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Elizabeth Warren: Student Loans Should Have Same Rate Big Banks Get

Elizabeth Warren: Student Loans Should Have Same Rate Big Banks Get

Commented May 8, 2013 at 22:14:19 in Politics

“Excellent while you are at it, allow people to eliminate their student loans in bankruptcy, big business gets to eliminate debt, contracts, etc through bankruptcy. Student loans cannot be eliminated under personal bankruptcy.

PS While you are at it Sen Warren, allow the victims and businesses of the Boston Bombing to recover just like they did for the 911 victims. After all, the FBI dropped the ball.”
AJ Clemente, Local Anchor, Fired After Saying 'F---ing Sh-t' On Air (VIDEO)

AJ Clemente, Local Anchor, Fired After Saying 'F---ing Sh-t' On Air (VIDEO)

Commented Apr 23, 2013 at 16:56:46 in Media

“Don't mean to pile on, but vet yourself with some female friends or colleagues at work, because for one, nobody would have let you wear that nasty tie on the air, which of all colors looks green. Mumbling to yourself should have never happened while on the air that is why practicing what you are going to read before colleagues and friends would have been critically helpful. Also knowing beforehand what your on air colleague was going to ask you would have allowed you to prepare an intelligent response. Join a Toastmasters Club, it will help improve your ability to speak in public settings. Stay positive, and good luck!”
'I Hit It First,' Ray J's New Single, Reportedly Aimed At Kim Kardashian

'I Hit It First,' Ray J's New Single, Reportedly Aimed At Kim Kardashian

Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 11:15:15 in Entertainment

“Ahhh yes the title of this song should be "No Talents Tryst" What a pathetic state that people of this class and caliber can be so successful, the celebration of low class---utterly disgusting. What's the next title, "Rebound Romp?"”
Paul Ryan Budget Reduces Spending To Lowest Levels Since 1948: Report

Paul Ryan Budget Reduces Spending To Lowest Levels Since 1948: Report

Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 03:36:40 in Politics

“Ryan keeps affirming why his ideas were rejected by the electorate. Better yet,
Paul Krugman the NOBEL LAUREATE, ECONOMIST, said it best,

"[Ryan] supposedly sets a new standard of seriousness, Paul Ryan's vision depends an awful lot on unicorn sightings — belief in the impossible."”
Paul Ryan Budget Reduces Spending To Lowest Levels Since 1948: Report

Paul Ryan Budget Reduces Spending To Lowest Levels Since 1948: Report

Commented Mar 15, 2013 at 03:34:13 in Politics

“I couldn't--- her book was placed at the bottom of my bird cage---poor birds.”
Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden Reportedly Left Uninsured After Leaving Service (UPDATE)

Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden Reportedly Left Uninsured After Leaving Service (UPDATE)

Commented Feb 12, 2013 at 01:30:11 in Politics

“It is obvious this brave SEAL veteran is suffering from PTSD, because he made a poor decision to get out before he had been assigned a disability rating, plus he did not pursue a medical retirement. Pending the disposition of the SEAL’s medical and disability ratings, the Navy would have simply put him in a non-deployable admin job, and if that was too stressful, his doctor could have ordered him to bed rest..

This SEAL veteran like all his colleagues and their families, have shouldered a tremendous burden on being at the tip of the spear for so many years. Our grateful Nation should do a better job to help veterans overturn poor decisions, for the simple fact our warriors are at times not fully informed or even capable of making an informed decision. It is at the minimum the decent thing that must be done.

What I would suggest is that we pressure the Navy through or political leadership, that this SEAL's case must be revisited and that he be allowed back on active duty to pursue his medical and disability ratings. There is hope. There was a similar case where a Marine officer suffering from PTSD did not purchase the life insurance beyond a certain number days of leaving the service. Sadly this Marine officer committed suicide. After lobbying, the Veterans Administration acknowledged that the Marine could not make an informed decision, and the family received the insurance funds.”
Leon Panetta Lifts Ban On Women In Combat

Leon Panetta Lifts Ban On Women In Combat

Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 23:34:21 in Politics

“I did mention her name, her subordinates called her "Sergeant." Cheers.”
Leon Panetta Lifts Ban On Women In Combat

Leon Panetta Lifts Ban On Women In Combat

Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 23:32:49 in Politics

“Here are some clues the combat zone is everywhere and trench warfare last occurred in WWi. Face the facts, women have already proven themselves in combat, they're just now making reality official.

