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Saturday, September 02, 2006
Must see teevee
8 p.m. What Really Killed the Dinosaurs
Scientists discuss whether the extinction of the dinosaurs was the result of a massive comet collision, climate change, disease or a gnawing sense of ennui in an uncaring universe. Discovery Channel.
Friday, September 01, 2006
I read me three Shakespeares and one of them there Camuses...
That's "eck-a-leck-tick." As in "id-jit"
George W. Bush. Keeping expectations low since 2001.
Political quotes of the week
All from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:
The one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans was marked by President Bush with a moment of silence. A little different than a year ago, when President Bush marked the occasion by a week and a half of silence.
NBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed President Bush. He asked him about his poll numbers and President Bush said, "The key for me is to keep expectations low." I think you can accurately say, "Mission Accomplished."
President Bush said the United States is still under the threat of attack and will continue to be right up until Election Day.
Arrogance, hubris, and "proof"
The man who sees absolutes, where all other men see nuances and shades of meaning, is either a prophet, or a quack.
Donald H. Rumsfeld is not a prophet.
Mr. Rumsfeld's remarkable speech to the American Legion yesterday demands the deep analysis-and the sober contemplation-of every American.
For it did not merely serve to impugn the morality or intelligence- indeed, the loyalty- of the majority of Americans who oppose the transient occupants of the highest offices in the land. Worse, still, it credits those same transient occupants- our employees- with a total omniscience; a total omniscience which neither common sense, nor this administration's track record at home or abroad, suggests they deserve.
Dissent and disagreement with government is the life's blood of human freedom; and not merely because it is the first roadblock against the kind of tyranny the men Mr. Rumsfeld likes to think of as "his" troops still fight, this very evening, in Iraq.
It is also essential. Because just every once in awhile it is right and the power to which it speaks, is wrong.
In a small irony, however, Mr. Rumsfeld's speechwriter was adroit in invoking the memory of the appeasement of the Nazis. For in their time, there was another government faced with true peril-with a growing evil-powerful and remorseless.
That government, like Mr. Rumsfeld's, had a monopoly on all the facts. It, too, had the "secret information." It alone had the true picture of the threat. It too dismissed and insulted its critics in terms like Mr. Rumsfeld's- questioning their intellect and their morality.
That government was England's, in the 1930s.
It knew Hitler posed no true threat to Europe, let alone England.
It knew Germany was not re-arming, in violation of all treaties and accords.
It knew that the hard evidence it received, which contradicted its own policies, its own conclusions- its own omniscience- needed to be dismissed.
The English government of Neville Chamberlain already knew the truth.
Most relevant of all - it "knew" that its staunchest critics needed to be marginalized and isolated. In fact, it portrayed the foremost of them as a blood-thirsty war-monger who was, if not truly senile, at best morally or intellectually confused.
That critic's name was Winston Churchill.
Sadly, we have no Winston Churchills evident among us this evening. We have only Donald Rumsfelds, demonizing disagreement, the way Neville Chamberlain demonized Winston Churchill.
History - and 163 million pounds of Luftwaffe bombs over England- have taught us that all Mr. Chamberlain had was his certainty- and his own confusion. A confusion that suggested that the office can not only make the man, but that the office can also make the facts.
Thus, did Mr. Rumsfeld make an apt historical analogy.
Excepting the fact, that he has the battery plugged in backwards.
His government, absolute- and exclusive- in its knowledge, is not the modern version of the one which stood up to the Nazis.
It is the modern version of the government of Neville Chamberlain.
But back to today's Omniscient ones.
That, about which Mr. Rumsfeld is confused is simply this: This is a Democracy. Still. Sometimes just barely.
And, as such, all voices count- not just his.
Had he or his president perhaps proven any of their prior claims of omniscience- about Osama Bin Laden's plans five years ago, about Saddam Hussein's weapons four years ago, about Hurricane Katrina's impact one year ago- we all might be able to swallow hard, and accept their "omniscience" as a bearable, even useful recipe, of fact, plus ego.
