Monday, April 30, 2007

Paging Winston Smith

Some ask how urgent this danger is to America and the world. The danger is already significant, and it only grows worse with time. If we know Saddam Hussein has dangerous weapons today - and we do - does it make any sense for the world to wait to confront him as he grows even stronger and develops even more dangerous weapons?

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Some worry that a change in leadership in Iraq could create instability and make the situation worse. The situation could hardly get worse, for world security and for the people of Iraq. The lives of Iraqi citizens would dramatically improve if Saddam Hussein were no longer in power, just as the lives of Afghanistan's citizens improved after the Taliban.

- GWB, Oct. 7, 2002

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

You Down With OPP?

I mean, Old People Policy?



Taking sugar packets from the diner when nobody is looking? Fine.

Taking out 30 second advertisements incapable of conveying a coherent message amid the unrealistic pleading for membership (dues)? Not as much.

It bothers me that AARP is now using young, fresh faces to push their social security and health care agenda. It bothers me that AARP, already the nation's largest lobby, now uses Madison Avenue agencies to seem hip and cool to an even younger generation. There's just a disconnect there for me. Interests here are not completely aligned. All welfare transfers are not equally (if at all) wise. We've got a Boca Raton lobby writing biographical epilogues as well as legislation for a Google Gen-Y coming of age.

What really bothers me, I guess, is that our sizable slice of the digital electorate allows itself to be so disproportionately outvoted by the analog one.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Whose Haven?

To the enormous list of reasons that New Haven is the least seemly and tolerable place I have ever lived, let us add this week's revelation about parking.

Acknowledging my own fault (excuses?) in the matter still leaves some room, I think, to complain about the 5 (i.e., F-I-V-E) parking tickets received in a matter of three days. Including, mind you, the two that were plastered on my windshield within a three hour period.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Quality Control

The good news is that Mom doesn't have to suffer through chemo anymore. The bad news is that Mom doesn't want to deal with chemo anymore.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Misplacing Modifiers

Intellectual Property: Copyright
Course Number: 324-0-01
Goldstein 3 Units

This course will focus on principles, law and practice under the U.S. Copyright Act, centering on protection and use of literary, musical and artistic works in traditional as well as new media. The course will also consider the role of copyright law in current debates over encryption, Internet liability, software protection and protection for industrial design.

No science or engineering background, aptitude or interest is required for this course.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I See Smart People

Bruce Ackerman and Akhil Amar are now debating in our class of twenty. This is an even better explanation of craft than the Tom Hanks encore episode of Inside the Actor's Studio.