Tom Friedman is still reporting from Iran and still making sense. When not talking domestic politics or Israel, this isn
I could have sworn I left my link to the new Maureen Dowd silliness around here somewhere.
I guess you’ll just have to check around somewhere else.
Saudi-controlled Arabia is now banning products using the Star of David. May I suggest Intel start burning a little star into its computer chips? And that Ford replaces their blue oval with our little blue pointy friend? How about Sony televisions with a little Israeli flag in the corner, blotting out the ever-present CNN logo?
Look, I love the Constitution. Really. I think John Adams was a political genius equal to Jefferson, Machiavelli, Aristotle, or the sum total of English Common Law.
But I love our greenbacks, too. And the new designs are ugly enough without printing excerpts from the Constitution on the flipside.
Bring back the old money, please.
Soundly beaten in 1945, Germany gave up claims not just to Austria and the Sudeten, but Silesia and Pomerania, too. Just as thoroughly pounded that same year, Japan gave up her dreams of conquest, and seems happy with Russia owning the long-disputed island of Sakhalin/Karafuto. After Napoleon was handed his balls at Waterloo, there
Out of character, the Guardian has two pretty decent analysis pieces today.
This one looks at how Palestinian terror strengthened the hand of Administration hawks, while killing Colin Powell
Hey, I made the Top 100 again at Weblogs.com. And all I had to do was bust my ass all day.
And loved every minute of it, of course.
UPDATE: Today wasn’t a record day for hits — but it was in the top five, I think.
2,800+ visitors. 5,850+ page views. And without a link from Glenn or Lileks or Andrew or any of the biggies.
Recently, he was flying over his old digs here in Colorado, and managed to snag a couple snapshots of the Hayman fires.
If you’re a flatlander, let a more experienced eye tell you what you’re seeing. In this first picture, what you should see is an endless view of jagged granite, so seemingly huge that the entire planet must be made of shear cliffs and the occassional icepack. Above, a sky so blue you’d think your L.A. sunset had been turned upside down.
In the second picture, the huge gray-white smear on the left side isn’t clouds; it’s smoke.
Normally, that line of cloud running horizontally along the top would be just that — a horizontal line. Everything under that bottom edge is nothing but smoke.
Now, assuming the plane is at 33,000 feet, and the mountain range runs from 8,000-14,000 feet, you’re looking at anywhere from 19 to 25 thousand feet of smoke.
That’s more than three or four miles of soot and ash, straight up.
A vast majority of the US public might think we’re losing the war on terror right now, but Indepundit Scott doesn’t agree.
Go to my search function, select “comments” for where to search, then search for “Dean.”
He’s one of our regular comment contributors here, and one of the best. Today he must have doubled my knowledge of Chinese politics, while dispensing maybe a small fraction of one percent of what he knows. And he does this kind of thing day after day.
And, yes, I am trying to flatter/bully him into starting his own blog. Again.
Rand Simberg finds all the juciest Idiotarian quotes, so you don’t have to.
Any plan that pisses off the EU, brings Jack Straw over to the forces of Light, gives Israel some breathing room, and scares Arafat, Syria, and the House of Saud, by definition has to be good.
Anyway, go read Rand. He found a bunch of good stuff today.
We now have a Finnish warblogger. Welcome, Teemu.
If you’ve heard Finland in the news at all lately, it’s probably thanks to this little trivia: Five million Finns export more manufactured goods than every single Arab nation combined. Odd trivia? Their language is more closely related to Hungary’s Magyar than Swedish.
I always did like Finland. Owned first in part by Sweden, then in whole by Russia, they always maintained their distinct identity. Stalin’s Red Army took months to cut through Finland’s Mannerheim Line — and they never did manage to subjugate the country.
Let’s see if Teemu Lehtonen us made of the same stern stuff.
On second thought, maybe soccer does have a couple things going for it.
Coolblogger Eric Olsen has a real radio show at a real radio station. As a service to his listeners, Eric webcasts his show.
Or at least he used to — the fools at the US Copyright Tribunal just shut WAPS off the web.
Here’s the whole story.
If you’re not reading Joe’s stuff, you’re missing some of the deepest analysis this side — or any side — of Steven Den Beste or Eric Raymond.
