Re: Plural 'United States' not unheard of domestically...
The issue there is the definite article. In context, as an American, "These United States" is a plural, and "have" would make sense in context. It's a bit grandiose, but acceptable.
"The United States", with the singular article, should be followed with "has", not "have", as a mater of normal American English conjugation.
Here's the thing, and this isn't normal English, as far as I can remember, with "these", the emphasis is on "states" as separate entities, with "the", the term "United States" is effectively a single, and singular, propper noun.
It's a mistake that most Americans are unlikely to make, because the shifting emphasis on States as a plural and United as a single entity is a familiar idiomatic anomaly.
To a non-American it's an arbitrary mess without any real logic backing it up.
Re: Re: Here we go again, distancing evil NSA from friendly Google.
Most entertaining conspiracy theory I've heard in the last five hours... of course the only OTHER conspiracy theory I've run across today involved the Illuminati... so the competition isn't really what you'd call fierce.
There's also the part where the DoJ was claiming that the records were unavailable. While I'm not expecting every DoJ schmuck to know about Prism's records, it could do a real number on their claims that they didn't the evidence didn't exist.
Given that the FBI's passed intelligence to companies in the recent past, it wouldn't surprise me if "in the interests of maintaining American influence", that the CIA and NSA had in fact deliberately passed information to Corporate America. That said, you're probably 100% right about exactly how they passed intell.
The money laundering comments are somewhat warranted, though. While anyone can run a business into the ground as long as the money holds out. People are responding to the sense that there's something really off about this situation.
There's just enough evidence to make the laundering suggestion plausible. Is it a nice thing to do? No, but I think in this case we're past that.
I'm sorry, can I just say, lay off the lawyers. At least as a whole? I mean, I get the lawyer jokes, and general distaste when it comes to attorneys, particularly the ones that get media attention...
But, for every John Steele, or Charles Carrion, or Joseph Rakofsky, there are as many as one, to one and a half laywers who aren't trying to figure out how to gain cosmic power through bathing in the blood of virgins. Well, you know, yet.
If EA was smart, they wouldn't have tried always on DRM again after Spore... or after seeing Ubisoft take it on the chin over and over because of their DRM. They might have looked at UBIsoft's DDOS attacks, and said, "no, this isn't really a good idea", and yet, here we are again.