Saturday, October 09, 2010

Paris 80 years apart

Rephotographing Atget
I love this stuff
Eugene Atget documented Paris from 1888 until his death in 1927. Like many people, I consider him to have been the greatest photographer of all time. Atget straightforwardly documented the city with photographs that give you the feeling that all the transitory things that people do and are have washed away, leaving onlytheir transcendent accomplishments.

On a 1989 trip to Paris, I suddenly found myself face to face with a spiral-topped gatepost that I knew very well from a beautiful photograph by Atget (the photograph on the left). I rephotographed his gatepost from memory (the photograph on the right) and wondered how many other Atget subjects might still be holding their poses.


Paris then and now

Doggin' it here boss

If you want to find out more,
just put ‘dogging’ into your search engine.
It was like, ‘Are you taking this seriously?’ Ms. Paterson said. One cabinet member said, ‘If you close this site, there could be an increase in suicides because these people have nowhere else to go.’ Here’s the Pub, Church and Field for Public Sex

Woof, pass the bone

The last thing I expected today was to be led into a world of kinky sex by Ann Coulter.  Woof.

Koo Klucks Obama

Emily Litella
It's all race with this
Administration .. race race race

Koo Klucks Obama

Brown calls woman a whore; NOW applauds

Good Question of the Day

Chicago Boyz Carl asks how in hell does the NOW get off endorsing Jerry Brown?  A rhetorical question since everybody in the free world knows the answer (NOLW)

Boned Jello

There's only so many Chris Christies (1) to go around.   I'm not at all sure Meg Whitman can turn California around (unless she gets a hard conservative legislature), but I do know, absolutely, that there is not one thing in Jerry Brown's life on earth that does not scream "FAIL!"  

Oh no - she pooped herself!

Halloween Finery
(as seen on the web)

Boned Jello

prototype by SondraK (New Year's Eve 2008)

Chipping away here boss

Judge grants request to file Amicus Curiae
Brief claiming health care bill null
and void due to Obama’s ineligibility

gnaw gnaw gnaw


 Exclusive First Look: The New Miniature
Golf Course Custom-Built for the
Obama Family on the White House Grounds!

This first look at the Obamas' new miniature golf course, constructed by union members at the low cost of $14 million, is a Doug Ross Exclusive™. Don't hate the playa, bloggers, hate the game.

Dick Blumenthal and Billy Madison

Why God gave us Billy Madison
(in case you were wondering)
Linda McMahon has made a campaign video of Dick Blumenthal's rambling, insanely inane answer to her question, "How do you create jobs Dick?"  John McCormack (Weekly Standard) suggests that tacking on this clip, from the movie Billy Madison, would be the knockout punch. 

Billy Madison add-on

The assault on privacy

The New York Times reported this morning on a Federal government plan to put government-mandated back doors in all communications systems, including all encryption software. The Times  said the Obama administration is drafting a law that would impose a new "mandate" that all communications services be "able to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages" — including ordering "[d]evelopers of software that enables peer-to-peer communication [to] redesign their service to allow interception". Electronics Frontier Foundation
Clinton-Gore bugging your home

Something about this triggered my brainal Clinton deja-vu  alarm. To the archives then!  Posted below are some headers from c. 1997 Free Republic.  Yup.  The bastids never give up.  What really struck me however are some small things, like New World Order Assault On Privacy.  Can you imagine any such alert coming from today's MSNBC?  The NY Times's Online Groups Mount an Effort To Fight Clinton on Encryption similarly surprised, although if I had the full article maybe not so much.  The most jarring thing along these lines though, is from the EFF story.

  In a 1999 decision in the EFF-led Bernstein case, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals observed that

    [w]hether we are surveilled by our government, by criminals, or by our neighbors, it is fair to say that never has our ability to shield our affairs from prying eyes been at such a low ebb. The availability and use of secure encryption may offer an opportunity to reclaim some portion of the privacy we have lost. Government efforts to control encryption thus may well implicate not only the First Amendment rights of cryptographers intent on pushing the boundaries of their science, but also the constitutional rights of each of us as potential recipients of encryption's bounty.

