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permlink browser feature dreaming

Frivolous feature dreaming: I want TiVo-like thumbs-up and thumbs-down buttons on my web browser, so when I arrive at a site I've only ever visited once it shows me what my rating of it was last time.

(I just ran across some obscure blog I would give at least two thumbs down. I hope I never have cause to visit again, but if I ever did I'd like to know that weeks or months ago I pegged him as aggressively anti-rational and Not Worth Listening To.)

Oh, and having the ability to search within a web page using regular expressions would be cool. permlink     2 comment(s)  
This isn't quite what you're looking for (I don't think; I can't actually use it), but interesting nonetheless.
      ...posted by TheBrad on June 14, 2002 5:15 PM
That is interesting; it seems to emulate the TiVo Suggestions idea, which is more complicated than my thought. Also it's one of the only times I think I'll ever see "Stumble!" as a command.
      ...posted by Steve on June 14, 2002 5:25 PM
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permlink hart-rudman on DHS

Given that they studied the threat of terrorism within the U.S. very recently and had already issued recommendations for reorganizing relevant government agencies early last year, I was very curious to hear what Warren Rudman and Gary Hart thought of the Bush plan.

In an editorial today they agree this is what should be done, which carries more weight with me than all the rah-rah rhetoric Bush can muster:

Restructuring for Security [NY Times]
Creating a Department of Homeland Security, as President Bush proposes, is not only a necessary step, but one that should have been taken well before Sept. 11. Virtually all the pieces of the new department already exist; they need to be organized. And we have already determined to spend about $38 billion a year on homeland security. That money should be allocated through a single accountable official.

Is this "big government"? Yes, but sometimes effectiveness requires scale.

...from 1998 to 2001 the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century, which we led, undertook the most comprehensive assessment of national security in a half-century and warned of the terrorist threat as early as September 1999. On Jan. 31, 2001, after more than two years of hearings, briefings, seminars, travel and discussions with experts, the commission recommended that President Bush create a national homeland security agency.

We saw this as necessary not only to defend against terrorism but also to satisfy one of the most important principles of democratic government: accountability, ultimately to the people. ... Congress, supported by the American people, should move quickly to create the Department of Homeland Security.
The original reports from the Hart-Rudman commission are available at permlink     1 comment(s)  
The devil, as always, is in the details though. Given that Bush's proposal doesn't really do too much with the FBI or CIA, one wonders if we'll end up with three big intelligence agencies (instead of 2) battling it out with their stupid pissing contests.. er... 'turf wars.'
      ...posted by Mrs. NowThis (aka Medley) on June 13, 2002 2:06 PM
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