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Heads Up If You Get Error Message [Fahrenheit] 451

From ZDNet:

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Back in the early days of the Web, we set up Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) status messages to let people know what was going on with a Web server. Today, we still use 401 error messages for pages you’re not authorized to see, 403 pages for pages you can’t see even with authentication, and the ever popular 404 for Web pages that can’t be found. Now, with the rise of Internet censorship, Tim Bray is proposing a new HTTP code: 451, for Web servers and pages that are being censored.

Bray, a leading Google Android developer and co-creator of one of the first Web search engines, Open Text and XML, has proposed to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) that code 451 be used for, “when resource access is denied for legal reasons.”


Internet Censorship used to be seen as something outside the West. It was the Great Chinese Firewall; Middle-Eastern countries like Iran blocking access to Twitter and other specific sites or former dictatorships such as Egypt sealing off their entire Internet borders. Now, it’s come home.


Bray has proposed … that code [Fahrenheit] 451 “be used for when resource access is denied for legal reasons.”

Gosh. What with 1%ers i.e., The People Who Control the World deciding what’s “legal,” fair and just, what could possibly go wrong?

June 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM Leave a comment

Calling all Teachers: You Won’t Believe This

So, we lay off and/or cut teacher’s salaries because paying them high (yeah, right) salaries hurts the economy but we can’t cut defense because that would hurt the economy?  Or some such crazy double talk (and it’s coming from a “Democrat” no less):

The threat of new U.S. defense spending cuts next year is creating uncertainty in the economy, and Congress should take steps this summer to reassure industry it is capable of “avoiding that train wreck,” a top senator on defense issues said on Tuesday.

“Uncertainty which is created by the threat, the prospect, the specter, of sequestration, I believe, is a real threat to this economy,” said Senator Carl Levin, referring to $500 billion in automatic cuts that will kick in unless Congress acts to stop them.


The defense budget is the first thing we should cut (see below) but instead, Levin thinks we should put it in some sort of protected lock box?


Carl Levin has got to go.




June 12, 2012 at 3:36 PM 1 comment

Calling All Bacon People

This is the last thing we need:

This undated product image provided by Burger King shows a bacon sundae. Burger King, the world’s second-biggest hamburger chain is introducing a bacon sundae as part of its new menu items for the summer on Thursday, June 14, 2012. The sundae has 510 calories, 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar.


June 12, 2012 at 3:17 PM 4 comments

Canadian Students Aren’t Backing Down

Look at this amazing crowd at a demonstration in Montreal on May 22:

Thousands of demonstrators march against a 75-percent tuition hike at universities in Canada’s mostly French-speaking Quebec province, in downtown Montreal, Quebec, on May 22, 2012. Tens of thousands marched in a rally marking 100 days of student protests. (Reuters / Olivier Jean)

Beginning in February, students throughout Quebec began protesting against a proposed 75 percent hike in the cost of their tuition. Demonstrators staged strikes, sit-ins, and marches, in some cases drawing hundreds of thousands of participants and incurring hundreds of arrests. Quebec’s government responded by passing a controversial emergency law, Bill 78, that places strict limits on free assembly, including a provision that requires demonstrators to submit protest plans and receive police approval. Reacting to the new law, hundreds of thousands more took to the streets to join the broadening protest. Now, four months later, nightly demonstrations continue across Montreal. These marches are called “casseroles,” as participants use pots and pans to create noise and call for attention.

See a larger version of the photo above and 38 more, here.

Notice how the ahem, “liberal media” is all over this?

June 12, 2012 at 3:09 PM Leave a comment

Obama Told Not to Campaign on Economy Getting Better

I don’t know why Obama needs a report to explain this to him. Seems like a no brainer to me:


A new Democracy Corps report based on focus groups composed of independents plus “weak” Democrats and Republicans (non-college educated folk in Columbus, OH and college-educated voters in suburban Philly) advises the president to abandon efforts to convince these voters that the economy is doing better and better each day, and in general to fight the framing of the election as a referendum on the economy during his administration.




The report goes into rich detail on the struggles of these voters in the current economic environment, and their refusal to believe “things are getting better.” They clearly like Obama better than Romney, but want to hear the president talk about his plans for the future rather than his claims of accomplishment in the past, and need to hear him talk about Romney’s agenda.




What’s striking about Democracy Corps’ suggested message for swing voters is how close it is to a message “base” voters will respond to as well. Those urging Obama to stop “going negative” and offer sunny assessments of how wonderful life is becoming are missing the boat by a mile; they don’t comport with voters’ own experiences, and run the risk of making the president look as out of touch as Romney.


Ya think?

Statistics may tell us the economy’s doing better but people don’t feel it, which is what matters.  And frankly it’s worrisome Obama doesn’t get that.  

Oh, and btw, If I hear one more Democrat talk about not “going negative” I’m going to scream.  I sat through the 2004 election wanting to throttle John Kerry for not responding to the Swift Boaters because he didn’t want to “go negative.”  In the end he didn’t end up looking like a nice guy.  He ended up looking like a wimp.

June 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM 1 comment

Romney Blanketing Denver Air



I watched the local ABC News channel while I ate my lunch today because I was interested in hearing the latest about the High Park Fire which is just up the road from where I live.  (The smoke down here is just awful.)  During the 20 minutes I watched (11:30 to approximately 11:50 a.m. MT), I saw two Obama ads and seven Romney ads.  Nine political ads over the course of 20 freakin’ minutes, and it’s only June.


The Romney ad talked about what it would be like on “day one” of his presidency.  I tried to find it on YouTube but couldn’t.  Anyway, I am reminded of something I heard last week after the Wisconsin recall vote. A reporter was asked about the conventional wisdom that Walker was re-elected because voters didn’t think it was fair to throw him out just because people disagree with him; there should be a more substantial reason to recall him.  The reporter, John Nichols who is the go-to guy from that state, said yeah, Walker, with billions behind him, began airing ads back in November saying that very thing so Walker’s the one who planted that thought.

Looks like the folks behind Romney (same as the folks behind Walker) are doing the same thing here in Colorado.

Brainwashing works.



June 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM Leave a comment

It’s Now Legal to Shoot a Cop in Indiana

I’m not sure how I feel about this:


Hold onto your holsters, folks: shooting a cop dead is now legal in the state of Indiana.


Governor Mitch Daniels, a Republican, has authorized changes to a 2006 legislation that legalizes the use of deadly force on a public servant — including an officer of the law — in cases of “unlawful intrusion.”


Proponents of both the Second and Fourth Amendments — those that allow for the ownership of firearms and the security against unlawful searches, respectively — are celebrating the update by saying it ensures that residents are protected from authorities that abuse the powers of the badge.


Others, however, fear that the alleged threat of a police state emergence will be replaced by an all-out warzone in Indiana.


Under the latest changes of the so-called Castle Doctrine, state lawmakers agree “people have a right to defend themselves and third parties from physical harm and crime.” Rather than excluding officers of the law, however, any public servant is now subject to be met with deadly force if they unlawfully enter private property without clear justification.



June 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM 1 comment

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