Monday, December 25, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Geekiest animals: Flipper writes "CNET has compiled a list of the geekiest animals throughout history. The entries include such peculiar characters as Ham The Astrochimp (the first chimp in space), Schrödinger's Cat (used to demonstrate quantum superposition) and Hans, a horse who could apparently do complex mathematics and read words. The classics are there too, Pavlov's dogs get a well-deserved mention, as does Dolly The Sheep. What sounds like a pretty bizarre list is actually strangely interesting — some of these animals are seriously geeky."
Alcohol to the rescue: Adolytsi writes "MSNBC has an interesting article on an Italian study on alcoholism. While the obvious notion of overconsumption of alcohol being detrimental to one's health is supported, apparently drinking it in moderation can actually extend your lifespan. A study on over 1 million drinkers and 94,000 deaths yielded the results: "According to the data, drinking a moderate amount of alcohol — up to four drinks per day in men and two drinks per day in women — reduces the risk of death from any cause by roughly 18 percent, the team reports in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
And yes, thank Jeebus that there are still adults left.
Wtf!? I am flabbergasted. But not really.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
From the broadcast:
For me to suggest to tattoo marks on people's bodies, have them wear armbands, put a crescent moon on their driver's license on their passport or birth certificate is disgusting. It's beyond disgusting.
Because basically what you just did was show me how the German people allowed what happened to the Jews to happen ... We need to separate them, we need to tattoo their arms, we need to make them wear the yellow Star of David, we need to put them in concentration camps, we basically just need to kill them all because they are dangerous.
Monday, December 18, 2006
In 1974, the mine pulled out and so did the people; some even left behind personal articles. A Japanese photographer went to the island recently and took some beautiful pictures. Check it out.
Also, check out the photographers page. There are some hauntingly beautiful pictures there.
From 3QuarksDaily, we see a scientist studying how humans utilize their sense of smell. Its a rather ingenious experiment, actually. He found, among other things, that humans smell odors similarly to dogs. Also, we use both nostrils which suggests a stereo effect that means when one nostril is blocked, our smell performance degrades. Anyway, check it out.
The victim is Ellen Tauscher, a Bush supporter in CA-10 district. Someone has since scrubbed the photo from her official, federal web site.
Remember the unwanted backrub for the German Chancellor? Jeebus. Really, nothing surprises me with this freakin' clown.
Also, be skeptical of those "centrist" democrats who say that Dems need to appeal more to "religious" voters because it does not work. And certainly no one would suggest that Dems should go racist (at least, I hope not). Also some good stuff on Dean's 50 state strategy, a strategy that paid off in spades during the midterms.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Of course, it is the Dems to screw up and I will remain guardedly optimistic. Being old enough to have watched the Dem implosion of the early 90s, culminating in the "Republican revolution" in 1994, I hope the Dems can learn from the past and shape up. I think if they really come through with ethics reform, raise the minimum wage, and doggedly pursue the Bush administration with their oversight power, we may enjoy a long and prosperous Dem hegemony.
We are invincible.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Yesterday on Hannity and Colmes, outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that he was removed as a direct result of the “outcome of the election.”And Rumsfeld said in an interview with Cal Thomas:
I don’t think I would have called it the war on terror.Snap.
Of course, the ambassador "officially" resigned to be with his family. Or he was exhausted. Its hard to say.
Monday, December 11, 2006
If you are unsure of who Auguste Pinochet is, and why hell is too good for him, see here. Also, as usual, The US was complicit in mass murder and mayhem.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Note that the first study, for the first 18 months after the occupation began, estimated 90k+ excess deaths and the latest study, which was highly corroborative of the first, stretched that number out until June (if I remember correctly) and came up with the 650k number.
For more in-depth information, including lots of thoughtful responses to the ridiculous objections to the Lancet studies by Tim, go here. Now lose a day immersed in how science is obfuscated by innumerates.
A surprise for Americans: The most urgent and destabilizing crisis in the Middle East is not Iraq. It is, according to King Abdullah II of Jordan (who will meet Bush today), the Israel-Palestine conflict, which is a major engine driving the radicalization of Muslims in the Middle East and in Europe. It seldom makes the front page any more, but the Israelis are keeping the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank in Bantustan penitentiaries and bombing the ones in Gaza relentlessly, often killing signficant numbers of innocent civilians.This really is the logical Achilles' Heel of the Bush Administrations humongous failure in the "war on terror" which, allegedly, is about, you know, actually curtailing the radicalization of the Middle East. I cannot imagine that, though cannot rule, the colossal cognitive dissonance required to keep the charade of Bush keeping us safe.
