On the foreign policy side, I see an activist government that is fighting a war on terrorism against an enemy we can’t see and don’t really understand.  We are fostering a civil war in Iraq that is catching our troops, our journalists, and many Iraqi citizens in its crossfire.  And I wonder how long we will sit in this crossfire before it is too painful to bear.  And I wonder where we draw the line on this interventionist policy.  Do we take the fight to Iran, to North Korea?  Do we have to go it basically alone?  Why won’t the rest of the democratic world fight this war on terrorism alongside of us if it is so critical to the stability of the world?  And why has our international reputation fallen so far in the past decade?

But as troubling as the foreign policy picture is, I am even more distressed by the domestic scene.  We have oil companies like Exxon reporting earnings at the rate of $40bn per year.  And yet we have no real alternative energy policy in this country.  We have federal budget deftcits of close to $500bn compared to a surplus at the beginning of the decade.  We have rising interest rates suporting a dollar that is terribly weakened by a bankrupt fiscal policy.

We have senior citizens scared and confused by a market driven drug benefit policy they don’t understand and don’t like.  We have religious beliefs governing our thinking on issues like stem cell research and the morning after pill.

We have a goverment that is proud of the fact that it spies on its citizens.  A government that takes great pleasure in raising the specter of 9/11 every time someone questions the wisdom of its policies.  And a party that controls every branch of government and is once again proof that absolute power corrupts.


I see a Democratic party that remains built on age old foundations like labor and civl rights that are  cracking and buckling before our very eyes.

So President Bush can say all he wants tonight to make our country feel good about where it is and where it is going.  But it is not going to make me feel good.

I am tired of the Bushes and the Clintons, the Kennedys and the Delays, the Gores and the Cheneys.  I want them all gone.  I want new blood, new ideas, a new state of the union不幸的是,我认为我在这方面属于少数。



Well now Google has also posted a disappointing Q4 earnings report and has seen its stock go down about 20%.  YHOO is also down about 20% since its Q4 report.

It feels to me like a correction based on a resetting of expectations more than anything else.  A friend asked me tonite if this is likely to have any impact on 亚博在线娱乐官网入口 internet deals in Silicon Valley.

I can’t imagine it would.  If you look at the numbers that Google and Yahoo! are putting up, they continue to be incredibly impressive.  Maybe not impressive enough to satisfy the needs of investors who are paying >90x earnings for GOOG, but still amazing by almost any other measure.


我一直是亚博体育下载应用程序的投资者返回路径for almost six years.  Return Path is in a number of email related businesses, but one that they basically invented is the电子邮件传递保证业务.  They work for commercial emailers and help them get permissioned email delivered to inboxes.  They work with the commercial senders on changing their practices so that their email will get a reputation as a "good mail" and will get through to the inboxes of the people who have requested the mail.

去年,AOL与Return Path的竞争对手进行了合作Goodmail的
that thinks money is the answer to spam.  They believe that if you
be put out of business.  Nice theory, but in practice it smells like

两种方法都是EZ Pass电子邮件.  But Return Path’s approach has always been to get the senders to send email the way 亚博在线娱乐官网入口s want it.  Permissioned, relevant, not too often, and stopped when the 亚博在线娱乐官网入口 says "no more".

AOL’s approach is to turn email delivery into a pay for access business.  Those who can afford to pay get through因此,如果你使用AOL邮件,期待很多高价值的电子邮件,如抵押贷款优惠,人寿保险优惠等。

service that also has marketing messages in it?  If that
service doesn’t pay, your horoscope is going to go into the junk mail folder.  And you’ll wonder where it went.  What if you get your bank statements via email and your bank refuses to pay to get delivery?  Who will pay the late fees when you don’t get your statements?

Until today, Goodmail was only an option not a requirement because AOL also had something called "enhanced whitelist" which allowed commercial mailers with excellent reputations to get through the filters.  But I guess that wasn’t making them any money.  So today, AOL announced that they are "phasing out" their enhanced whitelist program and forcing commercial mailers to use Goodmail if they want their mail to get through to inboxes.  They spun that news as a good thing as来自ClickZ的这件作品显示。

But what is really going on here is that AOL is saying that it doesn’t matter if you have a great reputation and have been whitelisted at AOL for years.  Now if you want to get commercial mail into their customers inboxes you must pay for delivery.

And so it’s a sad day for email.  The spammers have won.  They have turned email delivery into a business that can be bought and sold for the highest price.  And AOL is leading the way.  Of course.







我对David的帖子的最初反应是,技术必须先行,人们必须排在第二位I think that’s the most scaleable and most natural way to architect a web service.  But maybe that’s not right.

Thoughts anyone?


在评论部分有一些很好的辩论我的last.fm vs潘多拉帖子上个星期。


I’ve been listening to last.fm neighbor radio for the last hour.  I’ve heard probably 15 songs.

亚博体育app下载苹果版 half have been songs from artists I’ve never heard of.  I skipped only one of them







乔安妮的歌 - 16位军人妻子 - 十二月派
Fred's Song(杰西卡) - Mardy Bum - 北极猴子
乔希的歌 - 安吉 - 滚石乐队
弗雷德的歌 - 我们的剑 - 马的乐队
乔安妮的歌(艾米丽) - 你是美丽的(声学版) - 詹姆斯布朗特




谷歌vs.Yahoo! (continued)


Nothing new in there, but it’s a good historical review of the last five years and gives a good summary of where Yahoo! is headed.  This is my favorite quote:


It strikes me that Yahoo! is farther ahead of Google in brand advertising than Google is ahead of Yahoo! in search.  The "turnkey" approach that Yahoo! offers advertisers seems like a very solid strategy.


In the meantime, I have created my own head to head competition between the two in the Contextual Advertising section on the right sidebar of this blog.  I am now running both Yahoo Publisher Network and Google Adsense.

到目前为止,很明显Google的广告与内容相关性更高But that’s not the only thing that matters.  Once I get a week or two under my belt, I’ll let you all know which one is making me more money.


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当我们在泰国时,我们经过一群军队妻子访问女王的母亲家They were in uniform.