another week closer to the eschaton…

Can We Subpoena The Monkey? Why The Monkey Self-Portraits Are Likely In The Public Domain – this is one of those “there are so many things that are really wrong with the world, and yet this is the kind of thing that make it into the news” items that really frustrates me… because if there weren’t so many other seriously wrong things in the world that take priority, this is really an interesting subject that deserves our attention. for the record, i vote with the monkey, and if that’s not an option, then i think the photo should be in the public domain. if a human being came across an abandoned camera and took pictures with it, and then learned the owner of the camera, he wouldn’t have to give up the copyrights to the pictures that he had taken, and the same is true for the monkey. period.

also, more stuff for driving the creationists crazier than the already are, Scientists unveil tools for rewriting the code of life

now, for the things that are really wrong with the world…

China Oil Spill Six Times Size of Singapore – "The spill from the oil field, which the United States’ ConocoPhillips operates with China’s state-run oil giant CNOOC, has polluted a total area of almost 4,250 square kilometres"… why does it not surprise me that the US is embroiled in this fiasco? 😐

Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

When they took the fourth amendment,
     I was quiet because I didn’t deal drugs.
When they took the sixth amendment,
     I was quiet because I was innocent.
When they took the second amendment,
     I was quiet because I didn’t own a gun.
Now they’ve taken the first amendment,
     and I can say nothing about it.

Woman Gropes TSA Agent’s Breast at Security Checkpoint – and she ended up in jail… the TSA agent continued doing EXACTLY THE SAME THING without suffering any penalties whatsoever… 😐

along the same lines, Nude, bound woman found dead in Big Pharma CEO’s home; no criminal investigation yet – if the same thing happened to you or i, there would be a criminal investigation immediately, but because this guy has money, they haven’t decided whether or not there will be an investigation… 😡

Woman Arrested For Being Verbally Abusive To TSA Agents While Refusing To Let Daughter Be Screened Or Patted Down and Federal Court Rules TSA Violated Law By Introducing Body Scanners – it’s too bad nobody’s going to do anything about it, because "it’s policy" now… "It;s Policy" Has Become An Excuse For Absolutely Unspeakable Acts – it really surprises me how maleable the american people have become in the past few years. and it underscores how, despite the fact that we REALLY need one NOW, a revolution is still a long way off.

The 40-Year Cycle of Cultural Change and Should We Bother to Vote When Revolution Is Inevitable? – the fact that other people are even talking about a revolution gives me hope, but still, i would bet that the true revolution that we need is still, unfortunately, a long way off…

Herman Cain: Americans Have The Right To Ban Mosques and Mass Psychosis in the US: How Big Pharma Hooked Americans on Drugs – this is the reason why… americans are simply too maleable. 😐

Pentagon Declares the Internet a Domain of War – when internet is declared terrorism, only terrorists will have internet.

Google+ multiplies anger by subtracting pseudonyms – another “social network” i will not be using… it makes me wonder what my friend “howlin’ hobbit” does. his is very clearly a case where what he is called by friends and co-workers is very definitely not the name that appears on his drivers’ license…

Murdoch Has Blood on His Hands"1. Any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law." the fox news channel is endless propaganda for war, and various other deadly policies.

Ten Years Ago Portugal Legalized All Drugs — What Happened Next? – hmm… let me see… i haven’t heard a lot about portugal in the news recently — not like germany, or greece, or great britain, or bahrain, or libya, none of whom have legalized all drugs… 😐 also, More Science for the Drug Enforcement Agency to Ignore

15 Food Companies That Serve You Wood As Food – cellulose is virgin wood pulp that has been processed… the FDA sets no limit on the amount of cellulose that can be used in food products meant for human consumption… YUM… 😐

‘Pastafarian’ religious headgear gives new meaning to ‘cookware’ and Austrian driver allowed ‘pastafarian’ headgear photo – 😮