Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Die, Detroit, DIE!

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/columnists.nsf/davidnicklaus/story/BB4E81D3A74AE2A88625758A0005F459?OpenDocument

Mass Transit Woes

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/59542DD3C5C517468625758A000B2636?OpenDocument

Sandbagging

http://www.slate.com/id/2214945/

Welcome To The Next Forty Years

http://www.slate.com/id/2214963/

There Is No Depression

http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/31/0015225

Google Books

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/31/0228237

Even The Gnomes Of Zurich Are In Trouble!

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/df9ce572-1a36-11de-9f91-0000779fd2ac,dwp_uuid=9788f55e-07e0-11de-8a33-0000779fd2ac.html

And You Thought OUR Elevators (and Stadium East's) Elevators Were Bad...

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/04/21/080421fa_fact_paumgarten?currentPage=all

By The Red Rocket's Glare.....

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511501,00.html

Newspaper Woes, Plus The Sins Of Conrad Black

http://www.suntimes.com/business/1503942,sun-times-media-group-bankruptcy-033109.article

There Is No Depression

http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/31/real_estate/January_Case_Shiller/index.htm

Monday, March 30, 2009

Question #14

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/arrested+Calgary+abandoning+child+casino+parking/1444167/story.html

Data Rot

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/26/technology/personaltech/26pogue-email.html?em

Cyber Warfare

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/29/technology/29spy.html?_r=1&em

Mass Transit Woes

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/6E3ECFEC5B5030B486257589000B18B4?OpenDocument

Google, Trying To Save Us From Ourselves

http://www.slate.com/id/2214733/

Disney Maybe Joining Hulu

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/30/1216240

Jobs Suck- In A New Way

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/03/30/eshelman/

Goodbye, Chrysler (maybe)

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20647.html

The Surge Is Working!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29953362/

The Poor, Abused, Canucks

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=1435515

Roll Tide!

http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/local.ssf?/base/news/123831816555130.xml&coll=1

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Firing The Parents To Fix The Schools

Where's Charles Dickens when you need him:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1887875,00.html?iid=tsmodule

Detroit Is The Future?? Starting Over Again.

Blowing things up, and starting over again is an honored American tradition:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1887864,00.html?xid=rss-topstories-cnnpartner

They got the small business part right.

And:

"In other ways, Detroit is moving on. In place of assembly lines, hundreds of urban farms and gardens have taken root. Nonprofit organizations are helping residents transform barren neighborhoods into fertile plots that feed impoverished families, beautify blighted blocks and raise home values. Others are taking the initiative on their own. Last April, after losing his job, Mark Covington hauled away the garbage piled on his street and began planting squash, tomatoes, collard greens and kale to give away. His Georgia Street Community Collective devised a mentoring program for kids, held a holiday fundraiser for an evicted family and purchased a vacant building for $1 to convert into a community center and store--a useful commodity in a city vexed by food deserts. "We have to step up and do things for ourselves," Covington explains. "My idea is to have some type of garden on every block."

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Read This Long Article About How We Became A Banana Republic

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200905/imf-advice

They're Attacking Our Freedom!

One more sign (that more than just economic bubbles are popping):

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/27/no.freedom.tower/index.html

More Russian Subs

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/03/28/russian.subs/index.html

The Surge Is Working!

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/26/wounded.warrior/index.html

There Is No Depression

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29914902/

Bad News For KFUO Fans

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/entertainment/stories.nsf/stage/story/07E5DF654DBF11F686257587000D91D0?OpenDocument

The Lutheran Church has been denying for years that it planned to sell the station (one of the last classical music stations in the US, and a 100 KW Class C to boot). People donated money for years, even as the Church planned to sell them out. Anyone who said this might happen up to now was was ruthlessly flamed.

Guess what *I* said? :)

The station at 99.1 was one of the last refuges of sanity for radio listeners. It owns prime FM spectrum, and can be reliably received sixty miles out.

I sense one of the major ownership groups moving one of their weak signals to 99.1. With the current state of the market, they may get a bargain price.

But PAUL ALLEN Is Our Biggest Investor!

