"The only way to do news on television is not to be
terrified of it. Most of the news
isn't very important. In fact, very little of it is."
"The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news
we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were. "
David's gone now. He was one of the best thinkers in news broadcasting; part
of a bygone era. There's a good obit on
NYTimes.com [requires registration] Also,
a good bio at
Museum of Broadcast Communications.
Great quotes from democracy.ru
I haven't even read them all, there are so many! These seem very poignant,
considering the times we live in.
- Liberty -
They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty or safety.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have
- Participation -
Those against politics are in favor of the politics inflicted upon them.
Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but
it's something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.
Elections belong to the people. It is their decision. If they decide to turn
their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to
sit on their blisters.
- Flaws -
Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what
you think it is you want to hear.
The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist
until a majority of voters discover that they can vote themselves largess out
of the public treasury.
- Ideals -
Freedom is when the people can speak, democracy is when the government listens.
- Thinking -
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.
Only the educated are free.
"I have my detractors in Washington. There are bastards who spread things
around, of course, who planted nasty things in the media... Not that I cared
very much. It was like a mosquito bite in the evening that is there in the
an irritant." - Hans Blix
Surprisingly, he's "agnostic" about whether there are or ever were any WMDs
in Iraq. He also
that the US intelligence was highly flawed:
"I agree that the Iraqis are very clever. They have learned, had many
years to learn how to hide things. But nevertheless, most
of [the] intelligence has not been solid. Maybe they thought it was solid,
but it hasn't led us to the right places... It's true that the Iraqis misbehaved
and had no credibility, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they were in
This morning, I finished wiping off the hard drive called "Miles" on my old
PowerPC Mac. It's a 125 MHz machine – so old, that it won't even run Mac OS
Next, I pulled out the Quadra 700, an ancient 68040-based machine from
the era of John Sculley – who fancied himself a technologist, but kept thinking
like a soft-drink mogul (but I digress). That machine wouldn't even boot.
Not going to worry about it. Off to the heap it went.
Then, I dug out my trusty
old PowerBook 170. It's funny to hold up next to Denise's iBook. Talk about
a generation gap! The iBook's footprint is about the same, but it's about as
thick as the PB-170 with the monitor removed. The PowerBook still runs, or
rather limps – its whopping 120MB hard drive is clearly having some
7.1. We're talking history here. I rifled through the drive, found very
few files that ought to be deleted, and started to think about museums that
appreciate such a device. It's in decent shape. Even the trackball
When Earthlink's news feed featured this
story on Nefertiti, they listed it
under Entertainment! It's in Health & Science on USAToday.com, the apparent
source of the story. I had no idea that we'd not found Nefertiti's mummy, but
it turns out she was hated, so there's no record of a royal burial or an
elaborate tomb. 300 years
after her death, it appears
her mummy had been treated with a certain disdain, and was unwrapped and
moved into a chamber in the tomb of Amenhotep II.
Nefertiti page | Links
...Earlier, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer had said Bush was "deeply
concerned" that the [Israeli-orchestrated] assassination attempt "will undermine efforts
by Palestinian authorities and others to bring an end to terrorist attacks,
and does not contribute to the security of Israel."
Uh-huh; and what about what we did in Iraq? And besides, I thought Ari Fleischer
was gone. What happened there? Maybe just a rumor.
I ride the bus and subway a lot. I see and hear funny/strange/interesting
things all the time.
A bearded man with a leather cowboy hat and glasses is sitting on the B52,
headed toward Borough Hall in Brooklyn. "Deep down, I'm a peaceful man",
he says. I wonder if he means he's something else on the surface.
A couple of days later, another man steps into the car of the C train, headed
for Manhattan. In an instant, it's clear that he's asking for money. "My
name is Sonny Paine..." he begins. I'm already tuning him out, but having
fun with the strange irony of his name: I reinterpret it as "Sunny Pain."
No change from me today, Sunny so blue.
A Spanish-language Miller Lite poster in a bus shelter reads "Vive Responsiblemente",
which explicitly translates to "Live Responsibly." I like the notion
that conjures up: acting and being responsible for how you're living. Of course,
the phrase in English is "Drink Responsibly." Interesting translation
into Spanish. But then, the Irish might argue that drinking is one of the best
ways to live!
At the Clinton Washington station on the C line, a sticker affixed to the Metrocard
reader on the turnstile that leads to the platform reads "John Ashcroft
is watching you." A little further onto the platform, someone has scrawled in very small print on a poster
about subway safety: "Why do black people dress in sports clothes?"
Another hand responds "Write larger you coward!" A third has written
It's a soft drink. It's a skin conditioner. It's both: A poster on the train
promotes "Skin Cola
– a new beverage for New York." Their site touts "As seen on
the NYC subway." Clearly, it's a product that goes "beyond water."
How much further? It's anyone's guess.
Saw the first installment of the interview with Hillary on the Today Show.
Blech! She's learned to be so careful, and so plastic. She lacks the charisma
of Bill. "Today" is trying to milk the interview by breaking it into
segments to be run over successive days. I should have counted the number of
commercials that ran between the announcement that Hil was up next, and when
the interview actually ran. I rarely watch the Today Show anymore. I won't be
watching tomorrow. This is one cliffhanger that didn't hang.
Check out The
other side of the White House
"Don't hate us because we're Americans... just hate our government."
- check out the Flash
Eric Blumrich, who
also did Antiwar2,
describes himself this way:
Although I have no formal education in political affairs, I have been studying
history, politics, and sociology for the past 16 years. While it's not much,
it's more experience than Rush Limbaugh, Michael "Savage" Wiener,
and Sean Hannity had, combined, before they began spewing their filth into
the vox populi.
Stewart, sacrificial ma'am
So Martha must go down.
Or, as a friend calls her, Mothra, after the movie monster that saves Tokyo
Martha's behavior may have been monstrous, but indicting her won't save the
securities industry, or corporate America, from the practices, policies and
tendencies that caused the bubble of the late '90s and the recession that
still lingers. ...
Maybe they'll get away with it. Especially if Martha can be sacrificed.
And what a character to walk the plank. She can be envied for her blond
good looks, taste, social connections and fortunate life. She can be loathed
for the mean, hypocritical personality dramatized by Cybill Shepherd on television.
By comparison, Ken Lay is just another round-faced Republican White guy. ...
They guy's got a point. I was gleeful to hear that it looks like Martha will actually take the fall – for a while, it really looked like she'd dodge
the bullet – but so far, the government's only bitten down on Mothra and
a crooked art dealer. Hardly a demonstration of resolve.
So, Mothra will go to some white-collar day camp, and serve out her time, Like Leona Helmsley before her. And maybe she'll come out with just an inkling of what Richard Pryor meant when he joked "If you go into a prison looking to find Justice, that's exactly what you'll find – just us."