Wednesday, August 4, 2010

FP is not as sexy as they think it is

it is irritating that "opinionators" seem to only want to opine about foreign policy...somehow it's sexy, or something. domestic policy or critical analysis about american culture is blase. when i read about beinart's title i was hoping for an examination of how america as a society found itself in a situation, as a whole, where "success breeds disaster," which is how he summarizes his argument. instead it is some analytical claptrap about how foreign policy thinkers rationalize their respective courses of action.

mildly irritating

it seemed this moniker of FreeBird chicken was a bit more disingenuous on first blush. an interesting branding system. owned by Hain-Celestial, of which 20% is owned by HJ Heinz, one of the nation's largest food conglomerates.

Monday, July 19, 2010

counteracting declining circulation, with drivel

the mainstream media isn't so much liberal in content, as conservatives might claim. rather, the greater threat is the continual pandering to general interest, casual readers with content that focuses on the quirky and irrelevant "human interest" aspects of stories rather than relevant and important facts.

take this piece in the washington post. it discusses the phenomenon of "seat hogs" and how people are becoming irritated by it (bogus trend alert: were they not irritated before?).

the real story it would seem is that "the transit agency would need 320 more rail cars to keep congestion manageable, but the current capital spending plan does not include funds for those." This is buried in paragraphs 19-22, close to the end of the article. isn't this the real story? that Metro ridership is projected to result in "highly congested" or "unmanageable" commutes by 2020?

for the writer and the WaPo, this is all ancillary to the human drama of Metro "seat hogs." instead of writing a series of articles focusing on the lack of foresight, funding, etc. on the part of Metro in planning for the future, and how that will likely negatively impact future ridership, road congestion, etc., the Post decides that it will sell more papers, at the cost of the greater good, but writing about this type of ephemera.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

apocalypse now redux

words can't really describe how i feel about buckets for the cure. see for yourself.

Monday, April 26, 2010

harold ford, bite me

uh, no. verizon in a broadband coalition? color me beyond skeptical. dubious, even.

Friday, January 22, 2010

random lines #1b

Streaked and faded
Glowing brightly still
Perhaps you will emerge again tomorrow
To rise and fade again once more

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

thanks again WaPo

let the shrillness continue. brad delong compiles some new WaPo transgressions.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

thanks again daily show

why does the daily show consistently bring more to bear to our discourse than other media outlets?

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-december-3-2009/oliver-s-travels---switzerland

Friday, December 4, 2009

sometimes surprising

it is nice when companies actually take affirmative steps to aid privacy protection and respond to user requests.

http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=190423927130

Monday, November 23, 2009

deep thought #1

despite the "stop snitching" movement starting in Baltimore, the most popular player for the Ravens, and arguably the player with the most street credibility, is currently still playing in the NFL because he snitched on two friends to avoid a murder trial.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

random lines #1

blinds of cascading light
reprise their role, pushing me
towards the ill-lit corners
of my conscious mind

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009