Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Echo Boom

Actually, not all of us feel that way about the kids. Just other people’s kids.

Same as it ever was,

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

Of course no one can prove that Socrates actually said that since there wasn’t anybody around to write things down. YMMV

I’m So Old

I can remember when technology web sites dealt with technology.

From The Climate Skeptics Corner

The other side of the row,

Analysis Richard Muller’s Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project, which began with goodwill from all corners of the climate debate, has made a series of bold announcements (without benefit of peer review) to the effect that global warming is definitely serious and definitely caused by humans. This has aroused derision among formerly supportive climate sceptics, caused an eminent climatologist to abandon the project, and even drawn criticism from generally alarmism-sympathetic media commentators.

A hundred years from now none of us will care, but the issue will be resolved. The AIDS research projects, and the Human Genome projects have taken a toll on the aimless blade of science argument with me. I suppose this one will as well. I just find it highly unlikely that pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is having no effect whatsoever on the planet, and that with energy falling out of the sky for free. It seems like a no brainer to me.

Chop Off Your Hands Charles Lane

After all a disabled writer doesn’t need them to do his work, which is basically thinking about stuff and then keyboarding it in.

The Americans With Disabilities Act, passed with bipartisan support in 1990 at the urging of then-President George H.W. Bush, enshrines the notion that every American can and should hold a job regardless of physical or mental limitations.

You know I wonder if anyone has noticed all the one armed and one legged blue collar workers, which American companies hire in droves to build things for us.

Can you conservative college kids at least do us the favor of having a clue about what you’re talking about? It’s like writing; you do the research, think about it, observe the world as it is, and then fill in the blanks with your dreams and aspirations, if you must.

Perhaps we could, and should go with regulating the system. We shouldn’t expect the poor and working classes to be any more moral than the elites.

Update: I hate it when that happens.

Without Comment

Caustic Crusader at Center of F.D.A. Spying Scandal, and, Russian Prosecutors Charge Activist.

New York Times headlines.

Lip Sticking The Pig

POG style,

Republicans have been been clear that they do not regard deep, looming cuts to defense and domestic programs — the enforcement mechanism at the heart of last year’s debt limit agreement — as a reason to compromise with Democrats and put real tax revenues into the mix of cuts and reforms required to reduce deficits over time.

But in recent weeks they’ve taken things a step further. They’ve disavowed the so-called “sequester” altogether and handed full responsibility for its existence to President Obama — despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of them voted to implement it last August.

“The Devil made us do it,” defense.

Worth A See

Caught an excellent interview on Bill Moyer’s show last night,

Vietnam veteran and author Karl Marlantes shares how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him.

I have to admit to rarely, (first time viewer,) seeing Moyer’s program, but if this is the caliber it should be prime time. There’s also a handy Resources page, that bias should compel avoidance to.

The War We Were

It would be so pre-Great Recession,

Ayotte argued that the looming cuts to defense spending are “disproportionate” to total federal spending.

“We’ve already cut nearly a half a trillion dollars from the Department of the Defense, so we’re not saying defense can’t take some savings, but this is disproportionate. It’s 19 percent of federal spending is taking 15 percent of cuts,” Ayotte said.

The only way you can get to a calculation of cutting half a trillion dollars from defense is if you factor in the winding down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. So yes, ending wars does tend to depress the spending. Your point is…?

I suppose if Mitt gets elected we’ll have to double defense spending, and that’s if he stays home and keeps his mouth shut.

The Canadian Miracle Revisited

Two articles from, gasp a bi partisan perspective, on why Canada is looking so good these days. Interestingly both are from mid 2011, before any political hyperbole from the US Chamber of Horrors Commerce hit Faux News. Conservatively,

We very cleverly situated ourselves next to a superpower with a love of freedom similar to ours, one that we count on to protect us militarily. While we can – and sometimes do with great courage – participate in international missions, it is hardly required. We haven’t had to spend nearly as much (proportionately) on our military as has the United States, nor do we have to take the endless grief and criticism of the rest of the world if we A) act too much, B) act not at all, or C) act incorrectly. Free-riding is good.

Quaint notions

We have clung to the quaint notion that banks should be regulated and that one should have income in order to buy a house. Canadian mortgages are “full recourse,” meaning that if your home is under (figurative) water, you cannot simply walk away from payments. This is where our Scottish heritage has come in handy and this is where we are truly conservative. Gays can get married here, but if they want to buy a home and make it fabulous, they had better be able to afford it.

Liberally

That’s been a boon for Canadian workers. Whereas the U.S. unemployment rate rose two ticks to 9 percent in April, Canada’s fell to 7.6 percent. Moreover, Canadians enjoy less income inequality, meaning there’s less disparity between rich and poor.

Canada also has stronger employment and union regulations, and a greater percentage of Canadians are represented by collective bargaining agreements, offering them greater job protection and benefits. Unionization in Canada is about 30 percent compared to 12 percent for Americans.

Ask them about their health care system too.

I know Muricans, real ones anyway, are concerned about the national debt, but would it be asking too much of you to remember the last ten years? If you don’t know where you came from how do you know where you’re going?

Flathead

Sheesh. A yokel in a yarmulke.

We Could Learn From The Iranians Too Mitt

Four sentenced to death over $2.6bn Iran bank fraud

Four people have been sentenced to death for their roles in Iran’s biggest-ever bank fraud scandal.

Two other defendants received life sentences, while 33 more will spend up to 25 years in jail, the chief prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Oh the joy of extrapolation!!!!

Ya Think?

Report questions fundamentals of Afghan strategy Some of us have been doing that since the 86% were sure we should be in Iraq.

So, hows that all working out for you guys?

Etch-A-Mitt

We are ruled by idiots,

Israel has universal health care that is mandated, heavily subsidized, and substantially controlled by the government. And Mitt Romney thinks the United States has a thing or two to learn from Israel on that front:

“Do you realize what health care spending is as a percentage of the GDP in Israel? eight percent,” Romney told donors at a fundraiser at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, speaking of a health care system that is compulsory for Israelis and funded by the government. “You spend eight percent of GDP on health care. You’re a pretty healthy nation. We spend 18% of our GDP on health care. Ten percentage points more. […] Our gap with Israel is 10 points of GDP. We have to find ways — not just to provide health care to more people, but to find ways to find and manage our health care costs.”

Of course we put these idiots in charge of large standing armies too, so what’s that say about us?