Feds To Collect DNA From Everybody Arrested

Given the track record of federal agencies going out of their way to gain power they shouldn’t have, this news isn’t exactly a surprise.  The Feds have finally managed to pull off something that I know they’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  They’re planning to collect DNA samples from everybody arrested by a federal law enforcement agency, some 140,000 people a year according to government estimates.

Make no mistake, when they say arrested by a federal law enforcement agency that includes everything from the FBI and Secret Service, to the Library of Congress Police.  If somebody is arrested by any of these, the feds plan to take a sample of their DNA, even if the charges get dropped.  Once they have the sample, it’s going to be extremely difficult to get it out of the system.

Included in the list of people that are going to be required to give up DNA samples is foreigners that are detained, regardless of being charged with anything.

Current practices have DNA collection limited to convicted felons but this move is going to widen the scope of this DNA database considerably.

I wonder how long it will be before they start insisting on DNA samples for more situations until finally the feds have a sample for everybody?

Yeah, I know, it’s all in the name of preventing crimes… least that’s what the article says. Me, I don’t see how collecting DNA samples is going to PREVENT a crime.  It MIGHT make it easier to solve the crime but there’s no sense to the claim that collecting DNA samples is going to prevent crime.  That’s ridiculous

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Firefox Plugin: NoScript

For those who’ve never heard of it, the name of this plugin sounds like it prevents all scripts, javascript, java and so on from running.  That’s actually half true.  Look at the description on the NoScript download page:

It allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice

This means that yes, by default all scripting is blocked.  However you can specify what sites to trust and scripts from them will be able to run.  This way the only time scripts run is when they’re from a know-to-be-safe site.  It protects against against cross-site scripting attacks (XSS) used in phishing and other malware type sites to try to get your browser to work against you.

It takes a bit of time to visit the sites you normally use and “allow” them, but once you’ve done so NoScript requires less and less attention.  It’s a good addition for anyone that’s serious about keeping their browser secure from malicious scripts found on “less than honorable” websites.

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I recently discovered something that I think is going to turn out to be a really popular plugin.  It’s the CommentLuv WordPress plugin.

When enabled, it looks for the most recent post on the RSS feed at the url that the commenter leaves when posting the comment and adds a link to that post at the end of their comment.

This plugin, used in combination with Lucia’s Linky Love, is going to do a lot to encourage comments and therefore build traffic on blogs.  Lucia’s Linky Love already encourages people to comment because after a user definable number of comments from a combination of name, email and url, the link that the comment poster leaves is made ‘Do Follow’ (the default nofollow is removed from it) and after some more posts, the urls they leave in their comments become ‘Do Follow’.  This is to encourage repeat visits and comments.

Adding CommentLuv to it gives even more reason to return to a blog and comment because now not only will your blog url become ‘Do Follow’ but CL will reach out and give you a free ‘deep link’ to your most recent post.

All in all, this is an everybody wins situation.  Blogs with these plugins get more traffic and comments, and people visiting and commenting on these blogs end up with more inbound links to more urls on their site.

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Annoyed With Google?  Want To Show It?

By now you have seen this image in my sidebar with the universal negate on it.  My decision to place this image on my blog rises out of growing disapproval of “G” and the way they’ve decided to handle things concerning pagerank lately which is pretty much a form of censorship and blackmail (or at the very least, I see it as a strongarm tactic).  As a result I’ve removed my adsense code, I’ve removed my analytics code.  I’ve also changed the settings in Firefox so that Google is not the default search engine anymore.  Finally I’ve placed this image in my sidebar as a sort of statement of my overall opinion.  It’s occurred to me that others might want to use it as well.

I figure that something like this is a lot more likely to be used if all somebody has to do is copy and paste some code, so I decided to make it really easy to use this image.  I’ve provided code here that loads the image from my site.  Yes, I’m actually going to encourage “hotlinking” in this ONE case.  In exchange for me serving the image and providing the code, All I’m asking is a link back to my blog.  I have also included a link to “The (Other) End of the Internet” where the image was created.

To use it just copy the following code and paste it in your website or blog where you want it to appear and it will look the way you see it in this post because I used this same code myself.

<div><a href="http://blog.peculiarplace.com/2007/12/10/annoyed-with-google-want-to-show-it/"><img src="http://blog.peculiarplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/nogoogle.gif" width="100" alt="no google badge hosted by A Peculiar Blog"/><br><span style="font-size: 6pt;text-align: center;">Get this badge at A Peculiar Blog<span></a><br /><a href="http://otherendoftheinter.net"><span style="font-size: 6pt;text-align: center;">Badge Created by Thriell</span></a></div>

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WaMu Checking Account Finder

Anybody that’s shopping for new checking accounts would find it worthwhile to stop by this WaMu checking account finder.  When you get to the site you select your state, then it refreshes to show you the WaMu checking account solutions available in your state.  I put in Arkansas and came up with a comparison of WaMu Free Checking and their Platinum Checking Account.  I’m not in the market for one right now myself, but that Free Checking account looks pretty good.  I especially like the free atm withdrawals and no monthly fee.

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