Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Minnesota GOP’s Stealth Attack On Privacy

Incredible.
If this affected me, I would be up in arms.
Fishing for answers to controversial questions, and then reporting them back to the Minnesota GOP, without notifying the person at all (nor in there EULA). Nor do the Minnesota GOP have a privacy policy.


» The Minnesota GOP’s Stealth Attack On Privacy

Check out your deep ancestry.

This is not a genealogy test and you won't learn about your great grandparents. You will learn, however, of your deep ancestry, the ancient genetic journeys and physical travels of your distant relatives.

Looks interesting, and would be cool to see the physical travels (I have always been interested in my genealogy) of my ancestors.



How to Participate - The Genographic Project

Ports Argument and Iraq Hurt Bush in a New Survey

34% of the people polled, approve of the way Bush is handling the job. Pretty lousy ratings if you ask me, and the lowest of his presidency. Expect them to get lower if he continues to push for the port deal for Dubai Ports World.

Updated:
Was checking out DailyKos, and apparently Cheney's numbers are way lower, like ogre level ratings (18% approval). Full poll results here (pdf file). Haven't had a chance to check it out yet.


Ports Argument and Iraq Hurt Bush in a New Survey

Monday, February 27, 2006

High Court to Rule on DeLay Redistricting

Use Bugmenot if you don't have a subscription to the LA Times to get in.

Finally the Supreme Court will rule on the obvious and blatant disregard of the law, when the Republicans redistricted Texas in 2003, in a non-Census year (which is when they can do it), so the delegation to the House would go from 21-11 Democrat advantage, to a 17-15 Republican advantage.

High Court to Rule on DeLay Redistricting

Website of the Day

This is for my girlfriend.

=)

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Pathetic isn't it.


My blog is worth $564.54.
How much is your blog worth?



Ah well.

Big Oil fan after little manonzalez

Er, what the hell.

Here is a Representative from Congress (Republican of course), that is launching an investigation into Citgo, for possible antitrust violations. You say "About time!", but continue reading to learn why this is beyond outrageous.

Citgo is offering cheaper oil for poor Americans, by discounting oil by as much as 60% in the Northeast.

According to the news article, it is very embarrasing to the big oil companies that have earned record-setting profits, like ExxonMobil which earned more then 36 billion dollars. Yes, that's billion.

Oh, and it is owned by the Venezuelan government, which is run by Hugo Chavez.


Big Oil fan after little man

Kristol: “We Have Not Had A Serious Three-Year Effort To Fight A War In Iraq”

It's all about the oil over in Iraq, nothing less.

As for Bill Kristol's comment, is he saying that the neocon's strategy isn't working? Seems like it to me. Also seems like he is pinning most, if not all, of the blame on Rumsfield.

Kristol: “We Have Not Had A Serious Three-Year Effort To Fight A War In Iraq”

Saturday, February 25, 2006

TIA Lives On

This is the same program that Congress didn't like, and provided no funding so they couldn't continue there work (and were told to stop) and that was run by retired Navy Vice Adm. John Poindexter. Yes, that Pointdexter that played a central role in the Iran-Contra scandal.
Yet here they are, continuing there work, under a new name presumably to conceal there work.
No means no.

TIA Lives On

UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports

21?! That's way more then 6. Which was bad enough, but 21?!
And then there is the 45 day review, which wasn't done. Of course, BushCo has a reason.
But Bush administration officials said Thursday that review is only triggered if a Cabinet official expresses a national security concern during an interagency review of a proposed takeover.
And last but not least, if they do get to take over port terminal operations, the
The Marine Transportation Security Act of 2002 requires vessels and port facilities to conduct vulnerability assessments and develop security plans including passenger, vehicle and baggage screening procedures; security patrols; establishing restricted areas; personnel identification procedures; access control measures; and/or installation of surveillance equipment.
Under the same law, port facility operators may have access to Coast Guard security incident response plans -- that is, they would know how the Coast Guard plans to counter and respond to terrorist attacks.


Just something bad waiting to happen.

