Monday, September 22, 2008

Bill Maher Puts Things in Perspective

There are so many reasons we should have not gone to Iraq, even if we want to protect ourselves against terrorists. Here is another.

Click on the title to go to YouTube to see this clip.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Star Simpson gives her side of the story

You may remember the incident at the Boston airport when a young lady was taken to jail after she showed up at the airport wearing a sweatshirt that had blinking lights. Many of the news reporters commented that she was "really dumb" to wear such an outfit to the airport and that airport security had every right to arrest her in the interest of airport safety and security.

As Star says in her comments, it was all theater. The huge inconveniences we have to put up with these days at the airport are just to make us feel safe. It has little to do with actually making us safe.

It is just too bad that Star basically had to deal with the after effects of her misadventure that day for a whole year later.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

NSA Snooping on Cell Phone Calls

From CNet: A recent article in the London Review of Books revealed that a number of private companies now sell off-the-shelf data-mining solutions to government spies interested in analyzing mobile-phone calling records and real-time location information. These companies include ThorpeGlen, VASTech, Kommlabs, and Aqsacom--all of which sell "passive probing" data-mining services to governments around the world.

More proof that privacy is dead.  We now need laws that require that any organization using this software be disclosed to the public including their purpose for using the software and whom they intend to "probe".

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