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People should not fear their governments; governments should fear their people.


Monday, June 12, 2006

It looks like I'll be moving over to a Movable Type weblog. Now I just have to somehow get the almost 4000 posts from this site moved over there.
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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Critics Fear Emergency Centers Could Be Used for Immigration Round-Ups. The military contractor that built the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and jails throughout Iraq has been tapped to construct facilities in the United States to be used in the event of "an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S."

The contract has sparked wide speculation that massive prisons are going to be built to detain illegal immigrants or even U.S citizens, fears that government officials say are unfounded. [Fox News]

During the Clinton administration there were repeated rumors that the Feds were secretly building concentration camps inside America. Once again the Busheviks have done something that they once attacked Clinton for wanting to do.
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A Few Predictions. Everyone seems very happy that Abu Museb Al-Zarqaawi, the alleged and self-proclaimed leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, was killed in the U.S. missile strike sometime Wednesday. National Public Radio made this the big news of the morning, interviewing many Iraqis... By Charles Featherstone. [ Blog]

He's almost certainly right.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

I've started to investigate the options for migrating this weblog to another system, such as Movable Type or Conversant. Radio is currently working for me (mostly), but I have had problems with it in the past, and support from UserLand is pretty much nonexistent. Also, I've used up two-thirds of the 40MB quota that comes with a Radio subscription, and when it eventually fills up I don't want to pay UserLand any more money for space when I've got over 4GB free on

My main priorities when looking at alternative systems are that I must be able to import all of the posts from this site, and that it must be able to work with some sort of news aggregator software.
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While I was out buying lunch I saw a sign in the window of a haircut place advertising "digital perms." I guess that's for people with really hairy knuckles.
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Silicon Valley Watcher reports that Craigslist is being blocked by Cox Interactive. "This situation does not look good in the context of the net neutrality debate. This is exactly the kind of scenario that many people are concerned about, that the cable companies and the telcos will make it difficult for their internet users to access competing services." [Scripting News]

I'll bet Tor could get around blocks like this.
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Looking back at Teddy Roosevelt. Alison Fish writes a retrospective.... [John Robb's Weblog]

Predictably, the article goes on about what a great guy he was and cheers for the death tax. This sentence stands out:

It was Republican President Teddy Roosevelt, after all, who introduced the idea of an inheritance tax in his speech The Man with the Muck-Rake, given exactly one hundred years, one month, and eleven days ago today.

Blame for the idea of an inheritance tax should actually go to the Communist Manifesto, which was published in 1848.
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Book Review. Excellent review at the P2P Foundation blog: Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy by Moises Naim is a welcome and much-needed counter-balance and corrective to the unfortunate preponderance of Utopian doggeral saturating many accounts of... [John Robb's Weblog]

The "counter-balance" is that globalization includes actual capitalism. The horror.
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Monday, June 05, 2006

Terror in Toronto!!. The breathless early reports of Terrorism Just Barely Stopped in Canada emphasized that the Keystone Cops, northern division, foiled the plot by spying on the emails and internet chats of the Terrorists, so don't you dare oppose US spying.

Now the whole stunt turns out to be entrapment. The cops came up with the plot, and lured some poor boobs into it, surely not to accelerate the Otherization of Muslims and the US colonization of Canada. Ah yes, internal security. By Lew Rockwell. [ Blog]

That sounds familiar. I remember when the militia movement existed during the 1990s reading about a saying that you could always tell the FBI agent because he was the one who wanted to blows stuff up.
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Sunday, June 04, 2006

I've been doing some testing with DEVONagent, an Internet search tool for OS X. So far I'm quite impressed. My first test was to search for the solution to an esoteric AppleScript problem which I had been trying to figure out via Google for several days without success. DEVONagent turned up exactly the information I was looking for almost immediately.
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The Pirate Bay Is Back Online. Many readers have submitted news that The Pirate Bay is back online, operating for now as "The Police Bay." Writes one anonymous submitter: "Pirate Bay got new hardware, moved the servers abroad and used recent backups. So the only bad side-effect of this police raid is that hundreds of clients of the ISP PRQ still have not got their servers back from the police. When the police did the raid on Wednesday, they took Pirate Bay from Bankgirot's secure server room. Then they also took all the servers in PRQ colocation facility STH3, effectively disabling a lot of small companies. The connection between PRQ and TPB? - Same owners, nothing more, this is beginning to become a huge scandal in Sweden with coverage on TV and all newspapers 4 days in a row." [Slashdot]

Good for them! It sounds like there's a backlash going on in Sweden against their police acting as hired thugs for the MPAA.
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Mainstream Media Sources Confirm Bush-Rice Affair.

The Wayne Madsen Report has more on the alleged affair between George W. Bush and Condoleeza Rice:

A White House source, speaking on background, vehemently denied to WMR that there are marital problems between President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush over a reported extramarital affair between Mr. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. However, two mainstream media sources [my emphasis] have confirmed that their sources also have reported an ongoing affair between Mr. Bush and Rice.

The mainstream media is hamstrung in reporting stories about Bush's personal life. For example, in 2001, the media highlighted Bush's comments about his passing out from choking on a pretzel while watching a football game in the White House. In reality, Bush, who claims he gave up drinking years ago, passed out from being inebriated. Washington's movers and shakers knew the story about Bush's drinking but the media studiously avoided it.

I have a feeling that this story is going to break into the mainstream media some time before the fall elections. Then the illusion that President Bush, despite his many failings which even Bush supporters grudgingly acknowledge, is a "good, Christian man" will be shattered. -- Wayne Madsen Report

[Police State USA]

It really says something about Christians that ordering the deaths of tens of thousands, the torture of hundred or thousands more, and the destruction of an entire country is just fine and dandy, but having an affair would suddenly mean that he's not a "good, Christian man."
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Friday, June 02, 2006

Headline of the Year: “Do Hadithans Hate Us for Our Freedoms?”.

The above is the title of a new piece by Jacob Hornberger over at the Future of Freedom Foundation. His piece very nicely skewers the Bush administration's exploitation of freedom since 9/11.

And that is one triple-kegger headline.


Today, defenders of the president's war and occupation of Iraq are suggesting that the killing of 24 defenseless civilians in Haditha, including defenseless women and children and even an old man in a wheelchair, were committed by only a few U.S. soldiers and that the rest of America’s occupying force are performing "heroically."

But when al-Qaeda recruiters show the Haditha photographs to men and women in the Middle East, will the reaction among prospective new recruits be, "Let's not focus on or exaggerate the massacre in Haditha because the other American troops in Iraq are performing heroically"?

After all, don't forget that in performing heroically U.S. forces have killed and maimed tens of thousands of other Iraqis as part of their invasion and subsequent occupation -- many more people, in fact, than were killed in the 9/11 attacks.

Who honestly believes that the friends and family members and even countrymen of those who were killed and maimed in Haditha -- or elsewhere in Iraq -- are likely to say, "We hate America not because of what they did at Haditha and the rest of Iraq but because of America's First Amendment and rock and roll"?

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Internet: Ransomware. Very cool innovation but poorly implemented: This virus swaps files found in the "My Documents" folder on Windows with a single file protected by a 30-digit password. Victims are only told the password if they buy drugs from one of... [John Robb's Weblog]

That sounds like something the DEA would come up with. They could wait until some poor sucker bought the drugs (thus violating some obscure unconstitutional law), then swoop in and throw him and his spouse in prison for twenty years, and empty out his bank accounts and sell his property and children under the guise of "asset forfeiture" and "child protection."
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