Thursday, June 12, 2008

Speaking of cell phones and radiation

there's this...

Some Big Brother tech I could get behind

In theory, surveillance technology in public spaces is supposed to make us safer, but I'm still not a huge fan of CCTV on every corner. The Bush administration has proven how this kind of stuff can be abused. But this idea for tracking nuclear material passively through cell phones is really cool!

Researchers at Purdue University are working with the state of Indiana to develop a system that would use a network of cell phones to detect and track radiation to help prevent terrorist attacks with radiological "dirty bombs" and nuclear weapons.

Such a system could blanket the nation with millions of cell phones equipped with radiation sensors able to detect even light residues of radioactive material. Because cell phones already contain global positioning locators, the network of phones would serve as a tracking system, said physics professor Ephraim Fischbach.

Is home grown and hand sewn better?

In many ways, notably by the quote below, the writer of this post is a douchebag. But he makes a few somewhat sensible points about the locavore lifestyle.

"Deliciousness" is subjective. But one obvious point is that no one person can grow or produce all the things she would like to eat. As a kid who grew up on a small farm, I can tell you that after I had my fill of corn and asparagus and raspberries, all I really wanted was a Big Mac.

WTF? He could have picked a better burger. Big Macs suck. He could have made his point just as clearly by saying "cheeseburger," but in exposing his desire for one of the worst fast food inventions ever, he damn near discredits anything else he says.

Still, it's worth a read.


Obama Moves DNC Operations to Chicago

This bodes extremely well for the party, and speaks powerfully as an example of change. Any argument that Obama would not be capable of any sort of real change just got weaker.


The Supreme Court gives Bush a stunning SNAP! No, this is actually a bitch slap! Honestly, I am gob-smacked. I didn't think the court had it in them to actually stand up for our constitution. I must say, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of this Supreme Court. This is huge!

The justices, voting 5-4, said a 2006 law unconstitutionally stripped Guantanamo prisoners of the right to file so-called habeas corpus petitions. The majority, pointing to the six years that some detainees have spent in captivity, said a system of limited judicial review set up by Congress didn't adequately protect inmate rights.

"The costs of delay can no longer be borne by those who are held in custody,'' Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority. "The detainees in these cases are entitled to a prompt habeas corpus hearing.''

All said, I kind of fantasized that a future President would have declared Bush and Cheney enemy combatants and shipped them off-shore somewhere never to be heard from again. But I'll take a proactive stance on human rights even for our enemies over indulging fantasies of poetic justice wrought on the Bushies any day.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Tastes like chickenhawk

I gave $25 to get this on the air. So can you.

(h/t to Will)

Money Quote

Paul Rieckhoff from on the bullshit issues Congress wastes time on while "Rome is burning."

"It's like a pilot crashing a plane because he was too busy giving all the passengers their complimentary peanuts."

I'm voting Republican because...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


You know Republiscums have got to be worried when even a poll on a Fox News website has Obama ahead of McCain. Out of nearly 30,000 votes, more than 70% think Obama will be the next president.

Monday, June 9, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Rep. Dennis Kucinich introduces 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush

This is for real!

Call your representatives right now to show your support for Rep. Kucinich


This is long, but incredibly important. Please watch this video of the legendary journalist Bill Moyers addressing the National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis, June 7, 2008.

Money Quote

"We now know that a neo-conservative is an arsonist who sets the house on fire, and six years later boasts that no one could put it out."

Bill Moyers

Monday SNAP!

Here's what taking the country back looks like:

Watch as one of Bill O's douche bag thugs - Porter Barry - masquerading as a journalist tries to ambush Bill Moyers, but ends up first getting pwned by Bill Moyer's then reverse ambushed by other true journalists.

Porter looked like he was going to cry! It's awesome that the entire world will get to see - unedited - Faux News getting manhandled like little bitches.