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/columnists.nsf/davidnicklaus/story/99B930195E9BAF61862575870000103A?OpenDocument

Friday, March 27, 2009

There Is No Depression

http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/27/news/economy/state_unemployment/index.htm?postversion=2009032713

I remember being mocked for saying Bush was a problem for the GOP...

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/27/gop.comeback/index.html

Mexico's 4T Meets Ours

The Surge Is Working!

And, what a surge this is:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-03-27-veterans-colonoscopies_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip

McClellan Gets Generational Theory

Casino Queen Blues

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/090D09C7CE3D9CE786257586000C0FA6?OpenDocument

Red Hat Boss Admits Linux Is Not For Desktops

http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/25/1550215

RIAA Loses

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/25/1733206

Shut Down.

http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/26/0355241

Operating Systems Retrospect

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/26/1655230

Laser Keylogging

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/26/1947246

Give Us Back Our Tank Keyboards!

I keep several in reserve. Modern keyboards die fast.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100076874

Space Weather- Not Just For Geeks Any- ZZZZZZT!

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/27/1256231

AT&T and RIAA

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29904298/

Doggies Smarter than Humans!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29895614/

Coalition Of The Willing!

The Allies are bailing on Afghanistan, and the clock's ticking:


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/25/AR2009032501452.html?wprss=rss_world

The Surge Is Working!

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=61620

MSM Finally Picking Up On Generational Theory

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1887728,00.html?xid=rss-topstories-cnnpartner

Thursday, March 26, 2009

There Is No Depression

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/developmenteconomy/story/80F025D46131C18486257584001102BE?OpenDocument

Puppies Rescued From Puupy Mill Now Ready For Adoption

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/891E5E24B7DEDE5E86257585003F9FF9?OpenDocument

Stoessel Makes Sense??

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/03/butt_out_feds.html

There Is No Depression

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/25/AR2009032502226.html

Tell Your Pets There Is No Depression

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29795942/

There Is No Depression

http://www.newsweek.com/id/190340

And, The Other Mr There Is No Depression

http://lawrenceyunwatch.blogspot.com/

Mr. There Is No Depression

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123152099299568447.html

Free-Marketeers Want Bribes From Government

http://www.newsweek.com/id/190776

Metro (The Artist Formerly Known As Bi-State) Is Doing This Next

http://wcbstv.com/local/mta.doomsday.budget.2.967225.html

Bi-State! BeepBeep! In Your Waaay!

Vive Le Cod!

Quebec just isn't good enough to taunt us with:

http://www.canada.com/Technology/story.html?id=1426950

You Think WE Have A Counterfeiting Problem...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5050289/Forgers-replace-Queens-head-with-Boy-George-on-fake-20-notes.html

Missile Defense Woes

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1887744,00.html?xid=rss-topstories-cnnpartner

There Is No Depression

http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/26/news/economy/gdp/index.htm?postversion=2009032608

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Surge Is Working!

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WOUNDED_WARRIORS?SITE=AP

There Is No Depression

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/H/HOME_PRICES_GOVERNMENT_INDEX?SITE=MOSTP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Need A Big Parachute?

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/23/233247

Anoter Biggest Losers List

http://rothkopf.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/03/20/the_worlds_biggest_losers

For My Debate Opponents At The Old Forum

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/go-back-into-hiding-gop-begs-dick-cheney--please-2009-03-23.html

Schadenfruede

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20340.html

The next conservative party will be disaffected centrists, from both sides.

Boomers Must DIE!!!

http://www.newsvine.com/_question/2009/03/11/2534051-which-generation-is-suffering-most-in-this-downturn

Warmth and sympathy.

