Americans are pretty pissed at your imperialism as well. Or civil liberties were taken by you just as much as the Middle East with no knock warrants, murder of unarmed citizens, and the trampling of the Constitution.
If you can't follow the rules *IN* the country, what makes we, the people, believe you care about the rights of those outside of it?
Alright... So we're playing redactions? How about we bring up the past and some really questionable stuff that explains who would help the US?
We know that the UK has its hands dirty in this because it's a part of Five Eyes. They've been using torture since the time of the London Cages while the Nuremberg Trials were considered a sham by some.
To tell you this is to give you context that the UK has its hands dirty and doesn't want to come clean about their "expedition" just as much as America doesn't.
While pointing the finger at the NYPD is laudable, it's not helpful to know that the same programs are just hiding under a different name.
All this does is hide accountability for the actions of the government who wants to target communities. Before, the world was scared of communists for making FDR pass the New Deal. Then it was Socialists because teachers got paid a lot. Then the unions didn't do anything. Then you had women wanting to work. Then it was black people were lazy.
Ya know... How about we look at how our government is running and do some Spring Cleaning? It pays to spy on us, it pays to boss us around... Why are we allowing it to do that instead of demand our damn representation?
We don't need the stinking redactions. You already erased our history and destroyed lives. It's time for you to be held accountable for your actions. James Clapper, you uphold a status quo that is far outside of what the public wants. You complain too much and you've done nothing but lie to us.
Someone FIRE this guy! And the next three down the line that even TRY to lie to us!
That always struck me as one side of the equation. What people forget is how hard these corporate conglomerates work to *eliminate* competition to their money source. The fight against piracy is the same way. Instead of coming to the rational conclusion that legal access lowers demand for digital goods, we have people chicken hawking about how consumers cause lost sales.
We would have to train people on better broadband access. We'd have to cut down on expenditures by taking public funds away from the monopoly.
Even then, there are other pitfalls and possibilities that won't surface until we see what's going on with municipal broadband. We can't just rely on competition to save us when a monopoly worlds to maintain its position.
Comcast isn't too big to fail. Neither is it too big to succeed.
It's too big to function.
You literally have all of these workers that have nothing to do but be glorified sales reps. No expansion of service, no focus on what communities need, no true way to answer any questions about this scandal, nothing.
This its just the same as GM making 28 million cars but having to recall 27 million. Yet those cars KILLED people... And we expect that a few more sales and profits for the CEOs is going to make this all better?
It's time to bust Comcast down to size. Smaller internet companies and not massive unwieldy behemoths which take value from the communities they leech off of.
Do you know why these people are shoring up their defenses?
A mass of people informed on the issues they care about is far more deadly than any drone, surveillance, or anything close to what a military can do.
The internet is damn near a public right and it's been around long enough to be a part of the public sphere to increase discussions and that sense of community that people have.
You learn about foreign cultures and social concerns in a much quicker process than anything before it.
And to have ANYONE take that public communication away should be a fight.
If you look back in history, you'll find that public outcry and public knowledge is what is to be feared. It's why our government is trying to clamp down on such things and misinform the public. But even on Net Neutrality, that fight can be won. The fight to prevent Comcast's takeover of the internet is a fight to keep it a public good, not a marketing tool.
I'm positive that this fight will continue. But it's a fight that is FAR from over.
The rest in Gellman's article is indeed noteworthy, but we've already seen the result. So why should the government be allowed to survey the public without its consent?
That's all that matters. This Weapon of Mass Distraction is not answering the question and it's atrocious for actual intelligent discourse.
So let's repeat the question one more time for the NSA...
Why are you spying on Americans without their consent?
Yes, I already know the answer to that, but it should be repeated until they answer the question laid out, not the one they want. This is a public relations nightmare, as it should be. The propaganda doesn't work. The truth will. Anything less is insulting.
There's something that I've had to keep wondering in regards to these games...
Who's paying for this legislation?
Let's stop vilifying the government for five seconds to realize what's going on...
There's a slew of private interests that seem to be interested in regulating games far more than movies or music. That's the problem that I have here. The government reflects whoever is paying them and here, there's a strong suggestion of a coalition of movie and retail interests which make games far more expensive, particularly in the digital realm where it makes no sense.
I'd also say that publishers make a lot more money off of the games, which prompts some really crazy taxes on such income.
I bet if we dig deeper, we could find out where those interests lie and how they will try to legislate.