joel6653

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  • joel6653 commented on the diary post Pull Up a Chair: Is there an app for that? by Elliott.

    2013-09-28 04:11:30View | Delete

    The White & Yellow Pages app has allowed me to opt-out of phone book delivery, which was a tremendous waste of paper anyway. I notice you already have WikiPanion. And then there’s Feedly for reading RSS feeds. And Facebook, if you’re into that.

  • joel6653 commented on the diary post Some thoughts on Michigan’s ‘right to work’ law by cal222.

    2012-12-23 20:27:21View | Delete

    By constitutional, I mean to say that it’s specifically provided for in the state constitution, and cannot be overridden by a vote in the legislature.

  • joel6653 commented on the diary post Some thoughts on Michigan’s ‘right to work’ law by cal222.

    2012-12-23 19:21:58View | Delete

    I think in Michigan the police and firefighters have a constitutional provision protecting their right to bargain, so it was not possible for the legislature to repeal that with a mere law like the one they used to take away the other public employees’ rights. Perhaps someone else can verify this?

  • joel6653 commented on the diary post Google Ruling Shows Need For Do Not Track And Strong Antirust Action by Consumer Watchdog.

    2012-11-20 13:10:39View | Delete

    Up here in the Great White North, aka The Rust Belt, we also are in need of strong antirust action. I used to rely on Ziebart. All kidding aside, however, I am torn in two directions on this Google question: while I do recognize that they have done and are still doing some very evil [...]

  • joel6653 commented on the blog post Steve Ballmer Launches Windows 8 and Surface Tablet Today

    2012-10-25 13:17:24View | Delete

    I’m certainly intrigued, but since I already have an iPad, I can’t see switching and spending all that money over again. It’ll take some time for Windows 8 to develop much of an “ecosystem.”

  • joel6653 commented on the blog post Late, Late Night FDL: Come Sail Away

    2011-07-18 04:34:02View | Delete

    Grand Valley State University did a lip dub to that Styx song. See it here.

  • joel6653 commented on the blog post Where I Walk My Dog

    2011-05-28 19:14:15View | Delete

    I should read more and pay closer attention. I hadn’t realized that you’d moved here.

  • joel6653 commented on the blog post Balance And Compromise

    2011-04-26 18:25:11View | Delete

    the media have abandoned their quest for truth and replaced it with a quest for “balance”

    Oh how I know this to be true! We have a local millage election underway to support public transportation. The local newspaper published a series of questions/issues/statements, and alongside each one, instead of telling us how truthy the point was, gave us a “supporters claim” but “opponents say” list. I have no better idea now than I did before reading the article.

  • I think you are being far too generous in saying that earmarks account for about 1% of the federal budget. It may be more like 1/1000 of 1%. (Or I could be going too far the other way?)