Google ads update

It was almost exactly two years after I put Google ads on my blog that I got my first check a couple weeks ago. It was for just over $100. Today I enabled another Google ads block that is supposed to be better for video ads which I expect will be the “up and coming thing”.

Maybe I’ll get another check for $100 after only one year instead of two years. Certainly I won’t be “quitting my day job” anytime soon.

You could be fired for reading this

I was given a book by a friend recently. Very interesting and entirely consistent with what I have been hearing from my lawyers. The book is You Could Be Fired for Reading This Book: Protect Your Employment Rights. I have a little bit of a problem with the phrase “Employment Rights”. You don’t have a “right” to employment. But other than that it’s a good book. Perhaps I’m nitpicking but in my case certain individuals committed a felony against me in the workplace. The employer could have investigated when they became aware of it (that email went to everyone on this list) and corrected the problem and reported the felony to Federal prosecutors. They did not. That made them a part of the crime.

Lots of things in the book were surprising to me and others I have mentioned them too. Let’s take some examples (not from the book but similar):

  1. Suppose one of your co-workers gets upset because you correctly predicted that their approach to a problem would fail. And to make things worse with 1/3 of the budget gone you get the project turned over to you to “go ahead and do it your way.” You then succeed and get high praise from the customer. This co-worker then tells the boss that you have been barking at the full moon and molesting small animals with shovels and rakes and implements of destruction. Your boss confronts you, you deny it, and without attempting to verify the story fires you and says it’s for dishonesty–making it difficult for you to get another job.
  2. Suppose you have personal website praising the wonderfulness of the Partridge Family T.V. show. You boss has a personal website praising the wonderfulness of the Brady Bunch T.V. show and thinks the Partridge Family is crap. He fires you and even tells you and your co-workers why he did it.
  3. Suppose your boss is married and is having a sexual affair with one of her other direct reports (not her spouse) and he is also married. This subordinate apparently likes playing the field and starts making some advances toward you. You, not knowing of the affair, mention it to your boss. Your boss makes up a reason and fires you even though her having the affair with a direct report is grounds for termination of the boss.
  4. Suppose your boss put in your performance goals for the next year that you must publish five papers in public research journals and contribute to one or more conferences in person. If you don’t succeed you will suffer the consequences in your next performance review. Suppose he didn’t bother to get your goals written up and delivered to you until nearly half way through the year. You question how this is going to be possible because all your current research has at least some aspect that is classified and not allowed in public journals. New projects that might be entirely unclassified won’t be available until next year. Not to mention that the projects you are involved in were budgeted without money allocated for publication of papers or attending conferences and there is very little time to write the research papers and get them published. He assures you that the unclassified parts are acceptable to put in the research papers and you should “give it your best effort” in spite of the time and money constraints. You give a few hints about coming papers on your personal blog. Your boss reads your blog and fires you for not keeping company information private and possibly violating national security.

Now, take a guess and tell me which of the above you think are grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit in the United States.

The answer in nearly all states, and particularly in Washington state, is none of the above.

Wrongful termination lawsuits are very hard to even get into court. There are a very limited number of things (for example sexual, racial, age, or religious discrimination) that will get you any traction at all. And before you can even get the case into court you have to have some evidence or testimony, other than your own, to make the case it was one of “those things”. You can’t make your co-workers (who know they would be fired if they did) testify under oath until much later in the legal proceedings. You can’t demand internal documents that might collaborate your side of things until much later either. You have to have the evidence with you the last time you went out the door–which in itself could be considered valid grounds for termination if they found it out and used that as the basis for termination. That could ruin your chances of winning in court should you get so far as to have a jury hear the case.

And even just bringing a case against a former employer can make you unemployable. Future employers will be extra cautious about hiring “a troublemaker”. In short wrongful termination cases are tough and risky. I’m doing it anyway. I have the evidence to get us into courts. My lawyer and I are nearly certain we can prove the facts. We just have to prove the law supports us. More on that after PNNL gives us their response.

Wow! What is their definition of moral?