And the point about how the US press has let Israel drop off the face of the Earth shows that we just cannot trust the press corp to look out for our best interest.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
For the sake of this country, if I see Rush I will have to cave in his larynx.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
For those who do not remember the reference. Watch the movie. Then peruse here.
"Earth. Atomizer. Let's go." Just go here.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The moral high ground is no more. My government seems to care more about death and torture and limiting the liberties that our fore-fathers fought for. What can I do to make a difference? How can I change the course of this country?
Well, I think I can raise my son to believe in what I think is right and just. I think that the right in this counrty is manufacturing a generation that is set to completley fuck this country in a way that BoBo could never dream of. How the hell do you stop that? By having the same generation with a counter philosophy. And my boy will hopefully be just that.
Now I am not setting my boy up to hate me becasue I will not let him live his life, but I will talk to him about tolerance, personal freedoms and the right for ALL humans to have them. Not just who our government thinks deserves, or the so called religious zealots think should have them. ALL SHOULD HAVE THE SAME BACIC RIGHTS. DUE PROCESS, HABEUS CORPUS, FREEDOM FROM TORTURE, LEGAL REPRESENTATION. These are not words to be thrown around during an election, but a living, breathing reality that should exist. Let him hopefully see my world belief as one he would like to adopt.
More later, work calls.
Now, I have been through 2 presidential election cycles peppered with disaster after disaster after bitter disappointment, but maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
One issue though: the Dems have not learned how to DO politics. If they do gain the House and Senate, it is despite themselves. The Repubs Machivellian self-destruction is like manna from heaven. Frankly, the Democratic party does not deserve it. But hey, who doesn't get something they don't deserve?
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Speaking of vices, let's get back to the Foley scandal. Basically, Florida congressman Foley has been exhibiting the behavior of a stalker of young, high-school age Congress pages. The story just broke, so there is a certain bit of vagueness on how many occasions and how many pages Foley sent rather racy IM messages and email to. There has even been the insinuation that OTHER congressman might have been involved in other, similar incidents but the evidence has not been brought forth (except for Foley).
What will be interesting is to watch the unfolding of the scandal because it has been alleged that the top Republican leadership knew of Foley's behavior as early as 2001 and chose to ignore it (some of the incidents documented happened in 2003, well after they knew there was a "problem"). It seems that the Republican leadership, in one of the biggest political blunders EVER, decided that the Republican butt in the Florida seat was more important then Foley preying on boys.
Some places to read about it: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos are following the unfolding scandal.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
The money quote is from Bob Woodward who has been known to carry water for the Bushies. Now, it seems he may have gotten a spine:
According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against coalition troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the administration has kept secret. “It’s getting to the point now where there are eight, 900 attacks a week. That’s more than a hundred a day. That is four an hour attacking our forces,” says Woodward.900 attacks a week. 100 a day. Four an hour.
If you support our troops, bring them home now. We cannot win. We have already lost.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
Note that the suit was filed by the Democratic party while the Republicans were the ones who wanted this law. And why not, the Republicans continually fuck the poor and the uneducated, why not just strike them from the voting process all together.
By the by, fuck Matt Blunt, Tool of the Day.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
I actually got sick to my stomach reading the excerpt.
Change must come.
Q: But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?I now know what Alice felt like when she went through the Looking Glass and everything about the universe is just wrong. I feel the same about America. It cannot stand.
Bush: I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him.
Also check out all the WORK Bush put into his Photo Op related to 9/11. Jeebus, this guy has no soul.
Monday, September 11, 2006
But how far back in human ancestry does it go? Via Majikthise (love that name, and Lindsey is hot), we see footage of Italian primatologists very easily engendering mimicry from baby Macaque monkeys less then 10 days old. See the movie here, a more hi-res version here, and an example of '"tongue protusion" mimicry here. Also, you can read about the experiments here.
A personal note: my grandmother lived her life on social security, raising my father and aunt/uncles on the social security benefits she got from my late grandfather who died '46. It showed me that the issue with social security is not about what is in it for me, but what is in it for the elderly who are saved from abject poverty. As usual, shame on GW. What a scumbag. See ya in hell.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
That is really all we are, just human beings trying to find are place and way around this world. Can we all not just get along?
