The Official 9/11 Committee Report
Posted by Mac in gods 15 years ago
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.  
 
The Commission has released its final report  
 
There is a nicely laid out table of contents, with links to each section here  
 
Chapter 1: "We Have Some Planes" 952 KB  
Chapter 2: The Foundation of the New Terrorism 1.44 MB  
Chapter 3: Counterterrorism Evolves 188 KB  
Chapter 4: Responses to al Qaeda's Initial Assaults 185 KB  
Chapter 5: Al Qaeda Aims at the American Homeland 312 KB  
Chapter 6: From Threat to Threat 209 KB  
Chapter 7: The Attack Looms 949 KB  
Chapter 8: "The System Was Blinking Red" 146 KB  
Chapter 9: Heroism and Horror 2.3 MB  
Chapter 10: Wartime 109KB  
Chapter 11: Foresight--and Hindsight 133KB  
Chapter 12: What to do? A Global Strategy 184 KB  
Chapter 13: How to do it? A Different Way of Organizing the Government 158 KB
Whenever I hear “they hate us because of our freedom” or "because they hate our way of life" or some other such drivel, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. If real people didn’t suffer the consequences of it, such ignorance would be amusing. But another annoying thing about statements like these is that they perpetuate the myth that we live in a land of freedom. The sad fact is, we are not free, and haven't been for a long, long time.  
 
Freedom is a state of being where an individual does not have to get permission in order to do something that harms no one else’s person or property. How many things can you do without getting some form of government permission?  
 
Wow. I give myself a 10 for this post. Good stuff here.
Cannabis News
Posted by amsterdamn in work sucks 15 years ago
ShareReactor Shut Down
Posted by amsterdamn in work sucks 15 years ago
Due to the suspicion of breach of copyright and trademark laws the cantonal judicial Inquiry department of Thurgau has taken down an Internet-Site (ShareReactor according to Slyck News) that served as a link platform for filesharing offerings.  
 
Top 10 ShareReactor Alternatives  
Slyck would like to bring you ten of the best alternatives for Sharereactor.com now it has faded away to but a fair memory. There are without a doubt many great sites missing from this “Top Ten” list.
Fracster
Posted by amsterdamn in fun & games 15 years ago
Since online social networks are full of geeks like us anyway, let's come right out and admit it! Find your favorite part of the pretty fractal landscape known as the Mandelbrot Set with our nifty whizbang Java applet, then click the Click to Share button to add your discovery for others to enjoy.
Shortly after 9-11 the War on Terror was declared, the US Patriot Act was signed, and Homeland Security was created. This, unfortunately, was only the beginning. To this day, because of the Bush Administration, the American people still do not understand exactly what happened on 9-11. Instead we are told that terrorists around the world are a great threat to us, that they hate us because we are the "brightest beacon for freedom in the world", and they will continue to be a threat, possibly for decades to come. As a result, new legislation is signed into law, virtually without debate, and government has grown bigger and more powerful than ever. These laws take away our rights to keep us "free" and government continues to grow to keep us "safe". In addition, we are in a perpetual state of war for "peace", without an end in sight.  
 
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Ever get the sneaking suspicion you are being watched? Maybe you should look under your bumper. On Sunday, July 6, three Boulder residents discovered sophisticated Global Positioning System (GPS) devices attached to the bottom of their cars, apparently used by someone to track the whereabouts of their vehicles.  
 
Thanks Patriot Act for making me safer.
Pingback 1.0
Posted by johnny2000 in blogs & zines 15 years ago
Pingback is a method for web authors to request notification when somebody links to one of their documents. Typically, web publishing software will automatically inform the relevent parties on behalf of the user, allowing for the possibility of automatically creating links to referring documents.  
 
For example, Alice writes an interesting article on her Web log. Bob then reads this article and comments about it, linking back to Alice's original post. Using pingback, Bob's software can automatically notify Alice that her post has been linked to, and Alice's software can then include this information on her site.
A small and diverse band of hobbyists steeped in the obscure languages of embedded systems has released its own custom firmware for a popular brand of cable modem, along with a technique for loading it -- a development that's already made life easier for uncappers and service squatters, and threatens to topple long-held assumptions about the privacy of cable modem communications.  
 
The program, called Sigma, was released in its final version last month, and has reportedly been downloaded 350 to 400 times a day ever since. It's designed to be flashed into the non-volatile memory of certain models of Motorola's Surfboard line, where it runs in parallel with the device's normal functionality. It gives users almost complete control of their cable modem -- a privilege previously reserved for the service provider.  
 
A must-read if you believe that your use of your cable modem is private from your neighbors. Found via /.
Creating Web pages can be an exciting experience; after all, the Web is on the cutting edge when it comes to publishing technology. But when you have to update dozens of lines of code manually to make a minor design change, working with HTML can be infuriatingly tedious.
Lego Set Database
Posted by UK_Grable in fun & games 15 years ago
A web archive of every single Lego Set made, archived with directions, images, and more. This site is a must see for anybody even slightly nostalgic of their old Lego sets.  
 
I know for a fact they have lego sets dating back into the 70's, and all the modern ones. Call me a Legomaniac I guess.
Now this.... this is pretty cool.  
 
This Library of Congress site has thousands of maps dating back to the 16th century. You can find maps of the United States from when they thought it extended all the way to China and maps of Russia that show it connected to Australia.  
 
Many of the maps are foreign and thus don't have any English on them, but they're still great to look at.  
 
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Built to mimic a Greco-Egyptian temple, it is the headquarters of the Order of the Skull and Bones, America's most elite and elusive secret society - and it has become the unlikely focus of this year's presidential election. It turns out that four leading contestants for the White House in November's election were 1960s undergraduates at Yale: President Bush and Democratic rivals Governor Howard Dean, Sen John Kerry and Sen Joseph Lieberman.  
 
What is more, two are "Bonesmen". Both Sen Kerry, now the Democrat front runner, and President Bush belong to the 172-year-old society, which aims to get its members into positions of power. This presidential election seems destined to become the first in history to pit one Skull and Bones member against another.  
 
Not since the Masons fought each other in our Civil War has a secret society been at such odds. Or are they?........
Free Programs for Windows
Posted by Jetlabels in the wired 15 years ago
Power Tools, free programs that make life with Windows a little easier.  
 
Most of these programs are utilities, but I do like the clock:  
Turn your $2,000 computer into a $20 alarm clock. :)
Larry Silverstein, who stood to gain $500 million, and the federal government, gave the order to destroy World Trade Center Building 7 and admitted it on a primetime PBS documentary.