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Still Watching!




OK, I admit, I'm having way too much fun with the camera theme, lately. But Wired News is keeping it interesting by letting us know about the great new wonderful services of iSee.
La Da Dee Da Doo...

There's hope for Maryland after all!

Perhaps the most surprising bit is this (from the Wasington Post):

But Ehrlich's unexpectedly strong showing helped lift other Republicans to State House offices. Democrats maintained their overwhelming dominance in the General Assembly but lost several key seats to Republican challengers, apparently including that of House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. (D- Allegany).

Aides said Taylor had not conceded defeat, but his opponent, LeRoy E. Meyers Jr., appeared to score a stunning upset after running against Taylor's support for gun-control measures. The local businessman, a political unknown, also benefited from radio ads Ehrlich broadcast in the conservative Western Maryland district, urging residents to support a slate of GOP candidates to help him govern in Annapolis.


In other news, there's hope for Northern Virginia after all!

The Post summed up this one well:

However, what the opponents lacked in formal organization, they claimed in grass-roots hostility to all tax increases, unease about creeping sprawl and deep-seated skepticism about government's ability to spend revenue prudently.

... Sen. Warner cautioned that the federal government is unlikely to provide money to fill the transportation funding gap. "It's just not there, [waaaah,]" he said.


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Sometimes it's just funny when a demographic group deluges a reputable (but unscientific) survey. Business Week is noticably pissed but handling it well, I think. Actually, I read the questions, and took the survey myself, and the questions themselves were framed unscientifically and pissedly (I'm making that word up, I know).

For example, look at the third question/graph:

Do you think gun laws are
a) just right
b) not enough
c) ban 'em all

Um.... purely from a reasonable surbvey point of view, what about "d) too much"? I suspect it's not so much that they were trying to deny anyone the answer, but that they were completely incapable of conceiving of anyone thinking "d". Kinda sad for what's normally a respectable publication.
Inane Lawsuit of the Day

CNN reports a legal threat against "The Airlines" over blood clotting claims (DVT).

OK, so sometimes I have to accept the fac that not everyone knows the basics of how their bodies work. Not everyone knows that if you sit in a tight spot, without moving, for a very long time, tiny blood clots could conceivably form in your veins.

But people should know that if their legs are feeling incredibly cramped and pinched, they should get up and move around every few hours or so. That's all it takes.

Actually, all you really have to do is shift around in your seat every now and then.

If your legs go numb, you know that you should probably move around or stand up a bit, because that's bad.

I can picture it now: mandatory stand up and stretch sessions every half an hour on all flights. At least until someone gets thrown around a bit because of turbulence, or maybe until someone spills their HOT coffee on their neighbor while trying to get their tray table up and down again every 15 minutes.

Isn't this something we should be spared by just having a 5-minute "investigative report" on the evening news on a cold lonely wednesday night in february, when nothing is going on in the world?

CHANNEL EIGHT WARNING: YOU COULD DIE JUST BY SITTING ON AN AIRPLANE! ... FAST TIPS TO PREVENT DVT ON YOUR NEXT 20 HOUR FLIGHT:

1) Move around, you lazy fuck.

COMING UP TOMORROW! YOUR KIDS COULD DIE IF THEY INJEST BLEACH!

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Quote of the day:

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest."

-- Gandhi, Mahatma. "Gandhi, An Autobiography." M. K. Gandhi, page 446.
Endlessly Fascinating to me...
Wired has picked up the "Secure Beneath the Watchful Eyes!" story. Samizdata has more pictures and discussion up.
Me, I went to the International Spy Museum this weekend, and saw a life size poster of my favorite wartime poster of all time. Creepy, guys. Creepy.