Archive for May, 2009

Is Water Boarding Humane Torture?

There has been allot of debate lately as to whether the U.S. should be involved in torturing terrorist suspects. I guess there are a  few issues in my mind that would give me pause. I know how I felt on 9/11 and I hope to never feel that way again, I also know that after wards I felt an overwhelming sense of anger and at that point anything you wanted to do to a terrorists was ok with me and probably most of the country. But when you come back to reality isn’t our belief that morally torture is wrong what separates us from the terrorists. That a life is valuable and showing compassion is what makes America great. We are supposed to be the knight in shining armor, the defender of the downtrodden, the champion of freedom. If we resort to torture then are we not just as bad as those we denounce. Some may say ‘Well that is why we have humane torture” but can torture ever be humane? Not mention what if you torture someone or humanely torture someone and they have nothing to offer, is it just “Oh well sorry about that lets let you go on your way hope there are no bad feelings”. I in no way have all the answers but I think we can fight the war on terror without using torture or humane torture. Take a look at the video of Radio Host Mancow who defends torture, he set out to prove that water boarding is not all that bad!

Wired reports new Iphone on July 17th

Wired is reporting that a new Iphone will be launched on July 17th, the most promising is the specs:

  • 32GB and 16GB storage (up from the current 16GB and 8GB models)
  • $199 and $299 price points to be maintained
  • 3.2-megapixel camera (up from the current 2-megapixel camera)
  • Video-recording and editing capabilities
  • Ability to send a picture & video via MMS
  • Discontinuation of the metal band surrounding the edge of the device
  • OLED screen
  • 1.5 times the battery life of the current models
  • Double the RAM and processing power
  • Built-in FM transmitter
  • Apple logo on back will glow
  • Rubber-tread backing
  • Sleeker design
  • Built-in compass
  • The camera, GPS, compass and Google map combined will identify photo and inform about photo locations
  • Turn-by-turn directions

Wal-Mart vs. Amazon (Good for consumers)

According to this article found here, Wal-Mart intends to take on Amazon for a piece of consumer electronics market. Bad news for Amazon.com and Best Buy but good news for us consumers.

It is the classic face-off between the king of bricks-and-mortar and the ruler of the e-commerce world. Wal-Mart (WMT) is about to up its bet on consumer electronics, a highly profitable and growing part of Amazon’s (AMZN) business.

At stake is whether physical stores can take back business from e-commerce sites which have been besting them at sales growth rates for nearly a decade.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart is “revamping the electronics departments in its more than 3,500 U.S. stores this week, ramping up an aggressive battle with Best Buy Co. (BBY) and Amazon.com.”

Taking market share from Best Buy will only prove that Wal-Mart can still use its large numbers of stores and customers and its ability to sell merchandise at low margins in bulk to take business from a smaller bricks-and-mortar. Amazon is another matter.

Amazon holds several advantages that will make Wal-Mart’s task hard, if not impossible. The first is a nearly infinite selection of consumer electronics that come in every size, color, and configuration. Amazon also allows people to comparison shop effortlessly and stay out of crowded stores. Its shipping practices often allow people to get products sent to their homes at no cost.

If Amazon has proven one thing over the years, it is that it can grow faster than almost any retailer that relies on physical locations. There is absolutely no reason to think that will change.

Top Stocks blogger Douglas A. McIntyre is an editor at 24/7 Wall St.