Ironwood Tree

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Scott Adams is right again

He knows how capitalism truly work. It exploits the one infinite resource in the world.

Now if I could only translate it into an investment strategy. I think investing in booze, fast cars, gambling, and extreme sports may do for a start.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I think I'm voting for Obama

Originally I was supporting Richardson since I have relatives in New Mexico and I've been very impressed with the job he's been doing as governor. There seems to be more civic pride and it looks like the whole state, at least from Carlsbad to Albuquerque has been spiffed up quite a bit. But after the debates, I really think he'd be a better Secretary of State than President.

This is an interesting opinion on Obama from someone who knew him before he was a politician. I would so love someone with U of C ties who wasn't a Milton Friedman worshipper in the Whitehouse. The free market wants single payer health insurance.

My only misgiving is that Obama may be a Sox fan but I can live with that.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

And step 2 is?

Bush got his warrantless wiretapping bill but now what is he going to do with it? There's a shortage of Arabic speakers in the Baghdad embassy of all places and there's also a shortage of translators of other languages like Urdu.

I suspect they're going to concentrate on things like peace activists and political opponents, after all that's what they've spent a lot of time on over the years. It's easy, you don't have to use a translator and it's politically advantageous. The lack of oversight will also be a boon to the stalkers and crooks that have landed a government job. I'm glad I don't have a hostile ex husband working in the FBI.

If you're working on a Democratic campaign, I'd recommend Gnupg to encrypt your private files and email. Tor is useful when you want to keep your internet address confidential - don't let the opposition know you're already in New Hampshire when they think you're at home in Illinois.

Keep an eye on what's running on your computer. Use Process Explorer to investigate the running programs. Once you know what your basic machine looks like, you can get rid of spyware and keyloggers. Also run Rootkit Revealer to find hidden programs that could also be keyloggers. This advice will protect you from identity thieves as well.