Quickies: Landis, Bush, and Apple

Landis Gets Two Years

Floyd Landis was given a two year suspension, and will probably never cycle professionally again. While Floyd probably doped, his case against the doping regulatory agency was legitimate. Floyd’s test would be a non-positive in the US, and many other countries.

Cycling has very flawed testing procedures. Basically they take two samples, and if sample A tests positive, you are informed and given the right to have the B sample tested. Guess what? The B sample never contradicts the A sample, because there is way too much external pressure to not have any contradictory results. Plus, the tests are generally done by the same lab for both samples.

If they want to do doping tests right. Take the A sample and the B sample, and test them at the same time by random labs using different id codes sent to each lab. This way there is very little chance of a procedural error resulting in a false positive. People need to also realize, these tests are not black and white. Its not a pregnancy test with a + or -. There is a lot of deduction in determining the result for a lot of these doping tests.

Bush Threatens Veto of Child Health Bill

Bush is trying to stop the coverage of children under the extension of a federal health bill designed for working people who can’t afford to cover their whole family. Bush is basically acting for the HMO’s, which is obviously not a shocker. Bush has dedicated his entire political career to working on behalf of special interests.

The system of health care in the United States is completely broken. There is no reason why businesses should front the bill for health care. HMO’s are extorting the American people, as politicians like Bush do their bidding. The odd part is, every time Bush threatens to veto a bill he usually cites fiscal responsibility as the reason, yet he has been the most fiscally irresponsible president since Lyndon Johnson.

Today, Mr. Bush defended himself. “I respectfully disagree with Alan Greenspan when it comes to saying that this administration didn’t handle the fiscal — the fiscal issues we faced in good fashion,” he said, stopping for a moment mid-sentence. “As a matter of fact, we did.”

Lets see, Allen Greenspan or Bush Jr, whose opinion do you trust?

Apple is Evil, and getting Greedier

Apple’s role a content distributor has to lead to more restrictive device designs. Apple continues to screw over developers, with a pompous mentality when it comes to providing tools to develop software for its products. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few years. I think the days of Apple’s complete domination of digital media players and content distribution might be coming to a close.