December 15th, 2008

Captain Obvious

Hovering killbot overlords update.

This is a much older video than the more recent one you may have seen. It also looks a lot more realistic, mainly due to camera position: on the ground much closer to where a person might stand. The MKIV itself also bobs a bit more noticeably, making it look more stiff and machine-like.

And yes, the date on the tape does read 1-29-89 - this thing was first built as part of the Reagan-era SDI "Star Wars" system. Which wasn't going to be an effective means of national defense in the late 80's, and hasn't improved any with time. (Not unless this thing can be reprogrammed with enough AI to shoot down only the jet airliners that are currently being flown by the terrorists, anyway.)

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(via bruce_schneier)
Trajedy... for YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

Why bother impeaching Dubya? He's only confessed to... everything.

BUSH: One of the major theaters against al Qaeda turns out to have been Iraq. This is where al Qaeda said they were going to take their stand. This is where al Qaeda was hoping to take–

RADDATZ: But not until after the U.S. invaded.

BUSH: Yeah, that’s right. So what?

Let’s just quickly describe in the most dispassionate terms, as few of euphemisms, as possible, where we are and what has happened over the last eight years. We have a law in place that says it is a felony offense punishable by five years in prison or a $10,000 fine to eavesdrop on American citizens without warrants. We have laws in place that say that it is a felony punishable by decades in prison to subject detainees in our custody to treatment that violates the Geneva Conventions or that is inhumane or coercive.

We know that the president and his top aides have violated these laws. The facts are indisputable that they’ve done so. And yet as a country, as a political class, we’re deciding basically in unison that the president and our highest political officials are free to break the most serious laws that we have, that our citizens have enacted, with complete impunity, without consequences, without being held accountable under the law.

Are you going to impeach this guy? Now that he's admitted to starting a war on an innocent country for no reason - and at least 30,000 people are dead because of it? Now that he's admitted to violating the Constitution, intentionally, blatantly?

Of course you're not. Why would you want accountability? And why care about the Constitution? It's just a piece of paper, after all. The rule of law is just a concept, not a goal. Laws are only for little people. Whether it's letting Clinton get away with perjury, or letting Dubya get away with mass murder, the story is the same. You, the people of America, are COWARDS. As are your legislators.

And you are getting exactly the government that you deserve.