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June 30, 2005

Cracking DC's Gun Ban

Alphecca, a "gay gun nut in Vermont" with "opinions about all sorts of stuff he knows nothing about" is quoting a story from Reuters about a crack in DC's rigid gun control laws. This is something that he seems to know something about, however. DC's strict gun ban are in direct violation of the 2nd amendment.

Currently, rifles and shotguns and handguns registered before the 1976 ban may be kept in District homes only if they are unloaded, disassembled and stored in a locked cabinet.

Indiana Republican Rep. Mark Souder submitted a bill to the House of Representatives that would roll back the handgun ban and registration requirements for ammunition and would decriminalize possession of unregistered weapons. Souder argued that weapons that are disassembled, unloaded, and locked, are useless for self-defense. His amendment prohibits the city from enforcing this law with federal funds.

"I believe the constitutional right to bear arms supersedes local authority," Souder said in favor of his amendment. This statement is intuitively obvious to the casual observer. If the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights can be supercede by local authority, then they are meaningless. If a county or municipality can rule agains free speech, right to bear arms, or right to peacably assemble, then these rights are meaningless and the entire constitution is a farce. Obviously, our founding fathers meant that the Bill of Rights enumerated very basic fundamental rights of the citizens. I won't even go into the 9th amendment and how SCOTUS has eviscerated that amendment.

His bill passed today by a margin of 259 to 161. Now, on to the senate. :)

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 30, 2005 at 10:31 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Hollywood, WIPO, MPAA, RIAA and the other Rapscallions and Scallywags

Who do you think sued to stop construction of the Golden Gate Bridge? If you guessed the ferries, you're right. The automobile ferries sued because it would make their service obsolete overnight. People would still be able to get to work every day, they just wouldn’t have to wait on the ferry any more. The ferries, predictably, wanted a cut of the bridge revenue, and we wisely said “get lost?.

So, that’s basically what we’re faced with today in the movie and music industry. The people who will lose, now that the genie is out of the bottle, is Hollywood, the MPAA, the WIPO, and the RIAA. And to them, I say, good riddance. They're just middlemen between the artist and the consumer anyway. Raping both parties for the benefit of neither.

Some claim that the intellectual piracy has to be addressed in some manner or we all lose. But, I'm not clear that this is the case.

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Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 30, 2005 at 4:55 PM : Comments (3) | Permalink

Ed Hathcock schools Romulus in Eminent Domain

Michigan is the poster child for the decaying Midwest Rust Belt of the post-industrial revolution. A noir state, punctuated by urban blight and genetic refuse, the detritus of the waves of people that fled the state when the Big 3 collapsed, leaving tens of thousands of vacant houses in their wake. With no buyers, entire subdivisions were left to atrophy and revert to native grasslands. Pheasant and deer took over the neighborhoods and the criminals took over the city. At night, in Detroit, even the police are afraid to stop at the red lights.

Romulus is a Wayne County city perched on the edge of Detroit. Most people know Romulus as the home of the Detroit/Wayne County Airport(DTW). But to me, Romulus is more than that. In a state widely panned as a modern dystopia, Romulus stands apart as a crime-infested chanchre; a criminal panacea.

In 1995, two IRS agents got into a fatal shoot-out with each other in Romulus. The same year, a customer killed an employee at the Rally's drivethrough in Romulus because she put pickles on his hamburger. It's a tough city.

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Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 30, 2005 at 1:59 AM : Comments (1) | Permalink

June 28, 2005

Come and take them.

The notorious supreme court ruling handed down this week in Kelo vs. New London demoted every man from citizen to serf. The ruling redefines homeowners as transient squatters. Under the new ruling, the cities will view homeowners as revenue theives, condemn their homes, bulldoze them, and award the property to commercial developers.

