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Saturday, January 8, 2005

The Reality of Red-State Fascism, by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., December 31, 2004

Who is this guy?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 06:56 PM PST [Link]

"This just in: January 20, 2005 (inauguration day) has been declared Not One Damn Dime Day. In protest, purchase nothing that day. After that we should be more focused in boycotting the war profiteers. More as available."
Carol Colin, January 5, 2005 comment on her review of An Ordinary Person's Guide to Empire.

I can do this.

And then just Buy Blue and Choose the Blue.

EDIT: Oh, and here's a list of who has donated what to the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Does it surprise me Microsoft tossed in $100K? No, it does not. After all, bushworld is Gates' kind of world.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 01:04 PM PST [Link]

A world without Garfield might be a world worth living in.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:48 PM PST [Link]

Thank you again, Senator Boxer. You and the CBC, are the bravest people in Congress now.

David Allen sums it up for those who didn't hear it on Cspan:

"A number of Dems in the Senate are now speaking up: Clinton, Reid, Lautenberg, Obama etc. Where were you yesterday?

"Sydnie Hayworth is deriding "protracted legal" wrangles. Really, Sid? Heard of Bush v. Gore? Would you have a word with your goons in Washington state?

"Shorter Dennis Kucinich: Read the goddamned Constitution you fascist pricks!

"Senator Tom Harken: "A ten hour wait to vote is acid in the face of democracy."

"Shorter Candace Miller: Bizarre, non-sensical turkey metaphor.

"Shorter Cynthia McKinney: It's the black box voting, STUPID!!!!

"Shorter David Dreier: Has anyone mentioned terrorism yet? What about the terrorists? Terrorirsts are under my bed right now plotting to kill you. The terrorist under my bed might be gay, but I'm not answering that question.

"Shorter Jesse Jackson, Jr.: I am going to give you a civics lesson, because you idiots are cluess. (And he is RIGHT).

"John Lewis - Get over it? People have DIED for the right to vote.

"After grandstanding, the Democratic senators leave Boxer twisting in the wind."
In the House, Bold Words and Spineless Equivocating, David Allen, ThoughtCrimes.org, January 7, 2005

Ain't that the stone cold truth. Well, I know Rep Becerra and DiFi are going to get very angry letters from me.

The Dems are dead. I'm ready for a new party led by, oh say, that Boxer woman and the CBC. That would rock very hard.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:30 PM PST [Link]

EDIT 2005011305: "In other news of historic holiday parties, John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry were at Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver's Christmas do in Sun Valley. The former candidate, largely AWOL post-election, was seen in intense conversation with Dennis Miller."
Leah Garchik, SF Gate, Thursday, January 6, 2005

God damn John and Teresa Kerry.

***

"...I came across a small blurb in the San Francisco Chronicle's society pages, describing how John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry had spent Christmas at an exclusive bash in Sun Valley, as a personal guest of Arnold Schwarzenegger."

Can anyone confirm this? If it's true, we wuz had big time.

The Dems are dead for me. Could Barbara Boxer and the CBC please form a new party I can join?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:18 PM PST [Link]

Friday, January 7, 2005

"Of course, the truth of the matter is far more complex. Reagan's monumental blunder, early in his presidency, on cutting Social Security, led to large congressional losses for Republicans, so, in essence, Reagan was saving his ass. But, you know, in the world of political rhetoric, who gives a happy monkey fuck? All that matters is this: in the war with the White House, invoking Ronald Reagan gives cover to every politician who thinks George Bush is a craven, greedy, petty monarch. Start the ad machine now: "Ronald Reagan rescued Social Security without wrecking it - why can't George Bush?" Now, what died-in-the-wool Oklahoman or Mississippian is gonna choose fancy-pants Bush over the Gipper?"
Taking the Fight To Where They Live, Part 1 - Force Them To Eat Their Own, Rude Pundit, January 6, 2005

Lawdy! But not a bad idea... if it works.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:21 PM PST [Link]

"CREDIT Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., for standing up for the principle that "every vote counts." She had to know her willingness to challenge Ohio's electoral votes would be mocked and mischaracterized by Republicans -- and it was."

