Friday, June 30, 2006

the proverbial ice cube's chance

no fucking comment

"But the State of Israel remains curiously (and among Western-style democracies, uniquely) immature. The social transformations of the country - and its many economic achievements - have not brought the political wisdom that usually accompanies age. Seen from the outside, Israel still comports itself like an adolescent: consumed by a brittle confidence in its own uniqueness; certain that no one "understands" it and everyone is "against" it; full of wounded self-esteem, quick to take offense and quick to give it. Like many adolescents Israel is convinced - and makes a point of aggressively and repeatedly asserting - that it can do as it wishes, that its actions carry no consequences and that it is immortal."

He shoulda looked left and...

he shoulda looked right.
Just like many people who have been drinking, the cell phone users did not believe themselves to be affected, the researchers found.

Yeah, yeah, I know, this is old news. But my local police don't enforce the NYS law re:this but assiduously enforce the Rockyfeller drug laws which do zero to protect my well-being.

Pas sanguine?

Twist a billionaire's knickers

More relevant with every passing...

Say it loud

Thursday, June 29, 2006

'ow wouldn't it be loverly part deux

"One example of the collateral damage caused by today's approach is the utter lack of simple wireless connectivity. Another is that we have redundant capital intensive bit paths whose only purpose is to contain bits within billing paths," Frankston explains. "In practice, the telcos are about nothing at all other than creating billable events. Isn't it strange that as the costs of connectivity were going down your phone bill was increasing -- at least until VoIP forced the issue."

"We have an alternative model in the road system: The roads themselves are funded as infrastructure because the value is from having the road system as a whole, not the roads in isolation. You don't put a meter on each driveway. Tolls, fuel taxes, fees on trucks, etc. are ways of generating money but they are indirect. Local builders add capacity; communities add capacity and large entities create interstate roads. They don't create artificial scarcity just to increase toll revenues -- at least not so blatantly."

"I refer to today's carrier networks as trollways because the model is inverted -- the purpose of the road is to pass as many trollbooths as possible. We keep the backbone unlit to assure artificial scarcity. Worse, by trying to force us within their service model we lose the opportunity to create new value and can only choose among the services that fill their coffers -- it's hard to come up with a more effective way to minimize the value of the networks."

Weapon of mass deja vu

Who would have thought...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

More lovely images

Late night comics

The People Formerly Known as ...

the Audience
A princely tale, indeed.

What with all the hand-wringing

More hilarity

whistling up a pipe.
The EPA and the US Department of Justice, which is representing the EPA in the case, could not be reached for comment because severe flooding in Washington DC forced their offices to close on Monday.

Taking the fifth

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

With friends like these

Follow the money


"For example," he wrote, "there is no written protocol which describes which drugs will be administered, in what amounts."

The judge also said he was "gravely concerned" because the lone doctor in charge of mixing the lethal drugs in Missouri is dyslexic. Someone else administers the drugs.

The doctor's dyslexia, the judge wrote, "causes him confusion with regard to numbers."

Monday, June 26, 2006

I'm not blind, I just can't....

Silence kills

In so doing, he demonstrates that one does not relinquish the freedom to choose what is right, even in the military, and that the freedom to choose what is right transcends the allegiance to man and institutions.

Adroitly skewered


Sunday, June 25, 2006

Images du jour

If any of my 3 readers...

Unmixed Doubles

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Quote du jour

The minimum wage bill currently being pushed by Senator Kennedy would raise the minimum wage to $7.25 by 2009. By comparison, the minimum wage was almost $8.00 an hour (in 2006 dollars) in the late sixties. This means that if Kennedy's bill were approved, the real value of the minimum wage in 2009 would still be more than 10 percent lower than it was in the late sixties, even though productivity will have increased by more than 120 percent over this period.

Friday, June 23, 2006


Enough is enough.

Unintended Consequences

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The tune can change

A mere 120,000 subscribers

can be wrong.
Couldn't happen to a greyer lady.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Take it or leave it

'ow wouldn't it be loverly

Sidebar goodies


Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Give Me Bandwidth . . .

or what? It's not what we have now and w/o action, stasis will prevail. Of course, the action needs to be ours, not theirs.
We'll never get 10 megabits to our homes, let alone the multiples of that speed that are possible and affordable today if these telco Goliaths keep covering up their crown jewels. As Dean Wormer might put it: Fat, drunk (on profits), and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

As little TV as I see

Panda Slugger

With friends like these, who needs..
And for those of you who remember BCCI, a blast from the past.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Chomsky at West Point

On what, you might ask. Worth listening to.


Permanent War?

The Bush administration's strategy in Iraq today, as in the invasion of 2003, is: Use military force to destroy the political infrastructure of the Iraqi state; shatter the old Iraqi armed forces; eliminate Iraq as a determined foe of U.S. hegemony in the oil-rich Persian Gulf; build on the wreckage of the old Iraq a new state beholden to the U.S.; create a new political class willing to be subservient to our interests in the region; and use that new Iraq as a base for further expansion.

Taking the Google maps API

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Spiralling out of...

Quote du jour

"All of them are trying to copy FOX News now to be honest. Many of them are doing tabloid, more big lipped blonde's and all this kind of stuff. There's only so much of that trailer trash pie to go around."

Optimism, founded or

In an idle moment

Wait a bit for more parts so that you can make it more elaborate.

'im agin!


Saturday, June 17, 2006

Ten Commandments

Friday, June 16, 2006

Seems a lot of folks have saved this image

Ask not for whom the Scales

More of your tax dollars...

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The boys of summer

Roll On , Columbia

w/o comment

Another game of