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by Dan McLean

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Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 04:30 p.m.
Gaza on fire

It amazes me, really, how different the reporting is on Israel in the United States as opposed to the foreign press: "Meanwhile, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. has said that Israel stands at the gates to hell in the Gaza Strip, wrote Berlin's Neues Deutschland, but added that Palestinians there have been in hell for a long time already."

Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 04:24 p.m.
Starring in porn flick probably won't get cops fired

A pair of San Francisco's finest (a man and a woman) have been caught starring in a porn flick, "Bus Stop Whores", which is available online. While probably bringing shame and disgrace upon themselves and by extension the SFPD, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals feels that off-duty behavior like this that doesn't clearly hinder the workplace is protected free speech. Oh, baby!

Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 04:21 p.m.
World news

Lately I've been interested in world news sources, eschewing United States sources. Google news has been a good source of English-language world news sources.

Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 04:15 p.m.
Ladies Nights now illegal in New Jersey

This is crap. What kind of self-respecting man complains that women can pay less for drinks, or waive the cover charge, or whatever else they get on ladies' nights? Not me, that's for sure. Since this link will probably die in short time, I'll copy the partinent reasoning behind the administrative ruling: Absent an "important public interest," sex discrimination is illegal," the civil rights administrator wrote, "It's the same as if you tried to say Christians can have free drinks but Jews can't[.]" But what if Jews could have free drinks but Christians couldn't? Hm?

Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 04:13 p.m.

Vote on baseball's all-star game. Don't worry yourself about what is going on in the world.

Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 04:10 p.m.
Foreign Policy Research Institute

Based in little ol' Philadelphia, this think tank has some good reads. When I win the lottey (I like to keep a positive attitutde about my winning) I could spend more time reading things like this, and less time cleaning an unfinished basement that hasn't been cleaned in well over ten years.

Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 04:09 p.m.
Comparing Reagan to Bush II

It's funny how the world is ruled by happy optimists.

Monday, April 5, 2004 at 11:02 a.m.

People looking for a cure for the find4u.net bug should download CWShredder. The link above will take you there.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:19 p.m.
George Orwell site

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:16 p.m.
Gun Blogs

Geek with a .45 and The Smallest Minority

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:14 p.m.
Work in Progress

Random Thoughts

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:12 p.m.

From a few minutes of browsing, I couldn't believe I hadn't heard of this website before because it is really a complete open source general reference encyclopedia.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:07 p.m.
The Pope and the Press

So the Pope comes out and says that Sunday is for God, not for sports. If you are a Christian, you know the Pope is right. The sabbath was not meant to be spent watching a bunch of muscle boys run around a field. But what pissed me off about this story is that Reuters placed it in its "Oddly Enough" category of "news." What a scumbag Reuters is.

Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at 11:50 a.m.

create your own visited states map or write about it on the open travel guide

Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 03:37 p.m.
Renewing Pennsylvania

A Brookings Institute report, the usual suspects cited for Pennsylvania's lackluster growth in the 1990s.

Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 03:29 p.m.
Say goodbye to Tiger Map Server Browser

Say hello to American Fact Finder.

Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 03:21 p.m.
I got a nasty virus on my old computer

and it keeps changing my homepage to find4u.net and adding several rather salacious entries to my favorites. I delete them (really), but they reappear when the computer is restarted. I thought I had the problem solved when I deleted two .exe files from my C: folder, but that didn't fix it. Argh.

Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 03:20 p.m.

Statistical comparisons among nations.

Thursday, January 8, 2004 at 09:33 a.m.
Where is my gnome

I was in the Florida keys for a brief jaunt after New Year's celebrations, and picked up a Miami Herald in the Miami airport to settle in for a long wait, as I missed my return flight and was standby. I saw a little ad in the classified section asking who stole a gnome from a front yard, with a web address, and a picture of the gnome, and I tore the ad out because I just had to see it when I got home.

Thursday, December 4, 2003 at 10:15 p.m.
What am I reading?

Thursday, December 4, 2003 at 10:14 p.m.
Objectivists everywhere I turn

Thursday, December 4, 2003 at 10:10 p.m.
MyNRA.com. . .

