I take it you're unaware of the CIA's past and current efforts to enable the illicit drug trade. They're supporting the heroin producers in Afghanistan now fomenting a heroin epidemic in the proxy war with Russia. Before that it was crack cocaine in CA, and before that it was weed in SE Asia (Air America).
Why we have to pay for two agencies ostensibly doing exactly the opposite things is an exercise left to the reader.
I don't think it will be too long before a reliable means of detecting these will be created and released.
When/if the word gets out, you'll start to hear large crowds of people around you shout "2G!" when they're being used near you. Which is what they do. They force all phones in their vicinity to fall back to 2G which is hackable by anyone who can, including the fibbies.
So, I guess we should put you down in the Global Warming Nutters column?
A lot of today's scientific community appear to have forgotten what "theory" means. Don't start your reply with "Oh god -- not another one..." if you want your point of view to be taken seriously.
Me, I don't know. What I do know is Earth's ecosystem is hideously complex, there's a huge fusion reactor roaring away just outside our atmosphere, and we've billions of years of history that tell us its all been pretty unstable throughout that time. We only barely understand what the sun's really doing.
Yet you're positively convinced the skeptical side is clearly wrong? How scientific of you.
Re: Re: Shashi Mundunuri == American Journal Experts
Becoming an academic is far from the only STEM-oriented career!
You're correct; I should have just said science research career. However, I didn't mean just a career in academia teaching. I once wanted to get into astronomy, then I read Stoll's Cuckoo's Egg. After defending his thesis, all that was open to him was sysadmin. There are hundreds of qualified researchers spat out each year, all fighting for one or two positions, and they're dead in the water if they can't find funding for their research.
Remodeling kitchens looks pretty attractive when you look at it that way.
To be fair, the program was set up to detect drug trafficking, not terrorism ...
They've known that terrorists had been using drug trafficking to finance their operations for a long time. Unfortunately, as was learned soon after 9/11, the LEOs were engaging in turf wars (attempting to maximize their particular agency's funding) and not sharing intel with each other (except when forced to do so, or when it served some PR purpose).
Damn, this subject depresses me. Budding scientists all over the world just trying to break into their dream line of work, and they find an industry of vampires waiting to drain them before they get anywhere near getting funding to do original work. PhD candidates are getting $4.50 an hour to "edit" papers written by ESL authors, the former just trying to pay off student loans and the latter trying to get traction in an English only dominated private publishing industry.
It all makes me wonder why anyone would want to bother with STEM. They'd be better off learning to be carpenters or plumbers. Screw the Universities. If you're not graduating from one of the few prestigious ones, you're wasting your tuition money, for years of frustrating mental abuse.
Fun fact: Letters to the media are treated as "Special Mail" (i.e. mail that can't be opened).
Maybe in a century or so, the authorities will be forced to accede to the fact that email == mail (ask the USPS how they're doing these days), and this !@#$ wouldn't happen. I hope Brown and his lawyer enjoy rubbing this mess in the BOP's face for the next year (at least).
The Economist is about good writing first and foremost.
BS. They're selling a point of view, and hoping to make money doing it, just like everybody else who tries to do the same thing.
The "Gawkerization" of the Internet needs to be pulled back a bit, and not like a foreskin.
WTF was that about?!? Are you trying to sell an agenda, just like Economist et al are doing? I'm not getting it, whatever it is. Think more with your big head. The little one isn't equipped with a brain, ya know.
Yes, well remember this is an evolving situation. When I was a kid, it was only slightly controversial that my dad had a choice between the belt end and the buckle end. Nowadays, belts aren't even an option, and I'm not that old. Today, my dad would be in jail for "edumacating" me. Consider the result. Woohoo, I'm not Jeffrey Dauhmer, Ted Bundy ...
This pushes back against Texas Congressman Jason Villalba's recently-introduced bill, which hopes to add a 25-foot no-recording "halo" around police officers at all times -- stretching to 100 feet if the camera operator happens to be armed.
"I'm not leaving the scene officer, just going to the distance legally required to record it."
When I was growing up, we used to play in the streets, the parks, and other public areas like the hundred-yard-wide swarth under those high-power electric lines.
Well, notice people need to be warned, and fined the moon, to not speed through playground zones, yet they still do it? There really is a lot of stupid roaming around out there, and a car bumper in the face is arguably worse than shady pedos hanging about snapping pics. I'd be overly protective of my kids too (if I had any) these days.
Re: Do we have enough public incidents to raise concerns about confidence in the DoJ?
... nullifying juries.
People have gone to jail for telling potential jury members about nullification. You won't end up on a jury these days if either side hears you advocate for it. $deity forbid we have any say in the matter of what are good or bad laws. Thank your lucky stars they let you vote every two years or so.
If it was my country, Congress would have congressional committees all over their ass, but that's just my pipe dream.
"Why is there no outrage?"
Why's this considered legal? It looks like stuff I read about in Rise And Fall of The Third Reich.