(Red Sun is actually a pretty good read if you’re weird like me and find old school communist propaganda amusing.)
I took the latest version of openSUSE for a spin on a spare notebook. It installed flawlessly and looks great. The only real negative (outside of the awful but easily replaceable SUSE Menu) is the package management system. Still, it appears to be really solid distro. I just can’t think of a reason to recommend it over Ubuntu or PCLinuxOS.
I’m going to keep it on the notebook for a while and I’ll post an update if anything interesting occurs. Kubuntu will likely replace it within a week or two.
Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch see a 5 percent standing in the polls and a few million dollars raised as a revolution where I just see a cult:
When a fierce Republican foe of the wars on drugs and terrorism is able, without really trying, to pull in a record haul of campaign cash on a day dedicated to an attempted regicide, it’s clear that a new and potentially transformative force is growing in American politics.
That force is less about Paul than about the movement that has erupted around him — and the much larger subset of Americans who are increasingly disillusioned with the two major political parties’ soft consensus on making government ever more intrusive at all levels, whether it’s listening to phone calls without a warrant, imposing fines of half a million dollars for broadcast “obscenities” or jailing grandmothers for buying prescribed marijuana from legal dispensaries.
We’d be much closer to a revolution if someone could craft a rational libertarian platform. That hasn’t happened yet and Ron Paul’s personality cult is only setting that date back a few more years.
President Hugo Chavez is trailing ahead of a key vote on constitutional reforms, according to a new poll Saturday that shows opponents of the changes ahead by a strong margin.
The survey was conducted by Caracas polling firm Datanalisis, whose polls ahead of past votes have consistently matched Chavez’s electoral victories. It found about 49% of likely voters oppose Chavez’s reforms, well ahead of 39% who favor the changes.
“Chavez has never gone into an election without being an overwhelming majority from the beginning,” Datanalisis pollster Luis Vicente Leon told The Associated Press. “This is the first time it’s reversed.”
The sad reality is that there’s little hope that Chavez will respect the constitution, or the will of the people, whatever the results may be.