Okay, here we go. My subtext today is pissing off European Italians, so if you think this might offend you, go away now!
Once again the Italian justice system has shown how screwed up it is by convicting Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of the murder of Meredith Kercher for a second time, after being found innocent in-between! I’m not sure what political agenda is involved in this other than Europeans, specifically Italian Europeans, who see this as a way to once again bash Americans. What sort of pastafazoole is it that keeps retrying a person already found innocent? Is the Italian criminal justice system as faulty as their government?
Anyone who has followed this nightmare knows that the Italians already have the murderer in jail. There are so many detailed descriptions of how the murder actually went down and how non-existent the evidence against Knox and her then boyfriend is (plus the lack of any motive). The Italian justice system tried to portray Knox and her boyfriend as some sort of drug crazed maniacs. Look at the videos from the crime scene, do those look like hung-over drug crazed maniacs?
Now the Italians are trying to extradite Amanda from the US. If the United States buys into this spaghetti farce it will simply go to show once again that the US justice system is just as messed up as the Italian justice system is. Besides, when have we ever listened to foreigners, especially ones that don’t live here, much less let them tell us what to do.
I’m sure that most Italians also think this whole thing is a load of ravioli stuffing but the lawyers, judges, and politicians involved with this thing, plus anyone who is just in this as an American hater, isn’t fit to even be a spaghetti bender.
National Security Agency Complex in San Antonio, Texas
Der Spiegel called it again and I’d never thought I’d thank the Germans for anything but the German press has done a better job of protecting the US citizens’ liberty and privacy than anyone in our own sorry press or government. Anyway, here are two links, the first to the Der Spiegel article on how the NSA both steals your privacy and builds inherent flaws into your digital security so they can exploit your resources for whatever they want and also leave you vulnerable to attack. The second link is to a talk by Jacob Appelbaum about why you should be very scared by this.
It seems I’ve been shunned, cast into the dust bin of the blogoshphere. This isn’t to be unexpected. Great minds have always been unrecognized in their lifetimes and the fact that I warn you, the 50% that are below average, off the most important and mind expanding posts, for your own good I might add, just makes it harder to be heard and appreciated.
Maybe it is because so many of you have taken my advice and devoted your life to not caring about anything, always expecting the worst, and a D minus effort. Maybe your spouse is pushing cheeseburgers under your locked bedroom door as you watch endless reruns of NCIS from your 11 season BluRay DVD collection. Perhaps you’ve discarded your cell phone and landline and your internet connection to take yourself off the grid so the NSA cannot peep on your miserable little life. You’ve given up that daily torture ritual you called fitness and sold your Nautilus machine and stationary bike and canceled your gym membership. This means you’ve taken my advice to heart. Maybe I should be glad I get so few hits and that your apathy is a testament to my persuasiveness.
I should have expected this; taken my own advice and expected the worst (for me personally). At least you have lightened my load and I can quit doing all the heavy lifting here as you tell the friends that wonder what happened to you, why they never see you, about your new, better, lifestyle. Perhaps this whole thing has gone viral but in a non-digital way, by old fashioned word of mouth.
I feel better now knowing that you have ceased to care that the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges never work or that another government shutdown is looming in a few months, or that the Philippines are under water . This means I’ve done my job making your life just a little better and that in turn makes my life just a little better as well.
Keep up the D minus effort and we’ll all make it to the grave just a little bit less stressed out.
Well they say the government is shut down but you couldn’t tell by me. The television is still on and my internet still works so I can still download those “short” films I need. I even got some junk mail today Some guys were repaving a road near my house and the cops were still looking for speeders. The Affordable Care Act was up and running although a little clogged up by all those people that didn’t want affordable health insurance. So what’s the big deal with the federal government shutting down? Maybe we should take an extended holiday. I hope the tax man is sitting at home saying: “I’m screwed because people didn’t send in enough taxes.” That’d serve him right. Somebody told me the National Parks are closed now. So what? Give ’em back to nature or better yet the Indians they stole them from. Just pack up and throw the keys to the nearest reservation and say, “sorry we ruined part of it.” Nobody really ever wanted to hike or bike or raft or camp in them anyway. People just say they want to do that kind of stuff to impress their friends but they really wanna watch TV. I bet the Indians would take better care of it than the federal government did anyway. Pull up all the asphalt and make it nice again.
I read that the Post Office is $6 billion dollars in the hole too. I don’t get this. First why didn’t they already shut down like yesterday with a debt like that? They were already out of money before the federal government was. They could just pile all the stuff behind the post office and you could wade through it to find your stuff, your credit card apps and such.
Nobody who actually wants to get something ever mails it anyway. They use those UPS or FedEx outfits. I know that only the post office can deliver a letter but not if you put it in a little box first. Then anyone can deliver it. You can just say you’re sending some paper to your grandmother and off it goes. Besides people like getting a box to open instead of just an envelope. It’s more exciting. These other outfits can’t put anything in a mailbox because you don’t own it, the Post Office does! Did you know that? So the UPS dude has to come to your door just like the Post Office used to, that way it’s kinda like the good ol’ days anyway.
Nobody is gonna miss the junk mail either and and it saves a lot of trees.
Anyway the federal government looks like it’ll be shutdown for awhile and that’s not necessarily bad. Think of the traffic in D.C. that will free up. Everyone can go on vacation before it gets too cold. A lot of people like me probably won’t even notice for a long time. Eventually things like the Hoover Dam and stuff will fall down if no one takes care of it but I bet some savvy power company will buy it. The War on Drugs will have to be sidelined and eventually the military will have to come back to the US just to save a few bucks. Who’s gonna pay for that one way ticket home? I guess they could just tell everyone, “you’re on your own, do the best ya can.” The people in the military could probably get enough money by selling their weapons and stuff for a ticket home, especially if they shared. Embassies would be a little more difficult but they are usually in the better neighborhoods so you could sell them and probably get everyone home even from crappy countries. The immigration problem will take care of itself because when all the illegals realize the government is shut down they’ll leave because they can’t get any benefits anymore.
I dunno, the more I think about it the more I think we should just leave the federal government shut down. Those guys we all voted for never did anything we really wanted anyway.