Saturday, December 04, 2004

P.E.S.T.

His Majesty holds forth on Post Election Stupidity Selection Trauma. A rant of such quality needs nothing further from me.

I'm what?!

(Via Who Tends The Fires)

I'm a bit of a sucker for these silly Internet quizes. The latest:

You scored as Jewish. You are a Jew.
You understand that there is something basically missing in the teachings of religion and so-called

Jewish

75%

Christian

75%

Catholic

70%

Cult

60%

Buddhist

55%

Anarchist

55%

Religion
created with QuizFarm.com



(I'd love to know what's missing after the word "so-called", but their site has a problem of some sort.)

My parents, who raised me Baptist, are going to have an entire herd of cattle....

The Bloggers' Legal Defense Society

All of us who blog know, even if we don't think about it, that our big mouths could get us into trouble. For better or worse, we've been noticed by the Powers That Be, and they are not at all happy with the power of the pajamahadeen.

Blogger Jason Kottke finds himself with a legal "issue" over his posts on last week's ill-kept Jeopardy /Ken Jennings "secret". (Yeah, it was about as secret as the national debt.)

Now personally, I don't give a rat's posterior about Jeopardy. I watch TV, but not much, and not Jeopardy . I do give a lot more than a rat's posterior about little issue about attacks on our freedom of speech, SLAPP lawsuits and other evils of the age.

One important thing to note about this episode--Kottke and the Washington Post *spit* both posted the transcript of the Jeopardy episode in question. Kottke has come in for legal action, but the Washington Post hasn't heard a word from Sony. Old Media trying to tame the New Media? Unwillingness to take on an organization big enough to defend itself? You decide.

Go to BuzzMachine and check out the idea for Bloggers' Legal Defense Society. We need to support the idea and the creation of this, for our own protection.

Dear Spain,

Appeasing terrorists does not work. Good luck in the future.

Sincerely,
The Freeholder

Hm-m-m

I wonder if this would ever stand a chance:

In the event of a WMD attack by terrorists on the U.S. homeland or U.S. military facilities overseas, the U.S will immediately and without discussion use its immense nuclear weapons capabilities to destroy the 100 largest Islamic cities on earth, regardless of state, and destroy all of the military facilities of Islamic-dominated states. This will include all of the capitals and at least the 10 largest cities of all Islamic-dominated states and the "holy" cities of Mecca and Medina. In addition, North Korean cities and military installations will be destroyed.

As the author notes, it's a drastic plan, but it has the benefit of having been tried and proven to work--at least against the Soviets.

Read "A threat to vaporize 100 Muslim cities", WorldNet Daily commentary by David C. Atkins.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Supporting the troops

There's a lot of good groups doing good work supporting our fighting men and women overseas and at home. I ran into this one the other day during a lunchtime surfing expedition. Consider a donation if you're able.

Adopt A Sniper

Our future?

(Via Jerry Pournelle)

The policeman found my penknife. 'You're going down, mate,' he said

Given Ridge's Retards, Thousands Standing Around and the rest of the idiocy brought to us courtesy of the Patriot Act, this might be a view of our own future.

Hopefully, we'll do a bit more than call the guy a wanker.

Another senseless 70s-related death

(Via Jerry Pournelle)

Man killed by Lava Lamp.

How much longer can a civilized country stand this level of needless killing? We must register Lava Lamps, close the Yard Sale Loophole and Stop the Killing!

Taking my tongue out of my cheek, this is another candidate for the Darwin Awards. Hopefully, his last words weren't "Hey, ya'll watch this!"

Monday, November 29, 2004

Will your printer narc you out?

According to PC World, it will if it's a color laser printer manufactured in the last several years. This technology, originally included to help the Treasury Department track down the "left side of the bell curve" group among counterfeiters, prints the serial number of the printer in very small yellow dots about once per inch on the page.

Used for this purpose, I'd have a hard time being upset. "So what if the printer was being used to print threatening letters?" you ask. Probably still OK by me--although given the twisting of legal definitions, "threatening" is all too often in the eye of the beholder.

But let's say you're a whistle-blower. You work for some big company or some government agency that is up to no good in some way. You write an anonymous letter and print it on company/agency letterhead as proof of your bona fides, and mail it off to the New York Times. (OK, work with me here. Think Three Days of The Condor, not the NY Times we all know and detest.)

But those microscopic yellow dots rat you out. By serial number, the printer is tracked to manufacturer, distributor, seller and finally buyer. (I work in IT--you don't have to fill in the little warranty card in order for someone to figure out you bought ABC printer serial number BF-549.) After a little in-house witch hunting, they figure out it was you, with predictable results.

Big Bro is not only watching us, but is able to track us. Cheery thought, huh?