Friday, November 20, 2009
An after-Thanksgiving treat for the whole family...
Scrooge has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate? Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan Institute of Cultural Anthropology.
Playing November 27 through December 13 at Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theater
Makes me *almost wish* I lived in Minneapolis...
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
And...as Sigourney Weaver says in "Galaxy Quest" "This episode was badly written"
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that customers first learned their rates will rise by an average of 11 percent next year.
Then they got a flier urging them to send an enclosed preprinted, postage-paid note to Sen. Kay Hagan denouncing what the company says is unfair competition that would be imposed by a government-backed insurance plan. Congress is likely to consider that public option as it debates the health care overhaul....
Indignant Blue Cross customers, complaining that their premium dollars are funding the campaign, have called Hagan's office to voice support for a public option. They've marked through the Blue Cross message on their postcards and changed it to show they support the public option, then mailed the cards.
I read that some even attached their Blue Cross Pre-paid postage to a brick.....right on .
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
If you were to travel 2000 years into the past, how useful would you be in jumpstarting technological advancements? This 10 question quiz will help you figure out your technological usefulness. If you do poorly on the quiz, as most people likely will, then just let that inspire you to study up more on how things work and where raw materials come from.
oh, boo hoo....those nasty liberals made them do it.
Read about it here: Salon's Joan Walsh
All righty then! AND he wants the "Pro Prop 8 folks" to bring evidence as to exactly HOW permitting same sex marriage undermines heterosexual marriage.
Read all about it in the LA Times Article
Among other things....
"During the hearing, Charles Cooper, representing the Proposition 8 campaign, argued that marriage historically has been reserved for unions between a man and a woman because only opposite-sex couples can procreate "naturally."
Judge Walker, however, noted that not all married couples can procreate.
"Just last month," Walker said, "I performed a wedding in which the groom was 95 and the bride was 83. I did not demand that they prove they would engage in procreation."
The judge previously ordered the Proposition 8 campaign to disclose its internal strategy memorandums and communications, an order the campaign is appealing to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on 1st Amendment grounds.
Lets hope that Prop 8 can be overturned and everyone can have the right to marry whomever they want.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
And just because you live in a nice house, drive a nice car and have health insurance....don't fool yourself. Unless you have a few hundred million in the bank, you are nothing but a peasant. Start humming a few bars of Lennon's "Working Class Hero"....
Daily KO's nails it: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/10/13/792824/-Turns-Out-It-Is-Not-The-Republicans-After-All
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Conservative Bible Project Cuts Out Liberal Passages
And....as Andrew Sullivan says.....it's "Not an Onion headline"...
And....here is a picture of how the "Conservatives" see America.....(or wish America was....)
Hey, Jesus is a cool guy - dusty carpenter, son of Man and all that, but He didn't write the US Constitution.
Monday, September 28, 2009
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
For the first time in at least a decade, middle class whites have been galvanized by the fear that their taxes are benefiting lazy, shiftless others. The messianic, imperialistic, hubristic side of the right has gone into retreat, and a cramped, mean and paranoid style has come to the fore.
Christian Groups Block Showing of Darwin Movie in U.S
This is the kind of thing that makes it really easy to rant about brainwashed Christians like an angsty high schooler, or snottily proclaim that Americans are stupid and you're moving to another country: a movie about Charles Darwin shown almost all over the world won't play in the U.S. because the film has been turned down by American distributors. Yes, a movie about a 19th century scientist who developed a theory uniformly accepted in the scientific community has been deemed too controversial for distribution in the U.S.
One in Three New Jersey Conservatives Thinks Obama Might Be the Anti-Christ
You Go New Jersey......!
Limbaugh: We Need Segregated Buses
"...the right-wing radio heavyweight declared on his program Wednesday that the United States needed to return to racially segregated buses...."
And since he is the de facto "Leader" of the GOP - sounds like they are the party of Racists to me.....
Monday, September 14, 2009
when the excesses of business interests and their political proteges in Washington leave the regular guy broke and screwed, the response is always for the lower and middle classes to split down the middle and find reasons to get pissed off not at their greedy bosses but at each other.
