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Newsish 10/16/2007 0

Tuesdays don’t require lead-ins.

Maybe more later, I’m pretty busy.

Today’s Vocab Word: Flatulence

Clever’s Newsish Items 10/3/2007 1



Don’t have a clue on the upcoming City Council At-large primary? Don’t know the candidates or what they are offering? Then take a look at the City Channel’s video voter project, an unbiased service to the community to educate the public as to the persons running and the policies they advocate, utilizing equal time streaming video segments. I really must commend those at the City Channel for putting this wonderful resource together.


  • Pulsejets down under
  • A comet loses its tail
  • Congress blinds DHS’s space-borne eye of Sauron, postpones domestic spy plan
  • Another follow up: Blackwater Hearings Ain’t no Superbad – A Wired correspondent’s take on the hearings yesterday. A good quote:

    What I found especially telling, given the consistently weak grasp of the issues, was that multiple representatives opened their remarks by talking about how Blackwater contractors protected them while on visits to Iraq. They often meant this as a compliment to the firm, and also a way of establishing their credentials on the issue. But it usually backfired, revealing a lack of simple curiosity. It showed that they’ve known about the massive use of contractors for years – they just didn’t bother to ask any questions, even when the issue was in their faces.

  • All hail Tweety:

I’ll probably find more. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.

Secure Security Securing Securative Securities 0

You should just read them.

My Wonderful Trip To South Africa That Didn’t Happen Thanks To The TSA And Delta Airlines

Interview with Kip Hawley, head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Behavior Detection Officers 0

Not Kidding:

Behavior detection officers work in pairs. Typically, one officer sizes up passengers openly while the other seems to be performing a routine security duty. A passenger who arouses suspicion, whether by micro-expressions, social interaction or body language, gets more serious scrutiny.

A behavior specialist may decide to move in to help the suspicious passenger recover belongings that have passed through the baggage X-ray. Or he may ask where the traveler is going. If more alarms go off, officers will “refer” the person to law enforcement officials for further questioning.

I feel ‘freer’ every day.

Via Daily Rotten

AT&T. Your world, censored. 0

The Net Neutrality debate just got alot more interesting…


After concluding our Sunday night show at Lollapalooza, fans informed us that portions of that performance were missing and may have been censored by AT&T during the “Blue Room” Live Lollapalooza Webcast.

When asked about the missing performance, AT&T informed Lollapalooza that portions of the show were in fact missing from the webcast, and that their content monitor had made a mistake in cutting them.

Found via a DKos article, which including the following observation:

That’s right. AT&T, like other telcos who say you can “just trust them” not to censor content in the absence of mandatory net neutrality, just did exactly what everyone who’s worried about net neutrality always believe they would do.

What’d that take? About ten seconds?

For more information on net neutrality and ways you can help protect expression on the internet, click thru to Save the Internet.

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