Our German Shepherd, Ein, died this morning of natural causes. We got her in 2002 from the Save A Shepherd Rescue Association, who had taken her from an abusive kennel. Because she was the runt of the litter and the other dogs constantly bit her ears, one didn't stand up "Shepherd style" and the SASRA named her "Flopsy". The other ear had been tagged, like they do with cattle.
For her age, which they estimated at 1.5 years. she was very small and ludicrously timid. When we put her on a leash to take her for a test walk, she wouldn't get out from between my legs; I had my doubts.
In short order, we found out that she was afraid of flashlights, uniforms, thunder, sirens, etc. She also seemed to have an initial distaste for black people. We also found that she had an unnatural knack for opening doors and breaking out of cages. In the car, she would become one with the carpet. It was impossible to physically play with her; she would immediately defer.
With a good home, good family, good food and good training, however, I think she became a wonderful example of her breed. She got to be 75-80 pounds. She was a ferocious defender. Her ears stood up. She stuck her head out the car window at highway speeds. She didn't *actually* bite the cop who came up our front steps ; )
We buried her on our property, along with her collar and her "hedgehog."
We loved you very much, Ein. I hope we improved your life as much as you improved ours. You will be sorely missed.
THIS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL! THEIR OWN ATTEMPTS TO "QUALIFY" THE ACT IN THE ACT ITSELF PROVE IT.
Think about this...if I'm sitting at my local watering hole, talking to a buddy and we agree that if the Constitution is "abridged" much more, we're going to have to do something about replacing this government, we would have to register in SC as a subversive organization. Register as a subversive organization!?!?! WTF?! Isn't that what the First Amendment is all about!??!
The gem here is way down, "Mr. Fotenos, the T.S.A. spokesman, promised improvements in a few months, as the agency’s Secure Flight Program takes full effect. Under the new system, airlines will collect every passenger’s birth date and gender, along with their names. The T.S.A. will cross-check all that with the watch lists. Previously, the airlines cross-checked the lists themselves, using only the names." Wait...what? They can't get it right now; people misspell their names and don't get flagged, but somehow the lists are going to become more useful and accurate by requiring more information to match!?
We all know it's wrong, but can you pin it down to an actual violation of law?
I'm OK with people making money for producing a piece of software. But when there's already a piece of software that someone has decided to release for free under an open source license, why not adopt it, especially when you're talking about the BILLION DOLLAR scale? If you take 1% of that, $10M, you could fund development and support of the application for years and years. Is it "security concerns"? Is it corruption? Is it fear of the unknown (aka "ignorance")? Think of the public good they could be doing by saving themselves $990M and further developing/patching the app for use by others.
I think the number of times he was tazed may be a little exaggerated, but otherwise, it sounds credible. Yes, he's obviously an uber-Bible-thumper, and I don't want the implication that I support his views, but it's his right. It's also supposed to be his right not to be searched without cause and not to be assaulted by law enforcement for no reason.
This LJ focuses on the loss of rights and freedoms, which normally means in the form of the actions of government. However, there's another predator out there: corporate caving. We've seen a tiny bit of it from the likes of Google (DMCA takedowns and content-based removals on YouTube, but considering their overall attempts at even-handed philanthropy, I cut them a little slack), but this from Amazon is over the top:
The UK government is spending muchos poundos to publicize less-crazy Muslims so that the more-crazy Muslims don't seem as numerous (and therefore as crazy?)? Effectively, what they're doing is helping the real crazies to operate on the DL and make the public less suspicious of them. Awesome!