That’s why Glenn Beck’s audience, mostly lower-income people, can’t imagine themselves protesting against the Wall Street barons who in actuality are the ones who fucked them over. . . .
Actual rich people can’t ever be the target.
It’s a classic peasant mentality: going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the master’s carriage rides by, then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields.
You know you’re a peasant when you worship the very people who are right now, this minute, conning you and taking your shit.
Whatever the master does, you’re on board.
When you get frisky, he sticks a big cross in the middle of your village, and you spend the rest of your life praying to it with big googly eyes.
Or he puts out newspapers full of innuendo about this or that faraway group and you immediately salute and rush off to join the hate squad.
A good peasant is loyal, simpleminded, and full of misdirected anger.
And that’s what we’ve got now, a lot of misdirected anger searching around for a non-target to mis-punish . . .
Can’t be mad at AIG, can’t be mad at Citi or Goldman Sachs.The real villains have to be the anti-AIG protesters! After all, those people earned those bonuses!
If ever there was a textbook case of peasant thinking, it’s struggling middle-class Americans burned up in defense of taxpayer-funded bonuses to millionaires. It’s really weird stuff.
He died from a heart attack at his home in Manhattan, his ex-wife Rosemary Carroll told the New York Times.In the 1970s, Carroll was a fixture of the burgeoning downtown New York art scene, where he mixed with artists such as Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, Larry Rivers and Robert Mapplethorpe. His life was shaped by drug use, which he wrote about extensively.
Carroll also published several poetry collections, while his 1980 album, "," has been hailed as a landmark punk record, and he became known for one of its songs, "People Who Died."
Loved that song........
Friday, September 11, 2009
►Americans who are losing their health insurance, due to lost jobs in the economic downturn: 14,000 (per day)
►Average amount families with insurance paid in premiums to cover the cost-shift from the uninsured: $1100 (2009)
►Americans who die this year because they are uninsured, and have untreated illness: 22,000
►Health care spending wasted on paperwork to manage individual market instead of the more efficient group market: $3 billion (2009)
►Americans who were turned away or charged more for health insurance, over the last 3 years largely due to due discrimination to pre-existing conditions: 12.6 million (total, last three years)
►Americans who were imposed with medical debt or who had difficulty paying medical bills: 3 million new (over past year)
Californians....better get your divorces soon....
Wingnut Joe Marcotte has filed a petition with the Secretary of State of California to file the "2010 California Marriage Protection Act." - It is intended to ban divorce in the state of California.
"No party to a marriage shall be restored to the status of an unmarried person during the lifetime of the other party unless the marriage is voidable".....
" I am trying to extend the good work done with Proposition 8 last year"
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Yell something else Joe.
And a Southerner no less....aren't they supposed to be more polite than the rest of us? Guess not!
I suppose you only have to be polite to fellow White Republican Southerners...... everyone else doesn't count.
Well.........so far, his Democratic opponent ROB MILLER has gotten (in less than 24 hours) $450,000 in donations . Right on. My $10 is part of that. If you would like to contribute...go here: http://www.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/19079
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
GOP Rebuttal to The President's "Stay In School" Speech to Children
Stolen from the desk of M. Steele, and presented in no particular order, because keeping track of things is hard.
The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today?
That's a personal question, children, and you don't have to answer it.
The President: When I was young, my family lived in Indonesia for a few years.
HE ADMITS IT! HE ADMITS IT! And Indonesia is RIGHT NEXT TO KENYA. (Teachers, please remove all maps and globes from the classroom at this point.)
The President:Whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.
Or not. Seriously, who the hell cares?
The President: Every single one of you has something you’re good at. Every single one of you has something to offer.
That's not true. Many of you will be good at nothing. Trust us, kids, we've watched you grow. Most of you will drift through life as directionless failures. Then you'll become senators.
The President: No one’s born being good at things, you become good at things through hard work.
Hard work is for suckers. There's two ways to be succeed in this world. One, get your dad to do it for you, then claim the success as your own. Two, win the lottery. In fact, borrow money from your dad to spend on lottery tickets. You're not made of money.
The President: But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world – and none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities.
