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the unfulfilled promise of IPv6

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

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For almost a year, the local media and national trade mags have been touting Harrisonburg as “the city of the future.” We were told that Harrisonburg would be the first place on the continent to have city-wide “next gen” Internet system, known as IPv6, and that World Airwaves was going to set it up. But […]

the T word

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

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With so much discussion (and in many cases, outrage) over state taxes in the Virginia blogosphere, it seems odd that there hasn’t been much talk recently about local taxes. In fact, yesterday the DNR ran a story under the headline “Public Quiet on Proposed Budget.”

Why are they so angry?

Thursday, April 5, 2007

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Why are these people so angry? Obviously some of them think they’re losing jobs to immigrants. No reason to think so, but that doesn’t keep them from believing it. Some think immigrants are creating a crime wave, although any Latino criminal element is probably smaller than the native one and committing the same crimes. Some […]

more IPv6 questions

Thursday, March 29, 2007

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Tech blogs and journals across the country are abuzz with the latest news on IPv6, but I still haven’t seen anything in the local media about it. A blogger on BUZZscreen wrote, “If Harrisonburg is successful with this implementation, this may pave the way for widespread IPv6 connectivity sooner than we think.” If. And when.

what does it have to do with gangs?

Thursday, March 29, 2007

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The DNR is reporting that Latif Ahmed Bakhsh, the owner of Threads in the Valley Mall is being deported for being undocumented and selling counterfeit clothing which he bought on the street in NYC.

remember IPv6?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

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Remember forever ago, when we were posting about IPv6? Harrisonburg is/was supposed to be the first city to get the next generation Internet protocol. That was the last thing I read about it. For the past several weeks, I’ve been emailing World Airwaves (the Winchester-based company supposedly in charge of setting it up

the anti-immigrant sentiment

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

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An article in today’s DNR about the impact of illegal immigration cites stats from FAIR, a well known anti-immigrant political action group. Of course FAIR is going to say that undocumented immigrants are ruining the country. That’s what FAIR does. This sort of thinking is pervasive in the Valley, parts of NoVa, and in the […]

death penalty a deterrent?

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

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Del. Todd Gilbert (whose district includes part of RoCo) was quoted in a USA Today article today, which included the Commonwealth among “a half-dozen states [that] are considering broadening the death penalty, countering a national trend toward scaling back its use.” Virginia is bucking the trend.

threads bust: the rest of the story

Thursday, February 1, 2007

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If you read the story in today’s DNR about the raid at Threads in the Valley Mall, you already know that the HPD seized an estimated $52k worth of counterfeit brand-name clothing from the store, and that the HPD is taking “a class on property crimes and trademark infringement.” What you probably don’t know is […]

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