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  • Ajit Pai Lies (Again) To Congress With Claim Net Neutrality Killed Broadband Investment

    mhenriday ( profile ), 28 Jul, 2018 @ 12:25pm

    Lying to the US Congress

    Ajit Pai Lies (Again) To Congress With Claim Net Neutrality Killed Broadband Investment

    Why should anyone be surprised ? For some positions, the ability and willingness to lie tothe Congress is not merely a merit, but a job requirement, cf James Robert Clapper's famous lie to the Congress in his position as Director of National Intelligence (head of the NSA)....


  • Democratic National Committee's Lawsuit Against Russians, Wikileaks And Various Trump Associates Full Of Legally Nutty Arguments

    mhenriday ( profile ), 21 Apr, 2018 @ 11:02am

    DNC lawsuit

    ... there's little doubt at this point that the Russians were behind the hack and leak of the documents ...

    Any evidence for that statement, Mike, or is it simply what the DNC wants you to believe ? Seems to me that there's an awful lot of whinging going on in the United States these days - if elections don't go as planned, it's the fault of those dastardly Russians ; if the US suffers from a trade imbalance, it's the fault of those equally dastardly Chinese. The US never seems to be responsible for its own failures....


  • Jimmy Carter Says NSA Scandal Shows America Has No Functioning Democracy

    mhenriday ( profile ), 19 Jul, 2013 @ 04:46am

    As US president, James Earl Carter

    made some fatal mistakes, among them his authorisation on 3 July 1979 (nota bene, more than five months prior to the USSR's intervention at the request of the then Afghan government), of aid to anti-government Pashtun tribesmen and their Salafist allies from places like Saudi Arabia. But after leaving office, he has revealed himself to have an unusually trustworthy moral compass. No wonder the corporate media, both in the US and here in Europe, so seldom report on his activities....


  • Homeland Security Threatens Legal Action Against Employees Who Read News About Leaks

    mhenriday ( profile ), 19 Jul, 2013 @ 04:34am

    Doesn't this sort of organised stupidy

    on the part of Homeland (In)Security indicate that the whole convoluted system is on the brink of destruction ? Or am I too optimistic ?...


  • US, UK Betray Basic Values To Get Assange At Any Cost

    mhenriday ( profile ), 18 Aug, 2012 @ 12:24pm


    ?Former Stockholm chief district prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem ...? Mike, the above should be corrected to read ?Former Malm? chief district prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem ...? In a case like this one, with extremely odd manoeuvres by many parties, not least the Swedish judicial establishment, it is important to see that factual mistakes don't smuggle themselves into one's presentation....


  • EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA By European Parliament Next Week

    mhenriday ( profile ), 27 Jun, 2012 @ 10:52am

    De heer De Gucht

    and Mme Gallo are merely attempting to show us citizens of the member states of the EU what the distinction between a ?democracy? and a ?plutocracy? is in practice....


  • Learning From Beethoven: Speeding Up The Exchange Of Scientific Knowledge

    mhenriday ( profile ), 20 Nov, 2011 @ 07:20am

    There's no doubt but what this project - or something like it -

    would be an immense benefit to researchers. For that reason it is likely to be banned by the US Congress and its proposers thretened with a one-way trip to Guant?namo....


  • Finns And Norwegians Argue Over Who Owns The Northern Lights

    mhenriday ( profile ), 20 Nov, 2011 @ 07:09am

    There's no need for the Finns or the Norwegians to get all hot and bothered ;

    everybody knows that we Swedes own the norrsken. Why our (unofficial) national song refers to ?Din himmel? (Your sky), which for all unbiased observers should suffice to clinch the argument. Tourists are, of course, welcome to observe the phenomenon, but woe betide them if any pieces of the Lights are discovered on them when they pass through check-in at the aeroport on the way home !...


  • China: Great Firewall Isn't Censorship, It's Safeguarding The Public

    mhenriday ( profile ), 24 Oct, 2011 @ 11:41am

    Delicious irony,

    that - a US diplomat complaining about China's great firewall ! Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi, I presume....


  • Can We Just Admit That It's Insane When Microsoft Has A 'Licensing Program' For Someone Else's Products?

    mhenriday ( profile ), 24 Oct, 2011 @ 11:37am

    Functioning system ?

    ?I'd be interested to see if anyone can explain how a system that allows a company like Microsoft to set up a licensing business on someone else's products without any proven legal basis other than the implied threat that they might sue, is a functioning system?? Seems to function for Microsoft, does it not ? The question is not whether a system functions, but for whom. Pecuniam non olet....


  • Teachers Union Thinks It Blocked Online Classes…But It Didn't

    mhenriday ( profile ), 17 Oct, 2011 @ 10:14am

    Re: Ah, unions...

