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Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Some Daily Rants

Starting with the Ville. This guy sounds as pissed off as me!

How can anyone who worships cop killers, black clad anarchist dweebs, child-killing terrorists and Fidel Castro talk about peace and justice? Shut the fuck up and don’t eat the brown acid. The brown acid is bad.

I'm loving it. I'm feeling it!

Oh, and for all those who think that socialized medicine is sooooooo great? Here's a big middle finger waving in your direction. "US surgery safer than under NHS" Nothing else needs to be said.

Thanks to RNS and Samizdata for those two links.

Also found at Samizdata was a quote that bears repeating, if only as a warning:
"This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration! Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future."
- Attributed to Adolf Hitler, 1935. Sound like anyone you know?

On the international front, France is threatening to block a UN vote on Libyan sanctions, unless they get more money from Libya. This all stems from the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which Libya has claimed responsiblity for, and paid restitution to the USA. France wants money as well. The kicker? France has already gotten paid.

France and Libya had agreed in 1999 for a $33 million compensation package to be shared by families of the 170 people — giving relatives of each victim about $194,000.

Just how dispicable are the French going to prove themselves to be? Every time I turn around, I see more evidence that this back-water, first-world-country-wannabe is nothing more than a shit-filled cesspool of greedy, backstabbing, slimey, sneaky, power-hungry, half-rate, despots in training. When is the USA going to stop treating France like an equal? France doesn't deserve to lick the dirt from the USA's cowboy boots.

In the USA, if you haven't heard about the Recording Industry suing everyone and their mothers, you've been hiding out for too long. This is flat out rediculous.

The RIAA also announced an amnesty program for people who admit they illegally share music, promising not to sue them in exchange for their admission and pledge to delete the songs off their computers. The offer does not apply to people who already are targets of legal action.

Hey, I have a better idea! Why doesn't this industry, which holds a virtual monopoly over music in America, actually find a way to use this technology to sell music to the consumer? It's already being done, on a smaller scale by a computer company, and it's a sucess. Would it be so hard for the RIAA to do that? But golly gee, that would mean that the RIAA might have to actually find bands with talent, as well as show some inovation and resourcefulness. It would also mean that the RIAA couldn't make billions of dollars selling one or two good songs surrounded by absolute crap for $20.00 a pop. In short, the RIAA is an Industrial Age giant, screaming and kicking and trying to hold back the Information Age, never knowing that they've already been passed by. I've never downloaded songs before, but I think I just might start as my own tiny act of defiance.

That's all for now. I'll be back later.

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