recent in-depth study found that, in 1999, only 115 children nationwide were victims of a “stereotypical kidnapping” by a stranger; the overwhelming majority were abducted by a family member. That same year, 2,931 children under 15 died as passengers in car accidents. Driving children around is statistically more dangerous than letting them roam freely."
Why are Americans so afraid to give their kids room to roam?
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Quoting:

"Pretend ice cream stores gave away free milkshakes. But you had to buy a straw to drink them. But that's okay, because you still get free milkshakes. One day you're drinking a free milkshake and you look down and the guy that sold you the straw is pinching it almost shut. You can still get your milkshake, but it's really hard and takes a lot longer.

So you say, "Hey! Stop that!" And the straw guy says, "NO! Not until the ice cream store pays me money." And you say, "But I already paid you money for the straw." And the straw guy says, "I don't care. I just want more money."
I think he nailed it."
My 9-year old son spends a lot of time online and recently came to me asking what Net Neutrality meant. I explained it the best I could. I just...
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Well, shit.
 
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. TPP is good for the free and open Internet.

The White House has gone full “newspeak” on Fast Track and the TPP to mislead the public about its secret, anti-user trade policies.
Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Orrin Hatch are now in a stand-off over a bill that would put secretive trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on the Fast Track to passage through Congress. The White House meanwhile, has intensified their propaganda campaign, going so far as to mislead the public about how trade deals—like the TPP and its counterpart, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—will effect the Intern...
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Cool. I wonder how long factoring-based encryption schemes will be viable if the era of workable quantum computing is nearly here.
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We should get ready.
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Cop is served. Cop and buddies get pissed, frame process server for 2 felonies and misdemeanor. 

Wife videotaped, which proves its a frame-job. Cops still have badges.

And cops wonder why citizens distrust them?
 
Why aren’t the seven witnesses to Dendinger’s nonexistent assault on Cassard already facing felony charges? Why are all but one of the cops who filed false reports still wearing badges and collecting paychecks? Why aren’t the attorneys who filed false reports facing disbarment? Dendinger’s prosecutors both filed false reports, then prosecuted Dendinger based on the reports they knew were false. They should be looking for new careers — after they get out of jail.
Cellphone video vindicates man, proves that seven cops and prosecutors lied about the incident in which he was arrested.
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For my part, I hope it isn't true, but fear it is.
I'd rather be angry at miscreants than at those dealing with them.
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As far as I can tell just about everybody, regardless of political leanings, thinks Citizens United was an incredibly dangerous decision.

And I think the blurb is essentially correct.
Unless the campaign financing system is reformed, the U.S. Congress will become paid employees of the people who pay for their campaigns -- the billionaire class. Needless to say, not everyone on the Committee agreed....
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If we could change the way voting worked, ranked voting would be nice. I don't see either party changing anything about how voting works, however, as that'd be to their detriment.
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OK, that is heartwarming!
Here’s your feel-good story for Thursday afternoon. Albert Manero, who has a degree in Aerospace engineering from the University of Central Florida...
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To those who say the "internet is working today".

You're wrong.
 
If the Republicans get their way with their "Internet Freedom Act", which plans to overturn FCC Net Neutrality, then we will see more of this crap from companies like Comcast.

Comcast May Be Infringing Net Neutrality With Shady HBO Go Deals http://news360.com/article/281631411
​​ HBO Go just made its way to Playstation 4 - except Comcast subscribers can't get it. Customers have been complaining that they can't watch HBO on their PS4 , even though they pay for it...
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- "Hey Comcast, why are you blocking HBO on Playstation?"
- "For innovation reasons".
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Sad that these congresscritters either don't understand what is happening or are so cheaply bought.
 
Thirty-one members of the GOP have already signed their names to be co-sponsors of proposal put forth on Wednesday this week in the House that would specifically prohibit the FCC from reclassifying broadband internet access as a telecommunications service if passed and outright overturn last week’s major ruling regarding net neutrality.
The historic net neutrality ruling handed down by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week has quickly garnered opposition in the form of a few dozen Republican lawmakers who are vying to reverse the FCC’s decision in Congress.
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Amazing visualization!
 
The Impact of Vaccines in the 20th Century.

This is such a nice visualization. You can clearly see the impact the introduction of each vaccine had on these United States of Denial of Medical Benefits. I call it USDMB. (I'm just missing the U. Got suggestions?)

It is fascinating to see how some diseases (Measles) were quite prevalent and killing in great intensity, while others (Polio) got going perhaps as populations grew and mixed, with others still (Hepatitis A) were intense, then lighter and then completely gone after the vaccine. 

Polio is perhaps the most dramatic, you can see it attacking us and them BOOM! We drop a world of hurt on polio.

The graphics were featured in the WSJ: http://goo.gl/j2n8Ls There are a few more on that site, please check 'em out. They were originally created by Project Tycho at the University of Pittsburgh: http://goo.gl/jfkmjP
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oops.
 
"Concerned about backdoors implanted by the NSA, those revelations sparked a change in Chinese policy by forcing Western technology companies to hand over their source code for inspection. That led to an outcry in the capital by politicians who in the not-so-distant past accused Chinese companies of doing exactly the same thing."
Summary:China is backing away from US tech brands for state purchases as NSA revelations continue to make headlines in newspapers all around the world.
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I'm an inventor and creator of SPDY, HTTP2, and started what is now known as QUIC.

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