    Ah yes, Mr Barnes, it is unions which have forced - presumably after threatening them with a fate worse than death - the CEOs and board chairmen of US corporations to send ?American jobs? to countries in which wages are lower. And of course it is union leaders, not corporate executives, who receive multi-million bonuses when wages and workforces are cut. Any further absurdities which you'd care to peddle on this thread ?...


  • Teachers Union Thinks It Blocked Online Classes…But It Didn't

    mhenriday ( profile ), 16 Oct, 2011 @ 07:49am

    Those dastardly unions

    Well, Mr Geigner, given that the proportion of union membership among the employed in the United States is lower than that in any comparable country, you must be living in an economic and social paradise in which waste and corruption are so good as unknown. Congratulations ! That underpaid lecturers - the PhD proletariat - might want to organise to protect their interests and have every right to do so is, of course, patently absurd, and can only be supported by people like us in Europe who don't get it....


  • NYC Arrests Stop Dead Chinese From Infringing

    mhenriday ( profile ), 30 Aug, 2011 @ 10:30am

    Dead Chinese don't infringe

    Nothing odd here, Mike ; merely yet another attempt to extend US jurisdiction beyond the boundaries of the physical United States - now to the Chinese spirit world. Since the Chinese government may well regard this region as part of its own territory or, at the very least, a core interest, the Pentagon will of course have to beef up its bloated budget by a couple of extra thousand million USD (which the US economy can well afford) in order to meet the potential threat to its full-spectrum dominance....


  • Bizarre UK Free Speech Ban Bars People From Telling Anyone — Including Elected Officials & Lawyers — About Potential Toxic Chemicals

    mhenriday ( profile ), 02 Apr, 2011 @ 06:50am

    ?What kind of country allows such a ridiculous suppression of basic rights??

    A country whose leadership is, along with counterparts in other lands, in the process of bombing people in other lands in accordance with a ?responsibility to protect? them. ?Difficile est saturam non scribere....?


  • The White House Wants Advice On What's Blocking American Innovation

    mhenriday ( profile ), 12 Feb, 2011 @ 02:35am

    ?... it's appeared that the administration is under the sway of lobbyist?

    Wow, Mike, I wasn't aware of your diplomatic talents ! ?Under the sway of?, indeed ! ?Bought and sold by? would be a more accurate description - and that goes in even higher degree for the US Congress than for the administration. Thus, I fear that your conclusions are entirely justified : ?... I can't imagine they'll be open to looking at the actual research on the issue or tackling the real problems of the patent system?.... Henri

  • Swedish ISP Will Automatically Encrypt All Traffic To Protect Privacy Under New Data Retention Laws

    mhenriday ( profile ), 30 Jan, 2011 @ 03:28am

    Two caveats to this article,

    which otherwise sums up the situation pretty accurately : 1) the name of the ISP in question is Bahnhof 2) Contrary to what copyright collide (from which Mike took this information) reports, Bahnhof is not going to ?automatically encrypt all traffic on their network via a VPN?, but rather is going to charge customers an additional 40SEK - approximately 7USD, depending upon currency fluctuations - monthly for this service, dubbed ?anonine? ( Like Mike, I hope more providers jump on the bandwagon !... Henri

  • US Government Officials Admit That They Lied About Actual Impact Of Wikileaks To Bolster Legal Effort

    mhenriday ( profile ), 23 Jan, 2011 @ 09:16am

    It would seem that anyone interested in the (recent ?) history

    of the US State Department would be advised to begin his or her research with a dip into Alan Stuart Franken's book, ?Lies and the lying liars that tell them?, just for background colour.... Henri

  • Daniel Ellsberg And Others Discuss The Serious Implications Of Wikileaks

    mhenriday ( profile ), 23 Jan, 2011 @ 09:06am

    Thanks for this well-written article, Mike -

    I very much look forward to seeing the video !... Henri

  • A Key Myth That Drives Bad Policy: Stronger IP Laws Mean More Creativity

    mhenriday ( profile ), 23 Jan, 2011 @ 08:56am

    ?It's really quite unfortunate

    that so many of our elected officials, no matter what their political party, seem to have fallen for the same fallacy ...? Unfortunate, yes, surprising, no. Or, as Upton Beall Sinclair put it ?It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it !? ?Salary? here should be understood to include campaign contributions and other bribes.... Henri

  • The Companies Who Support Censoring The Internet

    mhenriday ( profile ), 21 Jan, 2011 @ 02:42am

    I fervently hope

    that publication of this list - and updates, as other would-be internet censors come to the fore - has the desired effect. All the talk from the US State Department and Google - to name just a few - on their dedication to a free exchange of information and their castigation of, e g, China for censoring sites that government dislikes, while ignoring the ever increasing tendencies to censorship at home. The only effective means of countering these restrictions on basic freedoms is to hit their sponsors where it hurts - in their wallets. Boycott these firms - and tell your friends to do the same !... Henri

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