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20,000,000 people are being held prisoner in North Korea. They are starving, resorting to cannibalism. Completely cut off from the world, they have no media and no sources of information except for occasional helium balloons carrying leaflets sent by sympathetic people in the South. It's as if they live 70 or 100 years in the past, but they exist under a governmental rule of law that would make Orwell piss himself. Concentration camps that would give Hitler a boner imprison "class enemies" (for example, people who leave picfures of Kim Jong-Il on the ground) and also their entire families (all of them) unto the third generation, and almost no one leaves these camps alive. It's as if a cult of twenty million helpless people is being kept there... And what are we doing about it?

Not a FUCKING THING. Too bad they don't have any oil.
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The Union of Concerned Scientists have published this "periodic table" of political / government interference in scientific study.

http://www.ucsusa.org/scientific_integrity/interference/a-to-z-guide-to-political.html

This is what electing the Bush administration has done for us and the world...!! Can we please get rid of Republicans now? Or change their party name to "Corporate Lackey-ians?"
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Court Nazi says: "NO RIGHTS FOR YOU!!!"

http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/S/SCOTUS_DOMESTIC_SPYING?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2008-02-19-13-53-23

(well, actually, they didn't say jack diddly shit, but that's what you get when you have a broken government...)
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There must be no intersection of religious law and state/federal law. I do not elect priests and imams. They do not make resource decisions for me. I do not pay them my taxes. They do not enforce my laws.

I reject and ignore sharia law, and any other religious laws. I do not recognize any religions as having any place in my life. The secular state is vital - and supporting and solidifying the secular state is THE ONLY MEANS by which any religion can hope to avoid future religious persecution! Only a non-partisan, non-religious organization can provide impartial arbitration and resource management amongst people of varying (or no) religion.

Religious people should pray long and hard for the survival and thriving of the secular state; or woe to them when the forces of persecution and prejudice come knocking on their door!
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No P-Town fireworks this year.

I think we should still go to Provincetown on 7/4 and get rowdy on their asses anyway.
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I was listening to NPR yesterday, and was witness to yet another of the endless attempts by homophobic, power hungry, politicizing bigots to take civil rights away from people. This time it was a discussion of the upcoming political tempest in a teapot - since gay marriage worked so great for Republicans in 2004, they're going to take aim at gay adoption in 2006. Despite the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of children currently adopted by gay singles and couples, there are 16 or so states working towards legislation to ban gay adoption; legislation that will no doubt be ready to bring out the "religious whackjob" (as they are called by Tom DeLay's staff) voting contingent in November.

What I really hate most is that any time I hear one of these "debates" no one ever confronts the anti-gay/lesbian speaker for exercising a moral prejudice against people they've never met. They never start with questioning their base assumptions - why are you assuming a negative environment for children cared for by gay/lesbian parents? Why do you implicitly suggest that homosexual is equivalent to over-sexed? And I'm always pissed off when they discuss "gay lifestyle" and "sexual choice" as if sexual preference were something you could just suddenly decide on the spot and change.

How many gay/lesbian people do you actually know? If gays and lesbians aren't entitled to the same rights as everyone else, what is it about them that makes them so different? What's the difference between discriminating against someone based on skin color, religion, or sexual preference? At what point in your life did you "choose" to be straight? Can you choose not to be straight?

These are the questions that bigots need to be confronted with. I really don't think it's that hard to show someone they're being a bigot - it's just that people are rarely confronted with the truth of their bigotry, under the guise of "everyone's entitled to an opinion." I couldn't agree less! The long and short of it is: bigots aren't entitled to be bigots, and misinformed people are not entitled to being misinformed.

Civic Duty!

Feb. 6th, 2006 07:59 pm
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Tomorrow I report for jury duty at Barnstable courthouse. Fun! Maybe I'll get a juicy domestic abuse trial or something.
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Otherwise, anti-war protesting vegetarians go to jail for writing down license plate numbers.

Have you protested lately? Maybe you're under surveillance too.
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Subject: Spy-In-Chief - No One Is Above The Law

What could possibly justify breaking the very laws that set us apart from our enemies? When our elected officials violate the laws they have sworn to protect, they have abandoned their duty to the people. Even in war time (and I mean a true war, one declared by the U.S. Congress) there are rules of engagement and treaties and conventions to follow.

We are no better than the terrorists we are fighting against if we do not follow the rule of law we set down for ourselves. What are we even fighting for if we can't preserve our freedoms at home?

Mike Caprio
P.O. Box 1032
Brewster, MA 02631
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Summer 2002 - Department of Justice offices

MS rep: "Look, this case is just bad news for everyone, and all I'm saying is I think we can work out a way to make everyone happy."

DOJ rep: "I don't see what you could possibly offer the U.S. government in exchange for a settlement."

MS rep: "I think that you're thinking what I'm thinking. I think that we have something that you want very badly."

DOJ rep: "And what might that be?"

MS rep: "You want a backdoor into every PC running Windows."

DOJ rep: "It would be a great boon to law enforcement to be able to protect national security in that manner."

MS rep: "We'll just keep that part of the settlement between us though, of course."

DOJ rep: "Of course."


I guess we'll never know the truth.

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