Been busy and there's been a lot going on that I usually take a few minutes to comment on. Just haven't had time to. But here's a random collection of observations about things that seem random but, when you think about it, actually have more than a random connection.
Oil in the gulf. Surprise. It happened. Bound to. Humans don't do things with technology that don't fail at some point. Sometimes disasters ensue and that's where we are. The finger pointing and blame games going around are moving faster than the oil spill but the bottom line here is, as with everything else, about profits. All sides surrounding this issue are on the take because there is plenty of take to go around, especially now that the Supreme Court has legalized
bribery, er... political contributions as free speech. It may not be BP's accident, (according to their CEO) but as he says it is his oil. Great, then when you decide to pay out for the damages you collect from the company that caused the problem.
Arizona's immigration bill has lots of folks worked up and rightly so. Depending on who you listen to 70% of the American people are in favor of the bill or 50%. Doesn't matter. What most are in favor of is quelling the problem of illegal immigration. Illegal immigration won't end because those who can solve the problem realize that illegal immigration is good for the bottom line of too many businesses. Didn't we have a Presidential candidate have to get rid of a nanny or something like that in the last election who was an illegal? If we seriously want to stop this, slap a real fine on employers who hire illegals. Until then, the flow will just go elsewhere. On the bill itself, in my view its wrongheaded, and while the protests won't mean much in the end, I'm happy to see them. Kudos to Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns in any case. Just keep this in mind, borders, like fences weren't something laid down in the first seven days of creation. They were intelligently designed into the system much later.
The Prez says that information can become a distraction on iPods, iPads, XBox, etc... Doesn't he get it? That's part of the big plan. It used to be called bread and circuses. Now its called consuming media and gadgets. Besides, what information is he talking about? We haven't gotten any real information from anybody on anything in quite some time now. There's no profit in it, and you can't advertise easily on a format that actually requires a brain to be engaged.
Facebook has folks in a privacy snit once again. Some, like Robert Scoble say it isn't an issue, (as long as you don't put the stuff you don't want available online) some say Facebook is evil. Everyone on either side has a bank, shops at a grocery store, and a credit card or two. Facebook is just trying to make money off of the same things that those businesses already do, selling your data to the highest bidder.
The FCC is going to allow Hollywood to turn off the analog ports on your home AV setup. Supposedly this is good for us because it means that Hollywood might start sending us first run movies while they are still in the theatres. Yeah, right. This will be fun when someone sues because their equipment goes belly up down the road. In the meantime, now I've got to fight an additional person for the remote control.