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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2013
    Meanwhile the US intelligence chief is really a forgetful man :

    "I did not lie to the senate, I just forgot about the NSA efforts to collect phone data"
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2013
    @Wood, you get ten points for linking to Bucko.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2013
    Meanwhile in Germany, adverts that vibrate their way directly into your head if you dare to try and get some rest on your morning commute...
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    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2013
    @Doc, Sneak, Wood:

    The Nafeez Ahmed piece is quite odd. He links a few things that really aren't linked in a way that is designed to make them seem sinister, and then the headline writer has added some more hyperbole.

    Yes, the armed forces (usually the National Guard) can be used in support of civil authorities in disaster relief. Yes, DoD has said a fair amount about climate change and resource scarcity - this, as well as the line about 'anti-government and radical ideologies' is fairly explicitly in countries other than the US. Not sure where the RAND study on peak oil fits in, but, hey, oil! Booz Allen! This isn't new - the studies he cites are from 2006 and 2008. The 2010 study cited again mentions use of military forces in support of the civil authority - i.e. disaster relief.

    The top-line 'unilateral change to US military laws' I know little about, but it's worth noting the top line there, too:
    a. Support in Accordance With the Posse Comitatus Act:

    The primary restriction on DoD participation in civilian law enforcement activities is the Posse Comitatus Act. It provides that whoever willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute U.S. laws, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, shall be fined under title 18, U.S.C., or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. Section 182.6 (a) describes in detail the assistance that the Department of Defense may and may not provide civilian law enforcement agencies.

    b. Support During Civil Disturbances

    The President is authorized by the Constitution and laws of the United States to employ the Armed Forces of the United States to suppress insurrections, rebellions, and domestic violence under various conditions and circumstances. Planning and preparedness by the Federal Government, including the Department of Defense, for civil disturbances is important due to the potential severity of the consequences of such events for the Nation and the population. The employment of Federal military forces to control civil disturbances shall only occur in a specified civil jurisdiction under specific circumstances as authorized by the President, normally through issuance of an Executive order or other Presidential directive authorizing and directing the Secretary of Defense to provide for the restoration of law and order in a specific State or locality.
    That section is certainly nothing new. Thinking about continuity of government is also nothing new; if there is a change to chain of command when the CinC is not available, it is likely tidying up a loophole left over by the last iteration.

    I guess I'm a little baffled by the article, but the excited headline doesn't help.
      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2013
    Amongst the current international spy hunt, and EPIC trolling by Evo Moralez, there is a very important story happening.
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013
    PRISM à la française

    (Link to Guardian article - infographic from Le Monde)
  2.  (11025.8)
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2013
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2013
    Artist uses comics worth £20,000 for papier-mache sculpture
    An artist who made a papier-mache sculpture from comics he found in a skip has found they could have been sold for about £20,000.
    Comic fan Steve Eyre told artist Andrew Vickers the pages pasted to a leg were from a first edition of The Avengers.
    Mr Eyre said the 1963 release, along with other rare comics used to create the artwork were worth thousands.
  3.  (11025.11)
    Fuel train explodes in Canada.

    No information about casualties, but horrible... I used to live next to a massive train marshalling yard and there were always loads of LPG wagons, the thought of this happening used to make my blood run cold...
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2013 edited
    Plane Crash at SFO - it doesn't seem too bad, according to that guy who was on the plane.

    Meanwhile Neil Gaiman was on a plane who was supposed to land at SFO and didn't. He noted :
    They still haven't officially told us on this plane why we aren't flying to sfo. But we have told each other. Thank you twitter.

    Edit : apparently 2 people were killed.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2013
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2013
    @ Wood

    Does it make me a bad person to think that Uranjargal is kind of hot? Also, don't these people realize that the original Nazis would have chucked the lot of them into gas chambers next to the Jews? They're like a Harlem KKK.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2013
    @ johjones

    Well, the American neo-nazis are likewise oblivious to the fact that actual nazis considered americans to be degenerate anglo-saxons mixed with jews... So really this applies any kind of neo-nazis who aren't German.
  4.  (11025.16)

    Did you see the way she was looking at me?
    She's a Nazi, George! A Nazi!
    A helluva cute Nazi though...
  5.  (11025.17)
    Brazilian referee beheaded by spectators after he fatally stabs player.

    I couldn't write so bizarre and suggestive a headline if I was given a year, and a barrel of absinthe.

    Alternately, footballers take that shit more seriously than I do anything...
    • CommentTimeJul 7th 2013 edited
  6.  (11025.19)
    “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

    SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 8th 2013