Last night it was Lapham in Harper’s, tonight it’s Keillor on Salon: “the country is being led by a man who isn’t paying attention.”
Archive for February, 2006
Results from Engadget’s What Would Jobs Do contest.
Google has three new widgets for Mac users: a quick blogging tool (I’m using it to post this), a Gmail inbox widget, and a search history. Missing from the blooger tool is a quick way to insert links. That makes it less than wonderful. But it is fast and convenient.
Ack! I have only three images on the blog and they all feature Bush. Check me into rehab, please.
Any post that includes the words “Feh!” and “Framing” is going to get my attention. When the topic concerns the nature (socially and generationally, not technologically) of the Internet and how to nurture its best aspects, it will draw me in. I’m sure to be distracted by commerce and my day job before joining this conversation in any useful way. But, at least I’ve pointed to it. It’s the least I can do—and on most days, sadly, the most I can do.
At risk is the internet as a level playing field and equal opportunity connector as companies press for the ability to offer different classes of service. Doc Searls is keying off these observations by Kevin Marks on how different generations view and use the net. (BTW, one of the early proponents of a better, faster, higher quality-of-service—and private— internet back in bubble days was Enron Broadband division, back in the news as Kenny boy’s trial gets underway.)
Bush makes a new personal low in job approval ratings. He’s below all recent presidents but one. Nixon’s the one.
For those who don’t follow the family feuds…Bill O’Reilly of Fox Snooze has posted a petition to the overlords of MSNBC to replace Keith Olbermann with Phil O’Donahue. OK. Back at ya’ Loofa Man. Here’s a petition to Roger Ailes, Satrap of the Fox Yap Traps to can Bill for the aforementioned Phil. I signed. Will you?
The full column is, of course, behind the ya-gotta-pay barrier. But Crooks and Liars has the money quote:
…more to the point, after years of systematically suggesting that Arabs who didn’t attack us are the same as Arabs who did, the administration can’t suddenly turn around and say, “But these are good Arabs.”
Lewis Lapham takes a serious look at the Conyers case for why we can no longer afford George Bush. Conyers explained why he entered his “futile” resolution on the phone with Lapham:
“To take away the excuse,” he said, “that we didn’t know.” So that two or four or ten years from now, if somebody should ask, “Where were you, Conyers, and where was the United States Congress?” when the Bush Administration declared the Constitution inoperative and revoked the license of parliamentary government, none of the company now present can plead ignorance or temporary insanity, can say that “somehow it escaped our notice” that the President was setting himself up as a supreme leader exempt from the rule of law.
Conyers report is available for a donation to the campaign to win back Congress. The more we take this seriously, the more serious we can make it.
Lapham’s article is excerpted on the Web. The full piece is in the March 2006 print edition of Harper’s Magazine.