It sucks when several things are going bad simultaneously.
BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Hijacked by climate change?
“But others argue there is no time; that society needs, urgently, to see the wider picture of global decline in all its complexity – and that climate concerns have hijacked the broader agenda, to the detriment of us all.”
Via the AP
WASHINGTON — The national Republican Party has mailed a fundraising appeal suggesting Democrats might use an overhaul of the health care system to deny medical treatment to Republicans.
A questionnaire accompanying the appeal says the government could check voting registration records, “prompting fears that GOP voters might be discriminated against for medical treatment in a Democrat-imposed health care rationing system.”
It asks, “Does this possibility concern you?”
How in the world can this even happen? I wish I thought this didn’t appeal to anyone but clearly it does. Maybe we should send a mailing that asks if you think that it’s a good thing that the Republican plan includes sticking a gun up everyone’s rectum or whether you agree with the idea that the Republican plan will prevent hordes of flesh eating zombies from acting the malls of America.
This is really sad (and infuriating) but hardly surprising.
Tom Ridge, the first secretary of homeland security, asserts in a new book that he was pressured by top advisers to President George W. Bush to raise the national threat level just before the 2004 election in what he suspected was an effort to influence the vote.
(via the New York Times)
Guess who thinks that
Obama Can’t Be Trusted With Numbers? Karl Rove. ’nuff said?
Why would we listen to someone with questionable ethics and a penchant for doing whatever it takes — not to improve my country but rather — to win at all costs?
I know it’s an opinion piece but it would be nice to go back and at least compare how the WSJ covered similar legislation during the Bush years of plenty ™
Massachusetts sues U.S. over gay marriage rights
“BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts’ attorney general filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the U.S. government that seeks federal marriage benefits for about 16,000 gay and lesbian couples who have legally wed in Massachusetts.”
New Google Operating System, Chrome OS, Raises Privacy Concerns | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD
“‘Competition in the OS market should always be welcome, but Google is the special case,’ Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, told Digital Daily. ‘It has become dominant across many essential Internet services–search, mail, video, online apps, and advertising. Coupled with Google’s growing profiles of American consumers and reluctance to adopt meaningful privacy safeguards, we expect that antitrust authorities in the US and Europe will view Google’s entry into the OS market with enormous skepticism.’”
He has a point…
From John Gruber‘s essay on touch keyboards and Apple:
Apple tries to make things that many people love, not things that all people like. The key is that they’re not afraid of the staunch criticism, and often outright derision, that comes with breaking conventions.
That the iPhone — or specifically its software touchscreen keyboard — does not appeal to everyone is not a problem. Nothing appeals to everyone. Even if you try to make something that appeals to everyone by adding every single clamored-for feature, you wind up with something like Windows that does not appeal to people with a taste for the elegant and refined.
From a tech/geeky point of view, this is embarrassing enough that I probably shouldn’t mention it. There is hope, however, that some other soul will benefit from my pain.
If you use the *nix (or OS X) command line, you probably know about
pushd. It and its companion
popd let you push and pop (duh!) a stack of directories so that you can jump from place A to place B and then quickly jump back. Cool.
The embarrassing part is the way in which I was using
pushd. I thought that I had to push the directory I wanted to come back to before I went there. So I would:
> pushd .
> cd /someplace
> ... do stuff ...
This works, but it (obviously) looks sort of, well, dumb. Somehow, when I learned about
pushd, I never learned that it acts just like the change directory (
cd) command. I.e., that the argument to
pushd was the directory to which you want to move and that it saves your current directory automatically. Thus, the correct (more efficient) way to use
> pushd /someplace
> ... do stuff ...
It only eight fewer keystrokes but it’s conceptually much cleaner. The morass of the story: use
pushd but use it correctly. Alternately, keep reading the manual, you’ll probably still learn something!