Microsoft is working on a combo Ultimate TV DVR/Xbox game console. The device would replace your VCR, DVD player, and Playstation, all in one black (and, I assume, green) box.
It’s a nice concept, but who are they going to sell it to? Early adopters already have their TiVo. Harcore gamers bought their Xboxes for Christmas. The market Microsoft should be aiming for is Just Plain Folks — who don’t need some $500 dollar gizmo replacing their already paid for VCR and game console.
Get the price down to $300 — the original retail for the Xbox — and maybe Redmond will have something big. Maybe. It still sounds a bit like a toaster with a built-in garage door opener; cool but useless.
PERSONAL NOTE: The last game console I owned was a Atari Super Pong back in ’76 or ’77, I think. My household missed the Atari craze because I was too busy trying to beg, borrow, or buy a VIC-20, then a C-64. So last fall I went and bought myself an Xbox. Four words: Dead Or Alive III. Oh, fifth word: boobies.
Craig Schamp wonders if the Saudis know just how bad they look to us. Their PR campaign was a failure, and now we’re reading fun news about Saudi terrorists in Morocco.
They know, Craig. You bet they do. The only people who don’t know how retched, corrupt, and barbarically evil the Saudi regime has become all inhabit Foggy Bottom.
If it seems I’ve been a little harsh lately on the fine men and women at our Department of State, it is because, by and large, they are meddling, useless, backwards-thinking accomodators of terrorism, who all too often sell out their country’s best interests in the name of bureaucratic back-scratching and Georgetown condo careerism.
I hope I’ve made myself clear.
We know who are friends are. Sequential headlines from Google News:
Europeans Reject Arafat Ouster – Washington Post
It doesn’t matter, anyway. The Brits, who largely agree, are actually able and willing to help us. Germany and France, who don’t like the Non-Plan, combined could barely mount an amphibious invasion of Corsica — which is already owned by France.
Just because it wasn’t any good doesn’t mean, well, that it wasn’t any good. Or at least a lot of fun.
You other grown-up ex-New Wave kids will get it.
This site still thinks we’ll see 3.5-4.0% GDP growth this year.
But faltering consumer confidence, dropping home sales, and financial markets moving sideways at best, all make me a bit less confident.
The good news is, the Dow may be experience a stealth bull market, the reverse of the stealth bear market of 1998-2000. And increased government orders (ie, the deficit) might increase aggregate demand enough to make my prediction hold true.
Simply defined, a stealth bull market is when a large number of smaller companies are trading higher, but the overall market looks the same or worse, because a smaller number of larger companies are trading lower.
Hands-free porn, from Wired:
She covers her monitor with Post-it Notes to hide the X-rated action on the screen, but a Southern California computer programmer can’t plug her ears.
Such are the hazards of helping to develop a voice-recognition software that one adult-video production company hopes will revolutionize interactive porn.
If it works, the software will allow DVD viewers to control exactly how Debbie does Dallas without ever touching a mouse.
The scary part? The porn industry might just do more to advance voice recognition more than IBM and NaturallySpeaking combined. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Rami Genauer at Kesher Talk gathered together all the major editorials, pro and con, about the Das Speech.
I have absolutely no idea what to do or say with this.
Thank Whomever for broadband, right?
I can’t remember where I found this link, but it’s a fine read on the history of home video — from Super 8 to DVD.
My great grandfather Bernard von Hoffmann owned one of the first 16mm color cameras for civilian use, back in the ’30s. And he traveled pretty much everywhere — so I grew up on pretty cool home movies. We had a Super 8 camera when I was a kid. 50 foot spools of Technicolor glory with no sound whatsoever. Then my grandfather Macon came home from the appliance store one Christmas with the Betamax he’d been specifically ordered not to buy. I think spending my teen years trying to defend a product no one wanted is why to this day I don’t like Macintosh. Then a long progression of VHS, Hi-Fi VHS, S-VHS, DVD, and Superbit DVD. And when Hi-Def DVD comes out, I’ll buy that, too.
Turns it out, all this “progress” was just to make us buy more copies of Goldfinger.
Check it out.