UAE terminal takeover extends to 21 ports

Friday, February 24, 2006

Lawmaker's proposal: Bar Republicans from adopting

Oh this is classic.

Basically a lawmaker in Ohio wants to bar Republicans from adopting kids cause "credible research" shows that adopted children raised in Republican households are more at risk for developing "emotional problems, social stigmas, inflated egos, and alarming lack of tolerance for others they deem different than themselves and an air of overconfidence to mask their insecurities.
Of course he is just joking, but he is trying to prove a point about a recent bill sponsored by conservative Republicans that would prohibit gays from adopting kids.

Lawmaker's proposal: Bar Republicans from adopting

Russert is a liar.

What a liar. Republicans were the ones that blocked all the Democrats efforts to spend more money on port security.

For example,
Schumer's amendment to the 2004 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill to provide $70 million for research and development to stop nuclear materials from entering U.S. ports was defeated by a 51-45 near-party-line vote.
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) introduced an amendment to the same bill that would have provided $100 million in port and maritime security grants. The Republican Senate rejected Byrd's measure by a near party-line vote of 51-45.
Republicans also defeated former Sen. Ernest Hollings's (D-SC) amendment to the 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which would have provided $300 million in maritime security grants, by a 50-48 largely party-line vote.
In addition, for the 2003 War Supplemental Appropriations bill, Hollings's amendment to increase port security funding by $1 billion was defeated by a 52-47 vote largely along party lines.

More at the link, and how to contact NBC if you want to let them know how you feel about this.

And Republicans say they are the party of choice for national security. Yea right. More like they want another terroist attack on USA. It's almost criminal the way they are inhibiting security being done or that needs to be done.


Russert suggested Democrats exploiting port deal for national security credibility; overlooked Democratic track record on bolstering port security

Yahoo exec: Labels should sell music without DRM

I so agree with this.

If I buy the CD, I should be able to transfer it to my MP3 player, leave a CD in my car, have a backup, etc. But no, the recording industry thinks we shouldn't be able to do that. They think we should spend money for the song(s) for the MP3 player, then some more money for the CD we want to keep at home, and if you lose or scratch the original CD, well, just go buy a new one. Greedy bastards.

Would also solve the problem about all these different DRM's, like Microsoft's and Apple's, and the problems about incompatibility between all the MP3 players and different formats of music.

Just promotes pirating of music if you ask me.

Yahoo exec: Labels should sell music without DRM

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Neocon architect says: 'Pull it down'

Pretty sad when one of the main architects says neoconservatism is not working.

As he says towards the end, democracy has to come from within, and be wanted by the people. We can't force it down there throat.

Now, if we can get BushCo to listen.

Neocon architect says: 'Pull it down'

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Have a chuckle on the Republicans

Stolen from here

Entries from the Republican-English Dictionary
by Mark Kleiman
Category: Lying in politics

*Cheney, Dick/ n./* The greater of two evils.

**compassionate conservatism/ n./* Poignant concern for the very wealthy

*creation science/ n./* Pseudoscience that claims George W. Bush's resemblance to a chimpanzee is totally coincidental

*DeLay, Tom/ n./* Past tense of De Lie

*extraordinary rendition/ n./* Outsourcing torture

*God/ n./* Senior presidential adviser

*growth/ n./*
1. The justification for tax cuts for the rich.
2. What happens to the national debt when policy is made according to Definition 1.

*House of Representatives/ n./* Exclusive club; entry fee $1 million to
$5 million (See Senate)

*in the national interest /adj. phr./*
1. Conducive to the election of Republicans.
2. Beneficial to Republican contributors.

