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Matthew Keys Charged In Connection With Anonymous Hack Of The Tribune Company

Matthew Keys Charged In Connection With Anonymous Hack Of The Tribune Company

Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 18:38:01 in Media

“Tribune Company are responsible for not canceling his account and changing the password to their server. All Keys did was give away a password. Are trying to tell me that if I lose a thumb drive and Anonymous somehow ends up with it I should go to prison for 20 years? That is sick.”

grant06 on Mar 14, 2013 at 18:46:36

“That's not what happened. He committed a crime, a thrity years worth crime? Nope, but certainly a crime.”

Chevaleer on Mar 14, 2013 at 18:45:34

“Well, actually, you'd have to take a step in furtherance of the crime, so your accidental loss example wouldn't be a criminal act.... but hitting send on the email containing the information to an outside party with a known nefarious agenda... yeah, that certainly qualifies.”

Ash G on Mar 14, 2013 at 18:42:12

“Don't worry if you lose something. After all you are not conspiring with criminals (unless you lose it intentionally and tell criminals where to pick it up).”
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4000 Reasons to Take Responsibility

Commented Mar 28, 2008 at 15:29:36 in Politics

“We should speak of ending the "war crime" because there is no war, only a war crime, the crime of war of aggression. We have no right to have an embassy there or to install a puppet government, regardless of sham elections. And certainly it is not possible to sign legal treaties with a puppet government. Every act of an American there that is not intended to get our forces out permanently is yet another war crime.

The soldiers themselves should object to participating in war crimes as a matter of conscience. It changed my life, but I dropped out of college and went underground rather than participate in the war crimes in Viet Nam and I have never been sorry that I did, in fact, it is one of the decisions in my life of which I am most proud.

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Wolfowitz et. al. belong in solitary confinement for life in a maximum security prison, and I only say that because I oppose capital punishment.”

Bob Egan on Mar 28, 2008 at 18:14:58

“Great!! "Stop the War crimes"!!!! Congress controls the purse strings and yet we are building the largest American Embassy in the world there.

Those running this administration are war criminals and if the American people are not aware of it, the rest of the world is!

The refusal of our ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES to take steps to investigate, indite, impeach and imprison those responsible for these breaches of our Constitution and international law are just as guilty!

We should vote every incumbent out of office and take back this country! There is a movement to bring about voters unitive, where referendums are on the ballot for the American people to vote for directly. If a majority of ,we, the people vote for that law , Congress cannot override it! That would be government by 'the people'! Just imagine banning 'lobbyists' and making our ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES DEPENDENT ON THEIR CONSTITUENTS FOR THE MONEY TO BE RE-ELECTED!! iNDEPENDENT CHALLENGERS WOULD THEN BE HEARD AND THOSE IN POWER WOULD NO LONGER HAVE A MONOPOLY!”
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Smears and Tears: How Obama's National Security Week Turned Into the Mendacity of Hype

Commented Mar 26, 2008 at 15:25:47 in Politics

“Hilary Clinton lost in Iowa and has been behind ever since. When Bill Clinton played the race card in South Carolina it put the final nails in the coffin of any chance of her winning.

She needs to withdraw and people like Wilson need to get behind the Democratic nominee, who is going to be Barack Obama because he won the most delegates and got the most votes. That is what democracy is all about.”
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Players, Not Cheerleaders

Commented Mar 26, 2008 at 15:17:47 in Politics

“In a way the Democratic nomination conversation is about both who do you believe and who do you not believe.

But in actuality it's over. Clinton lost in Iowa and has been behind ever since and her campaign lost all chance of winning when Bill played the race card in South Carolina.

But I don't believe anything Clinton says that is progressive. So what if she claims she will fire Blackwater when she gets in. I would have a hard time believing it was real even if she did it, let along believe her now.

Whereas with Obama I am not sure if I believe all the reactionary rhetoric. His bs may be directed to the other side. He says he will keep the embassy so he won't be called weak, but when he gets in office he may well surprise the right wing in the same way that Clinton is trying to deceive the left.”
Perception of Electability At Stake For Obama In Coming Primaries

Perception of Electability At Stake For Obama In Coming Primaries

Commented Mar 25, 2008 at 14:04:21 in Home

“I don't have time to plow through that much bullshit. For me, the fact that Obama won in Iowa where Clinton came in third and that Obama has led in both popular vote and delegate count ever since and that the Democrats are out polling the Republicans 2 to 1 throughout, mostly because of the new voters who are coming out because of excitement over Obama tells me that Obama is a great candidate.

