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88469 No. 88469 ID: 697c94 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Last month, Barack Obama traveled to snowy St. Paul, Minn., the same place where in the sunnier days of June 2008 he predicted that his clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination would be remembered as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the earth began to heal.”

This time in St. Paul he addressed a lesser problem, one within the ambit of a president’s powers: transportation.

He mentioned the most common form of transportation — auto travel over streets and highways — only in passing. Instead, he hailed St. Paul’s “spiffy new trains,” one of which was derailed downtown two hours later.

But he did make one very practical and sound point. And that is that you have to find a way to pay for these things.

What he failed to mention is that the funding source for federal transportation spending is drying up, in part because of his own policies. That’s the federal gas tax, enacted as part of the Interstate Highway program in 1956 and last raised in 1993.

Gas tax receipts are on a downward trajectory, for multiple reasons. One reason is that people have been driving less, and not just because of the recession. Average monthly driving, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center reports, peaked at 900 miles in 2004 and was down to 820 in 2012.

Young people, glued to smartphones and video games, are less likely to drive or even get driver’s licenses. Commuting is down, with employment still below pre-recession levels.

And the Obama administration raised gasoline mileage standards to 35.5 miles per gallon in 2016 and 54.5 mpg by 2025 — far above the 2013 average of 23 mpg. These sharp increases mean that less gas will be sold and much less revenue will be generated by the 18.4 cent per gallon federal gas tax.
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>> No. 88581 ID: afafb0
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You kidding? They can't even tell red from green.
>> No. 88586 ID: b338a2
Well the gas tax isn't used exclusively for roads either, so maybe the problem is corruption and misuse of funds not the methods by which those funds are acquired
>> No. 88609 ID: f57e28

Whats this from?
>> No. 88617 ID: da0c38
Feb 3rd's Episode of Top Gear

There were a few ads .. this one was arguably the best though.
>> No. 88618 ID: 53fad5
Gop Tear.

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88512 No. 88512 ID: 23e2e0 hide watch quickreply [Reply]

What a coincidence. I was just talking about BoB with my dad last night (I got him the DVD for Christmas).

Well this Monday is off to a flying start.
>> No. 88539 ID: cca4cd
He lead one hell of an amazing life. Many of those men did, and it's such a shame that so many have died and how few are left.

All the more reason to track down men like Guarnere now and try to convince them to tell their stories and their experiences while they still can. Every time I read, see or hear something about someone's grandfather, great-grandfather or what have you having been in the war and they never talked to them about it, a small piece of me dies inside.

These men deserve to be remembered.
>> No. 88540 ID: 90a126
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And people said you couldn't lose Gonorrhea.

Sorry, sorry everyone, had to make a joke to lighten things up a bit because frankly this is....... well I don't how to describe it. Its like someone ripped a piece of the Declaration of Independence and burned it.

Thats "Wild" Bill Guarnere was, a piece of history now forever lost. Thankfully his story was pretty well documented but so many of our veterans never got to tell their stories of courage, triumph, and tragedy before they passed. With our ever dwindling pool of WWII veterans we really need to talk to them, learn from them, make the history they fought and bleed for be remembered.

While sadly that ship has sailed for our WWI veterans, for the US with Frank Buckles in 2011 and the world with Florence Green in 2012. But there is still time for WWII veterans, not much though. Of the over 16 million men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces in WWII there aren't much more then a million left alive and none of them are exactly young except in maybe spirit. There was as of February of this year only 7 still living WWII Medal of Honor recipients.

Fuck this is pretty depressing. Any of you who drink (this is one of the few times wish I did) need to knock one back in Bill's honor.

And I guess you can think of it this way, Bill might be gone from our world but somewhere he is regrouping with his Brothers.
>> No. 88552 ID: 236235

whoever folded that flag... I don't have words for how bad that is.
>> No. 88556 ID: 2dddec

I've done a number of flag ceremonies through Boy Scouts of America and whatnot. Even I know; "no fucking blood on the flag". Someone done fucked up.

