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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Influenza Hysteria

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The swine flu is possibly the most over-hyped "pandemic" in a long time. We all remember the enormous media hype and scare tactics about the avian flu. Now they are doing the same thing with a less dangerous virus strain. The World Health Organization (WHO) is needlessly scaring the world and hurting economies globally as well. The mass media is just riding this wave to make money and in the process spreading these scare tactics even more.

Let us look at some facts from websites that actually deal with the statistics and facts and not the news media. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), during the week of April 12-18, there were 55 deaths due to the influenza virus, not the swine flu. There were 2,449 reported cases of the flu during that week and seven cases of the swine flu with one death in the United States. That death was a young child and young children and elderly people are known to be susceptible to far worse symptoms after contracting the flu.

Stupid things, like Britain buying 32 million masks for their citizens, are bad for the mentality of the populace and can only lead to the governments assuring the people even more that they are being taken care of and then they take more control. You are not being taken care of, there is nothing to fear. The swine flu symptoms are barely different than the normal flu and in some cases haven't even been as bad.

Quote from Cafferty:

"One scientist tells the Los Angeles Times that just because the swine flu is being identified in more countries doesn’t mean it’s spreading especially quickly, saying: 'You don’t ever find anything that you don’t look for.'"

This is why scientists are smart. Scientists are obviously not politicians and they obviously don't work in the media, because those people are comparably dumb.

Quote from Cafferty (user post):

"Terence from Piscataway, New Jersey writes:
Jack, It’s not overblown at all. When a member of our family catches this disease, we will all know what to do to get well and not spread it around. This is what makes our country so great. We are well-informed about everything through the media and you, Jack."

Terence, you are a moron. We already knew what to do to help prevent the spread because it spreads just like the flu does. If you think we are well-informed thanks to the mass media you are delusional. The fact that you don't think this was overblown proves my point.

If you ask how I think more control will be instituted, here is you answer. If this goes up to a level 6 disease according to the WHO, the CDC will ask all companies to have a "workplace pandemic coordinator or team" (from Computerworld) to make sure that employees are being sanitary. You will have some goon following you to the bathroom to make sure you washed your hands.

At this point I am almost hoping I get the swine flu so I can be fine in a week and not have to worry about that strain anymore. Then while everyone else is scared to death by the mass media, I will be out dancing around and having a good time. Sometimes I think we need a mass pandemic to wipe out a nice chunk of the world, maybe that will teach us to use our brains and help the environment at the same time.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Banning Things Doesn't Work: Part 2

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I know most of my rants about things be banned by law were about drugs, but I did have an earlier post about the possibility of banning exotic pets. I talked about the Burmese python population in southern Florida and the Everglades because of people releasing their pets into the wild. Well, as usual it seems the government is doing the wrong thing. Instead of trying to hold these inconsiderate, uninformed pet owners accountable, they plan on taking away all of our rights because of a few morons.

Welcome to H.R. 669. What a surprise that the sponsor is a Democrat. A whole load of pets are in question here including hamsters, guinea pigs, and other popular rodents. Of course, my concern is with exotic snakes, which I do keep and I keep them well. People like me who keep them well and don't abuse our rights should be allowed to do as we wish. If you really want to fix this problem, make an accountability system. Charge $25 dollars to take a quick knowledge test for whatever variety of pets you wish to own. This test should demonstrate that you know basic care and why you shouldn't release these animals. All you have to do is have a simple registration system with this and just the fact that you have to pay a small $25 dollars and know a little bit will change how many people are irresponsible. Also if you suddenly find someone missing a very rare pet you can track them down through this system and hold them accountable for environmental damage.

No need to ban things; for the last time.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Government = Cyber-Insecurity

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As if I needed any more reason to think the government should have nothing to do with our computer security. Well, they gave me another reason not surprisingly. Apparently data on a new fighter jet was downloaded from a "secure" location and over a few terabytes of it was stolen. That means this attack was not some quick breach, it was going on for some time. Do you really want this corrupt organization, who can't even keep their own top secrets safe, trying to defend everyone in this nation, including corporations, from cyber-attacks. Many, many organizations are a lot safer than the government; why do they not go to industry experts for help? Because they are more concerned with making you think they are helping than actually making anything any better.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Torture Is Not Effective

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It has long been debated whether or not torture actually gets any valuable information out of a person. The majority of psychologists say that it does not because the person will say anything to get you to stop the pain or panic, whatever one is trying to induce. Now we have an example to back this up. Apparently, one Al Qaeda prisoner was waterboarded 183 times. Let me ask this question, if you have to do an interrogation process 183 times on someone, is it really effective? Even after a few times the guy probably figured out a way to fool the system by acting like he was closer to passing out than he really was, or purposely passing out to stop it.

