* Posts by Matt Bryant

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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Re: "Yawndeyawn... professional hot-air generator... grant wasting watermelon... twonk"

"Climate scientists tell us that burning fossil fuels is leading to catastrophic climate change...." No, they have not. Oh, but I do like how you and the rest of the flock have moved onto AGW2.0 - "catastrophic climate change" - now that your global warming claptrap has ben thoroughly debunked.

".....Economists tell us about things like goodwill and support levels and market impact....." You mean the crayon-eaters at The Guardian? They're not economists either.

".....A person is not "a twonk" if they listen to the experts and put 2 and 2 together...." Your problem is you have zero interest in actually looking for either two, nor in doing the sums for yourself, as you have been spoonfed an "answer" and now you are desperately looking for any justification for it. Newsflash - there will be no revolution, get over it.

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Re: Mike Yawndeyawn Re: "ignorant... dumb... egregious buffoon... dunderheads..."

".....he studied political science at the University of Calgary, and in 2009 he moved to Vancouver to earn a master's in urban studies...." So a professional hot-air generator and grant wasting watermelon. Please do point to any bit of his accreditations that in any way qualifies him as either an economist or climate scientist. Would you accept brain surgery from a twonk who had studied Medieval History? Well, then again it seems you probably would if he wore a Greenpeace T-shirt to your consultation.

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Re: js1975 Re: The main point of the petition isn't economics, it's ethical

".....The point of the petition is to call on two science funding organizations to divest from fossil fuels....." Well, if they have smart fund managers they probably have already (unless they're taking a long bet on an oil rebound in a few years). The current low price of oil is the Saudi's trying to kill off competition and hurt Iran, and they have the reserves to keep oil's price below the Sauid cost of production for years (some say for four years possibly). So oil companies are not going to be making as much of a return for a while and smart fund managers have already re-invested their money in other less volatile short-term bets (such as the bonds mentioned in the article). You can see this in the stock price of Royal Dutch Shell (stock ticker RDSA), which was at a high last summer but has deteriorated since (though I'm told their decline is also partially to do with some bad shale oil investments). Exxon Mobil (XOM) has also shown a similar decline from last year. All of which indicates the "advice" from The Guardian is totally irrelevant unless it is driven by the AGW creed.

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LulzSec supersnitch led attacks on UK, Australia – report

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Re: MrMeme Re: Correction.

"..... the hackers themselves aren't guilty unless you can show they "made any use of the data...." Nope, because their crime was the actual hacking, not what they did with the data (though what they planned to do with it could be criminal in intent alone). Maybe you should leave the conversation to those with some actual understanding of how the law works, mmmkay?

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Marsbarbrain Re: @x 7 - Clarification Please

".....and remove even more of our freedoms....." Usual rejoinder to that male bovine manure - please do give a single example of how you personally have in any way at all been "harmed" or had any freedom "lost", as you so hysterically claim at every opportunity? As we have all seen before in previous threads, you are completely unable to provide any such detail.

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Re: AC Re: Here we go again

".....if they want to live in that hell hole...." But that's the problem. If the twits only wanted to go abroad and die then HMG would be falling over itself to send them on their merry way. Unfortunately, as the rest of us have found out, after their Islamic "utopias" collapse, all too many of the jihadis insist on coming back and trying to relive their jaunts abroad in supermarkets, museums and chocolate shops. That is the real problem and why the spooks are trying to track so many of the potential jihadis before they go, so it makes it easier to keep an eye on them when they come back.

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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

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Re: Potty Re: Don't buy US kit

LOL @ your naïveté.

".....the Chinese government is not "everything" in China...." You really don't have a clue. I can relate my personal experience of working with a Chinese company, where every decision was sent back by the "management" to the real managers in the Chinese government, not one of those real managers being listed on any of the company's documents, financial reports or webpages. We dropped the project when the Chinese company got sued for copyright - their whole product line were blatant clones of American, British and Indian products, just at half the price.

".....They do it....." And your proof is..... Oh, what a surprise, you have none. This is my surprised face, honest.

".....China, for example, can hoover all it wants and it doesn't negatively affect 99.9% of us......" Tell that to the hundreds of Western companies every year that find out trying to stop Chinese companies ripping off their products is hopeless when so many members of the Chinese government have been shown to be involved in the scams (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/18/us-usa-china-piracy-idUSTRE74H6CO20110518) and organized cybercrime (http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/05/industrial-espionage).