Obviously you never served or the last time was when units were not integrated, I bet you miss those days.”
Bloomberg 'Ass' Comment: Mayor's Alleged Remark About Woman's Butt Steals Quinn's Spotlight

Bloomberg 'Ass' Comment: Mayor's Alleged Remark About Woman's Butt Steals Quinn's Spotlight

Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 21:01:52 in New York

“Bloomberg, the financial guru, was obviously misquoted, he actually said, "Look at the assets on her." I'm just saying!!!”
Leon Panetta Lifts Ban On Women In Combat

Leon Panetta Lifts Ban On Women In Combat

Commented Jan 24, 2013 at 03:44:25 in Politics

“Congrats, ladies, formal approval is finally here! Your detractors don't realize you've been fighting, dying, and winning for decades in combat zones. In 2005 a female non-commissioned officer, a sergeant led her team in repelling and defeating an Iraqi ambush, with over 27 enemy soldiers killed in action. For her courageous efforts, she won the Silver Star Medal. For you detractors, women are tough, and I've seen them carry their weight on road marches equal to or better than men, so welcome to reality Chickenhawks!”

Pappadave on Jan 24, 2013 at 07:12:55

“Nonsense. There may be one in ten thousand women who are capable of holding their own in combat, but they are rarer than hen's teeth.”

md67mejia on Jan 24, 2013 at 04:11:51

“At least have the respect to know the sergeants name!!!!”
Hillary Clinton, Ron Johnson Engage In Heated Exchange At Benghazi Hearing (VIDEO)

Hillary Clinton, Ron Johnson Engage In Heated Exchange At Benghazi Hearing (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 24, 2013 at 03:33:49 in Politics

“Where were these self-righteous zealous republicans when the deaths of over 3,000 American women, men and children occurred on 911? After huge pushback, Bush finally agreed to the establishment of the 911 Commission---it only took until November of ---2002 to get that started. Condoleeza Rice didn’t get fired, she got promoted, nor did the leaders of the FBI and the CIA get fired, even though their agencies were faulted for dropping the ball. Nobody resigned. CIA’s Tenet, aka Mr. WMD Slam Dunk? Bush gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

People forget the CIA tracked Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar two of the 911 hijackers tracked from an Al Qaeda conference in Malaysia to Los Angeles—in January of 2000 without telling the FBI, or Richard Clarke the NSC’s head of counterterrorism. One would think that Tenet would connect the dots with the August 2001 briefing to Bush titled, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US.” Where did the two 911 guys go? They ended up living with an FBI informant in San Diego. Exactly, this all republican Benghazi bluster, because they certainly didn't say squat when over 3,000 brave Americans died on 911.”

Teddy Bear Bumpkins on Jan 24, 2013 at 04:10:25

“It's one thing for something bad to happen on your watch. It's another thing entirely to incorrectly portray its cause to the American people and the world.”
huffingtonpost entry

Ted Nugent Suggests He's Ready For Armed Revolt Against 'Evil, Dangerous' Obama (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 23, 2013 at 00:18:57 in Politics

“Please don't tell silly Ted that is hat and clothes were made by the godless Communist Chinese--he might strip right then and there and scar people for life. In fact, Mao Zedong had the exact same hat, called the "Happy Camper" model, except he went with the solid darker green version---it matched his suit better. Given Nutty Nugent's logic,he should stop shopping at Home Depot, Wal Mart, et al, as they make all of their stuff in China. It doesn't matter anyway, Ted said he would be dead or in jail by April.

Ted just makes it so easy to vote for the Democrats in 2014, thanks Ted! aka "April Man."”
Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 21:46:47 in Technology

“Excellent now, as your last gasp after I have refuted all your arguments with facts,---all which you you've countered with nonsensical statements, you offer up an even more irrelevant point. The Banks case was about tainted witness testimony--not about tainted computer hacker evidence. Are you now adding sensational facts nobody else is aware of? Hilarious.

