It's just a fence, OK? That's it.
I am offline for the evening - there's a book I'm into that needs listening to.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Mukasey drew closer to becoming attorney general Friday after two key Senate Democrats said they would vote for him despite his refusal to say whether waterboarding is torture.
The decision by Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein to back President Bush's nominee came shortly after the chairman of the committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced he would vote against Mukasey, a former federal judge.
This guy Mukasey has made it clear - crystal clear, as we say on Talk Like a Dork Day - he is not willing to stand up to Bush. So what's the point of having him as AG and, more to the point, what's the point of having Dems who will agree to that? The worst thing about this interminably long presidential campaign is that it's too short to allow for forming a viable third party. Or try, at least - the way the political deck is stacked it may be impossible to form a third party anyway. But if things play out the way the cards lie today we're going to wind up in '09 with Bush Lite. Again.
"People under 25 tend to think about what is public versus private information differently from the rest of us, and that is great for law enforcement investigators," Cohen, 37, tells his audience in Arlington, at a conference of the National White Collar Crime Center. Later, he adds in an interview, "Your computer usage is in some ways a window into your soul."
(AP via Yahoo! News)
They've got their eye on your avatar, Dude. Not to mention...
To listen to Cohen is to walk through dark corners of the Internet. There are gang members boasting on MySpace, killers revealing their obsessions on LiveJournal, teenagers sharing drug-making tips on YouTube, prostitutes hawking themselves on Craigslist, child pornography flourishing on Internet Relay Chat, a specialists' slice of the Internet separate from the Web.Yikes! Some soul!
"He must beat her where it will not leave marks. He should not beat her on the hand... He should beat her in some places where it will not cause any damage. He should not beat her like he would beat an animal or a child -- slapping them right and left.
(From "Fox News")
See? Not you would beat an animal at all. Or, you know, a child.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 — A federal judge in Louisiana handed the oil industry a major legal victory this week, saying the government had no authority to suspend billions of dollars’ worth of drilling incentives when energy prices were high.
If upheld, the ruling could free companies from paying the government up to $60 billion in royalties for oil and gas produced in publicly owned waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Fourteen White House reporters were given a rare hour of access to President Bush on Monday, but the issues they discussed won't be making any headlines -- the session was all off-the-record.
The informal meeting, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, took place as part of a new White House plan to reach out to the press without having to rely on "full-blown news conferences."
Next: A slumber party in the Lincoln bedroom.
SAN FRANCISCO - In a backhanded compliment to Apple Inc., online criminals are apparently so impressed with its scorching sales the
y are sending Macintosh computers an attack typically aimed at machines running Microsoft Corp.'s dominant Windows operating system....
The attack does not target a vulnerability in the Macintosh operating system.
Instead, it requires a user to approve the download, then enter his computer's administrator's password to continue, operations that raise red flags among sophisticated computer users.
(AP via Yahoo! News)
One of every two homes in New England burns heating oil, compared with just one in 20 in the rest of the country, where most homes use natural gas, according to the Energy Department. Now, as heating oil follows crude to record prices - the state this week reported the average cost of heating oil was $2.91 a gallon, up 24 percent from a year ago - the impact will fall most heavily on New England, economists said.
My price for this winter is locked in and a lot lower than $2.91 (whew), but at this rate it won't be long before I can start sweating next winter. Or freezing, as the case may be.
This is New England's Achilles heel. Oil heat. (And that 50 percent figure means half the houses in New England have tanks of toxic waste in their basements, as well.) We have it pretty good here in a lot of ways. The winters suck, but we have plenty of water and rarely see (I'm knocking on wood here) tornadoes or hurricanes or (still knocking) forest fires. But we have oil heat; just about nobody else does (50 percent here, five percent there - the national average is 7 percent). There's no political or PR downside: When the price of gasoline goes up everybody gets upset, when the price of heating oil goes up, who cares?
Except, you know, me.
White House spokesman, Dana Perino, told reporters that Senators should confirm Bush's Attorney General nomination before asking him tough questions about torture.
And there's a video.
You just can't make this stuff up. Well you can if you...
But Jobs doesn't care just about winning. He's willing to lose. He has done it often enough. He's just not willing to be lame, and that may, increasingly, be the winning approach.Which is how Lev Grossman puts it in Time (Oct.l 16) in a piece called "How Apple Does It" - and while you're at it, think Pixar too. And before that, Next. Sure, other people do good stuff, even fine stuff, but Jobs and the people he gathers around him have a knack for the insanely great. Think Apple II. Think Mac. Think iPod. And now the iPhone, named in another recent Time story "Invention of the Year." For all the reasons you know, and maybe a couple more.
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fled France today fearing arrest over charges of "ordering and authorizing" torture of detainees at both the American-run Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the U.S. military's detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, unconfirmed reports coming from Paris suggest.
U.S. embassy officials whisked Rumsfeld away yesterday from a breakfast meeting in Paris organized by the Foreign Policy magazine after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint against the man who spearheaded President George W. Bush's "war on terror" for six years.
It's October 31 and in some views the neighborhood is still all green. A little thinned out, maybe: Leaves have been shed. But still green. Go figure. I'm thinking (but I'm in no hurry to find out) I might wind up with snow on green trees before it's over.
In South Korea an average apartment-dweller can get an internet connection 15 times faster than a typical US connection, reports the AP. (Fifteen times? That seems a little suspicious, but still.) In Paris, the story says, a package deal including TV, phone, and broadband service costs half what it costs in the US. (But remember that cafe where they let us sleep all night in the back booth? I bet they're still on dialup.)
Dave Burstein, editor of the DSL Prime newsletter and a "telcom gadfly" (that's callin' 'em like you see 'em, AP!) says the US is in "the middle of the pack" among developed countries where Internet service is concerned. But hey, the telcos say it's gonna get better. They just don't say when. Or for how much.
Having been around since at least the birth of printing, the hyphen is apparently enjoying a difficult time at the moment.
The sixth edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has knocked the hyphens out of 16,000 words, many of them two-word compound nouns. Fig-leaf is now fig leaf, pot-belly is now pot belly, pigeon-hole has finally achieved one word status as pigeonhole and leap-frog is feeling whole again as leapfrog.
I wonder if a Save the Hyphen bumper sticker would work.
Fate of Great lakes' water looks fluid