Wednesday, October 1, 2003

The Surprising Benefits of Being Unemployed

The Surprising Benefits of Being Unemployed by David Dvorkin.

The great ebb and flow of the marketplace has recently forced me to try to convince myself of the benefits of being unemployed.
Some of those benefits are obvious, and I could have anticipated them even before a supervisor tapped me on the shoulder and said he needed to talk to me about something. ("Do you have a minute?" he asked. What would have happened if I'd said no, that I was too busy?)

e.p.c. posted this at 11:56 GMT on 1-Oct-2003 .

Teal Sunglasses: America -- love it or, um...

I'm not exactly happy with the current administration. Ok, I'm appalled. It goes beyond partisan differences (I tolerated and even respected Bush I). There's just something very wrong with the direction Bush II is taking (not leading) the US. It's the credit card mentality (charge now, let someone else worry about paying it off). It's the all-taxes-are-evil mentality (what, we can get armed services, civil services, and other benefits of government for free?). It's the bitter partisan if-you-are-not-with-us then you must be a traitor mentality. I haven't rked in over a year yet I've been giving money to the Dean campaign. Am I certain he's the right, absolute 100% perfect candidate? No. Am I certain that I want anyone but Bush to be president in 2005? Yes. Read: Teal Sunglasses: America -- love it or, um...`.

e.p.c. posted this at 12:12 GMT on 1-Oct-2003 .

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Union Card?

Alex writes: alex wrightUnion card? Free agency should be a good thing for everyone: it's a classic market efficiency; and as contractors circulate between companies, they promote knowledge-sharing and help spread best practices.

Oddly I've been thinking that the last thing I want to do is return to working for someone else full time. It doesn't seem to be in my best interests over the long term (though would be in the short term!). While everything is geared towards people working for organizations, organizations have ceased to be good places for people to work. Whether it's Enron, IBM, MCI, or healthcare, government, etc, the focus on running an organization "efficiently" has swamped the need to be a good place to work.

e.p.c. posted this at 21:07 GMT on 2-Oct-2003 .

Frisket's blog

I posted a number of pictures from over the summer (and a couple from tonight) to Frisket's blog.

e.p.c. posted this at 23:09 GMT on 2-Oct-2003 .

Friday, October 3, 2003

NYT: Bush Cites Parts of Arms Report to Justify U.S. Action in Iraq

Bush Cites Parts of Arms Report to Justify U.S. Action in Iraq. What, did he pick every other word "There is no evidence of WMD in Iraq..

e.p.c. posted this at 15:43 GMT on 3-Oct-2003 .

Saturday, October 4, 2003

5.1dts

In a bit of home electronics frenzy last night I rewired our main TV / home entertainment setup to reestablish the surround sound system. I'd set it up last year when we moved in and then had to tear it down when we (finally) had the cabinets installed in the den. Since the cabinetmakers left no room or grommet holes to put the system back in I held off doing anything. A year later there's still no grommet holes (like I thought they'd magically appear) and I wanted to watch a DVD in full pseudo-surround sound glory. I think it's all wired correctly, though I still need to get the sub-woofer wired in and the VCR seems to be sending its audio to something other than the receiver.

Frisket is outside playing in the drizzle on the deck. She's been …

At this point there was an interruption in my writing as I watched Frisket on the deck, with her paws up on one of the large planters in the corner. She seemed to be nosing something in the planter so I went to investigate. Her face was covered with potting soil, and her paws were black with the stuff. She had this sheepish (well, Frisket-ish) grin on her face like she'd discovered some new wonderful thing: THERE'S FRESH MUD RIGHT ON THE DECK!. Ugh.

I think it's a dog run day, she's already muddy so the drizzle won't matter much.

e.p.c. posted this at 12:20 GMT on 4-Oct-2003 .

Sunday, October 5, 2003

Latest in Bush's War on Labor

Daily Kos: Political analysis and other daily rants on the state of the nation

This week the DoL imposed a new set of reporting requirements that one member of Congress described as “Draconian.� He and over two dozen colleagues protested the rules when they were proposed last Spring as “costly requirements would be unduly burdensome. We believe that Union resources are best utilized when representing members during negotiations or grievance handling, not adapting and complying with an unprecedented level of detailed financial information and government forms.

e.p.c. posted this at 16:24 GMT on 5-Oct-2003 .