But, to date, this government has proved little besides its own arrogance, and its own hubris.
Mr. Rumsfeld is also personally confused, morally or intellectually, about his own standing in this matter. From Iraq to Katrina, to the entire "Fog of Fear" which continues to envelop this nation, he, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, and their cronies have- inadvertently or intentionally - profited and benefited, both personally, and politically.
And yet he can stand up, in public, and question the morality and the intellect of those of us who dare ask just for the receipt for the Emperor's New Clothes?
In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised? As a child, of whose heroism did he read? On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight? With what country has he confused the United States of America?
The confusion we- as its citizens- must now address, is stark and forbidding.
But variations of it have faced our forefathers, when men like Nixon and McCarthy and Curtis LeMay have darkened our skies and obscured our flag. Note- with hope in your heart- that those earlier Americans always found their way to the light, and we can, too.
The confusion is about whether this Secretary of Defense, and this administration, are in fact now accomplishing what they claim the terrorists seek: The destruction of our freedoms, the very ones for which the same veterans Mr. Rumsfeld addressed yesterday in Salt Lake City, so valiantly fought.
And about Mr. Rumsfeld's other main assertion, that this country faces a "new type of fascism."
As he was correct to remind us how a government that knew everything could get everything wrong, so too was he right when he said that- though probably not in the way he thought he meant it.
This country faces a new type of fascism- indeed.
Although I presumptuously use his sign-off each night, in feeble tribute, I have utterly no claim to the words of the exemplary journalist Edward R. Murrow.
But never in the trial of a thousand years of writing could I come close to matching how he phrased a warning to an earlier generation of us, at a time when other politicians thought they (and they alone) knew everything, and branded those who disagreed: "confused" or "immoral."
Thus, forgive me, for reading Murrow, in full:
"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty," he said, in 1954. "We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.
"We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular."
And so good night, and good luck.
Quote of the day
I wouldn't mind that most men lead lives of quiet desperation, if they didn't do it so loudly.
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Thursday, August 31, 2006
But what about the velour shirts and the acting?
TV Guide Insider reports CBS Paramount Domestic Television is observing the 40th anniversary of Star Trek by re-releasing the series to syndication beginning September 16, with enhanced digital effects, similar to what George Lucas did with the original Star Wars trilogy. Trek originally premiered on September 8, 1966.
"We're taking great pains to respect the integrity and style of the original," says Michael Okuda, who spent 18 years as a scenic-art supervisor on Star Trek films and spin-offs. "Our goal is to always ask ourselves: What would Roddenberry have done with today's technology?" Okuda's teammates on the two-year project are his wife, Denise Okuda, with whom he's authored several Trek reference books, and 14-year Trek production vet David Rossi.
The upgraded episodes- to be shown out of order and one per week- will kick off with Balance of Terror, a big fan favorite "that gives us a chance to really show off the 'new' Enterprise," says Okuda. "The exterior of the ship now has depth and detail, and it will fly more dynamically." Painted backdrops will also be brought to life: Once-empty star bases will have CGI people milling about, while static alien landscapes have been given slow-moving clouds and shimmering water. Okuda notes that a view of Earth in the 1966 episode Miri has been "replaced with a more accurate image, now that we've gone into deep space and looked back at ourselves."
Trek's opening theme is also getting an overhaul: The music has been re-recorded in stereo with a bigger orchestra, and a new singer has been hired to wail those famous but wordless vocals. And goofs will be corrected: In The Naked Time, there was no beam coming out of Scotty's phaser when he tried to cut through the bulkhead outside Engineering. Now there is.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Lest we forget...
25 Mind-Numbingly Stupid Quotes About Hurricane Katrina And Its Aftermath (from Daniel Kurtzman on about.com)
1) I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees.
-President Bush, on Good Morning America, Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina
2) What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to
stay in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so
many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged
anyway so this (chuckle)- this is working very well for them.
-Former First Lady Barbara Bush, on the hurricane evacuees at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept.
3) Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.
-President Bush, to FEMA director Michael Brown, while touring hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, Sept. 2, 2005
4) Considering the dire circumstances that we have in New Orleans,
virtually a city that has been destroyed, things are going relatively
-FEMA Director Michael Brown, Sept. 1, 2005
5) Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?
-House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX), to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005
6) We've got a lot of rebuilding to do... The good news is- and
it's hard for some to see it now- that out of this chaos is going to
come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of
Trent Lott's house- he's lost his entire house- there's going to be
a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch.
-President Bush, touring hurricane damage, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005
7) Well, I think if you look at what actually happened, I remember
on Tuesday morning picking up newspapers and I saw headlines, 'New
Orleans Dodged the Bullet.' Because if you recall, the storm moved to
the east and then continued on and appeared to pass with considerable
damage but nothing worse.
-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, blaming media coverage for the government's failings, Meet the Press, Sept. 4, 2005
8) What didn't go right?
-President Bush, as quoted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), after she urged him to fire FEMA Director Michael Brown because of all that went wrong, of all that didn't go right in the Hurricane Katrina relief effort
9) I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then
put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There
may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride
it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.
-Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sept. 6, 2005
(at least I'll have the pleasure of voting against this dipstick.)
10) You simply get chills every time you see these poor
individuals... many of these people, almost all of them that we see are
so poor and they are so black, and this is going to raise lots of
questions for people who are watching this story unfold.
-CNN's Wolf Blitzer, on New Orleans' hurricane evacuees, Sept. 1, 2005
11) We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We
couldn't do it, but God did.
-Rep. Richard Baker (R-LA) to lobbyists, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal
12) If one person criticizes [the local authorities' relief
efforts] or says one more thing, including the president of the United
States, he will hear from me. One more word about it after this show
airs, and I... I might likely have to punch him, literally.
-Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), This Week with George Stephanopoulous, Sept. 4, 2005
13) There are a lot of lessons we want to learn out of this process
in terms of what works. I think we are in fact on our way to getting
on top of the whole Katrina exercise.
-Vice President Dick Cheney, Sept. 10, 2005
14) I believe the town where I used to come- from Houston, Texas,
to enjoy myself, occasionally too much- will be that very same town,
that it will be a better place to come to.
-President Bush, on the tarmac at the New Orleans airport, Sept. 2, 2005
15) I have not heard a report of thousands of people in the
convention center who don't have food and water.
-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, on NPR's All Things Considered, Sept. 1, 2005
16) FEMA is not going to hesitate at all in this storm. We are not
going to sit back and make this a bureaucratic process. We are going
to move fast, we are going to move quick, and we are going to do
whatever it takes to help disaster victims.
-FEMA Director Michael Brown, Aug. 28, 2005
17) We just learned of the convention center- we being the federal
-FEMA Director Michael Brown, to ABC's Ted Koppel, Sept. 1, 2005, to which Koppel responded: Don't you guys watch television? Don't you guys listen to the radio? Our reporters have been reporting on it for more than just today.
18) If you'll look at my lovely FEMA attire you'll really vomit. I
am a fashion god... Anything specific I need to do or tweak? Do you
know of anyone who dog-sits?... Can I quit now? Can I come home?...
I'm trapped now, please rescue me.
-FEMA Director Michael Brown, in various emails to colleagues and friends in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
19) We ask black people: it's time. It's time for us to come
together. It's time for us to rebuild a New Orleans, the one that
should be a chocolate New Orleans. And I don't care what people are
saying Uptown or wherever they are. This city will be chocolate at the
end of the day.
-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Jan. 16, 2006
20) Mayor Nagin and most mayors in this country have a hard time
getting their people to work on a sunny day, let alone getting them
out of the city in front of a hurricane.
-Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), on why New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin failed to follow the city's evacuation plan and press the buses into service, Fox News Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005
21) Last night, we showed you the full force of a superpower
government going to the rescue.
-MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Sept. 1, 2005
22) I also want to encourage anybody who was affected by Hurricane
Corina to make sure their children are in school.