I suggest you do a lot, lot more reading before posting anything so stupid again.

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Re: Potty Re: @Trevor Don't buy US kit

".....surely changing as BRICS countries rise to power...." LMAO!!!! I mean, your diatribe was too childishly amusing for words, but that bit about the BRICS just made my day! Shall we take a closer look at your BRICS?

Firstly Brazil, neck-deep in the brown stuff over government-aided mass corruption in their petrol industry, the (socialist) President holding on by her fingertips. Oh, and the same petrol industry that is rapidly caving under the pressure of the drop in oil prices almost as badly as Venzuela's.

Russia? Topping the list of human-rights abusers where political opponents just get shot in daylight. Putin doesn't even bother with 'disappearing' his victims. Oh, and also with an economy caving under the pressure of sanctions due to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the drop in oil prices, what's left of the rest of the economy having been picked over by Putin's chums the oligarchs.

India is a possible bright light if it could get over the fixations with Pakistan and China. Oh, and the fact that it has a staggering level of difference between the haves and the have-nots that makes the US look egalitarian by comparison. Throw in notoriously rampant nepotism and corruption so endemic they don't even try to hide it, and the continuing brain-drain because their brightest and best all want to study and work in the UK or US.

China? All sailing along fine in best sweatshop economy fashion as long as the American consumerism you spit bile about was in top gear, but dropped off a lot after 2008. Chinese growth is stalling and the even the drop in oil prices to half that of a year ago has not stimulated the Chinese economy in the way hoped. Meanwhile, the charge to catch up technologically with the West has caused massive damage to the Chinese environment (now officially the most polluted country on the planet), yet has only left them hobbled to the American economy and dependent on copying Western products and tech.

And South Africa? Teetering on the edge with the ruling political party bringing corruption and nepotism to the usual African levels. Most of their skilled and educated white workforce have long-since left for other countries and the gap is being filled by Chinese companies which are busy exploiting Third World countries with zero regard for anything other than the short term. Just ask Mozambique how the Chinese "helped" them.

You might know some of this if you actually read some news.

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Re: IMG Re: @Trevor Don't buy US kit

"Please stick to your day job....." You think Comrade Potty has a day job? How generous of you!

".....Didn't you learn anything about the world history during the 20th Century when you were in school?....." Potty and his ilk are still desperately trying to pretend the Berlin Wall didn't come down when that great socialist experiment by the Russians finally croaked.

".....Oh I forgot. You're a Cannuk....." Harsh! I do happen to know a few Canadians with their heads screwed on straight. A minority, I admit, but no need to tar all the moose-molesters with the same brush. Oh, and the Canadians did manage to burn the Whitehouse down (well, with English direction, and English assistance).

".....Trey Parker and Matt Stone had it right. ;-P" "Team America, fuck yeah!"? :)

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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Serial numbers?

Do these drones come with a manufacturer's serial number on the chassis? If they do I bet the crims in question were also too dumb to remove the serial number.

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Not in the Budget: Spooks beg UK.gov for £111m brown envelope

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Re: skelbint

"....I had no idea." Nothing new there then.

Unlike the armed forces, which have been allowed to use contingency funds and emergency purchases (£4.7bn in Iraq alone) to spend a lot, lot more over the last few years, the spooks have to go to Parliament for additional funds to deal with the increased threat posed by IS and chums. In the grand scope of the UK budget £111m is not smal but nowhere as big a deal as many posting here wish to pretend it is. Still, blind haters gotta hate, I suppose.

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SAP admits - shock! - it sells to governments, denies that means backdoors

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Hey, paranoid delusional crowd.....

Haven't you heard? The NSA uses electrcity! They must have backdoored that so all your electrical appliances are spying on you! And I hear they use phones, both landline and mobile. And Windows, and Linux, and probably the odd Mac too. Best you lot just stop using all forms of modern technology and go live in caves in the woods, you'll be safe then.

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Goopy Re: When politicians fail

Axelrod, is that you? The astroturf is definitely strong with this one!

"It IS easier......" I call male bovine manure on that one! As a contractor during the same period I used to carry THREE phones - my contract customer's BlackBerry (a 7230 tied to a secure BES), my work BlackBerry (a 7100 paid for by my employer on BIS) and a Nokia 6820 (with a personal email account on my own server at home). And I didn't have a big retinue of lackeys to carry them for me as Mrs Clinton did.

