February 5, 2010

for posterity…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Max @ 9:44 pm

News, far more than art, is artifact. — Marshall McLuhan



  1. I deleted a comment made on this thread asking why Obama’s Executive Order 12425 “didn’t make the news.” I deleted it for several reasons:

    1. The post was way off topic; obviously the poster just wanted to use the first available thread to thrash his favorite topic of the moment, without a thought as to what the thread is about.

    2. EO 12425 has been all over the news, and is a current favorite among anti-Obama conspiracy theorists. So the question is misleading as well as pointlessly provocative and off-topic.

    3. This is not the forum to start political flame wars, and I suspect the comment was just that — a seed to get some flaming started. Whether you agree or disagree about EO 12425’s effect on civil liberties and Constitutional freedoms, this is not where we will thrash it out.

    4. It’s just discourteous to run into a blog you’ve never visited before, make an off-topic, apparently maliciously provocative comment, and run away.

    If the poster chooses to discuss the thread’s subject, I’m more than happy to approve the comment and pitch in to the discussion as appropriate. If the poster makes another “flame seed” comment on this or any other HC thread, I will ban him without a second thought.

    Comment by Max — February 14, 2010 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  2. 2 news stories: “Dog Bites Man” and “Man Bites Dog”
    2 others: “Rock Star Breaks a Nail” and “Gulf Rig Blows and Collapses”.

    What I’ve adopted as buzz/slogan/motto for my IssuePress.com project: “If it doesn’t matter, then it’s just news.”
    I wish I could find a nice neat way to convey what I mean by that.


    p.s. just registered; my congratulations … you have a wonderful resource here. I look forward to doing my bit as wiki-gnome.

    Comment by @bentrem — June 19, 2010 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

    • Bentrem, we look forward to your contributions. I’ll keep an eye peeled for your posts.

      Comment by Max — June 19, 2010 @ 11:40 pm | Reply

  3. Hey there Max (“ben”, please) … I’m looking at the US Int’l relations project page and getting a feel for things. My first stab at an item / event is from “Kissinger Transcripts and Related Material” … in his conversations with Zhou Enlai, during the November 1973 visit, he/they make some interesting comments relating to Chile. (I had trash-canned my military career mid-September of that year. I’m sure you can imagine why.)


    p.s. feeling a tad self-conscious writing on this post, but HeyHo, an artifact/exhibit from the day I registered. 🙂

    Comment by @bentrem — June 19, 2010 @ 11:49 pm | Reply

  4. Ben, glad to have you aboard. Don’t feel self-conscious, it’s not easy doing this. The National Security Archive is an excellent choice as your first source, I love that place. I’d like to think that we’re providing a similar resource, though we don’t do original research per se.

    Comment by Max — June 20, 2010 @ 12:52 am | Reply

  5. To be clear, Max, I just didn’t want to clutter this post, is all. I’ve been online way too long to be shy!

    You know I’d be kicking myself if I wondered why/how I only discovered the project today. It’s so very much in line with what I’m all about. (http://bentrem.sycks.net/gnodal/ is a snapshot of where I was at May2004, stitched together as I recovered from a catastrophic HD failure.)

    What I’m really looking for is an issue or two to use as proof of concept for my own design. GCC and Iraq are prime candidates.

    stay well

    Comment by @bentrem — June 20, 2010 @ 1:09 am | Reply

  6. Ben, drop me an e-mail:

    mtuck at historycommons dot org

    I’m not worried about cluttering posts, that’s what this blog is for. I’m far more interested in talking about your design, the HC app, our research, and so forth and so on.

    Comment by Max — June 20, 2010 @ 1:14 am | Reply

  7. Having just run across your website, I am curious (having very briefly glanced over your entries) why is there no research on why Obama’s administration failed to send auditors into the “failed” big banks when he took office?? I voted for him, but after almost 2 years I am becoming more opinionated that he is not too much different than Bush’s administration. On so many fronts this is so. One area that really worries me is that almost 80% of the country has electronic voting machines without any paper trail and the Democratic party refuses to talk about it or do anything??

    Comment by Frederic A Upton — July 10, 2010 @ 3:27 am | Reply

    • Frederic, the best answer is simple: we don’t have those entries because someone hasn’t yet written them. I’d be glad for you to write them. Having entries to cover the Obama administration’s response to the economic crisis would be a great help to that project.

      Comment by Max — July 10, 2010 @ 11:21 am | Reply

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