Daily Archives: January 29, 2004

Tonight’s Closing Thought

From Paul Krugman(yea, I know some of you hate him):

Still, the big story isn’t about Mr. Bush; it’s about what’s happening to America. Other presidents would have liked to bully the C.I.A., stonewall investigations and give huge contracts to their friends without oversight. They knew, however, that they couldn’t. What has gone wrong with our country that allows this president to get away with such things?

Good Night!

Cleaning the Kitchen

For those of you with the kitchen cleaning mentality of a group of college guys rooming together Here’s the good news :

Chuck Gerba, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona who has studied bacteria in home kitchens, said that he found that people who had the cleanest-looking kitchens were often the dirtiest. Because “clean” people wipe up so much, they often end up spreading bacteria all over the place. The cleanest kitchens, he said, were in the homes of bachelors, who never wiped up and just put their dirty dishes in the sink.

Read the rest of the article for the bad news and to have a few current myths blown away.

The Fed and You

Have you been wondering about yesterday’s drop in the value of your stock portfolio?
The national news gives you the shallow version: Fed changes words and values drop.
For the deep version with all the stories behind the story read Bilmon’s analysis. There is more going on here then you might imagine. Here is his summary:

This means the Fed is going to have to balance the demands of some politically powerful domestic interest groups against the demands of financially powerful foreign constituencies. And as central bankers in any number of developing countries can attest, this is never an easy, or pleasant, job.

We’ll all get to live through the results.

Candidates and Marijuana

Apparently NORML does not consider bush to be a presidential candidate yet as his positions on decriminalization, medical use and the HEA exclusion provision are not listed on this chart.
If this is an important issue to you then take a look at where your candidate stands on these issues. Some of them have positions that would mirror the bush position if it were included.
Via Legal Memo-Random.

More Patent Crap

Frank Weyer was awarded patent 6,671,714 which again shows the illiteracy (to be nice) of the folks at the US Patent Office.
As noted at geek.com this patent:

… describes what is essentially one of the most basic, most crucial underlying structures of the World Wide Web, namely the domain naming system.

And if not exactly the domain naming system then certainly RFC 1034 (1987) adequately demonstrates prior art (assuming stuff like this should even be allowed a patent).
It appears that this dude simply figured out how to create enough obfuscatory language to deceive the patent droids.
Via Catallarchy.