Tuesday, July 31, 2007

404: Clever Headline Not Found (July 31)

Body Politic
a rundown of the YouTube debate:
(debates, YouTube, Democrats) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Citadel_CNN_YouTube_Democratic_debate_0723.html
http://www.netscape.com/viewstory/2007/07/24/voice-of-america-the-youtubecnn-democratic-debate

show me the money!
(election, fund raising) http://www.philly.com/dailynews/columnists/john_baer/20070725_John_Baer___Are_Dem_candidates_sellouts__Follow_the_money.html

are the Republicans scared of You...Tube?
(YouTube, debates, Republicans) http://www.newsday.com/news/elections/ny-usrudy0728,0,6331768.story?coll=ny-top-headlines

can the Internet give marginalized politicians the platform they can't buy?
(internet, elections, Ron Paul, Mike Gravel) http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-ronmike25jul25,0,667006.story?coll=la-politics-campaign

Senate Wars: Return of the Judiciary
(Gonzales, Senate hearings) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Gonzales_returns_to_Senate_Judiciary_Committee_0724.html

Gonzales: "what I meant to say wasHEY LOOK OVER THERE!"<flees the Senate floor>
(domestic spying, Gonzales, Congress) http://thinkprogress.org/2007/07/25/harman-intel-activities/

showdown at the OK Congress:
(executive privilege, Congress, courts) http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2007/07/25/reasons-to-doubt-conventional-wisdom/

Tony Snow accuses Congress of making up controversies about Gonzales, "just leave him alone! he didn't hurt anybody!"
(attorney firings, Congress, Gonzales) http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/27/gonzales/

the DoJ doesn't have to prosecute contempt charges, or to put it in another way, Congress has bark and no bite:
(Congress, Dept. of Justice, subpoenas, contempt charges) http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/003779.php
I'd like to argue that my traffic citations should be equally unenforceable
and Tony thinks Congress is pathetic, I'm not inclined to disagree with him but for other reasons:
( White House, contempt charges, Congress) http://rawstory.com/news/afp/White_House_assails_lawmakers_over__07252007.html

Congress has special powers over the Court, it can add, subtract, multiply and divide; kinda like a calculator that runs on old men:
(Congress, Supreme Court, checks and balances ) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/26/opinion/26smith.html?ex=1343102400&en=cd4a1c051d3c7c96&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
I'm waiting on the assertion of "judicial privilege"

more accusations of inappropriate political maneuvering by the White House:
(political influence, White House, Hatch Act) http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2007/07/24/855383-white-house-defends-political-briefings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatch_Act_of_1939

al Qaeda, Iraq, Bin Laden, Iraq, Bin Laden, al Qaeda, Iraq, Bin Qaedaraq, Iral Qaeden:
( Bush, speech, hidden messages) http://www.politics.ie/viewtopic.php?t=24815

guess what? Steven Colbert does prophecy on the side:
(Colbert, election 2000, prophetic) http://blog.throwawayyourtv.com/2007/07/prophetic-colbert.html

so we've heard it for years, but can income tax finally be proven to be a fraud?
(income tax, court, Constitution) http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56855

OH NOES!!1 TEH FEDZ IZ IN UR HOUSE SENATOR STEVENZ, RAIDIN UR STUFF!!1one
(Sen. Stevens, bribery, FBI) http://www.adn.com/news/politics/fbi/story/9179115p-9095789c.html
free the tubes!
http://www.cqpolitics.com/2007/07/stevens_urged_to_step_down_fro.html

this lady alleges that she was gagged for political gain, I could make a crass joke here but I'm above that:
(corruption, cover-up, Congress) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/7/30/82055/9504

The Corporate Mind
can a corporation love? can it bleed? can it feel the wind on its face?
( corporate personhood, legal status) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/7/30/22953/7787

Energize!
let's go fly a kite, up to the highest heights:
(energy, wind power) http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/17/flying-wind-turbines/

even more breakthroughs in solar cell technology, and I'm still driving my gas-powered car and living in a coal-powered house:
(solar power, energy, science) http://www.physorg.com/news104501218.html

look! its a giant floating windmill!
(wind power, magnetic levitation, energy) http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/colossal_magnet.php

here's your chance to work with scum of the earth and be all the better for it:
(energy, pond scum, biofuel) http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=3418334&CMP=OTC-RSSFeeds0312

News of the Odd
can you not only think outside the box but rethink the box as well?
(thinking, mind, personal growth ) http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/5-ways-to-develop-independent-thought/

cross the Meow-mix commercial with The Ring and you get this cat:
(freaky, cat, death ) http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/D/DEATH_CAT?SITE=CTNHR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Monday, July 23, 2007

