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Flat-footed spam comment of the day

Posted by Ron Coleman on December 16, 2008

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The enemy of my friend is… hmmm

Posted by Ron Coleman on December 7, 2008

Instapundit links to a chilling report that’s sure to set off even more confusion in left-wing faculty lounges than it is with hormones across the animal kingdom:

IT’S NOT JUST YOUR IMAGINATION: “The research – to be detailed tomorrow in the most

The importance of being organic

The importance of being organic

comprehensive report yet published – shows that a host of common chemicals is feminising males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people.”

The whole article is pretty stunning if the link between the chemicals and the emasculation phenomenon holds up.

Here’s the question, now:   How does a classical wacko lefty — not our normal liberal friends, okay, but the kinds of people who do street theater, comment on Daily Kos and that sort of thing — deal with the policy choices here?   Petrochemical and industrial chemical concerns?  Environmental effects of modern industry?  Threats to species?  All bad.

Men and the things that make them men?  Uh, also bad, and now, clearly, seen to be worse than ever!   Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that the male of our species will disappear fast enough by this process to prevent damage to other ones by virtue of all that maleness that just can’t disappear fast enough.

Decisions, decisions.

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Tell us another!

Posted by Ron Coleman on December 2, 2008

Instapundit :

A TERRORISM SURVIVAL BUNDLE for Windows Mobile.

Gah!  Someone contemplating “survival” would rely on Windows?!

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Wi-Fi in the clouds

Posted by Ron Coleman on November 23, 2008

Wi-Fi  is finally working its way into airplanes… slowly, though.

What on earth is taking so long?  Can we trade in the four peanuts and the free issue of Skymall in order to get this going?

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Trails of tears

Posted by Ron Coleman on November 17, 2008

Kaus sums it all up:

Vodkapundit makes the basic point about Obama’s Blackberry. … You want the President to rely solely on information passed up the official chain through the White House gatekeepers? That way lies the Bay of Pigs!  The chain of command is a lousy way to find out bad news. Emailing around seems like a pretty good way. Is it that much harder to secure than a phone call? Aren’t Presidents trusted with the telephone? … Paranoid P.S.: You have to wonder whether on some level this isn’t an an attempt by the White House bureaucracy to control Obama. … [via Insta]

I guess I just can’t stop being a lawyer.  It is obvious to any of the wingtip-shod that the President can’t use a BlackBerry the way he uses a phone because, duh, (1) a BlackBerry leaves a textual trail, and (2) the BlackBerry isn’t only a way to receive information, it is a way to distribute it; and the process of receiving it requires a series of textual prompts — at the very least — by the putative BB-ing President BO.

Just last week, at the Media Law Resource Center dinner, the presidential historian Michael Beschloss made it very clear that he has no idea how his job will be done in the future.  Presidents today, and those around them, do not dare write contemporaneous notes, diaries, letters… these are mere fodder for politically-motivated congressional witch hunts and special prosecutors looking for something, anything, as a hook on which to hang the other side out to dry.  The only defense to this process has been executive privilege, and even that is considered bad form now.  The Democrats in Congress have made it clear there will be purges later this coming winter and are warning the White House not to rev up the shredders — and in this environment, we think the next President should generate dozens of email trails containing hundreds of messages in the process of governing?

The virtual eye?

The virtual eye?

It’s much more than this.  We have lost some perspective, it seems.  The BlackBerry is a virtual replacement for being at the center of the process.  It is a form of portable access, both incoming and outgoing, as a replacement for being face to face with the people and data with whom interaction is required.

The BlackBerry — the “CrackBerry” — in fact, is a tyranny that we impose on ourselves in an attempt to manage our piece of a world that will move along without us if we log off for long.  You might argue that this is all the more true for a Chief Executive, but it is not merely wishful thinking to suggest that this is not the manner in which the President of the United States should operate on a personal level.  It is a managerial and executive imperative that this be so.  If there is any single person on earth who absolutely should not be executing his responsibilities via the essentially reactive, and highly improvisational, mode of feverish electronic messaging, it is the President of the United States.

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Drop Dead; drop 12

Posted by Ron Coleman on October 11, 2008

This Tech CrunchIT article by Steve Gillmor about why I can’t get Twitter to work with instant messaging — a marriage that you’d think would be as obvious as chocolate and peanut butter — was worthwhile, because it clarified what was becoming increasingly obvious:  It’s not about me.  Twitter doesn’t have any idea on earth how to make it work.

Fine and dandy, as far as it goes.

But here’s the icing:  The article is called, “Twitter to IM:  Drop Dead,” and, to make it re-e-e-e-e-eally obvious what the joke was to the many Twitter and IM users who are, in fact, under 40…. and then some… it included a JPEG of the famous New York Daily News front page of October 29, 1975, featuring the late President Gerald Ford’s picture and the headline, “FORD TO CITY:  DROP DEAD,” in reference to his promise to veto any bailout of New York City in the shadow of its threatened bankruptcy.  This decision by Ford may have been the right one, but the News‘s spin — despite its later endorsement — along with Chevy Chase’s libelous depiction of of the President as an oaf on Saturday Night Live, were probably the two most significant MSM contributors to the advent of the Carter Administration.