There Is No Depression

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29640225/

John Mellencamp On Music Woes

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-mellencamp/on-my-mind-the-state-of-t_b_177836.html

If we have any hope for survival of the music that we all love, compassion must replace name-calling, fairness must replace greed and we need to come together as a musical community and try to understand each other's problems. I once suggested to Don Henley, many years ago after I had left Polygram, that we should form an artist-driven record label, much like Charlie Chaplin did with the movies when he, more than 90 years ago, joined forces with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to form United Artists. Don's response was correct. He said that trying to get artists and business people together to work for the common good of everyone involved is akin to herding cats. When all is said and done, unfortunately, it's not really about the music or the artist. It's about you and your perception of yourself and how you think things ought to be. And we all know that this very rarely intersects with what actually is. Just because you think this is how it should be only makes it just that: what you think; it doesn't make it true. So let's try to put our best foot forward and remember that anyone can stand in the back of a dark hall and yell obscenities but if you want a better world it starts with you and the things you say and do.

End Of Flamewar- 30 years hard time

A cautionary tale:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami-dade/story/960835.html

Glad I left the forum.

Another Prospective Gambler's Anon Member

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2009/03/24/underground_poker/

Why I Gave Up On Tournament Poker

http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2007/07/28/poker/index.html

And then I saw the answer. Ungar slipped behind a row of slot machines and handed the money to his sponsor, who, in turn, gave Ungar some of the winnings. The game had not been conducted on a level playing field. Baldwin, who would become the president of Mirage Hotels, was an intelligent, conservative player who was playing with his own money. Ungar was a reckless player with nothing at stake. Watch a few TV poker programs today and you will see certain players who make extraordinarily risky calls or bluffs. We wonder how they do it. Well, if you're not calling or betting with your own money, what's the risk? Imagine how different the TV shows would be if we were told which players were playing with their own money and which weren't.

Until recently, most tournament players believed that they had an edge over other players and could overcome the vigorish through skillful play. But this was before optimal game strategy became more universally employed. As poker moves from seat-of-the-pants play to easily available complex mathematical strategies, the likelihood of great players emerging from the mass of entrants will dramatically decline. More and more tournaments will be decided by a succession of "coin flips" (competition between two hands of nearly equal value), with results becoming increasingly random. Given that tournament poker is a zero-sum game (all the money comes from the entrants), and the casinos take 6 to 10 percent (or more) for hosting the events, the likelihood of being a long-term consistent winner is quite low. Unlike golf or tennis, where skill is a major factor and the best players inevitably rise to the top, it is now unusual to see a poker player, no matter how skilled, booking repeated wins.

And yet poker is being presented as a potentially life-changing opportunity. A generation of young kids is being seduced into believing in the easy life. Many drop out of school to pursue a misrepresented dream. In the process, they ignore productive careers in order to chase a mirage, an illusion that is in the process of unraveling. Meanwhile, cloistered in their virtual worlds, they are becoming social misfits. Walter Matthau once said that poker combined all the worst aspects of the capitalism that made America great. Perhaps his quip should be amended to say that poker now combines all the worst aspects of virtual existence that threaten American culture. Too bad. For those with a good memory, poker will have been a great pastime. For those who are new to the game, it will be a sorry disappointment.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Katrina Time?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/opinion/22rich.html?em

Almost Time For Another Timmy

http://www.salon.com/tech/htww/2009/03/23/let_geithner_fail/

And:

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=3adafc9c-0f8f-4db2-8fb1-26f13303426d

Warm and Fuzzy Cheney

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1886603,00.html

There Is No Depression

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29762007/

There Is No Depression

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29832932/

Board-ed

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/20/minow.aig.board/index.html

Here We Go Again (Every 80-100 Years)

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/23/zelizer.aig/index.html

Another Argument In Favor Of Digital TV

It makes politicians look as bad as local media:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/20334.html

Saturday, March 21, 2009

What The BSG Crew After The Last Scenes Were Shot

A) Returned to the 21st century on earth
B) Got stinking drunk
C) Much as the casts of the PBS series where people actually live out life as did persons in other era's, they said "Thank God THAT'S Over With!"

So Say We All.

More Observations 21 MAR 2009

A browse through the BSG forums brought me a word I had been seeking, and one of M. De Poisson's catchphrases has given me a realization.

As the adult child of an alcoholic, I should have crystallized this earlier. I partially recognized it when I left behind my political forum, and stopped e-mailing my summary of the universe to everybody.

