I Thought He Was a Poker Player

I know we are all hopeless Obots here who never criticize our cult leader, but someone is going to have to explain this strategery to me before the communal bath (we do have those, no?):

The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday.

The proposal — a compromise that will please oil companies and domestic drilling advocates but anger some residents of affected states and many environmental organizations — would end a longstanding moratorium on oil exploration along the East Coast from the northern tip of Delaware to the central coast of Florida, covering 167 million acres of ocean.

Under the plan, the coastline from New Jersey northward would remain closed to all oil and gas activity. So would the Pacific Coast, from Mexico to the Canadian border.

That is quite an opener there, Doyle! All in before the flop works for me!

Seriously- what is the point in offering up something that is going to INFURIATE the left wing of the party without even seeing if the Republicans will play ball (PRO TIP- THEY WON’T). And surprise, surprise, it isn’t good enough for the Republicans:

President Barack Obama’s plan to allow expanded offshore oil and gas exploration won rebuke from the top House Republican on Wednesday.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) dismissed the president’s plan as not going far enough in opening up U.S. waters for exploration.

Obama’s decision “continues to defy the will of the American people,” Boehner said in a statement, pointing to the president’s decision to open Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters, while leaving Pacific and many Alaskan waters largely closed to exploration.

“It’s long past time for this Administration to stop delaying American energy production off all our shores and start listening to the American people who want an “all of the above” strategy to produce more American energy and create more jobs,” the House GOP leader added. “Republicans are listening to the American people and have proposed a better solution – the American Energy Act – which will lower gas prices, increase American energy production, promote new clean and renewable sources of energy, and encourage greater efficiency and conservation.”

Well, that was certainly a surprise. Hoocoodanode it wouldn’t be good enough for the Republicans and they would not treat it as an act of good faith in the negotiating process?

I can’t be alone wondering just wtf the White House is doing on this one.

Let love rule

It’s been a pretty crazy week here, with TapperGate, AccountabilityNowGate, LouisCKGate, and RadokGate. I should probably come clean and tell you that this is all part of a pageview-maximizing scheme John took from Politico and ordered me to implement. I’m not complaining though: Anne-Laurie awakes each day at 4 am to the sound of John screaming “Win the morning!”

The truth is, I’m feeling a little PGTD today, so I’m not up for much commentary. As a gesture of goodwill, I thought I would do a post consisting entirely of approving links to bloggers who are associated with the intertronic axis of evil. There are those who would call this appeasement:

Yeah, I know the FDL links are Tbogg and the TNR one is Chait. Baby steps.

Consider this an open thread.


France has a new anti-piracy law (“Hadopi” — not to be confused with “Hutaree”) that disconnects pirates from the Internet after three strikes. A recent study showed that French Internet users are doing less of the kinds of piracy covered by the law (P2P file sharing) and instead are streaming and using download services like Rapidshare.

That’s no surprise, but here’s the interesting part:

The survey also finds that 70 percent of all Internet users surveyed don’t engage in any type of online infringement. Far more users hit legal video sites like YouTube and DailyMotion (48 percent), or go to legal streaming music sites like Deezer (43 percent), or legal download sites like iTunes (22 percent) than engage in any infringing activities.

It’s self-reported, but I think it’s more-or-less true. Most people don’t steal music, even though it’s relatively easy to do. But we’re constantly bombarded by music industry propaganda claiming otherwise, which is used to justify all sorts of draconian proposals. For example, the original Hadopi law would allow disconnects based on three accusations of piracy. The law that finally passed at least requires judicial review.

Lighten Up, Francis

Oh for christ sakes. One post asking if the tone has changed and dozens of you start kvetching about an overdose of introspection and bitching about holding hands singing kumbaya and group hugs. The other half of you launch personal attacks at my front pagers, all of whom I think do a great job and who I like (and you people step back on DougJ). And then a bunch of you come out of nowhere and complain things aren’t as good as they used to be when you walked to school uphill in the snow both ways.

I don’t think you people realize what a pain in the ass you all are and how hard it is to get this many random anonymous people to play somewhat nice together. Screw the tone, you can all go to hell. Jackasses.

Coolest Census PSA Ever!

Geek love knows no boundaries of race, color, creed, or sexual orientation!

‘Course, if Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Batshite) and Ron Paul (R-Bugfvck) can agitate Texans into losing votes & funding for fear of OMG ZOG, that’s just the cherry on the sundae…

Something to Think About

Here’s an email I got:

John –

I’ve been reading your site for a couple of years, though posting only rarely. I love: Tunch, Lily, photo’s of the two of them, Rescue stories, Thursday night menus, your openness, your interests (though I can’t say I’m a Steelers fan), your distaste of certain kinds of internet craziness (I seem to remember you telling posters to stop going on about Andrew Sullivan and his obsession with Sarah Palin’s baby), the care that posters often show for you and other members of the community, the not-compulsive ideology of Balloon Juice.

Recently, I feel like some of the posts and comments are getting meaner/more hyperbolic/less insightful. The hullaballoo today over FDL seemed nutty and overwrought (and not even you were able to calm those waters for awhile!) I posted on 3/25 in response to a mistermix front page comment: “I used to think that the notion that the Catholic Church is an institution devoted to fucking young boys was just a joke. But it’s clearly a fact.” I’m not Catholic, I’m hugely liberal. I hate what is happening in the Catholic Church and the awful responses from the Vatican. But, come on. It’s just not an “institution devoted to fucking young boys.” I don’t learn from that. I don’t get ideas from that. I’m not motivated to act by that statement. A couple of your readers really took me on in the comments…some responses were very thoughtful…some were just over-the-top nasty. One guy (I assume) said he wasn’t interested in any useful discussion on the topic. So why would we be spending time here?

Anyway, my question for you: Do you think the tone is changing on your site? I’m feeling kinda sad.

But best to you — and your pals — in your new home.

And Mistermix- just so people know publicly, I thought your statement was over-the-top and just the kind of thing I would have said, so don’t think I’m attacking you. But maybe that means I’m the problem.

But has the general tone changed here? We’ve always been shrill, but the comments do seem more in your face, there does seem like there is less snark. Maybe everyone, from me down to the first time commenters needs to tone it down a notch. It just doesn’t seem that friendly here anymore some days, and it doesn’t seem like there is as much room for dissent as there once was, and I blame myself for that.

Something to think about. I’ve got a bunch to do and probably won’t be back until dinner. Have a good one.

Another Take on Pageviews

Following up on AK DougJ’s post about the noble search for readers at Politico, I thought John Gruber at Daring Fireball got it about right:

[…] Pageviews, as a metric used for directly billing advertisers, are a scam. Publishers game it with sensational link-bait articles and bullshit tricks like breaking articles into multiple “pages”. Advertisers get stuck paying for valueless impressions. Readers get stuck with the sensational bullshit articles, the tricks (like breaking single articles into multiple “pages”), and suffer through too many annoying ads surrounding actual content.

It is, as Jim Coudal and I argued at SXSW, a race to the bottom. Be careful of the “everyones” who say pageviews are imperfect but the best we can do. They’re the ones who are happy with the web as a market for bullshit.

Politico, of course, splits their stories. As for sensational bullshit articles, it’s been known to happen.