Representation Through Humiliation


How low can you go ...

Poll: Disapproval of Bush at high point

The number of Americans disapproving of President Bush's job performance has risen to the highest level of his presidency, according to the CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday.

And this comes as a shock to no one.


And personal responsibility falls where??

File-sharing services could be liable for theft, high court rules

In a major victory for the entertainment industry, the Supreme Court this morning ruled that file-sharing companies could be held liable when people use their products to download copyrighted movies and music from the Internet.

And where does personal responsibility fall into the equation?? At some point people need to be held responsible for their own actions.

I think today's ruling could just create a mess. And will it really solve anything?


Downing Street Memo ...

Big Brass Alliance

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And the next move is ??

Congressmen probe Iraq war memo

A group of US congressmen has held an informal hearing into a memo that suggests President George Bush decided on the Iraq war months in advance.

Come on ... we all know he decided this long ago ... so what's next ... what can be done?? Anyone?? Or are we just screwed??


HA! to the lame duck ...

House Votes to Limit Patriot Act Rules

In a slap at President Bush, lawmakers voted Wednesday to block the Justice Department and the FBI from using the Patriot Act to peek at library records and bookstore sales slips.

And a slap at anything he does is always a good thing!


International Weblogger's Day

HaInternational Weblogger's Day. ppned to check my calendar and noticed it was International Weblogger's Day. Sure it's a mouthful, but it looks vaguely interesting.

Check it out I suppose.


Epic 2015

If you haven't watched this yet, you really should. It's an amazing picture of the technology the future could yield and surprisingly enough, you'll find it's all very feasible. Anyhoo, cool stuff, check it out. [via Albino]



Getting ready for a streneous (and stressful) series of events about to take place so I almost definitely won't be blogging for a about a week or two. Sorry, but real life takes precedence sometimes.


Fisk Me: Don't Know 'bout Guantanamo

'Don't know for sure' about Guantanamo: Amnesty USA
By Lori Santos

Despite highly publicized charges of U.S. mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo,
the head of the Amnesty International USA said on Sunday the group
doesn't "know for sure" that the military is running a

Curious... Go on.

Executive Director
William Schulz said Amnesty, often cited worldwide for documenting
human rights abuses, also did not know whether Secretary Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved severe torture methods such as
beatings and starvation.

You want to find someone who
actually knows something?
Y'know to contribute to the story or something crazy like that?
No? OK...

Schulz recently
dubbed Rumsfeld an "apparent high-level architect of torture" in
asserting he approved interrogation methods that violated
international law.

Lemme get this straight: The man
recently called Rumsfeld a "high-level architect of torture" yet you
lead off with "beats me?" What's the bigger story?

"It would be
fascinating to find out. I have no idea," Schulz told "Fox News

It would be just so "fascinating" if
you could give me something besides "I dunno."

A dispute has raged
since Amnesty last month compared the prison for foreign terrorism
suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the vast,
brutal Soviet gulag system of forced labor camps in which millions of
prisoners died.

The organization compared a military
base to a Soviet work camp? But they still "don't know" anything?

A leading Democratic U.S. senator on Sunday repeated his call for a
full investigation and said the detention center should be

"The end result is,
I think we should end up shutting it down, moving those prisoners.
Those that we have reason to keep, keep. And those we don't, let go,"
Sen. Joseph Biden of Delware told ABC's "This Week."

So do we know something yet,

There have been a
number of accusations of American mistreatment of the detainees and of
the Koran, the Islamic holy book, at the base.

Now we're getting somewhere...

The U.S. military on
Friday released details about five cases top officials said were among
only 10 reported over the course of more than 28,000 prisoner

And we all know how good the
U.S. military is about reporting prisoner abuse.

Schulz said, "We
don't know for sure what all is happening at Guantanamo and our whole
point is that the United States ought to allow independent human
rights organizations to investigate."

"We really don't know anything
for sure... Maybe/Maybe not... It would be fascinating to find out..."
Get these people off their talking points!