If you have not seen the BSG finale, I won't spoil it. But it did bring me the word I needed.

Alcoholic families pass down behaviors, as much as genes. This is one reason generational theory resonates with me. BSG's "All this has happened before, and will happen again, and again..." recognizes the dysfunctional nature of our culture.

The only way to break the cycle is to blast it down to bedrock (hitting bottom), admitting you have a problem, and starting over, one day at a time.

That covers the "word" part.

One of Monsieur De Poisson's favorite catchphrases, after being told a tale of woe is: "Your point?"

He's nearly gotten fed into an intake for saying it, I should note... :)

But, on a deeper level, he's right. He's echoing the Book Of Ecclesiastes to a T. All this has happened before, many times in human history, and all the bewailing has changed little.

I've been right too many times, and it has not gotten me sex or (much) money. I left the forum because I realized it was the only way to get out of the alcoholic family cycle. Being the sinned against, and being vindicated by the future events I've predicted time and again, has not done me much emotional good. Being right at work, about world events, and the economy has not helped me much, and no one has been particularly grateful when I've pointed out my correct calls.

It just made me co-dependent.

Here's the synergy:

Word: Preachy.
Phrase: Waste of time and energy on unfixable problems.

Gen X has always considered itself the sinned against, by the sinning Boomers. Hence their desire to like DAAAARRRRRK themes (self-pity by X), and their berating Boomers on their many failings (anger, envy on the part of X).

What the Gen X'rs do NOT realize is that the other generations see *their* flaws just as well. Just like an alcoholic family.

Condemning the Boomers (correctly) for their hypocrisy and sanctimoniousness, they have themselves become intolerant, preachy, sociopaths/bastards. Think Cavil. Or, Dr. Gregory House.

They *hate* being called on *their* felgercarb.

So much for the pragmatism and good sense that would rescue us all.

Moore and BSG have been one huge sermon. Woe Unto Thee, Oh Israel!

The preachy bastard hasn't told us anything new ("your point?"). And, he's been a complete bastard about it, jerking us around so long- and reveling in it.

Sounds like my debate opponents back on the forum.

Dad said: "Everybody should believe in something. I believe I'll have another drink!"

I believe I'll take another nap.

Observations 21 MAR 2009

I have very vivid dreams.

I'll spare you most of the details. The summary was that it was breaking (literally) from the past. During one part of the dream, one of the Bad Guys was interrogating me (using methods not covered under the Geneva Convention), and was asking me what I wanted to be, for their own nefarious purposes, of course.

"A Writer", was what I was compelled to reply.

Ask anybody, especially me, and they will tell you I'm a hack.

So, I failed all the Evil Genius Tests, and they threw me out onto a street in Florida, with blue jeans, no shirt, and a briefcase.

How I broke their hold on me (and not just killed them, but DESTROYED them, forever), is probably classic Twilight Zone schlock. I was happily arrested by the corrupt Florida cops at the end of the dream. No bystanders or pets were involved in the denouement. Didn't fire a shot, or a nuke. :)

Part of what brought this on, was last night was the series finale for the new Battlestar Galactica. I got to see tons of stuff online that was normally reserved for the DVD.

It re-enforced something what had been a gut feeling of mine all along: Ronald D. Moore is an arrogant asshole.

Great casting, writing, etc. Magnificent cast. But if Moore is this generations' Great TV Writer, I'm damned glad that I suck.

Moore is the living personification of my Gen X debate opponents.

Listen, carefully, to the podcasts in the enhanced episodes, and hear how he treats his wife, for instance. It's all about him. Wonderful descriptions of the creative process. and nothing else matters. Oh, yeah, he's also resentful of when he can't smoke and booze it up for the podcasts.

He's a genius, all right. And a complete sociopath. Smartest Guy In the Room. And, he's even modest about it. :)

Sounds like what Gen X is, online.

Boy, am I glad that I'm a whining, self-absorbed, good-for-nothing loser Baby Boomer. I'll get a nicer place in Hell, or maybe Purgatory. :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Observations 20 MAR 2009

Today was a sad day.

