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A nasty but relatively harmless virus hit my laptop last Tuesday—it tells me that my computer is infected and that I need to buy antivirus software, which is false, except of course for the fact that it is now true.  But I’m told that it will not eat my brain or discover all my passwords and strew them across the Interwebs.  I’m going to have it scrubbed but good later today, though I did spend some quality time with Janet at Best Buy looking at new laptops on Saturday.  Because, mirabile dictu, she has the very same virus.  Also, I want a laptop that can play these new “DVD” things all the kids are talking about.

So I haven’t been paying much attention to bloggy matters lately, even though I need to follow up (more than once!) on that post for Dissent and have been mentally writing things for Crooked Timber for a few weeks now.  (First I have to finish reading this here book manuscript—almost finished, Exceptionally Patient University Press!  I’ll have my report this week.) I am given to understand that Obama is going to hand over all our hard-earned nuclear weapons to his Muslim friends, and that his refusal to entertain Sarah Palin’s objections to this plan is antifeminist.  I’ve also decided that I should be divulging some of the interesting things I’ve been doing and seeing lately—after all, I am a member of the Cultural Elite in good standing, and it’s not all Battlestar Galactica: Return of the Cylionese Liberation Army around here.  Sometimes we go see dancers and meet novelists and “take in” “plays” and of course “screen” “films.” Details to come, along with maybe a YouTube or two.

But for now, as I work on Jamie’s computer (with his permission), I just have two things to say about yesterday’s sporting events.

The first is that Tiger Woods let us all down by bogeying three of the first five holes at Augusta yesterday.  It is not simply the degree of his conduct that is so egregious here. It is the fact that he disappointed all of us, and more importantly, our kids and our grandkids. Won’t anybody think of the grandchildren? Our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children. And our grandchildren! Is there a way forward? I hope yes. I think yes. But certainly his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par, but measured by my personal sense of the sincerity of his efforts to stop duck-hooking the ball.

The second is that you can get into the NHL playoffs by winning a shootout?  Really?  A shootout?  What, the captains can’t meet at center ice, take off their gloves, and do “rock, paper, scissors”?  Because that would make more sense.

Not that the Rangers deserved to win, having been outshot eleven billion to twenty-five.  I’m just saying.

Back soon with either a new or a squeaky-clean laptop, and a couple of stories to tell.

Posted by on 04/12 at 06:28 AM
  1. After years of sustaining a healthy ambivalence about the shoot out, I’m now against it officially. Take note Gary Bettman.  No, the Rangers did not deserve to win the game, but Lundqvist certainly earned the right to lose the game under overtime rules. All season long, the Rangers were missing a Berube-type player --a playmaker who is tough in the corners, shows good hands around the net, and who will break a stick across the back of your knees (even his favorite stick) should you set up in the slot. 1994 is staring to sound like 1940.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  08:08 AM
  2. Actually I am worse than useless in the corners— but my hands around the net have been extra extra deft this year.  It’s looking as if my reflexes will be the very last to go.  When they do, I will know it’s finally time to retire and spend the rest of my hockey energy yelling at the television.  Also Gary Bettman.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  08:23 AM
  3. Same computer virus symptoms hit me twice in the past six months, first time on Thanksgiving Day. The folks at SlashDot call it “scareware” . Dr Web Cureit! solved my problem, sent my cyber-gypsies packing. YMMV.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  09:18 AM
  4. my personal sense of the sincerity of his efforts to stop duck-hooking the ball.

    Chicka-Wow Chicka-Wow Wow!

    Anyway, if viruses tend to plague you, I’m sure you should get a Macintosh something-or-other.  Then throw all your existing software away.  Think of it as the inevitable march of time, which I am currently facing as I finish porting all our old 8mm film footage over to Betamax in order to stay current.  Or you could purchase Parallels, and reinstall your existing Windows system inside a virtual machine.

    Alternatively, you could install Linux on a PC with no difficulties whatsoever.  Then throw all your existing software away.  Or use Crossover to run Windows applications under Linux.  Or you could install VirtualBox or VMware free edition, and reinstall your existing Windows system inside a virtual machine.

