Archive for October 27th, 2005

What’s Forbes’ Problem?

Forbes magazine rips into bloggers, blogs, and the blogosphere in their current issue, in an article so “fair and balanced” it must be making the goons at Faux News all warm and tingly. I certainly don’t expect anything other than yellow journalism from Forbes these days, but their legally questionable suggestions on how to stifle free speech are a new low, er, high, er, low for them.

A lot of bloggers seem confused by this, but it’s easy to explain; Forbes are simply shilling for the Republican Party and the White House, staunch (if absurdly crooked) allies and supporters of all things Big Business. According to fecinfo.com, Forbes’ executives have donated thousands in recent years to – almost exclusively – Republican candidates and PACs. Indeed, Mr. Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr – owner, president, and CEO of Forbes – has donated, by my count, sixteen thousand dollars – $16,000 – to Republicans in the last four years. Clearly, he knows which side his bread is buttered on…

Published in: General | on October 27th, 2005 | Comments Off on What’s Forbes’ Problem?

Pay to Play

Seems that Bryan Anderson is going to be charged with trespassing after falling down a silo at an abandoned grain mill in Minneapolis and requiring a four-hour rescue. Some people are acting surprised, or cynically suggesting that he’s being made an example of, but I think most of us can reasonably expect that, if we’re to injure ourselves in a location we’re not supposed to be and require prolonged technical rescue in the wee hours of the morning, we’re not going to get off with a warning. I mean, the Gods only know how much money his rescue cost; a lot less than the $100,000 the SPFD spent on the cave rescue/recovery effort a year or so ago, to be sure, but still enough that they’re not just going to laugh it off, good training opportunity or not. Accidents are one thing… avoidable misadventures are quite another. Since he’s not (claiming to be) an Urban Explorer (though he once started a snowball fight with one, rumour has it), it’s not like he even has that great of an excuse – if any, really – for being in the mill in the first place.

Where’d I file the earlier articles on Mr. Anderson? Ah, yes. ‘D’ for “Dumbass”…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', General, Urban Exploration | on October 27th, 2005 | Comments Off on Pay to Play