Monday, February 16, 2009

Monday a.m. notes: "Family Day" edition

Feels like Sunday due to this "important holiday" in a brief version of the note thing we do around here on far too many occasions due to sheer laziness.

1. A good Globe editorial today as this debate on "lawful access" legislation, aka internet surveillance commences: "Reasonable search, not storage." The editorial comes out against two key issues that pose major privacy challenges: (1) internet service providers giving out names and addresses without search warrants; and (2), ISP's lazily creating databases in which to store user records and later extract information when requested by law enforcement. It's heartening to see a firm editorial at the outset like this.

2. Senator Roland Burris, Blagojevich appointee in trouble. Who'd a thunk it? I mean, really, what's it been, a week since the last spectacle?

3. Krugman can really scare the bejeezus out of you some days. Today is such a day.

4. In honour of "Presidents' Day," which it is today in the U.S., CSPAN "...releases the results of its second Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership, in which a cross-section of 65 presidential historians ranked the 42 former occupants of the White House on ten attributes of leadership." The results, not surprisingly, are not so good for the very recent occupant (click to enlarge):

Bet there are Republicans breathing a sigh of relief that he's not ranked last.

Much better results though for Bill Clinton. Now ranked 15th overall, up 6 slots from 21 since 2000. Being followed by one of the worst can do that. Some very notable results for Clinton, 3rd overall in "Economic Management," 4th overall in category, "Pursued Equal Justice for All." Not so good on the "Moral Authority" front, however. But consistently in top 15 or 16 for the most part. Clearly looking much better as time passes.

5. Finally...thankfully, CTV is asking the "hard questions" in advance of the Obama visit. And the answer is "no" by the way...:)