The following is something I wrote for Boy Genius Report:

Big Brother is watching you and every little thing you do under the eye of the British government. In a completely totalitarian move, anyone wanting to purchase a mobile phone will be required to register their identity in a national database. Right, we can totally see everyone being completely cool with this ridiculous maneuver. Anyone who wants to get a celly will have to show a passport or official piece of identification to add to the registry. While the idea is still in its early stages of inception, officials in the U.K. are taking it very seriously as part of an effort to combat terrorism and crime. Apparently, pay as you go phones are very popular with terrorists and criminals (and those who don’t want contracts!) because it keeps their secret activities… secret. A spokeswoman for the information commissioner said, “With regards to the database that would contain details of all mobile users, including pay-as-you-go, we would expect that this information would be included in the database proposed in the draft Communications Data Bill.”

There’s no doubt in any sane person’s mind that legislating this rule would be complete overkill and invasion of privacy. It’s hard to imagine anyone would want to offer details on their identity simply because they want to own a mobile phone. Just imagine if that info was accidentally leaked à la T-Mobile. The consequences could be disastrous! “Remember, remember the 5th of November…”

Via Timesonline

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My friend Mikey sent me this video and there are just a few things I’d like to say about it…

The first man who speaks says he is “scared” of an Obama presidency. Oh really? Take a look at the last 8 years and tell me that Barack Obama is just going to make this country worse. Under Bush, our surplus has diminished and the country is now in debt and suffering a tremendous recession. During the last 8 years, we’ve started a “War on Terror” and pushed the Patriot Act. The United States went to war in Iraq against non-existent enemies – the War on Terror is not a war against a nation or a particular individual but a war against acts and ideals that will carry on and never end. America cannot stop it entirely so the war shall never be won. Hundreds of thousands of lives were carelessly lost under the Bush presidency. Hundreds of thousands of jobs were carelessly lost under the same administration. The man in the video says he does not want to raise his children in a country where it is presided by a man who associates himself with domestic terrorists. Does this guy really know who Bill Ayers is? I’ve said before that Ayers has done some very unpleasant things but has also made some good contributions to society – especially to educational reform. Afraid of an Obama presidency? Give me a fucking break.

Finally, there is the ignorant witch of a woman who calls Obama an Arab. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, racism still exists and is very much alive in one of the most diverse countries in the world. This may sound extreme, but given her clear bigotry, ignorance, and lack of an education of any kind, voting rights should be reconsidered. Those 18 or older who have received a formal education or are in the process of doing so should be allowed to vote. Otherwise, a moderate aptitude test should be passed in order to make it into the booths. A stupid idea, you say? Well, if you’ve never taken a math class in your life, there is no goddamn way in hell I would ever make you a NASA engineer. So, if you’re ignorant, a bigot and a racist, why should you be allowed to select the President of the United States of America?

I have to applaud McCain for standing in defense of Obama. It shows a lot of character on his part and it’s easy to see the disappointment in his demeanor when he addresses the two fools featured in the aforementioned video.