Royce Eddington

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Month: January 2010 (Page 1 of 4)

News stories the mainstream media missed : 01/30/10**

Here are some news stories from this week that I think the mainstream media completely missed out on. All links are from legitimate news sources and not the fringe / wacko sites.

* Ford, the only ones not to take a government handout, posts a $2.7 Billion 2009 Profit. Good going guys! [BLOOMBERG]

* Tony Blair is facing a serious inquiry into the Iraq war over in England. While he was busy getting grilled, he said “he would do the same again – and warned world leaders they may soon have to take similar decisions over Iran… Saddam had been a ‘monster’ and it had been right to remove him even to prevent the ‘possibility’ that he could acquire weapons of mass destruction. He warned that Iran’s nuclear weapons program now poses an even greater threat.” Danke, Kommandant. Haben Sie einen angenehmen Tag. Nächster! [DAILYMAIL]

* Global Warming really shifted weather patterns 56,000 years ago. Wait… global warming happened 56,000 years ago too? [DISCOVERY]

* Obama cut the NASA budget. No Constellation program, and no Ares I or V rockets. “We certainly don’t need to go back to the moon,” one administration official said. Sad. [LA TIMES]

* The EFF set up a website to show how easy it is for someone to find out your surfing habits. Visit their website and they’ll tell you a lot about your web browsing habits for free. [EFF]

* The movie studio Miramax is done this weekend. My Left Foot, Reservoir Dogs, The Piano, Pulp Fiction, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Clerks, The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, The Crying Game, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Chicago, Kill Bill I, Kill Bill II, The Ciderhouse Rules, Good Will Hunting and Swingers apparently weren’t good enough for Hollywood. [THE WRAP]

* Speaking of movies, here’s a good movie idea – the second and third place superpowers in the world secretly combine forces to pump up certain bonds and then cause the sudden drop of their value to force the number one superpower to spend a fortune just to stabilize its’ infrastructure. Wait… it really happened? [BLOOMBERG]

* Bans on cellphone use while driving…. do nothing to stop accidents! I wouldn’t plan on the bozos who came up with this stupid law to give up their city’s lucrative moneymaking machine without a lawsuit though. [NYTIMES]

* John “Scumbag” Edwards just officially dumped his wife who is suffering with incurable breast cancer because he finally admitted he fathered a child with his employee / mistress. He was lying about everything this whole time to make “Mrs Edwards’s dying days a bit easier.” And this idiot thought he could be president with such rotten morals? With real grade-a despicable character like this, can you imagine what he would have done in the white house? And why isn’t this all over the US media? The news in England is carrying this front and center! [DAILYMAIL]

* And now for something fun to close out…. Three wild cheetahs catch a tiny antelope… and then play with him! And then let him go! Somebody wasn’t reading the right playbook. [DAILYMAIL]

Tag!

Tag!

** This entry was actually posted late Sunday because of a really fun birthday party Saturday.

Update on StopThisBill.Org

Well, that was humbling.

That personal project website I put up has generated exactly nothing. The consensus from people I asked about StopThisBill.Org is that Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts has made the whole website unnecessary.

My problem is that I prefer a well thought out healthcare bill as opposed to the train wreck is is still floating out there… and I wanted to send a message about that.

I do still think it is possible for the Democrats to try and pushing the poorly constructed bill through for a presidential signature regardless that Scott Brown now has a seat. It would be a protracted and very dirty fight, but it could be done. And it is also conceivable if the Democrats can get just a few Republicans to turn to supporting the bill, the bill can be pushed through even though Scott Brown has the ability to generate a Republican filibuster.

Even though my StopThisBill.Org project wound up as cannon fodder, it’s not all bad. I actually learned some things.

* People are passionate about politics. Even if there’s a common direction, everyone will have a different way they want to get there.

* Peer review is good. Asking for opinions from people who know more than you do will bring out some outstandingly good feedback.

* Don’t get attached to projects.