In 480 B.C., the Persian Emporer Xerxes took 600,000 of the fiercest fighting troops in the world to conquer and invade Greece. As the Greeks retreated to the South, they needed time to regroup and strengthen their Navy. The Spartan General-King Leonidas, his 300 personal bodyguards and a handful of Thebans and others volunteered to hold back Xerxes's troops as long as possible, while the main Greek army retreated to the South. They chose to make their defiant, suicidal stand at the narrow pass of Thermoplyae. When Xerxes offered to spare their lives if they would lay down their arms, Leonidas shouted these two words back. Molon Labe! (mo-lone lah-veh) They mean, “Come and get them!? They made their stand at Thermopylae, and they all died to the last man. Today, a plaque at the site commemorates the event. It reads: "Go tell the Spartans, travelers passing by, that here, obedient to their laws we lie."

So, we say to the Supreme Court Justices: Come and take them.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 28, 2005 at 9:49 PM | Permalink

Trackback Spam

I'm getting enough trackback spam now, that I've finally decided to do something about it. I'm going to try to get Jay Allen's Movable Type Blacklist working to see if it helps. He also a place where you can report trackback spam, which I will do as well. Anything to stop these weasels. After all, as Bayosphere notes, their motivation is greed, and I think we all know how despicable it is to want to accumulate wealth.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 28, 2005 at 4:06 PM | Permalink

Justice Souter's house condemned by eminent domain?

Those that live by the sword, die by the sword. Justice David Souter sided with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, and John Paul Stevens in the landmark case allowing governments to use the 5th amendment's "eminent domain" for public use by private developers. This ludicrous decision in Kelo vs. New London allows governments to confiscate citizen's property for any project they believe will generate more tax revenue.

According to his Freestar Media web site:

"On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.

"Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.

"This is not a prank" said Clements, "The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 28, 2005 at 1:51 PM | Permalink

June 27, 2005

Freed Baghdad hostage stalks kidnappers

This is almost too good to be true. Swede Ulf Hjertstrom was kidnapped and held captive in Baghdad for several weeks by terrorists. He was released by his kidnappers on May 30, and has now invested approximately $50,000 to pay bounty hunters to stalk down and murder his kidnappers. Classic.

Meanwhile, in a related story, this other hostage named Douglas Wood was held captive with the Swede by the same lunatics. When Wood was released, he called his kidnappers "a$$holes", which apparently upset the excruciatingly liberal Melbourne Age editor Andrew Jaspan. This Jaspan guy is the kind of weak-kneed, translucent liberal that could cause any country to unravel.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 27, 2005 at 10:51 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Al Queda Training Manual

Know thy enemy. Here's the complete text of the Al Queda training manual. Note that they specifically tell their recruits to claim that they were tortured if they are ever captured. Lesson 18 - Prisons and Detention Center states:

1. At the beginning of the trial, once more the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by State Security [investigators] before the judge.
2. Complain [to the court] of mistreatment while in prison.

So, it's not surprised that they claim they're being tortured at Gitmo. But there is a problem with following this logic, though. If they really were being tortured, we'd run the risk of ignoring some serious problems with our interrogators.

I don't know what's going on down at Gitmo, but not too many people do, as it's tucked away on the southeastern end of an island we're not even allowed to visit. Which is why I'm seriously considering driving down there to check it out.

Update: Uncorrelated has links to proof of abuse at Gitmo.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 27, 2005 at 7:18 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Stop the insanity: Close the Oceans

CNN is reporting that two people have been attacked by sharks in Florida this week. How many more people have to die before we close the oceans? Today, anyone can legally wade into the ocean and tempt fate. There is no cooling off period. No age limit. No certification required. It is perfectly legal for any child, of any age, with no experience at all, to wade into the ocean. In a country where it's illegal to tear tags off of polyester pillows, it's perfectly legal for an infant to wade into waters known to be infested with man-eating sharks, sting rays, and Portuguese man-of-wars.

And what states pose the greatest danger? Not Kansas. In Kansas, no one has ever been killed by a shark. Nor has anyone ever been attacked by a shark in Nebraska. Or North Dakota. As it turns out, sharks have only attacked people in states that spend money directly marketing their coasts to tourists. In a brash display of remorseless greed, these contemptible states are peddling death, knowing full-well that people die every year in the oceans. Men. Women. Even young children.

