January 3rd, 2008

straight to hell

From Third Reich to Forture 500.


You're probably thinking, "Wait a minute. IBM was American! The closest America ever got to the Nazis was when Indiana Jones wore that uniform as a disguise in Raiders of the Lost Ark!"

Back in those days, the only way to keep track of huge databases was with an extremely complicated system involving punch cards, and IBM was the best at constructing and maintaining those databases. IBM's punch card databases could keep track of anything: financial ledgers, medical records... Jews. According to a book a guy wrote about it, as soon as the Nazis invaded a country, they would overhaul the census system using IBM punch cards. Then they'd track down every Jew, Gypsy and any other non-Aryan until they were all rounded up onto cattle carts. And the next stop wasn't Space Mountain.

[The DB] tracked people based on their religion, their location and even how they'd be executed. For instance, Prisoner Code 8 was Jew, Code 11 was Gypsy. Camp Code 001 was Auschwitz; Code 002 was Buchenwald. Status Code 5 was execution by order, and Code 6 was gas chamber. Holy shit, people. Seriously, IBM. What the fuck?

"Not an angel"

Chris Rock on Hillary.

"I think America is ready for a woman president. But does it have to be that one?"

I'd vote for Edwards, Obama, Ron Paul, just about anyone before Hillary. My mom suggests that if we want a female president, how about Madeline Albright? Hell, can't we just elect Oprah and check off both minority checkboxes? (Maybe get Ellen to be her vice-prez, so we cover all the bases.)

I'm doing my best to ignore politics, because even though we're 10+ months away from the election, I'm already sick of the incessant politicing, the shit-tacular mess this country is, and the fact that I don't think it's going to improve.

But I will say this... if this contest comes down to Hillary vs. Giuliani, then no matter who wins, America will lose. What I'd really like to see would be Ron Paul vs. Obama or Edwards. Hopefully that way, no matter who loses, America wins. Which is exactly why I suspect that it's going to come down to Hillary vs. Giuliani...