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I am not Anonymous

Quite the opposite.

Everyone pretty much knows who I am and where I stand…umm…quite literally.

But one day. Today. I think I might agree with being Anonymous.

There was a time when I thought these guys might end up fighting the wrong fight, but I was wrong. As they’ve grown they have evolved into a group that stands for some of the more basic rights we hold as living beings, and were among the first to publicize all that was very obviously wrong with the Church of Scientology.

So it’s been a while, and Anonymous has focused on a new strategy. They’re going to get us all to agree with them, here’s how. They’ve begun a push to start have people gather for “Freedom of Speech” days.

Freedom of Speech is something every living being on this planet is entitled to.

So why am I reading THIS. Apple – in their infinite wisdom, has chosen to pass judgement on Wikileaks, before any government can even legitimately prove or covict anyone of any wrongdoing…

But wait…there is more. With complete disregard for due process and international law, Bank of America suspended all payments to WikiLeaks, and alongside of them, eBay (they own Mastercard and PayPal) decided with no legal precedent order to stop all transactions with WikiLeaks.

As much as some people may not like it…WikiLeaks is a news publisher and whistleblower…not a terrorist organization. They publish documents that make headlines. If a government is going to resort to corporate and social assassination just to save itself from a little embarrassment…then that I think our government might actually be failing to represent it’s citizens’ interest accurately. By our governments actions, and by that of key American financial companies, we announce to the world that our freedom of speech is only for those that don’t speak out against us.

Enter Anonymous. With many people clearly (and quite vocally) offended that corporations were taking action before any semblance of proof was even gathered against WikiLeaks, Anon came in and immediately took action, seems they DDoS’ed PayPal, MasterCard, Bank of America, and eBay.

The argument was posed attacking Anon stating that deliberately bringing down those sites was blatantly ignoring the rights of those organizations rights to free speech as well. Anon clearly explained that their “goal is to raise awareness about WikiLeaks and the underhanded methods employed by … companies to impair WikiLeaks’ ability to function.” I can make this even easier. The financial companies took action first without legal precedent (but I pet money they had one hell of a lot of encouragement by the US political community, none of which will admit they did any such thing).

The bottom line is not that WikiLeaks is right…or that they are wrong. The bottom line is that corporate America didn’t bother waiting for legal precedent…they just said “fuck you Julian” and stopped giving him money that was by all rights his. This isn’t legitimate business, it’s theft.

You might be wondering where I am headed with all this, considering the top of the page says “I am not Anonymous.”

It’s simple. I feel that both corporate America and the US Government are not acting in the interests of the citizens of the US. I think they are acting at the behest of our government in the interest of saving face and embarassment over the mistakes those leaks might reveal. Revealing those mistakes is not a crime, people.

If those leaks reveal incidents whereby people have breached our own laws or those we’ve agreed to abide by others, it’s justice – pure and simple.

Again, I say I am not Anonymous…but after everything I’ve read today…I sure as hell agree with them.

Please let our government grant those other countries/organizations those ineffable human freedoms we so violently declare our support for.

Rant over, have a great evening everyone.


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No. More. Stupid.

Jesus Monte Christo on a Flaming Pogo Stick people.

Please read this! Help me help us all. Repeat after me.


Here comes the rant…

Abusive parents need to stop existing.

First and foremost, I would like to begin by stating clearly in no uncertain terms how much I loath abusive parents. If a parent doesn’t have enough mental clarity to recognize a and work through their problem, or worse, a parent considers themselves in the right for beating kids (No, I am not talking about a kid getting a spanking for doing something wrong, I m talking about beating your kid to a point that it requires medical attention for no reason at all, etc), they’d better stay off my radar. God knows I’ve had a gazillion times in my life where a little restraint on my part would have gone a long long way, but hitting/beating kids…that’s nothing more than cowardly.

I am seriously thinking about putting a site together where parents trying to protect themselves and their kids can post research, support, and advice….and another where everyone ever accused of beating a child is put online with supporting data. Too much? I think not. CPS and local governments are burdened with insane amounts of procedural bureaucracy. Media intervention steps up the anti by exposing the problem to popular opinion, and thus to voters, and those voters have a very direct impact on the local government. So by putting a pic of said wastes of space and a small amount of details, nothing non-factual of course, we allow those seeking assistance the opportunity to get help from the public, they could of course donate via paypal link etc for the abused family if they wanted to help that way or maybe a restricted forum where those who’ve gone through it all can share advice or can seek advice from one another.

