Friday, July 31, 2009

Re: url.

----------------- Original Message -----------------
From: Letters to the Editor (Show AUG 14th!!)
To: Letters to the Editor
Date: Jul 3, 2009 1:18 AM
Subject: url

Hey guys, can you change your URL so we can have it?

If you dont we will report you and your account will be deleted and we really dont wanna do that honestly.


-Letters to the Editor

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Dear Letters to the Editor,

Thank you for naming your band after us. We had no idea that we would have such a lasting impact on modern music --- frankly, we thought we were only recognized locally. I guess that's the power of the internet in this day and age, huh? It's a wonderful thing.

As for your request for an interview, I'm sorry to say that we can not oblige. We can't just divulge our musical secrets for success to anyone that asks for them (unless, I must note, there will be a considerable interview fee involved).

Finally, I'm also sorry to note that, despite your polite request, we were unable to set up a show for you in our area. I checked with a few club owners around, and they explicitly wrote back that they were looking for bands with talent that EXCEEDED (not just met) the level of The Jonas Brothers.

Good luck in all of your endeavors.


Letters to the Editor

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[I couldn't even send the reply to their MySpace message or post on their page because they restricted communications to friends only. I wonder why they haven't had our account deleted yet...]

[Also: Letters to the Editor SUCK in Letters to the Editor SUCK Brentwood, Letters to the Editor SUCK Los Angeles, Letters to the Editor SUCK California and on Letters to the Editor SUCK MySpace, Letters to the Editor SUCK rock/alternative/indie, Letters to the Editor SUCK everything.]

[I will be surprised {but also delighted} if the above attempt to get the attention of the Google search bots actually works.]

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This Is Not Irony.

A.P. Cracks Down on Unpaid Use of Articles on Web
New York Times, July 23, 2009
By: Richard Perez-Pena


Executives at newspapers and other traditional news organizations have long complained about how some sites make money from their work, putting ads on pages with excerpts from articles and links to the sources of the articles.

Another complaint is that a link to an article sometimes leads to another secondhand user, not the original source, which can deprive the creator of some of the audience for its own site and the ads on it. Some less-well-known sites reprint articles outright, or large parts of them, without permission, a clearer copyright violation. But there is little consensus on how extensive that problem is for news organizations.


Monday, July 27, 2009

T-Pain for President.

On June 8, 2009, President T.K Wetherell unexpectedly announced his intention to step down as president of The Florida State University, and The 2009 T-Pain Killa Cam-Pain was born.


We're calling on the Florida State University Board of Trustees to elect Faheem Rasheed Najm as the next President of FSU. When elected, T-Pain will fulfill all of his pledges from the Cam-Pain trail:

-Widespread collaboration among the faculty of different departments: Guest spots on each other's papers and projects.

-Complimentary Dranks for everyone (students and faculty) representing FSU at all academic conferences.

-Annual Ice Cream Social to take place On A Boat.

-Replacing the water in all campus fountains and water fountains with Cham-Pain.

-The formation of a new College of Hip Hop as a subsidiary of the School of Music, with a new Rap Concert Hall to break ground in Spring 2010.



Friday, July 24, 2009

Re: Forced H1N1 Vaccination.


What follows is my response to an email I received this morning from a good friend of mine. The topic? The possibility of U.S. Government-enforced vaccination procedures on its citizens. If you live in Florida and simply want to know whether someone can legally force you into getting a vaccine, you may want to jump down to where I list parts of the Florida Code near the end. If you're in a different state and worried about this, you may want to search through your state statutes or consult someone who could do that for you. (Perhaps a public legal librarian? They might do it for free. I don't know if those even exist.)

Note: Normally I wouldn't post a personal email without the expressed written consent of the Friends of Justin League, but the only thing in the original email was a section of Wikipedia.

Second note: I've posted this in the standard Arial of Gmail's formatting in order to accurately represent (as closely as possible) the environment and substance of the original exhange, so please excuse this font if it comes as a shock to some of my legion of loyal readers. (Additionally, I will post any follow-up comments/exchanges from my friend or myself upon obtaining the aforementioned expressed written consent...)


The U.S. government currently has the power to enforce vaccinations in an epidemic or pandemic flu breakout, or even the threat of such, by a measure provided within the Patriot Act. In addition, there is The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, which will have federal funding for each state that adopts a similar model, so far adopted by 38 states and the District of Columbia. States will be allowed to "enforce vaccinations with absolute police power, which includes detention and seizure of private property."

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This seems like a conflicting report and is generally misleading. If the U.S. government has "the power to enforce vaccinations," then why would states need to adopt their own form of the Model State Emergency Health Powers Act that would allow them to do the same? Doesn't a national law trump a state law? I suppose that if you need to have state workers enforcing things, maybe you'll want to have a state law... I don't know.

