30 April, 2004

The Tough Questions

From the BBC coverage of the mistreated prisoners in Baghdad:

But he rejected a comparison with the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad during the days of Saddam Hussein.

"I don't think you can compare the two. Saddam Hussein's prisoners were not only tortured but executed. It was much worse than what is there now."

Yeah, see. We don't kill them. Just torture them. Obviously, that makes us better than Hussein.

One of the suspended soldiers, Staff Sergeant Chip Frederick, said the way the army ran the prison had led to the abuse.

"We had no support, no training whatsoever. And I kept asking my chain of command for certain things... like rules and regulations," he told CBS. "It just wasn't happening."

Do you really need rules and regulations to tell you not to hook up a guy's genitals to an electrical current? I mean, yeah, there can be some tough questions:

  • How much food should a prisoner get?
  • Should they be allowed to leave their cells for exercise?
  • What do you do when two prisoners start fighting?

But at what point does "Should I have the prisoners simulate oral sex on each other" come up?

Blondie-Bear No More

For Jenny:

Former Buffy The Vampire Slayer star James Marsters has shaved off his famous peroxide locks for charity. The actor, who played vampire Spike on Buffy and spin-off Angel, is sick of his slicked-back blonde look and has shaved it all off to raise cash for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles. Marsters raised $25,000 for the cause by auctioning off his locks, and has now adopted a shaven new look. He says, "I've been looking forward to like looking in the mirror and seeing the old James - the one I'm used to. I want him back."

From IMDB's Movie & TV News.

Ooh, Shiny

Checklist for a great video:

  • Naked women
  • Wearing body paint
  • John Ashcroft
  • Light bondage

Oh yeah. They've got all of that right here.


27 April, 2004

Naked Bike Ride

You know, there's good naked. And there's bad naked. Guess where this fits into the dichotomy.

23 April, 2004

The Tron Guy

Jay Maynard, the Tron guy, was just on The Don & Mike Show. I managed to record most of it (missed probably the first minute or so), so enjoy.

Man on Fire

So Denzel Washington has a new movie coming out (or maybe it came out today...not quite sure), called Man on Fire. Now, not knowing anything about the movie, I really want to see it because of the what the radio ads for it have to say:

Denzel literally sets the screen on fire!

I shit you not, they actually say this on the radio. And I'm stoked to see the movie now. I want to see how Denzel Washington gets into the movie theatre and sets that movie screen on fire. Does he use napalm? Maybe douse the screen in gas and throw a lit match at it? And how does he get to all of those movie theatres to set these fires?

I can only hope that I do not die of smoke inhalation, or that all of the screens in the area have been set on fire before I get a chance to see the movie.

19 April, 2004

Booty Babe Art

Damn. Was your daddy a butcher? Cos it looks like someone shoved two fine hams down the back of your dress.


Ugly Pants

Behold, some ugly-ass pants:

ugly pants

But wait, they've spawned:

ugly shorts

I think I shall call them...Mini-Me!

(Both articles of clothing from the nice people at J. Crew)

14 April, 2004

G-Mail Under Attack

California Lawmaker Tries to Block Google Mail

A California state senator Monday said she was drafting legislation to block Google Inc.'s free e-mail service "Gmail" because it would place advertising in personal messages after searching them for key words.

"We think it's an absolute invasion of privacy. It's like having a massive billboard in the middle of your home," Sen. Liz Figueroa, a Democrat from Fremont, California, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"We are asking them to rethink the whole product," she said.

And then...

European groups recently lodged a complaint with UK authorities, charging that Gmail may violate Europe's privacy laws because it stores messages where users cannot permanently delete them. Europe's privacy protection laws give consumers the right to retain control over their communications.

No one is going to be forced to use G-Mail. It is a service for which you will sign up. Included in the terms of use will most likely be language along the lines of: we monitor your e-mail, and place ads in it based on the content you receive. If you don't like that, then don't use the fucking service, asswipe.

What's so fucking hard about that?

I can understand the privacy concerns, but the fact of the matter is, when I send someone e-mail, I have no guarantee of privacy. The person on the receiving end can easily send my e-mail out to thousands of others with just a click of the mouse. The only thing that protects me is how much I trust a person.

And to rebutt the European issue: there is no guarantee that whoever is hosting your e-mail doesn't have a tape backup of sensitive e-mails you sent or received six months, and thought you had deleted. Unless you have your own mail server, you run this risk!

So basically: there is no privacy on the internet. If you're worried about other people reading your mail, look into encryption using GPG or PGP.

08 April, 2004


Man Says Election Sticker Ruined Jacket

A man says election day has left its mark on him and he is not happy about it. Robert Bonoff wants the city to pay for a new suede coat that he said has been ruined by a voting sticker.

Bonoff says the "I voted today" sticker he was handed and asked to wear after voting in the March 2 presidential primary ruined his suede coat.


Stamford Director of Legal Affairs Tom Cassone said Bonoff will not be compensated. The city is not liable for damage caused by stickers handed out at the polls, city-sponsored blood drives or other events, he said.

And more importantly, no one from the city actually put the sticker on his coat. He was handed a sticker and asked to wear it. He could have worn it anywhere. (I myself put those stickers on my laptop or monitor). However, proving that he did not have the common sense doled out to a sack of hammers, Mr. Bonoff affixed it to his fucking suede coat.

So, to summarize the summary: it's your own damn fault for doing it...bitch.

02 April, 2004

Money Scam

So I've become accustomed to the Nigerian money scam e-mails, but today, I got a new one:

Dear Friend,

Good day to you. I may have to trouble your sense ofpersonalachievement and reward for an opportunity properlytaken advantageof.

I work for Allied Irish Bank Plc here in Dublin,Ireland. I am arelationship officer and one of my biggest customers was Isam Mattar, aLebanese, now deceased. He had a fixed time deposit with my Bank whichhas matured and remains unclaimed till now. It runs into the value of 24Million Euro.

I knew him so well since he was one of my most performing accounts.However the account opening package of Isam Mattar does not containany next of kin and neither has it been possible to trace any relative ofIsam Mattar. My personal know of Isam Mattar and experience in thebanking industry reveals that such monies remain recycling in the moniesof the bank until finally they may be dissipated as unclaimed funds.

Etc, etc.

Really. If I wanted to throw my money away on an Irishman, I'd take him to the pub and start a tab.

Yeah, I know. There I go, perpetuating a stereotype. What a shock. Just accept it as humor in poor taste and move along. Thanks.