In Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens considers the present financial crisis, and in particular the abdication of responsibility by those involved: Now ask yourself another question. Has anybody resigned, from either the public or the private sectors (overlapping so lavishly as they now do)? Has anybody even offered to resign? Have you heard anybody in authority…Read More Hitchens on "America the Banana Republic"
The McCain campaign really has been predictable. Predictably negative. Predictably cynical. In fact, back in June Obama predicted exactly what they would do. Check this out: On reflection, I think perhaps that Obama did get a few of his predictions wrong. Not the what, but the how. Did anyone really believe that McCain would stoop…Read More Predictably negative
Via Boing Boing: Over on Boing Boing Gadgets, our John notes that watching Sleeping Beauty on Blu-Ray requires that you accede to over 120 pages of legal garbage in various EULAs before you can start the movie.Read More Things that cause your head to explode, part 258
On Saturday I’m heading off on a four-city business trip to Europe. For various reasons, this is going to involve quite a number of hops: First, Seattle to Edinburgh: Oct 11 2008: UA958 SEA-ORD; UA958 ORD-LHR Oct 12 2008: BMI52 LHR-EDI Next Wednesday I’ll drive from Edinburgh to Slough, and then on Saturday fly to…Read More Another complicated trip… including a new airline (for me)
Charlie Stross wonders about what an Internet-age recession is going to look like. We’ve never actually seen a true global recession in a Web 2.0 world. What’s it going to look like? How is it going to differ from a recession in a pre-internet world? Is it going to accelerate the hollowing-out of the retail…Read More Global recession, Internet style?
Maybe I’ll have to buy myself a copy of PhotoShop….Read More Hmmmm
There’s a devastating bio of John McCain in the latest Rolling Stone. The guy comes across as a total narcissist and a thoroughly unprincipled jerk. And his colleagues apparently agree. Last year, after barging into a bipartisan meeting on immigration legislation and attempting to seize the reins, McCain was called out by fellow GOP Sen.…Read More Make-Believe Maverick
Larison on Palin’s debate performance: She cannot be blamed for not knowing that civilian casualties from NATO airstrikes haveÂ been a major politicalÂ problem in the Afghan war orÂ that this reliance on air powerÂ stems directly from our lack of ground forces in the country, because Iâ€™m sure her handlers were never going to brief her on the…Read More "…were she not a Republican"
This is a wonderful speech by Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO. Via Sully, who writes“To see a white union man take on racism this way is very moving. Something truly profound could happen in this election, if we want it to.”Read More Confronting working-class racism
Here’s the full announcement. Please forward to anyone that you think might be interested. Gene Saunders, one of the longest serving members of the Sun Microsystems family, passed away unexpectedly on September 19th. Gene had many friends and colleagues at Sun, in the United States and around the World. He was also in constant contact…Read More Gene Saunders