-First Lady Laura Bush, twice referring to a Hurricane Corina while speaking to children and parents in South Haven, Mississippi, Sept. 8, 2005
23) It's totally wiped out... It's devastating, it's got to be
doubly devastating on the ground.
-President Bush, turning to his aides while surveying Hurricane Katrina flood damage from Air Force One, Aug. 31, 2005
24) But I really didn't hear that at all today. People came up to
me all day long and said 'God bless your son,' people of different
races and it was very, very moving and touching, and they felt like
when he flew over that it made all the difference in their lives, so I
just don't hear that.
-Former First Lady Barbara Bush to CNN's Larry King, after King asked her how she felt when people said that her son doesn't care about race, Sept. 5, 2005
25) A young [black] man walks through chest deep floodwater after
looting a grocery store in New Orleans... Two [white] residents wade
through chest-deep water after finding bread and soda from a local
grocery store after Hurricane Katrina came through the area in New
-captions at Yahoo News, Aug. 30, 2005
This about sums it up...
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Quote of the day
She was an atheist and I was an agnostic. We didn't know what religion
not to bring our children up in.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Must see teevee
8 p.m. "Wife Swap"
The mother of a child beauty pageant contestant exchanges places with a mother who lives on this planet. ABC.
(from the Marin Independent Journal)
First impressions are often correct...
...George W. Bush has another way of demonstrating his supremacy over subordinates: when new White House aides are brought in to be introduced to the President of the United States, the President farts.
Conversation of the day
Tourist: I want to go home. New York is so unchristian. Look at this, they even have a place called "Satan Island"!
New Yorker: Oh yeah, we New Yorkers are the worst. We even sold our souls to the devil so we could all read.
(from Overhead in New York)
Let Freedom Ring...
August 28, 1963
"I am happy to join with you today, in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
"Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.
"But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling condition.
"In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
"It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.
"It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
"But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
"We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
"And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
"I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
"Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
"I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.
"I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
"I have a dream today.
"I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
"I have a dream today.
"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
"This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
"This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
"And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
"Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
"Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!
"But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
"Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
"Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
"When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
In case you've forgotten...
This is what the National Weather Service in New Orleans was saying last year on this date:
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
413 PM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005
...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE KATRINA CONTINUES TO APPROACH THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA... ...DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED...
MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL. PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.
HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.
AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.
POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE KILLED.
The original post is here.
So much for the "we didn't see it coming" excuse.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Quote of the day
No one is good; no one is evil; everyone is both, in the same way and in
different ways. It would be needless to point this out if the unscrupulous were
not always saying the opposite.
Copyright © 1987-2014 by Kevin G. Barkes
All rights reserved.
Violators will be prosecuted.
The firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address is now something other than email@example.com saga.
kgbreport.com used to be kgb.com until December, 2007 when the domain name broker Trout Zimmer made an offer I couldn't refuse. Giving up kgb.com and adopting kgbreport.com created a significant problem, however. I had acquired the kgb.com domain name in 1993, and had since that time used firstname.lastname@example.org as my sole e-mail address. How to let people know that email@example.com was no longer firstname.lastname@example.org but rather email@example.com which is longer than firstname.lastname@example.org and more letters to type than email@example.com and somehow less aesthetically pleasing than firstname.lastname@example.org but actually just as functional as email@example.com? I sent e-mails from the firstname.lastname@example.org address to just about everybody I knew who had used email@example.com in the past decade and a half but noticed that some people just didn't seem to get the word about the firstname.lastname@example.org change. So it occurred to me that if I were generate some literate, valid text in which email@example.com was repeated numerous times and posted it on a bunch of different pages- say, a blog indexed by Google- that someone looking for firstname.lastname@example.org would notice this paragraph repeated in hundreds of locations, would read it, and figure out that email@example.com no longer is the firstname.lastname@example.org they thought it was. That's the theory, anyway. email@example.com. Ok, I'm done. Move along. Nothing to see here...
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