Of all the states in the union, Florida has the worse record for shark attacks. In 2003, Florida had the largest number of shark attacks worldwide, with 30. There were 12 attacks off the coast of Florida last year.

And why do Florida and other states, allow this massacre to continue? Greed. Florida earns billions of dollars each year from tourism, and if a few of them enter the food chain while they're swimming or surfing, then that's just too bad. Florida's Tourism Industry is no less culpable than the murderous moguls of the tobacco industry or the despicable profiteers in the firearms industry.

The killing has to stop. How many more people have to die before we stop the insanity and close the oceans? Can't we at least have some common sense regulations around ocean-related deaths? Like an age limit on drowning deaths? Or a limit on the number of shark attacks per month? What sane person would allow their child to swim in the ocean, where countless people have drowned or been eaten alive? Can't we charge these irresponsible parents with reckless endangerment of a child? If we save the life of just one child, isn't it worth it?

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 27, 2005 at 3:46 PM : Comments (2) | Permalink

Gun Control and Orwellian surveillance backfire in Chicago

Pass a law banning handguns, confiscate 10,000 firearms, set up the most pervasive Orwellian surveillance system in the country, and feed the video into the Department of Homeland Security and what do you get? Chicago was rewarded for their efforts with nearly two dozen people shot across the city in 12 hours. Hmmm. Cities with the highest rates of gun crime (DC, New Orleans, Chicago) seem to have the strictest gun control and the most elaborate surveillance networks. Heavy drug users all smoked pot first, therefore pot is a gateway drug. So, following the same logic, all cities with gun control have the highest crime rate, could it be that gun control causes crime? Or does the logic only to drugs. I wish the MSM would explain to me how I'm supposed to interpret these basic facts. I hate to have to think for myself, as I'm apt to stray toward a politically incorrect decision. Any comments greatly appreciated.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 27, 2005 at 12:13 PM : Comments (2) | Permalink

June 26, 2005

Austin

I'm slowly converting my old slideshows from notoriously grainy Pinnacle Studio videos into the sharp Imagematics StillMotion PE Plus format. I shot these images in Austin, TX, in the Summer of 2003. Although these images are not new, this is the first time they've ever been assembled into a slideshow with decent resolution.

This slideshow is a 14 Meg self-playing executable named scientist.exe created using Imagematics StillMotion PE Plus. The soundtrack is Scientist by Cold Play. Click here to download the presentation. If you have an Apple, an iMac, or some other type of computer with training wheels, click here to download the Macromedia Flash version. Click here if you need help.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 26, 2005 at 10:42 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

June 25, 2005

Puddletown

I'm slowly converting my old slideshows from notoriously grainy Pinnacle Studio videos into the sharp Imagematics StillMotion PE Plus format. In the fall of 2003, I shot these images in Astoria, Eugene, Nehalem, Tillamook, and Portland(a.k.a. Puddletown, Stumptown, Bridgetown, Rivercity, etc). Although these images are not new, this is the first time they've ever been assembled into a slideshow with decent resolution.

This slideshow is a 13 Meg self-playing executable named clocks.exe created using Imagematics StillMotion PE Plus. The soundtrack is Clocks by Cold Play. Click here to download the presentation. If you have an Apple, an iMac, or some other type of computer with training wheels, click here to download the Macromedia Flash version. Click here if you need help.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 25, 2005 at 11:53 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Stumptown

I'm slowly converting my old slideshows from notoriously grainy Pinnacle Studio videos into the sharp Imagematics StillMotion PE Plus format. I shot these images in the fall of 2003, when I spent most of my time shooting homeless people and graffiti. Although these images are not new, this is the first time they've ever been assembled into a slideshow with decent resolution.

