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Barney Frank in 2005: What Housing Bubble? -
Barney Frank in 2005: What Housing Bubble?
and now the housing market is going up... and guess what folks? most of the stimulus wasn't spent!!! we were had! - NoahDavidSimon
Forrest Cox
RealClearPolitics - Obama Clueless on Iran (Charles Krauthammer) -
RealClearPolitics - Obama Clueless on Iran (Charles Krauthammer)
"And where is our president? Afraid of "meddling." Afraid to take sides between the head-breaking, women-shackling exporters of terror -- and the people in the street yearning to breathe free. This from a president who fancies himself the restorer of America's moral standing in the world." - Forrest Cox from Bookmarklet
You gotta love Krauthammer: "[Regime change] would do to Islamism what the collapse of the Soviet Union did to communism -- leave it forever spent and discredited." President Reagan wasn't afraid to "take sides" against communism and look at the great results we got! Obama shows more respect to Iran's murderous leaders than to his own vice president. - Dawn
Top 10 Windows Applications! -
Top 10 Windows Applications!
Top 10 Windows Applications!
Top 10 Windows Applications!
A list of Great Windows Apps! - TheHenry from Bookmarklet
Some great programs on this list. I would have included Chrome instead of Safari, though. I think Safari for Windows isn't quite ready for prime time yet, neither version 3 nor 4 beta. - Ray Metzen
the fact that you have safari on this list means you have never actually used it for windows - Zach Scott
If you're a blogger, Windows Live Writer is a great free app and one that I'd have on my list - it's a rare gem from Microsoft ... - Patrick Jordan
@Patrick, I have used Live writer, I also agree it is a rare gem from Microsoft. I honestly don't like it though. - TheHenry
You must be smoking if you think Safari's a Top 10 Windows app - LANjackal
Not smoking. BTW I took what all you said, and I changed it to google Chrome. :) - TheHenry
Thanks for the info! - Mike Andric
@Ethan, wavepad is very easy to use, but not free. I agree though, Audacity is great - Techno Todd
Huh, I'd never heard of Update Checker before... Sounds pretty sweet... We'll see how it goes I guess - LarchOye
Looks FOSS heavy. I agree with Chrome and VLC as must haves. What's with the Fruity Safari logo? - Arawak
FileZilla, Notepad too - Vivek Puri
I find the Safari 3 to be a bit more better than the chrome, I didn't like the beta layout of the four though. Something was very un-safariish like. - Faraz Mullick
Faraz, it's probably because they appropriated Google's layout. TBH I actually like Chrome more than Safari, personally. - Chieze Okoye
Didn't like the list, and I don't use most of them. A bit lame. - Özkan Altuner
Hey, its one man's opinion. Don't hate. He amended the Safari recommendation which should give him some breathing room ;). - Arawak
Notice that, of the applications listed, 4 are available as native Linux apps (VLC, Thunderbird, Gimp, Picasa), one is due to be available on Linux (Google Chrome), and 2 address Windows' shortcomings compared to Linux (CCleaner, FileHippo). - Ghodmode from twhirl
that's because you have continuously thanked people or added bullshit comments everytime others have commented. And your alter-ego Techno Todd seems to do the same. Were really not stupid TheHenry - whatever you might think. - Zee.
You missed the best windows app, the logoff button :-) - Keith Bennett from Nambu
Chrome should be there rather than Safari. And Thunderbird is the ugliest mail app I've ever used. Functional for sure, but really, really needs a UI re-write. - Sparky, lurking
President Obama was golfing with his Commerce Secretary and Trade Representative as the U.S. Government announced a public health emergency.
