A Force More Powerful

A Force More Powerful is the only video game I'm aware of where the goal is to effect political change through nonviolent action.

Game play is governed by detailed interactive models-of strategic and political factors, ethnicity, religion, literacy, material well-being, media and communications, resource availability, economic factors, the role of external assistance, and many other variables. Tactics include such basics as training, fund-raising and organizing, as well as leafletting, protests, strikes, mass action, civil disobedience and noncooperation.

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There's a pattern here:

  1. The West convinces Iraq to allow weapons inspectors into the country. Once those inspectors verify that there are no frightening weapons present, the West attacks.
  2. The West convinces Syria to leave Lebanon. Shortly afterwards the West attacks.

If I were a running a Middle Eastern country, and the West asked me to do something for the sake of peace, I would laugh in their face and then immediately start trying to get hold of the scariest weapons I could find.

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Wonderful. The government gets caught behaving in a reprehensible fashion, breaking its own laws... and what do they do? They try to root out and punish the heroes who refused to keep quiet, and threaten the media with the same treatment.

The FBI has been interviewing dozens of CIA and NSA employees in an effort to uncover who told reporters about classified surveillance and imprisonment programs reported recently. News of the internal investigations follows last month's Justice Department assertion that reporters can be prosecuted under a WWI-era anti-espionage law because it does not contain a specific media "exemption." Media watchers, lawyers and editors say the rash of incidents represents perhaps the most extensive such campaign in a generation.

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What I find hard to believe is that not only are they doing this in the first place, but apparently they aren't even ashamed about it. It seems every week or so there's something new that increases my disgust with the administration, with the bastards in congress (of "both" parties) who refuse to stand against it, and with the stupid citizens who believe that the whole thing is a reasonable response to terrorism.

Here's what I think: in a list of all things that Americans should worry about, terrorism might come in around number 50. Or, rather, it would be number 50 if the Bush administration wasn't going around actively trying to make things worse by knocking the legs out from under Iraq and then threatening Iran with the same treatment.

Here's what else I think: when government insiders point out that the government is acting like a repressive regime, the government should do all it can to clean itself up, lest an outraged populace decide to throw it out of office. But instead, the populace isn't very outraged, and the government doesn't seem to see this as a political problem, just as a military one.

I want to just wash my hands of the whole thing, and tell myself "well I didn't vote for them, so it's not my responsibility". But it is my responsibility. Democracy doesn't just mean letting people vote, it means expecting people to rule.

Just remember this: the only way to prevent terrorist groups inside the country from operating is for the goverenment to acquire so much control over its citizens that it can also remove any political opposition group it wishes. So don't be so eager to excuse abuse of power in the name of fighting terrorism -- the two are actually just different faces of the same thing.

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I frequently hear news reports that some number N of U.S. soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in Iraq. These reports often go on to say that M Iraqis were also killed in the same attack, where usually M > N. This is blatantly biased reporting. On top of this there are the "incidents" where no U.S. soldiers were killed. You usually don't even hear about those at all.

Nationalism in war reporting is so pervasive that it's expected, and so nobody really comments on it. But the fact is that this kind of news is about one nation (ours) invading another, destroying its civilization and murdering its people. In such a case, this kind of bias is disgusting, because it takes the side of the country that started the violence, and minimizes the cost to the victim.

In perpetuating this bias, reporters are behaving immorally, because they are portraying the value of an Iraqi life as less than that of a US soldier's life. This kind of relativism is as evil as racism -- racism and nationalism are both about people in power ignoring the suffering of others because "they're not like us".

There's another aspect that makes this even more despicable. The death of a soldier is the death of someone who has voluntarily accepted the role of killer, and they knew from the start that they would run the risk of being killed in turn. Therefore their deaths are strictly less tragic than the death of innocent Iraqis. I say this even though my only sister is in the army, and is due to be deployed in Iraq this August.

The media made a big fuss over 1000 US soldiers dead, and then a slightly smaller fuss over 2000 US soldiers dead. In contrast, the number of Iraqi civilians killed surpassed 10,000 over a year ago, and it was barely mentioned.

American news media is accessible across the world. I know, because I've watched it in places like Thailand and Guatemala. When we present our citizens as being more important than the people of other countries, we aren't just talking amongst ourselves. We're talking right in front of the very people we're dismissing.

It's time to come to terms with the fact that as of 2006, the default world view of the average US citizen is aggressive, nationalistic, controlling, and dismissive. This point of view is immoral, unjust, and unsustainable.