Unfortunately for Aaron, the computer logs did not lie, nor did his attorney make that argument or allege the data was corrupted or misrepresentative. Once again facts were not favorable to Aaron, nor for this warped view of yours. Cheers.”
Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 19:30:19 in Technology

“Beautiful. You still ignore facts ad nauseum. First I show the Nosal case doesn't apply to Aaron's defense as you can see his attorney did not cite it as a defense. Obviously, that fact was still not good enough for you. Now you take this running leap off the cliff to attack the charges. If the charges against Aaron were lies well then the prosecutors would be in a lot of trouble and his attorney would have made that claim as well, but note, he didn't . More importantly, the fact the attorney's motion to suppress evidence failed to succeed is why Aaron was attempting to plea bargain. Defendants only plea bargain when the facts are against them.

So, yeah despite all of these facts you let your emotions drive your logic. It is easy to see why you still insist on this false reality. The case against Aaron was solid, deal with it.”

Guys POV on Jan 22, 2013 at 20:02:01

“"Defendants only plea bargain when the facts are against them."

Never heard of Brian Banks, have you?”
Inauguration Speech: Obama Starts Second Term With Remarks At U.S. Capitol (FULL TRANSCRIPT)

Inauguration Speech: Obama Starts Second Term With Remarks At U.S. Capitol (FULL TRANSCRIPT)

Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 11:24:20 in Politics

“Congratulations to you who elected President Obama. Despite the tremendous deluge of special interest money, voter suppression efforts, anti-Obama billionaires, and the incessant campaign by Fox News to fan the flames of hysteria and disinformation, you the public saw past all of that propaganda and overcame voter obstacles to vote for progress. Please stay engaged, lobby your representatives, tell them you demand action not obstruction---for President Obama cannot do it alone. Keep an eye on 2014, let us commit to giving President Obama a Congress that will work with him. In the end, you should be proud of your tenacity and commitment to a better America, thank you. God bless you and our great nation.”

enigma2 on Jan 22, 2013 at 11:42:13

“Bravo, great post.”
Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Commented Jan 22, 2013 at 10:38:34 in Technology

“Below is the remainder of my original response it was cut off. It cites the attorney's motion to suppress and Aaron's crashing of the servers. Like I said earlier, the facts were not kind to Aaron. The information you can see is public.

This is directly from the federal indictment against Aaron. http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartzindictment.pdf See page 8. “The next day, October 9, 2010, Swartz used both the “ghost laptop” and the “ghost macbook” to systematically and rapidly access and download an extraordinary volume of articles from JSTOR. The pace was so fast that it brought down some of JSTOR’s computer servers.
24. In response, JSTOR blocked the entire MIT computer network’s access to JSTOR for several days, beginning on or about October 9, 2010.

Federal indictment see page 11. Under Count 2, “Aaron Swartz, knowingly and with intent to defraud, accessed a protected computer — namely, a computer on MIT’s network and a computer on JSTOR’s network — without authorization and in excess of authorized access,…”

This is the attorney’s motion to suppress evidence. http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N46/swartz/swartz-suppress1.pdf I don’t have the US Attorney’s response, but the motion obviously failed, because MIT had the authority to monitor Aaron’s computer for the purposes of protecting the network.”

Guys POV on Jan 22, 2013 at 17:27:16

“So we're now going to accept everything in an indictment as proven fact, now? Forgive me if I don't take the prosecutors at their word.”
Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 22:34:26 in Technology

“Your consistent denials even when presented with facts that directly refute your illogical premises are noteworthy. Sort of reminds me of that scene where Austin Powers denies ownership of embarrassing contents of his locker, despite repeated evidence. I do not make unsupported claims, you do. Below is the indictment that cites specifically where Aaron’s actions crashed the system. This includes the charge that Aaron without authorization accessed the system. You miss the point and speed past Aaron’s acts to solely focus on his post log on activities. Aaron did actually spoof the MAC address to access JSTOR and download the data. Whether you want to argue about how much data he downloaded is really irrelevant. The key thing that nailed Aaron was his repeated unauthorized hacks of the system. These are the facts, the facts weren’t kind to Aaron, and that is why his attorney was attempting to plea-bargain.

