Lines in haste

  • People are looking for other browsers, since the Mozilla board reportedly forced out their CEO because he opposed gay
    marriage
    . The left are enthusiastic for tolerance and diversity, until they get the upper hand. Then, everybody must conform. If Firefox is the PC browser, I’ll find a different browser.
  • I’ll get to this when I can, because I just switched to Windows 8, and (in no way related) the BBC says everyone should change all their passwords right now. It sounds serious.
  • The White House is in trouble because they pay the women on staff less than the men, after having made a huge deal about how bad it is when other people do this. What I don’t get is why? It’s not their money; nobody there has any sense of fiscal responsibility. Why don’t they just give all the women raises?

No-guns-allowed signs

They don’t work. Moreover, some people find pictures of guns disturbing, even with a red slashed circle over them. So we’re scaring school officials to no purpose.

Now, neither do laws against murder work; not entirely. But laws against murder, and the prospect of punishment, discourage some would-be murderers. No-guns-allowed signs disproportionately discourage not would-be murderers, but the law-abiding. Those law-abiding people are the ones who should have guns. If a significant number of the adults at the school find a picture of a gun scary, I’m not sure they’re entirely prepared to respond to an actual threat to the children’s safety. We should be paying a stipend to people who carry, to help defray their costs.

When I say “we,” I don’t mean the government should give us a tax credit. Leave the government out of it. The United Methodist Church, and the YMCA, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, should pay stipends to people to carry concealed weapons. Harvard should pay their alumni to carry. Pope Francis should grant indulgences to people who legally carry a concealed weapon. Maybe there could be a religious order of armed knights.

But that’s crazy talk, and none of that will happen. We’ll just go with the no-guns-allowed signs, non-functional and disturbing though they be.

Tin-foil tent

The president has one. Should you?

“When Cabinet secretaries and top national security officials take up their new jobs, the government retrofits their homes with special secure rooms for top-secret conversations and computer use.

Following a several-hundred-page classified manual, the rooms are lined with foil and soundproofed. An interior location, preferably with no windows, is recommended.” — Barack Obama’s portable secrecy tent (some assembly required), seen here.

So it’s true! It’s all true!

Or is it? Why are they letting the tin-foil truth come out now, just when we’re finding out about the Nazi art hoard? Or is it “hoards,” eh Mister Mugabe?

They won’t fool me that easily. I refuse to be panicked into taking measures the state’s attorney can then point to as evidence of clinical paranoia.

A scandal and a mystery

Google, Yahoo, …

“…PRISM is really just insurance: a way for the NSA to get legal cover for information it already has. My guess is that the NSA collects the vast majority of its data surreptitiously, using programs such as these. Then, when it has to share the information with the FBI or other organizations, it gets it again through a more public program like PRISM.” — NSA Eavesdropping on Google and Yahoo Networks

and the Pope

The US ‘spied on future Pope Francis during Vatican conclave’. It seems like there’s something really clever to say about this, but I don’t know what that might be.

Snake “removal”?

The M-1 Series Snake Tongs provide “safe and humane rattlesnake removal.” Uh huh. If I want to remove rattlesnakes I’ll use the M-1 garden hoe, and that only if I can’t use a shotgun.

Seriously, how can there be a market for snake tongs? The zookeeper should already have a pair, and maybe the wildlife ecologist, and the one guy who catches live snakes to support anti-venom production. Who else has any business catching rattlesnakes alive, Doctor Evil’s snake pit supervisor? For everyone else – Hey, it’s a rattlesnake. Kill it.