Monday, April 30, 2007
Q. The message is clear– the administration was not straight with Americans, not about W.M.D.’S, not about 9/11. There it is from the former C.I.A. Chief. Is it time for the administration to come clean, Tony?
TONY SNOW: Wait a minute, Chris. The president has been saying exactly that all along. I don’t know what the headline is. As a matter of fact, I can remember right after September 11 sitting here when I was a journalist and some of your colleagues, I believe Charlie Gibson may have been there at the time as well. The fact is the president made it clear before the State of the Union in 2002 that there was no link between Saddam Hussein and September 11. So Im afraid what’s happened there is that George Tenet may have been referring to something that has been misreported or at least twisted by people with political motives, but there has been no attempt to try to link Saddam to September 11.
Here's a snippet from the Joint Resolution:
Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;
Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of American citizens;
Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001 underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;
Here is the link to the full Resolution.
If these politicos and pundits are not held responsible....sign me up for the revolution!
'In response to a question on "FOX News Sunday" yesterday about George Tenet's accusation that Bush administration neocons (Cheney, Perle, Feith) were pushing hard for war with Iraq despite Saddam having no links whatsoever to 9/11, Bill Kristol invoked Bill Clinton and said Tenet was not only a "mediocre" DCI, but also a "crybaby."
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Of course, comparing Clinton's Iraq policy to Bush's is the height of hilarity. While it's certainly true that Clinton signed the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 that supported regime change, he did not unilaterally invade the country based on false pretense in defiance of world opinion. Nor did he do so in a reckeless manner that exacerbated the terrorist threat worldwide. Nice try, William the Bloody. Just take responsiblity for your misguided war and demented worldview already. Yea right…like that will ever happen. He'll just continue to use his FNC and TIME platforms to lecture everyone on how stupid they are, despite his being wrong about, well, everything.'
crooks and liars
- George W. Bush March 13, 2001 Speaking to the media in Washington, D.C.
I truly wonder if George takes his own words to heart. His Treasonous Administration does nothing but use double speak and lies to cloud their intentions and actions. Again, most Democrats fall into this mode of operation too.
The report by a reformist daily, later confirmed by an Iranian news agency, appeared to be another sign of the authorities cracking down on clothing and other fashion deemed to be against Islamic values.
'Western hair styles ... have been banned,' the newspaper Etemad said in a frontpage headline.
It came a week after police launched a crackdown against the growing numbers of young women testing the limits of the law with shorter, brighter and skimpier clothing ahead of the summer months.
Under Iran's Islamic Sharia law, imposed after the 1979 revolution, women are obliged to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes to disguise their figures.
Violators can receive lashes, fines and imprisonment."
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A leading Russian analyst close to the government of President Vladimir Putin said the Bush administration has been preparing a major air strike against Iran. The analyst said the Iranian release of 15 British Marines abducted in early April has hampered but not canceled U.S. attack plans.
"Preparations to strike Iran's strategic facilities continue," Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov, president of the Academy for Geopolitical Problems, said. "Three major groups of U.S. forces are still in the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf. Altogether, they have up to 450 cruise missiles on alert."
[On Tuesday, the London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat daily quoted French military sources that projected a U.S. strike on Iran in 2007, Middle East Newsline reported. The sources said Iran could be making a major mistake in underestimating U.S. intentions and capabilities.]
The assessment was the latest by government-financed Russian military analysts that warned of a U.S. war against Iran. Over the last two weeks, some analysts have raised the prospect of a U.S. air strike over the next few weeks.
"Combat nuclear weapons may be used for bombing," Ivashov said. "This will result in radioactive contamination of the Iranian territory, which could possibly spread to neighboring countries."
On April 8, Ivashov, who heads a government think tank, told the Interfax-AVN news agency that the U.S. Navy would be the lead service in the military campaign against Iran. He said the attack would begin with a salvo of advanced cruise missiles.
"Military operations against Teheran will begin with the launch of at least two unexpected strikes using Tomahawk cruise missiles and air power in order to disable Iran's air defense capabilities," Ivashov said.
The general said the U.S. military plans to employ up to 150 fighter-jets in the two air strikes on Iran. In the first stage, he said, the United States would destroy Iran's air defense umbrella, including the new Russian-origin TOR-M1 mobile surface-to-air missile systems.
Ivashov said the U.S. campaign would target command centers, air defense batteries, naval vessels and air bases. In the second stage, the general said, the U.S. military would target Iran's nuclear facilities.
"Nuclear facilities may be secondary targets," Ivashov said. "According to expert assessments, at least 20 such facilities need to be destroyed in order to stop Iran's nuclear program."
Ivashov said Iran could respond by firing the Shihab-3E intermediate-range missile toward Israel. He said this could result in Israeli nuclear retaliation.
"If Iran strikes back at Israel with missiles, Tel Aviv is likely to use nuclear weapons on Iran," Ivashov said. "Development of the situation would undermine stability not only in the Middle East, but also in the entire world."
