If you emailed me between about 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM yesterday, I need you to email me again, as I had a minor workstation crash that I spent the better part of the evening recovering from. In other news, I’m getting pretty excited about my upcoming adventure a few weeks from now in iRP, where my little kobold is going to lead a band of adventurers to the northern Temple of Bianesse.  So far, the party looks like it’s going to contain the following assorted characters: a junkie Kei’Dyn (a catlike race – this one’s poison is catnip), a one-armed ameteur dwarven mage, a cross dressing Urdon, and possibly a female halfling troubadour, all led by my character, a 3’9” ninja kobold.  I’m not sure if this is going to be a comedy or a tragedy, but it will definately be one or the other. 

I’ll check with the GM and see if there’s any interested in just observing if I can give out the server info here on the blog.  If you’re interested in participating though, just head on over to the site.

The fabled Blip migration should be done by the end of the day.  We’re going to flip the DNS switch tonight, assuming all goes well.  Some podcasts may not be available for a short period of time, and we may have some weird outages for as many as three days, but it’s the weekend, and it’s typically a slightly lower traffic time for the site.  By Monday we’ll definately have all this straightened out (famous last words, yes, I know).  All this means is that I’m going to be harder to get a hold of this weekend than normal, but I do want you to report to my email any irregularities you experience, as I’ll be relying on you guys to tell me how the DNS propogates.

Michael Brown of FEMA and his Statements
I wonder how many of you read your homework last night like I told you to…  probably not many, and I don’t blame you.  That is one long winded opening statement.  There are, however, some passages from it that I’d like to point out to you that have been completely glossed over by the MSM, and to a large extent the blogging community (if only because no one broadcast the statement in its entirety except C-SPAN, and only then just the first time, no repeat).

There is this prevailing opinion of late that Michael Brown is part of some crony network, an old friend of the Bush family or something that got the job by being the friend of a drunken cokehead bound for presidency at the right place at the right time.  I think what the hearings and especially his opening statement shows is that this is not true at all.  Don’t get me wrong, there is examples of this in the Bush cabinet for instance, but the director of FEMA was qualified for his job, as it turns out.  This is simply an example of the press piling onto the wrong guy, and supressing the evidence of their mistake.

FCC blinks again on VoIP disconnects
For a second time, the FCC has postponed a deadline affecting VoIP providers that failed to get all of their customers to acknowledge 911 service limitations. Customers that hadn’t responded to their providers’ notifications faced termination of their service last Wednesday. The agency on Tuesday agreed to extend the deadline by another month, acknowledging the work many of the providers had already done to inform their customers of the limitations of 911 over VoIP. The original deadline set by the FCC was Aug. 29.

The FCC now says it won’t begin enforcing the rule until Oct. 31. Many VoIP providers have already submitted reports, and the FCC has felt encouraged so far by the level of compliance. In a public notice, the FCC said that 21 companies had received notices of 100 percent compliance, and at least 32 others had heard back from more than 90 percent of their customers.

From the “Privacy is Dead, Get Over It” Department
Alberta1All over Canada, local police departments are making use of fake recycling bins to trap speeders in residential zones, according to numerous email reports we’ve been getting.  One rizznite sent photographic proof (ostensibly taken by a the local media) of police officers setting up one of these trashy speed-traps.

They basically use radar guns to track your speed, and if you exceed the limit, take your photograph. From the emails I’ve recieved, they appear to be in use in Alberta, as well as Calgary.  I used to think this type of stuff only happenned in Britian, but now it’s creeping into North America.  The United States is next.  Several cliched quotes Alberta2come to mind.  If we don’t say something about it, we’ll all have to drive the speed limit soon! According to my research, ones very much like these units have been used in South Australia and Germany as well. 

I’m of the opinion that our country’s personal transport system is oppressive enough.  Just by joining the driver’s club in most states, you waive several very important civil rights, subject yourself to the high cost of moving yourself around the distances that our advanced society requires, as well as risk being harassed routinely by whatever local yokel street beat cops you may be nearby to.  The United States (and I would imagine Canada as well) can’t afford too many more significant barriers to private transportation before it has a significant negative impact on the economy.

