Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Google: Getting there

We read:

"GOOGLE has revamped its internet search engine to integrate video, books, maps and news into "universal" results to online queries. Google spent two years transforming the architecture of its search engine to broaden results to include web pages that one had to previously seek out in separate search categories such as "photos" and "news." "It's all the stuff on the web," said Google's vice-president of search products and user experience Marissa Mayer. "The assumption is that if it is there and it is findable on the web we should get it." The "Universal Search" platform delivers more comprehensive results and raises the profiles of Google features such as online books and video Google co-founder Sergey Brin said."

They ARE getting better. In a quick look today I found only two articles online that they did not have: here and here. And in both cases they did have PART of the article concerned -- so that must have fooled their algorithms.



An oldie but goldie post lifted from Ed Driscoll. See the original for links

Forgive me, please, for chuckling a little at Radley Balko's new meme, but he's definitely onto something:

"You know, you sometimes get the feeling the day after the polio vaccine was invented, today's left would have run editorials lamenting the good ol' days, when we were a little more cautious about what swimming pools we jumped into, and expressing sadness that we'd now have no new stories about the afflicted overcoming their disability to inspire the rest of us.

I'm not kidding. They're that resistant to change. Every mill that shuts down is a "sign of our sad times." No matter that the new mill will do things better, faster and cheaper than the old one. New farming techniques grow more food on less land. But dammit, if there wasn't something romantic about the old-stye "family farm" that's deserving of government protection. Innovation isn't celebrated, it's excoriated for displacing some idealized vision of the way things once were. In matters of progress and dyanmism, the left is far more conservative than the conservatives are.

Radley's far from the first guy to notice that the left are far more reactionary these days than the right ever was, but "the conservative left" is a great way to phrase it.

UPDATE: Let's look at the election from the point of view of the ones now standing athwart history and yelling stop (to coin a phrase). A narrowly-elected president who's spent the last four years toppling the Taliban, putting Al-Qeada on the run, arresting Saddam Hussein and getting Libya to allow inspections of its nuclear program, not to mention making the Tranzis of "Old Europe" look like fools, even as he enlarges several of your social programs has got to drive you absolutely, totally insane.



Read about the making of the great Fred Thompson video about Cuba and Michael Moore here. I love that guy, cigar or no cigar.

An Irish paradox: "Three days before the Republic of Ireland goes to the polls Bertie Ahern, the Taoiseach [Prime Minister] and Fianna Fail leader, has yet to convince voters that his stewardship of Europe's leading economic success story merits returning him to power for a third term in office. It is the Irish conundrum: after more than a decade of Celtic Tiger wealth and job creation, a series of budget surpluses and the spectre of Irish terrorism vanquished, why is Mr Ahern struggling to survive? "It's not the economy, stupid" could be the theme of the strangest election in decades."

Sweden finds a decent Muslim: "In a tall, blond government, a small black woman like Nyamko Sabuni was always going to stand out. It is, though, the former refugee's outspoken views that have demanded attention in her adopted Sweden, where she wants a ban on the veil for under-15s and compulsory gynaecological checks for all schoolgirls to protect against genital mutilation masquerading as "female circumcision". Her views have led to death threats and round-the-clock protection in Europe's most tolerant country. Being appointed Minister for Integration and Equality in the right-wing Government provoked a petition signed by 50 Muslim organisations declaring that she "breathed populism and Islamophobia". Ms Sabuni, 38, whose mother was a Muslim but who describes herself as "not religious", is unrepentant. "Arranged marriage is not something recommended by Islam," she told The Times. "Nor is genital mutilation. Many people say this is our tradition, our religion. But it is unacceptable, whatever the reason. I will not be scared into silence. I will never accept that women and girls are oppressed in the name of religion."

Israel-hating British doctors get a reply: "" We are being innudated with support..." was the reply by Esti Sherbelis, International Public Relations Officer of the Israel Medical Association in response call for physicians signatures by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East to a letter from the the IMA to the British Medical Association and World Medical Association. This initiative was in response to a call by a 135 British physicians to ban the IMA from the World Medical Assocation recently published in the Guardian."

British journalists confess to their bias against Israel: "At their annual meeting in April, Britain's National Union of Journalists passed a resolution asking for "a boycott of Israeli goods similar to those boycotts in the struggles against apartheid South Africa led by trade unions, and [for] the [Trades Union Congress] to demand sanctions be imposed on Israel by the British government." In itself, this is a remarkable display of bias by journalists covering one of the modern world's most contentious conflicts. The New York Times' ombudsman, Byron Calame, observed last year, "Keeping personal opinions out of the public realm is simply one of the obligations for those who remain committed to the importance of impartial news coverage." The NUJ also "called for the end of Israeli aggression in Gaza and other occupied territories." Since NUJ members presumably read newspapers as well as write for them, they should be aware that Israel expelled all of the Jews from Gaza in 2005. Other than kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, there are no more Jews in Gaza. Israeli troops have only returned to the Gaza Strip in response to continued attacks originating from that increasingly fortified territory. The NUJ failed to publish their resolution on their Web site, perhaps sensing their prejudice was only exceeded by their ignorance."


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"Why should the German be interested in the liberation of the Jew, if the Jew is not interested in the liberation of the German?... We recognize in Judaism, therefore, a general anti-social element of the present time... In the final analysis, the emancipation of the Jews is the emancipation of mankind from Judaism.... Indeed, in North America, the practical domination of Judaism over the Christian world has achieved as its unambiguous and normal expression that the preaching of the Gospel itself and the Christian ministry have become articles of trade... Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist". Who said that? Hitler? No. It was Karl Marx. See also here and here.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist" (Nationalsozialistisch) and the full name of Hitler's political party (translated) was "The National Socialist German Workers' Party".


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hello John, this is CGVet58 fm over on the US side.

Re: not so bad - I generally support President Bush, though we do part on two fronts: immigration and prescription drugs for seniors. Immigration is fairly clearcut - this recent bill helps no one but the politicians who don't think they are accountable for the fiasco they've presided over. The President hangs his hat on a sense of compassion for those illegals already here - I'm of the mind that (even legally...) our immigration is the most open of any first-tier nation. joined with the natural charity-mindedness and fairness of the average, Red-state American, with our being a very giving people both through government charity and private, and just plain old-fashioned and time-tested Anglo-Saxon fairness - and you'll understand when I say that we are an already compassionate people (some would say, perhaps too much so???).

The prescription scheme was a bad ploy - much talk of our seniors needing this - which is partially correct, SOME of our seniors do, but this is also the most affluent demographic group in the country - you know that house down the street in Greenwich that costs $800,000? Well, 30 years ago - when these seniors were my age - they were buying these houses for 35-45,000. This demographic has benefited greatly from the RE boom and from the Reagan economy.

As for the seniors who do need it, why, we used to have a program called medicare which was designed to assist those in such need.

anyway, that's my .02 worth - lots more to say, but I love reading it from your mind! Where else do you see President Bush as a liability?