• Cujo359 commented on the blog post We Could Have Hired 10,000 Teachers– Instead, We Got a War

    2014-09-30 09:05:43View | Delete

    Or we could have kept 10,000 teachers employed…

    Trouble with this sort of argument that people who favor a war always seem to think of it as a necessity – worth it whatever the price is. All I get from such people is the rhetorical equivalent of a blank stare.

    Plus, of course, at the federal level there’s really as much money as there needs to be. Tax revenue doesn’t really matter when you can print the money.

    Still, this is one of the many tragedies of our current “kill them all and let god(s) sort them out” foreign policy. We could have made much better use of both the money and the resources.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Kerry Says U.S. Troops Could Deploy to Iraq

    2014-09-10 14:03:10View | Delete

    That somebody is correct, at least as long as the war doesn’t reach our shores.War seems to have become another profit center for the defense industry.

  • Cujo359 commented on the diary post Real Fiscal Responsibility I: Preliminaries by letsgetitdone.

    2014-08-30 11:41:21View | Delete

    In 1976, Carter ran, in part, on a platform of “fiscal responsibility,” a virtuous “adult” behavior, while also promising to restore full employment.

    Marking the beginning, as I see it, of the times when progressives began speaking about balancing the budget because we’re the adults, dontcha know? That sanctimonious tone progressives often use when they’re discussing [...]

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Four Ways to Make Law Enforcement Less Adversarial

    2014-08-20 14:39:09View | Delete

    That’s a good list of goals.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Four Ways to Make Law Enforcement Less Adversarial

    2014-08-20 14:37:55View | Delete

    Harsh drug laws have turned a huge swath of the population into criminals, making them see the police as adversaries not protectors.

    They’ve also helped create an environment where the most ruthless people end up in charge of selling and distributing, and where those criminals can afford to arm themselves with serious weaponry. I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve seen this trend toward more militarized police forces.

    Nothing like using one poorly thought out law (military arms transfers to police forces) to ameliorate a problem created by other foolish laws (drugs).

  • Cujo359 commented on the diary post Robin Williams Found Dead In Tiberon California on Monday August 11, 2014 by spocko.

    2014-08-11 18:46:18View | Delete

    One of my favorite Robin Williams bits:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd3KB5Z39vo&list=PLBBB4C348136B35FB

    Yes, I’m a Springsteen fan.

    It’s a sad day.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Democrats Are Practically Begging for Obama to be Impeached

    2014-07-29 11:12:25View | Delete

    What Rep. Scalise did was what any congressperson should have done in his place. Only congresspeople who don’t want to assume responsibility for how the government behaves would take impeachment off the table.

  • NSP == needle swapping programs?? OST == ???

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post A Flimsy Argument Against Single Payer

    2014-07-03 18:08:38View | Delete

    Congress could easily pass a law that says any insurance plan which gets money from the government or is supported by preferential tax treatment can’t cover X.

    Or, it could say Medicaid/Medicare funds can’t be used for X. Anyway, bottom line is that while health insurance is so expensive that most folks can’t afford it w/o some sort of subsidy, that can happen.

    To me, the problem is that this fractures the health care market. Some people’s contraceptive care is covered, and some isn’t. Plus, there’s the excuse (mostly fiction in today’s economy) that you can go elsewhere if you don’t like one company’s health care plan. As if that was the only reason we chose employers.

    So, yes, Ezra Klein is either not terribly aware of what life is like for most of us, or he’s a shill.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Dear Internet,

    2014-06-25 14:40:25View | Delete

    Ditto. I also use NoScript, which keeps Javascript-related annoyances to a minimum.

    Though I’d suggest disabling AdBlockPlus for sites like FDL, which presumably you’d like to support.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post How to Communicate Securely with the Media

    2014-06-12 14:04:36View | Delete

    What is sad is that three of the journalists who would most benefit from this information are clueless about how to set this up on THEIR end.

    Unfortunately, many journalists have little or no technical training. The further you get from the technology,science, or defense beats the less likely you are to find a journalist who knows about this stuff, let alone the precautions you need to go to to ensure what you have on your system is what you think it is.

    News publishers should work with the Freedom of the Press Foundation to set up their own Secure Drop sites, and then teach their reporters how to use them.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post How to Communicate Securely with the Media

    2014-06-12 13:56:59View | Delete

    Seconded. It’s not open source, and Google has at the very least been victimized by NSA and other government agencies. What makes that a problem is that Chrome shares information without the user’s permission.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post How to Communicate Securely with the Media

    2014-06-12 09:29:15View | Delete

    Just today, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) announced they have a new Secure Drop location. Their onion URL is:

    dqeasamlf3jld2kz.onion

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post How to Communicate Securely with the Media

    2014-06-12 09:08:33View | Delete

    Incidentally, the Washington Post has a Secure Drop site now. Its onion URL is:

    vbmwh445kf3fs2v4.onion

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post How to Communicate Securely with the Media

    2014-06-12 09:06:12View | Delete

    TAILS can be run from a DVD, too. An alternate method for communicating might be:

    - burn TAILS onto a DVD
    - use a computer somewhere you don’t normally go (per orig. instructions)
    - turn off computer when finished

    There will be no permanent record of your communications on the computer or DVD.

  • Cujo359 commented on the diary post Saturday Art: Bill Mauldin, ‘Willie and Joe’ and beyond by Ruth Calvo.

    2014-06-07 13:10:17View | Delete

    Mauldin’s memoir Up Front should be required reading for anyone thinking of joining the service. Many details of a soldier’s life have changed over the years, but Mauldin described its essence very well.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Saturday Art: Bill Mauldin, ‘Willie and Joe’ and beyond

    2014-06-07 12:58:50View | Delete

    Mauldin’s memoir Up Front should be required reading for anyone thinking of joining the service. Many details of a soldier’s life have changed over the years, but Mauldin described its essence very well.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Late Night: Banana Republic

    2014-05-29 20:21:16View | Delete

    By protesting entirely too much, they have drawn long overdue attention to their own epic wrongness on everything that matters since Sept. 11, 2001.

    No kidding. If one thing has become abundantly clear over the years since, it’s that there’s a Washington (DC) consensus among politicians, the press who cover them, and just about anyone else there who matters. As long as you adhere to that consensus, you can be spectacularly wrong and you won’t lose any of your “serious” credentials. Go against it, though, and even if you’re always right you won’t be taken seriously.

    That’s how a guy half Williams’ age can know so much more about how the world really works than he does.

    Of course, I can’t help but note that 31 isn’t young in most fields of endeavor these days. In some fields, like hockey and mathematics, 31 can be old. It’s still amazing to me that there are so many people who accept that if you’re 19 years old you’re old enough to carry a gun and fire it at people, but you’re not old enough at 29 to figure out whether someone is classifying illegal activity or not.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Exene Cervenka Is Bat Sh!t: “Isla Vista Shooting a Hoax”

    2014-05-29 14:49:51View | Delete

    To complete that thought – I’ll have no trouble listening to X again, because they were a great band. I can’t assume what made them a great band then will always be true.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Exene Cervenka Is Bat Sh!t: “Isla Vista Shooting a Hoax”

    2014-05-29 14:47:04View | Delete

    I never ever want to see X play again or hear their music.

    I try not to associate art with the people who create it, at least if that doesn’t help me understand what the art is trying to tell me. Loving the work doesn’t mean you have to love the artist. I know in your case it’s more personal (thanks to knowing Ms. Cervenka), but in my case I’ll have no trouble listening again.

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