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41) Message boards : Politics : MH370 Missing (Message 1593147)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
MH370: Authorities 'Covering Up Vital Information' About Missing Jet, Says Aviation Expert

An aviation expert has alleged that Malaysian and Australian authorities, who are handling the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, could be involved in a cover-up, local media reports said Sunday. Desmond Ross, who is also a pilot, also claimed that a breach of protocol by authorities made the ongoing search costly, The Malaysian Insider reported.

CIA, knows where the plane is.

If proven true, the International outcry against the USA will be immense. However, I don't think even the CIA is that stupid.

CIA, would never tell. Obama knows also. We have those drones.

That's why they know, a mid-air with a drone.
42) Message boards : Politics : ECONOMICS!! (Message 1593091)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Gary IIRC computers as we know them were created primarly by the military.

IIRC no general purpose computers were created by the military.
43) Message boards : Politics : ECONOMICS!! (Message 1593075)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Hummmm ... no one knew they needed a computer until they were available
no one knew they needed a iPhone until they were available
chickens and eggs

The government is your friend. Don't do anything wrong and you have nothing to fear. The government creates jobs. Yes, for lawyers!
ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — For almost 40 years, Carole Hinders has dished out Mexican specialties at her modest cash-only restaurant. For just as long, she deposited the earnings at a small bank branch a block away — until last year, when two tax agents knocked on her door and informed her that they had seized her checking account, almost $33,000.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”

The federal government does.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.
44) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1593024)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor

I'd tell you to lay off the strong cheese at night.

Really? Is that strong cheese by any chance on the list of illegal products? (LOL)

[edit]Seriously now, maybe that pic isn't correct but I think governments and pharmaceutical industries see the 'disease business' as very lucrative.

Cliff Harding in the Economics thread:

how economics have played in the different situations contained in those threads.

Hmm, we haven't concentrated on the economical facts of Ebola iirc

Well, patents for "treatments" run for 2 years, patents for "cures" run 5, patents for "vaccines" run 25. Give them a good swift kick in the ethics.
45) Message boards : Politics : Goodbye to more freedoms, liberties and privacy (Message 1593005)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Welcome to fear for fear's sake.
46) Message boards : Politics : ECONOMICS!! (Message 1593004)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Hillary Clinton: Businesses Don't Create Jobs
Hillary Clinton’s October 24 speech supporting Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate, covered standard progressive themes urging a larger state, as well as this attention-grabbing remark:

Hillary Clinton wrote:
Don’t let anybody, don’t let anybody tell you that, ah, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.

Really? Corporations and businesses don't create jobs?! So the government 100% plans from cradle to grave every second of your life! Well at least we know where she stands.

Now won't economists tell us corporations and businesses create jobs? Oh well, declare war on the middle class.
47) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1592982)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Since we have gone off on a tangent, there is a special exception in the law for limousines, if the driver's compartment is separate, then in the passenger area booze is fine.
48) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1592980)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Its linux's own fault. They have so many flavors, One does not know what one should use. And really after all theese years you would think Linux would at least be a player in the field of OS. Well I can say they are on the field but no one wants to play with them. Why is that? When the big wheels at linux figure it out then they will have a winner. Untill that happens we have to listen to you preach:(


If I want to run a Linux program it should run on "Linux" without me having to compile my own version or wait for the Distro I'm using to get around to releasing their version. Whether the Distro I'm using is Debian based, Redhat based or Mandrake based should be immaterial.

I quite like Linux, but so much work has been put into developing a really sweet kernel that the developers have neglected the finer points of end user friendliness.



They are programmers, they are not developers! Without a marketing department to tell them how to make a UI and what needs work, they are lost and flail around in a forest going in circles.
49) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1592950)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
For patently obvious reasons, I am withdrawing from this thread.

As I do so, I note that the the usual wolf pack instinct of turning on a wounded member still thrives here today as much as it ever did. However, this injured prey has escaped to live happily elsewhere.

Hopefully it got the point that old ideas are old for a reason ....
50) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1592691)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Note how that update could render your hardware unusable, possibly permanently, regardless of whether you as a user know anything about such chicanery...

Is receipt of stolen property a crime?

So you condone deliberate sabotage that trashes your computer equipment?