"....was NOT illegal THEN....." Very debatable, but really needs to be decided in a court of law to confirm legality or illegality. And seeing as there are probably far too many on both sides of the House not wanting an in-depth look into email, unlikely to happen. In the meantime, you, not being an US court, are not qualified and have exactly zero ability to declare it as "legal". Your blind and unquestioning rebleating of Mrs Clinton's excuses without any form of supporting argument is certainly not qualification.

"......and LATER....." Again, you are unqualified to make that statement. Try a supporting argument instead of blind faith.

".....it's called BYOD." There is absolutely nothing new about bring your own device. It seems you are also just as unqualified to comment on technical issues as legal ones.

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Re: Goopy Re: "What difference does it make?" often retorted by queen Hillary...

Democrats during the Sarah Palin investigation: "Personal email? She must be trying to hide something!" Same Democrats today now it's Shrillay's turn: "Nothing to see here, move, move on." (http://news.yahoo.com/sarah-palin-mocks-hillary-clinton-s-one-phone--convenience--excuse-in-email-controversy-185405335.html)

But it's not just the supporters, the Senior Democrats have just as conveniently selective memories. Nancy Pelosi's behaviour during Bibi's speech to Congress was of classically hypocritical levels. And now the Whitehouse staff are muttering about the Logan Act, conveniently ignoring Pelosi's little trip to Syria during Bush Jr's reign (https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/10/gop-2007-attacks-pelosi-interfering-bushs-syria-policy-v-todays-similar-dem-attacks-iran/).

The only real truth displayed is that Democrats will desperately excuse their nominee's behaviors and actions regardless if only because the Democrats have no real contender other than Shrillary for 2016.

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Velv

"......If he is extradited, it proves the governments cannot be trusted and will cause international revolt by the people....." Reality calling Planet Loon - put down that copy of V for Vendetta, it's time to take your meds!

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Re: Khaptain Re: Provenance

".....Be wary if they are carrying an umbrella...." Why on Earth would the CIA want to kill off someone doing such a fine job of destroying both his own and Dickileaks' reputations?

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Re: IMG Re: Good for him… maybe?

"....Suppose Sweden does wash its hands of him....." OK, just for the sake of a laugh, let's imagine what happens if Sweden drop the EAW. Suddenly, A$$nut is free! Er, no. A$$nut is still in the Ecuadorean Consulate with British coppers waiting outside to arrest him for bail jumping. The dropping of the Swedish warrant does not remove the bail jumping issue. So, A$$nut wanders out and the coppers arrest him and A$$nut goes to jail in the UK. Here's where it gets really fun - without the Swedish warrant to take precedence, any extradition request from the US would get immediate consideration, and - after A$$nut has played out a few appeals, failed at claiming assburgers, and served his UK term for bail jumping - he gets an all-expenses-paid trip to the States! It is actually worse than if the idiot had just gone back to Sweden in the first place.

Whether the Swedes decide to charge him now is irrelevant, A$$nut will not be budging from behind Correa's skirts.

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Re: wfavorite Re: Dim Paul Moving back to the US is impossible, Edward..

"He said Leavenworth....." Yeah, and I suppose in the fantasy World most of the flock base there decisions on you actually believe that ignoramus knew anything about either.

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Re: Blind Bernie Re: petur Fair trial

".....they shoot you for putting your hands up....." Seriously, you want to try passing that long-debunked lie about Michael Brown as fact? Are you trying for Idiot Leftie Of The Year? nothing says more about your desperate hatred than your deliberate peddling of such a lie.

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Re: Boring Bernie Re: Dim Paul Moving back to the US is impossible, Edward..

"IIRC, Manning was disallowed from calling most of the defence witnesses...." What a surprise, you don't recall correctly.

".....whilst the prosecution was allowed anything and everything they want....." Like presenting direct evidence of how Manning stole data, co-operated with two people in the theft (one of which was almost definitely Assange), and tried twice to delete the evidence of the theft. I mean, that's just so unfair, proving that Manning committed the crimes he was accused of (if you need sarc tags for that bit then you're as ill-informed as Bernie).

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Re: Dim Paul Re: Moving back to the US is impossible, Edward..

".....They are already holding a cell for you at Leavenworth....." Fort Leavenworth is a prison for military personnel, not civilians. That fundamental error suggests you really haven't a clue what you're posting about.

".....There will be nothing even close to a "Fair Trial" from this or any other future administration....." <Yawn> Now, where have we heard that male bovine manure before? Oh, that would be about Chelsea/Bradley Manning, who got a fair trial despite the flock insisting that couldn't happen. Duh!

