Red State Voter Bill of Rights

October 31, 2004 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

This also works in Blue states. Get out there and vote!!!


VOTER BILL OF RIGHTS

Know Your Rights | Exercise Your Right to Vote

Voting is the most direct way for you to affect your government ó donít let anyone deprive you of this precious right! Read through the list below and be aware of your rights before you go to the polls, and use the information below if you encounter any harassment or intimidation.

  • You are entitled to vote without being harassed or intimidated by anyone.
  • Bring personal identification with you to the polls (driverís license, government ID, bank statement or utility bill).
    • If you forget your ID, you can still vote. (In some states, all you need to do is sign an affidavit. In others, you can vote by provisional ballot.)
  • If records show you have moved, you can vote by signing an address confirmation.
  • If you are in line at the polling place before the polls close, you can vote.
  • You have the right to receive a demonstration of voting equipment before voting.
  • If you are disabled or are over the age of 65, you have the right to an accessible polling place and help in voting.

If anyone challenges your right to vote:

  • Talk to the Voting Rights attorney at your polling place.
  • Ask for the name of the person who is denying you the right to vote and write it down.
  • Ask to talk to a supervisor and lodge a complaint.

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A Bono Quote

October 28, 2004 at 6:30 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Earlier this week, Apple introduced two iPod models – the iPod Photo and the U2 Special Edition iPod. I watched the rebroadcast of the news conference and mini concert and transcribed a quote by U2’s lead singer Bono. It appears in a poster that comes with the U2 iPod and was read aloud by Steve Jobs:

the hardest thing to do is to stick together
mates, family, marriage, business, bands
It’s like resisting gravity … it’s like King Canute
sitting in his chair trying to talk back the tide
but you can, and we have, and we will, turn
the waves around … the alternative is too predictable
you rid the room of argument … you empty your
life of the people you need the most

William Shatner Has Been

October 27, 2004 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | 1 Comment

I don’t care what you say about William Shatner’s singing career. I’ll admit that his 1960’s debut album was bad to the point of being a cult classic. It’s an excellent example of Captain Kirk’s acting and speaking style done to excess.

However, his new album Has Been (iTunes) (website) is surprisingly good. I highly recommend that Shatner fans go and buy this album, if only to spare me the embarassment that I actually paid $9.99 tonight after hearing a few samples. Only Shatner can make you feel happy listening to a song about death (You’ll Have Time). The title track is also very good at combining both self-parody and a swipe at his critics (those who can try and those who don’t, criticize). The variety of musical styles in this album and the appearance of more successful musicians helping Shatner out of his jam is also another reason to give Has Been a try.

Walmart’s Ugly Face

October 26, 2004 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Walmart has finally announced their position on responsible health care coverage. They have made a last-minute $500,000 contribution to the anti-Proposition 72 campaign in order to continue their reputation for being stingy on benefits.

In their press release, they said that their health plan premiums are reasonable for their workers. THAT’S A LIE. I make at least four times the average Wal-Mart wage and my health premiums are about the same, meaning that as a percentage of their gross pay, Wal-Mart workers are paying four times as much as I am. My health premiums are about average and responsible employers will already be in compliance with proposed Proposition 72 rules. It’s the companies who couldn’t care less about their workers’ health who are against 72. California’s healthcare system is on the edge of collapse and if it does, both those with and without coverage are going to suffer.

Star Wars and Macs

October 24, 2004 at 11:58 am | Posted in Fun Indoors | Leave a comment

I’ve been re-watching the Star Wars trilogy on DVD and the quality is very impressive, considering that Episode IV is 27 years old. Other than arguments about George Lucas’ post-release changes, this BBC article tells us how the work was done using 600 Apple Power Mac G5s.

California Ballot Propositions

October 23, 2004 at 5:36 pm | Posted in Politics | 1 Comment

Today was political Saturday. I spent a few hours looking at various web sites that give a non-partisan analysis of the many ballot propositions in the 2004 California General Election.

Here are my recommendations. Remember, vote early and vote often.

The most important Proposition for most people is 72, given recent union unrest, continuing job uncertainty, and rising health care costs. Yes on 72!

