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Tuesday, May 31, 2021

W. Mark Felt, the former No. 2 guy at the FBI, has revealed himself to be the Watergate’s Deep Throat. A Nixon snub over the directorship of the FBI after J. Edgar Hoover’s death appeared to play a big role in Felt turning snitch.

Take note of this little tidbit about The Throat’s subsequent career path:

Tim Noah: I think you have to remember the sorts of crimes Watergate entailed. Burglaries. Illegal break-ins. Obstruction of justice. That sort of criminality is unusual, or so I would like to believe. Ironically, though, Felt himself was subsequently convicted on charges that he OK’d illegal (warrantless) break-ins into the homes of suspected members of the Weather Underground during the Vietnam War. He was pardoned by Ronald Reagan.

Anyone wanna bet that, had Reagan and other conservatives seriously suspected Felt and Deep Throat were one and the same, he never would have gotten that pardon?

UPDATE, 6/1/05: Predictably, and right on cue, the former Nixon gang confirms my guess:

“If he possessed evidence of wrongdoing, he was honor-bound to take that to a grand jury and secure an indictment, not to selectively leak it to a single news source,” Liddy, now a popular conservative radio talk show host, told CNN television.

Having someone as supremely devoid of honor as Liddy speak of honor-bound duty is so comical, it comes with a built-in punchline.

These chumps would like to paint Felt as an irresponsible whistleblower who should have gone through proper channels to get the situation resolved. They conveniently gloss over the fact that Nixon’s administration was so corrupt that any attempt to “handle it” would have been suppressed, and Watergate would never have come to light. They know as much, since they were all in on it; but it doesn’t hurt to try to whitewash 30 years later.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/31/2005 09:31:11 PM
Category: History, Political
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In Japan, vending machines dispense everything from beer to toilet paper. So it wouldn’t be surprising to find a machine that sells iPod Minis and Shuffles over there, too.

It is somewhat surprising to find such a machine stateside, though. And of all places, I’d never expect to see one at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, rather than, say, in San Francisco or New York.

One commenter on that photo wonders if the machine has an iTunes interface, so you could load up your new toy as soon as you buy it. It would make a lot of sense: Why buy an iPod at an airport, if you can’t get instant gratification by using it during your flight? Naturally, you’d need to charge it up by the same means — no big deal there.

Also, if you are able to buy iTunes content this way, there needs to be a way to transfer the files off the iPod and onto your home hard drive — something currently not possible without hacks.

(Via Whump.com More Like This)

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/31/2005 09:04:52 PM
Category: Tech
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Noticing that your favorite magazines are sporting new looks lately? It’s by design, a combination of more money and increased competition.

At the least, a redesign gives the title’s ad salespeople something new to talk about, both with existing advertisers and those who have passed on the title in the past. In media, as in the consumer world, new often translates to better, even when it isn’t.

In the end, it’s all about seeming to be one step ahead.

“It’s a constant process, but I also think that there is a new awareness that magazine publishers can’t rest on their laurels. They have to stay fresh,” says Peter Kreisky, principal of the Kreisky Media Consultancy of Boston.

Change is a natural impulse; you don’t want to keep the same look for more than a decade, lest your title starts blending into the background. Even if it’s wholly cosmetic, it gives a signal that the cards have been shuffled, and that there’s at least the promise of new meat to go along with the wrapping.

It’s a tip that websites large and small can pick up, too. Visual keys do a lot to keep eyeballs glued to the screen; a fresh coat of pixels can do wonders. The other extreme, of course, is the serial redesigns, where a new template goes up every couple of weeks (or a rotation of skins dominates).

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/31/2005 05:47:30 PM
Category: Publishing
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3d specs optional
Your optically-induced headache of the day, courtesy Fiat Blog!. It’s certainly eye-melting catching.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/31/2005 05:28:09 PM
Category: Bloggin'
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