in lieu of radio ...

a somewhat random collection of pages and thoughts started sept 16 2001. now that i'm not on the radio 6 hours every day, blogger allows all of us to harangue...

Saturday, March 29, 2003

What happens when laws are written by people who don't know what they're talking about... or do they?? Firewalls set to become illegal in many American states (The Inquirer) and Use a firewall, go to jail, and send Bill Gates too (The Register UK)

Friday, March 28, 2003

Ha! (Fugly)

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

WASHINGTON--Software, music and movies that employ copy-protection schemes must be prominently labeled with consumer warnings, according to a bill introduced in Congress this week. Link: Senator calls for copy-protection tags (CNet)

Friday, March 21, 2003

The US government has a new website,
The fun thing is that these pictures are so ambiguous they could mean anything! Here are a few interpretations: What to do in an emergency (thanks to K for the link)
Addendum: Here is the non-cleaned up link: (US Dept. of Laughs)

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Missed this editorial on March 18th The result is a war for a legitimate international goal against an execrable tyranny, but one fought almost alone. At a time when America most needs the world to see its actions in the best possible light, they will probably be seen in the worst. This result was neither foreordained nor inevitable. War in the Ruins of Diplomacy (NYT via Suckful)

Clear Channel owns over 1200 radio stations and is becoming more politically active (pro-war, of course) Link: Media Giant's Rally Sponsorship Raises Questions (Chicago Tribune via Common Dreams)

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Following is an unofficial transcript of the President's remarks of March 17,
as transcribed as best as possible by the New York Times:

This is your Pres'dent. I'm here to tell you that we are going to war because we don't want war. We want peace. Actchually, we want piece. The piece we want is Iraq. Yup, we wants Iraq to be free. Free of its orl. There's too much orl in the wurld and Iraq has too much of it. So we're gonna get Iraq's url. They don't desserve it. It's too much for them t' handle. In fack, they got so much url that we need to stop 'em gettin nuculeer weapons. We're goona stop 'em. So we're gonna do what the world won't do cuz we s'port the world. an the UN. an Nato. Oops, I dinna mean to mension the UN and Nato. So forget the UN and Nato. We're in this to bring peace to the wurld and stop
the spread of nuculeer weapons to Iraq ... or beyond Iraq ... or to Iran ... or wherever. Yeah, and the Irackhi people's gonna keep their url. Should'a gonda them in da furst place. So I say to Ce-DAMN: Give up yur weapons o' mass deestruct'n or we'll take you out. Yur suns too. You fruckin ba'athsturd you. And my feller 'Mericans, you know we love piece--always have -- piece o' the world -- we're gonna git it! Good nite, and God bluss 'Merica.

"The President of the United States."

(thanks to L for the text, written by a teacher at a school for professional children)

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Amazing! The NYT and The Observer got to this before the National Enquirer??!! Word is made flesh as God reveals himself... as a fish (thanks to S for the link)

William Rivers Pitt with a timeline of the next few evolutions of USA/Iraq/Terrorism... great time to be buying a house... Into the Darkness (Truthout)

Sunday, March 16, 2003

Government agencies opened a package mailed between two Associated Press reporters last September and seized a copy of an eight-year-old unclassified FBI lab report without obtaining a warrant or notifying the news agency. Link: AP Protests Gov't Seizure of Package (Wash. Post)

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

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Here is what I've been up to this last month. Who says war is not inevitable... Desert Fox (Remarkable pix...)

Thursday, March 06, 2003

Russ Fiegold asks, Ashcroft "clarifies": Partial transcript of Ashcroft's "Bill? What Bill?" testimony (Politech)

Loooong, involved, interesting Simon Schama on: THE UNLOVED AMERICAN - Two centuries of alienating Europe. (from New Yorker)

Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Ominous Sequel to USA Patriot Act Hentoff still in full cry. You go, girl! Ashcroft Out of Control (Truthout via Village Voice)

Sunday, March 02, 2003

Eloquent, understated explanaition of a decision of consience. Inclues full text of letter U.S. Diplomat Resigns, Protesting 'Our Fervent Pursuit of War' (Truthout via NYT) (thanks to L for the link)