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Da Vinci Code, The Movie

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Da Vinci Code was well kinda boring. Seems that in there attempt to not piss anyone off they turned it into a pretty mediocre made for TV movie. What a shame. The book was a good read and had some intresting things to say between the pseudo history.

Political Test

You are a

Social Liberal
(81% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(15% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

New Living Will

I, _________________________ (fill in the blank), being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.

Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of peckerwood politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it.

If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to sit up and ask for a cold beer, it should be presumed that I won't ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my spouse, children and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day.

Under no circumstances shall the members of the Legislature enact a special law to keep me on life-support machinery. It is my wish that these boneheads mind their own damn business, and pay attention instead to the health, education and future of the millions of Americans who aren't in a permanent coma.

Under no circumstances shall any politicians butt into this case. I don't care how many fundamentalist votes they're trying to scrounge for their run for the presidency in 2008, it is my wish that they play politics with someone else's life and leave me alone to die in peace.

I couldn't care less if a hundred religious zealots send e-mails to legislators in which they pretend to care about me. I don't know these people, and I certainly haven't authorized them to preach and crusade on my behalf. They should mind their own business too.

If any of my family goes against my wishes and turns my case into a political cause, I hereby promise to come back from the grave and make his or her existence a living hell.

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Witness

Excuse me while I cry

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Oh, my emotional state, sadness, depression, anger, disalusionment. My faith in the eternal goodness of man, that we are really great, is faltering. Seeing the popular vote leads me to one of two conclusions. The majority of voting Americans have either been dupped beyond there intelect or are comprised of some of the worst of humanity disguised in smiles. I am not sure which is worse. And I don't know which I fear worst or what I can do to change either.

Excuse me while I cry...

Way to go John Stewart

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Oh the irony. John Stewart Bitchslaps Crossfire and ther retort, saying he softballed John Kerry. So now even the journalists are treating The Daily Show as a serious source of news. Do yourself a favor and get the show by BitTorrent or read the transcript.

On a related note I picked up America (The Book) which is turning into a real work of art. Totally styled like a school text book but probably more informative. And there is a forward from Thomas Jefferson,


P.S. Oh, and is it true Halle Berry is once again single? If so, I'd be forever in your debt if you would put in a good word for T.J. Oh how I loves the mochachina.

Oh, the humor and education in just a P.S.

Pirates & Emperors

In the style of Schoolhouse Rock, Pirates & Emperors, a critique on current U.S. foriegn policy.

Kerry Banners

More banners over on the Kerry site.

Seriously

Check out Mother in Park a 30 sec spot. Seriously funny

VOTEorNOT

Cellphone Drivers Are Dangerous

Looks like cellphone using drivers, even hands free, are more dangerous than drunk drivers. According to A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, via Marginal Revolution

Bush's Swift Boat Vet Wat Treated

Flashback to 1999, remember the book Fortunate Son? Probably not. Now compare it to the treatment Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry is recieving. Where is that "Liberal Media" when you need it?

Military Reading List

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Slashdot came through with a good one, US Military Commander's Suggested Reading List. First the a Army Reading List then the comments fill in the Marines and Air Force versions.

Recently I have been trying to get a better background in strategy, be it military, political or buisness. So books like The Art of War, The Prince, Hagakure and the like. Feel free to recommend any missing must reads.

A message from White House West

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Will Ferrell, as President Bush in A message from White House West

Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion.

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing UN resolutions against Iraq.

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multinational corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals, peace activists, and liberals.

The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.

A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our longtime allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense.

A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and the PATRIOT act.

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a conservative radio host. Then it's an illness, and you need our prayers for your recovery.

You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.

What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant.


Recieved from a registered Republican coworker.

Outfoxed

Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.
They are selling the documentary online.

Boardroom Warefare

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A cloud over civilisation
The strategic bombing of German industry, transportation and cities, was gravely disappointing. Attacks on factories that made such seemingly crucial components as ball bearings, and even attacks on aircraft plants, were sadly useless. With plant and machinery relocation and more determined management, fighter aircraft production actually increased in early 1944 after major bombing. In the cities, the random cruelty and death inflicted from the sky had no appreciable effect on war production or the war.
Make sure you read that bolded bit again.

It sucks to be brown

A Seattle photraghy student reminds us why it sucks to be brown in this country.

Fahrenheit 9/11

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Was lucky enough to make it to Fahrenheit 9/11 yesterday. Great flick, maybe even a great documentay. Moore did a pretty fair job reminding us of some of the many unanswered questions surounding 9/11 and Premptive Strikes. He reminds of the consenquenses to those we attack and out own forces.

As to the Right's bitching I say make your own damm film but don't devolve to your usual "disagreeing is unpatroitic" rehortic.

