Ugg. That's quite enough of that. So much whinging! Unsubscribing from even the rss feed ...
A smattering of Yet Another (anti-)Social Network, Getting Things Done, Anti-social behaviour orders, and the ilk.
We occupy a foreign land that doesn't want us, while at home our civil liberties are discounted.
We are told that it's better not to know what our government is doing in our name, for security purposes. Meanwhile, our government is becoming omnipresent, spying on us whenever it deems it necessary.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."
West Virginia’s senior Democratic senator, Robert Byrd: "The President claims a boundless authority through the resolution that authorized the war on those who perpetrated the September 11th attacks. But that resolution does not give the President unchecked power to spy on our own people. That resolution does not give the Administration the power to create covert prisons for secret prisoners. That resolution does not authorize the torture of prisoners to extract information from them. That resolution does not authorize running black-hole secret prisons in foreign countries to get around U.S. law. That resolution does not give the President the powers reserved only for kings and potentates."
Jane Smiley: A Ten-Step Program: "I began considering the possibility that what we see around us might indeed constitute success, as far as the Bushies are concerned, when I read in a post by Karen Kwiatkowski that three witnesses had confirmed that Bush referred to the Constitution as a “just a god damned piece of paper.”
Let’s take a look at the “mistakes” the Bush administration is said to have made, and, instead, ask ourselves if they are actually realized intentions"
Effort: A +
Community Spirit: F
Critical Thinking: F
Someone needs to be kept after school and made to write “I will not use 2257 laws for my own site administration tactics” on the chalkboard at least 100 times. Or else I get out the real paddle."
Guess embedded YouTube videos were popular. Why not block the service and suggest replacements? Sheesh. Adrants sez: "MySpace came out of nowhere as the single most popular place to go for...well...anything. It can disappear just as quickly and be replaced by another."
Bloglines rocks. Since I started collapsing more feeds and using the Hotkeys I can plow right though my whole feed (clipping on the way). Firefox 1.5 seems to has hosed clipping and I did loose some related extensions, until I downgraded, upgraded, and didn't check for updates to extensions.
And I'm awaiting Bloglines 3.0 "Bloglines switched it's user-agent from 'Bloglines 2.1' to 'Bloglines 3.0-rho' on Tuesday afternoon. ... there could be some big changes coming in near future."
This is indefinite dictatorial power. And I don't use that term lightly; the very definition of a dictatorship is a system that puts a ruler above the law.
Laws are what give us security against the actions of the majority and the powerful. If we discard our constitutional protections against tyranny in an attempt to protect us from terrorism, we're all less safe as a result."
SFist: Big Changes at Tribe.net:
"The very definition of a 'chilling effect' on free speech is when legislation or enforcement of new laws are so potentially onerous that people and organization self-censor out of fear and potential liability."
"The exodus is already being planned, according to moderator scuttlebutt, and it sounds to be big enough that even Tribe's dense management will feel the breeze; which is sure to make their parent company, Knight-Ridder, wince. If Knight-Ridder thought Tribe was a money drain before, after December 20th, when all those moderators with all those Tribe members hit the delete key and move on, it's going to feel like a broken dam."
Brian a Tribe employee, said:
"Perhaps it is best to say that we are a technology company with a cultural component, and not a culture company with a technological component. "
I read feeds from tribe, but, poke my head in seldom anymores ...
"This will all play out eventually in congressional committees and in the United States Supreme Court. If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced."
"It's un-American, and it's unacceptable. Americans need a President who will keep them safe and enforce the law, we don't need a big brother. Americans know we don’t have to sacrifice our basic liberties in order to fight the terrorists. Together, America can do better."
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”"
and even a A United Coalition of Blogs for the Impeachment of George W. Bush"