The More You Don't Know (July 23)

dearest readers, say it ain't so! I hope that I have helped you be more informed on the subjects and goings-on, but sadly many of your neighbors don't have access to such awesomeness, so remember to pass it along!
http://www.wired.com/culture/culturereviews/magazine/15-07/st_infoporn
I understand that we live in a time of media-bombardment.  it is difficult to find the time to investigate the world around us while we have our day-to-day mundanity to deal with.  most times all we want to do is come home and have a beer while the sports highlights run (or in my case whatever sci-fi my DVR has picked up).  but we can only bury our heads in the sand so long before the wolves come.  so the problem becomes one of motivating ourselves and our fellow citizens to stop filling up on media twinkies and ho-hos and instead turn return to the idea of yesteryear's morning or evening paper at the dinner table, chock full of informational goodness and updated for our 21st century lifestyle.  but the news of today is a world-wide web of information and navigating to the relevant bytes can be as frustrating as driving on any highway come rush hour.  but we're getting better.  we've now seen the rise of social news sites and citizen journalism and I have the hope that as these tools are continually refined in the coming years we will see a more complete world-view, succinct in it's delivery, sublime in its message. 

Body Politic
once we had remember the Alamo or the Maine, but it may be prudent in days to come to remember the Reichstag or so a former Reagan man has warned us:
( Bush, Republicans, terror attacks) http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts07162007.html
and lest you doubt such a thing might happen, again it is those who don't learn from history that are doomed:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods
but the victors write the history books so who watches the watchers?
http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_2205.shtml
and lest you further doubt the idea of political intrigue in America, here's another conspiracy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot

this has to be one of the most well written pieces on Iran that I have read and makes the most convincing case for taking action against Iran.  I was honestly surprised by my reaction to it:
(Iran, sanctions, war) http://economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=9514293

does the dog drool when the terror bell goes off?
(CNN, al Qaeda, Bush Administration, terror) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/CNN_reporter_Bush_AlQaeda_warnings_come_0717.html

thanks to the efforts of the Bush Administration we are safer now than....oh...well, nevermind then:
(terrorists, Bush, NIE) http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_carlson&sid=alIrC8kDjpf0

so apparently all Congress has to do is lure Bush into the chambers, perhaps with a doughnut or a taco, and they've got him:
(Congress, Bush, subpoenas) http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2007/07/contempt.html
legal expert baffled at all the executive privilege flying around.  executive privilege is another name for Cheney's army of flying monkeys:
(executive privilege, Bush, law) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Law_scholar_baffled_by_Executive_Privilege_0716.html
and here's some suggestions about how to deal with those pesky privileges:
(Congress, executive privilege, showdown) http://www.slate.com/id/2170479/fr/rss/

404: Building not found:
(photography, national security) http://blog.washingtonpost.com/rawfisher/2007/07/secret_buildings_you_may_not_p.html?nav=rss_blog

and the Administration feels that you shouldn't be able to sue your telco provider because they spied on you, they were just doing their patriotic duty:
(warrantless wiretaps, AT&T, spying) https://secure.eff.org/site/Advocacy?alertId=293&pg=makeACall&JServSessionIdr011=tzvyvuu0r2.app2a

Dick Cheney and the Chamber of Secret Energy Meetings:
(energy policy, secrecy, Cheney) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/19/washington/19energy.html?ex=1342497600&en=104ae8e59c92bf92&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
I can see where this one is going...
Gonzales: "I do not recall receiving that list of questions"
(attorney firings, Gonzales, Congress) http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200707/071807a.html

a timeline of Bush's service record, interesting read:
(Bush, military service) http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_zLu4BngHZVU/RqJKrgURfUI/AAAAAAAAATU/GeEI5n839bg/s1600-h/reserves.gif

want to know where your candidate stands on something? just move your mouse around:
(campaign '08, political issues) http://www.2decide.com/table.htm

the YouTube debates are tonight, is it a step forward for democracy? or is it a sham?
(youtube, debates, election) http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6197916.html?part=rss&tag=feed&subj=zdnn
http://cornellsun.com/node/23606

one of my personal favorites for the election, the man who wants to get rid of half the government, Dr. Ron Paul:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/22/magazine/22Paul-t.html?ex=1342843200&en=dacd6d6f05cda897&ei=5124&partner=digg&exprod=digg

The Corporate Mind
the death of ebay?
(ebay, litigation, corporate control) http://pubcit.typepad.com/clpblog/2007/07/leegin-and-ebay.html

a question to ponder, does making money off of sick people make sense?
(health care, corporate interests, business) http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070730/ehrenreich
and a side note, did the new rules for postal rates screw over everyone but the Big Dogs?
(mail, postage rates, corporate favoritism) http://www.thenation.com/itr/?o=%2Fdoc%2F20070730%2Fehrenreich

The French laugh and fart in your general direction from their beaches:
(work, vacation, corporate mindset) http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=why_we_dont_vacation_like_the_french

