Human Growth and The Fluoride Uncertainty Theory

 The Fluoride Uncertainty Theory by Judge Mental

My latest entry in the They should just rename Gmail’s web clips feature to ‘blog food’ category is The Growth Hormone Myth: What athletes, fans, and the sports media don’t understand about HGH in Slate. I learned a thing or two for sure.

This Week’s Photo: The Fluoride Uncertainty Theory by Judge Mental is probably one of the most ignored scientific works of this or any age. As long as that age is “12” or divisible by 37.

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They’re just LINES … aren’t they?

me da medio (it gives me fear)

According to the boringly titled Military Expands Intelligence Role in U.S. in the New York Times, the CIA and US Military are apparently using something called “noncompulsory national security letters” to request the financial records of Americans suspected of terrorism & espionage. Congress rejected attempts by both agencies to issue mandatory letters 5 years ago but banks and other institutions are complying with the requests.

Some national security experts and civil liberties advocates are troubled by the C.I.A. and military taking on domestic intelligence activities, particularly in light of recent disclosures that the Counterintelligence Field Activity office had maintained files on Iraq war protesters in the United States in violation of the military’s own guidelines. Some experts say the Pentagon has adopted an overly expansive view of its domestic role under the guise of “force protection,” or efforts to guard military installations.

“There’s a strong tradition of not using our military for domestic law enforcement,” said Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, a former general counsel at both the National Security Agency and the C.I.A. who is the dean at the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. “They’re moving into territory where historically they have not been authorized or presumed to be operating.”

Similarly, John Radsan, an assistant general counsel at the C.I.A. from 2002 to 2004 and now a law professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, said, “The C.I.A. is not supposed to have any law enforcement powers, or internal security functions, so if they’ve been issuing their own national security letters, they better be able to explain how they don’t cross the line.”

If we are allowing the CIA and military to violate their charters now, how would those powers multiply following a terrorist incident? I am certainly not advocating the government turn a blind eye toward domestic terrorism or espionage. What I most certainly do advocate is using this thing called the FBI to investigate these cases. There are very good reasons that the CIA and military are supposed to be barred from such activities, not the least of which is guarding against waking up to the orders of Generalissimo Presidente…

About the photo: Me Da Miedo translates as “It Gives Me Fear”. The photo was taken by Venuz in Bogata, Columbia. 2 years of college Spanish aside, I can’t read the comments on the photo…

Barry Goldwater is spinning the dials … or spinning in his grave

Ham Radio QSL Cards - Barry Goldwater

When Garrison Keillor is pissed, you know things are bad. He has a very brief article saying that with our suspension of habeus corpus, we take a step toward totalitarianism. You really should read it but if you’re too busy,

It’s good that Barry Goldwater is dead because this (vote by 65 senators) would have killed him. Go back to the Senate of 1964 — Goldwater, Dirksen, Russell, McCarthy, Javits, Morse, Fulbright — and you won’t find more than 10 votes for it.

None of the men and women who voted for this bill has any right to speak in public about the rule of law anymore, or to take a high moral view of the Third Reich, or to wax poetic about the American Idea. (more)

Regarding this photo, KB8WFH, a shortwave operator says Barry Goldwater, former senator and presidential candidate was a ham. I have a card from his memorial radio station.  The “QSL” cards are post cards that Ham Radio operators send each other to confirm contacts with each other.   Read more by visiting him.

Who’s more grasping than the music industry?

Super, Super Group!

Trick question! The answer is “NOBODY!” From Now the Music Industry Wants Guitarists to Stop Sharing in the New York Times:

The Internet put the music industry and many of its listeners at odds thanks to the popularity of services like Napster and Grokster. Now the industry is squaring off against a surprising new opponent: musicians.

In the last few months, trade groups representing music publishers have used the threat of copyright lawsuits to shut down guitar tablature sites, where users exchange tips on how to play songs like “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” “Highway to Hell” and thousands of others.

Because if we can stop people from PLAYING the music we can potentially kill every shred of interest in the music itself! Brilliant!! Now how’s the device that instantly electrocutes anyone who actually listens to music coming along?

The above photo, Superband by Mr Bultitude features:

  • Bill Bruford – drums
  • Paul McCartney – bass bk vocals
  • Jimi Hendrix – guitar bk vocals
  • Robert Plant -Lead Vocals
  • and pictures other Photoshopped supergroups!

Click it!

BitTorrent Founder Against Net Neutrality

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland :: photo by David-sm™
Bram Cohen of BitTorrent is against Net Neutrality (from the Fair-and-Balanced Files):

I most definitely do not want the internet to become like television where there's actual censorship… however it is very difficult to actually create network neutrality laws which don't result in an absurdity like making it so that ISPs can't drop spam or stop… (hacker) attacks.

It depends really on the nature of the whole thing… I'm against net censorship. However when you're talking about large file transfers going to very large numbers of people there frequently are significant costs involved… (the media companies) are frequently bearing a lot of costs already today. They make some stuff available and pay for bandwidth on it so it's just a question of the download costs as well as the upload costs.

More from BitTorrent's Brad Cohen at the BBC

Eh. Not sure how much cred this post has since the guy is partnering to build a massive (and legal) peer-to-peer network. While BitTorrent P2P benefits from Net Neutrality, a private commercial venture would be adversely impacted.

Spinning Net Neutrality

Scott Kurtz of PVP brought out the big guns in today's comic with special guest star Harry Mudd of Star Trek "Trouble with Tribbles" fame.

Here's a faky DIY cartoon bought by the big telcos. It looks so authentic. Just like something a real live agitator would make in his basement. The telco site "Hands off the Internet" has quotations from various defenders of freedom that contains this little gem from Craig E. Moffett, Vice President and Senior Analyst, Sanford C. Bernstein and Co., LLC:

The First Amendment concerns surrounding 'Net Neutrality' are very real. But surely these concerns they can be dealt with – say, though anti-blocking provisions, or through the carve-out of a neutral 'basic tier'.

I could be wrong, but I believe he's arguing for a "basic access" that everyone would receive … sort of like basic cable.

Savetheinternet.com has a handy map that allows you to see how your reps are voting. Mike "I Vote Corporate" Rogers has predictably voted corporate again. Rogers is the sort of politician would vote in favor of deporting his own children if a major corporation gave him a few bucks.

A great place to keep up on the news surrounding NN is David S. Isenberg's isen.blog. He writes (a bit confusingly I admit):

Network Neutrality is hard to define and hard to implement. Yes. So is Democracy. So is Freedom of Religion, Interstate Commerce and Eminent Domain. But how is a different argument than whether we should or not. We. Should.