Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last of 2009: Drunky, you're Unfair to Some Boomers

If you're a Boomer, and you're thinking this, sadly, you're right. I'd like to share this, my last last last blog entry of 2009. To my Boomer-aged mentors, sorry guys, what else can I say? 'Boomer' is a demographic, not an individual.

So. Yes, I posted a number of rebuts in this wormtongue's blog, but it didn't get interesting until a few olds agreed with me. You can search for the replies yourself.

Last of 2009: Employed Geeks, are You Happy with the Empire?

Neal Stephenson is one of my favorite authors. I consider Snow Crash one of the best books... ever. Stephenson is a geek author, one of the sainted few who incorporates real computational concepts into his works. Cryptonomicon is a recent example of this.

Occasionally he writes columns, and one has been turning over in my mind for awhile. Happily I re-discovered it some days ago before the end of the decade...

Last of 2009: The Joke's on You, Boomers (and Millennial Kids)

After reading this, if you’re a GenX’er, you gotta feel a little sorry for the Boomers. But only a little, because in the next decade this post really sets the tone for what will become of the most chickenhawk generation — you see, a good number of their spoiled spawn have woken up to the screwing of their future. What of it there is:

DAMN BOOMER MUSIC SUCKS (journey sucks, reo speedwagon sucks)
Date: 2009-12-30, 7:04PM PST

What’s up with the most worthless generation in the history of mankind?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Judge rules in favor of Indian H1B Bodyshop against US Citizen Bloggers

Now I've seen everything. Once again, a US judge oversteps the 1st Amendment. You may remember my post EndH1B website threatened by On-Shore H1B Slave Shop. Well. I received this information just tonight:

Vivek Wadhwa: Poisoning the Well for Profit.

Ah, my little sahib, I think it's time to refresh your memory as to why your 'detractors' rebut you so offten. Please look at this often enough until you get a sense of ethics or you see past the short term dollars:

[video from Google]

You see, we have a saying in my country, "Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas, My Little Sahib...

It's a couple days before Christmas, and my little sahib, Vivek Wadhwa is a bit distraught:

  1. Vivek_wadhwa_hi-res_normalvwadhwa To the anti-immigrants who are
    following me on Twitter (and harassing me):
    Please read this twice:
    1 day ago from TweetDeck

Of course the link leads to an uncredited Economist Op-Ed:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

George Carlin on 'Saving the Planet' and Climategate

George.. we really miss you and need your counsel now:

I can think of countless useless Boomers I'd trade just to bring back George for even ONE show. All the dead guys left this mortal coil with their wisdom... and we're left with the dreck.

Mentok out.

[This is a good thing to have on your iPod]

"Brain Droppings" (George Carlin)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Offshore Innovation Tuesday! MSFT China steals, Indians big up Eugenics

It's Offshore Innovation Tuesday! Because I said so. So what have our little friends offshore been 'innovating' as of late?

Well. Let's start with a bang:

Microsoft China steals (local Chinese service) Plurk’s code. This is epic, as Plurk itself looks like a bad knockoff of Twitter which in turn was 'inspired' by SMS / IRC / other short messaging services. But hey, that's innovation.

That's mah homies, the sporty thievin' Chinese, stealin' from each other.

Does Vivek Wadhwa write his own Stuff? PhD = 8th Grade?

Y'know, after reading ol' Vivek's meltdown in Techcrunch, it goe me to thinking. His writing, compared to all the copypasta that he circulates in the various rags is, well... juvenile. Seriously, maybe the reporters massage his quotes?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Uncle Walty Rantpuppet: Arrington's bad JooJoo

I swear, real Uncle Walty? You can just retire now. Seriously. Uncle Walty Rantpuppet was absolutely GOLD today, talkin' up Fraudwa's protogé Chandra Ra-Ra-Ra-Ra...racist like that. A-mazing.

"Doesn't feel too good, does it, Mike?"

"It tastes like 1,000,000 bloggers masturbating on your corpse."

GOLD, I say! Seriously Mikey. You get what you pay for, next time just use FOXCONN.

Mentok out.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Vivek Wadhwa: Immigrants: Is a US Brain Drain- not again, my little sahib

My little sahib, Vivek Wadhwa is once again spreading his gospel of wealth destruction "prosperity" this time to the Arab World.

Microsoft: Do not mention/use Apple products at our events

Ah, the bucket of stupid is being passed around. Guess what? Marketing people are retards. $MSFT aka 'Microslumdog' is no exception.

Dig this:

"While at a Windows Mobile 6.5 demonstration in Munich, Germany a journalist was warned by a Microsoft spokesman not to mention or use Apple products...since it was a Microsoft event the journalist had previously told everyone that he had never owned an easier to use cell phone than the iPhone."

[From Microsoft: Do not mention/use Apple products at our events | 9 to 5 Mac]

I'm so sure that this is true. Anyone knows that marketing people are total dildoes, especially when they do crap overseas.

Here's some clue, du blut Indische Curry Scheißekopfen.

"Letitia Baldrige's New Complete Guide to Executive Manners" (Letitia Baldrige)

MacWorld flips off former darling Adobe, awards Eddy to a Bug Fix

The The 2009 Eddys are out, and there are NO ADOBE or Microsoft crApplications. None.

I'll spoil it for you. A Flash Blocker won a Eddy.

The winners??

Monday, December 07, 2009

Uncle Drunky's Hard-Knock Review for Monday, 12/07/2009!

Sorry kids, Uncle Drunky's Monday came on a Thursday. Oh well, let's travel back in time via blogger clock hacking. Undead deadline and all that-

EndH1B website threatened by On-Shore H1B Slave Shop Because if you're a slaveowner, the last thing you want is for the product to get uppity.

Climategate for Busy People: The Big Lie 2.0 in a NutshellYou can read this all in one page, now get back to work you little scallywags.

Slumdog Delusion Update: 'Apple: no choice but to enable Flash in 2010' Hardcore delusion from the company with the most hacked products of 2009, according to Forbes:

Uncle Walty Rantpuppet: Anti-Flash Crusader MUST BE STOPPED. If you say so, Uncle Walty RANTPUPPET. Crikey, your Uncle Drunky is in love with a sock.

Deluded "Senator" Boxer thinks "UK" is "USA" - Leaked emails are 'crime' Invade the UK naow! Revenge for the Beatles! Moar Boomer delusion. Boxer NEEDS a sock.

Oh Noez! Adobe's Little Johnny will be Tracked! Little Johnny Dowdell needs classes on teh Internets. UPDATE: He's now carping about the iPhone and turned his comments off. Oh will that's what trackbacks are for, John-John.

Michael Lind: Real Unemployment in US is Twice Official Figure [UPDATE] Uh, duh.

FOAMY: Prophet of Climategate [NSFW] [HUMOR] Special thanks to the Angry Mac Bastards for re-introducing me to the Foamy One. Foamy for Prez in 2012~!

