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  • quake commented on the blog post Thomas Drake Proved To Be Bloody Well Right

    2011-06-24 13:12:09View | Delete

    The usual description for an actor who behaves that way is predator.

    Or maybe sociopath.

  • quake commented on the blog post Thomas Drake Proved To Be Bloody Well Right

    2011-06-24 07:24:10View | Delete

    No argument from me.

  • quake commented on the blog post Thomas Drake Proved To Be Bloody Well Right

    2011-06-24 07:08:04View | Delete

    It was obvious when he voted for FISA immunity as a Senator that we were in for some disappointment, but he did appoint Dawn Johnson to OLC but then never followed through…. Kind of makes you wonder if the NSA spooks overhead anything interesting they are using to pressure him (or if he planned this all along, or if he just is a wimp who’s not able to stand up to the spook community or ….).

  • quake commented on the blog post Thomas Drake Proved To Be Bloody Well Right

    2011-06-24 06:44:45View | Delete

    yep, business as usual I’m thankful that I voted for change.

    You mean change that you could believe in, IIRC,

  • Sorry, but Grover C. was a DINO, not a Rethug.

  • quake commented on the blog post In Re Sealed Case and the Goldsmith Memo

    2011-03-28 22:24:31View | Delete

    she was surveilled under the warrantlses program)

    minor typo: warrantlses –> warrantless

  • quake commented on the diary post Japanese Nuclear Plant Operator Missed Key Equipment Inspections, CEO Ducks Spotlight by Jim White.

    2011-03-21 15:07:28View | Delete

    The Japanese media are focusing on the disaster prevention aspects. Once the crisis is over there will be extensive examinations of what went wrong, I think. Also parliamentary investigations.

  • quake commented on the blog post A bit of good news

    2011-03-21 07:13:55View | Delete

    I saw a Japanese scientific yesterday on CNN and the way he talked one could easily get the impression that the reactors were starting to be used again! if you didn’t already know what was happening over there and , probably, here on the West coast.
    which they will assure us is “safe”

    Something was probably lost in translation. No one in Japan thinks the reactors will ever be used again. I think what was being discussed was that the emergency teams have succeeded in getting electric power cables (from another company, Tohoku Electric Power) hooked up to all the cooling systems, so that they’re hoping that rather than having to hose down the reactors and holding ponds for the fuel rods that they can get the normal cooling systems back into operation.

  • quake commented on the blog post A bit of good news

    2011-03-21 03:50:07View | Delete

    The problem (it’s pretty bad, but fortunately it missed by a disaster by a hair’s breadth) was caused by the tsunami which knocked out all the cooling systems (due to poor design, etc.). The power company which operated the plant failed to take appropriate action and the Japanese govt took over. They’ve got it cooled down now, thanks to the efforts of the Tokyo Fire Dept, the self-defense forces (army) and many others.

    The levels of radioactive contamination of the vegetables is not too high, but they’re being taken off the market as a safety precaution.

    Right after the quake there was a lot of confusion and lack of info, but the govt is being reasonably forthcoming now. Unfortunately the govt is not doing a good job of briefing the foreign press in English, so the rest of the world outside Japan is slow in getting the story.

    The Japanese govt should probably have taken over faster, but once they did they acted sensibly and effectively. It probably has helped that Prime Minister Kan studied applied physics as a university student.

  • Don’t feed the trolls.

  • quake commented on the blog post Nine Years of Nudity in American Detention

    2011-03-04 13:15:02View | Delete

    Remember how you feel now, when in a year or so the O-Bots come ringing asking you for your vote, your time to volunteer, your efforts or your money.

    You’re right of course, except that if the choice is between, say, Palin and Obama there’s no real choice but the latter still seems somewhat preferable, I suppose, although with no great enthusiasm. (My enthusiasm went out the window when Obama voted for retroactive Telcom immunity in 2008. Once that happened we knew the rest was coming.) What ever happened to the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party? It must be around somewhere, someplace.

  • I mostly agree with you (98% or so) but was being a bit snarky because the reality is (too?) painful to contemplate. But the 2% where I disagree is that we Americans don’t like to face up to the contradictions that have always been a feature (not a bug!) of our history, namely the blatant contradictions between our professed ideals and the actual reality. For example, the stirring words of the preamble of the Declaration of Independence (“…that all men are free…”) were of course written by a slaveholder.

    Throughout U.S. history there have been notable episodes of repression (Slavery and Jim Crow, of course being the most blatant, The Alien and Sedition Act under John Adams, the Palmer Raids under Woodrow Wilson, the forced incarceration of Japanese-Americans under FDR, Joe McCarthy, HUAC, Hoover’s FBI keeping files on everyone) so the current snooping is just a technologically updated version of what we’ve had many times before. But this time it’s coupled with a stupid policy of tax cuts, an even stupider policy of foreign wars at ruinous cost, and a running down of the hardware (roads/bridges) and software (education) infrastructure, coupled with unprecedented large scale corruption, etc.

    It’s true that the U.S. has previously somehow always managed to right itself in the past, but this time it might not. The Roman Republic (for that matter, the Roman Empire too) didn’t last forever either.

  • It is amazing, to me, that the judiciary can, so easily – despite whatever “soul-searching” they may claim, give up a rather enormous amount of power and suasion, not as individuals, but as an institution. This seems an enormous presumption for souls supposedly dedicated to the rule of law, at least as something they mumble to themselves on occasion.

    At various times in the past the Supremes have authorized slavery (1850s) and segregated public facilities (1890s), so compared to that this isn’t such a big deal. Just America being America.