Same as it ever was

Obama Administration Mulls Constitutionality of Copyright Act which is the legal precedent for the RIAA to sue people who participate in file sharing across the internet. Per this court document, the administration will make it’s feelings known by March 25.

Here’s a surprise – both the GOP and the Democrats agree on something, namely that they dislike the idea of ‘the open primary.’
This will almost certainly get defeated which is a great pity.

A proposed constitutional amendment would go before voters in June 2010 instituting a “top-two” primary system, which would effectively eliminate party primary ballots, erase candidate party labels in primary elections and allow voters to choose the two candidates – of whatever party – who would compete in the general election.
An open primary would dissolve the current political primary system, and has the potential to seriously erode party power and change the entire landscape of state politics.

I’m sorry, but the prospect of the above renders me a giddy little schoolgirl. People would actually have to, you know, research the people they were electing. (Actually I doubt that, I’m sure the nazis at both parties would put together little ‘voter orientation packets’ telling them who to vote for.)

A new study finds that Guantanamo Bay meets Geneva requirements

The review, conducted by Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, the vice chief of naval operations, describes a series of steps that could be taken to allow detainees to speak to one another more often and to engage in group activities, the government officials said. For years, critics of the prison have said that many detainees spend as many as 23 hours a day within the confines of cement cells and were only permitted recreation alone in fenced-off outdoor pens.

Oh wait, it was a government conducted study. In the words of Jane Curtain – “never mind.”
Besides, we’re expanding a new detention center…in Afghanistan:

“A light, fluffy foreign policy.”
Hilary Clinton rewrites her script for dealing with Southeast Asia to more evenly conform with the same policy that’s been in place since at least 2001. Good hustle madame secretary.

Thanks to the NY Times, here is a semi-detailed breakdown of where the stimulus package as passed is actually going. Just ignore that every third or fourth item on there reads “tax cuts”.
Are *you* feeling stimulated yet? At next week’s annual budget, President Obama is going to preside over a budget that is 2.7 trillion dollars in the red – but yet he’s instituting a ‘no accounting tricks policy’ …. yet his administration is expected to spend 1.5 trillion dollars this year.
Suddenly I need a drink.

Make that several. And a crowbar. Amazon just recently banned sales of a Japanese PC game that involves stalking and raping women. Yes really.

In Rapelay, gamers direct a character to sexually assault a mother and her two young daughters at an underground station, before raping any of a selection female characters.
Rapelay, which was released in 2006, encourages players to force the virtual woman they rape to have an abortion. If they are allowed to give birth the woman throws the player’s character under a train, according to reviews of the game. It also has a feature allowing several players to team up against individual women.

For the record the game (and others by the same manufacturer “Battle Raper” and “Artificial Girl”) are not available on Amazon US, at least not with a cursory inspection.
I don’t even know what to add to that.

In Italy, new legislation to combat rape makes allowances for mob justice especially of the (Implied) racist variety. Good hustle there folks. While there would seem to be a decent set of provisions introduced (free legal aid – you’d think this would be a given, or at least I would) but there’s a distinct strain of “oh no, foreigners did all this.”
Yeah. Right.

I think I have hit the limits of my cynicism today. Enjoy your weekend.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on February 20, 2009.

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