On my year old HP Windows 8 laptop, I was able to successfully add a custom HTML widget to My Back Pages. Perhaps McAfee SaaS is getting in the way on my XP desktop.
I wondered if I could still post to My Back Pages, but I can. I tried to add an Amazon add to a Customer HTML module and Typepad hung.
I definitely am in favor of sending Special Forces teams to Afghanistan with "kill lists". That and the willingness to use drones against radical Islamists whereever they might be things that our President is doing of which I approve. I also approved of "taking out" Gadhafi and the automobile manfacturer bailout (I am embarrassed to admit). The didn't like how the auto bailout was executed, but I was in favor of the concept.
The "Occupy" movement seems to be a astroturfing effort at its core, although there are many sympathetic leftist troops to participate. I read what is essentially a manifesto for the movement on Business Insider. My take is that they believe that Obama and the Democrats will lose in a 2012 election, so they want to replace our present form of government by next summer. They would cancel the usual 2012 election and setup a new socialist paradise in its place.
I have to agree with Eric Schmidt on the subject of American government controls over the internet. The bad part is that the Republicans in Congress are as bad or worse than the Democrats on this subject. I have the impression that Government is filled with people who like to push people around and who would like a Chinese Government-like control over our lives and ability to use the internet. What is particulary repugnant is that the reason that they want the control is to protect the recording industry and the movie industry. If you hated the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, just wait for the next round. If you liked Government censorship of the internet in China, Africa, and Muslim countries, hang on, we can get it here. When Senator Ron Wyden opposes something, you know it has to be bad.
Yesterday afternoon, the price of silver plunged 9% and no one knew why. Later, we find out that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Was there a connection?
I theorize that the military aircraft procurement process was broken in the 1960's and has only gotten worse. The basic problem is over-specification and the need for one aircraft to do everything, due to the cost of development. Of course, the high cost of development is at least partly due to the specifications that are produced. The first aircraft from the new, broken process was the F-111, which was a costly failure. The last aircraft types built under the old process were the Vought F-8U and the McDonnell F-4D. The air force was already having trouble developing fighters by this time, so the fix was to adopt the F-4 Phantom for use there, as well as the navy. The current JSF F-35 is another example of the new process running amock. It is the one aircraft being built and has to succeed, as there is no alternative. The old process would allow for competing designs, possibly even proposed by aircraft manufacturing companies and the process would be allowed to progress quite far, even to the point of building competing aircraft that would actually enter service. Right now, we can't cancel the F-35 in favor of another aircraft, as there is no other. The old process had its roots from the beginnings of military aircraft development while the new process came from the flawed Robert McNamara mindset (he being the guy who built bad and ugly cars while he was at Ford).