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... When someone would suggest that these people stayed behind by choice, that they were in some way deserving of what they had undergone, my hear pounds. I have not cried since I was ten, but my eyes start to tear. I have been frustrated by the news before, but this was something different, a kind of rage and frustration that canít be contained.

... The worst story, the one that still gives me nightmares, is the one about the boy who was arrested for stealing a bus that brought dozens of people to safety... When I read that, all the goodwill and faith I gained that night is transformed into hatred and disillusionment, my optimism turns into despair.

Always these stories have a specific purpose: to shut down empathy so that we won't demand action or accountability.

... I think of the black man who said his distrust of white people disappeared after being welcomed by our city with open arms, and of the gratitude on the faces of the people who had found themselves among volunteers who did not cast them away, as so many others clearly had.

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From a BBC Op-Ed: Has Katrina saved US media?

Amidst the horror, American broadcast journalism just might have grown its spine back, thanks to Katrina.

... with the sick and the dying forced to sit in their own excrement behind him in New Orleans, Fox News early-evening anchor Shepard Smith declared civil war against the studio-driven notion that the biggest problem was still stopping the looters. On other networks like NBC, CNN and ABC it was the authority figures, who are so used to an easy ride at press conferences, that felt the full force of reporters finally determined to ditch the deference.

As the heads of the Homeland Security department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) appeared for network interviews, their defensive remarks about where aid was arriving to, and when, were exposed immediately as either downright lies or breath-taking ignorance. And you did not need a degree in journalism to know it either. Just watching TV for the previous few hours would have sufficed.

... It is way too early to tell whether this really will become "Katrinagate" for President Bush

... The dithering and incompetence that will be exposed will not spare the commander-in-chief, or the sunny, faith-based propaganda that he was still spouting as he left New Orleans airport last Friday, saying it was all going to turn out fine. People were still trapped, hungry and dying on his watch, less than a mile away.

I sure hope the media wakes up and starts questioning what it's told. Unfortunately I have yet to see much sign of it. This morning, the radio was still reporting that Cheney would be returning to Louisiana tomorrow. Who cares? Is he bringing temporary housing with him? Or is he just going to go and flap his hands, the way the rest of the administration has been doing?

That's not news -- I don't know why they even bother telling me such things. I assume they expect it to pacify the public, make them feel like "something is being done". But it's just appearances, bluffing, bullshit. It's not real responsibility.

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A little while ago I saw the movie Control Room, about the Al-Jazeera perspective on the Iraq war. I remember when the part where the Al-Jazeera office in Kabul was blown up by a 500 pound bomb dropped by Americans, with no warning. The movie showed the grief and shock of the Al-Jazeera reporters learning that their colleagues had been killed (I'm tempted to use the word murder, but at the time they didn't know whether it was an accident or not). Despite this, the movie remained relatively objective: they pointed out that many believed the bombing had been on purpose, yet made it clear there was no proof, and that also showed clips of the Pentagon denied it and apologizing for the accident. And when the movie was made, I think that was all that was known.

But just now I was reading a book review on the New York Times, about Al-Jazeera. Buried in the middle of the review, I find this paragraph:

As well as putting bin Laden on the air, Al Jazeera reported from the receiving end of the Afghan war: the civilian casualties, the houses and lives destroyed. Finally, as the Northern Alliance forces advanced, the Jazeera offices in Kabul were obliterated by an American 500-pound bomb. After initial denials, a Pentagon spokesman admitted that Al Jazeera had been targeted as an alleged locus of Qaeda activity. General Tommy Franks said that a bin Laden deputy, Muhammad Atef, was among the casualties in the attack. (He was killed again a few weeks later, in a completely separate incident.)

In my opinion, this was a war crime committed by the United States. The lies make it even worse -- first lying that it wasn't intentional, second lying about using Muhammad Atef as an excuse for the bombing.

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I've been silent for a while. I keep wanting to write about politics, but it seems like things are becoming so big that I don't know where to start. However, it is worse to be silent than to be ignored, and so I must say something.

I start with the fact that I hate George Bush. When I say "hate", I mean it not as hyperbole or mere rhetorical seasoning. I mean that I feel deep hatred when I contemplate what this single man has done to the world. This is a surprising thing, since hate is not something I tend to feel; I can count the number of people I hate on one finger.

I have reasons for hating Bush, and I want to describe them. I expect that either you already agree with my reasons, or you won't bother paying attention. Yet I want to describe them anyway. My goal is not to convince, but to speak.

