All Posts Tagged With: "Communication"

Big Brother is Watching..New Bill to Give Obama Control over Internet

Just when you thought it wouldn’t get worse, it does.  A pair of bills (Sen 773 & 778) have been introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (W-WV) that would be a part what’s being called the “Cybersecurity Act of 2009”.  These bills would grant the White House sweeping new powers to access private data online, regulate the cybersecurity industry, and shut down portions of internet traffic if it deems there is an “emergency”.  A new office called the Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor would be created and would report directly to the President.  Hmmm….wonder how I apply for that position.  Do I have to pay taxes to be considered?

For your enjoyment, here is a working draft of the bill:

This new Act raises …

Can’t Spell? Let’s Make It E-Z On You.

This story (page 1 of Friday’s WSJ) takes the cake.  And it’s the last line that sums up why I’m frustrated by it:

We just want to make it [English] a little easier to spell.

Changing the spelling of words to be phonetically exacting is just wrong.  That way, you don’t have to know to spell “there”, “their”, or “they’re” correctly.  It would be “thair”.

It’s bad enough that many children would love a life sitting in front of video games all day without a care in the world, without a stitch of work to do, without any effort.

But it is fundamentally aggravating to see fully grown adults attempting to march the children down into that pit.

It’s not just the spelling issue itself, …

Keywords: How Do We Know The Meaning?

Anyone that knows me knows how strongly I pay attention to the words we use and understand them by their defined meaning. In my opinion, it is antithetical to accept word usage alone as the means for understanding a word’s meaning, such as the (to me) crass usage of “insure” to mean “to make certain that an outcome will occur” (also the definition for “ensure”), when the correct and only meaning should be “to provide a guarantee of correction in the event of an adverse outcome”. Unfortunately, the fact that word usage and education have become so careless over time has brought us, in less than 40 years, to a place where the meanings of words have changed simply because enough people have slaughtered their …

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