There were instant messages in 1975, on plasma-screen terminals. There were several e-mail protocols in the 1970s and 1980s before gateways were developed to interconnect them. lynx preceded the HTML "web" browser (at least in some places; it was clumsy and required creation of massive indexes for every page every time it was modified, but made the info accessible). network news-groups preceded the Balkanized, free-speech-squelching web-based discussions.
Yes, things have changed. Studies have shown that eBooks are bad to read, reduce mental focus and memory, discourage making mental connections, involve struggles with format and lighting, but they're very cheap to produce.
Privacy is nearly non-existant; your phones, your network postings and e-mail messages (but not the governments' in a total inversion of law), your movements, how you drive... are tracked and recorded for later blackmail or persecution. Material is cheap to copy and spread, so respect for intellectual property and invention is down. People don't own, they rent... on credit, and corrupt governments swoop in to take whatever you possess and slowly take out of use the "antique" tools which allowed some privacy and independence.
Reporters aren't taught to question, and are actively discouraged from questioning these days (and what with deadlines in the seconds it's somewhat understandable). But some of it is publishers and idiotorial boreds trying to "guide" the public debate for their own purposes. Gone are the intrepid, hard-questioning Lois Lanes, Jimmy Olsens and Clark Kents who had a broad base of "liberal education" with which to approach different kinds of news.
August 8, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.
Yes, dogs should, ideally, be well-fed, exercised, de-fleaed, de-wormed... people should live in "sanitary" homes (which you leave undefined), and illegal aliens should be stopped at the borders and deported and returned.
Perhaps, the dog-owners could be assisted by wealthier animal fanatics, and illegal alien fans could send aid to the illegal aliens in over-turning their oppressive governments... all peacefully and voluntarily.
July 31, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.
Ah, a fun, genteel discussion, for a change.
Let's see, WHTaft... Teddy Bozovelt... Wilson... Hubert Hoover... FDR... Truman... Eisenhower... JFK...(shortened for space limits)
LBJ: Medicare, Medicaid, the evil society undermined families, undermined coinage with coppernickel Johnson Slugs, and set back race relations.
Nixon: appeased Red China, undermined coinage and currency, idiotic price controls.
Ford was no paragon, though I don't recall the specifics just now.
Carter: totally fumbled the economy and foreign relations, continued inflation, and set the first trigger for the destruction of the S&Ls.
Reagan: signed the second triggler for the destruction of the S&Ls, failed to eliminate Dept. of Educationism and Dept. of Energy; wimped out on taming Medicare, Medicaid and the Socialist Insecurity Abomination; 1986 amnesty for illegal aliens, rule 1706, and accompanying measures to reduce US citizens' privacy and liberty.
GHWBush: read my lips extortion increase, "assault" rifle import ban, Ruby Ridge.
Clintoon: Mt. Carmel/Waco massacre, ClintonDoesn'tCare, sexual assaults, vastly increased guest-worker visas 10 months after stock market crash and during tech wash-out and Y2K bust as job markets were worsening, several amnesties for illegal aliens.
Shrub: fumbled detecton of terrorists, unpatriotic act, pushed for even more guest-work visas while job markets were still in the dumps (but only got a couple smaller, more under the table increases).
cousin OhhBummer!: Fast and Furious, ObummerDoesn'tCare with its assaults on everyone's privacy, Benghazi, abuses by IRS and obstruction of justice, NSA egregious snooping on US citizens (they're supposed to spy on foreign governments and operatives), never accessible to the public when he should be and always appearing for photo ops and golfing and fund-raisers when more important issues need immediate attention, the Gates fiasco and other race obsessions including refusal to prosecute New Black Panthers, other attempts at election fraud and obstruction, trade of deserter for 5 terrorist chieftains (might be 1 excuse for that), Keystone XL, war against coal, CO2 hysteria, opposition to free and honest markets within the USA, aid to Hamas and Syrian terrorists, opposition to cutting unconstitutional spending and balancing federal government, shutting down parks in an old old gambit which back-fired amongst everyone but the leftist media, opposition to immigration reform and support of immigration law perversion, belligerent refusal to faithfully carry out the current constitutional immigration laws, continuing efforts to worsen US job markets through taxes and regulations, crippling of US military, appeasement of Putin and Red China and North Korea and Iran, crony socialism run rampant...
Yes, we've had a lot of low-quality presidents (even GWashington made a mistake with the whiskey tax, a mistake which he later repented), but cousin Obummer is the worst.
July 25, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.
Reagan's one failing was that he wimped out on a few things. They (congress+Reagan) passed 2 tax cuts and some 13 tax increases. They never made the attempt to eliminate the Departments of Educationism and Energy as mentioned as goals during the election campaign. David Stockman has noted more than once the many needed cuts that the Reagan admin simply caved on. To hear the left whine you'd have thought he was pressing them hard, cutting into the trunk; while in reality they barely snipped the tips off of a few dead twigs. (Great cartoon from that time; Stockman's Tree Surgeons.)
