“Maimed in Iraq, then mistreated, neglected, and hidden in America.” In an article in Intervention Magazine, Frederic Sweet describes the medical treatment (or lack thereof) received by US soldiers wounded in Iraq. One officer said they “were being treated like dogs.” The Bush administration continues to ignore soldiers killed or wounded in their unnecessary, illegal war. Those of us who questioned the war were constantly admonished to “support the troops”. Many of us felt that the strongest support we could give the troops was not to send them into harm’s way without good reason, and that we could support the troops without supporting the war. Sweet’s article points out that the Bush administration wants to support the war without supporting the troops.
Maybe campus apathy isn’t as bad as I thought. The Kentucky Kernel (UK’s campus newspaper) reports that the UK Student Government passed a resolution against the Patriot Act. The resolution was controversial, passing by one vote after heated discussion and a deadlock on the first vote. In an unfortunate sign that some people still don’t get it, the resolution’s opponents said “SG should not issue opinions about national policy but should focus on things that affect students specifically.” It’s good to see that a (slim) majority realizes that shredding the Constitution does affect them.
A few days ago, I mentioned checking out Glenn Reynolds’ InstaPundit.Com, after seeing it hyped in a Wired article. One thing I didn’t mention was my surprise at seeing an ad on InstaPundit for Ben Chandler’s campaign for the Kentucky 6th District Congressional seat. I really didn’t see why blog readers around the net would be interested in our little congressional race (and I especially didn’t think InstaPundit’s right-wing lunatics would be interested in Ben Chandler). Now, another Wired article shows how wrong I was. Chandler’s campaign manager, Mark Nickolas, was either brilliant or lucky (or both). The article doesn’t mention InstaPundit, but at least some of the blogs Chandler advertised on provided a very healthy return of funds. It’s interesting. I’m not sure whether it’s indicative of a significant new trend, or whether this was a fluke. I’m just glad Chandler won (the victory was appropriately toasted in the hunt field today).
Today was an ideal winter Wednesday. It’s the beginning of a brief warming trend, which will continue through the end of the week, bringing joy to the saner elements of the population who think 60-ish temperatures in February are a godsend. Actually, it will be pleasant, but I’m glad it was just starting with 40-ish temperatures today. The thawing ground was finally beginning to dry out a little, and while still not ideal, the footing was satisfactory. So I filled the flask with VanWinkle, loaded Arthur, and set out. The only thing lacking was my bro and faithful hunting buddy; he’s currently between horses after having to put down his mare last Wednesday.
Riding conditions today were marginal, at best. But, since I hadn’t been on a horse since mid-January, and marginal may be as good as it gets for a while, I decided Valentine’s Day was a good opportunity to spend some quality time with Arthur. I decided earlier in the week that I had to hunt this weekend, but had been waffling about which day. I thought hunting in the afternoon on Sunday instead of Saturday morning might compensate for the predicted 10-degree drop in temperature, and allow me a little more sleep. But when I saw that Sunday’s temperature drop would be accompanied by 15-20 mph winds, I decided Saturday was the day. Small field, sloppy ground, not much action, not much to blog about. But it was a good way to spend the day.
In a Wired article, Paul Boutin writes that Glenn Reynolds’ InstaPundit.Com is the most visited blog in the world, because it “focus(es) on important facts and phrases that don’t make the headlines.” I’m not trying to compete for most visited blog in the world, in fact I’m still not even sure what I’m trying to do with this blog, but I thought it might be worth checking out InstaPundit to see what makes a blog number one.
Microsoft finally took pity on all the Mac users who were feeling left out by all the viruses that were not affecting their machines. According to a Computerworld article, one of the latest 3 Microsoft bugs announced affects Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac, so that Mac users schizophrenic enough to try to make their Mac look like Windows can share in the fun.
The third flaw involves Microsoft Virtual PC for Macintosh systems. The “privilege escalation” flaw, which Microsoft rated as “important,” could allow attackers to take complete control of compromised systems, according to a Microsoft security bulletin. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac allows users to run Microsoft Windows applications on the Macintosh platform.
In this increasingly digital world, surprising information can sometimes come from unexpected sources. About a year ago, I mentioned a friend who had disappeared in Alaska. Since I’d lost touch with her before she moved out of Kentucky several years ago, my knowledge of her disappearance was limited to what I could find on Alaska newspaper websites at the time. Now, a year later, a recent newspaper article from the surprising location of Albany, NY sheds a little more light on what happened, but it leads to an entirely new bunch of questions.
Twenty years after George Orwell’s prophetic 1984, we’re seeing assaults on privacy approaching, or even exceeding, those in his work of fiction. I’m sure this isn’t news to anybody with an IQ greater than Dubya’s, but a couple of recent news items brought it to the front of my mind. In an incident described as the first of its kind in decades, the federal government has ordered Drake University in Iowa to turn over records about a group of anti-war activists. And, in a scary example of just how much information is accessible even without a court order, Wired News reports on the Swipe exhibit at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, which showed patrons how much personal data could be legally swiped by any merchant who “swiped” their drivers’ license through a reader. This is one reason I’m supporting a presidential candidate who voted against the Patriot Act, has introduced legislation in Congress to repeal it, and has pledged that one of his first moves as president will be to repeal it.