GOP: Silence Speech

November 21, 2009 - Leave a Response

Silence debate. That’s what the GOP Senate fat cats who pay $500 for their comprehensive health care wanted. America won tonight.

The hurdles placed in the way of a rule requiring health insurance are absurd. Not just the constant cacophony of lies from certain business interests: Who would expect any less?

But silencing speech on exploring a huge American problem hurting every single person is sickening. Why would the GOP do such a thing to America?

Fortunately, the Democrats proved that Washington is not Moscow, Pyongyang or Tashkent, after all.

Filibuster: A friend thought it means piracy. She had it almost right.

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Obama and Microsoft Mistaken

August 22, 2009 - Leave a Response

I like Obama and I can’t stand Microsoft. One hurts himself, the other hurts many.

For twenty years, Saturday morning promised a radio update from the president and a response from the opposition. Shortly after Obama took office, the radio update switched to something like 6 am and the Internet. The radio update at a decent time is limited to the opposition–which now means hearing the most vile and vicious distortions, and no rebuttal from the administration. I am on the Internet 24/7 but am I going to listen to radio on the Internet for Obama’s take? Never done that and not likely to.

Meanwhile, I have been needing to buy many PCs for the office. Ever since Vista appeared, I had to stop buying. It does not cooperate with a key Netware server. Multiplied by many others in the same boat, Microsoft’s decision to make XP unavailable on new PCs should hurt PC makers in big numbers.

I know there are work-arounds and alternatives but that is not what I can feed the staff. Same with Obama and the radio–I miss the radio updates but am unlikely to rearrange my life for them.

Picking on Frightened Sarah Palin

August 9, 2009 - Leave a Response

First she drops her job because of an imaginary problem with sticking with it.

Now she’s frightened by a bill that doesn’t exist?

Can they get a medic for her, stat?

There is no euthanasia bill in Washington, Sarah! Completing your job is the honorable thing to do!

Just in case she hasn’t had time for history or books: Health care is cheapest when all share in the cost of insurance. The idea came from an arch-conservative, Bismarck. Look him up in the Wikipedia, SP. By they way, he understood the call of duty. He stuck with his job.

Apple, the Warmed-Over Microsoft

June 11, 2009 - Leave a Response

Long ago, Microsoft closed the gates to DR-DOS and crippled apps like WordPerfect. Now, Apple sabotages software that opens the iPhone to additional software.

Cydia is a wonderful complementary App Store for the iPhone and offers great software. Can-Do-No-Wrong Apple keeps changing the software playing field to doom Cydia.

Developers use the term jailbreak to re-enable the iPhone to work as it is sold: A Unix-based software platform for Unix-based software programs. The term jailbreak mis-characterizes the sabotage Apple practices.

Apple runs an anti-competitve monopoly. Withholding software from the consumer, restraining them to purchasing only from its store, and changing the software to cripple competitors tastes like warmed-over Microsoft.

Next: Banish Sports Snouts from Public Troughs

February 28, 2009 - Leave a Response

In the Washington region, there is a constant stream of sports teams demanding stadiums from the DC, Maryland or Virginia governments.  Meanwhile, they pay their employees salaries way above the President’s.  Ill-tempered and bad-mannered employees, that is, who would be fired from any other job.

Even bankers, as a group, behave better than the sports pros, as a group.  Now that we have bashed bankers into shame, let’s move on to the irresponsible, antitrust-protected sports enterprises.

Cut the players’ salaries.  Since they eat more than bankers, point them to cheap eats. Culinspiration knows one way.

Next, remove the antitrust protection of the teams. Let them compete on a level playing field, like any other business.  Banish their snouts from public troughs.

Encourage teams to put their savings into a rainy day stadium repair and construction fund, if they’re too dense to get the idea.

New York Violins

February 23, 2009 - Leave a Response

After screwing the country and small shareholders for years and getting ultra-rich on mania-mergers, Wall Street now objects to the nationalization of banks.

Instead of thanking all of us. Heck, screw them — let them declare bankruptcy if they don’t want our help.

Let all the super-merged companies declare bankruptcy as they see fit. What’s so scary about bankruptcy? The pieces will still be there, and if capitalism can prove itself, certainly small entities created from the pieces will invigorate the economy.

Stop the Bailout: Instead …

January 30, 2009 - One Response

Spend money so it goes back into circulation and trickles up:

Offer companies in dire straits loans of up to 30% of salaries for employees they retain.

Give them nothing else. They abuse it.

Employees need and use money. They pay taxes and help cities, counties and states so that we don’t have to bail those out.

They buy stuff and money trickles up.

Quit the Bushist give-aways.

Beware the Digital TV

January 26, 2009 - Leave a Response

Installing the DTV converter boxes is easy. Getting a decent, persistent reception is the tricky part. The impossible part.

Why don’t the spokespeople urging conversion own up to the downsides? Do they use converters?  I wish they would.

The reception is occasionally as advertised: clear picture, albeit small. Decent, but not better, sound.

Most of the time, however, the sound is broken up, and sometimes–when people move in the room or the house, or a bird flies by, for instance,–the picture cracks up as well. And more often than not, both do.

I don’t expect a policy reversal but wish the spokespeople would tell the truth about this major change.

Two for the Environment

January 26, 2009 - Leave a Response

Unbelievable. Only a few days into the new administration, NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, discovers that we’re damaging the ozone layer for a 1000 years. What happened in the past eight years? Did the researchers have the results but were muzzled?

On public TV, channel 26, a speaker for the car makers complains that the new standards cannot be met. Doesn’t Opel within the GM empire meet them? Does not Ford in its European manufactures? Doesn’t Chrysler’s new owner, Fiat?

Why do they object? The companies to be hurt are the oil companies. Are the car makers beholden to them? If manufacturers of fuel-efficient cars world-wide were profitable and the U.S. operations of GE, Ford and Chrysler were not, didn’t that prove that opposition to tougher standards is nonsense?

Old Animals

January 26, 2009 - Leave a Response

Among the Washington area rocks, I found these:

Iron Animals

Basically, an iron or heavy metal plate with things that look like maritime animals and could fit into Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything.

I found more such plates. Should I smelt them for my upcoming Spearworks BC Ltd.? Or send them somewhere for research?

This one reminds me of the finds Bryson mentions of rocks with embedded soft tissue:

Striations

Big Fly’s wings?