Monday, October 20, 2014

Going to the Well Once Too Often

For John, BLUFMost women I know think about more than birth control.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Earlier I mentioned Ms Tina Brown on MSNBC and her evaluation of President Obama and his impact on the Congressional races.

Now along comes blogger and Law Professor Ann Althouse with a piece playing off a piece in Politico:

Manu Raju has a piece Politico called "Obama’s standing with women hurts Senate Dems," which studiously loads the blame on Obama for the flagging power of the old war-on-women politics:
Here is what Reporter Raju writes:
In battleground states across the country, Obama is underwater with female voters — especially women unaffiliated with a political party — and it’s making it harder for Democrats to take advantage of the gender gap, according to public polling and Democratic strategists....
"Take advantage of the gender gap"?  Is this the war on women meme?  Professor Althouse, who presents as a woman, refers to it as "hammering on the female organs".

After a decent discussion, Professor Althouse ends thusly:

What worked before might not work again, and when it seems not to be working, doing it more and harder might make it worse.  We may see your desperation, see what you are trying to do, and that's exactly what will make it not work.  Women have a full range of interests, not just the interest in maintaining control over our reproductive function, and once you've made it obvious that you think you can have us because we do care about that, we might find your approach insulting and offensive.
Oh, and Professor Althouse notes that the emphasis on "women's issues" in Colorado has resulted in Senator Mark Udall being mocked as Senator Mark Uterus.  That can't be good.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Tina Brown Comments on the Race

For John, BLUFTina Brown, Brit born Magazine Publisher, not Tina Fey, former Governor of Alaska.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Out on MSNBC this AM Ms Tina Brown tells us why Democrats are in trouble—a bad economy.
It's a more sophisticated public.
But, listen to the whole thing.

Regards  —  Cliff

  Yes, she does mention President Obama not making women feel safe.  That doesn't mean Republican are gaining votes, just that Democrats are losing women's votes.

Lowell LIcense Commission Alcohol Regulations

For John, BLUFThe truth is out there, you just have to let it find you.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

On City Life this morning there was some question as to where to find the Alcohol Beverage Regulations for the City of Lowell.

Below is a screen capture of this web page, for the License Commission.  The "button" for the Regulations is on the left side, as shown below:

The reason this is important is that on Thursday of this week, the 23rd, at 7:00 PM, the License Commission will meet in City Council Chambers and listen to suggestions for additions, deletions and corrections to the Alcohol Beverage Regulations.  If you have an idea, or the germ of an idea, please come to our meeting.  If you are too shy to come to the meeting, please contact our Executive Secretary, Ryan Wynn, at 978-674-4156 (Phone) or 978-453-1510 (Fax).

Or contact me at crkrieger at me dot com.


Regards  —  Cliff

Battle Drum Drum Battle

For John, BLUFJust good clean fun.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Via Mediaite is this 5 minute 20 second clip of US Marine and Republic of Korea drummers facing off.  Especially impressive is the way the US Marine Staff Sergeant (three up and one rocker below) manages the event and his diplomatic grace.

Plus it is fun watching the enthusiasm of all involved.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Siri Helps Out

For John, BLUFMachines are very, very patient.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Over at The New York Times a Ms Judith Newman talks about her son Gus, who has autism, and how the iPhone App Siri is helping out.  The title of the article is "To Siri, With Love:  How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.'s With Apple’s Siri".  Here is the lede:
Just how bad a mother am I?  I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old son deep in conversation with Siri.  Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” on the iPhone, is currently his B.F.F.  Obsessed with weather formations, Gus had spent the hour parsing the difference between isolated and scattered thunderstorms — an hour in which, thank God, I didn’t have to discuss them.  After a while I heard this:

Gus:  “You’re a really nice computer.”

Siri:  “It’s nice to be appreciated.”

Gus:  “You are always asking if you can help me.  Is there anything you want?”

Siri:  “Thank you, but I have very few wants.”

Gus:  “O.K.! Well, good night!”

Siri:  “Ah, it’s 5:06 p.m.”

Gus:  “Oh sorry, I mean, goodbye.”

Siri:  “See you later!”

That Siri.  She doesn’t let my communications-impaired son get away with anything.  Indeed, many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one.  Only she’s not entirely imaginary.

The Siri technology was developed by SRI International, where Mr William Mark is the Vice President for Information and Computing Sciences.  He noted:
See, that’s the wonderful thing about technology being able to help with some of these behaviors.  Getting results requires a lot of repetition.  Humans are not patient.  Machines are very, very patient.
Technology holds promise of helping us in many areas.  We just have to be careful about it being imposed irresponsibly.

Why my concern about misuse?  Because misuse and abuse are inherent in Government, and I don't mean one party or the other.  Both.

In today's Washington Post is an OpEd by Mr Ajit Pai, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, titled "The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter".  It is about a Government Study being done by Indiana University, named, with a node to Steven Colbert, Truthy.

… and its purported aim is to detect what they deem “social pollution” and to study what they call “social epidemics,” including how memes — ideas that spread throughout pop culture — propagate. What types of social pollution are they targeting? “Political smears,” so-called “astroturfing” and other forms of “misinformation.”
Here is Mr Pai's pitch:
Truthy’s entire premise is false. In the United States, the government has no business entering the marketplace of ideas to establish an arbiter of what is false, misleading or a political smear. Nor should the government be involved in any effort to squint for and squelch what is deemed to be “subversive propaganda.” Instead, the merits of a viewpoint should be determined by the public through robust debate. I had thought we had learned these lessons long ago.
And, he is correct.  No business.

And, this is why seats at the FCC are divided up by political party, and on the local License Commission and Election Commission.  Diversity of thinking and interest.  Not perfect, but a fair approximation.

Regards  —  Cliff

This World and the Next

For John, BLUFWhat does God want of us.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This Sunday's Gospel ends with this quote:
So give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and give to God what is God’s.
Matthew 22:21b
With some people trying to drive God from the market place it is sometimes hard to recognize what is Ceasar's and what is God's.

Regards  —  Cliff

Sex on Campus

For John, BLUFDo you think it will apply to Undertaker College?  Nothing to see here; just move along.

So, over at Mind the Campus we have "IS THE LEFT LOSING ITS MIND OVER CAMPUS SEX?", by K C Johnson.

The answer is Yes.

My question is, since my wife of 48 years and I are enrolled at UMass Lowell Continuing Education, are we subject to this Title IX Fascism?

Hat tip to the Instapundit.

Regards  —  Cliff