Of all the people to be given the death penalty there probably aren’t more than a few dozen in the last hundred years that were more clearly deserving than Saddam Hussein. Not only as punishment for his crimes but to prevent him from ever coming to power again. As long as he was alive their was the risk that he would be free and restored to power and take an incredibly bloody revenge.

Yet according to this report our European “allies” condemned the execution:

The United Nations, the Vatican and Washington’s European allies all condemned Saddam’s execution on moral grounds.

In my view the United Nations has no moral ground to stand on and should just shut their mouth and hide in the corner like they usually do. Or shall we talk about the sex scandals and/or allowing the genocides in Rwanda and the Darfur region of Sudan?

I’ll give the Vatican a pass–partly because it’s the Christmas season.

The Europeans are going to be learning their own lessons soon enough. The Islamic extremists who are taking over their don’t have any qualms about executions and the “moral objections” of the Europeans to them being given the option to convert or die will probably result in some of their positions on morality being revised.

Ewwww

And these are women who deliberately seek out this mutilation:

WEALTHY Australian women are jetting to Los Angeles for the hot new trend in plastic surgery — genital “rejuvenation”.

The doctor said surgery on the female genitals, which can include reshaping the outer genitals (labiaplasty), became the hottest trend in plastic surgery in 2006 in response to the popularity of Brazilian-style waxing.

“The extra skin women could hide before is now totally visible,” he said.

Posted in Sex

Time will tell

I’ve been watching my web logs pretty closely lately and I ran across this today. It’s got to be my favorite visit in the past couple of months. Notice the part in RED:

68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:54:36 +0000] “GET /Report.htm HTTP/1.1″ 200 22216 “http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&q=%22joseph+Huffman%22+pnnl&btnG=Search” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:54:36 +0000] “GET /_themes/pistol/sticharcoaltrans.gif HTTP/1.1″ 200 10962 “http://www.pnnl.info/Report.htm” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:54:36 +0000] “GET /_themes/pistol/textbull.gif HTTP/1.1″ 200 944 “http://www.pnnl.info/Report.htm” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:54:36 +0000] “GET /_themes/pistol/horizontal.gif HTTP/1.1″ 200 1110 “http://www.pnnl.info/Report.htm” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:54:37 +0000] “GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1″ 404 287 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:55:29 +0000] “GET /joeyouradumbass.html HTTP/1.1″ 404 296 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:55:29 +0000] “GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1″ 404 287 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:55:51 +0000] “GET /joe_your_a_dumb_ass.html HTTP/1.1″ 404 300 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:55:51 +0000] “GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1″ 404 287 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:56:17 +0000] “GET /Reinforcements.htm HTTP/1.1″ 200 31153 “http://www.pnnl.info/Report.htm” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:56:17 +0000] “GET /images/JoeComputer.JPG HTTP/1.1″ 200 29391 “http://www.pnnl.info/Reinforcements.htm” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″
68.113.0.103 – - [31/Dec/2006:02:56:17 +0000] “GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1″ 404 287 “-” “Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/418.9.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/419.3″

The part is red is a request for a file by the name of “joe_your_a_dumb_ass.html” which doesn’t exist. It apparently was just a message for me. Further information on this person is available from http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?GetLocation which yields Richland, WA. This is the home of PNNL and some of the bigots that committed the felony against me. Further information about this person is probably available from their ISP. Which nslookup shows as: 68-113-0-103.dhcp.knwk.wa.charter.com or Charter.com in Kennewick.

Probably the most telling is they are using a Macintosh computer. That narrows it down a bunch. I don’t know for certain who it is, so let just call him or her “John”.

John apparently has more than just a casual interest in my website. He spent the next forty three minutes reading my research notes and a bunch of other stuff. Then came back an hour and forty three minutes later to take a second look at the complaint we filed in court.