Xenophobes are from Mars, Slumdogs are from Venus Even Vivek Wadhwa needs love from his favorite fans "the Xenophobes." Sounds like a rock band!

Eels! "Elements of the past and the future combining to make something not quite as good as either... " Sounds like the tech. All of it.

Apple Bans People's Republic of China Developer, 1000+ Apps Pulled Not to be put off by Pakistan, China ups the ante on iPhone App shystery.

It was a week. Or so.

Mentok out.

Apple Bans People's Republic of China Developer, 1000+ Apps Pulled

Y'know, I was going to take a break today, but the world, it just keeps turning. And 'innovation' marches on, as my comment in BollyCrunch attests:


Ah, big, slightly pale green Drunky.Love for the Hitcher:

Love the Boosh. They always put me in the right frame of mind whist killing a bottle of... that would be telling.

Green Fairy?

Mentok out.

PS. Seems the fine folks over at Adult Swim have a iPhone Game: Amateur Surgeon: Christmas Edition. It's... free! Enjoy.

"The Mighty Boosh Special Edition DVD (Seasons 1-3)" (BBC Warner)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

FOAMY: Prophet of Climategate [NSFW] [HUMOR]

Foamy the Squirrel is my shepard, I shall not want. He lectureth me on Greenies of Climategate, he leadeth me to rib splitting lulz that maketh me fall from my chair:

Surely lulz and sarcasm shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of Foamy forever.

My cup runneth over.

Mentok out.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Michael Lind: Real Unemployment in US is Twice Official Figure [UPDATE]

[UPDATE: Wow, real content at Techcrunch. Be prepared to laugh & cry as Mint Explains Why The Real Unemployment Rate Is 17.2 Percent (video)]

For those of you who wonder why I have taken up the Way of the Bottle(sm), here's one data point I've known about for quite some time, a slap awake to most of you youngs:

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Oh Noez! Adobe's Little Johnny will be Tracked!

Probably the most bum-clusterfcuked "blog" on my reading list maps to the domain

I shudder. Shudder! When I associate the 'b' word with corporate sites.

Deluded "Senator" Boxer thinks "UK" is "USA" - Leaked emails are 'crime'

This has to be the most demented Boomer delusion at taxpayers' expense that I have read yet. But this is so typical of the druggy hippy Boomsta' liberals that infest the Bay Area of California.

Kudos to and courtesy of the StoneHeads ( 頑固者 )blog:

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Uncle Walty Rantpuppet: Anti-Flash Crusader MUST BE STOPPED

If there's one thing funnier than me going off on the cargo cult that is Flash, it's watching the Uncle Walty RantPuppet doing me one better. I bow to the superior intellect that is Uncle Walty RantPuppet:

He's probably talking about remarks from one ex-Engadget dude Ryan Block:

  1. Ryan Blockryanblock Flash's pervasiveness is a legacy web
    symptom: we need to move towards new, open web standards, and away from--not further towards
  2. Ryan Blockryanblock Funny seeing Adobe get petty about Flash on the iPhone. Maybe if Flash wasn't so godawful it wouldn't
    be so hard to justify its inclusion.

Now ask yourself why Adobe's getting all desperate and blustery over one little handset.


Mentok out.

Slumdog Delusion Update: 'Apple: no choice but to enable Flash in 2010'

Today's piece of slumdog delusion comes from over the pond, where big corporations have 'briefings' with natives further away so's not to disturb the locals. Ah, but with Twit-tah, EVERYTHING is local. To whit:

At an adobe briefing - they seriously think apple will have no choice but to enable flash on the iPhone by the end of 2010. Hah! We will see

[From Alex Waddell (alexwaddell) on Twitter]

Oh, but wait. It gets better...

Climategate for Busy People: The Big Lie 2.0 in a Nutshell

Kudos to the original NYT commenter who not only summarized but annotated by document number the ongoing 'Big Lie 2.0' that is Climategate. Kudos also to sayanythingblog for posting this, especially the last entry of the post:

Jones tells Mann that he is sending station data. Says that if McIntyre requests it under FoI he will delete it rather than hand it over. Says he will hide behind data protection laws. Says Rutherford screwed up big time by creating an FTP directory for Osborn. Says Wigley worried he will have to release his model code. Also discuss AR4 draft. Mann says paleoclimate chapter will be contentious but that the author team has the right personalities to deal with sceptics.(1107454306)

[From Catch Up on the IPCC AGW Fraud - Say Anything: Reader Blogs Mobile]

Don't worry, there are no spoilers here.

If you read nothing else about Climategate read this summary.

Mentok out.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

EndH1B website threatened by On-Shore H1B Slave Shop

Seems that Indian H1B 'Bodyshops' & their thug owners don't understand blogs or 1st Amendment rights -- because a small slaveholder out of New Joi-sy is pickling off form letters to our friends over at

Monday, November 30, 2009

Uncle Drunky's Hard-Knock Review for Monday, 11/30/2009!

Because retirees end their week on a Monday let's see what you youngs have learned:

Don't Jailbreak your iPhone, you little retards. Seriously, if you're not gonna do the time learning internals, just say no.

Ruppy & his BPO Slumdogs suck. His journos don't fact check, and his 'subscription staff' isn't much better.

Valleywag imagines Google with no NewsCorp Results. And Uncle Drunky parties like it's 1995, because a 'net without Ruppy is sheer utopia.

BPOs & the Cloud are Bad for You. You get what they pay for. And they ain't paying much.

MSFT punks ADBE on the iPhone. Just because you can use fancy words doesn't mean you understand the diff between 'client' and 'server'.

Dear Apple: Remove Flash from SUpdate. I don't have that shit on my iPhone, thanks! I don't want it in Software Update on my Macs either! Write Apple now!

Death by Slumdog: Vaporous Crunchpad goes POOF! Poor little Mikey Arrington, now broker of air. Hot on his blog, into the thinstuff with his vaporous Bolly Crunchpad.

Dear Mikey: Welcome to Real Globalization. How China, SEA, and most of the world 'man up' to shenanigans. Everywhere except Silly Valley.

Stay safe, kids! And don't forget to double wrap!

Mentok out.

Dear Mikey: Welcome to Real Globalization [UPDATES]

[UPDATE.2: FakeSteve gets it on! The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs : Meet the man-weasel who boned Michael Arrington. LOL, great stuff. Oh, and yours truly learns a new Indian word: behenchod]

[UPDATE: Some Friendfeed readers have some very interesting thoughts about Mikey, the vaporPad, and VCs in general. Have a read.]

Oh, Mikey Arrington. Boy, you got punked. I almost feel sorry for you. By now, you're asking your trust fund baby self, what do I do? Ah, the Eloi of Silly Valley.

Well, Mikey, I'm your greenskinned Uncle Drunky, thoroughly a Morlock, and I'm here to help.

Death by Slumdog: Arrington's Crunchpad bites Dust

Ah, Michael Arrington, the Larry Kudlow of the tech world. Seems his little pet project was torpedoed by his 'Indian Foxconn-like Company and their Investors'.

