July 3rd, 2003

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Steal from the rich and give to the poor...

Are you one of those US citizens who wants to avoid having someone at the RIAA catalog all the mp3s on your hard drive and possibly target you for legal action? Well, my answer before was to not worry. It's all fear tactics, really. There are over 60 million file traders in the US, and the RIAA *might* launch a few hundred lawsuits before our congressional representatives (and judiciary) tell them to knock it the hell off...

Still don't like those odds? Then download the new version of Kazaa Lite. Delete all old versions of Kazaa off your computer, install the new Kazaa Lite. After installing, go to Options-More Options and check "prevent other users from getting a list of all your files". You will still be able to share your files, but the RIAA won't be able to generate a list of the files you are sharing, making you a particularly unlikely target for legal action, and wasting the RIAA's time and money in the process... take *that*, record industry scum!

Oh, and don't buy albums anymore... unless you really feel the need to do so, in which case you may want to consider buying something from Willie Nelson, because he's a patriotic Texan who has the balls to endorse Dennis Kucinich. He'll even be performing some fundraising concerts! (Does anyone else sense the palpable confusion that I feel when I am forced to appreciate *both* Willie Nelson and the Dixie Chicks in the same year?!? Then again, I almost saw Willie Nelson in Austin the last time I was there, and I hear it was a good show... but please Willie, no more duets with Julio Inglesias.)

Childhood memories flooding back... did I ever tell you that I grew up just down the street from a country-western bar called the Silver Saddle, raised horses as a kid, and can still do a mean "Yeeeeehaaaaww!"?! (It comes in really handy for when deejays play the "Drop your Britches" mix of "Beers, Steers, and Queers" by The Revolting Cocks.)

Yup...
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Global Warming - It's a Fact.

No matter how the Bush administration tries to hide the truth.

In an astonishing announcement on global warming and extreme weather, the World Meteorological Organisation signalled last night that the world's weather is going haywire. The extreme weather it documents, such as record high and low temperatures, record rainfall and record storms in different parts of the world, is consistent with predictions of global warming. Supercomputer models show that, as the atmosphere warms, the climate not only becomes hotter but much more unstable.

This erratic weather has resulted in the death of thousands of people worldwide from heat, droughts, and tornadoes. It also makes the problem worse by rendering arable land barren and contributing to the growth of desertification.

Oh, did I mention?! Of the Democrats now running, only Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has stated, "the US must ratify the Kyoto Protocol.". Dean sides with the National Governors Association, which holds a position similar to the president.
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in Portland...

We got here, dropped off Sarah at her friends, checked in, got dinner. Long trip. Very tired, but at least we have dialup in the room, which is something. No internet cafes this time around.

Sure, I could do email, but I should probably sleeeeep....

*cuddles* and *kisses* to the special few and *hugs* to all the usual suspects...