16 August 2012
Mandela brought out the worst in the racists and the best in everyone else.
As a Canadian, it's a grim hobby of mine to follow American politics. I find it amazing that Americans have allowed what essentially amounts to the 1980 Libertarian Party to hijack their country and influence public opinion very gradually and effectively for the last 30 years to the point that a vast majority of voters cast ballots against their own self-interests.
It's mind-boggling that Republican mouthpieces have the audacity to rail against the POPE (of all people) for condemning greed and helping the poor. I never thought in 2013 I'd see such a tragic future for America.
17 December 2012
I am watching the beginning of the build-up to Madiba's funeral. The army contingent are going in at the moment, led by a military band playing The Dambusters! I suppose if anyone can be said to have broken a dam, Madiba fits the bill! We are lucky to have been given such a remarkable man, and we can only hope that those following him do better than they have been. This world has far too many who are called heroes, and I often waste the word myself, but today we say goodbye to somebody who truly deserves to be called a hero.
I thank you, Madiba. May your rest be peaceful. You were so much more than we deserved.
3 May 2012
1 November 2013
Well, he had a very long life. Too many have been cut short. JFK, MLK, John, the list goes on and on. He lived a long time and it's really good to see. I hope I live that long. You will be missed, Nelson Mandela.
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17 December 2012
Here's a good one, "the Ringo analagy"!
There is a court case that has been going on the US about the NSA's collection of online data about people, and whether it breaks the US Constitution. A ruling was handed down today by Judge Richard Leon, deciding that it broke the fourth amendment. Obviously, it will be appealed, but this part of his ruling, responding to part of the NSA's defence, included this gem:
"The Government obviously wants me to infer that the NSA may not have collected records from Verizon Wireless (or perhaps any other [non-Verizon] entity, such as AT&T and Sprint. Curiously, the Government makes this argument at the same time it is describing in its pleadings a bulk metadata collection program that can function only because it 'creates a historical repository that permits retrospective analysis of terrorist-related communications across multiple telecommunications networks.' Put simply, the Government wants it both ways.
"To draw an analogy, if the NSA's program operates the way the Government suggests it does, then omitting Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint from the collection would be like omitting John, Paul, and George from a historical analysis of the Beatles. A Ringo-only database doesn't make any sense, and I cannot believe the Government would create, maintain, and so ardently defend such a system."
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