Spammed

Some bozo has sent out spam advertising some sort of DVD copier (which I'm betting doesn't copy DVDs but is itself a spam relay service), using my address in the Return-path: header. I'm not getting a flood of email but I'm getting all of the rejected messages. The company paying for this is "vano-soft.biz" which a brief search on the web reveals to be a reviled spam generator.

e.p.c. posted this at 17:21 GMT on 5-Oct-2003 .

Easy Fast

Lisa landed right on time, though I then spent 30 -40 minutes trying to pick her up. You can't stop or idle in front of the terminals at LGA and there is no place to just idle nearby. LaGuardia's roads are also a pain to circle around, unlike O'Hare for example where you can just go around, and around, and around, and around...

Tried out the fireplace in the den this afternoon. Was just chilly enough to warrant some sort of vain attempt at warming the room. It looks pretty, but doesn't really kick out any heat.

e.p.c. posted this at 17:34 GMT on 5-Oct-2003 .

Fireworks

For some unknown reason, there was a fireworks display over the East River, just west of us, from about 7:30 to 8:00 tonight. Once I peeled myself off the ceiling I ran up to the deck to see what the explosions were. Seeing the flashes in the windows of the St George verified that it was fireworks and not lower Manhattan imploding again. At this point I noticed Frisket was freaking out on the couch in our den. She is absolutely terrified of fireworks, moreso than horses. Lisa and I tried to calm Frisket down for the next half hour by holding on to her but she only now is calm (about an hour after the end of the fireworks). We have no idea what the show was for, seems unlikely to have fireworks for Yom Kippur. Maybe it was because it was Pulaski day?

e.p.c. posted this at 20:55 GMT on 5-Oct-2003 .

Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Angle Grinder Man!

Car Owners' Hero Dresses for the Job

LONDON, Oct. 2 — As is so often the case, the trickiest part came when he had to explain himself to his family.

"I got kind of a lukewarm response," said the masked Englishman who calls himself Angle-Grinder Man and who has been trawling London for four months dressed in a homemade superhero outfit, complete with gold lamé underpants and cape, removing the security boots from people's illegally parked cars.

"Any parent who gets a phone call from his son saying, `Oh, you might see me in the newspaper; I'm a superhero wheel clamp vigilante' — it might take them a little while to formulate their views," he said in an interview.

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Angle-Grinder Man has a website though it appears to have been /.'d.

e.p.c. posted this at 11:26 GMT on 7-Oct-2003 .

Gender Genie

The Gender Genie purports to analyze text that you paste in and determine the gender of the author. So far it's 3-0 on my blog entries.

e.p.c. posted this at 11:45 GMT on 7-Oct-2003 .

An open letter to "tableless" recoders

I came across this paranoidfish.org/notes/ : An open letter to "tableless" recoders thorugh diveintomark.org. CSS has been around for years but its utility has yet to be fully realized. Part of the problem is that there are no CSS compliant browsers. What? Sure, MSIE, Opera, Netscape, Safari each interpret CSS and most modern browsers get a good chunk of CSS right, but none of them fully implement the CSS standards. CSS isn't like HTML, it's specified pretty clearly (though I still get tripped up by some cascading issues). But as I've tried to design this site (or my work site), I've run into glaring inconsistencies in browsers as compared to each other or to the expected results from the CSS standards. Instead of coding JavaScript hacks or server side negotiation to run around HTML problems, you end up doing CSS "hiding" tricks or specifying alternate style sheets on a browser by browser basis.

I'm having none of that. I've written my stylesheets based on the CSS2 spec. Where I find bugs in browsers (most recently Safari) I report to the developers, but I don't intend to code around the browser bugs. Content developers, designers, etc should not have to make up for the crap that software developers put out. There is a CSS spec, there are multiple test suites, there is no legitimate reason to code alternative style sheets to get around browser inconsistencies.

e.p.c. posted this at 12:19 GMT on 7-Oct-2003 .

Wednesday, October 8, 2003

IBM Emancipates 8,000 Wage Slaves

IBM Emancipates 8,000 Wage SlavesARMONK, NYIn a move hailed by corporation owners as a forward-thinking humanitarian gesture, IBM emancipated more than 8,000 wage slaves from its factories and offices Monday.
Above: Palmisano abolishes 600 jobs at the Essex Junction, VT, location. "You are all free, free to go!" said IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano to the 600 men and women freed from the corporation's Essex Junction, VT, location. "No more must you live a bleak, hand-to-mouth existence, chained to your desks in a never-ending Monday-through-Friday, 9-to-5 cycle. Your future is wide-open. Now, go!"

