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Journal Journal: Woman Mocked, Humiliated by Security in Airport Strip Search 6

Shileen Flynn, 29, had already missed one flight and lost her luggage when she says she found herself in a room at the Vancouver airport, naked and squatting, while two crude border agents strip-searched her. Flynn -- a frequent traveller who has been strip-searched twice before -- said this time was different. She said the women made her bend over a table, open her legs, and squat and cough. They asked her personal

Comment Re:But it's mnade out of PEOPLE !! (Score 1) 298

These "trained accountants" sign off on MSFT spending 5-8 BILLION a year, since 2001, on research - with ZERO to show for it in ROI.

All Microsoft product advances have come out of imitation/derivation or acquisition for over 10 years. The business is still paid for by two profit centers in Windows desktop and Office. Server just carries its own weight.

Comment Re:But it's mnade out of PEOPLE !! (Score 2, Insightful) 298

Total Bullshit, Cynical Move by MS. Really worthy of some spleen and bile.

They stopped giving a damn about "their people" at least 5 years ago. For instance, last month, as the old fiscal year ended, they pulled all the soda cases from every office - replaced with vending machines. That's 1 year after they stopped all the regular food-service and snack items.

Any tech company in California or Western Europe has done the calculation. The expense on these things returns a fantastic benefit in the morale, productivity and retention of their best people. Cutting these "extravagances" ultimately costs them money. Microsoft are joined with Cisco, who practice similar false-economy, in a race to the bottom.

"Are You People Ready?"

They really should change that to:

"The Beatings Will Continue, Until Morale Improves. Oh, Here's Your Shitty Phone."

Comment Re:3M (Score 1) 646

Remember the 1340's? We were doing a dance called the Catapult.
You always wore brown, the color craze of the decade,
and I was draped in one of those capes that were popular,
the ones with unicorns and pomegranates in needlework.
Everyone would pause for beer and onions in the afternoon,
and at night we would play a game called "Find the Cow."
Everything was hand-lettered then, not like today.

Where has the summer of 1572 gone? Brocade and sonnet
marathons were the rage. We used to dress up in the flags
of rival baronies and conquer one another in cold rooms of stone.
Out on the dance floor we were all doing the Struggle
while your sister practiced the Daphne all alone in her room.
We borrowed the jargon of farriers for our slang.
These days language seems transparent a badly broken code.

The 1790's will never come again. Childhood was big.
People would take walks to the very tops of hills
and write down what they saw in their journals without speaking.
Our collars were high and our hats were extremely soft.
We would surprise each other with alphabets made of twigs.
It was a wonderful time to be alive, or even dead.

I am very fond of the period between 1815 and 1821.
Europe trembled while we sat still for our portraits.
And I would love to return to 1901 if only for a moment,
time enough to wind up a music box and do a few dance steps,
or shoot me back to 1922 or 1941, or at least let me
recapture the serenity of last month when we picked
berries and glided through afternoons in a canoe.

Even this morning would be an improvement over the present.
I was in the garden then, surrounded by the hum of bees
and the Latin names of flowers, watching the early light
flash off the slanted windows of the greenhouse
and silver the limbs on the rows of dark hemlocks.

As usual, I was thinking about the moments of the past,
letting my memory rush over them like water
rushing over the stones on the bottom of a stream.
I was even thinking a little about the future, that place
where people are doing a dance we cannot imagine,
a dance whose name we can only guess.

"Nostalgia" by Billy Collins

The Military

Journal Journal: and are DOWN 4

Just after they announced two terror-bombings at mosques, with credit claimed by the US-funded Jundallah.

Has the war begun today?

I cannot get a DNS referral for either site from 7 different networks - this looks to be a block at DNS root servers. Very usefull.

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