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(July 25, 2005)

Your Ban All Guns Thread of Rancor!

Apr 15, 2015 by Ugh | 7 Comments
Pivoting off of russell's thread here, I propose that the U.S. government ban all private gun ownership effective 1/1/2016*, that all current guns must be turned over to the U.S. government by that date in exchange for their current FMV +10%, and that henceforth gun possession be punishable by up to 1 year in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. First, yes this will never happen. Second, if it did, I posit that it will not be like the current prohibition on certain narcotics, in that guns are harder to conceal, produce, and distribute than narcotics, and thus in the presence of such a proposal it would be much much easier to enforce the law than the current war on drugs. Thoughts? *Let's assume away the 2nd Amendment for this purpose.


Apr 13, 2015 by Ugh | 2 Comments
Let the ridiculousness begin!


Mar 31, 2015 by Ugh | Add comment
I got nothing. But I'm in good company, it seems.

We will always be at war with Eastasia

Mar 08, 2015 by Ugh | 4 Comments
This demands we turn over unlimited surveillance powers and a massive secret budget to the intelligence agencies so they can produce their massive success, in their own words.

Seriously, it never ends

Feb 25, 2015 by Ugh | Add comment
Cyber-espionage y'all! Aren't we already doing that?

Necessary means

Feb 22, 2015 by Ugh | Add comment

And on... Forever, it seems

Feb 17, 2015 by Ugh | 2 Comments
Some of the implants burrow so deep into the computer systems, Kaspersky said, that they infect the “firmware,” the embedded software that preps the computer’s hardware before the operating system starts. It is beyond the reach of existing antivirus products and most security controls, Kaspersky reported, making it virtually impossible to wipe out. In many cases, it also allows the American intelligence agencies to grab the encryption keys off a machine, unnoticed, and unlock scrambled contents. Moreover, many of the tools are designed to run on computers that are disconnected from the Internet.....

A Year

Feb 07, 2015 by Ugh | 1 Comment
Saw the underlying story last week, but, I guess we are at war with Hezbollah and CIA isn't interested in anyone finding out.

And on and on and on ...

Jan 27, 2015 by Ugh | 6 Comments
The Justice Department has acknowledged constructing a database to track the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S. in real time. The program, whose existence was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is primarily overseen by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to combat drug trafficking near the U.S.-Mexico border. However, government emails indicate that the agency has been working to expand the database throughout the United States over the past several years. Previously reported: The Drug Enforcement Administration has formally acknowledged that it maintained a sweeping database of phone calls made from the United States to multiple foreign countries. The program has since been discontinued, the Justice Department said Friday. The revelation was made in a court filing in the case of a man accused of conspiring to export goods and technology illegally to Iran.

Super Bowl Matchup Prediction - Part Deux

Jan 23, 2015 by Ugh | Add comment
Even though my original prediction of a Packers-Patriots Superbowl was correct (the only obstacle being that the Packers technically lost to Seattle and their Coach Mike McCarthy last weekend), I will nevertheless predict the winner of the purported Seahawks-Patriots matchup in 10 days: Seahawks, 34-10.