Alberta4Consider the cost of insurance, car maintainence, gas, and now guaranteed ten or so speeding tickets a year?  Think about it.  How often do you go 20 mph in a 15 mph or 40 mph in a 35 mph?  No matter how much negative reinforcement that goes to your pocketbook a year for minor infractions, a lot of us have a lead foot that gets away from us on occasion, no matter how hard we try.  The camera won’t care if you’re going 5 of 35 over the speed limit, and since these things are so cost effective, it won’t take long before they spread to 80% (or more) citywide coverage.  They’re cash machines for a city.  Think about it!

Fetuses found at Bogota Airport
In a very disgusting turn of events, Colombian police have found the bodies of three human foetuses hidden in statues destined for the United States. The discovery was made by officers searching for contraband at Bogota Airport on Tuesday.

The corpses were wrapped in plastic and concealed inside statues of Christian icons, which were smashed open. According to Colombian police chief Gen Jord Alirio Varon, the four- to five-month-old foetuses could have been intended for use in Satanic rituals. He said officials are trying to find out who sent the packages, which came from Barranquilla in Colombia and were destined for Miami in the US.

Of course, I’ve read by a lot of liberal bloggers who’ve blogged this that it was more likely they were on their way to be used for stem-cell research.  What these bloggers fail to recognize is that stem-cell research isn’t illegal, just not government funded.  There would b

e no reason for the dead babies to be smuggled in, as there is a ready supply in America of our own to use. Gen Varon said the foetuses were found alongside crucifixes and medals, which is what probably gave rise to the ritualistic angle.

RICR #2: The Next Generation
It’s Friday again, so this must be the Rizznite Inner Circle Roundup.  Of course the really big news is that Smokehouse got a smokin’ hot chick to DJ on Rant by the name of Soccergirl. I’m sure all of us rant heads are going to enjoy the sexy goodness on the Talk station now.  I mean, come on guys, how long has it been a complete sausage fest over there.  It’s a good thing.  In other news, Kelly turned into an aunt (of sorts) as her ‘homefrye’, and best friend Jayne had a baby. 

Lucas Dwayne A——. (last name withheld) was born sometime on September 25, 2005. Jayne was heard saying, “ Kel! I have a healthy baby boy and he is so awesome. Yeah:) YEAH!!!!”

The next day, Darrell was pitched into the throes of a horrendous depression after viewing a ‘very special’ Daria episode, only to be fully recovered three days laterJon, on the other hand, has decided to take a zen-like approach to his social and personal life in order to suppress the depression typically brought on by failed romantic endeavors or sad episodes of Daria.  As if this upturn in his approach to life wasn’t enough to make us all want to be Jon, he too (much like myself on Tuesday) was invited to go pre-screen the nunreleasedB9979814 movie Serenity.

Also, as an aside to Jon, you know my policy with Hot Chicks and Rizzn.com – they have to be together as often as possible – which is why I’m stealing this picture from your entry and putting it here.  Bwahahaha.

Finally, from the RICR mailing list, not a whole lot of activity again this week, but a few comments came in from Matthew and VikiBabbles.  Regarding the Michael Brown transcript, Matthew said:

Wow, Rizzn, I am glad I had an opporitunity to read this transcript. I found it very enlightening. I had just assumed that he was another suit latched onto Bush’s crony network. That part about FEMA’s real function and the size of it’s budget, is gold. In particular, where Brown goes on TV and tells the people of New Orleans to just get out despite what their Mayor is saying… That is very vindicating. Good job defending the underdog, you made a true believer out of me, because I would never have seen this on CNN. I’m sure it went totally unreported minus that. At least the CNN crowd knows whats up… all 50 of them.

Regarding the Walken for President Hoax Confirmation, VikiBabbles had this to say:

This is hilarious. I was just searching for myself (yes, I’m that vain), and I came back across this comment I left. WTF was I thinking? I do appreciate ham n eggs sticking up for me. yeah, that’s right, I meant Jeb!

Actually, I meant the Bush machine, whoever they put on as the face of it in 2008.

I’m so laughing at myself right now, I can’t even believe it. It’s good that I’m as drunk now as I was when I left that comment.

That’s the RICR for this week.  Head on over to Rob’s website and welcome him to the inner circle.  Until later guys.

/rizzn