Been Awhile…

So here’s a poem, since it’s been awhile. I guess we can call it The Children.

The Children said “No Thank You Ma’am”
The Children said, The Children said;
The Father said “I Have a Plan”
No Thank You Man, No Thank You Man;

“The Children Are Not Up For Sale,”
The Wise One said and Took My Hand;

“The Children Are All We Have Left,
Now That the Veil Has Touched the Sand;”

“The Wise One Cannot Sleep To-day,”
The Children said, The Children said;

“He Must Remain Awake to Play,”
The Children Pled With Certain Dread;

“And Then To-night I Will Remain,”
The One Wise One Affirmed the Claim;

“Remain to Banish Father’s Fame,”
The Wise One Spoke With His Gaze Trained;

“To Discard the Switch And Light the Den,”
I Said to Him with Mighty Grin;

The Dusty Father Came to Get,
The Wise One Watched Him Throw a Fit,
He Tackled Father to the Ground,
And Said to Him Without a Sound,
“Be Gone So That the Children Play,
Or You’ll Drive Yourself to the Grave;”

Father Nodded And Gave His Wave,
Turned to Look In the Wise One’s Eyes,
Father Said “I Apologize,
Play My Children, Enjoy Your Youth;”

The Father Left Us Alone Then,
But Mother Came to Call Us In;

The Children said “No Thank You Ma’am,”
The Children said, The Children said.


Major League

I feel like Randy Quaid in Major Lague for saying this, but it’s how I feel.

Right now, the Democrats have what looks like an easy enough mid-term election ahead of them. The GOP is crouched and ailing from scandal and failed policy. Bush is at his lowest approval of his presidency.

Hell, the Democrats are even starting to show their teeth a little and seem to be uniting. They are endeavoring to outline plans for national security among other changes; they are starting to move on the offensive.

But I’ve got no confidence in them. They couldn’t run a strong candidate in 2000 or 2004, and as a result allowed both elections to narrowly go to Bush. They lost two senate seats in 2002 and four in 2004. Seven house seats in ’02, three in ’04.

This year the House and one-third of the Senate are up for election. And it just looks too good to be true.

And despite my optimism, that the Democrats might prevail, and that they would then actually do the right things, I have this nagging need to cry out, like Randy Quaid’s character.

As a side note, apparently he was not credited in either Major League or Major League II for his role.


Article I Section VI

They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

I do not know the whole story regarding the Cynthia McKinney case. I do not know in what fashion she struck the officer. I do not know where she was going at the time. It could very well be that she deserves to face charges.

On the other hand, I do know that under certain circumstances she had every right not to be stopped.
And I know that the comments by many of the GOP are flat out wrong in that context. I know that the Congressional Representatives and Senators are exempt from these checkpoints under the US Constitution; I know the only way to change that is to amend that document.


Bad Omen

I just found out the Alabanana 2006 Gubernatorial Primary Election takes place on 06/06/06.

Damn you beast! Why must you eat our souls?!


How to Make Money

How to Make Money (By Being a Dick)

Maybe I’ll write something more in-depth on this at a later date. For now, just a brief overview of the practice. It’s not that far removed from e-mail spam, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you or me. Basically, there is a way to make money, and lots of it if you work hard at being a dick.

The basic business model is generating web traffic for bullshit. We’ve all seen it happen via placeholder pages and the like, but those are not proactive dickery. The proaction comes in the form of comment spam, message board spam, and the like. And now, a new flavor: wikispam.

Basically what happened was this: I recently, out of curiosity and such, joined Wikipedia. In the process of the ins and outs of checking on pages of interest to me, I came across a curious change: someone changed an innocent link. At first I thought better of it, they were just optimizing the link or such. Upon further investigation, I found out they were doing no such thing. They were optimizing the link, to generate revenue for themselves. Basically, they have an affiliate account with amazon, and when someone clicked the link and actually made a purchase, they made a commission off of it.

I looked at the other edits by that IP, and what did I find? “Drug information” pages that were no doubt facsimiles of other information, with adsense embedded in the page. A small, three-byte edit of an author’s page: .net becomes .com. The .com page contains links to the author’s works for purchase on amazon, with the referral link.

Basically, there is a new type of entrepreneur emerging in the internet age. It’s not entirely new, with spammers having been around, but more and more it’s about getting traffic without giving content. Making money by putting yourself between the transaction… becoming a middleman with very little effort. Well, not little effort; no doubt such people spend an abundance of time optimizing their routines, and getting their traffic generating links wherever they can manage.

Awhile back I even read a story explaining how one man pulled in $500,000 in a year by maintaining hundreds of sites, and no doubt making himself as big of a dick as possible.

I’ve thought about that job, about putting ads on this page, or setting up a garden of pages to generate revenue… but at the end of the day unless I’m actually providing something positive, I’d rather starve. If I had something I felt like deserved monetary reward on here, I’d probably put a paypal link or such, maybe some adsense, but I don’t. And I don’t think I ever will; there’s no real traffic generated by this little site, and the amount of effort I put into it is purely for the sake of learning and enjoying that.

Sure, I wouldn’t mind $500,000 a year, but being a dick is too high a cost.