~snip~

"Certification of Bush's election was never in doubt. Boxer cast the lone Senate vote to invalidate the Ohio vote. But, at least for two hours, lawmakers were forced to pause to confront the nagging deficiencies in our electoral process."
The Ohio objection, SF Chron Op/Ed, Friday, January 7, 2005

Hooray for Barbara Boxer!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:19 PM PST [Link]

Hippos in the News
Tortoise Adopts Stray Hippo at Kenyan Sanctuary, Reuters, Thu Jan 6, 2005 07:35 AM ET

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:17 PM PST [Link]

Hey, no Federal taxpayer money for public health or education, but we'll sure be shelling it out for US fucking Airways:

"Even as airlines are using the bankruptcy courts to bust their unions and destroy their workers' pensions, a side story is the mounting debts of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., the government agency which will take over the costs of those workers' pensions (although not pay them their full benefits)." Nathan Newman's Labor Blog. Highly recommended, even by swingin' chickies in LA!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:21 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, January 6, 2005

skimble retires.

...shit

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:53 PM PST [Link]

Dunno if this qualifies as an aleatoric or aleatory blog, but, at the very least, it's kind of interesting (like all things aleatoric or aleatory):

Understanding VRON (click on Launch)

Here's the explanation

Here's where I found it.

EDIT: Hmmmmmmmm! On this page, if you click on the letters, you get the keyword (I guess), but if you click on the keyword, you get a few sentances of the blog entry and a link to the blog. (You might have figured this out on your own, but it took me a while, so I thought I'd share.) This is cooler than I thought.

This VRON thing... it's addictive.

EDIT: HMMMMMMMMMMMMM! So I pick a blog to look at and she just happens to be living in the area right next to the area I grew up in in Orange County. "I think most of Orange County is pretty fucking rediculous." Well, I couldn't agree more! However, I'm spooked now, so I'm going to hide from the internets for a while. (OH MY GOD SHE HAS THE SAME BIRTHDAY TOO! [but many many years later].)

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:45 PM PST [Link]

I'm so ready for another recall.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:08 PM PST [Link]

"The three-member appeals court granted Yates’ motion to have her conviction reversed because, among other things, the state’s expert psychiatric witness testified that Yates had patterned her actions after a Law & Order television episode that never existed (WTF?! And no one challenged it in court? W.T.F?!! GM). In ordering a new trial, the appellate court said the trial judge erred in not granting a mistrial once it was learned that testimony of Dr. Park Dietz was false."
Andrea Yates' conviction thrown out, by Ruth Rendon, Houston Chron, January 6,2004

Do Texas Republicans ever feel any shame about these things? I know they think it's a shame anyone finds out about them, but do they feel any shame for the damage their courts do to the people at the mercy of them?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:38 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Hey, I'd rather switch than fight:

"His constraints meant eight months would have different lengths than they do now. March, June, September, and December would each contain 31 days, while the other months would each get 30. To keep the calendar in synchronization with the seasons, Henry inserted an extra week - which is not part of any month - every five or six years. He named the addition "Newton Week" in honor of his favorite physicist, Isaac Newton.

"'If I had my way, everyone would get Newton Week off as a paid vacation and could spend the time doing physics, or other activities of their choice,' he says."
Novel calendar system creates regular dates, 11:30 03 January 2005, NewScientist.com news service, by Maggie McKee

When scientists make calendars...

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:15 PM PST [Link]

"Is there any hope that the next decade will bring more progress? I think so. For one, most of the ideas mentioned here are rich sources of user interface patents, which offer a sustainable competitive advantage. (I invented at least five potential patents while writing this article, but didn't bother filing because I'm not in the business of suing infringers; a big company could rack up the patents if so inclined.)

"The last ten years were a black hole: much attention was focused on doomed attempts at making the Web more like television. Hopefully, the next decade will focus instead on empowering users and giving us the features we need to master a worldwide information space."
Reviving Advanced Hypertext, Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, January 3, 2005

Hm, he likes tabbed browsing (so do I), but hates TARGET="_blank" or "_new" tags (which I like), and he likes the "Back" button (which I don't like).

... much attention was focused on doomed attempts at making the Web more like television.

Yeah, and more "friendly", like Disneyland.

Does anyone know how to use "Fat Links," opening many links with one click, in Firefox, Netscape 7 (tabbed browsing) or Opera?

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:13 PM PST [Link]

Mayerson Public Service Announcement (in case you don't have time to read the article):

"But results showed that the top brand, able to take the most punishment, was the Durex Extra Sensitive Lubricated Latex, according to the report."
Condom Testing Reveals Best Brands, Reuters, Tue Jan 4, 2005 11:00 PM GMT

Good to know!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:11 PM PST [Link]

The Diary of Samuel Pepys is online.

