Scripting News for 9/21/2006

Doc went to the Berkman Thursday meeting this evening.  

Steve Williams, Digg: “If we could look in the head of the page to find the corresponding mobile-friendly page, we’d be ecstatic.” 

Dan Farber: “Mary Jo Foley has been a persistent thorn in Microsoft’s side for more than 10 years.” 

Mike Arrington says he knows who the anonymous blogger, Dead 2.0, is, but he hasn’t told the rest of us. It could be a good thing for the tech blogosphere to put a name to this person, might make people think again before taking cheap shots if they could end up being responsible for what they say.  

MP3 of yesterday’s NewsHour interview with General John Abizaid about the war in Iraq, from the NewsHour podcast feed

My inner-cynic has figured out what’s going on with the “debate” about torture in the Sentate. It’s so obvious, I don’t know why I didn’t see it before. The Republicans are about to lose Congress, at least partially because the electorate has come to realize how dangerous it is to have the executive and legislative branches both controlled by the same party. Solution — show the President having an argument with three of his staunchest supporters. Fake controversy. Voila. Extra benefit — it distracts the press and the public from the awful news from the Iraq. Challenge to the Dems, get the focus back on Iraq, asap. 

13 responses to this post.

  1. I highly doubt that’s it fake seeing how it’s McCain.



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  3. Posted by jeanne kane on September 21, 2006 at 10:40 am

    This is from a few days ago regarding Jason Kottke’s comments. I agree about the MacArthur prize, or something like that to recognize your contributions.


  4. Good theory on the Senate flack. I feel that the energy industry is trying to help the Republicans also by lowering the cost of gasoline. How convenient that this is happening as the runup to the midterms is taking place.

    I havent seen the cost per gallon of oil come down that much.


  5. Why would McCain’s participation make it real? He’s the Chosen One in 08, according to Rove, and has been sprinting hard towards the Christian Right every chance he gets. Dave is correct: McCain is serving as the figurehead in a fake controversy, taking the moral high ground as only he can in this particular situation, and then he will hand it back to Shrub when the “compromise” is announced.


  6. Posted by Sam Yates on September 21, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    It’s not just the generals who rehash the same lines over and over again, some NY Times foreign affairs “gurus” are apparently pretty good at the same thing. 🙂
    See the infamous Thomas Friedman 6-month window breakdown here:


  7. Posted by Chris on September 21, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    Excuse me gents, didn’t I say this a couple of days ago? 🙂


  8. Posted by Chris on September 21, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    Further, it’s really important that you understand a couple of things:

    (a) the McCain compromise is no compromise at all: the bill authorizes torture. Remember during the ’08 campaign. See

    (b) There isn’t a way for third parties to break into the system, no matter how much you might want there to be, so you have to pick a party and reform it from within. Effective political resistence against these bad people (Cheney et al) depends on the progressive Democrat movement, as founded by sites like MyDD and DailyKos. The Reagan and Clinton years left Congress full of wuss ‘centrist’ Democrats (Republican-lites), and so the progressives are having to make up 30 years of lost ground now, with very little time.

    My point: vote Democratic this November if you want this shit to stop. There are lots of good candidates this time; and a few corrupt ones, for tradition’s sake. But you’re not going to get effective congressional oversight with a Republican congress. It has not happened for the past five years, it’s not going to start now. The Democrats have no power, and they frequently don’t have enough votes to filibuster. This has to change. It will take decades to fully undo the damage this administration to our nation and to the world that this administration has caused, and we have to get started ASAP and preferably before the lunatics start lobbing nukes in the middle east.


  9. Posted by Chris on September 21, 2006 at 4:53 pm

    also (c): the corporate media is controlled by the Republicans. See the Disney/ABC 9/11 flap for an example. Do not trust the newspapers to get political stories right. Read widely, as always, to get a full picture.


  10. I didn’t see your other comment… and I agree, it is startlingly similar to mine!


  11. Posted by haa haaa on September 21, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    * The Financial Times, 7/11/97: “Apple no longer plays a leading role in the $200 billion personal computer industry. ‘The idea that they’re going to go back to the past to hit a big home run…is delusional,’ says Dave Winer, a software developer.”


  12. Politics are, of course, a joke. They were a long time before I invented The Gore Years (wordpress).


  13. There are all sorts of misdirection going on. I have a couple of questions about the current state of things.

    – Why would we want to insight a group of people and harden themselves against another people, i.e., What has history taught us? Look at any war against an ideology or belief? We lose because you can’t kill an idea or belief. You can only make is stronger. (Only way would be to destroy everyone and their families).

    We are not fighting a straight fight. Look at how we are dealing with this situation. Again, you could liken this to the colonial days when solders marched rank and file into a battle and were slaughtered because we the americans didn’t come at them in a straight we met them with resistance via non-standard means of war.

    Not wanting to pose questions without some idea for an answer we need to decide that we are either going to destroy each and everyone of them(not my choice) or we engage in a sideways assault leading the way by pulling the strings with those in the region who control the real power.

    You can’t kill and idea or a belief but you can change those via other means.

    Instute the draft. (Shows our resolve)

    Stop fighting the conventional war, start changing minds.

    Decide that we can draw a line as a place to start.

    America needs to feel this war and we need “All hands on deck”. Stop taking away our rights and freedoms in the name of security. Start saying hell no!


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