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Archive for August 30th, 2007

Big Brother 8’s Problems are Getting Noticed

Posted by Ryan on August 30, 2007

This CNN-ran Associated Press story finally lets the mainstream know what former BB8 watchers like me have known for six weeks:  the show’s producer, Allison Grodner, is acting like a shrewd ratings shill for CBS, playing up an anti-Semetic remark from Amber and downplaying the emotional and sometimes physical abuse of Dick on the rest of the House, amongst other things which may include rigging the voting. 

All of those, especially the last allegation, are why I refuse to watch the rest of the season.  It is evident from the show’s editing and the AP story that Dick draws in ratings, so he must be kept, and “America’s Player” is their gimmick, so he must be kept, when it is clear that in any other season both of them would have been voted out already.  Season 6 had all the cool players (minus Jedi Janie) voted out three weeks before the show’s finale.  Ratings be damned! That’s how the show is supposed to work.  It’s a game.  I’m hoping that someone sues when the show has concluded.

CBS photo.

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“Active Denial System” Denied by Pentagon

Posted by Ryan on August 30, 2007

The Pentagon has denied the use of the “Active Denial System” (a 21st Century ray-gun) in Iraq citing that it might be construed as a torture device!  The Marines have been screaming for this crowd-control device since October of 2004, and some military officials call its lack of deployment “a kind of a national scandal” given the lives it could have saved.   Two reasons are cited in the article as to why this has not yet been deployed:  fallout from Abu Graib (thanks again, Mary Mapes, for continuing to get people killed by your overzealous reporting) and that it’s cheap (R&D was only about $62 million), meaning it’s not as sexy as the larger, ass-kicking weapons that cost billions. 

So you know, the “ADS” gives the target the sense that their skin is on fire without killing or maiming the person in any significant way.  No bullets, no flares, just a really, really effective crowd dispersal system that according to testimony, would have prevented tragedies all over Iraq including in Fallujah, 2003.  Its microwave beam singes off 1/64th of your skin, which is like putting on and wearing starchy clothes all day, but it does it all over your body instantaneously, giving you the sense that your skin is on fire with no visible sign of attack during a normal burst.  It can kill you if you’re exposed too long, but the thought is that it hurts so much people will get out of the way.

So, once again, political correctness is putting our soldiers in danger and aggrevating situations on the ground that do not require it.  People are dying because the Pentagon has a p.r. issue with a life saving device that could be construed as a torture device to our enemies.  So I must ask:  Is tear gas a torture device as it suffocates those in its cloud?  How about truncheons which are used to beat people, spilling their blood?  What about waterhoses that can rip bark off of a tree and are pointed directly at people?  Do the elites inside the Pentagon even ask themselves these questions, especially when our soldiers are in harms way?  This is one symptom of why Americans are frustrated with the Iraq War.  We have the ablility to kick ass, but we’re not, giving the impression that the Pentagon and the Administration don’t truly care about saving soldier’s lives, and may be using political judgments on weapons unnecessarily.  Our government continues to make this case for the war’s critics.

Defense Department photo.

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