The 600 newly freed workers cleared out their desks and were escorted from the building within an hour. In spite of Palmisano's jubilance, the emancipated wage slaves were strangely quiet as they filed into the parking lot, carrying their work possessions in cardboard boxes.

e.p.c. posted this at 23:47 GMT on 8-Oct-2003 .

Thursday, October 9, 2003

Thursday Misc

  • My Amazon Gold Box is broken (I click it and I get an error).
  • Frisket has ear mites. Again.
  • Some production called Code Blue is filming on the promenade at Orange Street. I plan to take Frisket by later to see if she can get a cameo.
  • Tomorrow is the last day to change your party registration if you live in New York State, for the democratic primary in March
  • There was a good posting in the Calpundit blog about "The New Model Republican Party". Basically takes a look at where the party is being lead by the Texas faction by examining the 2000 Texas GOP platform.
  • Cubs win!. The end of the world is coming closer since the Red Sox also apparently won last night
  • I'm afraid that the West Wing is quickly falling out of favor here. It was on last night, we tivo'd it of course. I have little interest in seeing it, based on the initial comments I've read about it.
  • For that matter, we haven't watched any episodes of Angel either, though due more to laziness than anything else

e.p.c. posted this at 16:42 GMT on 9-Oct-2003 .

Friday, October 10, 2003

Spammed by a Politician

I received spam this morning from a local politician (well, someone trying to become one). Thing is, this person is running for a seat on the New York City council. New York City. My first reaction on looking at the note was: Why am I getting polispam from a Washington, DC politico?. I wasn't, but this person thought the best way to run for an office in, again, New York City, was to include a picture of him in front of the reflecting pool in front of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. Washington is not New York, in oh so many ways. Even better, I don't live in the district he's running in (which does appear to be in New York), nor would I support the platform he's running on (hint: Taxes, bad, government, bad, big business, good!).

e.p.c. posted this at 09:51 GMT on 10-Oct-2003 .

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Lost In Translation

We caught Lost in Translation tonight at the BAM Rose Cinemas. LIT is set in an anonymous Tokyo hotel in the present day. Bill Murray plays the aging actor Bob who is in Tokyo for a few days to tape a commercial. Scarlett Johansson plays Charlotte, the wife of a commercial photographer on assignment in Japan. Bob and Charlotte are bored out of their minds. It's a fun movie, moreso if you've ever been to Tokyo and don't understand Japanese. The only things they missed were the taxis with automatic doors, the guy whose job at the hotel is to pass his hand in front of the electric eye on the door, and the using a plate to exchange all money. On the downside, I can't get the Bill Murray rendition of Elvis Costello's Peace, Love and Understanding out of my head.

e.p.c. posted this at 23:52 GMT on 11-Oct-2003 .

Monday, October 13, 2003

Ugh...mouse button broke

The left mouse button on my Thinkpad has died. It's actually the second time this has happened, surprising in that my Thinkpad is barely two years old. The button relies on a little rubber nipple piece that sits between the physical button and the switch. When it broke last year I took the laptop apart and switched the piece from the middle button (which I've yet to figure out how or what to use it for) with the left button. Now I have no pieces to switch and must make the dreaded call to IBM service. Dreaded...because I know they will refused to sell me the replacement piece, instead that I will need to ship it in for repairs (kind of stupid for what must be a $0.50 piece at most). Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

A quick search of the ibm.com website shows that the suggested fix is to replace the entire keyboard (FRU 02K5883). Of course, nearly ten years after ibm.com went online there is still no mapping of FRU to part number on the stinking website.

e.p.c. posted this at 01:16 GMT on 13-Oct-2003 .

