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NYPD Intelligence Op Targets Dot-Matrix Graffiti Bike –

NYPD Intelligence Op Targets Dot-Matrix Graffiti Bike – : “”

From Boing Boing:
“Cory Doctorow: More information has come to light about the arrest of Josh Kinberg, the hacker who made a “dot-matrix bike-printer” to ride through the streets of New York during the RNC in 2004. The oversize bike had a laptop-powered array of chalk-sprayers that could print text messages as it was piloted through the streets around the RNC, as a means of breaking the free-speech embargo that New York cops and the Republican party created through the use of “free speech zones.” One of the bike’s messages was, “America is a Free Speech Zone.”

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Notes on Politics, Parenting and participation

Get Involved. That’s all there is to it. If you want your children to be free, work at it. Vote. Talk. Publicize. Throw Molotov cocktails. Practice sniping. (I’m kidding) (or am I?) Run for office. Take Back Your Government. Don’t let the bastards steal your freedom, and the freedom of your children.

“What signify a few lives lost in a generation or two? The tree of liberty must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” Thomas Jefferson

“If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and measures you want to vote for… But there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.
If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of time that truly intelligent exercise of the franchise requires. ” – Lazarus Long, AKA Robert Heinlein

“A managed democracy is a wonderful thing, Manuel, for the managers… and its greatest strength is a ‘free press’ when ‘free’ is defined as ‘responsible’ and the managers decide what is ‘irresponsible’.”

Prof. Bernardo de la Paz in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

And a final one to make you think about yourself:
“A rational anarchist believes that concepts, such as ‘state’ and ‘society’ and ‘government’ have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals. He believes that it is impossible to shift blame, share blame, distribute blame.. as blame, guilt, responsibility are matters taking place inside human beings singly and _nowhere_ else. But being rational, he knows that not all individuals hold his evaluations, so he tries to live perfectly in an imperfect world.. aware that his efforts will be less than perfect yet undismayed by self-knowledge of self-failiure.”

Prof. Bernardo de la Paz in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

Rantings of a twisted mind…

Or random things from the week past.
Chaotic week here, as always.

Lilah (smallest child) turned 2 on Friday. No big fanfare, yet. Party for her next Sunday as work schedules interfered. She is as precocious and as dangerous to my sanity as ever. Frickin kid has put more gray hair on my head than 38+ years on this ball of rock. She knows no fear, has insatiable curiosity, and has no bounds. I have the strange feeling that I will be bailing her out of jail at some soi-distant place in time.
Finished reading Neil Peart‘s Ghost Rider: A Healing Journey. Very touching book that had me considering, once again, my own mortality and the mark I shall leave upon this Earth. It is the story of Neil’s journey back to sanity and humanity after losing his Daughter and Common-law wife in the space of 10 months. I don’t know that I could ever survive something like that, or how I could. With any luck, I never will have to consider it.

Also, the new Nine Inch Nails album Year Zero leaked. In response, Trent Reznor and crew set up a stream of the whole disc. It kicks so much ass, it ain’t even funny. IMO, it’s the best thing out of Trent’s mind since Further Down the Spiral. Year Zero is a Concept album. It is placed about 15 years from now in an America ruled by Religious bigots and Corporate interests (sound familiar?) See the NINWIKI for the full story. Funny thing, ever since the first “leaks” back in February, Trent has stayed the hell out of The U.S. Strikes me as…paranoid? Careful? Coincidence? ( I think not.)

Violent overthrow of the government may yet be necessary. Only time will tell.

I also got the first of the Tattooeddad.com t-shirts. Two shirts arrived, one for me, and one for Psycho Mom. Sadly, the print job on hers was not so good. However, Cafepress is making good on it, and sending a replacement pronto.

I am working on variations for non dads, Mom’s and others. Some may have to wait until I can afford to open a pro shop with them, as you can only have one type of item at a time (i.e. only one black tshirt) in a basic shop. If you have any suggestions, leave’em in the comments. There are designs for Kids up and some other stuff there as well.

Also, I just want to remind everyone that you need not be tattooed, a dad or a parent at all to participate.

thanks for reading…

Now watching : Star Trek The Next Generation – The Complete First Season

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