Bush lies. He intentionally lies, about deadly serious subjects. He is not stupid, or confused. He lies about killing people. He started a war, which has killed tens of thousands of people, based on lies. He knew he was lying, and yet he pushed for a war anyway. When you lie about things like murder, you are not just dishonest, you are evil. Bush is evil.

He lied about the need for war. He knew there were no weapons of mass destruction, because Hans Blix had made that very clear. He knew that Osama Bin Laden wasn't working with Saddam, yet he worked to reinforce that impression. By lying about the need for war, he tricked people into thinking that it was necessary.

He lied about the cost of war. He said it would only take a matter of weeks. He said Iraq's oil stockpiles would cover the costs. He continues to avoid putting the war in the budget. By lying about the cost, he tricked people into thinking the war would be easy.

Bush ignores anyone who points out that he's lying. Millions of people all over the world protested his lies before the war, but he ignored them. Political experts pointed out that he needed to plan for "winning the peace" in Iraq, but he ignored them. Military experts pointed out that the war would be expensive, but he ignored them. Terrorism experts pointed out that war in Iraq would likely increase terrorism, but he ignored them. It is the responsibility of an honorable leader to be intellectually honest. Bush is neither honest nor honorable.

Bush is continuing this pattern of deception and destruction with his attack on social security. He lies that the system is in crisis, when in fact there will only be a moderate difficulty 40 years from now. He lies that private accounts will solve the problem, when in fact they will make it worse. He ignores the fact that social security can be fixed with only small changes. He ignores the fact that Medicare is the bigger problem.

Bush is a destroyer. He destroyed the support given to America after 9/11. He destroyed Iraq. He destroyed the security of the country by putting us into debt. He is currently working on destroying social security.

I have more to say, about how democrats are a pathetic excuse for a progressive party, about American citizens tolerating Bush's lies and war crimes, about how the press tries so hard to be objective that they end up being merely a tool for propaganda, and about how frustrated I am that I don't know how to make anything change. But I have to stop now. More later.

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I don't follow Middle-East politics very closely, but from what I've heard, this wall seems morally disgusting. Small detail: running a wall across someone's land without compensating them for the loss of half of their property. Big detail: isolating an entire population of relatively poor people, making it even more difficult for them to conduct daily economic life.

How about if we built a 24-foot-high wall around the bad neighborhoods in all US cities? That way we could protect ourselves from the criminals who use those places a base from which to launch attacks on our suburbs. Or maybe we could just wall off large parts of northern Mexico, instead.

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"Naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."

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There's got to be a word for this feeling. You feel this way and all you can do is breathe deeply, close your eyes, hold still, and hope that the evil never turns its attention onto you.

In Uganda, the Lord's Resistance Army massacres villages, mutilates their victims, turns girls into sex slaves, and boys into forced soldiers. They frequently make the children kill their own parents, so that they have nowhere else to go.

The government of Sudan is carrying out genocide of its own citizens. They anihilate entire villages at a time, killing the men, burning the farms, raping the women. The people are forced into the desert where they will starve. They are targetted because they are black.

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The Capital Steps were great. I'd never seen them before, so I didn't really know what to expect. A big part of their humor is the songs they sing. There were quite a few times where a song only became really funny once you recognized the chorus. Like "401(k)" set to the tune of "YMCA". Some of the satire was about subjects that just make me too upset to be able to enjoy the humor, like the (lack of) justification for invading Iraq. But some of it was really hilarious. They had a "lirty dies" piece about Iraq, which had me laughing so hard my throat hurt (lirty dies are what they call monologues filled with spoonerisms). The image of Bush going into Iraq with "buns glazing" will be difficult to get out of my head for a while.

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Excuse me?! Why is one robbery sufficient, but when it comes to rape one isn't enough? And why are people "convicted of" rape, but they "commit" murder and robbery? The wording implies that rape is not something that one actually does, but merely something that one gets punished for. Lest you think I'm picking on this guy for a momentary lack of tact, let me assure you that he said these things several times (in fact it was quite annoying the way he would respond to nearly any question by giving exactly the same answer -- clearly he was a highly experienced politician). At one point he said "you can argue whether it should be after three rapes, or two...". So it seems clear to me that he actually thinks that one robbery is worse than one rape.

After about five minutes of this, I had to change the channel. If you're interested in hearing it for yourself, it should air again tonight at 8pm on 90.9 FM in Boston, or you can listen to it online.

