Abuse Of Power Still Lives In New York City

June 5, 2007

Bike Raid on East 6th Street

At first Carnevale took still pictures, then he switched the digital camera into video mode. He approached the plainclothes lieutenant who seemed to be in charge and asked for his name. Carnevale says the officer gave his name, but got annoyed when asked to spell it. “You got my name,” the officer says on the video. “I did you a favor. . . . Now I’m going to lock you up.”

And he did, sending Carnavale to the pokey for 22 hours on a charge of disorderly conduct. The cop also rang up Carole Vale, a nurse who happened by and asked for an explanation. Vale spent 13 hours in a cell, on the same count.

Where’s the accountability of all those who carried out these bullshit arrests? When the two go to court and the charges are dropped, what compensation will there be for the unjustified and illegally lost hours? Will all those in the apparatus of these bullshit arrests themselves be arrested and made to lose hours like those two had to?

This is such utter bullshit. It’s an abuse of power.

In the future, many people will hang.

Because they fucking deserve to.

It will finally be a government of, for and by the people.


Spam King Busted: Just Give Him To Me!

May 31, 2007

‘Spam King’ suspect seized

[...] if he’s found guilty of the fraud, money laundering and identity theft charges in the 35-count indictment, he could spend decades behind bars.

Not good enough.

If this is the guy whose shit was responsible for hijacking this desktop PC, causing me to have to spend a straight week of 12-hour days regaining control from its covert spamming activities, just give him to me.

I will save our government a lot of money.


Litvinenko Is Not Forgotten Here

May 22, 2007

Spy Murder Charge ‘Politically Motivated’
Former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi has dismissed as “politically motivated” Britain’s claim that he murdered fellow spy Alexander Litvinenko.

“I did not kill Litvinenko, have nothing to do with his death and can prove with facts my distrust of the so-called evidence collected by Britain’s justice system,” he told the Russian-owned Itar-Tass news agency.

Lugovoi will be charged if he can be extradited from Russia.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said it will ask for him to be returned to the UK.

At a news conference, Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald said: “I have today concluded that the evidence given to us by the police is sufficient to charge Andrei Lugovoi with the murder of Mr Litvinenko by deliberate poisoning.

Previously in this blog:
“The bastards got me, but they won’t get everybody.”
“…but they won’t get everybody.”


Hey, Mickey Mouse Will Lobby For It!

May 21, 2007

Arguing For Infinite Copyright… Using Copied Ideas And A Near Total Misunderstanding Of Property

Well, well, well. I don’t think we’ve ever had a single story submitted to us more often than Mark Helprin’s opinion piece in the NY Times over the weekend, trying (and failing) to support the idea that copyright deserves to last forever and be passed on from descendant to descendant. Before getting into the details of why he’s wrong (and confused), I should note that it certainly is interesting that just as a new “copyright alliance” has formed to push for stronger copyright laws, we start seeing articles like this one and others pushing the argument for stronger copyright and patent laws to extreme positions. A conspiracy-minded person might suggest that this is no coincidence, and that the best way to get stronger copyright and patent laws passed is to first get people arguing about ridiculously strong laws, and then get them to agree to “lesser” changes that are still much stronger than what we have today.

Previously in this blog:
Disney: Our Terrorist Mouse Is Better Than Their Terrorist Mouse Anyway
More Re: The Tyranny
Tyranny In My Lifetime!
There Had Better Be A Huge Outrage Over This!
Mickey Mouse: A Real Terrorist!


Disney: Our Terrorist Mouse Is Better Than Their Terrorist Mouse Anyway

May 21, 2007

Disney Explains Reaction to Hamas Show

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – The Walt Disney Co. didn’t speak out when Hamas militants used a Mickey Mouse look-alike to preach Islamic domination because the company felt it would be ineffective, Disney’s chief executive said Monday.

Disney CEO Robert Iger said he and other executives considered ways to react to the recent Hamas show for children that featured someone dressed in what appeared to be a Mickey Mouse costume, railing against Israel and the United States in a high-pitched cartoonish voice.

“We didn’t mobilize our forces and seek to either have the clip taken down or to make any broad public statement about it,” Iger told a gathering of the Society of Business Editors and Writers at the Disneyland Hotel.

“We were appalled by the use of our character to disseminate that kind of message,” he said “I think anytime any group seeks to exploit children in that manner, it’s despicable.”

Yeah, but it’s just peachy-keen for you to exploit children to fund your subversion of the Copyright law and the destruction of the traditional public domain!

I hope they also rip off Minnie — and make her wear a burka!

Previously in this blog:
Mickey Mouse: A Real Terrorist!


There Had Better Be A Huge Outrage Over This!

May 15, 2007

Gonzales proposes new crime: “Attempted” copyright infringement

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is pressing the U.S. Congress to enact a sweeping intellectual property bill that would increase criminal penalties for copyright infringement, including “attempts” to commit piracy.

“To meet the global challenges of IP crime, our criminal laws must be kept updated,” Gonzales said during a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington on Monday.

The Bush administration is throwing its support behind a proposal called the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007, which is likely to receive the enthusiastic support of the movie and music industries and would represent the most dramatic rewrite of copyright law since a 2005 measure dealing with pre-release piracy.

Dig this:

* Criminalize “attempting” to infringe copyright. Federal law currently punishes not-for-profit copyright infringement with between 1 and 10 years in prison, but there has to be actual infringement that takes place. The IPPA would eliminate that requirement. (The Justice Department’s summary of the legislation says: “It is a general tenet of the criminal law that those who attempt to commit a crime but do not complete it are as morally culpable as those who succeed in doing so.”)

