A bunch of news stories that I found of interest.
MPAA (Motion Picture Ass of America)...
It should be association and not ass, although when you read this you may agree as to why they are after all asses!
The MPAA is lobbying congress to push through a new bill that would make unauthorized home theaters illegal. The group feels that all theaters should be sanctioned, whether they be commercial settings or at home.
The bill would require that any hardware manufactured in the future contain technology that tells the MPAA directly of what is being shown and specific details on the audience. The data would be gathered using various motion sensors and biometric technology.
Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown.
The bill also stipulates that any existing home theaters be retrofitted with the technology or else the owner is responsible for directly informing the MPAA and receiving approval before each viewing.
A Wii Workout: When Videogames Hurt (Link)
Nintendo's new system forces players to move their bodies, causing aches for some couch potatoes; a case of 'Wii elbow'
By JAMIN WARREN
The Wii game console, which went on sale last weekend, competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's new PlayStation 3. One of the Wii's distinguishing features is a motion-sensitive technology that requires players to act out their character's movements, wielding the game's controller like a sword or swinging it like a tennis racket.
They're reporting aching backs, sore shoulders -- even something some have dubbed "Wii elbow.""It's harder than playing basketball," says Kaitlin Franke, a 12-year-old from Louisville, Ky. She has been camped out in front of her family's TV, fine-tuning her bowling motion and practicing boxing footwork in two of the Wii's games.
one player testing the Wii lost her grip and sent the controller flying into a wall. Blaine Stuart of Rochester, N.Y., mistakenly whacked his fiancée, Shelly Haefele, while playing tennis and also accidentally hit his dog while bowling.
We Have A Free Press Right?
I am afraid not so much..
Last month in the annual ranking of press freedom by Reporters Without Borders, the United States dropped nine places to number 53, in line with such countries as Botswana, Croatia and Tonga.
Meanwhile The State Of Women In That Other Country We "Liberated" (Link)
I was just so upset reading this. Malalai is one heck of a woman.
Malalai Joya is, at 28 years old, the youngest and most famous of all the womenAnd Cos We Need To Go.. "Aww Teh Cute" About Something..
in the Afghan parliament. In a way her very presence in the parliament is a
powerful symbol of change; a woman who had to work in secret in underground
schools in Herat during the Taliban time is now able to speak out against her
enemies in the parliament.
"Here there is no democracy, no security, no women's rights," she says. "When I speak in parliament they threaten me. In May they beat me by throwing bottles of water at me and they shouted, 'Take her and rape her.' These men who are in power, never have they apologised for their crimes that they committed in the wars, and now, with the support of the US, they continue with their crimes in a different way. That is why there is no fundamental change in the situation of women."
Joya talks like this to me, furiously, for more than an hour, almost weeping as she
catalogues the crimes against women that still keep them in a state of fear:
from Safia Ama Jan, the leading women's rights campaigner assassinated in
Kandahar earlier this year, to Nadia Anjuman, a poet murdered in Herat last
year; from Amina, a married woman who was stoned to death in Badakhshan in 2005, to Sanobar, an 11-year-old girl who was raped and exchanged for a dog in a
reported dispute among warlords in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan last month.
Heh that kitty kinda seems to be saying "I am ready to punch ya..WTF are you looking at? Ya think we can't get along?"