Monday, June 27, 2005


NOW. This Week | PBS
I'm excited to see that the Yum! group quick-service restaurant chain Taco Bell has committed to increase wages for tomato pickers in Florida. For only a penny a pound more, these workers will enjoy a 75% pay increase. Taco Bell has now agreed to lead the way in fairly compensating and respecting the workers of its suppliers.

I will probably try to eat at Taco Bell more often. It's satisfying to think that I can support a corporation that is doing good in America.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Opponents On Different Wavelengths

Opponents On Different Wavelengths: "Another Republican, a House aide, ... who asked not to be identified because his boss is trying to avoid publicly criticizing public broadcasting, recounted traveling through the South recently and hearing 'six Christian radio stations and NPR. The contrast was obvious. There's a real cultural dissonance there.'"

What in the world? I'd be worried if NPR did sound like the other 6 Christian stations. NPR shouldn't be identifiably left or right in its overall programming mix. There certainly are commentators and hosts on NPR that lean to the left in their personal views, and some that lean to the right - and maybe, just maybe, the left-leaning ones do tend to be heard a bit more often. But NPR still does a much better job of identifying commentary and opinion as such than many others, and allowing all voices to speak, whether they be from a red state, a blue state, or a state of mind.

FWIW, it's not as if I think NPR shouldn't discuss Christianity, but it should cover it as one of many belief systems, not the only one out there.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

godwin's law

The Comparison That Ends the Conversation

I have only one comment. When politicians start to sound like Usenet, we need new politicians. I don't have anything against Usenet, but its S/N ratio is not useful when attempting to govern a country.

Monday, June 20, 2005

proprietary ?

Rocky Mountain News: Technology: "It's just a proprietary decision by Apple to decide whether to play along or not..."

Hmm. Seems to me, that Sony BMG is the one who made the "proprietary decision" to go with a system (Windows Media DRM) that is not supported by the most popular portable audio player in the world - the iPod family, which also holds the largest share of the market. Maybe Sony should have licensed FairPlay DRM from Apple when Apple gave them the chance. Apple shouldn't have to lower themselves to accepting inferior formats (Windows Media) just because Sony thinks so. Let Sony make all of their digital audio players Windows Media DRM-compatible. I bet that most of Sony's aren't. In fact, Sony's equipment generally uses ATRAC3, so why didn't they use that format on the DMB release? It just doesn't make sense.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

94% think bush lied

WagNews: 94% Think Bush Lied on Iraq -Online Poll

ain't that the truth

Two Top Guns Shoot Blanks - New York Times: "The boundary between reality and fiction has now been blurred to such an extent by show business, the news business and government alike that almost no shows produced by any of them are instantly accepted as truth."

Thursday, June 16, 2005

sick & wrong

Your ISP as Net watchdog | CNET "'We were told, 'You're going to have to start thinking about data retention if you don't want people to think you're soft on child porn.''"

This is a clear violation of the American right to be held innocent until proven guilty. Let the government use the laws on the books today to request a 90 day hold of information about an Internet user if said user is suspect of a crime; that's fine. Ideally, I'd prefer a search warrant obtained from a federal court to be required. However, this new idea of calling ISPs who won't seriously invade users' privacy "soft on child porn" is yet another invention of those who hate freedom of expression and everything this country once stood for.

common sense prevails

My Way News | House Votes to Limit Use of Patriot Act: "If the government suspects someone is looking up how to make atom bombs, go to a court and get a search warrant," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

hillary's got the right idea (!)

Buffalo News - No clear answer on who closed event to media Hillary Clinton: "... it's ... our Constitution and country at stake. Let's get some spine."

Thursday, June 09, 2005

"9/11 as bush plot"

TV show depicts 9/11 as Bush plot - The Washington Times - June 09, 2005: " In fact, three of the hijackers who seized control of commercial airlines on September 11, 2001, including the ringleader, Mohamed Atta, purportedly had ties to a Hamburg, Germany-based al Qaeda cell."

Wait a minute. "In fact" does not equate to "purportedly". I wish the media wouldn't call something a "fact" when it only "purportedly" is the truth.

Interesting story nonetheless.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

watch, ride & REPORT

At Articulatory Loop - Read, Repeat, Remember, a reminder of how "Homeland Security" has gone too far.

Monday, June 06, 2005

more threats to weather security

Santorum Bill would restrict Weather Service data
Rick Santorum's at it again: trying to protect a few jobs in his home state at the cost of many lives, much liberty, and lots of property. Blocking the National Weather Service from doing its job and forcing citizens to access taxpayer-funded weather information only through commercial providers.