John, you probably had something to do with this or you wouldn’t be so interested in my website and calling me names. As for being a dumb ass, I would like to suggest that you committing a felony was a lot more dumb than me making the details of the crime public. Time will tell who is the dumber of the two of us but it appears to me you have such a big start in the stupid department it will be difficult for me to even come close. Have a happy New Year John–while you have a chance. It’s going to be tough once you start answering questions under oath. And another thing John, I know I have my share of spelling errors and typos but you should have said “you’re” instead of “your”.

Just another day at the range

With machine guns and flame throwers.

All perfectly legal and a good time was had by everyone. Except maybe the anti-freedom bigots reading about it at home.

Via Kevin.

One of the ways the anti-freedom people make progress is by asserting people like us are extremists, dangerous, and a “threat to society”. While in fact just the opposite is true. Even if you don’t want to take the time to assert (and/or prove) the anti-freedom bigots are a threat to society you can easily demonstrate the gun nuts (like me, Kevin, and his friends) are just ordinary people, are not extremists, and are only a threat to a tyrannical government. People, in general, want to be “in the middle” and “moderate”. By pushing the envelope in the freedom direction you make it easier for the “moderates” to be further from the anti-freedom bigots.

Do your part and don’t hide in the closet about it.

Quote of the day–Sam Ewing

The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect.

Sam Ewing
January 1991
Readers Digest Quote
[I never thought of it that way before but I wonder if gun control is an attempt by the government to gain more nerve and reduct the deficit.--Joe]

Christmas loot


Christmas 2006 for Joe

Notice the toothbrush in the lower left corner from Barb? That is to counteract all the candy and jam on the entire left side of the picture from all her other relatives.

James got me me the blanket underneath everything that supposedly says “blanket” in binary ASCII but I haven’t verified it yet. James also got me Obsession–The Movie and America: Freedom to Facism

I’m looking forward to testing out the Roomba from Barb. It’s charging now.

I got lots of new music from Barb to keep me entertained on my trips to and from Seattle. Although I’ll probably have just as much fun fantasizing about my future interactions with the felony bigots at PNNL on my long drives. The lawsuit being served is probably my favorite gift–even though I paid for it myself.

I’ve been told the new Battlestar Galactica series I got from Barb is better than the original one. James and I will be watching that in the evenings in Seattle just as soon as we finish off the Enterprise series.

I got all six of the flashlights from our daughter Kim and her fiancée Caleb. The LED one with the crank generator in the top right corner of the picture gets my vote for the best one.

The Boris Vallejo calendar was no surprise but then Barb has been getting one of those every year for nearly thirty years now. No reason to stop anytime soon.

The mug and the plate were hand glazed by Sara and Xenia respectively. That’s an image of Enterprise on a star background on the mug.

Xenia has some pictures of the other pottery stuff she did for Christmas including a better picture of the Boomershoot plate.

One Tyrant Down, Many to Go…

Watching the Saddam hanging, I experienced Three things:  First, a little bit of empathy for the idiot, which soon passed and is nothing to be ashamed about because its just human.  Second, a lot of empathy for his untold thousands of innocent victims– men women and children.  Third, the conclusion that they went awfully easy on him.  Had the table been turned and Saddam been the executioner, the condemned would have been beaten with rebar until he shit himself, had his ears cut off and fed to him, had his tongue ripped out, his knee caps shot, his face kicked in and covered with feces, then he’d be dragged through the dirt, spat on and hanged slowly in front of his wife and kids, all while Saddam watched, smoking a Cuban cigar with a great big giddy grin on his face.  But civilized people are better than that, I suppose.

Bigots in industry

I’ve said it before but talking with Lyle at UltiMAK yesterday I obtained some more evidence that gun owners are in many ways treated like blacks in this country were 50 or 60 years ago. Actual lynching don’t occur. Ruby Ridge and Waco come close in many respects but no ropes and trees were involved. But what does happen is marginalization, shunning, firings (mine and I know of three other people that had similar problems), and signs such as this one (St. Louis Missouri August 13, 2006):

When I see a sign like that I can’t help but think of signs like this:

From http://www.cah.utexas.edu/ssspot/lesson_plans/lesson_10.php
From http://www.cah.utexas.edu/ssspot/lesson_plans/lesson_10.php

