Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Possible Light Blogging
As a medical resident, my wife hasn't much say in when her vacation occurs. One of her three week-long breaks of the year is this week. She really deserves and needs the break, and we really are enjoying being together. We're headed off to Florida for a few days for a trip her parents are giving her to celebrate her finishing medical school.
If we even have an Internet connection, I may not have time to post as usual on Thursday and Friday. But I will be back Monday.
A Silver Lining
Paul Hsieh notes a possible silver lining to the financial crisis: It may grant us a temporary reprieve, due to cost, from socialized medicine and economy-sapping environmentalist legislation. He also notes, however, that at least one columnist has argued that the current crisis might be used as a pretext for hastening those things along.
I could see this shaking out either way. To the extent that a culture abandons the principle of individual rights, it is at the mercy of chance and the whims of its would-be slavemasters.
Some Aren't Waiting for Obama
Check your credit card statements! Some of Obama's supporters aren't just sitting on their haunches and waiting for him to "spread the wealth around" after he takes office and starts stealing from the productive: They're sitting on their haunches and committing credit card fraud instead.
Steve and Rachel Larman say a strange credit card charge appeared on their statement this month -- a $2300 donation to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.The story doesn't comment on how the theft occurred, but it reminds me of a new, low-tech method I learned about through a security alert at work recently. It's called "shaving".
Your Mileage May Vary
In my hands, Finch has functioned very inconsistently with blogs, though. Tests of this blog result in anything from snappy performance to strange error messages, including that the blog was "not found".
If you're willing and able to install a text-only browser, you can get more consistent results (as one commenter at the above post notes) with a text-only browser like Lynx or w3m, which I prefer.
When Finch does work, I like the results, and it's nice to have a way to strip down bulky web pages when I am not using a computer that already has a text-only browser.
Fascism Comes to Banking
The more I learn about the recent moves by the government to "rescue" the economy, the worse things sound. A commenter to yesterday's post pointed out the following passage from a news story:
Some of the big banks had to be pressured to participate in the program by Paulson, who wanted healthy institutions that did not necessarily need capital from the government to go first as a way of removing any stigma that might be associated with banks getting bailouts.In other words, so that nobody looks bad, even (all?) healthy banks are going to get "bailed out", too. I'm sure this will come with the same reduction in executive benefits and "oversight" from the architects of the current crisis.
I guess an integral element of the "bailout" is that the consumer be denied the opportunity to seek out a bank with strong fundamentals. Instead of us having the opportunity to do business with the best bankers we can find, we will all have to suffer from government mismanagement.