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6Sep/070

Glenn Greenwald on the warrantless wiretapping

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This is(behind Salon Premium adwall) a great article if you are still unsure about FISA or the warrantless wiretapping program. It shows pretty bluntly that not only has this administration violated the law, which they don't even contest, but that they are now insisting that congress grant them and the various companies that were complicit in the lawbreaking retroactive immunity for the crimes they have committed. What's more, there's no sign that the Democratic congress won't give them this immunity. Why do we have laws again? I'd really like to hear a reasonable argument for why this president shouldn't be impeached. A president who violates the constitution and federal law specifically to spy on Americans with no oversight, even the tiny amount that was required of him by federal law. Why shouldn't we impeach him?

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3Sep/070

Crazy cameraness

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Check out this video of an insane picture quality. Supposedly it's 13.4 GIGAPIXELS. LOTS OF DOTS!


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3Sep/070

Why is this a good thing?

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The top Democratic presidential nominees are all pledging to avoid the "rogue primaries" this year. This refers to the fact that several states are moving up their primaries to earlier dates, somewhat taking away the power of the Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina primaries. This is something that's bad for presidential candidates, it means that they can't appeal to a very small electorate during the early primaries. Somehow I don't feel really bad for them though. On the other side, we have millions of Americans whose primary votes don't mean anything because by the time it gets to them, it hardly matters who they vote for. Someone please explain to me why this is a good thing? I've had it argued that primaries in big states early on makes it so candidates with less money don't get a chance. Let me tell you a secret... CANDIDATES WITH LESS MONEY ALREADY DON'T HAVE A CHANCE! Well it seems that I'm typing in caps, so I might as well stop. I'd really like to know why this is a good thing though.

2Sep/070

Yeah… this picture is just too awesome

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MY SOCKS ARE AWESOME!

I hate those stupid rubber shoes, but the presidential seal socks with rubber shoes, TEH AWESOME!

2Sep/070

I need to illegally search and seize your bag please

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I HATE those store exit illegal bag searches at every electronics store everywhere these days. I was just linked this story about a guy who denied to have his bag searched, as I always do as well, and then was physically prevented from driving away at a Circuit City store. When the store manager refused to allow him to leave and also refused to call the police, he called the police himself. When the police arrived they told him he had to allow his bag to be searched, and asked for the guy's driver's license. He was not driving a car at the time, and provided his name, but refused to give up his driver's license. The cop arrested him for refusing to give him his driver's license. He is now being charged with

ORD:525.07: Obstructing Official Business (M-2)
(a) No person, without privilege to do so and with purpose to prevent, obstruct or delay the performance by a public official of any authorized act within the public official’s offical capacity shall do any act that hampers or impedes a public official in the performance of the public official’s lawful duties.

You should read the whole thing, this guy is much less angry and confrontational than me and sounds like he handled it exactly the way you should. I hate this kind of crap. I look forward to hearing about this guy getting all charges dropped and I hope to hear in addition that Circuit City settles on his case as well. Go read the whole thing. Worth the read.

2Sep/070

We’re Not Adult Orientated

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I've read several articles lately about the biology or not biology of homosexuality. One was linked from Pharyngula, who you may or may not know, is a developmental biology associate professor at the University of Minnesota. The article he has linked( The Biology of Sexual Orientation ) is about the fact there have not been any conclusive studies linking sexual orientation in humans to biology. I had no idea this was the case before reading that article, as I have heard people say the opposite on many occasions, but trust the sources in this case. I have always felt strongly that sexual orientation was not based on biology, but on the same factors that determine personality and other things that are part of your socialization. I am obviously not a biologist. I also have much stronger feelings about socialization being responsible for almost everything a person does. Lots of people seem to see the idea that sexual preference is not biological as directly hostile to people who aren't heterosexual, and this I've also always felt, is a strange position. Because I wasn't born already interested in men and women or just women or just men, is hardly a reason that it's ok to be a jerk to me based on who you think I should or shouldn't love or want to have sex with. I do not think people have a choice. Much like most everything about love, you rarely get much say in the matter. There is another article this week in Mother Jones that is mroe of a conversation about the issue. I wouldn't start the mother jones article if you aren't going to finish it, because it talks to some people who feel very strongly on many sides of ideas about sexuality, and starts off seeming like it's going one way before eventually going nowhere. Anyway, all good articles and interesting things to talk about.