Get over it. Clinton has been behind since day one in this election. She has no chance of catching up. The short way of saying that is "She has lost." And every day she continues her Pyhrric struggle she becomes more a loser.”

EinChicago on Mar 25, 2008 at 14:51:28

“Obama actually came in third in Iowa with actual democrats, though. He only came in first overall because of 11,000 GOP registered voters who wanted to appoint him as their target of choice.”
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John Adams: God Damn America

Commented Mar 21, 2008 at 14:46:37 in Politics

“Fortunately the American collective conscientiousness now has a memory of about 5 minutes. They should have waited another three weeks if they wanted to shaft Obama with the preacher stuff because it will be forgotten by April 22 and as relevant as who built the pyramids by November.

In my opinion, the pastor was right about nearly everything he said anyway and that should have been the substance of the debate.

Did we bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Yes we did.

Did we slaughter 3 million Vietnamese to stop global socialism, which had the promise of both taking power from Big Capital and providing better lives to people in general? Yes we did.

Have over 1 million people perished as a result of a war of aggression George Bush and the Neocons launched in Iraq and Afghanistan? Yes they have.

Were black people enslaved and treated like animals in the U.S. for centuries? Yes

Was Christ a man of color? Yes

Were the Romans white? Yes

Are hyperbole and dramatics a normal part of the Black church? Yes

Did Obama say these things? No

Does it encourage me about him that he attended a church where the truth about these matters was spoken forcefully? Yes”

booksnmore4you on Mar 21, 2008 at 22:49:50

“Bravo! Spot on.”

LeeAnnG on Mar 21, 2008 at 16:24:34

“All I can say is, "I so agree!"

Great analysis!”
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The 100 Years War

Commented Mar 21, 2008 at 14:37:17 in Politics

“It's always been about profit for the corporate sector. The military war machine contractors are about all that is left of the once dominant American manufacturing economy.

And the insiders own the transport companies that move the goods and personnel to and from the battlefield.

The high oil prices work to the advantage of anyone heavily invested in oil.

So, yeah, Iraq is a huge success to those people.

They would be horrified if peace broke out like they feared might happen in the early 90s after the Berlin Wall fell.”
Why You Should Be More Interested in Mars Than the Olympics

Why You Should Be More Interested in Mars Than the Olympics

Commented Jul 31, 2012 at 05:59:56 in Science

“How much of the reluctance to draw attention stems from the pressure from the Reagan White House to go ahead with the Challenger launch despite the prohibitively cold weather because it was scripted in his January State of the Union address?”
Minimum Wage, Overtime Laws Due For Reform: Republicans

Minimum Wage, Overtime Laws Due For Reform: Republicans

Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 15:07:07 in Politics

“Apparently one effect of the Walker anti-union legislation in Wisconsin is that it is now legal for the state to use prison slave labor in a lot more jobs, like doing the gardening and maintenance at the State Capitol.”
Minimum Wage, Overtime Laws Due For Reform: Republicans

Minimum Wage, Overtime Laws Due For Reform: Republicans

Commented Jul 17, 2011 at 15:03:07 in Politics

“The most important reform to this law would be to change the number of hours worked before overtime kicks in from 40 hours to 32 hours. Because of computers and other technological advances, productivity has increased tremendously in the past 40 years. A worker now outputs more in 32 hours than workers used to in 40 hours. 8 hours is 20% of 40 hours. About 20% of American workers are unemployed. So if the work week was shortened by 20% the same work could be spread around over 20% more workers, eliminating unemployment, homelessness, crime, etc. There would be ancillary laws regarding taxes and other matters which would have to be adjusted so that workers could earn the same amount in 32 that they used to in 40 hours. It is the increase in productivity that makes all this possible.

The savings in assistance to the unemployed and impoverished would more than pay for the extra costs involved with having people on shorter work weeks.”
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Remembering Tuli

Commented Aug 9, 2010 at 21:38:32 in Entertainment

“I saw him on Democracy Now! this morning. I thought it was in poor taste to show him suffering and run his desperate cries. I hope I have the strength to blow my head off before I get like that and I would certainly have refused the oxygen.”
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How Obama Can Demonstrate Real Leadership on the Economic Crisis

Commented Sep 19, 2008 at 19:15:34 in Politics

“When the government needs money, like it always does, it has to get a lot of it from people who have money and lots of it.

There are two ways to get that money.