Unless you want Big Brother to protect you.

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 10:42 a.m.
Kim duToit weblog

I found a fun new weblog. This essay made me want to scratch my balls.

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 10:35 a.m.
There's just something about robots

that I like. Today there was a news story on Yahoo about how the military is developing the self-balancing technology of the new "Segway" human transporter to create military robots. More information about these future warbots can be found here. Thanks for letting me tell you that I like robots.

Friday, November 21, 2003 at 01:53 p.m.
So many links, so little time

Quit smoking and started running again. Finally figured out what the deal was with Ducks Unlimited, stumbled and fell upon dogbitelawcenter.com, and simply fell in love with explodingdog. On the science tip, would love to comprehend Access Research Network (with a spiffy intelligent design section), and Kosmoi.com, which might be for kids, I don't know, but that's about the level of my scientific knowledge anyway. Lastly, I proudly link to the Toaster Museum, because toast is delicious any time of the day.

Friday, November 14, 2003 at 10:02 p.m.

Monday, October 27, 2003 at 06:13 p.m.
Sushi and box cutters

Gawker has an article about the infamous sushi memo, where a partner at one of New York's largest law firms apparantly tasked a lowly paralegal to find out how she could order better sushi for her superior. That the firm hasn't outright denied the legitimacy of the memo tells me it isn't a hoax.

Hopefully the feds will drop the horrible prosecution of the box cutter kid. They ought to be thanking him, really. Here's somebody who brings contraband onto a plane, just to prove a point, and goes so far as to tell the authorities where the box cutters et al. are located. He's obviously not a terrorist. You shouldn't prosecute someone just because they showed you up like that. Like I said, they ought to be thanking him, and then hiring him to oversee security.

That's all for that. On the somewhat more jovial side, there will be the last showing of the Illegal Art Extravaganza (possibly forever) in Philadelphia on November 1 which should be a hoot.

Saturday, October 4, 2003 at 08:54 p.m.
I am ranked #1 on Yahoo for 'Pita' and 'Philadelphia'

Which of course is a cruel hoax to those actually searching for a good pita in Phila. Plus, this little blog is ranked #18 on Yahoo for "Lean and Mean." Pretty cool, if, again, entirely misleading. But looking at some of the other hits for those searches led me to Roadtripping to Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Experiment ("[W]hoever the guy is who said that red wine was good for you should basically kiss my ass."), Pita Dasji's story, and My Perky World. Sweet.

Monday, September 29, 2003 at 02:12 p.m.
I've washed my hair with soap for the past seven days

And, the thing is, I bought shampoo the very day I ran out of it. But I bought it on my lunch hour, and put the bag in the trunk of my car, where it has remained. Every morning I curse myself for not taking it out of the trunk, and every night I forget that I need to take it out of the trunk. As such, here are some links that I've been meaning to get to: Lewis & Clark, Smart Growth, Wilmington, Del. canoeing (though "wilderness" might be a bit of a stretch), I found a fabulous Labor Day shore rental at vrbo.com, and OpenWebMail, which I don't use but sounds interesting to me.

Thursday, September 18, 2003 at 10:27 a.m.
The T'inator

I didn't want to go to work today. Delaware has declared a state of emergency, and all the schools are closed, and the state government offices and courts are closed, and businesses were urged to close as well. It was way overprotective, but, hey, it's Delaware, and who cares if we close for the day? But no, my employer has remained open. Just another example of how I don't always get my own way.

Friday, August 22, 2003 at 06:10 p.m.
New Paltz is beautiful even without any electricity

Went to New Paltz, NY again. This time to conquor the Walkill Valley Rail Trail on bike. It was my fifth time there, I think. The power went out a little after 4 p.m., just after I finished cleaning myself off after getting very muddy on the trail. I had worked up an appetite and had to settle for a rotisserie chicken and bottled water at the supermarket. Almost finished reading The Great Gatsby during the long, electricityless afternoon. Will definitely return again.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 03:27 p.m.
Back from San Francisco

