Thursday, August 02, 2007

Obama: We'll Never Use Nukes

Via Little Green Footballs: Obama puts his foot in his mouth about the potential use of nuclear weapons. It does tend to raise the question of how viable our nuclear deterrent would be should he be elected President.

Celebrity Report: Chavez and Sean Penn New Best Buds

Celebrity Report: Sean Penn and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez are buds, it would seem. They share, at the very least, a common lack of support for the war in Iraq and, I would guess, a common hatred for America, as well.

The gist:

Chavez said Penn traveled to Venezuela this week wanting to learn more about the situation in the country and walked around some of Caracas' poor barrios on his own.

"Welcome to Venezuela, Mr. Penn. What drives him is consciousness, the search for new paths," Chavez said Wednesday in a televised speech. "He's one of the greatest opponents of the Iraq invasion."

Boing Boing Fails to Recognize Value of Symbolism

Boing Boing fails utterly to understand the importance of symbolism in maintaining public awareness and support of the war on Islamic totalitarianism. The State of Oklahoma obviously understands its value, and is issuing a license plate reminding everyone that, yes, 9/11 really did happen and, yes, there's still some paying back to be done.

And, by the way, Boing Boing, Osama bin Ladin is really pretty irrelevant in the whole scheme of things. Yes, it would be nice to find him and hang him by the neck, but other than a symbol, he's pretty meaningless. It's Iran, Syria, and Saudia Arabia that are the real problems.

Digg Report

Digg Report: Today's #1 Digg, at 3799 Diggs, is a link to a story about the tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

My condolences to everyone who was injured or has lost a loved one in this horrific accident.

Poll: Almost 60% Of Iranians Would Welcome Foreign Military Action Against Ahmadinejad

I don't know much about the organization Center For the Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights, but they've just released a fascinating poll taken of the Iranian population. Some excerpts:

A new survey reveals that 92 percent of the subjects of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's totalitarian government do not believe their nation's role is positive, and two-thirds would support a "Velvet Revolution" to remove him from power.

That's interesting enough. Now check this out:

The survey...found that almost six out of 10 Iranians would support a foreign military action for the purpose of taking Ahmadinejad out of the role as dictator.

I don't remember: did we have such a poll before we invaded Iraq?

There's a lot more there. Definitely worth a read, but like all polls, should be taken with a huge grain of salt.

Putin Youth - An Inside View?

More on the Putin Youth. I'm not terribly sure of this source, and so I'm not putting too much stock in it. But it certainly fits in with everything else we've been hearing.

Litvinenko's Killer - Next Russian President?

Here's an interesting essay that suggests the possibility of Andrei Lugovoi, alleged assassin of Alexander Litvinenko, succeeding Putin as Russian President. It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, I think, but it raises some very interesting points about how Russians perceive themselves and the world.

Quite honestly, something like this wouldn't suprise me.

Software Can Tell if Digital Photo or Video was Altered

This is good news. Neal Krawetz, computer security consultant and researcher, has developed software that can tell if and how a digital photo or video was altered. Given the many, many propaganda pieces that have been foisted on the world by al Qaeda's internal media production team (which apparently they actually have, to no real surprise), this is very useful software indeed.

It's also interesting for many other uses as well. Mainstream media, you better pay attention.