1. Taxes

2. Borrow the money from the rich who have extra because their taxes were cut or eliminated. When you run huge deficits they are funded by selling bonds to the rich. That way the rich keep their money and everybody else pays taxes to fund the interest on their money the rich receive. Robin Hood in reverse.

No wonder Bush loves huge deficits.”
Why This Election is So Close

Why This Election is So Close

Commented Sep 19, 2008 at 19:09:06 in Politics

“Read "Was the 2004 Election Stolen? by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in the Sept. 12 issue of Rolling Stone.

The answer is yes, and if the actual election can be stolen, how can the "polls" be trusted?

NothingtoHide on Sep 19, 2008 at 23:20:01

“You are right, heavyrunner. The election was indeed stolen in 2000 and 2004- and heavily tampered with in 2006. I too am wary of the polls- maybe not all of them, but at least many of them. Whether or not people want to believe it, there is a massive effort (and yes, I will use the "c" word: "conspiracy") to steal elections, most notably by Diebold. The fact that we have privatized machine software to take and tabulate our votes is the height of INSANITY. It is well known that Diebold favors the Republican ticket-Walden O'Dell said it! Add to that broken voting machines in overwhelmingly Democratic districts / precincts, voter intimidation and disenfranchisement.The list goes on and on and on. Check out

So, I really wonder if the last elections were really that close.....and I wonder if the polls are tainted. I wouldn't put it past Rove, Schmidt and the rest of "the undertakers". In any case, it is hard to believe that ANY significant portion of the country can be masochistic enough to favor the Repubs AGAIN after this party did eveything possible to plunder everything in America, including people's wallets (with the exception of the very rich). I believe that most of America is smarter than what the polls indicate.


SailFree on Sep 19, 2008 at 20:04:36

“If one never faces the fact that one's product is flawed and continues to blame the customers for not buying or the competition for cheating, then one will continue to lose.”
Enough!: Why Obama Should Release His Righteous Rage

Enough!: Why Obama Should Release His Righteous Rage

Commented Sep 12, 2008 at 14:08:31 in Politics

“The rage should be directed at the Democratic advisers who convinced him to go with a Republican Light agenda instead of a truly progressive one.

While he's yelling he should call for immediate, complete withdrawal of all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, a new investigation of 9/11, Single Payer Medicare for All, Energy and Transportation conversion, cancellation of WTO and NAFTA, channeling of capital infusions through homeowners accounts on the way to the big lenders.

In other words, the silence is not a matter of voice volume, the silence of the Obama message is in its abandonment of substance.

He needs to come out swinging with progressive ideas that will motivate his base.”

JohnShank on Sep 12, 2008 at 14:31:29

“Yeah, because that would definitely win over the red states; progressive ideas. That is the part of the country that hears progressive views and thinks socialism. Why don't we just paint a bullseye on Obama's chest and hand Faux News and the RNC a loaded gun! McC is already trying to paint him as a tax-and-spend, limousine liberal . He shouldn't do more to exacerbate that”
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Hype Busters at Mother Jones Bring the Noise

Commented Aug 21, 2008 at 22:47:55 in Home

“That is what John Lennon said that LSD did to him. He made the statement after he had quit using the drug.”
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Why "Radio Silence" Can be a Good Thing in VP Selection

Commented Aug 21, 2008 at 20:59:26 in Politics

“We have enough trouble trusting the official vote on election day, and now I am supposed to trust the "polls," which have no independent oversight?

After the 2004 election I got involved with my own local elections, and am now the Inspector and Technology Supervisor at one of our polling places. If you are an honest person and want to insure the integrity of our election process, you should get involved with your local elections board in some way.”
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Georgia at War: What I Saw

Commented Aug 21, 2008 at 20:49:10 in Politics

“Mounted on ICBMs with mobile launchers and hardened shelters aimed at the U.S. and on a hair trigger launch alert?

That is still the case with the nuclear arsenals of the U.S. and Russia. We are all just ten minutes away from ultimate destruction, and have been since the 1960s. The only thing that ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall and other events commonly referred to as the end of the Cold War was the strident rhetoric. The militaries of the two countries never stood down the missiles or reprogrammed the targeting.”
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Georgia at War: What I Saw

Commented Aug 21, 2008 at 20:41:33 in Politics

“The population of South Ossetia is about 70,000. Minnesota has a population of 5,167,101 according to one 2006 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau.”
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Georgia at War: What I Saw

Commented Aug 21, 2008 at 20:34:52 in Politics

“Did the Russian General who gave such generous quotes speak excellent French? Or do you, Mr. Levy, speak Russian? We are now to accept that Russia is supplying Hamas and Hezzbola with weapons based on this report of a conversation in a ditch between two individuals who don't speak the same language? What rubbish!

