Steve Benson by Steve Benson

Steve Benson

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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    It does not matter who started an injustice if, once those people are gone, the replacements continue, and even expand, those injustices. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    I read 1984 in the 60’s along with Animal Farm. Mr. Orwell’s fantasy of a farm full of animals seeking the right of self determination showed how good intentions can become corrupted. 1984 showed how once those intentions were fully corrupted, a nation of good people could become subdued and led in ways they would not normally wish to be led.
    For months, I’ve described our gov’t as an oligarchy led by cannibalistic parties who care more about staying in power than in making this nation the “shining city on the hill” it strove to become. Despite all of our warts and scars, the world looked to us and our ability to work together with respect and civility as a path their own nations should take.
    Now they look at us with concern and they wonder if democracy is a workable system.
    The “lamestream” media is a victim of its ownership. Whether Rupert Murdoch, or the tax evading GE, or the entertainment giant Disney, our news is filtered by advertisers and executives with their own agendas. When the news shows light on things we want shown, they are heroes of democracy. When they talk about things with which we disagree, they become propaganda tools of “THEM.”
    Mr. Orwell warned us about wars against pronouns. One day, the war against ‘them’ may turn into a war against ‘us’.

  2. californicated1

    californicated1 said, about 3 years ago

    Soon enough, it won’t Orwell that writes the playbook for how this situation is going to turn out, it will be Solzhenitsyn, with “The Gulag Archipelago” serving as the blueprint.

  3. Archie Bunker

    Archie Bunker GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    They’re listening..

  4. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    New York Times revealed in 2005: that the NSA has engaged in widespread wiretapping of Americans with the consent of firms like AT&T and Verizon. But more interestingly–and more troubling in the eyes of many who value their privacy–it details the Agency’s plans to crack AES encryption, the cryptographic standard certified by the NSA itself in 2009 for military and government use and until now considered uncrackable in any amount of time relevant to mortals.

    Using what will likely be the world’s fastest supercomputer and the world’s largest data storage and analysis facility, the NSA plans to comb unimaginably voluminous troves of messages for patterns they could use to crack AES and weaker encryption schemes, according to Bamford’s story. A few of the facts he’s uncovered:

    The $2 billion data center being built in Utah would have four 25,000 square-foot halls filled with servers, as well as another 900,000 square feet for administration.
    It will use 65 megawatts of electricity a year , with an annual bill of $40 million, and incorporates a $10 million security system.
    Since 2001, the NSA has intercepted and stored between 15 and 20 trillion messages, according to the estimate of ex-NSA scientist Bill Binney. It now aims to store yottabytes of data. A yottabyte is a million billions of gigabytes. According to one storage firm’s estimate in 2009, a yottabyte would cover the entire states of Rhode Island and Delaware with data centers.
    When the Department of Energy began a supercomputing project in 2004 that took the title of the world’s fastest known computer from IBM in 2009 with its “Jaguar” system, it simultaneously created a secret track for the same program focused on cracking codes. The project took place in a $41 million, 214,000 square foot building at Oak Ridge National Lab with 318 scientists and other staff. The supercomputer produced there was faster than the so-called “world’s fastest” Jaguar.
    The NSA project now aims to break the “exaflop barrier” by building a supercomputer a hundred times faster than the fastest existing today, the Japanese “K Computer.” That code-breaking system is projected to use 200 megawatts of power, about as much as would power 200,000 homes.

  5. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    S.3515 from 2012 needs to be reintroduced and passed by Congress.

  6. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Wrong, the bill stopped in committee.

  7. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    ^Tigger has never contacted reality with regard to the fact that Reid has stopped nearly nothing, it is committees, and filibusters under the “new rules” that have blocked legislation, period. Look more to Boehner and McConnell with your finger pointing.

  8. Ajax 4Hire

    Ajax 4Hire said, about 3 years ago

    Jay Leno: ‘We Wanted a President That Listens to All Americans – Now We Have One’

    I am now presumed guilty. With the amount of laws today, it is impossible to stay “legal”, therefore my government may surveil me.

    The US Constitution, 4th Amendment (1791)
    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

  9. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Really, they don’t have to ASK who’s calling; they already know.

  10. Redkaycei Repoc

    Redkaycei Repoc said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Well said Mister C

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