Lesson #1, Mikey: "Indian Foxconn like' != Foxconn, the iPhone manufacturer.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dear Apple: Remove Flash from MacOS X Software Update

I have a homework assignment for all interested readers of my blog: Don't send me any money, don't do anything other than this:

Go to Apple's Feedback page for OSX, and write something like the following:

Friday, November 27, 2009

Microsoft punks Adobe on the iPhone - Silverlight serves HTML5 via IIS?

In the kingdom of the slumdog software purveyors, the one with clue is king. And if by ‘worked with Apple’ —you mean— ‘didn’t piss them off with weasel workarounds and bluster’ —then the title is quite apropo.

Seriously. Go to this address NOW: with either a Mac or your iPhone. Be impressed, be VERY impressed at the adaptive streaming, even over AT&T’s lackluster 3G, of the Silverlight ‘Media Server’.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

BPOs & 'the Cloud' are Bad for You (the Consumer)

So Drunky, why are you hippity-hoppity mad about BPOs and Ruppy? And offshore? Hey, what's a BPO?

Because, folks, you are being sold a line of bull and someone's stealing from you. Right now.

Let me break down some vague terminology for all of you laymen and normal people out there:

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

ValleyWag: A Glimpse of Google without News Corp.: No Big Loss

When I heard that Rupert "Slumdog BPO Overlord" Murdoch was going to war with Google I had tingles of schadenfreude glee. Why? Increased quality in every search. Valleywag's Hamilton Nolan agrees:

The media world is in a (relative) uproar over what the implications of News Corp. pulling its content off Google would be. But! A three-part Gawker investigation-type thing indicates the impact might be quite minimal for you, the consumer.

[From A Glimpse of Google without News Corp.: No Big Loss]

No No WSJ? No Faux News??

Seriously, Ruppy. Bring it on.

Mentok out.

PS. To quote my old man: "Son, I'm surprised that that Murdoch hasn't put funny pages in the WSJ yet, it's so bad." Stuff my Dad says. Pure gold. Hah.

Rupert's Slumdogs at the WSJ don't like it when you make fun of them.

So, it's been a week since I've even posted a comment to the WSJ, when what greets me:

Hi, We discovered a problem with your profile information and need to confirm your name. Please send your login username and your real first and last name to: and a customer service representative can set up your Journal Community Profile. Thanks, The Journal Community Team

Monday, November 23, 2009

Clueless Twats, iPhone Jailbreaking is NOT for you.

[UPDATE: As some commenters in Posts #7, #10, & #20 say, SSH is not installed by default. So again, kids, DO NOT ASK ANYONE TO HACK YOUR IPHONE.]

Ah, TUAW. Most of the time they’re like TIRED, Bollycrunch & other shallow rags, but today they’re dead on. About worms, jailbreaking, and user stupidity.

Yes, there’s a new worm, and yes, there are still clueless twats who want to Jailbreak knowing zip about what they’re getting into. So of course I blew up at this retard *cough* enduser after he asked TUAW for an ‘SSH Tutorial’:

Uncle Drunky's Hard-Knock Review for Monday, 11/23/2009!

Because retirees end their week on a Monday let's see what you youngs have learned:

Sarah Lacey spews Pro-India Anti-China piece on a Camel. A couple weeks before her boss fell out of love with South Asia, Sarah Lacey waddles around with Vivek Wadhwa. Once you're Lucky, Twice you're pushing it, Thrice It's the Walk of Shame, Baby...

Mad Max 2 Weltanschauung Checklist. Where is the USSA? Probably ticked at point #3. You have to admit, the soundtrack is pretty kick-ass.

President Obama's Chambermaid Bow to the Japanese Emperor. Always trying to one-up the Bush family in gaffes, Barry ignores his protocol folks. Comedy ensues.

Tour d' Gaffe update: Obama Pushes for Internet "Freedom" in China. Not content with a scullery maid bow to the Japanese Emperor, Barry's follies continue in the "Middle Kingdom."

Windows-like Flash 'sploit Found, Adobe Says No Fix. Ubiquitous Adobe, not content with offshoring, crowsources their GIFAR type bug to the world. 0-day stupidity, every day.

Chinese Court bends Microsoft over IP Rights. $MSFT swallows a bag of stupid at the hands of the People's Republic of China.

The Other Stupid - Weepy H1Bs and Shoddy Factchecking at the WSJ. Insipid WSJ piece that shows how big the WSJ is on copypasta and little else.

Star Wars CGI. From 1977. Wherein we find out where the Death Star Plans were. And that computer graphics used to require patience and love.

It's been a week. Dranky-time!

Mentok out.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

And now for something completely different: Star Wars CGI.. from 1977!

And now for something that should warm every older geek's blackened heart: Journey with us to yesteryear, just a few short years after the first publication of K&R2, to a bygone time before WIMP became commonplace...

It's when I see things like this I pine for the 'Old Republic'....

Mentok out.

The Other Stupid - Weepy H1Bs and Shoddy Factchecking at

[UPDATE: Yup, this commenter confirms that the WSJ op-ed is Stuart Anderson copy-paste, and that he’s his own ‘foundation’. Actually, here’s the skinny from a UC Davis Professor.]

And the stupid continues, this time in the WSJ. Cry, cry! for the poor little Indian ‘temporary workers’ who think they’re entitled to citizenship. Cry also for the Journal that they would stoop to PR copypasta:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Chinese Court bends Microsoft over IP Rights

Not content to allow Adobe to hog the spotlight over STUPID and FAIL, it seems that Microsoft has been absent minded in renewing licenses and agreements with their friends the Chinese.

Seems they forgot to renew licenses for fonts clear back to Windows 98:

"A Beijing court has ruled that Microsoft violated a Chinese company's intellectual property rights in a case over fonts used in past Windows operating systems. The Beijing Number One Intermediate People's Court ordered Microsoft to stop selling versions of Windows

Monday, November 16, 2009

Windows-like Flash 'sploit Found, Adobe Says No Fix Forthcoming

[UPDATE: Adobe's douchebag-in-resident blogga Dowdell gloats that the 'issue has been retired' by SecurityFocus. Like that matters. Foreground Security, once again, doesn't fall for the bull, and even has to dumb it down so that the poor fools can understand.]

Remember when Adobe meant quality? Seems those days are LONG GONE. Seems like when they were copying Javascript, they didn’t quite get local domain policy quite right for their little “ubiquitous” web plugin cum ‘web platform’.

Kudos to Adobe UI Gripes for really getting it:

Tour d' Gaffe update: Obama Pushes for Internet "Freedom" in China

And Barry's Tour d' Gaffe continues:

One questioner suggested Americans and Chinese have different cultures and that the U.S. should not impose its views on China. Mr. Obama responded that the U.S. believes "there are certain fundamental principles that are common to all people regardless of culture."

...way to channel the stupid Bush of the family, Barry.