    Admit it: now you are really interested in running Windows inside a virtual machine, aren’t you?  Once you get your new Windows laptop computer, you definitely need to set it up to do that.  Then you can sit and wonder about what the ramifications of running Windows inside itself are for the nature of reality itself.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  09:33 AM
  5. I know. It’s so infuriating when sports icons can’t live up to my personal behavior and performance standards. It’s bad enough that I can’t live up to them.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  10:10 AM
  6. Indeed, I strongly believe that I have as much right to be disappointed by Tiger’s swing mechanics as a representative of an all-male, nearly-all-white country club has to be disappointed by Tiger’s off-course behavior.  Because some things are just plain wrong.

    And yes, I know I should be running Linus to the Max or whatever mds is talking about.  I actually did try out one of those Maxes on Saturday, but for some reason they fry my brain.  I did, however, get a rise out of one of the Geek Squad when I mentioned that my word processing program is WordPerfect 12.  It was like saying that my default browser is Mosaic.

    Posted by Michael  on  04/12  at  10:14 AM
  7. Not that someone who cheers (quietly) for the Leafs should have much to say about this, but I wonder how you would feel about the shoot-out had the Rangers won it. I really like shoot-outs that we win (I’m pretty sure there was one recently by some kid named Sid)

    Posted by Clare  on  04/12  at  10:30 AM
  8. Not only did Tiger not win, but I did not get laid by proximity.

    Talk about getting shanked!

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  10:46 AM
  9. Not that the Rangers deserved to win, having been outshot eleven billion to twenty-five.

    Not to be a stickler, but the correct way to say that number is eleventy billion, which is also the number of viruses PC are susceptible to compared to Mac’s one or two, and which my Mac obsessed friend never tires of reminding me.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  10:57 AM
  10. I would much rather see them play rock,paper, scissors with their gloves ON.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  11:31 AM
  11. I actually did try out one of those Maxes on Saturday, but for some reason they fry my brain.

    Oh, that’s clearly because you went with Apple instead of trying [Place name of random version of Linux here].  I mean, it’s not as if Ubuntu for Netbooks is that difficult.*,^

    I did, however, get a rise out of one of the Geek Squad when I mentioned that my word processing program is WordPerfect 12.

    Please tell me there’s video of this, even if taken with a wrong-handed camera.

    which is also the number of viruses PC are susceptible to compared to Mac’s one or two,

    Windows PCs.  Linux PCs aren’t generally susceptible to viruses either, which my Linux obsessed self never tires of reminding others.

    *Yes, that’s Windows 2000 in the background ... running in a virtual machine.

    ^Yes, yes, “OMG what happened to his feet?”

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  11:33 AM
  12. I can’t help myself.  I made the following inappropriate joke privately to my wife yesterday (and she, BTW, is pulling for the NJ Devils).  Now I will take the opportunity to make it publicly: Tiger must be completely unhinged.  “Gee,” he must be wondering. “Normally I’m pretty successful at getting in the hole quickly.  What gives?”

    And since we’re on the topic, I’ll also admit that I know nothing about hockey.  Rather, I’m a bit more concerned about my beloved Celtics, who are having their share of problems scoring/getting their balls close to the hole/etc.  Strange perverted season this springtime . . .

    Posted by J. Fisher  on  04/12  at  11:40 AM
  13. http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  11:54 AM
  14. Turns out my computer running on a computer needs have already been completely met.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  12:24 PM
  15. I strongly suspect that a bourgeois tax-payer financed junketeer like Michael is doing powerpoint presentations all the time (while no doubt outsourcing his grading). And much as I love my linux, Open Office doesn’t really do powerpoint well at all.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  01:44 PM
  16. Golf: the international currency of Frat Boy, Inc. Off a puto on a green today for Jee-zuss.  Pocka pocka, y’all.......:]

    (malwarebytes boys earned their shekels)

    Posted by Ezra Hound  on  04/12  at  01:54 PM
  17. And much as I love my linux, Open Office doesn’t really do powerpoint well at all.

    Somewhere, Edward Tufte weeps for what might have been.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  04:31 PM
  18. Ugh, I’ve had that computer virus before too! so creepy. Good luck though.

    Posted by  on  04/12  at  08:08 PM
  19. JJ’s suggestion is exactly what saved my computer from the virus of which you speak, and it will most certainly save the grandchildren of which you speak from the Tiger of which you speak.

