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The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Bush report: Sending jobs overseas helps U.S.
Topic: Society 10:25 pm EST, Feb 10, 2004

] "Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international
] trade," said N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of Bush's
] Council of Economic Advisors, which prepared the report.
] "More things are tradable than were tradable in the past.
] And that's a good thing."

This guy is talking about programmers. Get out while you can

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Bush report: Sending jobs overseas helps U.S.

Too Much Power
Topic: Society 1:59 am EST, Jan  5, 2004

The FBI now has more power to compel ... with no court oversight and in nearly total secrecy.

Congress should be finding ways to curtail the use [of authority], not expand it.

Now, to issue a national security letter, the FBI merely has to certify that the information is "relevant" to a national security investigation.

This is more unchecked power than the agency ought to have ...

... Congress has taken action that really is worth worrying about.

The Washington Post is not pleased.

Too Much Power

RE: We Hate Spam, Congress Says (Except When It's Sent by Us)
Topic: Society 11:14 pm EST, Dec 28, 2003

Shorty wrote:
] ] Even as Congress was unanimously approving a law aimed at
] reducing
] ] the flow of junk e-mail, members were sending out hundreds
] of
] ] thousands of unsolicited messages to constituents.
] No comment needed.

Yea, like oh... I donno... the national "do not call" registry... that interestingly enough, charities and ***AHEM*** political parties are exempt from??? :-?

Gotta love our elected officials who are so damn callous as to write laws to appease voters, but exclude THEM from having to play by the same rules as every one else.


RE: We Hate Spam, Congress Says (Except When It's Sent by Us)

DVD-Jon wins new legal victory
Topic: Society 12:16 am EST, Dec 24, 2003

] Norway's most famous computer whiz got an early Christmas
] present on Monday. An appeals court in Oslo upheld Jon
] Lech Johansen's earlier acquittal on all counts of
] alleged copyright violations.

]]Round Two goes to Jon!

Cheers! This along with the US appeals court ruling this week that the RIAA cannot subpeona ISP records without filing formpal criminal charges is VERY GOOD NEWS. I'm slowly but surely starting to gain more confidence that MAYBE the system does not always automatically bend over and take it up the pooper when the big corps cry "boo!"


DVD-Jon wins new legal victory - Value Driven - Admit It: You, Too, Are Paris Hilton
Topic: Society 2:23 pm EST, Dec 17, 2003

What's your reaction? Laughing? Loathing? Fine—but be careful. Because the truth is, if average Americans of even 30 to 40 years ago could see us today, they'd think we were all spoiled just as rotten as any young Trump, Newhouse, or Bloomberg.

You know it's true. How many televisions do you have? Do you even know? How many channels do you get? Do your kids refuse to watch black-and-white programs? No one had a VCR in 1970. Now 240 million of us do, but VCRs are history now that Wal-Mart is selling DVD players for $29.

Hrm, I have two TV's, though only one in use, but I don't get cable and don't miss it... I don't have a car... I cook at home way more often than I eat out...

But I do own somewhere around $2,000 of makeup. Nevermind.

Hi. My name is Paris. Pleased to meet you ::giggle:: - Value Driven - Admit It: You, Too, Are Paris Hilton

Topic: Society 11:18 pm EST, Dec 12, 2003

Sometimes i think Ann Coulter exists only to enrage me. She's aleady called me a traitor to my nation, and called for my imprisonment and hanging, for no more than bringing up the fact that maybe, perhaps, the president of our country wasn't completely forthright with us about certain things. Things that involve the lives of millions and, as it turns out, the deaths of thousands. And then she has the audacity to claim that liberals are mindless drones who will vote for whomever the democratic party puts forth. *I'm* the one in lockstep? Please, Ann, take a look at your own jackboots and check real carefully for the 'W' emblazoned on them, you complete tool of neoconservatism.

I won't get into her tearing apart one poor girl whose emotion clearly makes her a retard incapable of making important choices. We must base our decisions on military pragmatism, and anything else makes you no better than a terrorist.

I'm pretty sure the Democrats aren't the ones comparing Dean to McGovern and "wearily predicting a landslide for Bush". Once again, Ann makes a blanket statement and provides ABSOLUTELY NO SUPPORT for it. For every democrat or liberal i know, a Bush landslide is nothing more than nightmare vision... perhaps we're all prescient, and that's the prediction she means. Hmph. This is a flat out lie to add to her many others.