I went by myself to San Francisco this past weekend. It was a quasi-vacation, as I attended the ABA convention Saturday and Sunday morning, followed by watching the Phillies play at Pac Bell park both afternoons. I also did a bit of stomping around in Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, and the Sunset district on Saturday afternoon. I had been to the Haight about nine years ago, which is a story for another day. But, kinda like I figured, it's gotten more gentrified. Even the "lower Haight," which I had remembered as being a bit of a crack town, has been really spruced up. I stayed in the Marina district, which is a nice part of town. I thought I had gotten myself a "hotel" room, but instead would up with a motel room, of which there are many along Lombard Street. Don't let them fool you - The Greenwich Inn is a motel, not a hotel. Still, San Francisco is a pretty cool town. I got a little bit of sun at the ballgames while back east it rained every day.

Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 12:58 p.m.
I am ranked 39th in a Google search of Delaware Pita

Someone found this site by searching for Delaware Pita on a search site that I forget right now. Too bad for you. So I did a Google search of Delaware Pita, and ranked 39th, which, of course, is pathetic, considering that this Pita is being produced in Delaware and Delaware only has 20,000 people in the entire state. So, I am going to link to myself, like this: link. There, that should raise my ranking some.

Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at 11:53 p.m.
One Man Gang

I really ought to write in this blog more often. Here is a link to my buddy's website. There are even pics of yours truly on it. My plan to become despot of the universe is coming together. And, Pete, watch that Google ranking rise!

Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at 11:42 a.m.

Monday, April 14, 2003 at 04:20 p.m.
People are so illiterate

It has recently come to my attention that people are really illiterate. Notwithstanding my bird-brained co-worker who purposely spells 'poem' as 'pome' (he writes these 'pomes' during work), even bloggers are prone to misspellings that aren't typos, but fundamental misunderstandings about the English language. The above hyperlink was posted as a comment to the Conundrum weblog, which I enjoy (even though I can't believe the guy is complaining about being nervous about his Florida bar exam results when he passed the New Hampshire bar in 1985).

So, anyway, the comment reads, "I randomly found your blog on blogrolling.com. I like'd it." I have seen so many of these unnecessary apostrophes while slumming on the Yahoo message boards, and it's perplexing at best. And I'm not just saying this because Conundrum gets commments and hits and this blog doesn't, so there.

Thursday, April 10, 2003 at 03:56 p.m.
Noose tightens on Iraq-Sept. 11 connection

Friday, April 4, 2003 at 04:07 p.m.
I come to bury IAmCarbonatedMilk.com, not to praise it

Thanks to Wisdom

Friday, April 4, 2003 at 03:44 p.m.
Convicted attorney permitted to work at Burger King

Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 01:55 p.m.
Thank you, "die-in" participants

I think I can speak for all people who support the war in Iraq that I was completely unaware that bombs kill people. I thought they just made a lot of noise and smoke, but that nobody was harmed by them. Too many cartoons, I guess. But your demonstration, where you fall down with red paint on you, really opened my eyes. I can't thank you enough.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 02:32 p.m.
Babies as political clout

Here's the scenario: you know, for a fact, that your town is going to get bombed. You have a child. Do you "A" keep the child in the dangerous environment or "B" get the child out of the dangerous environment. If I knew that my city was going to be bombed, or that there was a high likelihood of it, I would get my family OUT OF THAT TOWN. I would give them the money I had, and tell them to start walking in the opposite direction of the approaching troops. That's just common sense, right?

Friday, February 28, 2003 at 12:01 p.m.
Fred Rogers, the anti-objectivist

This is a commencement address given by Fred Rogers in 2002. What struck me is the complete polar opposite the ideas are from Ayn Rand objectivism, and how I couldn't help but believe that Mr. Rogers had it right. Thanks to IsThatLegal?

Friday, February 28, 2003 at 11:39 a.m.
Apologies when due

Turns out the campaign to flood the capitol with phone calls, faxes, and e-mails was not calculated to bring down the communications network there. Organizers took efforts to distribute the barrage so as to not cripple the network. Good for them.

Friday, February 28, 2003 at 12:12 a.m.
What about the Palestinians?