My friend's mom died this week. She had been quite ill for a long time, and was living in a nursing home. Then, her health finally failed, and she was placed in a hospice facility. She had her funeral today, and I attended. Most of our social group appeared for the visitation and funeral.

My friend kept his feelings under control; perhaps too much so. He usually hides his pain.

I felt the sadness of the occasion myself pretty badly. At the luncheon afterwards, I only had a small plate of macaroni and cheese. It was all I could handle.

Deaths are one way of measuring the beginning and ending of things. When my Uncle Bill died, on the very last day of summer 2000, it was a marker that the GI generation was finished. My other GI uncle's deaths were confirmations, but I was the last member of the family to have actually spoken to Uncle Bill, less than an hour before he died. It made it quite personal.

I could not have foreseen what would be happening less than two months from his death (the 2000 election), and about one year from his death (11 SEP 2001). My mom's family has quite a sense of timing. My Aunt Mary died right after the GOP's death warrant had been written in 2006.

By that time, I had discovered generational theory.

My mom, my aunt Mary, and my friends mom are all members of the Silent Generation. Many members of the funeral party were old train enthusiasts, like my friends mom (and late husband). With the loss of the Silents, all the safeties are off. We have a Live Weapon.

The nice thing is that trains might make a comeback, in the next generation. But the last attempt to hold the status quo ante-bellum is finished. By summer or fall this year, the financial system probably will have expired. Verdict: Death By Misadventure/Suicide.

Jean chose to go at a good time, like Uncle Bill.

EDIT: The funeral was on the last day of winter.

Links 20 MAR 2009

News Flash! Fear of losing your job sucks:

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2009/03/18/Study_Financial_security_key_to_happiness/UPI-56931237420068/

There is no depression.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29791834/

The Six Wars Of Iraq:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29798556/

"So what did the U.S. accomplish?

It took six years and a trillion dollars to replace Saddam’s dictatorship with a somewhat stable government.

Iraq was a dictatorship. Now Iraq has a “kleptocracy,” a government that exists to steal.

Larry Kaplow, an old friend from Newsweek who’d been doing excellent reporting in Iraq for years, recently told me there’s a new expression to describe what Baghdad had become: “Iraqi good enough.” Mediocrity, he said, is the accepted norm. His analysis seems about right to me.

It’s become acceptable, both to American officials in Baghdad and many Iraqis themselves, that Iraqi security forces beat detainees and politicians steal from government coffers; it’s “Iraqi good enough.”

Iraq isn’t stable, but it’s not in a civil war anymore; it’s “Iraqi good enough.”

Doctors and intellectuals, who fled the civil war, are no longer leaving the country, but aren’t coming back either; it’s “Iraqi good enough.”

Is “Iraqi good enough,” good enough?

Time will tell, or maybe it won’t.
© 2009 msnbc.com "

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29790709/

and

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2009-03-20-hormuz-collision_N.htm

The Straits Of Hormuz are not a good place for blue-water SSN's.

Izzies behaving badly:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2009-03-20-israel-war_N.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/opinion/20brooks.html?em

Generational warfare at the getting work level:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/21/business/21age.html?_r=1&hp

Bevo Mill Stiffs Everybody:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/9E8044D15F2957C38625757F00028FAD?OpenDocument

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/20/2049228

Gotta love that happy Greenberg:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29792312/

Vladimir Wants Flamewar, US Has Him On Ignore

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/03/19/us.russia.planes/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Pushing about as far as it can be pushed, without firing.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Revenge Of The Jurors!

Anybody who's been trapped on jury duty in the old, pre-internet, pre-cell phone days is going to love this (I've been on five):

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/18/us/18juries.html?em

THE Chair

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/garden/19trek.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&em

Really, Really Printing Money

$1.2 trillion. Jesus.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29707055/

The Surge Is Working!

Your Surge Dollars At Work:

http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2009/mar/18/teens-help-capture-hacker-who-wanted-nude-photos/

So THAT'S How You Get Ahead In Local Media...

http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2009/03/18/the_rise_of_the_anchorwomen/?page=full

The Surge Is Working!

