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Friday, April 23, 2010

Warning about 3D TV

From Variety:

If warnings on Samsung's Aussie website are to be believed, you might have to watch its 3D TV wearing a crash helmet and seatbelt.

But the electronics company's somewhat surreal missive has left showbiz tech experts rubbing their eyes in disbelief.A side from warning that strobe lights can trigger epileptic seizures -- a known risk for pretty much everything from TV screens to traffic lights -- it urges viewers to stop watching and consult a doctor if they experience any of a slew of possible symptoms, including dizziness, cramps or "loss of awareness," and warns against 3D viewing "if you are in bad physical condition, need sleep or have been drinking alcohol."


See also Warning about Have you Thought About 3D TV (from an engineer)


Arizona Governor signs nations toughest anti-illegal immigration law

From the Washington Post:


Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law the nation's toughest legislation against illegal immigration Friday, a sweeping measure that supporters said would take handcuffs off police but which President Barack Obama said could violate people's civil rights.
The bill, sent to the Republican governor by the GOP-led Legislature, would make it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It would also require local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.


Concerns likely to be voiced by the Justice Department and various organizations, including law enforcement agencies, is that puts police in a position to profile and discriminate against the Hispanic community. It also adds additional work to already overworked police. Discrimination is a real potential problem under the law. Also of concern is that local law enforcement must now absorb the cost of what has been a ISN/Homeland Security nationally funded issue.

On the opposite side it adds a tool for detention and other action in the current war on drugs, cartel related violence, gun running and prostitution.

Signs of hate and violence


You've seen the signs:

The President of the United States, an African American, with a Hitler moustache.

"We Vote With Bullets,"

"We Came Unarmed (This Time)."

"The Tree of Liberty...must be refreshed with the blood of patriots."

And

"Thank you, Fox News, For Keeping Me Infromed." (spelling is as it appeared on the sign)



But here's what you haven't seen: the corporate lobbyists who are funding and directing so much of the anti-Obama movement.  Think Progress reported: "Despite these attempts to make the 'movement' appear organic, the principle organizers of the local events are actually the lobbyist-run think tanks Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. The two groups are heavily staffed and well funded."


The attack is not grass roots. It represents less than one third of Americans fueled by deep pocket special interests and corporations who are betting they will get a better break and have greater control if Republicans and newly elected Freshmen take over the government. Make no mistake about it!


What does not make sense is how this special interests talking point generated rhetoric could be put our there, knowing fell well it could incite violence of the Timothy McVeigh scale.


How responsible are these people? And why are they avoiding sane, balanced language that leads to compromise and peace?

See also: Teabonics

Who is the Tea Party

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