September 10th, 2003

City On Fire

In The Nooz

Leni Riefenstahl, famed filmmaker and, though she tried to downplay it, Nazi propagandist, died at the age of 101 on the 8th. Directed her last movie last that 's dedication.
Washington Post columnist Al Kamen notices that after taking much heat about the White House's sputtering Iraq strategy, national security advisor Condoleezza Rice finally unloaded and admitted to what has been, no doubt, the White House's largest miscalculation. "If there was something that was really underestimated," she began slowly, "it was how really awful Saddam Hussein was to his own people."
Speaking of deaths of people with wild pasts that YOU have never heard of, Edward Teller died yesterday. Teller is known as the father of the hydrogen bomb; he helped get Oppenheimer's security clearance revoked, promoted nuclear testing and development, and is thought to have been the 'model' for "Dr. Strangelove".
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston agreed Tuesday to pay $85 million to 552 people who say they were molested by priests over the past three decades. Under the agreement, a mediator will determine individual payments to victims, ranging from $80,000 to $300,000, based on the circumstances of each case. The archdiocese will appoint victims to advisory boards monitoring abuse policies and fund psychological and spiritual counseling. Appointing the victims to the advisory board, I have to say, is a bad idea. Doncha think they might have just a tiny bias?

Good morning, kids.
The Mask (Laughing)


When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised that The Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked him to forgive me.


I saw six men kicking and punching the mother-in-law. My neighbour said 'Are you going to help?' I said 'No, Six should be enough."


Well, I've just had MY shock for the day...and that'll do just fine for a while, thank you.

Good thing it was good news in the long run.
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The Mask (Laughing)

Vindication, In A Way

Recently, I re-posted a link from etherpunk about P2P networks now getting shit against them for child porn transferred over it...specifically, I said that the RIAA was involved in this, though the legislation didn't actually say so. That little factoid started a long and stupid debate between me and another LJ user</a>. I'll be happy to admit that this link is being posted out of pure vindictiveness.

RIAA ties P2P with child pornography in latest strategy

...and, lest ye think that this is less than serious ( isn't exactly the most reputable news source), here's the article in the New York Times that they quote, "Aiming at Pornography to Hit Music Piracy"..
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