* Run with your ideas. If I paid attention to my gut instincts and put this website up when I first thought of it, it might have made a blip on the collective radar. Miss by an inch or a mile, it’s still a miss.

* Decent domain names are still available.

* 1&1 hosting is awesome.

* I can generate a website like StopThisBill.Org from absolutely nothing in less than 24 hours.

New website : StopThisBill.Org

Full disclaimer: I voted for Obama. I wanted a change from apparent direction this country was heading in the previous administration. And I believed in Obama’s campaign ideas of a better America.

But I also think it will be a tremendous mistake if the healthcare bill, as it is currently written, passes into law. I think it has become far too distorted and amended from its’ original version to be a viable healthcare option for this country.

I would like your help in changing the healthcare bill before it is too late.

I just registered stopthisbill.org .net and .com. and stopthatbill.org, .net and .com to try and make a difference.

This new website I created has a simple initial petition. I want the health care reform bill, as it is written now, stopped and re-considered.

My hope is that the initial petition, after reaching a few thousand names, will attract enough legislative attention to stop the existing health care bill before it is enacted into law.

I also added a simple discussion forum on this website in the hopes that a second petition can be created through community forums. A second petition, authored by the internet community, that specifically outlines what should be in the healthcare plan and what should not be.

I think there’s a great collective intelligence online, and I would very much appreciate any help in signing the initial petition, and creating a second directive-based petition.

Hopefully this little project will draw some attention in a positive way to get the idea of healthcare back on track.

For now, I’ve added a page-peel effect in the upper right corner of this website to push some traffic to stopthisbill.org. And I’m going to cross-post this announcement on some other blogs I’m a member of tonight and tomorrow.

Please feel free to tell me what you think about this idea either here or on the stopthisbill.org website or emailing me at admin(at)stopthisbill.org.

We now return you to the personal website already in progress…

iPad? You’re kidding me.

I got my hopes up too high last week. Way too high.

I made a post on how it seemed that the Verizon would take over as the tablet’s 3g new provider.

It just isn’t so.

Apple officially announced today that AT&T is the de-facto provider for the 3G service on the new tablet. Engadget has the proof…

Engadget Photo

Engadget Photo

Unfortunately, the iBad also has no multitasking, no camera, no SMS, and no flash support. Even jailbreaking won’t help this POS!

Of course, it will sell millions despite this.

Does AT&T have some incriminating pics of Steve Jobs, Guy Kawasaki, and Steve Wozniak from the 80s? What do they have on Apple to stick around after all the horrible service they’ve pulled?

And for the record, I have (and still use!) a Compaq Tablet that does 3g (with a sprint add-on), WiFi, multitasking, SMS, flash support, full screen video, photo manipulation, and it plays games. It also has a detachable keyboard, a hardware VGA video out, a hardware Ethernet port for LAN connections, a modem port for sending and receiving faxes, customizable mini hardware control keys on the perimeter, an embedded stylus pen, and it reads every kind of electronic book you can put on a SD card… running on XP almost four years ago! It’s so old, it has been discontinued!

My Compaq

My Compaq

Tablet Specs 01

Tablet Specs 01

Tablet Specs 02

Tablet Specs 02

Tablet Specs 03

Tablet Specs 03

And finally, there’s a great writeup and review on Tech Republic on when the Compaq tablet first came out.

Welcome to the past! Uh, future!

Better. Bigger. Stronger.

It’s all about marketing! Welcome to the past future!

EDIT : More Compaq Tablet photos and technical info.

Free today only – AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter (retail $29.95)

I almost missed this! Giveawayoftheday is giving away a copy of AnyBizSoft’s PDF to Word Converter today only.

It’s a good program that lets you convert PDFs to Word files offline. That’s handy for whevener you’re not online, have a lot of documents to convert, or just don’t trust that an online converter will erase your PDFs when they’re through converting them for you.

You’ll have to register on the manufacturer’s site for the serial number, but it’s still a good deal.

Here’s the link to the download page.