Here is an interesting speech by Putin at the 43rd Munich Convention
For good reason, many of us have become cynical about what politics can achieve in this country.
And as many Americans have turned away from Washington, we know all too well what's filled the void.
It's the lobbyists and influence-peddlers with the cash and the connections -- the ones who've turned government into a game only they can afford to play.
They write the checks and we all get stuck with the bills.
They think they own this government.
But today, we're here to tell them it's not for sale.
So far, just this month, over 40,000 people have stepped up to own a piece of this campaign and prove them wrong.
But the special interests and Washington insiders believe that they can still use their power and influence to control politics. They do not understand the power of the American people's will to change. They do not understand that when ordinary people come together, they can do extraordinary things.
They believe that hope is a fleeting feeling, and that people like you are a temporary bump in the long road of government of, by and for the privileged few. They are literally banking on it.
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It's not going to be easy changing our politics.
We're divided into red states and blue states, and told to always point the finger at somebody else -- the other party, or gay people, or immigrants.
People tell me I haven't spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I promise you this -- I've been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.
I'm running for President because the time for the can't-do, won't- do, won't-even-try style of politics is over. It's time to turn the page.
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There is an awakening taking place in America today. We are seeing crowds we've never seen before; we're seeing people showing up to the very first political event of their lives.
They're coming because they know we are at a crossroads right now. Because we are facing a set of challenges we haven't seen in a generation -- and if we don't meet those challenges, we could end up leaving our children a world that's a little poorer and a little meaner than we found it.
The American people are hungry for a different kind of politics -- the kind of politics based on the idea that we are all connected as one people, that we all have a stake in one another.
I learned years ago as a community organizer in Chicago that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.
You and I, right now, can make that happen.
With g.ho.st, you can do pretty much anything you can do on your computer’s desktop, from document management to playing games. The service is obviously great for people that travel a lot, or students that frequently use community computers. Of all the virtual computer services I’ve seen, this one is among the ones that look and feel the most like a computer desktop. g.ho.st is still a work in progress, in their very early beta, so it can be a bit slow at times. But g.ho.st has some potential.
i tried (still trying) this out and it seems like a great idea. so far the usability is pretty limited but hey, its in alpha now. otherwise, i cant wait for more new features to be implemented. i am a portable app junkie and this makes life alot easier with public computers and its powered thru the web browser (firefox and IE) so its crossplatform ability is a huge plus! Mashable has a great review of this new virtual desktop.
On April 2, the justices decided not to prematurely step into a legal battle over whether captives should be allowed to challenge their confinement in District Court, through habeas corpus petitions -- a power stripped away by Congress.
Now, Bush administration lawyers are seeking to further limit attorney-client contacts at Guantánamo.
In the latest Supreme Court development, it was Hamdan's military commission case that led to a repudiation of the Bush administration last year in the Supreme Court. The court ruled in favor of Hamdan, declaring President Bush's system of military commission trials violated U.S. and international law.
Subsequently, the Bush administration and its Republican allies on Capitol Hill pushed through a law reconstituting the military commissions, giving them the congressional imprimatur that had been missing from the earlier system created by executive order.
Recent weeks have brought major changes in the music industry and a major victory in our battle against DRM. First Steve Jobs pledged to drop DRM if major labels would let him. We held his feet to the fire with over six thousand people signing an open letter to Jobs asking him to back his pledge! Apple and EMI then announced that the iTunes Music Store would sell EMI tracks without DRM, and this has been followed by similar announcements from other online music stores and retailers.
Call these Criminals TODAY and let them kmow how you feel.
The Heroes Behind This Campaign.
Make a call today! All the folks listed below work in Warner's New York offices. Try to make your calls in the morning on the East Coast. If your on the West Coast, you might want to wait until around 10AM PDT (after lunch for those on the East Coast).
* Laird Popkin, Director of Digital Technology
* Alex Zubilaga, Executive Vice President for Digital Strategy and Business Development
* Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
* PR Department Execs:
o Will Tanous
o Susan Mazo
o Amanda Collins
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In my opinion, not only is the Bush Administration guilty of treason, so are the Democrats, with very few exceptions. I keep hearing that the Democrats should impeach Bush or Cheney or some other Republican slob and the first thing that comes to mind is that the American People should be rounding up the whole lot. The Democrats are just as guilty as enablers (Patriot Act amongst other crimes against the American People) in this whole fiasco and they too should be held accountable. One quick little tidbit for the un-informed. Congress did not have to okay the President's military adventurism. He may deploy troops for up to 60 days with out their consent. Hell, the President can do it on a whim if he so chooses. If no war is ever declared it can go on indefinately.