Given that most of you won't, you can see why we think it's a waste of time and money to give you dedicated teachers and good schools. I mean, no sense pissing money away. Oh, and it's your fault.
The President: Maybe you could be a good writer – maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper – but you might not know it until you write a paper for your English class.
Don't knock yourself out on it, though, because intellectual endeavor is for liberals and communists. But the three most nonsensical essays will be published by Regnery Publishing. Any of you proving to have exceptional illiteracy will be made Fox News anchors.
The President: You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right, or read something a few times before you understand it, or do a few drafts of a paper before it’s good enough to hand in.
Are we getting through to you yet? Knowing the "right" answer to something is hard. But if you just believe whatever the hell you want, you're done. Boom, pencils down, recess time. Isn't that just a hell of a lot easier for both you and us?
The President: And no matter what you want to do with your life – I guarantee that you’ll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You’re going to need a good education for every single one of those careers.
Except military, from now on. Hint-itty-hint-hint, kids.
The President: The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.
That's why Sarah Palin is the Best American To Ever Walk The Planet. If you call it "moving on", it ain't quitting.
The President: So today, I want to ask you, what’s your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a president who comes here in twenty or fifty or one hundred years say about what all of you did for this country?
Our bet? "Thanks for not making torture an indictable offense!" Seriously, kids, we can't thank you enough for that.
The President: Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.
OK, that's just shameless pandering now. That's like something HitlerStalin would say. (Teachers, please remove all history books from the classroom at this point...)
Monday, September 7, 2009
Reasons NOT to move to Texas
1) A new state law requires that Texas public schools incorporate Bible literacy into the curriculum.
2) 4 out of America's 10 fattest cities are in Texas. Take a look at the "glutton" category at this link http://www.wired.com/culture/education/magazine/17-09/st_sinmaps
3) Poorly Educated Workforce: The Kauffman Foundation ranks Texas 41st for the education level of its workforce as well as for the average education level of recent arrivals from elsewhere in America, suggesting that too many of its newcomers are chasing low-end jobs. A committee on education appointed by Mr Perry concluded in January that “Texas is not globally competitive” and gave warning that it “faces a downward spiral in both quality of life and economic competitiveness”.
4) Mediocre Universities - Read the Economist Article:
Embarrassingly, Texas has only three “tier-one” universities (generally defined as meaning that a university undertakes at least $100m-worth of research a year). California has nine tier-one universities and New York state seven.
5) Last place in the nation for High School Graduation rates
6) Most uninsured in the nation. 26.9% But who needs health care....Jesus will provide.... http://www.gallup.com/poll/122387/uninsured-highest-percentage-texas-lowest-mass.aspx
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Steven Anderson, the Arizona pastor who says he's praying for President Obama's death has now thrown in some helpful specificity. He wants him to get brain cancer like Sen. Kennedy. Also of note, Chris Broughton, Anderson's parishioner, who brought the assault rifle to the Obama event a few weeks ago now says he's praying for Obama's death too and is now hedging on whether he's suggesting that someone take matters into their own hands and end the president's life.
Missouri School confuses "Evolution" as a religion:
School band creates a t-shirt depicting evolution (humorous) - is ordered by superintendent to turn them in because "district is required by law to remain neutral on religion"
What would Jesus Do?
Jesus would....apparently and according to the "Evangelicals" -torture more....
Read Andrew Sullivan:
"Indeed, much of the American people, especially evangelical Christians, expect less in terms of human rights from their own government than Iranians do of theirs'. In fact, American evangelicals are much more pro-torture in this respect than many Iranian Muslims."
10 Awesome Things that would happen if Health Care Passes
1: The First Thing That Will Happen Is Absolutely Nothing
If you have a decent health plan through your job, nothing will change for you in terms of your insurance.
2. New Protections for Consumers
No denial for pre-existing conditions
No cancellation of coverage in the middle of say.....cancer treatment...
