Friday, April 29, 2005

where is the proof?

Gov. Praises 'Minuteman' Campaign
They are volunteers, not vigilantes. If they had harmed anyone, legally, illegally, or otherwise, I'm sure there would have been a media blitz about it by now. Where is the evidence that the Minutemen Project has done anything wrong? I have not seen any yet.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

don't take my weather away

Weather info could go dark
Sen. Santorum wants to privatize most weather forecasting in this country, by banning the National Weather Service from providing regular forecasts. Weather forecasting and the issuance of warnings, is a matter of protecting and securing life, liberty, and property, and those functions should be handled by the government. I don't think private businesses should be banned, but they shouldn't get special treatment either. Do we shut down the U. S. Postal Service just because it would compete with FedEx and UPS? No! Because having a postal service and a weather service is essential to the proper functioning of our nation.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

energy independence

MnEthanol: Let's "change to an ethanol economy today"!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

VOA <> Voice Of America

Voice of America Outsources News to Hong Kong
It seems really unethical, immoral, and possibly treasonous to have a "workforce in Hong Kong" producing "news" for the "Voice of America".
Especially since Hong Kong is part of China, a communist country that regularly censors journalists and has a poor human rights record.
I guess it's now the "Voice of America" 16 hours per day, and the "Voice of possibly censored Contract Workers from the Hong Kong province of China" 8 hours per day.

i agree with

"The Episcopal Church position on abortion": Planned Parenthood - The Washington Times

Abortion is a serious matter; it should never be taken lightly, or used for "any reason of mere convenience", but it should be a safe, legal option available to women without stigma or judgement attached. How can anyone pretend to know the particulars of each unique situation, and the factors involved? Best to let these important decisions be made privately, by the woman, her partner, and her physician.

Friday, April 15, 2005

budget shortfalls threaten timely tornado warnings

KRT Wire | 04/15/2005 | Budget shortfalls threaten routine programs of the National Weather Service: Let's find a way to support the National Weather Service - what other agency in government plays such a direct, critical role in protecting against the loss of life and property?

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Apple + AOL + XM = AAC?

Apple, why not help AOL and XM in the AAC vs. WMA format wars by adding AOL/XM's new radio service to iTunes as an option on both Mac and Windows platforms. This would "solve" for the most part the need for a subscription service for iTunes, and help promote standards-based AAC/MPEG-4 streaming instead of proprietary WMA. Plus, think how many more songs the iTunes Music Store could sell with a "Buy Song" button next to the "Now Playing" feature in this new radio service.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Ball State proposes expansion of NewsLink Indiana

The Ball State Daily News - BSU finds room in budget for program: They are suggesting a "statewide public television newscast", and I think that's a great idea! It could be first run on primary/analog signals (if each IPBS station wants it) and have a second run (in late evening?) on the new ideas! network.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

pbs on demand

PBS | I, Cringely . March 31, 2005
Good idea - why doesn't PBS hook up with RealOne? Local stations could even sponsor local mirror servers to host R1's content on the "edge" of the network, and benefit by adding VOD of local productions & live streams of local events.

feel good branding

Good Goes Around - a free song from the parent of Song :)

(it's nice to click on a banner ad offering something free that actually works seamlessly on my mac!)