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"This Mr. Potato Head has ecstasy for eyes!" If you're going to hide drugs, put them inside something that's not supposed to be opened. On second thought, don't hide drugs at all. (Happy, Six Apart censors?)

If all that's keeping you from multiple life sentences is a lack of DNA evidence, don't be a dumbass and bare your dumb ass at the cops.

Minister steals Home Depot gift cards from wedding gift basket. Note to idiot thieves: Traceable items are not the best choice of loot.

Now we're going to learn how a bill becomes law... oh, wait, that's from my porn stash. Maybe a student managed to get his hands on the stick and jack it with nude pictures under his desk... but if that's the case, that guy needs to be more careful with his equipment! Next time, just show them the Schoolhouse Rock video.

Woman won't sell her home to developers, so they just build around her. Remind anyone of the Looney Tunes cartoon where they build a skyscraper with a semicircular niche around Bugs Bunny's rabbit hole?

Thai bank hands out condoms to customers. Seems like a handy way to get them. But how many of them will turn out to be defective?

"We're sorry our toys contained lead paint. Here, have some lead-painted toys as an apology."

Bank teller foils robbery attempt by having nothing but candy. What... out of condoms already?

Middle school bans hugs. Hey, if the kids like each other that much, you'd think you'd want to foster it. Most kids would be at each other's throats... and not giving hickeys.

Finally, a topic that seems needlessly controversial judging by the topic. A man-turned-woman via a sex change operation is suing the IRS over the deduction for the operation. I'll be among those who believe that gender identity disorder is real, even though I'm pretty sure I don't have it - many of my mannerisms may be a bit effeminate, but I've never felt like a woman trapped in a man's body at all. The big question here is whether a sex change operation should be considered a medical procedure primarily to alleviate GID. It makes sense to me, although I think the limits of our medical science aren't enough to really get the job done. I'd say make it deductible as long as there's a diagnosis. Or would the IRS really prefer to have the counseling sessions and hormone treatments deducted for life?


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Oct. 4th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
I love the power of Google Maps. We can watch the construction unfold.

Edith Macefield
1438 NW 46th St
Seattle, WA 98107
Oct. 4th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Looks like they're steering well clear of her, doesn't it?
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
The pictures on GoogleMap, IIRC, are old -- I know that the one of the place I work is over a year and a half old -- there's a trailer behind the place, now, that isn't in the picture.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Why, exactly, was it relevant for the police to get a DNA sample from a peaceful protester, I have to ask. I mean, it's nice that they got him off the street, assuming he's actually guilty and this isn't an elaborate con, but... a giant government database of DNA records of peaceful protesters makes me very, very nervous. Mooning someone is now grounds for compulsory blood samples?

See, my Wii doesn't like that either. Its sensor bar just fell off.
Oct. 4th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
If you're browsing and typing replies like that on your Wii, you have amazing patience.

You probably know what I'm going to say about mooning people and being required to give DNA samples...
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Nah, but the sensor bar looks at me from below my monitor, and it was expressing its disapproval.

Also, nope, no idea.
Oct. 5th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
If you don't like having your DNA on file, don't moon the cops.
Oct. 5th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Well, if they can take your DNA for one minor infraction, what about another? Traffic tickets? Parking tickets? Jaywalking? Failing to mow your lawn (remember, that one old lady in Utah got her face bashed in by a cop who was there to arrest her for not mowing her lawn).

And if they can freely search your body for minor infractions, how about your house? Your computer? Your bank and phone records?

We apparently don't need warrants anymore. That's the message things like this and the NSA data-mining give to me. Or the Patriot Act and its 'national security letters'. Or 'sneak and peek' warrants.

At this rate they'll probably force Americans to donate hair, blood and baby teeth to the Feds before long.
Oct. 5th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Then don't rape a woman while you burglarize your house, and your DNA evidence will be useless to them. Honestly, it's like the guy's a victim of something. He raped a woman while he burglarized her house! People who do dumb shit like that don't deserve rights.
Oct. 5th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
This from someone who has libertarian tendencies? Weird.

How do you determine who doesn't deserve rights ahead of time? How do you ensure that you're not on that list? I mean, no offense, but Six Apart getting a little dictatorial with private servers they own and host gets you more up in arms than the prospect of warrantless searches and government databases of the genetic material of all its citizens?

We're not talking about *hypothetical* abuses here, though those are bad enough. We're talking about the real world stuff they've admitted to doing, or been caught doing red-handed. Right now they openly watch what average Americans read. What they check out from the library. They search their homes in secret in the dead of night without informing them. They plant surveillance programs on their computers. They filter and search all internet and phone traffic in the entire United States, and much of the world's traffic that flows through our borders.

They abduct people and fly them overseas, without trials, hearings or lawyers, to be tortured, sometimes for years, in CIA run 'black sites'. They already keep files on EVERYONE. You, me, five year old kids. They have your name, your personal history, your reading habits, political affiliations, and they can arbitrarily deny you the right to travel, within the United States, again without trial, again without counsel, and with no recourse to the law.

Doesn't any of this bother you?

Now imagine the fun they could have if they knew every quirk of your DNA. Want health insurance? Too bad. Want that promotion? Nuh-uh, you're a health risk, your heart is just in poor shape. Sorry, we can't let you have kids, you might transit an inherited condition. They've done so much damage already, why give them more power?

Hell, why give a government *any* unnecessary power over yourself? Isn't that just bending over the metaphorical chair and asking for it?

The issue here shouldn't be that they caught one bad guy by throwing a very wide net. The issue here is that they *have the net*. If they locked us all up in supermax facilities, 23 hours a day plus one outside for exercise, I bet they'd more or less eliminate most criminal behavior. Fuck, if they just *shot us* they'd get the whole batch.

At some point, you know, there needs to be a balance. That's all I'm saying. They've gone way too far already.
Oct. 5th, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
What I'm saying is that THIS ONE GUY was a complete dumbass and deserved everything that happened to him. The freedom to say things without having to specifically clarify that I'm not trying to overthrow the government for fear of being censored is a rather different issue from some guy raping and robbing a woman, then mooning cops. It's not about reducing crime or increasing personal freedoms. It's about a dumbass being a dumbass and getting justice. You're the one turning that into a general political statement.
Oct. 6th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Well, if they had passed a law concerning this one guy and only this one guy, it'd be a different situation. They didn't. Now there's a precedent that if you do something a cop doesn't like at a peaceful political protest, they can arrest you and drain your blood, then traul it through a huge database they maintain of criminals in the hope of finding something to stick on you, all without a warrant.

To my mind, that's a fairly general thing already.
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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")


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