May 28, 2004

Pets and People and Sex

i have this theory about people and their pets:

People who have big dogs have- or like to think they have- a sexually dominate streak.

People who have wimply little dogs have a submissive streak.

People who have active cats have a taste for S&M or prefer the rebellious submissive.

People who have cats that just sit on their laps and purr all day have an asexual streak. While they can be very sensual people, they are not very sexual.

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May 24, 2004

Boston T: Show us your papers

Boston Transit set to begin passenger ID stops ``MBTA transit police confirmed yesterday they will begin stopping passengers for identification checks at various T locations, apparently as part of new national rail security measures following the deadly terrorist train bombings in Spain.``

How soon until transit riders are required to carry biometric ID cards?

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May 18, 2004

Chickenhawks

Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey tells us about the Chickenhawk, er, I mean, a certain kind of Republican.

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May 17, 2004

Burningmanland: fun for the whole family

Burning Man strives to be more PG-13 to attract more spectators: "Larry Harvey discussed two major changes for Burning Man 2004. The first is that Burning Man (BM) is formally recognizing the families in our community through zoning efforts at Black Rock City, requesting gatekeepers at adult camps and educating participants about kids and families at BM. The second major change is that BM will reduce the number of motorized vehicles on the playa through stricter DMV guidelines, banning past offenders and encouraging more human powered transportation.``

Radical self-expression first turned to radical oppression when Larry Harvey allowed homophobic law enforcement to censor camp Jiffy Lube's sign.

Burning Man has been getting more and more mainstream as the organizers, who originally did it just for the love of the event. Now there are over 40 paid full-time staff, and Larry Harvey gets to travel the world promoting Burning Man.

Larry forgets that Burning Man would be NOTHING if not for all the artists and creators - the participants - who actually brought out and built the things that made Burning Man interesting.

Now it's turned into a big "spring break" style party, spectating is informally encouraged, and the event keeps getting toned down to attract a larger, more mainstream crowd.

How soon until Larry sells out to Clear Channel?

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May 13, 2004

Club Six six six

Why would Barcelona cllub-goers want to get RFID implants? ``Baja Beach Club will be the first and only club of the world that will introduce the new technologie of a chip implant under the skin of a human being. ``

The idea is that when you're too drunk to keep track of your credit card, you won't lose your implanted ID.

The company, Applied Digital Solutions, has begun a clinical study with the Ministry of Health of Italy and the Instituto Nazionale Lazzaro Spallanzani Hospital to use the VeriChip technology to store medical information on patients:

``The study is designed to observe the VeriMedô technology function during care provided to patients whose medical conditions impede conveying vital information to the hospitalís medical staff. Patients will be given the opportunity to utilize the VeriMed™ technology to provide their personal identification information and recent medical history.``

Let's hope that insurance companies don't soon start requiring such things in the future.

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May 12, 2004

If Gore would have won

"Back in 2000, a Republican friend of mine warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and he won, the stock market would tank, we'd lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally overstretched. You know what? I did vote for Al Gore, he did win, and I'll be damned if all those things didn't come true."

--James Carville, Democratic strategist

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May 06, 2004

Why the US is losing its scientific dominance

Interesting comment on Slashdot in reference to the US Losing its Scientific Dominance: ``As I write this, I see an ad on TV advertising for ITT Technical Institute saying how they will change your life, and saying how a career in IT will get you the hot babes and the cool cars. Is that why you want to do science? I wanted to do science because I loved science. I wanted to do science because since childhood, I enjoyed doing it. I did not do it because I wanted the cool cars or the hot babes (although, I did know that I will have a better salary than most and that did help a little).``

He goes on to talk about academia and intellectualism and how Americans are more interested in their sports and entertainment stars than their scientists.

I think that the anti-intellectualism he speaks of came about as an artifact of anti-elitism. This has also given many an excuse to not use their minds as much as they could.

Add to the fact that America has gotten lazy in the last 30-40 years, Americans have a good reason to not make the effort to learn more - they don't want to be like those elite intellectual types.

And lets face it, many of those very intellectual folks can also lack common sense. I wouldn't trade my common sense for a great intellect in quantum physics. I think you need intellect and common sense or street smarts to be a well rounded individual.

I'm not saying that scientific knowledge is unimportant at all, but rather that scientific knowledge without a clue of how to use that knowledge to improve society isn't very useful.

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May 02, 2004

The expanding police state

Cross posted from another list:

From: Jim Warren

Have you noticed how the constitution-bending powers granted for administration surveillance of citizens, and to law enforcement, by the so-called "Patriot Act" were justified as essential to "fight terrorism" ... but quickly perverted for use against numerous other crimes, large and tiny, that have nothing to do with "terrorism"?

And remember how the excessive enforcement and prosecution powers of the RICO law -- Racketeer-Influenced Corrupt Organizations -- were justified to "fight organized crime" ... but was quickly applied to numerous other crimes, large and small, that had nothing-at-all to do with organized crime? (E.g., two teens allegedly conspiring to rob a liquor store suddenly becomes a RICO case!)

And we've all seen how the trial-less, guilt-less forfeiture powers that began as "necessary" to fight vile drug lords ... are now routinely used to take homes, land, vehicles, computers and even candy and pre-recorded labeled music tapes, from everyone from alleged -- but unarrested, unchanged, untried, unconvicted -- teenage computer crackers, to guys who pay for sex in the back seat of their quickly-forfeited cars.

Well ... here's what appears to be yet-another one of those massively over-reaching "law'n'order" proposals to give evermore excessive powers to law enforcement, with massive penalties, complete with an ill-defined and ambiguous definition of a "gang" and "gang membership".

If you're a member of ANY organization that ANY enforcer -- liberal or conservative -- might target (cannabis advocates, survivalists, environmental "extremists", gun-rights advocates, etc.) or if you are even merely friends with or hang out with some folks who might be in such a group ... YOU can be next!

Guit (and imprisonment!) by association.

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