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Groundhog Doesn’t See Shadow?

According to this story on CBS News, ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ didn’t see his
shadow this morning. On Regis and Kelly this morning I saw a live
appearance by ‘Staten Island Chuck’ and his handler who announced that
Chuck also failed to see a shadow. Chuck’s handler also said that he has
been right 22 out of the last 26 years.

No
Shadow For Groundhog

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, a mythical sign that an
early spring awaits. More than 15,000 people watched the groundhog
make his prediction as he was pulled from his stump by a new handler.

Exactly how is it that any animal, groundhog or otherwise, going to
communicate whether or not it has seen a shadow? How is that animal
supposed to even know that’s what we want to know?

On the surface of it, this all seems innocent enough. I don’t know just
offhand how the whole tradition of a groundhog seeing a shadow on
February 2nd being an indicator of how soon spring will arrive, but I do
know it’s not just an innocent, fun little game we all play every year.

At the least, this is a plain waste of time. At the worst it’s something
akin to consulting familiar spirits which God has made very clear that
He doesn’t want us doing. If we really want to know if spring is going
to be sooner or later there are two things that we can do… Use the
weather forecasting science that we have in abundance these days, or
(GASP!) we could always actually ask God. After all, He *IS* the
one who sets everything in place in the first place.

Finally the secret is out

I ran into a real gem today, posted on a message board, was a listing of
C source code that the poster claimed was the source code for Windows
2000. Because I found reading it to be so … informative, I decided to
repost it here for all to learn from.

/* Source Code Windows 2000 */

#include "win31.h"
#include "win95.h"
#include "win98.h"
#include "workst~1.h"
#include "evenmore.h"
#include "oldstuff.h"
#include "billrulz.h"
#include "monopoly.h"
#include "backdoor.h"
#define INSTALL = HARD

char make_prog_look_big(16000000);
void main()
{
  while(!CRASHED)
  {
    display_copyright_message();
    display_bill_rules_message();
    do_nothing_loop();

    if (first_time_installation)
      {
      make_100_megabyte_swapfile();
      do_nothing_loop();
      totally_screw_up_HPFS_file_system();
      search_and_destroy_the_rest_of-OS2();
      make_futile_attempt_to_damage_Linux();
      disable_Netscape();
      disable_RealPlayer();
      disable_Lotus_Products();
      hang_system();
      } //if
    write_something(anything);
    display_copyright_message();
    do_nothing_loop();
    do_some_stuff();

    if (still_not_crashed)
    {
    display_copyright_message();
    do_nothing_loop();
    basically_run_windows_31();
    do_nothing_loop();
    } // if
  } //while

  if (detect_cache())
    disable_cache();

  if (fast_cpu())
    {
    set_wait_states(lots);
    set_mouse(speed,very_slow);
    set_mouse(action,jumpy);
    set_mouse(reaction,sometimes);
    } //if

  /* printf("Welcome to Windows 3.1");    */
  /* printf("Welcome to Windows 3.11");   */
  /* printf("Welcome to Windows 95");     */
  /* printf("Welcome to Windows NT 3.0"); */
  /* printf("Welcome to Windows 98");     */
  /* printf("Welcome to Windows NT 4.0"); */
  printf("Welcome to Windows 2000");

  if (system_ok())
    crash(to_dos_prompt)
  else
    system_memory = open("a:\swp0001.swp",O_CREATE);

  while(something)
    {
    sleep(5);
    get_user_input();
    sleep(5);
    act_on_user_input();
    sleep(5);
    } // while
  create_general_protection_fault();

} // main

Fight DRM While There’s Still Time

DRM … Digital Rights Management. It’s a term that represents
the efforts of people and corporations that own the rights to something
to protect it from illegal copying.

While it’s entirely reasonable for a movie studio or record company to
want to keep their work from being pirated, it is also entirely
reasonable that they should not be allowed to hamstring legitimate
customers. DRM (also known as Digital Rights Mangling) is in a
way kind of like large governments… Both are getting entirely out of
control and need to have the brakes put on now while we still have some
possiblity of not losing all of our rights.

Fight
DRM While There’s Still Time

ageor writes "It seems (not only) to me that DRM is about far more
than intellectual property. It’s also about monopoly and freedom of
choice. It’s one of those cases where we, the consumers, must decide
against accepting the new industry’s rules, which care only about
control and making money. The whole matter is very well put in DRM,
Vista and your rights, where you can follow the subject as deeply as
you like through the numerous relevant links."

Censor ‘Bleeps God’

I saw this in Yahoo’s "Odd News" section and while it may seem funny on
the surface of it, It’s also a very serious indicator of something much
more troublesome than a movie being incorrectly edited. Granted, this
was an inexperienced person doing the job, but the fact that they
decided that the instruction to remove any blasphemy meant "remove all
mention of God" This tells me two things.

First, the person doing the editing apparently has absolutely no idea
what blasphemy means. If they had know, then this probably wouldn’t have
happened Just for the record, in plain terms blasphemy means denying the
existence of God, saying evil things about God or having contempt for
God. It is very serious business and use of phrases like "God bless you"
are a long way from qualifying as blasphemy.

Secondly, there’s a certain "politically correct" trend growing these
days where more and more people feel that any mention of God, in any
context, is somehow violating their rights. Look around, it won’t take a
whole lot of time to see the growing anti-God attitude in today’s
society.

By the way, as for the idea that my expressing belief in God is in some
way violating your rights, What about My first amendment right to "the
free exercise thereof??


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof
; or abridging the freedom
of speech
, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

All this anti-God activity going on is robbing believers of their
constitutional rights to exercise their religious beliefs and their
freedom of speech in regard to said religious beliefs.


‘God’
references are removed from movie

ATLANTA – So much for God and country, at least during some
in-flight showings of the Oscar-nominated movie "The Queen." That’s
because all mentions of God are bleeped out of a version of the film
given to some commercial airlines.

Even in these politically correct times, censoring references to
God in the film wasn’t a statement of some kind. Rather, it was the
mistake of an overzealous and inexperienced employee for a California
company that edits movies selected for onboard entertainment.

The rookie censor was told to edit out all profanities _ including
any blasphemy _ for the version of the movie distributed to
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand, and other carriers.

So the new censor mistakenly bleeped out each time a character said
"God," instead of just when used as part of a profanity, said Jeff
Klein, president of Jaguar Distribution, the company that distributed
the movie to airlines this month.

47th Anual ‘Worst Dressed’ List Released

I saw a survey
about this "Worst Dressed" list
this morning and once
again I found myself wondering why people care about things like that. I
mean, seriously folks, whether or not people dress nicely is pretty low
on the scale of what matters in this world.

Surprisingly, I find that after years of thinking I was one of the few
who felt this way, I am finally no longer in the minority!

In answering the qustion: "Of the 10 celebrities below who made
Blackwell’s list, who do you think is the worst dressed of all?", 52%
answered "I don’t care"

At the very least, this indicates a brief upsurge in sense among those
who took the survey.

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