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Things are broken

( Rants )

I recently wrote a post on E. Coli outbreaks. One thing I did not mention in that story is how the federal government, in the form of the Food and Drug Administration, really isn’t suited to dealing with businesses other than large scale agricorps. For instance, there is a regulation requiring that all meat processing [...]

Why I Love Doonesbury

One of my favorite comic strips to read is Doonesbury. Garry Trudeau has been drawing this strip forever, and what I love about it is the strong political sensibilities he has. Today’s comic is a prime example of this. The political blustering and fear-mongering used by the Republicans should be overshadowed by their lack of [...]

Studio Stoops To A New Low

( News andRants )

Apparently, Warner Brothers has been accused of making empty promises to some of the extras who starred in their recent movie, Blood Money. The studio had promised the orphaned amputees new prosthetic limbs as part of their compensation for acting in the movie, but has yet to deliver any prostheses to the children. You can [...]

Bad Tech Blogging

( Rants andTech )

I occasionally read Gizmodo, as one of the blogs I use to keep up to date on electronics and technology. Recently, I’ve found that their reporting appears to be fairly poor, if not outright ridiculous. For instance, their recent article on the Samsung GX-10 DSLR mentions the Canon Rebel XTi and the Pentax K10, but [...]

Clueless Marketing

( Rants andStupidity )

I recently found two comments on my blog for Bayliner Discovery boats. Apparently, the company has hired someone to place a marketing pitch on the comments of blogs that are boating related. I have found the comment on Bonnie’s blog, Frogma, as well as Sherry’s blog, Stay of Execution. They’ve apparently attempted to post the [...]

Journalism, Photoshop, Ethics and Discrimination

( Events andNews andPhotography andRants )

Reuters is one of the largest media companies in the world. Their well known for their news coverage in written, photographic and television media. They are also well known for their business and financial news coverage. However, recently, their credibility has come under fire—understandably so. A recent photo, that was supposedly taken by a Reuters [...]

Lowering the Bar

( My Life andRants andSailing )

Apparently, the definition of what passes for quality, professional work, has gotten lower. I asked around and was given Peter Kennedy’s name as the go-to guy for doing the electrical upgrades on my Telstar. He was recommended by several sailors I spoke with, as well as the Telstar manufacturer, Performance Cruising. Given these references, I [...]

Gateway and Customer dis’ Service

( Rants andSecurity andTech )

I was reading a post over at Cavemonkey50 technology blog. It was about bad customer service from Gateway computers. I’m really not surprised. I had a run-in with the quality of their customer service a few years ago—I’ve posted the story here again, from my website archives. Customer Disservice Saturday, December 13th, I spent the [...]

Bad Journalism

( Rants andStupidity )

Forbes has an article on the ten most polluted cities in the United States. In their slide show of the ten cities they mention US highways. Unfortunately, the idiots editors over at Forbes don’t seem to realize that there is a difference between US highways, like US Route 1—which are the old federal highways, and [...]

Truth and the Bush Regime

( News andPolitics andRants andThoughts )

Apparently, there is nothing the Bush regime can tell the truth about. If the Bush administration is going to such lengths to cover up a simple hunting accident, one must really ask what else are they covering up, and to what lengths are they willing to go to do so? It would seem that the TRUTH is one of the casualties of the Bush regime’s “War on Fundamentalism”.

Republican Corruption

( Events andPolitics andRants andThoughts )

The Republican Party has gotten rid of Tom DeLay, in the fears that someone tainted by money laundering charges, and who embodies corruption and other ethical problems may reflect negatively on the party in the upcoming elections. There is a good article on his replacement, John Boehner, and some of his past activities over at [...]

Fascism—American Style

I recently read an article that pointed me to Dr. Lawrence Britt’s essay on the Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism. Now let’s take a look at each of Britt’s fourteen points, and how America, in 2006, under the Bush Presidency regime is faring.

More Corporate Stupidity

Apparently, in an attempt to recycle paper, the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, both subsidiaries of The New York Times, sent out credit card data on possibly as many as 240,000 subscribers. The credit card data was printed on paper, which was then recycled internally and used for printing the routing slips attached to 9,000 bundles of newspapers sent to retailers and carriers last weekend, according to the newspapers.

