Permanent record

by Ted on October 16, 2003

Many of us are concerned about touch-screen voting systems that are vulnerable to tampering and cannot be double-checked.

If you share these concerns, you may want to write to your Representative and ask him or her to support the bill introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (H.R. 2239) to require all computer touch-screen voting machines to include an auditable paper trail. It doesn’t necessarily solve the tampering problem, or the freezing problem, but it’s a lot better than nothing.

Globollocks Watch

by Daniel on October 16, 2003

Starting a new occasional series, I’ll be keeping a look out for particularly egregious examples of breathless and/or mendacious “Globalisation” pieces from neo-liberal commentators. This isn’t to say that the antiglobo side doesn’t also talk a load of bollocks; it often does. But there’s already a cottage industry going keeping tabs on them, and immanent criticism of the neoliberal agenda is more up my alley.

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by Ted on October 16, 2003

Via Atrios, this is not a joke.

Concerned about the appearance of disarray and feuding within his administration as well as growing resistance to his policies in Iraq, President Bush – living up to his recent declaration that he is in charge – told his top officials to “stop the leaks” to the media, or else.

News of Bush’s order leaked almost immediately.

Bush told his senior aides Tuesday that he “didn’t want to see any stories” quoting unnamed administration officials in the media anymore, and that if he did, there would be consequences, said a senior administration official who asked that his name not be used.

UPDATE: This is not a joke, either.

Little Green Footballs, having a go at the Guardian for … the quality of vicious oaf they tolerate on their comments board. It’s enough to make a cat laugh.

UPDATE: Tim Blair‘s apparently joined the echo chamber on this one, so that cat’s going to be pretty amused for a while.

Final update: The Guardian deleted the thread in question. Fair enough, but my cat’s already knocked off work for the day.

Jean-Jacques, antithesis of the metrosexual

by Chris Bertram on October 16, 2003

I’m always on the lookout for media references to Rousseau, even if they usually perpetuate the “noble savage” myth. For some reason, I especially liked this “write-up of US tv show Tarzan”:,1002,274%7C83718%7C1%7C,00.html :

bq. In his 1755 “Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Among Men,” French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau stated, “Man in his natural state was born essentially good and free of all prejudices.”

bq. In a summer when Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” has attempted to tweeze, wax, massage, redecorate and redress man in his natural state in the hopes of making something more civilized out of him, Rousseau’s “noble savage” seems in danger of being replaced by the urbane metrosexual.

Is he being ironic?

by Daniel on October 16, 2003

In today’s column, everybody’s favourite mustachioed commentator manages to put the following line in front of us:

Thankfully, there is one group of people the Bush team is listening to: Iraq’s silent majority

My question to the CT readership is; do you think he did it on purpose?

PS: If you get the Friedman photograph in Photoshop and colour in the rest of the beard he looks exactly like Krugman FACT.