"An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted." - Arthur Miller

Monday, August 25, 2008

Jon Stewart, Diebold, Lego Minifigs and Biden on Net Stuff

Jon Stewart Lectures Reporters - Daily Show host nails reporters for their inability to actually report the news. Thanks in a large part to the 24 hour news cycle, investigative journalism has gone away and based mostly on opportunity and whatever random ideas pop up in each others heads. He said the never-ending television news cycle creates a "false sense of urgency" and forces reporters to "follow the veins that have been mined," instead of pursuing serious and in-depth reporting. As he points out, the reporters are focused on crap of no importance like how well a candidate bowls then the issues themselves.

DieBold Admits Machines Are Faulty - The famed die bold machines that’s counties across the country spent millions on (thanks to prodding by republicans), finally admits what has become common knowledge. I think when they fought tooth and nail for paper back up, refused to allow outside scrutiny and just generally did everything possible to block any attempt at getting to the truth should have been a red flag for most. Sadly though, it seems despite this the machines will still be used this November and since most areas still do not mandate paper backup, voter fraud will likely continue on these devices.

How Lego Minifigs are Assembled - Click the link for a video that gives a rundown on how the Lego figures are built and assembled. It is amazing what machines can do.

Biden Bad on Net - While it seems many are voting based on how their feelings where hurt, sex (Hillary not winning), or sporting ability (oh noes Obama can't bowl!), for those that take issues into account here is some info. Turns out that Biden is neck deep in bed with the RIAA, MPAA and has demonstrated a dislike to net neutrality (which the telcos would love to see go away). Any other year and that might be cause for me to switch my vote but sadly John "McSame" McCain and his promise of four more years of Bush policies prevents that from occurring. I just have to hope the Democrats neuter the VP position so his ties to those groups don't become a problem.

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