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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 19,400

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Christie has started speaking just now -

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Jan 9, 2014, 11:09 AM (19 replies)

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Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jan 6, 2014, 01:02 PM (0 replies)

Alcoholics Anonymous talk of turning to a "Higher Power." Is that woo?

Is it anti-scientific? Is it just another form of believing in space fairies?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jan 6, 2014, 06:42 AM (60 replies)

A Poll on woo

Which statement comes closest to you attitude regarding healthcare treatment that is not fully and formally accepted and supported by officially recognized medical authority



Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Jan 6, 2014, 01:36 AM (20 replies)

I guess it is better to have the "woo wars" than the "gender wars"

And since I have not really posted on any of the threads of either - except perhaps one or too fairly noncommittal comments - Because I have kind of an in between position on both wars - The whole thing gives me an opportunity to step aside and just read what others have to say -
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Jan 5, 2014, 06:34 PM (8 replies)

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Is NSA Spying on Congress?

Friday, January 3, 2014


Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday asked the National Security Agency director whether the agency has monitored the phone calls, emails and Internet traffic of members of Congress and other elected officials. “Has the NSA spied, or is the NSA currently spying, on members of Congress or other American elected officials?” Sanders asked in a letter to Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA director. “ ‘Spying’ would include gathering metadata on calls made from official or personal phones, content from websites visited or emails sent, or collecting any other data from a third party not made available to the general public in the regular course of business?”

Sanders said he was “deeply concerned” by revelations that American intelligence agencies harvested records of phone calls, emails and web activity by millions of innocent Americans without any reason to even suspect involvement in illegal activities. He also cited reports that the United States eavesdropped on the leaders of Germany, Mexico, Brazil and other allies.

Sanders emphasized that the United States “must be vigilant and aggressive in protecting the American people from the very real danger of terrorist attacks,” but he cited U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon’s recent ruling that indiscriminate dragnets by the NSA were probably unconstitutional and “almost Orwellian.”

Sanders has introduced legislation to put strict limits on sweeping powers used by the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation to secretly track telephone calls by millions of innocent Americans who are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

The measure would put limits on records that may be searched. Authorities would be required to establish a reasonable suspicion, based on specific information, in order to secure court approval to monitor business records related to a specific terrorism suspect. Sanders’ bill also would put an end to open-ended court orders that have resulted in wholesale data mining by the NSA and FBI. Instead, the government would be required to provide reasonable suspicion to justify searches for each record or document that it wants to examine.

http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/recent-business/is-nsa-spying-on-congress

To read Sen. Sanders' letter to the NSA: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/letter-to-nsa


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Jan 4, 2014, 12:41 AM (0 replies)

Washington Post: Is New York’s de Blasio prompting a repositioning by the Clintons?


By Dan Balz, Thursday, January 2, 7:25 AM

It isn’t often that the swearing-in of a new mayor of New York draws national television attention, but then, it isn’t every day that you see a mayor sworn in by a former president of the United States with a prospective presidential candidate also on the stage. De Blasio, now one of the most liberal elected officials in the United States, delivered an unabashedly progressive inaugural speech that closely tracked the themes of his “tale of two cities” mayoral campaign. It was the kind of speech not often heard in national politics since Bill Clinton redefined the Democratic Party as New Democrats.

De Blasio has become a beacon to those in the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, who have often been disappointed by or disillusioned with President Obama and what he has done and not done in office. The progressives see few political leaders on the left — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is one exception — willing to give voice to their agenda. All that would be enough to lend significance to Wednesday’s swearing-in. But it was the added presence of the former president and former secretary of state that gave it significance beyond the city’s boundaries.

And so, after his generous words for Bloomberg, he said, “I have to say this. I strongly endorse Bill de Blasio’s core campaign commitment that we have to have a city of shared opportunity, shared prosperity, shared responsibilities.”

The former president was clearly mindful that the Democratic Party of 2014 and of Barack Obama is not quite the same as the one he led in the 1990s — and that one potential obstacle in the path of Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential ambitions is a primary challenge from the left. His embrace of de Blasio’s message was a deliberate step in the positioning of the Clintons as they look to a possible campaign


READ MORE

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/is-new-yorks-de-blasio-prompting-a-repositioning-by-the-clintons/2014/01/01/e73f015c-7323-11e3-8def-a33011492df2_story.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Jan 1, 2014, 05:34 PM (23 replies)

Is there a mechanism other than the jury system to report a suspected rightwing troll?

There are a few - not many - but a few relatively clever trolls - Those who are clever enough to stay just enough within the rule book to avoid getting their posts hidden by a jury - yet show a pattern of pushing rightwing points. And I do not mean those who disagree with me on the NSA, drones or Palestine - but people who I think you would probably suspect of being trolls if someone were to take a serious look at them. Other than the jury system - is there a way to report such characters to either MIRT or Admin for proper consideration?
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 31, 2013, 03:11 PM (1 replies)

It is now 2014 on U.S. Sovereign Territory

Happy New Years from Saipan and Guam - the sky rockets are screaming over the place right now
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Dec 31, 2013, 09:02 AM (0 replies)

CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history

Source: CNN

Just 17% of those questioned say they support the 12-year-long war, down from 52% in December 2008. Opposition to the conflict now stands at 82%, up from 46% five years ago.

"Those numbers show the war in Afghanistan with far less support than other conflicts," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "Opposition to the Iraq war never got higher than 69% in CNN polling while U.S. troops were in that country, and while the Vietnam War was in progress, no more than six in 10 ever told Gallup's interviewers that war was a mistake."

The U.S. timetable for Afghanistan calls for the removal of nearly all troops by roughly this time next year, and that can't come fast enough for the vast majority of Americans. Just over half would rather see U.S. troops withdrawn earlier than December 2014. Only a quarter say that America should still have boots on the ground in Afghanistan after that deadline.

"Independents have a much gloomier view of the war in Afghanistan than Republicans or Democrats," Holland said. "That may be because a Republican president started the war and a Democratic president has continued it, so there may be some residual support among people who identify with either party."

Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/30/cnn-poll-afghanistan-war-most-unpopular-in-u-s-history/
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Dec 30, 2013, 06:51 AM (9 replies)
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