Letter to Senator Bill Nelson

Please do everything in your power to stop the current terror
legislation making its way through the Senate. If anything was worth
a filibuster or legislative hold this is it. Now is the time to make
a stand and say that America will not torture UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.
We were once a beacon of liberty and human rights throughout the
world, but now we admit to torturing people and quibble about what
are “outrages on human dignity”. My opinion, is that if you are
unwilling to do it to your mother, it should not be done.

We must be better than this. We must work to be the best, not the
worst country in the world. Please, make a clear hard stand on this
issue. There was once a time when we fought to overcome what we
perceived as tyranny. Now we are the tyrannical. Every time one of our
rights are diminished in the name of security, every time time I read
about my country using torturous techniques, every time I hear the
President say that the Geneva Conventions are unclear, I feel that the
terrorists really did win on September 11th. They drastically changed
our Governments morals. If we do not do something NOW to prevent
these outrages, then I fear we have surly failed as a nation.

I would rather die in a terrorist attack in a free America than live
in an America where we do not have habeas corpus, or an America where
we torture people.

Please, I am begging, make a stand,
Russ Tyndall
A Very Concerned Citizen

Yay Memes

I have two Debian boxes that I do most of my work on (remotely from my desktop)

russ@sekhmet:~$ history|awk ‘{print $2}’|awk ‘BEGIN {FS=”|”} {print $1}’|sort|uniq -c|sort -rn|head -10
82 sudo
58 cd
56 darcs
43 svk
35 psql
35 ll
26 fg
22 ls
16 sbcl
13 su
russ@mahes:~$ history|awk ‘{print $2}’|awk ‘BEGIN {FS=”|”} {print $1}’|sort|uniq -c|sort -rn|head -10
213 sudo
102 darcs
41 ls
37 fg
34 cd
8 ll
7 python
6 svn
5 ruby
5 rm
I am guessing that quite a bit of the sudo was in fact sudo python or sudo emacs which I use extensivly in system administration. I dont even ever remember running ruby so not sure how it made its way onto the list (I don’t even know the language)
via b. clementson