Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I Write The Tuesday Eclectic

And just like that, a Czar is born. Welcome aboard. [SIR! STEP AWAY FROM THE PUN AND BACK AWAY!] Okay, I'm going, I'm going...

Czar isn't the only new blogger we hope to be adding - so stay tuned.

In a bit of a rush all of a sudden, so here's a few links to keep you busy: Beware of senile octopus attacks; an update on the volcano Mt. Augustine; a rough weekend for railroading in Washington State; and some recommended reading by Jamo and yours truly.


P.S.: Contest for you - name the literary allusion contained in this post. Put it in the comments.

UPDATE: Contest is over. Answer in the comments.

Friday, January 27, 2006

As swirling elemental gases fuse with primordial cosmic dusts, BOOM-BANG-POW...then stillness, and The Czar is born!

Thus begins the age-old archetypal Hero-quest for Beauty, Intelligence, Truth, and a tall pint of slightly chilled HONEY MEAD!

The Friday Furo Questus

Questus Furore - Musical Interlude
I would be remiss if I failed to point this out - today is the 250th anniversary of the birth of
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Questus Furore - Boomerang
It's been an interesting week in international politics. In Canada, a Conservative government
was elected for the first time in a decade, a dramatic turnaround for a party that was smashed down to bedrock in the early 1990s. Hopefully this will presage a warming of relations with our northern neighbor.

Earlier this week,
reports of a Mexican incursion into Texas circulated. While policymakers have done their best to pretend it didn't happen, it lends credence to those who want a dramatic increase in border security. It also brings back bad memories.

And in Palestine, they had a free election - and elected Hamas, a group dedicated to the end of Israel. That puts us in a bind - we have to honor the results of the election, but then what? Hamas is not interested in any peace process, unless it leaves Israel in pieces. Some peace.

We are in between a rock and a hard place - to give someone the freedom to succeed, you have to allow him the frredom to fail. And so Palestine has.

The question is where do they go from here. Will they, now thrust into power, change as they realize the responsibility of a young and struggling state rests on their shoulders? Sinn Fein has undergone such a transormation, at least somewhat, in the years of the peace process in Northern Ireland. The group that was once th political face of the IRA has had to become one of the IRA's foes, in order to preserve what they have gained. Or will Hamas instead drive Palestine to war with Israel, and commit national suicide? Palestinian political leaders have tended to be good at self-preservation but poor at movement perpetuation - study the history of the Black September movement sometime.

Of course, that may be moot, given Iran's pretensions. At any rate, we will be involved in the Middle East for a long time to come, and it will get harder before it gets easier.

Recommended Reading
"Amoral Euphemism."

Deroy Murdock,
"Patriot Protections."

And John O'Sullivan
discusses the latest controversy ensnaring Munich.

And there
is this on Upton Sinclair and the Saco and Vanzetti case.

Patrolling the Front
Jamo offers this guide on how to know you are in a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, and went to a Sundance film.

I've been pretty quiet as of late, although I am getting some work going on The Pacific Slope Extension.

The rest of the Front is a bunch of hosers.

Thought of the Week
"We must never forget that no government schemes are going to perfect man. We know that living in this world means dealing with what philosophers would call the phenomenology of evil or, as theologians would put it, the doctrine of sin. There is sin and evil in the world, and we're enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might."
Ronald Reagan

Churchill Quote of the Week
Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is - the strong horse that pulls the whole cart.
Winston Churchill

Thursday, January 26, 2006

A Critique of Romney's Health Plan

Romney's health care plan is not very attractive to some of those whose support he needs in the primaries. Sally Pipes, writing for NRO:
Republican Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is trying to accomplish in his final year in office what Democrats can only dream of these days: boosting government spending on and regulation of health care and requiring individuals to purchase government-designed policies. Romney’s plan, which is backed by such liberals as Sen. Ted Kennedy (D., Mass.), is being pitched as a compact between citizens and the state.

Thanks to state-imposed regulations requiring companies to charge the same rates to the sick and the healthy, individual health insurance is not always a good deal in Massachusetts, at least for those who are young and healthy. The result: Many people elect not to purchase health insurance, unless it’s provided at work at a deep discount or as a hidden cost.
Ms. Pipes' article is as good a place as any to start sizing up Mitt Romney's domestic ideas...

