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The Cody Blog: The Cody News (April 25, 2005)

Monday, April 25, 2005

The Cody News (April 25, 2005)

Pope Benedict lightens up with German pilgrims Reuters.uk - Tom Heneghan and Robin Pomeroy. VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Grinning and cracking jokes, Pope Benedict on Monday shed the stress of his election and inauguration for a jubilant audience with several thousand fellow Germans at the Vatican. ... Are popes allowed to make jokes? Now that I think about it, I don't recall ever laughing at anything in the Bible.

P.S. Can't type that last word there without that song about spelling it getting caught in my head. "That's the book for me!"

Microsoft expected to ignite 64-bit computing USA Today - Byron Acohido and Michelle Kessler, USA TODAY. SEATTLE — Microsoft (MSFT) on Monday plans to make its biggest push yet to popularize 64-bit computing on everyday computers. At a conference here, Chairman ...
Ever since I learned about counting in other bases, I've held that we should be base 8 or base 16. Forget this base ten crap. Makes much more sense for numbers to be split in straight sets rather than always have to over-use decimals. You with me?

Twin survives abortion News24 - London - A 20-year-old Scottish woman is suing a hospital where she had an abortion in 2001 after one of her twins survived the operation. Stacy Dow, who is raising her now three-year-old daughter Jayde with ...
Fascinating ethical, moral, and legal implications around this one.

Tough for me to add much to this rant, which my boy, Brian, emailed me:
April 23, 2005
Rick Santorum's Price: $7,750
Angelica Oung argues that Senator Rick Santorum's price is only $7,750:
Ezra Klein: Cheap as well as nasty: By now we've all heard about Rick
Santorum's bill seeking to prevent the National Weather Service from
actually sharing weather forecasts with Americans. You see, that
'socialized weather' business has got to stop. It's taking the bread
right out of the mouths of private web-based forecast providers who
work so hard to make a profit by repackaging that information the NWS
just want to give away for free. One such firm is Accuweather, which
just so happens to be based in Pennsylvania, just like the good
senator. Fancy that.
[T]hroughout 2003 and 2004, both Joel and Barry Myers have donated
nearly $2,750 to Santorum's 2006 re-election efforts. Public records
also showed that since 1999, the Senator received nearly $5,000 in
contributions from AccuWeather executives, raising questions of whether
the company attempted to court favor with the Senator through campaign
Count it up...$2,750+$5,000=$7,750. For a blatant gimme bill introduced
in congress? That's what I call value!
The Republicans should be able to find a senate candidate in
Pennsylvania whose price is at least $100,000! Where are standards
these days?

You guys go ahead and vote for these sold-out partisan cronies. I'm done with the two party poltical system that puts people like this into power and incentivizes crony socialism like this.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cody, I share your frustration with cronyism and the power of lobbyists/special interests.

But this just doesn't even sound like socialism. Furthermore, I think that the original sender was only being sarcastic when noting how private weather co's simply repackage and distribute NWS data. The NWS is doing such a good job that the private weather companies that offer so little added value are attempting to make the data (that the American people are paying for in the first place) inaccessible to them. Seems more to me like a poorly run shipping company lobbying to shutter the USPS.

4/25/2005 01:55:00 PM  

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