3. Medical Bankruptcies Would Plummet
60% of all personal bankruptcies are caused by Medical costs
4. People Who Could Never Get Decent Coverage Will Finally Be Able To
5. (Almost) Everyone Gets Covered
6. Those Who Can't Afford the Premiums Will Get Help Paying
7. No Free Lunch for Businesses
Hello Walmart? Currently, large employers that rely on low-skilled workforces usually offer little or no health coverage, and much of these workers' health care is already subsidized by taxpayers in the form of Medicaid and Medicare payments
8. More Low-Income Workers Eligible for Medicaid
9. Some Things Will Change, but You'll Never Notice
10. Over Time, the System Will Become Healthier
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Why? Because their CEO is spouting nonsense about healthcare plans http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052970204251404574342170072865070.html and he is clearly an idiot......(I've stopped being nice....)
I worry if Trader Joe's CEO says something stupid - because then I really would be up a tree.
OK - Glenn Beck is an ASS who claims that Obama hates whitey....or some such nonsense....so boycott him and anyone who advertises on his show http://colorofchange.org/
Walmart is just stupid...boycott them because they want you to buy really cheap shit from China so that you can afford to live at minimum wage in East Jesus Alabama and have no health care and no education and watch Fucking Fox News all day.....boycott them.....damn.....
And Boycott Fricking Miley Cyrus because she is a slut - POLE dancing on the Teen Choice awards. So what DOES the religious right say about his? Not a GOD DAMNED thing because they are too busy worrying that two gay men might get married. OR that Obama is *gasp* "African".....
Oh yeah....and WTF is with old white people who are ON Medicare for fucks sake who then have the temerity to accuse Obama of being "socialist" (code for the "n-word" ) and screaming that they don't want death panels. WTF?
As if private insurance doesn't ration care? hell0? stupid people? out there in Red State Jesus Land? Are you really that stupid? yes....you are......you are so stupid.
Am I ranting? Hell yes I am ranting. Armed people showing up at rallies where Obama is? Signs that say "go back to Kenya"? Hello? Racist much? Racist a LOT?! This is HATE CRIME stuff people.....wake up.....the hate and fear is absolutely out of control.
This country is better than that.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Among Republicans only, 42% think he's an American citizen, 28% do not, and 30% are not sure.
Here's a complete breakdown of the numbers:
Dem: 93, 4, 3
Rep: 42, 28, 30
Ind: 83, 8, 9
Northeast: 93, 4, 3
South: 47, 23, 30
Midwest: 90, 6, 4
West: 87, 7, 6
18-29: 88, 4, 8
45-59: 82, 8, 10
60 +: 69,17,14
Accu Chek Aviva
Ally Bank (allybank.com)
Conservatives for Patients Rights
HSBC Life Insurance
Super8 motels (super8.com)
Superior Gold Group
United Healthcare Insurance
United States Postal Service
Among other things......
Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant Enemy)
Friday, July 3, 2009
She is ...uh clearing her plate for a 2012 run? In 2009? uh.....is that the way you should do it? Quit your current (supposedly successful ) day job for this? Go be a pundit with Bill OReilly somewhere? I don't get it....
Monday, June 29, 2009
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Sunday, June 14, 2009
Damn.....it's like Florida in 2000......
Andrew Sullivan reports
"Via my contacts at the Farsi-speaking BBC, a telephone plea:"
I AM UNDER EXTREME PRESSURE TO ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF THE SHAM ELECTION. THEY HAVE CUT ME OFF FROM ANY COMMUNICATION WITH PEOPLE AND AM UNDER SURVEILLANCE. I ASK THE PEOPLE TO STAY IN THE STREETS BUT AVOID VIOLENCE"
"South Carolina GOP activist and former chairman of the state elections commission Rusty DePass has apologized for saying a gorilla that escaped from a zoo was an "ancestor" of Michelle Obama."
Look at this guy
Can you say Angry Old White Racist Guy? Where is his white sheet and hood? F*ck! This is why I hate the Republicans......
Don't get me started on the Mormons....
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
for example - organic cotton requires more than 2,640 gal. (10,000 L) of water to grow enough fiber for one T shirt
The problem is, our products all have complex supply chains - multiple components from multiple locations all around the world - it's very difficult to assess if something is really "'green" . Requires a detailed analysis -or a life-cycle assessment (LCA) to break down that web of connection.
Read the book: Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything
Read the Article in Time:"Ecological Intelligence "
Go to the Good Guide to determine how "green" your next purchase really is.
