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Saturday, January 24, 2004

Make The Connection.

Via Abstract Mandelbrot:
A 23-year-old Mexican man hacked open his father's head after a row and then ate his brain in the western state of Michoacan, justice sources said on Wednesday.


Officials have so far been unable to confirm neighbors' accounts that the son had mental problems.


Hahaha. Jezuz fucking kee-riced.

The Bush Administration Junkies.

I really liked this post at Ipecac comparing $hrub's fiscal policy to a junkie and their habit. Excerpt:
Many are familiar with the junky's paradox. The junky wants to kick his habit. He devises a plan to reduce his intake to zero over some period of time. He buys a specific amount of junk to do the job in the allotted period, let's say one month. But on the first day he makes an exception to the withdrawal plan. He tells himself it's only the first day. And it'll only happen just this once. Five days later he's got no junk, but he's still got a habit because he turned the exception into the rule. The Bush administration and Delay congress are "exceptionalist" in this precise sense.

Too true. Right on. No fucking shit.

Friday, January 23, 2004

No Wonder I Can't Get A Real Fucking Job.

Max links to this little map, which should keep just about everyone from voting Republican this November. Welcome to the Bush Economy.

A Word On Survival.

How do the poor survive? They struggle, and quite often don't make it.

Ding Dong, The Myth Is Dead.

So, What happened to those Weapons of Mass Destruction?

"I don't think they existed." -- David Kay, Commander of the US effort to find WMD.

'Nuff Said. Snootch to the nootch, Biz-otch!

Trench Collapses.

Over at Confined Space, another worker dies in a trench collapse, more facts about trench collapses, and just to pad Jordan's link numbers a bit more, check out his response to the first troll to post in his comments. *sigh* I remember my first troll. Oh, where have you gone my lonely FReeper?

Fucking Priceless!

"The public is better served by treating addicts as patients rather than criminals." -- Roy Black, Rush Limbaugh's attorney, in trying to get his client into a court-sponsored drug intervention program without having to plead guilty to the drug charges.

Bwahahaha! Rushy-Boy must be hanging his head in shame at this turn of events. His lawyer is argueing a point he's been deriding for years. Haha, I'm dying here!

Thanks to Arnold P California over at Demagogue.

Corruption Runs Deep Part II.

Via Factivism we learn that two Haliburton employees took kickbacks from a Kuwaiti contractor worth upwards of $6 million. Horray for crony capitalism!

Also from Yossarian, Target: Syria!

As If to answer Bush's Mars Call.

Spirit is having difficulties on the Martian surface. I think this is a good illustration of why it is a bad idea to send actual people to the Red Planet.

I also think this is kinda funny (not that funny though,) because of all the hoo-haaing by Right-Wingers over Europe's Beagle 2 catastrophe. I seem to remember some talk about American know-how and the inherent fallibility of Europeans and their dag-nang socialist system.

The lesson for today is that it's hard to succeed when you're sending satellites so far away that it takes light -- which moves at 186,000 miles per second -- a full 18 minutes to traverse the distance between. [Edit -- for comparison here, it takes light just a tad over one second to go from the earth to the moon.] Things are bound to screw up -- the measure of our society is whether we keep trying or not.

Corruption Runs Deep.

Via Blah3:
Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.

From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight -- and with what tactics.

The office of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle has already launched an investigation into how excerpts from 15 Democratic memos showed up in the pages of the conservative-leaning newspapers and were posted to a website last November.

With the help of forensic computer experts from General Dynamics and the US Secret Service, his office has interviewed about 120 people to date and seized more than half a dozen computers -- including four Judiciary servers, one server from the office of Senate majority leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, and several desktop hard drives.

Read The Rest -- it's a very interesting article.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Action Alert! -- Overtime Pay.

Yes, boys and girls, I know I just posted on this the other day, but here it is again.

Send A Fax To The pResident. Tell 'im to stop fuckin' with workers' rights.

New P2P Application Set To Fuck The RIAA.

Via Infoshop.org:
And Nicholas says: "I've been using MUTE on my Mac for weeks-- I just leave it on 24/7 sharing my whole iTunes library. As the protocol and the interface matures, MUTE will be the perfect compromise for parents who want to let their kids explore music but are worried about these crazy lawsuits."

Why? Because, it, "protects your privacy by avoiding direct connections with your sharing partners in the network," says Rohrer on the download page here. "Most other file sharing programs use direct connections to download or upload, making your identity available to spies from the RIAA and other unscrupulous organizations."


"MUTE protects the contents of each neighbor connection in the network using military-grade encryption. Though the RIAA might tap your network and see all of your Internet traffic, all MUTE messages would be unreadable. Thus, the RIAA would not be able to corner you in the network or obtain an Internet address in connection with your virtual address.

It's still in Beta, so it's a bit wonky in Windows apparently -- I haven't tried it yet, but I will. You knew this day would come eventually. Bwahahahahaha!!!!

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How File Sharing Revels Your Identity.

I Feel Like I'm In An Alternate Reality.

A US Commander is saying that the Iraqi resistance has been crippled. Well, that's a surprise! It seems to me that the Insurgency is alive and kicking.

Action Alert! -- Fuck Censorship!

