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Archive for September, 2005

Connecting the Dots, Texas-Bullseye Style

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt, Patriotism, Pride, Doublespeak and Empty Rhetoric.

Schwarzenegger Throws Party, Snubs LA Times

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Nurses, cops, teachers, unions….now add the LA Times to Arnold’s crowded doghouse.

But How Does the Possibility Of Impending Annihilation-By-Hurricane Make You FEEL?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Minutes ago on CNN: Daryn Kagan was interviewing Jennifer McDonald, a last-minute self-evacuee on the island of Galveston. McDonald’s voice was trembling and she was obviously upset. Kagan: “I don’t want to keep you long, because as you said you want to get going, but what was the final thing that changed your mind?” McDonald: [...]

Bush’s Shifting PR Rationalizations: Bait and Switch

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Wonkette looks at Bush’s Texas-bullseye approach to policy and PR. Rove’s spin department adapts Joseph Goebbel’s infamous Rule Of Propaganda: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from [...]

Governator Acts Like A Politician

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Like many enlightened Californians, I find denial a valuable buffer against the rigors of reality. Schwarzenegger’s election brought a potent unreality to the fore; it was as if a Hollywood backlot had been lugged to Sacramento and set up in a cigar-stinking tent. I’ve been trying my best to ignore state politics ever since, but [...]

“Why I Fear Google Wi-Fi”

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Seth Jayson posits a bit of healthy paranoia in this Motley Fool entry. [link via Scripting News]

CJR: CNN on CNN– Close-Up Navel-Gaze | Townsend Appointment

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Liz Cox Barrett examines CNN examining itself in this CJR Daily essay. Gal Beckerman’s piece on Bush’s appointee to investigate the administration’s Katrina response implies there might have been some politics and cronyism involved in the naming of Francis Fargos Townsend. You’re sitting down, right?

All Google Wants Is All Your Wi-Fi Traffic

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Google’s latest beta: Encrypted Wi-Fi traffic centralized through its own VPN. The wording of their privacy policy is as vague as the data mining possibilites are lucrative.

Rick Moody: I’m Too Old To Rock (And I Don’t Care Who Knows It)

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

or, I Couldn’t Find My Ass With My Ass (But That Shouldn’t Discredit Any Blind Groping In Public). If only he’d moved the key line: I actually think the new Rolling Stones song has some pep to the beginning of the post– I would’ve gotten a good laugh out of it, clicked “back,” and been [...]

Bush Administration Official Arrested In Abramoff-Related Corruption Probe

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

The Washington Post reports Bush administration procurement chief David Safavian was arrested yesterday for allegedly lying to investigators and federal officials. Safavian’s recent duties include contracting policy related to hurricane Katrina relief coordination. A similar story appears in today’s New York Times. On page two, the following sentence is of special interest: His wife, Jennifer [...]