Honestly, I think that Iraq poses no threat to the U.S., but it does pose a threat to Isreal, and that's why the U.S. is so determined to keep Iraq from being a major power. While I support U.N. action to enforce its resolutions (and as a member of the U.S. Army Resevers am ready and willing to do just that (as the one-world government is an inevitability anyway)), nevertheless, the fact remains that North Korea is more of a threat to the U.S. than Iraq is, but we're on Iraq because we want to protect Isreal.

Anyway, this site brings a unique perspective to the Palestinian issue, and imho is extremely well done for a geocities cite. It is not a hate site. It is merely a website sympathetic to the Palestinians, who are blowing themselves up because they want to be free.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003 at 11:16 p.m.
Teens = big bucks for alcohol industry?

My terrific torts professor mentioned bad cars in a discussion about sales puffery. He mentioned the Gremlin, the Yugo, and the Pacer. I was going to write about them, but decided that I wasn't interested.

So instead I'll simply mention the study on teen consumption of alcoholic beverages, that teens are said to contribute to 20% of total alcohol sales. I haven't had time to read up on the alcohol industry's grounds for stating that the study is flawed (aren't they all?), but will nevertheless opine that if college undergrads are included in the count, I surprised the 20% figure isn't much higher.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 11:03 p.m.
Whiny law student blogs

Let me paraphrase all the spoiled overgrown children who are maintaining weblogs while in law school: "Oh, I'm so tired. I can't believe how much work I have to do. Why is it so hard to find a summer internship? And other such whining. (Actually, they're not that bad.) Anyway, what these whining "students" need to remember is all the people that wanted to get into law school, but couldn't, for any number of reasons. How most people would gladly trade places with them, if they only could. So work hard. If you can't do it for yourself, then consider doing it for the ones that couldn't go. Now, I have torts to read: Wrongful interference with prospective economic relations. I am lucky.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 10:54 p.m.
Slumming on the Yahoo message boards

Apologies for yesterday's absense. I was busy slumming at the Yahoo message boards, again.

Saturday, February 22, 2003 at 02:38 p.m.
Why nerds are unpopular

This essay moved me like few others have. I've told people that my high school felt like a prison to me, but I never got the impression that anybody really understood what I meant. That is, until I read this essay.

Friday, February 21, 2003 at 04:13 p.m.
The moral high road and war

The Guardian posts an op-ed by Mike Aaronson, the director of Save the Children, an organization whose mission is, presumably, to save children. He writes that the UK government's claims that war with Iraq is fundamentally humanitarian is so much poppyseed. However, he offers no solution to Iraq's flagrant violations of both its unconditional surrender agreement (1991) as well as several UN resolutions.

Aaronson writes that the UK government's expressed interest in the welfare of the Iraqi citizenry is disingenuous, that the UK

"could have done so much more to modify a sanctions regime that has brought enormous suffering to Iraqi children and their families over the past 12 years."

Aaronson then gives his only suggestion for how the sanctions could have been designed to alleviate the "enormous suffering" (of which I've heard so much but seen so little).

"On the basis of Save the Children's experience of the effects of sanctions, we have, for more than six years, campaigned for the replacement of the existing sanctions regime with one targeting the Iraqi government and its military machine."

Funny, right? As if we had been supporting the Iraqi government and its military machine. As if we had given either of them one red cent over the past 11 years. Good one.

In order to ensure that the food-for-oil goods are directed to the citizenry more efficiently than it curerntly is (which, according to Aaronson, is by using 1,000 UN staff that work with 45,000 Iraqi "food agents"), it would require a virtually complete occupation of Iraq. Indeed, to really be sure that each and every Iraqi actually received the correct food rations, it would, of course, require an administration the likes of which nobody (Iraq included) will put any support behind.

In conclusion, Aaronson reveals his political colors by stating that, in the event of a war, the humanitarian response

"would ensure that access to food and other humanitarian needs, under the supervision of the UN, not military forces, was secured as soon as possible."

And why is it more humanitarian to have UN civilians attempt to ensure access to food, etc., rather than the military? Aaronson gives no reason. My guess is that he has some sort of problem with the use of the military for any purpose, even a humanitarian one, which, of course, is irrational at best.

