Category Archives: security theater

The Drone Problem: Restriction Can’t Make Technology Less Scary

Drones.  It's a huge topic, but this article by the ACLU does a great job with its major points and substantive links-for-more-info.  (That's also a real, researched article; and this is a blog post; so compare accordingly.) My own take … Continue reading

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Class warfare > Class massacre

Those complaining about the Occupy protests being Class Warfare are right.  Finally, it's turning to a war, with both sides aware that they're fighting it. Thus far, it's been Class Genocide, with one side pooling their immense resources to safely … Continue reading

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Oh yay, I don’t really have to say it after all

Awesome author and thinker Cat Valente takes care of writing The Osama Is Dead Post for me. The long-and-short-of-it: Well, I don't know. Seems like one more corpse on the pile to me. Sorry, but this war, this decade of … Continue reading

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When the Law is on Your Side

U.S. Federal Statue Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law This statute makes it a crime for any person acting under color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom to willfully deprive or cause to … Continue reading

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Fantastic Info: Radiation

Don't miss the awesomely informative graphic at http://xkcd.com/radiation/. Fun takeaways include: Living within 50 miles of a coal-power plant for a year doses you with almost three times as much radiation as living within 50 miles of a nuclear-power plant … Continue reading

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Arisia 2011, said the totally bland headline

(Yes, sometimes I am allergic to bland titles for things.  Shup.) So, I've never been to a big bustling con before.  I've been to Construct, which is a small (comparatively) relaxacon in SE MI, and run by by my friends … Continue reading

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DON’T PANIC — but DO pay attention

Preamble:  I maintain, personally and professionally, that there is no good logical reason to ever be pessimistic. (Pessimism is different from considering all the options; it’s specifically expecting the negative or unpleasant ones.)  Optimism is free and has its own … Continue reading

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Are Brains Supposed To Squish Like That?

Ahem.   (Image of the evil ScanTron courtesy of some forum and Google Search.  ;) So, the GRE sucked, pretty much exactly as I’d expected….I hate tests.  For any information or theory or skill that I’m supposed to have learned, … Continue reading

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WOW WOW chicka WOW WOW chicka chicka chicka

Okay, this made me so happy, I was clapping at my desk, and screw what anybody here thinks. Four stars for musicianship and mega-protest-eriffic awesomeness: Rage Against the Machine grabs a megaphone and performs a capella after cops shut down … Continue reading

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Security Theater at the Doctor’s Office

I don’t know about you, but “Security Theater” is about my least favorite thing in the world. Security Theater, if you aren’t familiar with the term coined by the awesomer-than-awesome Bruce Schneier, is basically what it sounds like: A “show” … Continue reading

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