This slideshow is a 9 Meg self-playing executable named colorblind.exe created using Imagematics StillMotion PE Plus. The soundtrack is Colorblind by Counting Crows. Click here to download the presentation. If you have an Apple, an iMac, or some other type of computer with training wheels, click here to download the Macromedia Flash version. Click here if you need help.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 25, 2005 at 8:41 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

A gerbil in the microwave

Ever wonder what would happen if you put a gerbil in the microwave? Well wonder no more.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 25, 2005 at 3:30 PM : Comments (4) | Permalink

Serenity: Big Screen chases niche market

The internet and the blogs that arose from its primordial soup have eviscerated the news media, exposing the MSM as little more than a gypsy parade of half-wit charlatans. Unfortunately, the internet has done little to loosen Hollywood's cinematic chokehold on the shows that appear in the box office. If you've ever been to a decent Film Festival like Austin's SXSW(South By SouthWest) or Havana's Festival Internacional Del Nuevo Cine LatinoAmericano, you begin to realize that any originality and creativity is deftly liberated from the movies when they are ground, like sausages, through the Hollywood mill. The movies that emanate from Hollywood are as innocent of flavor as a grocery store tomato. But there is hope.

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Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 25, 2005 at 11:01 AM : Comments (2) | Permalink

Three Planet Race

This weekend, three planets will apear very close together just after sunset. To view the planets, go to a spot with a clear view of the western horizon just after sunset. Venus, the brightest planet, will appear first, followed shortly by Saturn and Mercury, both much fainter than Venus. All three planets will be an a portion of the sky about the size of the full moon. It's rare to see Mercury, as it's an interior planet, and therefore always appears close to the sun.

http://skyandtelescope.com/observing/article_1534_1.asp
http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/WinnipegSun/News/2005/06/25/1103870-sun.html

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 25, 2005 at 10:30 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Fighting Eminent Domain

Zach Wendling at Uncorrelated suggests fighting eminent domain abuse with "environmental laws" and I think he may be on to something. I may start an endangered colony of Black tailed Prairie Dogs or Preble's Meadow Jumping Mice and have my land declared "critical habitat" for an endangered species. That should stop the land-rapers from building a Walmart over my little 3.5 acres of paradise. And, while we're on the subject, there's still another check-and-balance in play here that the Supreme Court didn't mention. Our founding fathers had the foresight to give us one final measure of retribution against the bureaucrats that steal our money and take our land. And I'll be you know what that is, don't you? Rest in peace, Marvin Heemeyer.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 25, 2005 at 5:03 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

June 24, 2005

Eminent Domain - The Supreme Court lays an egg

The Supreme Court of the land has spoken. In the case of Susette Kelo vs. The City of New London, Connecticut, the court ruled 5/4 that cities can legally use Eminent Domain to steal private property from citizens for the benefit of private developers. The Kelo decision is a classic case of judicial activism and legislating from the bench. It is a clear violation of the 9th Amendment, which guarantees unenumerate rights, like the right to own private property. This ruling is an abomination and a stain on our jurisprudence. Even for ajurisprudence has been systematicaly, endemicably, and irreparably marred and denigrated by judicial fiat and malfeasance, this decision stands head and shoulders above the rest. This flagrantly, extra-constitutional decision will serve to destroy the individual right to own private property guaranteed by the 9th amendment. It is a wreckless, destabilizing ruling by a group of mental dwarfs that treat the constitution as a "Living Document". Our founding fathers rose up because they were taxed a few cents on tea and paper. If they got so worked up over tax on tea, I can only imagine what they would do upon learning of this miscarriage of justice.

"It is literally true that the U.S. Supreme Court has entirely liberated itself from the text of the Constitution. We are free at last, free at last. There is no respect in which we are chained or bound by the text of the Constitution. All it takes is five hands." - Antonin Scalia

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Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 24, 2005 at 9:09 PM : Comments (1) | Permalink

Flight Controllers at DFW have routinely covered up near collisions for 7 years

The genuises at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport have routinely failed to report near collisions between commercial airlines over the last seven years, according to information recently released the Office of Special Council, in independent government agency. Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone.

The Air Traffic Controllers routinely failed to report near collisions to the FAA, the FAA routinely ignores the NTSB safety recommendations, the NTSB has never held inquiries into the four 9/11 plane crashes, as they're legally required to, and the Department of Homeland Insecurity is poised to waste ten billion dollars on missile defense systems for commercial airlines.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 24, 2005 at 1:15 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

June 23, 2005

White Males - Are they actually gods?

