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post #436 of 5129
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/obama-speech-big-new-theme-some-familiar-content
Is this step 1 in the government takeover and (mis)management of retirement funds? tinfoil.gif

I hope so. I'm tired of looking at all the 000's in my account and could use relief from this burden.
post #437 of 5129
When Obama mentions the successes of the ACA, break out the good stuff.

I do hope he gives well deserved credit to Pelosi and Reid.
post #438 of 5129
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We are soon to have a new protected class: the long term unemployed.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/30/politics/obama-tapper-interview/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
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"Because they've been unemployed ... so long, folks are looking at that gap in the resume and they're weeding them out before these folks even get a chance for an interview," said Obama.

As the economy slowly recovers from the recession, the number of workers who have not found a job for at least six months or more has grown.

"Do not screen petople out of the hiring process just because they've been out of work for a long time," said the President.

He will make the formal announcement on Friday.

The move is in line with Obama's State of the Union push to take executive action on initiatives that he does not need Congress to accomplish.

The President proposed in 2011 that Congress prohibit discrimination based on unemployment at companies with more than 15 workers.

There is no one that wants everyone employed more than me but I do not think we need yet another protected class. There was a change in the last couple of years, can't remember the details, but it has to do with flagging resumes and making sure certain classes of people either get an interview or double reviewed by HR or something. We don't need more of that. I can think of many things to do with these folks, in terms of government sponsored retraining, relocation, etc. but creating yet another pitfall for employers in the hiring process is just a bad solution IMO.
post #439 of 5129
Mother pussbucket.

What a load of shit.

So unintended consequences time. A guy goes to prison for sex assault. Comes back out, 12 months unemployed. But (as so often happens) the background check comes up negative. He should not be discriminated against for the gap in employment?

I'm not necessarily opposed to that, but you assholes backing this should understand what these policies you spout off actually mean.
post #440 of 5129
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Some crazy guy was arrested for making threats against the life of Dubya. Here's what my musing is about though:
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On Friday, he was arrested in New York City after being tracked there. His mother, apparently alarmed over a note she found in the Pittsford home she shares with her son, called 911.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office responded, said Cpl. John Helfer, a spokesman for the office.

"We took a missing person report after his mother called 911 on Thursday," Helfer said.

According to Reuters, the note said: "I'm going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon. I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine."

Using Smith's cellphone, the Secret Service tracked him down in Manhattan on Friday morning and found him sitting in his car with the weapons.

Apparently it really is pretty easy to have our location traced by the government via our cell phones. Privacy really is dead.
post #441 of 5129
If you don't have anything to hide you have nothing BLAH BLAH BLAH.
post #442 of 5129
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Some crazy guy was arrested for making threats against the life of Dubya. Here's what my musing is about though:
Apparently it really is pretty easy to have our location traced by the government via our cell phones. Privacy really is dead.

It doesn't sound like he is threatening Dubya. It sounds like he thinks slaying a dragon will woo Barbara.
post #443 of 5129
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

It doesn't sound like he is threatening Dubya. It sounds like he thinks slaying a dragon will woo Barbara.

Agreed. How is wanting to kill a dragon in the purview of the SS?
post #444 of 5129
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

Agreed. How is wanting to kill a dragon in the purview of the SS?

Protected species. We don't mind if you hunt for food, but this big game trophy hunting nonsense has to stop.
post #445 of 5129
Meh. I will confess to something of a Libertarian streak, but if you leave a cryptic note with vague threats and disappear with weapons, they can and should be allowed to get a warrant for your cell phone location. There should be due process of course, but this is hardly the case to hold up as threatening of our basic liberties.
post #446 of 5129
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Meh. I will confess to something of a Libertarian streak, but if you leave a cryptic note with vague threats and disappear with weapons, they can and should be allowed to get a warrant for your cell phone location. There should be due process of course, but this is hardly the case to hold up as threatening of our basic liberties.

I guess I'll stop leaving notes when I go to the range to practice!

My thought was probably a bit more tinfoil.gif than this particular instance. I think the government and private interests are tracking a crap ton of us, to one level or another, and we have no idea. Take a read through this:

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/427687/if-you-have-a-smart-phone-anyone-can-now-track-your-every-move/

How many times have we heard about people being located using security cameras, bridge toll systems, etc? I'm not worried Obama is going to declare himself king or anything but I actually believe we have no idea the level of intrusive monitoring that is actually going on all the time.
post #447 of 5129
Your article is interesting, though I've long presumed that carrying around a uniquely ID'ed radio transmitter in my pocket probably has a number of attendant drawbacks. The article's conclusion fairly much sums things up for me:
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It shouldn’t be surprising that carrying around a little RF transmitter in your pocket makes you visible to all sorts of tracking technology. Maybe it’s simply the (inevitable) commercialization of this fact that is somehow unnerving.

Furthermore, as the article points out, this is semi-anonymous tracking and really has no direct lead-in to the next statement you made about people being caught using security cams and bridge tolls.

I will roll with your general premise that technology has made the world a less easy place to hide.
post #448 of 5129
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Also, I somehow have less problems with private industry tracking me in a semi-anonymous way than I do with government having the clear and easy ability to pinpoint me in a crowd. I also do not buy any statements to the contrary that this power is not being abused everyday as all the recent NSA revelations should make even the most ardent believer that government is a force for good skeptical.
post #449 of 5129
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Originally Posted by Douglas View Post

Meh. I will confess to something of a Libertarian streak, but if you leave a cryptic note with vague threats and disappear with weapons, they can and should be allowed to get a warrant for your cell phone location. There should be due process of course, but this is hardly the case to hold up as threatening of our basic liberties.

If I read it correctly, they didn't get a warrant, they just got the phone info directly from the phone company.
post #450 of 5129
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

If I read it correctly, they didn't get a warrant, they just got the phone info directly from the phone company.

I didn't read it one way or the other; a quick google search I just turned up came up with nothing conclusive.

I'm well aware that we need to keep an eye on government and how they use this information. There need to be rules and those rules need to be respected, not circumvented. I'm also well aware of the government's desire to abuse the rules.

So ultimately, I agree with you guys in principle. Again, just not sure this example, from the facts I've been able to turn up, should be the canary in the coal mine.
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