Back to RomneyWatch '08.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Google Goes To China

...and kow-tows.

Google launched a Chinese version of its search engine - with censored results. From
Google Inc. launched a search engine in China on Wednesday that censors material about human rights, Tibet and other topics sensitive to Beijing _ defending the move as a trade-off granting Chinese greater access to other information.

Within minutes of the launch of the new site bearing China's Web suffix ".cn," searches for the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement showed scores of sites omitted and users directed to articles condemning the group posted on Chinese government Web sites.

Searches for other sensitive subjects such as exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, Taiwan independence, and terms such as "democracy" and "human rights" yielded similar results.

In most such cases, only official Chinese government sites or those with a ".cn" suffix were included.

Google, which has as it's motto "Don't Be Evil," says the new site aims to make its search engine more accessible in China, thereby expanding access to information.
Basically, it's outsourcing - Google is doing China's censorship work for them.

I realize that any businessman sees China's billion-person market and starts drooling. But I can't help but wonder if the deal you have to make with the devil to access that market - especially considering how easily it can be taken away - is really worth the price.

An aside:
Jonah Goldberg at NRO has a bit more.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Away, Boarders

The U.S. Navy stopped and captured a pirate vessel off the coast of Somalia over the weekend. From Forbes.com:
The U.S. Navy boarded an apparent pirate ship in the Indian Ocean and detained 26 men for questioning, the Navy said Sunday. The 16 Indians and 10 Somali men were aboard a traditional dhow that was chased and seized Saturday by the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill, said Lt. Leslie Hull-Ryde of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.

The dhow stopped fleeing after the Churchill twice fired warning shots during the chase, which ended 87 kilometers (54 miles) off the coast of Somalia, the Navy said. U.S. sailors boarded the dhow and seized a cache of small arms.
Not just any USN ship either - it was the USS Winston Churchill.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Model Train Show

Normally, I wouldn't post on something like this, but I know at least one of us might be interested.

"World's Greatest Hobby on Tour"
Southe Towne Expo, Sandy
10am - 6pm Saturday
adults: $9

The Friday Furo Questus

Questus Furore - Out From Under His Rock
So Osama sent us a new tape. (At least, they say it's him. I'm dubious - wouldn't you want to be on video, if for no other reason than to show the world you're still alive?) In it, he offers a truce - if we do whatever it is the turbaned freak wants. How generous.

This has set off alarm bells throughout the media; and wild predictions as to what his sudden reemergence means. Prognostications range from we have him cornered to a new Al Qaeda attack is imminent. This is bin Laden's first communication in over a year, and I have no idea. Again, I find it curious that the tape is merely audio - no video. Given how obliging our media has been in showing his little home movies, one would think he would do so again, in order to thumb his nose at the U.S. once more. With just an audio tape - he could well be dead, and we are just listening to "Osama's Greatest Wahabi Hits" or an unusually talented jihadist parrot. Some believe just that - look at the end of the second paragraph of this article.

So what should we make of it? The cursed truth of it is, it is too early to say. We should be prepared for an attack - a free society will always be at risk - but we should not live in constant dread of one, either. Because all you can reasonably do is make intelligent preparations, take a half-hour to think about what to do if you should ever find yourself in the midst of an attack, and then go on living. A bit of the "Blitz" attitude - be ready, and get on with life. Disruption and fear and shock and dissolution are the terrorists' goal - so meet it with courage, resolution, and hope.

Random Fury - What War?
I continue to be amazed at the ability of so many of us to refuse to accept that there are people in this world that hate us enough to kill us. This was reinforced by the statement of Mary Beth Carroll, mother of Jill Carroll, a kidnapped American freelance reporter whose captors threaten to kill her if U.S. authorities didn't release all Iraqi women in military custody by Friday night.

"They've picked the wrong person. If they're looking for someone who is an enemy of Iraq, Jill is just the opposite," the journalist's mother told CNN's "American Morning."
These terrorists don't care. All they see is a legitimate target.

These people want to kill us. They have repeatedly said so. Why do we seem to have so much trouble believing them?

Random Fury - Persian Perturbation
Is anyone besides me thinking Iran
(a) is more than a little scary and
(b) thinking this whole situation is looking like Iraq all over again?

Except for one thing. We have months, not years, before the mad mullahs get nukes.