By now I'm sure you've all heard about the MoveOn ads and CBS's refusal to air the winning ad during the Superbowl (they'll have no problem airing beer commercials and anti-marijuana propaganda though.) Well, if you think censorship sucks, how about you go and Sign This Petition!

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Work At McDonalds?

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Via Girls Are The Devil.

I Love Guns.

I got to shoot an AK-47 today! Woo hoo! That shit was fun. I want one now.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

The Battle To Save Overtime Pay Goes On.

The Senate voted against a White House sponsored attempt to end a filibuster on an omnibus spending bill that does not contain protections for overtime workers. The vote was 48-45.

If you haven't already, add your name to the Save Our Overtime Petition -- which has garnered over 300,000 signatures so far.

AFL-CIO Stepping Into California Grocery Strike.

Two veteran labor warriors are coming in to help the California supermarket workers.
The campaign will be led by Richard Trumka, who played a pivotal role in resolving the West Coast port lockout, and Ron Judd, who orchestrated AFL-CIO protests at the turbulent World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle.

The plan is to pressure the supermarket companies by hounding executives and directors with phone calls and visits, staging demonstrations across the country -- including a pray-in outside the Northern California home of the chief executive of Safeway Inc. -- and persuading major grocery-company shareholders, such as pension funds, to take stands in the union's favor.


Foreign Policy Blowback.

From Today In Iraq:
Analysis: Bush's lies on WMD now affecting US credibility abroad according to experts in both parties. "'The foreign policy blow-back is pretty serious,' said Kenneth Adelman, a member of the Pentagon's Defense Advisory Board and a supporter of the war. He said the gaps between the administration's rhetoric and the postwar findings threaten Bush's doctrine of 'preemption…' Already, in the crisis over North Korea's nuclear ambitions, China has rejected US intelligence that North Korea has a secret program to enrich uranium for use in weapons. China has a key role in resolving the North Korean standoff, but its refusal to embrace the US intelligence has disappointed American officials and could complicate negotiations to eliminate North Korea's weapons programs."

Ha Ha.

Jezuz Fucking Kee-Riced! They Don't Even Try To Hide Their Corruption.

Check it:
Vice President Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spent part of last week duck hunting together at a private camp in southern Louisiana, just three weeks after the court agreed to take up the vice president's appeal in lawsuits over his handling of the administration's energy task force, the Los Angeles Times says in its Saturday editions.

These people are shameless.

Scalia: "I do not think my impartiality could reasonably be questioned."

What the Fuck?!?!?! Reasonably questioned? Is this guy on crack? This is beyond reasonable questions; this is in the realm of solid accusations. The fact that they've been friends for years poses reasonable questions about his impartiality. Going duck hunting three weeks before you hear the case is goddamn absurd.

Five bucks says Scalia votes in favor of Cheney. Anyone want to take me up on it?

Revisiting The AFA Marriage Poll.

The AFA has decided not to send the results of its non-scientific poll on marriage to Congress, after more than 500,000 people expressed support for gay marriage, twice as many as voted to ban gay marriage. Hoo Haa. Buncha fucking Nazi cheeseheads should learn to keep their hatemongering on the down low. Bwahahahaha.

Monday, January 19, 2004

NORML's 2004 Dem. Presidential Candidate Report Card.

Via Talk Left, NORML has the Democratic candidates' positions on important marijuana issues. Edwards gets a failing grade and Dean is almost as bad. Clark is mediocre while I think Gephardt is just confused. My guy Mr. Kucinich is, of course, the strongest. Miss. Braun was good too, but she dropped out o' the race. Lieberman, as usual, is as warm and fuzzy as a dead dog. Sharpton's okay. And John Kerry is the best "contenda," I kinda hope he comes out strong in Iowa now.

Justify Gitmo For Me Again?

The Government says they have no intention of releasing the kids being held in Cuba any time soon. Tell me again how camp x-ray is perfectly legal and morally right.

"Bu... Uh... Well, see... Fight terrorism! Terrorism I say! 9-11! 9-11!"

Conservative Hypocrisy Documented.

Comparing political opponents to Nazi's is just despicable, innit? Fucking hypocrites.

UPDATE! -- FAIR has more on this whole thing, specifically the Faux News angle.
It should be noted that however hyperbolic, comparisons to Hitler and fascism are not unknown in the American political debate. Rush Limbaugh has routinely called women's rights advocates "femi-Nazis," and references to "Hitlery Clinton" are a staple of right-wing talk radio. Republican power-broker Grover Norquist on NPR (10/2/03) compared inheritance taxes to the Holocaust.


'Nuff Said.

Action Alert! -- Leave No Cow Behind.

Write your Senators and Representative to work to insure the safety of our food. Tell them to fight the White House and agribusiness. Telll them to show some balls.

Interesting New Website.

Fact Check Dot Org

Sunday, January 18, 2004


Hmmm, maybe Jesus isn't that important after all.

GOP Stormtroopers Stopped By National Anthem.

Fucking priceless. I hear from a little squirrel that the Republikkkans bared their teeth and hissed before turning into bats and flying out the windows.

UPDATE! -- Skippy reports that the original article has been taken down. Media whores are trying to scrub history.