Monday Blogging – 11/10/08

PHOTO: Segways on Pennsylvania Ave. in DC.

8:50am
Good morning everyone. I took the liberty of sprucing up the design of this site a little bit. I changed the logo graphic, added the gray background, adjusted the style of the sidebar and made some other small changes. Let me know if you have any comments or suggestions. My next task will be to restyle the comments area to make it a little more readable.

As for real news, we’ve got some interesting stuff on the financial front. China announced their own $586 billion stimulus plan, AIG is getting a second bailout, Fannie Mae lost $29 billion this last quarter (as opposed to $1.4 billion this time last year), and DHL is cutting 9,500 jobs. The Chinese stimulus is good news, but everything else is bad bad bad. I’m going to play stock market fortune teller and predict that markets tumble today.

10:25am
Glenn Greenwald writes up a list of the Bush administration’s greatest hits:

Just consider — with no hyperbole — what our Government, our country, has done.  We systematically tortured people in our custody using techniques approved at the highest levels, many of whom died as a result. We created secret prisons — “black site” gulags — beyond the reach of international monitoring groups.  We abducted and imprisoned even U.S. citizens and legal residents without any trial, holding them incommunicado and without even the right to access lawyers for years, while we tortured them to the point of insanity. We disappeared innocent people off the streets, sent them to countries where we knew they’d be tortured, and then closed off our courts to them once it was clear they had done nothing wrong.  We adopted the very policies and techniques long considered to be the very definition of “war crimes”.

Our Government turned the NSA apparatus inward — something that was never supposed to happen — spying on our conversations in secret and without warrants or oversight, all in violation of the law, and then, once revealed, acted to immunize the private-sector lawbreakers.  And that’s to say nothing about the hundreds of thousands of people we killed and the millions more we displaced with a war launched on false pretense.  And on and on and on.

It’s amazing what we’ve let our country become with little or no resistance.

11:20am
Circuit City filed for bankruptcy. Personally, I don’t know how they survived this long. Unless I knew Circuity City had some amazing deal, I would avoid that store like the plague. The store layouts were horrible and the sales staff was either annoying, or never around when you needed them. It was an all around confusing and negative experience every single time I went there.

12:20pm
Obama shows off his true Chicago cred by wearing a White Sox cap. After being elected Prez no less!

PHOTO: Obama wearing a White Sox cap.

1:00pm
What should I write about for tomorrow?!?! Writer’s block is Why We Worry.

2:00pm
A frightening Segway army:

PHOTO: Chinese police on Segways

Squeeze those knees!

3:40pm
If today’s events are any indication, Iraq will still be a major problem for years to come. I don’t think it’s possible for most people to understand the kind of crippling fear people in Iraq have to live with.

Flickr photo at the top of the article by ~MVI~

9 Comments

  1. Ian

    The new design is decent. I like the changes made at right especially. The text “We are the ones we have been waiting for” at top right is pretty easy to miss with the white on gray, the location, and the font size.

  2. Chris

    Thanks.
    I agree it’s easy to miss the subtitle text, but I felt like it cluttered the space under the logo too much. It’s not really conveying any critical information anyways, it’s just supposed to be sort of fun.

  3. Andrea

    I thought you were going to mention something about Segs in the City with the cover pic.

  4. Ted

    I worked at circuit city

    summer 2003

    new jersey

    awesome

  5. Chris

    Ted,
    So you destroyed them?

    Andrea,
    Sorry for being a tease.

  6. Daimao

    I don’t think Circuit City is that bad as long as you know what you want before you go, and get in and out as soon as possible. I suppose Best Buy is more reliable though.

  7. Chris

    Daimao,
    Yeah, I’d agree with that. Although Best Buy seems to be getting worse and worse too. Not sure I can explain why though, it’s just a feeling I get.

  8. Ian

    I feel like Best Buy’s prices aren’t as competitive as they used to be. Maybe that’s a false perception though. All I really buy from electronics giants are video games anyways and they are basically the same price everywhere. Sam’s Club usually has better prices, but the Best Buy Reward Zone is a nice perk for that store.

    Circuit City was always a disaster though. Like I said, all I get are video games and their layout was always terrible. They didn’t have nicely separated areas for each system and the games weren’t sorted as clearly. Its not really their fault I guess, but the 1 Circuit City in my town is in a kind of dead shopping center while the 2 Best Buy’s are in nice, newer ones. The Best Buy stores themselves always look cleaner and newer inside too.

  9. Chris

    I usually end up buying video games from Gamestop or if it’s a PC game, online. I like being able to browse the used shelves to save a few dollars.