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28 November 2017, 6:04 UTCThanksgiving 2017! - we are still at war.

Looks like we have grown even further apart.
The covert intellectual war against the democracies have won.
Good luck picking up the pieces.

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22 November 2016, 14:34 UTCThe problem is...

Half of this country does not understand the other half.
Give the following a go:

The Living Years by Mike & the Mechanics

Have a Happy Thanksgiving if you can.

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15 November 2016, 6:43 UTCDon't ass(u)me

It is better to talk about differences from inside than outside.

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13 November 2016, 5:43 UTCBully!

Let us bring back ideas from Teddy and his Progressive Party.

- taken from the wikipedia article on the Progressive Party (and condensed further by me):

More direct democracy:
- citizens may remove an elected official before the end of his term
- citizens may decide on a law by popular vote
- citizens may propose a law by petition and enact it by popular vote

P.S. Little Hitler was right. Probably even more right.
Which is the best kind of right.

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1 October 2016, 4:33 UTCNot disturbing at all

Nice caption: not-disturbing.png

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18 August 2014, 4:48 UTCOverheard on the Internets: "Operation: Extended Warranty."

"... the latest adventurism in Iraq"

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4 October 2013, 2:37 UTCHey FCC, during this time of trial, why don't you take down your ftp server as well?

It looks like during the latest government shutdown, the FCC thought it best to take down static information on the website and replace it with this page:


Federal Communications Commission

We regret the disruption, but during the Federal Government-wide shutdown, the FCC is limited to performing duties that are immediately necessary for the safety of life or the protection of property. FCC online systems will not be available until further notice.

FCC Shutdown Plan
Public Notice on Procedures for Filings
Notice Regarding Pending Section 214 Applications Due to the Lapse in Appropriations
Auction 902 Short-Form Application Filing Window Suspended
Informal Transaction Shot Clocks Suspended During Lapse in Funding
Postponement of October 2, 2013 E911 Location Accuracy Workshop
If you need to contact the FCC to address an emergency situation, please call: (202) 418-1122 or email: FCCOPCenter@fcc.gov.

Telecommunications companies must continue to use the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), which will remain available during the shutdown, to file reports of telecommunication service disruptions pursuant to Part 4 of the FCC's rules. NORS allows companies to file Notifications, Initial Reports and Final Reports. The information on service disruptions is essential to maintain and improve the reliability and security of the telecommunications infrastructure.

Vacancy announcements for positions that were open for receipt of applications have been closed and will re-open when the Government is operational.

During this time, the FCC is not accepting any deliveries of supplies, or services that have not been identified as necessary for the safety of life or the protection of property.

The Commission has issued a Public Notice concerning procedures for submissions that would be due to the FCC during the shutdown.


last reviewed/updated on 10/1/2013


Fine and dandy. But it would seem other "less visible" forms of info are left standing (i.e. the ftp site):
I guess it might be more of a stunt if you just take out the most visible targets eh?
ftp ftp.fcc.gov
(if you are not old enough, don't forget to put in anonymous for the ftp username)

ls /pub/forms/Form601
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls
total 8698
-rw-r--r--   1 100      100       196221 Oct  7  2010 2010fs.pdf
-rw-r--r--   1 100      100        34987 Aug 26 15:26 601.html
-rw-r--r--   1 100      100      2647832 Apr 16 12:50 601.pdf
-rw-r--r--   1 100      100       312458 Jun 20 10:06 601MainForm_ScheduleA.pdf
-rw-r--r--   1 100      100        76701 Aug 23 10:10 601fs.pdf
-rw-r--r--   1 100      100       279338 Jun  7 09:48 601ps.pdf
-rw-r--r--   1 100      100       495669 Nov 15  2008 605fs.pdf
226 Transfer complete.

Oh, look forms from August 23rd 2013.
But then again you could not leave that info on the website as the web is for
making political hay....

Silly WWW you should have died young. Gopher should not have died at all.
Long live floodgap.com! Still need to post this to gopherspace as well... Some day.

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13 August 2013, 3:43 UTCNow Bruce chimes in on the firing.

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2013/08/nsa_increasing.html
I tend to agree with the comments to the post that say that most will be re-hired as contract workers to watch the full time employees.
This is how .gov works!

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9 August 2013, 3:56 UTCDirty little tricks by the NSA should not have any effect on jobs?

Looks like a couple of e-mail providers quit due to pressure from the NSA.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/08/lavabit-encrypted-email-service-shuts-down-cant-say-why
But we can trust the spooks and the administration when they say that there won't be any negative fallout from the gag orders.
I feel safer already, don't you.
I hope your business is not next...



Wow, another day, and more lay-offs:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/09/us-usa-security-nsa-leaks-idUSBRE97801020130809
If you can't trust 'em, fire 'em.
Sucks to be a sysadmin at the NSA, but then again, the NSA sucks.
And now the suck gets handed down to employees as there will be "code" to replace the 90% of the sysadmins.
Yep, good luck with that. It has never been tried and failed.
Glad to see something will slow down the NSA, but I did not guess it would be themselves :-)

The day would not be complete without more job losses from the NSA snooping:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/09/net-us-germany-spying-telekom-idUSBRE9780L020130809
I suppose they say that the datacenters that Deutsche Telekom ran in the U.S. did not employ any U.S. employees?
Dropping like flies folks. Not quite a hurricane Sandy, but it might have a longer term effect.

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8 August 2013, 2:41 UTCStrict oversight, my ass.

It would seem that Snowden might have been right about saying that the stink permeates:
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/08/dea-and-nsa-team-intelligence-laundering
So, it would seem that sharing that closely held data with any other .gov is ok eh?
Something smells rotten.

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4 July 2013, 3:45 UTCManning, Snowden, and now Morales
29 October 2012, 18:25 UTCNada.

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