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Comment: Re:You Cannot Give Offense (Score 1) 783

by LGagnon (#30239178) Attached to: Google Apologizes For "Michelle Obama" Results

Say what you want about the Right (and being an equal opportunity center-of-the-aisle kind of snark, I've said a lot...), they have much thicker skins than the Left, I've noticed."

Except if you make a comment about religion, or abortion, or raising taxes, or anything that makes the pundits on Fox News and AM radio go nutty. If they really were thick-skinned, they wouldn't be reacting with so much illogical rage to everything.

Every joke made about the current administration can never really be just a joke about the current administration, it's either borne of "racism" or a "disturbing indication of a growing violence and unrest."

Except that they actually are making death threats to Obama (at twice the rate that Bush got them), most notably in their "water the tree of liberty" signs (which is a reference to an old quote about violent action). Or have you not noticed the Birthers and Teabaggers carrying those signs (many of which involve racist images of Obama as a witch doctor, monkey, or eating fried chicken and Kool-Aid)?

Funny how you use anecdotal evidence to show a lack of outrage on the part of the right (as we know that works so well) whiloe giving no evidence for your claims that the left is obsessed with being cool (last I looked, the "cool" factor was about being outside of the mainstream, whether people are on the left or right).

Comment: Re:FITD vs DITF (Score 1) 592

by LGagnon (#24965267) Attached to: Researchers Find Racial Bias In Virtual Worlds
That is a load of pseudo-scientific neo-nazi bullshit. Modern science does not recognize race as a natural construct, but as a social construct. None of what you said would be accepted by any real biologist living in this century. It's sad that something like this gets treated as "insightful" on a website that is supposed to have people educated in science amongst its membership.
Power

+ - Ohio's 2004 Presidential Election Records Lost

Submitted by ScrappyLaptop
ScrappyLaptop (733753) writes "In 56 of Ohio's 88 counties, ballots and election records from 2004 have been "accidentally" destroyed, despite a federal order to preserve them — it was crucial evidence which would have revealed whether the election was stolen. From http://www.alternet.org/story/58328/ :

Under federal and Ohio law, all ballots and election records from federal races must be preserved for 22 months after Election Day, which fell on Sept. 2, 2006. While election integrity activists and reporters from a Columbus website, FreePress.org, had sought the ballots and other election records soon after the presidential election, Blackwell would not allow county boards to release the ballots, citing court challenges to the 2004 results and a 2005 suit from the League of Women Voters alleging the state was not following the newest federal election law, the Help America Vote Act.

On Sept. 11, 2006, U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley ordered the election boards "to preserve all ballots from the 2004 Presidential election, on paper and in any other format, including electronic data, unless and until such time otherwise instructed by this Court."

Somehow, the counties never got the message:

"Our staff unintentionally discarded boxes containing Ballot Pages as requested in (Brunner's) Directive 2007-07 due to unclear and misinterpreted instructions," wrote Butler County Board of Election Director Betty McGary and Deputy Director Lynn Kinkaid in a May 9 memo. "Several boxes containing all the wire-bound ballot pages were discarded into a Rumpke dumpster. The dumpster would have been emptied into the local landfill."

"The Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Board of Elections was unable to transfer the unvoted precinct ballots and soiled precinct ballots," wrote John Williams, Hamilton County Director of Elections on May 16, 2007. "To the best if my knowledge, the above ballots were inadvertently shredded between January 19th and 26th of '06 in an effort to make room for the new Hart voting system."

"No one could remember the disposition of said ballots," wrote Mike Keeley, of Clermont County's Board of Elections on May 10, 2007, referring to the "unvoted" or unused ballots from the 2004 presidential election.

In Warren County, where county election officials said on Election Day that the FBI had declared a homeland security alert — which they later retracted — ballots were diverted to a warehouse before counting. The local media was not allowed to observe the vote count. According to a letter from the Warren County Board of Election to Brunner's office, the election board cannot find 22,000 unused ballots from the election.

