In Which I Lose My Temper

Look, kudos on Glenn Greenwald for getting new information.  Good on you, Business Insider, for reporting on the NSA facility in Utah.  CREDO has a petition up, notable. Here’s the thing, Social Media Outrage Machine… The Patriot Act was passed quite some time ago.  The NSA warrantless wiretapping program led to William Binney and Mark…

Pimpin’

Over at Mindless Diversions, we’ve begun our Babylon 5 “bookclub”.  Jaybird suggested that I advertise this on the front page, and since I’m all about self-aggrandizement, consider this a bleg to participate. Episode 2 should be covered tonight or tomorrow, I’m behind schedule (sue me, I’ve been sick).

Something, something… petard.

(updated) Comments on this entry are now closed (/updated) A tale of the modern development quandary: “What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?” From the article: To the players who played the cracked version! I’m not mad at you. When I was younger, downloading illegal copies…

Flames…

Without discussing the merits of the entire article, I’d just like to say that this makes my head ache: “When you have a lower-level job, being exceptionally good at it is usually a deterrent to getting promoted,” says Lilit Marcus, author of Save the Assistants: A Guide for Surviving and Thriving in the Workplace. For…

Stay Classy, America!

Chris Erskine, courtesy of the LA Times: When Sequoyah’s players showed up for Foothill Sports League games, with their ragtag uniforms and a girl at linebacker, the other junior high teams didn’t exactly tremble with fear. Then the games began and Sequoyah, perhaps buoyed by its free-thinking nature, more likely buoyed by some pretty good…

Progress

There’s been a sort of devolution in the comment threads lately with people retreating to corners or focusing on negativity or any one of a number of other sub-dynamics that always strike me as odd when they happen to multiple sub-cultures of the blog all at the same time. Communication breakdown. So “let’s go to…

This Conversation is Being Recorded

I’m going to start by saying that this is not legal advice, and indeed may be against any number of civil or criminal laws in your local jurisdiction. It’s generally first and foremost a good idea to keep this wise post in mind. You carry a smart phone.  If it comes to interacting with authorities,…

Occam’s (Rent Seeking) Razor

Both RT and Reason have reported on a story that apparently got its roots over at Infowars, regarding the Department of Homeland Security purchasing paper targets for law enforcement officials to practice gunning down ordinary citizens.  This has been picked up by other blogs, with predictable hyperbole: This puzzle isn’t difficult to assemble, folks. We’ve…

Signs That The Lunatics Are All Around Us

Blogging HT to Gawker. Christopher Jordan Dorner, the 33-year-old ex-LAPD officer who allegedly killed a young Los Angeles couple on Sunday in revenge for his termination from the force, is only getting started, according to a rambling manifesto, alternately terrifying and bizarre, that he posted to Facebook earlier this week. “The Violence of action will…

Insufficient Arguments

Note: This post is part of our League Symposium on Guns In America. You can read the introductory post for the Symposium here. To see a list of all posts in the Symposium so far, click here. The gun debate irks me, as I’ve mentioned a few places, because I find an awful lot of…

Practicum

The Department of Homeland Security (Houston) produced this video.  Warning, you might find the depiction to be disturbing.  There’s a bit of FUD in the beginning, particularly… “occasionally, life feels more like an action movie than reality”, because “occasionally” is hugely overstating the frequency of these sorts of events.  The odds that you’ll ever use…

2017

The Senate can’t manage to wrangle a deal on the debt ceiling.  The Senate can’t manage to wrangle a deal on the fiscal cliff. The Senate can manage to extend domestic warrantless surveillance until 2017, though.  Bipartisan vote.  73 yeas!  The Congressional website is always late to the party, and nobody who reports on these…

January 3rd

So, what happens on January 3rd? On January 3rd, the House of Representatives holds its next vote for Speaker of the House.  You need to have a straight majority to win. Historically, this is basically a rubber stamp moment… the majority party nominates its candidate, the minority party nominates its candidate, there’s a formal vote…

What The What?

The Mind Boggles. “Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom,” Emphasis mine.

PSA

I’d like to take a moment to publicly thank poll workers for doing a likely very boring job under likely very irritating circumstances for likely no recognition… except highly negative recognition. (“What do you mean, I needed to register at my new address!??!?!”) Especially if they live in the Sandy-affected area, and doubly-especially if they…

George Lucas Taps Out

USA Today reports Disney is buying Lucasfilm from its sole owner, Mr. Lucas, for ~$4.1 billion dollars. Said Disney CEO Robert Iger: “This is one of the great entertainment properties of all time, one of the best branded and one of the most valuable, and it’s just fantastic for us to have the opportunity to…

Bookdragon Asks…

On Mike’s comment rescue of Zic’s great comment, commentor Bookdragon asks: As I’ve grown older and look like less of a target (and earned belts in judo, jui jitsu and karate), I’ve worried a little less about myself. However my daughter is hitting puberty and my fears for her are in many ways even worse.…

Free Political Advice

I’m watching the debate tonight and I’m thinking two things. The first thing is, whichever color hat I put on, I think the guy on my team did okay.  If I take off both hats, I don’t see either guy being a winner.  Romney did a good job of sticking to his frame, Obama didn’t…

Comment Rescue: KenB on Regulations

Over at Koz’s guest post, there was an exchange regarding people who poll businessmen and the questions they ask. Tom quoted a Washington Examiner piece: Because “President Obama’s Executive Branch and regulatory policies have hurt American small businesses and manufacturers,” according to 69 percent of the business owners surveyed. To which my response was: I…

HEADDESK

Now, of course, like all stories this is a story that may or may not reflect the reality. Seriously, though, if there’s any truth to this… it’s the sort of thing that makes me insane.

Delirium

There are worse things in life than spending a Friday night playing poker with a guy who distributes beer & wine for a living. Delirium Tremens, is what I’m saying.  Even when you lose, you win.

Signaling

Imagine license plates existed starting in 1765. The post image means something, yes?  If you’re John Adams and you’re trotting down the road on the way to drop off a letter to The Boston Gazette arguing against the Stamp Act, you might cluck your tongue as you pass the wagon with this license plate.  Loyalists!…