Walmart’s “Big Brother” Technology

Courtesy of my friend Lori, — UPC symbols are being replaced by RFID tracking chips in some items, which will help stores track individual products as they are carried around in the store. Which means that when you decide you don’t want that [item x] and take it out of your cart and set on any old shelf in the store, they’ll be able to find it and put it back where it goes. It’s possible that the technology could be used to track other things, like what you carry into the store with you if the tracker is still on it, but those issues are far in the future.

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Washington Post: Former Bush NSC Aide criticizes Bush’s War on Terror

Rand Beers, former special assistant to the president for combating terrorism, National Security Council, has a lot to say about his former boss, George W. Bush. Excerpts:

“The administration wasn’t matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They’re making us less secure, not more secure,” said Rand Beers, who until now has remained largely silent about leaving his National Security Council job as special assistant to the president for combating terrorism. “As an insider, I saw the things that weren’t being done. And the longer I sat and watched, the more concerned I became, until I got up and walked out.”
“The focus on Iraq has robbed domestic security of manpower, brainpower and money, he said. The Iraq war created fissures in the United States’ counterterrorism alliances, he said, and could breed a new generation of al Qaeda recruits. Many of his government colleagues, he said, thought Iraq was an “ill-conceived and poorly executed strategy.”

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Americans: Dumber than substantial sized boxes of rocks

A third of the American public believes U.S. forces have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, according to a recent poll. Twenty-two percent said Iraq actually used chemical or biological weapons. But such weapons have not been found in Iraq and were not used.
“Before the war, half of those polled in a survey said Iraqis were among the 19 hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001. But most of the Sept. 11 terrorists were Saudis; none was an Iraqi.”
Jesus. I know I usually set the curve, but this is really fucking ridiculous.

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Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

Marvin the Martian
Marvin the Martian
Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator: Nothing about this really, I was just trying to remember the name of it. Because I’ve been reading my friend Lori’s chronicle of experiences with her Vagus Nerve Stimulator (electronic device that helps prevent epileptic siezures) and I was thinking that the VNS sounded like some sort of Ray Gun. Then I started wondering if Lori hadn’t made a joke like that a while back, and I just didn’t remember it. Hmmm.

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Glass Dog

I assume you’re looking for some hot little thing in a Catholic schoolgirl uniform-type with the freckles and the button nose and the big tits, like? Some sort of virgin-whore who’s wild in the sack and talks dirty only when she’s whispering in your ear? Uhhhhhh, she’s right over there. Pass her a note, purse your lips a little, work that whole motorcycle leather thing you got going and you’ll be together by this time tomorrow. Keep in mind that I’m a gay man and all that advice is based on what I saw on Xena.

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Halfway Point

I turned 35 on Friday. I guess that’s something I should mention. My family all send me warm thoughts, which is so nice. Other than that, the day passed pretty uneventfully. I did a lot of garage sale shopping, and then went out to dinner with Kathy, Dan and Doug.
I’m not sure what to think about being 35. What makes me most unhappy about that is that if I do want to have a child, I have to do something about it in the next two or three years, and I’m so not prepared for that, financially or relationship-wise. Part of the reason I bought the house was to accomodate that, but I’m not sure I want to have a child in this house. Or that I want to have a child, for that matter. But the idea that I might not be able to someday scares me also.

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Monkeys: Cool. Monkey Pox: Not Cool

Check your prairie dogs, if you’ve got ’em. Apparently, prairie dogs purchased at an Illinois store are spreading monkey pox to their owners across the midwest. Health officials are looking for people who purchased the rodents from Phil’s Pocket Pets in Villa Park, Ill. People without prairie dogs needn’t worry.

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