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"I'm determined to get them off the Internet, although I've been told by every single person who's an Internet expert that we will never get them removed," said Christos Catsouras, a 46-year-old Realtor parasite.
Since late 2006, Fertik said, his company has persuaded websites to remove 2,500 of the crash photos, but they continue to spread rapidly and exponentially, beyond his ability to remove them.
Fertik said the case illustrates that in the age of the Internet, "whether you opt in or not, you're opted in."
"Right now, the law protects copyright more than it does privacy," Fertik said. "The laws that were passed in this field, in the mid- to late 1990s, made sense at the time. That was the Jurassic era of the Internet."
14 May 2010
from la times archive
Informal War Memorial Loses Its Final Battle With City Hall
The tribute took root in a park in Irvine. Despite support from the public, it fell victim to laws banning such displays on municipal property.
You know the story, right? she asked, nodding toward the wooden stakes planted in tight rows. How a guy put them up, just because he couldn't sleep. The war in Iraq bothered him. These are for its dead.
"It's a beautiful graveyard," Mary Laurin said softly. "Why would they want to take it down?"
At the corner of Yale and Bryan avenues in Irvine's Northwood Community Park, a makeshift memorial has become local lore. It appeared in March, 10 days into the war in Iraq, as the brainchild of a local medical company executive.
Only a few wooden stakes, topped with nametags for the dead and votive candles to be lit at sunset, dotted the corner at first. Two weeks later, a core of regulars was coming nightly to pay tribute. As the number of dead grew, so did the number of mourners.
Sunday, it will be taken down, a casualty of laws prohibiting such displays on property. It was supposed to be dismantled months ago. But like the candles that flicker into the night, the memorial found a reserve of fuel: people who see those wooden stakes as something bigger.
Visitors call the shrine intimate, speaking of the memorial as if it had sprung from the earth. There were no design squabbles or funding debates that tend to pock tributes such as the bronze Vietnam War memorial in Westminster. The park never was the site of sparring protesters, the fate of a sidewalk Sept. 11 memorial in La Habra.
The simplicity of the Irvine memorial gave it purity; its location gave it peace. Its narrative made it legend.
Day 9 of the war. Asher Milgrom watches the news. The 44-year-old decides he must do something. Something spills out in the garage. He fashions a clear glass cup for a candle and a red plastic cup for flowers onto a stake about 5 1/2 feet tall. He makes 30, one for each American killed.
The next day, he heads to Northwood, an 18-acre park. In sight of a baseball field, a playground and a bus stop, Milgrom births the memorial. Each stake has a sheet of paper listing the name, age, rank and military branch of its soldier.
That night, six people light candles at sunset.
The flames blink in the glow of stoplights and passing traffic.
So it has gone every night since. This week, the stakes numbered 201 as more markers were added to honor those killed since the war's official end. Neighbors have added photos and biographies from the Internet: Marine Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, 21, Buffalo, N.Y. Killed March 23. A yellow silk flower is tied to his stake -- price tag: $4.50.
Hah! A mere 201! We've got thousands now.
Well Asher, you and your chinky wife Alice had better think even bigger than the 8K names you
have space for. You and that impotent Andy Zelinko will be shamed by your monstrous creation. You're both chickenhawks, pussies who suck the teat of mindless patriotism, nursing death.
Asher Milgrom is no medical specialist. He's a brain-damaged zionist who runs a skin clinic. That's not medicine that's a scam. Andy Zelinko is a retired pig, a catholic scumbag.
The only memorial to an ongoing war in the US. With space for more names, no less.
And the memorial will be a site of counter-displays. Freedom of expression, baby.
Is It Illegal To Tell People How To Commit Suicide Online?
12 May 2010
In his ruling on made public on May 3, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Guilford's ruled in favor of the cities.
In his judgment filed April 30, he concluded: "At this stage, the court agrees with defendants. Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act, and under that Act, it currently has no medical purpose."
How can some idiot english or history major (later collaborator judge) declare what has a medicinal purpose? Seems to me that is a factual matter to be established by scientific method. And the arrogance of the judge and his predecessor legislators (who don't have the right to control intrastate commerce)... You bring the rope I'll find a tree.