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88433 No. 88433 ID: 989628 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
One day after riveting a packed convention ballroom, tea party darling Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) topped the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, his second consecutive victory in the conservative confab's contest.

Paul won 31 percent of the vote (compared with the 25 percent he won last year), beating a crowded field of more than two dozen names, including a number of potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders. He crushed second-place finisher Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who came in with 11 percent.

Rounding out of the top finishers in the poll, which was voted on by 2,459 CPAC attendees, were former neurosurgen Ben Carson (9 percent) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (8 percent).

CPAC has proven to be a friendly venue for Paul and was always kind to his father, former Texas congressman Ron Paul, a libertarian hero and three-time presidential candidate who won the CPAC straw poll in 2010 and 2011.

The survey may not be too significant. The presidential race is more than two years away, and only a small, segment of the right wing of the Republican Party attend CPAC and vote in the straw poll. But as Paul continues to position himself as the potential conservative savior of the GOP, his well-received address on Friday afternoon and his straw poll victory shows his strong influence on the libertarian and some conservative wings of the party.

Previous CPAC straw poll winners:

2013: Rand Paul

2012: Mitt Romney
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>> No. 88526 ID: 4830d6
how could anyone hate rand paul?

his filibuster against drones was a masterpiece of political theatre
>> No. 88530 ID: 6e827b
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From what I have seen of the man, he seems less blatantly super-villainous than much of the contemporary Republican party. Like a return to the Barry Goldwater brand of Republican.
>> No. 88535 ID: cca4cd
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>Whoever bends knee and shills out for Bilderberg will be the nominee
>> No. 88536 ID: ef6ae2
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>his filibuster against drones was a masterpiece of political theatre
>political theatre

>> No. 88551 ID: e38105
Rand Paul is pretty good.

CPAC has really just become the GOPAC, or RPAC. Conservative my ass when you have people like Chris Christie there coming over to pretend to be against Obama. Rand Paul and a few others like Ann Coulter ended up standing out as actual conservatives. But the CPAC in general is just flaccid & spineless. I don't think the establishment Republicans even bother trying to rile up their voting base after all the shit they've done to them since Bush II. They just know they're trapped because the Democrats are far, far worse for them.

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88355 No. 88355 ID: c3f4a8 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Proving that Japanese courts have no monopoly on such rulings, a US high court has ruled taking upskirt photos of women on trains is legal “because they are not nude,” and because they have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” in so public a place.
The case which prompted the ruling was the 2010 arrest of a 32-year-old man who was using a cellphone camera to take upskirt pictures of women on Massachusetts public transport.
After complaints about this horrendous crime spree and unlike Japan not being able to easily arrest and convict men based solely on the testimony of female passengers, police finally managed to lure him into snapping up the skirts of a female undercover officer.
He was arrested and charged with two counts of attempting to secretly photograph a person in a state of partial nudity, facing a misdemeanor charges carrying maximum of two and a half years imprisonment.
Rather than go along with this and perhaps risk being brutalised sexually or otherwise in prison or persecuted as a registered sex offender for the rest of his life, he challenged the ruling based on a legalistic quibble: that his victims were not “partially nude” as they were still fully clothed.
After initially being denied in a lower court, the state’s high court subsequently ruled in favour of his appeal, the judge stating that:
“A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing.
In sum, we interpret the phrase, ‘a person who is … partially nude’ in the same way that the defendant does, namely, to mean a person who is partially clothed but who has one or more of the private parts of body exposed in plain view at the time that the putative defendant secretly photographs her.”

The man was acquitted, with the court ruling that the law “does not apply to photographing (or videotaping or electronically surveilling) persons who are fully clothed and, in particular, does not reach the type of upskirting that the defendant is charged with attempting to accomplish on the MBTA.”
That the only way citizens in public can enjoy any expectation of privacy or freedom from surveillance, whether of the mass or intimate variety, is to risk arrest themselves by going about in a state of nudity seems likely to delight the US government and their corporate masters, all of whom are increasingly keen on the possibilities offered by being able to track people wherever they go by way of ANPR, cellphone triangulation, transaction records and lately automated facial recognition.
The state prosecutor had no recourse but to complain that the law should be changed so upskirtists could join the 1% (the only alternative to a change in the law perhaps being to have deprived the female officer of her underwear fo
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>> No. 88484 ID: ce94a9
Calling someone names is not illegal. Technically it would be assault regardless of what he called her... but in reality no court would prosecute a woman for beating a man.

