Politics, Weather, Photography, and the Dog
Wednesday 18 October 2006

Bruce Schneier writes today about a pernicious loss of privacy and our complacency about that:

Fewer conversations are ephemeral, and we’re losing control over the data. We trust our ISPs, employers and cellphone companies with our privacy, but again and again they’ve proven they can’t be trusted. Identity thieves routinely gain access to these repositories of our information. Paris Hilton and other celebrities have been the victims of hackers breaking into their cellphone providers’ networks. Google reads our Gmail and inserts context-dependent ads.
Wednesday 18 October 2006 18:13:05 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Politics | Security#

Here are three ways to help, right in TDP's back yard. You can contribute a few bucks to Melissa Bean, running for re-election to Congress from Illinois' 8th district, to Tammy Duckworth, running for Henry Hyde's seat in the Illinois 6th, or to Dan Seals in the Illinois 10th.

Duckworth is currently polling within the margin of error against her opponent, Peter Roskam, who continually sinks to new depths in his desperate campaign to keep the seat in Greedy Old Party hands. The GOP has just given almost half a million dollars to Roskam, all for negative ads attacking Duckworth. So her campaign might need a little more than the other two right now.

Update: Duckworth picked up the Chicago Tribune's endorsement today. The Tribune generally leans right of center, in much the same way that Ronald Reagan did; so their endorsement is notable.

Disclosure: I have contributed money to all three campaigns mentioned in this post, and I plan to volunteer for Duckworth on election day (19 days, 4 hours).

Wednesday 18 October 2006 12:47:48 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | Politics | US#

Last one from Meramec:

(By the way, most of the photos on the site are displayed at one-quarter size; you can open them in a new browser window, or save them to disk, to see them at larger sizes.)

Wednesday 18 October 2006 08:04:48 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily | Blogs#
Tuesday 17 October 2006
The Chicago Bar Association has released its recommendations for judicial retentions in the upcoming elections. Illinois voters have the opportunity to reject judges each year. A judge needs to get 60% yes votes to keep his or her seat, and every year, the CBA and other organizations recommend that a few not be retained. This year's losers include...
Tuesday 17 October 2006 17:01:53 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Chicago | US#

Anne loves this photo:

Tuesday 17 October 2006 16:43:38 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Parker#

Parker had tons of fun at Meramec over the weekend. If we could get him to run around for hours at a time during the week at home, I think we'd sleep better.

Tuesday 17 October 2006 10:17:39 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Just now.
Tuesday 17 October 2006 06:47:46 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Geography | US#
Monday 16 October 2006
The whole family went to Meramec State Park, near Sullivan, Mo., over the weekend. It was Parker's first long car trip with us. Never before in my life have I cared as much about what goes into and out of another living creature; the car trip only intensified this feeling.
Monday 16 October 2006 12:43:38 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Thursday 12 October 2006
Here is the artist and his work, in which he shows he's moved on from textiles to sculpture.
Thursday 12 October 2006 08:01:48 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Wednesday 11 October 2006
Ah, Parker, having fun at the dog park, yelling at the camera. I'm posting this photo so you can imagine the toothy grin, energetic bouncing, and ecstatic barking, but in the dark at 5:45 am.
Wednesday 11 October 2006 14:30:40 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Tuesday 10 October 2006

So it looks like North Korea's nuclear test failed as badly as the President's (833 days, 3 hours) foreign policy. Either or both might contribute to his 34% approval rating.

Polls open in 27 days, 15 hours, 57 minutes.

Tuesday 10 October 2006 08:03:31 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | US | World#
We are ecstatic: our ball of fur and teeth finally, after seven weeks, slept through the night.
Tuesday 10 October 2006 07:48:00 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#
Monday 9 October 2006
Though not rising to the destructive level of a nuclear-armed rogue state, Parker has nonetheless embarked on a radical remodeling of our house.
Monday 9 October 2006 08:28:19 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Daily#

...when North Korea gets the bomb.

Wow. Try as I might, I can't think of any worse result of the President's (834 days, 4 hours) foreign policies than North Korea exploding a nuclear bomb this morning. (The USGS felt it; did you?)

Josh Marshall has a fair summary of how this happened, but I think we all know already:

The origins of the failure are ones anyone familiar with the last six years in this country will readily recognize: chest-thumping followed by failure followed by cover-up and denial. The same story as Iraq. Even the same story as Foley.
All diplomatic niceties aside, President Bush's idea was that the North Koreans would respond better to threats than Clinton's mix of carrots and sticks.
Then in the winter of 2002-3, the US prepared the invade Iraq, the North called Bush's bluff. And the president folded. Abjectly, utterly, even hilariously if the consequences weren't so grave and vast.

And where is China in all this? Apparently they've decided that a nuclear-armed and insane regime on their flank is better than no regime at all.

How long will it take to undo the damage our administration has caused? How much more damage will we suffer as a result?

Monday 9 October 2006 07:57:57 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Politics | World | US#
Sunday 8 October 2006

Indian summer is here. It got up into the mid-20s (mid-70s F), so I toodled down to Millenium Park. I don't expect weather like this again until March at the earliest. At least I got to enjoy it.

Sunday 8 October 2006 18:57:18 CDT (UTC-05:00)  |  | Biking | Weather#
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