TribeIdeas - tribe.net

TribeIdeas - tribe.net

Ugg. That's quite enough of that. So much whinging! Unsubscribing from even the rss feed ...


How many RSS feeds do you track?

The RSS Weblog: "For now, let us know the number of feeds you track in total"

Early results surprising, there are as many 80-90 feed readers as 390+ readers (I clearly fall into the later category).


Oakland Tribune Op-Ed

"We are fighting a war with no end to create a peace with no defined victory.

We occupy a foreign land that doesn't want us, while at home our civil liberties are discounted.

We are told that it's better not to know what our government is doing in our name, for security purposes. Meanwhile, our government is becoming omnipresent, spying on us whenever it deems it necessary.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."

Oakland Tribune Op-Ed




'Impeachment' Talk, Pro and Con, Appears in Media at Last
"Suddenly this week, scattered outposts in the media have started mentioning the “I” word, or at least the “IO” phrase: impeach or impeachable offense."

West Virginia’s senior Democratic senator, Robert Byrd: "The President claims a boundless authority through the resolution that authorized the war on those who perpetrated the September 11th attacks. But that resolution does not give the President unchecked power to spy on our own people. That resolution does not give the Administration the power to create covert prisons for secret prisoners. That resolution does not authorize the torture of prisoners to extract information from them. That resolution does not authorize running black-hole secret prisons in foreign countries to get around U.S. law. That resolution does not give the President the powers reserved only for kings and potentates."

Jane Smiley: A Ten-Step Program: "I began considering the possibility that what we see around us might indeed constitute success, as far as the Bushies are concerned, when I read in a post by Karen Kwiatkowski that three witnesses had confirmed that Bush referred to the Constitution as a “just a god damned piece of paper.”

Let’s take a look at the “mistakes” the Bush administration is said to have made, and, instead, ask ourselves if they are actually realized intentions"


Tribe's Black Tuesday : Fleshbot

"in a sad turn of events yesterday, Tribe has voluntarily applied 2257 record-keeping requirements across the board for all users and groups in its architecture, thus removing a lot of worthwhile content and making group leaders like me feel more like the headmistress at a very bad boys’ school … and not in the way I’d like."

Effort: A +
Community Spirit: F
Excecution: D
Critical Thinking: F

Someone needs to be kept after school and made to write “I will not use 2257 laws for my own site administration tactics” on the chalkboard at least 100 times. Or else I get out the real paddle."

Tribe's Black Tuesday : Fleshbot


MySpace Head Fall In

MySpace users angry over News Corp censorship of YouTube: "There was an outcry by some members after MySpace’s acquisition by News Corp. People were afraid they might start monitoring or censoring MySpace. At the time their CEO said that nothing like that would happen. Well, now it has."

Guess embedded YouTube videos were popular. Why not block the service and suggest replacements? Sheesh. Adrants sez: "MySpace came out of nowhere as the single most popular place to go for...well...anything. It can disappear just as quickly and be replaced by another."


Bloglines 3.0

Bloglines rocks. Since I started collapsing more feeds and using the Hotkeys I can plow right though my whole feed (clipping on the way). Firefox 1.5 seems to has hosed clipping and I did loose some related extensions, until I downgraded, upgraded, and didn't check for updates to extensions.

And I'm awaiting Bloglines 3.0 "Bloglines switched it's user-agent from 'Bloglines 2.1' to 'Bloglines 3.0-rho' on Tuesday afternoon. ... there could be some big changes coming in near future."

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Poked at the malingering myspace user. Little joy. The blog/subscribe mechanism seems good, if underused. Subscribed/friended a few bands and venues.

Google Homepage

Google Homepage Module Directory has hardly anything on it. Thankfully there's the Google Modules site (with rss feed!), which just kicked down the Bizarre Holiday Module.
And there's the Google Homepage API if you want to try your own hand at it ...


Impeach Bush Coalition

Kooky. I post about the Impeach Bush Coalition and then Technorati spits me out as a 'Coalition' member.

Unchecked presidential power

Schneier on Security: The Security Threat of Unchecked Presidential Power: "This is about the Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search. This is about circumventing a teeny tiny check by the judicial branch, placed there by the legislative branch, placed there 27 years ago -- on the last occasion that the executive branch abused its power so broadly.

This is indefinite dictatorial power. And I don't use that term lightly; the very definition of a dictatorship is a system that puts a ruler above the law.

Laws are what give us security against the actions of the majority and the powerful. If we discard our constitutional protections against tyranny in an attempt to protect us from terrorism, we're all less safe as a result."



Tribe's head fall in

Tribe's always been such a permissive environment. What gives?

SFist: Big Changes at Tribe.net:
"The very definition of a 'chilling effect' on free speech is when legislation or enforcement of new laws are so potentially onerous that people and organization self-censor out of fear and potential liability."
"The exodus is already being planned, according to moderator scuttlebutt, and it sounds to be big enough that even Tribe's dense management will feel the breeze; which is sure to make their parent company, Knight-Ridder, wince. If Knight-Ridder thought Tribe was a money drain before, after December 20th, when all those moderators with all those Tribe members hit the delete key and move on, it's going to feel like a broken dam."

Brian a Tribe employee, said:
"Perhaps it is best to say that we are a technology company with a cultural component, and not a culture company with a technological component. "

I read feeds from tribe, but, poke my head in seldom anymores ...


Impeachment Pie

What a fine Xmas present! Both the blogs and news were singing my song today. Check the Technorati Mentions by Day

Bush’s Snoopgate
"This will all play out eventually in congressional committees and in the United States Supreme Court. If the Democrats regain control of Congress, there may even be articles of impeachment introduced."

Governor Dean
"It's un-American, and it's unacceptable. Americans need a President who will keep them safe and enforce the law, we don't need a big brother. Americans know we don’t have to sacrifice our basic liberties in order to fight the terrorists. Together, America can do better."

"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”"

and even a A United Coalition of Blogs for the Impeachment of George W. Bush"


Google Press Center: Zeitgeist

Google Zeitgeist 2005: Top Gainers of 2005

1. Myspace

5. orkut

I can believe orkut from all of the invite requests cluttering up any given inbox ...


web 2.woe

del.icio.us was offline for a couple of days. I felt quite retro grepping my backup ... now the Bloglines Pirate has made off with the servers. Woe! Gotta nip over and have me some Nearest Neighbor News.

comment spam

Yeash. Just tossed a slew of comment spam. Turned on comment moderation (which seems to have been added since I was mucking with this). Wheeee.