Hurr gb2 desert, churroshroom dick.
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>Calling someone names is not illegal.

As Bob-TheBuyer pointed out in >>88457, a persons words, like calling people naughty names, can fall under disturbing the peace. While the saying goes that only sticks and stones can harm as person while words cannot (unless they are Dragonborn) under the law words can harm you considerably in a legal manner.

>no court would prosecute a woman for beating a man

I don't know bout that. Maybe if it was someone like the chick who plays Mother Russia in Kickass 2 smacking around a normal sized boyfriend but other then that more then likely, especially without any evidence beyond his word that he got slapped like bitch, a woman wouldn't get prosecuted for slapping around a dude like a bitch.
>> No. 88486 ID: 7e70fa
>court not prosecuting a person who committed assault
Only in your ooga booga nigger tribal africa lands with your fuckin foreskins which you use to collect the piss from cows.
>> No. 88516 ID: f5ca82
Pretty much this. If you had am actual medical condition, you wouldn't (or, at least, shouldn't) be prosecuted for it. And before you say anything to that effect, I don't think some pervert can easily just get diagnosed with tourettes for this purpose.

I could, however, get a restraining order, and you would be in trouble if you violated that.
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No OPERATOR, you're the retard. His post makes perfect sense unless you're some ass backwards dumb ass whose never heard of auto-correct.
But in case your brain damage still prevents you from understanding what he was trying to say- he meant that arbitrarily deciding things shouldn't be allowed because "muh feelings" is about as dumb and tyrannical as it gets.

Earlier you stated no one should have to have their photo taken against their will because there is "no legitimate circumstance to have a need for it", this statement makes it entirely too clear you are basing everything you say on emotional drivel without any form of logic. Even background crowd photos aside you are completely disregarding many valid reasons. I have a perfect example even your illiterate ass can understand-

I work as a security guard at a mall, and its private property. When we ban you from property we take your picture so that other guards and the people doing the banning will recognize you in the future, this way should you return you will be placed under arrest for trespassing after being recognized. These pictures are for security use only in our private office, and they belong to the mall.
So guess what asshole? Not everyone is cooperative when they are being asked to never return to our property again, and they are usually shitheads. The only way we can get their picture in this case is against their will and permission, and you better damn well believe we do it.

Think twice before making blanket statements, slinging insults and making emotional arguments. People like you piss me off so bad.

I know this post is likely to get me a ban or warning, but goddamn I had to vent after lurking and seeing idiots like you for so long.

Polite sage because this is not much of a contribution to the actual topic outside the point that there are situations where people should have to have their pic taken without their permission.

No. 88412 ID: 316361 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
  Explosion at Novokuznetsk nuclear power plant, about 1000 miles east of Omsk
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>> No. 88428 ID: 9e6cb9
because it's a hoax
>> No. 88429 ID: c3f4a8
>t. rt.com
>> No. 88446 ID: b338a2
Well that explains it

A nuclear power plant explosion would be all over CNN minutes after the fact
>> No. 88447 ID: 823a67
Clearly THE GOVERNMENT is covering this up. It's a false flag. Open your eyes, sheeple!
>> No. 88452 ID: b338a2
Um no... clearly OP pulled the trigger too quickly

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88126 No. 88126 ID: 4eaddd hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Living in West Virginia stinks.

That's according the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index released late last month that seeks to test "Americans’ perceptions on topics such as physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter and healthcare to create a composite well-being rank for each state." West Virginia ranked dead last in such categories (there are 55 of them) as "life evaluation", "emotional health", "physical health" and "healthy behaviors." Interestingly, it ranked 14th in "work environment."