If you are caught with stolen property do the police and courts allow you to keep it?
51) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1592648)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Note how that update could render your hardware unusable, possibly permanently, regardless of whether you as a user know anything about such chicanery...

Is receipt of stolen property a crime?
52) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1592638)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Oh, and sharing with your friends is Forbidden...

Like the NSA sharing with their friends .........
53) Message boards : Politics : Windows8: The Beginning of The End? Or... Win9 v soon!? (Message 1592632)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
what order are cats in? now national parks? or unimaginative dull and dumb numbers, like the authors, always in sequence? Oh, what about those points. Does every version have to have .7 fixes before it increments?

'plaints from simple minds
54) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1592616)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
... Continue with your pointless, and very long verbiage, signifying nothing.

Thus is your shallow propaganda and trolling.

A magnifying mirror!
55) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1592541)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor

No, she isn't, but there are plenty who see her as such, not as a model or an actress.

However in all those 4 points, some feel there is some horrible evil exploitation taking place. I'm not sure why unless they feel that sex is somehow dirty and filthy. We pay to see athletes hit balls. We pay to see magicians make magic. We pay to see actors act. So why is it so damn exploitative evil to see boobs on page 3? Or do they want to see hunks on page 5?

You might want to check back into the education thread about dominant cultures before you assume there is some sort of equality between boobs on page 3 and hunks on page 5.

If we were in an equal society where a woman's worth is not primarily judged on her looks then you might have a point.

However, we are not there, so until the newspaper has as much column space on the actual achievements of women (i.e. their merit as a successful lawyer as opposed to marrying George Cloony) as it does to the achievements of men then the inclusion of a woman as a collection of body parts will have less negative connotations. Until then the page 3 titty page does nothing but perpetuate the evil of objectifying women.

You should take on board your own comments about privilege and remember how insidious it is.

You seem to wish to advocate a society where women are not judged on their looks. There is such a society today, ISIL. No one is permitted to see a woman there, so it is impossible to make such judgements. Be careful what you wish for, end results are frequently unexpected.
56) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1592501)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Google maps finds some interesting things.

I guess it has to park somewhere ...
Oh I wish I was an ...,-121.431411&spn=0.000947,0.001461&t=h&z=21
(wait for the 45 degree to load)

What are we supposed to be looking at?

If the 45 degree view didn't load, then it is a empty parking lot, otherwise there is a wiener mobile in the parking lot.
57) Message boards : Politics : North Korea. (Message 1592301)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Pentagon: North Korea Can Likely Build Nuclear Missile That Could Hit U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea may be capable of fielding a nuclear-armed missile that could reach U.S. soil, but because it has not tested such a weapon the odds of it being effective are "pretty darn low," the commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said Friday.
In remarks at the Pentagon, Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti noted that North Korea claims to have such a missile, although some have questioned whether they have achieved all of the key technological breakthroughs, including manufacturing a nuclear warhead small enough for a long-range missile.

Of course North Korea could hit US with nuclear missiles.
No one needs long range missiles to do it.
All you need is a ship with an atom bomb destined to a US Harbor.
LA, San Diego, Frisco.

Then North Korea goes BooooooooooooooooooM!!!!!!!!

Suicide by MAD.
58) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1592297)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Judge wrote:

He said Sutton was a "jealous, paranoid and controlling man".

That is unfortunately an apt description of far to many police officers.

I would agree that even 1/2 a dozen like that was far too many, but I hope you weren't suggesting that there are a significant number? There most certainly aren't in the UK, and I would think not in the States. May well be different in Africa and the Middle East.

He may not be, but I am. Get out & smell the roses boyo, there's a big wide world out there & it's not always rosy!

I am. Wife beating is a sport some police officers here engage in.

and this too
California Highway Patrol officers have been sharing explicit photos of female suspects for years as part of a “game,” an officer implicated in the scandal told investigators, court records show.

CHP Officer Sean Harrington, 35, of Martinez, acknowledged to Contra Costa County prosecutors that he had forwarded photos from the cell phone of a woman he had arrested in a DUI case, sent them to his own phone and had shared them with at least two other CHP officers, according to a search warrant filed in Superior Court.

