Archive for August, 2009

Glenn Beck: just stupid or actually mentally challenged?

Is Glenn Beck actually handicapped?

Poor Glenn. He is a huge star on Fox News and conservative radio across the country (though he is losing his grasp), but claims to be outside the “mainstream” media. He rails against the (wonderful and essential) fairness doctrine, but who would we put up to counter the above clip? A first grade spelling list? There’s nothing fair about that!

I wonder if the crew members in the Fox studios watch this stuff as it is happening and just pull their hair out or are they too inebriated from the kool-aid to notice? Take a moment and vote below so I can get a better feel for how I can proceed with coverage of Beck. After all, it isn’t any fun to mock him if he actually can’t help himself. Then, after the jump, nauseate yourself by watching Glenn try to flirt with/sexually harass one of his “correspondents”.
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Stop downloading! Stealing CDs is much cheaper.

I’m on a legal kick today. Here is an example of just how anti-human being and pro-corporation our legal system is today (arguably, always was). Jammie Thomas was recently re-convicted of illegally sharing 1700 songs and the record labels were awarded $1.92 million in damages. Jesus Diaz over at Gizmodo compares that to six other high-profile crimes and the comparative fine (emphasis mine):

Child abduction: Fine of $25,000 and up to three years in prison, which can be accounted as $50,233 per year (that was the median household income in 2007, probably down because of the economic crisis). Total: $175,699.

Steal the CDs: A total of $275,000, $52,500 fine for the CDs.

Steal a lawnmower from your neighbour: A total of $375,000.

Burn someone’s house while playing The Doors: Another $375,000.

Stalk a Gizmodo editor (yes, you know who you are): A Class 4 felony that will result in just $175,000.

Start a dogfighting ring: $50,000.

Murder someone on the second degree, a Class 1 felony: $778,495, which accounts for a $25,000 fine and four to 15 years in prison. Jesus Diaz
Senior Contributing Editor, Gizmodo

So, what does our legal system teach us about the values of our society? Evidently, it is much better to run into Best Buy and steal the 1700 songs ($1.64 million cheaper) on CD. I mean, in this economic climate, who can really afford the luxuries of digital stealing? Much better to risk getting yourself shot and impose the violence of burglary on the masses in a chain store. Bonus: Once you have the CDs, you can actually make your own digital copies in full fidelity, unlike the options offered by virtually all digital music retailers.

Ooh, wait, I have a better idea…get rid of the goddamn Digital Millennium Copyright Act!

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If you are 21 or older, think twice before a breathalyzer!

If you are 21 or older, think twice before a breathalyzer!

I’m not a lawyer, so this is in no way legal advice.

Fortunately, I’ve never found myself in a breathalyzer situation, but it is always good to be prepared. If you are 21+ years old, you should always think twice before taking a breathalyzer test and demand that the police take you back to the station for a blood test. At the very least, pay attention to what the cops are doing with their hands on the machine. See this video for all the proof you need.

Be warned, refusing the breathalyzer may get your license suspended in many locales, including my dear, nearsighted Kansas. I’m not a lawyer, so this is in no way legal advice. It is just one citizen showing other citizens how to fight police corruption and stupidity.

Via security guru Bruce Schneier’s blog.

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