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March 27, 2005

Police 'showdown' averted in Schiavo case

I was only going to post one item about this whole business, but this simply must be blogged:

'Hours after a judge ordered that Terri Schiavo was not to be removed from her hospice, a team of state agents were en route to seize her and have her feeding tube reinserted -- but they stopped short when local police told them they would enforce the judge's order, The Herald has learned.

Agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told police in Pinellas Park, the small town where Schiavo lies at Hospice Woodside, on Thursday that they were on the way to take her to a hospital to resume her feeding.

For a brief period, local police, who have officers at the hospice to keep protesters out, prepared for what sources called ``a showdown.''' (Miami Herald article [free registration required])
Avoid the free registration bullshit by reading this mirrored copy of the article over at Steve Gillard's News Blog. Link found via Majikthise.

March 26, 2005

Man tried to steal gun to "rescue Terri Schiavo"

'A man was arrested after trying to steal a weapon from a gun shop so he could "take some action and rescue Terri Schiavo," authorities said. Michael W. Mitchell, of Rockford, Ill., entered Randall's Firearms Inc. in Seminole just before 6 p.m. Thursday with a box cutter and tried to steal a gun, said Marianne Pasha, a spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Randy McKenzie, the owner of Randall's Firearms, said Mitchell pulled out the box cutter and broke the glass on a couple of display cases. "He told me if I wasn't on Terri's side then I wasn't on God's side, either," McKenzie told The Associated Press.' (Bradenton Herald article via Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog)


The site was defaced... hopefully posting this entry will restore the normal index page. Let's see...

...yep, it worked. Wasn't too painful. Still, the mantra is in order:

May all script kiddiots everywhere find the enlightenment of True Knowledge.

March 25, 2005

Smuggler hauls art into the museum (again)

'A British graffiti artist who goes by the name “Banksy” went one step further, by smuggling in his own picture of a soup can and hanging it on a wall, where it stayed for more than three days earlier this month before anybody noticed.


“My sister inspired me to do it. She was throwing away loads of my pictures one day and I asked her why. She said ’It’s not like they’re going to be hanging in the Louvre.”’ He took that as a challenge. “I thought why wait until I’m dead,” he said.' (MSNBC article)

March 23, 2005

EPIC continues to probe ChoicePoint

This is from an EPIC bulletin dated March 11, 2005. The hearings they mention should have happened by now, but I haven't had a chance to keep up with latest developments, as right now I'm in the middle of several messy and time-consuming things all at once. Anyway, certain things bear repeating:

'Serious questions continue to surround the sale of personal information to criminals by ChoicePoint, a commercial data broker. Last week, it was revealed that ChoicePoint had also sold personal information to criminals in 2002. This week, security breaches were announced by commercial data broker Seisint, and by retailer DSW Shoe Warehouse.The continued news of new and old breaches has shifted the debate in Washington from one where Congress was discussing whether a problem exists, to one where legislators are focusing on what should be done. Hearings on ChoicePoint will be held within the next week in the Senate
Banking Committee and the House Commerce and Ways and Means Committees.'
Find more information at the Electronic Privacy Information Center's ChoicePoint page.

Senators Chambliss-Nelson Introduce Intelligence Reform Bill

'WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Ben Nelson, D-Neb., today will introduce intelligence reform legislation that would create, for the first time, a unified intelligence command (INTCOM) to bring a majority of the military intelligence capabilities within the Department of Defense (DoD) under a single commander.

The Military Reorganization Act of 2005 would provide the new Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with one primary advisor regarding military intelligence, and help ensure our combatant commanders and our troops on the ground have a military intelligence structure that is streamlined, inclusive, easy to use, and provides them access to the most timely and accurate intelligence available.' (Information Warfare Site article)

March 13, 2005

New Erik Davis Book

Erik Davis, the maverick researcher whose independent seminars I've recently had occasion to enjoy, has a brand new book out. Guess what it's about? From his own announce mailing list:

'I am happy to announce the publication of my book on the fourth Led Zeppelin record, the one with the four goofy symbols, "Stairway to Heaven," and the weird old man on the cover. This laborette of love is part of Continuum's 33.3 series, which features writers on different classic rock and pop albums. The books are short, which means they not only read fast and fit snugly in your pocket (they are slightly larger than a PDA), but cost just under ten bucks. So please check it out, and pass on the word.'
Consider it done, Erik. Oh, he also sends over a few choice snippets. How about this one:
'So what happens when we take Crowley's advice and start playing Led Zeppelin records backwards? If you get your hands on a Technics deck or decent sound software and reverse Stairway to Heaven's central verses, you will probably just hear the slurring, sucking sonic taffy that youd expect. But if the appropriate passages are properly isolated, and you are prompted beforehand, then you are likely to hear things like "Here's to my sweet Satan" or "There's no escaping it". I certainly did, although the actual phrases sounded more like "Yish tomai swee Zaydn" and "Hair-airs no esgaybin id"' (...)
What else to add... Ah, yes: If you really can't think of a nice neighborhood bookstore to wander off to, here's a link for ya, you lazy bastard.

March 07, 2005

NASA Fakes Moon Landing!

'Heroic images or NASA fraud? At last we have the conclusive proof! The image on the left clearly shows the supposed 25,000 of thrust generated by the lunar lander to arrest its descent. Yet in the image on the right, where is the giant crater this would have created? Looks like the complex web of NASA lies is about to unravel!' (brainsluice article)