Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
A new study found that Wall-Mart has had a direct impact on poverty rates in the U.S., contributing to over 20,000 people falling below the poverty level. The reason is because Wall-Mart invades small towns and forces the small stores to close down, those employees that worked at those stores are forced to find a new job at Wall-Mart, and therefore receive a lower wage.
Posted by Aric Miller at 7:13 PM
Friday, May 12, 2006
Hopefully you have heard this already but if you haven’t I want to at least get you interested into this disturbing news. The NSA (National Security Agency) has been building a database of domestic and international phone calls. The information in the database includes the phone numbers and times of all calls. AT&T, Verizon, and BellSouth have all consented to releasing this information while Quest Communications refused because no warrants were given. All the major telephone companies involved broke their own policies of releasing private information to government without a valid warrant. So basically every call at any time is recorded into this database – the largest database ever assembled. This is a scary thought not because it records statistics on calling patterns but because it can track the specific calls of a single number. Although the NSA denies including names and addresses into the database, that information can be very easily found from unclassified sources.
The information collected by the NSA is used to “data mine” which in many cases can be very scary. The information might not be used for corrupt reasons right now but, it may very well be used for counter-terrorism. But, the information could be used later for corrupt reasons. For example: say in a few years down the road, we have an even more corrupt administration, one that decides they don’t want any citizens in the nation that might be against their agenda. So that administration goes ahead and looks at the phone records in the massive database, that “data mining,” which creates complicated statistics and such; those corrupt officials would then gather the numbers of questionable citizens who oppose their agenda. They look up their names and addresses from unclassified sources and some how affect that person’s life. They could harass that person with mail or phone calls or even worse - charge them for anti-American activities; a scenario very reminiscent of the McCarthy era. Just imagine if McCarthy had this technology available to him, it would have been an even more scary time. To avoid this happening now we must act eminently to stop this illegal and very scary activity.
In George Orwell’s modern classic novel 1984 countless telescreens constantly monitor the people of Oceana. Any time a person opposes the views of the “party” they will secretly disappear never to be seen again. The part’s motto was the following: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.
President Bush uses war in the name of peace, he uses slavery in the name of freedom and he knows that our ignorance is his strength. Making sure we know nothing about what is going on in our government keeps his power. He replies to every leak of very scary corrupt material as a “national security issue” and should have never been leaked in the first place. He says “its bad for troop moral” or we should be silent during war time. But I thought the war ended 3 years ago! I guess not. And now our freedoms are being compromised in the name of security. It’s sad how we are moving closer and closer to fascism in our nation of “freedom,” our nation of liberty and justice and due process of the law. But our president won’t even obey the laws, he just puts them aside and ignores them, in the name of freedom. What freedom? It’s like propaganda slogan in America: “promoting freedom.” How profiting off of the third world “promoting freedom”? They don’t give two shits about the third world; all they want is money, money, money (and tax cuts). They are corrupt on a scale beyond Nixon and if we let to go they will be right up their with the fascists dictatorships of the past.
I don’t want to see this nation go to a fascist state, but its fast on its way. Back in the revolutionary war we had the Patriots and we had the Loyalists. The loyalists in both cases are the ones who remain silent, and the ones who won’t do anything and the patriots are the ones who will question and the ones who are brave enough to stand up and speak. And that’s what I want all of my very few readers to do: to listen, to think and to speak because knowledge truly is power.
Posted by Aric Miller at 3:46 PM
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
A Massachusetts 17 year old, Mitchell Lawrence was arrested and convicted for selling a joints worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer. The high school senior will spend 2 years in prison. His life is basically ruined as a result of his felony conviction. Unjust laws resulted in this atrocity against this young man; because Mitchell sold the pot in a “Drug-Free School Zone” he is required to spend a mandatory prison sentence. Mitchell had no idea he was selling in a “Drug-Free School Zone” for he was almost 1000 feet away from the closest school. For more scary facts watch this video from the drug policy alliance.
Posted by Aric Miller at 8:21 PM
Friday, May 05, 2006
Does anyone remember the McCarthy era, where communists were enemies of the way of life in America? And how we put measures forth to counter act any opposition of our so called beliefs or values, measures that target citizens of our own country and other independent nations as well? Well this history is clearly being repeated now more then ever as many are scared of terrorists, and we wire-tap our own people to stop these terrorists. Well what’s wrong with stopping terrorists? Nothing, it's just the way we are doing it. But this is not the problem I am talking about today, no, now it's something different. Instead of stopping communism we are targeting socialism. Many conservative pundits are calling socialism “a threat to America.” My question to them is: what about Britain, and virtually all of Europe? Are they a treat to America? The reason they are saying this right now is because recently Bolivia has nationalized their domestic oil in an attempt to stop foreign and probably American companies from drilling for cheap costs and little benefit to the people of Bolivia. As a landlocked country, and south Americas poorest nation, Bolivia has made an intelligent decision to better their country by claiming the oil that rightfully belongs to them, which it is. Why are they so angry? Because, it’s simple: this hurts big oil companies, and its simple that republicans love big oil companies. I mean our own president is an oil man. Anyway this in addition to bad publicity for Venezuela is contributing to the deterioration of the socialist image. This is unfortunate, but hopefully it won’t last long.
Posted by Aric Miller at 4:25 PM
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Well a bunch of stuff happened while I was taking a break from the computer and during the weekend; including some insanely ridiculous things such as the Star Spangled Banner controversy. Here’s what happened in case you missed it.
White House Press Dinner
Watch this video, I can’t believe how much balls Steven Colbert has, I wonder what Mr. Bush was thinking. And there was also Bush and his alias
also very funny.
Protest for Darfur
A massive demonstration took place on Sunday in Washington D.C. for relief and peace in the Darfur region of Sudan. Among the protesters many celebrities and politicians smoke including most notable George Clooney and Barack Obama. Amazingly, 5 congressmen were arrested for disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.
Thousands marched on Monday for immigrant rights. Many protesters skipped school and work to attend.
Posted by Aric Miller at 11:32 PM
The recent “controversy” of the Star Spangled Banner being sung in Spanish has stir up a lot of unnecessary attention. Many are saying it is “an insult” such as conservative nut job Pat Buchanan. What I don’t understand is why anyone cares if immigrants sing the nation anthem in Spanish or any other language, its better then them singing it and not understanding, right? I hope so. At least these people are showing their allegiance to the United States; more importantly understanding and proclaiming the American way.
Posted by Aric Miller at 11:31 PM