Archive for the 'politics' Category

July 26, 2006

Slot machines vs. electronic voting machines. Which one is more secure? No shock there.

July 26, 2006

95 Theses of Geek activism. I agree with most of these, but it’s the spirit that’s important.

June 21, 2006

Democratic strategists have built two new websites to help develop a new culture of ideas for the party.

June 21, 2006

Comparisons between the US Constitution and the Constitution of the Confederacy. Interesting insight into the anti-big business, pro-state’s rights, and, of course, pro-slavery inclinations of the Confederate South.

One of these days I plan on finishing my study of official Southern reasons for secession in order to shut up my roommate, who claims that slavery wasn’t that prominent a reason for most Southerners, which, of course, is what everyone outside the South is taught.

May 9, 2006

Democrats lose elections not because they have less support in the country, but because Democratic voters aren’t as evenly distributed as Republican voters:

Jacobson’s research shows a little more than half of all the nation’s 435 congressional districts over recent decades consistently favored Republican presidential candidates. A little less than 40 percent went for Democrats. (The remainder had a mixed pattern.) Jacobson, at the University of California at San Diego, said this is due to an “inefficient” distribution of Democratic voters, with many concentrations of 60 percent or more in urban areas and places with large numbers of minorities. Republicans, he found, are distributed more evenly, yielding more districts in which GOP voters have a slimmer but sturdy majority.

May 9, 2006

Great stats on oil.

May 2, 2006

On why it’s ok to get infuriated over infuriating things. You still might get that ulcer though.

April 28, 2006

Remember those old “What’s the worst part…?” jokes? Well, I’ve got one for you: What’s the worst part of getting sued by the RIAA? Losing thousands of dollars. Fine, be technical. What’s the second worst part? Having your guilty music pleasures made a matter of public record. That’s cruel and unusual punishment.

Also kind of sucks when you’re sued for file sharing when you don’t even own a computer.

April 27, 2006

I’ve been thinking a lot lately on how the common user can survive an assault from a major corporation’s lawyers. In particular, I’m referring to cases like the RIAA mass lawsuits (like the ones where they sue grandmothers, minors, and their families) or ones like this poor sap, who’s getting sued for producing a piece of software similar to what a company has before that company even filed a patent on it.

So what can be done about this? A century ago, collective action would have been the answer. But in those instances, people could be organized more easily because they shared commonalities – interest, location, working conditions, etc. These are wildly disparate people, unified only by their persecution by the conglomerates. They, of course, wouldn’t pursue this avenue of legal recourse if it wasn’t lucrative. How can it be made unlucrative without getting the government involved?

April 27, 2006

Interesting theory from Dan Froomkin on Snow’s appointment as Press Secretary:

So is it possible that the hiring of Snow represents the embracing of the Fox News approach, which is to preach effectively to the converted and not worry about the rest?