With tears in my eyes, all I can think is “Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!”

No other words adequately describe my feelings.

From the philospher Josey Wales, as interpreted by Clint Eastwood

“Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.”

I love that movie.

A nice heartwarming video for Christmas – getting a flasher arrested

Viral NYC subway flasher caught – Dickflash.com mourns?
[Via Boing Boing]

Jezebel follows up with the story of the awesome take-no-prisoners attitude of the woman in the video above, who, after being flashed by a creep on the NYC subway, gave him the tongue-lashing of a lifetime, which drew the attention of her fellow passengers and led to the man’s arrest.

[More]

Do not flash New Yorkers on the Subway when cameras are all around. Good for the woman for turning the tables so effectively.

Mon, 17 Nov 2003 02:57:40 GMT

The battle for the soul of the Democratic Party. It is no secret that the Democratic Pary has been… [Daily Kos]

Nader was wrong when he said that there was no difference between the Democrats and Republicans. We see the difference everyday. But he was right if you look at how political machines work. Although many of the reforms in the political process over the last 40 years have been to weaken the nation political machine, it still finds ways to have an influence.

The Reublican machine is easy to see. The RNC and the leaders of this administration prevent anyone from moving forward on a national level without their approval. The DLC, run by Clintonites, perform the same on the Democrats side. If any politician wants acess to the big bucks, they have had to go through these 2 groups.

Until Deam’s campaign. He may not win but he and Trippi have found a way that gets them acccess to large amounts of money in ways that scale very well. His campaign is a threat to the established Democratic leaders.

As the article says, every other campaign is in deep with the DLC. The conventional wisdom was that to become president you had to go through the DLC. I think that is why they were happy with the candidates already there. They figured last year that Bush would not be beatable, so let Leiberman run. He’ll lose but he helped before. this would leave 2008 ready for Hilary, or whomever else the DLC annoited.

But Dean came on and blitzed everyone, WITHOUT needing the DLC. He now has ig unions behind him. He is a threat to the DLC so, not surprisingly, they bring out Clark, hoping to deflate Dean.

The Democrats have always governed by a coalition. The tent is so big. FDR put tpgether a great coalition that lasted 50 years. I think it is about to shift again. I think that the DLC may have to remold itself. It may not happen this election but I think the transition will result in the ouster of many of those now running the Democratic party. I think that if the DLC continues to hold the party’s heart, without moving to the new hill, it will be left with nothing but a memoriy.

Thu, 12 Jun 2003 16:44:15 GMT

Fight, Martha, Fight. William Safire provides an insightful explanation in today’s New York Times why Martha should fight the charges against her. I… [TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime]

Sometimes Safire has it right. Martha is being charged with the Federal crime of standing up for herself, not for perjury, not for insider trading. To say it is a Federal crime for anyone to proclaim their innocence is really twisted. So, if you say nothing, you look guilty and if you stand up at a press conference and say you are innocent, you are guilty. Talk about a Catch-22. This case stinks. But then it appears to be more about intimidation than justice. Sounds pretty typical for the current times.

Thu, 12 Jun 2003 15:59:41 GMT

Looters riddle ancient Iraqi sites with holes [New Scientist]

Wasn’t there a very nice movie about this just recently, called Holes? Art imitating life?

Mon, 26 May 2003 05:14:32 GMT

Richest Could Soon Pay Little or No Taxes. Wall Street Journal: Some Investors Could Trim Their Tax Bills to Near Zero. After Congress gets through with President Bush’s… [Dan Gillmor's eJournal]

Check out Warren Buffet’s op-ed piece. Buffet is someone I have always listened to. He has always appeared to have a good perspective on the financial world and has made a lot of money for people in ethical ways, in contrast to so many we read about on Wall Street.

Fri, 23 May 2003 05:46:46 GMT

Foam Seen As Key in Shuttle Disaster [AP Science]

Some people at NASA thought there was a problem. Some people at NASA ignored them. Why does this continue to happen? The shuttle is the most complex, yet jury-rigged device ever created and NASA management treats continues to view defects improperly. The engineers know but the people who actually make decisions do not appear to. Apollo I was destroyed in 1967. Challenger was destroyed in 1986. Columbia was destroyed in 2003. Until NASA make major changes, I would imagine that we will continue to see deaths every 20 years or so.

Thu, 22 May 2003 14:16:49 GMT

The I-Word Revisited. The I-Word Revisited – Oh Imperialism! Are you the right word or not? Consider this passage from the NYT story… [Unqualified Offerings]

I find it ironic that Iraq will have to begin importing oil when it has some of the largest oil reserves in the world. Are we losing the peace? I guess an imperial power does not have to worry about these things.

Tue, 20 May 2003 05:25:39 GMT

Is WiFi The Next Dot Com Bubble?. Here’s some more WiFi backlash, as some are saying that WiFi is just another dot com bubble, with plenty of people pouring money into projects with little or no business models. I have mixed opinions on these stories – but the “dot com bubble” angle, might be at least somewhat accurate. There certainly are a lot of people investing in very questionable WiFi-based business models – many of which are clearly going to fail (some of which already have). However, just like the internet, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a really huge opportunity for those who get it right and really understand where to position themselves. The trick is not just believing in WiFi for the sake of WiFi, but understanding why and how it’s really valuable, and determining how to be involved in making that aspect better, easier, cheaper or faster. There are going to be plenty of WiFi-related failures, and plenty of people will declare WiFi dead or overhyped – but users are going to keep on using it, and that’s an opportunity.
[Techdirt]

Bubbles start from opportunity. It is the hype that expands the bubble. But I do not think there are many people with enough irrational exuberance to blow this one up nearly as large as the internet bubble.