Friday, May 1, 2009
All of the characters ever played by William Shatner are suddenly sucked into our world. Their mission: hunt down and destroy the real William Shatner.
Mormon leader of NOM appears to advocate overthrow of US government "by whatever means necessary," and criminalization of homosexuality
Orson Scott Card (!) , a distinguished Sci Fi novelist, (remind me to burn his books now thanks) a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University, and a columnist, recently joined the board of directors of the National Organization of Marriage (NOM).
He has labeled the US government "our mortal enemy," talked about the "insane Constitution" dying, and then appeared to advocate the overthrow of the US government "by whatever means is made possible or necessary.".....Nice.
Churchgoers more likely to back torture Who would Jesus waterboard? And big surprise here - evangelicals are the most pro-torture of any Christians.....Sadly enough - this doesn't surprise me a bit - "eye for an eye" and all that.
Republicans increasingly admit Franken has won Senate race in Minnesota First the media admitted it, and now GOP politicians. It's over Norm. And another major blow to the Republican brand.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The second definition refers to the current "populist" trend for "tea bag" parties to complain about taxes, creeping socialism, Obama, etc.
It's interesting to wonder about the origin of this trend......Fox News and Rush Limbaugh would be my guess. An optimist would consider that these "tea bag" parties are a form of civil disobedience - originating from the grass roots outrage over AIG - and that it's real and true and sincere.
The conspiracy theorist would assume that Rush and Fox News have taken this reasonable outrage - and twisted it to their own ends.
Recent polls show that ~48% of the American people think that their taxes are fair - that they pay their fair share.
I would like refer to the motto I adopted from Oliver Wendell Holmes ..."I like to pay taxes," said Oliver Wendell Holmes. "With them I buy civilization."
I wonder what Rush would buy? Well, he's not very civilized...is he - I wonder if he is housebroken? Seems unlikely somehow - I am sure it violates some freedom of his....or is creeping socialism.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Certainly, there are no other offers on the horizon. Nor are there likely to be.
Sun could be left facing some unpleasant options. “Sun will have to take alternatives by either splitting up or downsizing"......
Without IBM: Sun's plan B With a potential merger deal with IBM on the ropes, Sun Microsystems may have to face an unpleasant plan B: selling off pieces of itself to attract a suitor.
The leak of the disrupted negotiations between IBM and Sun, as well as talk that Sun went to as many as 20 different possible suitors, has already severely damaged the morale of investors, who sent the stock plummeting 24% on Monday.Valley Buzz: Sun Blows the IBM Deal: There’s speculation that Scott McNealy, the firebrand founder of Sun who opposed the deal, may be retaking the CEO slot as a result. Having watched Jerry Yang, Michael Dell and other returning founders flounder, I can’t imagine that mollifies upset Sun shareholders. eWeek put things well when it wrote that Sun better have “a solid backup plan.”
Monday, April 6, 2009
'Splain it to me Lucy!...
IBM Talks Teeter as Sun Board Splits ... the Sun "board is going to have a lot of explaining to do if they turned down an offer of $9.40 a share,"..."In Silicon Valley, rivals poked fun at IBM for pursuing the fading company"
Sex at IBM and Sun
Looks as though Greed is behind it all: ......"IBM, meanwhile, had concerns about the size of payments that would be received by senior Sun executives and engineers under Sun's "change of control" agreements......"
Friday, April 3, 2009
Palin is the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin. He declined comment.
Diana Palin, 35, entered a home near Wasilla’s Multi-Use Sports Complex and attempted to steal cash from the owner’s bedroom, police said.
She also broke into the same house on Tuesday and stole $400, they said.
Awaiting the Big Bang As IBM Nears Sun, Tech Awaits Big Bang
Blood in the Water When titans collide, blood runs.
Uh...calling Cyberdyne Systems - the future is here: Computer Program Self-Discovers Laws of Physics
Walking School Bus Get the kids out of the car!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
someday wreak havoc on the nation's financial system." ......uh-oh......
"The original idea behind Glass-Steagall was that separation between bankers and brokers would reduce the potential conflicts of interest that were thought to have contributed to the speculative stock frenzy before the Depression. "....ooops.....