Uncle Drunky's Hard-Knock Review for Monday, 11/16/2009!

Welcome to the first of however many "until I get lazy" recaps. I know all you industrious kids are busy out there... so.. it begins...

Because retirees end their week on a Monday let's see what you youngs have learned, ignoring a little date.time(fudge);

Sorry South Asians, "Slumdog" is your Badge of Shame. Wherein I try to break it as gently as possible to our South Asian friends why they are so loved, wherever they go...

Why the Chinese ain't on my Shitlist. The don't call it the 'Middle Kingdom' for nothing.

How Japan handles Immigrants: Go Home Now. Japan, the country that seems to comprehend the English phrase "Guest Worker VISA" better than the 'melicans.

Slumdog Paki Prince of 900+ iPhone crApps... BUSTED. Apple seems to have clue as to how to handle overseas shysters.

FOREIGNER GO HOME: Anti-foreign protests in Tokyo. Like this is any big surprise. Foreigners act like jackasses instead of guests. Locals get angry. Hilarity ensues.

BALLS! iPhone Geek / Hacker refuses to be 'slumdogged'. Some folks still have.. what's the word I'm looking for? Dignity. Or clue. Yeah, that works.

Peggy Noonan: We're Governed by Callous Chidren. Yeah. 'The Angriest Generation' to coin one of the deluded shills of the Hippy NWO.

GWF: Apple to Adobe: 'You're lousy at Programming. Wherein Apple regards Adobe the same way they regard you little sprogs who Jailbreak. As a liability to the iPhone.

How to secure your Jailbroken iPhone. Jailbreaking is fun. Trouble is, most of you little retards shouldn't do it. *sigh* Uncle Drunky to the rescue again. More or less.

Fort Hood: Cut it out, locals! Bread & Circus Hell. Lame scream media, livin' up to their name(s), at the expense of the little guy.

Yeah, this is 2 weeks more or less, raise a glass and get blotto!

Mentok out.

PS. The tags 'hardknock' and 'review' will bring you to the recaps.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

President Obama's Chambermaid Bow to the Japanese Emperor

Sorry, I just had to comment on this piece of presidential stupid over at ABCNews:

What. The. Hell.

Obama is acting like a chambermaid in this pic. He might as well have gotten down on all fours and banged his head on the tatami for doing this.

This bow makes Bush 41 puking in the lap of the PM look like pure gold, that's how bad this gaff(sic, gaffe) is.

[From On President Obama's Bow to the Japanese Emperor, An Academic Friend Writes That Both the Left and the Right Are Wrong - Political Punch]

Seriously, I thought I had seen the most stupid of the night. But here is Barry the Boom-Boom president, not being presidential in the least, gaffing away. Again. Seriously sonny, if you need to bow, let Tricky Dick or any of the Japanese you didn't see in the street behind those tinted windows be your guide.

Seriously, Barry, as CiC-POTUS you have access to the DLI, where they sell this book. I recommend you BUY IT before you go overseas again, along with Culture Shock! China & Culture Shock! India.

Oh, and confidential to the ABCNews Jake Tapper: Japan hasn't been 大日本帝国 [The Great Empire of Japan] since like, 1945? And we don't call'em 'orientals' either. Just sayin'.

"Culture Shock! Japan" (Rex Shelley)

Mad Max 2 Weltanschauung Checklist

The other night, AMC aired Mad Max II. Haven't seen it in well over a decade.. especially the intro, which I think is very apropo:

If you have to ask, I think we're at the '...their leaders talked and talked and talked...' part.

I also see that I'm not the only one on this wavelength. [Alternet]

"The Road Warrior" (George Miller)

Sarah Lacey spews Pro-India Anti-China piece while on Wadhwa's Camel

[UPDATE: I was joking about her dating Vivek Wadhwa. But it looks like he found her an elephant to ride. Ah, first comes seduction, then comes rejection. Enjoy your meetings with NIIT & TiE, princess clueless!]

I don't know what else to call it. Sarah Lacey, the darling of internet "journalism" (not!) has fallen back on the occupation of all failed journos: getting wined & dined (or in this case riding camels), writing puffy PR pieces for whoever has the lowest agenda. At the blog that's light on tech and crunching on India Inc. Again.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Fort Hood: Cut it out, locals! Bread & Circus Hell

By now everyone’s seen the so called “news” about the shootings at Fort Hood. As I write this blog, Katie Couric and the other cheerleaders are out, demonizing the shooter and taking yellow journalism to new heights. And on Twitter, one of the guys I follow, a Muslim American soldier serving in Iraq, is catching flack for it. I tweeted back:

How to secure your Jailbroken iPhone. That could be "Hacked" by a kid.

Hi kids, Uncle Drunky with news you can use. For you techies, read to the bottom where I tell you you MUST secure both the mobile *and* the root user on any jailbroken iPhone / iPod Touch, and that no outside connection to the iPhone is needed.

Recently there’s been this thing making the rounds that a bunch of hacked iPhones in turn got “hacked.” Hacked! By some kid who is extorting money for the fix.

Some of you may even remember my rant about Apple crippling the stock iPhone. It *is* Apple’s baby to cripple or, uh, ‘implement’ as they see fit. So we jailbreak. But not without a price.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

GUESTWORKERFRAUD: Apple to Adobe: 'You're lousy at programming'

Am I even surprised? Nah. Flash is a steaming POS on my Mac, why would it be any different on the iPhone, which runs a light version of Mac OSX? This from

We all know by now that once-great Adobe has been taken over by invading incompetent guest workers such as Acrobat Project Manager Lily Tran or Engineering Manager Anil Bhavnani (not to mention the incompetent Indian CEO who presided over the CS4 disaster).

Google: I love ya, now get out.

Google AdSense is not worth the grief.

It is hereby banish-ed from the Drunky Blog.

Mentok out.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Peggy Noonan tells it like it is: We're Governed by Callous Children

I hesitate to cite half a column when both halves are really good, but this should be very familiar to you GenX'ers out there with your Boomer middle managers and other so-called (cheer) leaders....

I have to warn you, this is going to be a screed. And none of my normal salt. First, give some respect to Peggy Noonan as she tells it like it is:

Monday, November 02, 2009

BALLS! iPhone Geek / Hacker refuses to be 'slumdogged'

So, who do you think does all the innovation? "Slave Overseer" MBAs? Or the geeks?

First off, Jody Sanders, I am declining your $10,000. Why? Because you, and the rest of the iPhone unlock sites out there are scum. You make money selling freeware; that's not cool, and I am in no way going to legitimize it.

[From On the iPhone: An Information Campaign]

Everyone should read this blog entry if they want to know how the current 'software industry' works and how dependent the MBA 'overseers' are on the slumdogs to produce SOMETHING. And how slimy these 'freelance' and 'venture vc project sites' are about dealing with the geeks and bamboozling users.