And Reagan's wimping out encouraged the later wimps, GHWBush and Shrub, to wimp out even worse (e.g. "assault rifle" import ban, part D, and, of course, increasing federal extortions), and encouraged the extreme leftists to go even further off the rails.
July 25, 2014 at 9:03 a.m.
That's great. The millions of unemployed and under-employed US citizen STEM professionals can always use more employment prospects.
What software product/app firms are there in the area (not services, consulting, contracting, but firms which specialize in developing and selling actual commercial hardware/software products)?
How many local firms are designing and manufacturing better, faster, less expensive 3-D printers/prototypers/additive manufacturing devices?
Why don't I see their help-wanted ads in the margins of the article (is the mill operator ad from a firm ashamed to post its name, e-mail address and phone number?)? (not sure whether to stick a smiley or frown emoticon to that one; perhaps it deserves one of each)
July 17, 2014 at 11:28 a.m.
There are already, de facto, 2 states: Gaza=Palestine and Israel. Israelis accept the Palestinians. But the Palestinians, PLO, PA, Hamas+Fatah and now ISIL have declared their intent to eliminate all of Israel, establishing a caliphate from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean (only the Sunni vs. Shia feud prevents them from aiming to make it from Persia/Iran through Egypt in the short term)... and eventually a one-world caliphate.
After studying the historical maps and reading the news, I think the Palestinians who don't want to live peacefully in Israel should move out of eastern Israel back to Palestine=Gaza, and the Israelis should generously grant an expansion of Palestine=Gaza's bounds within reason... especially toward the south, but away from Israel's natural gas lines, railroads and such, and in any case inland from the Mediterranean, so long as Egypt is accepting of a broader border with Palestine. Of course, peaceful Palestinians are already granted the privilege of living throughout Israel if they so choose.
Israel already ceded historical parts of Israel to Jordan to the east and Syria and Lebanon to the north.
Gaza=Palestine should spend more of their aid to build wells, desalinization plants, irrigation pipe-lines, farms and housing... and a lot less on tunnels and rockets to attack Israel and Egypt.
Genetically/DNA-wise, after several thousands of years of intermarriages, the Israelis and Palestinians are almost all not-that-distant cousins, but then, historically, feuds between/among cousins have been frequent (Duncan, MacBeth, Malcolm iii; John Baliol vs. Robert de Brus; John Murray lord Dunmore vs. Robert Hanna from about 1600 through 1781; the sheriffs Agnew vs. lords Kennedy; the mostly Presbyterian Irish-Scottish-Irish vs. the Catholic southern Irish; Nicky & Willy & Victoria (Russia & Germany & England); Ukraine, Russia; good Wenceslaus and his brother cruel Boleslav; the USA vs. CSA featured many brothers and cousins split between the sides...).
It was the Romans who applied the general label of Palestine to what then were Palestine, Judea and Israel plus most of what is now Lebanon and part of what is now Syria (the Assyrians/Ashurians had been further north). Then again, for the sake of more context and completeness, the biblical bounds had the land promised to the sons of Israel stretching from the Euphrates to the Nile, which they never effectively held though Israelis did travel back and forth through that region to carry out trade, and I just don't see the Israelis even wanting that. Then again, when the sons of Israel arrived the Palestinians/Philistines were relative new-comers from the Greek islands who had invaded the Canaanites' lands. Before the Romans came through, the Phoenicians (who may have come from the same Greek islands) held the area north of Israel along the sea, plus Carthage/Tunisia/Punicia/African Phoenicia for a time.
July 17, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.
Hrmph. I put part of the blame on the Shrub and Obummer, Clinton, and GHW and the Federal Reserve Board for 100 years of inflation and for 25-50 years (or maybe it's 125 years) of excessive importation of cheap, young, pliant, low-skilled foreign labor with flexible ethics. It's driven down the economy, and it's driven down morality, while in the past the ethical people in a field could simply refuse to do unethical things at work.
So, the prices of copper and brass are up, employment is down, while population and over-crowding are up... and the governments (local, state, federal) are more power-mad and corrupt than ever in the USA.
June 20, 2014 at 10:09 a.m.
"The FBI wouldn't provide about 2K hours of recordings"
What!?! The judges there can't issue warrants and sub poenas?
Or is this a sign of more corruption local, state, and federal? ("Sure, we've recorded without warrants every phone conversation even the meek underdog Shoeshine ever made, and regularly use such for political blackmail and extortion, but we're not going to release to the court those revealing the corruption of 'our guys'.")
June 12, 2014 at 11:19 a.m.
Way to go, Wally!... from a shack across the tracks in South Tallahassee to retail sales worker-bee, talent agent, business founder, and promoter of learning.
April 27, 2014 at 8:41 p.m.
And so the GHWBush-Clinton-Shrub-Obummer economic depression continues. Discouraged from starting businesses, from hiring actual US citizens, from building and creating, but plenty of handouts for the down-spiral of destruction, and plenty of visas to bring in cheap, young, pliant, low-skilled foreign labor with flexible ethics.
The BLS figures this month showed a close to 31.5M jobs dearth from historical periods which more closely resembled full employment (based on employment/population ratios).
April 14, 2014 at 5:58 p.m.