He was originally against the FISA act, then when it came to a vote, he was for it. Personally, I think that the NSA or similar others found some "dirt" in his past and let him know that if he wanted to continue with his political aspirations (like becoming POTUS), then he would have to "play ball" with them. Well, he has certainly "played ball" with these asshats! Now, after Snowden, it is coming back to bite him on the ass! Payback is a bitch, isn't it Barack?
There a N terrorists in the world. Each can institute N terrorists events in any given time frame. It matters not whether these are on planes, trains, or other public places. N events will happen... So, as the article suggests, just tightening up security for air trace doesn't reduce the overall impact of terrorist activity, and you can't infinitely tighten up security for all human activities without creating a world that the terrorists are trying themselves to create... :-( IE, when they attack, hit back! But do NOT try to stop them before the fact - it isn't really possible. Look at how "effective" the NSA has been at that attempt!
Our thoughts and (non-denominational) prayers are with the people of Thailand. My best friend in school (1962-1963) was Thai, and he was one of the finest people I ever knew. He taught me Savate, a skill that has stood me in good stead over the years. Given that at 16 he was the Thai national savate champion in the under-18 category (or whatever equivalent they had at the time), he was more than capable of teaching the art! :-)
Good point. I was a decent distance runner in my youth and into my middle age - running 10k 3x a week into my 50's. I'm 66 (next week) now, and am a bit "portly" as well, not to mention near-sighted! As for nerdiness, I am a systems and software engineer... :-)
Franklin, the signature near-sighted, overweight nerd of his era was probably the GREATEST American who has ever lived! That our nation has lasted this long is largely due to his efforts, yet there is no "Ben Franklin" day... sad. :-(
Is this a case of the pot calling the kettle black? Honestly, all of this is just so WRONG! People mostly have brains and can make up their own minds about the validity of corporate/national claims... At least I hope so! :-)
Normally, I think most police officers are self-serving dickheads. This guy was just awesome, and should be the chief of his department! He had to arrest that woman, and he did it with the least force he could exert, and then had the presence of mind to explain his actions to the gathered crowd. Kudos officer (whose name I do not know)!
In the USA, the rule is if you are sent unsolicited goods, you own them. If the sender wants them back, then they have to negotiate with you for that. IE, pay appropriate compensations. So, usually that means they may as well just forget about it!
will get you a nice latte at Starbucks! I voted when this was first posted. I would have voted again, but unfortunately the Whitehouse.gov site seems to handle multiple votes pretty well... :-) As for Obama and his admin cohorts being criminals - probably, but that will be difficult to prove, even if I do believe it. :-(
When he was still a US Senator from Illinois, Obama was distinctly opposed to the FISA act. Then when it came up for vote, he voted for it, and gave a very unsatisfactory rationale for his change. His actions as POTUS have continued in this vein... Personally, I think the NSA has something to hold against him which is why he has become their flag carrier. Nothing else makes any sense to me! :-(
If this is overturned, I can't even express what a disaster that would be! Unfortunately, the US Supreme Court is clueless about this cruft, and would likely uphold such a ruling. Oracle wins, and the rest of the world suffers! Ellison should release the API's into the public domain, though that won't help for other stuff. Law is law, and fighting it is costly!