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Upgraded Ubuntu to Hardy Heron.
Despite a thrilling "Fatal IO Error 9" it works just fine. I guess it wasn't quite fatal.
Only partly fatal. Slightly fatal, but not completely.
I did have to futz with Thunderbird to get it to open links in Firefox. TBird
thought Firefox was called "mozilla-firefox". And I'm beginning to think that
they shouldn't have gone for Firefox 3 beta-half my extensions don't work and
it's like my thumbs have been cut off.
P.S. Arrrggh!! FireFTP doesn't work! If I can't use FireFTP to update the blog I'll
have to fall back to using the command line. I've been using FireFTP for years
and I've totally forgotten what to do.
P.P.S. Scrounged the newest beta of FireFTP. It works, so here's to
"Since 2004, the Pentagon has spent roughly $16 billion annually
to maintain and modernize the military's business systems, but most are as
unreliable as ever-even as the surge in defense spending is creating more room
for error. The basic defense budget for 2007 was $439.3 billion, up 48 percent
from 2001, excluding the vast additional sums appropriated for the wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan. According to federal regulators and current and former Pentagon
officials, the accounting process is so obsolete and error prone that it's
virtually impossible to tell where much of this money ends up. While the
department's brass has made a few patchwork improvements, billions are still
unaccounted for. The problem is so deeply rooted that, 18 years after Congress
required major federal agencies to be audited, the Pentagon still can't
"In the Defense Department, what you have now are material weaknesses that
are in every single area, in every part of the department, so deep and so wide
you do not really have any way of figuring out where money is being spent," says
Linda Bilmes, a federal budget expert at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Every year, the Pentagon tries to justify its budget request to Congress by
submitting three years of financial data: "actual" performance for the past
fiscal year plus projections for the current year and the next. But because of
the lack of reliable accounting, these totals are largely fictional. That, in
turn, raises major questions about whether the government will be able to meet
skyrocketing commitments for future spending on ships, planes, and high-tech
ground weapons, especially given the expected growth in spending on Social
Security and Medicare, and the impact of tax cuts.
According to David Walker, who recently left his post as head of the Government
Accountability Office, the failure of the Pentagon's outdated and incompatible
systems to keep tabs on expenditures-even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
eat up an ever-bigger chunk of the federal budget-puts several Defense
Department agencies high on the G.A.O.'s list of federal programs that are
mismanaged and prone to fraud, waste, and abuse."
"...David Byrne's booking agent at William Morris Agency, Mark
Geiger, has been soliciting offers from a number of different promoters around
the United States for Byrne/Eno live shows, promising the set list will consist
of at least 40% Eno-era Talking Heads material.No word yet on if he's had any
takers. Most of the tour is already booked."
What I would like to know is where Mugabe gets the non-Zimbabwean money
to pay for freighters
full of guns and
I'm assuming foreign companies and countries want payment in a currency that
isn't suffering from 165,000% inflation.
"Oh sure, it's easy to look back now with our twenty-twenty
hindsight and our armchair quarterbacking and whine and moan about how it all
went wrong. But what about the case for blowing up the moon at the time? For
literally dozens of years the moon had menaced Western Civilization with its
eclipses and its werewolf hordes and its sinister seduction of our seas, all the
while dangling its massive stony bulk above us with nothing but universal
gravitation standing between the free world and a cold and moony end! Oh, the
usual crowd of peaceniks and anti-kill killjoys would have had America stand
idly by and do nothing, leaving frightened children and Brookings scholars to
tremble under their beds at night while our nation's nocturnal nemesis
threatened once again to plunge from the heavens and squish us all, but 9/11
taught us that we can't wait for danger to become dangerous before we
pre-re-endanger it back! And by defeating the moon America would ensure not only
its own security, but the destruction of al Qaeda's deadly space laser, the
liberation of the moon men from the terrible tyranny of the Crater King, and the
second coming of Astro-Jesus!
Of course by now everybody thinks they're an expert on every little accident
that's happened in the moon war. Oh, we didn't send enough troops, oh, we didn't
plan for the aftermath, oh, the explosions launched millions of tons of
radioactive moon rock into the atmosphere and killed hundreds of thousands of
people. Well, boo hoo hoo! Nobody said this war was gonna be perfect. It's
true, if Giblets had to blow up the moon all over again he would have made some
changes, like firing Donald Rumsfeld and putting more boots on the ground and
getting more international support. But would he oppose the moon war
altogether? Well that's the kinda crazy talk we were only hearing from
namby-pamby pot-smoking puppet-wielding moon hippies like Al Gore and Zbigniew
Brzezinski and their Stalinist fellow travelers at International ANSWER! And
what was their solution to the rapidly growing moon crisis? Nothing but peace
songs and patchouli smell and nothing!"
""Screw this dump!" says Giblets. "This universe is old and fat and smells like smelling and Giblets is busting out!"
"Should we go over the wall or take the tunnel?" says me. I been diggin a tunnel.
"Nuts to the tunnel!" says Giblets. "What we do is we make like we're sick. Then when God comes in to check on us we punch im in the liver an run out the door!"
"They'll be on the lookout so we're gonna need disguises if we wanna make it the resta the way," says me. "If we bop Europe an Australia on the head we can sneak out in their continent costumes!"
"Then it's only three hundred eighty thousand miles to the moon. We can swim for it!" says Giblets. "Giblets's crater friends can smuggle us to the border from there."
"We'll haveta travel undercover if we wanna stay aheada the law," says me. "By the time we reach the checkpoint I'll be Henri DuMarche, international financier, socialite and diamond thief, an you can be NGC 5024, a mild-mannered globular cluster.""