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May 13, 2003

Okay, raise your hands if this makes you feel safer.

Homeland Security considers drone patrols

They're talking about flying flocks of robot spy planes to patrol the U.S. border!!

Apparently Tom Ridge wants to turn all of America into one big Orwell-inspired theme park. God bless his crypto-fascist heart!

"Predator drones". You know, those ones that we used to spy on Iraq and assassinate Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen? Those things are going to be cruising the southern parts of San Diego and El Paso, keeping a watchful eye on everything below. Groovy. Nothing spells security like that creepy feeling that you're being watched. I'll sleep easier at night knowing that the Border Patrol has the ability to launch hellfire missile attacks on guys sneaking into the U.S. to pick lettuce for a dollar an hour.

Flying spy robots! What the fuck sci-fi movie has my life wandered into? Next thing I know I'm going to be finding Smuckers Brand Soylent Green on the supermarket shelf and fighting Morlocks in the shower.

It's become an American tradition, the quick techno-fix. Somehow we've been tricked into thinking that if we throw a computer at a problem it'll go away. We can end hunger if we give laptops to the homeless. We can end racism by stapling microchips to Klansmen. Genetically-engineered pomegranates will bring about world peace. My fellow Americans, we are stupid. Sometimes technology can solve a problem. On rarer occasions, technology is the best solution to a problem. But it's not always the answer, and we need to start remembering that.

Now, keeping that in mind, who really thinks that robot fucking spyplanes are the best way of using American tax dollars to protect American citizens from terrorism?

That's what I thought.

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"Yep, looks like the Bear Patrol is doing its job."

"Immigants! I knew it was those immigants! Even when it was the bears, I knew it was the immigants!"

Posted by: Eric at May 14, 2003 11:04 AM

"Lisa, I'd like to buy your rock."

Posted by: Jake at May 14, 2003 11:38 AM

"We're here, we're queer, we don't any more bears!"

Posted by: Eric at May 16, 2003 10:12 AM

That's want any more bears, you idiot!

Okay, moving on...

Posted by: Eric at May 16, 2003 10:12 AM

And the difference between this and current levels of surveillance in cities is....?

The fact is that in driving through an average metro area you are probably recorded on a dozen cameras right now. Not to mention the ability to to satellite surveillance.

Posted by: Z at May 16, 2003 12:36 PM

yeah well, as a resident of the san diego/tijuana border and frecuent border crosser, i do not feel safer, it only shows how paranoid the US is right now..

the other day (as i was driving across the border) i was reading the automated sign they have, the one thay used to say that the border was "in a heightened state of alert", and it read..

"inmigration and naturalization service and border patrol are now part of the homeland security agency" or something like that..

whatever THAT means, is not good ...

Posted by: u at May 19, 2003 01:47 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

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.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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