By the by, it is no suprise that Fox gave this racist the pulpit to spread his hate speach.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I think I will try to catch this one.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Boss, if you are reading this, I am on hold with IBM because you do not have a clue! So I have to do something while on hold.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Now, this brings up all kinds of questions as to what the hell were BoBo and Darth Vader(Cheney)saying all along about the link between the two. Will the MSM pick up on this or just give another of the infinite free passes they have given this administration since 9.11.01?
Should this answer now be proof that this administration lied to the public about the link in the run up to the war? Should this be the hard evidence of possible impeachment articles being drawn? Obviously, this will not happen since the Republicans control the three branches of the government.
But what this should tell all voters is that the Republicans CAN NOT BE TRUSTED to govern honestly and in the best interest of the people. Only themselves.
Change must come.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Btw, notice the panel they have: the Surgeon General David Satcher (Bush appointee) and Bill Frist (whackjob "doctor" who "diagnoses" Terry Schiavo's mental capacities via video tape). Fair and Balanced, indeed. Shame on Public TV, especially given the Republican's attempts to close it down.
And its been 1764 days since it the anthrax letters.
Thanks to AMERICAblog for the reminder.
Really, if you voted for Dubya, how DO you sleep at night?
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Check this out. Help us Jeebus from your believers.
Got that, Mr. Bush? While the terror cells were comprised of Islamic extremists, other Muslims were the ones who saved the world from a terrorist strike that could have been the worst since 9/11. Moderate British Muslims, Mr. Bush, who - thank the Lord for favors - are currently being addressed in their country by John Reid and not you.Indeed.
Really, how could anyone call themselves republicans and tie their wagon to these assholes?
Thursday, August 10, 2006
This really makes me wonder how much our country is WORSE off than before 9.11. Our foreign ploicy has done nothing but ferment an already sizeable enemy's hatred of us and given them a rallying point (Iraq) and a place to hone their terrorists skills (again Iraq).
I imagine that it will take no less than a generation to ease the hatred toward the U.S. I look forward to how the historians will look back on this administration. My bet is that is will be one of the worst in history.
The question now is how deep into the gutter Mr. Lieberman’s ego will drag him.
There’s an overwhelming consensus among national security experts that the war in Iraq has undermined, not strengthened, the fight against terrorism. Yet yesterday Mr. Lieberman, sounding just like Dick Cheney — and acting as a propaganda tool for Republicans trying to Swift-boat the party of which he still claims to be a member — suggested that the changes in Iraq policy that Mr. Lamont wants would be “taken as a tremendous victory by the same people who wanted to blow up these planes in this plot hatched in England.”
This man obviously has completely lost his grip on his sanity. This is not what you say about someone in your own party, much less anybody else. I agree with Atrios when he says Joe maybe beyond redemption.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
His sole piece of luggage—a black duffel bag—was lost upon his arrival in New York.
Despite hours of waiting, and several U.S. Airways check-in counter workers and Transportation Security Administration screeners joining in the search, the Yemen-born 32-year-old had yet to hear any positive updates. Finally, a baggage claim representative approached him.
"Afraid I've got some bad news," the worker said to Yousef.
Airline personnel had searched the plane, the tarmac, and the gate, but were still unable to locate his bag containing his homemade dirty bomb.
"My trip was ruined," Yousef said. "But Allah will right this wrong."
NEW YORK—Wikipedia, the online, reader-edited encyclopedia, honored the 750th anniversary of American independence on July 25 with a special featured section on its main page Tuesday.Heh. 750th Anniversary.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Growing up I was told that if I broke the law, I would be punished. But what do we tell the kids of today. You can not brake the law, but the president can. Not only that, but he can because he is always right. What complete bullshit.
Prosecute them all.
Also, Wholeflaffer makes a good point about Dems using fighting words. But I would strongly suggest that given the climate of skewing of comments on on the right side of the aisle and in the blogoshere that Dems walk a very fine line with comments such as these.
I stand corrected and will be more vigilant in my posting.
But Dean is still a tool for the scream.