The (Agri)Cultural Contradictions of Obesity

In The (Agri)Cultural Contradictions of Obesity, Michael Pollan writes about one (possible, probable) cause of the obesity epidemic. Namely, the shift away from a price support system to an all-out subsidy to corn farmers. The net result has been a shift from a managed market of corn supply, to an ever-increasing supply of corn. Farmers need to produce more corn year over year to make the same money as the price of corn has dropped. All of that corn has to go somewhere and it ends up in the food supply as additives, high-fructose corn syrup, and feed for cattle.
Sometimes even complicated social problems turn out to be simpler than they look. Take America's ''obesity epidemic,'' arguably the most serious public-health problem facing the country. Three of every five Americans are now overweight, and some researchers predict that today's children will be the first generation of Americans whose life expectancy will actually be shorter than that of their parents. The culprit, they say, is the health problems associated with obesity.
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e.p.c. posted this at 10:20 GMT on 13-Oct-2003 .

blog template work: accessible calendar

I am still futzing with the layout of the site. While doing so I found Accessible Calendars and tips and tricks: previous and next on your calendar helpful (moreso in navigating Movable Type stuff). One comment on the Accessible Calendars piece, he (and Movable Type) use abbr in the th tag not for an abbreviation but for the full length version of the day, where I thought one would use the title attribute. I'll have to confront my demons and load JAWS again.

e.p.c. posted this at 11:57 GMT on 13-Oct-2003 .

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

The Chicago Cubs

Suck. I come home from a networking thing and forget that the game is on. Flip to FOX and discover the cubbies are up, 3-0, in the 8th inning. Oooh I think to myself, could watch them clinch. First thing I catch is a kid interfering (possibly, it's not clear from the video) with a catch by Moises Alou. Next is a series of hits by the Marlins, and errors by the Cubs. By the bottom of the inning, it's 8-3, Marlins. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. But, then again, if the Cubs won it would surely be the last event on the earth before the asteroid struck.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:48 GMT on 14-Oct-2003 .

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Funding open source projects

jwz asks: Jeremy Zawodny's blog: Which Open Source Projects Would You Sponsor?. I'd probably give money to projects that are attempting something technically difficult, or taking on the beast of Redmond head-on. Much of the internet runs on open source. Most of the internet and internet related technologies derive from open source projects of the past.

e.p.c. posted this at 09:51 GMT on 15-Oct-2003 .

Trackback whinging from The Register

In Blog noise achieves Google KO, The Register whines:
The humble weblog has finally achieved dominance over Google, the world's most-used search engine. Originally intended as a tool that allowed people to publish their personal diaries, weblog software has swiftly evolved, accreting several "innovations" that have had catastrophic consequences for Google. If you've never heard of the "Trackback", or ever wanted to know, then we have bad news: you're about to become acquainted, whether you like it or not, dear Google user.

The Register's take is that trackback (which is a defacto standard for registering links to/from web pages) is evil because it screws up Google results.

Google works its magic in part by ranking pages higher which are linked to by other pages that themselves talk about your search terms. Basically, instead of taking a page's words as the sole determinant, Google also takes into account what other pages write about said page.

This is all well and generally good, except that it can lead to some interesting games by people trying to increase their "pagerank" by concocting other pages to link to their page.

Trackback is a scheme that evolved in the weblog community, but has been sorely lacking in the web for years: how do I tell who has linked to my page? One can analyze server logs and look at the referrers, but that's not real time, and many weblog sites don't provide any real log data. Trackback provided a way for bloggers to see who's linking where, and open up the circle of discussion.

Trackback could be really useful to content providers like The Register since most tools which utilize it are automatic. If I link to a random page using Movable Type, one of the things the tool does is to see if there are any trackback URLs available to ping. If there are, it does it (or provides me a list to select which one to ping).

Of course, I've come to learn that content providers are rarely interested in such things, especially since it would only be useful in analyzing who reads what and provide valuable feedback to advertisers.

e.p.c. posted this at 12:36 GMT on 15-Oct-2003 .

The Digital Imprimatur

I started working my way through The Digital Imprimatur by John Walker and it's a good read. I don't necessarily agree with all of his points but it's certainly thought provoking. Walker founded Autodesk in the 1980s.

e.p.c. posted this at 17:52 GMT on 15-Oct-2003 .

The Register

Danny O'Brien's Oblomovka:
The problem here is one (ironically) of register. In the real world, we have conversations in public, in private, and in secret. All three are quite separate. The public is what we say to a crowd; the private is what we chatter amongst ourselves, when free from the demands of the crowd; and the secret is what we keep from everyone but our confidant. Secrecy implies intrigue, implies you have something to hide. Being private doesn't. You can have a private gathering, but it isn't necessarily a secret. All these conversations have different implications, different tones.

