Re: Motivations ...
The point of cover stories is not just to cover up one story but create doubt about all stories.
Deny, deflect, defuse, or something like that.
23 posts • joined 3 Jan 2015
Um, no again.
I'm reminded of the old joke about Windows being like a gold-plated Rolls Royce of the information world - but that blows up once every six months or so, killing everyone inside.
The alternative seems to be Linux, which takes us back to the days of pull choke, depress alternator button, spitting on your hands, hand cranking engine, and praying. At least for the average user who does not "just" want to terminal ANYTHING - they just want to hop in, turn the key, shift into drive and go.
Agreed, definitely the highest bidder.
I mean he claimed to be an honest trader, but this is K.P.M.G. we are talking about, renown for fawning headlines like these ones :
2015 Corruption in FIFA? Its Auditors Saw None
2016 KPMG Switzerland resigns as Fifa auditor
2017 US KPMG Fires 6 Over Ethics Breach on Audit Warnings
2018 Seven UK KPMG partners leave after inappropriate behaviour
2019 Aiding 'organized crime': India alleges 22 audit violations by Deloitte, KPMG arm in fraud case
2019 KPMG 'severely reprimanded' for audit failings at Co-op Bank
Yeah, what could possibly go wrong with selling user data to such a globally respected audit service?
"How gullible do you have to be if you let random posts on the Internet affect your decision on who to vote for?"
Gullible enough, apparently, given the fairly close election results. Gullible, or angry enough, including an 8% black voting block that went to Trump, after being targeted with FB ads reminding them of old Clinton comments about blacks being criminal "super-predators".
After eight years of Obama failing to do much for change we can believe in (after being left with a dinosaur-sized economic dump by Bush), there were enough people angry at failed promises to want to chuck politics into the history bin. Which is what they did.
In doing so, they exposed a system that has been dysfunctional long before Trump, whose election just adds an orange coloured hazard light atop the whole steaming mess.
Trump is a loathsome, racist, sexist retard, yes. But given abject failure by supposedly far more principled politicians to make an impact on what Eisenhower so famously warned about decades ago? Maybe we need to pay less attention to the messengers and much more to the message.
"But hey, it gives people reason to write more articles and get more ad impressions."
Such worldly cynicism! You may be right of course.
Those dastardly fear-mongers at the Reg should probably wait until everyone's chips are smoking puddles of silicon goo before hauling out the Olivettis and Gestetnering a few million pages of (literally) purple prose.
Or, even better, step away completely from a watchdog profession with one of the worst ROIs on the planet, and even worse profit prospects, and leave y'all to the tender mercies of our new global robber digi-barons, and their 'hyper efficient and extremely productive' minions.
Washington among the top states for company registration transparency, but still far from good, let alone perfect, see:
For a comparison of how far such measures have to go, one of the top three countries, New Zealand (yeah, from there) only recently passed legislation ending the worst abuses of its foreign trust laws.
All too often, these ranking surveys such as reported in the above article, and similar, such as Transparency International "least corrupt" fail to point out how utterly hopeless existing corporate law is in establishing ultimate beneficiaries.
tl;dr - registration in Seattle may not prove anything?
Anytime I read the word "lazy" used in criticism of journalism, I laugh. A deep, bitter and hugely mirthless laugh, because I've actually worked in the media, and know what a slave mine it is, with a three rule business model - suck 'em in, chew 'em up, spit 'em out.
Usually such criticism involves some jumped up academic proclaiming expertise of some sort, without bothering to even research their own media criticism.
So, sigh, below are some news stories on Sarin production related to the Syria attack, which took about five seconds to find. Are they definitive? Of course not, and never will be until refusing comment, lying and secrecy laws are punishable by death.
Until then, even a well resourced investigative unit can take years of digging to uncover the truth, whatever that may be. This is different from the world that Yanks are raised in, when yowling cop shows proclaim we won't get fooled again - and still solve cases within half an hour.
Back in the real world , "lazy" might better describe claims from someone using evidence they probably scraped from Wikipedia about a 22 year old attack and faking relevance to today.
Meantime, here's some headlines:
Assad Personally Oversaw the Development of Nerve Gas for Use on His Own People
Money stolen by Russian mob linked to man sanctioned for supporting Syria's chemical weapons program
Could Britain have sold sarin chemicals to Assad's regime?
Assad linked to chemical attacks in Syria
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Could be the same.
Be careful in your estimates tho - Only 97% of scientists agree that political pressures of the day stem from sound business cases, so we should probably act on the views of the 3% instead.
If you want to be sure you're really on the right track, listen only to the 1% - they know what's really going on.
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Do love me some robust business case. Lip smacking stuff.
"Congratulations on your robust business case! Now, sign this non-disclosure agreement so that you can never talk science to anyone, or comment on public science debate like, oh, say, for example, whether or not corporate welfare is corrupting science."
Or, "No talking, we're scientists" .. or, yes, "STFU boffins!!!!!"
Protip: also sack all those smug fucking science journalists. Evidence-based policy my aching, free-trade arse.
Bless you, in a thoroughly non-ironic way.
I've sent hundreds of "friendly heads up" to various websites over the years, especially when my brain is fogged by other things. It helps me remember that I am AWESOME and can actually do awesome things, like ... offer minor corrections.
As a tree-hugging, trendy lefty pinko anarcho commie journo scumbag, it's the least I can do for world peace.
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"Thus absolutely guaranteeing that no one can ever find it."
Thanks for raising that - I've long criticised fancy pants databases that cost millions and are impossible for ordinary users.
I did have one victory in a small organisation once, releasing documents in their original formats, only to find they had locked off copying ability. Sure, OCR and all that, but kinda defeated the purpose.
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