It'd sure be nice if the FBI would look into conspiracies to defraud like this. It'd also be nice if those writing the laws would wake up to see what they've created and what is continuing to be enabled by their damage.
I had this very long, well written response to your paranoid rant (you're always entertaining :-), but then it occured to me a drone might be targetting your location at that moment, so what would be the point?
I may be suffering from "C-51 over-reaction syndrome", sorry.
You have to assume that the enemy will discern your methods in short time, especially if they have any success.
I believe the OPM hack was done with old tech, then an IDS vendor gave them a demo of their latest work. Good for the IDS vendor, but it could have been stopped years ago if the machines were up to date, and many weren't.
Cheaping out on support costs is all the rage this century. We try to bake in infallibilty at manufacture, then ignore complaints and pray to "planned obsolescence."
Instead, the spooks are way to interested in snooping on everybody instead of slowing down or stopping the terrorists by making it too hard for the plots to develop.
Ya know, the controversy in the 80's looking back over the Vietnam War sort of fingered the efficiency experts who'd recently gained control of the Pentagon and White House for having been among the prime factors in failure to win. "Body count" is irrelevant when your commanders are padding it with innocent water buffalos or women and children running from gunships.
We're back to them taking the easy (and stupid) way out, yet again. History repeats, if we refuse to learn from it. This's been a lousy century so far.
"The nail that sticks up will be beaten down." -- Japanese proverb.
It took the form of a full-blown DOJ investigation, involving 25 FBI agents and five prosecutors. This too, resulted in a whole lot of nothing.
I wonder what that cost. It sounds very expensive. Yet Snowden had to flee his country for telling his fellows about it. This regime (gov't the world over ca. 1800 onward, end of The Enlightenment) has a lot to answer for. I hope for the best (but expect the worst). I wonder if anyone in Vegas tracks the odds on when it'll happen.
"Always dispose of the awkward bit in the title; it does less harm there than in the text" - Sir Humphrey Appleby
"Ministry Of Truth", the propaganda ministry -- 1984.
They're into outright spitting on the citizenry these days. They can't be bothered with trying to hide the truth with lies anymore. We're all such a tedious bore to them now, more than ever, or that's how it looks to me.
The sad thing is once you get to about your sixth decade, you've seen them pull this before over and over again so it's no surprise. Twenty-somethings are too young to have even noticed it happening (they're too busy growing up).
I can guarantee the pattern will repeat. The only rosy spot in this is old people tend to care about voting. The young, not so much. On the other hand, the youngsters aren't the ones staring Alzheimers in the face.
where did i hear that discussed by a politician not too long ago where it was also completely untrue?
Was that Jesus, Moses, Noah, Eve, ...
You'd think the Brits ought to know how to do this by now. They don't like the existing law, so they send it to a committee, they do some research, propose a replacement, pull the old law and stick its replacement in its place, lather, rinse, repeat.
Or, they're just being tyrants and treating their constituents like one enormously annoying bother which isn't worth their time once the election is over. What a racket.
Hey, no need to tar the whole species all for a few knuckle draggers. In fact, I very much doubt any of the perps are female which leaves you owing an entire gender an apology.
The US certainly is exceptional in many ways. Go big or don't go (no, I won't quote Yoda). So, we've got a Race War boiling over (again!) south of the 49th parallel. I thought we fixed that when the Woodstock Generation got loud, or maybe when Rodney King wound up in the news. You even made MLK's birthday a national holiday. Didn't the South get the memo?
One first step is to change our electoral systems to one of several that aren't first past the post to allow for more than just two parties.
Who would have the power to decide to make such a change? Congress. Never going to happen. That thought dies stillborn.
The states in the US will need to line up together opposite DC for anything to be done about this. That might be a way forward. Canadian provinces tend to do well playing that card (but we've only got (?) ten provinces, whereas the US is saddled with over fifty when you add in things like Guam and Puerto Rico).
The United States has the right to bear arms for some very serious reasons.
Reasons that are both massively out of date and arguably come at a very steep price.
You may think that, but I'm pretty sure the Apache nation still hates your guts and would love to see the back of you if you didn't have overwhelming firepower on your side.
Hate takes many forms, some of which can take centuries to be seen in the raw. I'm Canadian, but even our Natives/Aboriginals are still pretty peed at us invaders, and we were relatively nice about it all compared to how the US treated its Natives. If there's ever another Little Big Horn, I won't be on Custer's side. He was a supreme asshole in pretty much every way possible. Our forbears treated Natives little better than rodents. Black slaves had it good in comparison.
You definitely do need the right to bear arms in the US. Pockets of the US population are only barely under control.
And that line really tells you all you need to know about how they see copyright.
Yeah, and if you take the time to actually listen to the song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYEsFQ_gt7c), why the FSCK does it make any sense to lock it up for rightsholders to monetize it?!? It's an artist making a political statement! Why are those morans even invited to this party??!? This is my cultural heritage speaking to me.
Because politicians and rightsholders stealing from us.
They're called Inuit these days, and lots of countries the world over think skiing is fun. Been there, done that, never again.
You sure you're a Real American?
North American, yes. US citizen, no. You think "American" only applies to residents of the USA ("United States ***OF*** America")? Millions of Canadians, Central Americans, and South Americans disagree. However, we've learned to accept the arrogant delusions of you "Americans."
I read somewhere, years back, that an entire regiment of Canajun Soldiers had to be rescued from the Labrador or Manitoba woods during a military exercise because of Black Flies.
Proves my point. It's hell to go outside if it's not -40. Somebody screwed up scheduling maneuvers during bug season. Someone quantified it as 600 bites per minute in downtown Winterpeg.
North in the Territories, I hear the mosquitos are six feet (ca. two metres) long and 200 lb. (200 * 0.4535923 == 90 kg.).
That may just be the Inuit trying to dissuade us from going there.