Thursday, April 18, 2013

Today's Internets - "Body is not stiff..."

This is made of geek greatness.  Patton Oswalt is a genius.

US torture 'indisputable', CNN's humiliation, and Iran sanctions | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | "It's hardly news that the US instituted and for years maintained a systematic torture regime, but the success of the Obama administration in blocking all judicial proceedings has meant there has been no official decree that this is so. A comprehensive report just issued by a truly bipartisan group of former high-level Washington officials (including military officials) is as close as we are likely to get to such an official proclamation.

The Report explains that the impetus behind it was that "the Obama administration declined, as a matter of policy, to undertake or commission an official study of what happened, saying it was unproductive to 'look backwards' rather than forward." It concludes - in unblinking and definitive fashion - that "it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture"; this finding is "offered without reservation"; it is "not based on any impressionistic approach" but rather "grounded in a thorough and detailed examination of what constitutes torture in many contexts, notably historical and legal"; and "the nation's highest officials bear some responsibility for allowing and contributing to the spread of torture." It also debunks the popular claim that torture was confined to three cases of waterboarding, documenting that more than three people were subjected to that tactic and that the torture includes far more than just waterboarding..."

"Spock: “History is replete with turning points, Lieutenant. You must have faith.” 
Valeris: “Faith?” 
Spock: “That the universe will unfold as it should.” 
Valeris: “But is that logical? Surely we must…..” 
Spock: “Logic, logic, and logic….. Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end.”

...While I don’t see spiritual elements to life, I do think there are some “spooky actions at a distance” that happen. But these spooky actions are real world material effects that are happening, and frankly only influences on outcomes. Or put another way, while I don’t believe in The Force from Star Wars, I do believe in The Really Really Weak Force..."

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