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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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Pegasus?

the launch badge or shoulder patch, whatever you want to call it, has a picture of Pegasus on it. I wonder if that might actually mean something. At any rate, it is just another piece of hardware that will almost certainly be used by the United States government against its own citizens. Whither Bellerphon? Whither all the Gods? We need a hero!

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Re: Could not have timed it better

I am not so confident as you are. Vlad the Putin now wants to capitalize on his growing popularity and how better to do it than with a trip back to the moon--especially if it shows up the nasty greedy capitalistic bastards.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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Misery.

And now the unions want to control France's imports just to keep their jobs out of the hands of the Chinese. What do they management to do? Pay them to do nothing? Someone some where some how must do some work or the companies willl go broke. When a company is broke, it cannot pay anyone a single sou.

This is the equivalent of putting a rope around one's neck and threatening to jump off the stool just to be lazy. It would laughable if it were not so tragic.

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It got worse.

The workers later trapped the Americans inside the factory and refused to let them go until the company agreed to not shut the plant down.

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WIMPs wipe each other out in giant radiating spot at galaxy's centre

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I'm skeptical.

Not just what his said in this article but in the whole of particle physics. For instance, I knew that they would succeed in finding the Higgs Boson. There was never the least chance that they would fail to find it. Why? Would you want to be the one who went back to the politicians and say, "We can't find it. Ain't it great? We have some new science now!"

Such a statement would have gone over like a lead balloon with the politicians standing there with egg on their faces. Be careful of how much money you spend on your experiments gentlemen. It will definite have an effect on their outcome.

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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Sequence matters as well.

You tend to smart the worst from the last place you were stung. Oh, and the penis is very sensitive in some places and not so sensitive in others. A sting on the glans would no doubt be much more painful that a sting on the backside of the shaft.

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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3CH4 + 6O2 ---> 3CO2 + 6H2O

The water vapour is more important than the carbon dioxide. Water is a far more efficient greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. By weight, almost half of the oxidized methane becomes water vapour.

The upshot is, that even if we went all nuclear power for everything, and eventually balanced our carbon and water vapour outbput, we would still need hydrocarbons for things like plastics, paints and other coatings, lubricants...there is a huge list of things we use hydrocarbons for that we do not currently have substitutes for. Have any of you thought about how many trees would have to be cut if made the use of plastic bags illegal? Look around your house and office and name one thing that does not have something made from hydrocarbons on it or in it. Even our adhesives are made from crude oil nowadays. Well, pretty soon we'll be makin' all that same stuff from natural gas or methane, but you get my point.

All of this flapdoodle over anthropognenic global warming is just that--flapdoodle. We cannot go back to nineteenth century methods for one very important reason. It would be in direct contradiction of the world the greens are dreaming of now. We are far less wasteful today than we were back then. Times are already hard. Let's devote the energy and expertise to getting us out of this economic hole that we have dug for ourselves.

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Google-funded boffins figure out age-busting facial prediction system

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Whoof! Whoof! Whoof!

I can't wait until someone gets falsly arrested because of this blinkin' thing.

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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

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Idiocy of the first water.

Just because something can be done, does not mean that it must be done.

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Not happenin'!

I like to shop at a variety of stores for grocery items. HEB, Houston City Market, Walmart, Kroger's, and then Amazon if I can't find something that I really want. Everything that I actually need I can find in a local store.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Sounds too good to be true.

So I am going to wait and see what comes of it before I bother with excitement.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Mozilla is in the wrong on this one.

It is pretty clear that they drove him out and that he would not go back if they begged him. That is a shame, because now I am going to have to be on the lookout for another browser.

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Let's shoe the other foot.

What if Mozilla were a conservative company and its CEO came out in favour of gay marriage. Would your reactions have been different? Can you say the word "hypicrosy?" I thought so.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

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I blame it on George W,. Bush.