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Re: DNTP Re: Bryant

".....The fact that they can do this to him while not even having to consider the ethical issues...." Oh, you mean like the issue where he broke the law?

".....government abuse of due process....." <Sigh> Another one that needs to go read up on the FISC, the Espionage Act, and that seems to be just for starters. Seriously, do any of the flock read any background info before posting?

"....the suppression of ethical disclosure......" Yeah, right! Snowjoke didn't try to report anything through the correct or legal channels, by his own admission he instead set out to deliberately break his oath and his contract with the express purpose of stealing secrets. That's not disclosure, it's traitorous theft. Now he's stuck in Moscow regretting his decisions and wanting to come home, but even he's not as deluded as you as he seems to understand he's going to be arrested and tried for the crimes he has freely admitted committing.

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Re: DJV Re: @ Matt Bryant

"The only (snow)JOKE around here is your moronic post!" The moronic part would seem to be your attempt at a reply. I notice you seem completely unable to counter the points I raised (honest, this is my surprised face).....

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Re: skelbint Re: Yes

"Matt, your comments are showing...." Unlike you and your ovine buddies I don't hide behind AC. I do note that your response is of your usual fact-free and contributionless level, though.

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Re: petur Re: Fair trial

"Dream on...." You obviously misunderstood, petur - the article is about a trial in the US, not Russia. Of course, in Russia, there would be no trial, you'd just get shot four times in the back right next to the Kremlin whilst all the security cameras were conveniently pointed the other way.

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Re: DNTP

"......the government wouldn't even have to charge him with the "Big Issues" in order to get him put away for life......" Really? So you missed the whole Bradley/Chelsea Manning episode? People like you insisted he/she would get the death sentence, then when that was debunked you lot insisted Manning would be locked up "for life". Reality? He/she got 35 years with parole in eight, despite being a serving soldier and not just a civilian contractor. Obviously Snowjoke thinks eight years or less (and probably in a low- or medium-security prison, not Fort Leavenworth like Manning) is preferable to a lifetime in self-imposed exile in Russia. Of course, once he's done his sentence in the US, Snowjoke is then free to start making money off his infamy.....

But where Snowjoke may have miscalculated is that he was a contractor, and his actions not only put him in breach of the law but also his contract terms. I'm sure Booz Allen Hamilton's lawyers would be thinking of suing Snowjoke for bringing their name into disrepute, breach of contract, loss of earnings, etc., etc. And then there is the cost associated with the investigation of his unauthorized access to data - if BAH had to cough up to plug procedural holes then they could sue Snowjoke to recover those costs. Snowjoke could eventually be free to live in the States but be a pauper for the rest of his life. One can only hope.

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Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog!

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".....an independent expert should be appointed by the UN's Human Rights Council (HRC)....." Seriously? I had to go check it wasn't April 1st! The big, big problem with the tragically laughable UN HRC is the the majority of the Council are anything but independent and have zero interest in human rights. Why on Earth would the EFF even contemplate such a daft idea? Maybe it's because it's a full moon.

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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Re: Potty Re: You best hope they don't really stop any time soon

"If the fellow in question honestly believes the tripe he's peddling, do you really think his vocabulary or vocal comprehension are in an upper percentile?" Seriously, Potty, you're starting to make the Canadian educational system look non-existant. First you and the rest of the ovine crowd insist the spooks are "watching ALL OF US", building some despicable database on "EVERYONE", then the next moment you're also insisting the same system is inefficient! Either it's "despicable" but also working or it's no threat at all and you and the rest of the paranoid delusional herd can just give it a rest and get over yourselves.

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Re: Marketing Slack Re: The FISA court is worthless...

"If I remember correctly, they refused one authorization request in the nearly 40 years they have been in business." Trust Marketing to get the numbers wrong as usual. Even far-left rags like Mother Jones grudgingly admit at least eleven requests were outright denied (http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/06/fisa-court-nsa-spying-opinion-reject-request). And the reason they did not reject more is because the requests came with good legal qualification that met the warrant requirements. You seem to have glossed over the bit about the FISC being made up of qualified judges and using laws, not whimsy.

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Re: Roland6 Re: Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

".....Many security programs that have been happily running on many of our Windows PC's.... originate.... in Russia..." Er, no. Whilst I might pay attention to what Kaspersky has to say on security issues I do not run his or any other software of Russian origin, thanks.

