New Article posted: “ Stop Executing The Innocent“
From the Washington Post:
PIERRE, S.D., Feb. 24 — South Dakota lawmakers approved a ban on nearly all abortions Friday, setting up a deliberate assault on Roe v. Wade at a time when some activists see the Supreme Court as more willing than ever to overturn the 33-year-old decision.
Not only do I think it’s well past time Rov v wade was overturned, It looks like this is the first really serious attempt to do so in a Long time. You can bet that this one is going to end up before the Supreme Court.
When it finally does, I pray that this new law is allowed to stand. It’s past time something was done to stem the tide in the flood of unborn babies that are murdered every day
Another slashdot item:
gordm writes “National Journal reports that, instead of being shut down 2 years ago, the Total Information Awareness program is still datamining away. Must be effective. What else could explain Morrissey’s latest adventure?” Just posting this story probably puts me on their radar.>
The problem with things like TIA, Patriot Act, Homeland Security act and other little gems like it is that once the Djinn is out of the bottle, you’ll spend the rest of your life trying to put him back in.
Another thing is that the mere existance of things like these shows that we are indeed living in the last days.
In an article on Slashdot:
tsalaroth writes “ lightreading.com has an interesting article regarding the San Francisco Wi-Fi bids. Apparently, Google and Earthlink bid separately for building the municiple Wi-Fi, but have now joined forces. From the article: ‘In this proposal, Google will provide a free WiFi service citywide and EarthLink will serve as the premium service provider.'” >
If this goes through, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t, we’ll eventually see a point in which most major metropolitan areas are covered by free WiFi hotspots. Granted, Google is doing this to increase the number of people that see it’s advertising, and Earthlink is simply in it for the money that people will be willing to pay for the faster “Premium Service”. The longterm effect is that internet connectivity is going to become as common and portable as cellular phones have made telephone service. Eventually all you’ll need is a laptop with a wireless network card and you’re connected from nearly anywhere.
I just read a NYTimes article about “Net Nutrality”, which is an important concept.
You see, some bright boys running Internet Service Providers have come up with the brilliant idea to give preferential treatment (i.e. faster connections) to sites that are willing and able to pay them higher fees.
This kind of thing means that for example, Wal-Mart’s site would load really fast because they paid higher fees, while a small time operator that cannot match Wal-Mart’s budget would be crippled by much slower data connections that would cause their site to take a lot longer to load.
This difference in performance would give an incredible advantage to the richer corporations and leave the little guy stuck in a digital backwater that doesn’t even have a chance to get the same level of traffic as his wealthier competitors
A similar idea would be if phone companies did the same thing, a richer business would be more likely to receive your phone calls than a smaller one, because the smaller one would not be able to pay for the guarantee that callers could reach them.
The internet is, like telephone, a service. That service should, like telephone service, be equally available to everyone. One service may charge differently than another but the basic connectivity involved is, and should remain, a given… not an extra.