Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn

Horrifics in Iraq

Read this.Ignore the comparisons to Israel -- they're irrelevant, there are plenty ofother countries that treat minorities badly, and it's not really thatanalogous anyhow. According to that report, the U.S. military is now doingthings that would make even conservatives a bit antsy...

"American soldiers have begun wrapping entire villages in barbed wire.""In Abu Hishma, encased in a razor-wire fence after repeated attackson American troops, Iraqi civilians line up to go in and out, filingthrough an American-guarded checkpoint, each carrying an identificationcard printed in English only."

That's wonderful. I'm sure they really appreciate the freedom Americansbrought them. I can sympathize with them -- if a foreign power came into the states and deposed BushJr, I'd be quite pleased, but once itstarted doing this kind of crap, I'd do everything I could to get themout. They talk about Arabs only understanding force in the article..That's not Arabs, that's humans. If you beat someone enough, they'lleither die or have their spirit broken, like a horse. Is that the intent?Will Iraq be a prison-state, with American actions escalating until all thepeople there have a prison mentality?

"They have begun imprisoning the relatives of suspected guerrillas, inhopes of pressuring the insurgents to turn themselves in."

This is incredibly repugnant. It's the most disgusting thing in the article,to me, and if I were in a state to do so, the thing that would push me tofund opposition to U.S. forces.

"'With a heavy dose of fear and violence, and a lot of money for projects,I think we can convince these people that we are here to help them,'Colonel Sassaman said."

Wonderful quote. It might go in my rotating sig when I implement it.

According to another report from Time magazine, an American company wasawarded $15mil to develop a cement factory, and when that was delayed,some Iraqis developed it for $80k instead. How sad for that Americancompany.. *sniff* *sniff*

Apparently Rumsfeld recently made a surprise trip to Iraq.I wish they would keep him.

I want to see BushJr (pbuh) in jail for the rest of his life.

Looks like Castro is paying attention to the American plansfor an invasion after his death.

Recently I was reading in Science News about an Animal doesn't need to eatbecause of a symbiotic relationship with bacteria living in its gut. That'sreally interesting -- it's probably not possible to engineer the same thingfor humans (we don't take in enough materials from the air to get the kindof power we'd need, and we're more active), but it would be cool..

Here's an article on some very geek humour. A sample:Heisenberg is pulled over for speeding:"Do you know how fast you were going?" the police officer asks, incredulously."No," replies Heisenberg, "but I know exactly where I am!"

I find it irritating that Al Jazeera feels it's necessary to report wheneveran Israeli gets arrested for something. Recently, they had an uninterestingarticle about Israelis in an organ trafficing ring in South Africa, and it'sjust another in a long series of them taking care to point out things likethat. Of course there are some Israeli criminals. There are criminals ofevery race and shape.. Oh well.

Lawrence Lessig has a response to SCO's latest publication..And reading over it, I can't help thinking that SCO actually has a point.I despise the patent/copyright system and would do away with it... that beingsaid, SCO's argument that the GPL intentionally flaunts it seems to be on-track.While it may be true that the GPL does operate within the bounds of copyright,and indeed needs it to function, its stated goal, and elegance, has always beenthat it twists the system against itself. The idea of promoting innovation thatmust've been present when these things were being set up were intending peopleto hoard and profit from their ideas, making money off of them. It's doubtfulthat constructing systems that would mimic commercial products, doing a betterjob than they do, and would offer people the chance to get involved if theygive up their ability to hoard was on their minds at all. Then again, the systemhas changed quite a bit in other ways, as hoarding is profitable, and profitsdrive politics. I'm not saying SCO deserves to win (quite the opposite!),nor that I think such a deep interpretation of the system is desirable, asthere is a slippery slope involving what 'legal rights' an 'IP owner' shouldbe allowed to grant/restrict, but rather, I'm saying that SCO does have apoint of some kind on their arguments about the GPL.

I was going to take care of car things, but the information lines of all theplaces that might've done the title transfers seem to be closed. Maybe it'sthe deluge of snow we got last night, or maybe it's only the driver's licensestuff that's open on the weekends. Oh well.

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