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Re: Neil Barnes Re: Switching off phones does not disable built-in GPS functionality

"Anyone able to explain?...." It's due to user expectation of a fast GPS lock. If you had a first gen GPS device you might recall they could take even minutes to get a lock and tell you where you were. Users demanded a better experience, so second gen and later devices either periodically wake themselves up and sync or just stay continually on in the background. The actual GPS receivers are not that power-hungry, it is the display of the maps, the loading of the maps from memory, and the associated communications with servers (point-of-interest, localized advertising, etc.) that chews through the battery.

"....What happens if the location services are turned off (assuming of course a clean phone)...." The phone still knows where you are as long as the GPS is updating in the background, it's just not telling Google or Apple or Microsoft where you are. That does not mean the networks are not receiving the GPS data (and they can triangulate on your signal anyway).

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Re: Buzzword Re: Who do you fear most ?

".....If you intend to commit crimes in one country (e.g. the USA), then it makes sense to buy a "spyproof" phone from a country which doesn't have a Five-Eyes style intelligence-sharing agreement with that country (e.g. Russia)......" Seriously? OK, please stop and actually think that through for a sec. No matter how "top-tech" your phone is, to work on any mobile network it requires a unique identifier, an IMEI number. Each IMEI number includes a portion that identifies the model and maker, so carrying around one of these phones is like painting a bullseye on your back. Now, you may try and be smart and use software to fake your IMEI by cloning that of another phone, but the networks are already looking for such users to cut down on fraud and have tools for finding cloned phones and blocking their network access (and, if you use the IMEI of a stolen phone, they notify the police of when and where). If the spooks or police ask the networks then they will track and record all traffic to and from a specific IMEI number. And its alleged that the spooks have tools for looking for phones with normal IMEI numbers that use unusual software not usually found on a normal phone (such as non-standard encryption). So a cloned IMEI number might just provide a false sense of security.

Then, once you realise your phone has actually just drawn attention to you, you need to realise the spooks are just as interested in the metadata of who you call as what you transmit. If the receiver is a normal phone then they can simply hijack the other end of the connection, making your efforts futile. Either way, every time you use your "spy-proof" phone you simply add to the metadata collection.

And, finally, history has shown that vendors and networks will open themselves up at home government request to stay in business, so whilst your new "spy-proof" phone may protect you from some spies it probably won't against all.

In all, you're probably better off just using a normal phone and hiding in the background noise, and being smart about what you actually use the phone for. That's if you even have a real reason to worry in the first place.

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Re: Alain Williams Re: Who do you fear most ?

"NSA/GCHQ or KGB ?....." Not the KGB as it doesn't exist anymore. You might replace them with the SVR CF or GRU if outside Russia or the FSB if inside Russia. You could also add the MOSSAD, SAVA, ABIN, CSE, MSS, or any other combination of letters dependent on your flavour of repression/paranoia. If I was in a position to have to actually worry, then a phone from Russia or China or even Israel would be off my list, but I don't actually have a reason to worry. As do the majority of the Western population.

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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobe networks

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Re: Boring Bernie Boring Bernie Doctor Syntax Ben Bonkers The lunatics....

"......we are entirely in agreement MB......" Er, no. You are whining about how terrible it is we keep these people locked up, whereas I am quite happy for them to be locked up.

".....a legal mess that's near impossible to untangle in any elegant manner......" No, there is no legal mess at all. US civilian law does not applying they are not on US soil in Gitmo. Even the Third Article of the Geneva Convention does not insist they just be released because people like you have got your knickers in a twist. The legal issues have been examined and satisfied, otherwise useful idiots like the ACLU would have brought successful legal actions to close Gitmo - they have tried and failed to do so. You can justifiably claim there is a moral issue but not a legal one, and moral issues are simply a matter of perspective. Obambi's desire to close Gitmo is not for legal not so-called "moral" reasons, but simply political expediency - he thinks it is a vote-winner with his base.

".....My natural inclination is not to "inter" anyone who hasn't actually committed a crime....." But the US and UK governments have a legal imperative to also protect their citizens, even you. That legal imperative is enshrined in international law (read, for example, Articles 1, 5 and 6 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, GA Res 260 A (III), 9 December 1948; Articles 2 and 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, GA Res 2200A (XXI), 16 December 1966, 999 UNTS 171; and Articles 1, 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950, 213 UNTS 222; ETS 5). You are claiming "foul" in ignorance of the law simply because it suits you. Your willingness to push such ignorant views as both factual and moral is what should make you shiver.