When the anti-llectuals at the helm of the politically correct bandwagon gave the green light to vilify and demean the white male race with a lascivious, foaming tirade of epithets at the very people that made this country great, Fred Reed responded. He offers the following commentary on the endangered White Male, the most reviled organism to ever infect the planet.

Tell you what. I'm gonna get me about sixteen Dobermans with no judgment. Then, next time I see one of those chunky talk-show ladies with short hair blowing about what brigands white males are, and how we ought to dethrone them, I'm gonna get the Dobermans to eat her. Then I'll get their stomachs pumped, because I like dogs, and send them on a vacation to the Bahamas.

The other day I heard one of'em blathering about white males. (A chunky lady, not a Doberman.)[snip] I found myself wanting to say, "Now, listen here, Maple Syrup. You get up in the morning, maybe with the help of a forklift, and get food out of the refrigerator, which white men invented and you don't understand. (What's the compressor for? Did you know a refrigerator had a compressor?) Then you sit down to write your thoughts on a defenseless computer, which white men invented and you don't understand. (What's branch prediction on a floating-point pipeline? Name the three parts of a transistor?)

Next you to go to the studio in your car, which white men invented and you don't understand. (What are dual overhead cams? The difference between pre-ignition and detonation?) Finally you spew your wormwood and gall on television, which white men invented and you don't understand. (Where is closed-captioning encoded in an NTSC signal? I'll tell you: In the vertical-blanking interval. Now do you know?)

Hooboy, am I impressed, Sweet Potato. Yes ma'am. I sure enough see why we need to get rid of white males. How could anyone doubt it?

Read the whole article. Classic.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 23, 2005 at 4:28 PM : Comments (2) | Permalink

Coolest remote-control toy ever

http://www.putfile.com/media.php?n=HydroFoam

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 23, 2005 at 1:00 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

June 22, 2005

Learning Perl

I decided to lear Perl. I'm tired of staring at Perl scripts and wondering what they do. Larry Wall, the NASA rocket scientist that invented this cryptic language, should be carted off to Gitmo to have bamboo shoots driven under his fingernails. But, be that as it may, I've resigned myself to learn it. So far, I like this Perl tutorial. It's for beginners and that's what I'm after at this point. A simple introduction to a lanugage no sane person would use.

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Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 22, 2005 at 7:03 PM : Comments (6) | Permalink

Lost Boy Scout found in Utah wilderness

Recently, a young Boy Scout about 12 years old went missing in the mountains west of Utah. Brennan Hawkins was last seen struggling to remove his climbing gear near a climbing wall about 200 yards from the family's campsite.

Thousands of people searched day and night on horses, all-terrain vehicles, and helicopters with infared sensors. The boy was found after spending 4 days alone, lost in the wilderness. After downing bottles of water and eating all the granola bars carried by a group of volunteer searchers, the boy asked to play a video game on one rescuer's cell phone.

So, he's a whiz with a cell-phone video game, but not so good at walking 200 yards back to camp. Hmmmm. Well, obviously the kid was traumatized, and I'm glad that he lived through the ordeal. Darwin gave him a pass on this go-round. But he made some critical mistakes, and, as a Boy Scout, he should have known better. If you think you know what he did wrong, take this Peenie Wallie Survival Test.

Please make sure that you tell your young children that, if they get lost, sit down, calm down, and stay put. These are basic survival skills. Running around the woods in a panic is what gets people killed. I took a Wilderness Survival course from Papa Bear Whitmore in Colorado. Seeing this kid on the news, made me remember the stories Papa Bear told us about grown men, lost in the mountains, that panicked and died miserable deaths.

You won’t see anyone lamenting Brennan's mistakes on the news. They’re just a bunch of talking heads trying to entertain us. They don’t know what to do outdoors. They’re just glad he’s home, as am I. But Brennan made some critical mistakes. Someone needs to talk to his Boy Scout Troop Leader and ask him what he’s teaching these kids.