Faster, please.

Also: "The Case for Invading Iran." And the contingency plans to strike Iran already exist.

Recommended Reading
VDH, "Making Sense of Nonsense."

Frank Gaffney writes on energy security.

Rich Lowry, "Saboteurs of the Status Quo."

Belmont Club, "The Post-Post-Colonial World."

John O'Sullivan, "I'm a Lumberjack and That's Okay." Political turmoil in the Great White North - could the 30-year rule of the Liberal Party be in trouble? Perhaps.

And Dave Barry is watching 24.

Thought of the Week
"Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States."
J. Bartlett Brebner

Churchill Quote of the Week
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."
Winston Churchill

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Multiverse, The Universe, and Everything

For those of us who are facinated by this sort of thing, there is an interesting layman's discussion on the theories of multiple universes in The Corner. Start here, and scroll up. It's just a discussion thread, but it is an interesting layman's discussion of the topic. As I'm not much of an expert on extreme physics, it was interesting to me.

Some interesting pieces:

What got this started:
I'm not a big fan of them, though Spock looks great in a goatee. They never made much sense to me scientifcally and they seem like a crutch dramatically. Why is the parallel universe in various shows, including those unmentionable in the Corner, always so similar to the "normal" one? Why not transport into a universe where toasters eat clocks and we wear pants on our heads? Basically, in science fiction, parallel universes are a cheap ploy for the actors to play dress up and do something different with their characters. They're still preferable to the holodeck. But what isn't?
An explanation:

Lots of explanatory emails pouring in. This one is briefer and more lucid than most:

Mr. Goldberg;
I’m not even going to try to outmath Derbyshire, but there is simpler explanation of the concept of multiple universes.

1. The multiple Universes exist regardless of your conscious or unconscious decision to choose Bud Lite over Bud. Your selection does not create the Universe. Instead…
2. You only perceive the Universe you selected.

It’s akin to climbing a tree – all the branches in the tree exist before you start to climb, but your selection of which branches to climb determines your ultimate location in the tree.

So you did not create the moon and the stars by choosing your beer; instead, your choice of beer tells you which stars and moon you see.

The reason has to do with the concept of time. We perceive time as unidirectional. We can’t go back and undo a decision. If we could, we would have the ability to go back and explore the alternatives, and our memory would be cluttered with the paths we retreated from.

BTW, the movie “The Butterfly Effect” nibbles at the edge of this concept. The protagonist is capable of going back and undoing certain decisions and events. The movie is decent, and Ashton Kutchner does a decent job as the protagonist. BTW, those around him eventually perceive him as insane, because he can remember the paths that he retreated from.
A reference:
P.U.S CONT'D [Jonah Goldberg]

From a reader:

It's my understanding that the concept of parallel universes arose when physicist Richard Feynman came up with his concept of "sum of all histories" to help explain away the infinities that arose in his equations. I belive it was an attempt to "explain" the quantum physics weirdness of particles having a chance of behaving in ANY manner. Not just the normally expected ones. A particle could take any track in the equations, therefore, to observe all of it's behavior "everything" can happen (to the particles which make up you and I) in history.

And the concept of parallel universes have again risen in current String Theory. Seems that the current set of equations make (more)sense if there truely ARE parallel universes. There's even the idea that the Big Bang was an event where one of our parallel universes actually crashed into and "touched" our universe.

An excellent layman's description of this can be found on PBS's mini-series "The Elegant Universe".
And a critique:
RE: MANY UNIVERSES [John Derbyshire]
My private opinion, Jonah, is that the "many worlds interpretations" (MWIs) of quantum physics--there are at least three--are total crocks.

Martin Gardner is of the same mind. He skewered the MWIs in an essay in Skeptical Inquirer magazine four or five years ago. The article (and a response to critics of it) is printed in Martin's 2003 book Are Universes Thicker than Blackberries? (NB: The book title refers to the fruit, not the gadget.) Martin's conclusion:
The stark truth is that there is not the slightest shred of reliable evidence that there is any universe other than the one we are in. No multiverse theory has so far provided a prediction that can be tested. ... Surely the conjecture that there is just one universe and its Creator is infinitely simpler and easier to believe than that there are countless billions upon billions of worlds, constantly increasing in number and created by nobody. I can only marvel at the low state to which today's philosophy of science has fallen.
And for those of you who could scarcely care less:
WAIT A MINUTE [John Podhoretz]
When I joined the Corner, I wasn't told there would be math.
If anything interesting comes later, I'll add to the quotes...

