Crap you should read Wednesday (8/10)

London Riot News:

Riots continue to tear up the London area, and besides the fact that low-lives are destroying their towns for no reason, there are two things that stand out today from this ordeal.

The first is that Parliament is asking RIM to shut down Blackberry Messenger (BBM) because organized looters are using it to transmit plans and coordinate attacks. While RIM usually cooperates (after all, governments are their best clients), should governments be able to shut down lines of communication between the public? If it was something drastic like to shut off phone waves so a bomb couldnt be detonated, Id agree, but this is just to tentative for my taste.

The second scary thing coming out of a desire to stop the rioting is that British citizens on Google Groups are banding together to use Facial Recognition software to identify the rioters and criminals. They will allegedly search through legal pic sources to help identify people in databases, etc.

This.Is.How.It.Starts. All the apocalyptic movies start off with shit like this. Its willing submission of rights. It starts off as a one time thing to cure an immediate danger, and soon turns into the norm. Scary, scary precedent to set.

But what should fall first, civil rights, or the London Bridge?

Google group using facial recognition to catch rioters — TechCrunch

UK asking RIM to shut down BBM — Reuters

Backdraft, by BBM


Gore’s Bullshit Rant:

Al Gore got a little emotional when discussing the planet in Aspen last week. Al has a big problem with the “psuedo scientists” who get paid to provide gargabe reports to say that global warming and climate change is a hoax.

And some of the exact same people — I can go down a list of their names — are involved in this. And so what do they do? They pay pseudo scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate thing, it’s nonsense. Man-made CO2 doesn’t trap heat. It may be volcanoes.’ Bullshit! ‘It may be sun spots.’ Bullshit! ‘It’s not getting warmer.’ Bullshit!

He’s right of course. Climate is a cycle, and our actions, our imprints, mess with that cycle. Nature has to adjust to balance that cycle. The climate changes. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t a changing climate means there’s Climate change? Its common sense.

The level of emergency is certainly exaggerated by the Environmental lobby, but anyone who tries to argue that our actions don’t effect the environment is a turd who a) doesn’t want to change their lifestyle or b) doesn’t want to pay the costs for their business to adapt.

Listen to Al freak out below, and you can just imagine that is he had half this personality when campaigning, he would have been President.



Meet Fred Karger:

I love to hear when candidates are excluded from debates; it makes me want to follow them more. In this case, it’s Gay Jew Fred Karger and the Republicans found some vague interpretation of an internet polling law to keep Karger from playing in their debate sandbox.

Sure Karger doesn’t stand a chance at getting the nod, but he is polling even with Newt Gingrich. Karger would be a different, centrist voice of a Republican group so far to the right. He’s not an elected official, but rather spent his career as a campaign adviser and electoral adviser to corporations, so he’s not a part of the current Washington clusterfuck. He’s for effective government programs, charter schools, pro-choice, for the legalization of same-sex marriage, and he’s for civility in politics. None of these are exactly cornerstones of the GOP. It would be nice to hear a different Republican point of view, but the powers that be don’t want that.

My feeling is, if they don’t want you in the club, get the hell out of the club. Unfortunately for Karger, he’s stuck in the two party state. He’s too gay left for the extreme Republicans who dominate the party, yet Democrats see him as a Reaganite who actually advised Reagan. If Karger want’s to make a difference, he should take a different route. He should revolutionize grass roots voting and reach the people Independently through social media.

While I’m not endorsing his politics, he sounds rational. And if they don’t want you to hear about him, I gotta give you more to learn about him.

Gay Presidential Candidate has a message — LA Times

Meet Fred Karger, the candidate blocked from the debates — Gawker

You can trust him with your money...unless there's a fabulous sale!

A Pennsylvania Judge has no sense of humor and made Anthony Morelli shut down his blog where rants about his psycho-ex wife. Though it never mentions her by name, only as PEW (Psycho Ex Wife), the blog details many horrific parts of their marriage.

Of course Morelli gets extra personal in his online version of their marriage and its flaws. He exposes what he says is his wife’s Borderline Personality Disorder and describes her as “Jabba The Hut, with less personality.” My other favorite sweet line : “She’s on the precipice of 40 and probably looks all 50-years of it”. Lovely guy, not bitter at all. Not sure why she’s so upset, the blog only got about 200,000 hits a month.

Ok, fine, I get why she’s upset, but the stories come from Anthony’s life, not just hers. That said, his vicious obsession should definitely be taken into account for his custody hearings. The blog isn’t private, so his kids can and will see what he says about their mom. Such behavior is immoral from a father.

Morelli might be an asshole, but the Judge overstepped his bounds in forcing the shutdown of the site. He never mentions his wife by name! Just because people can infer who it was, he should be able to share stories from his own life. Freedom of Speech, man!

Judge orders shutdown to Psycho Ex Wife — Daily Mail

Anthony, please tell me that's not


D-Wade Away?

Dwyane Wade wants to play ball this year, he just doesn’t know where. If the NBA can’t get their shit together, then he’s taking his game overseas. This has caused quite a commotion, but many are wondering if he’s legit or if this is just bargaining power against the League.

“At the end of the day, us as players, we didn’t ask for this. We didn’t want this,” Wade said. “This is the owners’ doing. They want this. They understand that we want to play. So me coming out and making a statement, LeBron coming out and making a statement saying we want to play, everyone should know that. We want this game. If we as a group get together and decide we need to take other steps, then that’s what we’ll do.”

Where would he go? Rumors have been flying that a Chinese team had offered him a deal, but both parties deny it. It could be Italy, Turkey or Spain as well, but lets be honest, Wade isn’t going anywhere. He’s just on a world-wide marketing tour, and the press is HUGE for the brand of D-Wade. What better way to build world-wide popularity that having every country you visit clamor to get you to play there?

Its brilliant business, but there’s no better business than playing ball.

Wade plans to play somewhere this year — USA TODAY

I've seen a lot of changing, in the way you feel about me, and in the way I feel about you...I guess what I'm trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!


Bane Goes Off:

Some more footage “leaked” from a Dark Knight Rises Pittsburgh shoot, and this time it a scene at Heinz Field, doubling for Gotham Stadium. From a distance we see Bane addressing the crowd on a loudspeaker and making an example out of some Gothamite.

The leaked footage certainly helps build buzz for the film, but it also gets the fanboys is a tussle. Many want to know why Bane, a HUGE Spanish guy, looks and sounds more like a pedestrian mad scientist. Will a different voice be added in later, ala Darth Vader? Will his bulk be added in post-production?

While I love the behind the scenes look, without any touching up, this scene seems a little to Dr. Freeze to me.

Have a Horn-y Humpday

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