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Re: Boring Bernie Re: Boring Bernie Doctor Syntax Ben Bonkers The lunatics....

"... I just think they should be accorded legal rights so we can determine whether they are innocent or not." The Gitmo detainees already do have legal rights and due process as non-uniformed combatants, inline with the Geneva Convention. The US courts ruled in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in 2006 that Gitmo detainees were entitled to the minimal protections listed under Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, not US civil law. But, before you celebrate, you need to understand that Common Article 3 in no way whatsoever includes a provision for trial under civil law, US or otherwise. But, the US and UK have fallen over backwards to give (IMHO) even the scummiest terrorist supporters a fair trial. Moazzam Begg is one example, though in his case it seems clear to me that he is at least a supporter of Islamic extremism (his pushing of such vile material as spewed from Anwar al-Awlaki before al-Awlaki got droned is an example - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/nov/15/international-criminal-justice-yemen). Even if the US courts could not prove Begg to be an actual terrorist, and the UK's that he facilitates terror (http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/01/world/europe/uk-begg-syria-charges/index.html), in a real war he would have been locked up for the duration as many Nazi propagandists and sympathisers were in WW2. Do you want to argue that we were wrong to lock up the likes of Oswald Mosely (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Mosley#Internment) on the grounds of "free speech"?

But then that is the real political problem - we're not in a "real war", and Obambi promised on the election trail that he would close Gitmo and give all the detainees trials. Only he found out when he got into office that wasn't actually either legally possible nor desirable from a security viewpoint. This is shown by Obambi signing the National Defence Authorization Act which "prohibits transfer of any Guantanamo detainee to a country where returnees have reengaged in terrorist activity and requires certification from the receiving country that it has taken steps to prevent such activity".

Hence all his backroom deals with Third World countries to take Gitmo detainees, trying to keep them as far away from trouble in the Middle East and Afghanistan as possible, and at the same time make it look like Obambi is keeping his election promise. The simple truth is there is a number of hardcore AQ and Taliban members in Gitmo that even Obambi will hesitate to release in such a way, but he might have an executive get-out after the Bergdahl fiasco (http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/bowe-bergdahl-deal-criticized-afghanistan-barack-obama-107312.html). No, we don't deal with terrorists, do we, Mr Presidunce? Not unless it means you can offload some of those hardcore Gitmo prisoners....

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Re: Boring Bernie Re: Ben Bonkers The lunatics are in the hall.

"Sticking a downvote is not a reply....." Oh I did reply, it's just El Mod seems to have thought it too damaging for your fragile ego to survive reading the facts I posted. I'll just post the links and we'll see if you can join the dots and understand why the GCHQ and NSA have better things to look into than your paranoid delusions.

Team Poison and the IS media jihad - http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-hacker-junaid-hussain-syria-7291864

Jihadi John, "brave Muslim warrior" who likes hacking the heads off bound hostages - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31641569

Emwazi, poster child for "the abusive harassment of the Security Services", and CAGE - http://guerillamedianetwork.com/%E2%80%8Bisis-killer-jihadi-john-radicalized-by-uk-govt-claims-charity/).

CAGE, Amnesty International, Gita Saghai and the Moazzam Begg issue - http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/1167/amnesty-international-whitewashes-terrorism-suspends-whistleblower

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Re: Boring Bernie Re: Doctor Syntax Ben Bonkers The lunatics are in the hall.

"......Not in Guantanamo it doesn't, as has been well documented." The only fact around Gitmo that seems to be well documented is the number of what you would like to call "innocents" released who immediately returned to terror (http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/12/oops-u-s-offers-5-mil-reward-al-qaeda-terrorist-released-gitmo/).

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if I am understanding the design correctly, the VTOL blades just fold away on arms when in normal flight in the Blade mode whilst seperate pusher props and motor(s) provide the forward impetus. Which seems an awful waste of space and weight. I'd be much more impressed if the design had pivoting rotors ala V-22 Osprey.

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Re: Ian Emery Re: Asking the big questions.....

"Is WordPress the New Microsoft??" Don't be silly, they're just the new Adobe.

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Re: Terry Cloth Re: Is this limited to UK bods only?

