The Rule of Law

The wing nuts “Lie and Die” party are now predicting that congress will make illegal that which was legal for people and events.

Prediction: Bush & Congress Will Override the Supreme Court’s Gitmo Decision

The only trouble is that the U.S. constitution which most of the GOP Lie and Die have not read has a little passage call Article 9

Section 9: Limits on Congress….
No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

An ex post facto law is a law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of acts committed or the legal status of facts and relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law

Hence, if congress passes a law to bail out Bush, it can not be used in the instance of the GITMO decision.

A path less taken, a chosen road

I have just given notice with the intentions of changing jobs. Knowing that this is a stressful thing, I’ve managed to do this more frequently than I ever would have imagined. I have, in a humorous way, always described my profession as “High Tech Migrant Worker” But the moves, always seem to happen in sequences not always of my own choosing. Call it fate, Karma or just blind luck it has always been a path less taken, and usually a grand voyage of discovery and learning. I have always profited, sometimes, but not always in a monetary way, but in retrospect every step a joy and a road I would have chosen had I known where the road lead. Such is the future, it’s what you make of it, not what it makes you.

Pumping up the Terror Threat.

It has begun, the pumping up of the terror threat just before the fall elections in the U.S. The GOP has no other weapon to combat the bad press about the corruption’s, voting scandals, the illegal wire taps and the lies about the Iraq war. From here till the end of the year, we will be inundated with terrorist threats and fear mongering. The next step will be a bomb, or some shootings, and more apparent links to al-Qaeda. US fears home-grown terror threat will be the theme of the the news when ever the Bush White House is faced with falling Poll numbers, more scandal and threats of investigations.

Bank Record Silliness in Wing-Nut land

This article has gotten the ‘Lie and Die’ GOP Far right wing nuts on the internet fired up.
Bank Records Secretly Tapped

They still believe that al Qaeda are idiots, Osama bin Laden is a multimillion, don’t you think he knows how banks are transferring money?

Why does the Far Right believe that this ‘traitorous’ revelation of the Bush administration trying to ” bypass traditional banking privacy protections” was catching any terrorist?

Stupid ones maybe, but not likely, terrorist of that nature are ‘Cash and Carry’ and the smart ones are well aware of that can and cannot be seen in bank transfers, and they would have covered their trail.

This is just another destruction of freedom, and the removal of yet another privacy from the American People.

Update: A really good article about why this was never a secret, and if there is a traitor It’s George Bush Who talked about this;

In a September 24, 2001, speech, Bush announced the establishment of a “foreign terrorist asset tracking center at the Department of the Treasury to identify and investigate the financial infrastructure of the international terrorist networks.” He added, “It will bring together representatives of the intelligence, law enforcement, and financial regulatory agencies to accomplish two goals: to follow the money as a trail to the terrorists, to follow their money so we can find out where they are; and to freeze the money to disrupt their actions.”

So more lies from the Lie and Die party.

Religious Pigeon holes and mixed metaphors

If someday we could loose the religious pigeon holes we place the behaviors of others into, we would soon reach a point where individuals could be treated fairly and equally, but I wax utopian here. While polls like The Great Divide: How Westerners and Muslims View Each Other will continue to categorize people by their religion, or at least the religion in which they are raised up in, they are missing the mixed metaphor in their report that many Muslims are raised in the ‘West’ and hold different elements of their morality differently. In other words they are simplifying and pigeon holing vast groups of beliefs in an effort to separate people into opposing mindsets. Classifications that while on the surface seem significant and meaningful, merely mask a more complex issue of beliefs and behaviors and does an injustice to everyone, and worse seek to divide people who might otherwise work together to solve the bigger issues of our world. There I go waxing utopian again.

In logic the term is ‘fallacy by bifurcation’ or best illustrated as something must be either “Black or White”, and put into those term, you can see clearly the problem such thinking brings to an issue. “Your either with me or against me.” Such logic it the logic of politics, not of societies, and does nothing to bridge the differences each of us possess as individuals one from another.

“WWIII Started in 1979”, paranoia

I can usually usually judge the level of paranoia flowing through the GOP, NeoCons and the far right, from the propaganda email forwarded from my brother in the central United States. These usually follow some talking point or another that the White House would be proud of, but are cloaked in “personalization’s” like ‘joe’ told me, or a “friend of mine” something, to allude to a personal first person truth. Often, as in the last one, titled “WWIII Started in 1979” it resorts to paranoid delusion and vastly over simplified history and the motivations of the depicted (read spun) events. In this case many unrelated events are painted in a ‘pro-war with the Arabs’ fashion using little more commonality than of race. An enemy easily identified as Muslim, those “vicious anti-west, infidel killing religious fanatics”.

