August 23, 2003

Blackout caused by Deregulation

Utility unions warn country: Deregulation led to blackout - I know you'll just say I'm a socialist for posting these links, but the democrats are also blaming the Bush administration's failed deregulatory energy policies.

I'm probably really offending people now by linking to a Muslim press piece Blackout: Enron-Style Dereg Strikes Again in U.S ( but they're on track.

Here's the deal. Our power grid was designed to move power to where it was needed. It was not designed to be the physical layer of a market trading system for electricity.

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August 19, 2003

Worms keeping planes from flying, and causing other havoc on the net

Computer Virus Whacks Air Canada Check-In Counters: apparently the "nice" version of the Blaster worm, the one that "fixes" the hole after it infects you. Of cousre, the new Blaster makes about 300 concurrent connection attempts while the old one did it one at a time.

At the same time, Air Canada and the rest of the net is being attacked by W32/Sobig.F-mm email worm. I've received about 500 copies already. It's easy enough to auto-filter out, just look for "see the attached file".

The new Sobig Worm is way more aggressive than past incarnations. But some people think that this is just a bug in it's code since delivery attempts to a single user from a single user are extremely high. Luckily, this means that although it is agressive, it doesn't propagate as well as it should.

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August 18, 2003

Warren Buffet wants Californians to pay more taxes Warren Buffett Slams Calif. Taxes, saying it makes no sense that he pays more in taxes on his $500,000 Omaha, Nebraska, home than he does on his $4 million home in Laguna Beach, Calif. California's Proposition 13 curbs property tax increases.

Of course, he boght his Laguna house many years ago for only $40,000. Before Prop 13, someone who bought a home before a neighborhood gentrified or became popular with real estate speculators could be forced to sell their property because of escalating taxes.

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August 14, 2003

No 1st Amendment Protection for Comic Books because they're "for kids?" - ``The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of Jesus Castillo's 2000 obscenity conviction for selling a comic book. The court let stand his sentence of 180 days in jail, a year of probation and a $4,000 fine.``

No 1st Amendment Protection for Comic Books

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August 13, 2003


Californians will once again prove that the majority of them are stupid. Faced with a recall election with no real opponents, the celeberities have come out.

Even Warren Buffet is in on it: "I have known Arnold for years and know he'll be a great governor," Buffett, one of America's best-known and most respected investors, said in a statement. "It is critical to the rest of the nation that California's economic crisis be solved, and I think Arnold will get that job done."

Arnold is going to win the election, I sadly predict. Although I'm seriously voting for Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. At least Flynt believes in the constitution. Check out Flynt's site.

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NTIA supporting ENUM

United States government agencies declared their support today for ENUM , a mapping protocol that links the Internet and telephony platforms through a single identifier. ENUM has the potential to facilitate convergence of communications networks by linking e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and cell phone numbers for individuals or businesses.

I guess this is a good thing, but I'm not sure.

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InfoWorld: The hidden cost of hardware: companies like Network Appliance and Cisco try and stop the used hardware market by forbidding the resale of the software that runs their hardware. Buy a used NetApp, and a software license will cost about as much as a new one. In Cisco's case, it will probably cost even more!

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Warlords in the United States Institue for Peace

Opposing Daniel Pipes appointment to the United States Institue for Peace Pipes is
an extremist who advocates shutting down Islamicist web sites, the firing of tenured professors who critisize Israel and the leveling of Palestinian villages, "in the name of peace."

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More resistance to Patriot Act

The Seattle Times: A tiny town shouts 'Whoa!' to Patriot Act. More and more communities are opposing the Patriot Act.

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August 12, 2003

AOL name to be dropped?

AOL Time Warner Moves to Eliminate AOL From Name with AOL chairman Richard Parsons ``arguing that the online service's brand name is being hurt by the identification of the corporate woes with the service.``

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August 08, 2003

Bush Supports Schwarzenegger for CA Gov

Bush supports the Terminator: Bush has said about Schwarzenegger: "I think he'd be a good governor".

The latest attack on California from the Bush Administration.

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Operation Oily Immunity

Executive Order 13303 Signed: From now on, ''if ExxonMobil or ChevronTexaco touch Iraqi oil, it will be immune from legal proceedings in the US. Anything that could go, and elsewhere has gone, awry with U.S. corporate oil operations will be immune to judgment: a massive tanker accident; an explosion at an oil refinery; the employment of slave labor to build a pipeline; murder of locals by corporate security; the release of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.''

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