September 10, 2007

Alex Jones Busted

I'm surprised the local news outlets haven't picked this up: local conspiracy theorist and media star Alex Jones was busted in New York City for...well...being Alex Jones. Apparently Alex led... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:07 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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September 09, 2007

Security Through Stupidity

I've just returned from a week in British Columbia, which served as my belated honeymoon. It was a wonderful trip, except for the bits that involved airports. Airline security... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:21 PM to: Current Events
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February 06, 2007

State Sues Over Bogus Phone Fees

While paying my wireless phone bill last weekend, I was irritated over the number of bogus fees that Sprint Nextel charges. Apparently the State of Texas thinks so too. Attorney... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:24 AM to: Current Events, Tech Policy
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December 20, 2006

Lincoln Properties: Talk to the Hand

Last week, Lincoln Properties, the owner of the Northcross Mall and the developer who plans to put a record setting mega-box store in the middle of our neighborhood, announced a... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:22 AM to: Austin, Current Events, Holidailies 2006
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December 15, 2006

The Wal-Mart Doomsday Device

I recently re-watched Doctor Strangelove with my wife. The movie introduces the idea of a doomsday device. Unfortunately, it all goes horribly wrong because the Russians never tell the United... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:47 AM to: Austin, Current Events, Holidailies 2006
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December 06, 2006

Responsible Growth for Northcross

You may have heard they are trying to build a 24-hour Wal-Mart mega-center in my neighborhood. Have you also heard that at 219,000 square feet, it is to be the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:36 PM to: Current Events
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September 28, 2006

Recently, in a Smoky Bar

One recent night, I dropped into a local bar for a beer. There were two people there, one on either side of the bar. There was a pack of cigarettes... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:08 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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September 04, 2006

When the Levees Broke

Just finished watching When the Levees Broke, Spike Lee's documentary on Hurricane Katrina. I recommend it highly. I was surprised—and pleased—at how much Lee stayed out of the way and... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:39 PM to: Artsy and Fartsy, Current Events
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July 06, 2006

Chronicle runs protest photo, neglecting to mention Scientology connection

On page 15 of this week's Austin Chronicle, there is a photo of an anti-psychiatry rally. It's unfortunate they didn't assign a journalist to do some...you know...journalism. If so, they... (read more)

Posted by chip at 11:14 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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April 15, 2006

S.A. Express News: SBC Swarm

Earlier this week I posted a blog entry about the strength of lobbyists in the Texas capital. I also implied a connection to the Telecom Deregulation bill that passed during... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:30 PM to: Current Events, Tech Policy
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April 12, 2006

S.A. Express News: Lobbyists' money talks

Last year, the Governor called legislators into special session to deal with school finance. Instead, we wound up with telecom deregulation. Wonder how that happened? The San Antonio Express-New just... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:45 AM to: Current Events, Tech Policy
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February 18, 2006

Bob Gammage, Spammer for Governor

The Bob Gammage for Governor campaign has started spamming me. Sorry, Bob, I vote for politicians that want to end spam, not ones who do it. Political spam is ugly... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:33 AM to: Current Events, Spam
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January 06, 2006

How Lobbyists Influence Legislation

In the wake of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, John Dickerson writes an interesting article in Slate on how lobbying really works. He explains, unlike what many people think, there... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:59 PM to: Current Events, Holidailies 2005
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November 28, 2005

Salon Picks Sony Cash Over Rootkit Coverage

Anybody wonder why Salon hasn't had any coverage of the Sony "rootkit" debacle? I hadn't, until I saw this show up this evening: The link goes to an ad for... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:53 AM to: Current Events
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September 06, 2005

Never Again

Dear Senator Hutchison: The most essential duty of our Federal Government is the safety and security of its people. Last week the Department of Homeland Security suffered complete failure in... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:23 AM to: Current Events, Hurricane Katrina
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August 11, 2005

No! No! No!

