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January 14th, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-01-14 00:55
  Subject:   "Random Album Cover" meme.
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  Music:TTTP - 1700 Miles In A Car Named "Betty"
  Tags:  meme sheepage




I have to admit, "M, T & A Railway" is a pretty good name for a band... but probably not as good as these. And definitely not as good as TTTP! The album title came from, oddly enough, that Isaac Asimov quote about the most interesting thing in science is not "eureka" but "that's odd..." which I got randomly.

How to make your own.Collapse )

(stolen from flemco)
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-01-14 01:27
  Subject:   We miss ya, Hunter...
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  Music:the Song Of the Sausage Creature
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"Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most men's reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final."
—The Great Shark Hunt, 1979


http://www.alternativereel.com/includes/top-ten/display_review.php?id=00076
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-01-14 11:32
  Subject:   Let's see now, why would the Iraqis fight us...
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  Music:Green Day - American Idiot
  Tags:  politics, reddit, usa not worth saving

Bush declared martial law soon after, and the Chinese invaded to “remove a tyrant that the rest of the world considers an unnacceptable risk”. Of course the US military went nuclear with the Chinese but didn’t realize that the 15+ satellite launches a year the Chinese had been grinding out were all part of an ICBM defense system. None of the nukes got through. It was over quickly. The famed military-industrial complex of the US was an amazing powerhouse. It’s just that without oil, the powerhouse didn’t have all that much power. Unlike previous wars where the might of American production pushed us over the top militarily, this war was lost without so much as a whimper.

The Chinese instituted some changes. They said that the only truly free society was one in which everyone worked for the common good. The imposed their political system on us without asking. I think they believe they’re doing us a favor.

Then there’s the checkpoints they introduced. There are sickeningly frequent reports of US citizens being killed at these checkpoints throughout the country. Apparently what happens is that a carload of civilians gets shouted at (in Chinese) to slow down or stop. Not understanding, they fail to comply. Result: bullet riddled civilians with confused and terrified looks on their faces. Just last week the Chinese killed a busload of 17 civilians. Most of them were school children on a class trip. There were three teachers too.

While the Chinese have deployed much of their national army on US soil, they’ve also used a lot of civilian contractors to enforce curfews and protect foreign diplomats. These contractors and the company they work for (Redwater) are beyond the reach of the US judicial system. The Chinese have given them immunity for their actions on US soil and the company spirits away any individuals accused of wrongdoing before an investigation can get underway, even if there was a point to conducting one.


http://darwinator.wordpress.com/2008/01/14/we-hope-for-freedom/


Naturally, I don't expect 90% of America to understand this analogy. As far as I can tell, the general attitude is "it's OK if we do bad things... but not if other people do them back to us in retaliation."
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-01-14 11:44
  Subject:   More bad news for Paul haters.
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  Music:Arrogant Worms - History Is Made By Stupid People
  Tags:  politics, reddit

Austin NAACP President Nelson Linder, who has known Ron Paul for 20 years, unequivocally dismissed charges that the Congressman was a racist.

"Knowing Ron Paul and having talked to him, I think he's a very fair guy I just think that a lot of folks do not understand the Libertarian platform," he added.

Asked directly if Ron Paul was a racist, Linder responded "No I don't," adding that he had heard Ron Paul speak out about police repression of black communities and mandatory minimum sentences on many occasions.

Dr. Paul has also publicly praised Martin Luther King as his hero on many occasions spanning back 20 years.


http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2008/011308_not_racist.htm


But hey, if the head of the NAACP in Austin says RP isn't a racist... he MUST be lying. Yup. Uh-huh. Sho nuff!
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