If that's a choice,I pick "It is a way to tie down the smartest inventors the US has"
Anthropologists have a field day with the destabilizing effects of change on slave empires...even Rome I expect
The Roman Empire, ca. 1 - 300 C.E. (A.D.)
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The Roman Empire, ca. 1 - 300 C.E. (A.D.) I. Quick facts about the Roman Empire. ... No middle class, large slave population discouraged technological innovation.
What the government is doing is called Institutional Corruption. All one needs to do is reflect on things like the total hash of 'Iraqi Reconstruction'....which absorbed funds at a great rate and produced absolutely nothing of value. If you don't agree - check out Fallujah water pipeline project.
Cheney's Halliburton made a 'killing' in Iraq of more than one variety with 'no bid' contracts not subject to fiscal review.
Is this new ? Remember Gen. Armstrong Custer of the Indian wars ? He was in such bad odour in Washington that the Wild West looked like a better idea than the Capital. Why ? The President's brother was running rampant fraud in war contracts for the military....and he was silly enough to 'blow the whistle'.
Time was when bloggers used human assisted search. These days that means online communities like Facebook.
There's still a lot of fragmentation, even without allowing for the darkweb - or Java. I expect many have no real concept of how to Search until they hit YouTube.
Dogpile or Info.com aggregate more returns than plain Google anyway, and when I use DeepSearch I get returns from my Diigo library plus other assorted info.
Time was blogging was about where to find good content. Wikis, Twitter and RSS have only added more fuel to the fire.
LOL This should shake up the legal eagles who are busy registering native/aboriginal cultured strains as corporate property. Norwegian archives are filling with seeds from all over to be preserved. And then there's Monsanto.
I don't know how eager you are to get into the Rumsfeld WMD activity : NWO plans without a doubt, enabled by the USDA.
Try this : no promises. It was changed to Monsanto HQ's URL at http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2009/07/corporate-farming.html!
The World According to Monsanto - YouTube Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvGddgHRQyg
I recall the Bu$h/Cheney maladministration well. A favourite and comprehensive tactic was installing as administrators people with a religious agenda who persecuted whistleblowers and systematically destroyed any remnant of functioning bureaucracy by overloading staff with futile and contradictory makework and legislation : especially as in regards to environmental protection and infrastructure maintenance...and 'Security'. That's the catchword for Operation Clusterfuck...Father...oops...Homeland Insecurity.
Check out Levees.org, born of outrage over the treatment of people in NOLA by denying access to a navy hospital ship, shootings by private contractors, defective water pumps and neglected levees...which require constant maintenance as they sink in mud...dredging of the ship channel which had gone on for decades.
Crediting people with good intentions is just as silly as saying GWB - survivor of flying a widowmaker jet fighter - is stupid, 128 IQ and all.
These are'facts not in evidence' : excuses promoting malice as stupidity. 'Great job, Brownie !'
"one where you can drown out those that disagree with you or otherwise disappear them"
If you ever followed an internal board where disussion of 'disappearance' of members/blogs,etc. is discussed the idea of being silenced might not seem so outrageous. This from a guy who went from a blog with a Technorati reading of 207 to gonzo...shortly after Scholars & Rogues moved to their own site to prevent any such possibility.
And the 101st Fighting Keyboarders have been spamming discussions for years. Check back on issues of Political Animal at Washington Monthly a few years back.
They had to assign an employee as moderator !
Waterboarding is what Torquemada used in the Spanish Inquisition. It also was employed during Salem Witch Trials. I have read an analysis by a medical researcher/ instructor which detailed permanent damage to the body as a result by convulsions caused by such.
The reason it is excused - and popular - is that the damage is internal and not seen on a person's skin.
You might note how many times it has been employed against a single individual also. Stress positions, sensory deprivation, extremes of temperature, waterboarding...these are not things done to somebody for their entertainment...any more than kidnapping and detention without trial are considered proper protocol. None are acceptable in a court of law for one simple reason : they cause a person to say anything to get it to stop.
Who,whom or what constitutes an 'enemy of the United States' anyway ? We're talking about an empire that takes up space in and interferes with literally hundreds of countries while persecuting signatories of the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty when they act within their obligations. Iraq was and is occupied on that basis. After losing millions after the invasion alone - sanctions had quite a score too - Iraqis are being turned out of torture chambers without explanation, let alone apology. But Afghanistan - a British created 'country' of mountains dividing valleys where hundreds of languages are spoken by nomads - is a really rich vein for satire.
How many remember that the U.S. declined to specify charges to the Taleban against a resident Saudi prince who they had been monitoring closely as he had been used to stir up hell while in the employ of the C.I.A. ? http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2010/08/5-aug-dire-warning.html
There's law...and then there's law that's enforced.
Oh sure, an occasional fall guy can be sacrificed to the cause of making things look good, but Bush and Cheney should have been impeached for War Crimes and Treason - rather like George's grand-daddy Preston - and it didn't happen. Prosecution ? By whom ? Look at my Topical Index under 'Law' or search them your self. Military Commissions Act 2006
Bilateral Immunity Agreements 2002 American Servicepersons Protection Act
Actually, some patents have been disallowed in court. Just because the neocons and/or neoliberals - fascists in either case - want their companies to feed at the public trough and monopolize content does not justify a corporate welfare state. Nor is it any surprise in a large world that there is some difficulty pulling it off.
India in particular should know the problems with that. Tens of thousands of farmers have committed suicide after Monsanto patents wrecked their farming : ditto in Iraq due to them getting the benefits of Bremer's 100 Orders, and in Africa too.
Then again, I followed corporate ' farming' ever since I read about what happened under Nelson Rockefeller's programs in Central and South America as far back as the 40's.
WFT ? Right here. http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/2009/07/corporate-farming.html
If they want to increase exclusivity...it will work.
Think about it. I was so pissed that AP would reissue stuff that was already out there and try to charge for advertising their content that I went the other way : even though Google will place articles next to the sign - AP the UnEssential Network. Nor will I carry their content.
Not that I consider much of it different from propaganda.
They have a bad case of 'Unclear on the Concept' too.
I thought I'd kick in here because I'm an anachronism today. I'm a blogger. Seriously. I find content online...and refer it forward to readers.
See...social networking/bookmarking isn't dead. Some of us who came up behind the rush to Wikis still share finds with our friends. Special interest newsgroups are all over the place at Current TV, Care 2, Diigo...
The multiplying of toys to find content has meant more than grist for newsreaders and aggregators : it means networking is becoming ever easier.
And Google or whatever don't do what failed Marigold and changed Furl did : keep a cache of an article that works like the Internet Archive and holds it on an independent server.
Google is addictive. It does not, however, work to stash editorials or whatever for posterity. Search results are time compressed and vary. Plus there is scuttlebutt around that the feds are playing with search parameters to aid obfuscation : hiding the truth.
The truth is poison in politics. We've been having far too much fun with it.