"The extent of the destruction of records is consistent with the covering up of the fraud that we believe occurred in the presidential election," said Cliff Arnebeck, a Columbus attorney representing the King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association, which filed voter suppression suit. "We're in the process of addressing where to go from here with the Ohio Attorney General's office."

"On the one hand, people will now say you can't prove the fraud," he said, "but the rule of law says that when evidence is destroyed it creates a presumption that the people who destroyed evidence did so because it would have proved the contention of the other side.""
The Internet

+ - What Do Geeks Want Out Of Social Networking?

Submitted by
Praedon
Praedon writes "I run a Social Networking site called Geekalize, which is geared toward gamers, programmers, IT, etc. My goal here, is to bring a GOOD name to social networking and raise the bar, where there are such low standards elsewhere at other sites. I have focused on integration using YouTube API, I have spent countless hours browsing the web for new and unique things, but creativity can only go so far.

So I am calling on you, Slashdot, to speak your mind about social networking for geeks (and nerds!), and to give all the constructive feedback that you possibly can on what the standards should REALLY be for a social networking site 100% driven by the members."
Announcements

+ - Robert Anton Wilson RIP

Submitted by
Belfegor99
Belfegor99 writes "Robert Anton Wilson, futurist, anarchist, and damn good author, has died aged 74:

Robert Anton Wilson Defies Medical Experts and leaves his body @4:50 AM on binary date 01/11. All Hail Eris! On behalf of his children and those who cared for him, deepest love and gratitude for the tremendous support and lovingness bestowed upon us. (that's it from Bob's bedside at his fnord by the sea)
"
Sci-Fi

+ - Mistah Wilson, He Dead

Submitted by
nonorganon
nonorganon writes "According to his blog Robert Anton Wilson has shuffled off this mortal coil early this morning. An influential and prolific author of conspiracy ridden science fiction, examinations of fringe beliefs and mental hacks, his presence will be felt for a long time coming. His most popular work is described thus by Wikipedia:

"...The Illuminatus! Trilogy (1975), co-authored with Robert Shea and advertised as "a fairy tale for paranoids," humorously examined American paranoia about conspiracies. Much of the odder material derived from letters sent to Playboy magazine while Shea and Wilson worked as editors of the Playboy Forum.[1] The books mixed true information with imaginative fiction to engage the reader in what Wilson called "Operation Mindfuck"; the trilogy also outlined a set of libertarian and anarchist axioms known as Celine's Laws, concepts Wilson has revisited several times in other writings. Although Shea and Wilson never partnered on such a scale again, Wilson continued to expand upon the themes of the Illuminatus! books throughout his writing career."

Journey on, brave psychonaut."
Education

+ - Inconvenient Truth Too Inconvenient For Schools

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Federal Way School Board in Washington State recently restricted the showing of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's documentary about global warming and its potential effects on Earth. An email was sent to the school board that said "The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD" prompting one of the board members to propose a moratorium on the showing of the film. The film is being made available to educators via participate.net, which also provides films such as Fast Food Nation, Murderball (not what it sounds like), and Stand Up. Up to 50,000 copies of An Inconvenient Truth are made available to teachers."
The Internet

+ - Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation

Submitted by
ReadWriteWeb
ReadWriteWeb writes "Information about the next versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer suggest that the two biggest browsers are heading in different directions. Mozilla has published a wiki page detailing its plans for the next version of Firefox, codenamed "Gran Paradiso". Among the mandatory requirements listed for FF3 are improving the add-on experience, providing an extensible bookmarks back-end platform, adding more support for web services "to act as content handlers" — all of which show that Firefox wants to be an independent information broker rather than a simple HTML renderer in its next version. Also in the works is Microsoft's IE8. According to ActiveWin.com, a Microsoft official at CES told them that work has already begun for IE 8 and it may be released as a final product "within 18-24 months". Looking ahead, it's obvious that IE will continue to hook into the advanced functionality that Vista offers.

So while IE7 and Firefox 2 were more alike than different (feature-wise they're practically identical!), with IE8 and FF3 we will likely see the two biggest browsers head off into different directions."

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce

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