If you want to know what to do when you find yourself lost, follow this advice. If you want your kids to grow up, you might want to tell them also.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 22, 2005 at 4:54 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

June 21, 2005

San Francisco Unleashed

I was browsing through some of my old frames of San Francisco and decided I could cobble together yet another pointless video. I shot most of these in the fall of 2004, before I broke away from shooting homless people and graffiti. (Aren't you thrilled?) Although these are all new, unreleased images, they're unedited, and fairly rough. (But you get what you pay for, right?)

This slideshow is a 24 Meg self-playing executable named speed.exe created using Imagematics StillMotion PE Plus. The soundtrack is Speed of Sound by Cold Play. Click here to download the presentation. If you have an Apple, an iMac, or some other type of computer with training wheels, click here to download the Macromedia Flash version. Click here if you need help.


Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 21, 2005 at 10:16 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

The Straight Dope on Crooked Cops

Reason's Hit and Run is highlighting some well documented problems with the so-called "War on Drugs". Last month, Norm Stamper, the head of Seattle's Police Department for six years, published Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing. Alternet has this excerpt:

Almost all of the major police corruption scandals of the last several decades have had their roots in drug enforcement. We've seen robbery, extortion, drug dealing, drug stealing, drug use, false arrests, perjury, throw-down guns, and murder. And these are the good guys?

Yikes. Where's the money the IRS stole from me to fund this fraudulent war on drugs? I want it back!

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 21, 2005 at 6:56 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

So much for the Sixth Amendment

Well, it seems the ends justify the means and "due process" goes out the window in yet another "politically correct" miscarriage of justice and prosecutorial malfeasance. The judges seem to ignore the constitution in their mad haste to get their thumbprints into the wet cement of jurisprudence. The Sixth Amendment was added to the bill of rights to correct a problem with long delays between the crime and the trial. Namely, deterioration of evidence, witness tampering, selective recall, etc. But now, in a the new McArthyism era of political correctness, the constitution is shredded in a fervent attempt to try people for murders that occurred over 40 years ago. Putting an 80 year old man in a wheelchair in prison for the rest of his life for a crime he allegedly committed over 40 years ago is a grotesque miscarriage of justice. An extralegal theatre of the absurd.

I have no idea if this guy is guilty or not. I really don't care. It doesn't enter into it. If we have laws, we should follow them, or we should change them. So, the question I have is, should we repeal the Sixth Amendment, or is that an unnecessary formality? Maybe we should just ignore it like we ignore all of our rights when we go to the airport.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 21, 2005 at 12:01 PM : Comments (2) | Permalink

48 hours to kill the 'Broadcast Flag'

Hollywood's pet agency, the FCC, couldn't get the job done. Hollywood wanted the FCC to completely take over your computer, your Tivo, DishPlayer, Radio, MP3 player, DVD burner, basically everything in your house that requires electricity except for the toaster, so that it would be impossible to copy songs, movies, tv shows, radio broadcasts, or any other form of media they could think of. Unfortunately, even though the FCC is so deep in the pockets of the companies they're supposed to be regulating(a textbook case of "agency capture"), they couldn't get the job done because the Supreme Court handed the FCC their walking papers about a month ago, saying that, no matter how thoroughly in debt they felt to the interests they were supposed to be regulating, they had, in fact, overstepped their legal authority by a considerable margin.

Now, it's widely rumored that the Media Moguls are going to do an end run around the FCC and shove the "Broadcast Flag" into a massive appropriations piece of pork that's scheduled to be voted on in this Thursday (June 23rd), according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation(EFF). Fortunately, the EFF has an Action Alert where you can just fill in your name and address, and it will email your appropriate resentatives automatically. It's simple. Just put in your name and address, customize the email message (if you choose to), and hit submit. It automatically looks up your representatives based on your zip code and sends them your little nasty-gram. Do it now, or you won't be able to record shows on your Tivo or VCR any more. This is no joke. Big Brother is at the gate.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on June 21, 2005 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

June 20, 2005

Configuring Windows XP, IIS, MySQL, Perl(WIMP) with Movable Type