Wednesday, June 30, 2010

U.N. court jails Rwandan for 25 years for genocide

U.N. court jails Rwandan for 25 years for genocide
REUTERS

DAR ES SALAAM — An international court trying suspects of Rwanda's 1994 genocide has sentenced a 75-year-old militia leader to 25 years for his involvement in the killing of up to 5,000 Tutsis, the court said on Wednesday.

If you want a good look into what happened back then I strongly recommend the movie Hotel Rwanda. It is one of those historical facts that more people should know about.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Iceland PM weds partner as gay marriage legalized

Iceland PM weds partner as gay marriage legalized
Mon Jun 28, 9:39 am ET

REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Iceland's prime minister has married her partner under a new law legalizing same-sex marriage in the country.

One more step forward for sanity, love and God. I hope that someday common sense prevails and this whole issue will become the non-issue that it truly should be.
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An Unexpected Apple Ally: Porn Industry to Drop Flash

An Unexpected Apple Ally: Porn Industry to Drop Flash
By Wolfgang Gruener on 28th June, 2010

"It may seem that Steve Jobs is on a lonely crusade against Adobe’s Flash format with the rest of the industry simply waiting who this battle will turn out. While Adobe is rallying support for Flash, Apple receives support from a rather unexpected ally, the adult film industry. The founder of Digital Playground, one of the porn heavyweights in the U.S., told ConceivablyTech that it will abandon Flash as soon as the desktop browsers fully support HTML 5. We also learned that 3D is just not there yet and that online movie streaming is unlikely to replace Blu-ray discs anytime soon."

Well, that's the beginning of the end for Flash. If Wicked Pictures and Vivid join Digital Playground in this then Adobe hasn't got a chance. The fact is that whatever technology the porn industry chooses will become the standard. It happened with VHS vs Betamax and Blu-ray vs HD-DVD. If the big guns of the adult entertainment industry go with HTML 5 then everyone will follow. They'll have to if they want to remain competitive in whatever market they're in.

But it is still to early to tell where this will really end up. HTML 5 isn't ubiquitous enough and Flash does have a very tight grip on the market. The ball is in Adobe's court now. If they can convince the porn industry to stay with Flash then Steve Jobs has a harder row to hoe.
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Lara Logan, You Suck -- RollingStone.com

Lara Logan, You Suck -- RollingStone.com
Posted: June 28, 2010 4:45 P.M. EDT | By Matt Taibbi

I thought I'd seen everything when I read David Brooks saying out loud in a New York Times column that reporters should sit on damaging comments to save their sources from their own idiocy. But now we get CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan slamming our own Michael Hastings on CNN's "Reliable Sources" program, agreeing that the Rolling Stone reporter violated an "unspoken agreement" that journalists are not supposed to "embarrass [the troops] by reporting insults and banter."

Granted, this is from a Rolling Stone reporter. But it would seem, in my opinion, that the basics of what he is saying are dead on the mark. There's a difference between supporting the Military and elevating the military to the level of godhood. I have been involved with the Military for, well, almost all my life. I am very pro military on many, many fronts. But the idea that they can do no wrong is absurd. When someone makes a mistake or gets out of line they should be called to the carpet for it. Same with the Civilian government. It is the responsibility of every citizen to question the government, be it local, regional, national or military, whenever they do something questionable. It is our duty. It seems people, often those in the government, forget that they work for us. We,The People, are the bosses and they are the employees hired to do what we want them to do.

Now, I'm not a big fan of the news media. Actually, that's an understatement. But they should not be whitewashing reports and quotes just because it might be inconvenient. If this were a case of a reporter publishing something that was part of a strategic maneuver or some other military plan, then sitting on it would be right and proper. But when it is a case of people being to dumb to shut up... I wouldn't want a leader in Afghanistan who didn't have the sense to keep their mouths shut. Even if what he said was true.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Supreme Court limits local gun bans

Supreme Court limits local gun bans
AP | updated 6/28/2010 6:53:56 PM ET

WASHINGTON — "The Supreme Court held Monday that Americans have the right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live, expanding the conservative court's embrace of gun rights since John Roberts became chief justice.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices cast doubt on handgun bans in the Chicago area, but signaled that some limitations on the Constitution's "right to keep and bear arms" could survive legal challenges.
"

Interesting. This should make for some very heated debates in the NRA/Gun Control arena.
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Some random fun links

Got lost on the 'Net earlier today and wandered into some random links of things funny, stuff interesting and pretty girls. Enjoy.