Energize!
tada! when you do the numbers, corn won't work.  now, what reason would politicians have in investing in such a scheme? hmmmm...
(energy, corn, ethanol)
http://www.thedailygreen.com/2007/07/18/report-corn-ethanol-not-a-viable-energy-option/4032/

ethanol backlash is mounting, this guy says corn ethanol can only be good because its American(tm):
(ethanol, science, politics) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19874792/site/newsweek/

obviously Prius-owners are violent, terrorist types who hate our gas-guzzling freedoms:
(Hummers, Prius, vandalism) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19818804/

another group claims development of supercheap solar cells, I ask where is my flying solar-powered car?
(solar power, energy) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070719011151.htm

will wonders never cease? in the future you could be flying thanks to your poop:
(alternative energy, aviation, poop) http://www.stuff.co.nz/4132048a13.html

an article that puts it in black and white, its not a race to save Mother Earth, its a race to make sure we can still live here:
( environment, conservation, global warming) http://www.thegoodhuman.com/2007/07/16/stop-worrying-the-planet-will-be-fine/

ultracapacitors are on the way, get ready for your electric car:
(science, energy, capacitors) http://www.physorg.com/news104161454.html

Techno Beat
would you like to play Global Thermonuclear War?
(computer overlords, checkers, technology) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19839044/

I can has superpowerz?
(superpowers, technology) http://www.autoadviceoffl.com/superpowers/

the view from on high, its all about the cosmic oneness:
(overview effect, spirituality, God) http://www.livescience.com/blogs/author/davebrody

this message brought to you from the future in a galaxy far, far away: "don't kill grandpa!"
(science, faster-than-light, communications ) http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/07/17/274531.aspx

wireless broadband continues its push forward:
(technology, wireless, internet) http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/venture/archives/118321.asp

News of the Odd
remember the disappearing bees? another explaination comes to light:
(bees) http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/43163/story.htm

durrrr, I can has downloads?
(humor, torrents, email) http://torrentfreak.com/hilarious-mininova-support-e-mails/

a collection of things that don't belong on anyone's body:
(tattoos, bad art, humor) http://www.grupthink.com/topic/2517/Worst_Tattoos_Ever

LOLZ!!1one Jezus m4k3z teh funniez!1
(humor, Bible, internet meme) http://www.notablogtm.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/lolcat_bible_sml.jpg

this one has to be seen to be believed:
(frozen, half-eaten deer) http://hostmyjpg.com/#27bf11552b8eb15df4c854518e75e9e6.jpg

Monday, July 16, 2007

Lord of the Email: Return of the Newsletter

having battled with my own personal demons for the last few months, I'm going to attempt to get back into the groove of things and even attempt an update of the format.  I know not all of you read this religiously (even though it IS a religious experience, can't you feel the wonderment?) but its cathartic for me.  I'm adding tags to the links now that summerize the content, I'll try to be as unbiased as possible. ;)  those will be in green.


so here we go:
    I think we are living in times that can be described both as amazing and perilous, and I have the hope that we may use our talents and understanding to build a better future.  for the last six years we have lived the embodiment of FUD (for the uninitiated geeks, that's Fear/Uncertainty/Doubt) as we are told that the world is out to get us and we ought to be looking over our shoulders.  well there is one fundamental flaw with such reasoning, we're probably going to run into something unexpected because we're not paying attention to where we're going.  one of the thoughts I've had on this subject is the lack of vision we seem to be experiencing these days.  gone are the days of the Nuclear Age or the Space Age and their accompanying boosts of the imagination.  to be fair, we do have the internet, but I can only watch so many videos of people getting their genitalia abused by a dog riding a Mentos-n-Coke-powered skateboard before I have to wonder if its really helping us have any inspiration for the future.  I mean, its great and all that I can superpoke someone (where's the porn reference now?) or see photos of cats, dressed up by nutjobs, being in my whatever doing something to my stuff; but where is the enlightenment of the masses we were promised in the 90's?  I think Al sold us a highway to Tardtown based on some of the stuff I've seen on here.  But there is hope, even if the majority of internet users seem content to upload compromising photos/videos of themselves, there is still a multitude of useful information that can be used to improve life and communication.  and maybe, just maybe, as this grand forum continues to evolve and grow, a few people will be inspired and can use this tool to better the world around them.  the most any of us can do is try, and so try I do.  that being said....

I'M IN UR INBOX, CLOGGIN' UR TUBEZ!

