Wednesday, 30 April 2008

The Press

Skip the newscasts, here’s the narrative


Ace tells you all you need to know about how the media is spinning the Obama-Wright kerfuffle:

Meanwhile, in an alternate universe, Adolf Hitler is “distancing” himself from Josef Goebbels, telling the German media that despite Goebbels’ long-time position as Minister of Propaganda, the anti-semitic Goebbels “habt sprechen fur mich nicht” and that he no longer wants any questions about Goebbels’ loose talk about a “Final Solution.˜
Now you can skip the news and watch baseball.

UPDATE 080430 23:50 (and category changed): Rachel Lucas:
I’ve been watching some of the anchors and pundits talking about this and half the time it’s like watching SNL.  Because they cannot possibly be serious with some of the sh*t they are saying, such as Obama has done the honorable thing and it’s time to move on from this “distraction”.  LOL.
First they respect you.  Then they suspect you.  Next, they’re upset with you.  Finally, they laugh at you.  And at that point, you’ve lost.

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In Passing

Drawing attention to the real issues


Jerry Pournelle raises some points:

The easy way to make ethanol is to import sugar from Brazil and use that. Of course we don't and won't do that.

The easy way to bring oil prices down is to drill offshore and on the North Slope. Of course we don't do that.

The easy way to bring electricity prices down (you can make fertilizer with electricity) is to build nuclear power plants, expensive but cheap compared to wars. Of course we won't do that.
More:
I'd rather send 5 billion to Kansas than 10 billion to the Saudis.  And I'd a heap rather send $50 billion to the Midwest than a trillion to the Middle East. Heck,  I'd rather send a trillion to the Midwest than to the Middle East.

At one time we were paying people not to grow crops.  It was called the soil bank. Perhaps it is time to grow fuels on it?

But that takes fertilizer.

Nuclear power can fix nitrogen for fertilizer.  I'd a heap rather invest a trillion in nuclear power plants than send that trillion to the Saudis.

I also note that there is plenty of oil in these United States, but we would rather sell the nation to the Saudis than drill in Alaska and off shore including out next to where the Cubans are drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.  Does any of that make sense?

Now the discussion can begin.
We can start by asking why no one– the candidates, the Congress, or the MSM– seems to want to make this part of the discussion.

Or maybe we should ask this (from a Pournelle reader):
Can any referee besides foaming revolutionary mobs blow a whistle at this point?

The discussion is here, with real numbers. Read it.


(Via: IP, whose complete entry is also worth your time.)

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Linkage

(obligatory “well smoked” punning headline goes here)


50,000 pounds of ribs go up in smoke in highway truck fire



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Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Linkage

So sad...




Via:  C.G. Hill

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Friday, 25 April 2008

Linkage

The General Electric business model?


  1. Invest in something for which there isn’t much demand;
  2. Lobby the government to mandate or subsidize it;
  3. Profit!
NBC’s ‘Green Week’ and GE’s green

Via: IP

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Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Linkage

Spotters’ guide for primary voters


Just in case you have trouble keeping them straight, a poster:


Expanded Obama list here.


Malkin link via: Ace, Nice Deb link via Malkin.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Linkage

The gentlemen of England are asleep...


“Tis a sad day indeed when Yorkshiremen worried about offending anyone!” - Dan Maloney

Elsewhere:


Not exactly related, except in a “decline-and-fall” sense:
A householder has been left with a £225 bill and a criminal conviction after over-filling his bin. [trash can]

Via: Gateway Pundit

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Monday, 21 April 2008

Linkage

While I was looking the other way...


Meryl acquired a kitten!  Hurrah!

(Sunday’s report.)


Previously (and here).

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Saturday, 19 April 2008

Linkage

Whoops, again!


Dang, just can’t get away with anything!

About one percent of the Web pages being delivered on the Internet are being changed in transit... according to researchers at the University of Washington.
...
In July and August they tested data sent to about 50,000 computers and discovered that a small number of Internet service providers (ISPs) were injecting ads into Web pages on their networks....
...
[Quoting Charles Reis, UofW PhD candidate and study co-author] "We're confirming some rumors that had been in the news last summer, that ISPs had been injecting these ads."
Hello, FCC???


Previously:
Comcast interfering with Google traffic?
If J.Random Hacker was doing this, he'd wind up in jail (updated)
(I should note here, for the sake of clarity, that Comcast was not among the culprits named in the UofW study.)

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Linkage

Whoops!


Don’t-cha hate it when they find out?

A Swedish policeman who helped investigate The Pirate Bay is now working for Warners Brothers, one of the big-name film companies that helped drive the investigation... - The Register

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