Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Oh! You gotta check this out....

You know, say what you want about the British, but damn - I love them!

I was at lunch yesterday, reading one of my favorite news resources, "The Nation" and I was drawn to the following article titled, "How To Build A Progressive Tea Party" by Johann Hari.

God this was a great article, and it really shows the power that everyone with the luxury of being connected through technology, can have in the face of political and economic injustice. I can only hope that such well organized fervor could happen here in this country.

Hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.

Joe

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

George W. - Under Threat of Arrest for War Crimes, Cancels Trip...

Awe shucks', it seems that Europe and in this case Switzerland in particular, has decided to honor and abide by the United Nations Convention Against Torture. Not only are they abiding by this solemn promise, but they are being asked by groups such as Amnesty International, to enforce and try those who have broken said agreement.

To put it simply, those parties representing countries who have pledged to and have done so by signing the charter, are bound by International Law to adhere to it. Any parties in power, or having represented the interests of said countries, suspected of breaking this law, should expect investigation, litigation and possible incarceration.

The former Bush Administration spent a lot of time and money during it's stay in the White House, looking for ways to ensure their twisting of the Conventions text, to suit their own means. So convinced was George W., that in his recently released autobiography, he openly admitted to having approved the use of water-boarding and other forms of torture.

One small problem, even though a representative of the United States signed the Convention Against Torture in 1987, it's never been officially ratified by any administration since. So..., we changed our minds. That means that legally were covered, and George W., has nothing to worry about.

Just because a bunch of other countries signed and ratified some stupid convention, that doesn't make it the law. Does it? You know what? I think this could be a truly righteous cause that George W. could take up in defense of those countries that value their perceived right to torture and humiliate people. 

I think George and his entire former cabinet, plus legal advisers, should hop on a jet plane today, fly to the Hague, and demand that their case be heard. Oh, and I'd like the whole thing televised, from handcuffing to sentencing.

Damn I'd like to see that. That, that would be good television!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Review of Roku HD Player

Originally submitted at Roku

The new HD, with built-in wireless, delivers top value in high-definition streaming.


I Love This Device!

By http://jancupjoe.blogspot.com from Sebastopol, CA on 2/1/2011

 

4out of 5

Pros: High quality picture, Great value, Easy to set up, Built in Wi-Fi, Reliability, Compact, Video selection

Best Uses: Bedroom, Primary TV, Living room, Secondary TV

Describe Yourself: Movie buff, Netflix fan, Power User, Technophile, Home entertainment enthusiast

Folks, for your money - nothing comes close to the simplicity, selection of services, and consistency that this little device can provide. Heck it's so simple my mother can use it!

I bought one and then for Christmas, bought another for mom. She loves it!

(legalese)