There have been estimates that the War in Iraq will cost the US as much as $200 billion. USA Today mentions that post-war costs could be as much as $600 billion. The government could run annual deficits of as much as $500 billion. The national debt is nearing $8 trillion. Can you imagine how much money that is? I can’t. Bill Gates might even have a problem with numbers this size.
The last two days, I’ve talked about Internet Ethics. I don’t know that there’s much more that I can say on that side of the subject. However, today’s technology does offer one more avenue to address, this time from the other side of the equation. That avenue is prevention.
I was having a conversation with Tony Sumrall about the ethics of publishing a feed of comic strips. Since the syndicates themselves have decided against sending comics by email (at least decided against doing it for free), do we have the right to grab the image URL from their pages and create a feed of those URLs? Let’s look and see.
Obviously there is a need for certain licenses. These are easy enough to spot. They typically make sense. Not just to you or me, but to darn near everyone. Things like a driver’s license fit into this category. It’s reasonably nice to think that the person headed down the freeway with you has at least some chance of being able to adequately operate their vehicle. Of course, that’s not always the case – but generally it seems a pretty safe assumption. A similar licensing/qualification scheme for something like an airline pilot is useful. I think most will agree with this sort of thing.
In Florida, members of a class action suit against Microsoft stand to gain vouchers (towards the purchase of Microsoft products, no less) valued at a whopping $5-12 per product. Gee, that was worth it. $12? If you can sign up online or elsewhere that doesn’t require much effort and not do anything else, then a $12 check would be nice. But if you have to take more than 5 minutes, it’s a waste. Especially since you have to go out and buy more Microsoft products – products which typically cost a great deal more than $5-12.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will run for governor of California.
Ronald Reagan was not only the governor of California, he was the 40th president of the United States. Sonny Bono became a US Congressman. Fred Grandy (that’s Gopher from the Love Boat, folks) was a Representative for the State of Iowa. Heck, even Ben Jones (that’s Cooter from the Dukes of Hazzard) served two terms in Congress for the state of Georgia. Crazy Cooter – a Congressman!
My buttons were in a Movable Type template module, which was great because it meant that I didn’t need to change every page when the buttons changed.
I did this by creating a new template module (scroll all the way to the bottom of your MT “templates” page) called, appropriately enough, buttons. Then I just added a bit of code to each of the other templates where I wanted to see the buttons in question.
Andy Warhol once said “every person will be world-famous for fifteen minutes”. This phrase was truly prophetic. Some 20 years before The Real World, and 30 years before Survivor and Fear Factor, well before we ever heard of Darva Conger, Regis Philbin or Simon Cowell, this eccentric artist predicted it all.