Saakashvili was elected with 96% of the vote in his most recent election. The last Georgian leader to win by such a margin was Joseph Stalin!”

Paprikapink on Aug 24, 2008 at 10:14:25

“In most of the world, it is common to speak at least two languages. In Europe and the Middle East, French is widely spoken. Levy in all likelihood was traveling with a translator. There may be a lot of disputable claims in Levy's piece, but the idea that they can be dismissed because he's quoting someone with whom he may not share a language doesn't hold water.”

research on Aug 21, 2008 at 21:00:40

“And Stalin came from.....Georgia!!!!!
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Did McCain Steal His "Cross in the Dirt" Story at the Saddleback Forum From Solzhenitsyn?

Commented Aug 18, 2008 at 18:33:55 in Politics

“This article admits that McCain mentions this story in his book published in 1999. It may well be bullshit, but there is a lot more about McCain that is worse than this.

He could be hallucinating since he is somewhat out of his head due to the torture he endured for 5 years. He is not fit to be President of the United States, and it would be insane to trust someone with that much repressed anger with the nuclear football.”
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Crisis in Georgia Beginning to Turn Into a Big Political Liability for McCain

Commented Aug 18, 2008 at 17:01:14 in Politics

“Of course warmongering about a place most Americans have never heard of, let alone been within 5 thousand miles of in a way that could lead to nuclear holocaust is a "liability!" No s**t as they say.

Some 527 group should start running the "Girl with a Daisy" with a countdown to an H-bomb blast that was run the last time a crazy warmonger from Arizona was running for President in 1964. Obama could narrate with little change from the 1964 ad, and it would ring true and hit home hard.

Here's the ad that many describe as the most powerful political advertisement of all time:
The Media's Problem Of

The Media's Problem Of "False Balance" Showing Itself In Electoral Map Analyses

Commented Aug 12, 2008 at 13:40:45 in Politics

“When you steal the election through nefarious means such as rigged electronic vote counts, purging the roles, and placing disproportionate numbers of voting machines in Republican precincts so there are huge lines in Democratic precincts you have to have the public ready for the unexpected so you report that the race is close.

Otherwise it might look too obvious when the election is stolen.”

jubal8 on Aug 12, 2008 at 13:50:20

“God, I long for the day when I don't even consider believing that.”
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Hamdan Case a Joke

Commented Aug 9, 2008 at 11:24:16 in Politics

“Let's pretend that some people wake up and realize that 9/11 and the anthrax were of the same piece. The evidence is actually followed where it goes, and it leads to the Naval Observatory.

Should Dick Cheney's driver get a show trial?

I don't think so.”
Three Questions For ABC News About Its Anthrax Reporting

Three Questions For ABC News About Its Anthrax Reporting

Commented Aug 4, 2008 at 21:32:32 in Home

“There are professional standards of confidentiality regarding psychiatry. How can it be that we are treated to taped statements by Dr. Ivins' claimed counselor or whatever we are being told that woman's relationship to him was detailing the opinions of his psychiatrist?

This seems like something out of a Kafka or Orwell novel.

It does not pass the smell test.

It reeks of autocrats overreacting in fear that they are unable to any longer keep the lid on.

And there is no way for the viewer to know if ABC completely fabricated the claimed sources for their story or not because they have not told us their names, so we can't check. We need to move to a journalistic standard that gives little or no credence to stories based upon anonymous sources.

"He gave us the information with the understanding that he would remain anonymous because he was not authorized to release it." George Orwell

When you see the above disclaimer in a news article you should say to yourself - "I can't pay any attention to this because it could well be completely made up."”
Three Questions For ABC News About Its Anthrax Reporting

Three Questions For ABC News About Its Anthrax Reporting

Commented Aug 4, 2008 at 21:15:16 in Home

“40 years ago my high school journalism teacher taught us the difference between a story that quoted named sources and reports that quoted anonymous sources. She said that we should never believe stories that did not quote named sources because if we were not told who the sources were we had no way of checking to see if the story was completely made up or not.

The real truth, if this story about the anthrax supposedly coming from Iraq is completely investigated and the facts emerge, may be that more than just the anthrax itself is coming from black budget associated elements of the U.S. government.”
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