I know that the American political system has no way of implementing a vote of no confidence but the people should. I heard Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama vote no on Iraq and were quite vocal on their opposition but again, did nothing to stop it. Bottom line: going along to get along is no excuse for the damage done to this country, Iraq, Afghanistan and every human being killed and/or wounded in this ill-conceived 'War on Terror'.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
'Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she does not rule out a meeting with her Iranian counterpart at a conference on Iraq's security in Egypt.' I don't see why this is not a requirement. I would want every neighboring country involved. What we have done to the power balance within the Middle East (Iraq and Afghanistan) is criminal. The vacuum it will leave when we pull out of these countries effects the whole region and they should have been consulted before the invasions and during the ongoing conflicts. It is both arrogant and negligent that we (the USA)went to someone else's neighborhood and completely trashed it. We have the Monroe Doctrine, which is pretty much a big FUCK YOU to the rest of the world about meddling in the affairs of our neighborhood.
Sweet Condi has also been back pedaling (video and transcript) on the "imminent threat" put out about Iraq and its nuclear/chemical/biological programs. In my opinion the Bush Administration is waking up to the fact that they need the help of the real power players in the Mid East if they are going to save any face and avoid broadening this ill-planned and executed war.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Officer J.R. Smith told a state judge Thursday that he regretted what had happened.
'I'm sorry,' the 35-year-old said, his voice barely audible. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, violation of oath, criminal solicitation, making false statements and perjury, which was based on claims in a warrant.
Former Officer Gregg Junnier, 40, who retired from the Atlanta police in January, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, violation of oath, criminal solicitation and making false statements. Both men are expected to face more than 10 years in prison."
WASHINGTON -- Deputy Secretary of State Randall Tobias submitted his resignation Friday after confirming to ABC News that he had been a customer of a Washington escort service, multiple media outlets reported Friday.
Tobias, 65, said 'that he must step down' from his post 'effective immediately,' State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a statement Friday that did not disclose his escort service link."
The site, near Sarnia in Ontario, Canada, will be enough to power between 10,000 and 15,000 homes on sunny days, drawing on a monstrous 40-megawatt capacity. The company, called OptiSolar, is backed by private equity firms apparently with oil connections. It has studiously avoided saying anything until this announcement."
While many CHA sites have been maligned for their monotonous, institutional-looking architecture, the Raymond Hilliard Homes(Hilliard) is regarded as an aesthetic gem. With their curving structure and honeycomb-shaped windows, Hilliard Homes is reminiscent of one of Chicago’s architectural treasures, Marina Towers. This is hardly coincidence. Both sites were designed by renowned architect Bertrand Goldberg, who designed Hilliard in 1966 as his team was completing the Marina Site. Hilliard was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999, a distinction that played a significant factor in plans for the site’s renewal. More than 30 years after its construction, the Hilliard site remains architectural unique, a bold expression of individuality that shatters the conventions of public housing.
About 290 residents currently reside in Hilliard, which consists of two 22-story family buildings, shaped in an arc and encircling a public space, and two cylindrical sixteen-story buildings reserved for senior residents. Approximately 200 units are currently occupied at Hilliard.
Plan for Transformation: Mixed-Income Rehabilitation
Hilliard Homes is undergoing a comprehensive rehabilitation and will ultimately be converted into a mixed-income community. Once completed, Hilliard will form a gateway to the State Street corridor, where several other CHA properties will also be renovated. Rehabilitation began in 2002. This historic restoration will result in 305 public housing rental units and 349 affordable rental units for a total of 654 units.
The rehabilitation of Hilliard will include landscaping, parking, an accessible road, lighting, fencing, basketball courts, and playgrounds. The buildings’ façade, windows, doors, railings, central heating and air conditioning systems, amongst other areas, will be completely renovated.
You can find more info about Chicago HUD and Raymond Hilliard.
"In a "Factor Fiction" segment Wednesday night, Keith highlighted how Bill O'Reilly attacks MediaMatters for committing the mortal sin of quoting him accurately. It's hysterical how he seeks to discredit everything MM does when all they do is accurately document what he says. It doesn't matter if he actually said the quote in question; what matters is if it was documented by MM. If it was, then it's immediately invalid — even though they always include the entire context and video/audio."
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—Following his critically acclaimed performance in the post-Sept. 11 drama Reign Over Me, a "spellbinding" interview on The Colbert Report, the actor's actor and voice of his generation Don Cheadle captivated patrons of Ollie's Coffee Shop in downtown L.A. Monday with his order of a grande half-caff Americano and banana- walnut muffin. A complete review can be found here.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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Sunday, April 22, 2007
Here are some interesting quotes:"To initiate a war of aggression... is not only an international crime, it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."-- Nuremberg Tribunal
"The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was an illegal act that contravened the U.N. charter."-- U.N. Chief Kofi Annan - September 2004 [Source BBC]
"When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law." Frederic Bastiat (1801~1850) French economist, statesman, and author [Source: "The Law," by Frederic Bastiat, 1850]
"It is part of the moral tragedy with which we are dealing that words like 'democracy,' 'freedom', 'rights', 'justice', which have so often inspired heroism and have led men to give their lives for things which make life worthwhile, can also become a trap, the means of destroying the very things men desire to uphold."-- Sir Norman Angell (1874~1967), 1956.
"Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave."-- Frederick Douglass
"As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."-- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864 -- (letter to Col. William F. Elkins) [Ref: The Lincoln Encyclopedia, Archer H. Shaw (Macmillan, 1950, N.Y.)]
"They (corporations) cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed, nor excommunicated, for they have no souls."-- Lord Edward Coke
"criminal, n. A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation."-- Howard Scott
"Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators. Your wealth has been stripped of you by unjust men... The people of Baghdad shall flourish under institutions which are in consonance with their sacred laws." (General F.S. Maude, commander of British forces in Iraq, 1917)
"Peoples of Egypt, you will be told that I have come to destroy your religion. Do not believe it! Reply that I have come to restore your rights!" (Napoleon Bonaparte, 1798)
"If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law."-- Henry David Thoreau, "On the Duty of Civil Disobediance," 1849
"Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner."-- James Bovard, 1994 [Source: "Lost Rights. The Destruction of American Liberty" (St. Martin's Press: New York, 1994), p. 333]
"The strongest passions and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venal love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace."-- James Madison
"A centralised democracy may be as tyrannical as an absolute monarch; and if the vigour of the nation is to continue unimpaired, each individual, each family, each district, must preserve as far as possible its independence, its self-completeness, its powers and its privilege to manage its own affairs and think its own thoughts."-- James Anthony Froude (1818~1894), Author and historian [Source: "Short Studies on Great Subjects"]
"The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims while incidentally capturing their markets, to civilise savage and senile and paranoid peoples while blundering accidentally into their oil wells."-- John Flynn, 1944
"Patriotism is a religion, the egg from which wars are hatched."-- Guy de Maupassant
"Seas of blood have been shed for the sake of patriotism. One would expect the harm and irrationality of patriotism to be self- evident to everyone. But the surprising fact is that cultured and learned [socially conditioned and indoctrinated] people not only do not notice the harm and stupidity of patriotism, they resist every unveiling of it with the greatest obstinacy and passion (with no rational grounds), and continue to praise it as beneficent and elevating."-- Leo Tolstoy
"Blind patriotism has been kept intact by rewriting history to provide people with moral consolation and a psychological basis for denial."-- William H. Boyer
"Politically speaking, tribal nationalism [patriotism] always insists that its own people are surrounded by 'a world of enemies' -- 'one against all' -- and that a fundamental difference exists between this people and all others. It claims its people to be unique, individual, incompatible with all others, and denies theoretically the very possibility of a common mankind long before it is used to destroy the humanity of man."-- Hannah Arendt, "The Origins Of Totalitarianism" p.227
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Secretary of State's office has begun an investigation into who threw more than 75,000 Fulton County voter registration cards into a trash bin.
The cards contained a voter's full name, address and Social Security number. The office says a random sampling showed many of the cards were for active voters.
In a statement, Secretary of State Karen Handel said the finding "represents a significant and serious breach of the personal information of Fulton County voters and an outrageous violation of the trust and integrity of Fulton County's elections."
After getting a call from a resident, officials with Handel's office found more than 30 boxes of voter registration application cards, precinct cards and other documents Monday in a construction trash bin at Atlanta Technical College in southwest Atlanta.
Handel has called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the county solicitor general's office to investigate and says she will audit the county elections office.
Handel says she also has asked the County Commission to warn voters that their personal information may have been exposed.
and then from the cess-pool called Ohio:
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Republican chairman of the embattled Cuyahoga County elections board resigned Wednesday, days before he was to face a removal hearing.
Ohio Republican Party leader Robert Bennett has been under pressure from Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to step down. Brunner, a Democrat, ordered the board's members to resign or be fired last month. A removal hearing for Bennett was set for Monday.
``I recognize that continuing to serve on the board with the current adverse relationship with the Secretary of State was not in the public interest and she came to understand that, while there had been problems in the past, there was no wrongdoing by the board,'' Bennett said in a statement.
Brunner said she was not absolving the board, but agreed to dismiss the complaint she had filed against Bennett after he initially refused to resign. Three other board members resigned last month.
``This saves the community a rehashing of many of the problems it's dealt with up to this point and it allows the board to move on in a very positive way,'' she said.
Brunner has accused the panel of shoddy work, including elections glitches and cost problems. The county has experienced election problems, including improperly trained poll workers and a hand count of 18,000 absentee ballots that delayed the May 2006 primary results for days.
Bennett had argued that things were improving and that last November's election went well in Cuyahoga, which includes Cleveland and has more than 1 million registered voters among a population of 1.3 million.
Brunner is in the process of appointing the two Democrats and two Republicans on the board.
I have no idea if this is a harbinger of things to come, but i delightfully await our presidential election!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
An observer told us that they had been "quietly impressed by the success of Batman in preventing crime", and felt that he was "a very positive role model for the police force."
