- Republican Former Senator Rick Santorum
- I though we won on this issue more than
a decade ago. But it never seems to die.
Government Access to Keys (GAK), aka Clipper.
- The RIAA
- The DMCA law (Digital Millenium Copyright
- The Patriot Act
- A Design in Time, Janet L. Haley's
interior design company
- Janet L.Haley's "Exclusive Designs for You"
- Perhaps B & J Paving of Fairfax, VA.
So far, we are unhappy with their work. Maybe they can fix it.
- Cornerstone Design of Falls Church. We had them do a modest sized remodeling job, and loved their work. So we
gave them a much bigger remodeling job, and they did a very poor job. Its not clear if the company is still in business,
they closed their showroom, and have lost nearly all of their key tradesmen and craftsmen.
We do not recommend them.
- The neo-Prohibition
movement of MADD and the insurance cabal. We tried Prohibition
of alcohol before, we know it failed for lack of public support,
why are they trying to sneak it back? For an admittedly biased
look at the idiotic
0.08 BAC legal driving issue.
- "copy protection" for digital media. Here is a nice,
short writeup about why
this is bad on many levels. Here is a recent
article on a new DRM system,
- The war on a bad, Islamic dicatorship that uses Oil money to
fund global terrorism that is not aimed at equally repressive,
non-democratic, and corrupt Saudi goverment. I guess we like some
dictators more than others.
- The scary parallel between the media induced anti-Arab mania
and the US' sad treatment of our Japanese-American citizens
during World War II.
- The deliberate abuse of the Constitution being done daily by
John Ashcroft and his Justice Department. Trial by jury? nope,
you don't get one. Fair treatment of citizens? nope. Right to
a lawyer? nope. Public statement of what a person is being charged
with? nope. Secret police that would make Stalin proud? getting
- That John Ashcroft left and was replaced by someone who thinks
torture is justified. I really didn't
think that John could be topped, but I was wrong.
- That Bush and Cheney think that torture is acceptable
- That Bush kept believing it until 90 Senators showed
him that he was wrong.
- Bush telling NSA to spy on citizens in this country.
- Faith Based initiatives
- Identity Theft
- Idiotic banks that encourage identity theft.
- The sheep-like acceptance of "RealID" unfunded mandate.
RealID will provide
very little real security at a serious cost to privacy. This is
very bad. Good folks are fighting it, even though it
is already law. Eforts to fix it include:
- Bruce Schneier analysis of RealID
- UnrealID.com a site
that talks about the bill passed 100-0 by our
- The ACLU fight against it, and the Patriot Act
- The FBI's blatant attempt at grabbing power in the name of anti-terrorist
- Microsoft's near-criminal indifference to security of their
products. Code-Red and all the outlook virus problems are just
the tip of the iceberg.
- The media's lack of coverage of Microsoft's near-criminal indifference
to security of their products
- The conservative government's gross bigotry and distruction
of the concept of being "conservative" in proposing
to amend the US Constitution to enforce discrimination, something
we got rid of when we banned slavery.
- The word "crisis" as used to describe the demographic
problems with our Social Security System. The problem
is not a crisis, it is real, and would be
lots easier to fix now than when the numbers change,
but it is hardly a crisis.
- The Republican's Social Security "crisis" solution has
nothing to do with fixing the problem,
it won't address any of the problems.
They just want to create "private accounts" under
the excuse of the crisis.
- The destruction of a great programming language, Java,
by people who should know better, Sun.
They pushed and pushed EBJ, an idiotic idea in
search of a solution. A nice summary is from
The backlash from heavyweight web frameworks has been significant.
We now know that EJB 1 and 2 were based on an entirely flawed
set of use cases.
Because of the damage this (still slowly dawning) realization has
wrought to Sun's reputation, it's hard to know
whether EJB3, which probably should have been called something else
to disassociate it with the failures of its predecessors, will
succeed, despite the fact that EJB3 is like a breath of fresh air.
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