Body Politic
Republicans are faltering in their presidential support, methinks '08 is a little too close for some of them:
(Iraq, Republicans, war spending) http://www.cqpolitics.com/2007/07/a_lastditch_plea_to_a_wavering.html
but why worry about Iraq when you can invade Iran?
(Iran, war, Cheney, Bush) http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2127115,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=networkfront

oversight? what oversight? we don't need no stinking oversight!
(spying, Bush ) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/US_intelligence_watchdog_silent_for_over_0715.html

lying to the courts? $250000. obsruction of a federal investigation? 30 months in prison. setting up your fallguy but giving him a ticket out of it and buying his silence? priceless...   there are some things money can't buy, this isn't one of them:
(Scooter Libby, Bush, court) http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/07/10/leahy-bush-bought-scooters-silence-with-commutation/
and Libby's judge feels hurt that Bush doesn't value his opinion:
http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/003679.php
this just in, 1 does not equal 1, Tony Snow claims "well, you can't be entirely sure.  is 1 apple like 1 orange? the President feels that it would be wrong and counterproductive to make the comparison.  and besides, apples and oranges have nothing to do with this case.  next question, please":
http://www.pensitoreview.com/2007/07/04/bush-filed-to-uphold-victor-rita-sentence/

Obama wants you to know "I'm totally not like those other guys":
(election, Obama, Hillary, Edwards, debates) http://www.wcfcourier.com/articles/2007/07/15/news/top_story/7707886f0e8106e086257319001422c9.txt

Rep. Scott calls the Justice Dept. a bunch of hypocrites, the Justice Dept. responds that he is a "doodiehead":
(Congress, Justice Dept, executive privilege ) http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Justice_Department_hit_for_limiting_attorneyclient_0716.html

you may like your gun, but the government...not so much:
(gun laws, Second Amendment, court) http://www.scotusblog.com/movabletype/archives/2007/07/second_amendmen.html

Iraqis aren't the only ones who can't be adequately protected by the military:
(women, rape, military) http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/03/08/1443232

there are rumors of the New World Order; I don't believe there is a vast, all-encompassing conspiracy, but we would do well to remember that intrigue is old hat the world round:
(conspiracy, NWO) http://www.freedomdomain.com/nwoquote.htm

Energize!
Peak Oil may be upon us, or maybe not.  Big Oil responds "move along, nothing to see here":
(Peak Oil, energy) http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/iea_sounds_peak_1.php

Big Oil: "look, we said NOTHING TO SEE HERE, MOVE ALONG!"
(solar power, energy) http://www.engadget.com/2007/07/14/korean-researchers-develop-uber-cheap-solar-cells/

Big Oil:"oh come on! we started in Texas! how can you do that to us?"
(wind power, energy, Texas ) http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/houston_gets_in.php

Techno Beat
congratulations, one in three of you is an iSheep:
(Apple, iPhone, marketing) http://news.yahoo.com/s/pcworld/20070715/tc_pcworld/134594

can you hear me now?.......hello?......
(cell phones, nutjob, tank) http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/call-of-duty/man-takes-out-6-cell-towers-in-tank-rampage-278637.php

and in case you didn't hear (heh, puns are fun), internet radio may go off the air but there's hope yet...if you'll allow the media companies to tell you what you can and can't do with the music:
(internet radio, DRM, legislation) http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070715-net-radio-compromise-hinged-on-drm-adoption.html

space...the final frontier....for profit...
(space, NASA) http://www.kiplinger.com/businessresource/forecast/archive/after_space_shuttle_070713.html

Sony is in ur tubez, buyin ur vidz:
(Sony, web video) http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/07/15/business/sony16.php

News of the Odd
awww, rich people can't have sex in their submarines without being interrupted by dolphins, boo hoo:
( sex, submarines, dolphins) http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=278856

rubber ducky, you're the one...you make bathti.....OH MY GOD!! RUN!
(giant rubber duck) http://www.woostercollective.com/2007/07/florentijn_hofmans_rubber_duckie.html

are you a thinker? do you find yourself thinking two, three times a day? or maybe even more? don't worry, help can be had now!
(humor) http://thejaywalker.com/pages/thinkers.html

diamonds are forever, espesscially a diamond the size of the freakin moon:
(huge ass space diamond) http://www.diamonds.net/news/NewsItem.aspx?ArticleID=9219