This is why you see so many 'software projects' out there hanging for weeks on end. They either do not have developers, nobody wants to touch it, and some guys would rather work for free. Like the blackra1n guy.

Everyone should give this guy a lot of respect. And your Lucre if you're using his jailbreak, as respect does not pay the bills.

To apply this to the software industry at large change 'iPhone unlock site' to 'MBA with somewhat vague job title that really means slumdog overseer.' The same 'something for nothing' mentality is present in both cases.

[no book ads]

FOREIGNER GO HOME: Anti-foreign protests in Tokyo on Halloween night

[Update: When you abide by the local customs and let the locals in on the fun, it's cool.]

And just when I thought I'd not be hearing from my Japanese tribe, guess what? Seems the so-called traditional Tokyo Train Halloween Party got called off.. on account of 'nationalism.'

"Hey Stupid Foreigner, take your values somewhere else and GET OFF MY LAWN." Buahhahahaha!

The infamous Yamanote Halloween Train party was supposed to take place last night in Tokyo. This year’s party brought more than just cops, foreigners, and 2-channelers.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Darn, mah Swineflu feva broke.

Yup, for those of you in the know, mah brains ain't boiling anymore. H1N1, or his cousin is exiting my already green body. Slowly.

LESSON LEARNED. Next time, I'm snitching Tamiflu from the local La Raza sponsored Clinica.

Mentok out.

Slumdog Paki Prince of 900+ iPhone crApps... BUSTED

I'm sure everyone remembers Khalid Shaikh, the Slumdog Prince of 900+ useless crApps, who got his iPhone Dev license yanked by Apple, right? I mean, what else do you call a guy who:

Khalid Shaikh has been making a killing off the App Store through questionable means. In less than 9 months, Khalid Shaikh and his 26-employee team (most of which are in Pakistan) have published 943 applications (thank you TapMetrics for validating these numbers). That’s roughly 5 apps a day, every day, for 250 days.

[From Apple bans App Store’s 3rd-most prolific developer ]

Guess what? Looks like homeboy's been busted for the FBI for ham-handedly DOS'ing his former employer. Four counts of 'mail fraud' whatever that means in regards to a DOS.

For you civilians, DOS is not that Windows thing, it's 'Denial of Service'. You know, 'when your Windows slows down' because some asswipe is hammering your machine from the other side. Myself, I consider Adobe Flash to be a DOS. But that's just me.

Anyway, surprise surprise, right? I mean, normally the Indians are the bad guys, right?

Nope, turns out that Pakis are good at something other than blowing up Indian livestock at long distances.

Anyway, by whatever voodoo the FBI is using this time, I guess 'Justice is being Served'(sm).

Oh, and memo to Steve Jobs: Just wait until that Flash compiler starts flooding your AppStore with 100x the crap of this Paki.

Are you prepared to see the iPhone become the next WIndows XP?

I'll let that bake your hippy noodle... love and kisses, I enjoy my iPhone *now*. Dunno about *later*.

Mentok out.

"War Nerd" (Gary Brecher)

How Japan handles Immigrants: Go Home Now

If you want to see how the shit's gonna go down in the USA, consult their smarter little brotha of the Pacific Rim, Japan. So how is Japan handling their unemployment problem?

In short: Giving their 'immigrant populations' a stipend and sending them home. Forever. Whether they speak 'their native language' or not. And their 'born there' family members too:

The money isn't the problem, the Brazilians say; it's the fact that they will not be allowed to return until economic and employment conditions improve — whenever that may be. "When Nikkei go back and can't return, for us that's discrimination," says Freitas, who has lived in Japan with his family for 12 years. (See pictures of Japan and the world.)

[From Japan to Immigrants: Thanks, But You Can Go Home Now - TIME]

Now since I've spent some time with those freaky little folks, lemme impart some wisdom:

'Whenever that may be' to a Japanese, or any other NE Asian usually means ... wait for it... 'never'. Just like when they say 'Yes' it's 'Yes I understand you' or even 'Yes, you are a very noisy asshole' but not the 'Yes' you were looking for. Even in their own tongue.

The Japanese really don't give a shit about 'racism' or 'discrimination'. Even Among their own. Ask a Japanese what 'Burakumin' means. Consequently, Japanese have very thick skins, unlike most of the foreigners who come to their soil. If you don't like that, tough shit.

The whole thing about 'Japanese need immigrants for their employment problem' is trash. EVERYONE in Japan works. I've seen wrinkled old grand-dads manning the ticket gates at rural train stations when I wanted to go have a soak at a nearby hot spring.

The Japanese innovate ALL OF THEIR TECH without Indian help. Actually, the Chinese are their slumdogs, and they are used sparingly. And by 'sparingly' I mean, 'the way Apple & Google use offshore assets.'

And did you notice that the Japanese don't suffer fools? Well, okay, on TV, in a comedy show, but other than that?

So the real question is, when it really hits the fan, do you think the Boomer & older DC politicians are going to handle this any better than the Japanese?

The fact of the matter is that every other country in the world expels immigrants in this way when the shit goes down.

But no, our DC politicians are still breakin out the Vaseline....

[Since it's Halloween]

"In Ghostly Japan - Lafcadio Hearn" (Lafcadio Hearn)

Why the Chinese ain't on my Shitlist..

Some competitors -- oh, and your main creditor, Americanski slave -- just will. not. candy-ass you. You gotta give props to the Chinese, in a 100 years they're gonna own all of Asia. Can't say that for their neighbors further east.

Yeah, over at GuestWorkerFraud seems they just throw anyone from the third world in the bitbucket of Slumdog. Unfair, I say:

At one Indian/Chinese-run company I had a QA Manager who was from China look me right in the eye and say "Our goal is to EXTRACT your knowledge and give it to our workers here".

[From Guest Worker Fraud]

No bullshit. That's mah Chinese peeps. And if you're an American worker what do you do?

Why, hand them a gift-wrapped jar o' Vaseline and bend over.

Can you really blame them for what happens next?

By the way, do you see any Chinese faces on TV begging for H1B Visas? Crying Wadhwacism? Didn't think so.

Mentok out.

"Dragon Rising: An Inside Look At China Today" (Jasper Becker)

Sorry South Asians, "Slumdog" is your Badge of Shame

[UPDATE: Thanks so much to Khalid Shaikh not Mohammed, for reminding me that Pakis can be worse than their Indian brethren]

So, Drunky, why the hell have you declared war on the poor widdle South Asian Indians & Pakis? You're a racist! How do you sleep at night?? Very well, thank you very much.

Lemme let you in on a little secret. We're ALL racists. Actually if you wanna get technical, tribalists. And we're all big on 'guilt by association.'

I want to apologize to my Indian friends, but I'm not gonna candy-ass you. And I insist that you keep reading.

I'm an old Asia hand. I've been up and down NE & SE Asia. I even know the difference between the two. And I can tell you that 'South Asians' are not Asian like the last two.