And read through this list and find how many similar restrictions apply to gun owners. A sample:

  • Parks: It shall be unlawful for colored people to frequent any park owned or maintained by the city for the benefit, use and enjoyment of white persons.
  • Education: Separate rooms [shall] be provided for the teaching of pupils of African descent, and [when] said rooms are so provided, such pupils may not be admitted to the school rooms occupied and used by pupils of Caucasian or other descent.
  • Libraries: Any white person of such county may use the county free libraries under the rules and regulations prescribed by the commissioners court and may be entitled to all the privileges thereof. Said court shall make proper provision for the Negroes of said county to be served through a separate branch or branches of the county free library, which shall be administered by a custodian of the Negro race under the supervision of the county librarian.
  • Railroads: The conductors or managers on all such railroads shall have power, and are hereby required, to assign to each white or colored passenger his or her respective car, coach, or compartment. If the passenger fails to disclose his race, the conductor and managers, acting in good faith shall be the sole judges of his race.

Back to what Lyle told me–One of the limiting factors to growth in his business (gun accessories) is building stuff fast enough. For over a year he has been trying to find more machine shops to build his stuff. He has had something like seven or eight companies tell him they don’t want his business because it is gun related. He has been unable to find any new suppliers in the last 18 months. Legally I support their right to refuse to do business with someone. For example I wouldn’t do business with someone making “ovens” for Nazis. And I don’t want my Modern Ballistics program sold to certain organizations opposed to basic human rights. But that so many companies have this bigoted viewpoint tells us a great deal about the attitudes of this country.

The advice I gave Lyle was, “Ask them if they have a similar policy about doing business with blacks.”

Confirmation (I think)

One of the rumors I have heard out of PNNL was that I had modified one or more of my sites to treat visitors from the lab differently and put “malware” on the labs network. This claim is totally false and I sometimes wondered if anyone actually thought that. Perhaps someone did because I found this. It’s a report on my PNNL.INFO website in regards to spam, adware, and spyware. A number of the sites for which I am the webmaster and have some relationship to the PNNL conflict are shown to have been tested by McAfee SiteAdvisor. Others for which I am the webmaster have not been tested. I’m wondering if the bigots were trying to verify their claims by submitting my sites for analysis. If so, they failed. McAfee loves me.

It’s a little bit of a stretch but it seems to me this is another bit of evidence the bigots were spreading falsehoods about me.

Quote of the day–Lyle Keeney

Did you ever notice the things we do and consider worthless we call “academic”?

Lyle Keeney
December 29, 2006
[There was no need to make mention of Lyle's opinion on the quality of our education system. Also of interest while I was visiting UltiMAK yesterday was clutter on his office floor (see below). I wish my employer would let me have that type of clutter around. Not that I would do it, because I'm generally a little neater than that, but it would nice to have the option without being considered a threat to society.--Joe]

Something got their attention

PNNL has been visiting my blog again:

Domain Name pnl.gov ? (United States Government)
IP Address 130.20.121.# (Battele Pacific Northwest Laboratory)
ISP Battele Pacific Northwest Laboratory
Location
Continent  : North America
Country  : United States  (Facts)
State  : Washington
City  : Richland
Lat/Long  : 46.3282, -119.3222 (Map)
Distance  : 114 miles
Language English (United States)
en-us
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Out Click  
Time Zone UTC-8:00
Visitor’s Time Dec 29 2006 10:35:54 am
Visit Number 123,275

I wonder if it was the newspaper article or the lawsuit being served…

Quote of the day–USPSA Handgun Competition Rules

Practical competition is open to all reputable persons without regard to occupation. It may specifically not be limited to public servants.

