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45auto
22 March 2008 @ 08:32 pm
For those interested, here's an mp3 recording of the oral arguments presented. It's an 1:37 long so set aside some time if you're gonna listen.

http://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2007/2007_07_290/argument/07-290_20080318-argument.mp3
 
 
45auto
23 February 2008 @ 11:00 am

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45auto
23 February 2008 @ 09:24 am
I've been monitoring the situation in Serbia closely since the Kosovo event started. I've got a brother over there going to med school in Belgrade. Today I found an article on BBC News:



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7258801.stm

Russia could use force in Kosovo

Russia's ambassador to Nato, Dmitry Rogozin, has warned that Russia could use military force if the Kosovo independence dispute escalates.
"If the EU develops a unified position or if Nato exceeds its mandate set by the UN, then these organisations will be in conflict with the UN," he said.
In that case Russia would "proceed on the basis that in order to be respected we need to use brute force", he said.
Many EU members have recognised Kosovo, but several oppose recognition.
Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, backs Serbia, which has condemned the independence declaration issued by the Kosovo parliament on 17 February.
On Tuesday members of the Serb minority in Kosovo attacked two border posts staffed by UN personnel and Kosovo police.
The violence led the Nato troops in Kosovo - known as K-For - to reinforce the border with Serbia.
Kosovo's majority ethnic Albanians are following a plan drawn up by UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari for "supervised independence", which was rejected by Serbia.
Russian media outcry
The EU will soon deploy 2,000 officials to strengthen law and order in Kosovo, which has a population of about two million. Russia argues that the mission has no legal basis.
There has been a furious reaction in some Russian media to Kosovo's declaration of independence.
A commentary in the Vesti Plus analytical programme, on state-run television, called the assassinated former Serbian Prime Minister, Zoran Djindjic, a Western puppet who had "received a well-deserved bullet".
It said Djindjic had sold national heroes to the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague.
The programme concluded that Serbia - and not only Serbia - must now decide whether to acquiesce in what has happened, or resist.



I do point out that this is similar to the way WWI started, and that to was started over Serbia. My question is what is so important over there that we're willing to piss off so many members of the national community, including our two biggest trading partners? The region is geologically active so the soil is above average fertility, there's some hot springs and mineral wells and some stone quarries, and that's it. No oil, nothing that we actually need in the US.

Historically, the Balkans have been the route of choice for Islamic invaders going to Europe and Asia but we're at war with the Islamo-Fascists now so why are we helping the very same people get a foothold?
 
 
Current Mood: confusedconfused
 
 
45auto
13 January 2008 @ 01:50 pm
Something I've never understood. Why do people always belive that when the government says that a certain power we're giving them is temporary, they'll give it up after "the emergency/event is over". Case in point. Daylight savings time.  This was a temporary measure that was put into effect during WWII to save oil used at home to run lights. Ok, so, it's an emergency and it's not that big of a thing. Yet here we are 60+ years after that war ended and we've still got DST we have to deal with. We create smart devices like computers, and we tought them to adjust automatically for DST, and then Congress decides to change the date. Some companies like Microsoft patch their products, which btw costs time and money, but basically, instead of removing something that was once a temporary solution to a potential problem, instead they have turned it into a infrustructure problem that cost the corporate world time and money to fix. And what was the benefit? Do we even burn 1% less oil because of that? No. It's a pain for everyone, but it's a perfect example of a power we granted the government in good faith that they didn't fulfill their promise to give back up after an even or period of time was over with. If it was a company that behaved like that people would boycott in protest, but this is a monopoly.

To this day I don't understand the argument that we need a bigger government to provide the services we need. If it's a service you need, there's bound to be a comercial entity that will provide that service, cheaper and more efficiently than the state. And your ability to regulate that service is significantly higher. No, I take that back. I acutally do know why people want the state to provide a service. It's because they want everyone to help them pay for what they need. Ok, venting complete.
 
 
45auto
07 January 2008 @ 10:51 am