Google OS
McCain's Early Recognition of Fannie/Freddie Crisis -
McCain's Early Recognition of Fannie/Freddie Crisis
To Robert Scoble: Antarctic ice is growing, not melting away
Sorry. Given the last conversation, I couldn't resist. :) - Dawn
I'm still waiting for someone to explain how humans were the cause of the last Ice Age/thaw. All I hear are crickets... - Craig Eddy
When you remember the Global Cooling scare, all this foolishness seems even more foolish - Robert Hafer
net loss of polar ice packs is increasing, we're losing the ice and the permafrost, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to avoid that fact. Your story about (one part of) Antarctica is interesting, but to extrapolate from that into the global situation is incomplete at best. - Anthony Citrano
Anthony: My argument is, and always has been, that it's ALL incomplete. I don't believe we are as smart as we think we are. This planet works in ways we can't even imagine. And when people say, as they often do, that all scientists agree, that's it's now a certainty, etc., etc. simply isn't true. They are only looking at one side. The debate isn't over. I say: Long live the debate!, and quit trying to shut up people who just want more answers, by calling them names and dismissing them as "idiots." - Dawn
We're not as smart as we think we are. I agree. I also agree that name-calling gets us nowhere, but many (most) people are children intellectually. Every high school debate coach worth her salt teaches students about things like ad hominem attacks, straw men, and all that - and how they distract us without moving us forward. But most human beings have no basic grasp of these elementary concepts and it absolutely kills healthy conversation and drives us further apart. - Anthony Citrano
I think it's fair to say it's certain that we're facing fairly dramatic climate change, and that some of the causes are human-centric. But generally speaking we have no way of knowing what the future holds. Predictive models for this are woefully inadequate. However, we should try to be less destructive, in my view, or Mother Earth's immune system is going to kill off the germ infestation called "homo sapiens". ;) - Anthony Citrano
To your other point about "all scientists agree" etc., I'll draw a parallel to an issue near and dear to my heart: US drug policy. I see it as a genocide and a moral crime against individuals and humanity. But good, smart people - even doctors - repeat lies about drugs that help to keep these policies in place. - Anthony Citrano
They don't *know* they are lies, but they've never bothered to check the research objectively, and just assume that what they've been told is true. Repeating "marijuana/ecstasy/LSD/whatever is bad for you" as some kind of certainty does not make it true. Anyway, not to hijack, but I wanted to illustrate that I totally know what you mean and share your frustration. - Anthony Citrano
What worries me is when people decide that non-mainstream views are dangerous and that it's a community service to 'protect' us from them. - Robin Barooah
Agree, Robin. - Anthony Citrano
All good comments, Anthony. Thanks. If I had more time, I'd probably respond to them more fully. Robin, the same can be said for people who decide that mainstream views are dangerous and that it's a community service to protect us from them. :) - Dawn
I'll throw one more thing out, since the two of you, Robin and Anthony, are pleasant to talk to, even though I'm sure I'm more conservative than you are: I believe everybody needs to learn the difference between societal mores and individual values. If we could all do that, it would help everybody SO much, and esp. the country as a whole. For example, it's absurd for people who eat meat... more... - Dawn
This is one of the most level-headed discussions on this particular topic I've seen here. Kudos to you all... - Forrest Cox
Dawn: You're right - I wouldn't want to be 'protected' from mainstream views either :-) - Robin Barooah
Dawn: great point about not judging people for their individual values vs understanding mores - Robin Barooah
I'm pretty conservative, Dawn (by my definition of the word anyway.) But thanks - likewise. :) - Anthony Citrano
Robert Hafer
Official: Chrysler Turned Down Loan Over Exec Pay Limits -
Good for them - Robert Hafer
So they turned down a gov't loan for private loans that cost the company more, in order to make sure the execs keep getting paid outrageous amounts. Good thing they're not a public company, because that would be the definition of not serving the fiduciary interests of the shareholders. - Andrew C (✔)
Craig Eddy
Obama Embarrasses Himself, and Us, Again -
Sure the rat of the world loves Obama; they love anyone that trashes the USA. - Robert Hafer
Rob Port
While Obama Shakes A Dictator’s Hand In South America He Stabs Israel In The Back
Welcome to the world of "up is down, and down and is up" - Craig Eddy
scott willeke
Bug: If I add a "Custom RSS/Atom" feed to a public room and check the "Include Entry Description as a Comment" box, then all those comments get spammed to my twitter account. Since those are not /my/ comments they should not be sent to twitter! They're just part of an imported feed in a room.