What’s really, really interesting is the second subhead.  The first one reads, “Abe, Carey rip stand” — that meant, for you youngsters and those tuning in from overseas, “New York Mayor Abe Beame and New York Governor Hugh Carey criticized the President’s statement.”  Of course, they were not only Democrats; they were as responsible as any two people then living for the disastrous situation in the first place.  But the second headline?  Dig this — and now I present you with the JPEG in all its glory:

Twelve points of separation

Twelve points of separation

That’s right:  “Stocks Skid, Down Down 12.”

TWELVE POINTS.

This was back in the ticker-tape days, when stocks were bought and sold the old-fashioned way.  A million shares sold, as I remember it, was a “heavy volume” day on Wall Street.  And the Dow Jones average for the month of October in 1975 was 836.   The Dow overcame that eight-point “slide” and finished the year at 852.

Now, we were talking about Twitter…

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We don’t need no stinkin’ price signals

Posted by Ron Coleman on October 7, 2008

You thought Instapundit was a libertarian?  So did I!  At least on economics issues.  But check this:

BOB ZUBRIN: Obama’s Energy Plan a Mix of Bad and Good. “Moreover, there is one part of the Obama plan which is absolutely splendid, and that is his explicit promise to require flex fuel capability on all new cars sold in the USA by the end of his first term. This is indeed a potential real game changer, especially if the flex fuel standard is written to include not only automobile compatibility with gasoline and ethanol, but methanol as well.” You can make methanol from kudzu. ‘Nuff said.

Well, not ’nuff for me.  What happened to the free market?  Is it inconceivable that oil could be $40 a barrel at the end of Obama’s first term — and cars will either be X dollars more expensive because of this requirement, or perhaps won’t work right, or… whatever?

Whatever, indeed.  We see how easy it is to fix massive policy problems merely by legislating a solution, right?

Posted in Futurama, Gelt, Nuvo-Techno, Politics and Poker, Stragety | 1 Comment »

Is that where they keep them?

Posted by Ron Coleman on August 28, 2008

You can’t escape justice merely by donning a tin hat, it seems. The European Court of Human Rights, his last resort after a series of British courts were unhelpful, has refused to block the extradition to the U.S. of Gary McKinnon, a Briton who hacked into Pentagon and NASA computers.  This is despite the fact that he claims extradition “would violate his human rights.”

U.S. prosecutors want to put McKinnon on trial for allegedly hacking into 97 computers belonging to NASA and several branches of the U.S. military from a bedroom in a north London home. He claims he was searching for UFOs.

In retrospect it seems the better tactical move would have been to claim immunity under the Federations’ Uniform Code of Justice.  Or, from the looks of him, some provision of the Vulcan constitution.

It came from outer space, but very slowly

It came from outer space, but very slowly

Presumably the high-tech aliens he is seeking will swoop down at this point and take care of things for McKinnon, having given earth’s puny rulers every chance to act justly.  On the other hand, given their advanced state, they may just be too embarrassed, based on what he told Wired a couple of years ago:

A NASA photographic expert said that there was a Building 8 at Johnson Space Center where they regularly airbrushed out images of UFOs from the high-resolution satellite imaging. I logged on to NASA and was able to access this department. They had huge, high-resolution images stored in their picture files. They had filtered and unfiltered, or processed and unprocessed, files.

My dialup 56K connection was very slow trying to download one of these picture files.

It would be, wouldn’t it!

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Hey, wait a minute!

Posted by Ron Coleman on August 18, 2008

Bob Miller on Beyond BT:

At Yael’s home, I also met the famed lawyer Ron Coleman, as proven by the attached photo he took with a small electronic device. This reassured us that we both existed independently of the Web.

Wouldn’t not taking the picture with a small electronic device have actually been somewhat more reassuring?

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Brain melt via cell

Posted by Ron Coleman on July 24, 2008

ABC News reports that a leading cancer researcher has informally let it be known that, definitive scientific results notwithstanding, he thinks gluing a cell phone to the side of your head probably does fry your brain:

“Really at the heart of my concern is that we shouldn’t wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later,” Herberman said.

No other major academic cancer research institutions have sounded such an alarm about cell phone use. But Herberman’s advice is sure to raise concern among many cell phone users and especially parents.

In the memo he sent to about 3,000 faculty and staff Wednesday, he says children should use cell phones only for emergencies because their brains are still developing.

Adults should keep the phone away from the head and use the speakerphone or a wireless headset, he says. He even warns against using cell phones in public places like a bus because it exposes others to the phone’s electromagnetic fields.

I’d keep that little Bluetooth thingy out of your ear, too. Why on earth actually inject electromagnetic waves into your head? Waves, or beams, or particles, or phlogiston. Whatever.

I tend to be really skeptical about sky-is-falling public health panics. This one I buy, intuitively, based on my utter lack of understanding of a single scientific, medical or technical issue involved. And, as an American and a blogger, I am committed to standing on that platform of ignorance and shouting terror and fear to the rooftops. Laugh if you will, but keep that damned thing away from my noggin.

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