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I just found out that I work with the author of this Op-Ed in the Boston Globe. Although the piece was addressed to the public at large, I don't feel it would be appropriate for me to respond to it directly, because I work with him. Instead, I'll just point to this rebuttal in the Boston Phoenix.

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http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~malan/marriage/

"Even if you're real busy, it couldn't be easier."

Please make your opinions known before Thursday, March 11th, as that is when the constitutional convention will reconvene to discuss this issue again. It's very important to mention that you live in Massachusetts, and also give your home address.

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On January 7th, those who are organizing resistance to the Goodridge marriage equality decision will have their anti-gay day at the State House. Join us there on Thursday, January 8th at Noon to defend the Goodridge decision -- and the law!

A SPECIAL EVENT ALERT from the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus: Those who are organizing resistance to the Goodridge decision -- both in the state and from around the country -- will be rallying and lobbying at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, January 7th. The next day, on January 8th, supporters of marriage rights for same sex couples will join together at the State House at NOON for a rally in Nurses Hall that will end by 1 P.M. (Nurses Hall is easy to find and there will be rally marshals at the entrances to help you.)

Our opponents are trying to bully the legislature into overturning the decision and keeping same-sex couples a separate, "lesser" group of citizens. Please come and help show that the people of Massachusetts do support civil rights for all families. And that this cynical resistance movement is no match for the fair-minded movement toward equality.

Please plan on joining us and bring as many friends as you can. Please ask at least 5 friends to ask 5 more friends to come. We look forward to seeing you at the Rally for Equality: Protect the Goodridge Decision!


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I want to share a quote from the book "From Dawn to Decadence" -- a history book I've been reading on and off for the last few months. This is from page 457, and describes the beliefs of a person who was writing around the year 1818. Emphasis is mine.

Sismondi had visited England and had been struck by the misery resulting from industrial progress. Why did the seemingly beneficial production of goods by machinery bring on "poverty in the midst of plenty"? The answer was: free competition keeps wages low, free enterprise makes for overproduction, which leads to recurrent "crises" -- shutdowns or failures entailing unemployment and starvation.

His detailed criticism of the new society includes the observation that it splits labor from capital and makes them enemies, with the power all on one side. The idea of their "bargaining" over wages is absurd. Tyrant and victim describes the relation, yet without cruel intent of the one or knowledge by the other of who is oppressor is. Again, with overproduction the capitalist must seek foreign markets and precipitate national wars, while at home a class struggle goes on without end: "the poor could say that the employer's life is their death, and therefore his death would be their life." But Sismondi does not urge revolutionary massacre. What is needed is protective legislation.

Sismondi does not oppose machinery; he rejects the idea that the economic situation is the inevitable effect of a law of nature, as the orthodox then affirmed. He saw the evils as the result of social and legal arrangements that could be changed. And he instances the guild system, of which one advantage was prudence in procreation. For the modern worker population Sismondi coined the term proletariat, from the class of proletarii (from proles, Latin for offspring) the lowest class in ancient Rome. To give one more sample of Sismondi's perceptiveness: he pointed out that the combination of capital and labor under existing conditions increased the value of each and produced a mieux-valeur [sic]. This is close to the Mehrwert by which Marx demonstrated that labor was exploited. Sismondi's critique of political economy dates from 1818, the year of Marx's birth.

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An American Family Association online poll shows that the AFA supports gay marriage. Ha! Ned Batchelder adds:

The AFA calls themselves "pro-family", by which they really mean anti-gay. I think two adults carefully considering their options and choosing to commit to one another can only help families. It's the mockeries of marriages that you find heterosexuals committing that truly weaken families.

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  • Actively teaching and promoting secularism.

I doubt such a report could have been created in the US because it has an ecclectic mix of both liberal and reactionary proposals, and I don't think any single group could have endorsed all of them simultaneously.

For example, banning the veil seems authoritarian, and I therefore associate it with cultural conservatives. But the creation of a national school for Islamic studies seems like multiculturalism, and I therefore associate it with cultural liberalism. Getting rid of ethnic neighborhoods is something that neither the left nor the right would condone: I'd expect conservatives would want to keep "those people" cordoned off in their own little area, while the liberals would want to help them preserve their culture.

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The Massachusetts Supreme Court has decided that my partner and I have the right to marry. However, the court didn't decide that the state has to start actually issuing marriage certificates. Instead, the legislature has six months to come up with a solution.