The United Nations has defined waterboarding as torture and the United States prosecuted top Japanese personnel after World War II for waterboarding some of our people. We should apply the same methodology to our own people who were in charge of this. I know some people will say "oh but they do it to our guys." You know what? Yes they do it to our people sometimes if they are captured. That is what has made us the good guys in the eyes of the world in the past. As much as some people would like to deny the fact that that matters, it does. If a lot of other major countries don't like you, they can put serious damage on your economy and make all of our lives a lot worse. Things work better when you are liked. The other bonus to having very humane treatment of prisoners of war is that soldiers from nations who are corrupt and are being forced to fight are a whole lot more likely to just surrender if they know they are going to get food, water, and shelter and not get killed.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

PETA Is A Waste of Life

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Some of the ideas that PETA comes up with really bother me. I am irritated at their stupidity and their complete ignorance to the fact that there are a lot more important things in courts than changing the name of a mascot.

If the case in this article goes to court, I will personally write to whoever I can in PETA and tell them they are a waste of life. Spearfish High School is being asked to change its name to "Sea Kittens" high school. What a joke. Actually PETA, in case you were wondering, there is a scientific classification of fish known as spearfish and/or billfish. We are not talking about spearing fish here and no one even thinks that when they are talking about a high school. Don't you people have anything better to do with your time? And just because I am really annoyed right now I am going to get picky. Quote:

"Most parents would never dream of spending a family weekend torturing kittens, but hooking fish through their mouths and pulling them through the water is just as painful as hooking a cat's mouth and dragging him or her behind a car."

Fish live in water, cats do not live in pavement. Hooking a fish in the mouth is less painful than a cat's and a lot less bloody. Dragging a cat over pavement will tear it to pieces. Dragging a fish through what it naturally swims through is not doing any extra damage.

Obviously all animals feel pain. No one is debating that fact. You PETA idiots seem to not realize that a lot of people do not care if animals feel a little pain. Competition between species is what got us here and it has been going on for millions of years, it is natural for being of one species to kill beings of another. We can't all be animal loving, pot smoking, hippies like you. By the way, when you walk down the sidewalks and roads you are probably stepping on ants. I am totally sure they feel pain too. Are you going to stop and give it a funeral? That would just be wrong if you didn't treat that poor ant just like we treat people now.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tea Party!

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TEA = Taxed Enough Already

Finally it seems people are tired of sitting around and doing nothing about the government and its ineptness. When you don't like something, it won't get fixed by hoping for better. Hundreds of tea parties took place around the country today to protest the insane government spending in the last 8 months between the end of the Bush administration and beginning of the Obama administration.

In the CNN article it was stated that we don't know what will happen when people get tired of protesting and that they might take up weapons or stop paying taxes. I'll tell you what will happen, both of those. If people get tired enough and feel that the way they want to live is in jeopardy, they will stop funding the government and they will get rid of it one way or another just as this country did to get away from England.

Monday, April 13, 2009

To The Bush Haters And Obama Lovers: They Are The Same

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I loved listening to a few of my professors constantly tell me about how George Bush had his questioners picked out before any of his press conferences; and I don't disagree with them either. The funny part about it is their complete ignorance to their own left wing fools doing the same thing. I actually listened to one of these morons tell me about how Barack Obama answered hard questions from unknown people a few weeks back. Read the article.

If he didn't know who these people were he got extremely lucky. The odds are overwhelmingly not in his favor and the evidence is shouting the same thing: he picked who was going to ask him questions beforehand at a press conference.

This is the advantage of being a member of a small but growing third party who is neither more to the right or to the left. Libertarians are socially liberal and fiscally conservative. We sit here and laugh at the bickering that these two parties start through the media to completely blind everyone to what is really going on. My professors, that will go unnamed, are a perfect example.

