Cujo359

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  • 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.

  • This should help to explain to people why federal drug policy is so terrible.

    Ignorance of science,technology,and economics serves to explain why a great deal of our government’s policies are so terrible. Many congresspeople seem to have very little grasp of the subject matter.

  • ISTM that Snowden’s questions have a couple of largely unremarked benefits. The first is that it shows the Russian President sounding like his American counterpart when he’s declaring that his government does surveillance only within the law, when that is quite obviously not true. Hearing someone else do this ought to bring about a discussion about how little such denials mean, when no one independent can verify the truth.

    Second, and perhaps just as importantly, the Russians lately have been discussing requiring servers that hold information about Russian citizens to be located within Russia. This, supposedly, will keep them safe from prying eyes. Snowden has made the point in the past that this is really an international problem, and it can’t just be fixed by moving communications lines and servers to a different country. That’s an implication that anyone who has followed this situation ought to be able to make, but some folks are so busy smearing Snowden that they don’t seem to see it.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post U.S. States Revive Debtors’ Prisons

    2014-04-16 14:06:55View | Delete

    Sadly, I didn’t get in on that particular boom early enough…

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post U.S. States Revive Debtors’ Prisons

    2014-04-16 13:31:12View | Delete

    it is likely more costly to cage the poor. But, somebody is making money. Or else this would not be happening.

    Almost certainly. If we gave people half the money we spend to put them in jail, they’d mostly be able to support themselves. There are lost of reasons why that’s not a good default policy, but as a practical matter, it’s true.

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Why it is Entirely Democrats’ Fault if they Lose the Senate

    2014-04-16 12:20:16View | Delete

    It’s one of a large number of opportunities to help themselves and the country the Democrats missed from 2008-2010. One can’t help getting the feeling that was OK with them.

  • Cujo359 commented on the diary post NSA’s Bleeding Heart by Synoia.

    2014-04-14 19:46:21View | Delete

    Classification: Absolutely, Positively, Top Secret for Eyes only, Destroy by wiping and flushing after reading. It’s been a while, but I don’t think that was ever an approved classified waste disposal procedure. Good for a laugh, though. BTW, I don’t know if you were imitating him, but Kevin Drum wrote something similar recently. Whether they knew [...]

  • Cujo359 commented on the blog post Stumbling Past Econ 101

    2014-04-13 13:26:34View | Delete

    So Billionaire Bob has total income of $60 million. He pays taxes at Mitt Romney’s rate of 15%, leaving his total income at $51 million. That’s the before picture. How much of that is he spending? Not that much.

    I sometimes put this in terms of things that people would buy, like refrigerators. How many does BB need? Maybe two per each of his dozen houses. Let’s say 25. Now, pay 1000 people $60k each instead. How many do they need? Somewhere around 1000 would be a good guess, 40 times what BB needs. You can apply that logic to ovens, cars, houses, and quite a few other durable goods.

    To me, that’s this fallacy in a nutshell. BB is never going to buy as much stuff as all those people. BB will just buy a few very expensive things that most of us won’t be able to afford anyway, and he’ll park a lot of his money in banks or (hopefully) charities and investments.

    When you need people to buy things, giving BB all the money doesn’t make sense.

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