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Saturday, February 07, 2004

Fuck Science!

From Wired:
A White House Office of Management and Budget, or OMB, bulletin (PDF) drafted in August 2003 would allow the government to hand-pick scientists to second-guess scientific research, opponents say. The text of the bulletin says its purpose would be to ensure that all research affecting federal regulations, such as environmental or health advisories, would be thoroughly peer reviewed by unbiased researchers.

But scientists feel the government is commandeering a term that is near and dear to their hearts.

Peer review is the backbone of all serious science. It's a process by which top experts in a given field examine research for flaws, and often send it back to researchers for more work before it's disseminated to the public. But scientists say the White House version of peer review would allow the government to stack review committees in favor of the government and industry.


No Child Left Behind My Rash Red Ass.

Via Genfoods, the 2001 Teacher of the Year has some harsh words about NCLB:
"It is wasteful, excessive and an impediment to the work we do,"' the Middlebury Union High School history teacher said in a _telephone interview on Tuesday. "I'm all for a law that encourages meaningful accreditation, but this is not it."


"I challenge anyone to tell me how this will improve in any noticeable way the caliber of teaching or the way students learn. I am angry and disappointed about it,'' said Forman, who has taught in Middlebury for 18 years and has also been a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal.

Grade: "F."

Which Dem candidates will work to kill this thing?

The WMD Commission.

Diane Wrath over at Karmalised has a rundown of $hrub's appointees to the "independent" commission investigating the "intelligence failures" that led to the Iraq war. It does not bode well for justice.

The Job-loss President.

MaxSpeak has the new employment figures. The skinny? Par for course -- Some growth, but not enough to even keep up with population growth. So far pResident McSkirkin Jerkin's tax cuts have produced about as many jobs as he promised would be created in a single month. (Can you say "campaign issue?") And a meger -- very, very meger -- rise in real wages. Three cheers for the Bush economy!

Court Rules DEA Can't Regulate Food.

A federal court has ruled that the DEA cannot regulate food and other products made from hemp, which contains only trace amounts of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana.) The authoritarian fucks must be crushed.

To give you a little perspective: to get high from Hemp you'd have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole. I don't think you can fit that much plant into one energy bar.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Chomsky Vs. Perle! -- Sunday On Smackdown!

Via American Leftist we learn that Radio4All is hosting MP3's of an old Chomsky vs. Perle debate from '88. Sounds rather interesting. I don't have the time to listen to it right now, so my thoughts on it will have to wait until later. If you've heard it how about leaving your thoughts in the comments.

Essential Reading.

Read This. No explanation, just check it out.

Sex Education.

A new poll from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard U. puts to rest the debate on sex ed. in school. Only 7% of the population is against it and a mere 15% are for the proven ineffective abstinence only education. Head on over to Open Source Politics to read more about it.

The Integrity Test.

Head over to Hammerdown and take The Integrity Test. You won't regret it.

The Top Ten Evil-ist Corporations.

Maybe you've heard of some of these.

Even The Liberal LA Times.

What a bunch of Right-Wing fuckheads. I can't believe that a "liberal" paper would print something like this. What a disgusting piece of cheap-labor dribble. And it took two people to write this pile of horseshit too. Excerpt:
The stores can neither back out nor dismiss strikers because they are forced by law to deal with the union. That coercive power of the union is a gross violation of the employers' and workers' rights.

Of course, there's no mention of the coercive power of the employer in this article. Apparently, there are still people who think that a contract between an employer and a single employee is a fair deal between two equal parties. What a crock of shit. Fucking bloody Ayn Rand morons.

I swear, you'd think that the workers were demanding the flesh of newborn babies by reading this article -- even though just a few days after this article was published the Union offered to return to work under the "unreasonable" terms of the original contract.

Ugh. I can't even talk about this anymore. I feel all icky.

The LA Times should be ashamed of itself. And people should let them know.

