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Bush Signs Bill Enabling Martial Law

Why is it that things like THIS are never featured on the evening news?  Could it have anything to do with powers that be really not wanting news like this to be widely known?

I think that’s the most likely answer.

Bush Signs Bill Enabling Martial Law

An anonymous reader writes to point us to an article on the meaning of a new law that President Bush signed on Oct. 17. It seems to allow the President to impose martial law on any state or territory, using federal troops and/or the state’s own, or other states’, National Guard troops. From the article: “In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law. It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President’s ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions.” Here is a link to the bill in question. The relevant part is Sec. 1076 about 3/4 of the way down the page. Note: the site hosting the article is already sluggish; I was unable to prime the CoralCDN cache with it. Please consider mirroring this article if you are able.

Details On IE7 CSS Changes

All I can say here is that Microsoft is way more than a day late and a dollar short.  This new version of IE with these latest fixes is basically them only now getting around to implementing things that Mozilla, Firefox, Opera and others did years ago. 

My prediction (and hope honnestly) is that more and more users will be moving from IE to seriously better browsers like Firefox.  If the guys in Redmond had done some of this stuff four or five years ago they would have had a better chance at stopping the downward slide of IE use.  As it is, it’s only a matter of time before a NON-Microsoft browser takes the dominant position in the browsing world.  It will probably be Firefox.

On IE7 CSS Changes

writes "IE development team has
released a list of CSS changes for IE7. Some of the notable new features
are enabling :hover for all elements, and implementing position:fixed,
and PNG transparency support. In addition, there is a long list of fixed
bugs that plagued previous IE browsers for years. These changes (except
for PNG transparency) only work under the <!DOCTYPE> switch to preserve
compatibility with previous versions of IE."

So now spying is sleazy (Editorial)

I have to wonder, why the apparant double standard?  The company doing the spying was using the same reasons that the government used for spying on it’s own citizens: security.  As far as I can tell, the only real difference is in who’s making the laws.

now spying is sleazy (Editorial)

… Here is the rationale of the House, in a nutshell: When a
company spies on people, it’s "sleaze." When the U.S. government does
it, it’s a matter of national security.

Source – Des
Moines Register

How to get started with Freenet

[Edit 10-18-2011: I’m writing a new version of this post as this one is woefully out of date.  Until that new post is finished I’ve updated the urls in this one and removed a few outdated things] I’m working on an updated version of this post which will go into more detail.  When it’s ready I’ll add a link to it here: —Five Easy Steps To Installing Freenet Classic Opennet (FCon)—- please use those directions instead.

I’ve mentioned several times lately about mirroring MMS and Lastdays Watch in freenet and it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to write up a quick tutorial for anyone interested in getting started using freenet.

*Note* I’m talking about installing on Windows98 machines because that’s what I have experience with. Other flavors of windows should be at least similar and the sites I mention here all have Linux versions and directions.

According to the download page, freenet has these hardware requirements:

400MHz Pentium 2, with at least 192MB of RAM.
1GHz or more processor with 256MB RAM or more (especially if using Windows XP).

That said, I have actually managed to run freenet on a 200mhz Pentium with 64mb ram. It was slow and sluggish but it worked enough to view freesites or use FIW to insert new editions of freesites

To get freenet going is pretty easy. First You will need Java JRE 7, which you can get at this URL:

Then you need to download the freenet distribution zipfile

Once you’ve got the zipfile, follow the directions on the Freenet Classic Openet page.

The only real problem with that is that when it first gets started, freenet doesn’t know very much about the network. Learning about more nodes takes time and it’s really best if you leave freenet running as much as possible, especially at first. This makes trying to load freenet sites frustrating and slow.

Fortunately, there is something you can do to speed up the process of learning the network. “Frost” is a freenet text message client that is sort of similar to Usenet. You can think of it as a collection of message boards that exist entirely within freenet.

Frost is included in the freenet distribution archive.  Simply extract the frost archive and double click on the “frost.bat” file to start frost.  Once you have it started, it will begin searching freenet for messages.  This will go slowly at first, but will pick up fairly quickly.

As you use Frost and surf freesites, you will no doubt find files you will want to download. While Frost has the ability to handle this, many people find that it’s not the best tool for downloads. Fortunately there is a really great tool for downloading and inserting files: Freenet Utility for Queued Inserts and Downloads

Ironicaly enough, Fuqid’s main distribution page is a freesite.

Files can be downloaded from freesites via your web browser

To install Fuqid, simply extract the files from the zip where you want them. I put it in c:\program files\freenet\fuqid and then add a shortcut to it to my program menu or desktop.

On the "General" tab, set download threads to something like 32. A higher number of threads will speed up downloads, but put more load on the computer. A bit of trial and error with higher and higher numbers of threads will show you what works best for you. Set the insert threads to anything from 5 to 20. Again, you’ll have to work out what settings are best for you.

So as you surf through freenet, you run across a simple but interesting freesite:,ZOJm89bQCLLZw7DJ23i4gw/mmsdev/6//, which happens to be the freenet distribution point for my Mixminion Message Sender program.

Now you could click on the download link on the freesite and download the file with your browser, or you could copy it’s key:

CHK@OwYc2ErFOhUpgSl~Pb7IZN~v0OcRAwI,hGOyAnIbhFCQNOzeXaiHsA/MMS1_2_4_beta_dist.rar and click "Add Key" on Fuqid’s download queue. Once you select the directory the file should be saved in, (freenet should already be running) click "Activate" and Fuqid will start requesting the file. When the download is done you will find it in the directory you selected.

Larger files take longer of course, and are broken up into blocks. Once Fuqid has recovered 2/3 of the blocks that make up the file, it can reconstruct it. It will also reconstruct the missing blocks and put a job in the insert queue to re-insert those missing blocks. This "healing" helps make sure others can have an easier time downloading the file in the future. In fact, if you’re having a hard time getting enough blocks of a file, you can post it’s key on the "unsucessful" board on Frost and ask someone to re-insert it for you.

I’ll cover creating and inserting freenet websites, known as freesites, in an upcoming post.

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Lastdays Watch 36 mirrored in freenet

I posted the 36th edition of Lastdays
earlier, and now the insert is complete for the in-freenet
mirror. The freenet url is:,ckqhs1YME2xL0Ub3XcWpnA/watch/4//

in order for the freenet link to work you must be running freenet 0.5,
which you can get at

Don’t let the "old" part of that url worry you. Freenet developers are
working on a new version of freenet, 0.7 which is not compatible with
0.5 and is still very much in testing and serious development. Version
0.5 is still in use by a lots of people and will continue to be for a
long time to come.

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