".....can I, an Amerian, sign up with PI...." If the data was gathered in the US by the NSA and transferred to the UK by the GCHQ prior to December 2014 then I believe you could retain an UK-based solicitor as brief and instruct them to make a FoIR for you or do it yourself (the forms are online), so I would assume PI would accommodate you. You do not need to be either an UK citizen or even resident in the UK to make a request (https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-freedom-of-information/what-is-the-foi-act/). However, the data transfer was used by the GCHQ spying on UK subjects/residents gathered by the Yanks, not data gathered by the UK on Yank subjects/residents, so it is unlikely the haul would include you as a Yank unless you were communicating with an UK subject/resident of interest to the GCHQ.

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: Olius Re: Fresh Air

".....The fact that the author wants to convince us all that what has happened is right, moral and unavoidable...." Bingo! Another leftie lie! The article does not state it is right, moral nor unavoidable, only that it is legal under the current tax laws (and could be made avoidable by changing said laws), and some of it would actually be illegal not to do under those same laws (wrt Starbucks). If you wish to pretend otherwise then please do point out the lines in the article saying what you claim, or just admit you lied. I'll pretend to be generous and let you claim it was not a lie but simply a mistake due to your continual and excessive hyperventilating having seriously reduced the amount of oxygen reaching your brain, if it makes it easier for you to admit.

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Re: Olius Re: Yes, but

".....ISA....." And where do you think your ISA funds get invested, comrade? Oh crap - in the very tax-avoiding companies you are slating, and because those companies perform better by tax avoiding. Get it? Seriously, put down the Marx and go actually learn something about the markets before you try any more "reasoning".

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Re: Olius Re: Re Amazon

".....The point is that it is immoral and an abuse of all of us...." Morality is simply down to perception, so all you are doing is insisting your POV is more important/right than anyone else's and the sole matter of concern when considering the issue. This is disproven by the simple fact that if that were true, all the politicians would be falling over themselves to implement tax laws closing such loopholes. They are not because they realise (unlike you) that accepting a measure of tax avoidance inside the law is necessary to remain competitive. Just ask the ex-workers from British Leyland how making themselves uncompetitive worked out!

".....If the companies that could afford to set up these arrangements paid the same effective percentage in tax as the companies that can't, the UK would perhaps not have food banks or a failing NHS....." What complete and utter male bovine manure! Firstly, please do define the performance point at which you would consider the NHS to be at least "not failing", and the corresponding level of increased investment that would require. I won't even bother to ask you to justify your claim of "failing" as that is just as much of a biased perception as your "immoral" claim. It might interest you to actually know that the 18% of the 2015 budget planned for the NHS is £133bn - if that level of spending is "failing" what level would satisfy your leftie "morality"? £150bn? £200bn? Oh dear, suddenly it looks like even the ridiculous "£6bn" figure mentioned in the article would not make a dent in the funding gap you insist exists, and certainly not leave additional cash to feed those using food banks. Not surprisingly, another leftie myth debunked in seconds.

"....some tax analysts have estimated this amount to be around the same as our deficit...." Apart from asking which "tax analysts" said that, you yourself have already made that point irrelevant. You see having no deficit would only mean collecting as much tax as we plan to spend, which would still leave the "failing" NHS (you do remember you insisted it was underfunded, right?) getting their £133bn, which you have already implied is not enough. By your insistence (I could never be generous or drunk enough to call it "logic"), even if all the Big Bad Capitalist Corporations stopped avoiding tax it wouldn't provide the additional funds you insist are required for the social utopia you insist we should be having. So your argument is still a load of leftie propaganda bullshit.

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Re: Olius Re: Naselus

"......There is a difference you are missing. Using ISAs and pensions to save paying tax is using certain financial instruments for the purposes for which they were explicitly designed...." You are assuming I was suggesting pension schemes that take advantage of tax laws are just as bad. That was not my point. My point is those pension funds get invested in the stock markets and you can bet that the spread of investments will include those big, bad tax avoiders like Starbucks and Amazon, as well as hundreds of smaller companies that are also doing as much tax planning and avoidance as they can. Even the Co-op had a hard time keeping their "morally acceptable" ethical investments clean (http://fincris.net/the-ethical-failures-of-the-cooperative-bank/).

Heck, even those unions run by "Red or dead" firebrands that shriek at every opportunity about "evil capitalists aggressively avoiding tax immorally" stick their investments into funds that use tax avoidance or other "immoralities" (http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/11/13/BC-Teachers-Pension-Plan/)! Such evangelical lefties also often later seem to be very selective of how they apply their "morals" to their investments (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539801/Arthur-Scargill-branded-hypocrite-trying-London-flat-Right-Buy-laws-old-foe-Margaret-Thatcher.html).

