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Thursday, June 6. 2013
Photo is a Worksman Bicycle, made in NYC since 1899. Their original factory was at the site of the World Trade Center:
Emirates Air now offering private cabins
Do Not Disturb
Texas farmer is pursued across field and stung to DEATH by 40,000 killer
Insty doesn't dare wonder whether Viagra sales are due to the rise in fat American women
Idolizing Hannah Arendt
Sarah Murnaghan lung transplant case: Sebelius ordered to make exception on transplant
The Insiders: As trust in government erodes, Obama’s plans evaporate
Do Human Beings Only Matter To the Extent They Serve as Cogs in a Government Plan?
Just when did political consultants start passing for journalists?
Google Hires Obama's Reelection Campaign E-Team
DNC, Press Share Talking Points on GOP's Reaction to White House Scandals
Why Does the American Media Get Big Stories Wrong?
Stephanie Cutter Attended WH
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RE: NSA\Verizon phone data collection - its one of the reasons why I've been weening myself from my Droid. Guess its time to go back to the 'ole fashioned dead-drops, messengers, and by-words.
...just sayin'... :)
There are encryption solutions available that will drive the federal snoops crazy.
Photo I took as a kid of West & Vesey st
before the WTC took over and wiped out all the radio stores.
Leeds was a great messy surplus electronics store, filled with cigar smoke. I may still have a core frame from an IBM 704 somewhere from it.
Meself wants a cafe cart and an ice cream cart and happiness cart, for starters.
Phone metadata is great for analyzing out networks.
The security reason for it is that for the bad guys to do anything seriously bad, they need finances, organization, and so forth, which becomes more and more detectable.
So long as the seriously bad group size is bigger than the detectable group size, the terrorists lose.
Phone networks lower that threshold for us.
Of course it can also be used to detect Republicans, but on the other hand it's important securitywise.
You can't prevent mall bombings, but they're not serious damage except in the mind of the news ratings people.
Losing a city is what's worrying, and phone records prevent.
Ah, but in the current administration, the best way to avoid surveillance is to at least appear to be an Islamist. So grow a beard, hide the bacon, take offense at cartoons.
We should note that the Ft Hood terrorist had a large electronic footprint that extended to legitimate NSA targets overseas but the US government still couldn't recognize the enemy.
In fact, even after American soldiers lay dead deep in the interior of the contiguous United States, the senior Army generals still couldn't recognize the enemy or enemy action.
Workplace violence? The man himself is putting forth a defense of others justification, the others being the Taliban. For the senior military commanders, that would be what is Congress called the ENEMY when they authorized what is now called Overseas Contingency Operations.
"We should note that the Ft Hood terrorist had a large electronic footprint that extended to legitimate NSA targets overseas but the US government still couldn't recognize the enemy."
You raise an important point. It seems obvious to me that this surveillance program is not some national security scheme that's designed to PREVENT an attack; rather, its sole purpose is to aid in the prosecution and conviction of terrorists in court AFTER they have carried out an attack, allowing the government to build a case of conspiracy long after the fact. In other words, this secret program is, on its face, indiscriminate with no basis in probable cause and therefore unconstitutional spying on American citizens.
I knew the second I read that DEATH-by-bees link that it had to go to an British newspaper. Nobody deploys the capitalized headline with the shameless verve of the U.K. press.
I sympathize with th parents of the young girl needing a lung transplant and I believe they are doing everything right to get their child the medical help she needs. But it is crazy to allow the courts to intervene in health care. On the surface this seems like a win for everyone, after all who could be unhappy that this little girl gets to live. Well for starts the man or woman next on the list for a lung who doesn't get it because the courts bowed to national emotion. Is there a law suit there as well; a wrongful death suit perhaps? I have no doubt that the current rules on access to body parts and the donation issue vs being able to sell organs has many problems that should and could be fixed. Maybe this event will trigger an effort to fix some of those problems. But my money is on them making it worse because the courts are generally a blunt object that makes things worse not better and also make it very difficult to fix what they screw up since it then has the legal seal of approval. But, hey! What could go wrong? Take health/medical decisions out of the hands of doctors and health scientists and let the legal system decide based on emotional appeals.