11 May 2010
But defenders of the ultra-Orthodox credit them with preserving Israel's Jewish identity, saying that without the high birth rates of ultra-Orthodox families, Israel could see an Arab majority in future generations.
"Eventually it's going to break the bank," the economist said. "We're on trajectories that are not sustainable."
10 May 2010
Catholics sent predator priest to remote village
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06 May 2010
LEFT OF THE RIGHT: Time To Face The Ugly Truth… We’ Are Today’s “Evil Empire”
With nearly 370,000 of our soldiers deployed in over 150 countries throughout the world, no other term but’ empire can describe what the United States looks like to the rest of Earth’s residents. And their opinion of that empire is not very high. Almost from the day we won the Revolutionary War we’ve been busy “intervening” all over the place.
I Googled “history of American military deployment” and found that going all the way back to the beginning of the 19th century, hardly a month has gone by without some kind of American military action somewhere on our planet. And that action could be for something as trivial as insulting an American diplomat. We’re not talking about economic sanctions either. In those early days an insult to An American diplomat or military officer would be answered by a dozen U.S. Navy ships showing up in your harbor. Followed by a few hundred marines landing and setting fire to a town or two as “punishment.”
After reviewing our countries behavior in regards to how we’ve used our military. I’ve had to conclude we’ve been acting like a school yard bully since the beginning. Here’s an example. I doubt you could find an American who would not agree that defeating Japan’s aggression in WWII was a righteous thing. But did you know that the method we used to get Japan to open itself to trade and relations in the 19th century was by sending a good portion of our Navy and pretty much telling them “do it or else?” It’s no wonder there’s so much animosity towards the United States around the world.
In the 20th century we added insult to injury by adopting the practice of never leaving. Going back to WWII, we’ve left troops in virtually every country we’ve fought in. We’re told that these deployments are necessary to ensure our national security. Really? Everyone raise your hands if you believe Germany or Japan is planning to attack the United States. Or maybe some one thinks Great Britain is planning to reclaim the colonies because we’ve got nearly 10 thousand deployed there. Why???
There is simply no justification for these deployments and the effect is so negative they’ve only resulted in making us less safe. Ever since the 1950’s we’ve been in possession of a trump card that made the deployment of troops in foreign countries anachronistic. That trump card has been and is today our fleet of nuclear submarines. Any sovereign nation knows a blatant attack on the U.S. would result in their complete annihilation.
The reason these troop deployments have made us less safe is because it is one of the biggest motivations for terrorists. Sadly though, instead of learning that lesson and beginning to reverse the mistake, our attempt to use our military to address terrorism has been kind of like sending a blind man with a baseball bat into a china shop to kill a fly. Look at the evidence… 9 years and 2 wars later and attempts to attack us keep coming. Thankfully our Homeland Security people under both Bush and Obama and some pure dumb luck has prevented another tragedy on our home soil so far.
When you combine the economic and human cost of dealing with terrorism with the fact that maintaining this world wide military empire is bankrupting our nation. It becomes evident how imperative it is that it is time to bring our troops home. We simply can longer afford to be the world’s baby sitter. And dealing with terrorism I believe would be better left to the cops. Besides, maybe folks will start to like us when we stop hanging out in their yards carrying machine guns.
05 May 2010
Along that same line, it is not helpful when senior administration officials explain in detail what component of the explosive device failed. In the last several failed attempts, the weak link has been identified as the detonators. Thanks to these officials wanting to impress the media, the perpetrators now know they need to perfect their detonator design, or increase their training on that portion of the device.
04 May 2010
Years ago — no one seems to know when — feral cats began to sneak into the park, living among the park's trees and shrubs during the day. At night, they venture out, and an estimated 200 cats now prowl through Disneyland and neighboring California Adventure Park.
But instead of evicting the cats, Disneyland's animal wranglers work to control the feline population by spaying and neutering the adult cats and finding homes for all kittens born in the resort. The cats eat at five permanent feeding stations installed throughout the two parks.
"We are not trying to get rid of them," said Gina Mayberry, manager of Disneyland's Circle D ranch, where the park's animals are housed. "They keep the rodent population down."