Oct/10
2005
So, if you're unhappy about the "Patriot" act don't read this. It'll only make your stomach more sour. To summarize, the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) has asked for permission to lie to people about who they are in order to get information of "possible use to national-security". Yes that's right - so someone can come up to you, citizen or non-citizen and say "Hey Bro, I'm from the local Salvation-Army I just wanted do know something...." Not good. Really really not good. See, back in the 60s this shit was outlawed because it was used to keep tabs on anti-war protestors. It was illegal then, and guess what it's STILL illegal today, yes. But what's happened is that the government is now so very against individual rights and freedoms that agencies are grabbing for as many liberties as they can... even if it pushes the bounds of legality. Yay. Freedom America. Freedom Republican Style - Ph33r your friends, Ph33r your neighbors. Who can you really trust any more? That cutie you picked up in the bar? No, don't say you hate taxes. Or maybe the new guy in the gym? Watch out! Don't say you like falafel! The Boomers miss their youth, so they're bring it back to us piece by piece and our government is here to facilitate it.
Oct/06
2005

Pirate versus Ninja?

Ninjas will always rule over pirates. But that is not to say that pirates do not fill a required role in society. I suppose a similar argument can be made for music, applications or movies, but my focus here today is video games. You see, for a long time, I have downloaded warez versions of video games. I still buy them, but in many cases, I warez them first. The only time I buy them right out of the box is when I was particularly impressed by a demo, or knew a game was goodness right off the bat. But sadly, those times are few and far between. And it is becoming more rare as time goes on. You see, somewhere along the line, in the rush to push out more and more games upon the hapless public, game publishers began forcing unfinished products out the door. Or worse, the designers failed to fully realize the vision of the game they attempted to create. Or sometimes, the game just fucking sucked. Now, after you’ve spent a few hundred dollars on games that you wished you’d never bought, this type of thing gets old. Sure you can sell them back to EB for $5, but it doesn’t really recoup the $50 buy in. So, I decided to take action. I started downloading the warez version. Fuck ‘em, right? I mean, you’ve gotten enough of my money that I’m sick and tired of you trying to rape me with games that sound great, but are shit. So, I warez games. If they’re good games, I buy them. Mediocre? I buy them when the price drops $10 or so. Sadly, the state of games has forced me to do this. I don’t enjoy doing it. I’m not doing it to rip off the developers. I’m doing it to prevent me from being ripped off… AGAIN.
Oct/06
2005

Identity Denied

Blogging has, once again, made the news... this time in Delaware. Here's the dope:
DOVER, Del. (AP) -- In a decision hailed by free-speech advocates, the Delaware Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed a lower court decision requiring an Internet service provider to disclose the identity of an anonymous blogger who targeted a local elected official. ... [Chief Justice]Steele described the Internet as a ''unique democratizing medium unlike anything that has come before,'' and said anonymous speech in blogs and chat rooms in some instances can become the modern equivalent of political pamphleteering. Accordingly, a plaintiff claiming defamation should be required to provide sufficient evidence to overcome a defendant's motion for summary judgment before a court orders the disclosure of a blogger's identity.
As individuals, groups, governments struggle with trying to define the bounds of what the Internet is, we are seeing more an more news on the legal impact of "ready to consume" data. Print is covered. Television is covered. But the Internet is still a wild-west frontier. China hates it, closing sites that might provide anti-certified feelings or meeting points. Third world nations are using it as a means to provide goods and services directly to first-world nations. The US, well - we're the model of democracy yes? We're still apparently weighing the results as we go along. On the one hand businesses have successfully taken issue with named employees who discuss work-time events. But this story deals with anonymity... and of course freedom of speech. What makes this particular case blatant is the fact that it's not private industry taking aim at protecting their image, in this instance the person bringing the suit is an elected official. Indeed, the higher courts have been quick to draw the parallels between first amendment rights and the freedom to express your political opinion in public forums. Huzzah, bloggers. We remain safe for a little while longer, at least on the political front.
Oct/05
2005

