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Morning with Midas [17 Nov 2004|09:56am]
Just got out of Midas (the muffler people). On the bus headed to work.

They put an exhaust on for me 6 months ago. They did kind of a shoddy job. It was loose and banging against the heat shield, which explains the knocking sound under the passenger side that inspired me to take the car in to my neighborhood mechanic who then told me that it was Midas's fault and I should take it to them.

They were very quick about fixing it while I waited, but I did get to catch a couple minutes of Fox News in the lobby. It was a particularly good episode. They said things like:

"The terrorists will have to find a new hiding place, as operations in Fellujah are nearly complete. "

And we wonder why people think Iraq was/is connected with terrorism. Usually, when you fight a war with your soldiers, the other side gets to be called soldiers too. Or at least fighters, or guerilla fighters, or the resistance. Not in Iraq. I think there was a brief period, when they had tanks, that Iraq had soldiers. Now they only have terrorists.

Fox also showed some clips for an upcoming segment on Fahrenheit 911, with the subtitle, "DISTURBING DVD". No, not making that up. They flashed that while showing the scene where Moore is across from the Saudi embassy.
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Boston Globe gets it right (maybe) [17 Nov 2004|06:48pm]
In this story about Fallujah, the Boston Globe does refer to the fighters in Iraq as guerillas and as insurgents, not as terrorists.

Insurgents is also loaded, and only maybe accurate. After all, it was the United States that overthrew the existing order, which is normally what I think being an insurgent means. Now I guess it depends whether you think the US has established some kind of order there, which would make those fighting against it insurgents.

Or, rebels? Why aren't they called rebels? I think it's the somewhat romantic connotations there, but those aren't part of the dictionary definition of the word. And it's a matter of perspective whether one considers resistance to the US order a worthy cause or not. Our media chooses terms that take the side of the US from the start.
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Tired of accidentally sending messages [17 Nov 2004|07:41pm]

On a Dvorak keyboard, I find myself often slipping when trying to hit C-c C-z in Gnus, to kill all the text from point to the start of my .signature. I miss the 'z' and hit the 's'. The result? C-c C-s sends the message. So far, this has not caused any real disasters, even though I have done it no fewer than 10 times (at work!). Before anything really bad happens, I installed this code:

(defun johns/dont-send-yet-stupid ()
     "C-c C-s is too easy to hit by accident."
     (message "Stupid: Type M-x message-send-and-exit if you really mean it."))

(define-key message-mode-map "\C-c\C-s" 'johns/dont-send-yet-stupid)

Thanks to drewr on #emacs for giving me the tip.

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Friends Page [17 Nov 2004|10:14pm]
Sorry, my friends page is all junked up right now.

Some older entries are stuck at the top, above what should be the top of the page.

It looks like there are some quiz-type things that are probably screwing it up.

I turned on placeholders for images, but that didn't seem to do anything.

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