Say It aint so

•June 17th, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Sammy Sosa

I wanted to believe Sosa when he said he wasn’t a cheater, but I am not surprised to find out he was. Makes you wonder whos next to be outed as a fraud. I just really hope for the sake of baseball its not Ripken, Griffey or Jeter.

Person to Person

•May 26th, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Prop 8

I have found it rather difficult to accurately describe how I feel about California’s Proposition 8. Fortunately, this article does it for me.

On a small side note I have decided that tags and categories are a total pain, so I wont be using them anymore.

Freedom of Choice

•April 24th, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I Hate My ISP

This is a good business decision but I rather doubt it will be mirrored in the US. While undoubtedly a clever move, there is so little competition among ISPs on the local level that they have very little incentive to actually please their customers. As far as high speed internet is concerned people rarely have more choices than 1 DSL and 1 cable company and quite often not even that. This lack of competition is only compounded by the fact that many US ISPs are also record and film companies.

Township Rebellion

•January 8th, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Pirates not so bad after all

According to this pirates are not the bad guys.

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Pirates have never been quite who we think they are. In the “golden age of piracy” – from 1650 to 1730 – the idea of the pirate as the senseless, savage thief that lingers today was created by the British government in a great propaganda-heave. Many ordinary people believed it was false: pirates were often rescued from the gallows by supportive crowds.

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They mutinied against their tyrannical captains – and created a different way of working on the seas. Once they had a ship, the pirates elected their captains, and made all their decisions collectively. They shared their bounty out in what Rediker calls “one of the most egalitarian plans for the disposition of resources to be found anywhere in the eighteenth century.” They even took in escaped African slaves and lived with them as equals. The pirates showed “quite clearly – and subversively – that ships did not have to be run in the brutal and oppressive ways of the merchant service and the Royal navy.” This is why they were popular, despite being unproductive thieves.

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In 1991, the government of Somalia – in the Horn of Africa – collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and many of the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country’s food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy to Somalia, tells me: “Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead, and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury – you name it.” Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to “dispose” of cheaply. When I asked Ould-Abdallah what European governments were doing about it, he said with a sigh: “Nothing. There has been no clean-up, no compensation, and no prevention.”

At the same time, other European ships have been looting Somalia’s seas of their greatest resource: seafood. We have destroyed our own fish-stocks by over-exploitation – and now we have moved on to theirs. More than $300m worth of tuna, shrimp, lobster and other sea-life is being stolen every year by vast trawlers illegally sailing into Somalia’s unprotected seas. The local fishermen have suddenly lost their livelihoods, and they are starving. Mohammed Hussein, a fisherman in the town of Marka 100km south of Mogadishu, told Reuters: “If nothing is done, there soon won’t be much fish left in our coastal waters.”

This is the context in which the men we are calling “pirates” have emerged. Everyone agrees they were ordinary Somalian fishermen who at first took speedboats to try to dissuade the dumpers and trawlers, or at least wage a ‘tax’ on them. They call themselves the Volunteer Coastguard of Somalia – and it’s not hard to see why.

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The independent Somalian news-site WardherNews conducted the best research we have into what ordinary Somalis are thinking – and it found 70 percent “strongly supported the piracy as a form of national defence of the country’s territorial waters.” During the revolutionary war in America, George Washington and America’s founding fathers paid pirates to protect America’s territorial waters, because they had no navy or coastguard of their own.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/johann-hari/you-are-being-lied-to-abo_b_155147.html

Fuck tha Police

•December 26th, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Police Assault 12 Year Old Girl

The attack of Rodney King wasn’t a millionth as fucked up as this police brutality.

It was a little before 8 at night when the breaker went out at Emily Milburn’s home in Galveston. She was busy preparing her children for school the next day, so she asked her 12-year-old daughter, Dymond, to pop outside and turn the switch back on.

As Dymond headed toward the breaker, a blue van drove up and three men jumped out rushing toward her. One of them grabbed her saying, “You’re a prostitute. You’re coming with me.”

Dymond grabbed onto a tree and started screaming, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” One of the men covered her mouth. Two of the men beat her about the face and throat.

As it turned out, the three men were plain-clothed Galveston police officers who had been called to the area regarding three white prostitutes soliciting a white man and a black drug dealer.

All this is according to a lawsuit filed in Galveston federal court by Milburn against the officers. The lawsuit alleges that the officers thought Dymond, an African-American, was a hooker due to the “tight shorts” she was wearing, despite not fitting the racial description of any of the female suspects. The police went to the wrong house, two blocks away from the area of the reported illegal activity, Milburn’s attorney, Anthony Griffin, tells Hair Balls.

After the incident, Dymond was hospitalized and suffered black eyes as well as throat and ear drum injuries.

Three weeks later, according to the lawsuit, police went to Dymond’s school, where she was an honor student, and arrested her for assaulting a public servant. Griffin says the allegations stem from when Dymond fought back against the three men who were trying to take her from her home. The case went to trial, but the judge declared it a mistrial on the first day, says Griffin. The new trial is set for February.

“I think we’ll be okay,” says Griffin. “I don’t think a jury will find a 12-year-old girl guilty who’s just sitting outside her house. Any 12-year-old attacked by three men and told that she’s a prostitute is going to scream and yell for Daddy and hit back and do whatever she can. She’s scared to death.”

Since the incident more than two years ago, Dymond regularly suffers nightmares in which police officers are raping and beating her and cutting off her fingers, according to the lawsuit.
Griffin says he expects to enter mediation with the officers in early 2009 to resolve the lawsuit.

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2008/12/galveston_false_arrest.php

Settle for Nothing

•December 14th, 2008 • 1 Comment

The Big Three Bailout

You wouldn't buy our shitty cars. So well be taking your money anyway.

Pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?

Any Colour You Like

•December 6th, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Kidzui Broken

While browsing firefox addons I saw this.  I was curious about how it worked so I tried it.  It works off of whitelisting domains but it allows those domains to load content from any site, this makes Kidzui very easy to bypass with XSS. In fact it took me less than 5 minutes to find a exploitable page on the default white list. With a little bit of iframes I was able to load any site.

 
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