Hawaii under martial law was ‘military dictatorship’ (1941-1944)

The funny thing about history is its tendency to repeat itself.

“In declaring martial law, all forms of civilian law were suspended.  An entire new system of justice and order was instituted and controlled at the absolute discretion of Lt. Gen. Short — the newly declared “Military Governor” of the islands.”

via Hawaii under martial law was ‘military dictatorship’ (1941-1944) – Police State USA.


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‘Ums’ and ‘ers’ help children learn – via NewScientist.com – An interesting study…It seems to indicate that disfluencies in speech have an unexpected benefit.  They help children learn by calling attention to when something important is said.  Saying “like” every other word still makes you sound retarded, though.

Carry Conditions and Firearm Safety – via ITSTactical.com – ITS Tactical is one of my favourite sites that I visit almost every day.  It’s actually a little strange, now that I think of it, that I haven’t linked to more of their articles in the past.  Anyway…check it out.

And last but not least, today there are two posts over at CoolMaterial.com that are particularly, well, cool…
Red Oak Burger Grilling Planks – Because meat cooked outside with fire just tastes better.
Automatic Maratac Pilot Watch – Because sometimes the new hotness comes in a plain package.  Unfortunately they’re sold out already.

Magic Bullet Links Teen Pregnancy to iPhone Location-Tracking

Obama sees no magic bullet to push down gas prices – via Reuters.com – Well, let’s see…It’s easy to TALK about energy independence, but where will the money come from?  Oh, I know!  Stop spending HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS fighting multiple wars and invest a bit into infrastructure, education, and research into domestic energy sources.

Washington teen fakes pregnancy as school project – via Yahoo! News – Not only is this a great prank, it also must have taken a lot of courage for this girl to voluntarily subject herself to the social stigma that goes along with teen pregnancy, all for a social experiment.  I hope she got an “A” on her project.

Why You Should Care About the iPhone Location-Tracking Issue – via Wired Gadget Lab – While this issue is being somewhat blown out of proportion, I still feel it’s necessary to call attention to it.  If you use a cell phone at all, you need to be aware that data about your location could be collected.  Whether or not you’re interesting enough for anybody to give a shit where you go and when you’re there is debatable, but that doesn’t change the fact that this data is immensely valuable.  It boils down to this:  Never assume you are invisible or anonymous.
Now, storing a database with your whole location history in an unencrypted file right on the mobile device AND the computer you connect it to is not only bad data management, it’s also a horrible practice from a security standpoint as well.  At a minimum I expect Apple will cover their ass and add an option to opt out of the location tracking, or at least add an option to wipe the data every so often.