Yep…that’s topping the potential projects now. Anyhow…on to other things pissing me off today…

California doesn’t know what a Heckler’s Veto is.

From the Morgan Hill Times

“It’s disrespectful to do it on Cinco de Mayo,” said Jessica Cortez, a Live Oak sophomore. “They can be a patriot on some other day. Not that specific day.”

Live Oak parent Greg Hall saw the band of Hispanic students walking down Monterey Road Thursday.

“I think it’s utterly and completely ridiculous,” Hall said. “I think the assistant principal and principal should be fired. The (protesting) students should be disciplined – suspended or expelled. The fact that these four kids were singled out for wearing American colors is utterly ridiculous.”

Hispanic students felt that students wearing American flags were disrespecting the Mexican-American students on Cinco de Mayo – the only day that they celebrate their Mexican heritage.

I am wearing a US flag, come get some.

When the hell did it become against the law to bear the flag of the United Sates of America???????
I think some people in California’s schools need to lay off all that weed they have access to and realize THAT IS OUR NATIONAL FLAG.
Cinco de Mayo is the holiday celebrating Mexico’s independence. It’s a holiday that isn’t even all that big a deal in Mexico. But in the Land of Hypocrisy, we will send student home from school for wearing US flags to school. Ergo, California is still retarded, I still hate earthquakes, and I’m going to wear a damn US Flag very May 5th for the rest of my damn life.

Already mentioned I am having some serious hate for a particular person that likes hitting children right? Right.

Missouri police need some thorazine.

OH YEAH. I just watched this HORRID video of a police officers playing at being swat in Missouri. They didn’t wait for an answer at the door. They knocked loudly, announced themselves a couple times, and went in. With a 7 year old girl watching, they shot the family dog (a little corgi), and then arrested the dad. In the end they only found weed, and then only enough that it was considered a misdemeanor. THEN, they charged the parents with negligence. Yep…kicked in door, shot annoying but utterly harmless dog in front of kid, then tossed dad around in front of kid. See Dad cry when he finds out they shot his dog. See kid start crying when she realizes dog is dead and dad is getting arrested for having just enough gonj to fall asleep to…and no one thinks firing guns inside a house is safe. OH BUT WAIT, THEY FOUND WEED. I have a solution:

Everyone in Missouri move to California. The police can kick in all the doors they want as long as they have the endorsement of Apple…and all the happy families that want their access to weed can get it legally. Everyone outside of California will continue to make confused faces at California then laugh, meeting the current status quo, and Missouri can be turned into something more effective and ideal, like one big farm. Missouri would be ten times easier to run, it would be cheaper, government cost of operation there would be next to nothing, and farmers would love it because California is sure to be short of whatever they are growing so they’ll always make loads of cash from their crops.

See? Everyone wins.

So that was my rant. I know, it was a little edgy and then a little off, but its the truth. It’s like all the stupid in the world just up and decided to call the United States home in the last ten years and its finally going overboard. Solution? No. More. Stupid.


Apple becomes an Apphole

Here’s to Apple.

A wonderful company that continues to show innovation and a spark for the future.
A company that provides a concrete business model that doesn’t just encourage customer retention, it makes it mandatory.
A company that after screwing up and taking heat from the media, goes one step further and encourages police to actually break into a Gizmodo editor’s house with a search and seizure warrant in an effort to make sure nothing important was leeched off of the already returned iPhone 4.x.
…ladies and gentlemen, that would be a company that might not have my business for very long.

Straight from Gizmodo:

Police Seize Jason Chen’s Computers
Last Friday night, California’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered1 editor Jason Chen’s2 home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers. They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo. According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code3.

Dude. Mr Jobs. You’re going to leak hardware. It happens. The guys had already given the hardware back too. But noooo, big bad Apple with a new set of balls gets to push a police button on the media. This is what I call retarded. Why? Because if any of us normal citizens tried to encourage the police to mobilize a TASK FORCE looking for dirt because the guy that returned the phone to you lawfully refused to tell you who he got it from?! Hellooooo. You got the phone back, you know who it belonged to. Punish the guy that lost the damn phone in a bar, not the editor of the tech blog that sensationalized your screw-up!

So yeah. Apphole, my next Gadget…will likely be a QUE now 😉

Show 3 footnotes

  1. That is, they kicked in his front door while he was conveniently away from his home.
  2. Jason Chen is an editor for Gizmodo
  3. This section of the Cali Penal Code protects professionals in the media industry from being forced to name their sources