Does FriendFeed confirm or deny bug reports like this one? Is this the proper place to report them? - scott willeke
Sorry about this issue. We will look into it ASAP. - Bret Taylor
Thanks Bret. This is amazingly anoying. I had to kill the Custom/RSS Feed from the room as it won't stop spamming my twitter. See My Eye on Movies room and my twitter account. I was subscribed to with "Include entry description as comment". That seems to have caused all the trouble. - scott willeke
BTW: Bret. I loved your article Fascinating. - scott willeke
As with all FF services, posts and comments appear as being from the logged in user. - Mike Chelen
Forrest Cox
RealClearPolitics - Charles Krauthammer, Deception at Core of Obama Plans -
"Amazing. As an explanation of our current economic difficulties, this is total fantasy. As a cure for rapidly growing joblessness, a massive destruction of wealth, a deepening worldwide recession, this is perhaps the greatest non sequitur ever foisted upon the American people." - Forrest Cox from Bookmarklet
Seth Greenblatt
WebWait - Benchmark Your Website #web -
WebWait - Benchmark Your Website #web
"WebWait is a website timer. Use WebWait to benchmark your website or test the speed of your web connection. Timing is accurate because WebWait pulls down the entire website into your browser, so it takes into account Ajax/Javascript processing and image loading which other tools ignore." - Seth Greenblatt from Bookmarklet Last WebWait run loaded in 5.15s - ComicList
I think it is not accurate. Because it runs on your browser client and may not create accurate results. - AlpB.
CNBC reporter launches tirade against mortgage recovery plan. -
CNBC reporter launches tirade against mortgage recovery plan.
The guy is expressing how a lot of us feel, I'm a renter and I have no debt and this really pisses me off! - Brian
lol - Shey
"There were no such thing as Palestinians. When was there an independent Palestinian people with a Palestinian state? It was either southern Syria before the First World War, and then it was a Palestine including Jordan. It was not as though there was a Palestinian people in Palestine considering itself as a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist." - NoahDavidSimon from Bookmarklet
during the 1974 negotiations between Israel and Egypt, Kissinger told Golda “when I reach Cairo, Sadat hugs and kisses me. But when I come here everyone attacks me.” Golda responded: If I were an Egyptian, I would kiss you also. - NoahDavidSimon
"I don’t know why you use a fancy French word like détente when there’s a good English phrase for it — cold war." - NoahDavidSimon
"Let me tell you something that we Israelis have against Moses. He took us 40 years through the desert in order to bring us to the one spot in the Middle East that has no oil!" - NoahDavidSimon
Golda Meir. just in case you didn't realize she was no feminist. "Women’s Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It’s the men who are discriminated against. They can’t bear children. And no one’s likely to do anything about that." "Don’t be so humble, you’re not that great." "Those nuts that burn their bras and walk around all disheveled and hate men? They’re crazy. Crazy." - NoahDavidSimon
"Any one who speaks in favor of bringing the Arab refugees back must also say how he expects to take the responsibility for it, if he is interested in the state of Israel. It is better that things are stated clearly and plainly: We shall not let this happen." - NoahDavidSimon
"Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us." - NoahDavidSimon
"There is no Zionism except the rescue of Jews" - NoahDavidSimon
"We don’t thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient." - NoahDavidSimon
I find it unbelievable how intelligent she was. sadly intelligence and wit does not equal basic wisdom. She never believed that the Arabs would continue to declare war. She believed in her heart that they would see her logic. She made many strategic military mistakes. Especially before the Yom Kippur war in not attacking first when the Arabs were surrounding Israel and bringing their... more... - NoahDavidSimon
they deleted a video I did on Seesmic because I made fun of feminism in relation to the state of Israel. as you can see Golda was no feminist - NoahDavidSimon
Forrest Cox
Why the Stimulus Won’t Work: Thugs Ransacking My House » The Foundry -
"Profits and losses are signals in a market economy. Huge losses in the financial sector signal that that sector needs to shrink. Instead Obama is talking about buying and insuring toxic assets. They think they can force the financial sector to lend. But if businesses are not profitable then it makes no sense to lend. Cuts in payroll tax would make businesses more profitable." - Forrest Cox from Bookmarklet
