Some of the most important technology programs that keep Washington accountable are in danger of being eliminated. Data.gov, USASpending.gov, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only being a tiny fraction of the national budget. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dyTnlpcZsc Help save the data and make sure … Continue reading Save the data!
The Sunlight Foundation launched a useful tool this summer called Poligraft. It's an online search engine that lets you input the link of a web article about politics, and gives you the background information on the issue and the politicians involved, including any questionable donations that may have taken place. Here's what the Sunlight Foundation … Continue reading Keep politics honest – use Poligraft
David Brancacio from PBS's Now program sat down with Robert Kenner, the director for a documentary about food and the food industry called, appropriately enough, "Food, Inc", to talk about the making of this very interesting film. You can watch the interview here, and the trailer for the documentary here. It comes out on DVD … Continue reading An interview with Robert Kenner about Food, Inc
I've always thought and said psychics were fake, along with ghost stories. Sure, it makes life (and books) more interesting if a ghost pops up here and there, but unfortunately, when people die, they're dead as doornails. They're gone. Out for good. Goodbye. That's why life is so precious. Every day must be spent carefully … Continue reading Three psychics exposed as frauds
A video compilation of various Peter Schiff TV appearances (2002-2009) is available on YouTube. The quality isn't that great, but the message is pure gold. He's been saying since 2002 that the US economy would collapse, and he gave solid reasons why it would collapse every time. His messages got more pointed with each appearance, … Continue reading Let's recap where we are economically
A few months ago, I was interested in offsite backup, and thought I'd give Mozy a try. Their Home Backup plan intrigued me. It was only $4.95, and was billed as unlimited. Could it actually work as advertised? Short answer is no, not by a long shot. Sure, it only costs $4.95/month. That much is … Continue reading Mozy advertising versus user experience
This past Thursday, I was on my way home from work, in a hurry, because my wife and I wanted to be on time to the Gipsy Kings concert that evening. Traffic on 495 was much nastier than usual, and it was pretty clear to me that I needed to take an alternative route home, … Continue reading Cabin John cops are the coolest
Pork's Dirty Secret: The nation's top hog producer is also one of America's worst polluters : Rolling Stone. I'm shocked beyond belief by what I read in Rolling Stone magazine today, in the article pointed about above. Let me quote a few excerpts to draw your attention to the crimes that have gone unpunished for … Continue reading Pork's dirty secret: It's one of America's worst polluters
If you have not yet heard of a documentary called "The Future of Food" (2004), or haven't yet watched it, please take the time to do so. It is vital that you know what's going into the food that you eat, and it's vital that you know it now, before it's too late. What's been … Continue reading Watch "The Future of Food"
Growing up, I listened to music on vinyl records. I had a huge stack of mostly classical music at home, and it was a real treat to put on a record, sit the needle on it, and hear music come out of the speakers. It was never tiring. It was always enjoyable, and I could … Continue reading Why music doesn't sound great any more