And we can blame Senator (R, Texas) Phil Gramm
''The world changes, and we have to change with it,'' said Senator Phil Gramm of Texas, who wrote the law that will bear his name along with the two other main Republican sponsors, Representative Jim Leach of Iowa and Representative Thomas J. Bliley Jr. of Virginia. ''We have a new century coming, and we have an opportunity to dominate that century the same way we dominated this century. Glass-Steagall, in the midst of the Great Depression, came at a time when the thinking was that the government was the answer. In this era of economic prosperity, we have decided that freedom is the answer.''
"Sun was shopped around the valley and around the world in the last few months. A lot of companies got calls or visits on buying some or all the assets of the company. It looks like IBM is in the hunt now. And at a hundred and some odd percent premium, I suspect they'll get it."
What IBMSun could mean for you
"Whats Taking So Long"?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Big Takeover
Bonuses: " The bonuses are a nice comic touch highlighting one of the more outrageous tangents of the bailout age, namely the fact that, even with the planet in flames, some members of the Wall Street class can't even get used to the tragedy of having to fly coach. "These people need their trips to Baja, their spa treatments, their hand jobs," says an official involved in the AIG bailout, a serious look on his face, apparently not even half-kidding. "They don't function well without them."
Anger: "People are pissed off about this financial crisis, and about this bailout, but they're not pissed off enough. The reality is that the worldwide economic meltdown and the bailout that followed were together a kind of revolution, a coup d'état. They cemented and formalized a political trend that has been snowballing for decades: the gradual takeover of the government by a small class of connected insiders, who used money to control elections, buy influence and systematically weaken financial regulations."
"AIG is what happens when short, bald managers of otherwise boring financial bureaucracies start seeing Brad Pitt in the mirror. This is a company that built a giant fortune across more than a century by betting on safety-conscious policyholders — people who wear seat belts and build houses on high ground — and then blew it all in a year or two by turning their entire balance sheet over to a guy who acted like making huge bets with other people's money would make his dick bigger."
Congress: "Cassano's outrageous gamble wouldn't have been possible had he not had the good fortune to take over AIGFP just as Sen. Phil Gramm — a grinning, laissez-faire ideologue from Texas — had finished engineering the most dramatic deregulation of the financial industry since Emperor Hien Tsung invented paper money in 806 A.D."
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
CNET:Why it Makes Sense
What the Register says about it: IBM in Talks to Buy Sun
CNET also asks: "Is it a Good Idea?"
Sun's future is offering an open-source stack of software led by MySQL at its core. IBM is all about open source. The two together make a lot of sense and IBM could pull MySQL, Lotus, OpenSolaris, and other parts together in a nice stack. In addition, Sun's open-source software needs distribution--it recently did a deal with HP. IBM has distribution galore.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Yeah baby! And sell the live feed on cable to raise the funds to pay off the losses people incurred in their 401 Ks
WaPo reports "Rage at AIG"
"Hired guards stood watch outside the suburban Connecticut offices of AIG Financial Products, the division whose exotic derivatives brought the insurance giant to the brink of collapse last year. "
"Inside, death threats and angry letters flooded e-mail inboxes. Irate callers lit up the phone lines. Senior managers submitted their resignations. Some employees didn't show up at all. "
"New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo threatened to issue subpoenas if the company failed to provide details about recipients of the retention payments"
"But company officials contend that the uproar is scaring away the very employees who understand AIG Financial Products' complex trades and who are trying to dismantle the division before it further endangers the world's economy.
"It's going to blow up," said a senior Financial Products manager, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the company. "I have a horrible, horrible, horrible feeling that this is going to end badly."
"Fed officials also hope to keep current employees with the company. The senior executives whose decisions caused the company's collapse are long gone. Most of those left behind are trying to unwind complicated derivative contracts. Completing that process correctly is essential to preserving as much value as possible for taxpayers, officials at both the government and AIG have argued. If it is mishandled, it could expose taxpayers to billions of dollars in additional losses."
""What's good for AIG is definitely not good for the country," Macey said. "But now that the government is invested, it may have to do what's good for AIG.""
