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Why I Don’t Have a Facebook

Bursting flocks reveal that cool
buys tempered casts of the eye,
but how the old hat
begs debonair.
He knows a tattered feather will soon tempt.
They’ll ask why.

Curious
where his mystery casts long shadows,
they say, by bread crumbs of a sort,
“The vendors don’t accept greenbacks
though you may trade for my knickknacks”

Lit cigarettes dwindle towards the morrow’s taboo.
Another?
Bells of a distant scene, echo,
and my eyes follow.

The intrigue of moss-topped relics
is a vice that will suffice.
He decides ground creature instead of nets
for her lips,
so long as the company’s not into it.

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Truth: Dr. Andrew Siegel

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Comcast/Verizon Blocking English Domain Of Hamas’ News Site

It appears that Comcast Cable and Verizon FIOS have blocked the DNS entry for the English version of Hamas’ news site.

With the Middle East Peace Talks getting underway, I thought it would be interesting to see how Hamas is characterizing the events surrounding the negotiations; so I tried accessing their semi-official news agency http://palestine-info.info/

The first thing that appears is a flash-based, language selection page, which displays fine. However, it seems that if one clicks “English” while using Verizon FIOS or Comcast Cable, a “page cannot be displayed” message appears.

Pinging/tracerting attempts are unable to resolve. Users on other ISPs trying to access the English page, have been successful. I got the IP address and was able to view the page using that.

The French language section also appears to be blocked.

Update: Qwest DSL may also be blocking the domain.

Update: While the ISPs were responsible for the improper DNS handling, it appears that the issue may have been caused by simple error, where the DNS records of the ISPs were not updated properly, which apparently is typical of the the laziness of large ISP’s. Therefore, it is prudent not to jump to any conclusions about the DNS issues possibly being the result of deliberate action or political motivation on the part of the ISPs in question. I apologize for the confusion that this may have caused. Thanks to all who helped.

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Netroots 2010 Panel on Drug Enforcement

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Get Spiced


Heartbreak

Though it has been somewhat lost to our generation, as some distant relic of the past, humans are today, as they have ever been, caught in a struggle between classes of people. Such tumult is the inspiration of vicious cultural supremacy and nowhere is it as insipid as between the superrich and the struggling people of the world.

The equality and individual empowerment that makes democracy the purest political system, is marginalized in the vastness of the American condition. Even more defeating to democratic ideals is how obscene amounts of wealth can so utterly overshadow the generally good-natured instincts of the people.

Recently, the corporate instruments of unconscionable economic stratification have been granted new and indecent power over our political system. Already advantaged with control over mainstream media and unmatched governmental influence, corporate dollars now have legal sanction to engulf the political process as never before, leaving the voice of the people lost in a current of political manipulations undoubtedly to favor the narrow, hoarding interests of insatiable economic gain.

Sung and re-sung are the lullabies that put to rest discontent for the callous externalities of greed, with ideas of the American dream. It is a spell of nightingale syndrome which deceives the well intentioned into believing it is purely honest work, and not the disease of corruption, which leads to “success”. It is a spell that foments blindness and submission to an economic pyramid scheme where the usurious and supremacist economic elite maintain control at the expense of the tired masses.

Optimism After Heartbreak.

Despite concerted efforts to mollify economic unrest–despite efforts to direct popular culture and conventional wisdom away from populist inclinations—despite near monolithic control by the economic elite’s uniquely cold outlook—we are deeply fortunate. We have this moment.

Even with so much of the game rigged—we are not without means to change. We are privileged to live in an age where the openness of technology gives legitimacy to hope. Technology provides an incredibly powerful vehicle for the free exchange of ideas—ideas that are untempered by corrupting centralized authority. It is this, more than anything else that has breathed new life into democracy.

And still, there are no easy answers…

Problems with no clear solutions are unique in their ability to entangle the soul with sullen myopia. Our fiery passion to fight the good fight is quickly doused by complications. I am left sure only that peace and human dignity are the objectives. We’ll start there.

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