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  • Free Kareem Rally in DC

    April 27, 2007
    Groups of people will be gathering in cities around the world today to protest the unjust imprisonment of Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer. In case you're not familiar with his case, here's a little background from the Free Kareem Coalition:
    Kareem is a writer who always found the courage within him to keep speaking his mind freely in the name of not only freedom of speech, but the freedom to think in an otherwise sheltered society. Because of that, he has been sentenced to four years in prison. The Free Kareem Coalition is an interfaith alliance of young bloggers and college students committed to the principles of freedom of thought and freedom of speech. This campaign is our way of fighting to further the cause of...
  • ED Ads: Tick'd off By Annoying Child Actors

    April 26, 2007
    First came Greenpeace's Angry Kid:

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    Now come ED's clock kids:

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  • Back to the Paleo Future

    April 26, 2007
    The delightful and fascinating blog Paleo-Future has some entertaining video clips up from a short film produced by AT&T in 1993, showing what the company thought the future of telecommunications would look like. The dramatization, titled "Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future," features the story of a young woman about to get married, highlighting along the way all of the fantastic new technologies that people of the future (us, basically) would be using. Like most past visions of the future it was a bit off, in some rather amusing ways. First, everyone uses two-way video phones. Exclusively. Futurists have been predicting this for decades, never quite realizing that very few people want either to have to look at or be viewed by...
  • More on the Neutrality Battle

    April 26, 2007
    If this whole net neutrality thing sounds a bit complex, let The Simpleton's Guide explain it all. Because after all, simple is better:

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  • What's the Gift for a One-Year Lobbying Anniversary?

    April 26, 2007
    The inaptly named Save the Internet coalition is celebrating its first anniversary today, and Wayne is on the case:
    “We all can probably agree that we want tomorrow's Internet at the speed of light, not at the speed of government,” said CEI Director of Technology Policy Wayne Crews. “But a better starting point is to appreciate that we have no broadband today: cable and DSL are a trickle compared to the Niagara needed tomorrow. Freezing today's Internet into a regulated public utility via net neutrality's inevitable price-and-entry regulation would be the worst possible move, slowing investment and innovation, meaning fewer new companies, networking deals, products and technologies.” “Activists fear that not regulating network owners will leave the Internet at the mercy of a few large companies when, in fact, the...
  • Green Spendthrifts, Get a Life!

    April 26, 2007
    Christine, I loved your post about the new trendy green fashions. Via Fark I've just come across something I think tops it: a new 400 GBP (on eBay) shopping bag with the legend, "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" (Original price, 5 GBP). Except in environments where people purchase food to prepare at home every day or shop for clothes weekly, I can't see how this makes sense. People just buy too much to carry home in a reusable bag that's also small enough to be worthwhile to carry to the store. Paul Weyrich, the biggest booster of mass transit I know, knows that nobody uses mass transit for shopping. Before cars, he points out, nearly all stores delivered....
  • Re: The Clothesline

    April 25, 2007

    We used a clothesline when I was growing up, but were forever running outside to grab the clothes when the sky darkened.  In the North-East of England, you see, it rains a lot.

    Of course, the washing machine and clothesline were a step up from the machinery my grandmother had in her kitchen: a washboard, poss-tub and mangle.  Want to know what those did?  Here's a handy pictorial guide.

    People with no memory of this era should remember just what you had to go through to get the clothes into a state that they could be air-dried.

  • Speed Limits. . . Don't Need 'Em

    April 25, 2007

    Some visitors coming to my home this morning complained of very slow traffic on the beltway at 10:00 a.m. Serious traffic this late in the morning may be a result of some truckers' efforts to bring beltway traffic to a standstill. While I disagree with the protest's objectives I think it's a telling sign that the protest could even work in the first place: the truckers are simply planning to obey all speed limits without fail and travel in multi-lane convoys thereby further slowing down already bad traffic.

    Thus, it stands to reason that the speed limits were obviously too low to begin with. Since the country rightly eliminated the federal 65-mph maximum speed limit in 1995 (after raising it from 55 a few years earlier) lots of less populated areas have set up 75 and, in a few...

  • Clotheslining Progress

    April 25, 2007
    It seems recent posts by myself and Fran were all too prescient. The clothesline is apparently merely beginning its green-inspired comeback. Following Kathy Hughes' New York Times article from the 12th is today's Marilyn Gardner piece in the Christian Science Monitor:
    But now the low-tech clothesline may be poised to stage a modest comeback. In an age of global warming, lists of energy-saving tips routinely include suggestions such as "Hang...
  • "Al Gore trains a global army"

    April 25, 2007
    Beware of the storm troopers of global warming alarmism. According to USA Today, they're on the march.

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