Friday, July 28, 2006
Thank You Joe Fowler
I'm going to take a break from my rants against the machine to highlight a story I recently heard on NPR.
A Wounded Soldier Sets His Goals by Melissa Block
(don't just read it .... listen to it)
The story was about Army Sgt. Joe Fowler who was serving in Iraq when the Humvee he was riding in hit and anti-tank mine. Joe was blown from the truck and burned on over 50% of his body. Another soldier died in the attack as well as Sgt. Fowler's dog Dak. Fowler was a dog handler with the 148th Military Police Detachment assigned to the Army's 10th Mountain Division.
Joe has spent many months in the Army's burn unit in Texas. His hands and his arms are badly burned so he has great difficulty doing simple tasks like eating and brushing his teeth.
What touched me the most was how positive he and his wife are. They are most grateful that Joe is alive and are confident they will get past this. When they are having a rough time the only need to think of the others in the burn unit that have it worse than he might .... or of those that have not made it.
Joe loves mountain biking and is confident he will be able to do it once again. Doctors say it could be two years and many surgeries till Joe is self sufficient.
Thank You Joe, Leslie and Shane.
#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 8:55 AM
Fowler was one of my soldiers and as explosive doghandlers we were expected to have a high degree of proficiency, Joe showed that all the time...Thanks Fowler, and I am proud at the courage and candor you have shown. SSG I
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Application to dismiss DENIED!
A small victory for the EFF's case against AT&T for its alleged cooperation in the NSA wiretapping program. A judge denied a motion to dismiss based on disclosure of "state secrets." Basically, the judge said ... What secret?? ... Everybody knows about this! My favorite quote:
"Based on the foregoing, it might appear that none of the
subject matter in this litigation could be considered a secret
given that the alleged surveillance programs have been so widely
reported in the media."
For the judge's decision:
#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 10:29 PM
Monday, July 17, 2006
Declare war on U.S. Senator Ted Stevens!
U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, Republican Senator from Alaska and Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, attempted to explain why net neutrality was a bad idea at the Full Committee Markup meeting for the Communications Reform Bill. The only thing the esteemed Senator from Alaska was able to demonstrate is the he is a STAMMERING, BLITHERING IDIOT that can't string together a coherent sentence and that he doesn't know one thing about how the internet works! Mind you this man is one of the 100 ladies and gentlemen in the Senate that make all sorts of important decisions on how this country runs ... things even more important than the internet! Oh .... My .... God!
Wow, you would think with all the money the telcos are throwing around they would be able to buy a better front man!
If you haven't had the pleasure of hearing the man speak here is a couple of links:
Wired Magazine Blog (transcript)
Ted Stevens remix on Net Neutrality
The Daily Show with John Stewart
An unaltered clip of the speech from publicknowledge.org
#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 8:10 PM
Friday, July 07, 2006
Where is the Space Station?
Want to know when the next ISS pass is ..... that is if you happen to be in the NW NJ area. Go to http://pabut.homeip.net:8000/iss-pass.php
The output was designed to be as small as practical so it can be viewed on web enabled cell phones.
Times are in UTC so subtract 4 hours in the summer and 5 hours in the winter.
The engine behind this is KD2BD's PREDICT program running in command line mode.
So why would you care ..... well if you're a HAM with a 2 Meter HT maybe you want to talk to the folks on board!
#posted by Rob Roschewsk @ 2:28 PM