Rob Port
Obama Looking To Influence Census, Only Fox News Cares -
Craig Eddy
GOP Sounds Alarm Over Obama Decision to Move Census to White House -
Scott Monty
Plug-in Ford Transit Connect to make its debut in 2010 | | Detroit Free Press -
Engin Eraydın
I'm looking for a software that checks a web page and alerts me (and shows a snapshot) if changes were made. I should be able to select which part of the page to be checked. Also try - TrafficBug
I was using a freeware 5-6 years ago. Can't remember its name :( - Engin Eraydın
Thanks Dennis. But I'm still looking for a small application. - Engin Eraydın
some day you would be able to use for this :) - Peter Theill
I keep hearing that "website watcher" by aignes is truly excellent, because it can learn/tell the difference between things like the date changing and real new content, can even be used to monitor forums or rss. - Iphigenie
IE8 will have something that does this: - Sprague D
if you're looking for Windows application you should really check Update Patrol at - Peter Theill
I use the Firefox addon Update Scanner - Tim Hoeck
Nathan Chase
Extended Task Manager for Windows -
Extended Task Manager for Windows
Extended Task Manager for Windows
"Disk I/O" chart allows you to monitor which applications utilize most of your disk at the moment. Another useful feature is the ability to locate Windows processes that lock a specific file. For example if you are unable to delete or rename a file, you can quickly find how it is used and possibly exit or kill the application that locks it" - awesome... - Nathan Chase
I personally prefer Sysinternals process explorer. Same functionalities and lot of more others to explore ! - Guy Vander Heyden
I have used Sysinternals proc manager before. Have to check out this thing - TrafficBug
i like that it can replace the normal task manager easily - Nathan Chase
Oldengrey (Jay)
Obama embraces torture. - Moe_Lane’s blog - RedState -
* Mark Kleiman. Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture. * Andrew Sullivan. Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture. * Hillary* Bok. Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture. * Glenn Greenwald. Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture. * Kevin Drum. Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture. * Duncan Black. Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture. * Markos Moulitsas. Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture. * Jerome Armstrong. Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture. * Matt Stoller. Obama supporter? Then you are now officially pro-torture. * All the damned rest of you on the Online Left. Every single one of you who supported Obama. You are now officially pro-torture. - Oldengrey (Jay) from Bookmarklet
Is it me or is now just one big campaign website and propoganda mill? #tcot
Seth Greenblatt - Portable software for USB drives #pc - - Portable software for USB drives  #pc - Portable software for USB drives  #pc
"Now you can carry your favorite computer programs along with all of your bookmarks, settings, email and more with you. Use them on any Windows computer. All without leaving any personal data behind." - Seth Greenblatt from Bookmarklet
I love portable apps! In fact, I've got the suite installed onto my computer proper, since things like GIMP wind up taking less memory. - FFing Enigma
I don't use this myself because I live on my laptop so it is a bit unnecessary but I know many people who do use this and love it. - Aram Zucker-Scharff
Portable apps is total. I love the fact that I can trouble shoot some of my clients puters without dragging my laptop with me all the time.I have all the programs I need right on my stick. - Ron"micronet"Harwood
Colide81 (James)
Iran says Obama's offer to talk shows US failure -
Iran says Obama's offer to talk shows US failure
"US President Barack Obama's offer to talk to Iran shows that America's policy of "domination" has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday. "This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed," Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency." - Colide81 (James) from Bookmarklet
Gholam - a very scary puppeteer - Rich Chuckrey
@Rich lol! - Colide81 (James)
This is exactly why I don't want to have the United States talking to Iran. - Colide81 (James)
+1 James - Joey Gibson
wow, they just threw away all the good will they could possibly have earned in talking to the U.S. The sad thing is, I don't really see any other options, despite their rhetoric. Are we to sit around waiting for them to get the bomb? - Zach Landes
Zach: yes we are. Attacking Iran would cause a deep war and we can not afford it anymore. - Robert Scoble
