‘Happy Mac’ Killed By Jaguar ."> Happy Mac’ Killed By Jaguar .
Aug 28th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Hap­py Mac’ Killed By Jaguar. The Mac­in­tosh oper­at­ing system’s corny but some­what love­able start­up icon appears to be a vic­tim of the lat­est upgrade. And Apple doesn’t want to dis­cuss it. By Michelle Delio. [Wired News]

bq. Hap­py Mac was jet­ti­soned to appease the aes­thet­ics of Steve Jobs who has want­ed for a long time to dump the “smirk­ing sym­bol,” sources close to Apple pro­gram­mers con­firmed.

That’s pret­ty typical–another sym­bol of the Mac OS gets “Steved.” Apple’s offi­cial response (on page 2 of the arti­cle) reads like adver­tis­ing copy.

Federal government’s bookkeeping needs fixing, too .
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Fed­er­al government’s book­keep­ing needs fix­ing, too. “There’s been a lot of sanc­ti­mo­nious finger-waving in Con­gress at cor­po­rate CEOs and much of it is hyp­o­crit­i­cal,” said Pete Sepp, a spokesman for the Nation­al Tax­pay­ers Union, which pro­motes low­er fed­er­al tax­es and spend­ing.

The finan­cial state­ments of many fed­er­al agen­cies are in such dis­mal shape that the Gen­er­al Account­ing Office (GAO) — the inves­tiga­tive arm of Con­gress that audits fed­er­al accounts — has been unable to pro­vide an opin­ion on the government’s finances for the past five years. []

The gov­ern­ment has no incen­tive to be care­ful about their finances. It’s not like it’s their money–if they run out, they can always steal more.

Mac OS 9.2 Lives, For A Pittance [ MacSlash: A daily dose of Macintosh News and Discussion ] The rep stated that phases 4 and 5 were d
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Mac OS 9.2 Lives, For A Pit­tance [Mac­Slash: A dai­ly dose of Mac­in­tosh News and Dis­cus­sion]

bq. The rep stat­ed that phas­es 4 and 5 were down the line quite a ways, but that it was being done in order to help force devel­op­ers who aren’t on board yet with X to get there by pro­gres­sive­ly pulling Clas­sic away from them, while still pro­vid­ing sup­port for those cus­tomers who can’t switch yet.

Inter­est­ing choice of euphemisms here. Con­sid­er the use of “help” when what they real­ly mean is “force.” Also notice how the rep speaks as though all Mac uses want to switch, but just can’t yet. This is cer­tain­ly not the case for me!

Meathead Start .
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Meat­head Start. “They’ve done some­thing extra­or­di­nary,” Rob Rein­er told the San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle ear­li­er this week. “Con­sid­er­ing it’s the biggest coun­ty in Amer­i­ca, there’s a lot of folks look­ing at what L.A. is doing.” The film­mak­er and activist was refer­ring to a new plan to pro­vide free pre-school for every 3- and 4-year-old in Los Ange­les Coun­ty, cour­tesy of funds from a statewide tobac­co tax. [Rea­son Online]

By mak­ing this state­ment Mr. Rein­er has done an excel­lent job of dis­cred­it­ing him­self. You see, Los Ange­les Coun­ty is not the biggest in Amer­i­ca. How­ev­er, it is locat­ed imme­di­ate­ly to the west of San Bernardi­no Coun­try, which real­ly is this biggest in the coun­try.

It’s hard­ly sur­pris­ing the Mr. Rein­er doesn’t know that, since San Bernardi­no Coun­ty has a dis­tinct lack of mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar man­sions, exclu­sive coun­try clubs, and expen­sive shops. In fact, it’s the west­ern edge of what the lib­er­al elit­ists con­de­scend­ing­ly refer to as “fly­over coun­try.”

Getting ready for media bias .
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Get­ting ready for media bias. “The Pales­tin­ian jour­nal­ists’ union declared Mon­day that news pho­tog­ra­phers are “absolute­ly for­bid­den” from tak­ing pic­tures of Pales­tin­ian chil­dren car­ry­ing weapons… [The news, Uncen­sored.]

This is part of the rea­son why media cov­er­age of Israel is so biased. It’s cer­tain­ly not the only rea­son, though–after all, the for­eign news orga­ni­za­tions go along.

Network Associates Buys “Better Carnivore” [ Slashdot ] Given the kind of mindset the Neta executives must have to buy such a product, it’s not surprisin
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Net­work Asso­ciates Buys “Bet­ter Car­ni­vore” [Slash­dot]

Giv­en the kind of mind­set the Neta exec­u­tives must have to buy such a prod­uct, it’s not sur­pris­ing they tried to bury PGP.

Letter from an ANGRY Reader .
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Let­ter from an ANGRY Read­er. Chip Elliott at -

Let­ter from an ANGRY Read­er
— a 1981 let­ter to Esquire
mag­a­zine about one middle-aged cou­ples’ dis­cov­ery that being armed is
a nec­es­sary part of life. At least as rel­e­vant today as it was twen­ty
years ago. [kaba] [End the War on Free­dom]

This is an excel­lent arti­cle, despite its age. The author gives the impres­sion of being a lib­er­al who had been, as the say­ing goes, “mugged by real­i­ty.” It’s a per­spec­tive not often seen in arti­cles on self-defense, and is def­i­nite­ly worth read­ing.

Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship [ Slashdot ] Orion was another of those interesting ideas for space travel that never went anywhere
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Project Ori­on: The True Sto­ry of the Atom­ic Space­ship [Slash­dot]

Ori­on was anoth­er of those inter­est­ing ideas for space trav­el that nev­er went any­where. Since it used nuclear explo­sions for propul­sion, launch­ing one from the ground would be rather hard on the sur­round­ings. Bar­ring some dire emer­gency, an Orion-style ship would real­ly need to be built in orbit.

Calls for Action Open U.N.
Aug 26th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Calls for Action Open U.N. Summit [AP World News]

Amazingly this story, quite long for the AP, is completely filled with Tranzi propaganda. There's not a single mention in the story of the one subject of the summit which might actually improve conditions for poor countries--ending the agricultural protectionism of Europe and the US.

MSNBC .  Cheney outlines case against Saddam.  Frankly, this is a flawed strategy.  Given how unlikely it is that we will invade Iraq at this point, every belicose statement from s
Aug 26th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

MSNBC.  Cheney out­lines case against Sad­dam.  Frankly, this is a flawed strat­e­gy.  Giv­en how unlike­ly it is that we will invade Iraq at this point, every beli­cose state­ment from senior gov­ern­ment offi­cials mere­ly serves to sink the econ­o­my.  Stop it, please! America’s chance for a dec­la­ra­tion of war end­ed last spring. [John Robb’s Radio Weblog]

Say­ing an inva­sion is unlike­ly doesn’t make it so. And what does a dec­la­ra­tion of war have to do with any­thing? The US hasn’t declared war in over 60 years–how many wars have we fought in that time?

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