The Senate Can At Least Agree On One Thing

Tyler Durden's picture

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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Dr. Engali's picture

They hate us for our freedoms.

GetZeeGold's picture



Now they just hate us because we're better at despotism than they ever thought of.

Raymond K Hessel's picture

At some point, Congress will send in the military to liberate us and bring democracy to America.


Diet Coke and Floozies's picture

Wow, I actually laughed out loud at that.

knukles's picture

Some pigs are more equal than others.

Transformer's picture

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.

Michaelwiseguy's picture

Why did the US Federal Government declare a shadow war with legislation on the American people, and we better do something about it?

Zero Debt's picture

They will liberate the guns from their oppressive owners first

MagicHandPuppet's picture

ha!  Criminals... the lot of 'em!

Falconsixone's picture

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

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Also, "It's for the children".

GMadScientist's picture

The debt or the lack of civil rights?

knukles's picture

Daddy, did Congress invent anal sex?

GMadScientist's picture

No, that was C Everett Koop...a cabinet "member".


Calmyourself's picture

Ah no, that was FDR after he saw Eleanor from the front.

GMadScientist's picture

"I ain't sayin' she's a gold digger..."

nonclaim's picture

"They hate us for our freedoms."

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

TideFighter's picture

I just assume every call I make is a conference call.

Salon's picture

Wow! Haha.

My ass really did fall off that time

GMadScientist's picture

"..looked in the crack, somebody waved back, just sittin' on their somebody throne."


Stoploss's picture

And envy Joseph SO, SO much..

midtowng's picture

Even in death, Osama bin Laden continues his assault on our freedoms.

francis_sawyer's picture

Don't worry... they'll be too busy spending their pay raises & doing insider stock trades to spy on you...

gckings19's picture

Dont forget their special mortgage rates that they work tirelessly to get.

Salon's picture

You lie!

Congress investigated themselves and concluded there was no ethical violation.

francis_sawyer's picture

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]...

Uncle Remus's picture

That assumes the presence of "ethics" to begin with...

Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus's picture

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.



viahj's picture

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.

Dr. No's picture

My new years resolution:  Learn how to create and use a one-time-pad cypher.  There is no school like the old school.

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

This method is fun - uses a deck of cards:

Nothing beats a one time pad though.

CPL's picture

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.

Dr. No's picture

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!

GMadScientist's picture

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).

Shell Game's picture

A constructed language will baffle the fuck out of The Listeners:

Using Constructed Languages for Secure Communication


(edit: link fixed)

AlaricBalth's picture

Going long Underwood Typewriter Co. and carbon paper manufacturers.

CPL's picture

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.

francis_sawyer's picture

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...

GMadScientist's picture

And how will you convey this pad to your recipient?

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

Dr. No's picture

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.

GMadScientist's picture

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? ;)


Dr. No's picture

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.

Falconsixone's picture

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.

Dr. No's picture

Sadly, they will still get me with the IR...

Marley's picture

Assuming we go over the cliff and the market collapses.  How low do you think the PM's will go.  Where would you enter?

Quinvarius's picture

Buy physical before during and afterwards.  You'll probably be doing it based on availability more than anything else.

seek's picture

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.

The Gooch's picture

I would enter the front door of any reputable coin shop and
take delivery TODAY.