Monday, March 16, 2009
In the face of the collapsing economy - what kind of Legislative Bill does the GOP put forward to address our problems?
The "Presidential Birth Certificate Bill" - which requires presidential candidates to present proof of U.S. citizenship before running for office.
Read about it here: "Presdential Birth Certificate Bill" - because ...hey....that's the best the GOP can come up with other than saying "NO" and pushing Rush Limbaugh as their spokesmodel....
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I agree - ever since I was a little kid, it seemed to me that our growth model was unsustainable in the long term....unless we expanded off-world.
The housing bubble was a Ponzi scheme, the Social Security and Medicare is a Ponzi scheme....the World Economy is a Ponzi scheme.
read it here:
Friedman's Great Disruption
Friday, March 6, 2009
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Depressed by the Economy? By the Idiot Republicans? Read "Things that Won't Make You Happy - Even Though You Think They Will...."....
and it's concluded by this - a video of a baby porcupine eating a banana...
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
David Duke's response to this is priceless:
To Hell with the Republican Party!
GOP traitors appoint Obama Junior as Chairman of the Republican Party
I am glad these traitorous leaders of the Republican Party appointed this Black racist, affirmative action advocate to the head of the Republican party because this will lead to a huge revolt among the Republican base. As a former Republican official, I can tell you that millions of rank-and-file Republicans are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore! We will either take the Republican Party back over the next four years or we will say, "To Hell With the Republican Party!" And we will take 90 percent of Republicans with us into a New Party that will take its current place!
I think the insanity of nominating "Mr. Amnesty" John McCain and now this Black racist - will lead to insurgency in the Republican ranks, and a lot of dissidents getting elected in Republican Party primaries around the country. This will result over the next four years a real move by millions of Republicans to take the party back to the populist issues that are not only right but can win for the Republican Party. We must end affirmative action, protect our gun rights and all our constitutional rights, have a moratorium on immigration, we must have protectionism, yes I said protect American businesses and their workers from NAFTA and GATT and the lie of free trade, and we must have America First, not foreign interventionism. Our boys should be home protecting the American borders a not being murdered on the borders of Iraq or Afghanistan. The time as come for Republican Party to stand up to Obama and defend American heritage, rights, and freedom!
...Let's make this abomination in the Republican Party, the last major party of White redoubt, as a rallying cry of resistance!
As Pam Spaulding asks "What are the race-baiting, ignorant McCain/Palin mobs going to do now that its party is being headed up by a black man?".
I can hardly wait to watch them implode over this. It's like that scene from Classic Star Trek when the super intellident drone/probe is given a paradox and his brain explodes because he can't process. "Black Republican...Sarah Palin...Racist campaigning...does.not.compute..."AAAAAH Boom
Friday, January 23, 2009
The George W Bush presidential Library is now in the planning stages and accepting donations. The Library will include:
- The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.
- The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you won't be able to remember anything
- The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't even have to show up.
- The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.
- The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.
- The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room, which no one has been able to find.
- The National Debt Room, which is huge and has no ceiling.
- The Tax Cut Room, with entry only to the wealthy.
- The Economy Room, which is in the toilet.
- The Decider Room, complete with dart board, magic 8-ball, Ouija board, dice, coins, and straws.
The library will also include many famous Quotes by George W. Bush:
- 'The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country.'
- 'If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure.'
- 'Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.'
- 'No senior citizen should ever have to choose between prescription drugs and medicine.'
- 'I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change.'
- 'One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Governor, and that one word is 'to be prepared'
- 'Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.'
- 'I have made good judgments in the past.
- I have made good judgments in the future.'
- 'The future will be better tomorrow.'
- 'We're going to have the best educated American people in the world.'
- 'One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.' (during an education photo-op)
- 'Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it.'
- 'We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.'
Thursday, January 22, 2009
It's maddening to me that our Vets have to go through this, but I guess nothing has changed since WWI, Vietnam, Korea, etc. Breaks my heart to hear these stories - so go do something.....
Read or listen to the article at NPR: Veterans Turn To Online Strangers For Financial Help
and go check out the list of online organizations that help Vets: