Yes!! My Police State Idea is Taking Hold

FBI posts fake hyperlinks to snare child porn suspects | The Iconoclast – politics, law, and technology – CNET

Undercover FBI agents used this hyperlink-enticement technique, which directed Internet users to a clandestine government server, to stage armed raids of homes in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada last year. The supposed video files actually were gibberish and contained no illegal images.

A CNET review of legal documents shows that courts have approved of this technique, even though it raises questions about entrapment, the problems of identifying who’s using an open wireless connection–and whether anyone who clicks on a FBI link that contains no child pornography should be automatically subject to a dawn raid by federal police.

Roderick Vosburgh, a doctoral student at Temple University who also taught history at La Salle University, was raided at home in February 2007 after he allegedly clicked on the FBI’s hyperlink. Federal agents knocked on the door around 7 a.m., falsely claiming they wanted to talk to Vosburgh about his car. Once he opened the door, they threw him to the ground outside his house and handcuffed him.

Roughly 85% of people “selling” child porn on the Net are feds.  Same with most of those horny teens chatting it up online.  Feds or Chris Hansen.

Obama is Hate-Filled Muslim (or Something)

Beyond America’s Original Sin – New York Times

Honesty feels heady right now. For seven years, we have lived with the arid, us-against-them formulas of Bush’s menial mind, with the result that the nuanced exploration of America’s hardest subject is almost giddying. Can it be that a human being, like Wright, or like Obama’s grandmother, is actually inhabited by ambiguities? Can an inquiring mind actually explore the half-shades of truth?

Yes. It. Can.

The unimaginable South African transition that Nelson Mandela made possible is a reminder that leadership matters. Words matter. The clamoring now in the United States for a presidency that uplifts rather than demeans is a reflection of the intellectual desert of the Bush years.

Hillary Clinton said in January that: “You campaign in poetry, but you govern in prose.” Wrong. America’s had its fill of the prosaic.

The unthinkable can come to pass. When I was a teenager, my relatives advised me to enjoy the swimming pools of Johannesburg because “next year they will be red with blood.”

But the inevitable bloodbath never came. Mandela walked out of prison and sought reconciliation, not revenge. Later Mandela would say: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Barack would have made an excellent target for poaching.  Oh wait, he still is.

Let Your Mad Light Shine

Shining a light on fluorescent bulbs – Environment-

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, long touted by environmentalists as a more efficient and longer-lasting alternative to the incandescent bulbs that have lighted homes for more than a century, are running into resistance from waste industry officials and some environmental scientists, who warn that the bulbs’ poisonous innards pose a bigger threat to health and the environment than previously thought.

Quicksilver made for some of the most entertaining madmen ever. Given these and all the drugs in the water, things should get real interesting in my adopted homeland in a generation or so.

People Who Believe In Me Are Happiest of ALL

‘Believers are happier than atheists’ – Telegraph

People who believe in God are happier than agnostics or atheists, researchers claimed yesterday.

A report found that religious people were better able to cope with disappointments such as unemployment or divorce than non-believers.

Moreover, they become even happier the more they pray and go to church, claims the study by Prof Andrew Clark and Dr Orsolya Lelkes.

Say it with me now….Robot Pirate Ninja is the Flying Spagetti Monster’s representative on Earth.

Now repeat it 1,000 times, thinking of strippers and beer.

I Farted

Molecular Basis of Life Discovered on Extrasolar Planet

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have for the first time found the telltale signature of methane, an organic molecule, in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system.

Methane is one of the chemicals of life, an organic compound in the class of molecules containing carbon. However, no life is likely to exist on the large, gaseous planet known as HD 189733b. Its daily temperatures can reach 1,340 degrees Fahrenheit.

The heat doesn’t even really start to get to me until the temp hits the 2,000 mark.   And yes, the beans were excellent.

Monks Getting Funky In the Mountains

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | China’s quandary over Tibet’s future

It is still unclear what impact the crisis in Tibet will have on the prospect of talks between the Dalai Lama and China’s leaders.

What is clear, though, is that the options are changing. Many Tibetans are deeply frustrated. After decades of waiting, they see little sign of progress.

I love now the monks are planning on using the Olympics to piss off the Chinese.  Anything that pisses off the Chinese is good, although the Chinese do make excellent pirates.