Friday, May 25, 2007

entropy is coming to get you

http://www.multivax.com/last_question.html

you can't escape it, "God" built it into the universe and it's coming to get you. your body is decaying as you read this and before the universe ages the same equivalent to a second of your life, you'll be long gone. no matter what philosophy or religion you buy into to, your actions on this rock of dead star matter, matter not. death comes surely to us all, an on-rushing wave of inevitability that causes all men to pause in their wanderings and reflect on their purpose, often with no discernible answer. what then should we do? waste away in idle luxury and pleasure; placating the physical beast until such time as the body relinquishes it life force? perhaps we should spend our time, buried, nose in book, training up the mind for eventualities we will never engage as we languish in the library of potential. NO, the only course that bears fruit of fulfillment and satisfaction is one of action. action born of understanding and prudence; action that is tempered with wisdom and knowledge that bring forth a harvest of meaning. whatever belief you have in the origin of man's intellect and capacity, one cannot deny that actualization of our potential is what gives us our superiority, for if man were to rest upon his laurels, he would find only wilted flowers underneath his ass. idle hands did not carry us to the moon. idle hands did not construct wonders of the mind. idle hands will never reward the flesh with the bounties of the imagination. to take action is acknowledge the will to become. in each person is the innate desire to become more than we are. there may be no single form that we seek, but in each person we find this dream of becoming. the sadness and disappointment that so often accompany us on life's journey is the direct result of our failure to become that which we seek to be. whether it be riches, fame, marriage, parenthood, security, comfort, recognition, or appreciation; we all desire to have our heart's wishes come to pass. to what end, however? at the end of all things, the meaning we ascribe to our reality passes with the universe that gives rise to said reality. but to abandon our hopes and dreams in the face of entropy is the very definition of nihilism. the despair of nihilism serves no purpose, and indeed denies the idea of purpose. I argue, however, that purpose had its genesis within the self; that the nature of consciousness gives rise to the capacity for self-determination, and thus destiny, that is chosen and produced by the conscious mind. it is no coincidence that "destiny" and "destination" share the same root idea; movement towards a final position indicated by the cessation of travel. so as you move through your destiny today, reflect on where you wish to cease your journey.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The (potentially literal) war on the middle class and the future of the global community

thoughts, readers?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,2053020,00.html

of course I know that future predictions are just that, predictions.  but one wonders...
if the middle class (or every class lower than the upper class) makes up the majority of the population and they become so completely dissatisfied with the current government that they demand change, then said government suppressing this desire becomes totalitarian, or at the very least it demonstrates the extent to which the governing entities are removed from the common man. 
"The world's middle classes might unite, using access to knowledge, resources and skills to shape transnational processes in their own class interest"
and this is a danger?  do not corporations and governing bodies do this on a daily basis? it would seem they are unwilling to let their own power structure devolve or lessen in scope.  a thought I've had on the subject of future power generation (energy) would seem to apply here. 
    when I think about how alternative energy might be applied, I believe that the real revolution will be decentralized generation, where everyone can freely manufacture their own energy (solar cells most likely) and then purchase addition energy as required.  this is fundamentally different than today's infrastructure where all forms of energy are centralized, or semi-centralized, and any disruption or manipulation of the system results in massive repercussions for a large number of people, which is to say that this puts much power in few hands.  I believe that alot of the emphasis by the government on particular forms of alternative energy have to do with the structure of their implementation.  if you look at these forms, hydrogen, ethanol, and to a lesser extent biodiesel, you see that these solutions are all centralized power structures, where the production and distribution are greatly dependent upon a supply chain that is very linear. 
    when you have production of any good in such a linear fashion you have consolidation of wealth, power, and influence.  this is born out by the slew of mergers and subsidies that many of basic providers of goods and services have received.  while this has been good from the standpoint of profit and reduction in cost of said goods and services, it has had a deleterious effect upon the consumer in the form of reduced accountability.  even if a company is guilty of some crime, the worst they generally face is a fine, which is not felt by the people making the decisions in these companies, it is paid for by the shareholders, who are generally the very people who have been wronged in the first place.  this has no greater analog than the practice of indulgences in the Catholic Church.  here we have a legal system that allows powerful entities to pay money to commit offenses and then generally continue with business as usual with no further repercussions. 
     now we can analyze the structure of political power here in the West.  at the formation of our country, the founding fathers envisioned a system where semi-autonomous entities (the states) would be bound together in a federal union, whose purpose was the protection of the rights of the citizens to engage in free enterprise as they saw fit.  over the years, this system has mutated into the federal goliath we know today, where the whims and influence of the few hold sway over the desires and rights of the many.  now each change of governmental power can bring an entire shift of priority to a system whose assets include a budget of several TRILLION dollars a year, a mammoth military force with technological prowess is unprecedented in history, and an increasing willingness of the populace to capitulate to the imposition on their rights in the same of "security". 
    however, perhaps there is a ray of hope in the face of this onslaught.  this very message is carried on the back of this hope.  the internet (or more accurately the entire communications infrastructure) has the potential to reshape the boundaries of thought and revolutionize the way in which people connect.  every day there is some new way for people all over the world to aggregate and share their thoughts, feelings, and dreams, all of which is unprecedented in the history of civilization.  in a few more years I'll be able to have a conversation in real time with friends I've met in every corner of the globe, and I might have not even met them in person, and may never do so, but through common interest we are connected.  now I realize that is a old maxim for the internet but as I said, every day brings new tools into people's lives and enables them to reach out in whatever fashion they feel comfortable, whether it be video, podcast, blog, webpage, music, pictures, email, IM, text message, or phone call.  is it any wonder that governments have been so concerned with monitoring the internet for "disturbances in the force?"  they don't want their seedy world of indulgences placed under the microscope of the global populace.  I propose that we are on the edge of either a second Dark Age or a new Enlightenment.  is it any coincidence that this revolution of communication and cooperation is literally built on rivers of light?  I think not.