Are We Really This Lazy?

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This is going to be a really short post but it needs to be done.

This is possibly the most pathetic and telling product I have ever seen. Are we really so fat and lazy that we need a fake jump rope that makes rope noises so we don't actually have to get off the ground? Stop eating fast food so much, exercise more, control your portions, stop drinking so much alcohol and you will be fine.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Media Bias On Global Warming And Stupidity

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For some (unknown?) reason, the mainstream American media refuses to cover the growing movement against the idea that carbon dioxide emissions are the soul reason for global warming. For a long time now I have agreed that carbon dioxide emissions may have had an effect on "global warming" but that it was going through a natural pattern and Al Gore is being a scare artist. After recent reports from NASA, yes that is NASA and they are reputable and control all of the spacecraft which give us radar and data, I am starting to think otherwise.

According to the first article (and the NASA article since that is their source), aerosols (and sulfur too) can actually cool down the atmosphere because aerosols reflect and absorb sunlight. They also change the properties of clouds that contain them by making them more reflective. What is comical about this is that during the 1970's we put major controls on aerosols and sulfur emissions to stop pollution and because of "global cooling". The article also states that soot (black-carbon aerosols, China puts out a lot) absorb heat and help warm up the atmosphere and could be the largest cause of warming.

Other studies show that dust particles may also have a larger affect on warming and ocean temperature than greenhouse gases. US scientists are saying that controlling soot emissions would do a whole lot more for the atmosphere than worrying about greenhouse gases. Where is the mass, mainstream media in reporting the truth? No where to be found.

Could we have possibly found the culprit? Oh yes, it is politicians, of course. Stop trying to convince people that we can or even should attempt to control the atmosphere. We don't even have a clue how the whole system works. I know we hate to think we don't have control but leave it alone. Al Gore and his idiot goons have been feeding you crap with their false thermographs (leaving out all kinds of variables) for years now; it is time for it to stop.

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So now we move on to more idiots suggesting fixes for something we obviously don't know a whole lot about. Most of this is coming from the second article listed, the first is a bit of a joke. Apparently some Obama science chief came up with a genius idea. Let's genetically engineer trees to use up a lot more carbon dioxide and then spray the atmosphere with the proper aerosols. Wow, what a genius idea.

Do we think about the consequences of anything before we just throw it into action? Genetically engineer trees? We are the ones that are supposed to be not throwing new species into the environment and now that is exactly what is being suggested. Do we have any idea how these trees might dominate other plants, especially if the carbon dioxide levels are as high as they say? What will this mean if different plants start going extinct? It will mean whatever eats those plants will probably go extinct and then whatever animal eats whatever was eating those plants will also go extinct; and on goes the cycle for awhile before equilibrium is again achieved. Then we will spray the atmosphere with aerosol. Do we have any idea what side affects of that would be? Next thing you know we will have dropped the Earth's temperature too much and instead of melting polar ice caps killing polar bears you will have cooled tropics killing entire coral reefs.

We really do have a bunch of morons running the world and it is entirely our fault for electing them. A new party is needed; a party of people who have not yet rolled in success.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Ted Stevens Screw-Up

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This could end up being a great example of how politicians will use any tactics to get into office. This country was built on the idea that the people choose who they want to be in office based on their ideas for the nation, correct? Well the politicians we elect don't see it that way; they see it as "anything goes to get my easy salary".

After I thought this man was a shame to politics, Former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens had all charges against him dismissed by a U.S. District Judge who is now also opening a federal investigation of the prosecution team that was against Senator Stevens (he would have won if not for this so he deserves Senator). This could have been any one of three things and none of them are good for the prosecutors:

1) The prosecution was really just that inept. In this case they should all be fired and never allowed to serve in law again because they are absolutely pathetic.

2) Someone had a personal grudge against Senator Stevens and decided that this would be a good way to get at him. In this case whoever this may be, including the prosecution, should all be fired and charged with obstruction on as many counts as possible. This cannot be tolerated.

