Category: News

Video: "iRack"... Apple's latest [VIDEO]

03/30/07 | by hirby [mail] | Categories: News, Humor, Politics

This is a very funny, and unfortunately also sad, send-up of the Bush administration's war on terrorism. From Mad TV. Several other versions of the video were taken down, so take a look while you can.

(I learned about this video from Paul McNamara's "NetBuzz" column in Network World.)


Tony Campolo: Duplicity on the Right

10/03/06 | by Steve [mail] | Categories: News, Religion, Politics

Tony Campolo calls it duplicity; some others might call it hypocrisy. If the Bible is the literal and inspired Word of God, as so many in the religious right would have it, how then can "a dozen top leaders of America's Religious Right" argue that sometimes torture is justified? Either they've parked their religious principles at the door (while exhorting the rest of us to vote our values), or they've abandoned their reliance on the infallibility of scripture. As Campolo notes,

If they have changed their minds and are ready to refute the golden rule, then it is time for them to say plainly, "For the most part we agree with Jesus, but there are special circumstances when we must ignore His teachings."


Wired 14.09: Spam Blogs = Trouble

09/05/06 | by Steve [mail] | Categories: News

Great article from Wired documenting the dramatic rise in blogging spam. A sample of the content of one of the spam blogs:

Show Disputed Vinland Map Was Made Half Century Before Columbus Trip Audio/Video Columbus: Secrets From The Grave "The Last Voyage of Columbus": An Epic Tale Charles Mann's "1491"

Lucid, yes?

I've been spending almost all my blogging time lately dealing with comment spam. There has to be a better way!


New Treasury head eyes rising inequality |

08/02/06 | by Steve [mail] | Categories: News, Politics

The Christian Science Monitor writes about Henry Paulson, new Treasury Secretary as follows:

The wide gap between the richest and poorest Americans has not often been the topic of choice for the Bush administration's two previous Treasury secretaries.

So it was notable this week that Henry Paulson, the president's latest Treasury head, chose to put that issue on his short list - as one of the nation's four prominent, long-term economic challenges. Mr. Paulson's head-on approach during one of his first public appearances as secretary differs from his predecessors' strategies, some analysts say.

The optimist in me thinks that someone in the administration has finally figured out that continued collusion with rich and powerful elites is morally offensive and a failed strategy. Maybe the President's often-avowed Christian values will finally start to become evident in his political life. The pessimist, however, suspects that as Paulson's agenda becomes more widely known within the administration, he'll be quietly forced out.


Nuttin' better on a hot day!

08/01/06 | by Steve [mail] | Categories: News, Flickr Photos, Grandparenthood

Nuthin' better on a hot dayPat, Steve, and Chris spent the weekend with Ben, Sage, and Reed in Oak Park. Yes, it was hot! But we cooled off vicariously while Reed played in the backyard pool. He's newly walking (a couple of days), and was very much enjoying this new mode of mobility.

Nuthin' better on a hot day
Originally uploaded by hirbyfam.


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