Apple Rejects Healthcare Reform App

LambdaJive:

iSinglePayer, an iPhone application that advocates for single-payer health care reform was rejected from the App Store by Apple because it is “politically charged.” The application displays charts and bullet points about single-payer health care systems, and it allows users to call members of congress. iSinglePayer even calculates your local congressperson using GPS, and displays the amount of money donated to each congressperson from the health sector.

Fine, but then why does the App Store include apps such as the Drudge Reader and Conservative Talking Points?

AP Fact Checks Palin’s Speech

The Associated Press does some fact checking on the attacks on Barack Obama made in Sarah Palin’s speech yesterday. It looks like the Republican’s new style of spin is just outright lying.

Photographs of Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination

Spectacular photographs captured by Getty photographer John Moore of the final moments of Benazir Bhutto’s life, and the aftermath of her assassination.

Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Al Gore and the UN gang on climate change have been jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. They share the $1.5 million prize.

Photographer Killed in Burma

Kenji Nagai was gunned down by soldiers as they opened fire on anti-government troops in Burma. His dying moments were captured and shows him continuing to film as he lay dying with a soldier pointing a gun at his chest.

Update: There is a video of the Nagai being shot, a loud crack can be heard when he is pushed to the ground which contradicts the Burmese government’s statement that he was shot by a stray bullet.

See Who’s Editing Wikipedia

Wikipedia Scanner, which offers searches of edits on Wikipedia and cross-references edits with the owner of the IP address, has found some interesting corporate abuse of Wikipedia.

On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company’s machines. […] In this case, the changes came from an IP address reserved for the corporate offices of Diebold itself.

“Verschärfte Vernehmung”

Andrew Sullivan:

Critics will no doubt say I am accusing the Bush administration of being Hitler. I’m not. There is no comparison between the political system in Germany in 1937 and the U.S. in 2007. What I am reporting is a simple empirical fact: the interrogation methods approved and defended by this president are not new. Many have been used in the past. The very phrase used by the president to describe torture-that-isn’t-somehow-torture – “enhanced interrogation techniques” – is a term originally coined by the Nazis. The techniques are indistinguishable. The methods were clearly understood in 1948 as war-crimes. The punishment for them was death.

(Via Kottke.)

Saddamed

A video of Saddam Hussein’s execution has popped up on the internet, taken on someone’s camera phone. I don’t think I have to tell you that it’s pretty graphic.

Airport security

Heathrow have recently begun trailing biometric screening which bypassing long queues if they have their fingerprints, face and eyes biometrically [sic] scanned. I’m not sure about you, but to me this seems a bit too much like guilty until proved innocent.

I can understand the need for increased security at airports, but I’m beginning to think that having the government track our every single movement, from where we drive, to whenever our ID cards are scanned in and to when we fly, is completely unnecessary. There is just no need to track everyone, I’m sure British Intelligence has the necessary resources to track the most dangerous terrorists without them, so I don’t see how any of this could’ve prevented the recent terrorist attacks?

However, I do agree that something needs to be done about the current shame of a system in place at most airports. Just a month ago I was able to board an internal flight without any form of ID being checked, and using any random ticket I could’ve bought using a stolen credit card. What’s the point of having me go through a three hour frisking and prodding when you don’t even check my ID?

My point is, with all the money being spent on beefed up security, all it takes is one terror suspect to slip through the net due to someone’s carelessness, and it’s all gone to waste. We would all loose our time, money and civil liberties for nothing.

More Republicans will resign

The effects of the Democrats winning control in both houses of Congress are already showing, with two right wing neo-conservatives being replaced by (hopefully) someone with a brain:

Mr Bolton was appointed in August 2005 during a Congressional recess. This was a procedural manoeuvre which avoided the need for him to be confirmed until the end of this year.

Another big change is on the Senate environment committee, where a Republican who disputes the existence of man-made global warming is being replaced as chairman by a Democrat who says the issue is the challenge of our times.

Boarding pass hack

Chris Sogihoian shows how to get through U.S airport security with a simple HTML hack. Its interesting to note that when I flew to Aberdeen from London not a single piece of ID was checked from (electronic) check-in to boarding.