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Monday, April 16, 2007
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The accident occurred under the supervision of Texas A&M professor David McMurray, inventor of the (MAC). According to Sunshine, the case of the stricken student is the third report of a serious illness in connection with the chamber’s use. On one occasion, a leaky aerosol chamber was responsible for three tuberculosis infections in a Seattle lab in 2004.
The MAC is used to infect animals with disease through their lungs. Cultures of the organisms causing tuberculosis, or the bioweapons agents brucella, anthrax, or Q fever, are placed in the MAC’s nebulizer, which mixes them with the air. The resulting aerosol is directed into a metal chamber in which animals placed on racks breathe in the agent.
The Texas A&M work is being funded by the Department of Homeland Security(DHS) and the National Institutes of Health(NIH).Texas A&M’s professor Thomas Ficht is the Principal Investigator.
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shortly after a frantic call for help to the campus police 911 center, state and local police, along with heavily armed SWAT Assault Teams swarmed the campus.
the first shooting reportedly occurred about 7:15 a.m. on the fourth floor of a large residence hall, Ambler Johnston. students refer to it as "Animal House."
freshman, Aimee Kanode, told the AP that "They had us under lockdown," and when "They temporarily lifted the lockdown. The gunman shot again."
the assault continued two hours later across campus, @ Norris Hall. Between the attacks - a matter that has raised immediate question - why the campus was not secured?
later, a jerky cellphone video taken by student, Jamal Albarghouti, aired on CNN, the sound of gunshots can clearly heard, after a closer-sounding shot, Albarghouti can be heard saying, "Whoa!"
Originally, the RIAA was only sending letters regarding a settlement students could pay to avoid legal action. However, the organization has now sent lawsuits to 37 who elected not to settle.
Student Legal Services, led by Pam Gerace, can't stress enough that students who are caught up with the RIAA have support and can fight the charges.(2)
It's apparent, based on the amount of attention the University gets from the RIAA, that we are one of its main targets, and this is something we all must fight.
We realize that students who engage in music piracy have done something illegal, and neither Student Legal Services nor the Technician advocates for it.
However, Student Legal Services does want to make sure students are treated fairly.
We applaud it for stepping up and taking charge of this situation, because many students are uneducated when it comes to legal rights and courses of action when dealing with legal accusations.
It is imperative that the University community makes it clear that the RIAA can't shove us around with its deep pockets, and the opposition starts with the accused -- students.
If you are one of the targets of the RIAA, contact Student Legal Services immediately. Do not settle and do not attack this by yourself.
The more money and victories the RIAA scrapes up from NCSU, the more it will continue to come after us.
This is an uplifting example of how a university can reach out and help students, especially with such a challenging situation dealing with big money and big ruthless companies.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
i have been watching with great interest the protest in Moscow. not enjoying the narratives from the more pedestrian news wires, i found a blog with a first hand account of the happenings (complete w/ pictures). if you want a first person view of whats going on and are wary of mainstream press...check out Darkness at Noon! there is a wealth of info on Russian life and culture.
Kasparov was arrested because "he came and began to provoke police into taking harsh action, while knowing that the demonstration on Pushkin Square was forbidden," a police spokesman was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. The former chess champion was taken to court in central Moscow and charged with shouting anti-government slogans. "Today the regime showed its true colours, its true face," Kasparov said during an adjournment.
On Saturday, police, some wearing body armour, checked the documents of people passing through the square. Insignia on the police vehicles showed that many of them had been drafted in from outside Moscow.
Sure, the folder concept is completely space inefficient. And what we can only assume is a pure diamond block case would probably be expensive even for mass production. But my guess is that most consumers would be more likely to impulse buy an OS if it looked like something out of an 80s future movie.
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Saturday, April 14, 2007
--" You idiots all flame Microsoft for protecting their intellectual property, yet you forget that you're the thieves stealing the software developed by them. You can't flame them and then enjoy using their software (and your vulturous behaviour clearly indicates that you do)."
-- one piracy apologist said " STFU J***C. No wonder we have spies here around
And no, who says we realy enjoy MS's software?? Sometimes it's just plain oops. And MS dont give a oops and only thinks about security.
We have our reasons for being pirates..."
"You can say that but there’s a huge difference between the hotfix and Microsoft. Maybe where the thieves but in my opinion I’m only stealing back from a company that has a worldwide monopoly and is charging ridicules prices for a single license. I have several systems for which I had to buy more than one OS license, who’s the thief here??
So don’t talk to me about idiots and my/our behavior, just wake up!!!"
and finally an accomplice waded into the fray:
-- "I gave richard access to my account to access the private Beta to leak onto the web.
I have already contacted Microsoft appologised and they have termminated my access to the beta.