Friday, January 5, 2007

there and back again, a news tale: or how I learned about governmental intrusion and got sent to Gitmo

GOOD NEWS! maybe our freedoms and our country aren't in the toilet after all:
http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/9476.html

don't worry, just go about your little consumerist lives and pay no attention to the man inside your cell phone:
http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/12/can_you_hear_me.html
note to self, install switch to disconnect the mic when not in use
it would be amusing if it wasn't so sinister, Enzyte is fighting for your rights in regard to email and stored communications:
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20061227-8504.html
I keep wondering why Bush doesn't just go ahead and revoke the Fourth Amendment and start issuing these:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writs_of_assistance
but I guess he doesn't need to when he can just use a signing statement instead:
http://www.wikiprotest.com/index.php?title=Bush_signing_statement_claims_he_can_search_our_mail_without_a_warrant

why imagine the American Dream when you can sell the "cure" for the nightmare?
http://torrentfreak.com/documentary-the-power-of-nightmares/

Ford thought Bush did the wrong thing in invading Iraq:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/12/27/ford.iraq/index.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/27/AR2006122701558.html
Bush skipped out on most of the funeral, wonder why?
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/061228/world/ford_funeral_1
nice to see that The Gipper got the big sendoff, but he was a good Republican and he gave Papa Bush his big break

war is peace, freedom is slavery, Fox is fairly unbalanced:
http://thinkprogress.org/2006/12/29/fox-civil-war-positive/

truth is dead, attempting to find it is treason, go back to your regularly scheduled programming citizen:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/roberts/roberts190.html
liberal media or political Xerox? how do you find out what the truth really is?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygb5uyPZBkg

Bush has Saddam's gun in his desk:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,644112,00.html
I bet he has the hanging video on his cell phone too, I bet that would make a sinister, but amusing, Amp Mobile ad

follow the money, it never lies, who has profited from the "War on Terror"?
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20061226_robert_scheer_ike_was_right/

speaking of money, a bad trend is when yours stops being used:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061231/ap_on_bi_ge/europe_widespread_euro_1

Jesus told me the Grand Canyon was only 230 years old because that's when God's country was made:
http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=801
what a load of crap, how far are we going to let this go?  I guess I better stock up on leeches and keep my humours in check because that devil science can't be trusted!

hmmm, lawyer gets entangled with The Administration, now he has committed "suicide" to the bewilderment of everyone who knew him:
http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/16326502.htm

and just to be fair on both sides and maintain my "journalistic integrity" something stupid about the Democrats, they're really pushing for cleaning up Congress...except campaign finance reform.  remember kids, you can refuse to eat at the trough as often but you can't bite the hand that feeds you:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/04/the_skinny/main2329383.shtml

hahahhahahahahaaha, oh man, what's more funny than conservatives snuggling with boys? drug-addicted, tripping Chief Justices, that's what!
http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/01/04/rehnquist.files.ap/index.html?rss

way to go Murtha! no more troops for you Mr. Bush:
http://thinkprogress.org/2007/01/04/murtha-troop-escalation/

Alternatives
hmmmm....NORWAY HAS WMDs!! we better invade!
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/10/th_solves_globa_1.php
a development in alternative energy I've reported on before but it's good to see it in the press again, biodiesel from algae:
http://news.com.com/Want+alternative+energy+Try+pond+scum/2100-11386_3-6145197.html?tag=nefd.lede
Vegas bets on some alternative energy of its own:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/12/las_vegas_does_1.php
making electricity out of all the hot air in California:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/12/1500_megawatt_w.php
a handy dandy way to liquefy diamonds...oh yea and it might be useful for nuclear fusion too:
http://www.zpenergy.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2103

Teh Funnies and the Assorted BS
torturing virtual characters for science, I did this years ago, its called "The Sims":
http://science.slashdot.org/science/06/12/27/1627247.shtml

guess what guys, they finally found a cure for women's headaches:
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/dec2006/db20061228_315249.htm
but maybe they don't need help:
http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006600199,00.html

we're killing the oceans, but don't worry it'll probably be decades before it screws us:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/oceans/la-oceans-series,0,7842752.special

who needs space when you have iPods and MTV?
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/12/28/space.youth.apathy.ap/index.html

could you kill another person? and how would you feel about it?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/heart/themes/prep.html

do no evil?  but who defines what is "evil"?
http://www.boingboing.net/2006/12/27/google_disappears_se.html

look, God, we've had some good times, but I've found someone new and the internet understands me and isn't so hellfire and brimstone, I hope you understand, can we still be friends?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,1980978,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1

learn how to think like me, it might help you decide on what to have for dinner tonight:
http://www.studygs.net/genius.htm
yeah I know its not modest to say that, but so what? you wanna fight about it?