*ownership society/ n./*
1. A civilization where 1 percent of the population controls 90 percent of the wealth
2. A political system in which all power is in the hands of the owners

*Patriot Act/ n./*
1. Pre-emptive strike on American freedoms to prevent the terrorists from destroying them first
2. The elimination of one of the reasons why they hate us

*pro-life/ adj./* Valuing human life up until birth

*Senate/ n./* Exclusive club; entry fee $10 million to $30 million

*simplify/ vt./* To reduce, especially to cut the taxes of Republican donors

Microsoft looks for 'protection' money

Gotta agree with what they are saying in that story.
"'Wait a minute--Microsoft's software is causing the problem, and now they want me to pay extra to fix the problem?'" Pescatore said about Microsoft's OneCare antivirus service and Microsoft Client Protection software.
The way I see it, is why should I have to spend extra for a monopoly to secure there software, assuming it even works as intended, and not be bug-ridden like there OS is.
And of course most people will just pay the money, and be done with that, and allow Microsoft to get richer, cause of course there software will be the first one to pop up when you first turn on a PC.


Microsoft looks for 'protection' money

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Information Is Power

Why oh why does BushCo have a reason to do this? Seriously, why would they want to make birth and death certificates inaccessible for 70-100 years. This is clearly infringing on states rights, and serves no purpose.



Information Is Power

Sicko Marriage Contract One For The Ages

Wow. Just wow.
That is one true control freak.

Just read it.

Wow.

Sicko Marriage Contract One For The Ages

Monday, February 20, 2006

Thousands of US troops to join landslide rescue as buried school is located

This is what we should be doing, instead of invading nations under false pretenses. We also donated $100k of disater equipment. Some of the other nations that have contributed and/or helping are: China, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Hopefully they will be able to find survivors. If you wish to donate, here is a link to the Canadian Red Cross. Did a quick search, and that's the only one I could find. If anyone happens to know any other ones, please list them.

Thousands of US troops to join landslide rescue as buried school is located

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Tired as hell

Really tired right now. Haven't been sleeping well for a while now. Not sure why, I think it has been happening since before I moved.
Could be the new bed I bought, or maybe cause I eat before I go to bed (I go to bed about an hour after I get home from work), or a combination of both, or something entirely different.
I have a Timex T300B alarm, which is pretty cool, that it allows you to go to sleep to the sounds of nature or music, and wake you up to the same, or a buzzer. Anyways, I use it to help me to go to sleep to the sounds of nature, but have it turn off after 90 minutes. Will set it so it plays all night, so I can see if that helps me sleep at night. Anything to help me sleep better at night.

1984

Been seeing references to 1984 alot lately, with stories like this one in Houston, where the Chief of Police wanted to place surveillance cameras in apartment buildings and private homes, or BushCo's decision to do unconstitutional widespread wire-tapping.
So I placed an order for one, so I can read it. Shameful, I am a huge advocate of privacy, and haven't read it. Or Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I love science-fiction. At least I own that book, one of the very few books I brought with me, when I moved. I'm sure there are other books that are considered must reads, but none that I can think of at the moment.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Bread ties and milk rings.

I have two cats, H and L, and I love them, and am glad I took them with me, when I moved to be closer to my girlfriend.

I live in a small place, and when I first moved here, I felt really bad for my cats, cause I thought they were bored. Still feel that way some, especially for H. But not L, not anymore. Instead of spending money on him for toys toys, I'm just going to let him play with a bread tie from now on.

On second thought, after looking for a picture of a bread tie and coming across this on Yahoo, I may just let him play with a milk ring so he doesn't poke his eye, or try to eat it. Coincidently, I just bought a gallon of milk today, and I just gave it to him, and of course to throw me off balance, H plays with it first. Go figure. L did play with it after H was done, and had a ball, so now I just need to find the two bread ties I gave him.

Two years probation for laser prank on US jet

You know, there are some things in life you just don't do.

Blaming your seven year old daughter for anything that you did, like shining a laser pointer at an airline pilot is one of them. Yet, this guy did it.

Man, that just galls me. What kind of person would do that. Wonder what his wife had to say about that, or his daughter. Hell, if that was me and if I had a daughter, I don't think I would be able to face her.


Two years probation for laser prank on US jet

Chinese dinner.

How do you spell 40? Do you spell it fourty, or forty? That was the question my girlfriend asked me today, and I said, fourty. I was 100% sure that's how you spelled it, and I bet her on it.

And I lost. I was so floored, cause I thought for sure that's how you spelled it, and I was wrong. Keep on trying to think how I spell it out when I write it, like on a check, and I am just drawing a blank. Not sure I have an old duplicate check somewhere, so I can look.