That, from same clown court that just allowed gummint to install electronic tracking devices on peep's cars - without a warrant!  Ay Carumba.
The Deja Donk Part
Mockery and Fear Greet Encryption Plan

    NY Times / CyberTimes
    September 12,1997 By PETER WAYNER
    The members of the House Select Committee on Intelligence who voted on Thursday to push for strict controls on    encryption software must have expected to be hated on the Internet, but they probably didn't plan on getting laughed at.

Online Groups Mount an Effort To Fight Clinton on Encryption

    NY Times
    Sept. 21, 1997 By JERI CLAUSING

Watch your back
    "Stop the government from building Big Brother into the Internet," states an alert that went out on Thursday to more than     200,000 people on the Internet, urging them to call members of the House Commerce Committee.

    "In 1948, George Orwell described a future world in which Big Brother peaked over the shoulder of every citizen -- watching     every move and listening to every word," the alert states. "Now, in 1997, the FBI is pushing the United States Congress to     pass legislation which would make George Orwell's frightening vision a reality."

Decoding Provision Defeated

    Washington Post
    Thursday, September 25, 1997 By Rajiv Chandrasekaran

    A House committee yesterday rejected an FBI-backed proposal that would have required data-scrambling software sold in     the United States to have decoding features for law enforcement authorities. The vote was a crucial victory for the computer industry.

Sage Advise From A Tech Manual

    Pretty Good(tm) Privacy Manual
    5/18/98 by Philip Zimmermann

    It's personal. It's private. And it's no one's business but yours. You may be planning a political campaign, discussing your taxes, or having an illicit affair. Or you may be doing something that you feel shouldn't be illegal, but is. Whatever it is, you don't want your private electronic mail (E-mail) or confidential documents read by anyone else. There's nothing wrong with asserting your privacy. Privacy is as apple-pie as the Constitution.

FBI, Industry Execs Will Discuss Encryption

    TechWeb News
    June 5, 1998 Rutrell Yasin, InternetWeek
    The encryption debate will continue next week as FBI director Louis Freeh meets with the nation's top computer executives     in Washington, D.C., to discuss differences over domestic use of the technology...."The FBI wants access to plain text data, and they want it on their own terms," Harter said. Sometimes the agency may need to access data in a surreptitious way; how it does that is at the center of the debate, Harter added.

Clipper chip

    The Seattle Times
    April 21, 1998, Tuesday Final Edition LISA S. DEAN

      FROM the very beginning of President Clinton's first term, the American people have been hearing about the term "encryption." The administration's actions to stifle encryption development has created a debate over individual privacy and  America's rights under the Constitution. First there was the Clipper Chip, which would have given the federal government, through a "key recovery system," the ability to snoop into every American's computer, including e-mail, fax data and personal information. It would even give law  enforcement at every level the ability to listen in on private telephone conversations.

New World Order Assault On Privacy

    Steve Brinich


Sniper rifle conversion cost

Sticker Shock here boss

Boned Jello

October 7, 2010: The U.S. Army has ordered 3,600 upgrade kits for its M24 bolt-action sniper rifles, which will convert them to the M24E1. This will turn the existing 7.62mm M24 rifles into ones capable of firing the .300 Winchester magnum (7.62x67) round. This is a more powerful round than the NATO 7.62x51 round currently used in the M24. The conversion kit includes a new receiver and barrel, a new scope, a new flash suppressor and a folding buttstock. The conversion will take five years and will cost about $7,800 per rifle. (U.S. Army Upgrades To .300 Winchester Magnum)

I am in no way questioning the efficacy of the switch, but the $7,800 per rifle conversion price blows my mind.  What does a new m242e cost for god's sake?  A basic Remington 700 goes for $600-700 new. 
There was another option, and that was to replace the barrel and receiver of the M24 sniper rifles to handle the .338 (8.6mm) Lapua Magnum round. Thus you still have a 17 pound sniper rifle, but with a round that can hit effectively out to 1,600 meters or more.

Since this option offers another 600 meters of range over the m242e, without increasing the weight ... why not?   Where's Kim dammit?