What I do know:

I haven't been able to find the appropriate section of the Patriot Act mentioned here (if it does, in fact, exist). The article that is listed as a "source" for this passage in Wikipedia comes from "Paul Fassa, citizen journalist" at:

This doesn't mean he's all wrong. But it does cast doubt because he does not list the pertinent section of the Patriot Act. (His other topics include research programs for delivering vaccinations via mosquitoes and fruit, which were pretty interesting but sort of tangential to this.) I searched around through Google and within the Patriot Act itself and could not find any mentions of forced vaccinations (although, if you look at the PA, it is nearly unreadable. It just mentions other codes and tells how the PA alters them --- e.g., SEC. 502, "Section 36 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act... is amended --- (1) in subsection (b) --- ... (B) in paragraph (5), by striking the period at the end and inserting ", including by dismantling an organization in whole or significant part; or"; and..."). I am interested in hearing about it, though, so if you do see the actual place where this is mentioned in the PA, please let me know:

The Model State Emergency Health Powers Act, however, does have some merit. You can look at the proposed Act here:

Section 5-109, entitled "Vaccination" seems to be of interest here.

[a] In General. State and local public health agencies may require vaccination of any individual within their jurisdictions to prevent the introduction or spread of an infectious disease or other condition of public health importance.

[b] Requirements for Conducting Vaccination Programs. In administering any vaccine or vaccination program, the state or local public health agency shall adhere to the following requirements:
(1) Informed consent. No vaccine or vaccination program shall be administered without the prior informed consent of the individual (or legal representative) to whom the vaccine is being administered, except as otherwise provided in this Section;
And so it is basically saying that you have the right to consent to vaccinations... unless they feel like enacting section [a]... in which case you would be subject to vaccinations against your will.

But, this is not the exact legislation that some states have adopted. It was merely a model given by the national government as a guide to writing state laws. To wit:

To date, thirty-three (33) states have introduced a total of one-hundred and thirty-three
(133) legislative bills or resolutions that are based upon or feature provisions related to the
Articles or sections of the Turning Point Act. Forty-eight (48) of these bills or resolutions have

[emphasis/emboldening is mine throughout all quoted materials]

So the real question comes down to what Florida adopted from the MSEHPA about vaccinations. It looks like the revelant place is Section 381.00315 of the Florida Code... which states:

(1) (b) The State Health Officer, upon declaration of a public health emergency, may take actions that are necessary to protect the public health. Such actions include, but are not limited to: ... [They also define "public health emergency" in this section. -JPD]

4. Ordering an individual to be examined, tested, vaccinated, treated, or quarantined for communicable diseases that have significant morbidity or mortality and present a severe danger to public health. Individuals who are unable or unwilling to be examined, tested, vaccinated, or treated for reasons of health, religion, or conscience may be subjected to quarantine.
a. Examination, testing, vaccination, or treatment may be performed by any qualified person authorized by the State Health Officer.
b. If the individual poses a danger to the public health, the State Health Officer may subject the individual to quarantine. If there is no practical method to quarantine the individual, the State Health Officer may use any means necessary to vaccinate or treat the individual.

So, I guess we have the right to refuse examinations, tests, and vaccines in Florida... in which case we would be quarantined... unless there is no suitable way to quarantine us... in which case they could give us a vaccine.

***Related "research" not used in this response:

1) A report from what looks to be a fanatical conspiracy theorist who claims that the World Health Organization has the ability to force the countries who are part of it (the WHO) to vaccinate their (the respective countries') citizens against their (the citizens' and, I guess, possibly the countries') will:

2) A post that tries to make a Washington Post article seem to say that there's a government conspiracy afoot. It emboldens such innocuous lines as "be first in line for the vaccine" and concludes "Make NO Mistake, Your Children WILL get the flu vaccine" (there is no actual commentary --- just snippets from the article. But that is the title of the post.):

3) And, perhaps the most absurd thing I saw about this:

MICHAEL JACKSON MAY HAVE BEEN MURDERED, and LA Police are treating his death as a potential homicide. Was he murdered to protect the government's plan to enforce experimental H1N1 vaccine on the world's population? Michael would have denounced enforced vaccines during his tour and expose his belief that the vaccine may be a genocide plot by the New World Order.

So, this isn't to say that there shouldn't be a concern. I just don't think anyone in Florida will bend you over and stab a needle in your tukis.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Solar Light Bulbs.


Can you harness solar power from fluorescent light bulbs? I'll add that to my list of Completely Contradictory Invention Ideas...

Well, the internet says you can run fluorescent light bulbs off of solar power. So if you could absorb solar power from fluorescent lights, you could have a Retarded Loop Of Energy.



Another way is if you could eat crap.

Or crap Big Macs.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Thursday, July 09, 2009


About half of the Twitter accounts that follow me are deleted by administrators before I even check the email to click through to their feed. But MAN, these Twitter bots are getting desperate --- misspelling their ads to avoid filters.

In a strange coincidence, a quick Google for "nudle" resulted in (posted screenshot in case they change the content of the site):

God help us if pieces of the Internet are the only things that survive from our culture for future societies to look back on to learn about us. (I know, a pretty bad sentence there [ironically enough]. Deal with it.)

Spam: It's What's For Dinner.

These are my favorite types of spam emails:

It's like poetry, really.