a breakdown of where the money goes for Christmas and other Xmas facts:
http://christmasspirit.wordpress.com/2006/12/19/counting-on-christmas-statistics/
more donations for religion than education...hmmm, mucho interestante

the supersonic plane is back from the dead:
http://www.defencetalk.com/news/publish/airforce/Supersonic_Combustion_for_a_Hypersonic_Space_Plane10009677.php

dude, we need to score some Avon, I hear that shit is the bomb:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AK_DELIVERY_MISTAKE_AKOL-?SITE=VARIT&SECTION=US&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2006-12-26-18-09-29

ok the doctors are optimistic about a happy life for Barbaro. well I damn well hope so! he's going to be put up in a posh stable and is going to get laid constantly!
http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=2765815

youtube vid o' the day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHzdsFiBbFc

and now a quote from a great and funny man...a dead funny man, Bill Hicks:
I have this feeling man, 'cause you know, it's just a handful of people who run everything, you know … that's true, it's provable. It's not … I'm not a fucking conspiracy nut, it's provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media. I have this feeling that whoever's elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail – blah, blah, blah – when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scum-fucks who got you in there. And you're in this smokey room, and this little film screen comes down … and a big guy with a cigar goes, "Roll the film." And it's a shot of the Kennedy assasination from an angle you've never seen before … that looks suspiciously like it's from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, "Any questions?" "Er, just what my agenda is." "First we bomb Baghdad." "You got it …"

last and not least, the Daily Schadenfreude:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070102/od_afp/safricacaveobese_070102115418
now I know its not kosher to make fun of the fat peoples but she was warned and she brought it on herself

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

the beginning of the end, the death of the "great experiment in self-government"

Habeas Corpus has been suspended, welcome back to the Inquisition, confess and receive your salvation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aeCc_UYLM8
but the government protects your rights, right? I bet this guy thought they would too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDXlCWzbthU
however, don't worry, they're not going to kill you, a short stint in Room 101 will cure what ails you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aer9Gu8H7Cc
I might have to check that out, conspiracy theories are fun but I always like to check the facts before I'll believe it.  I should probably hurry up and check it out before Bush and Co. brand me as a seditionist and I disappe























and its official, The Administration's decisions have resulted in more American deaths than al Qaeda's:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061226/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

UPDATE: the other day I put this link in the email about a Times article being censored by the White House, here's what they censored:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/22/opinion/22precede.html
I truly believe that the internet may become the last refuge of the truth and even it is under attack by both the government and the companies that run it.  history will tell if we can defend our rights and the truth, but then again if the forces of power and control win, we may never know these things ever existed
here's some more proof about our 1984 direction:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/04/19/trial_by_cctv_claims_innocent/
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601109&sid=avL4PSqZrcj4&refer=home

did you know that "It's a Wonderful Life" is communist propaganda?  that's what the government says and don't they always know best?
http://www.wisebread.com/fbi-considered-its-a-wonderful-life-communist-propaganda

why we may not have to worry about Iran:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/12/25/iran.oil.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Biden wants honesty from Bush, perhaps he needs to ask Moses how to get water from a rock:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11442717/
also he'll fight him on sending more troops into Iraq:
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/12/26/america/NA_GEN_US_Senate_Foreign_Relations.php

and now for something hilarious from the insurgents, if we leave Iraq within a month and leave our weapons behind, they will allow us to leave peacefully:
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/12/22/iraq.main/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

25 quotes to ponder for a new year:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/12/24/73147/897
I like 11 and 1 but 4 is what I live by and is the inspiration for what I do
and here are a few more:
*He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.
*It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration.
*That government is best which governs least.
Thomas Paine


the lighter side of news for darker times

get ready for the future, it is indeed lighter:
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article.ns?id=dn10851&feedId=online-news_rss20

an electric sport-utility truck that does 95mph, 0-60 in less than 10 sec, AND completely charges in 10 MINUTES:
http://phoenixmotorcars.com/models/fleet.html
currently it has a 130 mile range with a 250 mile version in the works, HALLELUJAH!!
and here is another reason to be excited:
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/12/plugin_hybrids_2.php
can termites save us from the energy crisis?
http://www.physorg.com/news3700.html

for all of you that know me personally all I have to say is neener neener neener, my mess makes me smarter:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/21/garden/21mess.html?_r=1&em&ex=1167109200&en=9f7fc45bca81bd36&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin
and so do my videogames:
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/061223/technology/technology_brains_video_games_1

ELEVATORS IN SPAAAAAACE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2UZDHHDhog

a pen that uses no ink and will never be used up in your lifetime:
http://www.grand-illusions.com/acatalog/info_48.html