    Posted by Dustin  on  04/12  at  09:11 PM
  20. Well one of those teams in the west will win it all; since i know nothing about any sports.  And i am ambicomputerus, working on PC Windows at work and a Mac at home (actually three).  I prefer the Mac with my own money, and Intel PC-Linux w/ Windows & Opera on someone else’s.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  12:15 AM
  21. Ah, the perfect marginality of writing a slightly off topic comment on a nearly dead thread on someone else’s blog!  I believe in suiting medium to message, or something like that.

    And since the message is yet more repetitive stuff about that Dissent post—what really gets me, I guess, in things like Greenwald’s post here.

    I read it, and follow along: Obama called for an assassination of a U.S. citizen, yes, that’s worse than merely imprisoning them without charge as Bush did, yes… and then I get to the part about due process.  Yes, no “due process” was followed when Obama sent out the minions of the state to shoot this guy.

    Do I really care about “due process”?  No, I really don’t.  I care about assassination orders being given, and about people being assassinated.  The right-wing legal geniuses that have brought us so many interesting legal decisions in the last decade are surely capable of turning up three judges to authorize the President to kill whoever he wants to, if that’s what it takes to check the due process box.

    I mean, I had thought that “due process” meant something like having a fair trial, and a jury, and the right to a lawyer and to confront your accusers and all that.  But none of that is really compatible with assassinating someone.

    So what’s going to happen is that people are going to call for rolling back the break.  And, triumphantly, there will be due process.  Of a kind.  I mean, you have to compromise, right?  Otherwise the break will never get rolled back at all.

    Like I’ve said elsewhere, I’m a firm believer in the lesser of evils.  But I’m not really sure that this is.

    Posted by Rich Puchalsky  on  04/13  at  11:20 AM
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    Posted by  on  04/13  at  11:24 AM
  23. Clare @ 7:  Not that someone who cheers (quietly) for the Leafs should have much to say about this, but I wonder how you would feel about the shoot-out had the Rangers won it.

    I would feel, quite honestly, as if the Rangers had weaseled into the playoffs by winning a skills competition over a team they didn’t deserve to beat.  Seriously.  I have no trouble putting aside my tribal loyalties for the Greater Good of the Game, as I did last year when the Rangers were up 3-1 on the Caps in the first round, and I turned against them and began rooting for Washington on the grounds that second-round playoff hockey should involve the best teams from the first round.  The Rangers were, and are, a B team with a spectacular goaltender, and if they had beaten the Flyers in a shootout, I would have a sickly hollow feeling inside today.

    Rich @ 21, I haven’t forgotten you, and I’ve read all your comments on the earlier post.  I still think you’re bending the question I posed, and construing “indefinite detention/ torture/ suspension of habeas corpus is a radical break with past practice” as “the discourse of the ‘radical break’ pins the blame on Bush and gives Obama a pass.” Those two statements just aren’t remotely the same thing ... and this is why I wish people knew more about the work of Stuart Hall:  the fact that he (rightly) declared Thatcherism to be a radical break did not lead him to give Blair a pass in 1997.  It’s not as if Hall said, “OK, Thatcher/Major were bad news, but everything is all right now.” On the contrary, he followed up his famous 1979 essay, “The Great Moving Right Show,” with a 1998 essay, “The Great Moving Nowhere Show.” Last but not least, the opposition I wanted to describe in that Dissent post was not, pace 3QD, a distinction between the “Chomsky left” and the “Krugman left”; it was a distinction between the Chomsky left and the Hall left.  (Since Krugman isn’t really “on the left” in any world other than that of wingnuttia.) I don’t know what it’s going to take to get people in the US outside the academic-cultural-studies bubble to read Hall’s work, but I’m gonna keep trying.

    Posted by Michael  on  04/13  at  12:25 PM
  24. I’d put a couple of things differently—I’d say that “indefinite detention/ torture/ suspension of habeas corpus is a radical break with past practice” is a false statement.  It’s false in terms of past practice because people actually were detained, tortured, and so on before the supposed break.  What the break consists of is not a break in practice; it’s a break in public / legal justification.

