Monday, February 28, 2005
The new EU ''constitution,'' for example, would be unrecognizable as such to any American. I had the opportunity to talk with former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing on a couple of occasions during his long labors as the self-declared and strictly single Founding Father. He called himself ''Europe's Jefferson,'' and I didn't like to quibble that, constitution-wise, Jefferson was Europe's Jefferson -- that's to say, at the time the U.S. Constitution was drawn up, Thomas Jefferson was living in France. Thus, for Giscard to be Europe's Jefferson, he'd have to be in Des Moines, where he'd be doing far less damage.
But, quibbles aside, President Giscard professed to be looking in the right direction. When I met him, he had an amiable riff on how he'd been in Washington and bought one of those compact copies of the U.S. Constitution on sale for a buck or two. Many Americans wander round with the constitution in their pocket so they can whip it out and chastise over-reaching congressmen and senators at a moment's notice. Try going round with the European Constitution in your pocket and you'll be walking with a limp after two hours: It's 511 pages, which is 500 longer than the U.S. version. It's full of stuff about European space policy, Slovakian nuclear plants, water resources, free expression for children, the right to housing assistance, preventive action on the environment, etc.
Most of the so-called constitution isn't in the least bit constitutional. That's to say, it's not content, as the U.S. Constitution is, to define the distribution and limitation of powers. Instead, it reads like a U.S. defense spending bill that's got porked up with a ton of miscellaneous expenditures for the ''mohair subsidy'' and other notorious Congressional boondoggles. President Ronald Reagan liked to say, ''We are a nation that has a government -- not the other way around.'' If you want to know what it looks like the other way round, read Monsieur Giscard's constitution. [...]
The European constitution really is a pile of shite, that much is true.
And yet, when any representative of a government can come out with an insanely wild statement like this:
Canada Has Given Up Control of its Airspace: US Ambassador
... Ottawa – Canada's announcement that it won't join the US missile shield provoked
an immediate warning that it has relinquished sovereignty over its airspace. ...
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24 Hours - TopStory: Canada giving up sovereignty: US
... Canada's announcement that it won't join the US missile shield provoked an immediate
warning that it has relinquished sovereignty over its airspace. ...
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... budget.". Martin's announcement provoked a warning from Washington that
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Sunday, February 27, 2005
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Friday, February 25, 2005
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Wednesday, February 23, 2005
by Hunter S. Thompson (1955).
Security ... what does this word mean in relation to life as we know it today? For the most part, it means safety and freedom from worry. It is said to be the end that all men strive for; but is security a utopian goal or is it another word for rut?
Let us visualize the secure man; and by this term, I mean a man who has settled for financial arid personal security for his goal in life. In general, he is a man who has pushed ambition and initiative aside and settled down, so to speak, in a boring, but safe and comfortable rut for the rest of his life. His future is but an extension of his present, and he accepts it as such with a complacent shrug of his shoulders. His ideas and ideals are those of society in general and he is accepted as a respectable, but average and prosaic man. But is he a man? has he any self-respect or pride in himself? How could he, when he has risked nothing and gained nothing? What does he think when he sees his youthful dreams of adventure, accomplishment, travel and romance buried under the cloak of conformity? How does he feel when he realizes that be has barely tasted the meal of life; when he sees the prison he has made for himself in pursuit of the almighty dollar? If he thinks this is all well and good, fine, but think of the tragedy of a man who has sacrificed his freedom on the altar of security, and wishes he could turn back the hands of time. A man is to be pitied who lacked the courage to accept the challenge of freedom and depart from the cushion of security and see life as it is instead of living it second-band. Life his by-passed this man and he has watched from a secure place, afraid to seek anything better What has he done except to sit and wait for the tomorrow which never comes?
