June 19th, 2003


the chore of jury duty

If only my jury duty experience was interesting enough to blog about. Ok, if only my experience was interesting, period.

"12:55 p.m. [...] I give them my assault history: in the California game of Clue, I have been mugged by Mr. Salvadoran with a wrench in the Castro District and by Mr. Black with a sharpened screwdriver in the Mission.

2:08 p.m. Back at court. The cop at the metal detector asks again if I have a lot of change in my bag. ‘Change comes from within,’ I tell him. He runs the metal-detecting wand all over my body." - Choire Sicha
  • Current Music
    Sophie Ellis-Bextor - "Murder On The Dancefloor"

if I were dictator...

I haven't done one of these kinds of post in over a year I think.

If I were dictator I would ban all telemarketing. All of it. No exceptions. Offenders would be jailed for a minimum of 5 years. Repeat offenders for 25 years. If they want to market their wares they can use television ads or snail mail.

If a person has an account with a credit card company, said company can call regarding account information business but not to offer additional services (insurance and such) unless the customer opts-in for such calls. Fines for companies breaking this rule wouldn't be a fixed amount of dollars but rather a percentage of the company worth. I'm thinking about 10%.

I would also limit calls by non-profit organizations to weekdays during 9am-5pm hours in the timezone of the person being called, not the caller.
  • Current Music
    Tori Amos - "A Sorta Fairytale"

$54 billion a year for ten years

"Two top U.S. defense officials signaled Congress on Wednesday that U.S. forces might remain in Iraq for as long as a decade and that permanent facilities need to be built to house them there.

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave no explicit estimates for the time U.S. forces would stay in Iraq, but they did not dispute members of Congress who said the deployment could last a decade or more. The comments were among the most explicit acknowledgements yet from the Bush administration that the U.S. presence in Iraq will be long, arduous, costly and a strain on the military." - Tom Squitieri

Full story at usatoday.com

It's a good thing we don't need all that money for things like health care, education, or even funding care for veterans.
  • Current Music
    New Order - "Bizarre Love Triangle [Extended Dance Mix]"