Please stop bothering Richard Any complaints/hate mail queries ect. can be sent to Jordan@diggvista.com"
--and it seems that he is contrite for his irresponsible act but how contrite is hard to gauge by this innuendo
-- "nice one jordan, thts real cool wot u did! [biggrin.gif]
Hopefuly M$ will drop it, hav they said nething else to u app from removing u from the beta program?"
i would have thought that there would have been some admonishment for bringing the heat onto thehotfix. and in all fairness the poster who manned up for the incident seemed remorseful and truly dismayed at losing his beta testing status. i respect him for being personally accountable. it seems to me that the trait for being accountable for your actions is missing in many people lately. and i would love to leave you with the most insightful post in this piracy issue:
In Soviet Russia, betas leak you!
fusor built by Richard Hull. It's his fourth version - definitely worth
checking out. Essentially, all the atmospheric air is removed via
vacuum. Then you add a bit of deuterium gas, some high voltage and if
you got it right, bask in the glow of your own personal fusion
reaction. (Just watch out for X-ray leaks.) More here and here.
Not wanting to do the edits directly, they were looking for an
intermediary to make edits and corrections favorable to them. Why?
According to the article, it was apparently both to let people know
that Microsoft will not 'enable death squads with their UUIDs' and also
to fight the growing consensus that OOXML contains a useless pile of legacy crap which is unfit for standardization.
Chicago, which has never staged an Olympics, joins several other cities hoping to be handed the Olympic flame after London in 2012.
Madrid, Prague, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo may be joined by Azerbaijan and Qatar in the candidates' list. n 1904, Chicago was the first city in the United States chosen by the IOC to host a summer Olympics, but the Games were switched to St Louis.
Chicago was considered for the 1952 and 1956 Games but failed to make it to the final round of voting.
The United States last hosted the Summer Games in 1996 when the Centennial Olympics were staged in Atlanta.
The 2002 Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco were eliminated earlier in the US 2016 bid candidacy process.>>>source:BBC>>>
have another proposal about changing the flag," Putin tells his advisors, "but this one is quite a bit more attractive, and I think we should consider it. But first, tell me--how much time do we have left on the current flag contract with Coca-Cola?"
There are two truths in this joke: One--under Putin, the personal financial interests of the state apparatchiki have become completely inbred with the national interest. The entirety of state-owned and controlled enterprises are run by and for the benefit of the cabal around Putin--a collection of former KGB colleagues, St. Petersburg lawyers, and other political cronies. This band of comrades has managed to place all of the large money-making industries under their control--so much so that the thought of losing their grip when the Russian president's second term ends next year is a source of rising anxiety for his inner circle.
Thousands of riot police swarmed around central Moscow's Pushkin Square, the historical focus of democracy protests, after the city's authorities pledged the same display of police force that greeted the last protest in the capital, in December.
Kasparov, who leads a loose assembly of opposition groups called The Other Russia, was arrested shortly after the rally began, said his spokeswoman, Natalya Morar. The Other Russia hopes to field candidates in the nation's parliamentary elections in December and presidential election next March.
``Russia Without Putin,'' chanted protesters around the square as demonstrators and both foreign and national reporters were herded into waiting police vans, where some detainees could be heard banging from the inside and shouting ``Freedom!''
-- Protesters turn on Putin
2,000 demonstrators defy Kremlin to march in Moscow's streets as opposition leader Garry Kasparov is arrested
There were pensioners clutching single roses, students wearing jeans and a young man weaving through Moscow's anarchic traffic on a chopper bike.
Ranged against them were 9,000 riot police wielding truncheons and the might of the Russian state. And yet for one moment yesterday the demonstrators got the better of their opponents. After surging down the Boulevard Ring, the protesters began a defiant chant: 'Russia without Putin: Russia without Putin.' The sun burst on to a freezing Moscow morning. There was, it seemed, a whiff of revolution in the air.
Luke Harding in Moscow
Sunday April 15, 2007
as posted over at Hack a DAY: Apparently our Russian brethren have some issues ordering things online. Their shipping solution? A bit of remote social engineering. Thanks to the nature of Russian addresses - that is, the language is pretty easy to recognize - they've found that putting down their address in Russia along with a Canadian zip code will usually result in the package being forwarded along thanks to the thoughtful Canadian postal workers. Spacebo...
and another poster had this tidbit:
As a Libertarian I especially Hate Socialists disguised as Democrats. So I started signing up to a couple of campaigns of some really pinko types. I donate $1 Dollar and Letters will start POURING in. I think they all trade lists etc. Anyhow once the letters start coming to me from say candidate X. I take the generic Pre-Paid envelopes they usually supply and Clear Tape it to a Brick that I have wrapped to look like a package. When done properly it only takes a few minutes and it looks like a nice package with their address and a Pre Paid stamp. From what I understand they ship these prepaid letters to the recipient and weigh the whole shebang. They then bill the recipient for the weight. The bricks are equal to 1000s of donation letters Plus since they normally get money in them it costs them double. During election season, especially presidential I get tons of these letters. I have a pallet of bricks left over from building my house so I grab a couple and while watching TV I assembly line them. I have wrapped and packed as many as 7 of these babies in just a few minutes. However the Joy it gives me is worth far more. I am now on so many DNC mailing lists that I can send tons yet rarely duplicate the candidate. My version of Power to the people!!! by MoneyOx
The carnage has harmed the breeding success of endangered Tristan albatrosses and threatened Atlantic petrels on Gough Island, a British territory a thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) off the coast of South Africa. Video cameras revealed one pack of ten mice feeding on a Tristan albatross chick's wounds as it nested on the ground. Footage also showed mice devouring Atlantic petrel and great shearwater chicks.
