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    Posted By: Andrew Palfreyman...the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
    Also known as: "The American Dream".

    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2017
    At 94, he said, “You no longer worry about keeping your job.”
    “It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.” - Joseph Heller, Catch 22
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017 edited
    UK home secretary: ‘real people’ don’t want unbreakable encryption

    It’s not that the UK government doesn’t like, or intends to ban, end-to-end encryption, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd wrote in The Telegraph on Monday.

    It just wants to break it a little. It’s OK, Rudd says: “real people” couldn’t give a rat’s rear about perfect security.

    Real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security. So this is not about asking the companies to break encryption or create so called “back doors”. Who uses WhatsApp because it is end-to-end encrypted, rather than because it is an incredibly user-friendly and cheap way of staying in touch with friends and family?
    • CommentAuthorBigOilRep
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd 2017
    Amber Rudd is a fucking idiot
    Congress should make a deal directly with Putin.
    "If you release the stuff on Trump so we can get rid of him, we will reduce the sanctions".
    In times of hardship, in times of crises, societies throughout history have experienced wrenching dislocations in their fundamental values and beliefs. We are alarmed that some of the current voices of stridency and division may replace those of reason and unity. If these voices continue unchallenged, the results will be predictable: a rise in “demonology” and hostility, a breakdown in community and social spirit, a deterioration of free and open dialogue, and the temptation to grasp at simplistic solutions for complex problems.
    Excerpt from the founding mission statement of People For The American Way, 1981.
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2017
    Well Texans, this is what climate change looks like. Extreme storms are a proven element of global warming and the Earth's changing climate. You routinely vote for politicians who deny climate change and are home to many of the world's biggest corporate hacks (here's looking at you Exxon Mobil).

    As hurricane Harvey destroys your homes, schools, roads and businesses don't expect a federal government bailout from FEMA, either. You Texans need to pull yourselves up by your bootstraps and rebuild on your own dime. When you vote for politicians who work to deconstruct environmental regulations and the scope of government, you'd be hypocrites to ask for help from FEMA. Sadly, I doubt that will stop you from doing so.
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2017 edited
    To Al and any other 'trappers living in Texas: Batten down the hatches and stay safe. Your friends on the 'trap wish you well and will be thinking of you. Good luck.
    Thanks. If the winds come up as forecast I anticipate power and internet outages, so I may drop off the net for a while, but please don't worry, we aren't going to be flooded out this far inland and tornadoes are unlikely.
    • CommentAuthorkorkskrew
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2017
    From Melanoma's FB
    Jennifer Greene Woolums We love you Melania, and your shoes!
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2017
    Well at least you know she's not looking for a ride in your rubber boat.
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2017
    "America hating immigrants is like a body rejecting its own blood."

    ~Hari Kondabolu
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2017
    “It’s been tens of billions of dollars more in investment. And each day new equipment is delivered – new and beautiful equipment, the best in the world, the best anywhere in the world, by far. Hopefully we’re not going to have to use it on North Korea. If we do use it on North Korea, it will be a very sad day for North Korea.”
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2017 edited
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2017
    Douglas Bader once gave a speech at an upmarket girls’ school in England, about an episode as a WWII pilot, during which address he described “two of the fuckers behind me, three fuckers to my right, another fucker to the left”. A pale-faced headmistress interjected: “Ladies, the Fokker was a German aircraft.” And Bader responded: "That may be, madam, but these fuckers were in Messerschmitts."
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2017