1. Big Brother was a wimp

    brian on 2003.02.08
    at 12:42 am

    Or what Ashcroft would do if he was king

    Dangerous. That's what J Edgar Hoover was when he headed the FBI He investigated anyone he wanted willy nilly, ruining lives left and right, at his whim.

    Scary. That's what Richard Nixon was, when you consider how he wanted to treat the information his office used to make decisions with when he was President. For his eyes only, even if he shouldn't legal should have had the information.

    Absurd. The treatment that the current Executive Branch is giving the US public in regards to locking up whatever documents it doesn't want us to see. It's cool that our national energy plan was made by US energy executives meeting in secret with our Vice President?

    And then there's John Ashcroft. No adjectives can adequately describe a former Senator from Missouri who was defeated by a former Governor of Missouri, who was post-mortem for several weeks. Usually, when a state makes that kind of statement about their representatives, they are rid of them. Instead when this one was sent packing, his exile was to become King of American Justice.

    His first "victory" was the the US Patriot Act. A shady piece of legislation rolled through Congress in less the six weeks. Now, he's written a sequel. And like nearly all sequels, this one's much worse than the original. How bad? A draft has been leaked to the Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan watchdog group. The draft was then revealed to the American public on NOW with Bill Moyers. They have the full-document on that episode's webpage

    Can you say "Secret Arrests?"

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  2. Michael Jackson Interview Thoughts

    jake on 2003.02.07
    at 12:30 pm

    Well in my daily reading I came across something interesting over at A little editorial on the interview last night with Michael Jackson.

    It was definitely an odd interview. And I tend to agree with the article over on kuro5hin. While it is pretty odd, and scary to boot, as long as his intentions are pure, there is nothing blatantly wrong with him hanging out with kids. He's obviously psychologically still acting like a 13 year old kid.

    I don't think he's technically a good role model for kids, but there are a lot of problems with our society today and it stems from terrible parenting. Acting like teachers are babysitters and then not giving teachers any respect or authority. No one wants to believe their kids are screwed up. Even though many of them are in fact very screwed up.

    I can relate a story. When I was eighteen I quit my job at Walgreens. I had an opportunity to get a job at Wal-Mart in the electronics dept. I got there and they offered me a position as a cashier till a new position opened up (so much for my tip.)

    Well I decided I would get a job somewhere I could have fun. Always being a Disney fan, and having a brother who at the time was six. I figured why not the Disney store? Sure I would have had to where purple, but I could get discounts, and I'd have fun goofing off there.

    Upon review of my application I was told that if I was to get the position I'd have to stay in the front of the store. I would not be able to go near the toys in the back, unless I kept right on walking into the break room. While I understand the concern, I wasn't trying to get the job so I could hang out and greet people as they walked in.

    I naturally went to Wal-Mart.

    That's just a random story where I was looked down upon because of my gender. Apparently because I'm male, I'm automatically a pedophile because I have a sensitive side.

    Sorry Mike, you need a little more charisma, you may not be doing anything physically wrong, but you're also not defending yourself very well.

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  3. Sony shows off mini file server.

    jake on 2003.02.07
    at 12:10 pm

    kinda like an iPod, only a server.

    What a busy morning it seems to be. I actually might have two successive posts. How weird is that.

    Sony is showing off a new product on their Japanese web site. Called the FSV-PGX1, it's a wireless file server. And it's very small. It runs Linux and can support around 250 useres at once. It enables basic file sharing, and anyone in the vicinity can load up music from it.

    This sounds like a pretty nifty idea. I'd love to have something do this in my apt. I just set up a wireless network recently, and although file sharing isn't 100%, this would make me work on it, hopefully keeping security up.

    Here's a link to the Japanese website, pushed through Altavista's Babelfish translator. FSV-PGX1

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