So, now I owe her a Chinese dinner.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Microsoft woos search users with prizes

Guess I will be using MSN search now. Would love to win something... and I just checked out there prizes. Some are lame, but others aren't to bad.

Wonder if I can use search bar in Firefox (assuming someone makes one, that originates from MSNSearchandWin.com

Microsoft woos search users with prizes

Thursday, February 16, 2006

PostSecret

Discovered this a few days ago (added it to my Bloglines), I like it. It's interesting, yet sad in a way.

PostSecret

Iran Renames Danish Pastries

The new "freedom fries". Pretty lame if you ask me (both freedom fries and Roses of the Prophet Muhammad)

How about some Thai Fried Chicken, or have some Madagascarian Cheese if Kentucky or Switzerland pisses someone off.


Iran Renames Danish Pastries - Yahoo! News

RIAA Says Ripping CDs to Your iPod is NOT Fair Use

I ever mention the fact that I hate RIAA? Oh, I do, with a passion.

They are starting to sound like a politician now.... they stated to the Supreme Court during the MGM v. Grokster hearings (which was wrongly ruled, in my opinion) "The record companies, my clients, have said, for some time now, and it's been on their website for some time now, that it's perfectly lawful to take a CD that you've purchased, upload it onto your computer, put it onto your iPod." and "Similarly, creating a back-up copy of a music CD is not a non-infringing use...."

And yet, here they are, filing a motion (pdf file), saying this to contradict themselves "Nor does the fact that permission to make a copy in particular circumstances is often or even routinely granted, necessarily establish that the copying is a fair use when the copyright owner withholds that authorization. In this regard, the statement attributed to counsel for copyright owners in the MGM v. Grokster case is simply a statement about authorization, not about fair use."

Bastards! Greedy ones at that... we should be able to make back ups (legally!) for any media we may own. Just because it may be affordable, does NOT mean we want to spend money on it twice!

EFF: DeepLinks

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A fifth notebook

I keep a notebook, that I write in. Sometimes it is little notes for myself, like my shopping list, or just to write down ideas. But mainly what I use it for, is to write down my thoughts about my girlfriend.

I think alot (while driving, and at work) and over-analyze everything in our relationship, and just have very low esteem about myself, and our relationship. The notebook allows me to put them down in writing, and is very therapeutic for me. Definately has helped me out, by allowing me to write things down, expressing myself, or allowing me to "say" something to my girlfriend, without her actually being there.

Anyways, I just finished my fourth one, and about to start a new one, when I think of something to write about. I have thought about making a new blog, and transferring them to there, but it's just a passing thought, and something I won't do. While I do write the thoughts, I pretty much consider them to be my girlfriend's notebooks, to do as she pleases, which is for now, just to read them to her when she wants to hear what I have to say.

New title

Not so sure I like it.... and the longer I look at it, the less I like it. Need something "better", along with a description. *dons thinking cap on*

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A theory I have about black holes.

Was reading a post here, and the guy was talking about black holes, and I have a theory on them.
We know some stuff about black holes, like that nothing can escape a black hole's gravity pull, and if you get caught in the event-horizon, you aren't escaping. Not even if you are light.
I don't think time can escape a black hole's event-horizon. Time can be affected by gravity, and it stands to reason based on that, that time would be affected by a black hole.
Which to me, means that something can live for a very long time, if not forever, because time would stand still in an event-horizon.
I got that idea from two sources, the movie Star Trek:Generations, and the TV series Space: Above and Beyond.
ST:G cause of what Kirk was in, when Picard found him, and time seemed to stand still if I remember right.
S:AnB was from one episode, where a pilot gets caught in a black hole, and I started wondering what would happen to him if that actually happened. I remember a Johnny Cash song being played, Ring of Fire, which I have liked ever since then.

The photos America doesn't want seen

Compassionate Conservatism huh? Hate to hear what they would call it if it was actually torture. More pictures can be found here: CAUTION!!! Disturbing pictures!!!!!!!