You get the picture anyway.

This brings me back to the point, that this represents another attempt to deflect attention from the GOP corruption, lawbreaking and embezzlement of the public trust. and an attempt to elevate paranoia, and create fear of “The ENEMY them, those people, that sleeper cell down the street that behaves strangely.

The real question, do we really question anymore? When do we stop believing in the ‘Bush who cried wolf”. When are we going to require real accountability for improving the security we really desire? When, if ever, are we going believe which “Terror Alerts” are real?

Why would anyone give up their freedoms, liberties and privacy, the very things that have made us great for the illusion of security being offered by the NeoCon GOP. Why would you believe any politician, for that matter.

People must believe in themselves, trust to the good elements of our chosen society, represent them, educate with them, and work to prevent the hate, paranoia and fear from blinding us to the truth that we are all human. And that the rights which we have fought for over the years must be applied to all equally.

Ok I’ll get off the soapbox.

Demonization of the ACLU

I have been reading the blogs of the religiously self-righteous defenders of the U.S constitution. Or, in other words attempting to distorting the definitions of the constitution into religious mumbo-Jumbo. To quote;

The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

  • Your First Amendment rights-freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press, and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law – equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
  • Your right to due process – fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy – freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.

But they seem to be under attack because they are managing to get that job done, but are being attacked by the christian wing-nut far right because they

…work also to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor.

In other words everything the fundamentalist are against. and who believe that

if the rights of society’s most vulnerable members are denied

Christianity as NOT embodied in the constitution can be preserved for all Americans.

The Future is how you see it.

I did not graduate from the university with a Computer Science degree, I graduated with a degree in Future Studies. I only got into Computers (as a minor in college) because I was passionate about them, and they were easy. It has also earned me a fair salary over the years. so when I see articles containing “Futurist” I am intrigued, as in this article, which has a universal applicability to such things as Web 2.0, iPods and other technology, economic and social issues.

Twelve Things Journalists Need To Know to be Good Futurist/Foresight Reporters

Can we all say “Common Sense”?

A favorite, particularly good for Web 2.0:

…any futurist who tells you that something is inevitable probably has something to sell

Outsourcing is dead.

More on Sunday Business Post, The IT outsourcing section is full of articles about how to save money and increase productivity by outsourcing.

What’s wrong with these article? It completely ignores the fact that in may cases outsourcing actually increases cost.

Gartner: Outsourcing costs more than in-house

Outsourcing Myths


And it’s not just Gartner stating this, More and more real life business situations are proving that short term gains are reversed with long term failures and will result with increased expenses. Outsourcing is proving to be an accountant’s favorite trick to improve the short term profit projections at the expense of long term gains, and company stability or as a means to project profitability to enhance the sale of a business.

One more thing, It’s also a consultants trump card.

UPDATE: Cheap labour in India is getting too expensive

Metropolitan Area Network, Represents Dumb Networking

The Sunday Business Post had a brilliant article about why the Government does not under stand broadband, or how to manage the future of Irish Broadband.

I’ll quote:

The network … They were backed by the government in an attempt to stimulate competition in the broadband market. …. The networks are also catering solely for large businesses and cannot deliver broadband to homes or small businesses, which are experiencing major difficulties obtaining the service. … Eircom already offers broadband to 118 of the 120 areas covered by the network.

so let’s review.

  • The network is only available for big business
  • Big business has difficulty obtaining it
  • There is already a competing service in 98% of the coverage area
  • Small businesses and home owners can’t get the service even though their taxes pay for it

So they are 1) trying to deliver broadband to companies that don’t need it, 2) who will have trouble acquiring it, 3) in areas that already have it, 4) But not to people that need it, and are paying for it.

Does that sound stupid or what? Pick any number or all of them combined, and ask yourself how many points did the government miss here.

The Irish miss their King’s

The Irish must truly miss being ruled by a King as they make every effort to enshrine them at every moment. The belief that only a Monarch can rule is part and parcel with the State funeral for ex-Irish leader. I’m sure that the current Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern believes in a Monarchy, when he is not kowtowing to other heads of state like King George, he is bowing to religious persuasion, and command. The belief that the King can commit any crime and be forgiven goes to the root of the issue as in the case of Haughey.

What has happened to the Republic, and Irish freedom from Kings?

The Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves.

The Founding fathers of the United States Constitution are rolling over in their graves. When the Top court allows evidence in illegal home entry It just doesn’t

“…destroy the strongest legal incentive for the police to comply with that constitutional requirement.”

It violates the 4th Amendment of the Constitution!

Amendment IV – Search and Seizure. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.