Turn back the pages of history and see the men who have shaped the destiny of the world. Security was never theirs, but they lived rather than existed. Where would the world he if all men had sought security and not taken risks or gambled with their lives on the chance that, if they won, life would be different and richer? It is from the bystanders (who are in the vast majority) that we receive the propaganda that life is not worth living, that life is drudgery, that the ambitions of youth must he laid aside for a life which is but a painful wait for death. These are the ones who squeeze what excitement they can from life out of the imaginations and experiences of others through books and movies. These are the insignificant and forgotten men who preach conformity because it is all they know. These are the men who dream at night of what could have been, but who wake at dawn to take their places at the now- familiar rut and to merely exist through another day. For them, the romance of life is long dead and they are forced to go through the years on a treadmill, cursing their existence, yet afraid to die because of the unknown which faces them after death. They lacked the only true courage: the kind which enables men to face the unknown regardless of the consequences.
As an afterthought, it seems hardly proper to write of life without once mentioning happiness; so we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?
Thanks to Ram for this one: http://www.ram.org/contrib/security.html
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
In case you missed this one: Either Microsoft is getting rather desparate in their search for intellectual property, or they have now switched to actively subverting the whole notion of software patents by filing truly ridiculous applications: http://appft1.uspto.gov/ United States Patent Application 20040230959 Vick, Paul A. JR. ; et al. A system, method and computer-readable medium support the use of a single operator that allows a comparison of two variables to determine if the two variables point to the same location in memory. What is claimed: 1. A system for determining if two operands point to different locations in memory, the system comprising: a compiler for receiving source code and generating executable code from the source code, the source code comprising an expression comprising an operator associated with a first operand and a second operand, the expression evaluating to true when the first operand and the second operand point to different memory locations. 2. The system of claim 1, wherein the compiler is a BASIC-derived programming language compiler. 3. The system of claim 1, wherein the operator is IsNot. ... Yes, they are talking about the <> (Pascal), != (C, C++, C#, Perl, ...) or /= (Ada) operator applied to pointer variables. [...] http://www.fipr.org/Thats why you need to develop your software in the free world, ie, Europe. Why should everyone need to constanly fight this sort of garbage? Its a pointless waste of energy. Did you know that Skype does not have the 'other person is typing' in the IM part of the package because M$ owns the patent on that feature? I'm not making this up; a company in Estonia will not give the users of its software a feature because of a US patent.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Feb. 28 issue - Like many detainees with tales of abuse, Khaled el-Masri had a hard time getting people to believe him. Even his wife didn't know what to make of his abrupt, five-month disappearance last year. Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, says he was taken off a bus in Macedonia in south-central Europe while on holiday on Dec. 31, 2003, then whisked in handcuffs to a motel outside the capital city of Skopje. Three weeks later, on the evening of Jan. 23, 2004, he was brought blindfolded aboard a jet with engines noisily revving, according to his lawyer, Manfred Gnjidic. Masri says he climbed high stairs "like onto a regular passenger airplane" and was chained to clamps on the bare metal floor and wall of the jet.
No one's laughing these days, least of all the CIA. NEWSWEEK has obtained previously unpublished flight plans indicating the agency has been operating a Boeing 737 as part of a top-secret global charter servicing clandestine interrogation facilities used in the war on terror. And the Boeing's flight information, detailed to the day, seems to confirm Masri's tale of abduction. Gnjidic, Masri's lawyer, called the information "very, very important" to his case, which is being investigated as a kidnapping by a Munich prosecutor. In what could prove embarrassing to President Bush, Gnjidic added that a German TV station was planning to feature Masri's tale ahead of Bush's much-touted trip to Germany this week. German Interior Minister Otto Schily recently visited CIA Director Porter Goss to discuss the case, and German sources tell NEWSWEEK that Schily was seeking an apology. CIA officials declined to comment on that meeting or any aspect of Masri's story.
The evidence backing up Masri's account of being "snatched" by American operatives is only the latest blow to the CIA in the ongoing detention-abuse scandal. Together with previously disclosed flight plans of a smaller Gulfstream V jet, the Boeing 737's travels are further evidence that a global "ghost" prison system, where terror suspects are secretly interrogated, is being operated by the CIA. Several of the Gulfstream flights allegedly correlate with other "renditions," the controversial practice of secretly spiriting suspects to other countries without due process. "The more evidence that comes out, the clearer it is that there's been a stunning failure of accountability," says lawyer John Sifton of Human Rights Watch.