What the hell does that mean? Does that mean if someone even downloads and installs a copy of any P2P program that they’re automatically breaking the law? It damn well sounds like it to me! And you’d better wake up fast to this because this Administration is just totally insane!

Need some more proof? Here’s the other part:

* Permit more wiretaps for piracy investigations. Wiretaps would be authorized for investigations of Americans who are “attempting” to infringe copyrights.

I don’t think it’s out of the question this Administration would finagle this into somehow being a Homeland Security issue. And when that happens, they don’t need to get any warrants for their taps.

We are being betrayed into slavery!

This is tyranny!


Compassionate Conservatism My Goddam Ass!

May 14, 2007

US conservatives block cancer vaccine for girls

Plans to vaccinate young girls against the sexually-transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer have been blocked in several US states by conservative groups, who say that doing so would encourage promiscuity.

I have no words left…


Legalize Drugs? Yeah, Right.

May 14, 2007

Stopping a Kid Killer
A concoction called ‘cheese’ has led to 21 deaths in the Dallas area, and authorities worry it will spread.

May 21, 2007 issue – Nick Cannata finally seemed to be pulling his life together. A bright kid and talented artist, he had plunged into a spiral of drug use in his early teens after his parents’ divorce—marijuana, cocaine, then methamphetamine. But after attending a drug-rehab program in the fall of 2004, he seemed cheerful and motivated. By early 2005, he was doing his homework, going out with a new girl and testing drug-free. “Everything was falling into place,” says his father, Dave Cannata, who lives in Coppell, Texas, outside Dallas. Unbeknownst to Dave, however, Nick was likely taking a new, sometimes hard-to-detect drug concoction called “cheese”—a mixture of heroin and cold medication. One Saturday night in June that year, Nick, 16, came home from a party in an apparently altered state. Dave was worried, but decided to let his son sleep it off. The next day, when Nick failed to emerge from his room, Dave went in. “It was not pretty,” he recalls. “He was already gone.”

–linkswipe via reddit

Previously in this blog:
To Win The War Is Easy. Possession = Death. Period. No Exceptions. No Excuses. Buh-Bye!
Fucking Goddammed Motherfucking Meth!
This Is Your Face On Meth
Blunt-ed Minds
What The 1960s Tide Of Liberalism Washed Up
OMG
I Learn A New Word
The Kids Are All Fucked Up
Die You Meth Bastards! Die! Die! Die!
Meth. Die You Bastards!
Were They High When They Wrote This Shit?
You Meth Lab Bastards Must Die!
Ho Ho Owwwww…


Writers Guild Of America: Strike! Strike! Strike!

May 12, 2007

Studios Gird for Possible Writers Strike
Hollywood Studios Stockpiling Shows for Possible Strike by Writers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood studios are speeding production on movies and TV shows, preparing for a possible strike by writers and more trouble next year when contracts with actors and directors expire.

TV networks, which are in the midst of planning fall schedules, also might pack their lineups with more reality shows and other unscripted fare as protection against a possible strike.

How much more shit will you Writers Guild of America members line up to eat? How many more of you have to take it in the ass from some Suit who has lucked into a position that allows his uncultured and uneducated ass to boss your educated ass around? How many times do you need to hear that joke about the Polish starlet who slept with the writer? If you want respect, if you want your dues, if you want what’s rightfully yours, you’re going to have to stand up to the Suits and nail them to the fucking wall as they’ve never been nailed before.

It’s time to stop dicking around.

Strike!

Listen to Paddy Chayefsky, goddamit.

Previously and related in ths blog:
It’s Mourning In America — you want this to be your future?
Keeping TV Unreal — they chip away at what Writer means!
Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead. Which Old Witch? The Wicked Witch! Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch Is Dead. — he made more money than any WGA member. What did he ever create?
Photo Album: More Bootleg DVDs For Sale In NYC — do people buy these because of the producing? The directing? It’s the STORY!
Morons Full Stop — they’ll even fuck a writer after she’s dead!
Hoist That Skull And Crossbones! — the Suits protect their asses, not yours!
The Bastard In Full Bloom — and he’s coming for your impoverished ass!
We Know What We’re Doing. We Wear Suits.fuck them back good!
Viacom Shows The World It’s A Company Of Assholes — you think WGA members will see any settlement money?
The Secret: Law Of (Mal-)Attraction — don’t line up to eat your own shit any longer!
This Is What The Future Looked Like — And Will Look Like From NOW ON! — consider this.
And This Is … Legal! — get what’s rightfully yours, dammit!
Writers Guild Of America: Stop Being Pussies! STRIKE! — stand up!
It Leaves An Odor The Suits Can Smell — goddammit, make them feel fear!
Hey, You Brain-Dead Suits! Here’s A Clue! Want To Also Buy A Vowel? — it’s the words, dammit; your words!
A (P)odcast Will Be Worth More Than This — the future will be — can be! — yours.
Help Out Someone Being Crushed By MammothMedia! — Stand. The. Fuck. Up!


“I’m A Human Being, God Damn It! My Life Has Value!”

May 11, 2007

Paddy Chayefsky‘s brilliance, his magnificent genius, motivates me to embed a YouTube video into this blog for the first time. And probably the last.

Watch it, god damn it!


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