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Wired News: More Checks on U.S. Travelers Last week, the Transportation Security Agency announced its intent to create a new passenger-screening database that will be the centerpiece of a system to scan for potential terrorists by instantly checking every domestic traveler’s credit history, arrest record and property tax data.

Disclosure of Credit history? Property tax? What is going on? This is William Gibson’s cyberspacial world arriving. This is a terrifying needless invasion of personal privacy. Most people are uncomfortable disclosing to their colleagues how much they earn, but now they will be forced to disclose their entire financial history just to take a plane flight!
Psychological curfew!

Wired News: More Checks on U.S. Travelers Last week, the Transportation Security Agency announced its intent to create a new passenger-screening database that will be the centerpiece of a system to scan for potential terrorists by instantly checking every domestic traveler’s credit history, arrest record and property tax data.

Disclosure of Credit history? Property tax? What is going on? This is William Gibson’s cyberspacial world arriving. This is a terrifying needless invasion of personal privacy. Most people are uncomfortable disclosing to their colleagues how much they earn, but now they will be forced to disclose their entire financial history just to take a plane flight!

Psychological curfew!

President Chirac says Iraq conflict should be avoided

From BBC World News
President Chirac says France supports Germany’s view that conflict should be avoided, even as the US steps up pressure on Iraq.

Looky here – France supporting Germany again! What a coincidence!
No, but seriously (don’t mention the war), this is very good. If even more of the rest of the world comes out against the US and the UK, then perhaps the world might find some better way of resolving this near-crisis.

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Wired News: RIAA’s Rosen Sets Sights on ISPs The Recording Industry Association of America wants to go after the companies that provide you with your Internet access.

Isn’t this just the finest thing you’ve ever heard? It’s prime rib-roast, grade A, grand special reserve BOLLOCKS.
Sue fast-food outlets for their customers’ obesity? Why not!
Sue car manufacturers and alcohol companies for drunk driving accidents? Sure!
Sue gun manufacturers for shooting deaths? Work away!

Does the definition of profit include stipulations for lack of perspective?

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CNN.com CANNES, France (Variety) — British pop star Robbie Williams shocked attendees Sunday at music industry confab Midem by declaring piracy a good idea.
“I think it’s great, really I do,” Williams, who recently signed a reported $120 million deal with EMI/Capitol, said at a press conference. “There’s nothing anyone can do about it. I’m sure my record label would hate me saying it, and my management and accountants.”

President Chirac says Iraq conflict should be avoided

From BBC World News

President Chirac says France supports Germany’s view that conflict should be avoided, even as the US steps up pressure on Iraq.

Looky here – France supporting Germany again! What a coincidence!

No, but seriously (don’t mention the war), this is very good. If even more of the rest of the world comes out against the US and the UK, then perhaps the world might find some better way of resolving this near-crisis.

Wired News: RIAA’s Rosen Sets Sights on ISPs The Recording Industry Association of America wants to go after the companies that provide you with your Internet access.

Isn’t this just the finest thing you’ve ever heard? It’s prime rib-roast, grade A, grand special reserve BOLLOCKS.

Sue fast-food outlets for their customers’ obesity? Why not!

Sue car manufacturers and alcohol companies for drunk driving accidents? Sure!

Sue gun manufacturers for shooting deaths? Work away!

Does the definition of profit include stipulations for lack of perspective?

CNN.com CANNES, France (Variety) — British pop star Robbie Williams shocked attendees Sunday at music industry confab Midem by declaring piracy a good idea.

“I think it’s great, really I do,” Williams, who recently signed a reported $120 million deal with EMI/Capitol, said at a press conference. “There’s nothing anyone can do about it. I’m sure my record label would hate me saying it, and my management and accountants.”