Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: politics

how data (or, podcasting) will save the world

This presentation is not actually about podcasting, it’s about data…but it was presented at podcastersacrossborders, and LibriVox is the inspiration for these thoughts.

URGENT: zeke and a court injunction

Yulblogger, podcaster, ilesansfiler, and art gallery/space guy Chris Hand, aka Zeke, has had his blog shut down (UPDATE: possibly permanently???) by a court injunction. The Montreal and Canadian blogging, free speech, rational people communities ought to be up in arms. I urge everyone to at least write about this to get this info out. It’s […]

spybook, facesnoop

if you love facebook, you’ll love this: http://www.albumoftheday.com/facebook/ After seeing this, I decided not to import my blog into facebook anymore. I prefer not to give them unlimited and total rights & access to everything I write on my blog, thanks. UPDATE: cf. zura’s comment below, i am careful about what I would or would […]

another general on iraq (and mercenaries)

The man who commanded US-led coalition forces during the first year of the Iraq war says the United States can forget about winning the war. “I think if we do the right things politically and economically with the right Iraqi leadership we could still salvage at least a stalemate, if you will – not a […]

Your Parliament is Copyrighted

They may be paid by Canadian citizens, and they may work for Canadian citizens, and letting citizens know what they say may legitimately be considered an important component of a functioning democracy … but no no no, you can’t post to the net vids of Candian politicians talking in Parliament, without getting PERMISSION FORM THE […]

US Attorney Scandal Obsession

For some reason, I am obsessed with the US Attorney Scandal. The best coverage is at TalkingPointsMemo, where I just read this statement, from Monica Goodling, former #3 (?) at the US Department of Justice, which has been deposed before Congress in their hearings into the matter: …At heart, I am a fairly quiet girl […]

generals blast bush

I wonder if ever in the history of the USA there has been such statements by retired military leaders about an acting President? I doubt it highly, but if any of you US history buffs know otherwise, let me know. The President vetoed our troops and the American people. His stubborn commitment to a failed […]

moyers and stewart

Bill Moyers is a great old journalist from PBS who defends his vision of America in the face of iniquity; Jon Stewart is a young comedian who defends America in the face of absurdity. See them talk.

US generals & iraq

Excellent article in the Armed Forces Journal, by Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, who has served two tours in Iraq, as well as tours in Bosnia and Desert Storm. Whatever you think of the morality or wisdom of the invasion of Iraq, few conscious mammals think it’s proved either a good idea, or a well-executed activity. […]

politics, morality and evolution

I started writing about this ages ago, but have not finished yet… but in a discussion with Michael, the idea came up again, and I wrote a long comment there, which I’ll reproduce here (slightly redacted): *** my theory of morality is this: moral ideas are cultural constructs that sink or swim based on their […]