P.S.: Sorry for the depressing tone of Friday's Furo Questus. I promise to be a little more careful with my grumpy, depressed, and sleep-deprived writings.

Friday, January 13, 2006

The Friday Furo Questus

Questus Furore -
Look Lady, I'm Not Looking To Get Married, I Just Want A Second Date

[WARNING - The following rant has been evaluated by the editors to be even more whiney, gloomy, and narcississtic than usual. Also, it is more likely to offend. Unfortunately, as Salt Lake Mayor Anderson has been trying hard to not do anything extra stupid lately, and beating on the Democratic senators at the Alito hearing would be like watching the Denver Broncos play the 49ers, we had to post this.

Sorry. - The Editors]

What a lousy week.

Not that anything terribly bad happened. No major illness, accident, or tragedy befell me. In the grand sense of things, life is good. I'm still breathing, I live in happy and healthy surroundings, and nothing has occurred to make me doubt I will live out the next fifty or so years the actuarial tables predict.

Rather, my ego is being dealt the death of a thousand cuts. Minor setbacks and failings at work, at home, and in my abilities to manage my money, my health, and my romantic life, have all combined in a perversely well-organized combination so as to cause me to question not just one aspect of my life, but everything. And nothing scares an anal-retentive person so much as to have everything go quietly to hell all at once.

I was going to launch into a typical disappointed-male "women suck" tirade here, but it wouldn't be anything you haven't already heard. Besides, it wouldn't be fair, and it wouldn't be true. There's just something about the latest disappointment that hit me harder than usual, and it's got me down. Apparently I lack something women want.

2006 is not off to an auspicious start.

By the way - ladies, do guys like me a favor. Dispense with the bull. Yes, I know you don't want to be rude, so you tell us you want to remain friends even when it really wouldn't trouble you if you never saw us again. I appreciate your efforts, and your honesty in being up front with this. But really. You have no interest in us, so just say so.

Recommended Reading
Victor Davis Hanson weighs in on Iran, in "The Multilateral Moment?" In short - we've only got bad and worse options left.

Andy McCarthy discusses the NSA controversy. (For more on this, I recommend checking out Protein Wisdom - the guy's got a twisted sense of humor, but he has also done some of the best summarizing and analysis on this whole confused mess I've seen.)

Deroy Murdock, "The Butcher With The Terror Ties." Saddam did have terror links, in case you suffer from the same memory loss most of the press seems to have.

A link found in The Corner: "IKEA - The Swedish Feeding Trough." This is just scary. The welfare-state mentality run amok.

And in case you didn't read it last week, here's the link again: Mark Steyn's "It's the Demography, Stupid." It's long, but it's worth it.

Patrolling the Front
OK, this is how it will work. Send me something you want mentioned, and I will. Otherwise, this section will be all about me. 'Cause I'm writing this post. So there.

Thought of the Week
"One of the best models of good government is the Umpire Model. Government is here not to play the game of life for us, nor coach us on how to play best. It's here to help us play the game peaceably by deciding a few tough calls. It adjudicates conflicts. Of course, the model isn't perfect. Today's government does way too much coaching and managing as well as actual playing...and even cutting the grass on the field; government's not just for umpires any more."
Paul Jacob

Churchill Quote of the Week
One day President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once 'The Unnecessary War'.
Sir Winston Churchill, Second World War (1948)

P.S.: Yes, I am aware today is Friday the 13th. This week has stunk already. Basically, it's been a week of Mondays.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Happy Retirement, Sgt. Stallworth

From the Deseret News:
About 25 years ago, Ron Stallworth was asked to lead the Ku Klux Klan chapter in Colorado Springs. Problem was, the outgoing Klan leader didn't know that Stallworth is black.

"He asked me to take over the lead because I was a good, loyal Klansman," said Stallworth, who had been in constant phone contact with the Klan leader while leading a yearlong Colorado Springs police investigation into the Klan.

Stallworth later moved to Utah, where he recently retired after nearly 20 years as an investigator for the Utah Department of Public Safety. He says he's amazed that no one ever caught on to the investigation he led starting in 1979. After he was offered Klan leadership, he quietly disappeared.

