Ignorance is bliss

Is there anything more frustrating than knowing the whole story and not being able to tell anyone who needs to hear it?

That’s what I’m going through these days with the World Track & Field Championships and the ensuing drug-test controversies. Most of the track & field officials and commentators (especially those at the BBC) are either ignorant themselves or preying on the ignorance of others.

Jerome Young’s case from 1999 is irrelevant. He was cleared by the rules of the day. The rules of the day were insufficient and have been reformed, which is good, but the new rules can’t suddenly be reapplied to 1999. You might as well go back and review old basketball tapes from the days before the 3-point line and award three points for any shot beyond a certain distance.

I know someone else in a similar situation who can’t disclose certain knowledge that refutes a lot of what’s been written about the subject. It’s frustrating. There’s little we can do.

In retrospect, perhaps I should’ve made this blog anonymous.

Movement 2 for today: Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon has lived nine months longer than he was supposed to, which means he’s likely to be around to see his last album released on Tuesday. Wouldn’t it be great if that album debuted at #1?

He’s already at #4 at Amazon, and I’m adding my order today. So tell your friends: Buy Zevon’s album Wind at Amazon (only $13.49) and give this guy a great send-off.

Movement 1 for today: Personal responsibility

Yeah, I know it’s hip and cool to blame Microsoft and other software designers for all the worm and virus messes, as the Post’s Charles Duhigg does today. But that conveniently shifts blame away from the consumers who never use Microsoft’s automatic updates and never use or update their virus protection.

Isn’t that a bit like driving without a seat belt and then blaming the automaker when you get hurt in an accident?

And this is my problem with the tech community and its sense of entitlement. They want complete freedom to download music, even if that puts the musicians themselves out of business. And they want to browse around without taking the slightest precaution.

Here’s a warning: We don’t want the government involved here, and we don’t Microsoft to take any heavy-handed steps on security. If that happens, you’ll be required to download every piddly update, whether it’s at a convenient time or not. And who knows what else.