USPSA Handgun Competition Rules
PRINCIPLES of USPSA Competitions
Draft–January 2008
[A reminder for those wishing to become oppressors. Government employees are servants. The way they are kept servants is by the people refusing to allow their right to own and use guns to be infringed. Reminding the servants of the skill of the people is a part of keeping the servants in line. The USPSA is part of that.--Joe]

275 pounds of potassium chlorate

I’m working from home (Moscow Idaho, not the Seattle area ‘home’) this week and arranged for the Boomershoot 2007 shipment of potassium chlorate to show up while I was here. All 275 pounds arrived today and is safely stored away. I need to buy another gallon or two of ethylene glycol (required for the most recent version of Boomerite) and I’ll have all the chemicals I need for the estimated 1622 pounds of HE we will use.

In other Boomershoot news there is only one position left and that’s in the .50 Caliber Ghetto. There is a waiting list of five teams (includes some of the people in the ghetto) waiting for a position in the main shooting area.

Gotcha!

Back in the late 90′s when I worked at Microsoft an anti-gun bigot invited a “team of professionals” to put on a presentation for Microsoft people on “Children and gun safety” or some such thing. Microsoft doesn’t (or at least didn’t) allow their facilities to be used for political activities and this bigot had some weasel worded title that made it almost sound like it was an educational instead of political presentation. I arrived 15 minutes or so early to make sure I got a good seat from which to video tape the presentation. I actually arrived before anyone, including the presenters, arrived. When they arrived I helped them bring in their computer and some other materials and help them get connected to power, etc.

By the time the presentation was supposed to start just two other people had showed up. I knew both of them and both were firearms instructors for Insights Training Center who also worked for Microsoft. They were Kevin Kerkam and John Fogh (see the quotes I have from John here). The “team of professionals” decided that with such a small group, I think there were five of them and just the three of us in the audience, that we should have an interactive discussion. But first they demanded that I put away my video camera and refused to tell me why. I finally did and they proceeded to tell us about how lax gun laws were and about all the things that needed to be done to “save the children”. One of the things we discussed was a “waiting period” before one was allowed to purchase a gun. I asked why they thought that was a good idea. And the poor woman told us it was because people needed time to “cool off” before purchasing a weapon. This didn’t really make much sense to me so I asked, “So, if I go into a gun shop, show them my concealed carry permit and a pistol on my hip then they wouldn’t need to make me ‘cool off’ before purchasing another one, right?” She turned a pale shade of gray and looked around at the people beside her as John, Kevin, and I smiled expectantly at her. Her fellow bigots didn’t look any more comfortable than she did and after a five or ten seconds of a deafening silence the head of Washington Ceasefire (I forget his name, but he resigned and went to work someplace else in late 2001 or 2002) spoke up and said something like, “We’re not going to go there.” The presentation went on for a little longer until John and Kevin also asked questions and made comments that made it clear to the “team of professionals” they were talking to people they couldn’t convert and had them outclassed in both brains and preparedness. The head guy called it quits and I went up to talk to him for a while as they packed up. They had made a claim about guns and suicide and he claimed to be friends with a researcher on the topic and in response to one of my questions he was going to “do some more research” on the topic. I exchanged email addresses with him and we discussed how suicide data could be examined to find out if the presence of guns increased the suicide rate. He thought I had some good ideas on how to reduce the potential for errors and biases and agreed to let me know the results of his contact with his suicide researcher friend.

After a week or so I sent him an email and we exchanged several emails on the topic. At first he “hadn’t got around to” contacting his friend and finally he just didn’t answer my emails. What I never told him was that I knew the research had already been done, I knew the results, and I knew he wouldn’t like them. I just wanted to see what kind of response I could get from him when he found out he was wrong on that point too.

I’m reminded of all this because another anti-gun bigot just got nailed on the “cooling off period” ruse. This time in Australia:

A parliamentary inquiry into gun-purchasing regulations has angered Tasmania’s anti-gun lobby.

The changes proposed by the State Government include bringing Tasmania in line with national gun trafficking laws, limiting gun use in the security industry and strengthening licensing processes for firearm dealers.

It has also set up a parliamentary inquiry into whether it is still necessary to have a cooling-off period before a person can buy a second gun.

Gun Control Coalition spokesman Roland Browne is furious.