Vivek 'Fraudwa' certainly does not know -- or maybe even care about cultural differences. He thinks the Chinese are just stupid -- but will ride their coat-tails in his never-ending quest for H1Bs for hiz little Indian homies back in the old country & his corporate benefactors.

As an ex-ex-ex [I've lost count] Expat, I can tell you that the first thing that's gonna happen when you come to any new country and pull crap like this:

You're gonna get shit from the locals.

Especially if you're a troublemaker or a crook. And you deserve it!

Gringo, Gaijin, Puying, Gweilao, Yank. It's all the same: 'Ugly American' / Long-Nose Barbarian / Potato.

Any American who goes overseas has to get past the bullshit generated by the last guy to burn the locals. This is something the locals in the USA doesn't even know about, because like the rest of the world they just stay home & speak one language.

Except when they go on vacation. And be 'Ugly'. And then expats like me get to clean up after their shit.

To my Indian friends, you now know what this is: You're paying your dues because the last 1000 H1-Bs behind you were shysters in my country. Or,

The Hyderabad yob who is running an American company into the ground opened up another research office in, guess where? And another 300+ local techs are out of work. Or,

Vivek Wadhwa opened his yap on this auspicious day.

Locals don't trust "your kind" because of the actions of a few. It doesn't even matter if you were born here or or you immigrated. Am I right? To all American / Brit 'lifers' [expat residents in China, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan], you guys feelin' me?

Is it fair? No!

We Americans [and Brits] know this well. Usually some young American backpacker gets into trouble with the locals, and then gets all uppity and we hear the Ugly American's Lament[tm]:

"But I'm American! You can't do this to me!"

"Why am I in jail? All the natives have weed, why did they pick on me?"

"This is not how we do things in the United States."

And the answers are even more predictable:

"We don't need your 'freedom' here."

"I don't want my country to look like some bumfcuk Wal-Mart."

"Leave your [fcuking foreigner] attitude at home."

"Off with your head."

"You are off to Labor Camp 666 for corrupting the morals of our people."

...and so on.

Do any of these lines sound familiar? To expat Americans sadly they do. It's our burden. It's a royal pain in the ass to deal with our own dregs who come over a the host country and then poop & crap all over the place. Doubly so when they're on a 'guest worker' VISA.

So, of course, now we come to our Indian friends.

Do I think that the 95% of non-technical India deserves the badge? No.

Do i think that folks like citizen Dr. Ron Hira, who unashamedly calls it like it is deserve this shit? No. In fact, fcuk no. But he'll catch some anyway.

Do I think that Indians who actually LIVE in our society and really contribute to it, have been here before I was born deserve this crap?? See above.

How about Vivek 'Chinese don't Innovate' Wadhwa? Hells yes, people. Shyster be burnin' the locals -- that being *us*. Oh, and Vivek, they're coming for you next! Seriously Indian folks, why do you let this guy speak for you? He's a combination of Elmer Fudd and Bill O'Reilly, and not even a good one.

And how about the rest of those "from Hyderabad" MBAs who are using my country like some ATM? Do I even have to spell it out for you?

So, to my South Asian friends: Welcome to the ugly foreigner club. Enjoy your stay.

"Born a Foreigner: A Memoir of the American Presence in Asia" (Charles T. Cross)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Indians, Chinese, Business, War, "Race"

If you want to really get the skinny on how serious your competition is, delve into the history books and see how they make war.

War. The ultimate sport. Winner take all, including the women.

Seriously, when we thought the Japanese were 'taking over' they had us studying all kinds of strategy, tactics and history about them. I mean, little did we know that they were levering themselves up to their eyeballs and laundering Yakuza money during the last 'Rape of the USA.''

Remember that?

But more about the Japanese later. Or not- this is about our friends the Indians & the Chinese.

True, the Indians have beaten the Pakistanis three times out of three (in 1947, 1965 and 1971). But look at what happened the one time they tried fighting a real army: the India-China war of 1962. India decided that its new status as world power required it to grab a few square miles of Himalayan wasteland from China. They worked themselves up into a war frenzy and attacked the Chinese. The Chinese, who don’t do woofing, made no boasts, tried smoothing things over, and when that failed, quietly flattened the Indian army. It was a rout: mustaches and swaggersticks sprinting downhill so fast the snow hadn’t yet melted on their helmets when they hit 120-degree Delhi. After that, the Indians decided they’d stick to picking on someone less than half their own size: the Pakistanis.

[From War Nerd Called It: Indians And Pakis Too Faggy For War - By Gary Brecher - The eXiled]

I really recommend reading the War Nerd's take on the whole India Pakistani thing if you want to know what kind of crybabies that you're dealing with.

And it's not like this is water under the bridge. It seems that the Indians are gunning for the Chinese again, just a month ago.

And maybe I shouldn't bring up the whole Indian 'Chinky' thing. I mean, the Chinese protect their own. In their own way.

So, youngs, take your lessons from history & war and apply it to what we know now: Who's gonna 'woof'? Who's gonna get flattened?

I really think that China should just annex India. But hey, I'm just a blogger. Do as thou wilt...

Brecher also has a very famous doctrine: "Bribe'em, Nuke'em or Leave'em Alone." Words to live by.

"War Nerd" (Gary Brecher)

Adobe crams public gov't docs into their crappy plugin, calls it 'Open'.

This is Ars. They are polite:

Adobe is pushing hard to get Flash, PDF, and other technologies used to realize recent open government initiatives. The problem is that the technologies fall short of the goal of full accessibility, and cause problems for those seeking to use government-supplied data in any meaningful way.

[From Adobe pushes Flash and PDF for open government, misses irony - Ars Technica]

What, me, polite? Ha. "Adobe's idea of 'Open' is to wrap all public data in the same plugin that 90% of the world thinks is utter shit."

So, after reading some of the hairsplitting, shilling and candy-assing over at Ars, I commented myself.

Originally posted by pebblesonthemountain:
Ars has been traditionally biased against Adobe products, most specifically Flash and PDF. A higher level of interaction between Adobe and Ars would be a great way to dispel myths, misrepresentations and flat out erroneous comments frequently made by the Ars journalism team that obviously never use Adobe products.

I hope to see you and other Adobe personnel in here in the future to pulpit thump for PDF and Flash since both are exceptionally good products that get bad reputations by people that know less than zero about them.

By 'thump' you mean 'shill', right? Wow, that spiel's better than what I've seen from Adobe Marketing...

Some of us have the sad misfortune of knowing better, let's review what we know about PDF and Flash:

1/ Before the Macromedia acquisition, PDF was a format that was actually useful and lived up to its name. Readable, searchable, and sometimes even editable in Adobe's progressively buggier by version app, Acrobat. Heck, Acrobat used to be the buggiest product Adobe made. That's been supplanted by Flash. I know because and persistent crashing of the Flash plugin on my Mac tells me so.

2/ Everyone's consternation started when the MBA decided that his newest acquistion, Fuh-lash, had to be embedded in everything. Flash embedded in PDF. PDF embedded in Flash.