3) This may not be likely, but if this was planned by any group of people in the Democrat party to get one of their own in office, this election should be redone and the people involved should all be fired, charged with obstruction of justice, sued for everything they have by Stevens for the damages they did, and be exposed to America.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Government Wants To Control The Banks

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The only reason I say "Government" instead of "Obama" in the title is because Bush has a major part in this as well. You would think that the government would want the money back from the bailouts that it gave to banks; I mean that is what it was intended to be, a loan, right? Of course not. That is why at this point the government is not letting any major banks give back their bailouts. Some major banks do not want to have to deal with the strings the government has recently attached to the money and they don't want Obama to be able to control the pay of everyone in the company. I wouldn't want that in my company that's for sure.

This whole stink started in late 2008 under Bush when certain banks were forced to take a bailout under threat of government audit. So basically, our government blackmailed our banks, the private sector, into taking government money. The whole time they had planned to keep control over the banks and now that the banks want out, and are willing to give back all of the taxpayer money, they won't take the money back. We are about to spend trillions of dollars and the government, full of buffoons, will not take the money back because of the power it gives them. This, ladies and gentlemen, was the reason the government was not supposed to be big. Once power grows, it grows exponentially faster and it does not give up power until a revolution occurs. Someone needs to bring one really soon.

Monday, April 6, 2009

War Ethics

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Let me use this first paragraph to make this topic clear. I am going to be talking about what is right or wrong during a war. This is not to debate whether or not a war was just or unjust to start in the first place. For the purposes of this post, assume any given war has already begun.

Because I have only one source, I am not going to choose sides here. A human rights group is claiming that Israel mistreated the wounded and attacked medical personnel in the recent invasions in Gaza. Israel is doing its own investigation and is claiming that fighters coming against them were posing as medical personnel or wounded people to lure them in to combat where they would have an advantage. The human rights group has requested and independent investigation and I think that is a great idea.

There are two possibilities for what has occurred here. The first is that Israel really did as the claims say. If this is true Israel is just as bad as any evil dictator and we should not be allies with them. That would be truly wrong and it should be reprimanded. If Israel's claim is true then what they did was fine. If you, as a fighter or combatant, choose to pose as medical personnel or a wounded person you take away the rights of your own medical personnel or wounded. If I am a soldier or a commander and I know this is has been going on, I am going to care about my own life or my own men's lives a lot more than my opponents. This is simply how war goes. You can't fake like you are a non-combatant, then start attacking, and expect that your opponents won't start shooting at other non-combatants.

We will need more information before we can make a decision on this. If anyone has anymore sources on this please post.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ridding The World Of Nuclear Weapons

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Now here is something I can agree with the President on: the world definitely needs to get rid of its nuclear weapons. Back to reality: it won't happen. As long as the knowledge is there someone will try to use them for real or as a deterrent; even if we, the USA, lead the way in destroying them. Here is one of the differences between me and President Obama. The President likes to talk about how they "feel" things are going and what would be ideal for this country. Wonderful. In reality, you can't think that way; you must think about what is feasible. I like to think about what is possible to do. Not everything can be this perfect ideal that everyone dreams of.

Back to the point; who are we to control what other countries are allowed to have and not have? Pull back inside our borders and defend with a vengeance if we are attacked. We shouldn't care in the least bit what other nations want to achieve or what inhumanities are being committed. Those that are oppressed always outnumber the oppressors by a large number and can free themselves as the founders of this country did. We have made a joke out of our military by spreading it so far around the world and too thin. If we used it just as a nasty self-defense no one would bother attacking us either. If someone attacked our home soil we wipe them off of the face of the earth and come back home and move on. Simple. Controlling the world with our military is not the answer.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Global Warming Bias

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There is nothing more disgusting to me than an obvious bias in the United States' mass media. The media is responsible for informing people of what is really happening and they clearly do not do that or I would have found a trace of this news on at least one of the major news sites.

First let me explain why any information about global warming is big news no matter which side it is on. Global warming could, by itself, determine the outcome of our economic situation. The government is ready to implement drastic measures to stop global warming. If the cause is us and it really is bad then we must do what is necessary. If the cause is not us this will be a gigantic waste of money and this is not a good time to waste a large sum. That said, why is the media not reporting this recent news that top Japanese scientists are breaking away from the US and the UN on the idea that global warming is caused by man?

