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Friday, March 16, 2007

Religious leader Don Wildmon says that if Christianity goes, democracy goes

I’m sure that some of you have heard of the American Family Association. For those of you who don’t know, the AFA is a very conservative fundamentalist/evangelical group. The AFA has several million members.

The AFA likes to whine a lot. They have been complaining for a while now about how Ford advertises in gay media. For instance, the AFA claimed that Ford explicitly supported gay polygamy because they had an ad in a gay magazine that had an article on the cover regarding this issue. If somebody advertises on a TV show that they don’t like, such as Desperate Housewives, AFA members will be writing letters to advertisers (see OneMillionDads.com), demanding that they pull ads from the show. When something happens on TV that they don’t like (e.g. Janet Jackson Superbowl incident or swear words on TV) you can bet that the FCC’s inboxes will be filled with “cookie-cutter” letters from AFA members. And you can’t forget that the AFA runs massive campaigns every holiday season, threatening to boycott any retailer that does not use the words “Merry Christmas” in their advertising!

I read an article by AFA founder Don Wildmon today called “Without Christian ideals, democracy dies“. It’s pretty obvious by the title that this lunatic seems to believe that Christianity (probably evangelicalism too) is necessary to keep democracy running. But it gets far, far worse! (more…)

posted by scoot at 7:42 pm  

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Apple’s Refurb Store – great discounts on Apple products!

Deals on Apple products seem to always be popular, because Apple stuff is almost never on sale. However everyone seems to forget about Apple’s refurbished store where you can get great deals on current-gen as well as previous-gen Apple products! These products all have the same warranties as new products. I’ve ordered from them before and the products are almost always in great cosmetic shape. They run out and restock all the time – if you see something that you want you should probably buy it ASAP, and if you are looking for something that is not in stock, check back every couple of days to see if they have what you want.

You can get a current-gen 1GB iPod Shuffle for $59, or a previous-gen one for $49. This is a great deal over the $79 you would pay for one otherwise. 2GB and 4GB current-gen iPod Nanos are $119 and $169 (respectively), taking $30 off of each. 8GB iPod Nanos are $209, meaning that those are $40 off. Previous-gen iPod Nanos can be purchased for an even larger discount – 1GB models are $79, 2GB models are $99, and 4GB models are $129. Current-gen 80GB iPod Videos are available for $299. Those are the only video iPods that are in stock as of this writing. If I recall correctly you could get the previous-gen 30GB models for $179, which is a great deal.

Of course they’ve also got great deals on Macs too. The base Core 2 Duo MacBook is available for $949 and the black model is available for $1299. If they restock the Core Duo MacBooks those would be $150-$200 cheaper (the base one was available for $799.) They don’t currently have any good MacBook Pros in stock but those will be 15%-30% off, depending on the model and type of processor. The $999 Core 2 Duo iMac sells for $849 and similar deals are available for other models. A Quad Intel Xeon Mac Pro can be purchased starting at $2199. You can even find old Power Macs and PowerBooks for even greater discounts. In addition you can get refurb Apple accessories, such as displays, keyboards/mice, and AirPort stuff at good discounts as well.

posted by scoot at 12:40 pm  

Saturday, March 3, 2007

TwoTrees Shelterbelt – worst filtering system ever!

My school uses a filter called Shelterbelt from a company called TwoTrees Technologies. I have to say – it has to be some of the most unprofessionally designed software that I have ever used.

EFF.org blocked

First of all I was doing a project at school where I was writing something about the EFF. When I tried to go to the EFF’s website at school, I found this:

eff-blocked.jpg

I felt that there was no reason for them to be blocking the EFF’s website. I did feel that maybe since the EFF opposes censorship on the Internet, they may have had something against that. I wrote this email to the email address on the “blocked” page, proxymaster@twotrees.com, on February 20, 2007:

“My school uses the Shelterbelt filtering system. While doing some research I noticed that the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website, EFF.org, is blocked. Why is this? Your website claims that “Twotrees Internet Management is an outside company without any biases” yet I cannot help but believe that this may be a result of your own personal biases against Internet civil liberties organizations.”

It is March 3, almost two weeks later, and I still have not received a reply from TwoTrees! And of course EFF’s site is still blocked!

BoingBoing blocked

Sometimes I want to go to BoingBoing.net when I am at school (not in the middle of class!) But of course I get this:

boingboing-blocked.jpg

I thought that Iran was the only place where BoingBoing was blocked, but I guess I’m wrong!

Read more after the break!

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posted by scoot at 3:42 pm  



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