RFID Passport Security

Technology, being used for technology’s sake, rarely is effective, unless it is done with a thorough understanding of the underlying issues and requirements. That is not the case here. RFID technology is not a technological panacea that will make national security or identifying the bad guys easier, unless it is properly used. In fact, it is more likely to make national security, especially for our citizens abroad, far lower, and make them more easily identifiable by the bad guys.

Third World Economy

( Essays andNews andPolitics andRants andSecurity andThoughts )

Well, glad to say that GWB did not disappoint (see my previous post). The government of the United States is officially in default. They’ve exceeded the debt ceiling of $8.18 trillion dollars, and are now at $8.19 trillion dollars, as noted in the Homeland Stupidity blog. Of course, what would you expect from a man [...]

Gore and Clinton: Two Different Takes on Democracy

( Essays andEvents andPolitics andRants andThoughts )

The Irregular Times blog, one of my regulars, has an excellent analysis on the differences between Al Gore and Hillary Clinton’s take on democracy and the actions of the Bush Administration. You can read the whole article here. I’ve quoted the conclusion below. It is one that I strongly agree with. Whereas Al Gore’s speech [...]

Republicans and War

Apparently, the Republicans really don’t care if our troops die in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our troops have been told that they may not qualify for the $400,000 SGLI life insurance policy if they are KIA wearing non-government issue body armor, as seen in this story.

Innovation—Microsoft Style

( Rants andTech andThoughts )

Here’s a new Windows application that allows you to control your BlueTooth-enabled PC via a BlueTooth equipped cell phone. I’ll quote something from the “article” about the new software: Use Bluetooth Remote Control both for buisness and pleasure! Give PowerPoint presentation and see the actual slides in the phone. Change songs that are currently being [...]

E-Bay Fraud

Should eBay be responsible for fraud committed through their services. I think they should be. My reasoning is this. They profit from even the fraudulent transactions. They should be responsible for vetting the people who use their services, both buyers and sellers, and should take responsibility when their vetting of users fails.

Above the Law?

( Politics andRants )

No one is above the law. Even if GWB thinks he and the Republican leadership should be, they aren’t. The Republicans have been caught out doing quite a bit that is ethically and legally questionable. Look at how much of the Republican leadership is currently under investigation or indictment at the moment.

About George W. Bush

( Politics andRants andThoughts )

George W. Bush is a liar.

Republican Hubris

( Politics andRants andThoughts )

What’s been going on in the American political scene is frankly disgusting to me. The Republicans seem to have a serious lack of morals and ethics, as can be seen in what is happening with the current Republican Leadership.

Our Tax Dollars at Work

Today, on my way over to see a client, I saw something that made me laugh. In Canton, right on Neponset Street, there is a Dunkin’ Donuts shop. In New England, Dunkin’ Donuts is the local 800-pound gorilla of donut shops—they’re based in Rhode Island. The shop is relatively new, as it wasn’t there last [...]

Criminals’ Rights vs. Society

( Essays andMisc. andPolitics andRants andThoughts )

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the way the justice system in the United States works. I’ve come to the conclusion that the whole thing needs to be re-worked. Not the actual courts, but the much of the law, the ideas of what constitutes crime, the idea of punishment, and the idea of the rights of the accused and the convicted.

Can We Prevent Election Fraud?

( News andPolitics andRants andSecurity andTech andThoughts )

I’ve been thinking about George W. Bush, and the election in 2004. Rumors, right after the election, raised issues on whether George W. Bush and GOP supporters stole the election. Here are some of the reasons I think we need to take a good look at voting in this country. I believe this country has the ability to conduct free and fair elections, which are not tainted by the possibility of widespread vote tampering, nepotism, and other questionable practices.

No Better Things To Do?

( News andRants )

Animal activists for years have claimed that lobsters are in agony when being cooked, and that dropping one in a pot of boiling water is tantamount to torture.

Enemy of my enemy…

I’ve been a Democrat for a long time. Just recently, I found myself agreeing with something I read… and realizing how strange it was that a life-long Democrat would be agreeing with something written by a staunch conservative, who worked for the Reagan administration. Dr. Paul Roberts was an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during the first Reagan presidency.

The article he wrote last month was talking about how the current Bush conservatives were in many ways both deluded and dangerous… much in the same way the brownshirts of pre-Nazi Germany were. I’m not saying that Republicans are Nazis, but we should be careful to see what they’re doing and how they justify it.