Kill the Poor

From the Dead Kennedys "Kill the Poor" Efficiency and progress is ours once more Now that we have the neutron bomb It’s nice and quick and clean and gets things done Away with excess enemy But no less value to property No sense in war but perfect sense at home The sun beams down on a brand new day No more welfare tax to pay Unsightly slums gone up in flashing light Jobless millions whisked away At last we have more room to play All systems go to kill the poor tonight Gonna Kill kill kill kill kill the poor ­tonight ...
Ok well the Kennedys were wrong in one aspect, the neutron bomb is NOT the best way to kill the poor. Bombs cost money, and you know our republican government just hates to waste good armament for no reason. So, why not just do the easier thing and simply starve them to death?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under orders to whittle agriculture spending by $3 billion, Republicans in Congress propose to slash food programs for the poor by $574 million and subsidies and conservation programs by $1 billion each, The Associated Press has learned.
Yes that's right - there's no PAC for the poor. In the past the farmers have successfully fought off any reductions to spending that goes in their pockets... but what have the poor got to spend to defend their meals? Nothing! That's right beause they're (say it with me here) POOR. So who is funding the war in Iraq? Who is paying for the Katrina cleanup? Who will be pouring the cash into the pockets of the 'devastated' energy industry? And a one, and a two.... (Sing IT!!!!) Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill the Poor!...
Oct/05
2005

Oh, the humanity.....

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20051004/media_nm/clearchannel_dc_1

