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Gun rights or property rights?

Via ["Fox News":,2933,138512,00.html]:

bq. Whirlpool Corp. (WHR) has sued to block a new law that allows employees to keep guns in their locked vehicles on workplace parking lots. The law was scheduled to take effect Nov. 1, according to the Associated Press, but a federal judge blocked it. Only Kentucky has a similar law.

bq. Whirlpool, which is trying to save its ban on firearms (search) on company property, believes workplace safety should override the rights of gun owners. Read more »

Catallarchy news aggregator

If you look at the sidebar, you'll notice that we now have a list of recent posts from the sites on our favorites list. Clicking on "full summary" next to "Recent favorites posts" will bring you summaries from all the posts in our favorite blogs' RSS feeds. Let me know what you think!

We've been discussing possibly making the archives links and possibly the contributors list into a dropdown menu to save space on the sidebar, so we can add a "recent comments" list. Feedback on this idea would be welcome too.

If you don\'t contribute, you can\'t complain

I think it's time for a new mantra for us non-voters to use against voters who discount our opinions with the tired adage, "If you don't vote, you can't complain."

Next time someone complains about the US waging war on the rest of the world, ask them what they've done to support the people suffering in Iraq and Afghanistan. Have they sent money, blankets, food? Do they volunteer for an aid organization? Have they sent care packages to soldiers? No? Then shut the f*ck up. Read more »

Bush aims to bankrupt United States

Washington, DC, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The complete transcript of George W. Bush's most recent stump speech reveals his intention to attempt to bankrupt the United States.

The English-language network CBS aired portions of the speech Friday, but released the full transcript of the speech on its Web site Monday to dispel rumors it had edited out direct threats.

Among comments not released until Monday, Bush said: "We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy," adding it was "easy for us to provoke and bait the American people." Read more »

Democracy: the best form of government... for the government

With the recent posts about how great voting is, I figured it was about time I joined the fray and talked about how great voting is, too... for the government.

Imagine if you could convince people that there was something that they could do to change the world. Something easier than becoming directly involved with the issues they care about. Something far easier than overthrowing the government. Imagine, further, that you could convince them that it was their civic duty to engage in this useless misdirection of energy. Machiavelli would be proud. Read more »

\"Particular knowledge of time and place\" in disaster relief

In the article Red Cross slams 'misguided aid', the BBC makes an excellent point: local knowledge is best. The two quotes in the side bar sum it up quite nicely: "It's a myth that only Western governments and aid agencies know best," and "Affected people are far more resourceful than we assume." Read more »

Emergency web site move

Due to extreme incompetence on the part of our former web host, Catallarchy has moved to a dedicated Debian GNU/Linux box at NetSonic.

Our deepest apologies for the suddenness and unannouncedness of the move, but the outages of this morning have forced our hand. However, there should be a tremendous improvement in speed of the site, and the fact that our admins have full control of the new box should mean problems will be fixed and new features added in a more timely manner. Read more »

The dawn of the Real Space Age

Mike Melvill raises his arms triumphantly on top of SpaceShipOneI finally put my pics of SpaceShipOne's flights on my web site. Read more »

Why a slum is not an example of anarchy

Anarchy, at least of the type that most anarchists would like to see, requires a complete lack of government interference. In the case of a slum, while many may think there is little or no government involvement, there is in fact quite a bit. Read more »

Blogger\'s block

I must sincerely apologize for my recent absense. I can only offer an apology and an explanation, though I have no excuses. Read more »

Secure your own darned network

Along with the responsibility to protect ourselves and our property from harm rather than relying on the government to do it for us comes the responsibility to protect our assets in the electronic world.

Since it doesn't hurt Microsoft (or any other software or hardware company) if you lose your data or someone steals it and blackmails you with it or shares it with someone else, they have little incentive to protect you any more than absolutely necessary to keep people forking out the dough for their products. Clearly you need to take some responsibility for yourself. Read more »

Yuppie Arrogance

Today's second hour of Forum was about recycling in San Francisco. They mentioned during the show that some types of plastic, such as HDPE and PET, are recyclable, while others, such as PVC and polystyrene, aren't. A later caller asked to be reminded "which plastics should be banned" and which were "better." Read more »

Give Taxicabs a Chance

Cars are great, but not everybody can drive. This is one justification given for taxpayer-funded alternatives to driving. There will always be some significant portion of the populace who simply cannot drive. Unfortunately, the government-provided alternatives are generally ones we wouldn't wish on our worst enemy, much less those people we'd like to help. Taxicabs provide the best alternative to driving, but their usefulness is limited by excessive regulation, licensing, and the fact that there are subsidies for inferior competing services. Read more »

Good excuse not to refer to nation states in software

Or, some guidelines for writing anti-statist software.

Microsoft has apparently lost lots of money (thanks SlashDot) because their employees (among other things) didn't know much about political geography. A developer quit the Debian project over inclusion of the Taiwanese flag in KDE, so Debian now has a policy against including national flags.

Some general guidelines:

Build applications, not infrastructure

First, some definitions. An application is what the user does: send email, chat with friends, share files, drive to work. Infrastructure is what the application uses to get its job done: HTTP, SMTP, SSL, Windows, Linux, the Internet, roads. This post talks primarily about the context of software, because that's what I do, but I think that this applies in all areas of life. Read more »