December 27th, 2003

run the fuck away

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Okay, let's start with stuff that doesn't make me want to find a belltower and an assault rifle.
Remember QRIO?, the robot from Sony that's the most "life-like" synthetic human ever? They're wrong, it's all hype. The Bar Bot2, the beer drinking robot is more human. And it's German.

And your other bit of morning fun: the foundation that our society is built on.

That was the fun stuff. Now for the ranting.
First off, when Cuba starts calling your holding location for "illegal combatants" a concentration camp, and that the inmates are subjected to "indescribable humiliations", you know you're fucking up. Now, I'll grant that Cuba doesn't particularly like us being there, but they've been pretty nice about it so far. This however, doesn't make them happy, and rightly so.

"They're not in the US, so they're not subject to US law." That's what Bushie is saying. I'd like to point out that they're being held by the US, which should be enough to get them protection under the US laws, or at least the UN laws, being that they're not citizens. But no, they live in a "law free zone", where the press isn't allowed to go. Fuck you "Free Mumia" people, he's guilty, but deserves a retrial; let's start chanting "FREE GITMO".

He guess what everyone? Remember the day Saddam was captured? You know what else happened that day? Son of the Patriot Act was passed into law. Let's do some highlights, shall we?
To get the records, the FBI doesn't have to appear before a judge, nor demonstrate "probable cause" - reason to believe that the targeted client is involved in criminal or terrorist activity. Moreover, the National Security Letters are attached with a gag order, preventing any financial institution from informing its clients that their records have been surrendered to the FBI. If a financial institution breaches the gag order, it faces criminal penalties. And finally, the FBI will no longer be required to report to Congress how often they have used the National Security Letters.
So, what do you think? Good shit isn't it? Guaranteed to protect us from terrorists, and it's not really intrusive... I mean, we trust the government not to abuse this, right? Like they haven't been abusing the Patriot Act to prosecute cases that have nothing to do with terrorism?

I'll wrap this up with some good news though. Someone has come up with a smart way of doing National ID cards, and it doesn't involve a central database with all of our info in it. The card itself provides the verification. Very smart, very classy. I approve of the tech, though I'm still not sold on National ID cards. I'm annoyed that not having ID in NY is a violation, and subject to fine.
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run the fuck away

If a stealth bomber blows the fuck out of you, does the US government care?

From the same article I posted last, I'd like to add this quote in it's own post, and scream about it for awhile:
This broadening of the Patriot Act represents a political victory for the Bush Administration's stealth legislative strategy to increase executive power.

Stealth legislation? What the fuck? It's an accurate description of the admin's behavior, and it goes against the public scrutiny that's needed in democracy. Everything this administration has done has been a direct assault on democracy, or a smokescreen to hide that assault. I hope to god these laws go to the Supreme Court. If anyone is ever brought to trial based on this evidence, the ACLU has to jump in and run this to the top, that's the only hope- except for the fact that the SC has people like Scalia-may-he-rot-in-hell-for-all-eternity-while-a-disease-ridden-camel-humps-his-corpse.


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Holy Shit!

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That is amazing. Found via singularity_n0w.
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I'm going to make a music video to this song with a whole bunch of IraqWar newsclips.
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