The Bush administration has got to be fuming at stories like this one. When Saddam said that inspectors could have full access to Iraq. Again, I don’t believe this is a true statement, I love that the administration now has to deal with the fact that they gave an option and Iraq chose to indicate they don’t want a war. I wonder how this will all turn out.
Archive for September, 2002
Well, less then two weeks ago I posted my Design Challenge and had a mailto link in it. Today I received my first bit of spam. Gotta admire the persistence of the bots . I’m going to leave the account open to see how much spam is generated to it.
I’ve been against the death Penalty since I was a kid, at first because it “felt wrong”, but later because I realized that courts are made of people and people make mistakes. To jail someone mistakenly requires only that you free them and apologize. To execute someone mistakenly kills an innocent person. When I see rulings like this one saying that the Federal death penalty is unconstitutional, I think that the world might be a slightly better place. Now if the states could follow suit.
Well, Aggie was scheduled to have her splint removed on today. Didn’t happen. Last Thursday, she decided to go for a swim in my parents old kiddie pool. Well, a quick trip to the Vet and Aggie was splint free. She was very happy to be home, though it took a while for her to build up enough confidence to challenge Dash. She’s back to her old form though, I’ve got the holes in the back yard to prove it .
That which does not kill me only makes me wish it had.
I’m not condoning this woman but I’m willing to bet that most parent at some time has wanted to beat the hell out of their kid, normally after a trip to the mall.
This paper is really interesting to me. I wonder what will happen to people in the future as technology advances at such a rate as to out pace them. I deal with people who have no concept of a computer, much less the Internet, yet there is coming a point where, I believe, you will need to be connected. In that event, those people would become irrelevant, and they and I are on a level playing field. Now imagine a computer, sentient, aware, dealing with me in some future way. They would out pace me on so many levels. Unlike a lot of people, I believe that a computer, that technology will eventually be indistinguishable from the human mind. That will be an interesting playing field. There is one quote that I especially liked: One of the drawbacks of democracy is that people have an equal say regardless of their level of understanding of an issue. .
For those who care, Amina Lawal is a woman convict of adultery (proved by her having a child out of wedlock) and sentenced to death. The man accused of being he lover was set free. Here is more information. I do hope that she is eventually set free.
But I wanted to talk more about the man involved in the case. My initial reaction was “why is the man going free”. It’s a bit of a double standard to say that the woman should die, but not the man. The problem is that with a woman, it can be a simple case of proving she had premarital sex. If she’s pregnant, she did (barring rape). But how can you tell if a man had premaritial sex? There’s no simple test other then witness or admission. Therefor, with lack of other evidence, you have to not convict the man.
Either way, no one should be killed for having premarital sex. I don’t even think it’s a crime.
Okay, the geek in me is so drooling over the concept of having my own light saber. I would love to scare the dogs with this little toy, not to mention Sherri .
When I was a kid I was in Webelos. After our troop had “graduated” to become eligible to join the Boy Scouts, my parents gave me a choice. I could either go with the rest of my Webelo buddies and join troop 799 or I could join another troop (where I didn’t really know anyone), called 299. Of course, I chose 799. That apparently was the wrong decision, cuz my parents made me go to 299. Kind of sounds like what Bush is doing with Iraq. Last week he gave an set of ultimatums to Iraq which basically said let in inspectors or the UN should wage war on you. Iraq then said “sure, send in the inspectors”. Now Bush is saying: “No, wrong answer. We want a war”. Don’t get me wrong, I doubt Iraq will cooperate fully, but I think that it is comical that Bush gave them a choice, they chose the wrong answer (which probably confused the Bush administration to no end), and so Bush wants to go to war. Why give them a choice in the first place? Why did my parents give me a choice? Do I have issues?