But lest it be said that I offered nothing in the way of humanitarian approaches to war, I give you this: we drove the Taliban out of Afghanistan, while, at the same time, preventing a mass starvation of the Afghan people, which, through no fault of our own, was imminent as a result of a prolonged drought in that country! Likewise, we can force the Iraqi government to comply with its moral obligation under its unconditional surrender agreement and subsequent UN resolutions, all the while preventing any starvation among the Iraqi people. And that's exactly what we will do, because that's the kind of people we are.

Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 09:44 p.m.
Anti-war activists demonstrate their thuggery

From Yahoo news, "The umbrella coalition Artists United to Win Without War wants citizens to deluge the nation's capital with e-mails, faxes and phone calls." Looks like the peaceniks want to shut 'em down! I told you they were thugs.

And, how, exactly, do they plan to "win without war"? I, for one, would like to see Iraq honorably comply with their unconditional surrender agreement, wherein they agreed to eliminate their weapons of mass destruction. Yet, 11 years later, UN inspectors are still unwilling to state that Iraq has, in fact, complied with their moral obligation to destroy those weapons.

This has been an ongoing problem. Several years ago, an economic embargo was placed on Iraq for its failure to comply with its surrender agreement to disarm. That didn't work. Instead, the Iraqi people starved, while the Iraqi leaders and military remained well-fed. What possible solution could there be besides military force?

Thursday, February 20, 2003 at 12:24 a.m.
Back to interminable grindstone

I truly enjoyed the past four days, being snowed in. When I wasn't getting some much needed exercise shoveling out, I read a very enjoyable book, nursed a glass of cognac, watched tv, surfed the web, and slept. But today I had to go to work and at night I had to go to school. It seems as though I am back in the trenches once again.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 09:40 p.m.
Protestors are almost always leftist hoodlums

It struck me this weekend, as the snow began to accumulate in the mid-Atlantic, what a quaint and ol'-fashioned practice it is to march down the street to demonstrate one's support/opposition of a particular cause. What is the point of marching down the street en masse? Purportedly, to gain attention. In this day and age, did I not know that there were people against an Iraqi bombing campaign before the protests of last weekend? Of course I did. They write letters to the editor of the local newspaper. I talk to people throughout the day. I know that not everybody supports a bombing campaign.

So give me another reason for why people would want to demonstrate on the street. Here's what I think it is: it's an intimidation tactic. Essentially, they are saying "give us what we want or we will create chaos in your town or at the very least disrupt traffic for a while." It's thuggery; mob rule. That's the point of it. In these days of mass decentralized communications, the myriad viewpoints are each heard easily enough. To "take it to the street" adds nothing to the debate except the threat of what the crowd might do.

Monday, February 17, 2003 at 07:44 p.m.
Chicago nightclub tragedy

Everybody has been to one of these nightclubs, where it's hard to get out of the place at closing time, and you actually have to wait in a long line just to get out of the place. One question I have about this tragedy is how the use of pepper spray or mace could cause such a panic in the crowd, with hundreds of people running toward the doors all at once, stepping on bodies that had fallen along the way. Did they just set a canister off in the middle of the club and gas everybody?? Whatever they did, it was in response to a closing-time fight between two women that had broken out, so the gassing the entire place theory seems odd, but then again stranger things... Hmm... Personally, I was surprised (somewhat) to see the racial posting, what has been described as 12 straight hours of hate (and counting) on Yahoo's message boards.

Friday, February 14, 2003 at 11:26 p.m.
Internet radio links

I finally rediscovered Drexel University radio, this time on the Internet. While they claim that all djs are students, I can't imagine that the dance hall dj is a student there, and I'd hate to think he was an engineering student there. While on the topic of Internet radio, here's a repost of WeenRadio.com. Does Ween still need an introduction? At Swarthmore College radio they can tell when someone is listening online, and it makes them happy. All three stations stream mp3 files, so they can be heard with Winamp, which is the main reason I haven't been listening to the womb lately.

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