October 8th, 2008


The Feds have indicted a college student for hacking Sarah Palin's email account.  The story says he did it using Yahoo's password recovery tool.  Enough of her 'personal information' was publicly available for him to successfully pose as her.

Uh oh.  I have Yahoo email.

But probably no one wants to read it that bad.

I suppose the college student didn't think through the fact that this particular hack would get the attention of high government agencies.  When they decide to devote their resources to tracing internet exploits, they're pretty good at it.

I would get nervous
if I thought my hack
would be tracked back
by the Secret Service.


These deals where the government insures things, or sets up a quasi-business entity to insure things, are not really like commercial insurance.

Because they're almost always set up to "insure" something that normal insurers don't want to insure - because it looks too risky.

The politicians praise the up side -
now people can buy homes!
No longer will they be tortured
by actuarial gnomes.

As Barney Frank said: "I do think I do not want the same kind of focus on safety and soundness that we have in OCC [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency] and OTS [Office of Thrift Supervision]. I want to roll the dice a little bit more in this situation towards subsidized housing..."

Rolling the dice
is all very nice
until, instead of baby getting a new pair of shoes,
you simply and suddenly lose.

Map Reading

I was just looking at a map of the United States, and I came to a realization.  

Now that I've visited Utah, I have been to almost all the states.

I only have two to go:
Alaska and Idaho.

I figure I should visit Alaska first, on a fact finding mission.  I figure that our next president will be from Chicago.  But I figure the president after him may be from Wasilla.

The parties take their turns
as the country's stomach churns.