Thursday, March 18, 2004

So what happened to the Digital Divide?

According to Reuters, 75% of Americans have access to the Internet.

I suspect the other 25% don't want access. If true, maybe they're the smart ones.

Another case of believing their own propaganda

(Via WorldNet Daily)

I love this one. Apparently this "professor"--one must wonder exactly what she professes--decided that to make her point about "hate speech" (spit) she had to concoct some.

But here's the real outrage:

"Police said Wednesday that Dunn could be charged with filing a false police report but said it was unlikely that she would be charged herself with a hate crime."

No, I'm not outraged that they won't charge her with a hate crime. If there was ever a stupid and spiteful law, hate crime laws fit the bill. (I suppose you could say I hate hate crimes laws. Gee, is that hate speech?) What outrages me is that the poll on that page is running 92% in favor of this demented and deluded individual being charged with a hate crime.

If you want to do anything about her except hitting her with filing a false police report, hold her up to the public ridicule she deserves. Always a good think to do with Progressive Liberal Pukes.

Some clear thinking on the Spanish election

My comment about the recent Spanish election was "I wonder if they realize they've just painted a big ol' bullseye on their chests?"

It would seem The Scotsman agrees.

Perhaps the saddest part about this whole sorry affair is that it will happen to them again. Do the Spanish think ETA isn't watching? Or that al-Qaeda won't notice their "March Surprise" worked magnificently? I've also read various rumors that another reason for the bombing was to help get even for the ejection of the Moors from Spain some hundreds of years ago. If that's true, I would look for a lot more bombs....

Something to reflect upon

(Via The Federalist)

How prone all human institutions have been to decay; how subject the best-formed and most wisely organized governments have been to lose their check and totally dissolve; how difficult it has been for mankind, in all ages and countries, to preserve their dearest rights and best privileges, impelled as it were by an irresistible fate of despotism.

James Monroe

Monday, March 15, 2004

Hey Earl! Get me a bucket of dihydrogen monoxide, will ya?

This is what happened when the eco-fools start believing their own propaganda:

"ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- City officials were so concerned about the potentially dangerous properties of dihydrogen monoxide that they considered banning foam cups after they learned the chemical was used in their production."

Now the headline for the story on the startribune.com website is "Web site gag raises concerns about 'dihydrogen monoxide'". But that really isn't the truth, now is it?

``It's embarrassing,'' said City Manager David J. Norman. ``We had a paralegal who did bad research.''

Ah, no sir, it isn't embarrassing--except that you got caught believing your own eco-nutso propaganda. And you can't blame it on those "official looking Web sites that have been put up by pranksters" either. People can only do such outrageous things believably when the pump of political correctness and eco-freakism has been primed--by you and people like you.

Perhaps I was educated in a different time, when the public schools were interested in education and not idoctrination. But I remember the day in high school chemistry when we learned that good old common water was dihydrogen monoxide--2 atoms hydrogen and 1 atom oxygen.

But maybe you don't have to pass high school chemistry in California to be a paralegal or a city manager. Maybe it's just enough to be one of those "useful idiots" that the history of the Cold War tells us about.

This is reason #84323 that we need to take this country back from the Loathsome Liberal Left, for those keeping score.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Break out the encryption, boys!

Big Brother is planning on enlarging the number of things it can wiretap. c|net's News.com is reporting that the FBI now wants all broadband provider to make their networks wiretap friendly. They've asked the FCC, who is usually pretty friendly to their requests, to force providers into making the changes in 15 months.

Oh, and just for fun:

"Legal experts said the 85-page filing includes language that could be interpreted as forcing companies to build back doors into everything from instant messaging and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) programs to Microsoft's Xbox Live game service. The introduction of new services that did not support a back door for police would be outlawed..."

So start stocking up on your favorite non-backdoored software. Can you imagine how much fun things are going to be when the hackers break the backdoors? The losses in online banking alone could have a major effect on our none-too-stable economy.

I've been ruminating for some time now on a subject I think of as "The End of the Useful Internet". Spam, popup windows, various slowdowns and a lot of other things have started me thinking in this direction. I've also started, in some circles, talking up a revival of FidoNet, the old BBS networking system. You can run it over phone lines, as it was in the 80s, or perhaps via packet radio. A Technician class license is easy to get, and that will get you into packet.

Food for thought, folks.