Does anyone remember the "story" about the older couple who purchased a Radio Shack scanner and just happened to innocently scan and tape record a phone call to Newt Gingrich. And of course this innocent couple thinking something bad happened just happened to turn over the recording to the DNC. I assume everyone who is justly upset about the NSA is confident that these two budding spys got jail time. They broke numerous laws and anyone with an inkling of what it takes to snatch both sides of a cell phone conversation out of the air and tape it would know this cover story was a lie to cover up what would have been a concerted effort to illegally wiretap Republicans. What ever happened to that investigation? Did anyone go to jail? Did the press ferret out the bad guys at the DNC? These were serious charges and serious wrong doings. Does the DNC still wire tap all the Republicans runnig for office?
Is Insty a little hypersensitive about rationalizing the little blue pills? Why does it matter to him? His wife is skinny. Look at this: not just fat women creating a market for Viagra (what an unchivalrous man, and Rubens might disagree w him anyway): Fat men too.
Things that also contribute to needing Viagra:
Old age and weaker hydraulics
Man being fat and out of shape
Too much alcohol (increases desire, diminishes capacity)
Addiction to porn that makes normal women seem less appealing
Stress at work
Blood pressure meds
Having adult children living in the house
Marrying a bimbo younger second wife who is hotter than the guy and worrying that she will fancy the pool boy if he doesn't keep up w her (awful pun intended)
Being daily emasculated by a younger boss but having to put up w it because you'll never find another job at 50
Don't blame "obese women" for being unable to perform, Insty.
(average female, no blue pills in our house.)
Just when did political consultants start passing for journalists? Since the lefties controlled the broadcasts. Been a while, hasn't it? Nobody here but just us chickens...
Google: Evil is as evil does...and they do it a lot.
DNC and Press in Sync? THERE's a surprise.
CNN moves left, is news? Not much more left left.
No Recovery? Well, it is time once again for the FIFTH! Annual Tour of the Summer Of Recovery!
Does anyone remember when Hillary was second in charge at the White House (wifely role)? She spent nearly three years trying to re-design health care. During those years she made it very clear that that the distribution of party parts should not be left in the domain of private (non-profit) organizations. I am always surprised when an innocent citizen is able to get national tv's attention about anything at all ! Almost always, they have been coached by their local DNC 'agents of change'. Yup, this is just one more example of Dirty Hillary up to her old tricks again! Got to have--must have control of body parts--it contains within it great opportunity for power and you all know how much Dirty Hillary loves power !
NSA has been been doing mass surveilance since 2006 by orders and probably before that.
Judge who signed order this last round is, bless yall's heart, Raygun appointee, U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson.
Relax, NSA sweeps everyone's metadata.
I'm more worried that my wife will figure out how much I'm spending on my hobbies than what NSA may know about me.
oh boy. Last night there was a film on the hearings of a military committee. I don't remember the exact title of that event. However, what I do remember is that some gal (representative) was sleeping through the hearing/meeting. But, she was good at it! If you watch her carefully she is well experienced in sleeping through meetings and waking up just in time to yell out her vote. She looks to me like the so many students I have watched sleeping through a lecture. Their head is down, but it appears they are reading something in their lap. They don't jerk up when they wake up--no these are the more practiced sleepers. They are not sound asleep--they are just asleep enough to wake up without being startled--they are actually kind of hearing, but not really caring or thinking. If you are looking at the video and see the representatives you will see two gals in red/pink she is the one on the left. Take a close look and please tell the nation who this enlightened, oh so caring 'agent of change' is--please.
I believe this was the hearing yesterday--can anyone find the video?
Sold to the lowest bidder but sold.
There still is time to reconsider, however.
Cheeseboy is designated boy of el husna presidenti, a reward for his unequivocal mutual support of muhammadans.
While hosting a pack of them last July at Ramadan dinner in Governor’s Mansion he said,
“In many publications around this country I’m now called an Islamist,” Christie told the crowd of New Jersey Muslims. “Ya know, listen, I’ve been called worse things — usually on the boardwalk on Seaside Heights. Y’all saw my reaction to that.”
Aprapo of nothing. My brilliant rocket scientist nephew works at the company which designs and builds the luxury cabins for Emirate Air.
Proud of that boy, I am.