The G.O.P.’s bad bet

Charles Murray has the best analysis of the recent ban on Internet gambling in the U.S.

If a free society is to work, the vast majority of citizens must reflexively obey the law not because they fear punishment, but because they accept that the rule of law makes society possible. Thus society is weakened every time a law is passed that large numbers of reasonable, responsible citizens think is stupid.

Stupid Alert: Fahrenheit 451

An idiot named Alton Verm objects to Fahrenheit 451 being used in his daughters school, because He looked through the book and he found things wrong with it.

It’s just all kinds of filth, said Alton Verm, adding that he had not read Fahrenheit 451. The words don’t need to be brought out in class. I want to get the book taken out of the class.

Never mind hes never read it, or even knows what its about (irony hint: book burning), but he then adds If they can’t find a book that uses clean words, they shouldn’t have a book at all.

I have a feeling that the majority of my Stupid Alerts are going to be about Americans.

Why Fox News is a joke

Mixing pundits, news and Rupert Murdoch will only lead to this.

Nissan M-Primera GT

What do you get when you mix a Nissan Primera GT with a BMW M3/5/6? A Nissan BMW M-Power Primera GT 2.0.

The right wing New York Times

This is what right-wing Americans see when they read the New York Times.

Stupid People

Of course, Stupid People are already ruling the world. I don’t think I need to give you the prime example. It’s about time someone did something about the problem, and Scott Adams has an interesting proposition:

I think the government should send spam to all citizens. If someone [..] tries to buy a miracle pill, the government erases his social security number from their records so he can’t vote. #

Someone that is stupid enough to be scammed through an e-mail with the subject “Re: NEW age of good old PENPILs.Scientists says YES!” should not be allowed to vote.

Infact, this is probably why Bush got two terms in a row: Dick from Texas gave him his support while responding to his “URGENT” e-mails from Mr Mobunko in Nigera who wants to give him hundreds of thousands of dollars in return for his bank details. A no-brainer eh? Indeed.

But why stop with just voting, we should cast the Stupid People aside from jury duty and being members of anything related to a school board. Thats would also get rid of most of this Creationism bollocks going through the American school system and make sure that people condeming other people are of at least equal or greater intelligence.

Galloway on Israel

Whatever you think about George Galloway, you can’t get past the fact that he makes a good argument, and rips the Sky news reader to shreads.

Open letter to the US

Dear United States of America,

How can ten percent of you think that the currenct conflict between Israel an Lebanon is fair and moral? I agree, that Lebenon started the conflict, they do still hold two soldiers prisioner and Israel have every right to defend itself against terrorist attacks, but this is just way way out of line.

I think it’s clear that it’s the Lebanese people who are paying the ultimate price, rather than Hezbollah. Hezbollah doesn’t control Lebanon, the Lebanese state isn’t at war against Israel, so why is the US letting Israel completely destroy Lebanon?

Furthermore, can’t you see that all this is going to do is strengthen many terrorist forces in Hezbollah controlled regions? Hezbollah are getting more popular by the day with other Arab states, such as Iraq and Iran. The best way to control Hezbollah is to gain the support of the current Lebanese governments and they can then use their influence on them.

This is gaining you no friends, and creating far more enemies, and not just in the Arab states. Your reputation in the World is already very tarnished, and this will not help that. Condoleeza Rice’s visit was a joke, a token gesture to try to appease world pressure on the US, and the offer of conditional ceasefire offer proposed by her is unworkable, and they know it.

What is needed now is an immediate ceasefire, and for dialog to start between Israel, Hezbollah and Lebanon. At least this way there will be less lives lost, and hopefully will be the start of a longer term peace. The way things are currently going, the situation is just going to get worse.

Regards,


Weiran Zhang.

Nuclear power

I’ve always been a supporter of nuclear power. It’s, at worst, a stop gap solution to our current energy problems, but at best, the solution to all our energy problems in the future. The current problem with nuclear is the radioactive waste it produces. Actually, most of the waste it produces is relatively non-toxic, and can be safely stored or even dumped in hazardous waste dumps. However there is a very small amount of highly radioactive waste that arises from the use of uranium, called High Level Waste. This accounts for over ninety five percent of the radiation produced in a nuclear reactor.

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