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The Ride of the Дураки — Why Now?
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The Ride of the Дураки

Is there no end to Republican spying on individuals? Is there no corner where the GOP will not impose the government?

They are calling their latest venture in Stalinism the Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today’s Youth Act, “Internet SAFETY Act.” [Is there a course at Patrick Henry University for acronyms?]

From CNet – Congress may make ISPs snoop on you:

Wisconsin Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is proposing that ISPs be required to record information about Americans’ online activities so that police can more easily “conduct criminal investigations.” Executives at companies that fail to comply would be fined and imprisoned for up to one year.

In addition, Sensenbrenner’s legislation–expected to be announced as early as this week–also would create a federal felony targeted at bloggers, search engines, e-mail service providers and many other Web sites. It’s aimed at any site that might have “reason to believe” it facilitates access to child pornography–through hyperlinks or a discussion forum, for instance.

ISPs [Internet Service Providers] can’t afford this. We are talking major investments in storage and software, an unfunded mandate.

After these people have funded universal pre-natal care, childhood nutrition and health care, universal childcare, etc. I’ll believe they give a damn about children. Until then they are perverts who want to spy on people.


1 Michael { 05.20.06 at 9:10 pm }

Can I presume that Дураки is the plural of Дуракoм?

2 Bryan { 05.20.06 at 9:44 pm }

Дураком is the instrumental singular of Дурак and Дураки is the plural – an asshole by any other name.

3 Michael { 05.21.06 at 4:49 pm }

Huh. I’d always heard it translated “idiot.” It means “asshole”?

4 Bryan { 05.21.06 at 5:37 pm }

It’s usually translated as “fool” or “idiot” but it’s stronger than that. For whatever reason, жопа, the literal translation of “asshole” isn’t used the same way in Russian, to describe an individual, дурак is used instead.