Posted by pjsauter on June 26, 2013
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I’m not a lawyer or a legal scholar or anything, but I must say that I’m kind of stunned by yesterday’s evisceration of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. Not that they did it – that was to be expected by these five right wing zealots – but the way the ruling was justified.
Posted by pjsauter on June 25, 2013
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So the big question is: where is Edward Snowden? My personal hope is that he pops up suddenly in Iceland or Ecuador, having escaped the US and media manhunts. As long as he doesn’t wind up “renditioned” or disappeared by the CIA and/or NSA (I think they’d prefer a show trial, though I guess if they just made him go away they could drag out all sorts of false information on him). What saddens me is the reaction to him by many so-called progressives. You know damn well that if this was Preznit Bush, they’d be calling for his impeachment, but as it is they’re turning their bile and vitriol on Snowden. Is it just a matter of “when my team does it, it’s OK?” I don’t get it, personally. While I’m not surprised by all of this (and all that we have yet to head about), I still find it appalling. I mean, there’s hypocrisy on the other side too – the rightwing nut jobs have suddenly discovered their affinity to the right to privacy – but I expect it from them.
Posted by pjsauter on June 20, 2013
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It’s amazing how shocked and saddened you can be when somebody you don’t actually know and have never met dies. I was really bummed when Jerry Garcia died back in 1995 (a lot of that was probably due to the fact that he died shortly before the first anniversary of my dad’s death). And the news yesterday bummed me out quite a bit, too. No, not Slim Whitman (no offense to Slim but he was 90 and I was more surprised to hear that he was still alive than to hear that he’d died), of course, but James Gandolfini (by far the best thing to ever come out of Rutgers).
Posted by pjsauter on June 17, 2013
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When it wasn’t raining yesterday, my allergies were driving me nuts (OK, nuts-er), so I spent most of the day inside reading, and then watching some British TV on Netflix. On show I was watching is called “Waking the Dead,” which is kind of a cold case, forensics sort of show. One person was lamenting the amount of crap she was having to go through and analyze, including hundreds of smoked cigarettes, or, as she put it, “a bag full of stinky fag butts.” :rofl2: OK, I know that’s kind of a childish thing to laugh at, but I can’t help it; I thought it was pretty funny. I’m tempted to incorporate it into an e-mail signature, but people might take it the wrong way.
Posted by pjsauter on June 12, 2013
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It’s a big day here at work, as we are implementing a hardware and software upgrade. It’s fairly involved, so I got here before 6:30 (I actually started working on it before 4:00), and, as today is my late day, I won’t be out of here until five o’clock. If I’m lucky, it’ll be a long, boring, day. If not, it’s going to be a nightmare of a day filled with nothing but problems. Either way, it’s gonna be a long day. Even worse, this is the day of the week where we’re supposed to get sunshine and no rain. Very unusual lately (Sunday was nice – other than that, it’s been chilly and rainy pretty much every day. I better remember to lower the pool water when I get home.
Posted by pjsauter on June 8, 2013
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I’m kind of disgusted with the overall apathy to the fact that we now know the government has direct access to our e-mail, Internet history, credit card purchases, phone records – basically everything we do and everywhere we are on and off line. I know we all suspected this was the case, but I’m pretty disappointed by the lack of outrage on the part of most people (and the media, who get their panties in a bunch when they’re the ones targeted, but don’t seem to care all that much that the rest of us are having our fourth amendment rights violated). You’ve heard stories of how hard it can be to straighten out an error on your credit report – imagine how hard it’ll be to refute an erroneous claim in your NSA file when you’ll never be allowed to see the file in the first place. Your first inkling that something is amiss will come when you’re suddenly on the no-fly list, or maybe when they’re hauling you off to Guantanamo (oh, that’s right, I forgot, Obama’s gonna close that, so maybe it’ll be when you’re renditioned to Yemen or maybe just wake up dead some day). But, hey, maybe I just worry too much.
Posted by pjsauter on June 7, 2013
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It comes as no surprise, I guess – just confirmation. More news about warrantless spying on us, as The Guardian now leaks what appears to be a training PowerPoint slideshow for an NSA program called “PRISM”. PRISM apparently gives the NSA direct access to the servers of Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, PalTalk (whatever the hell that is), YouTube, Skype, AOL, and Apple. And the program is ever expanding. Read more
Posted by pjsauter on June 6, 2013
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As you have no doubt heard already, Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian UK has gotten hold of a FISA court order at the request of the FBI that requires Verizon to turn over transactional information on ALL the phone calls within its systems to the NSA. Read more
Posted by pjsauter on June 5, 2013
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Sounds like there’s big trouble a-brewing for Major League Baseball (according to ESPN, anyway, which isn’t always the most reliable source). Supposedly, they’re getting ready to suspend some 20 players foe using banned, performance-enhancing substances. I find it difficult to care, personally, and I figure if people want to shoot up with whatever, well, what do I care? Oh, but what about the children, right? And I guess if it’s against the rules, then it’s against the rules (the rules being those things that you’re allowed to ignore as long as you don’t get caught). But mostly I don’t care.
Posted by pjsauter on June 2, 2013
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It’s a big weekend here in my little town, with the 2013 Olde Home Days ushering in the official start to summer, which has been going on annually since, well, since they spelled old with an “e” I guess. Yesterday was the parade and fireworks, and today of course is the big duck race (for five bucks you get a yellow plastic ducky to toss into Nine Mile Creek – which is actually about 25 miles long – and if your duck comes in first, you win). For me, this means I try not to go near the village until all this is over – too much traffic and too many tourists milling about the streets, getting in the way.