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So, the justice department investigation into warrantless domestic spying by the NSA has been dropped. The reason? The NSA will not grant the justice department clearance to investigate the NSA.

Stop. Think about that for a moment. The NSA is suspected of a Constitutional Violation, and apparently, they are responsible for deciding weather they will be investigated. Which beyond being completely circular, means that the NSA can do whatever they want as long as they never authorize anyone with the clearance to investigate.

I just... Can't the legislature see that... Screw it, civil rights are available from 9 to midnight at the cheapest Internet Cafe I can find.
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I will repost what was sent to me, verbatim:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Air Force One Subject of Internet Hoax
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 2006 07:10:07 -0500
From: Ted Bridis <ap@telecom-digest.org>p
Organization: TELECOM Digest
Newsgroups: comp.dcom.telecom

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press Writer

A startling Internet video that shows someone spraying graffiti on
President Bush's jet looked so authentic that the Air Force wasn't
immediately certain whether the plane had been targeted.

It was all a hoax. No one actually sprayed the slogan "Still Free" on
the cowling of Air Force One.

The pranksters responsible for the grainy, two-minute Web video -
employed by a New York fashion company - revealed Friday how they
pulled it off: a rented 747 in California painted to look almost
exactly like Air Force One.

"I wanted to do something culturally significant, wanted to create a
real pop-culture moment," said Marc Ecko of Marc Ecko
Enterprises. "It's this completely irreverent, over-the-top thing that
could really never happen: this five-dollar can of paint putting a
pimple on this Goliath."

The video shows hooded graffiti artists climbing barbed-wire fences
and sneaking past guards with dogs to approach the jumbo jet. They
spray-paint a slogan associated with free expression.

After the video began circulating on the Web on Tuesday, the Air Force
checked to see whether the plane had been vandalized.

"We're looking at it, too," said Lt. Col. Bruce Alexander, a spokesman
for the Air Mobility Command's 89th Airlift Wing, which operates Air
Force One. "It looks very real."

Alexander later confirmed that no such spray-painting had occurred.

Ecko acknowledged Friday that his company had rented a 747 cargo jet
at San Bernardino's airport and covertly painted one side to look like
Air Force One. Employees signed secrecy agreements and worked inside a
giant hangar until the night the video was made. Ecko declined to say
how much the stunt cost.

"It's not cheap," he said. "You have to be rich."

On the Net:

Hoax video: http://www.stillfree.com
Air Force One: http://public.andrews.amc.af.mil

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

----

This. This disappointed me. I suppose I should've expected this, something this ballsy really was out of character for Marc Ecko. I wanted to believe that the guy had stood up for something, that he'd parlayed his fame for a more noble purpose. As flawed as the message was, I wanted to believe that a pop icon had actually done something.

Even cynics hope every now and again. It's what keeps us cynical. If it weren't for stunts like this, we'd build up an unhealthy faith in humanity.

...Gods and I FELL for it!

.... Buh?

Apr. 19th, 2006 12:30 pm
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Look, I don't actually like Marc Ecko, mostly because he's got both an entrepreneurial and mean streak in him...

But still. Today, today he gets props. Mad props.

I mean holy crap, that's just... Insane.
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I was surprised. Honestly surprised. In this day and age, saying "that's unacceptable" to anyone in the Bush Administration usually earns a reaction of mild amusement... Possibly snickering, if their position is even remotely close to strong. Well not this time. George C. Deutsch, the guy I griped about earlier? The one who was trying to get NASA to teach creationism? The one who deliberately gaged a NASA scientist's access to the media, so that he couldn't report on the overwhelming evidence of global warming? That guy?

He resigned.

Which is a very polite way of saying that he was fired. Turns out, he lied on his resume. He claimed a collage degree that he didn't possess. His resignation comes shortly before NASA plans to review it's policies regarding the distribution of information to the public. Reporters and bloggers involved with the case warn that he's only a bit player in a larger game, but NASA is none the less sending a very clear message with this "Resignation", and that message is music to my ears.
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This will be old news by the time anyone reads it. (Unfortunately for me, but fortunate because this information needs to be spread.) Hey kids, want to learn about science from NASA? TOO BAD! NASA can't talk about global warming or the Big Bang, the president said so.

Next up, fun with leaches and bloodletting.
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Yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] celebdu, I'd like to pass on a heartening piece about the future of our nation. Specifically, about the attitudes of those who will be arguing our laws in the courts. Turns out that not everyone thinks that illegal surveillance is... well... legal. As reported by [livejournal.com profile] insomnia, "Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveillance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class did something pretty ballsy and brave. They got up from their seats and turned their backs to him."
longwing: (Grin)
The gauntlet is down. The gauntlet is down. I have a love/hate relationship with Penny Arcade. They piss off Harlan Ellison with their puerile antics, and I hate them. They piss of Jack Thomson with their equally brilliant sense of irony, and I love them.

The story? Jack Thomson, Florida Lawyer and Anti-Video game advocate, offered the video game industry a proposal: Publish his violent video game which targets the game industry as victims, and he'd donate $10,000 to charity. The insinuation was simple, if you think violent games don't make their players more likely to kill, then make yourselves the victims. He thought he was calling the industry's bluff.

A few days later, a modding group released his video game as a modification for GTA: San Andreas. Jack then went back on his word, saying that the original press release was "Satire" and insinuating that the game industry simply didn't grasp the subtlety. Needless to say, no donation was made.

Until Penny Arcade made the donation for him, to the charity his challenge designated, IN HIS NAME.

Take it like a man Jack, take it like a man.

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