This is directly from the federal indictment against Aaron. http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartzindictment.pdf See page 8. “The next day, October 9, 2010, Swartz used both the “ghost laptop” and the “ghost macbook” to systematically and rapidly access and download an extraordinary volume of articles from JSTOR. The pace was so fast that it brought down some of JSTOR’s computer servers.
24. In response, JSTOR blocked the entire MIT computer network’s access to JSTOR for several days, beginning on or about October 9, 2010.

Federal indictment see page 11. Under Count 2, “Aaron Swartz, knowingly and with intent to defraud, accessed a protected computer —”
Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 17:10:21 in Technology

“Sorry,
meant, Nosal. You keep on mixing apples and oranges and ignoring the plain
facts. The issue was not that Aaron downloaded gobs of data, rather it was the
fact he crashed the system and illegally accessed MIT's system. In short, an
illegal hack.  You also ignore the actions of Aaron's own attorney who
never offered Nosal as a defense, because he knew Nosal did not exempt illegal
hacks.  See page 3871 of the Nosal case you cited.  The court states, "These courts recognize that the plain
language of the CFAA “target[s] the unauthorized procurement or alteration of
information," and
elsewhere same page, "The CFAA expressly prohibits improper
"access" of computer information.”

 

The
openness of MIT’s policy is irrelevant to an illegal hack for there are no provisions for such activities.  You misread Nosal.  Also, keep in mind Nosal is not the
definitive interpretation of the CFAA, in fact the court cites at least three
other jurisdictions that apply a different rule to the CFAA, which means that
Nosal would have lost in those other courts. Still, in all jurisdictions, the
one core element is that hacking violates the CFAA.  Aaron would have insulted the judge trying to explain why
his illegal hack was exempt from the CFAA’s plain rule against it.  Cheers.”

Guys POV on Jan 21, 2013 at 17:24:20

“You say illegal hack, I say violation of TOS. It wasn't Aaron's *access* of the MIT network that pissed off MIT (here's where their open network policy is relevant), it was his *use* of the system once logged on. Are you really arguing that he would have violated CFAA if he spoofed a MAC address and changed his IP address after MIT initially blocked him if he had just done that to get on the network to check his webmail and not access JSTOR?

Also, you're the second person I've encountered on this board who has made the unsupported claim that Aaron "crashed servers". The first person admitted that he had no support for this claim. Do you?

I'm also interested to see where you got your information about what Aaron's lawyer did and didn't argue, though. You wouldn't be in a position to have inside information about this case now, would you?”
Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 14:32:26 in Technology

“We are finally in narrow agreement. You state, “Aaron hid his activities because he knew they would stop him if they found out…” I agree, exactly. Obviously it does not mean that Aaron had authorization to freely access MIT’s system in this manner.

The facts in the Nolan case differ from Aaron’s, because nobody in Nolan was downloading information via an illegal hack of the company’s database. The court in Nolan basically said the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, (CFAA) law did not apply to the “misuse or misappropriation” of information. The employees had authorization to access the database but were misappropriating the data. Still, the court went on to clarify that the CFAA does target “unauthorized access.”

In Aaron’s case he gained unauthorized access to MIT’s system at least eleven times. In fact, Aaron’s attorney did not cite the Nolan case to defend Aaron’s actions. Instead, Aaron’s attorney filed a request to suppress the evidence, arguing that MIT’s actions violated Aaron’s 4th Amendment rights. The problem with that defense is the mere fact Aaron used his computer to hack into the system was on the surface readily demonstrable. There were no expectations of privacy for Aaron’s actions are what successfully met the elements for the charges he was facing.”

Guys POV on Jan 21, 2013 at 14:46:56

“It's Nosal, not Nolan. Also, Aaron's expert's testimony as to the openness of MIT's access policy could be used to rebut the argument that his access was unauthorized.