Let me tell you, it’s time to break out the violin. I mean, what we have here is a story of profound loss, and suffering. A story where our emotions are strained. A story that causes our hearts to cry out and sympathize with the agony of the victim. And who could be suffering more that Clear Channel Communications. This noble company has been maligned most egregiously by the very government we elected. Ok, even I can’t keep that up. Clear Channel fucking sucks and they’re crying for a bigger piece of the pie. You see, the FCC has rules that a company can only control a certain number of media outlets in a given area. I believe it’s generally 8 media outlets. That way, you will have alternative sources of news and a company can’t just pull the wool over the public’s eyes. Or that’s the theory at least. Clear Channel see this limit as a gross injustice and limit on its business practices. Apparently they really want to bring me 50 radio stations that play crappy music instead of just 8. So they have made several attempts to buy the votes… I mean… request congress to change the rules to allow for 10-12 stations per area. You see, this limit is costing them a lot of money. Because they don’t have total control of the media, they’re forced to cut back on the commercials and play music from time to time. And they’re still losing listeners to the evil companies like Sirius and XM satellite radio that charge for the service, but offer commercial free stations. Or even worse, they’re losing customers to internet radio… FOR FREE!!! OMG! What about the exceptional service they provide for the community? Oh wait… they didn’t have the staff at a local station to turn the emergency broadcast on when it was needed? They own 1165 stations across the country. It’s almost a certainty that they have more then half of the stations in your town. Pardon me while I get out the world smallest violin and play them a sorrowful dirge.
Oct/05
2005
So the Supreme Court is revisiting the Right-to-Die issue again. My take is that the heart of the matter is that fucking Nazi Ashcroft and his ultra-orthadox-god-uber-alis principles. He's basically used his tenure in the position of Attorney General to conduct an inquisition-style attack on anything he deems Unchristian (because Lord knows - the only Americans that matter are Christians). Here's the dope - Oregon has decided, twice, that doctors should be allowed to prescribe lethal doses of medication to terminally ill patients who are sane. Now Ashcroft-the-Uber-Nazi wants to prosecute doctors that do this for the illegal use of medication. Cloaked in his religious bullshit is the greed for power, enforcing a mandate that the Federal Government should be the only authority to control drugs at all costs. It's astonishing that due to our 'Christian' heritage you don't even own the right to terminate your own life. Talk about hypocrisy, even if they take away every physical thing a person owns, our government wants control over your dignity to die. I suppose it's ok to go out and buy a gun and shoot yourself (as long as you don't screw up and miss) but if you want a safe, tranquil and secure passage - well buddy you're not going to get any of that while the religious right has a headlock on our government.
Oct/04
2005
... Arlan Kaufman and his wife Linda Kaufman! C'mon down folks! YOU WIN!
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (Reuters) - A Kansas husband and wife who ran a psychotherapy practice went on trial on Tuesday on charges that they kept mentally ill people as slaves, forced them to perform sex acts on videotape and then billed Medicare nearly $1 million for the "therapy." Prosecutors charged that Arlan Kaufman, 68, and his wife Linda Kaufman, 62, spent 18 years taking advantage of patients entrusted to their care. The couple ran a residential care facility in Newton, Kansas, where they worked with at least 20 mentally ill individuals from 1980 until 2004. ... Authorities are seeking to prove that while the couple was billing relatives and insurers for therapy, rent, utilities and food, they were forcing the residents to engage in hard manual labor in the nude on a farm the couple owned outside of town. Prosecutors charged the residents were also forced to engage in a variety of sexually explicit acts, including masturbating, fondling each other and shaving each other's genitals, much of which was videotaped. Patients were physically injured or restrained if they resisted, authorities charged. ... The Kaufmans submitted just under $1 million in claims to Medicare from 1991 through 2000 and were paid $216,906, authorities said. Defense attorneys for the Kaufmans declined to comment. The couple faces more than 200 years in prison if convicted of all the charges.
Holy crap, kids, what the fuck were gran'ma and gran'pa thinkin'? Eighteen years? You can live with yourself that long and continue to be a twisted and depraved leech on society? That's some gumption, I tell ya. From the crematory in Georgia that left bodies to rot on their property to the lovely couple above, the world continues to get shafted by complete idiots and deviants who have no true goal in life but to fullfill their own needs. (warning - careening off into another topic all together) Yes folks, this was a married man and woman, who - by all accounts - should be the moral penacle of society. I mean - as a man and a woman, they're allowed to wed each other. They can have children. They can adopt because "only a man and a woman can provide a loving and caring environment". They live in the heart-land - the Mid-West - THE BIBLE BELT; where moral upstanding is worn on the sleeve and everyone has a flag in their front lawn, to which they insist that everyone else pledge "Under God", damn it. They were more than likely someone's grand-parents. But maybe not. I mean - could you imagine the conversations? "How was work today, gran'ma/pa?" ... "Oh not bad, we just took in a young boy with severe retardation and a huge cock." And even still - this was a couple. They both arrived at the conclusion that this was the correct way to treat people. Either that, one of them was abusive and controlling so much that the other went along with it for almost a quarter of a century. At some point, it had to cross one of their minds that maybe, just maybe, this was not right. And if it didn't, I give up.
