It's just more egg on the face of government and security officials who have claimed to have kept their hands clean of economic espionage.
By now I think we agree they couldn't care less about these metaphorical eggs or public outrage. They don't care one bit. I'd say they secretly envy the Kim dynasty since they don't need to go through these annoying due process and pseudo democratic procedures and can just order the execution of whoever at will.
RG: Hmmm, sir, there is a name here, Johann Average McDoe that doesn't exist in the record, the list is flawed. LAW ENFORCEMENT: No, it's the future daughter of John "We Say He's a Terrorist" McDoe. RG: I didn't know his wife was pregnant. LE: She isn't. RG: Huh? LE: Based on their genetic information we collected under this program there is a higher probability that they will have a girl. RG: Oh. But how did you get the name? LE: Based on our collection of the conversations between the couple we identified that they like cats and he's kind of narcissistic so we assumed he'd like to put a name resembling his own. RG: Sinister. And why would a non-born child be listed? LE: The individual mentioned engages in heavy Government criticism, a clear sign of impeding terrorism so it is obvious this future child will be a terrorist. RG: *quietly puts down the list and decides to leave the country*
And this, dear fellow readers, would be a joke or a satire like 10, 20 years ago. Now I don't know what to think.
Really? You can be detained at any point in the borders or airport because reasons (maybe you look too latino, eh?), your belongings can be seized without any warrant or accusation and at any point you may be subject of multiple cavity exams because reasons (or you look to real, historical Jesus). Is it really being childish?
We are talking about goddamn human lives unjustly put behind bars here. It does not matter how much it will cost. It is a moral and social obligation of the Government to fix it. If anything, all the convicted should get a lawyer and go question their results in the justice system. This would generate a much bigger problem.
Also, said chemist should be jailed for life. What kind of rotten, sick sociopath deliberately screws people's lives by adding positives where there were negatives? And the lab itself should be prosecuted and closed down and its management along with the power chain that allowed her to work without auditing put behind bars as well.
But we all know this only happens in a fair world.
Advertisement has become so intrusive and annoying that I've seen quite a few people I know to actively avoid ads when they are visible. It won't take long for people to go without. My next TVs will certainly be plain old displays and nothing more.
Even if you disagree with Wyden's actions the fact that everything he told back then that people called bullshit actually happened and was confirmed by the Snowden leaks should suffice to at least go after evidence. Don't take him for granted, research, scrutinize.
The threats of reducing investment are laughable. There are plenty of smaller players wanting the incentives the big ones have already had, eager to build a network and grab as many customers as they can. So you don't want to invest? Feel free to leave the market.
I'm willing to bet none of them would drop their bone.
That's what I thought. If it isn't proof that Google actually drives more money to the newspapers contrary to what the MAFIAA says then I don't know what is. (By MAFIAA I refer to the collective that relies on copyrights intensively which, incidentally, includes the MPAA)
Anyone sufficiently motivated to ring up both the bookshop and the cops because of something they read in the newspaper is the sort of person who won't let the issue go until it's been resolved to their satisfaction.
It is also the sort of person that supports such kind of censorship and the law by itself without critical thinking. It's the sort of person that makes the lives of parents and kids alike hell just because they think they saw the kids out unsupervised. That the poor are poor because they are lazy. That providing affordable health for everyone is Communism or something. Etc etc etc.