September 7th, 2005

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Bush's great terrorist attack

The devastation of Hurricane Katrina has created a vast toxic soup that stretches across south-eastern Louisiana and Mississippi, and portends the arrival of an environmental disaster to rival the awe-inspiring destruction of property and human life over the past week.…

As inconceivably horrific as the consequences have been to date, it is all too possible that we truly haven't seen anything yet.

And given the critical importance of this geographic region to the entire United States, the Bush administration could hardly have been more effective if they had planned a massive terrorist attack themselves.

If that's not grounds for impeaching all those who can be impeached and firing the rest, I don't know what would be.

Yes, but the Bushists are traitors who already have condoned and supported the Plame outing, with even the 'moderates' refusing to condemn it.

What city goes next? Do the Bushists care? What about the estate tax? How about reversing the tax cuts?

Texas just got a significant population increase; maybe it's time for
a reapportionment and another DeLay-redistricting.

Should I go to tomorrow's game?

Tonight I went to the opening game of the playoffs, Gary-SouthShore Railcats at St. Paul Saints, and it made my hives act up. It's been recovering basically since the air started to cool at the stadium, and even more since I got home. I stuck it out through eight-and-a-half innings, with the Saints coming from behind to win 6-4. The question is whether to go to tomorrow's game? Probably I'll go. The Saints and Railcats tied for first in the second half, which for some reason means any fifth game would be played in Gary (even though it means the Saints won 1.5 season halves and Gary won only 0.5).

Eh, that's stupid playoffs for you. It's a little weird that they come up with these not-very-representative playoff series in minor league ball. In the major leagues, sure, it's a bunch more money, but at the Saints' level the attendance plummets for playoffs. I supposed it still pays because you get these contests to win in your division, even if it is weak, and to get wild card slots -- boosting regular-season attendance.

I went to only a small fraction of the games this season. I did go to one of the games against the new team, Calgary. Another odd thing is that there were no home games against the other new team, Edmonton, this season. If you look on a map, you'll see that Calgary and Edmonton aren't even in the same general region of the continent as the rest of the league. (The nearest team is Winnipeg.) You have to take an airplane. I wonder how all those constraints get entered into whatever software the Northern League uses to generate schedules.

(Speaking of software, I've started using the Scheme Shell, scsh. So far, nice. I hate conventional shell programming (my shell of choice for that is zsh), and embedding a Unix shell in a Lisp is a great way to make it pleasant to write scripts. I do like functional programming, although my previous experience is with Caml, an ML dialect, rather than Lisp. I'm really looking forward to when scsh gets an interactive interface so you can use it as your login shell, although it will have to be pretty fancy for me to use it rather than zsh. They'll probably use GNU readline for the editing, and if so I'll probably stick with zsh.)