My thoughts. Manufacture 'terrorists' to keep useless programs alive? Check. Manufacture 'truths' and stretch connections and interpretation to maintain surveillance programs? Check. Threat with server punishment and jail time unless citizen pleads guilty regardless of innocence? Check.
I could go on. It's just another day in the US. (Before somebody points out it happens elsewhere we are talking about the US. I know it happens elsewhere but elsewhere is not where the article focus.)
Cuba has its goods and bads. I'd say their health research and their doctors in general are an awesome part that should be copied. Even the Nazi with all their evil had pretty good animal protection laws. I think the greater question here is: can we swallow our pride and see past our prejudice and accept, adopt the foreign ideas that worked? I'd say quite a few countries aren't ready.
Well, tyrants and totalitarian wannabes are benefiting from the lack of safeguards in most modern Governments against overreach. So there is that. Would we rather live in a world without child molestation but with no freedom and possibly plenty of atrocities (see Nazism) or concede that no amount of security will prevent all molestation and actually encourage democracy and other, possibly more effective means of reducing such occurrences?
Perspective. The old gatekeepers are, in fact, confronting doom and gloom. Instead of evolving and becoming helpers, enablers for the new generations of musicians they chose to actively fight and harm these new musicians to retain their rotting empire.
So, in a sense, it is the end of the world. But much like the dinosaurs extinction led to the advent of new dominant organisms (homeotermous, mammals) it seems we'll need some extinction before the path is open for new things to really flourish.
Doesn't work. Telefonica was widely hated for its awful customer service and general quality to the point they were PROHIBITED from selling broadband for more users. The name Telefonica became toxic so Vivo (mobile phone carrier) took over and absorbed it (Vivo is a subsidiary of the same shitty group Telefonica but worked separately here). Guess what happened? Vivo is rapidly going down the same path.
If we could just take this same tact with the rest of airport security, we'd be making a world of improvements.
Oh expect the TSA to sue to retain the ability to lord over your cavities bully disabled people and those that have special needs along with other 'minorities' (while swearing it's not racial profiling). No, can't have their tools to show their full contempt for all passengers taken away.
You see, the new policy is just a bunch of words written somewhere if you don't have real punishments, accountability for violations. Ill intended people will avoid doing anything illegal if there is punishment (and societal support for such law and punishment obviously). If there's no punishment it will keep happening. My own country is a good example of it: the police keep arresting criminals but the law and the judicial system won't keep them behind bars (there's the issue of overcrowded prisons too) for whatever reason so crime never decreases because most criminals are so sure of the impunity that they even challenge the cops when arrested.
People have the bad habit of judging larger efforts based on the traits of their face. Wikileaks is an awesome initiative and should be supported despite any personality issues or bad press its face, Assange, may have. The powers know this weakness very well and exploit it a lot by trying to destroy the reputation of the faces of opposing persons. It doesn't even need to be true, just a false, nasty rumor is enough to cast doubt over the good efforts that person or group is engaged into. It works too well.
While I did not agree with EFF supporting the Freedom Act (I cringe when I read freedom in an act that's everything but) it was reasonable to support it to take baby steps forward but with this blasting ruling said bill would actually allow surveillance where the court said there should be none.
Now they'll have to make the bill stand up to its name for it to be worth again. And EFF will have a hard battle ahead as the Govt will most likely do everything it can to shot down that ruling. Can't bring in core Constitutional questions, can we?