As a memento Stallworth still carries his Klan membership card — signed by David Duke.

"t was one of the most fun" investigations, he said. "Everybody said it couldn't be done."
I love it. Mr. Stallworth went on to put in twenty years here in Utah.
Stallworth started to work on gang activity for the Utah Department of Public Safety in the late 1980s. He wrote a report that led to the formation of Utah's first gang task force — the Gang Narcotics Intelligence Unit that involved the Utah Division of Investigation and the Salt Lake City Police Department.

"Based on what was going on at the time, I knew about the L.A. gang problem," he said. Utah gang suspects were "telling us they were Crips from California." Stallworth said of his work in Utah, it's his investigation of gangs that he's most proud of.

"It's had a lasting impact, first and foremost, on law enforcement," he said.
Mr. Stallworth, it's a shame to lose you to private life. Have a great retirement, and Layton will be lucky to have you.

Jay Nordlinger - Impromptus

Jay Nordlinger weighs in on the Marsh Arabs, as well as the Alito hearings and Harry Belafonte, among other things, over at NRO today. Worth reading. Here's one gem:
A quick shift to the Alito hearings? There are a million things to discuss, but I'd like to focus on one. Sen. Richard Durbin, the Democratic giant from Illinois, said that Judge Alito was a man with "a mind that, sadly, is closed in some instances." Really? This is shocking, given that Alito is 55 years old. Anyone who hasn't closed his mind on certain matters by that time has weird problems.

I'm reminded of something I heard Bill Buckley say, many years ago: The purpose of an open mind is to close it, on particular subjects. If you never do — you've simply abdicated the responsibility to think.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Stardust Probe Will Land In Utah

This Sunday, a space probe containing dust collected from a comet will land in Utah's west desert.

The probe's samples represent material likely present at the formation of the solar system. Scientists hope that study of these samples will reveal more about the nature and process of the solar system's formation.

From the New York Times:
Plans call for Stardust to release its 101-pound sample return capsule on Sunday at 12:57 a.m. Eastern time, when the spacecraft is 68,805 miles from Earth. About 15 minutes later, the main spacecraft is to fire thrusters that divert it from Earth into an orbit around the Sun.

Four hours after release, the three-foot-wide return capsule is to enter the Earth's atmosphere at 410,000 feet above the Pacific. At 28,860 miles an hour, this will be the fastest a human-made object has ever entered the atmosphere. At 200,000 feet, the capsule's heat shield will reach a peak temperature of 365 degrees Fahrenheit, followed 10 seconds later by peak deceleration as the capsule experiences 38 times the force of gravity.

The fireball of the descent should be visible from areas in Northern California, Southern Oregon, Northern Nevada, Southern Idaho and Western Utah, depending upon clouds and the brightness of the Moon, NASA officials said.

At about 100,000 feet, a small pilot parachute is to deploy, and the capsule will begin a vertical descent to 10,000 feet, when the large main parachute will unfurl to lower the craft to the ground at less than 10 m.p.h..

Specialists aboard helicopters or all-terrain vehicles are to converge on the capsule to secure it and document its landing area. From there the space cargo is to be transferred to a temporary, special "clean room" in a hangar at Michael Army Air Field to avoid contamination and then moved to a special laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Dr. Brownlee said Stardust's cargo should contain more than a million particles weighing in total less than a small fraction of an ounce, with only about 2,000 being as large as the diameter of a human hair. But because scientists will be examining them on a molecular scale, he said, they will look like "huge, giant rocks."

There should be enough samples to occupy scientists for decades without consuming them all, he said.
While the exact landing area has not been made clear, I presume it is out on the Dugway Proving Grounds - a nice, big, secure area.

No word on whether precautions have been made against an
Andromeda Strain-type situation, either. But Dugway is nice and isolated...

Friday, January 06, 2006

The Friday Furo Questus

Questus Furore - Print the Legend
"This is the west, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

From The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence.

Jonah Goldberg has an interesting piece on that - legend. More specifically, liberal legend.

What prompted this was a Christmas Eve story on Sacco and Vanzetti, two men accused of and executed for murdering a pay guard in the 1920s. They were union organizers and radical Socialists, which has long endeared them to those on the left, who claimed they were framed, as did a well-known book by Upton Sinclair.

