October 17th, 2006

Keep Walking

Do the Teletubbies CAUSE autism? -- Could be!

Cornell University researchers report what appears to be a statistically significant relationship between autism rates and television watching by children under the age of 3.

The researchers studied autism incidence in California, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington state. They found that as cable television became common in California and Pennsylvania beginning around 1980, childhood autism rose more in the counties that had cable than in the counties that did not.

They further found that in all the Western states, the more time toddlers spent in front of the television, the more likely they were to exhibit symptoms of autism disorders. The Cornell study represents a potential bombshell in the autism debate.

Interested to read the full report? Click here! (This story ganked from Slashdot.)

For those of you whom did not notice, I VLOGged (Video Blogged) quite a bit yesterday. I have a crappy Kodak MC3 video camera with a 16MB Flash Memory Card. It was given to me by Johnny as a Christmas present in 2002. It was cutting edge back then. It was an amazing gift to give a geek, especially from someone like John, who wasn't technical in the least! (I'm sure he got help obtaining it!) Sadly, after opening it up, I flipped into "geek mode" and played with it wanting to know everything about it -- Johnny grew jealous of the new tech device in my life, a fight ensued (which was 'business as usual' with anything that distracted me from worshiping him -- an example quote: "You love that computer more than me!!"), and the device was shelved -- for years. (Have you ever been in a relationship and fight over something silly, and because of that fight, the object/thing harbours a bad memory from that point on, causing you to avoid it? For example, a favourite song, a vacation spot, a commemorative plate, etc.? -- well that's what this MC3 was to me.)

Well, almost four years later, I'm using my camera to broadcast on YouTube... It's crappy by comparison from what I see others doing, and the sound quality sucks, and 16MB is only large enough for a short video -- but it's portable, which is a big plus! It's allowing me to take my blogging to the "next level" -- VLOGging -- does anyone care? Yeah -- I do. And that's all that matters in the long run. Let's see where this goes!

I'm still on target to start my new job on 1 November 2006. 15 days. I'll reply to Frick (and other e-mails) shortly -- I had a rough weekend working very odd hours.

For some stuff I think is good on YouTube, check out My YouTube Playlists (groups of similar videos), My YouTube Favourites, as well as My YouTube Subscriptions.

Today's song is: Zebra - Who's Behind the Door. Zebra is a hard rock band that came together in 1975 in New Orleans, Louisiana. It features Randy Jackson (vocals/guitar), Felix Hanemann (bass/keyboards) and Guy Gelso (drums.) Their mainstream debut on Atlantic Records was in 1983, highlighted by the singles "Tell Me What You Want" and "Who's Behind The Door." Like Twisted Sister, Zebra cut their teeth on the East Coast club circuit, frequently playing at clubs in Long Island, NY.

Zebra started their career by playing covers of Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues and Rush songs: it was their early fans' reaction to their Led Zeppelin renditions that helped convince the band to bring their act to New York. Read more about Zebra.

Keep Walking

Got a web browser and broadband? You're now branded a TERRORIST!

Well, here we go down the slippery slope some more! (conveniently just before election time when the Republicans are reeling in pain from the damaging news of late!)

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff in a press release (below) stated that "We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet!"

We now have? Exactly what were bulletin board systems in the 70s and 80s? Chopped liver? Hype, hype, hype!!

As long as we have:

Freedom of Speech and Freedom of assembly (Covered pretty clearly in First Amendment to the United States Constitution!)
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
There will ALWAYS be the threat of anyone being capable of radicalizing themselves!! This is the same sort of ploy the NAZI'S used to take over! As George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

The internet and worldwide free communication are the biggest helpers to democracy, and democracy (although not necessarily a product of the Democratic Party in the US) is the biggest enemy of the Bush regime.

HEADLINE TODAY: Internet may hone future terrorists!

BOSTON - Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday.

'We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet,' Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police.

'They can train themselves over the Internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination,' Chertoff said. 'Those are the kind of terrorists that we may not be able to detect with spies and satellites.'

Chertoff pointed to the July 7, 2005 attacks on London's transit system, which killed 56 people, as an example a home-grown threat.

To help gather intelligence on possible home-grown attackers, Chertoff said Homeland Security would deploy 20 field agents this fiscal year into 'intelligence fusion centers,' where they would work with local police agencies.

Never heard of the song Geburt Einer Nation by Laibach? Check it out! -- Click here to read the lyrics.