Oh, and if you find a solid rebutal to Fahrenheit 9/11 send me the link. So far I have only found emotional bitching or strawman arguments.

First Blood

Yea it spawned sequels that were fluf bordering of stupidity but First Blood is a great flick. Makes me wonder how my fellow Americans will deal with Iraq and Afganastan Vetrans after they finally get home.

Urban Planning

Daily Show on Tortue Memo

Remarks by Al Gore

The abuse of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib flowed directly from the abuse of the truth that characterized the Administration's march to war and the abuse of the trust that had been placed in President Bush by the American people in the aftermath of September 11th.
The unpleasant truth is that President Bush's utter incompetence has made the world a far more dangerous place and dramatically increased the threat of terrorism against the United States.
Remarks by Al Gore

A Soldier's Story

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Congratulations Gay Couples

Regardless of how sucky today has been, work sucking, the Iraq situation getting worse and worse, reading stories and seeing pictures of happy couples getting marriage licenses just makes me happy.

Lawrence the Time Traveler

A Report on Mesopotamia - by T.E. Lawrence. If I didn't know better I would say that this Lawrence guy is writing today to President Bush.

Troop Rotation

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It made me cry

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A mosaic of soldiers who have died in Iraq:
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Now look at the large version, see each and every face. Young and old. Black, white and the shades between. Men and women.
[via Jeffery Veen]

Liberal Talk Radio

Al Franken and company are starting Air America Radio, liberal talk radio. Wonder how it will compare to NPR.

Campaign Fact Checker

Found what looks to be a great resource for checking all those campaign ad statements. FactCheck.org looks to check both sides, the Bush and Kerry, facts.
[via Rafe Colburn]

Stem Cell Research

Even the Pentagon seems to support a differing view on stem cell research than the Bush administration.

Blue Collar Diversity

Meet the Heartland where the press knows more Tagalog than Schlitz. Is there a need to have Anthropology of the Working Poor at Ivy league schools? Like having one use a wheel chair for a day to get a feel for being disabled should one have to spend a month on living on the equilivant of food stamps and welfare? Would be good for the press and politicians.

Offshoring Truths

"Off-shoring" Manifesto/Rant: Sixteen Hard Truths


9. Big companies do not create jobs, and historically have not. (Big companies are not "built to last;" they almost inexorably are "built to decline.")

10. Job creation is entrepreneurially led, especially by a small number of "start-ups" that become growth companies (Microsoft, Amgen et al.); hence entrepreneurial incentives including low capital gains taxes, high R&D supports are a top priority.

11. Primary and secondary education must be reformed, in particular to underscore creativity and innovation -- the mainstays of high-value added products and services. Children should be nurtured on risk-taking, with a low expectation of corporate cosseting.

12. Research universities must be vigorously supported.

15. Worker benefits (health care, re-training credits, pensions) should be portable, to induce rather than impede labor mobility.


So where were the re-training programs, entrepreneurial, and research supportive efforts in the tax cuts in the past years? Seems that education is one of the more severly cut areas of federal and state budget cuts in the past 2-3 years.

"proto-fascist"

Patriot Games
The answer to the latter question remains to be seen, I guess. But I think most readers understood what I meant. Since the Clinton Wars of the late '90s, and especially since the 9/11 attacks, social conservatives - the folks who get their religious doctrine from Pat Robertson and their political doctrine from Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter - have metastasized into something we haven't seen in this country since the McCarthy era: a large, reasonably well-organized right-wing authoritarian movement, which not only fears and loathes its left-wing opponents, but increasingly regards opposition itself as tantamount to treason.

Biblical Marriage

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IN DEFENSE OF BIBLICAL MARRIAGE

The Presidential Prayer Team is currently urging us to Pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the definition of marriage. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles. With any forces insisting on variant definitions of marriage, pray that God's Word and His standards will be honored by our government.

Any good religious person believes prayer should be balanced by action. So here, in support of the Prayer Team's admirable goals, is a proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying marriage entirely on biblical principles:

A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28; II Sam 3:2-5.)

B. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chron 11:21)

C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22:13-21)

D. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen 24:3; Num 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Neh 10:30)

E. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19; Mark 10:9)

F. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen. 38:6-10; Deut 25:5-10)

30 Seconds Finalists

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MoveOn has the finalists of the Bush in 30 Seconds up. Lots of good choices. I'm partal to In My Country" (low -bandwidth).

I find it striking comparing the anti-Bush vs. the anti-Clinton issus when they both were incumbits.

Cliton :
  • phone sex with an intern
  • wife involved in a $25,000 relastate scandal
  • wife polotically involved
Bush:
  • invaded a two countrys
  • pissed off almost every country in the world
  • accused of trying to subvert the bill of rights
Just a little prespective.