He also said he had
"absolutely no idea" whether the International Red Cross had been
given access to all prisoners and said the group feared others were
being held at secret facilities or locations.

Does anyone know anything!?
Nevermind... don't answer that.

President Bush, Vice President
Dick Cheney and, most recently, Rumsfeld have repudiated the Amnesty

The United States
holds about 520 men at Guantanamo, where they are denied rights
accorded under international law to prisoners of war. Many have been
held without charge for more than three years.

And yet no one wants to go on
record saying this is ga bad thing?

Schulz noted that it
was Amnesty's headquarters in London that issued the annual report on
global human rights, which said Guantanamo Bay "has become the gulag
of our times."

But they don't know for sure...

Asked about the
comparison, Schulz said, "Clearly this is not an exact or a literal

But it is one that you made!
Back it up!

"... But there are
some similarities. The United States is maintaining an archipelago of
prisons around the world, many of them secret prisons into which
people are being literally disappeared ... And in some cases, at
least, we know that they are being mistreated, abused, tortured and
even killed."

So you wanna denounce this or

"And whether the
Americans like it or not, it does reflect how the more than 2 million
Amnesty members in a hundred countries around the world and indeed the
vast majority of those countries feel about the United States'
detention policy," he said.

How do you feel? Say something
of revelence!

Biden added: "More Americans are
in jeopardy as a consequence of the perception that exists worldwide
with its existence than if there were no (Guantanamo)."

On the whole, Lori Santos did a
mediocre job of covering this story. She didn't get anyone off of
their talking points and seeing as Mr. Schulz's talking point was
"Torture is bad but I know nothing." that is an extremely bad thing.
So minus ten points for that.

However, bonus points for making Amnesty International USA look
like a joke in the proccess. Coming away from this article I would
assume they're a bunch of jokers who put on a good face like they want
to prevent tortue but when asked to give a solid quote, don't know

She could've presented some of the facts as to the evidence of prison
abuse and torture to make Amnesty look like an even bigger fool and
the adminstration to look like an even bigger ass, but she chose not
to. So I'm going to have to dock her a few points for that...

After all is said and done, this article was a 4 out of 10. Better luck next time,

(Cross posted at BNN)


Kiss Up & Criticize... Sisterhood of Traveling Pants

* * * 1/2 (out of 5)

Went to see this obvious chick flick with some chums last night. During the course of the movie, realized that it was actually a pretty decent picture!

The basic premise is that a group of lifelong friends are about to go their different ways for one summer. They find a "magic" pair of jeans that as by miracle, fit them all, and form a "sisterhood" in which they will send the jpants back and forth to one another all summer. It's a lame concept, I agree, but nonetheless well carried out. Pretty emotional movie if you're the emotional type, I suppose, as there was scattered sniffling during some scenes in the theatre we were at. Not Kleenex-worthy anyway, but very sad in parts.

Funny in parts as well, but lets face it: It's a complete chick flick and not even a great date movie. Alas...

(Cross posted at BNN)


Leave Me Threadless

Threadless- a perpetual t-shirt design contestwhere the winners get printed. Some great designs at great prices! And I'm only saying this because I love them!

Sorry about the lack of posting today. Busy busy busy...


Roundup: The 'California is the Next Florida' Edition

-Mudslides plague California neighborhood, Florida gets to kick back and relax for a few more weeks. -CBC

-Dutch Gov't: "No thanks." -laT

-IPDI doesn't really care for bloggers. Then again, bloggers don't really care for IPDI. We're even. -dKos

-spelling Bee champ feeling "pure happiness." Greater Washington D.C. area feeling "pure relief" that the geeks are finally leaving. -ABC

-North Korea just realizing Cheny is "a bloodthirsty beast." -Reuters
In response to his blatant vampiric tendencies, called six-party talks off. -CSMonitor


All Things Awesome

James K. Wong is a genius. Check out his must see gallery where he displays retro sci-fi pop art. (via Screenhead)

The Gyroid, one example from a gallery very cool physical math models (via BoingBoing)