Archive | June 27, 2004

Bush invokes Hitler

It’s traditional in most of the newsgroups and forums go on until one
wingnut accuses the other of acting like Hitler. At that point, the
fight has degenerated to silliness and is ignore by anyone with common
sense. The anti-Bush campaign saw Hitler in a proposed ad and wisely
nixed it. If only the President’s campaign had the same sense of

Dan Gillmor’s eJournal blogs No Shred of Decency:

  • NY Times: Hitler Reappears in ’04 Campaign, This Time in Bush Ad. President
    Bush’s campaign Web site is featuring an advertisement casting Senator
    John Kerry and his allies as a “coalition of the wild-eyed,” blending
    clips of former Vice President Al Gore, former Gov. Howard Dean of
    Vermont and the filmmaker Michael Moore shouting about Mr. Bush.
    Interspersed twice are images of a shouting Hitler, drawn from a Web
    spot that, the Internet advocacy group that runs anti-Bush
    advertisements, briefly posted months ago in a contest for
    advertisements about the president.
  • Dan goes on to write: “The clip of Hitler came from an ad submitted to’s “Bush in 30 Seconds” contest — an ad that MoveOn disavowed as soon as it was noticed and, quite properly, attacked for its inflammatory nature.

    But the Bush campaign has no trouble using the same images
    (wmv video) to slander political opponents and critics of its radical
    policies. Just when you imagine they couldn’t sink any lower in their
    tactics, the Bush people find a way.
    If this slimy ad were to be aired on television — on the airwaves Bush
    and so many others are so eager to censor to stop “indecency” —
    campaign laws would require him to personally endorse it. He doesn’t
    have to personally vouch for this garbage when it’s on the Web. Maybe
    that’s why it’s online.”

    InfoWorld: Experts agree on method, not scope of IIS attacks

    Tomalak’s Realm links to InfoWorld: Experts agree on method, not scope of IIS attacks.
    “We don’t have significant reports of Web sites compromised or of
    people sending us examples of the new Trojans,” he said. “I’d rate this
    a low risk if you’re patched and a medium risk if you’re not.” Still,
    other security companies reported widespread infections.

    Three exploits took place at once: the IIS 5.0 servers had an SSL flaw
    (patched in MS04-011) that allowed them to be infected. The Windows PCs
    had two flaws: an MHTML handling problem in Outlook Express and IE
    (also patched, in MS04-013) and a cross-site scripting exploit
    identified last week that remains unpatched.

    If you must use IE (for example, I can’t get to the Microsoft KnowledgeBase without it), make sure to do the following:

    1. Set your IE security level to high (Tools, Options, Security:
      Select ‘High’ from the drop-down and then ‘Reset’ – you’ll want to note
      your previous settings and record them somewhere in case you’re having
      problems browsing), and
    2. Make sure your virus scanners up to date. Even though I had
      upgraded to NAV 2004 on Friday and updated to the most recent files
      then, I download two updates this morning (Sunday) with 1.2Mb+ of new
      stuff in them.

    NYT: Drug makers bribe docs to write prescriptions

    New York Times: NYT HomePage reports As Doctors Write Prescriptions, Drug Company Writes a Check.
    “An investigation has shed light on the system of financial lures that
    drug companies use to persuade doctors to favor their products.” 
    By Gardiner Harris.

    In many ways, the investigations are a response to the evolution of the
    pharmaceutical business, which has grown in the last quarter-century
    from a small group of companies peddling a few antibiotics and
    antianxiety remedies to a $400 billion bemoth that is among the most
    profitable industries on earth… Offering
    treatments for almost any affliction and facing competition in which
    each percentage point of market share can represent tens of millions of
    dollars, most drug makers now spend twice as much marketing medicines
    as they do researching them.

    This sounds like a market out of control. The arangements between
    the manufacturers and distributors (doctors) leave the patient worried
    about getting an informed an impartial decision, while the patients are
    left ignorant of the economics of the arrangement, both between
    manufacturer and doctor, and in what their insurance ends up paying.
    This is capitalism with a fatal flaw: deals go on in the back room that
    the players aren’t aware of. When the system is made transparent,
    products can compete far more fairly.

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