Proposition   Recommendation and Quickie Justification

1A            YES
              Keep tax revenues local
              Stop unfunded mandates
59            YES
              Increase government access and transparency

60            NO
              Badly written proposition. Status-quo proposition.
              Supported by all political parties. Need I say more?
60A           NO

61            NO
              Improve hospitals with existing funds.
              Other health issues more important (Prop 72)
62            YES
              Improve election of centrist candidates
              Parties don't have right to appear in general ballot
63            NO
              Issue should be addressed by Legislature
              Other health issues more important (Prop 72)
64            YES
              Prevent frivolous lawsuits
              Class-action suits and government can still protect people
65            NO
              Became Proposition 1A after negotiations

66            YES
              Refine intent of three-strikes law
              Life sentence should be for serious crimes
67            YES
              May increase move to VoIP systems
              Something to piss off rude obnoxious phone/SMS freaks.
68            NO
              Prevent loss in state gaming revenue.
              Non-indian casinos could avoid corporate taxation
69            NO
              Violates presumption of innocence
              Loss of privacy protections. Possible abuse of data.
70            NO
              Would support without 99-year term provision
              Would support if included better environmental/regulatory compliance
71            YES
              Offset reduction in federal funding
              Otherwise would oppose for financial reasons
72            YES
              Prevent health-care system collapse

The Wall

October 14, 2004 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Technology | Leave a comment

I remember a Macworld conference over 10 years ago when the PowerPC alliance said that Intel would hit a brick wall with their x86 architecture and that would allow PowerPC to race ahead of Intel and win the desktop wars. I still have the binder of all that wishful thinking.
Continue Reading The Wall…

Missed Predictions

October 13, 2004 at 10:30 pm | Posted in Books, Technology | Leave a comment

I just finished reading Don Norman’s The Psychology of Everyday Things (buy). He takes a lot of his experience as an Apple Fellow and applies it to the low-tech objects in our lives – doors, windows, refrigerators, and signs to name a few. He has a lot of good things to say that are valid now as they were when the book was published over 15 years ago. However, Don was way off in predicting the ease by which people would become web authors and bloggers:

… if hypertext really becomes available, especially in the fancy versions now being talked about — where words, sounds, video, computer graphics, simulations, and more are all available at the touch of the screen — well, it is hard to imagine anyone capable of preparing the material. It will take teams of people. I predict that there will be much experimentation, and much failure, before the dimensions of this new technology are fully explored and understood.

In the next few pages, he describes the high cost of information storage and retrieval, totally missing the large investment made in Internet infrastructure that would occur during the dot-com boom of the late 90’s.

Word of the Day

October 13, 2004 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

Obscurantism

I find the concept, its derivatives, and the entities that practice it (e.g. the Bush Administration, certain TLA agencies :-), Microsoft, IT departments in large companies, religious fundamentalism) repugnant and offensive.

Bush Flip-Flops

October 12, 2004 at 10:45 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

(Courtesy of Slashdot) – In yet another example of that Republican virtue called hypocrisy, below is a list of Bush’s flip-flops that makes John Kerry seem like a rock of stability and reason. If Kerry’s a waffler, then Bush is a schizophrenic in denial. Here’s John Kerry’s most talked-about flip-flop:

  1. He voted for a war he thought was right, but then changed his mind when the truth came out

Here are only some of Bush’s flip-flops:

  1. Bush is against campaign finance reform; then he’s for it.
  2. Bush is against a Homeland Security Department; then he’s for it.
  3. Bush is against a 9/11 commission; then he’s for it.
  4. Bush is against an Iraq WMD investigation; then he’s for it.
  5. Bush is against nation building; then he’s for it.
  6. Bush is against deficits; then he’s for them.
  7. Bush is for free trade; then he’s for tariffs on steel; then he’s against them again.
  8. Bush is against the U.S. taking a role in the Israeli Palestinian conflict; then he pushes for a “road map” and a Palestinian State.
  9. Bush is for states right to decide on gay marriage, then he is for changing the constitution.
  10. Bush first says he’ll provide money for first responders (fire, police, emergency), then he doesn’t.
  11. Bush first says that ‘help is on the way’ to the military … then he cuts benefits.
  12. Bush-“The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden.”
    Bush-“I don’t know where he is. I have no idea and I really don’t care.”

  13. Bush claims to be in favor of the environment and then secretly starts drilling on Padre Island.
  14. Bush talks about helping education and increases mandates while cutting funding.
  15. Bush first says the U.S. won’t negotiate with North Korea. Now he will.
  16. Bush goes to Bob Jones University. Then say’s he shouldn’t have.
  17. Bush said he would demand a U.N. Security Council vote on whether to sanction military action against Iraq (no matter what the outcome). Later Bush announced he would not call for a vote.
  18. Bush said the “mission accomplished” banner was put up by the sailors. Bush later admits it was his advance team.
  19. Bush was for fingerprinting and photographing Mexicans who enter the US. Bush after meeting with Pres. Fox, he’s against it.
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