This might be the only way I'll ever manage to read it.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:07 PM PST [Link]

Six Apart Buying Live Journal, by Steve Rubel | Contributing Writer | 2005-01-04 [ news_ebusiness_news ]

Six Apart are the Moveable Type folks. Hm.

MORE!

Six Apart to Buy LiveJournal, by Ryan Naraine, eWeek.com, January 5, 2005

So now TypePad and LJ can compete with each other within the same company. Hm.

And we can wish old BradFitz a very happy 25th birthday on February 5 this year.

AND MORE! from Apophenia:

The Cultural Divide Between LiveJournal and Six Apart.

Well, for one thing, to the best of my knowledge, no accused murders have ever had a TypePad account or used MT on their sites. GM

What Does LiveJournal Own?

Hm, good question. GM

AND FINALLY drumroll please THE OFFICIAL LJ ANNOUNCEMENT

Six Apart Buys LiveJournal.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 01:50 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Why Wikipedia Must Jettison Its Anti-Elitism (Op-Ed), by lsanger, Fri Dec 31st, 2004 at 12:42:24 AM EST

I wish this was better written. On the other hand, he believes what he read on TCS, so maybe I'm worrying about the wrong thing.

I think what everyone might benefit from remembering is that Wikipedia is a source, not the source.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:36 PM PST [Link]

"Meritocracy in America"
Ever higher society, ever harder to ascend, Dec 29th 2004 | WASHINGTON, DC, From The Economist print edition

An elderly man in a sushi bar in Pasadena once almost punched me in the face because I said America was no longer a meritocracy and asked him to name one living U.S. born millionaire who started out dirt poor. It was embarrassing.

I don't know that _The Economist_ has to go back to the 1880s to make their point, the decay really got rolling under Reagan when he dumped the tax burden on wage-earners.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:35 PM PST [Link]

"The software then hijacks Web browsers, causes CD-ROM trays to slide open and slows down computers or causes them to cease working altogether, all the while displaying a torrent of pop-up ads urging consumers to buy programs called Spy Wiper or Spy Deleter to clean up the mess."
Online Marketer Agrees to Halt 'Spyware' Ads, Reuters, Tue Jan 4, 2005 03:48 PM ET

Oh, I hope the FTC kicks the shit out of these guys. "Markerter"??? More like malicious opportunistic destructive parasite.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:34 PM PST [Link]

Various linkification

"Shares of Microsoft closed regular trading on Thursday off 14 cents, or 0.5%, to $26.76. eBay's stock closed up 20 cents, or 0.2%, to $117.77."
eBay Drops Microsoft Authentication, by Troy Wolverton, TheStreet.com Staff Reporter, 12/30/2004 5:49 PM EST

Defining Google.

"Start a journal or weblog. The more you write, the easier it will be, and the easier it is to write, the more you'll write, in a virtuous circle."
Advice for Computer Science College Students, by Joel Spolsky, Sunday, January 02, 2005

See? Blogging is good for you!

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:33 PM PST [Link]

Build a Rosary with the Sisters of Carmel.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:31 PM PST [Link]

"And then there’s Wonkette. Her constant senseless drivel disguised as a liberal blog is unrelentingly pathetic. It is getting to the point now where her posts are actually difficult to fathom, and almost as frustrating as reading Insapundit. Her piece on The Ohio Recount made me angry, because she spent four and a half seconds writing an idiotic piece of ridiculous, snarky drivel about something she quite obviously doesn’t have the first fucking idea about. Why Are We Back In Iraq? has a decent, more detailed retort to her idiocy, I am not in the mood."
Wonkette, Kos, and the MSM, January 2nd, 2005 : Filed by ~A!

Gee, I thought I was the only one who couldn't stand Wonkette. I guess this is a good time to mention I'm not a fan of World of Crap and burned out on TBogg early last year.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05:28 PM PST [Link]

Monday, January 3, 2005

More Links:

Rebel Sell. Or Why You Can't Buy Your Way Out of It [whatever It is]

Only The Shadow Internet Knows.

Baby's Named a Bad, Bad Thing. Some of these names are terrifying. Who would name their precious baby girl Tierrainney Mackanzie or Quinn Allyse? And the list goes on and on. Yikes. I thought my name was weird, but I guess I got off lucky.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:49 PM PST [Link]



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