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  More people died at the hands of governments than at the hands of terrorists. So giving the government more power doesn't solve the problem, particularly if the terrorists actions are directly or indirectly motivated by crimes committed by governments with the spleen of building empires.   The problem is, people have been professionally distracted and brainwashed, and a professional army made the country willing to engage in wars, because nobody has to fear the draft....
  Yes Bush wrote the Patriot Act. Before then there were the Clipper, TIA, Topsail, Echelon, Carnivore and other programs, under a variety of Presidents, all aiming at the same goal of creating a Minority Report like future, even pre-9/11. Obama could have repealed a bunch of things, and he even took back a campaign promise by granting retroactive immunity for the telcos anyway. They are all birds of a feather....who cares if they are blue or red, they do the same: amass...
  For all we know, they might have litigated this. But because it's all in secret, in secret courts, with sealed proceedings and with gag orders, you'll never know if they did or didn't. There might be a reason why they are the last ones to comply. Maybe they fought it and lost. Apple hardly was enthusiastic about this, otherwise they'd be among the first to partake, not one of the last ones.   The Patriot Act is such an insidious piece of legislation that it can be the...
The amazing thing is this: both iOS (after quite some time) and OS X' e-mail allow for S/MIME encrypted e-mail, which would make things quite a bit more difficult, at least in the e-mail department. But of course, just about everyone's too lazy to set it up (must use self-signed certs if one is to trust it, because the certificat authorities likely have to hand over private keys to the NSA, too.) Heck, most mailing lists strip away the public key attachment,...
  Nobody is doing anything voluntarily, because it costs them mega bucks to comply with these information requests. Lying is all the can do, because by law they are required to deny any knowledge and are not allowed to warn the victims of a spy attack that they are targeted. Simple silence is always interpreted as "tacit agreement", or as the old Romans said: "Qui tacit consentire videtur", thus a dementi is the only thing they can plausibly do within the legal...
  The problem is the two party system and the winner-take-all approach to representation, gerrymandering election district boundaries, etc.   When the option is to cast a vote between bad and worse, how do you expect to get even halfway decent politicians in power?   The "choice" we have is like going to a restaurant and getting the "choice" of french fries and onion rings, when what we're looking for are healthy vegetables and a fresh salad.
Apple denying means nothing, because so called national security letters make it illegal to even acknowledge the receipts thereof. Thus Apple saying they participate would likely be illegal itself, and how would they know about such a program unless they were participating, so again they'd have to deny not to incriminate themselves. China, soviet Russia, and the US as well as increasingly so the EU countries use more or less the same Gestapo tactics to "protect" their...
  What a crock of sh**! Objective? What is objective? WIth your definition of photography, we might as well post a Google Earth satellite picture of the area of the event with each article. Heck the f-ing camera is pointed in the right direction, right?   You really showed that you have ABSOLUTELY ZERO CLUE about photography. You can point the camear 100 times in "the right direction" and show a different face of a similar event. That's (on a non-political level) wedding...
NotNot only do sports NEED no quality, sports NEED no coverage.Sports are a useless waste of time, a distraction from what matters.What matters in a democracy is to cover the subject matters that are relevant to policy decisions: war, environment, social issues, health care, conduct of government itself.The press has degenerated to a reproduction of pre-spun news releases and insurance-adjuster "quality" images.This is neither journalism not photography.
Neither the newspaper nor the people commenting here get it.It's not the camera that takes the picture but the eye of the photographer.No matter of the "quality" of the iPhone camera, it has no control over depth of field, focal length, etc.The iPhone may be the best point and shoot camera, but except for a few lucky occasions that happen to call for the phone's setup, it just won't be the proper tool.There is a difference between taking a picture like an insurance...
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