Oct/04
2005
I never usually have long to wonder about the IQ level of the person driving the car in front of me. There's a simple test - if the guy in front has to repeatedly step on the brakes when no one else in a 20 car radius does, then he's an idiot. Oh theres so very MANY types of idiots on the road out there, it's hard to know where to begin. Here's a pop quiz for driver-stupidity level and proposed penalty: Is the person in front of you doing any of the following? - cutting you off with less than 6" to spare between himself and the car in front of you? - cutting over 3 lanes of traffic without signaling? - talking on a cell phone? - reading a newspaper or work papers while driving over 60mph? - shaving? Meh those are easy ones.... I just propose simple beatings for them. One of my biggest irks has to do with when I'm trying to smooth out the stop and go spots in a traffic jam. If you have even the intelligence of a snail you can usually do your part to eliminate at least ONE complete halt when you're tied up in traffic. It's a simple trick, just leave some space in front of you so that when the person in front comes to a total stop you can keep rolling and by the time you reach them they're moving again. Think of it as a public service to the 100+ people behind that don't have to step on the brakes. Now there are complete fucktards who will take that 5' of space you just scrounged and shove their fucking fat ass in there, stopping you and everyone else and gaining him maybe 6". Chances are he'll promptly move back to the other lane anyway once it starts to move as well. My suggestion is crucifiction for this breed of asshole. Another dandy are people who decide it's OK to drive in the breakdown lane right before an exit. It makes it hell for the people who are exiting normally, and is just plain hazardous. I recommend drawing and quartering. Gawking. I hate gawkers. There might be an accident on the farthest side of the traffic going the opposite direction... but these people HAVE to see it. They will slam on their breaks, head turned sideways, just to ogle whatever they can, oblivious to the mayhem being induced behind them. Immediate death to these types. I've already ranted on slow drivers in the middle and left lanes, no need to repeat that here. They have their own private level of hell waiting for them. There's also the idiots that cut right in front of 16-wheelers and slam on the brakes ignoring the fact that the semi can't DO the same thing, oh the list goes on and on. There's so many flavors of assholes out there on the road it's like a bag of gourmet jellybeans... the only difference is that they're all flavors you hate.
Oct/03
2005
Churches in Mass. Seek Ban on Gay Marriage By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 3, 2005 Over the weekend, supporters of the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage launched a signature drive at churches across the state. They must collect more than 65,000 signatures before Nov. 23 for the question to qualify for the 2008 ballot, but its sponsors hope to gather double that number to protect against a challenge. ... Former Boston Mayor Raymond Flynn, one of the petition's chief sponsors, said church officials have an obligation to ''speak out on important issues in the civic arena.'' ''The marriage petition is not against gays but for children,'' he said. ''We believe that a loving family with a mother and a father is the best environment for children to be brought up in.''
For children? Ok that's just stupid. How is a ban on marriage between adults have ANYthing to do with children? "The children" don't get married. "The children" don't choose who their parents are. And most children have little or no say about the marital state of their progenitors. Raymond Flynn is obviously demonstrating just how much of a retard a politician can be with this remark. Want to help "the children"? Fine here's a few good ideas on how to REALLY help "the children": - Better immunization awareness - Better schooling - Better after school care - Better school lunches - Safer neighborhoods - Cheaper and more available medical care - Elimination of bullies and bigotry Face it moron, adults will have children regardless of when and where and how and if they ever choose to get married to someone else. Since I've never heard of a child getting murdered or abused by a same-sex parent I really don't see how eliminating same-sex marriages is "better". Wake up fucktard no one buys that shit other than people who are so stupid they shouldn't be reproducing in the first place. If you don't like same-sex marriages, fine - say it frightens you, or say you don't think it's fair to the majority of heterosexuals, or something that might make some sense. Don't make a meaningless emotional augment out of a valid subject. Better yet, put your efforts where your mouth is and really DO something for "the children".
Sep/30
2005

