The Senate Can At Least Agree On One Thing

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While coming to some agreement over living within America's means now seems hopelessly beyond the ability of Congress, at least the Senate can agree on one thing:


In other words, when it comes to spying on its citizens, the US government is quite united. It will also be unanimous when it has to vote its annual COLA salary increase to keep up with the true 10% inflation.

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Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:33 | 3101636 Dr. Engali
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They hate us for our freedoms.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:36 | 3101650 GetZeeGold
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Now they just hate us because we're better at despotism than they ever thought of.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:39 | 3101659 Raymond K Hessel
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At some point, Congress will send in the military to liberate us and bring democracy to America.


Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:42 | 3101678 Diet Coke and F...
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Wow, I actually laughed out loud at that.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:08 | 3101775 knukles
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Some pigs are more equal than others.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 13:05 | 3101916 Transformer
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Michael Moore carrys.  Well... not really but, he hires someone to carry for him.  You can do that when you are a rich Elite.


And on Meet The Press, Sunday, the host of the show, Gregory, railed against armed guards at school.  And guess how it is where he sends his kids to school.... yep.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 15:49 | 3102595 Michaelwiseguy
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Why did the US Federal Government declare a shadow war with legislation on the American people, and we better do something about it?

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:56 | 3101730 Zero Debt
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They will liberate the guns from their oppressive owners first

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:02 | 3101750 MagicHandPuppet
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ha!  Criminals... the lot of 'em!

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:03 | 3101756 Uncle Remus
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Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:51 | 3101884 Falconsixone
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It's a supply, resource and ethics thing. At some point it will make more sense and be safer and better for all involved to turn around and frag they're retarded evil C.O.'z

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:39 | 3101665 Ralph Spoilsport
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Also, "It's for the children".

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:00 | 3101742 GMadScientist
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The debt or the lack of civil rights?

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:04 | 3101761 The Gooch
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Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:09 | 3101779 knukles
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Daddy, did Congress invent anal sex?

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:15 | 3101797 GMadScientist
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No, that was C Everett Koop...a cabinet "member".


Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:31 | 3101833 Calmyourself
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Ah no, that was FDR after he saw Eleanor from the front.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:32 | 3101836 GMadScientist
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"I ain't sayin' she's a gold digger..."

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:42 | 3101675 nonclaim
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"They hate us for our freedoms."

If by "they" you mean congress you are spot on...

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:48 | 3101697 TideFighter
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I just assume every call I make is a conference call.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:52 | 3101716 Salon
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Wow! Haha.

My ass really did fall off that time

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:02 | 3101749 GMadScientist
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"..looked in the crack, somebody waved back, just sittin' on their somebody throne."


Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:08 | 3101774 Stoploss
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And envy Joseph SO, SO much..

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 14:02 | 3102174 midtowng
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Even in death, Osama bin Laden continues his assault on our freedoms.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:34 | 3101640 francis_sawyer
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Don't worry... they'll be too busy spending their pay raises & doing insider stock trades to spy on you...

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:47 | 3101692 gckings19
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Dont forget their special mortgage rates that they work tirelessly to get.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:50 | 3101702 Salon
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You lie!

Congress investigated themselves and concluded there was no ethical violation.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:01 | 3101747 francis_sawyer
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Well the good news is that the taxpayer was probably not set back much by that investigation [except for the catering, escort services, & open bar]...

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:04 | 3101759 Uncle Remus
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That assumes the presence of "ethics" to begin with...

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:46 | 3101868 Titus Flavius C...
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Well, strictly speaking, 'ethics' comes from "ethos" and just means, more or less, 'way of life/living'


So - they have ethics, for sure.


They're just really shitty ethics.



Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:49 | 3101883 viahj
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they don't have to, they built large server farms in the middle of the desert to do it for them.  all they have to do is a name search.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:36 | 3101643 Dr. No
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My new years resolution:  Learn how to create and use a one-time-pad cypher.  There is no school like the old school.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:41 | 3101657 Ralph Spoilsport
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This method is fun - uses a deck of cards:

Nothing beats a one time pad though.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:48 | 3101696 CPL
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Nothing beats the original PGP v0.1 without the third key encryption.  Which can be found in the AcornNet, AmigaNet and the AtariNet archives under mail tools with source.  Bring a 68k assembler compiler though.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:53 | 3101724 Dr. No
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PGP, that was a flashback....  From your post, I looked up PGP to see the current status.  On wiki there was a small tid-bit I found interesting:

Zimmermann challenged these regulations in a curious way. He published the entire source code of PGP in a hardback book,[13] via MIT Press, which was distributed and sold widely. Anybody wishing to build their own copy of PGP could buy the $60 book, cut off the covers, separate the pages, and scan them using an OCR program, creating a set of source code text files. One could then build the application using the freely available GNU Compiler Collection. PGP would thus be available anywhere in the world. The claimed principle was simple: export of munitions—guns, bombs, planes, and software—was (and remains) restricted; but the export of books is protected by the First Amendment. The question was never tested in court with respect to PGP. In cases addressing other encryption software, however, two federal appeals courts have established the rule that cryptographic software source code is speech protected by the First Amendment (the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in theBernstein case and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the Junger case).

I love this guy!

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:09 | 3101776 GMadScientist
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Even if that didn't fly, they could do the CSS haiku thing.

The only thing harder to stamp out than weed is math.

And for extra credit: steganography (not sure if I pity or envy the guy that'll have to dig through petabytes of pr0n that may or may not be encrypted evidence).

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 13:33 | 3101984 Shell Game
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A constructed language will baffle the fuck out of The Listeners:

Using Constructed Languages for Secure Communication


(edit: link fixed)

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:41 | 3101670 AlaricBalth
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Going long Underwood Typewriter Co. and carbon paper manufacturers.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:51 | 3101710 CPL
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I've been buying manual typewritters for the eventual situation where the power goes out and I can avoid relying on my poor penmanship to write nonsense to friends.  You can find them at the Salvation Army or Good will for cheap.


I'm betting that they'll be worth their weight in gold once the rolling blackouts kick in.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:06 | 3101768 francis_sawyer
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I figure a couple of good hamsters would be enough to keep a WP going... That ~ & your basic telephone land line hs a coupla volts running thru it...

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:04 | 3101762 GMadScientist
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And how will you convey this pad to your recipient?

Better resolution: read everything by Bruce Schneir and stop using Windows.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:26 | 3101792 Dr. No
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I mostly feel it is a skill that one should possess. Kind of like being able to skin a buck and run a trout line.  Hopefully, there will not be any need to use it.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:39 | 3101849 GMadScientist
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Agreed, but you have to prioritize between "getting fast with a sliderule again" and coming up to speed with more modern techniques (which cover the background you seek, FWIW).

You're probably not gonna shoot that buck with a front-loading musket, right? ;)


Fri, 12/28/2012 - 12:45 | 3101866 Dr. No
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I do own a front loading musket BTW.  Havent used it in years; but its still in the corner.  But it is great for learning the fundamentals and teaching a kid the mechanics.  One advantage they have is you can pretty much shoot anything you can stuff down a barrel.  Including a tamping rod every once in a while.  Thanks for the Bruce S info; his books look like great gift ideas.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 13:04 | 3101912 Falconsixone
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Better wear a piece of sod on your head or they'll see you from space a drone you with unlimited rockets made by slaves in china in factory's you can't get to.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 13:05 | 3101920 Dr. No
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Sadly, they will still get me with the IR...

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:35 | 3101645 Marley
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Assuming we go over the cliff and the market collapses.  How low do you think the PM's will go.  Where would you enter?

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:40 | 3101669 Quinvarius
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Buy physical before during and afterwards.  You'll probably be doing it based on availability more than anything else.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:46 | 3101689 seek
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Exactly. When 2008 happened, availability essentially went to zero -- my local dealers were quoting six week delivery.

If you're willing to risk it, however, they did deliver in the end. Presumably they will continue to, until they don't.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 11:42 | 3101677 The Gooch
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I would enter the front door of any reputable coin shop and
take delivery TODAY.

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