This is his mess and he is no longer around to fix it. He abrogated the ABM treaty while at one and the same time changing our no first stirike policy. Reagan pronmised the Russians that there would be no expansion of NATO to the Russian borders. The EU and President Obama did nothing to change that, save that Obama refused to ship the ABM batteries to Poland. The EU and the US have been spending billions of dollars paying for the protests in Ukraine.

Is Vlad the Putin a bad man? Yes, but he is also a competent leader which is not something that one may say for G.W. Bush and B.H. Obama. Oh, and both of Bush and Obama are not bargains in the morals department either.

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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Happy

I'm happy!

XP was not broke and there was no need to fix it.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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The Underlying Cause

Rather than gritching about how high powered traders pull this kind of thing off, retail traders should be gritching about the fiat currencies that are driving them into the equities market in the first place. If they had a place where they could park their money and have it earn a fair return without any risk, they would be doing it. Unfortunately, every currency in the world steadily inflates, so it is not possible to simply leave one's money be and have it earn a satisfactory return. It is necessary to gamble with it in the equities market to realize enough gain to offset the ongoing inflation. There simply is no way to make a fiat currency such as the ones we are now using work. They will all turn into bog paper.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Theocracy.

Poland is a very devoutly Catholic country. You can tell that by simply looking at the pictures posted in the Polish Wikipedia. There are usually two pictures of large old churches or cathedrals in it per week--sometimes every day. What I did not realize is that the Catholic clergy can be as irrational as the Baptist or Pentacostal clergy. This fellow has shown me the light.

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ICANN boss: 'Russia and China will NOT take over interwebs'

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What of it?

So the US gives up "control" over the internet. That just means that the NSA will have to work harder, doesn't it? The worst that can happen is that we wind up with more than one internet--Oh, wait! We already have more than one internet. What was I thinking?

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Greenpeace reveals WORLD'S FILTHIEST CLOUDS – and the cleanest may shock you

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Real Greens.

If you are green and are not in favor of power from nuclear fission you are merely misanthropic and are championing the death of millions, perhaps billions of human beings.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: I pity South Korea

The DPRK is a gang of pirates rather than a government.

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Meet the man building an AI that mimics our neocortex – and could kill off neural networks

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Wear and Tear.

Machines wear out at varying rates depending on how they are used. For instance, an automobile driven on nothing but highways at moderat speeds will last for at least two decades, but an off-road vehicle is probably going to be used up inside the first five years of use. Electrical components fail as well as a function of hours of use and the currents handled. We will never be able to construct an indestructible automoton capable of independent thought. We will, I think, eventually be able to construct machies with useful lifespans that are much shorter than our lives. Machines self-destruct because of a series of small positive feedback loops. A bad bearing increases its rate of wear over time, for instance, but human bodies constantly repair themselves and there are only certain tissues that must be repaired by surgery once they are damaged.

What this means is that our creations will be more mortal than we are. They might well go out on strike for better wages, just so that they can afford a complete overhaul after twenty years. I seriously doubt that they will simply allow us to shut them down and throw them on the scrap heap for recycling the way we do other machines. We already buy insurance to repair our automobiles. Expect to be paying for insurance on your friendly family robots.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Sensless!

None of these designs made any sense to me at all! How is a pilot to see and retrieve someone whereing a suit lit with patterns NASA is proposing? They are unsafe. There is no simple way to tell head from toe or back from front; no good outline of the astronaut's body. The lighting seems to nothing more than a mere fashion statement of some weird kind. It has nothing to do with safety or making a safe recovery possible.

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Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

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The only way to fix the NSA...

...is to uproot it completely and then kill its budget. In fact, we should undertake to eliminate the "Department of Homeland Security" while we are at it. I have never seen so much spent on so little positive good in my entire life.

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Revealed: What the US taxman really thinks of crypto-cash Bitcoin

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Taxing Income is Immoral and counter productive.

Taxing consumption is both moral and productive. The United States is doing the exact opposite of what it should be doing. It has ruined us.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Disparity?

