This country is in poor health. I know because I am one of the ones who regularly visits a doctor. I was searching the web for some health information and found a relevant article at Forbes. But search engines sometimes turn up strange results. In the "Health" section at Forbes.com I found another article (from the AP wire) about our unhealthy credit card debt. The increase in debt is just a symptom of our underlying sickness. Too many americans are out-of-work.
Almost no one would deny that Steve Jobs pretty much single-handedly saved the record industry from piracy (and from themselves). But the time is approaching when Apple will need to renew the license from which the whole iTunes price structure has been based. So wouldn't you know we get this news on the wire:
Record executives, however, are seeking some flexibility in prices, including the ability to charge more for some songs and less for others, the way they do in the traditional retail world.
I was reading an article in the SF Chronicle about the Bush Administration's approval of the new plans for NASA and the eventual replacement of the aged shuttle. And it struck me that like most things the administration has done, it is a return to the past. The Bush republican conservatism is not conservative at all. It is just nostalgia. Our energy policy, our environmental policy, our space exploration, our foreign policy are all just retro.
If any of you watch "The Daily Show" with Jon Stuart then you've probably seen a better criticism of the handling of the hurricane then anything that I could write in 10,000 words or less. If you get your news from network television instead of getting it (and your laughs) from Jon Stewart then you are probably sadly misinformed.
Just when I though the most stupid, insensitive thing had been said, along comes the president's wife and proves me wrong. Read this if you don't believe it.
And meanwhile the president himself is proving that his face on the news is more important than people. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., issued a statement which I quote partially:
I've heard the news media calling parishes in Louisiana counties. It seems to me that if you are going to claim that your profession is "journalist" then you should at least do your homework. But then again, expecting due diligence from journalists is really asking a lot, isn't it? No, let me rephrase that. Can we expect journalists to make any sense at all?
I guess I wasn't even thinking straight. I have grown so accustomed to being racially blind that I didn't see the obvious until a racist republican jack-ass that I have the unfortunate bad luck to know made a comment. Then it struck me. I was looking at the televised images of the despair and the suffering in New Orleans and seeing human beings in need. But my racist acquaintance looks at those same images and sees niggers.
George "Nero" Bush plays guitar while New Orleans sinks.
We are supposed to be at war with terror. We should be prepared for anything. But a hurricane that is coming for hours and days catches us totally off guard? Doesn't this prove the lie that is the Bush administration? George Bush mentions the oil pipeline eighteen times as he talks about his plans to send aid to New Orleans. Can't America see the truth behind his outlandish lies yet? We could have prepared better for this, but it didn't matter to Dubyah enough to even pay attention.
In the Suburban Chicago Daily Herald, Dennis Hastert, republican majority leader continued his habit of speaking without having his brain actually connected. He had this to say about efforts to rebuild New Orleans:
“It doesn’t make sense to me, And it’s a question that certainly we should ask.”
“First of all your heart goes out to the people, the loss of their homes,” said Hastert . “But there are some real tough questions to ask about how you go about rebuilding this city.”
By now you've probably heard about it. Agile Software Development is the rage. It is said to bring to software development benefits that are usually attributed to Just In Time inventory management. It is a development strategy that deals with change easily and produces results. The Agile Manifesto and its Principles lay the groundwork.