"Like a House Cat Attacking a Hippo"
Nearly three feet (one meter) tall, a Tristan albatross chick can weigh up to 22 pounds (10 kilograms), or about as much as a turkey. Gough Island mice weigh just 1.2 ounces (35 grams) on average. The birds did not fight off their attackers, even as some mice fed inside the body cavity of one albatross chick.
Researchers say the footage provides the first hard evidence that mice previously thought harmless to seabirds are willing to attack prey more than 300 times their weight.
for National Geographic News
April 13, 2007
do you hear the snickering from Redmond after reading Apple's statement regarding its delay of Mac OS X "Leopard." This comes from a company that never passed up an attempt to bash Microsoft's incessant delays of Vista at every turn.
Now, Apple's a great company, don't get me wrong, but this attempt at spinning the truth smells of hypocrisy! As somebody in the office said today, "You can't bash Microsoft for being late to the party and then be tardy yourself." How true. Apple claims that in order to finish the iPhone on time, it had to pull developers from the Mac OS X team. It goes on to say that the OS would be feature complete, but it would not be able to "deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us."
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Thursday, April 12, 2007
Postdialectic libertarianism in the works of Rushdie
Steven M. Stryker, esq.
Department of Sociolinguistics, Miskatonic University, Waukegan, Il
1. Rushdie and postdialectic libertarianism
If one examines capitalist theory, one is faced with a choice: either reject submodernist dialectic theory or conclude that the purpose of the participant is deconstruction, but only if Baudrillard’s critique of objectivism is valid; if that is not the case, expression is created by the masses. Therefore, Bataille uses the term ‘postdialectic libertarianism’ to denote the difference between class and consciousness.
“Class is meaningless,” says Lacan; however, according to Tilton , it is not so much class that is meaningless, but rather the rubicon, and subsequent failure, of class. The characteristic theme of von Ludwig’s model of dialectic capitalism is the fatal flaw, and therefore the futility, of subcapitalist language. In a sense, if objectivism holds, we have to choose between capitalist theory and textual discourse.
The main theme of the works of Fellini is the role of the writer as observer. Pickett implies that the works of Fellini are modernistic. But the subject is contextualised into a postdialectic libertarianism that includes truth as a reality.
If objectivism holds, we have to choose between capitalist theory and predialectic libertarianism. Thus, an abundance of narratives concerning the bridge between sexual identity and class may be revealed.
The characteristic theme of Humphrey’s essay on textual theory is the paradigm of poststructuralist society. However, Drucker holds that we have to choose between capitalist theory and deconstructive submaterialist theory.
Sontag uses the term ‘objectivism’ to denote a self-fulfilling paradox. Therefore, the subject is interpolated into a postdialectic libertarianism that includes culture as a whole.
The main theme of the works of Stone is the common ground between class and reality. But Sartre uses the term ‘deconstructive situationism’ to denote a mythopoetical totality.
2. Capitalist theory and the precapitalist paradigm of consensus
In the works of Stone, a predominant concept is the concept of textual narrativity. Postconceptual feminism states that government is capable of truth. However, if postdialectic libertarianism holds, we have to choose between objectivism and the textual paradigm of context.
Lacan suggests the use of postdialectic libertarianism to modify class. In a sense, several narratives concerning objectivism exist.
The characteristic theme of Scuglia’s model of predialectic rationalism is the role of the poet as participant. Thus, many desublimations concerning the bridge between sexual identity and culture may be found.
In Natural Born Killers, Stone examines postdialectic libertarianism; in Platoon, although, he deconstructs objectivism. It could be said that the subject is contextualised into a precapitalist paradigm of consensus that includes sexuality as a whole.
3. Stone and postdialectic libertarianism
If one examines the cultural paradigm of reality, one is faced with a choice: either accept objectivism or conclude that class, surprisingly, has objective value. Debord’s critique of the precapitalist paradigm of consensus holds that consciousness serves to disempower the underprivileged, given that narrativity is interchangeable with sexuality. In a sense, the example of postdialectic libertarianism which is a central theme of Stone’s Heaven and Earth emerges again in JFK, although in a more self-supporting sense.
The main theme of the works of Stone is the role of the reader as observer. An abundance of theories concerning the precapitalist paradigm of consensus exist. Therefore, Derrida promotes the use of postdialectic libertarianism to attack sexism.
The precapitalist paradigm of consensus states that sexual identity has intrinsic meaning. However, Bailey holds that we have to choose between objectivism and neoconstructive narrative.