Why should we?

The UN has recently been pushing the US to turn over control of the internet to the UN. The idea being that they don’t trust the US to run things like the domain controllers. Now, let me start off by saying, I don’t particularly trust the US government with control of such systems either. There have been enough odd restrictions and unusual backdoors put into things like the phone system, that I can reasonably understand their concern. Other countries worry that if they built their economies on internet business, the US will retain the ability to pull the rug out from under them. They’re worried about their national security. So is the US. However, the simple fact of the matter is that the UN has been one of the most incompetent bodies of the past 20 years. For all of its attempts to push policy on the international community, it has looked to the US to back it up. When faced with a show down with the US, the UN backed down. When asked to manage things like oil-for-food and UNICEF, it showed gross corruption and incompetence time and time again. I mean, this is the group that put Libya on the human rights commission! For all the good it does it the world, the UN has not demonstrated sufficient reliability to take over such an important task. The UN offers no more protection than the US from corruption, and misuse. And for all the faults of the US, its administration of the internet to this point has been fairly exemplary. I probably shouldn’t mention that the US shouldered most of the developmental costs for the project. But I will, because my money went into it. So why should the US turn over control? There is no incentive for us to give up our security just to make the rest of the world feel better. Normally, I’m all about globalization and such things, but in the case, I don’t think it’s the right time, and I’m not sure the UN has demonstrated that it’s the right place.
Sep/29
2005