Again, though, we're boiling down to whether a TOS violation violates the CFAA, which would apply to both the JSTOR access and the access to MIT's network. Nosal said it does not.”
7 Inauguration Promises Obama Never Fulfilled

7 Inauguration Promises Obama Never Fulfilled

Commented Jan 21, 2013 at 00:29:57 in Business

“Seven? Why seven? Why not like twelve, or 10.5? You've left out number eight. In my case, Obama forgot to validate my parking for the 2009 inauguration---I'm just saying! ;)”
Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 18:23:30 in Technology

“No, you need to read the real facts. You are a consummate apologist for Aaron. Clearly, Aaron stole the data and illegally broke into MIT's system. If not, then why did Aaron place his laptop in a closet and lie about who he was to access the data? Obviously, not the actions of someone who is not stealing and has legal access.

Ultimately, the case against Aaron was solid, these are facts you choose to ignore. Aaron met all the elements on eleven counts, not one, not two, but eleven--that sufficiently led to him being charged. Such was the strength of the case against Aaron that the parties were not going to go to trial, instead they were plea-bargaining. If the facts were on Aaron's side then he had nothing to worry about, obviously they weren't, so your version of the facts are obviously incorrect.”

Guys POV on Jan 20, 2013 at 19:39:54

“I suppose when you say "clearly" you really mean "in my uninformed opinion". Aaron hid his activities because he knew they would stop him if they found out, and likely because he could have been charged with trespassing for entering MIT's unlocked wiring closet, not that he would be charged with 13 felonies.

Again, you can't steal that to which you have free and legal access. Aaron had free and legal access to JSTOR's database through a Harvard fellowship.

People like you seem to ignore the existence of the Nosal case:

http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2012/04/10/10-10038.pdf

Read and learn.”
Condoleezza Rice Becomes CBS News Contributor

Condoleezza Rice Becomes CBS News Contributor

Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 17:40:33 in Media

“Let me get this straight, Condi Rice, who participated in the largest debacles in US history is now going to offer her “Pearls of Wisdom?” Rice, who briefed the President in July that Osama Bin Laden intended to strike in the USA, did nothing--lied about WMD, “mushroom clouds,” and condoned torture? Even George H.W. Bush commented on what a disappointment she was. Condoleeza Rice is at best a war criminal with a proven expertise in buffoonery. CBS now stands for Condi’s BS Statements.”

AquariusinAZ on Jan 20, 2013 at 20:43:09

“Maybe that's their attempt at being "fair and balanced" like Fox 'News'? ;O)”
Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Aaron Swartz's Father: MIT Put 'Institutional Concerns Ahead Of Compassion'

Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 18:42:24 in Technology

“How utterly overdramatic. Google the concept, "Personal Responsibility."  Let us parse this "to destroy" allegation. In this case, Aaron would have at best spent 3 months in federal prison, that hardly constitutes "destruction." "Money grubbing public servants." What are you talking about? You are diseased with misconception and hysteria. 
In the end, it was Aaron, who took his own life.  Had it not been for Aaron's legal troubles, who is to say it would not been some other personal crises that would have triggered his unfortunate response?  Quit trying to blame everyone and anyone for Aaron's own actions. ”

Heinrich Volker on Jan 19, 2013 at 19:22:39

“Quit denying the worry of charges that can bring a sentence of 35 years playing on the mind of a young man who harmed no one.”
Eric Cantor Makes Debt Ceiling Offer

Eric Cantor Makes Debt Ceiling Offer

Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 02:54:34 in Politics

“The Republicans can proceed with their obstructionism, apparently Obama's re-election despite an anemic economy still did not register with the Republicans. 2014 is going to be a spanking, Americans want progressive progress. A majority have rejected the attempts by corporations and billionaires to privatize Social Security and a survival of the fittest mentality for the unfortunate few. Still, nothing can compare to the severity of corporate welfare, whether buying useless weapon systems, or granting concessionary no-bid contracts to companies, or bailing out the cowboy bankers, the real drain on the economy and our budget is corporate welfare.”

barrett on Jan 19, 2013 at 03:24:32

“One would think.  But the re-districting is a tough nut to crack.  More votes were cast for a Dem house but the Republicans won it.  By late 2014, the next Dem presidential candidate will be on board.  That might make a difference.  And increased Dem attention to the house races.”
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