July 13th, 2004

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Since the racing post yesterday garnered lots of comments, I thought I would share the on going e-mail discussion with my friend Jeff, who used to race motorcycles in the 60's and 70's...

From: Jeff Butts
Subject: Re: Something for the next issue of the newsletter.
Date: July 12, 2004 5:50:41 PM PDT
To: adam harrison

As long as we are making wish lists (and, by the way, I like NASCAR much more than F1 where the drivers could show Tony Stewart how to bang each other up), I long for the days when drivers did it all. Parnelli (and AJ and Gurney and Clark and many others) raced all kinds of different races. For that matter, when I was racing bikes the AMA Championship involved 5 kinds of racing; TT, Short Track, Road Racing, Mile, and Half Mile.

And my response:

From: adam harrison
Subject: Re: Something for the next issue of the newsletter.
Date: July 13, 2004 9:29:34 AM PDT
To: jeff butts

Some drivers still do, as long as their sponsors let them. Don't get me wrong, Tony Stewart is one of my favorite drivers, and he will race anything anywhere (plus I love how brutally honest he is with his opinions). That is, up until earlier this year when his NASCAR sponsor stopped him from driving a Toyota in another race.

That is one of my other pet peeves, I think the sponsor should own you during the race, but in your off hours, you should be able to crawl into what ever vehicle you like if the manufacturer does not have vehicles racing in that class.

But that's just my opinion. :-)

And there is still discussion going on in the previous post: http://www.livejournal.com/users/adameros/1006569.html
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My internet prediction...

I would not be suprised to seem Microsoft, over the next year, pul out of the browser business. 4 more security holes announced today. Combined with rave reviews of Firefox. IE is costing Microsoft millions to produce an support, and it's a "free" product. It' either that, or they will product a new, ground up, browser written with security in mind.

Originally, Microsoft tried to dominate Netscape because they feared a browser based OS. Plus they wanted bragging rights. Now it seems IE's image now is like that of Netscapes toward it's end. That it's slow, bloated, and buggy. This is an image that will be hard to over come.

To change that image, Microsoft will need to produce a new version. Something completely new.

But is it worth it to Microsoft to rewrite IE? I doubt it. There are no other commercial browser companies of note. Just Open Source collectives. There is currently no money to be made in the browser industry. So, is it worth millions for bragging rights, especially if you have to work through a very tarnish name? Possibly, but not likely.

And that does not count the hundreds of thousads of dollars spent supporting the product once it's released.

Or the millions in anti-monopoly lawsuits around the world concerning Microsoft and IE.

It's for those reasons, I expect Microsoft to pull out and stick with applications that generate direct revenue.
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My jaded view point and question...

Long ago, when I still ived in Calfornia, I mention that George Bush might use a vague terrorist threat to either delay elects or declare martial law. It this point, I think the nationalist ferver has died down a bit and to do either of those things there would need to be a real attack and lives really lost.

This lead me to wonder one group (a nation or ethic group) used violence, and then blamed it on other parties to get their way.

The answer is yes, though in my brief search I could only find two examples. While there are a lot of examples of in fighting between religious sects and close ethnic groups, the use of subtrafuge to blame other parties for the acts seems rare. And, while not "violence" in the general scene, there are man examples of involuntery medical testing resulting in the deaths of many in the U.S. (Tusgekee Experiments, and radiating American in the South West and monitoring them for years to see the health effects with out ever telling the subjects what was going on).

The first was before the Nazi's were in power, they would attack and kill fellow germans in opposing political party meetings and make it look like communists did it. Then Nazi's use anti-communist retoritic in conjunction with that to attract followers.

The other example was in the series of bombs against Iraqi Jews and synagogues in Baghdad in 1950 by Israeli agents to terrorize Iraqi Jews into immigration to Israel.

So, while I couldn't find any examples on American soil in my brief search, it is true this sort of thing is not unprecedented.

Is his something that could happen here and would it work?

If it were to happen, how?

And does anyone know of other examples? I would hate to single out just two groups if there are more examples to be had.

My guess is a west coast attack in a liberal city like San Francisco, Portland, or Seattle. This would show that both coasts are vulnerable. Kill off liberal critics, and possibly convert liberals to the pro-war side of things.

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The cowards are out again. Once again I get an anonymous comment that is just spam.

As I do get the forward in my mailbox, can I complain to LJ that I am receiving spam? Probably not, but it would be amusing.

I find it interesting that someone has so little faith in their community that when they advertise, they need to do it anonymously. The mods are crucias and moxxxxxie, and one other member __jackie__. So the coward in question is likely one of those three, and more than likely one of the mods.

Now I could go on about hos crucias (a.k.a., Jen) looks like she's suffering from Down's syndrome, or how moxxxxxie (a.k.a., Alex) looks like he's trying to talk twelve year old girls into meeting him in a dark alley, but that would be immature.

Instead, I will point out how spam is not respectful. Anonymous spam even less so. And rule 5 of their community is "Show respect". So I will comment on how they are the kind of hypocritical losers who can not follow the rules they have set for themselves.

I will also comment on how little confidence someone must have to need to seek aproval in a rating community. Even more so if you start the community yourself, so nothing negative can ever be said about you.

I stand by my belief that rating communities are the bane of LiveJournal, where small minded people can for little cliques and put down other people when they feel the need to go on a power trip. They are abuse and hurtful. And to be part of one is disrespectful to the LiveJournal community in general.