1up.com doles out the Xmas gifts for the gaming industry:
http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3156060

two heads may be better than one, but I don't know what to make of this:
http://www.theliberalblogger.com/forum/f2/woman-has-ability-double-her-pleasure-1643/#4912

privacy is dead and we killed it:
http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=7499

actions have consequences, here's the reason why you shouldn't commit rape:
http://forum.autocareforum.com/forum.src?Action=Posts&Subject=11234&Topic=34
the faint of heart need not click

proof that Cheech and Chong could time-travel:
http://english.people.com.cn/200612/23/eng20061223_335258.html

welcome to the WiiHome, where Wii takes over your whole life:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beZC2gpFN7I
http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/video-wii-media-center-x

and to complement the quotes in the serious email here's some dumb ones from people in 2006:
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,72320-0.html?tw=wn_index_3

The Daily Schadenfreude, served well chilled:
http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_360132351.html

Friday, December 22, 2006

Wiitastic

just got the internet browser for the Wii and thought I'd post a "quick" hello. they are really going to have to put out a keyboard for this damn thing, right now you have to use the onscreen keyboard with the wiimote, which is madding. but I luvs it :)

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

whats more fun than a mindbogglingly huge debt? the news you might not be able to pay it back!


out of the gate today we'll examine the fact that we're boned...completely, utterly boned and here's why:
http://financialsense.com/fsu/editorials/martenson/2006/1217.html
"Despite improvement in both the fiscal year 2006 reported net operating cost and the cash-based budget deficit, the U.S. government's total reported liabilities, net social insurance commitments, and other fiscal exposures continue to grow and now total approximately $50 trillion, representing approximately four times the Nation's total output (GDP) in fiscal year 2006, up from about $20 trillion, or two times GDP in fiscal year 2000."
wow, I wonder, what could have possibly happened between 2000 and 2006? <strokes chin and muses> "gee, that's a tough one mister, can I still have $50 so I can buy an apple core for my family?  and if you have a stack of ones on you we could really use that for our fire."  and if that isn't bad enough, oil is now starting the trend to be traded on the euro instead of the dollar.
I can't begin to tell you how bad this can become, but here's a primer.
simple solution? kill the old people and nuke the banks carrying our debt.  PROBLEM SOLVED! :D

this I found interesting and important enough to put close to the top:
http://craigsnumber.com/
A FREE, ANONYMOUS internet phone number that forwards to your phone of choice, VIVA LA INFORMATION REVOLUTION!!

HOLY...FREAKING...CRAP  this is a new low for The Administration, if you've been mentally fucked up by governmental torture (which we don't do, but just saying if it did happen) then your testimony about said alleged torture is unacceptable in court because you're mentally incompetent:
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/12/18/tennessee_terrorist/index.html
ladies and gentlemen, this is endgame, I can give you no greater example of 1984 draconian ideology than that

oh First Amendment, what a pesky little bugger you are, you're either too strong or not strong enough:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2006-09-17-amendments_x.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/18/nyregion/18kearny.html?ex=1324098000&en=87af8b74af1e13cc&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

Pelosi plans to peek at pesky political purses:
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=18510
proof the Dems aren't all they're cracked up to be, in case you forgot they're politicians too

North Korean demands for disarming their nukes:
http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.aspx?feed=FT&Date=20061219&ID=6282798
my favorite? number 57: we demand Teresa Heinz Kerry because she's so saucy

the best way to deal with criticism? don't let those bastards say it in the first place:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfGINEWO_2I

the top 10 stories of 2006 I would have gotten to eventually:
http://web0.foreignpolicy.com/story/3652_0.html
wait, does this count? yes? awesome, I covered everything this year!

remember kids, you don't want to be an "enemy combatant" in custody of the US:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig7/greenwald3.html

foreign policy, founding father style:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul356.html

cigarettes cause global warming...wait, no, I read that wrong.  what do global warming and cigarettes have in common?  according to people that profit from them, neither will kill you:
http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/video_player.html?denial

bye bye science, we hardly knew ye:
http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/06/12/16/1532244.shtml
but the scientists will fight the power:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6178213.stm

here we have possibly the best definition of irony I've seen lately:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6626823

how do you settle differences in the 21st century? with Wii of course!
http://www.thelastboss.com/post.phtml?pk=1660

when jumping into a shark tank with steaks strapped to you isn't enough:
http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1722000

internet? cable TV? phone service?  AT&T says "yes-no/no-yes" and asks if the FCC can define "is"
http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/u-verse.ars

now you see me, but soon you won't:
http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn10816.html

BALLOON!
http://www.eaa.org/communications/eaanews/061214_blimp.html

makes you think twice about that McDonald's ranch burger doesn't it?
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1218062castro1.html
and speaking of white goo, did you know that mayonnaise demostrates quantum mechanics?
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap061217.html

and the Daily Schadenfreude:
http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1717965