I will never understand the notion that rich people should be prevented from being rich. So what if four or five people own the majority of the wealth in a nation? So long as everyoe else can live as well as they want, why all this resentment? This is envy being used as a political tool. Yes, that's right. If you gritch about your neighbours wealth you are guilty of jealousy. Hiring a politician to relieve your envy does not make you noble, either. It makes you awful.

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

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The real "nano-tech."

My daughter wanted to major in biochemistry and genetics. I heartily approved. Once she got to university however, she changed her major to computer science. We argued over it, of course. I pointed out to her that all the truly difficult work had been done in computer science, and that the next big thing was in the field she had first set out to master. I knew that there would be more to genetic engineering than better medicines and improved crops. I believd it then and I still believe it. This is your real nano-tech, boys and girls. Make no mistake about it.

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Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Don't Panic!

Ice flows like pitch. Snow builds up and it gets thicker then the ice flows and it gets thinner more snow falls and it gets thicker...Remember the Vikings once farmed in Greenland. That's how it got its name.

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

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Re: No use for investigating other fish

I was about to mention the same thing. I think that they should start experimenting with a pump, fluidics and a real fluid like water instead of air.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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What do I think of Mister Zuckerberg?

http://youtu.be/1cqXBk91ZgM

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166 days later: Space Station astronauts return to Earth

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Re: Gravity

They probably did not land anywhere in the Ukraine, let alone Crimea.

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MtGox, that bastion of unregulated e-currency Bitcoin, turns to Texas judge for protection

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Bitcoin?

<hooting laugh>Janet Yellin</hooting laugh>

I did try to warn you chaps.

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

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Feinstein.

I once thought that Nancy Pelosi was the Wicked Witch of the West, but I have changed my mind. She does not hold a candle Ms. Feinstein. Let's throw water on the two of them along with Babs Boxer and see what happens.

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Congratulations, Senator Feinstein!

Now you know how the rest of us feel. You and President Obama have trampled the constitution until is now completely illegible. Don't come crying to me about your folly.

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Congratulations, Senator Feinstein!

Now you know what the rest of us feel like. Can you hear me now? You and President Obama have trampled on the constitution until it is no longer legible. You did not want to complain about the behaviour of the Federal government and its sundry agencies untily your ox got gored. So, cry me a river! See if it will make any difference. Yes, your rights have been violated. Just imagine that you are being made safer by YOUR government. It should make you sleep like a frikkin lamb.

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NASA to programmers: Save the Earth and fatten your wallet

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Instruments?

How are they going to gather the data these programs will work on? The infrared sensors now currenty in use? You do realize that they are not enough, right? Active radar would seem to be a much better way to detect approaching objects. Radar should be able to tell how big they are, what their direction of travel is, one should be able to take that data and work out the object's probable orbit is now and what is likely to be it orbit in futre. All of the real skull sweat is already done when you choose to use radar. Just think about it. If anti-missile systems can actually get close to hitting an incoming object and they can do better than that nowadays, then it should not be that much trouble to adapt them for use against fast moving objects in space. Oh, and we have yet to work out a plan for what to do if we detect a planet killer. You do realize that nuking the gorramned thing once it is hollywood close to us won't work, right?

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MtGox gets its sorry assets frozen amid US class-action lawsuit

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I did try to warn you.

<hooting laugh>Janet Yellin </hooting laugh>

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

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Real greens...

...are for nuclear power.

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So...

...why don't you fucking move? Are you that lazy or are you simply broke or what? Are you that tired of living? Please answer because I would like to get the bottom of your boggle.

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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The Sun is the source.

It can't be us. We simply lack the capacity to change enough of the atmosphere to have an effect on global temperatures. Besides, if you really do believe all this nonse and you are not a misanthrope, you'd be championing nuclear power. If you are not a champion of nuclear power, and you are claiming to be a "green," then I am obliged to label you a misanthrope--a person who is not to be trusted. Real greens are champions of nuclear power. Why? Because we cannot survive without energy! We cannot go back to pre-industrial times. We just can't. Think about what that would take. It would require us to die off by the millions, perhaps billions. Do you really want to be worse than Hitler and Stalin combined?