Quote from the first article from The Register:

"One of the five contributors compares computer climate modelling to ancient astrology. Others castigate the paucity of the US ground temperature data set used to support the hypothesis, and declare that the unambiguous warming trend from the mid-part of the 20th Century has ceased.

The report by Japan Society of Energy and Resources (JSER) is astonishing rebuke to international pressure, and a vote of confidence in Japan's native marine and astronomical research. Publicly-funded science in the West uniformly backs the hypothesis that industrial influence is primarily responsible for climate change, although fissures have appeared recently. Only one of the five top Japanese scientists commissioned here concurs with the man-made global warming hypothesis.

JSER is the academic society representing scientists from the energy and resource fields, and acts as a government advisory panel. The report appeared last month but has received curiously little attention. So The Register commissioned a translation of the document - the first to appear in the West in any form. Below you'll find some of the key findings - but first, a summary."

Read the rest of that article please.

The fourth article listed, also from The Register, explains an alternate theory actually created by American scientists and that somehow still hasn't made the major news. We are about to spend possibly trillions of dollars on stopping global warming which may be stopped already, and all because the media doesn't inform people. You have to go out and look.

What could be the reasons for this lack of reporting and obvious bias? I had actually bought into the man-made global warming to a point until now. I think we may have had an affect on it but it is a natural cycle. I can think of a few reasons for this.

1. The majority of the media wants America to fail for some unknown, sick reason.

2. The majority of the media is ultra-liberal and wants corporations to fail so by implementing cap and trade they can keep them under control and wield more power over companies.

Any other reasons why this wouldn't be reported?

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Beginning Of Censorship

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The beginning of censorship usually happens when the government wants to take over "oversight" of something or run something in "your best interest". Say hello to the future of internet censorship. The government now wants to take over cybersecurity and make cybersecurity rules that would also affect private institutions. Don't you think the government should have to show they can competently secure anything before telling a business how to be secure? The United States government is like one big cyber leak and now they want to run national cybersecurity.

Quote from The Register:

"US senators have drafted legislation that would give the federal government unprecedented authority over the nation's critical infrastructure, including the power to shut down or limit traffic on private networks during emergencies."

Wonderfully vague, as usual. What kind of emergencies are we talking? Raise the terror level to red and create an emergency so you can control what people see during that time? Everything is always vague so that the government has plenty of wiggle room to try and control something that the bill wasn't meant for. That way, since most Americans pay attention to nothing, people don't even know what is going on.

If the President had to fear for his life (or if they made up the situation), then they could easily take any content that was against the President and block it. Far too vague.

Quote from Network World:

"Federal legislation introduced in the Senate this week would give President Obama the power to declare a cybersecurity emergency and then shut down both public and private networks including Internet traffic coming to and from compromised systems."

Too much power; too vague. Anything can be turned into a cybersecurity emergency. After watching what is going on with the internet in the likes of China, Australia, and Germany, I am not a big fan of any internet control. It is the last place with completely free flowing information; there is your reason why they want to control it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Media Should Leave Conficker Alone

I am sick and tired of the media using scare tactics on ignorant people in this nation. Within the last week, the Conficker Worm has gotten so much media attention that people were actually comparing this to what we thought was going to happen when 1999 turned into 2000 at midnight. The worm was set to receive some kind of updates today, and because such a big deal was made of it, what it got was minimal. The writers of this were most likely not wanting this insane publicity right now. Once we all forget about it, and we will, they will do whatever it is they wanted to do.

Real information: Most of the time the Conficker Worm exploits a vulnerability in Windows that was patched in October. The worm was most likely written by reverse engineering the Microsoft patch. If you update your computer, you are most likely fine. It also moves using autorun when you plug in an infected USB flash drive. Don't let random people plug anything into your computer.

With the amount of machines they have now it will not be nearly as bad as most news outlets are stating. Most estimates put the botnet they now control at a little over 2 million computers. That is extremely large for a botnet and they could probably perform denial of service attacks on some major corporations or the government (I can only hope for that one). They are not going to knock out the entire power grid (at least not until Obama implements his smart grid, then maybe they can) or take the entire internet offline. Stop the scare tactics.