    That means that talking about “the break” already isn’t talking about time A when people weren’t tortured and time B when they were—it’s talking about a change in rhetoric.  And I don’t see how it isn’t vulnerable to Obama adopting that rhetoric.  If he says, “Yes, the break was very bad.  Luckily, it’s all gone now” what can you say in response?  That we’re still torturing people?  But we were before.  That he hasn’t changed the legal state of affairs, only changed his rhetorical stance from “torture is good” to “torture is bad”?  But legality is whatever the Yoos of the world say it is.  Obama can and will hire his own lawyers to say it’s legal.

    I’m not really concerned about “giving Obama a pass”.  He’s going to get a pass no matter what, just as Bush will never face any real responsibility for his actions.  Blaming him after the fact, historically, also really doesn’t do anything.  But what is it going to take to get people to actually oppose torture and indefinite detention?  It’s looking to me like the people who we’re hoping to convince with something like reason can’t be convinced about the “break”, because once they really look into it, there’s no break.  The people who we’re hoping to convince with rhetoric won’t be convinced, because Obama is better at rhetoric than we are.

    Posted by Rich Puchalsky  on  04/13  at  03:11 PM
  25. "I don’t know what it’s going to take to get people in the US outside the academic-cultural-studies bubble to read Hall’s work, but I’m gonna keep trying.”

    I think I asked this before, and vaguely remember getting some answer about there being a lot of scattered, unreprinted essays or something, but is there a single book that someone who does want to read Hall’s work in should try?

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  04:53 PM
  26. The Hard Road to Renewal—which, unfortunately, (a) is out of print, (b) runs for $140 or so on eBay, and (c) includes a couple of very important, biting essays (like “Realignment—for What?") that require some detailed insider knowledge of UK politics in the 1980s.  Verso really should re-publish the thing (in 2013, 25th anniversary edition) with footnotes. Or I should.

    Failing that, Stuart Hall:  Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies is the best bet.  But those essays are much more academic/theoretical, whereas Hard Road contains his more vivid, often brilliant polemics from Marxism Today.

    Posted by Michael  on  04/13  at  10:16 PM
  27. Damn, I’m surprised how bad I’m getting at self-promotion.  Chapter 4 of Ye Left at War is a precis of Hall’s work on Thatcherism.

    Posted by Michael  on  04/13  at  10:18 PM
  28. @Clare #7:  I really like shoot-outs that we win (I’m pretty sure there was one recently by some kid named Sid)

    I’m pretty sure that was the winning goal in overtime, not a shootout.

    Rangers played ultra-defensive, passive keepaway hockey for last few minutes of regulation and the entire OT, killing time for a shootout that they were sure they’d win.  Instant karma.

    Posted by Nell  on  04/13  at  11:49 PM
  29. @Michael and Rich P.:

    Could either of you point me to the thread you’re discussing?

    Posted by Nell  on  04/13  at  11:57 PM
  30. Or I should.
    Well, what about a new edition with annotation and a forward that reiterates Chapter 4.  I have a few of Hall essays scattered about in various books, but i would love a definitive volume of Hard Road.  As for the conversation.

    I had the opportunity to revisit the early 1970s in the US and reread some books and documents surrounding the Nixon/Ford administrations.  This was the point during which Cheney and Rumsfeld came to the fore, and with them came Addington, Card, and the other bad boys (capthca?).  With the Watergate hearings, the Impeachment articles, and the various attempts at reform (like FISA), we, the people, spoke in a mostly collective voice about the errs of our ways.  We accepted Nixon’s resignation as part of the reformative efforts.  But we overlooked the longterm views and positions of those that were never punished.  Cheney continued his rise, and with it, came his sole focus on the powers of the unitary executive.  He refused to accept Nixon was wrong. 
    When he, with the others, formed the Project for the New American Century, he articulated his longterm views for this country.  Among them were included the Patriot Act and the constructs for torture, rendition, and “enemy combatants.” He continued the Imperial Presidency to its logical ends, within which all means necessary are acceptable.  If there is any hope whatsoever of recapturing our nation, taking it Constitutionally back, we must put Cheney on trial.  It really is that simple.  Sadly, i feel there is not even a slim chance.

    Posted by  on  04/14  at  12:03 AM
  31. Nell, it is this one.

    I forgot to mention Henry Kissinger in the above.  He needs to go down as well.

    Posted by  on  04/14  at  12:19 AM
  32. I’m in the late stalking stages of the hunt for a new laptop as well.  My POS HP conked out about a year ago after a pitifully short service life, and it’s amazing how completely the death of a laptop can abort one’s online activity.