*sighs*

Seriously, why our we, as a nation, allowing this to happen? America used to stand for something, like values. Now, we are one of the "other" nations who back torture, fit to be on the Amnesty International report regarding torture. I thought I knew America, but I guess I don't... not as well as I thought.

The photos America doesn't want seen - World - smh.com.au

Bush Administration Spent Over $1.6 Billion on Advertising and Public Relations Contracts Since 2003

Wow, that's alot of money to be spending on public relations, and that's only the half of it, the way I read it.

GAO’s accounting of the Bush Administration’s public relations and advertising contracts is limited. GAO surveyed only seven of the 15 cabinet-level departments, relied on self-reported information from the agencies, and did not include subcontracts, task orders on existing contracts, or public relations work done by government employees.

Does BushCo not have that much faith in there programs, to let them live on there own standing. Guess not, if he has to use propaganda.

Wonder what else he is funding that hasn't been publicized yet. All part of the most secretive administation in the history of the United States.


News & Views | HouseDemocrats.gov

Monday, February 13, 2006

Fluffy

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Cheney

Looks like our Vice President shot someone. You can read more about it here

Now, imagine if it was a Democrat. I can imagine the press (yes, the so called liberal press, which is laughable, cause they are more right-leaning then left-leaning). This is how it would go, we'll use a fake senator, call him Joe.

"Senator Joe shoots man while hunting!" would be the headline. Then I'm sure there would be a blurb about the NRA with them ridiculing the Democrats in general, and the senator specifically. Or paragraph about how the Republicans and how they advocate gun rights. I'm not necessarily against owning a gun, but I am curious about something, and let me quote the Second Amendment for reference:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

What exactly was a militia back then. The way I read that, and my understanding of English, is that you have to be part of a militia to own a gun.

One more thing about Cheney shooting that guy... will he be charged? And I mean Cheney being charged, wouldn't want anyone to think I meant the guy who got shot, though the only thing I can think of he could be charged with is... treason or being unpatriotic.

And yes, I know being unpatriotic is not against the law. So why does Cheney and Bush keep on harping about it.

But I disgress.... two main questions are, has it ever happened before, like how CNN reported, and how did it end? No charges? Charged? If charged and convicted, what kind of restitution? etc.

Anyways, time for me to go to work.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Knuckle cracking.

Been trying for the past few months to stop cracking my knuckles, and while I have had some success, it hasn't been 100% successful.
So, my girlfriend asked me again to stop (it was my idea to stop, she's helping me stop), and said if she can stop doing cracking her back, I can stop cracking my knuckles. So, instead of just stopping myself from cracking my knuckles, I am stopping myself from cracking everything, knees, toes, elbows, etc.
Seems to be working alot better, but we shall see. Accidently cracked them a couple of times, and once on purpose... just had to that one time, but other then that, I have been doing well.
My knuckles are a little stiff though, from not cracking them I'm sure. My body is used to me doing that, seeing as I have been doing that for about, to many years for me to remember when I started.

Monday, February 06, 2006

One for the thumb.

After 26 years, the Steelers finally have one for the thumb. :)

NASA - Science@NASA JPass

Was reading about the spacesuit radio, and they had a URL pointing to a site that will show upcoming satellite passes for your area (that would be the link in the title). Tried to pick it up on my police scanner, but no such luck. Kinda figured it would be to weak, and the news story did say a scanner would be to weak.

That's pretty cool, and that website has a link to another website called Human Space Flight that allows you to see when the next viewable pass of the International Space Station (ISS), or the space shuttle, or a few other satellites.

All very cool in my opinion, and something I have always been interested in.

Was reading about another website a few days ago on a news story, called Heavens-above, a place for amateur satellite watchers, who search for satellites of all sorts. The news story was talking about spy satellites though, and one of the things they talked about was one super-secret satellite nicknamed Misty. Apparently they can't seem to find it.... the satellite must be doing it's job then (sorry, poor attempt of humor). Probably something the NSA uses to illegally spy on Americans under President Bush's directive, but that's for another day.

NASA - Science@NASA JPass