Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


The Fourth Amendment
June 7, 2013, 08:10
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…to the Constitution of the United States. At least if it’s written here you know the NSA will read it.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

There is no way that indiscriminate domestic surveillance, data “collection”, whatever without a warrant can be considered lawful.



The Lion of Flanders
October 30, 2012, 06:00
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In Italy, Magni was known as “the third man,” the chief competitor of the Italian cycling gods Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali. He was not their equal in popularity – partly because of allegations that he had collaborated with Fascists during the war – but he won his share of races.

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“In life, defeats are more likely to happen than wins,” Magni said.

“Losing to Coppi and Bartali, and therefore congratulating them, is an experience that I am happy to have had – an experience that taught me a lot.”

via http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/cyclist-fiorenzo-magni-the-lion-of-flanders-was-a-furious-rider/article4742437/

Magni won 7 Tour de France stages and the Giro 3 times and some other stuff. He may also have been a fascist, but then, it turns out, so are most Americans.



But there isn’t any

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged energy-starved India on Monday to reduce its Iranian oil imports to keep up pressure on the Islamic republic to come clean about its nuclear program.

In meetings in the capital, New Delhi, Ms. Clinton was expected to push for India to find alternative sources of oil on the international market.

uhh…

Earlier Monday, she told a town hall meeting in the eastern city of Kolkata that there’s an adequate supply in the market for India to find other suppliers. Ms. Clinton noted India has taken some steps to reduce its imports from Iran but she says the U.S. wants to see more.

“If there weren’t an adequate supply … we would understand, but we believe that there is adequate supply,” she said.

Do they really believe that? Because that is impressively delusional, even for these Champions of Delusion.

Or… Is there really something else going on here? Ah yes — Wal-Mart wants to open in India, and the US is using the threat of sanctions to shoehorn ‘em in.

When asked whether India could get a waiver from the Iran sanctions, Ms. Clinton said it was too early to discuss that possibility.

Ms. Clinton also met Monday with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a key partner of India’s ruling coalition who has stymied government efforts to lift restrictions on foreign-owned investments in the country.

Ms. Clinton had a long conversation with Ms. Banerjee about allowing multi-brand retailers, such as Wal-Mart, enter the market, U.S. officials said after the meeting.

Last year, India’s Cabinet had to rescind a decision to open up its market to major foreign retailers after Ms. Banerjee balked at the move, saying it would crush small domestic retailers.

Ah ha. You see how this works.

via Clinton presses India to cut oil imports from Iran – The Globe and Mail.



Tracking Offshore Workers with RFID Tags
January 7, 2012, 17:10
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In their living quarters, mind you. Next step — tags implanted under the skin. As a condition of employment. You want a job don’t you? What – you got something to hide??

COTEMAR, which services oil and gas platforms operated by Mexico’s largest petroleum company, has deployed AeroScout’s Real-Time Location System (RTLS) on four of its offshore housing vessels that support PEMEX’s oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

via RIGZONE – COTEMAR Tracks Offshore Workers with RFID Tags.




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