Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. I have lived under the UCMJ and had a FBI-vetted security clearance.
Whether Manning violated the UCMJ is not the issue here either. SOmetimes matters of conscious will force people to violate their oaths. The issue here is that the citizenry would like to make sure that he got a fair shake on his court martial. Sometimes you have to do things that you are willing to pay the price for. But let's make sure that THAT is the case, and that he's being made a patsy.
All this DHS crap was the creation of that evil George Bush. Its not surprising that it's all corrupt and pointless. Thank god we have a president in there now who's ended all those pointless and evil anti-terror efforts....
Yeah, that's a great idea. That way, someone like you can come in and spin a line of bullshit, and she'll bite right into it. Even if you don't know the technical details of how things work, a passing notion of what the heck all this is about is required to be an effective leader.
Are you suggesting that generals don't need to have been soldiers? This new notion that CEO's don't need to understand the business to run the business is one of the reasons that modern American businesses are failing. Look at the fate of HP for a great example. When run by the founders, grew to mega-corp. While run by professional CEOs, reduced to rubble.
Can someone explain to me, in terms that laymen can understand, what would be Google's motivation to even have an office in other countries. It only obligates them to follow local laws, which eventually will be impossible. I mean, they already can't have offices in countries that ruled by Islamic law. I would only have them in the US, that way you only have one set of laws to worry about. And they don't need an office to collect revenue from advertising. So what do these offices contribute that could possibly be worth the hassle?
No, what this is about is cronyism using secret negotiations to engender an agreement that WILL, when it's finally revealed the night before the ratification vote, require a change to US law. And those changes will be to prop up legacy business' failing business models.
Wanna bet which one of us is right, once we finally get to see the damn thing?
No, of course not. They would say that the "creators" set the price, since it's theirs to sell. But since the creators see precious little, we would have to say THE LABELS set the price to be absolutely accurate.
All this market talk is a smokescreen for gouging where they can get away with it.
If if really was priced according to it's true market value, it would all be $0.99 worldwide.
And it would all go to the artists, the true "creators", not these increasingly pointless distributor/gatekeepers/labels.
I work in a call center, and we have a sick-callout line that I'm responsible for answering that unfortunately many agents give as the number to contact them during working hours. (I say unfortunately because I can't transfer the calls to them if I wanted to, as their phones are on a different system).
Anywho, I get a LOT of calls from collectors. When I politely inform them that this is a call center too, and that the agents can't get calls from this line, I always ask if this is an emergency (so that if it's a doctor's office or a school, I can take a message.) If they say no, then I say I'm sorry, I can't help you. Please don't call this number again.
Recently, the callers have taken to saying "Yes, this is a financial emergency. That gets them a less polite "This is business, please remove this number from your database" and a hangup.
I understand that they are just trying to get their money, but if they don't want to be perceived as scum, maybe they shouldn't be lying asshats.
But isn't it true that every insurgent, every terrorist, every member of the Taliban and such are CIVILIANS? We're not at war with a country. We are at war with an idea. In the war against an idea, ALL are civilians.