random blog links volume umpteen plus something

Once again I give you blogs that have randomly sent visitors here via the blogger toolbar. I very highly recommend the first one. A pilot who flies over Canada inspecting an oil pipeline submits many beautiful aerial images to that blog.



Poor guy

Boy George has been arrested on drug charges.

I hate to think what would happen to a handsome man like him in prison.

With any luck

maybe Osama's cave didn't weather this very well. Or as the Rude Pundit asks, how long until the administration claims the earthquake killed al-Qaeda's number two man? (they announce the death of the 'number two' man in al-qaeda several times a year, and every time it turns out that the '#2 man' is more like #200)

Kathryn Cramer has been doing a swell job of covering the quake. Her latest post includes a news quote that doesn't sound very good "The Neelum River has been blocked because whole villages have fallen into the water."


Tsunami appeal site 'hacker' found guilty

Judge reluctantly finds Daniel Cuthbert guilty of violating the British Computer Misuse Act to gain "unauthorised access to computer material." This should be frightening news to geeks everywhere.



The senate voted 90 to 9 to ban torture. Bush has threatned to veto, will he? Can he seriously look the American public in the eye and say "No, I feel very strongly that we should torture people"?

Python explodes after eating alligator

That's something you don't see every day.

White House breached by spy

Wow, a former Marine who worked at the White House for years just got busted for being a Philipine spy. It seems like almost anyone can get into the White House these days. Gay hookers, traitors, you name it. Well, maybe not everybody.

How long until this is tried on the federal level?

I'm ashamed to have ever called myself a conservative. I used to think 'conservative' meant you didn't like the government sticking it's nose into people's business. Sort of the classical liberal ideas, ya know, small efficient government that doesn't overstep it's bounds, doesn't rip everyone off and actually works for the people instead of against them.

That was a long long time ago. No one could seriously say those are the ideals upheld by conservatives today. It's still not a bad idea, but the problem with conservativism is all the goddamn republicans running around trying to push the limits of phychotic behavior.

Republican lawmakers are drafting new legislation that will make marriage a requirement for motherhood in the state of Indiana, including specific criminal penalties for unmarried women who do become pregnant "by means other than sexual intercourse."

According to a draft of the recommended change in state law, every woman in Indiana seeking to become a mother throu gh assisted reproduction therapy such as in vitro fertilization, sperm donation, and egg donation, must first file for a "petition for parentage" in their local county probate court.

Only women who are married will be considered for the "gestational certificate" that must be presented to any doctor who facilitates the pregnancy. Further, the "gestational certificate" will only be given to married couples that successfully complete the same screening process currently required by law of adoptive parents.


Scandal Pimps

I've never been very interested in the Iraqi/UN Oil For Food scandal so I can't say whether this looks factual or not, but here's an interesting account of how it has been hyped and twisted.


A cromulent resource to embiggen your vocabulary

can be found here. I've added "automated teller machineiolatrolamaton" and "consarnit" in the discussion section, but they haven't made the big time yet.

Today's press conference

at the Rose Garden.
Q Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, of all the people in the United States you had to choose from, is Harriet Miers the most qualified to serve on the Supreme Court?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Otherwise I wouldn't have put her on.
Q The issue of cronyism?

THE PRESIDENT: I just answered, I picked the best person I could find.
You gotta be joking. Ok, maybe she will make a good justice or maybe not, but there are so many people more qualified that it's not funny. To say that she's the absolute top-notch, best in the world for this position is insane. Later..
Q Are you still a conservative?




Cool story in Wired about people who have names that don't appear in Google searches.

Although I've been online since about '95, I'm one of these unGoogleables. This is why I post here under the initials "JM". Are they my initials, or am I a big fan of Jackson, Michael? You don't know do you?

It's never taken much effort, I've simply never posted to a newsgroup or email list or anywhere under my real name. I think my interest in cryptography helped fuel this attitude of anonymity, plus the exposure to Vernor Vinge's True Names early on in my internet days probably didn't hurt, and when I realized that my name didn't appear on Google a few years ago, I actively started trying to keep it out. It's never been out of paranoia, and certainly there are enough "cribs" around that my name could be found out with a little effort, but why give out personal information if you don't have to?

So, to the readers who actually know my name.. if you tell, I will hire a band of gypsies to curse you, and curse you good.

Harriet Miers's Blog!!!



If you need me

I'll be out banging my head against a wall.

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