Most people have, in the back of their mind, the belief that what they say to their friends, they would be happy to say in public, in the same words. It isn't true, and if you don't believe me, tape-record yourself talking to your friends one day, and then upload it to your website for the world to hear.

This is the trap that makes fly-on-the-wall documentaries and reality TV so entertaining. It's why politicians are so weirdly mannered, and why everyone gets a bit freaked out when the videocamera looms at the wedding. It's what makes a particular kind of gossip - the "I can't believe he said that!" - so virulent. No matter how constant a person you are, no matter how unwavering your beliefs, something you say in the private register will sound horrific, dismissive, egotistical or trite when blazoned on the front page of the Daily Mirror. This is the context that we are quoted out of.

e.p.c. posted this at 19:32 GMT on 15-Oct-2003 .

Thursday, October 16, 2003

The New Stop-Dean Candidate: Howard Dean

In The New Stop-Dean Candidate - Howard Dean. By WilliamSaletan you can read all the "bad" things that Howard Dean has done. What the alleged centrists in the DNC say: Dean is too liberal What they mean: He scares the sh*t out of us and could actually get elected, and he's too centrist!. Some excerpts from the article:
All year, Howard Dean has been gaining ground in the Democratic presidential race. And all year, Democratic centrists have been scrambling for a candidate to stop him. He's too liberal, they said. He's soft on defense, a Vermont lefty, an evangelist for expansive programs. To stop him, they turned to Joe Lieberman, then John Kerry, then Wes Clark. But the more Dean's rivals expose his record, the more I suspect that the centrist who's going to spare Democrats this left-wing nightmare isn't any of these guys. It's Howard Dean.
Now the big scandal is Dean's fiscal responsibility. Gephardt's opposition researchers have discovered that to rein in the federal deficit in 1995, Dean proposed to "move the retirement age to 70" and "reduce the Medicare growth rate from 10% to 7%, or less if possible."
Worse, according to Gephardt, Dean actually proposed to reform federal programs he thought weren't working.
But Dean's most despicable heresy in the 1990s, it turns out, was his defiance of the AARP. "We all better stop being terrified" of lobbyists for elderly Americans, Dean said, according to a Sept. 26 Gephardt press release.
You can imagine how angry I am, as a swing voter, to find out these horrible things about Dean. My hands are trembling so violently, I can barely write his name on the check.

e.p.c. posted this at 13:26 GMT on 16-Oct-2003 .

Friday, October 17, 2003

iTunes for Windows

Apple introduced iTunes for Windows today. I downloaded it and played around with it but initially it didn't see the music on our Mac. After upgrading iTunes on the Mac, my stinkpad found and displayed the ~6000 tracks we have (all legally ripped from our CDs of course). iTunes for Windows rocks. It's free (as far as I can tell) and is a nice, clean Windows application. Base memory footprint seems to be about 20Mb, my copy hit 50Mb when I pointed at the Mac's playlist. It's very responsive and there were no hiccups while playing tracks off the mac on my laptop (over the network). My only minor gripe for now is that it doesn't appear to be scriptable (meaning, for example, that I can't get it to write out what track I'm playing). If this is at all successful in pushing more iPods out the door or selling tracks from the iTunes Music store, Apple should hit the mid 30s-40s by January.

e.p.c. posted this at 00:40 GMT on 17-Oct-2003 .

ny1 vs ny1 noticias

I noticed something goofy this morning with NY1 and NY1noticias, the Spanish language NY1 spinoff. Though both shows are in theory distributed from the same studios in Chelsea Market, and theoretically use the same systems for, oh, temperature gathering, NY1noticias reported a temperature of 61 when NY1 reported 54. Ok, it's not that big a deal or difference, but it was kind of weird.

e.p.c. posted this at 11:24 GMT on 17-Oct-2003 .

