Thursday, July 31, 2008

What's in a Name?



Wow. I was bored at work like usual and browsing Digg. Came across a link which led to another which led to...you know the game. Check this out, yet another great example of corporate America.

A family was trying to upgrade from AT&T dial up to Verizon DSL. They were refused service by Verizon b/c of their last name: Libshitz. No Shit!

This is how the doctor remembers it:



"We called their help line, and got a wonderful young man in the Philippines who told us:

'We can't install it because your name has - in it.'

"These people have no trouble putting me in their phone book. They send me mail with that name, they send me a bill routinely, and they cash my checks with Libshitz on it.


http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/26089374.html

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Scary Video!

This is kinda cool yet creepy. A YouTube director from Denton named Jim, who goes by the moniker SilkOlive, has posted today a haunting two-minute film about the Old Alton Bridge just south of Denton, which has been on the National Register of Historic Sites since 1988. Only, it's better known amongst the local Peter Venkmans as "Goatman's Bridge."


New Radiohead Laser Music Video!

Dig the brand new music video for House of Cards by Radiohead. It's shot entirely in laser, not camera!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Racism?

"A Frisco bank customer who was held at gunpoint last fall after a Wells Fargo employee thought he might rob the bank filed a lawsuit this morning in Dallas, alleging racial profiling.

The plaintiffs' lawyer, Royce West, a Democratic state senator from Dallas, said his clients went to the bank last September to close on a vehicle loan when employees called police to report suspicious behavior.

Mr. West said his clients were held at gunpoint until officers determined there was no robbery attempt.

Mike Gruber, another lawyer for the four plaintiffs, said it appeared that "the only issue used to determine whether police should come out and treat it like a robbery was the color of our clients' skin."
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/yahoolatestnews/stories/070908dnmetbanksuit.40894726.html?npc

So my only question is...why did the lawsuit take so long to be filed??? !!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

There Goes Our Freedom!


In case you were too busy watching Japanese game shows imported to America or The Bachelor, let's catch up. On Thursday, we Americans we be losing one of our constitutional rights: the right to be free from search without a warrant.


For most of us, this doesn't really seem like that much of a big deal. We aren't serial killers, major criminals and don't have much to hide (except maybe a little pot!). But what happens with the government is that when we give them an inch, they stretch that into a mile! One of the hot blog topics this week online is how this new law will be used against people who download music or movies online without paying for them. Regardless of your opinion on this matter, I doubt very many of you would support a law that would allow law enforcement to break down someone's door and invade their home without a warrant, to catch someone downloading the newest Coldplay cd.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Freedom? Yeah Right!

So how free are we? Really, have you seriously thought about it? As we get ready to enjoy the holiday, thought I would would let Doug Stanhope explain how I feel and think!