Wednesday, October 30, 2013


You gotta think about a million people will be registering names of their opponents. It'll be the next dot-com dot-fail boom!

Monday, October 21, 2013

So. Not actually ALL bad.

Kids, try to live your life so that you never have to ... breathe a sigh of relief? ... when seeing your name in the paper, in a sentence like this.

Mr. Abramoff, who was convicted of defrauding lenders in the deal but was not thought by prosecutors to have had a hand in the Boulis murder, ...

Yeah, that Jack.

Meanwhile, the Times is apparently amazed that New York-based mobsters have interests in Florida.

All together now!    No one could have predicted ...

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

And you thought that label for those posts of mine was just libtard mewling

From a short article in the NYT:

In a new book, “Reflections on Judging,” Judge [Richard A.] Posner, a prolific author who also teaches at the University of Chicago Law School, said, “I plead guilty to having written the majority opinion” in the case. He noted that the Indiana law in the Crawford case is “a type of law now widely regarded as a means of voter suppression rather than of fraud prevention.”

Judge Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, extended his remarks in a video interview with The Huffington Post on Friday.


In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Judge Posner noted that the primary opinion in the 2008 Supreme Court decision upholding the law had been written by Justice John Paul Stevens, “who is, of course, very liberal.” The outcome of the case goes to show, he said, that oftentimes, “judges aren’t given the facts that they need to make a sound decision.”

Wingnuts screeching about RINOs selling out to the liberal media establishment so they can get invited to Georgetown cocktail parties in 5, 4, 3, ...

POTS-down Confluence

Factoid of the day:

The traditional landline is not expected to last the decade in a country where nearly 40 percent of households use only wireless phones. Even now, less than 10 percent of households have only a landline phone, according to government data that counts cable-based phone service in that category.

Lots more interesting things to contemplate here.

You might want to sit down before reading, so as not to hurt yourself when you keel over from the SHOCK of learning how the phone companies think that while we're getting rid of landlines, we should also do away with anything resembling consumer protection, because Progress and Innovation, &c.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

So, the good thing about the government shutdown is ...

... at least this kind of crap won't happen anymore.

On Aug. 8, Mr. Levison closed Lavabit rather than, in his view, betray his promise of secure e-mail to his customers. The move, which he explained in a letter on his Web site, drew fervent support from civil libertarians but was seen by prosecutors as an act of defiance that fell just short of a crime.

The full story of what happened to Mr. Levison since May has not previously been told, in part because he was subject to a court’s gag order. But on Wednesday, a federal judge unsealed documents in the case, allowing the tech entrepreneur to speak candidly for the first time about his experiences. He had been summoned to testify to a grand jury in Virginia; forbidden to discuss his case; held in contempt of court and fined $10,000 for handing over his private encryption keys on paper and not in digital form; and, finally, threatened with arrest for saying too much when he shuttered his business.


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Science: It's cool, bitchez

How can you not adore a headline like this?

A Wealth of Data in Whale Breath

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