An Epiphany

A recent post I read online has opened my eyes. An ideal I once held dear, and that I believe stems from something most of our mother’s taught us, is actually a problem. I used to follow the little teaching “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. That little mantra, I've recently noticed, is the source of a large sociological problem. The problem is that people are keeping their opinions to themselves. They never voice them except where they know they’ll be accepted. The consequences of this are startling and obvious, though I admit to never thinking about them. If you never raise your opinion, you can never face a challenge of that opinion. So you can go about your life moving along with whatever idiotic opinion you’ve built up, never questioning, never challenging, and never revising your opinion. I mean, if you’re too embarrassed by your opinion to say it out loud, shouldn’t that be a sign that you might be wrong? If you can’t defend it, you probably shouldn’t have it. People just sit in their little tiny happy worlds never facing the cold hard reality of the world because they just want to keep thier opinions to themselves. I’m against people keeping their opinions to themselves. Speak up and defend it. If you can’t do that, you’re part of the problem.
Sep/29
2005

Death to the Infidel

There exist people in the world that need to die. Not just casually, or because of a single moment of weakness. I’m not talking murders or rapists or world leaders. They may need to die as well, but I feel a more perfect hatred for a certain subset of humanity. In fact, I daresay their actions have placed them outside the race of humans. They are subhuman sludge. Who could these vile specimens be? Advertisers. Oh yes. They must die. And so must all who aid them in their quest to detract from my life. The man who decided that the Burger King ‘King’ was a good idea: DEATH! The Six Flags guy: DEATH! The man who said ‘We could make the ads pop up in a separate window’: DEATH! The man who had the idea that mouse roll over ads might work: DEATH! The punk ass bitch who figured out that if you send out a million spam emails, you’ll get 50 suckers: DEATH! The Levis jeans ads that don’t ever actually show you the jeans: DEATH! I accept no substitutes! Ads on buses. Ads in magazines. Ads on websites. Even more annoying ads in websites. Ads on TV. Ads in email. Ads ads, ads! Everywhere. I’m sick and fucking tired of ads inundating me everywhere I go. I don’t even have a problem with relatively normal ads. But over the years they seem to have gotten dumber and dumber. They’ve gone further and further off topic. Annoying jingles, stupid characters, idiotic situations. I mean, I ask you: When was the last time a daughter asked her mom about douche while walking on the beach? Huh? HUH!? Or the last time your mailman gave you some friendly advice on cough syrup? What the fuck! Where do they come up with these ideas? Don’t even get me started on the drug commercials. I mean, they list a random drug name. Half the time they don’t tell you what it’s for. Then they list a wide variety of side effect like anal leakage, depression, fear of heights and death. Most of the time, they’re worse then the problem they cure. It’s crazy. Fucking advertisers. Fucking people who HELP advertisers. That’s right pal. Mr. webmaster who figured out how to do pop up ads, I’m looking at you! Death to the whole lot of you.
Sep/28
2005
There are few things dumber in society then watching a movie on TV and having a character say something idiotic like “Prepare to die mother-lover” then callously murdering someone. This isn’t limited to just cursing. I mean, we have movies where you can watch a guy get gunned down in a hail of bullets, but they won’t show a scene where two people fuck, even if it’s all under covers. Why do censors draw the line in such a usual manner? I mean, we can’t handle things like shit and fuck, but blowing someone up is alright? We can’t deal with the thought of two people having sex, but skewering them on a sword is A-OK? I don’t understand the methodology of censors. I mean, sex and curses have to be edited, but explosions, gun fights and fist fights are fine? I mean, there is an obvious hypocrisy there, right? While we’re on the topic… who the fuck decides how to censor curse words? I mean, sometimes they replace them with the DUMBEST fucking phrases. Mother lover is only an example, but there are far worse ones out there. Most of the time, the substitution totally removes me from the story because it’s so obviously doesn’t fit the character or situation.
Sep/28
2005
So guess what - on the ol' war on terrorism our crackdown on foreigners entering our country has been effective. We've cut down legal immigration by a respective amount, and if you're a proponent of the "shotgun" approach to weeding people out then yeah that's great. Statistically the less people you let in, the smaller the chances that you've got a terrorist in there. Dandy. Yay, lets all go home. But. There's always one isn't there? Since it's now so damned hard to get into the US legally, illegal immigration has fucking SKYrocketed. Huh, didn't see that coming right? You know what else is great? Because of increased security and scrutiny in urban areas, basically where immigrants used to start out, now they're clotting together in smaller rural communities. That means that little towns are suddenly burdened with additional social, health and educational services that they just don't have the infrastructure to support. Need someone in an Emergency Room to speak Swahili in, lets say, Maine? Good freekin luck. Manhattan would be a different story. So again, our governments slash, burn and stomp policies at the federal level (wrt immigration) have made life suck a little more for the parts of America that were unprepared. The black/white rule of law just doesn't WORK in real life - it may win votes because it's simple and easy to understand but once again, the 'hey he's stupid like me' might be comforting, but it doesn't make for a successful manager. Rural America overwhelmingly bought into this dream during the last election, I hope they're enjoying living it now...
Sep/27
2005
Well there's hardly a dull moment in politics, mainly because someone always has lots of ambition and very little patience. Right now is particularly fascinating because two sides of seemly eternal conflicts have decided on drastic changes to their established positions. This leads me to consider - precisely what happens in a tug of war when one side just lets go. In our first case, Israel has decided to withdraw from a portion of disputed land and suddenly the Palestinans get a chunk of turf that they've said they wanted. Israel is now being lavished with praise, and even Arab countries are raising an eyebrow and giving them the time of day. On the flip side the Palestinans, further destabilized by the sudden windfall, can't seem to decide how to manage it. Anarchy seems to be a good word however. With people flooding back and forth into Egypt, destruction of truly useful resources - like greenhouses, there seems to be virtually no real authority. Sure there's a figurehead government, but they don't appear to have any control over the men with the guns. Score: Israel 1, Palestine 0. I'm pretty confident that even the Israelies were astonished by the magnitude of the chaos. If they wanted to firmly put the ball in the other court and the spotlight on their opponents, well Israel certainly has done that... no one is talking about Palestinan death tolls any longer. In our second case, the IRA has decided to disarm. Poof - just like that. The inspectors involved have confirmed that the weapons are now gone, zip, lock stock and ... barrel (??they had surface to air missiles - wtf??). Again it's another Bad-boy come clean story. After the recent slamming for murders and bank robberies, IRA associates are now the ones being praised by politicians. And the Protestants? Well now that they got their wish suddenly they're the ones seeming like assholes by declaring that disarmament isn't enough and no they WON'T share, regardless of the situation. No, no, no. So what happens when the wind is suddenly reduced from the sails of an entrenched position? It appears that unless the opponent is prepared to accept the change, and modify their position in return, the good/bad public opinion labels can be flipped in an instant. There's no question that it's hard to change, especially when you've been entrenched for so long. And there's also no question that the first to change might be motivated by deciding that giving up an inch they can grab the international spotlight and maybe a Nobel. But the question remains - if you've been tugging at what you want for so long, and if the rope suddenly lands in your lap, are you prepared to accept the consequences?
Sep/27
2005

From The Pages of WTF

I feel much better about living in this city now that "bum burning" is in effect. http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050927/NEWS01/509270410
Police: Homeless man burned at crowd's urging A homeless man on the Northeastside was critically burned on Monday night by a man who poured lighter fluid on him and set him on fire. Anthony W. Eldridge, 22, was trying to sell the lighter fluid on the street when he encountered a crowd of about 20 people in the 4000 block of Brentwood Avenue near 42nd Street and Post Road, Marion County Sheriff's deputies said. "The crowd said 'light him up,' " said Capt. Phil Burton, and a man used a cigarette lighter to set the fluid on fire. Eldridge was sent to Wishard Memorial Hospital with third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. He was listed in critical condition Monday night. Deputies weren't certain how the fire was extinguished, but Eldridge was taken a short distance to the 4000 block of Pinehurst Drive East, where help was called. Police are looking for the man believed to have set Eldridge on fire. Deputies have only the name "Lil' Willie."