".....I'm not sure I can even be bothered to attack the arguement about "leave these poor companies alone - they pay LOADS of tax via employee contributions...." Yeah, we all know that actually translates to the fact you can't argue it. It's not the first time someone has pushed such selective leftie claptrap, as TW pointed out in the first paragraph of the article.

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Re: Nonymous Crowd Nerd Re: Good article.

"....Bad article. It attempts to over-complicate the simple popular demand that corporate profits should be taxed somewhere......" Er, no. Go back and read and try and retain the first paragraph - the opening is that TW is amazed at the level of deliberately deceitful untruths spread around by people with issues about "moral bankruptcy" who actually have more left-wing agendas. Probably people like you. The rest of the article is his proof that shows evidence of the argument. Your post is simply more of such evidence.

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Re: AC Re: Tim, get real.

".....Light regulation and helpful tax structures....." Oh, it's not just the Amazons and Starbucks of the World (or even just Europe). I know plenty of people that work in Germany but are employed by Swiss subsidiaries and live in Switzerland, commuting every day across the border. I know more than one IT consultant that did the same, working only in Germany but claiming Swiss residency and paying lower Swiss taxes.

".....concerned at the country's global reputation for tax avoidance and speculation in basic commodities, Swiss public and politicians are considering action....." Er, no. Just like Mr Junker when pressed on his encouraging tax evasion in Luxembourg, the Swiss are making a lot of noise and the right postures, but the behind-the-scenes message is it all seems to be business as usual. Remember, whilst Switzerland has trade agreements with the EU it is not a member and therefore not bound by either the majority of EU law nor EU voter opinion. Indeed, even when bound by EU law the Swiss have voted their own laws in direct opposition, as shown by the Swiss referendum on immigration which conflicts with EU law on free movement (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_immigration_referendum,_February_2014). Which kinda implies the majority of Swiss aren't that badly bothered about the opinion of the rest of Europe nor the World.

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Re: Hans1 Re: Please refrain from writing about stuff you do not understand

".....moved a lot of their funds to Luxembourg where the current President of the European Commission, then Prime Minister, granted them tax-haven-style "discounts"....." And? Seriously, if you're surprised by that news - that tiny Luxembourg encourages tax avoidance - I'd have to ask just where have you been getting your "news" from for the lat few decades?!?

".....Call me leftie, I do not care, but that is tax avoidance....." Call me a rightie, I do not care, but I'd call it tax avoidance too, the difference being I would also point out it was not illegal in any way, shape of form. Now, you may have a moral issue with it but then that is your issue. Until it becomes a big enough moral issue for the majority of voters in the EU states that it predominates as an election issue you are not going to be able to change the laws and make it illegal.

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Re: Ted Treen Re: "Branch" line

".....Our roads are in one hell of a state, our infrastructure is broken & can't cope, and it's been one hell of a long time since our legal system had anything to do with justice....." Ted, are you posting from Greece, perchance? Portugal, maybe? One of the 'stans? Or is it that you really need to get out in the World and actually see how the UK actually does compare to the state of many other countries to realise just how (IMHO) silly you sound?

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Re: Nick Kew Re: Nick Kew Yes, but

"..... whoosh...." Yes, I bet that's a sound you're very familiar with. In essence you are now trying to insist you don't want to say that tax avoidance is not legitimate, it's just you're so upset by Tim's article that you just have to disagree some way, so you chose to make out someone (obviously not as reasoned and smart as you, and in some way reality-challenged, which you of course are not) might bring up your point. Shall we look at your original post?

".....Yes of course Starbucks is doing the right thing given its structure, but the issue there is: was there ever a legitimate reason to create that structure in the first place?....." Because, of course, you know there is actually no difference in legality between Vodafone's case and Starbucks tax avoidance, you just try and make the inference that planning to pay less tax and putting in place measures to do so makes it "illegitimate". Because, of course, you are too reasoned and smart and not in any way reality-challenged by socio-political outlook to think that really, you're just suggesting others might think that way, right? A river in Egypt comes to mind.

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: Will 28 Re: The problem with markets

".....We don't see the ones who were not rewarded, often enough, because they aren't around to tell us about it......" So you missed that market crash in 2008, and have not seen any of the recent and in-depth analysis on why the Greeks are screwed? Lehman Brothers ring any bells? You must lead a very sheltered life if you are so unaware.

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