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The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-08-08 14:03
  Subject:   Vanity Fair interviews Tony Stark.
  Music:Peter Gabriel - Big Time

I get the sense, however, that this feverish display of activity is something Stark’s employees are still trying to organize themselves around—in the atmosphere of quiet frenzy, uncertainty, and, yes, fear, which accompanies revolutionary change. In the space of a few months, their CEO was kidnapped by terrorists, spent three months in captivity, came close to sinking the company when he announced a fundamental restructuring of their activity, admitted publicly that he got his kicks flying around in a suit of armor, and was responsible for property damage in the hundreds of millions of dollars. To top it all, the company’s CFO died in murky circumstances. (The revelations of Obadiah Stane’s double dealings and the subsequent federal investigation and Congressional testimonies wouldn’t come until later.) As a senior SI engineer confided in me at the time, “It’s tough to say what’s worse: that the boss might have lost his mind or that Stane’s dead. Both at once is a little much. But I’m hanging around for now. I mean, have you seen the freaking suit?”


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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-08-08 17:43
  Subject:   As we all know, "security concerns" override the Constitution. :P
  Mood:fuck this fucking country
  Tags:  digg, politics, usa not worth saving

Protesters at the Democratic National Convention in Denver can be restricted to fenced-in areas, federal judge ruled on Wednesday, saying that security needs outweighed curbs on their rights.

A dozen groups who intend to protest at the August convention sued the U.S. Secret Service and the city of Denver over plans to confine their activities to a parade route and fenced-in zone, saying that their Constitutional rights to free speech were being violated. The American Civil Liberties Union, the American Friends Service Committee and others argued that the rules would keep them too far away from delegates to get their message across during the convention, which is scheduled for Aug 25-28 at the city's downtown Pepsi Center.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger agreed that the protesters would suffer some infringement on their freedom of expression but said those interests had to be balanced with security concerns.


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