Archive for January 18th, 2012
When planning your career, avoid these pitfalls, behaviors evidenced by many elected officials:
- In all things, look for money first. Listen to people with money, respond to people with money, justify your actions around money. Worth noting that 47% of those in Congress (House and Senate) are millionaires–an even greater percentage than those that are lawyers.
- Embrace the fact that you don’t know what you’re talking about. Aspire to run systems you don’t understand.
- Compromise over the important issues, but dig in and fight forever over trivia.
- Along those lines: focus obsessively on the short run. Even though you are virtually assured of re-election, define the long term as “before the next election.”
- Take months off from your day job (with pay) to actively campaign for a better job.
- Blame the system, the other side and your predecessors for the fact that you are not taking brave, independent action.
- Avoid developing independent thought and analysis. Focus on parroting the work of lobbyists and the party line.
- When given the choice between being on television or doing hard work, pick television.
- When a difficult problem shows up, duck.
- Try mightily to outlast passionate resistance by quietly ignoring it and waiting for it to go away.
[Good one, Seth!]
Source: Seth’s Blog
This site was blacked out today because the US Senate is considering legislation that would destroy the Web as we know it and enable the kinds of censorship that you’d normally attribute to ruthless authoritarian governments. It’s called the PROTECT IP Act (also known as PIPA). Visit the Electronic Frontier Foundation or AmericanCensorship.org for more information and to find out what you can do to help stop the PIPA and SOPA legislation.
So do I think SOPA/PIPA are good? No, don’t be stupid, they’re horrid bills. But do I think that it is solely the fault of RIAA/MPAA/et al? No. The people using the above excuses and justifications share just as much blame. If nothing else, they created reams of justification for lobbyists to use when pushing these bills in Congress.
The Internet’s relentless victim-blaming and support of piracy handed “the enemy” a fully-loaded gun, aimed at their own skulls, all the while screaming “I DARE YOU TO PULL THE TRIGGER”. Spare me the outrage until you’re willing to change your behavior.
[Not the first person to note this. but said with his usual vigor.]
Terrific piece by Kirby Ferguson — explains clearly and succinctly why the proposed PIPA legislation will not only fail to achieve its intended purpose, but will outright harm the entire Internet.
[Clcik on the link, if you don't already understand why this legislation is so broken.]
Source: Daring Fireball
This video shows the intricate painting process unfold:
Source: The Hickensian