Here's the full chart.

The bottom of the (state) barrel is unchanged from 2012 with West Virginia (50th), Kentucky (49th) and Mississippi (48th) bringing up the rear. The top of the chart has a new number one with North Dakota -- and its booming oil economy -- jumping all the way from 19th in 2012 to first in 2013. South Dakota moves from 12th to second happiest in 2013. Of the top ten happiest states, only one -- Vermont -- is located on either of the nation's two coasts. (The middle of the U.S. may be flyover country but people who live there seem to love it.)

Here's the well-being index in map form. Green states are the 10 most happy followed by blue, yellow, orange and red.

When it comes to specific categories on which single states repeatedly excel, the reports says:

"Colorado, for example, is always at or near the best in the nation for the lowest obesity rate. Utah has the fewest smokers. Massachusetts has boasted the highest level of residents with health insurance all six years [of the index]. New Jersey has the lowest levels of depression. And Vermont rules America every year in produce consumption."

Putting on my political hat (yes, I have one and, no, I never really take it off), some of the early voting states in the presidential process are among the happiest too. (Politics makes people happy!) Iowa is the 9th happiest followed closely by New Hampshire at 10th. South Carolina, on the other hand, isn't all that happy (38th) and Nevada is in the middle of the pack (26th).
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>> No. 88380 ID: 604f11
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KY sucks.
>> No. 88444 ID: 392726
Calm down buddy.
I'm also welcome to my opinions about Wisconsin.
Just like how Wisconsinites certainly don't hesitate to share theirs. All the time. Say, for example, about Illinois.

But yes, I've been trying to, for quite some time. Through two different employers, multiple times each, in fact, in the last 4 years. (Note the two; it's kind of emblematic of my overall Wisconsin experience. See I'm too valuable to let transfer; but not pay.)

I've even volunteered to go to South America, but alas, "basic cognitive abilities" make me too valuable to leave, apparently. Because every time I've got something worked out a manager steps in and vetoes it. (Not bragging or being shitty here, if anything I'm being critical of myself. I openly admit I work a basic factory job, no special skills. That's what the requirements were for the job on the app.)

I filled out 28 different applications for in-state jobs alone, the last 8 days. I haven't heard a thing.
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>> No. 88450 ID: 3aab6d

>28 different applications for in-state jobs alone, the last 8 days. I haven't heard a thing.

I was filling out 15-20 apps a week for over a year, and the only time I even got replies was because the job "wasn't actually open, but here's this completely different job for half the pay!"

I'm not even a one trick pony, either. Shit sucks. The job situation in this state is a joke. And then there's the people, which range from "mildly annoying" to "every uneducated redneck stereotype condensed into a singularity"
>> No. 88451 ID: 428878
How is that image anything other than halarious?

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88061 No. 88061 ID: a92b3a hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]

>British spy agency GCHQ intercepted webcam images from millions of Yahoo users around the world, according to a report in the Guardian.

>Yahoo denied prior knowledge of the alleged programme, describing it as a "completely unacceptable" privacy violation.

>According to leaked documents, sexually explicit images were among those gathered - although not intentionally.

>In a statement GCHQ has said all of its actions are in accordance with the law.

>The operation, which was called Optic Nerve and was aided by the US National Security Agency, is alleged to have stored images between 2008 and 2010. In one six-month period in 2008, images from 1.8m users were gathered.

>The report originated from documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

>It suggested that sexually explicit content would be captured by the system.
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>> No. 88292 ID: 604f11
not taping an illuminated picture of your anus to the webcam when not in use.
>> No. 88314 ID: 937ebf
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You don't want to go full STALKER and jelq live on cam.
>> No. 88315 ID: 3fc462
Those tits.
>> No. 88319 ID: 8e8990
The only day I did not go on /k/ommandochat is the day ess.tee.ay.el.kay.ey.err gets naked. just my luck.
>> No. 88401 ID: 937ebf
IIRC it was in the early morning after he went to bed.