[Note: this was brought to my attention by the folks at Infoshop News, who reprinted this article from OC Weekly, which goes into much more detail than my post.]

Musical Oppression.

KaZaa's Australian HQ was raided by the music industry. The fucks also raided four other internet businesses and three universities. This is getting out of hand. I thought the backlash from prosecuting little kids and grandparents would slow them down, but I guess it's hard to slow down when you have no soul.

I henceforth declare that I will not buy another album from "the music industry" until their policy of forced monopoly and oppression is ended. The boycott is started. Anyone want to join me? If not, take your seat in the back.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

COINTELPRO Starts Again.

This isn't good:
H.R. 3439, making its way through Congress, would authorize the federal government to "embed" CIA agents within local police departments to blur the distinction between local cops and feds.

The Campaign to Demilitarize the Police is organizing to stop the bill, and has been targeting the bill's author, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), with protest actions.

It sucks living in a police state. Fucking Pigs are always harrasing me -- and now I'm gonna have to start worrying abou the CIA. Shit, I'm gonna be disappeared.

Quote Of The Day.

This one via Genfoods:
"When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist." -- Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologian

Hoo Yah!

Take Back Your Workplace!

If the bosses close the factory, reopen without them. Sometimes I love those darned Canadians. Thanks to The Autonomist for the alert.

Anarchy Class.

From IndyMedia:
The state of Colorado seems to have become an unlikely battleground for free speech issues in higher education. It was in 2001 that Fort Lewis College was thrust into the limelight when the administration prohibited English professor Michelle Malach from teaching a course on pornography. Since then Colorado legislature has entertained the idea of an "Academic Bill of Rights," which amongst other things, would require the hiring of more politically conservative professors on campus, an idea popularized by the notorious David Horowitz- one time radical communist now turn radical conservative. Horowitz included several Colorado campuses in his speaking tour to combat what he calls "indoctrination centers for the political left." As this story goes to print, state legislature is considering another bill- this one would ban any discussion of "controversial" issues not explicitly addressed in class syllabi. And so it seems appropriate that the battle continues, once again in Durango, Colorado.

The class itself is also fitting, a course entitled "Deconstructing Systems in the Pursuit of Anarchy." Mark Seiss, instructor of the course, explains the class as this -- "The course was originally designed to sort of understand the foundations of systems by seeing the ways in which they are deconstructed. That is largely what many of the intellectuals associated with the anarchist movement have done throughout history and we have a strong movement here in the United States; one that is often not talked about. The course was also designed to do away with many of the misconceptions about anarchy in general and what it means.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2004

I'm Fucking Tired.

Sorry for the lack of substantial posting today. I really wish I had more to say. I got three paragraphs into a post on the Dem. primary when I realized I don't give two tugs of a dead dogs cock about the stupid fucking Dem. primary. Which sock monkey will make Bush the second Chief Executive to have never been elected? (Unless there was another one other than Ford -- I don't think so, but I'm not real sure.) Or which one will Bush thrash in November because Osama Bin Caught in October?

I find it hard to care about any of these fuckers who are in line to get the nomination. This one voted for the Illegal War. That one commanded another stupid war. This other one is a millionare pushing his "modest" roots. And this one wants to throw medical marijuana users in jail. This one's really a Republican. That one was a Republican. This one's loud. That one's obnoxious. This one's creepy. That one's dull. Etc. Etc. Etc. And on and on and on. [Note: some observations may apply to more than one candidate.]

I'm fucking tired. I'm tired of this ridiculous system. I'm tired of these asshole politicians that never actually make anything any better. All they do is make their political base feel better about themselves at the cost of real progress. I think I'm going to get stoned and pass out now.

Cuz I'm praying for rain
And I'm praying for tidal waves
I wanna see the ground give way.
I wanna watch it all go down.
Ma please flush it all away.
I wanna watch it go right in and down.
I wanna watch it go right in.
Watch you flush it all away.

