Am I dreaming?
So I stumble into my bathroom this morning and what do I see, my orange stripy cat is perched on the toilet taking a whiz. He glares at me like “Hey, can’t a guy get a bit of privacy around here?” For a moment I wondered if I was still asleep and dreaming, I certainly never taught him to use the toilet. I guess I’m glad he figured this out, it will reduce the litter box maintenance, but it definitely has a potential downside. Does this mean that when I stumble to the bathroom at three in the morning, I might find myself waiting in line behind my cats? Yikes.
The Virginia Tech massacre is still completely dominating the news in the USA. Herd journalism at its worst. It’s sad, but innocent people are murdered every day in the USA and the vast majority of whom are lucky to get a mention in the local paper. So it bugs me that if people die in some spectacular way, the nation mourns for them, if they get killed at an ATM hold-up, no one knows their name. I’m pretty sure the friends and families in both instances are equally traumatized.
And I’m saddened that people didn’t waste any time trying to score political points, the White House for example issued an anti gun control message within hours from what I can tell. I thought it was interesting that the White House stated that there is no way to stop this sort of thing. Yet somehow we are going to rid the world of terrorism and tyranny? Oh well, I guess I should be grateful they didn’t launch a war on Korean immigrants or some such in response. Though it’s not over yet, we may still get a “Department of Campus Security.” Adding a another layer of bureaucracy is a time honoured way for governments to capitalize on tragedies like this.
Sigh, and in other bad news the violence in Iraq continues. Just as predicted by me, the “surge” has resulted in higher American losses with little or no actual gains in security. The surge was just another desperate attempt to “do something” about the mess we made in Iraq. Bush and his supporters have never grasped that reshaping reality into your desired image is infinitely more difficult than it seems. And that if one undertakes these efforts without a really deep understanding of what one is doing, the results are not going to be what is expected. Bush and his ilk don’t even try to understand the liberals in their own country, the idea that they understand what’s going on in a deeply fractured and troubled land like Iraq would be laughable if it wasn’t such a bloody mess.
In other news that is either bad or ridiculous, two men have been arrested in the UK for “piggy backing,” that is using a wireless node without permission. Unless they were using it for illicit purposes, hacked into it, or were causing harm to the owner of the node; it sure seems ridiculous to me. It’s easy enough to password protect a wireless connection, people that are worried about unauthorized use of their node should do so. I suppose I am biased though, since I am using a neighbour’s node without permission. On the other hand, the unsecured node is named “Hello Neighbor,” so it’s a good bet they are OK with people using it. Heck, if I knew whose node it was, I’d offer to help pay too.
Hmm, my calico overheated her brain in the sun and was running around wildly quacking like a duck, and she just ran full tilt into a closed door. She looks a little stunned, but she always looks a little stunned. I’m sorry to say she’s a few candies shy of a pinata, but we love her anywise. Have a great day everyone, if you see a quacking calico running straight at you, step aside!
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