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Watch the videos. Stop the bullying.

-TPP

The War Against WikiLeaks

Glenn Greenwald of Salon.com writes about the escalating war against WikiLeaks.org by the United States Government.

WikiLeaks.org is a non-profit organization devoted to exposing Government and corporate corruption around the world. It’s published a number of embarrassing documents about CIA, The Pentagon and other branches of the US Government. As a result they’ve found themselves a target of around the clock surveillance and at least on one occasion a WikiLeaks volunteer, who is underaged, was detained and questioned by (allegedly) US State Department and CIA personnel in Iceland.

You gotta wonder when exactly did the US Government forget the reason the United States was formed.

-TPP

Finally proper sanctions for identity theft

Alberto Gonzales has been sentenced for 20 years in the slammer for stealing credit and debit card information from an unsecured wireless network of T.J. Maxx and then pilfering the accounts for millions of dollars at ATMs around the country.

Hopefully this is a first of many hard sentences against credit card scammers.

-TPP

Rise Up

Jackie Ramos kicks ass.

Jackie used to work for Bank of America. She used to be a customer service representative whose responsibility it was to deny BofA credit card holders entrance to programs designed to help people fallen behind on their credit card bills that came with 30% interest rates.

She was so distraught about screwing her employer’s customers every day that she stopped doing it. Instead of denying everyone, she started accepting everyone. No doubt she made a difference in many people’s lives with her good deed.

She got fired.

Good on you, Jackie!

And fuck you BofA for fleecing the unemployed, sick, elderly, the blind and everyone else you can get your greedy little hands on with loanshark rates, fees over fees and other immoral garbage. I am wondering how charging 30% interest rates on compounding late fees is still legal.

-TPP

In Soviet Troy, the Government sanctions art

Upstate New York has been all up in arms about all kinds of things lately.

An Iraqi artist named Wafaa Bilal wanted to exhibit his project at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York. He was using a modified video game to have viewers view the Iraq war from the Iraqi point of view. And not just any Iraqi’s point of view, but a suicide bomber’s at that.

That didn’t go so well with the local neo-cons, who first got RPI to cancel the exhibit by pressuring them with withdrawn donations and “safety” issues. Apparently the FBI was also alerted about a possible “terrorist” threat.

A local art gallery called Sanctuary for Independent Media then decided to let Mr. Bilal exhibit there.

That wasn’t ok with the local neo-cons either, who continued to protest against the art exhibit. One of the leading voices protesting was one Robert Mirch, Republican Majority leader in the city of Troy.

The day before the exhibit was to go on, the Sanctuary for Independent Media premises were shut down by the Department of Public Works for building code violations. It appears that the doors of the 108-year-old building the gallery resides in were 3 inches too narrow. And that’s a violation. The gallery had been cited for the violation some time ago, and at that time given until mid April to correct the issues. It is not mid April yet. It just happens Mr. Mirch is the commissioner of the Department of Public Works in the city of Troy. What a coincidence!

Well done Robert! Keep up the good work up there in Troy! We are all so very proud of you.

-TPP

Eliot Spitzer – you slutty slut

I posted an article on this blog some time ago titled “Eliot Spitzer – you ignorant slut“. I didn’t know at the time how right I would be. Maybe I’m clairvoyant or something.

I’m bit of a video game enthusiast. I’ve been one for almost 30 years now and I don’t have any intentions on giving it up any time soon. I get a bit pissed off when ignorant sluts, like Eliot Spitzer, go and talk about my favorite hobby as if people who do that sort of thing are some sort of deviants and violent psychopaths, or just steps away of becoming such. I get even more pissed off when said ignorant sluts are doing so in such a hypocritical manner it’s obvious to anyone who knows anything about what’s being said.

With that, let’s examine some choice quotes from our fine Governor Eliot Spitzer when he was giving speeches about the “dangers” of video games, shall we?

I find it unacceptable that every day, children are buying “Grand Theft Auto,” which rewards a player for stealing cars and assaulting people. In that game, children can even simulate having sex with a prostitute…

That one is from an April 20th 2007 speech titled “Our Children’s Agenda“. Yes, there’s nothing quite like simulating having sex with a prostitute. Except maybe actually having sex with a prostitute, which in New York State is a felony. The Governor scores!

