McCain Blogger Flubs His Roll

If you’re a gamer, you’ve prob­a­bly heard the hoorah by now. Michael Gold­farb, a blog­ger on McCain’s offi­cial cam­paign site added a lame anti-gamer slur to his rinse-and-repeat “but he was a POW!” bull­shit. Sam (and many oth­ers) respond­ed to the twit (who keeps com­ments dis­abled on his blog—afraid of a lit­tle com­men­tary, Gold­farb?). This […]

TotD: Controlling the Public

Wag the Dog, any­one? There have always exist­ed three ways of keep­ing the peo­ple lov­ing and loy­al. One is to leave them alone, to trust them and not to inter­fere. This plan, how­ev­er, has very sel­dom been prac­tised, because the politi­cians regard the pub­lic as a cow to be milked, and some­thing must be done […]

They WANT to be repressed!

Some­body help me, please! I’m awash in a sea of stu­pid­i­ty. My human­i­ties class­mates are full of ideas like: “it isn’t real­ly that big of a deal unless you have some­thing to hide”—“it” being gov­ern­ment sur­veil­lance. “…they won’t tar­get you or real­ly care about what you are doing unless you are doing some­thing wrong”—tell that to […]

David Mamet and Political Views

There’s an essay over at The Vil­lage Voice that you want to read before it goes away: “Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Lib­er­al’ ” by David Mamet Here’s a brief excerpt. This is, to me, the syn­the­sis of this world­view with which I now found myself dis­en­chant­ed: that every­thing is always wrong. But in my […]

I hate it when that happens

I had an entry almost com­plete­ly writ­ten, and it was good. Then I hit some­thing bad­ly with my numb hand, and my brows­er backed up a page. Now the entry is all gone. Yes, I should have saved some time while writ­ing, but I was on a roll. So you’ll have to set­tle for know­ing that […]

Red/Blue, Strict/Nurturing Families, and Inherited vs. Negotiated Commitments

I know that I read Red Fam­i­ly, Blue Fam­i­ly: Mak­ing sense of the val­ues issue by Doug Mud­er sev­er­al years ago. I clear­ly remem­ber post­ing a link to it in Suzette Haden Elgin’s blog and hav­ing her pick it up and pass it on enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly.  A friend post­ed a link to it again this week, […]

What is network neutrality?

From Research­Buzz: “Net­work neu­tral­i­ty” (also called “net neu­tral­i­ty”) is the idea that an Inter­net access provider must pro­vide access to all parts of the Inter­net with­out prej­u­dice — with­out block­ing areas com­plete­ly, with­out slow­ing areas down, etc. Accord­ing to net neu­tral­i­ty, an access provider should treat all Inter­net traf­fic equal­ly no mat­ter what it is […]

The NSA is Wiretapping YOU and ME, Personally

This guy’s state­ment is just too good to hide. Every per­son in the US needs to pay atten­tion to this issue. Don’t just let it wan­der off the head­lines. It is very impor­tant. Not an AT&T cus­tomer? It does­n’t mat­ter. Inter­net traf­fic is rout­ed across switch­es and such in a man­ner that does­n’t care who […]

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