The premise of postdialectic libertarianism suggests that the task of the artist is social comment, but only if Lyotard’s analysis of cultural theory is invalid; otherwise, we can assume that class, somewhat paradoxically, has objective value. In a sense, in Dogma, Smith examines objectivism; in Mallrats, however, he analyses Baudrillardist simulation.
The subject is interpolated into a postdialectic libertarianism that includes culture as a reality. It could be said that Sartre suggests the use of the precapitalist paradigm of consensus to analyse and modify consciousness.
The characteristic theme of Dahmus’s model of postdialectic libertarianism is the common ground between class and sexual identity. However, if textual postconceptualist theory holds, we have to choose between the precapitalist paradigm of consensus and cultural discourse.
4. Narratives of dialectic
“Class is part of the economy of art,” says Sontag. A number of constructivisms concerning the role of the reader as participant may be discovered. But the primary theme of the works of Smith is the failure, and eventually the futility, of pretextual culture.
If one examines postdialectic libertarianism, one is faced with a choice: either reject cultural socialism or conclude that language may be used to entrench capitalism. Lacan promotes the use of objectivism to challenge sexism. Therefore, any number of narratives concerning the precapitalist paradigm of consensus exist.
The main theme of Parry’s analysis of postdialectic libertarianism is not dematerialism, but neodematerialism. The premise of the precapitalist paradigm of consensus holds that reality is capable of significant form. Thus, the feminine/masculine distinction prevalent in Smith’s Dogma is also evident in Clerks.
If one examines the postmodernist paradigm of expression, one is faced with a choice: either accept objectivism or conclude that narrativity serves to oppress minorities, but only if culture is distinct from truth; if that is not the case, Bataille’s model of the precapitalist paradigm of consensus is one of “capitalist theory”, and hence unattainable. Lyotard uses the term ‘objectivism’ to denote the absurdity, and thus the dialectic, of subcultural class. It could be said that McElwaine suggests that we have to choose between the precapitalist paradigm of consensus and neocapitalist constructivist theory.
If objectivism holds, the works of Smith are empowering. But Cameron states that we have to choose between subtextual construction and the materialist paradigm of narrative.
Bataille suggests the use of postdialectic libertarianism to read reality. In a sense, the subject is contextualised into a precapitalist dialectic theory that includes truth as a whole.
A number of discourses concerning a mythopoetical reality may be found. It could be said that the primary theme of the works of Smith is the difference between sexual identity and society.
Any number of theories concerning postdialectic libertarianism exist. In a sense, in Dogma, Smith deconstructs Lyotardist narrative; in Clerks he examines objectivism.
The precapitalist paradigm of consensus holds that the raison d’etre of the artist is social comment. It could be said that if subcultural rationalism holds, the works of Smith are not postmodern.
The subject is interpolated into a precapitalist paradigm of consensus that includes art as a whole. But Foucault promotes the use of semioticist postdialectic theory to deconstruct hierarchy.
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the time of american hegemony is over. the fractured state of american society and bilateral disfunction of the political apparatus are the main contributing factors. collective guilt, bankrupt corporate ethics and the lack of personal accountability fuel the disease that is killing the amerikan republik. the global neighborhood has caught a whiff of the decay and the buzzards are starting to circle. the potential for increased societal control of a mistrustful and mutually fearing population already divided by class and economics is at hand. fears are carefully and repeatedly created and fed by a mass media who wishes to create a culture of fear, often through the manipulation of words, facts, sources or data, in order to induce certain personal behaviors, justify governmental actions or policies (at home or abroad). a few techniques the fearmonger uses to distract the public's attention from allegedly more urgent social issues like:
* careful selection and omission of news (some relevant facts are shown and some are not);
* distortion of statistics or numbers;
* transformation of single events into social epidemics; (social distortion)
* corruption and distortion of words or terminology according to specific goals; (political correctness)
* stigmatization of minorities, especially when associated with criminal acts, degrading behaviour or immigration policies;
* over-generalization of complex and multifaceted situations;
* causal inversion (turning a cause into an effect or vice-versa);
* outright fabrication of events. this all falls into the greatest symptom of the illness that befalls amerika today:
In law, treason is the crime of disloyalty to one's nation. A person who betrays the nation of their citizenship and/or reneges on an oath of loyalty and in some way willfully cooperates with an enemy, is considered to be a traitor. Oran's Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as: "...[a]...citizen's actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation]." In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavour.
High treason- broadly defined, is an action which is grossly disloyal to one's country or sovereign. Participating in a war against one's country, attempting to overthrow its government, and attempting to kill its head of state are perhaps the best known examples of high treason.
Misprision of treason- is an offence found in many common law jurisdictions around the world, having been inherited from English common law. It is committed by someone who knows a treason is being or is about to be committed but does not report it to a proper authority. It is therefore unusual in that it is a criminal offence which may be committed through inaction.