25 Feb 2010

Microsoft Global Criminal Compliance Handbook, via Wikileaks

Do you have a Hotmail.com, Live.com or MSN.com email account? Ever wondered what data, exactly, Microsoft retains from your email? From your Live ID (formerly Passport) account? Windows Messenger? MSN groups? Office Live? XBox Live? Ever wondered what Microsoft's policy was when the police, FBI, CIA or DHS came knocking?

13 Feb 2010

Presidential Power Grab: Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power

Thank goodness we have a president that isn't going to perpetrate the worst of the previous administration. From the New York Times WASHINGTON – With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance

09 Feb 2010

Polling tests: I actually like the idea

Of course, my thoughts bear no resemblance to the “literacy tests” that were used until recently to prevent blacks from voting. Just suppose…. A national committee — maybe from the Smithsonian — puts together a list of 25 questions and answers regarding federal office and government. A similar committee in each state

03 Feb 2010

PR firm Murray Hill is running for Congress

Public relations firm Murray Hill, which has a history of representing unions, environmental groups and other progressive organizations, has decided to take the US Supreme Court's recent ruling on corporate personhood to the next logical (sic) level: the firm has announced that it's corporate self is running for Congress. From

28 Jan 2010

J. D. Salinger, author of “Catcher In the Rye,” dies at age 91

From the Associated Press article via the Seattle Times: J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91. Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the

12 Jan 2010

The Ensign Healthcare Loophole

Yet another big, steaming pile of "change we can believe in." Taken at face value, Senator John Ensign's amendment which was included in the final Senate healthcare bill sounds pretty decent: by meeting "wellness" standards people can receive discounts on their employer-based healthcare premiums. Stop smoking–pay less. Hit a certain

28 Dec 2009

Berkeley (CA) HS announces plan to help struggling minority students

They will do this by eliminating science labs, seen as a bastion of white priviledge. From the East Bay Express: Berkeley High School is considering a controversial proposal to eliminate science labs and the five science teachers who teach them to free up more resources to help struggling students. The

21 Dec 2009

The Obama ‘product’ after promises = Moral vaporware

From the Wikipedia entry on vaporware: The term is usually applied to products which fail to emerge after having well-exceeded the period of development time that was initially claimed or would normally be expected for the development cycle of a similar product, or when the release date is delayed repeatedly

16 Dec 2009

Pranksters make short work of Republican link shortener

Too damned funny. In short (snark), the Republican Party created a “branded” link-shortener, GOP.am (Go Pam?), similar to the well known bit.ly. Immediately, people were using it to create shortened links to porn sites, sites selling sex toys and the web presence of groups like the American Communist Party. This,

09 Dec 2009

Senate drops public option for private coverage

From this morning’s Seattle Times: Watered-down ‘public plan’ emerges in Senate They may still call it a “public plan,” but private insurers – not the government – would offer coverage under a compromise Democrats are considering to win Senate passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The latest idea