I open the books of law and morality, I listen to the sages and the philosophers of law, and, imbued by their insidious speeches, I am led to deplore the miseries of nature, and to admire the peace and justice established by the the civil order. I bless the wisdom of public institutions and console myself about my humanity through seeing myself as a citizen. Well instructed concerning my duties and my happiness, I shut the book, leave the classroom and look around. I see wretched peoples moaning beneath a yoke of iron, the human race crushed by the fist of oppressors, a starving and enfeebled crowd whose blood and tears are drunk in peace by the rich, and everywhere I see the strong armed against the weak with the terrifying power of the laws.
All this takes place peacefully and without resistance; it is the tranquility of the companions of Ulysses shut into the Cyclops cave and waiting their turn to be devoured. One must tremble and keep silent. Let us draw a permanent veil over these horrible phenomena. I lift my eyes and I look into the distance. I notice fires and flames, deserted countryside, pillaged towns. Ferocious men, where are you dragging those wretches? I hear a terrible sound. What a confusion! What cries! I draw closer and I see a theatre of murders, ten thousand men with their throats cut, the dead trampled by the hooves of horses, and everywhere a scene of death and agony. Such is the fruit of these peaceful institutions. Pity and indignation rise up from the the depths of my heart. Barbarous philosopher: try reading us your book on the field of battle.
Now that is not comparing her to Stalin. And it pains me to see some in the lefty Blogoshpere running with the "comparing Harris to Stalin" line.
And isn't it about time that Dems are using fightin' words?
Monday, July 31, 2006
From Salon.com's war room:
Dean has done a ton of good for the Democratic Party. But in a speech in West Palm Beach earlier this week, he made himself the issue again by equating Katherine Harris to Joseph Stalin. It was entirely unnecessary: Dean was speaking to a luncheon crowd of just 250; Harris is among the most marginal Republican candidates in America, trailing Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson by 37 points in the latest poll; and Dean was referring to Harris' role in the contested 2000 election, a subject that would have fired up his Democratic audience if he had discussed it in the dispassionate language of an accountant. And what did he get out of the deal? Some applause from the folks at the luncheon. And now, in addition to the stories about Harris as tantrum thrower, Harris as recipient of illegal campaign contributions, and Harris as lost cause, we'll see a news cycle full of stories about Harris as victim and Dean as loose cannon.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
From Salon/War Room:
He sees one thing: Proof that the Bush administration's strategy is going exactly as planned. As the AP reports, the vice president was in Florida Friday to stump for a Republican congressional candidate. Along the way, Cheney pointed to the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in the Middle East as a reason for keeping Republicans in control back in Washington.
"This conflict is a long way from over," Cheney said. "It's going to be a battle that will last for a very long time. It is absolutely essential that we stay the course."
How does this man sleep at night? I hope in the end, he gets his.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
And at the time the Lancet study was done, in 2003, the number of excess deaths was estimated to be 98k, a factor of two greater then the death counts using media (a really poor way to count deaths). Check out Tim Lambert at Deltoid for all you need to know about the study and great debunkings of the innumerate 101st Keyboarders.
Friday, July 21, 2006
And now Kirsten has left America for a "Eurotrash pretty-boy gaylord with six-pack abs and a 100-foot yacht". See here for the sordid details.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
From Romenesko via Dan Froomkin comes this poll of Californians conducted by the Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University: "Among those who watch Fox for their news, 59 percent approve of the job George W. Bush is doing as president and 29 percent disapprove. But among non-Fox viewers, just 25 percent approve of the president’s performance and 66 percent disapprove."
If Tom DeLay ends up having to run for reelection in Sugar Land, Texas, it looks like he'll have to do it without the help of his political action committee. As the Associated Press is reporting, DeLay's Americans for a Republican Majority PAC has agreed to pay a $115,000 fine and cease operations as the result of an audit conducted by the Federal Election Commission.
According to the FEC, the audit found that ARMPAC failed to report approximately $240,000 worth of "financial activity" and $322,306 in debts owed to 25 vendors in 2001 and 2002, and that it illegally misallocated more than $200,000 in expenses between its federal and nonfederal accounts. The FEC says its agreement with ARMPAC contains an "admission of all violations."
"The reason DeLay became so powerful was all about the money, the amounts of money he could pull in and could distribute to his colleagues," said Melanie Sloan, a spokeswoman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which filed a complaint seeking FEC enforcement against ARMPAC. "Nearly every Republican in Congress received money from ARMPAC, thus consolidating his power base. They loved him because he kept them flush. Now we find out, they brought in huge amounts of money, but they did it illegally."
