Turbo Digital in the Twenty-First Century

5GBioShield ScamIn the latter part of the 1980s, the preeminent buzzwords in marketing were “digital”, prompted in particular by the compact disc as a music format, and “turbo”, from the exhaust-powered gizmos auto manufacturers began to use to get more zip out of tiny (compared to V-8s of a few years before) engines.  This resulted in these adjectives being plastered on products which had nothing whatsoever to do with either digital technology or turbocharging.  In the software world Borland International had a whole line of products called “Turbo Pascal”, “Turbo C”, etc., and “digital” showed up on boxes containing things whose only connection with the word was that they could be operated by fingers.  I especially remember ridiculously overpriced “digital speaker cables” which claimed they could better cope with the sound of compact discs.

Well, not to be left behind, I created my own logo in PostScript and started putting it on all of my software projects.... [Read More]


Follow the Money

Medical scamI never cease to be amazed how “lawmakers” in the United States continue to enact legislation while seemingly blithely unaware that their country contains one of the largest populations of grifters ever collected together in one political entity in all of human history (the inevitable consequence of legislation enacted since the start of the “progressive” era which rewards grifters at the expense of honest labour and commerce).

Have you harboured a suspicion over the last couple of weeks that the numbers of COVID-19 cases being reported in certain areas might have been inflated?  Well, let’s a take a look at the text [PDF without auto-parodic pseudo-parchment background] of the “CARES Act” (H.R. 748 / S. 3548) [and don’t you love the ironic names they give these things: “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act”?].  On page 142 (of 335) of the PDF, what should we find but:... [Read More]


Grifters on the Right

Well, whaddaya know, something worth considering at National Review.   I would not have seen it had they not linked to it on the front page at TheAmericanConservative.   The column is by Jim Geraghty, and it includes a really lame defense of David French (lame because he is talking past French’s critics; J. Geraghty evidently misses the point of our criticisms of D. French).

The worthwhile part of the column is pointing out how the TEA Party energy that was a true grassroots energization of the conservative movement in America lost its momentum.   The momentum was lost because a host of charlatans latched on like leeches and diverted vast amounts of funds into pet projects or their own pockets.... [Read More]