The Best De-motivational Posters of May (120 PICS) [NSFW]
http://www.killmydaynow.com/2010/06/the-best-de-motivational-posters-of-may-120-pics-nsfw.html

China's World Cup Girls
http://dailypicdump.com/ae8afb/china-s-world-cup-girls-32-pics

Unbelievable Luck: Tugboat Pulls-off an Impossible Maneuver
http://www.chilloutpoint.com/funny/unbelievable-luck-tugboat-pulls-off-an-impossible-maneuver.html

The room that makes you a part of Super Mario world
http://www.thisblogrules.com/2010/04/the-room-that-makes-you-a-part-of-super-mario-world.html

25 Reasons Why We Love to Watch Tennis
http://dailypicdump.com/ee91f5/25-reasons-why-we-love-to-watch-tennis-25-pics

Top 10 Invention and Discovery Controversies
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-invention-discovery-controversies.php

Top 10 Most Famous Scientific Theories (That Turned out to be Wrong)
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-most-famous-scientific-theories-that-turned-out-to-be-wrong.php

Extreme Makeover Optical Illusion
http://www.moillusions.com/2006/05/extreme-makeover-optical-illusion.html

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power

Senators propose granting president emergency Internet power
by Declan McCullagh | June 10, 2010 8:25 PM PDT

"A new U.S. Senate bill would grant the president far-reaching emergency powers to seize control of or even shut down portions of the Internet.

The legislation announced Thursday says that companies such as broadband providers, search engines, or software firms that the government selects "shall immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed" by the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be fined.
"

This is, without a doubt, one of the scariest things I've read in a long time. It's likely the worst thing that could ever happen to the 'Net. Everyone should go directly to the US Internet Industry Association (USIIA) web site and fight this.
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Monday, June 21, 2010

7th-Graders Discover Mysterious Cave on Mars

7th-Graders Discover Mysterious Cave on Mars
Clara Moskowitz Senior Writer SPACE.com – Mon Jun 21, 5:00 pm ET

"A group of seventh-graders in California has discovered a mysterious cave on Mars as part of a research project to study images taken by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the red planet."

Very cool. This is a great example of why math and science are so important. Even when you think there is nothing new to learn about something, you learn something new.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

Coincidence?

Is it a coincidence that before my latest post about gay marriage there were about 23 people following this blog yet after the post there's only 14?  I can't tell since the numbers are so low.  However, it is not a significant turn of events.  When I started blogging on Kuro5hin back in the late 90's it was only intended to be for my own personal enjoyment. The continuation of this through Mac.com onto Blogger is still primarily for me.  So it is always a bit of a surprise when there are more than two people reading my rantings.

This last ranting, though, did get a little toasty.  I try and keep from going ballistic in my commentary but sometimes it just won't stay in.  I get the feeling that some who read my previous post might think I am anti-God or anti-Religion.  I'm not, really.  I might be a little disheartened by the dogma of religions but I am not against them, not the people who worship through them.

The fact remains, though, that the fundamental basis for all the major religions is: God is love; God is joy; God is peace; God is fairness.  The significant aspect of this is this: God is not hate; God is not pain; God is not anger; God is not bigotry.  This is why God does not have a problem with gay marriage.  It is also why I stated that the prince of lies is leading the anti-gay marriage crusade.  This crusade is, at its heart, filled with anger, bigotry and hate.  It is also very much like another crusade that is going on in the world today.

Any true follower of Islam will tell you that God is love, good, peace & fairness.  The Muslim religion teaches the same fundamental things that the Christian and Jewish religions do.  They are, after all, siblings.  Yet there is a group of Muslims that preach hate and death.  They claim that God has decreed the death of all who aren't of this group.  While this is slightly more extreme in its reaction, the same thoughts and forces are behind this Jihad as behind the no gay marriage; anger hate and bigotry.

Do you honestly think God is calling for the death of men, women and children?  Do you think God is calling for the segregation of any race?  Do you think that God is calling for the subjugation of women and children by men?  Do you think God is calling for the marginalization of homosexuals?

The answer to one of these questions is the answer to them all.  If you say "Yes" to any one of them then you say "Yes" to all of them.  To do otherwise would be the same thing as picking and choosing which of the Ten Commandments you wanted to follow and which to ignore.  At least for you Christians, that is.  Can you see what I am trying to say?