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Cringely on Microsoft's (mis)understanding of open source

Unplugged: How Microsoft's Misunderstanding of Open Source Hurts Us All
This week, speaking at a Gartner conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said some fascinating things about Linux and about Open Source software in general. And thanks to those remarks and the blinding realization they caused for me, I finally understand exactly why Microsoft doesn't understand Open Source.
Ballmer asked, "Should there be a reason to believe that code that comes from a variety of people around the world would be higher-quality than from people who do it professionally? Why is its pedigree better than code done in a controlled fashion? I don't get that. There is no road map for Linux, nobody who has his rear end on the line. We think it's an advantage a commercial company can bring -- we provide a road map, indemnify customers. They know where to send e-mail. None of that is true in the other world. So far, I think our model works pretty well,"
At the core of Ballmer's remarks is a fundamental misunderstanding not only of Open Source, but of software development as an art rather than as a business. Cutting to the bone of his remarks, he is saying that Microsoft developers, since they are employees, are more skilled and dedicated than Open Source developers. They are better, Ballmer suggests, because Microsoft developers have their rears (presumably their jobs) on the line. All those lines and all those rears are part of a road map, he says, and because of that road map the $30 billion plus Microsoft gets each year isn't too much for us to pay, so the model works pretty well.

e.p.c. posted this at 12:27 GMT on 25-Oct-2003 .

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Nothing much of note

So, we ended up not going to Las Vegas this week. The plan had been for Lisa to fly from Long Beach to Las Vegas, and for me to fly from JFK. Complicating our plans were the ear mites infesting Frisket's ears. Although they cleared up, she would not have been allowed to play with other dogs at the kennel. In addition, there was the matter of the hotel we'd booked not being open until November. So we bagged Las Vegas and instead spent an evening at the W Union Square.

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We brought Frisket along for the evening so she got to see how the other half lives. I think she realizes how lucky she is to have our local dog run (which is probably an acre). The Union Square dog run is at most a couple hundred square feet. At it has a bit of an odor. No grass. Though, it also doesn't reek of exhaust fumes from the nearby BQE.

Frisket also got to help us shop for cell phones (no luck), home phones (bought a desk phone at B&O and are waitlisted for their new two line wireless phones). She was very well behaved, though was eager to return to Brooklyn.

Today I drove up to White Plains to buy some shelving units for our front bedroom. Some time over the summer we'd settled on Skandia shelving and I drew up some diagrams. And then did nothing. Then the Container Store announced a 25% sale on all shelving units, ending October 26th. We said We should buy these now and then did nothing. Finally I got my act together and headed up this afternoon. It took nearly two hours to drive the 30? miles to White Plains, most of that time was spent driving around Astoria, Queens looking for a gas station which was actually selling gas.

Once I arrived I wasted no time in finding a clerk. I produced my spreadsheets and Visio diagrams. I think the clerk was mildly amused. It took awhile to get the orders into the system (surprisingly the order had to be keyed in twice, once in the "new" shipping order system, and a second time in a system to actually bill me. Just one word: network). I brought one unit back with me, the other two to be shipped. The MDX sagged a bit once I got all of the shelves and shelving detritus in but drove fine. The return trip only took an hour or so.

e.p.c. posted this at 01:11 GMT on 26-Oct-2003 .

Thursday, October 30, 2003

New R.E.M. video

R.E.M. has created a faux news site at MORNING TEAM.com and you can get their latest video from there. Anderson Cooper interviewed Michael Stipe several weeks ago and premiered the video where, for the length of the video you could get not one, not two, but three (and I think even four at one point) news crawls of varying speeds and sizes running along the screen. I think the only thing I've seen more eye-boggling has been when one of the official news organs (cnn, fox, etc) runs an Al-Jazeera feed in a window of their own feed, so you end up with a left-to-right crawl from Al-Jazeera conflicting with the right-to-left crawls on the western networks.

It's been two years already, can we retire the constant crawls? Even CNNfn has swiched to what I'll call a market odometer, away from the stock quote crawl (which used to be normal and expected on financial newscasts).

e.p.c. posted this at 11:57 GMT on 30-Oct-2003 .

salon: Report links Iraq deals to Bush donations

Gee, how surprising is this: Report links Iraq deals to Bush donations: Companies awarded $8 billion in contracts to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan have been major campaign donors to President Bush, and their executives have had important political and military connections, according to a study released Thursday.
The study of more than 70 U.S. companies and individual contractors turned up more than $500,000 in donations to the president's 2000 campaign, more than they gave collectively to any other politician over the past dozen years.
The report was released by the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington-based research organization that produces investigative articles on special interests and ethics in government. Its staff includes journalists and researchers. The Center concluded that most of the 10 largest contracts went to companies that employed former high-ranking government officials, or executives with close ties to members of Congress and even the agencies awarding their contracts.

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e.p.c. posted this at 14:52 GMT on 30-Oct-2003 .

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