US Politics Status Quo


Candidly, those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.

I would caution people don’t make the assumption that because the quote ‘Hollywood community’ has been historically supportive of Democrats, which they have, don’t make the false assumptions this year that because we did it in years past, we will do it this year.

MPAA CEO and former Senator Chris Dodd on FoxNews. This is why I support United Republic. Until we get the money out of politics, we cannot have an honest discussion of how issues impact the future of our county.

Hat tip techdirt.

PS – Here’s what Senator Chris Dodd thought about lobbyists in 2008:

“The lobbyists can’t get meetings with Chris,” Dodd’s campaign manager Jay Howser said in a recent e-mail to supporters. “He won’t return their phone calls … Chris just isn’t giving them the time of day.”

The videos even suggest Dodd has been so hard on lobbyists that he’s made them cry.

Imagine you couldn’t read Aristotle or Confucius because the DRM


I find the situation nearly intolerable. It’s not just that I want to be able to choose my e-reader device and then have free and easy access to any book, it’s that what we’re discussing here are books, the very things that have created and sustained our culture over generations. To allow them to be encrypted and inaccessible without specific software is to limit the dissemination of human knowledge. Imagine if you couldn’t read Aristotle or Confucius because the DRM format their publishers chose wasn’t compatible with your iPad. It’s insanity.

The Verge’s Dieter Bohn. Imagine if Johannes Gutenberg patented the printing press and restricted the use of printed materials.

TSA’s Top 10 List of Good Catches


Bruce Schneier on the TSA’sTop 10 Good Catches of 2011” list:

That’s right; not a single terrorist on the list. Mostly forgetful, and entirely innocent, people. Note that they fail to point out that the firearms and knives would have been just as easily caught by pre-9/11 screening procedures. And that the C4 — their #1 “good catch” — was on the return flight; they missed it the first time. So only 1 for 2 on that one.

And if you didn’t read it, make sure to check out the Vanity Fair article about TSA that included Schneier.

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Apple Inc.

Facebook’s Dishonesty and Should I Stay


“Facebook does not track users across the web,” – A Facebook spokesperson on September 25, 2011


“Generally, unlike other major Internet companies, we have no interest in tracking people.” – Facebook employee on September 25, 2011


“A method is described for tracking information about the activities of users of a social networking system while on another domain.” – Facebook Patent application dated September 22, 2011

Mike Arrington, via his new blog Uncrunched.

I have been thinking more and more lately about ditching Facebook. I rarely get on Facebook, mainly when I get a notification of something important. I most recently used Facebook when I was planning my best friend’s bachelor party, but I could have done that through email. I no longer think Facebook usage is worth the blatant breaches of my privacy. If you have to follow these instructions to keep Facebook from seeing every page you browse, something is wrong.

Now as for Google, I’m still on the fence.