God is love.  Love is yes.  The answer to any question, should there be love, must always be yes.

And that is the true bottom line.  So it doesn't matter how many (or if any) people read this blog.  I am still going to post my rantings.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Outlook: Gay marriage fate rests in courts of law, public opinion

Outlook: Gay marriage fate rests in courts of law, public opinion
Wed Jun 16, 2:42 pm ET
By LAURA E. DAVIS, Yahoo! News

"Today in San Francisco, lawyers are presenting their closing arguments in the trial over Proposition 8, California's 2008 voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Back in January, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker heard from both sides in a unique proceeding intended to make factual findings on the purpose and history of marriage and how allowing gays and lesbians to marry would affect society. Befitting a trial on one of the most contentious issues of our time, the affair featured high-powered lawyers, emotional testimony both for and against gay marriage, arguments over evidence and over cameras in the courtroom, and extremely high stakes: Regardless of this week's outcome, the case is likely to be appealed all the way to the Supreme Court."

This is so stupid. How much time and energy has been wasted fighting over an issue that should never even be in question? Of course gay marriage should be legal. There is no reason whatsoever for it not to be. And before all the holey rollers start jumping on their Bible bandwagon, don't bother. I know more about the true meaning of the book than any of you ever will. But, just in case some of you might still have one brain cell that is working, here's the bottom line.
The Bible is a work of spiritual stories. It was written by men hundreds and thousands and millions and billions of years after the events it relates took place. It is meant to be inspiring and uplifting but cannot be taken literally.
The truly ironic things is that those "religious" people fighting against gay marriage have been completely duped. They are doing the work of the great evil, himself. The prince of lies wants nothing more than for everyone to go against God's word. And what is Gods word? Love.

God == Love ✝♥☮
God != Hate ✠☣☢

Pro gay marriage is pro love. When two adults love each other then there's nothing else anyone can say. Anti gay marriage is anti love and the work of the great horned one.

I have heard all the ranting and raving from the anti side and all it is is noise. No rational thought. No common sense. No use of the brain God gave them. Here's the thing. . .

If you are against gay marriage, don't marry a gay person! Personally, I am straight. Thus I have no intention of marrying a gay man. And that should be the extent of everyone's involvement in this issue.

But, as always, no one listens to me.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question

Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question
By MATTHEW MOSK, MATTHEW COLE, BRIAN ROSS and JOHN SOLOMON
CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY AND ABC NEWS | June 14, 2010

"The U.S. government agency that prints passports has for years failed to resolve persistent concerns about the security risks involved in outsourcing production to foreign factories, a joint investigation by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity has found."
[...]
"Despite repeated assurances they would move production to the U.S., a key government contractor has continued to assemble an electronic component of the nation's new, more sophisticated passport in Thailand."

Brilliant! Because Thailand is such a calm and stable nation right now.

Every time I thinks that stupidity has reached an all-time high, something like this comes along to prove me wrong. At the rate things are going we are going to need an IQ scale with negative numbers.
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Monday, June 14, 2010

Calif. bill would target spouses who hire hit men

Calif. bill would target spouses who hire hit men
By Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press Writer – Mon Jun 14, 9:30 am ET

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – "The story behind the legislation reads like a movie pitch.

The wife of a Southern California police detective, distraught because she had lost custody of her children, tries to hire a hit man from the Vagos motorcycle gang to kill him.
"

From the truth is stranger than fiction files. You read the headline and it's like, "Well Duh!" But read the whole story. It's worth a minute or two.
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Ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan kills 117

Ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan kills 117
By Hulkar Isamova – Mon Jun 14, 3:28 am ET

OSH, Kyrgyzstan (Reuters) – "Kyrgyzstan's interim government said on Monday it had arrested a "well-known person" on suspicion of fomenting the worst ethnic riots in 20 years, which have killed at least 117 and left cities in flames."

Sometimes I get the feeling that the human race isn't happy unless they are killing and destroying. It is depressing, at times.
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Envelopes with white powder sent to fed buildings

Envelopes with white powder sent to fed buildings
By Manuel Valdes, Associated Press Writer – Mon Jun 14, 11:53 pm ET

SEATTLE – "Envelopes with white powder were found Monday in eight federal buildings in seven different cities across Washington, Idaho and Utah, prompting the evacuation of an IRS building and a U.S. attorney's office, FBI officials said.