This November, Texans have an opportunity to enshrine bigotry in our state constitution. The No Nonsense in November PAC has just launched their web site to oppose the marriage constitutional... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:04 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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May 18, 2005

SB 408 Telecom Frankenbill is Dead

I recently wrote about how Rep. King tried to attach his bad telecom bills as amendments to SB 408, the otherwise innocuous PUC sunset bill, thus creating a dangerous telecom... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:26 PM to: Austin, Current Events, Tech Policy
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May 13, 2005

Texas Lege Nears Home Stretch

We are in the final month of the Texas legislative session. Midnight this morning was a key date in the legislative calendar. Any House bills that have not had their... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:47 PM to: Austin, Current Events, Tech Policy
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May 12, 2005

Letter to my State Rep. on Bad Telecom

Here is the letter I just sent to Texas state Rep. Elliott Naishtat on the bad telecom legislation currently in the Texas house. This legislation would do terrible things like... (read more)

Posted by chip at 08:50 AM to: Austin, Current Events
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May 11, 2005

Texans: Improve Public Safety and Save Money

There is a bill in the Texas legislature that could improve public safety and save taxpayers a bunch of money. What it does is strengthen the probation system so that... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:53 PM to: Current Events
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January 19, 2005

Tsunami Relief Spammer Caught

In a previous article, I complained about spammers who were pretending to collect funds for tsunami victims. Turns out, the practice became widespread quite quickly. Now comes some good news.... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:28 PM to: Current Events, Spam
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January 09, 2005

Worst. Spam. Ever.

It's been an awful long time since I've been upset or offended by a spam message. I recently received a spam from one of the Nigerian fraud spam gangs. The... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:55 PM to: Current Events, Spam
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June 09, 2004

It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

As I watch the ongoing canonization of Ronald Wilson Reagan, I notice a feeling coming over me that I recognize. It's one that strikes every December, as I watch people... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:44 AM to: Current Events
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March 09, 2004

Do Something for Democracy: Support Safe Electronic Voting

What's worse than a Florida-style election that degrades into a recount quagmire? How about an election that can't be recounted at all? When it comes to election integrity, "just trust... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:47 PM to: Austin, Current Events
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March 01, 2004

Oscar's Tin Ear

I usually don't write about pop culture, but I am so disgusted with last night's Academy Awards I'm making an exception. It's not that I didn't like Lord of the... (read more)

Posted by chip at 04:03 AM to: Current Events
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August 18, 2003

Bloggers Protest, Nobody Cares

Last week offered yet another reality check on how disconnected webloggers can be from the real world. Last Friday was Fair and Balanced Friday. I participated along with scores of... (read more)

Posted by chip at 07:28 PM to: Blogging 'bout Blogging, Current Events
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August 15, 2003

Fair and Balanced: A Note to my Readers

Thank you for visiting my humble weblog. I know there are something like 50 or 60 other blogs on the Interweb you could be reading instead of mine. I am... (read more)

Posted by chip at 12:54 AM to: Administrivia, Current Events
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June 26, 2003

Dixie Chicks Bite the Hand (and the Big One)

Link: Recording Industry To Begin Collecting Evidence And Preparing Lawsuits Against File "Sharers" Who Illegally Offer Music Online Today, the Dixie Chicks rewarded the fans who stood by them by... (read more)

Posted by chip at 09:59 PM to: Current Events
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May 30, 2003

Signs of Recovery

This week I saw the first positive sign that relief from this recession may be ahead. I didn't find it on CNBC or the Wall Street Journal. I saw it... (read more)

Posted by chip at 10:54 PM to: Current Events, Technology
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March 30, 2003

I Need a Shower

I'm doing some work for EFF-Austin, helping to support the Texas Open Source Software bill, SB1579. Last night, I spent some time on the state Ethics Commission web site, looking... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:49 PM to: Current Events
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February 09, 2003

Outrage in Washington: Part II

Link: Coble, Myrick face heat for comments. Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), during a radio interview, defended imprisoning Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II. He thought it was necessary... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:24 AM to: Current Events
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Outrage in Washington: Part I

Link: Justice Dept. Drafts Sweeping Expansion of Anti-Terrorism Act. The current administration--aided by a derelict Congress--has significantly curtailed our civil liberties. Executive orders and laws like the Patriot Act have... (read more)

Posted by chip at 02:23 AM to: Current Events
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February 01, 2003

Tragedy

Link: NASA Press Release #03-030 Their sacrifice in the cause of science and for the advancement of humanity is the noblest, and the most tragic. Updated 5:36 PM: It had... (read more)

Posted by chip at 01:55 PM to: Current Events
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January 27, 2003

It Seems the Country's Going to War

Firefly: Then itís war! Then itís war! Gather the forces! Harness the horses! Then itís war!... (read more)

Posted by chip at 06:28 PM to: Current Events
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January 18, 2003

I Scare Myself

Headlines seen on today's newswire: Recovery Invisible, Firms Write Off 2003 Company Forecasts Expected to Be Dim Scant Relief for Jobseekers in 2003 Yoicks! What do you do when your... (read more)

Posted by chip at 05:54 PM to: Current Events
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