“The cooling-off period for the second and subsequent firearms protects the community, it’s designed to protect women especially from abuse by firearm owners in the home,” he said.

“That was why it was put into the national firearms agreement in the first place.”

State Police Minister David Llewellyn says the cooling-off period for the purchase of a second gun does not prevent impulsive crime.

“The reason for that cooling-off period was to prevent impulsive buying of firearms that could lead to a crime, someone shooting someone in impulse,” he said.

“They’ve already got a firearm, then obviously it doesn’t actually achieve the outcome if you’re talking about the second firearm.”

Browne is furious? I’ll bet he’s just putting on an act to cover for the embarrassment of being nailed on the snow job they have been pulling on everyone. I’ll bet he would be “furious” if you asked him Just One Question too.

Inauguration of the ‘Roosevelt Courageous Woman’ award

From the Second Amendment Foundation:

BELLEVUE, WA – Recalling that the late former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a firm, if not outspoken, advocate of personal defense – she campaigned for civil rights in 1958 in Tennessee with a pistol on her car seat – the Second Amendment Foundation today is inaugurating a new award honoring women who use firearms in lawful defense against a criminal attack.

SAF Founder Alan M. Gottlieb announced the award’s first recipient will be a Mississippi grandmother who fatally shot a would-be robber in October.

“We’ve spoken to Harrison County Sheriff George Payne,” Gottlieb added, “who said he is proud of Beth Greer and that she is doing well in the aftermath of this traumatic incident. In defending herself, this courageous lady set an example for others to follow. In the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt, Mrs. Greer demonstrated that when someone has the will and the means to fight back, they can overcome and win.”

Cool!

Let the games begin

About an hour ago I got a call from John Trumbo of the Tri City Herald. He said he had just talked to Battelle about my lawsuit (Word .DOC file). Battelle said they hadn’t been served yet (not surprising) and would only say that I had worked for them between “such and such dates” and that I had worked on Internet security projects. He wanted to confirm with me, as stated in the complaint that I knew of nothing I had done wrong except for the allowing of my wife and daughter to use the company laptop to access the Internet and that it was against company policy. I confirmed that was the case. He stated it was hard to imagine anyone would try to build a case for termination based on their advocation of Second Amendment rights. I agreed but assured him I am certain that is the case. He said, “It will go out tomorrow.” And “Onward and upward I guess.”

We’ll see how my luck (very good for the last several years) with reporters and Second Amendment issues holds up under the pressure of an adversary like Battelle.

Update: It’s out. I can’t complain. I’m thrilled to confirm Battelle still claims the termination was “for violating PNNL policies (involving) inappropriate and unauthorized use of PNNL computers.” That would be the hosting of a personal website on a company computer as they told the Department of Energy which is totally false. And/or it could be the use of the company laptop by my wife and daughter a few times which is true but is not going to be believable as cause for termination to any jury. They are going to have a “fun time” making that case. More on the quandary they are in some other post.

Sex trial may affect bloggers

Interesting stuff. And not just because of the sexual aspects:

WASHINGTON: When Robert Steinbuch discovered his girlfriend had discussed intimate details about their sex life in her online diary, the Capitol Hill staffer didn’t just get mad. He got a lawyer.

If the case goes to trial, its outcome will be important both to bloggers and to people who chronicle their lives on sites such as MySpace.

IRS wants pipe bomb information

I just got a (virtual) visit from the IRS:

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ISP   INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Location  
Continent  :  North America
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State  :  District of Columbia
City  :  Washington
Lat/Long  :  38.8933, -77.0146 (Map)
Distance  :  2,072 miles
Language   English (United States)
en-us
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They did a search on Google for information on a pipe bomb case and found this post where I commented about being quoted by a newspaper on the case in question.

I wonder why the IRS is interested. It’s possible some folks at the ATF show up as within the IRS on because they share the same block of IP addresses or something (the ATF used to be entirely within the Department of the Treasury). But I find it more amusing to believe the IRS thinks there is money to be collected from people involved in the manufacture and sale of pipe bombs.