Or in the case of the US Gov't 'Open' [Hah!] site, Flash embedded in PDF embedded in Flash that 95% of everyone will Flashblock.

But tut tut, we must make those numbers to pay for, or at least not become levered up to our eyeballs from the last acquisition. So just embed our stuff, not anything useful.

3/ Did I, and a number of commenters here mention, that the world hates Flash? That it's uniquely suited ONLY for sites like 'hamster dance' or SouthPark?

I predict the same time next year Adobe will be embedding spyware ^h^h^h^h^h^h 'analytics' in PDF, and Leonard will be back here defending PDF as 'Open' blah blah blah.

Leonard's right- The original PDF *was* open and useful. I really miss those two nice ol' guys from Palo Alto and their baby.

The fact that he also has to defend, in the same breath all the crapware tech that Adobe M&A'd and shovels into PDF in the same breath is… well it all kinda leaves me speechless. And shows us how desperate Adobe is to remain relevant when they really haven't innovated anything since those two old nice guys left.

It's kind of an 'oh, how the mighty have fallen' feeling.

PDF is a great format as long as you leave 'the new Adobe' and all their mergers and acquisitions out of it.

Of course, soon the rest of the country will feel the same pain that System Admins and IT Personnel in enterprise have felt for years. I don't know whether to lament or break out the popcorn.

[From Adobe pushes Flash and PDF for open government, misses irony - Topic Powered by Eve Community]

Oh, and for those of my readers on Unix / Linux / Mac worried about Adobe's new acquisition: Here's how to flush that shit:

Open your terminal app.

type 'sudo /etc/hosts'

and your password...

and paste this in on another line of that file: #[Omniture] #[Omniture] #[SphereOmniture] #[Omniture] #[Omniture] #[Omniture]
# [Omniture][Wildcard DNS] #[McAfee.Cookie-Omniture] #[SpySweeper.Spy.Cookie]
# [Omniture via Misc Sites]
# [Omniture via Offermatica]
# [Omniture via WebSideStory]

There ya go. 1.8 billion dollars down the shitter. You other folks on the SlumdogOS are on your own. I don't do crapware.

Vivek Wadhwa: Chinese people are Idiots, Indians are geniuses

Did I mention that I'm an old Asia hand? And a hypertribalist? Fraudwa be messin' with my Chinese peoples.

I did a little digging on my buddy Vivek, you know, the Bill O'Reilly of the Hyderabad set, and what do I find?

China’s tech economy is built on copycats that totally lack any sort of innovation, particularly given the amount of money spent on research and development by companies and the government in China, Wadhwa said

[From Vivek Wadhwa: China is NOT the new Silicon Valley - Thomas Crampton]

Buuuut Vivek, aren't these guys from China, with all those 'research offices' in Shanghai & Beijing the same type of geniuses that are leaving Silicon Valley in droves? I thought they were geniuses!

Nonetheless, those good number [of patents from China] hide a total lack of creativity, based on Wadhwa’s qualitative analysis.

Wadhwa said the exact opposite seems to be true in India, where relatively little is invested in research and development. India has fewer patents and papers than China, but the country is building itself into a innovation powerhouse.

The fundamental difference, Wadhwa said, is that Indian engineers are encouraged to think beyond their narrow role and build more innovation into their activities.

[From Vivek Wadhwa: China is NOT the new Silicon Valley - Thomas Crampton]

Noooo, only the *Indians* are geniuses. Because Vivek says so, no figures provided. Damn, I almost fell out of my chair reading that last line. Dude, I want your job. Indians are geniuses because they don't patent or publish. Excellent.

I'm beginning to think that Vivek's idea of genius or 'thinking beyond narrow role' is asking dumbass questions on LinkedIn.

Even the commenters on that poor guy's blog smelled the bullshit:

[1 year ago]
What has India done beyond IT support?

Let's get an impartial person in the room please, this guy is from India...

Lemme tell you something Fraudwa. The US has a loooooooong history with our Chinese friends. ALL of our Chinese friends, from the PRC, ROC, HK, S'Pore, the Phils, etc etc etc. We're all neighbors on this thing we call 'The Pacific Rim'. And the relationship is like marriage.

What the Chinese are doing now, the Japanese were doing 30 years ago. Copying, innovating, improving. First for their own geo. But I know you can't be bothered with, uh, what's the word I'm looking for? FACTS.

Who designed and manufactured my iPhone? And one died for it? Chinese. My iPhone that does 2 versions of Chinese, Japanese, Korean & 20+ more languages but NO SLUMDOG. [Okay, I lied. I see one set of Indian squiggle in there].

Who's always hitting my firewall with hacking attacks? Mah peeps in the Honker Union.

Who has their own OS and multiple data standards so that all their folks can share data back and forth? Bueller?

The Chinese have been doing this for awhile-- maybe one if these days your peoples will get around to double clicking on an *.exe.

The Slumdogs and the Boomers have something in common. They lay claim on something they didn't make and understand very little of.

"Dragon Rising: An Inside Look At China Today" (Jasper Becker)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Arnold says State Legislature is teh suck in a VETO, retains Germanic sense of Humor.

You have to love our Governator. He definitely has more stones than his 'helpless' predecessor, Grey Matter Davis.

It's also nice to know that his Austrian humor remains intact, despite all the kumbayah'ing with vegetables like Pelosi & Boxer. To wit:

[From Arnold Schwarzenegger's coded F-bomb in veto - courtesy Boing Boing]

Das ist der Hammer, Ah-nold!! I can't think of a more suitable 'thumbs down' to the so-called Boomer "leadership" in the state capital.

It's a shame that Arnold is termed out. If you're going to preside over a failed state and take the blame that rightly belongs with the State Legislature, you might as well be entertaining.

What's next? If you believe the hippies, they want Gavin 'whoaz mah cable snapped' Newsom. And then the transition of California to third world shithole is complete.

I'm sure this is what der Governator feels like every. Fcuking. Day of the week dealing with loser hippies in Sacramento.

"Kindergarten Cop" (Ivan Reitman)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

More Useless Boomer Hand-Wringing over the Afghan War

I'll let you read the blather over at this 'liberal' blog. Anyway, I had a 'that's all I can stands, I can't stands no more' moment with these flower children:

God, I’ve never read as much Boomer candyassing on both sides as I’ve read here. Time for me to lay some reality on all of you.

For the past 9 years, the Boomer elites have sent our young to the Middle East. Most of these yobs are the same chickenhawks that did not serve themselves. If they did, they’d understand war. And what they’d be subjecting their children to.

Telling a bunch of kids in their teens to 20s to ‘resist!’ after they’ve been thru basic is a lost cause. Didn’t work for you dumb hippies then and won’t work now.

I don’t care what some chickhawk yob who went to Canada says, those kids deserve our support. LibbyLiberal, while I don’t agree with everything he says is dead on. We have a bunch of kids over there now in their late 20s or early 30s who have known nothing but war. To them, that’s ‘normal’.