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/19/sou.ga.iraq/index.html

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Links 17 MAR 09

Florida Justice:

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=102392&catid=8

Mote traffic camera paranoia:

http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/1479275,red-light-camera-uninsured-031609.article

Texas Justice:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/ANIMAL_HOUSE_JAIL?SITE=WBBMAM&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

149% increase in bad loans, there is no depression:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29619163/

There is no depression:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/03/the_shadow_of_depression.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/weekinreview/15vikas.html?ref=weekinreview

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.”

HUZZAH! Survival trumps ideology:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/opinion/15rich.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

The Kleeb should be amused:

http://news.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/17/000250

Underwater cable repair, better than Charter:

http://tech.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/16/2240219

When something changes names:

http://www.tvweek.com/news/2009/03/sci_fi_channel_aims_to_shed_ge.php

The Dr. House's of programming:

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/features/article.php/3810466/Are-Quirky-Developers-Brilliant-or-Dangerous.htm

No wonder we don't get sex.

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/columns/smit/article.php/3796861/Do-Nice-Engineers-Finish-Last-in-Tough-Times.htm

Death Begins At 27:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7945569.stm

And this- Memory has Buffer Crashes, just like computers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/17/science/17angi.html?em

Andromeda Strain:

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/17/1234227

St. Louis Parking Fees, the CF continues:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/AF970CCBECB2D62C8625757C000AD7D0?OpenDocument

Ahh, for the days when the fines paid were openly walked out the door by the employees...

IL finally takes up legislation on puppy mills:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/E97BBFE4D06920E78625757C0001141B?OpenDocument

New USS Missouri:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/080467F686AC4A258625757C00037F4D?OpenDocument

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/17/opinion/17brooks.html

Afghanistan following downward popularity death spiral:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2009-03-16-poll_N.htm

Monday, March 16, 2009

SJG Gaming Survey Results

http://www.surveymonkey.com/sr.aspx?sm=2oWVqLFeJB0VlwDEhlYZCA144T6e_2bx_2fRhoX_2f8hQ70iM_3d

Even The Casino's Are Losing...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29617489/

Drug War Tearing Mexico Apart

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2009-03-15-mexicofatigue_N.htm

The Bleeding Edge Of Missle Defense And Politics

Remember the AIM-7? It took thirty years to get it right with AMRAAM- now this:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2009-03-15-missile_N.htm

There Is No European Depression

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/16/opinion/16krugman.html?em

More Excellent Cell Phone Company Customer Service

http://redtape.msnbc.com/2009/03/fcc-sprint-can-be-judge-and-jury-.html#posts

There Is No Depression

Arnold could fire EVERY state employee, and still not balance his budget. All Hail Proposition 13:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hyRlF-WhnZw_k9hUu2nHG2DldANwD96TNG101

Vive La France!

DeGaulling to finally admit you owe your ass to the Yanks and the Brits:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7942086.stm

Yet Another Reason To Hate Home Owners Associations

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/real_estate/HOA_moves_to_foreclose_on_84_Mission_Creek_homes.html

Newspaper Woes: Seattle P.I. Now Online-Only

http://www.kirotv.com/news/18941041/detail.html#-

Tips For Your Resume

197 words not to use:

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/story/CF51B4619CF9571986257571000E0DF1?OpenDocument

http://www.resumedictionary.com/

We Know How You Drive

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/business/stories.nsf/story/CC9E28D0D08DB85D862575790003DEF0?OpenDocument

Hacker Data Stashes

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/nation/story/8AE6E6511EF03CD08625757A0082356D?OpenDocument

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Russians Party Like It's 1962

Vladimir wants to taunt us:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/03/14/russia.cuba.bombers/index.html

Those aircraft need 13,124 feet of runway? Shades of JATO...

Those are big frakking fields.