The FBI is investigating whether the incidents were linked. Special Agent Frederick Gutt said it would be "logical" that they would be.
"

$DEITY! We do not need another anthrax scare.
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Uzbekistan says 75,000 refugees fled Kyrgyzstan

Uzbekistan says 75,000 refugees fled Kyrgyzstan
By Sasha Merkushev And Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press Writers – 13 June 10:53

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – "Kyrgyz mobs burned Uzbek villages, slaughtered their residents and looted police stations Sunday in the worst ethnic rioting this Central Asian nation has seen in 20 years, sending more than 75,000 Uzbek refugees fleeing across the border into Uzbekistan."

Let's not forget that even though the World Cup is bringing nations together on the field, there are still many places where life is tenuous.
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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Twitter's Surprising Impact on the South Korean Election

Twitter's Surprising Impact on the South Korean Election
8:57 AM Friday June 11, 2010
by Dae Ryun Chang

"Never underestimate the power of social media in business, politics, and war. That's the big lesson learned from South Korea's recent local elections. In fact, Twitter has now become part of Korea's vernacular vocabulary."

The following is a comment I posted to the article. It expresses my feelings on this topic:

The idea that social networking media can have a drastic impact on elections makes me feel equally optimistic and horribly frightened. The speed of online communication is definitely a major benefit. You can never have to much data. However, the validity of the data is at question. There are no rules, safeguards nor methods of validation for tweets, posts and blogs. Anyone can say anything, and most usually do. I am not for any kind of regulation on the 'Net. However, I am also not enthusiastic about it being considered a reliable source in and of itself. People need to educate themselves so that they can use the information on the Information Highway as one avenue for input data. Just not the primary source.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Scientists Begin 520 Day Mars Mission Simulation

Scientists Begin 520 Day Mars Mission Simulation
June 8, 2010 by Michael Hickerson || Category: Space News

"While human beings may not be headed to the Red Planet any time soon, a group of scientists last week began a simulation of journeying to our planetary neighbor.

An international team of researchers began a 520 day simulation of a flight to Mars that will keep them locked in a cascade of windowless modules for the amount of time it would take to travel to the Red Planet.

While the experiment will not involve weightlessness, the six-member, all-male crew of three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Colombian and a Chinese will face conditions aimed to simulate stress, claustrophobia and fatigue that real astronauts would face during interplanetary travel.
"

This sounds like it would be very interesting to try. I think I could make it 520 days if I were alone*, but with five others? It would depend on how annoying their idiosyncrasies would get.

* As long as I could communicate with Mission Control a couple of times a week and had access Twitter & Facebook, that is.
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Monday, June 07, 2010

Roman gladiator cemetery found in England

Roman gladiator cemetery found in England
By the CNN Wire Staff
June 7, 2010 9:42 a.m. EDT

London, England (CNN) -- "Heads hacked off, a bite from a lion, tiger or bear, massive muscles on massive men -- all clues that an ancient cemetery uncovered in northern England is the final resting place of gladiators, scientists have announced after seven years of investigations."

Interesting look into the past. When was the last time you were attacked by a lion while walking home from the pub?
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Friday, June 04, 2010

Hints of life found on Saturn moon

Hints of life found on Saturn moon
01:10 04 June 2010 by David Shiga

"Two potential signatures of life on Saturn's moon Titan have been found by the Cassini spacecraft. But scientists are quick to point out that non-biological chemical reactions could also be behind the observations.

Titan is much too cold to support liquid water on its surface, but some scientists have suggested that exotic life-forms could live in the lakes of liquid methane or ethane that dot the moon's surface.
"

Very interesting and exciting findings. I am a firm believer that there is an abundance of life "out there." The only question is whether there is intelligent life in the universe. I hope so, but I doubt we'll ever know for sure. At least not within the next few thousand years.
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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Woman sues Google over Utah walking directions

Woman sues Google over Utah walking directions
By Paul Foy, Associated Press Writer – Tue Jun 1, 6:31 pm ET

SALT LAKE CITY – "A pedestrian injured by a motorist while following an online route has filed a lawsuit claiming Google Inc. supplied unsafe directions."

There are times when I think that the human race has devolved into complete idiocy. This is an example of that devolution. I mean, there's stupid. And then there's stoopid!
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