And from here, we move onto some really classic Coulter : Whenever liberals all start singing from the same hymnal, they are up to no good. (Or since we're talking about American liberals here, maybe I should say, "when they all start reading from the same Quran.")
There are a few different things going on here, so lets analyze each of them. First, she makes the claim that unity of voice is evidence of, what, some deep, dark, liberal conspiracy? This from the very same woman who believes that any disagreement with the current administration is treasonous? Once again, Ann, use the mirror. You're the one with the Hymnal, though it has no songs of love, joy or hope in it. Then, she goes racist. Clearly anyone with a Quran is a terrorist and HATES everything american. And clearly liberals are all so ANTI AMERICA that we reinforce our hatred with the terrorists own training manual the Quran. Goddammit Ann, have you ever even seen a Q'ran? No, didn't think so. Then shut the fuck up and keep your xenophobia and racism to your fucking self.

Ok, now she attacks Dean, calling him appalling, spineless and weak. Well, the first is certainly true for her, considering she thinks he's no better than Osama bin Laden, so, no surprise there. I won't even get close to fully dealing with her hawkish discussion of what does and doesn't constitute bravery -- apparently it involves killing someone, or at least taking off in a plane.

Oh, and one of the stand out quotes of the whole piece "the North Vietnamese were savage beasts, but they never attacked America on its own soil. ... [ Read More (0.3k in body) ]

Yahoo! News - VEGAN COMPUTER GEEKS FOR DEAN - Sources: Gore to endorse Dean - Dec. 8, 2003
Topic: Society 1:03 am EST, Dec  9, 2003

] Former Vice President Al Gore -- the Democratic party's
] presidential candidate in 2000 -- has decided to endorse
] former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean for the party's 2004
] presidential nomination, Democratic sources told CNN
] Monday. - Sources: Gore to endorse Dean - Dec. 8, 2003

RE: Intellectual property piracy is form of terrorism: WIPO chief
Topic: Society 1:58 am EST, Dec  5, 2003

Decius wrote:
] ] "Piracy is like terrorism today and it exists everywhere
] ] and it is a very dangerous phenomenon."

What smokes he? Where can we get some too?


RE: Intellectual property piracy is form of terrorism: WIPO chief

LA officials call for end to master/slave labels
Topic: Society 1:38 am EST, Dec  5, 2003

The computing world's venerable master/slave naming convention has come under fire by Los Angeles county officials who charge that this type of product description is offensive.

A discrimination complaint has been filed with the county's Office of Affirmative Action Compliance after one county worker saw a video recording device with the "slave" and "master" tags, according to Reuters. The complaint was enough to call county officials into action, asking vendors to re-label their gear.

"Based on the cultural diversity and sensitivity of Los Angeles County, this is not an acceptable identification label," Joe Sandoval, division manager of purchasing and contract services, said in a memo sent to County vendors and obtained by Reuters.

"We would request that each manufacturer, supplier and contractor review, identify and remove/change any identification or labeling of equipment components that could be interpreted as discriminatory or offensive in nature," Sandoval said in the memo, which was distributed last week.

Sandoval has received some emails from angry technophiles suggesting that he be fired for his sweeping renaming proposal. The worker, however, maintains that he was not handing down an ultimatum for change but rather a suggestion that vendors see what they can do.

And all this time we thought the master/slave connection had its roots in the world of whips and chains -a notion supported by the dog collar-wearing admins.

In related news, Intel has called for server chief Mike Fister to change his name. ®

LA officials call for end to master/slave labels

Soros's Deep Pockets vs. Bush
Topic: Society 2:06 pm EST, Nov 12, 2003

George Soros, one of the world's richest men, has given away nearly $5 billion to promote democracy in the former Soviet bloc, Africa and Asia. Now he has a new project: defeating President Bush.

"It is the central focus of my life. America, under Bush, is a danger to the world. And I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is."

The wrinkle in Soros's plan is that none of the major Democratic candidates are a particularly good fit for his foreign policy.

Soros's Deep Pockets vs. Bush

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