March 15th, 2003

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Taken from this article.

Witnesses and representatives at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property hearing Thursday did express fears that profits from widespread copying of movies, music, and software outside the United States were being funneled into terrorist organizations, but the hearing produced no concrete examples of that happening.

John G. Malcolm, deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, did say there seems to be some connection between illegal copying and organized crime, in that many of the groups profiting from illegal copies are highly organized and can have international distribution networks. Organized crime often supports terrorism, he suggested.


Draw what conclusions and thoughts you may about this. To me personally it sounds like yet another 'If you do such-and-such you're helping the terrorists!' scare tactic. I don't doubt that some money from illegal copying goes to terrorists, probably in a round about long way down the line way, just like with any less than legal way of making money and probably a surprising amount of legal ways. But it is hardly the main way of funding it. Come on politicians, grow up and stop blaming everything on the current enemy, whoever it happens to be at the time. *grumbles*
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I went to this site http://www.tolerance.org/hidden_bias/index.html and took a handfull of tests there. Got these results:

Your data suggest a moderate automatic preference for Gay people
Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for lighter skin
Your data suggest a moderate automatic preference for young
Your data suggest a moderate automatic association between male and science
Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for thin
Your data suggest little or no automatic racial association with weapons or harmless objects

Some of them are quite surprising really, but I can explain a few of them from things that I grew up with, but others just are inexplicable to me.

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discussing an old friend of mine

RainbowSelkie® says:
i wonder if he has found himself a girlfriend yet
taedg says:
hope you are not offering
RainbowSelkie® says:
oh my no =) i have you
RainbowSelkie® says:
just curiosity. he was pretty asexual
RainbowSelkie® says:
even the other 2 boys showed a little interest in women
taedg says:
hugs
RainbowSelkie® says:
but chris was content to program and do calculations and contemplate the mysteries of the universe and omg he's neosuboshi
taedg says:
often from fear of rejection
taedg says:
lol
RainbowSelkie® says:
ooh my those two would get on like a house on fire they would ^_^
taedg says:
lol
RainbowSelkie® says:
laughs, i bet after half an hour alone together they will have figured out how to travel through time
RainbowSelkie® says:
giggles
taedg says:
salt of course
RainbowSelkie® says:
utilising only a calculator, some salt, half a pizza and my cuddly bagpuss
taedg says:
thinks..well..possible..yes
RainbowSelkie® says:
there you. i bet they'd get you the actual formula needed AND build a prototype time machine =)
taedg says:
=)
RainbowSelkie® says:
as well as reprogram the toaster to do quadratic equations
taedg says:
and then be so busy on their laptops they would not use it
RainbowSelkie® says:
laughs indeed
RainbowSelkie® says:
or they'd only use it so they could go back in time and therefore have more time on their laptops
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