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JPL Scientists Take NASA To the Supreme Court 238

CheshireCatCO writes "Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, concerned about background checks now required of federal employees, sued NASA to suspend the checks back in 2007. The case has now worked its way up to the Supreme Court. At stake: whether all federal employees can be forced to undergo open-ended background checks whether or not the employee has exposure to classified or sensitive information. The background checks, which can include interviewing people from employees' pasts such as landlords and teachers, may seek, among other things, sexual histories."
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JPL Scientists Take NASA To the Supreme Court

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  • Re:Go JPL (Score:3, Interesting)

    by negRo_slim ( 636783 ) <> on Saturday September 25, 2010 @07:58PM (#33700100) Homepage
    Ideas and Competance, Mofos. Where is the Nation?
  • Re:Go JPL (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 25, 2010 @08:52PM (#33700386)

    Really? Is that all you care about is downloading free music?

    The born again Christian paranoid Texan who left Obama one fuckwad of a mess to clean up was selling you out far further than trolling IP addresses for illegally sharing content.

    As an outside observer who is not American, when I look at the mess GWB left for BO to deal with I have to say he's doing one hell of a job. The USA would be a third-world country by now if it wasn't for the crazy hard decisions Obama had to make to keep the US from tanking more than it did!

    He's not a God or the second coming of Christ, but he's doing a pretty good job leading the US out of the tar pits.

  • by Firethorn ( 177587 ) on Sunday September 26, 2010 @03:26AM (#33701730) Homepage Journal

    Obama is not the same as the Old Boss. Educate yourself.

    Sure, he's not identical. Sure, he changed a couple policies. Policies that studies were showing were ineffective. But he's held the same course in so many OTHER areas that you can stay he's much the same.

    For example, we're still in Iraq. We're still in Afghanistan. We're still spending borrowed money like crazy. Gun control hasn't changed, and don't ask don't tell still stands.

    Personally I think that we need to 'finish the job' in Iraq and Afghanistan, which to me means a functional government able to defend itself from extremists and foreign powers. Able to represent the people, etc... At this point the reason we went in is almost moot.

    I'm very much FOR balanced budgets. I think that gays should be able to openly serve in the military, it's only a source of friction right now. As for gun control, well, check out my sig for my thoughts on that...

    For the record, I'm not happy with either party.

  • Re:Go JPL (Score:4, Interesting)

    by causality ( 777677 ) on Sunday September 26, 2010 @07:46PM (#33706564)
    I'll add one more thing. Study and thoroughly understand the meaning of something terribly important. There are three names for this one technique. It is sometimes called the "Hegelian Dialectic" named after the philosopher Hegel. It is also called "Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis." More colloquially, it is known as "Problem, Reaction, Solution".

    This technique in combination with what the ancient Romans called "bread and circus" are the two main methods used to subvert the will of the people.

    Another thing a healthy republic or "democracy" needs is a thorough and widespread understanding of critical thinking, logic, and how to recognize propaganda techniques such as the "Big Lie", repetition, and fallacies such as the excluded middle. Government-run educational systems consistently fail to produce a population who have mastered this knowledge, and that's not a coincidence.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?