The Stalinization of planet Earth.
What this does show however, is that they have not made the final conversion; normally when people are dissapeared, they just kill them and thats the end of it; people dissapear every day, and nothing is done or said about it. They might have let this guy go to find out who he is connected to...who knows...and who knows how many they have murdered and then ground up into dog meat.
Remember; this is what they want you to know; MSNBC doesnt print news of outrageous scandals in real time; normally you have to wait twenty years for them to get a hold of something, and even then, they might not run with it.
Friday, February 18, 2005
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Skin is one of the latest and most exciting of technologies in the biometrics family. It is a new technology in the sense that until now, the dermal surface of the skin could not be imaged and classified in an automated manner.
Using an algorithm called surface texture analysis, the surface of the skin is analyzed for random features and a skinprint (skin template) is extracted. The skinprint can be used on its own, or fused together with traditional facial or fingerprint biometric systems to deliver exceptional levels of accuracy and robustness as compared to traditional face and finger recognition applications.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
The letter, from the Home Office, says the home secretary has the power to refuse passport facilities under the Royal Prerogative if past or proposed activities were so demonstrably undesirable that the granting of a passport would be contrary to the public interest.so this means that they will not be fingerprinted and entered into the NIR system?! Why should they comply with it if they are not allowed to have a passport?! Thus, only people who the government say they want to catch in the biometric net are excluded from it. Ha Ha HA! Bloody idiots!!!!!
Monday, February 14, 2005
Sunday, February 13, 2005
by The PeopleContributions thus far: 1679 donors, $80242.22 Let's give Howard Dean the ammunition he needs to successfully reform our party. [...] http://actblue.com/list/dnc This is the right idea, only it needs to work in reverse. All the democrats in America simply need to refuse to finance their illigitimate and life threatening government - that will be enough to bring the whole facist regime down. Giving money to Dean will accomplish absolutely nothing. But you know this.
Saturday, February 12, 2005
The original ball and cross were erected by Andrew Niblett, Citizen and Armourer of London, in 1708. They were replaced by a new ball and cross in 1821 designed by the Surveyor to the Fabric, CR Cockerell and executed by R and E Kepp. The ball and cross stand at 23 feet high and weigh approximately 7 tonnes. For safety reasons visitors are no longer admitted to the interior of the ball.
Superstitions surround Italy's lottery fever
Italians had bet more than 3.5bn euros (£2.4bn), hoping that 53 would turn up, in what became a national obsession.
Last month a woman drowned herself in the sea off Tuscany after she bet the family savings on 53, Reuters reports.
And police said a man living near Florence shot his wife and son and then himself because of his number 53 debts.
The Italian national lotto invites bets of any amount on numbers from 1 to 90 in bi-weekly draws.
The draws take place in 10 cities across the country. For each draw, 50 numbers are picked, five in each of 10 cities.
A consumer group, Codacons, recently urged the government to ban the number 53 from the draw, to halt the country's "collective psychosis".
After 53 finally appeared on Wednesday night, it said it was delighted that Italy's "bewitchment" had been broken.
Italy's Ansa news agency said the wins from Wednesday's draw would cost the Italian state up to 600 million euros (£413m; $768m).
Friday, February 11, 2005
Thursday, February 10, 2005
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Rapper The Game - a dedicated follower of the fashion
The Virginia state house has voted to outlaw the trend of wearing trousers so low that underwear hangs over the top.
Delegates said the habit, popular across the US and in other Western countries, was "coarsening" society.
But others hit back, urging legislators to remember their own "fashion follies" and saying the law would be used mostly against black people.
The house adopted the "droopy drawers" bill by a margin of 60-34.They've all been at the Bumcrack Pipe.