Wed, 30 Apr 2003 14:38:18 GMT

InfoSpace’s ousted CEO contests company’s `non-compete’ clause. BELLEVUE — If InfoSpace’s former chief executive officer is right, the non-compete agreements that many high-tech workers sign may be worthless. [Business]

Ohh. I just love a business cat fight.

A Day At EtCon (Etech)

Okay, an attempt at live blogging. I’m sure others will do a better job but here goes. But these will serve as personal notes for me even if noone else ever reads this

Howard Rheingold starts. Assuming we have read Smart Mobs (great book) he is askiing us to help create tools that will innnovate our way out of the boxes (enclosures) that surround us. [I'll use brackets to add my own thoughts.] He is talking about how communications technologies have helped create collective actions since we were hunter-gatherers. [These new technologies will do the same. It is how the tools HELP people use the social systems that gives the tech its power.]

Unix as an example of the power of collective action. [The most powerful aspects of the web/internet flows from its social connections, not its technology.] Open source enables collective action. We are in early stages of this ‘Technocollective action’[TCA]. p2p,, wikipedia [great site], wifi. What wil happen in 5-10 years when we have comoutational power 10-100 times faster than today. Implies a radically different approach to computation when you have this power.

[All these techs are orthogonal to political doctrines, economic doctrines, etc. This could be the beginning of a new view of what society is.] Political aspects of TCA: Korea elections, antiwar deomnstrations, moveon.org. Great photo of Howard in a trance in front of a TV. Because the next few years we will change from consumers to users. [Absolutely correct. move from passivitiy to activity. This will be an area of huge conflict over the next years.] They want us to stay consumers [better for their business model] while we are moving to being users. we decide what to use, what to consume and what to create.

This will be a fight [how similar is this to the loss of radio freedom in the teens and twenties as federal regulation took over?hobbyists had complete freedom then lost it as government moved to control spectrum]. Control of innovation in progress. deployment of top down 3G technologies require the telecoms to fight for their debt service by controlling wifi.

Political fights are needed but best use for people in the room is to fight it technically. Design and deploy and innnovate to help user power [not business power]. Need to prevent incumbents from thwarting newcomers. [scary time]. Fight for a preserve for innovation. A portion of the electronic spectrum for us.[a reservation?]

Need to get better ways to compensate artists via micropayments. Most people are honest [i agree] and would want to pay artists. We need to come up with an approach that permits this (applause). What we do will serve as a model for how to do this. Those that follow will look to see how we solved the bottlenecks. We need to solve IP problems

Self-organizing networks. Think about this from stage one. more people access the internet via telephone devices than via PCs. We will carry devices that more easily permit us to use this tech. Think about this.

Need trust mechanisms. ways to meet and interact f2f with people via new techs if we have good reputation/trust systems. need to preserve freedom of information so that we can easly find out just what a certain place/business/etc. is like. need this freedom so that we can self-organize.

Story about reading bar codes from handheld. read barcode of box of prunes, took to links on Goggle where you could find out about the company, allowing you to decide what you thing. Same thing happened with other items. This allows consumers to speak to vendors in a way that has not done before. RFID tags will permit specific items to be read all aong the distribution paths. Readers will be able to provide information. Will we be able to continue to read and write about this?

Need to build in room for the future and its innovators. learn from the past. create systems that enable links [anything that constricts links will increase inflexibility] Time for questions.

Wed, 23 Apr 2003 14:42:45 GMT

Job-Creation Arithmetic. Paul Krugman writes, The average American worker earns only about $40,000 per year; why does the administration, even on its… [EconLog: Library of Economics and Liberty]

Statistics are why economics is called the dismal science. You can find some sort of number to justify totally opposite actions. ALthough the inaccuracy detailed here is pretty obvious, the difficulty for most of us is that the numbers usually are not so. Discussing averages when medians should be used. Saying things like “The top 1% will receive 90% of the money”, etc. just serve to obfuscate the issue. I feel like I am listening to a phone ad where they make everything so confusing that you just give up and do not try to change anything. If there was ever a place for Emergent Democracy, dealing with the spin of economics is it.

Wed, 23 Apr 2003 14:27:58 GMT

“Hollywood revives McCarthyist climate “ [Daypop Top 40]

The article is, of course, correct. Hollywood is made up of millions of people and it is ludicrous to act like it speaks with one voice. Only one of its voices is being answered by hate mail and death threats. That is the liberal one. As Mike Farrrel said it is the access to the media that causes actors to be reviled. The intimidation of them serves to intimidate quite a lot of others who might share similar views. If Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon can be so publically attacked, what about Joe Blow working as a middle manager. Just as the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities the abuse of used well known people to intimidate the average person, so to are the attacks today being used. I do not think it will work.

A Choice of Views

It is so interesting reading the news. Here are two totally different views of a single high profile case being tried in the press. While it is not possible to say what the truth is, I do wonder why the FBI agent who happily brought all the info to the Chinese woman’s residence is not being treated more harshly. He is really the one who seems to have forgotten his duty the most. I guess I will have to wait until the TV movie.

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