Monthly Archives: February 2006

Bush & Port Security

Ok, I don’t know much about the Port Security issue. Other than the fact that it doesn’t seem to be much of an issue. It is, however, nice that America knows its president well enough that when he says: “Don’t worry, it’s fine. My administration would never do anything to compromise our security. I promise.” the nation answers: “Are you sure? ARE YOU REALLY SURE? Is it cool if we get a second opinion though? We don’t want to be assholes about it, and it’s not that we don’t trust you… honestly, we totally trust you. Now just explain about the ports again, we want to be totally clear about what you do and do not mean when you say everything’s ‘fine’.”

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The US Can Counter China’s Laws with Its Own

A good Slate article about Google, Yahoo, et al.’s problem with China. Namely: that any single company must obey China’s human-rights-violating policies in order to be competetive. And of course, having American companies compete in China also advances the cause of human rights, so it’s not just a money-driven decision. Given the choice of aiding the Chinese government’s anti-democratic policies or doing no business at all in China, it’s totally reasonable that an individual company would find no room to bargain and would do the obvious thing.

However, if the situation were changed so that China was not dealing with one company at a time, but rather all American companies, the dynamic would be a lot different. The US could make a law that forbids our companies from helping foreign governments to censor and repress. Then it’s not about whether Google wants to do business in China – it’s about whether China wants to do business with the US. And of course, there’s also the bonus that it takes the responsibility off of Google’s shoulders, so it would make less sense for China to punish Google for following American laws.

This is exactly the kind of situation where it makes sense for our government to restrict the free market: because of course, China is already restricting the market. And really, any time we’re dealing with countries that have different standards for human rights, the market isn’t free in the first place.

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Pathing: The Classic Game of Randomized Pathing

get flash player Pathing: The Classic Game of Randomized Pathing

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Snoop Dogg’s Hip-Hop (Video) Gaming League

The Doggfather introduces the Hip-Hop Gaming League, an all-celebrity video game competition.

Sometimes (often) I wish I were Snoop Dogg.

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‘Faggot Cowboys’

In Turkey, a pirated DVD version of the intentionally controversial movie [Brokeback Mountain] hit the streets even before it arrived in theaters.

The title has been translated into Turkish as the less-poetic “Faggot Cowboys.”

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The Lyrics to “Come On Eileen”

Now you can learn the lyrics to “Come On Eileen”.

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Cheney, It’s Crazy

Yeah, this is a little behind the curve.
 Cheney, Its Crazy

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Noah: Naked, Drunk, and Passed Out

In chapter 9 of Genesis, Noah has a son named Ham. And Noah curses Ham for all eternity, dooming him (and his descendants of course) to be the servant(s) of Noah’s other two sons (and their descendants). What was his crime? Noah got drunk, and was passed out, naked, in his tent. And Ham accidentally saw him. I’ll give Noah the benefit of the doubt and assume that Ham was also making fun of him. Even so, these Old Testament guys were total hard-ons.

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The Cat Piano

The Cat Piano
 The Cat Piano

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Australia Thinks Henry Rollins Might Be a Terrorist

In Australia, Henry Rollins is a suspected terrorist.

The person who sat next to you on the flight from New Zealand does not agree with your politics or choice of reading and so nominated you as a possible threat. As they were too cowardly or stupid to leave their details I can’t call them to discuss their idiocy with them.

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