Factoid of the day...

I leave you with this for the weekend. Who know that the solution to violence in Israel was to give the Palestinians more room to blow themselves up?
"For the first time since the start of the intifada, more Palestinians have been killed in internal violence since the start of the year than those who have died in clashes with Israel, according to an official report published Thursday."


You have the right to....er, do you?

Not as exciting as my parents protesting back in the day....but hey, could I actually catch a raft of shit from the government for all the political crap on my site? That would be too funny. Apparently possible under that wonderful campaign-finance reform law passed a while back (thank you McCain...I almost thought you were the perfect politician ):

"But bloggers don't necessarily work for a campaign or a political party and thus should not fall under McCain-Feingold, right?

Don't be too sure. Bloggers often endorse candidates or parties in an election. Those endorsements are of value to the candidates and may end up being treated as a campaign contribution, subject to limits and disclosure. Bloggers may also contribute to a campaign by linking to a candidate's website or republishing a candidate's press release."

I'll have to make sure near the next election to put lots of "killbushkillbushkillbushkillbushkillbush" on the website. Oh wait. I just did. :)

Would you like fries with that subpoena?

Finally your over-controlling/protective government is trying to pass a bill for people to be responsible for their own lives, namely eating habits. Whodathunk?

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would block lawsuits by people who blame fast-food chains for their
The "cheeseburger bill," as it has been dubbed in Congress, stems from class-action litigation that accused McDonald's of causing obesity in children.
"As one judge put it, if a person knows or should know that eating copious orders of super-sized McDonald's products is unhealthy and could result in weight gain, it is not the place of the law to protect them from their own excesses..."

Waste not, want not?

Random link: Help find fluff in your gov't! List of all the departments and agencies....lets find ones we don't need:

  • "Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements" (er, textile companies can't agree on textile trade w/o these guys?)

  • "Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds" (yeah, like the ones in the White House?)

  • "Institute of Peace" (not working very well, apparently)
  • and finally, the "President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency"(clearly a wasted effort)


Paranoia of the day....

1.) Big Brother is watching you. EFF finally breaks the code in the "invisible dots" that come out of your office printer....so the bad, scary government can track all those emails you print. :)

2.) One of the best simple toys ever made: The Mind Molester (read a review). It beeps. That's it. Hide it, and people will go nuts trying to turn it off. I'm ordering at least 3, I think.


Glad we have 2 of them....

In the "who else can be pissed at us" department...The Guardian is reporting that the EU, obviously unimpressed with the US's refusal to relinguish control of the Internet, will be forming several comittees and forums to look at forcibly removing control of the Internet from the United States:

"Old allies in world politics, representatives from the UK and US sat just feet away from each other, but all looked straight ahead as Hendon explained the EU had decided to end the US government's unilateral control of the internet and put in place a new body that would now run this revolutionary communications medium. The issue of who should control the net had proved an extremely divisive issue, and for 11 days the world's governments traded blows. For the vast majority of people who use the internet, the only real concern is getting on it. But with the internet now essential to countries' basic infrastructure - Brazil relies on it for 90% of its tax collection - the question of who has control has become critical."

Quick, Al! Invent us another one! :)