A Poem by Corrie de Hass

You can shed tears that he has gone

Or you can smile because he lived.


You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back.

Or you can open them and see all that he has left.


Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him

Or it can be full of the love you shared.


You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.


You can remember only that he has gone

Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.


You can cry and close your mind –

be empty and turn your back.

Or you can do what he’d want:

Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.


This was written for a dear friend of mind and I thought this might apply to some.

To Opponents Of The Stimulus – Forbes.com


According to a recent USA Today poll, 57% of Americans think the $787 billion fiscal stimulus enacted in February either has had no effect or made the economy worse. This brought smiles to the faces of Republicans who voted en bloc against the package because it means they won’t pay any political price for their vote. But there is still the substantive question of whether we would be doing as well or worse if there had been no stimulus

To Opponents Of The Stimulus – Forbes.com

Talking about Fight for the Public Option!



Fight for the Public Option!
component of health care reform. That’s the sentiment that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama, and others are putting out, signaling their willingness to compromise on one of the most controversial items in the reform bills currently being debated.The idea they are floating is that a health insurance exchange — without a public option — will do the trick. So it’s back to the private insurers. But there is no reason to believe that the fight will end there. The rest of the reforms that are designed to protect people with pre-existing conditions, or those who cannot afford coverage, will be attacked. Insurers are happy to court the young and healthy, but they are not interested in helping the sick. The free market system will never work when it comes to health

Daily Kos: “Death Panel” Smoking Gun Found


Amy Sullivan, in the Time Magazine blog Swampland has discovered the Holy Grail of GOP hypocrisy. If you can recall the big give away to Big Pharma in 2003 that was known as the medicaid bill, you will recall that most Republicans voted for it, as Karl Rove told them do so, while most democrats opposed the large corporate welfare bill.

Well Buried in the text is the following.

Daily Kos: "Death Panel" Smoking Gun Found

Talking about Windows Live Photos: Seven months, one billion pictures



Windows Live Photos: Seven months, one billion pictures

The tenth anniversary of Windows Live Messenger is a tremendous milestone, but the Messenger team isn’t the only one celebrating this summer.

Last December we launched Windows Live Photos, giving you a place to upload and share all of your photos. Since then, we’ve gotten lots of fantastic feedback from you allowing us to make the service even better.

A few weeks ago we hit a milestone for Windows Live Photos: one billion photos uploaded!

This is a significant part of the more than seven billion photos posted on Windows Live today (most of which were uploaded before we launched "Windows Live Photos" as a separate service). Just how significant is a billion photos? Well, if you signed up for a new account and started uploading one photo per second, you would upload your billionth photo some time in 2040! According to a report by Forrester Research last year, the average owner of a digital camera only takes 28 digital photos per month. At that rate, it would take the entire population of Seattle nearly five years to take a billion photos!

While we’re excited about the number of photos uploaded, we’re even more excited that you’re taking so many photos and sharing them with your family and friends. As of this month, users have shared their photo albums over 250 million times! That’s a lot of aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends happy to see what’s going on in your life.

We think the best way to share your photos is with Windows Live Photos, and it’s great to see that so many of you do, too.  We look forward to the next billion photos!

-The Windows Live Photos team

Opinion: Irresponsibility runs amok at Black Hat, Defcon


The annual summer bug parades at Black Hat and Defcon always leave me questioning motives. This year, as in the past, we witnessed a deluge of vulnerability disclosures, and many of them seemed to me to be beyond irresponsible. They were attempts at naked glory mongering, and that just plain stinks.

Before I defend my claims, I’ll say that I am a huge fan of freedom of speech. I don’t begrudge anyone the right to publish the results of their work. That’s not my point. My point is that it isn’t always responsible to exercise one’s rights.

I’ll use two of the vulnerabilities disclosed last week to illustrate what I’m talking about: the Apple iPhone SMS vulnerability and the Computrace LoJack laptop firmware vulnerability. Please note that I’m basing my statements on published reports of these vulnerabilities. I have no inside knowledge of how these issues were handled either by the product vendors or by the analysts who discovered and reported them.

According to the published reports, both of these vulnerabilities were reported to the respective vendors a fairly short time prior to Defcon and Black Hat, which were held at the end of July, and neither vendor had repaired its respective security defect by the time it was unveiled at the security conferences. There are

Opinion: Irresponsibility runs amok at Black Hat, Defcon