Early Observations 14 MAR 2009

I think that in the next decade or so, one of the reformations will be that of a new, more viable, center-right conservative party. A split from the Democrats of their most socially and fiscally conservative members will merge with disaffected former centrist Republicans. An analogy would be Germany's Christian Democrat Party. This will also push the Democratic Party further left, and as power corrupts the Dems (as it did Bush 2), a more competent conservatism can be a viable alternative. The new Conservative Party would spend more time working, and less time hating. The pragmatism of the coming 1T will shape this (I Like Ike).

NO! I'd Rather Starve My State, Then Starve My Ego!

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1885118,00.html?xid=rss-topstories-cnnpartner

Jon Stewart Wins Flamewar

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/03/13/cramer.stewart.reaction/index.html

Friday, March 13, 2009

There Is No Depression

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/12/AR2009031203580.html

Big 'Ol Moves To Switzerland

http://uk.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idUKTRE52B0AS20090312

Texas- Improving On Speed Traps

http://www.star-telegram.com/804/story/1255818.html

Newspaper Woes

http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1147/newspapers-struggle-public-not-concerned

FOI Follies

http://www.wbaltv.com/politics/18922106/detail.html

Observations 13 MAR 2009

It has not been a very good week.

I am still alive, and employed. That would seem to be the good news.

Max's back legs are getting weaker. He's waking up more in the middle of the night. Another visit to the vet may be in order, for more pain meds.

The economy keeps getting worse. The fact that I, and others, predicted this does not give me much satisfaction.

As a conservative, I'm watching my putative party self-destruct. And you were wondering why I posted so many critical pieces? No one listened to me then, either. The GOP refused to learn from it's mistakes, just as the liberals did during the Great Society, then Carter era's. Now, the tables are turned.

My former politics hangout is not dealing well with this. Free Republic looks sane and rational in comparison. One of my adversaries was celebrating my departure, and taunting me as a "coward".

When your beer gets pissed in by a mean drunk, and the bartender won't do anything, you've got two choices:

A) 20-to-life for Murder One (if you survive).
B) Leave the bar. Ignore the jeering. Act like a grown-up.

Even George C. Scott and Pappy Boyington got tired of barfights. Nothing I say or do will change the idiots.

How much of my life do I want to spend on fools? Real Life is bad enough.

Back to the war.

There Is No Depression

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/2009-03-12-net-worth_N.htm

Cramer Gets His, Sort Of

http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2009-03-12-jim-cramer-appears-on-jon-stewart-show-daily-show_N.htm?poe=HFMostPopular

STL City Schools Pushing The Down Button

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/education/story/71992E4BEC6E312C862575780011C82A?OpenDocument

Thursday, March 12, 2009

First, Meigs Field, Now This

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-biz-sears-tower-name-change-willis-march12,0,7014962.story

Going From Two To Zero Newspapers In Town

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/business/media/12papers.html?_r=1&em

Life In 2010

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,919420-1,00.html

There Is No Depression

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CONSUMER_FINANCES?SITE=MOSTP&SECTION=DJSP_COMPLETE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2009-03-12-12-14-04

There Is No Depression

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FORECLOSURE_RATES?SITE=MOSTP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

And:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/retirement/2009-03-11-pension-plan-assets-short_N.htm

Cleaning Up Space

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/11/1456228

Damn That Libru'l Financial Times!

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c6c5bd36-0c0c-11de-b87d-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1

Google Is Watching You

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29644516/

There Is No Depression

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-03-10-gallup-medical-bills_N.htm

Revisionist History, In The Information Age

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19861.html

He Had A Little List...

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-03-10-alabama-shooting_N.htm?imw=Y

Monday, March 9, 2009

There Is No Depression

http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/2009/03/09/economy-worst-since-great-depression-world-bank-says/

And:

http://cnnwire.blogs.cnn.com/2009/03/09/nikkei-slips-to-26-year-low/

Saturday, March 7, 2009

4T Signs

There Is No Bad News:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TV_NBC_GOOD_NEWS?SITE=ININS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

And, Go Ahead And Flaunt That Wealth:

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/2009-03-05-luxury-shame_N.htm

And even the college throwaway papers are in trouble:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-03-05-collegepress_N.htm

There Is No PTSD

For James and Chris:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/06/generals.ptsd/index.html

