Another Casualty in the Campaign of Fear and Repression?

December 9, 2005 00:30 by Admin
A 44 year old home center paint department worker returning home from a trip to Ecuador is gunned down in a Miami airport by Federal Air Marshals after having some kind of break down and mentioning he had a bomb in his backpack. We all saw this story all over the news. The man, Rigoberto Alpizar, was accompanied by his wife who apparently tried in vain to make it known that her husband suffered from mental illness and was off his medication. He never brandished a weapon, was off the plane when killed, and had passed though airport security and US customs prior to the incident.
The officer followed protocol, the administration is supporting his actions as such - but what of this protocol? What about reason entering the equation and making a judgment to not kill without justification? If Mr. Alpizar had a bomb, would his killing have prevented it from being detonated? If his intent was to blow up the plane, why would he have left the plane? and so on ...
Are we in such a state of perpetual terror that every mentally ill person, or anyone unable to communicate clearly will be in danger of being murdered if what they say appears to be threatening to someone else? This is a very disturbing situation. I have compassion for Mrs. Alpizar having to suffer the loss of her husband, and having to witness his demise, but my bigger concern is that this incident is an indication of a much more dangerous and serious cultural change in the way Americans live day to day. We submit to inspection on demand, show papers when ordered, are gunned down at will, and seem all too willing to do away with our remaining rights in order to 'feel' safer. In this zeal for safety we can't look past ourself to 'feel' what we're losing, what we've lost, and what we are giving away day by day. Where are the days where we, as a community, try to care and protect those who are suffering from mental distress from themselves and the wrath of others by making them safe.
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OuiCast for 03.May.2005 - Starlings

May 3, 2005 06:30 by Admin
Starlings is a electric chill groove produced in GarageBand using loops, synth textures, layered percussion, and electric guitar. Link
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Finally, a post about technology!

November 16, 2004 20:00 by Admin
I've been looking for a couple things for sites I'm working on and came across some really nice free controls for ASP.Net that I think are really nicely made and work well:
  • NPoll by Votations [ link ]
    NPoll is a poll or voting control with a nice administration tool and built in such a way as to offer really good flexibility. For the price it's hard to beat (Free!), and the author posts the source code as well. Works with SQL Server on the back-end.
  • NSurvey by Votations [ link ]
    NSurvey is made by the same folks that make NPoll and is just as good, and just as expensive ($0.00). This control is for paged questionaires and surveys, and offers user management features, and tons of other options that I haven't dug into fully yet. They did do a very nice job.
  • Paul Wilson's MasterPages [ link ]
    Based on the ASP.Net site's
    MasterPages code, Paul has improved upon the code for better designer support. Basically, this control allows you to use a template for an ASP.Net site that has content areas defined in it. The template control (an .ascx) houses the code for the template, and all site pages include this control in it. Since the template control is templated itself, the content for the page is defined in the ASP.Net code for the template control tags in the page (default.aspx for example). So, each site page's aspx page code is light, and the template is in a common place where changes are global. You can apparently use more than one template, and define multiple content areas in the template as needed. Very cool.

Happy coding!
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