This week’s au courant links:
- In case you’re ever overcome by the urge to castrate a hippo.
- A review of Smaug by and for Tolkien geeks.
- We seem to have a hard time tracking our space robots…
DickheadJudge Pauley rules NSA’s spying on American’s lawful. 1
- Another useless and meaningless stat for you.
- When next in Japan rent a GagaDoll, snuggle close in on her breasts and listen as she serenades you.. 2
- Your thesis pared down to the bone.
- The latest on the IRS scandal.
- Holmes, Watson: meet Public Domain.
- Of course the Corps of Engineers is immune from their pathetic “engineering!”
And finally a vid to prep you for New Year’s Eve:
- For those of you who bother to read it, pay attention to the following passage: Regarding the statutory arguments, there is another level of absurdity in this case. The ACLU would never have learned about the section 215 order authorizing collection of telephony metadata related to its telephone numbers but for the unauthorized disclosures by Edward Snowden. Congress did not intend that targets of section 215 orders would ever learn of them. And the statutory scheme also makes clear that Congress intended to preclude suits by targets even if they discovered section 215 orders implicating them. It cannot possibly be that lawbreaking conduct by a government contractor that reveals state secrets—including the means and methods of intelligence gathering—could frustrate Congress’s intent. To hold otherwise would spawn mischief: recipients of orders would be subject to section 215’s secrecy protocol confining challenges to the FISC, while targets could sue in any federal district court. A target’s awareness of section 215 orders does not alter the Congressional calculus. The ACLU’s statutory claim must therefore be dismissed. In other words, Congress can lie to the American people – no crime in that. Though if we lie to Congress, it’s the gaol for us. We are well and truly fucked, people. ↩
- Only the Japanese, amiright? ↩