Of course, a lot of the benefits that come from marriage come from the federal government. So even though Massachusetts will allow gay couples to marry, we're still not equal until and unless the federal government allows it too. And that's not going to happen for a few years, at minimum.

As I've said before, I personally won't be satisfied as long as there's even a difference in name. Distinguishing between "Civil union" versus "marriage" is just another variation on the separate but equal idea that was rejected decades ago. But this decision is still a step in the right direction. Now there are only N-1 steps remaining.

Update: If you live in Massachusetts, please email your legislator, as well as Tom Finneran and Governor Romney to let them know they should support gay marriage, and reject the anti-gay constitutional amendments that are currently being proposed.

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Doesn't the separation of church and state require that we now separate Bush from the white house?

Personally, I'm looking forward to the Racial Cleansing Week which is expected to be announced sometime in December. After all, "research has shown that, on average, children raised in white households fare better than children who grow up in other family colors."

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Here's an interesting article on possible ulterior motives for the creation of the American public education system. The claim is that public schools throughout western history have actually been created by the state for the purpose of training the people to be "good citizens". From one point of view, this is admirable and exactly what a good education should strive to provide. From another point of view, it amounts to brainwashing.

I've long believed that in many cases, it's better to believe in something that isn't true, or to be ignorant of the truth. Maybe this is one of those cases. Maybe brainwashing young people into trusting authority is a good thing, because it allows us to create a unified populace without too much social friction. Most importantly, education is perhaps the most humane possible way of creating such a unified populace -- I much prefer propaganda to ethnic cleansing.

On the other hand, there is a useful, actionable, way of reading this article: If the public school system is designed to ensure that you only think thoughts that are good for the state, then you must compensate for that if you want to be able to think thoughts that are not necessarily good for the state.

But why bother? Why not just be productive, write some code, and enjoy the comfortable feeling of fitting in? It's hard to live outside of the cultural norm, even if it's no longer as dangerous as it used to be.

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Anecdotal evidence that the US job market sucks for techies right now. No mention of where in the country this anecdote comes from, though.

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Bush Hunts for Way to Doom Gay Marriages.

I cannot comprehend how anyone could fail to see that this kind of behavior is exactly analogous to the racial, sexual, and religious persecutions of the past. I'm willing to believe that Bush may also be racist and sexist, but at least he doesn't espouse those opinions in public. By what hateful, schizophrenic logic is it acceptable for the President to advocate discriminating against gays, considering that he'd be impeached if he tried it with black, jewish, or japanese people?

It is only because of the complacency of the people that this kind of excrement can be spoken publically without shame. Therefore if you, reader, think that there's anything reasonable or rational about a politician proclaiming that marriage needs to be "protected", or that gay adoption is "doing violence to children", then fuck you too. You are my persecutor. If you feel anything short of disgust at Bush's stance on homosexuality, then I find you personally repugnant.

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Via chromatic's diary, I stumbled across this slashdot post, illustrating an even worse example of the kind of sexism I've talked about before.

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Here's a very interesting post (with pictures!) by Brad DeLong on the real distribution of Democrat and Republican votes in the US.

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If you care about the public domain, then sign this petition. 9202 signatures so far.

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If you don't know about what's going on in Zimbabwe right now, you should read this. 269% inflation, farms without any equipment to grow crops, drought, food and fuel shortages, illegitimate elections, and democratic protests being supressed.

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Where is the evidence?

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The liberals are saying that the fact that we haven't found WMD indicates that there never were any WMD. The conservatives are pointing out that just because we haven't found them doesn't mean that it wasn't reasonable to believe they existed.

But nobody is demanding that Bush justify the claims he made that the intelligence the US had gathered was overwhelming. He did not share this evidence before the war (even with the UN inspectors!), but instead asked the American people to just trust his word on it. I for one never trusted his word on it, and I think this would be a great time for him to share publicly all the intelligence that led to his original decision.


Iraq has no WMD

Here's an amusing timeline of quotes from the Bush Administration over whether or not Iraq has Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.

Dick Cheney
Speech to VFW National Convention
August 26, 2002

and ends with this:

For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on.

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Here's an interesting article about a computer simulation that reproduces segregation. It shows how even relatively unprejudiced people can end up creating highly segregated neighborhoods. It also explores what it takes to prevent genocide in societies with ethnic hostlities.

I read this article about a year ago, and then recently I remembered it but couldn't find it. Now that I've found it again, I'm adding it here so that I don't lose it again.