Robert: exactly my point - They can insult us as much as they want and at the end of the day, we're the ones with something to lose and therefore we MUST talk to them. - Zach Landes
Since the Middle East public opinion generally means Jack to the Western countries, all that matters is how the US acts to make anything justifiable or not. If Obama extended his hand and the Iranian government doesn't shake it, they'll just change their status again from victims of Bush persecution to a real threat if they choose to keep on enriching uranium. - Rodrigo Jaroszewski
Can't say we didn't try. - Morton Fox
I'm surprised no one is talking about Iran's latest problem: not enough uranium. ( They are having problems mining enough to keep up their program. Although I don't think it makes them less of a threat, it should help to temper their expectations. - Chris Mayer
You are also missing the fact that he is posturing so his own people do not notice that he is stealing money from his own people to enrich uranium. This program will not bring any benefits to his own people. He is taking resources from them that could be used to provide medical care, better schools, better roads, better Internet, etc and is using them to build a bomb. That is a VERY expensive proposition. So, by making the west out to be a monster he is keeping his people from looking internally at him. - Robert Scoble
@Glen I didn't say they want good will - I said that any chance at good will they might have gained by talking to Obama has already been lost with these statements. - Zach Landes
@Robert: of course, The President of Iran is not in charge of Iran, he is only a confidant of the true ruler and a figurehead. - Zach Landes
All the U.S. administrations since Carter have "talked" to Iran. Some of them have even apologized to Iran. Bush talked to Iran thru back channels. Tick, Talk. Tick, Talk. - Oldengrey (Jay)
Glen, spot on. We'll see how far talking gets us. - Ryan Petty
Ok, so we want to talk, this should be viewed as a good thing. Why be critical of it if this is what they want? No, America's foreign policy hasn't been ideal of late, and our image has been tarnished, but why not welcome this opportunity for positive change without a snarl of indignation? - Jamie Mack
Bigger leaders have said dumber stuff. It doesn't mean anything and any American who hears this being said shouldn't take offense. Of course he's going to say something like this, untrue or not. - Patricia
Since when did the pronouncements of Iran's "leader" = the thoughts/wants/dreams of Iran's people?? ::scratches head:: - Will DeLuca
This is why a lot of Israelis are so nervous. Most of you guys are thousands and thousands of miles away, but we all know where Iran will toss its first nuclear bomb, and I'm not too thrilled at the prospect of being radioactive toast here. - Lisha Sterling from twhirl
Man, if Iran drops a nuke on anyone, they're stuffed. I hope they don't, I don't think they will. - Will Higgins™
Iran won't. They're smarter than that. They know they'll get nuked right back. Ahmadinejad is a tad radical, but he ain't stupid. - Michael Forian
Ryo, the earlier they are stopped ever building a bomb the better/easier. Bush had one approach, Obama will try another. I hope it succeeds. If not, the other options are not pretty. If we can't muster the courage to stop them, Israel will. - Ryan Petty
Ryo so in other words you think everytime Obama screws up it's really just the Republicans fault? LOL if that is what you think Im sorry but that's crazy. - Colide81 (James)
@Dukeswharf, we can't put the toothpaste back in the tube. I don't think for a moment that if we all gave up our weapons that Iran would halt their ambitions. I'm not sure how Obama will convince them, but he is the smartest man in the world ;). - Ryan Petty
Chris Mayer
Guantanamo: The other side of the story -
"In fact, we treated the men in U.S. custody there with greater dignity, respect, kindness and compassion than any enemy that has been held in captivity by any army in the history of warfare. " - Chris Mayer
Craig Eddy
Iran says Obama's offer to talk shows US failure -
Diplomacy is just war without fighting (and usually with a lot less cost and more effect). - Brian Sullivan
"Diplomacy...what is it good for?" -- Neville Chamberlain - Craig Eddy
And if not diplomacy what is the answer in your mind in this situation? - Brian Sullivan
If there isn't a situation then doing nothing would be the appropriate thing? - Brian Sullivan
I find it hard to negotiate seriously with a guy wearing one of those "Members Only" jackets. - Oldengrey (Jay)
Rob Port
59% Of Americans Afraid The Government Is Going To Spend Too Much Money
I know I'm afraid - Tiffany Edwards
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