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  • Jun 20, 2012 @ 05:37am

    Please report to disintegration chamber

    What if Captain Kirk shows up and destroys the computers we are using to fight the war, do we have to go back to blood and guts?

  • May 11, 2011 @ 12:08pm

    Libertarians never abuse the system

    "Either way, you would think that if the Koch Brothers really were so staunchly libertarian, as some reports have made out, that they wouldn't seek to use the court system to intimidate and attack critics with bogus charges of trademark infringement"

    Gosh, a person claiming to be conservative, which is supposed to mean they believe in limited government, using that very government to limit other peoples' freedom? What's the world coming to?

    Let's just hope this is an isolated case and all of those other incredibly wealthy and powerful free market advocates would never do such a thing, otherwise we might be in trouble.

  • Jan 11, 2011 @ 12:29pm

    Re: Where does Obama stand?

    Obama has accelerated all of the Orwellian practices initiated by George W. He's a better GWB than GWB was.

  • Jan 11, 2011 @ 11:09am

    It's On Purpose

    The treatment is not just to punish Manning, it is to make sure everybody reads about it gets the message. Don't let it happen to you! Keep quiet and keep your head down! Put away those fantasies from yesteryear about protest and redress of grievances.

  • Dec 21, 2010 @ 07:24am

    Re: Answer...

    I don't think we should be cowed into worrying about being labeled "conspiracy theorists."

    What does the government constantly tell us? That vague networks of groups and individuals "linked" to each other are plotting our destruction. WTF is that but a conspiracy theory? Osama bin Laden runs some international group with 'links' here there and everywhere, all of them coordinated to destroy America. WTF is that but a conspiracy theory?

    We should be more bold in pointing out that the source of most conspiracy theories is the US government.

    Further, what the wikileaks cables reveal is that there are in fact many conspiracies, directed by our own government, to commit murder in our name. These are not theories, they are documented facts. We don't need tinfoil hats, we just need to read the cables and call a spade a spade.

  • Dec 17, 2010 @ 10:28am

    Not a screw-up

    Mike,

    I was with you until the very end, when you called it a screw-up. It was not a screw-up, in the sense that it was not a mistake made in an otherwise reasonable process. This IS the process now, this is the new business as usual. My money says the agent is not going to be embarrassed or busted, and can look forward to a wonderful career in the new America. We will likely hear from him in the coming years as this bright rising star makes a name for himself in even more astounding accomplishments that make the world safe for his masters.

    The gloves are off, from here on out expect even the pretense of due process to start disappearing.

  • Dec 11, 2010 @ 07:26am

    Re: Re: psytek.net

    Here is what psytek.net shows on Saturday morning:

    --- begin quote ---
    Concerned Internet Citizens,

    I am the admin of psytek.net and I have just come online to tell you what I have found, after recieving a phonecall from a close friend when he saw my domain was linked to the CIA via Wikileaks.

    Yes, I decided to run a Wikileaks mirror last weekend as way of participating and helping keep information free and ultimately human freedom.

    Upon closer analysis over the last few hours it appears my site has been compromised by CIA operatives who have attempted to discover the source of the Wikileaks mirror source.

    I do not know how successful they were, only that they did manage to log all incoming traffic. Including inbound web traffic of users inside the United States trying to view the Wikileaks mirror.

    Please everyone becareful when browsing these Wikileaks sites as it appears that someone is actively monitoring us for knowing the truth!

    I intend to keep my Wikileaks mirror up to not be deterred by my scare today.

    Regards,

    psytek.net

  • Dec 09, 2010 @ 11:09am

    Re: Weeding out

    As I recall, Winston Smith was successfully "weeded out" of society by recruiting him into an underground movement. The only member of this underground movement that he ever met was O'Brien, who was a government agent. The "movement's" manifesto, supposedly written by a dissident named Goldstein, was actually written by O'Brien as well.

    Kind of scary how much of 1984 is coming true.

    Once it becomes ok to start "weeding" society, where does it end?

    If fictional accounts like 1984 are not satisfactory, read up on the Soviet Union. They did not have the resources to build a 'telescreen' system as described by Orwell, so they sowed suspicion in the population and encouraged people to inform on each other. Kind of like Walmart helpfully reminding people "if you see something, say something." See something like what? A plane heading for a building at low altitude? In Walmart? A better slogan might be, "If you see something run screaming and get out of the way because the bomb is about to go off."

  • Nov 09, 2010 @ 09:05am

    Relation to Idiot-Savants

    I first heard of this on a PBS special, where they examined idiot-savants and theorized that most people's left hemisphere is dominant, which handles judgment calls but is not so good with details. They found that idiot-savants tended to be right hemisphere dominant, leading to the uncanny ability to memorize a book just by glancing at it, but being unable to discuss it as a literary work.

    The best link I could come up with is this:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/1211299.stm

  • Nov 09, 2010 @ 05:40am

    Re:

    That's why I've always kept a single Win box around - for games. Although ironically my son, the big gamer in the household these days (having usurped me in that role) now plays Minecraft more than anything, and has his own server running on the family's main Linux box, so go figure.