What you Boomers have done thru Bush & BlackBush *cough* Obama is reprehensible. You’ve basically maimed *your children*. Kids who should be back here jump starting the economy, instead replaced by ‘guest workers’ from the 3rd world, like those grifters from India.

Instead you wage generational cleansing on your own children and hire slaves to take up their slack in a desperate bid to ‘fire the economy’:

And to DavidByron: You live in a fantasy world. Change does not come from the bottom, change originates at the top. And if you’re not shaming Obama, Pelosi and your fellow chickenhawk flower children into ending this war, then you’re just supporting the war by your inaction and all this blathering. It’s because of yobs like you that Bush & Co continue to broker policy to that horse-trading ‘just a guy’ who is our president.

What we SHOULD DO is let Afghanistan implode. We should let China annex India. And we never should have gone into Iraq when they were doing such a good job of crippling each other. [the other being Iran].

What none of you understand is that the world is collectively getting OLDER. We live in the framework of your tired old impractical ideas. You made the hell. And kids in their 20s just barely getting a presence of mind are waking up to this fact.

[From The Seminal » 20 Sobering Statistics/Reasons As To Why We Must End the Wars and Save More of Our Soldier Children and Middle Eastern Citizens From Suffering And Dying]

The only good thing about this is that the Boomer reign of blah in the Whitehouse ends with Barry. And if we elect another Boomer we'll get exactly what we deserve.

Note that I used to say this about NeoCons. Now I say it about Boomers.

I've spoken with folks who have been stop-lossed to Iraq and Afghanistan. They don't like being there, a lot of them don't see the point and just want out. But the military is its own micro-society of material ownership and debt.

Obama was their one hope to end this cycle of madness, and quite a few have said as much to me.

Guess what? Same as the old boss.

"The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower" (Robert Baer)

City Brights: A bracket snaps.. and Yobie misses the Point.

Yobie Benjamin is a bright, somewhat maddening blogger who has trouble getting to the point.

He bombs you with facts, and raises questions. The raising questions part is good, and that's why I read him.

I think he writes his entries deliberately so that the commenters cut to the quick:

Ah, if only the Public knew how effin incompetent Caltrans is from top to bottom, they'd immediately fire every one of them and close the agency forever. And while this may sound racist, dealing with Caltrans is in effect dealing with the Third World. It is over run with engineers from Pakistan, Iran, Phillipines and every other wretched country one can think of and where English is a second (or third) language making communication nearly impossible at time. And it is common to have grossly inexperienced people "running" projects for Caltrans. Private contractors would never dream of allowing such responsibility based on such little experience - but since nobody hears about the gross incompetence w/in Caltrans (until a major accident/failure occurs like this), the Public is blissfully unaware of the billions that are pissed away every year thru gross negligence and outright incomptence. And to compound matters, Caltrans only attracts the worst and dullest - the best and brightest would never even dream of working for such a worthless organization or collaborating with Third World rejects.

[From City Brights: Yobie Benjamin : A bracket snaps and closes SF Bay Bridge... Is everything else OK?]

When I used to bust around SE Asia, I'd hear about stuff like this, in addition to other infrastructure problems like brown-outs. California has already experienced statewide brown-outs due to fraud with Enron under Gray Davis. Now we're experiencing 'structural failures' under Gavin Newsom and his agenda.

I hate to say this, but to the boomer globalist liberal elite, welcome to the consequences of globalization: third world values in regards to human life. As in 'Life is Cheap'.

With respect to Mr. Benjamin, Chinese steel doesn't kill. Third world "Engineers" -- note the quotes -- do. These folks have no stake in our country or way of life. And they retain values which only Boomers seem to embrace.

Folks like Yobie came from the third world -- I'm surprised he didn't pick up on this.

[This doc contains audio of Enron analysts telling plant managers to power down during peak hours, causing the brown-outs in California]

"Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" (Magnolia)

The Boomers ongoing War on their own Young

MParent77772 is a very interesting Tweeter if you're into alternative news. He tends to find things that the MSM 'can't be bothered with'. Like this:

How to Reduce Unemployment, Rebuild the Middle Class and Free Ourselves From Wall Street

So imagine my surprise when Moshe Adler's recommendation is to eliminate our children from the part-time labor force:

Ten million college-age youth (between the ages of eighteen and twenty one) also work, and they fill the equivalent of eight million full time jobs. Five million of these college-age youth do not attend college at all. Finally, there are also four and a half million workers who are sixty six years or older, and they fill the equivalent of three and a half million full time jobs.
That high school students don't belong in the workforce does not require an explanation. Of course, the families of these children need the money they earn, but their earnings are very small, just $19 billion in 2007, and they could be replaced by child subsidies to low income families.

Actually, it does require explanation, Mr. Adler. How can countries like Germany and Japan survive, instilling their youngs with a work ethic so that the next generation? Most of these jobs are on Main Street and not Wall Street.

It's quite simple: They have journeyman and vocational programs so that there are disciplined workers in the pipeline.

So what would be the agenda for such an article? I think this post epitomizes the attitude of Boomers towards their own young -- from the ground zero of H1B action, Craigslist SFBay:

Does the under 30 generation have anything to offer?
Date: 2009-10-22, 6:15PM PDT

You sure sound whiny and entitled, like overpriviledged children really. Your true colors do not endear you to employers, thats why H1B hires are preffered.

Make no mistake, your ascetic liberal commentary is being observed and duly noted.

Good luck. Youll need it.

And this is why I show such bald-faced contempt for baby boomers. You raised your kids in your own image, you think they have all of your shortcomings, and the worst thing is you're not raising them to take care of you-- You'd rather have H1B slaves to wipe your collective asses -- while you ship our best and brightest off to the Middle East to wage wars that you would not fight in your time.

This is treason.

With all due respect Mr. Adler, if you want 'free yourself from Wall Street' you need to take away the slave labor incentives that are the H1B / L-1 programs. In your own little economic parlance you need to 'disincentivize' Wall Street from offshoring and outsourcing jobs that should be here.

That's what every other country in the world does, including China and India.

And if you're one of the neglected 'kids' in their teens to 20s, don't rely on your druggy parents to make opportunities for you. Sad to say, you will have to make your own. Find a main street small business, work for minimum wage, and pay your dues.

You need to eat some crow and get some discipline, to find out where you do not belong. And you need to learn respect for those who do work that you do not want to do.

Get a passport. See the world. Embrace, respect, and take no shit from other cultures. But remember your own.

And then come back and help the rest of us rebuild this shambles of a country.

If you're a GenX'er, and you have the financial wherewithall, DO. NOT. WORK. for treasonous Boomer corporations. Make a small business, make your mark, and see if you can salvage what passes for a society these days.

Dog-earred, and still in my bookshelf:

"Lonely Planet South East Asia on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guides)" (Kristin Kimball, China Williams, Marie Cambon, Mat Oakley)