From the same speech:

Our Safe Games Act will create a mechanism to ensure that stores cannot sell video games that contain excessive sex and violence to children. In addition, we are directing our agencies to undertake public outreach efforts to teach parents and children about the harmful effects of these games.

Yes, there’s nothing like teaching our children harmful things through video games. Except maybe teaching them harmful things by example. Do as I say, not as I do, Governor?

“The Entertainment Software Rating Board does have a rating system that warns consumers of content unsuitable for children, but it’s often ignored,” claimed Spitzer. “Laws protecting underage kids from harmful products are nothing new – laws preventing kids from buying cigarettes serve as just one example. But currently, nothing under New York State law prohibits a fourteen-year old from walking into a video store and buying a game labeled “Adult Only”…

That one is from his introduction of the Safe Games Act, a piece of legislation designed to keep disgusting sexual and violent video games out of the hands of underage children. Yes, there are no laws preventing underage children from buying “adults only” video games (just like there are no laws to prevent underage children from seeing “adults only” movies, btw). But there are laws preventing horny married men from buying sex across state lines. A former Attorney General of New York State and current #1 Man of the State should be expected to know that, I think. Maybe he just forgot. I know blood flow in the brain is sometimes obstructed when the blood is more needed down you-know-where. It can sometimes affect memory functions, I believe.

Let’s see if the fine Governor still has the (blue) balls to pursue his anti-video game legislation, which not only is almost surely to be unconstitutional but now also quite hilarious.

Schauenfreude. Gotta love it!

-TPP

Oh Bushy, you make mocking you so easy sometimes

Quoting our Supreme Leader, Uniter of 49%, Chief Political Commissar of The Party:

Now the question is, should these lawsuits be allowed to proceed, or should any company that may have helped save American lives be thanked for performing a patriotic service; should those who stepped forward to say we’re going to help defend America have to go to the courthouse to defend themselves, or should the Congress and the President say thank you for doing your patriotic duty? I believe we ought to say thank you.

Yes. We should thank companies breaking the law. Are you fucking kidding me!?

As another blog said about this. Get out of office already, will you? Please. I’ll pay you…in illegal counterfeit money.

How did this dumbass ever get into Yale AND Harvard never mind graduating from both places?

-TPP

Everyone crossing the border to the US is guilty until proven innocent

The Washington Post is writing about an alarming development in the “war on terror”.

It seems that instead of being content on just searching people’s electronic devices, without a warrant or other grounds, the US Customs officers are now copying information out of travelers’ laptops, cell phones, mp3 players and other electronic devices that store information on them.

Nobody’s been able to find out what they’re actually doing with the data after it’s been copied. Where is it stored, who sees it, what is done with the information. Nobody knows.

Everything seems to be free game. Call logs from cellphones, browsing histories from browsers, Word documents, etc.

Naturally companies whose employees travel out or into the US often are quite concerned. The Washington Post article lists several real concerns about this “policy”. How are they to protect trade secrets, sensitive information about clients or journalistic sources when the information can be copied at will by minimum wage flunkies on the US border.

-TPP

Shame on US and us, too

I just found out about a charity that donates car safety seats, among other things, to families in need. What a wonderful idea, I thought.

But then my wife pointed out that the organization has had to shut down the application process, because they are getting overwhelmed by the demand from families, who can’t afford to buy safety seats for their children.

I thought about that and wondered, how is this possible. We are supposed to be the richest country in the world. How is it possible that so many families are so poor that they can’t even afford buying protection for their children? In fact, there are so many that the organization that helps them has a waiting list so long they have to shut it down for new applications.

Using car safety seats is federally mandated (all states have their own laws in addition to the federal laws) and not using one puts your child in serious danger. Why is there no provisions in the laws that regulate car safety helping families in need? We really can’t afford that?

I think we have our priorities all wrong. Would it REALLY be so bad if you paid $10 more in taxes to fund some more Government programs that would help the millions and millions of poor people in the country and maybe reduce poverty instead of increase it like what’s happened in the past few years?

Listening to the presidential candidates, it does seem so. Taxes is like a four-letter word. Me, me, me, me is not.

-TPP

No spitting in the elevator

I snapped the photo on the right earlier today while riding the elevator in the building my eye doctor has her office.

I gotta say it never occurred to me that there’d be a need to post a no spitting sign inside an elevator before, but I guess it really is a big problem around where I live.

Yea. It’s real high society in Flushing, NY.

-TPP




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