November 2004

Law & Spam & Tech30 Nov 2004 11:20 pm

Tonight on the David Lawrence Show, I discussed why Lycos Europe’s idea of fighting spam with more spam is not only wrong-headed, but was deemed so by even the most spittle-spewing rabid anti-spammers nearly a decade ago.

Politics29 Nov 2004 11:48 pm

“I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

At a fundraising event tonight, the intrepid Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, quoted those words of Holmes. In doing so he reminded us all that we are the sum of our actions, and the marks we leave on the world are all that the ages will have to judge us upon.

Religion23 Nov 2004 09:10 pm

It’s almost 2005. It must be time to revisit the Scopes Monkey Trial!

Right on schedule, and perhaps not surprisingly only weeks after the alleged “religious conservative”-driven election victory, school districts around the country are entertaining the teaching of Creationism – the “science” derived from the story of creation contained in the Bible.

Politics22 Nov 2004 11:34 am

Some news by way of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann…

MSNBC – Hanging Chads and Hanging Participles
November 22, 2004 | 11:15 p.m. ET
(Keith Olbermann)

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Howard Fineman, chief political correspondent of Newsweek and since the days of our old The Big Show an MSNBC analyst, … put it in terms that the mainstream can’t ignore. He told me he’d talked to Ohio’s [Secretary of State Kenneth] Blackwell earlier in the evening. “There in fact will be a recount,” Howard said with a sigh that encapsulated all of the Florida 2000 Experience. “We will be talking about chads once again.”

As Kerry himself calculated early on November 3rd, the Provisional Ballots alone obviously could not provide anything close to enough bona fide Democratic votes to overcome President Bush’s 135,000 vote plurality in the Ohio election night tally. But as Howard also pointed out – and my colleague David Shuster so thoroughly extrapolated in a previous post on Hardblogger – the Provisionals plus the “Undercount” could make things very close indeed. The punch-card ballots “where it looks like nobody marked anything” when read by an optical scanning machine, might produce thousands of legitimate votes if hand-counted and judged by Ohio’s strict laws defining how many corners of the proverbial chads have to be detached to make a vote valid.

In Ohio, the reality of the recount is beginning to sink in, and local governments aren’t happy about it.

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Very interesting…

Politics19 Nov 2004 04:24 pm

For your edification, here’s some political news that the so-called “liberal” media may have overlooked while carrying water for the right-wing.

Politics18 Nov 2004 11:08 pm

As I watched the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Center today, I was left nostalgic, remembering an era where our President could speak coherently and meaningfully.

Politics17 Nov 2004 11:31 pm

In 1993, House Republicans were aghast that Dan Rostenkowski, then Democratic chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, was holding onto his chairmanship despite the fact that he’d been indicted for abuses of his mail “franking” privilege.

Politics & Privacy15 Nov 2004 07:04 pm

Some of you may know that I write a monthly column for eSecurity Planet, a JupiterMedia publication. Because it’s a site for corporate IT and security people, my articles have to focus on privacy, security, spam, and other issues impacting corporate network infrastructures. But my editor liked the column and went with it. So for your reading pleasure, I invite you to check out:

Fixing the Election Mess… One Computer at a Time
Nov. 15, 2004 – eSecurity

Miscellany & Politics14 Nov 2004 10:44 pm

For those who have been checking the blog regularly, I apologize for not posting the last several days. I was felled by the flu early last week. I even had to back out of a speaking engagement last Wednesday because my voice simply gave out.

Until I get back into the swing of things, here is some good reading material that I’ve run across the last few days that should hopefully pique your interest.

Down With Fancy Book Learnin’
Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
“… [T]here remains this astonishing and yet ever present fact: all the major cities of America, the great cultural centers and the places with the most concentrated populations and the most extraordinary restaurants and the highest percentage of college graduates and the most progressive laws and the truest sense of the arts and food and sex and music and dance and money and technology and lubricant and drugs and porn and love and fashion and spirituality, well, it seems they all voted blue.”

Am I Blue?

I apologize for everything I believe in. May I go now?
By Michael Kinsley in the Washington Post

“The election campaign made it official. These are the Disunited States. There is ‘Red’ America: conservative, Republican, religious. And there is ‘Blue’ America: liberal, Democratic, secular. Everybody’s message from the election results is that Red America won, and Blue America must change or die. … There’s just one little request I have. If it’s not too much trouble, of course. Call me profoundly misguided if you want. Call me immoral if you must. But could you please stop calling me arrogant and elitist?”

How Bush Won the Election
Kevin Drum, Washington Monthly

“So what really made the difference in this election? Most of the attention has been on “moral values” and terrorism, and I was curious to see what the exit poll results showed. So I decided to take a look at the 2004 exit polls and compare them to the 2000 exit polls. … Overall, despite the hype, the data seems to indicate that conservative moral value voters didn’t have any more impact this year than any other year. In fact, if anything, maybe slightly less.”


Politics08 Nov 2004 09:32 pm

In the movie The Matrix, humanity has become subjugated to machines. Stupidly, we built machines that were so powerful that they became capable of thought and, when they disagreed with us, the machines decided to take control.

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