    Anyway, that’s where I’ve been lately: in abortive HP limbo.  Good luck with your purchase, Michael, and opt for the extended warranty.

    Posted by  on  04/14  at  04:11 AM
  33. Real marxists don’t golf. They probably don’t buy Macs either (JobsCo even worse than Microshaft in terms of labor issues...holy 3rd world sweatshoppe ratman)

    Posted by Ezra Hound  on  04/14  at  10:28 AM
  34. Sounds like the Conficker virus that’s been spreading around lately.

    Posted by Funny Pictures  on  04/14  at  01:34 PM
  35. spyder, my slim chance is much better than your slim chance! smile

    More seriously, blaming the whole thing on Cheney & co seems to me like a heroicization of evil.  I do think that individual people can affect history, for better or worse, so it’s not that I think that it’s impossible that PNAC did it.  But that doesn’t explain why Obama is continuing it.  If Obama had put the whole thing back in its box, then I don’t think we really would be bothering much about this, whether Cheney went on trial or not.

    Cheney, to me, seems like a screwup, a person who took a tacit imperial Presidency with torture and tried to turn it into an overt imperial Presidency with torture.  If you accept that he’s a continuation of Nixon, well, they did really well with cultural politics, but they were really, really bad at the ordinary kind.  Focussing on punishing him for his metaphorical Watergate break-in into the Constitution just lets smoother operators like Obama say that the problem is over with now.

    In short, I don’t think that there is anything to take Constitutionally back.  It always was a lie.

    Posted by Rich Puchalsky  on  04/14  at  02:33 PM
  36. I think we need the symbolism of the act.  There really are too many people who have been involved and continue to be involved to make any real progress without the chopping off of someone’s head.  But then, i am all for political assassination.  Cheney and Kissinger are as good a targets as we have.  Cheney was the Halliburton CEO during the Clinton years, and with Kissinger was working closely with the UN 661 Committee in the killing of 500k Iraqi children.  We need a head.

    I agree with you completely regarding the systemic nature of the problems in this country.  They have only gotten worse, and are now in real danger of being swept under the proverbial carpet by Obamacare.  The anti-capitalist in me rages at the abuses being perpetrated every day, in ever increasing measures.  I think, and only suggest that this may be true, that Michael links this rampant nature of aggressive capitalism (Thatcherism in the extreme) with the military policies of Bush/Cheney.  PNAC was/is the centerpiece of this strategy; wherein Bremer was prepared to make Iraq into an autonomous enterprise zone (ostensibly free of Iraqis i guess) that could pump Iraqi oil into perpetuity with the able capital assistance of Halliburton, KBR, and US oil interests.  On scale, this plan dwarfed US Fruit’s, C&H sugar’s, and Dole’ enterprises in Central America.

    Posted by  on  04/14  at  05:48 PM
  37. My partner’s machine, which I’m using to read and comment here, got the very virus that Michael did on April 1—though according to the McAfee site it started being a problem in late March.  It’s referred to there as the ‘Fake Alert’, and is a Trojan.

    It made it impossible to run many programs, including the existing virus scan. Paying McAfee $90 to take over the machine remotely and remove it solved the problem, which was money well spent as far as I’m concerned; neither of us is eager to get a new machine right now.

    Thanks for the pointer to the thread in question, spyder.

    My disgust with Pres. Obama’s approach to U.S. crimes against humanity and our continuing wars and occupations is so intense that it’s hard to imagine how he/they can anger and disappoint me further.  But, as with the previous administration, I expect he/they will find a way.

    I wish I’d strangled Rahm Emanuel when I first had the opportunity and impulse to do so (working for the same organization in 1983).

    Posted by Nell  on  04/14  at  08:18 PM
  38. @Nell #28 in the big game, yes. But we beat Switzerland on the shoot-out. Was probably bigger news here.

    Posted by Clare  on  04/15  at  01:51 PM
  39. So i just watched the Race for the Cure Reasonable Accommodations run by my abode.  Being generous, i would say that less than 5% were interested in anything that was going on around them.  A new low actually.

    Posted by  on  04/18  at  01:10 PM
  40. Really there is no need to greet the season with the long lines of yellow school busses…

    Posted by Randall Flagg  on  05/01  at  02:52 PM
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