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Friday, July 6, 2007

The sun has a lot to do with the weather

And its variations. It really does. Sign in to see full entry.

Straightforward to DavidMBrown: Is it really as simple as that?

Blogit blogger Straightforward wants to know if it's really as simple as that. That's the whole comment. "Is it really as simple as that?" I'm all for brevity and everything, but I also like a certain specifiability when it comes to pronouns and antecedents. Is what as simple as what? In my blog... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Oh no! No! There's something wrong with my account! Omigod, help! Help! H--

The latest phishing expedition begins: "Dear customer Paypal..." Er, of course, of course. And you would like me to "update my information" lest my "service be interrupted," and such? You'd like me to click on your link to and "confirm" my password? Happy to! It's 1234screwyou... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Can you solve all the horrific emergency problems of today?

Yeah, I caught a snippet of one of the infinity of presidential debates the other night on PBS, and Hillary was yammering on about people who are qualified to do this or that job but aren't getting one. I didn't catch her "solution" but I know it has nothing to do with removing arbitrary... Sign in to see full entry.

Always on the move

I stopped by a big discount bookstore in town here--big discounts, big store--that was displaying a "going out of business" sale sign even though it had just opened up several weeks earlier. Huh? Why? Well, I asked. It seems the store bounces from location to location, taking advantage of the lower... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Student suspended for judicious opinion re pot versus booze

And so it goes... He's an honor student who says pot isn't as bad as alcohol, and is being suspended for saying so and organizing a walkout to protest the school's harassment of him. His good grades will take a hit because he'll be forced to miss some final exams. Parents in the area could complain... Sign in to see full entry.

Buffoon Rather v Buffoon Couric spat as beside-the-point sideshow

Over at National Review Online, Myrna Blyth, wading through the recent Rather-v-Couric brouhaha-ho-hum, has the following arch observation about CBS anchor Katie Couric's approach to media criticism and/or her own job: " [Couric] is also getting beaten up for giving a commencement speech at Williams... Sign in to see full entry.

Indian Airlines workers striking wrong chord

I don't credit the rationales for most strikes I hear about. And the rationale for a recent strike at India 's "state-run domestic airline" (created over the dead bodies of nationalized private airlines in 1953), which "has entered its second day, stranding thousands of passengers" per a BBC report... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 11, 2007

What kind of New World Order does Putin want?

Top Russian gang leader President Vladimir Putin is yammering something about how all the market institutions of the world must change to accommodate the way things are now. We get only fuzzy non-specifics from the brief Financial Times report, which advises us that "Mr Putin said the world needed... Sign in to see full entry.

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