There's just one problem - they were guilty, and Sinclair knew it.

But the legend lives on. Just as those which sing of the virtues of Che, Castro, Lenin, and Mao... Apparently the bodies left in their path are too inconvenient to the story.

Recommended Reading
VDH - "A Letter To The Europeans."

Michael Ledeen - "The Great Counterintelligence Fiasco."

Jonah Goldberg - "Clay Feet."

Mark Steyn, "It's the Demography, Stupid." A look at Europe of the future - and it isn't pretty. As Europe's birthrate declines even as its welfare demands increase, something will have to give. Read it all, even though it's huge. Steyn's personal website is Steyn Online.

Patrolling the Front
...is on strike, until someone besides Jamo and I posts.

Thought of the Week
"I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class."
Fredrick Douglass

Churchill Quote of the Week
"The worst difficulties from which we suffer do not come from without. The come from within. They do not come from the cottages of the wage-earners. They come from a peculiar type of brainy people always found in our country, who, if they add something to its culture, take much from its strength. Our difficulties come from the mood of unwarrantable self-abasement into which we have been cast by a powerful section of our own intellectuals. They come from the acceptance of defeatist doctrines by a large proportion of our politicians ... Nothing can save England if she will not save herself. If we lose faith in ourselves, in our capacity to guide and govern, if we lose our will to live, then indeed our story is told."
Sir Winston Churchill, April 24, 1933

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Sharon Suffers Major Stroke

Israeli Prime Minister Sharon has suffered a major stroke and is in surgery to relieve a cerebral hemorrage.

Reports are still sketchy, but the early rumors are that his prognosis is not good, and that even his survival is in doubt at this time.

Watch for Israeli politics to go bonkers. With Sharon just having formed a centrist third political party, the Palestinian situation starting to heat up again, and the Iranian nuclear crisis continuing to grow, it could get real exciting in Tel Aviv.

And that's if everyone behaves themselves.

Go to Drudge Report for the latest.

What Price Art?

"BAKER, Calif. - An artist who chained his legs together to draw a picture of the image hopped 12 hours through the desert after realizing he lost the key and couldn't unlock the restraints, authorities said Wednesday."

There is a reason artists are not taken seriously by a lot of people. Events like this constitute that reason.

But it gets better. "The artist, who is from the area, often sketched images inside mines in the Southwest. He had finished his drawing Tuesday when he realized he didn't have the key. He finally made it to a gas station and called the sheriff's department, which sent paramedics and deputies with bolt cutters. His legs were bruised but he was otherwise in good health, Ford said.

The artist did not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment. And the drawing?

'He brought it down with him,' Ford said. 'It was a pretty good depiction of how a chain would look wrapped around your legs.' "

No mention is made of the expression on the Deputy Ford's face as he made those last remarks. I can venture a guess.

Holey Liquid

Researchers at Queen's University in Belfast are working on creating a liquid with holes.

I don't understand how that would work, either. It would have to be some very interesting-shaped molecules, or a solution with some very interesting-shaped molecules as part of it. To tell you the truth, I'm having trouble believing it. This sounds like somthing in the area of having flying cars or personal jetpacks - they sound cool, but there's either a physical or a financial constraints to keep that from happening.

Overheard at
The Corner - Jonah Goldberg: "Interesting, but I thought the first liquid with holes was the best way to describe John Kerry's foreign policy."

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Bad news for MS Windows Users

FT.com - Windows PCs face ‘huge’ virus threat

The flaw, which allows hackers to infect computers using programs maliciously inserted into seemingly innocuous image files, was first discovered last week. But the potential for damaging attacks increased dramatically at the weekend after a group of computer hackers published the source code they used to exploit it. Unlike most attacks, which require victims to download or execute a suspect file, the new vulnerability makes it possible for users to infect their computers with spyware or a virus simply by viewing a web page, e-mail or instant message that contains a contaminated image.

Microsoft said in a security bulletin on its website that it was aware that the vulnerability was being actively exploited. However an official patch to correct the flaw was not expected to be released until January 10.

Mitt In '08?

Kathryn Lopez has a syndicated column on Mitt Romney's '08 prospects, posted today at National Review.

Not a lot of new information, but a good summary of his moves in the past year. Worth reading.

[Back to RomneyWatch '08.]