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Michael Gracie

On politicians and the internet, redux

It is pretty clear that politicians don’t get the net. They listen to whatever their big donors telcos tell them, but they squawk more like parakeets than African Grays.

Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) may have just proven he’s the most clueless of them all.

“I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?”

Ok, Ted.

I own Hans Gullickson an apology for berating him over his misunderstanding. It paled in comparison.

***UPDATE***

The case for a “tubular diet” compliments of Meryl Yourish.

Politicians can be irresponsible spinmeisters, as long as it’s for the kids

The news says “N.Y. Lawmaker Drops Google Porn Lawsuit”.

The lawmaker spins it so the everyday citizen will believe he won some huge corporate battle (for the kids, of course), and that Google is begging for a meeting. Google, on the other hand, says the suit was baseless nonsense, ranking among the silliest they’ve ever seen. The lawmaker says Google is readying for a meeting with him. Google says if the guy wants a meeting, to please say so via normal human means (like a letter or phone call).

Let me guess…this politico is up for re-election?

Is It OK for Politicians to Spam?

The question is easily answered..no.

Unfortunately, they do it anyway..over and over and over again. Even the non-profits with partisan leanings get into the act, although they sometimes pick the wrong kind of target, in the worst kind of way.

Politicians’ Brains Don’t Have The “Reason Switch” Turned On

donkey_elephant.jpgA study was just completed that suggests that members of both major US political parties ignore the facts when making their arguments. Its all based on emotion versus rationalization, with the emotion engine powering up every time someone doesn’t agree completely with something a politico says or does.

I’m not completely sure where the results of this study are headed from here. It is going to be difficult for either party to use it for finger pointing purposes, so you can imagine that both sides will be denoucing it as bunk. It usually happens anytime someone offers a middle view. If you can’t imagine that course, just start reading partisan blogs.

Politicians and consultants are different too

Entrepreneurs and consultants often differ in their goals and thinking. And, we all know that politicians differ from most every other homosapien in their desires and intelligence. So when I hear about a guy who lacked credentials for his job, completely screwed up a major project, and was subsequently dismissed, I often think he is headed into politics next. Unfortunately, my thinking is off – he is starting a consulting firm right along his failed lines.

I call that different, mostly because given the same situation, I’d be rethinking my career path instead of running head on into it again.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” – Benjamin Franklin

Find me the politician, and I will vote for him

Plato call the four political virtues wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice. I am hard pressed, off the top of my head, to think of a politician who holds them all dear, so I will break it down…
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Politicians get encryption?

We have seen a lot of data falling into the wrong hands as of late, and one of the big issues as I see it is that much of the data is being carted around unencrypted.

Now some politicians have gotten the same clue, and a new ID theft bill may try to set stricter standards for data brokers’ encryption processes. As it seems there are no standards at all right now, I guess anything is an improvement on stuffing data in a brown paper sack.

Of course, data brokers are going to scream bloody murder, stating it is difficult enough to recover data from backup tapes without encryption. I say, build a better backup system.

Politicians continue to prove their uselessness

As if there weren’t better issues to deal with, a State Senator from North Carolina has written a bill to ban solitaire from government computers. This joker says that if solitaire is banned, the state will save mucho bucks from lost productivity. The alternative premise is that if workers are unproductive, and you take away their distractions, they will simply find something else to occupy their time.
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Politicians Attack the Online, But Fear the Offline

CNN Money ran this story a few days back about how the State of Ohio want to chase down eBay sellers for a few extra bucks, by requiring they get auctioneers licenses: Ohio law would require auction license for eBay sellers – Mar. 7, 2005.

Licensure (in most cases) is less a regulatory and consumer protection mechanism than it is a revenue one. In this case it is certainly so.
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Politicians: Spamming Enemy #1

Tony Blair is a spammer. Everyone else has already covered this story, so I won’t say much more. Politicians are worthy of very little of my CPU’s time. Here you go: Scotsman.com News – Latest News – Prime Minister Accused of Sending Out Spam.