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December 10, 2002

I CANNOT believe this shit. I'm so angry I can barely type.

U.S. set to use mines in Iraq

"The Pentagon is preparing to use anti-personnel land mines in a war with Iraq, despite U.S. policy that calls for the military to stop using the mines everywhere in the world except Korea by 2003."

Jesus Christ!

The people of Iraq got bombed back to the Middle Ages during the Gulf War, irradiated by the US' depleted uranium tank shells, have suffered through a decade of economic sanctions that's killed more than a million civilians, get bombed fairly regularly by US & UK planes in the illegal "no-fly zone," and now we're going to fill their country with landmines so that a generation of "liberated" Iraqi youth can know the wonders of shrapnel scars and prosthetic limbs?

I'm actually beginning to hope that there is a Hell, because there ain't no Earth suffering that can punish these Washington warmongers enough to balance the scales.

[An enraged thanks to Dack.]

Posted by Jake at 11:02 PM
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It's pretty unbelievable news. U.S. is going to some effort to clean up the land mines in Afghanistan and now they're planning on planting some?? Seems like pretty backwards thinking.

While I do not condone the attacks that happen to our country, I certainly can understand why other countries hate us. And with this Iraq conquest, it can only get worse.

Posted by: Juanito Dolanski at December 11, 2002 02:27 PM

Maybe you should push to get the name changed. Land Mine doesn't sound so bad, you know. It sounds, rather, like a place where you dig dirt out of the dirt, or something.

My suggestions:
1) Hidden Kid-Whomper
2) Exploding Metal Dirt-Thingy
3) High-Speed Leg-Removal Device

By the way, some shyster lawyer should go to Southeast Asia, or a million other places, and start filing lawsuits over and over again for the civilian post-war damage that has been caused by landmines. There is obviously some serious negligence here, and that is actionable, isn't it?

Posted by: jeremy at December 11, 2002 04:20 PM

hey, everybody's gotta have somebody to hate.

besides, land mines are cool and they expire in 3 months...perfectly within UN guidelines.

Posted by: art mooney at December 12, 2002 12:37 AM
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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

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