"But theatre nukes used on a battlefield? What could possibly be wrong with that?"
I can think of a few things. But then, I consider the current use of biological and chemical weapons on the battlefield to be immoral. I also consider the current use of depleted uranium to be immoral.
I'm not so sure that this is true as a blanket statement. For example, if you hold an invitation-only event and those invitations go to your 100 best customers, I'll bet that it would be considered a public performance.
"I may give a call to the local news and see if they'd be interested in the footage"
It never hurts to ask, but I would be surprised if they're interested. There's very little that's newsworthy about random drug deals on the streets. If you happen to catch a drug deal that goes disastrously wrong, though, you may have something.
4. Even if his preposterous logic was correct, he would not be the person to determine when the video is no longer newsworthy. Since there is no law regarding this (because it's preposterous), it would be up to a court to make that determination.
As a long-time Linux user, I feel duty bound to recommend that you don't get too complacent just because you use Linux. While there are more exploits for Windows, there are exploits aimed at Linux as well. No system is 100% secure, regardless of what OS it is running.
Yes, that's a very odd assumption to make. Particularly considering that our own civilization has been making huge strides in using power more efficiently, and we're really only just beginning on that path.
It's also possible that interstellar travel is simply impossible.
"It is also possible that radio waves expire after a while"
They do, in a sense. The power of an electromagnetic wave decreases as a function of the square of the distance from the source. In other words, it falls off really fast, and the farther away it is from the source, the faster it falls off. For any radio signal, there is a distance at which that power falls to undetectable levels no matter how sensitive your detector is.
But most people (at least in the computer security biz) do consider it very dubious, but possible. The Obama administration's opinion has little weight, since they have offered no evidence to support it and having that opinion serves a political nee.
"what major breakthroughs have there been in the last 50 years?"
Seriously? There are far more than can be listed in a little comment. But here's one that is fresh in my mind because it was in my life recently.
My mother had a stroke. She collapsed and was completely unresponsive (although she told me later that she was perfectly aware of her surroundings, she just couldn't move or speak.) Long story short, after three days of hospitalization, she's perfectly fine. Seriously, you would be completely unable to tell that she ever had a stroke.
The reason she's perfectly fine is because of two specific medical breakthroughs that happened recently: a clot-busting drug, and the ability to remove large clots from deep parts of the brain. Quite literally, if she had had the stroke just 10 or 20 years ago, she would have been massively disabled now, if she survived at all.
"I didn't know that "Google bankrolled the bogus SOPA protest""
That's because they didn't. Google did its best to ignore the SOPA issue, but eventually the popular uprising became too loud. Google only got on board relatively late in the game, once it was unmistakably clear which way the wind was blowing.