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  • Jul 26th, 2013 @ 1:55pm

    Militarized Police Force

    This is simply an extension of the Militarization of our police forces. They see themselves more as an army than public safety. Extending that power into schools is just a way to expand their power and to condition children to fear the police and expect to have their rights trampled on a regular basis.

    It's time for people to stop accepting BS like this. Nothing positive comes from it, and plenty of negative comes from it.

  • Jun 13th, 2013 @ 5:04pm

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    I remember the 70's and 80's with all of the talk and cultural reference's to the surveillance state in the USSR. What a joke!

    No totalitarian government has even though of this kind of surveillance. I'd bet China is jealous that they hadn't gone this far yet! It's getting to where you have to travel with ID, err, papers comrade.

    The effect of terrorism is that the terrorist won. They have conned us into giving up our basic freedoms to protect us from attacks that aren't coming. They won, plain and simple. they scared us a little, and we collapsed. We forked over our freedoms, we ditched any sort of morals we had about torture, and laid down like toothless lions.

    Our founders are turning in their graves, the NSA is monitoring them too! :P

  • Jun 10th, 2013 @ 1:21pm

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    The other big thing here is does this information and capability make its way into the hands of private corporations? I have to believe given the deep hooks corporate America has into our government, it's not far fetched to believe there are private citizens who have access to this power.

    It almost reminds me of the situation where an admin at a used car lot can run credit checks on boyfriends without
    much fear of being caught. It seems these people can pretty much do whatever they want without any fear of repercussions. There need to be clear repercussions of misusing this capability.

    How many of us would value an ISP these days that didn't just roll over and give into the US government!

  • Jun 6th, 2013 @ 7:24am

    Facts don't matter?

    I guess Mr. Brown isn't used to dealing with facts. More people than ever play violent video games. Overall violent crime has been dropping for 30+ years now.

    If Mr. Brown and his ilk were remotely correct, the US should be something like Escape from NY! The fact is and has always been, those looking to blame video games want video games to be to blame. There's no studies, facts, or reality where video games cause more violence, just like love songs don't cause everyone to suddenly get along.

  • May 15th, 2013 @ 4:27pm

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    As long at the Bible is considered violent media.

  • May 14th, 2013 @ 3:19pm

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    Forget the loss of freedom and liberty, this approach is impractical. This is lazy police work. It's essentially saying we'll just wait to see who doesn't prove themselves innocent, then arrest them.

    In reality, this approach will make looking for a needle in a haystack, more like looking at a pile of needles on top of what used to be a haystack.

    It just creates more false leads, wastes more time, and reduces the possibility of actually stopping a terrorist attack.

    You can't write a program to stop terror (yes, I've seen the TV show, it's not real). It takes actual work. It can't be handled by a simple policy, it's got to be handled by policing!

    This is why we have "intelligence" services. They are supposed to put the pieces together, not wait for the pieces to assemble themselves into a nice, easy to read picture.

  • May 13th, 2013 @ 11:07am


    Is this the biggest problem we have here in NC? I'm so glad we've solved all of our other problems. Exactly how many people will be buying Tesla's anyway? Not many. Who cares?

  • May 3rd, 2013 @ 1:14pm

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    It's disappointing to see a band full of people younger than myself acting like ignorant old men. Jerry, your record label has been ripping you off since the beginning. Maybe you should direct your anger at them.

    How many times will it take for a band to attack it's own fans to learn it's not their fan's job to monetize their talent. Get off your lazy duffs and put some effort into it. You're in a band! If you want job security go work at Walmart, oh wait, that won't work either.

    Get used to it losers. Develop a brain of your own instead of taking everything your record label says as fact. Instead
    of just grabbing your next album, I'm going to have to give it some serious thought given your new anti-fan stance.

    See how hard is it to make money without fans! :O

  • Mar 19th, 2013 @ 6:40pm

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    It sounds to me like she has a marketing problem. I run across brand new businesses and long existing businesses alike who don't know who their audience is.

    Offering their own VOD service is a great step, but it has to be followed up with some targeted marketing. After all, if there is no market, then they have no business.

    I'm sure they have a business. Markets change, the business has to change to find them. It's likely that fans of her work would market it themselves by sharing with their friends.