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  • frankBel commented on the blog post Study Proves Campaign Donations Buy Access

    2014-03-13 18:23:33View | Delete

    Back in 2011 I downloaded the Forbes 400, then compared their wealth to the wealth of some 660 of Washington’s finest; Congressional members (House & Senate), various Executive and Judicial branch members. The wealthiest 400 were 525 times wealthier than the entire 660 government officials. It is no exaggeration to point out that any dozen from the 400 could hire half the Congress to kill the other half. Not that it would ever become necessary.

  • frankBel commented on the blog post NSA Program Stopped No Terrorist Attacks

    2013-12-20 18:19:40View | Delete

    The first question anybody should ask is, “Do you folks have an entitlement to lie in order to defend this program?”

    If the answer is “yes,” then stop. No sense wasting words or time.

    If the answer is “no,” then how do you explain these many previous “least untruthful” statements.

  • frankBel commented on the blog post NSA Bugged the United Nations’ Headquarters

    2013-08-25 13:37:18View | Delete

    he fact is, all the defenders of the NSA, from President Obama on down, believe they have an entitlement to lie in order to defend this program. I think that should be the first question asked of these people: “Do you folks believe you have an entitlement to lie in the defense of these programs?” “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Amendment IV

  • frankBel commented on the blog post NSA Bugged the United Nations’ Headquarters

    2013-08-25 13:35:38View | Delete

    The fact is, all the defenders of the NSA, from President Obama on down, believe they have an entitlement to lie in order to defend this program. I think that should be the first question asked of these people: “Do you folks believe you have an entitlement to lie in the defense of these programs?”

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

  • According to James Bamford’s article in Wired, published over a year ago, the data center the NSA will be capable of handling yottabytes (10^24 characters) while storing and managing exobytes (10^18 characters). Additionally, according to Jane Mayer’s article on Thomas Drake where she quotes Matthew Aid, the author of a heralded 2009 history of the agency, stating that they’re as interested in selection as well as collection.

    So let’s start with a little math: 10^18 characters divided among approximately 10 billion people leaves about 100 megabytes for every human on the planet. What in the world do they plan to do with that capacity?

    Point two:- They claim that the only data they’re looking at is the metadata, which only contains contact information, and not content. But the fact remains that they’re incorporating this data into searchable databases and that they can drill down and extract content any time they wished.

    Once more:- What in the world do they plan to do with that capacity?

  • frankBel commented on the blog post Head Of NSA Claims He Doesn’t Know “Who Wikileaks Are”

    2013-06-24 12:28:33View | Delete

    If every word from NSA spokespeople are lies, then they’re not disclosing classified information. Conversely, if they’re not disclosing classified information, then what they’re saying are lies. Therefore, if their lips are moving, they’re lying.

  • A couple of points: The NSA data-collection capabilities were “classified,” which means that while no longer “secret,” they could not be discussed in public, and thus were beyond meaningful Congressional regulation and control;

    Two, while they weren’t actively data-mining, they always had the capability to drill down into the database and extract whatever specific email, conversation, or errand an investigator might want. A difficult member of Congress, for example, or other “troublesome priest.”

  • No, those storm-damaged areas won’t be abandoned. Poor people will occupy them.

  • frankBel commented on the blog post Durbin Outlines Democratic Approach on Grand Bargain

    2012-11-27 19:52:19View | Delete

    One budget measure I would support would be to zero out all federal money spent on any Representative’s or Senator’s Secret Service detail that touches any of the social safety net, especially Social Security, Medicare Medicaid, Food Stamps. I’ll bet that would get their attention.

  • The only reason Republicans want to privatize Medicare and Social Security is because, unlike our military, these two programs are living examples of government programs that work well and have worked well since their start. Between the two, over a century of successful government programs.

  • frankBel commented on the blog post Medical Marijuana Will Likely Make the Ballot in North Dakota

    2012-08-07 10:38:23View | Delete

    What are the 17 states that have approved Medical Marijuana?

  • I couldn’t read it because the typeface color is too close to the background shade. Perhaps your webmaster should take notice.

  • Paying war taxes offends my religious beliefs, but evidently, it doesn’t offend them enough to be able to warrant an exception.

  • frankBel commented on the diary post The First Bank Has Been Criminally Indicted for Mortgage Fraud by Cynthia Kouril.

    2012-06-09 20:10:03View | Delete

    Would exposing the regulators to Obstruction of Justice prosecutions for not issuing the referrals be a path toward getting the necessary referrals? I vaguely recall one agency shredding documents pointing to criminal activity. I’ve always maintained that this was a clear and coherent Conspiracy to Defraud involving the regulators as well as the banksters, and [...]

  • frankBel commented on the blog post Foreclosure Fraud Panel, Netroots 2012

    2012-06-08 06:49:44View | Delete

    Will a transcript be available?

  • frankBel commented on the diary post Income Inequality, Racism and Imprisonment by TomThumb.

    2012-06-02 21:54:37View | Delete

    How is income inequality quantified across a population? Is it the average disparity between any individual’s wealth and the mean? Or the average? Who keeps those statistics and how are they arrived at?

  • frankBel commented on the diary post Income Inequality, Racism and Imprisonment by TomThumb.

    2012-06-02 21:37:26View | Delete

    The wealthiest 535 Americans are at least 100 times wealthier than the 535 Senators and Representatives that make up the U.S. Congress. Maybe 500 times wealthier, even though our Congress is populated with multi-millionaires. Any dozen could easily fund a fatal primary against any legislator, and everyone knows this. In fact, it might not be [...]

  • frankBel commented on the blog post The Word You are Looking for Is “Lied”

    2012-05-29 10:50:30View | Delete

    As Sparky once commented, “A promise is a Delayed-Action, Time-Released lie.”

  • frankBel commented on the blog post Lack of a Straightforward Defense of the Individual Mandate

    2012-03-28 17:59:27View | Delete

    I don’t understand the objection to a federal “mandate.” Wasn’t the draft a mandate, and wasn’t the draft Constitutional?

  • Amendment XV

    Section 1
    The rights of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude,

    Section 2
    The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    The only wiggle-room in the XV is in the word, “appropriate.” However, if I (or much of the FDL community) were in the White House, I (we) would have the DoJ indict Clarence Thomas and his wife for conspiracy to falsify government documents.

    That would certainly get their attention …

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