Thursday, April 30, 2009

ABC news posts names and photos of architects of CIA "torture" techniques

I don't know why I continue to be amazed by the media...but I have say this is incredible. ABC news posted the photos and names of two retired military psychologists who were apparently behind the CIA techniques. I don't care whether or not you think waterboarding is torture or if putting a bug in a box with a terrorist is torture...but what the hell are you doing posting names and photos of the people behind it? Wasn't the media furious with the Bush administration for outing Valerie Plame? They were going after the heads of Cheney and Rove like nothing. But now it's ok for the media to out these two men who were serving their country? I am so sick and tired of this crap. What's it going to take for the news media to change? Conservatives have Fox...liberals have ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC...and so on. I know the conservatives own talk radio but I worry about the lesser informed public who watch the local news at night.

At what point does the media have to be held accountable? If something happens to these two men, can ABC be held liable? What's next, outing the names of people in the witness protection program? Shame on you ABC and shame on the morons posting on their site that nothing was accomplished by these "torture" techniques. Freaking idiots.

Ok...that's my rant.

Obama, 100 days, 100 mistakes


I'm sure everyone will like this?


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

GOP and inclusion

During the primaries were constantly told by the powers that be (except Rush) that we needed to put aside our wants and desires for a true conservative and elect someone that would appeal to the masses. We were told that if we elected a moderate Republican or RINO we would then be able to hold their feet to the fire and get the conservative agenda moving. We were told that the American people didn't want conservatism. The GOP response was John McCain. Many of us held our noses as we voted because of his stance on immigration, global warming and off shore drilling among others.

If we had elected a Huckabee or Romney would we have lost any worse? Now the culmination of voting for a liberal Republican has come to pass with Benedict Arlen. Him and Olympia Snow among a few others continue to call themselves Republicans but often vote like Democrats. Do we need them in the party? Doesn't Spectors defection show that when push comes to shove a liberal Republican will do what's best for him and not the party.

Being inclusive does not mean having no standards. It means standing by those standards and articulating to the masses why it is in their best interest to vote Republican. Instill the feelings of opportunity, loyalty, honesty and the American dream. This resonates with all races and genders. Inclusive does not mean looking the other way on higher taxes or abortion. It means telling the blacks that more of their babies are killed through abortion than any other race. It means explaining to the Hispanics that higher taxes means fewer jobs and less opportunity for their kids. We need another Newt revolution and quit lowering our standards to please some RINO or news outlet.

It may take time to get the message out but I for one am tired of bending over to try to please someone who isn't going to vote Republican anyway. Stick to your convictions and stand up for conservatism. If you don't who will?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Why No DNA Data Banks

In health-conscious, sports-oriented Boulder, Atlas Sports Genetics is playing into the obsessions of parents by offering a $149 test that aims to predict a child’s natural athletic strengths.
"I could see how some people might think the test would pigeonhole your child into doing fewer sports or being exposed to fewer things, but I still think it’s good to match them with the right activity," Ms. Campiglia, 36,;jsessionid=RY5O2T4KP2ZLOQSNDLRCKH0CJUNN2JVN

In the event of an accident, modern automobiles can generate important data any time the antilock braking system (ABS) and airbags are activated. Various sensors distributed throughout the vehicle generate these data, which includes detailed braking profiles of the ABS system, time of airbag deployment, engine performance details such as RPMs, the state of the transmission, etc. The data are continuously stored into an on-board computer, much like the black boxes used by the airline industry. Successfully storing and later retrieving data can be extremely valuable in the event that criminal charges or lawsuits follow.

Why no DNA Data Bank.

I doubt that many of you have seen the movies Antz or A Bugs Life unless you went and saw it with your nieces or nephews. Both movies have something to say about DNA and genetics. In one the queen was arbitrary assigning jobs to the larva worker, soldier, worker and so on. In the other movie, the Woody Allen character complains, But I don’t want to be a worker. The jest of it was because of his DNA and genetic makeup, he was assigned the job they said he had to be.
Here the mother feels no qualms about using DNA to see where her 2-1/2 year old son should place his hopes of becoming the next Pele (Soccer) or Mark Sanchez (Football). How will she feel if they say he should play the piano?

Anyone who has been in an accident that has a black box that shows that you weren’t at fault will sing the praises of the technology that got them off the hook.

Consider this, you go in to purchase insurance that is required by the state. The insurance company tells you to pull your car into the garage so they can attach your car to their computer to examine your driving habits. Your black box has GPS that tells their computer where you were and what the posted speed limit is. Then it tells them what you were driving, did you make jackrabbit starts or last minute stops. When you stopped, did you come to a complete stop or coast through the stop sign? By the way, not only will your rates be based on your age group and state driving record, it will be based on what your car has to say about your driving habits. Hello, Hal (2001), can’t you help me out here? Do even try to tell them that your brother borrows the car all of the time and anything bad wasn’t you. They have heard it all before.

You apply for employment and they ask you for a DNA sample to see if your profile fits the requirements for job. OH, never mind, ten years down the road, they will already have your child’s DNA on file. You won’t even know that you were rejected because of some regressive genes that you inherited from your mother’s side of the family. Haven’t you seen the Futurama episode where Fry is assigned a delivery boy chip because of his DNA? With a DNA Data Bank, that doesn’t seem as far off base as it did when I first saw it.

When you apply for insurance, the insurance company checks with your doctor to find out what your past medical history is. If they don’t like what they see, they don’t have to write you a policy. God forbid that the government should take over and have access to your DNA. Will decisions be made as to whom receives what surgery base on the probability that you will develop high blood pressure and die early in life?

Building a master race has been attempted in the past and there is always a chance that it will be tried again in the future. Do any of these issues cause you concern about your future or the future of your children, or are they "black helicopters" to you?

IV & XIV amendments, see my blog.


White House causes terror scare in NYC...

"A jumbo jet being chased by a F-16 fighter jets buzzed Lower Manhattan this morning, panicking New Yorkers, many of whom were forced to evacuate their office buildings.

It was not a terrorist attack, however, but a photo opportunity for Air Force One, sources told the Post. "

Seems like a pretty stupid move to make. Not placing the blame on Obama, sounds more like a local communication problem, but why pick the site of a terroist attack to stage this photo op?

Li-Ion battery

One of the biggest problems in developing hybrid cars is the pesky lithium ion battery. The technical problems associated with the Li-Ion battery have plagued manufacturers almost forever - whether it's vendors selling notebooks or car companies attempting to green the planet.

Fuel cells held out a lot of promise but the hype surrounding these cunning devices has clouded the fact that they're not really that viable for many applications.

Even mighty chip firm Intel has got all hot and bothered about Li-Ion batteries and fuel cells from time to time.

Now Hitachi - motto Inspire the Next - has come up with an idea which may turn the Li-Ion battery into a real cool cat.

According to Nikkei, Hitachi has created a Li-Ion battery with an output per kilogram of 4,500 watts. That's 70 percent more than the batteries it's currently churning out, and 50 percent more than a battery it will mass manufacture next year.

When can we expect to see this new and improved Li-Ion? Sometime after 2010, Hitachi promises.

The other good thing is that the battery will last 10 years, so will keep pace with the anticipated life of a hybrid car.

- Found this on my geek sites.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Over reaction?

I posted a blog about the comments of Rosenberg and how he wouldn't be surprised to see an attack on the US in the next few years. We now see the flu scare in Mexico and some suggesting a pandemic. Is it an over reaction to start thinking about stock piling a years worth of dehydrated food just in case?