There is Bad News, and There is Good News


The Bad news is that Pete Hoekstra is running for Senate.  The Good News?  Pete Hoekstra is running for Senate. The Hoax is a complete nut.  Has been for years.  Doesn’t mean he won’t get votes.  There are enough lunatics in America to make anyone who rants like a schizoid ass clown at least 40% of the vote.

Why do I say he’s a complete nut?  He’s the guy who, despite being ranking member on the select committee on Intelligence in 2006, said there were WMD found in Iraq, despite the fact that the Pentagon said that he was in fact incorrect.  I think The Pentagon would know a little more than the Hoax about that, they having tens of thousands of boots on the ground over there at the time.

He also had a website out at one point that contained detailed information that could have helped create a nuclear weapon.

I thought we the American people had come across a tremendous stroke of luck when he retired from the house of representatives at the end of the last congress.  I was wrong.

Dammit.

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The more we learn about the world, and the deeper our learning, the more conscious, specific, and articulate will be our knowledge of what we do not know, our knowledge of our ignorance. For this, indeed, is the main source of our ignorance — the fact that our knowledge can be only finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.

Karl Popper, Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

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The bad news is that observers in Syria are seemingly not doing their Job.  The good news is that we know they are not doing it, and with any luck we can do something about it.

The head observer there in the city of Homs, who says nothing is happened there (despite 39 dead in that city the day he said that) is a Sudanese general  by the name of Mohammad Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi.  This man was the head of, and from what I can tell the founder of the Janjaweed, the strong arm Sudanese nationalists who were at least in part responsible for the massive human rights violation that was the massive violence in Darfur.  The Janjaweed would wait until the PDF(Popular Defense Forces, a government militia) disarmed citizens, and then walk into a village, and attack and pillage.

Thousands died.

Just the guy you want to watch and report on human rights violations.  Things in Syria are a hairy mess to begin with, adding al-Dabi to the equation is just pours salt into the wound that is the government of Syria oppressing it’s people.

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Viddy of the day:  Wikipedia leaves GoDaddy over Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

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The bad news is that Sopa is still out there.  The good news is that opposition is strong.  For those who don’t know what SOPA is, shame on you.  The government is trying to steal your freedom in the name of protecting corporations from piracy. It is meant to stop piracy but it will, because of the vagueness of the language in the bill, restrict non-infringing content, without due process.

And the pirates will still be able to operate.

How?  The bill does not block numeric IP addresses, which means if a site you like, for whatever reason, like flickr for example, gets the shaft, and you know it’s IP Address, you can get around any government block and view content their without any issues.  And reddit users are putting together an emergency IP address list, just in case the government gets stupid and passes this bullshit.

There are a great many more problems with this legislation.  A great many.  More on this as time and space permits.

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Pic of the day:  Truth by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

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That’s it from here, America.  G’night.

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