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The Pile: Thoughts, Life, and Photography of Joshua Davis

What Does Iran Really Want?

Iran claims the British soldiers where trespassing in disputed borders. But I’m sure that’s not why the soldiers where kidnapped.

Reasons

Bring global attention to the disputed boundrary. This might cause Arab nations to unite behind Iran, because they view Iraq as too western.

Negotiate for sanctions to be removed, or at least gurrantee no additional sanctions are added.

Increase oil prices. Then use the West’s dependce on cheap oil to get what they want, which if the number one is correct, for them o

Filed under: The World

Should The FBI Still Be Granted Post 9/11 Powers?

The FBI wants to keep the freedoms that where used to violate American’s freedoms. The director of the FBI tried to persuade congress to not strike out provisions that granted them authority to perform illegal survieclence.

They want to keep those freedoms, and promise not to obey them. I hope they don’t also decided to let convicted murderers bring guns to jail.

Filed under: American Politics

Should the Local or Federal Government Control Immigration?

Hazleton, PA, a small town began a crackdown on illegal immigrants, blaming them for crime, trash, and a poor school system. The mayor enacted laws to combat illegal, or should we say minority immigration.

My take is it’s scary when towns or states start taking over government functions. Immigration is a federal policy matter, and as such it should be soleley the Federal Governments resposiablity to enact immigration law. If the town wants to enforce the law that’s fine, but don’t be making laws that contradict the Federal Governments view on immigration.

And before I get people saying “You don’t have to deal with the problems illegal immigration Latinos.” The neighborhood I live in is mostly Latino, most of the Latinos I know here have also come from other countries. Sure some commit crimes, and some bring down the school’s grade, but overall they don’t change it. Before the Latinos where here, it was light skinned Asians (white looking ones) that came here. Those Asians brought with them violent gangs, displaced the previous citizens living in the subsidized housing and brought down school system performance. No one seemed to care about them coming, because they looked white, and the majority of them tried to act white.

Filed under: American Politics, Economy and Business

Bush: I’ll Veto Democracy

Bush today reafrimed his statement he’d veto legislation to give the District of Columbia voting rights in the House. Unforutantly the man who brought democracy to Iraq, doesn’t want to bring it to his home city.

Filed under: American Politics, Black Matters

Another Blow to Internet Freedom

Internet radio may be driven out of business within weeks by a Copyright Royalty Board decision that gives record companies a royalty rate that exceeds 100% of most webcasters’ total revenues.

So the greedy record companies want more money. Most of the songs I’ve bought, have been because I listened to Internet radio. I live in sort of dead spot for getting radio signals, so I don’t listen often to the FM. This move would force many struggling Internet radio stations to shutdown (bandwidth fees have also been increasing), leading to less of a base for talent not aired on traditional radio, which would lead to even more industry consolidation.

If you want to do something, send a letter to your congressman telling him why Internet radio is important to you, and how it has changed the way you purchase music.

Filed under: American Politics, Economy and Business, Technology

Another Blow to Internet Freedom

Internet radio may be driven out of business within weeks by a Copyright Royalty Board decision that gives record companies a royalty rate that exceeds 100% of most webcasters’ total revenues.

So the greedy record companies want more money. Most of the songs I’ve bought, have been because I listened to Internet radio. I live in sort of dead spot for getting radio signals, so I don’t listen often to the FM. This move would force many struggling Internet radio stations to shutdown (bandwidth fees have also been increasing), leading to less of a base for talent not aired on traditional radio, which would lead to even more industry consolidation.

If you want to do something, send a letter to your congressman telling him why Internet radio is important to you, and how it has changed the way you purchase music.

Filed under: American Politics, Economy and Business, Technology

More Density Please

The urban core. Critics of increasing density are afraid of a Manhattan forming.In my town there is a debate between the county and residents on weather to allow more high-density residences. Many residents are against this, because of feared traffic increases. They say the town was designed for 80,000 people, yet 99,000 use the roads on a normal weekday. But the reason for citing traffic is probably because they don’t want the town to become Little Manhattan.

Will traffic really increase that much? Yes. But there are two areas selected for new development. The future stop of a metro station, and a shopping center in need of revitalization. This, the world famous Lake Anne, lost many customers due to competition from the Town Center, which includes high density housing, along with mixed use shops offices.

I’m personally for density, and the founder, Robert E. Simon is for it too. In fact medium density buildings where in Simon’s original plan, with an high density “urban core.” He felt by building up, he could preserve open space. So long as development replaces old low density, and parking lots, I feel it’s fine. But when developers start wanting parks and open spaces, I feel then development should be frozen.

Filed under: Local Politics, Photography

from world financial center 3

from world financial center 3, photography by Joshua Davis (articnomad).

 

I lived in Washington, DC when 9/11 happened. My mom had quit working at the Pentagon less than a year before. Her boyfreind still worked there. I knew people who heard the bang. But the first days, weeks, maybe even months, I didn’t feel affected. Then somewhere a changed happened. But not that much.

But then seeing the hole in the ground from New York made me feel different. Being in World Financial Center 3, which was heavily damaged, seemed to add realism. I finally felt emotion for the victims. I felt an anger towards the perpetrators, and then, for a brief moment, I understood why some people where so hateful of Muslims.

Probably should have posted this to my private blog, but for some reason I felt like sharing this with more people. I’d like to know how you felt about this event too, how it impacted you.

Filed under: Photography

Bush: I Was Against Voting Rights, Then For, Then Against

He didn’t exactly say that, but he says any bill to give DC voting rights would be unconstitutional. In 2004 he said “I might vote for a bill to give DC full voting rights.” The argument, the constitution is only for citizens of states. Funny because, recently DC’s anti gun laws where found unconstitutional, and they where removed.

It’s also odd, that the Freedom Man, opposes bringing democracy to DC, and infact to America. Remember America is a republic, and by letting the supreme court decided his first election he made it into more of a repuplic. Bush, let’s bring Democracy to America before we give it to the world.

Filed under: American Politics, Local Politics

Lets Blame the Lender, Cause We Can’t Pay

Last summer, everyone was getting a refinance. Most of those people couldn’t qualify for a normal, fixed rate loan. Now that interest rates have doubled, so have their payments

But these people are suing the mortgage companies. They say they where deceived into a adjustable rate mortage, when in fact most of these companies advertised the loans as being ARMs. They took a risk, and now are paying. I guess next time an investor loses millions on Wall Street, he’ll sue the company, because it wasn’t clear he might be put in financial peril.

Filed under: Economy and Business