Friday, September 30, 2005

Lynndie England blames lover for abuse photos - Yahoo! News: "She said that early in their relationship, Graner would sometimes blare bluegrass music from his room, apparently knowing that sounds of the fiddle and the banjo might lure the Kentucky-born England from down the hall. 'He would change certain little things and he'd pick up certain little things that I liked just to lure me in more,' she said."

Gets 'em every time!

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Leadership Failure: Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division"[At FOB Mercury] they said that they had pictures that were similar to what happened at Abu Ghraib, and because they were so similar to what happened at Abu Ghraib, the soldiers destroyed the pictures. They burned them. The exact quote was, 'They [the soldiers at Abu Ghraib] were getting in trouble for the same things we were told to do, so we destroyed the pictures.''

This has got to be stopped. And I guess it is just an amazing coincidence that The White House counsel writes a memo outlining what is considered torture and our Army proceeds to institutionalize it. Oh that's right, it was all Lyndie England's fault.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Pharyngula::Singularly Silly Singularity
...Or "Future Shock Redux". I think Kurzweil has some pretty interesting ideas, but he falls in love with them too easily. If his premise was correct, why don't we have all those jetpacks we were all promised back in 1965? In 1972 the average automobile fuel economy was something close to 30mpg. Today, 33 years later? About the same. Yes, we have super computers of yesteryear available in handhelds today and what do we use it for? Phones and games. Progress! We may someday build artificially intelligent robots and have them play solitaire for us and answer our phones. Some singularity that will be.
This should really be filed under the "dog bites man" section. But what really ticks me off is that these people always rail about the demise of their "profession" WHEN THEY RETIRE! Why don't they take a stand when it could actually matter, when someone might be actually listening like oh I don't know ON YOUR NEWSCAST? And you know all that talk about reporters finally getting a backbone? That was very short-lived. Once they got out of NOLA and back to their comfortable homes that went away QUICK. On to the next "story"!

Friday, September 16, 2005

The New York Review of Books: The Body Hunters: "Yet the story is based on the premise that a pharmaceutical company would be so threatened by disclosures of its activities that it would have someone killed. That is what is fantasy. In fact, many of the practices that so horrified le Carre's heroine are fairly standard and generally well known and accepted. They seldom provoke outrage, let alone murder. A company like KDH would not kill someone like Tessa even if it were willing to do so; it wouldn't have to. Her concerns would have seemed isolated and futile, and the companies would hardly have taken notice of them."

And this is what is so frustrating today. It just seems like 20 years ago or so if a journalist could find someone to blow the whistle and tell the truth he could almost bring down a government. Today, not so much. We have whistleblower after whistleblower on every issue under the sun from the Iraq War to Pentagon corruption to the travesty of Katrina to all sorts of corporate scandals one seemingly more unbelievable than the next. All the evidence is there. All the evidence has been published in mainstream newspapers, magazines you name it.

And no one seems to give a shit.

Roberts will be appointed without even a QUESTION about his failure to recuse himself from the Salim Ahmed Hamdan case. Rove is still employed by the White House and his outing of Valerie Plame is forgotten. Bolton is destroying the UN and wreaking havoc with our allies and no one does a thing. Billions are going unaccounted for in Iraq and also in the USA thanks to the Pentagon's refusal to use basic accounting principles and nobody forcing them to do so. Drug companies and oil companies continue to gouge the system without recourse.

And who are you going to turn to for help? The Democrats? Please. They are in this up to their eyeballs. Forget them. There is no one. Do you ever talk to your fellow citizens on the plane or bus or at the ballgame? It is frightening. It's like listening to Bill O'Reilly. No, this is all over.

Friday, September 02, 2005

onegoodmove: Incompetence
Finally, FINALLY, the MSM gets a backbone. Also see this.