News commentary

U.S. regulation stops short of defining abortion | Reuters Good, the religious wing nuts didn’t get their ridiculous definition that contraceptives = abortion through, though I have no doubt the nutters will keep up attempts to interfere with people’s private lives and reproductive decisions through government interference. I have no problem with protecting medical personnel from performing procedures they feel unethical or morally wrong so long as there is another person available for those patients that desire said same procedures or information on them. In the end it should be the individuals choice, not the government or government agencies.

Russia promises to start Georgia pullback | Reuters I’ll believe it when I see it. There will be no peace in that region so long as Russian troops remain in Georgia, especially with the growing reports of Russian abuse including theft, looting, harassing ethnic Georgians and so on.

Georgia war shows Russian army strong but flawed | Reuters Interesting to note the flaws. I do remember being puzzled as to why the Russians were riding on top of their vehicles and not looking like they were doing it out of some sense of bravado or machismo. Now we know why. If nothing else, NATO, the EU, and US military forces can adjust accordingly knowing what improvements the Russian military needs to make.

How Many Houses? McCain Doesn’t Know And Obama thought there was, what, 57-58 states? So what? Who cares. Stupid article title showing the author(s) political bias and just plain stupid article intent to divert the public away from core issues and play into Obama’s socialist class war agenda over “good” Americans, the poor and middle classes, and “bad” Americans, the “rich”. Really pathetic since Obama fits into the “rich class” as much as McCain does. It’s not really surprising this old tactic, class warfare, is being dredged up again. Both parties have continually tried to divide America along class lines, usually failing miserably, when they are weak on the issues of the day or support positions unpopular with the voting public. The news media needs to ignore this fluff and drivel and get to the issues that matter in this country.

Two McCain offices evacuated after letter threat | U.S. | Reuters I do have to wonder at allowing a inate known for sending threatening letters to be allowed to do so without some sort of oversight. I wonder if they’ll charge the guy under the terrorism laws. Probably not.

Survey: Americans feel churches shouldn’t meddle in politics – CNN.com
Definitely agree that churches shouldn’t meddle in politics. And vice versa, of course. No two religions or religious sects seem to be able to agree one hundred percent on any one issue anyway so why should they have undue influence pushing political and social agendas based solely on their singular doctrines.

For YouTube videos, a ‘fair use’ boost | News – Digital Media – CNET News Interesting turn of events. We’ll see how this plays out. I’ve been on both sides of the ‘fair use’ issue: once being asked by a company to remove content deemed to be in copyright violation and another time being encouraged by the same company to continue what I was doing as it promoted their product. Go figure. The whole ‘fair use’ issue is especially dicey on the web especially when the companies themselves are inconsistent but I’ve always complied with their wishes on the rare occasions my websites have drawn corporate attention.

Psychological profiling on the Web | News – Security – CNET News Emo-trackers. Joy. As for the whole “it could be used against you” fear mongering, guess what? That already goes on and is easily avoiding by knowing when to exercise self restraint in revealing your thoughts and moods online. Heh, could be fun for those I know who are intentionally strange on their blogs and would just love to act bi-polar just to screw these “emo-trackers” up.

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