Warez and Shareware Developers

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Nick Bradbury, developer of TopStyle, HomeSite and FeedDemon, did a test to see how many were using warez'd versions of TopStyle or more acurately how many ran TopStyle once. Now the one big mosterously gigantic hole in his logic, how many first runers would have been actual purchasers? I'm sure that small developer software sales are lost, but I'm betting that the amount is actually much smaller than anyone would expect.

The same situation applies to movies and music online. Sure there is rampent downloading. But how many would have been a purchase absent of the downloading option? Again I'm betting much smaller than anyone would expect.

Eventually that situation will change. Sometime around when the current highschoolers are running things. Just like the American Factory Worker, digital content creators are going to lose those nice fat cushy margins. So you have a choice come up with a new buisness model for getting money into the hands of digital creators. Digital rights management and laws that don't mirror the reality of the users wishes just don't cut it.

Give it away

In stead of the landfill try Freecycle. Matching unwanted junk with new owners bypassing the junk heap.

Bacon Factory and Privacy

Finally got around to reading Cringely's I'm With Stupid. His howto solve privacy and identity issues through Bacon factor, thats right Bacon factor. I like how he has simplified the real issue down to minimizing painful theft, seems like real change in the area comes from someone "important" recieving the pain. Don't like his solution though. It might be the old teller that just knows you example, never liked them. Something just doesn't feel right. Maybe its his tribe example being too close to my growing up in a small town and having that enviroment drive everyone to mediocracy to not rock the boat.

Outlook "Support"

Those who refuse to give up their copies of Outlook are required to surrender their laptops for examination before being allowed to plug them into the office network.
Shiny New Server and Open Source Technology on Clark Blog

Political Compas

Took the The Political Compass test that is floating around. Ended up with Economic Left/Right: -6.62 & Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.23 which puts me somewhere slightly more Left and Libertian than Nelson Mandela and The Dalai Lama, somewhere pretty close to the Greens. Nothing surprising.

Election Day

Today is election day in the US. My plan is to vote during my lunch hour. What I have found frustrating is the lact of polling locations listing on the web. I could call the number in the front of the phone book, and will, but it really seems like something that one should be able to get online.

On a related note Kentucky's Congressional Delegation and the Who's Who in the Kentucky Legislature. If you are a Kentuckian wishing to contact your representative.

FoxNews Strategy

The Other Bias at Fox News: Volume
Seek out stories that cater to angry, middle-aged white men who listen to talk radio and yell at their televisions.
Also check the bit about smaller staffs. Is it a way to increase margins or an excuse for factual errors in reporting?

Phil on the Middle East

Phil coveres his take on the Isreal/Middle East situation.

Censored News

I don't know if they really qualify as censored but definately under reported, The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2002-2003.

BBC Creative Archive

One more reason to like the Brithsh.
As every serious economist since Adam Smith has taught, good intellectual property policy is not the same as maximal intellectual property rights. And as every serious policymaker should therefore understand, Wipo's objective should be good policy, not maximal rights.

Bush's Miscalculations

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I'm just pulling the same quote rc3.org, rc3.org | Lest we forget, pulled from Slate's Bush's Many Miscalculations.

Painful as it is to recall those planes smashing into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon two years ago this week, it's nearly as heartbreaking to think back on the moment of nascent harmony that ticked in the wake of the attac--until President Bush decided to reject the opportunity that History thrust before him.

Remember? The French newspaper Le Monde, never one for trans-Atlantic sentimentalism, proclaimed, "We are all Americans." The band outside Buckingham Palace played "The Star-Spangled Banner" during a changing of the guard, as thousands of Londoners tearfully waved American flags. Most significant, the European leaders of NATO, for the first time in the organization's history, invoked Article 5 of its charter, calling on its 19 member-nations to treat the attack on America as an attack on them all--a particularly moving gesture, as Article 5 had been intended to guarantee American retaliation against an attack on Europe.

But the Bush administration brushed aside these supportive gestures--and that may loom as the greatest tragedy of Sept. 11, apart from the tolls taken by the attack itself.

We in the US really need to remember the outpouring of sympathy and support form the rest of the world after 9/11. Now contrast it with the outpouring of mistrust and hatred directed at the US today.

EFF, how to not get sued by the RIAA

The Electornic Frontiers Foundation has How Not To Get Sued by the RIAA for File-sharing. There is also the don't run P2P services but that is no fun.

If I only had 2Million

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Damm Cringely's Son of Napster sounds like a good idea to evolve the music industry. Wish I had the money to give it a try, hope someone else runs with it or something similar.

You know you're a ...

Jeff Foxworthy inspired Republican vs Democrat. The Flanders comment reminds me of the Christian denomination which tries to emulate him as the ideal Christian.

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