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(Wired)   Someday, criminal organizations will have their own armies made of kidnapped communication engineers and held as slaves, rigging shadowy, encrypted, secret telecommunications networks. Once again, the Zeta drug cartel shows us the future   ( wired.com) divider line
    More: Scary, communications networks, criminal organizations, ICA, communication systems, Veracruz, Mexican, Danger Room, slavery  
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12289 clicks; posted to Main » on 02 Nov 2012 at 11:39 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-11-02 11:58:23 AM  
3 votes:
I am the Lance Armstrong of welfare doping. I haven't worked in almost a decade and yet I have a nice apartment, a high speed internet connection, and all the happy pills that I can wash down with the liquor of my choice. And if it's one thing guys like me are good at figuring out - it's how to game the system. You cycle your intake right and the cheap ass tests they give don't register shiat.

For every one person that actually needs welfare benefits, there are two dozen of guys like me. Just please keep my man in the oval office! I've got a feeling his first initiative on his second term will be to deeply extend benefits. Believe me - the relationship is mutual.
2012-11-02 11:49:27 AM  
3 votes:

SweetSaws: Well that sucks that they're enslaving the engineers. The poor engineers deserve to be paid for that work.


Unless they work at Apple. Then it's pretty much the same thing.
2012-11-02 02:05:42 PM  
2 votes:
Say what you will, my Zeta phone has unlimited data and 4Z coverage everywhere. The downside is that if you fail to make a payment, they cut off your head and dump your body in the desert.
2012-11-02 12:07:57 PM  
2 votes:
Well there is only one way to end this drug war. Invade all of Central and South America.
2012-11-02 11:42:42 AM  
2 votes:
upload.wikimedia.org

man am i glad i played this a ton, as it seems i am totally ready for this brave new world of ours
2012-11-02 06:24:17 PM  
1 vote:
As an engineer being sent to Monterrey this weekend on business, this news certainly brightens my spirits.
2012-11-02 03:06:38 PM  
1 vote:
time to call the law...

www.scifinow.co.uk
2012-11-02 01:16:11 PM  
1 vote:

spentmiles: I am the Lance Armstrong of welfare doping. I haven't worked in almost a decade and yet I have a nice apartment, a high speed internet connection, and all the happy pills that I can wash down with the liquor of my choice. And if it's one thing guys like me are good at figuring out - it's how to game the system. You cycle your intake right and the cheap ass tests they give don't register shiat.

For every one person that actually needs welfare benefits, there are two dozen of guys like me. Just please keep my man in the oval office! I've got a feeling his first initiative on his second term will be to deeply extend benefits. Believe me - the relationship is mutual.


I agree. Until I can find a job, keep those benefits rolling!

/thanks, mr. taxpayer
2012-11-02 01:11:35 PM  
1 vote:

ShamanGator: that said, end the damn war on drugs and legalize it already

Exactly, end the Zeta's reasons to exist in the first place. Cut their funding, when they have no more cash flow due to the rest of the world buying their drugs legally, they wont have the money for private radio/cell networks. Or the hundreds of other crazy things they do.


Yeah, like when the U.S. ended palcohol prohibition and all the gangsters got legitimate jobs.
2012-11-02 12:55:43 PM  
1 vote:
"I feel a hot wind on my shoulder
And the touch of a world that is older
I turn the switch and check the number
I leave it on when in bed I slumber
I hear the rhythms of the music
I buy the product and never use it
I hear the talking of the DJ
Can't understand just what does he say?"

Your wish, my command.
2012-11-02 12:39:49 PM  
1 vote:

liam76: whosits_112: dothemath: The cartels are basically an insurgency at this point.
They are trying to dismantle the government.

Now THIS is an actual threat to America. Not Iran, not (what was) Iraq. This shiat is right across our border, and affecting one of our so-called allies. If they can't get their shiat under control, and they fall, then where will these drug cartels look to next? Further south? Move up north? The sky is the limit for these guys, it seems. I'm all for legalizing some of the drugs we currently have banned (weed, coke, maybe a few others), but I don't know if that will stop them. I think we should at least get the CIA or other covert operatives in there (if they aren't already), find out where these assholes are, and hit them hard: Drone strikes, special ops troops, infiltration. Whatever it takes. Because this shiat is serious and will come to US next.

Fair enough, but how about we try it before we start another war.


I didn't say I disagree with you.
Let's call in a few Predator strikes.
2012-11-02 12:14:35 PM  
1 vote:
It's almost like a militarized border impervious to drug-running is needed between the US and Mexico.

Legalizing pot won't make a difference. If everyone grew it in window boxes the same problem would be there. The cartels would just concentrate on coke and Breaking Bad-style meth superlabs.

The mafia didn't go away after Prohibition was repealed--it just went into other products.
2012-11-02 12:12:56 PM  
1 vote:

Cythraul: Slaves2Darkness: Well there is only one way to end this drug war. Invade all of Central and South America.

How very Hamilton of you.


Well we could nuke them, but the UN gets there panties in a bunch when you do that.
2012-11-02 12:09:34 PM  
1 vote:

Slaves2Darkness: Well there is only one way to end this drug war. Invade all of Central and South America.


How very Hamilton of you.
2012-11-02 12:08:09 PM  
1 vote:
How can you be so sure these people were kidnapped? With the money the cartels have they may just be getting payed very very well.

Plus all the Hookers and blow you can handle.
2012-11-02 12:03:42 PM  
1 vote:
At least we are learning from the pros....
2012-11-02 12:00:05 PM  
1 vote:
Couldn't they have just hired some contractors on elance.com? It seems that it would be cheaper than kidnapping them.
2012-11-02 11:58:46 AM  
1 vote:
Well if we had won the war on poverty people wouldnt need to sell drugs to support themselves, or something like that
2012-11-02 11:52:44 AM  
1 vote:

RembrandtQEinstein: Vote communist, vote constitution, vote libertarian, vote green, vote pirate or guns and dope or raving monster looney, but ffs do NOT vote for D or R. The drug war and its corruption at every level of government is destroying this country and both corporate parties are fiddling while rome burns.


Just because D and R are bad choices doesn't magically make any other your other listed choices better. Heck the Libertarians who are suppose to be the leading edge of drug legalization keeps dropping their panties each time a Republican tenth place runner up gives them a wink and a smile. Saying that the other choices are automatically better is like saying that the Bible must be correct about the creation of the universe because atheists don't have their own explanation.
2012-11-02 11:52:19 AM  
1 vote:
That sounds like something you'd hear in the first act of an episode of Burn Notice...

/Act 4 is 10 minutes of nonstop explosions and wind blowing in Gabrielle Anwar's hair no matter which direction she faces
2012-11-02 11:42:48 AM  
1 vote:
Well that sucks that they're enslaving the engineers. The poor engineers deserve to be paid for that work.
2012-11-02 10:49:45 AM  
1 vote:
I know! lets drug test MOAR welfare recipients! yeah! that'll show 'em!
 
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