September 11th, 2008

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Font rendering is better today

Fonts look better today, including DejaVu Serif Condensed in Flock. I wonder what I changed. Possibly some part of the X system was upgraded or re-compiled with different settings. I didn’t pay close attention to what was being built, after my last sync (i.e., last update, in Gentoo lingo).

I re-installed KDE 4 but it still doesn’t suit my needs. However I left it installed so I can use what app functionality is available without running all the underlying stuff. I went back to KDE 3 with kwin and kdesktop disabled, so I can use fluxbox and ROX pinboard instead. In the long run, when KDE 3 is retired, I may have to go to a purer fluxbox desktop, but perhaps not. Maybe they’ll make kwin more like fluxbox; there is, indeed, clamoring out there for tabs support; I saw it myself, yesterday.
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Vulnerable to propaganda

I noticed today that Randi Rhodes is falling prey to the propaganda that the Bushists are funneling through Bob Woodward, that Bush has discovered the Tantalus Field. Incredibly, she was all anxious that there was going to be an ‘October Surprise’ and that the surprise would be (you know where this is going) the capture of Osama bin Laden.

Oh, how original. Oh, how completely different from the expected ‘October Surprises’ of 2002, 2004, and 2006. Why not just send everyone free samples of an anxiety-producing drug?

Don’t talk radio hosts have a responsibility to reduce paralyzing fear, rather than increase it? Shouldn’t they have made themselves immune to propaganda they’ve been dealing with for years and years?

I switched to Air America and Ron Kuby, who seems cool as a cucumber today.

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Jesse Ventura and the media

You know, Jesse Ventura used to pull the petulantly-not-interacting-with-the-media thing, and do you know what the local TV media did? They would give him more of what he didn’t like, and they would do reports about how he wouldn’t talk to them, etc.

It was excellent entertainment, and gives you some idea why Ventura didn’t find the job satisfying.

I wonder if anyone who works in the national media is reading this.

(Tangential: I’m still trying to figure what were the ‘ideas’ of Ventura that Mike Malloy is so interested in. As far as I can remember, Ventura had five ideas: (1) Reduce the vehicle registration tax for people like Jesse Ventura; (2) Unicameral legislature; (3) Turn surpluses into rebate checks rather than investing for the future; (4) Badmouth the Republican and Democratic parties while trying to deal with them; (5) Light rail. We got (1), (3), and (4), but shouldn’t have; we got (5) and to my surprise it is excellent (though I haven’t used it, myself). Throw in that Ventura protected us from anti-abortionism and such and it wasn’t an atrocious four years, but aside from light rail I have can’t imagine what Malloy is imagining.

I think I give up on him, anyway; I’m tired of the hypocrisy. I still can’t get over the week he was fired by Air America. They had just told him he was going to be renewed, and the first thing he did was say that Air America should fire Jerry Springer instead; well, they both got canned, and so you might have a guess at why I have thought Malloy was fired; I mean, I was flabbergasted when he did that.)
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More ranting about Mike Malloy’s hypocrisy

What really gets me and is a big straw on the camel’s back is Malloy’s hypocrisy concerning Randi Rhodes. Malloy is constantly, constantly, making characterizations of individuals that, if applied to Randi Rhodes, would paint her as a non-liberal, ‘Republican’, ‘corporatist’ dupe and waste of airtime, and yet, of course, goes on to praise Randi Rhodes as a ‘real’ liberal unlike (supposedly) Ed Schultz, and she’s the ‘Goddess of Radio’, and so forth. What a freaking hypocrite. It is obvious to me that this guy has an obligation to stop talking about people in the ways he does, if he doesn’t want those slurs to apply equally to Randi Rhodes. But there is no such sense of responsibility, and he even goes on to praise Jesus as a person (not the religion), when Jesus would have kicked his hypocritical butt.

Now, it is true that Randi Rhodes (as well as Jon Elliot) made all kinds of cracks about Fred Thompson having a much younger wife, who actually wasn’t all that young, and with Mike Malloy having a similar marriage. It really gets ridiculous when you consider the high regard given by Randi to Dennis Kucinich’s marriage to someone even more younger than him. But this stuff isn’t so much hypocrisy as poor judgment in making humor, even more so given that Fred Thompson actually wasn’t all that old—just wrinkly and bored.