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Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday

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Today is Mahatma Gandhi‘s birthday. He was a major political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement.

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October 2, 2008 at 8:13 am

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Michael Moore in Slacker Uprising #movie #p2008

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I just finished watching Slacker Uprising by Michael Moore. I can’t say I really liked it, it’s as always a propaganda film. It is an interesting view on how the election of 2004 was lost, and features some big names, it just didn’t touch me. US politics had gone to hell in a handbasket in 2004.

Tom Morello said it right, when he said that the fight starts on the day after the election. The problems don’t end, just because a president has been chosen.


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September 23, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Politics is Fun #politics

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I get lots of mail, as I’ve said many times before, now I get lots of nice political mail too. I don’t know if I had said I’m not a Obama supporter, I’m not a McCain supporter. According to the tests I took I would actually be a Nader supporter. Luckily I can’t vote in the US elections.
I got an fun mail from

Did you watch Sarah Palin’s speech last night? The speech told us a lot about her.
It told us that she can distort the facts and deliver mean-spirited zingers with the best of them. It told us that if Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter ever need a stand-in, she’d be a great pick.

I love all these attacks, it’s what makes the US election the biggest show on earth.
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September 4, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Death of Usenet #usenet

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My father send me and article on the death of Usenet: R.I.P Usenet: 1980-2008. I was Usenet a warez trader at 14, started my own newsgroup in the alt.* hierarchy at 16, a big contributor at 18 and a Usenet administrator at 20. I too loved Usenet with a passion during a long period of my life. My father still does his answer is “I don’t think so…

I too like to proclaim the death of things, but I realize that in essence Sascha Segan is correct. With large US based providers killing of the alt.* hierarchy, or completely killing of Usenet, there will be a mini-death. In Europe this had been happening too, albeit on a smaller scale. Even the formerly hacker ISP XS4all killed of much of the high volume alt.binaries.* when it became too much for them to store. Having once administered a server I disagreed and even called him on this, but I could see his point.

His, my father’s and my idea of the child-pornography groups was that it was best to carry the groups, and at my ISP we used to file reports almost daily on the pornographers and distributors which came from our network. Due to Dutch law we were not allowed to actively pursue these possible offenders, and could only respond to information supplied by our customers.

That brings me to another point, the miscreants, the visitors of alt.misc and other alt.*.misc groups. A subculture of Usenet users who targeted newsgroups for takeovers, much like IRC channel takeovers. They destroyed part of the newsgroups by coming into a newsgroup and filling it so full of flame wars that in the end there was no way for legitimate discussion to continue.

I don’t think Usenet is dead, but we will miss many of the legitimate new users if this fragmentation continues.

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August 4, 2008 at 1:11 pm

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Chinese Army Day (建军节)

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First day of the month and already a holiday, it’s Armed Forces Day in the People’s Republic of China. On this day they celebrate the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

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August 1, 2008 at 8:30 am

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Breaking News: 7 bombs Bangalore

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“The city has been put on high alert. Majority of schools, shopping malls and cinema halls have been closed down and telephone networks have been jammed following reports of the attack. “1

I’m following pluggdin on Twitter and his blog at

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July 25, 2008 at 11:21 am

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CNN iReport’s on Little Green Men

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I was watching CNN and saw Little Green Army Men Project:

They are collecting one little green plastic army man figure for each of the fallen troops in the Iraqi War. It […] started after reading about a class doing something similar for holocaust survivors in Tennessee.

Although it does have something ironic some of the comment left suggest that the teacher has a political agenda, which is refuted in other comments. In my opinion war is always political and any memorial is political.
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July 22, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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