Monday Morning Music : 01/25/10

Every Monday I like to post some music to start the week off on the right foot.

This week’s post is a classic. Van Halen. Hot For Teacher.

News stories the mainstream media missed 01/23/10

Here are some news stories from this week that I think the mainstream media completely missed out on. All links are from legitimate news sources and not the fringe / wacko sites.

* Kucinich says democrats have betrayed “the promise of change” and are in deep trouble in November if things don’t get back on track. Wow! Kucinich actually gets it! [RAWSTORY]

* And to emphasize Kucinich’s point, there’s apparently a tax on married couples in the new healthcare plan. So not only are we going to be fined and face possible jail time if we do not get this new mandatory no-public-option government insurance, but now the government says it’s better to not be married to save money. Great message! [MONEYCENTRAL.MSN]

* This did make some of the mainstream news, but it really is important to mention again… “the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down laws that banned corporations from using their own money to support or oppose candidates for public office.” So now, it’s perfectly legal for there to be attack ads by large corporations against Congressmen who advocate a change they do not agree with. A company with billions of dollars versus nickel and dime donations from the general public. This. Is. Not. Good. [MSNBC]

* Texas college tuition is heading up. Way up. Who needs smart people anyway? [TEXASTRIBUNE]

* The New York Times, bleeding money left and right, has decided to “charge some frequent readers for access to its Web site .” Wow. They’re going to spend serious money to put a web blocker in place that can be bypassed by either (a) deleting the cookie left on a computer or (b) visiting their site through any of the hundreds of free proxy websites out there. Brilliant job, guys! [NYTIMES]

* YouTube is getting into movie rentals! That works. $3.99 for a 48-hours is a bit high, but it’s a start. Plus, since YouTube is part of Google and Google just introduced their own phone, I think this movie rental thing is probably going to lead somewhere bigger in a few months. [MSNBC]

* Finally, some “cute” news… “Baby”, a 13 year old cat who went missing after saving his owners in Chicago from a house fire, just turned up safe and sound. A cat acting for the good of his owners? That’s a strange cat! [MSNBC]

NASA just expanded the world wide web into outer space

Today, NASA announced that “Astronauts aboard the International Space Station received a special software upgrade this week – personal access to the Internet and the World Wide Web via the ultimate wireless connection.”

Wait… this wasn’t in place already? A multi-nation multi-billion dollar project and there was no internet access until 2010? I guess rocket science really is hard work.

The first thing the Astronauts did was set up an official “NASA_Astronauts” Twitter account that you can read here. Now that should be an interesting set of tweets to follow!

It’s not all free and clear for them to surf anywhere they want to, though. “Astronauts will be subject to the same computer use guidelines as government employees on Earth. In addition to this new capability, the crew will continue to have official e-mail, Internet Protocol telephone and limited videoconferencing capabilities.” Also… “the crew will have remote access to the Internet via a ground computer [and be able to] view the desktop of the ground computer using an onboard laptop and interact remotely with their keyboard touchpad.”

I still think Astronaut productivity will fall off just a little bit for the next few months.

Here’s the link to the NASA article.

WalMart Popcorn prices went up

I was at the WalMart in Rio Grande City yesterday and saw this prominent setup on the main isle display.

WalMart Popcorn

WalMart Popcorn

$189 for popcorn?! What’s in there? Little gold flakes?

Recall : Wisconsin Cheeseman’s Cheese Logs and Cheese Balls

According to the FDA, “The Wisconsin Cheeseman announced today that it is recalling cheese log/cheese ball products…[because] some of its food items have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.”

The food items recalled are…

Sausage ‘N Cheese Logs – Gift #11
Cheese Logs & Cutting Board – Gift #87
Smorgasbord – Gift #325
Cheese Log Trio – Gift #365
Cheese Logs – Gift #411
Cheese Ball Trio – Gift #441
Cheese Logs – Gift #509
Snacker Pack – Gift #751
Cheese Balls & Sausages – Gift #876

Here’s the link to the FDA recall notice.

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