The agreement between the FEC and ARMPAC closes one enforcement action, but it doesn't resolve all of DeLay's PAC problems. DeLay remains under indictment in Texas alongside ARMPAC former executive director Jim Ellis and the ARMPAC offshoot, Texans for a Republican Majority.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
From Salon.com/War Room
Ann Coulter, felon?
An envelope containing a suspicious white powder showed up in the mailroom at the New York Times last week. We can't tell if she's joking or not -- really, can we ever? -- but Ann Coulter is claiming that she's responsible.
Raw Story ferrets out the news from an item in Women's Wear Daily's Memo Pad blog. Memo Pad's source at the Times said the powder incident makes Coulter's call for the death penalty for Bill Keller just "a little less funny." "I wonder," the source said, "if she considers herself at all responsible when lunatics read her columns and she says that we should be killed."
Memo Pad asked Coulter about the incident. Her response? "So glad to hear that the New York Times got my letter and that your friend at the Times thinks I'm funny. Good luck in journalism and please send me your home address so we can stay in touch, too."
The white powder turned out to be harmless, but perhaps it's time to fight fire with fire anyway. If Coulter thinks that reporters at the Times should be tried for treason -- and she does -- wouldn't it be fair game to say that Coulter herself should be tried for threatening to use WMD or using the U.S. mail to send threatening communications? Those are federal crimes, and it seems to us that Coulter has just admitted committing one.
This bitch is fucking whack. Period.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Anyway, a couple of gems:
Giblets would love for gays and lesbians to be able to enjoy the same marriage rights as normal, non-icky Americans, but the sheer destructive power of their gay cooties threatens to destroy civilization as we know it!How to get out of Iraq, parts 1,2,3,4. An excerpt:
Then we will have specially trained troops sent out to each Iraqi home with cords attached to their backs and wait until sunrise and when all the Iraqi families start to wake up yawning and stretching and so on our troops jump out waving wiggly fingers and goin "It was allllll a dream... it was alllllll a dream!"Enjoy. Honorary Mention for Internet: What a Waste.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Dumb as a bag of hammers. Info Security is hard enough as a technical field; imagine having to secure around people plugging in a USB drive they find!
Imamura-san directed one of the top 5 movies I have ever seen: Unagi (The Eel). There was tragedy and redemption told in a style that was poignant and hilarious. It was the story of a guy who murders his wife after catching her cheating. He walks into the police station, drenched in her blood, to turn himself in. The story continues after he gets out of prison and rebuilds his life. An American could not make this film due to the hysteria surrounding murder and its reification. Anyway, you can get the English version here.
He also worked with Yasujiro Ozu, considered to be the greatest Japanese director along side Kurosawa Akira.
A eulogy can be found here.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Nothing can be more emblematic of the fall of truly great icons then the latest New York Times hit piece on how many nights Bill and Hillary spend together. As freakin' news. Here is a good post about the brouhaha on The American Prospect web site. If you have time, read it. And weep for a free press.
Saturday, June 03, 2006
Via Daily Kos.
First my second favorite time waster: Google maps. I spent 3 hours zooming in and out of Tokyo, London, my house, my parents house, Iraq, Afghanistan, and some I am sure I am forgetting.
This may not be new to some of you, since it was ./'ed (What's this?) and received copious press. But check it out of you have the time to waste and have not seen it.
And a bonus Engrish installment (via Japundit):
Friday, June 02, 2006
Check out the article here.
Lets all pray for the summary judgment.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
If you are so inclined, there is a link to the right to donate to the cause. Please do if you can.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Youtube: Videos with a mimetic flare. You can spend about 12 days clicking through the favorites. Some standouts here and here.
Also, one of my favorite Queen songs. There is something so weird about it. At Youtube, there are 312 lip sync versions of the song. Not sure if that is good or not...but it does back up my theory.
Here is the description a video of a Japanese female punk band (in name only):
someone said Sasebo and harajuku
I am seeking the orchestra name, other people please do not have to give me trash electricity postal, thanks. I want to know this orchestra is called any name ?
Let's make sure we've got this straight. The NSA won't grant clearances to DOJ attorneys to look into the program. The FCC refuses to look into whether the phone companies illegally turned over data. SEC rules of accounting and reporting are waived at the behest of the John Negroponte, thus eliminating any "follow the money" trail for investigators.Dear God, please save us from your believers.
If you voted for George Bush, how DO you sleep at night?