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Ethics Of A Coin Dealer

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/B8A606BA27E3DE7986257564000BD1F0?OpenDocument

Dead End

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stlouiscitycounty/story/E221E62D1DA06033862575710014DD97?OpenDocument

Data Storage History

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/computer_data_storage_through_ages

When The Company Does It For Profit, It's Not A Crime

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7927487.stm

There Is No Depression

http://www.businessinsider.com/henry-blodget-great-crash-of-2008-now-worse-than-great-crash-of-1929-2009-3

There Is No Depression

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29538287/

WASHINGTON - The nation's unemployment rate bolted to 8.1 percent in February, the highest since late 1983, as cost-cutting employers slashed 651,000 jobs.

Both figures were worse than analysts expected and the Labor Department's report shows America's workers being clobbered by a relentless wave of layoffs.

The net loss of jobs in February came after even deeper payroll reductions in the prior two months, according to revised figures. The economy lost 681,000 jobs in December and another 655,000 in January.

There Is No Depression

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29541470/

Love For the Bankers

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19687.html

The Surge Is Working!

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29543169/

Army captain charged with stealing $690,000
28-year-old entrusted with money for Iraq relief allegedly mailed it home

Thursday, March 5, 2009

There Is No Depression

http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/05/markets/markets_newyork/index.htm?cnn=yes

Links 5 MAR 2009

The Left Loves Rush, and Why:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/187611

And:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19641.html

http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/05/0655225

Super-Google Gutenberg Project:

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/04/1932247

Igor from the NWS is the Kindle's voice:

http://www.slate.com/id/2212800/

Don't like the oversight, give the taxpayer's money back:

http://www.slate.com/id/2212802/

Dad Smoked, I choked:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-03-04-secondhand-smoke_N.htm

360,000 vets with brain injuries. Explain that, James.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2009-03-04-braininjuries_N.htm

Furloughs vs. layoffs:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/employment/2009-03-04-furloughs-workers-companies_N.htm

Kepler to launch Friday:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2009-03-04-kepler-planets_N.htm

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0309/19636.html

No More ViewMasters:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29514132/

NASA Budget Woes:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29514257/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29527339/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29517442/

Rove and Miers To Talk:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29516561/

Treasury Dept Overload:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29518044/

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

KDNL (ABC 30) Analog Gone Forever

KDNL has shut down it's analog transmitter on RF 30. The digital transmitter is fully operational on the tower at Kenrick.

So far, no screams of agony.

More Small-Market TV News/Media Consolidation

It's not playing well in Peoria...

http://pundit.blogpeoria.com/2009/02/27/media-hoinews-as-we-know-might-end-monday/comment-page-1/#comment-13130

http://www.pjstar.com/homepage/x1959832349/Owners-of-WEEK-TV-taking-over-operations-of-WHOI-TV

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Visa/MC Data Breaches

http://blogs.usatoday.com/technologylive/2009/03/visa-and-master.html

Gotta Love That New Marine One

Now that Iran has hacked the plans:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PRESIDENTIAL_HELICOPTER_SECURITY_BREACH?SITE=MOSTP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

History Making Up It's Mind On GW Bush

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29469663/

and, 92 tapes that never existed were destroyed:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29464930/

As predicted, the long, slow leak of damaging data about the Bush Administration continues. Just as happened to LBJ and Nixon, eventually the "rest of the story" comes out... :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Gambling, Starting In Kindergarten

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1882595,00.html?xid=rss-topstories-cnnpartner

AAA Has A New Service

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2009-03-01-speedcameras_N.htm

There Is No Depression

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/us/01survival.html?em

and:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/fashion/01private.html?em

For My Libretarian Friend In Leningrad

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4683

For My Reactionary Friends

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/01/opinion/01rich.html?em

X Sees The Millienials Gaining On Them

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-rodriguez2-2009mar02,0,199145.column

Buffett The Optimist

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29441863/

Erik Prince Discovers His Own 4T

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29462685/

Mexico's 4T Meets Ours

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090301/ts_nm/us_usa_mexico_drugs