Time to bring it down again.
Don't just call me pessimist.
Try and read between the lines.
I can't imagine why you wouldn't
Welcome any change, my friend.

I wanna see it all come down.
suck it down.
flush it down.

-- From Tool's AEnema --

Oh, if you do care about the Primaries, Sex has a good post about it.

The Texas Cyanide Bomb Plot.

The AP has finally picked up on this story. 'Bout fucking time too. Where have you been o Liberal media? Head on over to Orcinus to read all about it.

While You Were Busy In Iraq.

The chief Pakistani nuclear scientist was passing on nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea. Hoo haa, that's not fucking good at all. Ya know, I wrote about the whole Pakistani nuclear danger over at Yellow Times way back in October of 2002. I caught a lot of shit for that column. Where are you now, ya fuckheads?

The Nobel Peace Prize.

Anybody else think this is the most disgusting turn of events? I mean, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for starting an illegal, immoral war under false pretenses, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of people, the mutilation of tens of thousands more and the near complete destruction of another country -- that's just... Orwellian in the extreme. War is peace and all that. If he gets it I'm going to commit suicide in protest. I may or may not decide to take a few other people with me. (I'm joking, of course, I'd never kill myself.)

Action Alert! -- Censure Bush!

If Congress isn't going to impeach the son-of-a-bitch they can at least censure him, eh? Well, tell them to then.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

In A State Of Stupid.

A high school history teacher takes a look at Georgia's new high school curriculum.

As Always.

Check out Confined Space, especially this post on the DoE's pandering to the corporations they're supposed to oversee. If you're not angry you're just ignorant.

Paul Krugman On The Budget.

From the NY Times:
The budget released yesterday, which projects a $521 billion deficit for fiscal 2004, is no more credible than its predecessors. When the administration promises much lower deficits in future years, remember this: two years ago it projected a fiscal 2004 deficit of only $14 billion. What's new this time is that the administration has decided to pay lip service to conservative complaints about runaway spending.

Read the rest -- it's good.

Send Rush To Jail.

Via Morons.Org, and courtesy of rushlimbaugh.com, send a message to the Palm Beach County state attorney's office and urge them to send Rush to jail. Tell them that rich people shouldn't be above the law. Keep it short and polite. And use a disposable e-mail address (I assume you, like me, have a special account for use at stupid Right-Wing sites.) Rush will probably start spamming anyone who uses the form, like the AFA did.

The Plot Thickens.

More overcharging from Halliburton subsidiary KBR in its no-bid Iraqi contracts. Three cheers for crony-capitalism! Hooray for the "Free" Market! Fuckin' shit. How can anyone keep track of all the kickbacks, backroom deals, war profiteering, conflicts of interest, cronyism, etc, etc. The level of corruption boggles the mind.


Take Action! -- Tell Congress to Investigate Halliburton.

Holy Shit!

Dick Cheney really does look like the Penguin! Whak! Hehehe.

I'm Back.

Sorry for the hiatus. No excuses, just apologies.

I have been online some though and gotten some great news in the last few days. NASA is reconsidering it's decision to scrap Hubble due to the mass of Hubble fans and scientists who have protested. Woo hoo! I love this quote from Mars Society President Robert Zubrin:
"This was the most important thing the shuttle would do in its remaining lifetime," he said. "Most of its other missions are science-fair stuff. The Hubble is a milestone in human intellectual history, and this decision is a crime against science.

"What's happening is that a bunch of bureaucrats are wanting to feel decisive, to show they can make the tough calls to support the president's moon and Mars program. They'll say: 'Much as it might rend our hearts, we're willing to give this up.' That's all a crock," Zubrin said. "If the first thing this new space policy does is murder Hubble, then it's born with the mark of Cain on it."

Even the guys that advocate human colonization of Mars think this was a dumb move.

We need to keep the pressure on though, so how about you send NASA an e-mail expressing your displeasure with their decision to murder our most important scientific resource.