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O'Reilly Voluntarily Limits its Copyrights

There's an announcement on the O'Reilly website that they will be releasing most of their books to the public domain after 14 years. O'Reilly is a book publisher that focuses on technical books, and they're widely recognized in the software industry for their concrete, exhaustive, and high-quality documentation. They make "the books with the animals on the covers".

I think this is great news. I despise what has happened to intellectual "property" over the last few decades, both in terms of copyright as well business method patents.

I expect that eventually economists will realize that the public domain is not just a nice thing to have, but is actually essential for a vibrant economy. Kind of like how marshes are essential for water purification, even though on first glance they look like a waste of prime waterfront real estate.

I could go on about this at length, but for now I'll limit myself to making this one point: Microsoft has over $40 billion in the bank, all of which came out of its customers' pockets. On the other hand, the free software movement has created operating systems and office productivity software that rivals Microsoft's, without charging anybody anything.

Consider how much farther along we would be if all the money that people paid for Windows and Office went directly to developers, who then released the code to the public. The world as a whole would have saved at least $40 billion. Actually they would have saved even more, since nobody would have paid billions of dollars in marketing for those products.

The most common objection to this idea is that if Microsoft didn't exist, none of the developers that wrote the software would have gotten paid, and so it wouldn't have gotten written. Well obviously nobody paid the Linux developers, but even putting that aside, the fact is that most programmers are paid for writing in-house software -- software that is used by the company they work for, and nobody else. If those developers could build on a shared code base, they would still get paid -- the features still need to get written, and so someone would pay for them.

The reason why this doesn't happen is because the companies that pay for in-house software view it as a competitive asset, so they hoard it. In the long run this ends up costing everybody a lot more money. It's like when a company refuses to pay its employees a decent salary, so that it can cut costs -- without realizing that now the employees can't afford to buy the product, and so the company (and all the other companies like it) have ended up killing their own market. It helps in the short-term, but in the long-term it is exceedingly stupid.

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Don't you think they should find the chemical weapons they said iraq had, before accusing syria of having any? The administration keeps giving the same reasons for their actions, over and over, with no evidence. Even when those reasons are proven to be wrong, they simply ignore it and keep asserting the same thing. And at that point, the only thing an impartial observer can conclude is that they are in fact not just wrong, but lying.

Why do reporters report this stuff so credulously? They may say it's to be objective, but wouldn't it be just as objective to follow the Bush Administration's claims with a little note that no evidence has been presented, and that previous claims have turned out to be unfounded?

Why do the citizens allow the government to tell us "we should go to war, but we can't tell you why"? Shouldn't we at least demand to see the evidence afterwards? I.e. now?

Attacking Afghanistan was understandable. Attacking Iraq was ridiculous. But attacking Syria would be simply repugnant. And why are they leaving Saudi Arabia alone?

The only conclusion I can come to is that Bush's real motivation is to increase US power and leverage around the world. So we're taking out countries that are strategically located, politically troublesome, and unable to defend against invasion.

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What should other countries learn from the Iraq war? That if the United Nations tells them to disarm, and they comply, then their government will be overthrown within twelve years, because they will no longer have any weapons to fight back with.

So who wants to bet what North Korea's reaction would be if the UN passed a resolution calling for them to disarm? If you were North Korea, how would you feel about letting inspectors into your country in order to verify that you are truly and completely helpless?

If you saw someone lay down their gun and then get shot immediately afterwards, what would you do with your gun? Especially if the person doing the shooting had repeatedly stated that the law doesn't apply to them?

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I don't believe any of the reasons stated by the Bush administration as to why they're going to war with Iraq. The war is not because Saddam is a "bad guy" who kills his own people (compare: how many US citizens have died in drug raids by the US police force? All statistics can be presented in a biased manner). The war is not because Saddam has anything to do with Al Qaeda (he doesn't, despite incessant, unsupported claims by the US that he does). And the war is not because Iraq has any weapons of mass destruction (what little inspections we had convinced me that Iraq has absolutely no biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons).

So why are we going to war? I really don't know. I don't think it's for oil, since as far as I can tell, that's exactly why France and Russia oppose the war. I doubt it's for Israel directly, although that might be a good side benefit.

Here's a little bit of counter propaganda for everybody: Iraq: War and Democracy, by Stephen Shalom. Only by reading the counter propaganda can you have any hope of being able to see the truth. No, I don't believe the article any more than I believe the Bush administration; but it does mention useful points that are omitted elsewhere.

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