Thursday, December 22, 2005

Last Day!

I'm printing out my holiday reading after lunch. It's about 40 articles for the background section of my proposal. w00t...or not.

Internet roundup for this morning = scary and funny.

First, a bit from an editorial written by digital security expert Bruce Schneier:
"This is indefinite dictatorial power. And I don't use that term lightly; the very definition of a dictatorship is a system that puts a ruler above the law. In the weeks after 9/11, while America and the world were grieving, Bush built a legal rationale for a dictatorship. Then he immediately started using it to avoid the law. This is, fundamentally, why this issue crossed political lines in Congress. If the president can ignore laws regulating surveillance and wiretapping, why is Congress bothering to debate reauthorizing certain provisions of the Patriot Act? Any debate over laws is predicated on the belief that the executive branch will follow the law."

Nice. TPA also got extended for 6 months, to continue to look at civil rights protections. Not that it probably mattered either way.

Next, a link to a Salon article about why Bush won't be impeached - blaming the media and the apathy of the Democrats, mostly.

And finally, something to cheer you up after all that doom and gloom: Pac-Man being chased by a ghost through the University of Michigan's library and computer lab. Requires Quicktime. Every now and then, when I see stuff like this, I get a small twinge of envy for people who went to big schools where stuff like this happens. It doesn't last for long though.

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