502 & 502.01
502. (a) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this
section to expand the degree of protection afforded to individuals,
businesses, and governmental agencies from tampering, interference,
damage, and unauthorized access to lawfully created computer data and
computer systems. The Legislature finds and declares that the
proliferation of computer technology has resulted in a concomitant
proliferation of computer crime and other forms of unauthorized
access to computers, computer systems, and computer data.
The Legislature further finds and declares that protection of the
integrity of all types and forms of lawfully created computers,
computer systems, and computer data is vital to the protection of the
privacy of individuals as well as to the well-being of financial
institutions, business concerns, governmental agencies, and others
within this state that lawfully utilize those computers, computer
systems, and data.
(b) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the
following meanings:
(1) "Access" means to gain entry to, instruct, or communicate with
the logical, arithmetical, or memory function resources of a
computer, computer system, or computer network.
59) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1592286)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
'mellowed out' as a condition for statehood for Utah

Oh thank God for that eh? All this time I thought they lost a war or some fool thing like that.

I get it now, they won the war, but Mitt Stupid and his lot just moved to Mexico
for the avocados? I just love the information I get in here. Thank you for this

I know, I know
60) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence #2 (Message 1592282)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
& the rule of law says that if convicted you serve time in prison. What about the victim?

Ah yes, the standard answer when you call people on their populist rhetoric, "what about the victim". Justice is not about the victim, its about the guy having broken societies rules. Therefor, justice is societies answer to those people. Its not to be done in the name of the victim, its to be done in the name of us as a society. Now if you want your sole response to every slight to be brutal vengeance, then clearly the centuries of human progress have been wasted on you. You have not passed beyond the level of mob justice.

Damn, even the Catholic church is more progressive than you on this point.

Or what about when the prisons are full or like this country, close them down? Put the criminals/killers back into society?

When they have served their time, they have served their time. Re-integrate them into society. And guess what, it works. Justice systems that put an emphasis on reintegrating convicts into society show a clear reduction in people getting caught again.

First of all, 'take em out and hang em' was not a lynching... It WAS the rule of law... what the judges used to frequently say after the jury returned a guilty verdict in a murder trial.

The 'assuming a murderer survives multiple police officers emptying their clips into them?' is what happens, frequently, when the perp does not cooperate and obey the police when the police try to arrest the perp for murder.

Neither one is vigilante justice, but the RULE OF LAW.

Replying to you,

Sirus B wrote:
Get your head out of those books, step outside & smell the roses.

In light of your statements about re-integration of criminals into society and compassion and understanding of the criminals, I might amend Sirus B's statement to

Get your head out of those books, step outside, and likely get mugged.

The functions of 'prison':

1. Most important: Protection of society from criminals.
2. Punishment of the criminals.
3. Distant third place: rehabilitation of the criminals.

Now then, the US 'Criminal Justice System' has for a few decades focused on, as you advocate, compassion for and the rights of criminals, and the rehabilitation of criminals and their reintegration into society.

As a RESULT, we get this schizz:

ADVANCE FOR RELEASE AT 10 A.M. EDT Bureau of Justice Statistics
TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014 Contact: Kara McCarthy (202) 307-1241
HTTP://WWW.BJS.GOV/ After hours: (202) 598-9320


WASHINGTON – An estimated two-thirds (68 percent) of 405,000 prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested for a new crime within three years of release from prison, and three-quarters (77 percent) were arrested within five years, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.

More than a third (37 percent) of prisoners who were arrested within five years of release were arrested within the first six months after release, with more than half (57 percent) arrested by the end of the first year.

These findings are based on a BJS data collection, Recidivism of State Prisoners Released in 2005, which tracked a sample of former prison inmates from 30 states for five years following release in 2005.


Rehabilitation & reintegration into society of criminals DOES NOT WORK at all in the majority of cases.

Progressiveism is an evil blight. Justice must be swift, certain, and harsh if it is to effectively deter people from becoming criminals.

Might try:
1. Most important: rehabilitation of the criminals.
2. Protection of society from criminals.
3. Distant third place: Punishment of the criminals.

I suspect that if you teach the criminals how to earn a honest living, they might make an honest living, but if you continue to teach them how to be criminals by having them rot and teach each other their crafts you are going to get massive recidivism.

Of course the prison guards would not like this because it would put more of them out of work.

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