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88297 No. 88297 ID: 5b9651 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
who themselves were investigating CIA torture programs....


>The criminal referral may be related to what several knowledgeable people said was CIA monitoring of computers used by Senate aides to prepare the study. The monitoring may have violated an agreement between the committee and the agency.

>The development marks an unprecedented breakdown in relations between the CIA and its congressional overseers amid an extraordinary closed-door battle over the 6,300-page report on the agency’s use of waterboarding and harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists held in secret overseas prisons. The report is said to be a searing indictment of the program. The CIA has disputed some of the reports findings.

>White House officials have closely tracked the bitter struggle, a McClatchy investigation has found. But they haven’t directly intervened, perhaps because they are embroiled in their own feud with the committee, resisting surrendering top-secret documents that the CIA asserted were covered by executive privilege and sent to the White House.

>McClatchy’s findings are based on information found in official documents and provided by people with knowledge of the dispute being fought in the seventh-floor executive offices of the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Va., and the committee’s high-security work spaces on Capitol Hill.

>The people who spoke to McClatchy asked not to be identified because the feud involves highly classified matters and carries enormous consequences for congressional oversight over the executive branch.

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>"Sure, spy on whoever you want."
>"Hey, wait a minute! What the hell do you think you're doing...?"

These fuckers are going to need the Hubble space telescope to spy on my sides now.

This is great.
>> No. 88331 ID: 8918b2
did a whole goddamn intelligence agency just go rogue?

the fuck?
>> No. 88333 ID: 4eaddd
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they did that decades ago
>> No. 88353 ID: b88516
> those checks
> that balances
> muuuuurriiiiccaaa
>> No. 88367 ID: e38105
The sad truth is that the legal issue isn't that they're being spied on, it's by whom. It's okay for the NSA or FBI to spy on them, but the CIA is supposed to be exclusively foreign intelligence.

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87821 No. 87821 ID: 5b9651 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
Had to resist the urge to title it "Govt' says "fuck private businesses and companies."

>Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums

>Critically, the “targets” for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or, more broadly still, “hacktivism”, meaning those who use online protest activity for political ends.

>The title page of one of these documents reflects the agency’s own awareness that it is “pushing the boundaries” by using “cyber offensive” techniques against people who have nothing to do with terrorism or national security threats, and indeed, centrally involves law enforcement agents who investigate ordinary crimes

More at the link.

Awfully Stasi-ish going on there Obama.
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>> No. 88350 ID: 6e827b
Oh come the fuck on, don't make this shit about ethnicity.

There are plenty of people of your own ethnicity that are quite happy to oppress and fuck you over.
>> No. 88352 ID: 604f11
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hear hear
>> No. 88358 ID: b338a2
Reddit controlled by NSA? Who knew?
>> No. 88359 ID: 544caf
It's owned by Conde Nast, who publishes magazines and other periodicals. I'm sure they have their own gov censors.

Also that created a mini shitstorm on that sub.
>> No. 88360 ID: 6e827b
I doubt it's that. I'd wager it's more that the Reddit admins just want to avoid having the government bitch at them.

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88010 No. 88010 ID: 4d4a1a hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [First 100 posts] [Last 50 posts]
>>87375 is auto-sageing

(CNN) -- Russia's upper house of parliament voted Saturday to approve the use of military force in Ukraine. The vote was unanimous.

>The vote was unanimous.
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>> No. 88351 ID: a9ec46
Fucking terrifying having "some guy" try and order you around by nobody in particular's authority.
This goes for both the fuckers blockading the entry to the base and those Russi- er, CRIMEAN PEOPLE'S REVOLUTIONARY SELF DEFENSE BRIGADE members at port.
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>even if they really didn't

As if.
>> No. 88356 ID: 4830d6
these dispatches are all really good

my favorite was episode 2 where the ukrainians and the russia soldiers inside the naval base were talking shit about the cossacks outside the gate
>> No. 88357 ID: b338a2
Most of these guys crossed over
As did the regular military, and they had militias organizing stuff
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