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It's the sun.

It can't be us. We simply lack the capacity to change enough of the atmosphere to have an effect on global temperatures. Besides, if you really do believe all this nonse and you are not a misanthrope, you'd be championing nuclear power. If you are not a champion of nukes and you are claiming to be a "green," then I am obliged to label you a misanthrope.

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Q&A: Schneier on trust, NSA spying and the end of US internet hegemony

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Operation Quicksilver.

We need three or four of them in rapid succession. Now, where do we find three or four Pattons to build FUSAGS around? If we can make the spy agencies look fools enough times, the politicians will cut their funding.

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Well done on the privacy lawsuit. Now NSA will keep your phone records INDEFINITELY

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Well, dang!

Wtih the IRS running our healthcare system and the NSA spying on all of us, we haven't a snowball's chance in hell, now do we? Hell, I expect to hear President Obama declare himself President-for-Life Obama just any day now. Yes, indeedy boys and girls. We are living in very interesting times.

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Fed chairwoman casts doubt on Bitcoin regulation in the US

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Re: Not what Manchin wants to hear

Patrick Murck? Really? He's making a clear statement? How fascinating.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Hear that hooting laugh?

That is none other than Janet Yellin laughing at what she is about to do to all you Bitcoin fanbois. Shoulda bought into bell metal instead.

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Re: Illegal Cash

The $100 bill is the largest bill printed and circulated in the United States for the very reasons you suggest. There was, at one time, $500, $1,000 and even $5,000 bills in circulation. We even had a $100,000 bill, but it was only circulated among the banks. You'd pay a good bit more than a $100,000 for a bill that size today.

You do see how much it has hampered crime, do you not? You don't? Well goodness me!

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Time Warner merger great for Comcast, but not for anybody else

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Stop

Cable televison is on its way out anyway. It is going the way of the video store.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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Payroll taxes = Income taxes

If your only source of income is a payroll check, then the taxes you pay as a "payroll" tax are your income tax. This is a bureacratic sleight of hand. We would never charge a working man income tax! The hell you say. You charge us tax on our payroll so what is the difference? Er...ah...well..

It's like Nancy Pelosi saying, "We have to pass it before we can tell you what's in it." The United States government taxes everyone's income all the time, but the taxes are carefully hidden by sly language and crafty bookkeeping.

Having said all of this, I must say that I can empathize with Mister Perkins senitments. What he does nor realize is that the definition of "wealthy" has gotten steadily smaller over the years. Nowadays, what was once considered "midldle class" is called "wealthy." The sad truth of the matter is, that it simply is not possible for people to become wealthy over time in the United States. Why? Because we insist on inflating our currency and then insist on taxing the living daylights out of everyone who makes as much as two-thin dimes a month. All of this is done in the name of "fairness." Personally, I can't see what is fair about it at all. Just because anohter man is wealthy does not mean that you cannot become wealthy on your own. Given the right environment, everyone would have the opportunity to become wealthy, but there is no way to legislate self-discipline and prudence. That is up to the individual citizen to establish for himself.

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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FAIL

The Fourth Amendment says: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The Fifth Amendment says: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Between these two amendments, there is no room for an NSA! They can claim the contrary all they want, and they can cite the Supreme Court as much as they please, but I can read well enough to understand what The Contitution of the United States intends! I say, that what they are doing violates the intention of our Founders.

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Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

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Re: Mass Surveillance

@Xamol,

I would have done exactly what we should have done. Punish those who were supposed to have been on duty, just as we did those at Pearl Harbor, and then set about getting justice for our dead. We did not need a new security program. The newly extended NSA was strictly bureacratic opportunism at work. They could have set about their jobs differently, but sought to exploit the World Trade Center Atrocity as a means to their ends.

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