Saturday, May 27, 2006
The Simpsons, like Monty Python, is an Anglo-Saxon comedic take on the existentialism which in France takes on a more tragic hue. Albert Camus' absurd is defied not by will, but mocking laughter.I find myself agreeing with this way of delineating a strain of Existentialism that sees life a a sort of tragic farce from a more "Anglo-Saxon" (modern?) way that sees life as, well, just a farce, and worthy of only laughter. I somehow like the latter way the best. The Three Stooges come to mind as a formative factor.
And more then you ever wanted to know about the Simpson's: The Simpson's Archive.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Four [sic] of my favorite things are development, evolution, and breasts, and now I have an article that ties them all together in one pretty package.Pharyngula has a very interesting post on the a possible evolutionary role of the female breast and how this role has changed over the ages. Turns out that breast milk "is actually a kind of anti-microbial snot mixed in with a lot of fat and sugar." It may have started out as a factory for immuno proteins and evolved into a food source for little babminos(as). Fascinating.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Also, a interesting Q & A with Professor Cole on Daily Kos.
If you voted for George Bush, how do you sleep at night?
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
An article by EJ Dione makes a persuasive argument why the English-only crowd are just missing the point. Check it out.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Throw the bastards out.
This site is by roving bands of reporters who take pictures of particulary egregious maimings of the English language prevalent in Japan. This is always good for a laugh.
We hope you enjoy the first ever Online Philosophy Conference (OPC 2006). Here, you can enjoy some excellent philosophical presentations from the comfort of your home, office, coffee shop... anywhere but the cold confines of a hotel conference room. We hope this will be one of the best attended philosophy conferences in history. Please tell your colleagues, students, friends about it to help make that happen.Check it out here.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
One recent post at Angry Bear that stands out is related to my previous post about Bush's profligate spending. It shows that if we subtracted Bush's machinations such as the Iraq War, tax cuts, and the Medicare Drug Plan, we would actually have budget surpluses instead of the mess we are in. Check it out.
"This paper provides an update of the U.S. Fiscal and Generational Imbalances that we originally calculated in Gokhale and Smetters (2003), and presents the calculations in several alternative ways. We find that a lot has changed in just a few years. In particular, the nation’s fiscal imbalance has grown from around $44 trillion dollars as of fiscal year-end 2002 to about $63 trillion, mostly due to the recent adoption of the prescription drug bill (Medicare, Part D). The imbalance also grows by more than $1.5 trillion (in inflation adjusted terms) each year that action is not taken to reduce it.
This imbalance now equals about 8 percent of all future GDP and it could, in theory, be eliminated by more-than doubling the employer-employee payroll tax from 15.3 percent of wages to over 32 percent immediately and forever – assuming, quite critically, no reduction in labor supply or national saving and capital formation. Equivalently, massive cuts in government spending would be required to achieve fiscal balance: The total federal fiscal imbalance now equals 77.8 percent of non-Social Security and non-Medicare outlays. "
Note the money notions: Double the payroll tax immediately and forever. Holy Baby Jeebus! Or, cut 77.8 percent of discretionary spending (non-Social Security and non-Medicare).
Let that sink in, folks. In order to stem the red ink Bush and the Republican Congress has foisted upon us, us and future generations are, well, in deep crapola.
If you voted for George Bush, how do you sleep at night?
Via Angry Bear.
There is also a time lapse video of the throngs of patrons going to it.
Also, check out the review of the new Macbooks from Ars Technica, one of the best geeky sites out there. Hell, they are too geeky; ever read a 5 page review of motherboards? Feel like you are missing out? Ars Technica is here.
Saturday, May 20, 2006
I am not sure why Art Wholeflaffer is my alter ego. Maybe I just like the sound of the word 'wholeflaffer'. Either way, it has been my virtual persona as long as I have been cruising the environs of the Internet since 1995. It is the name I hang all of my identity on when interacting in cyberspace.
About this blog: sometime futile, narcissistic endeavors are worth doing. My main interests in life is philosophy (I am working on my Masters), politics, technology, and Japan, So expect posts about that sort of stuff. Don't take it too seriously; I won't. However, I will use it as a way to work out thoughts and to simplify complexities, mainly dealing with academic philosophy. I have always found that if I cannot explain something to somoene with no philosophical background, I cannot presume to say I know it well.
So, without further adieu, we begin.