I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence
And so the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They're quite aware of what they're goin' through

Friday, August 31, 2012

Linkee-poo knows it's gonna be all right

Passive aggressive wifi networks. Ha! (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

I bang on religion a lot here, it's difficult to explain why in less than doctoral dissertation length. But here is one reason why I think, for some people, religion is so necessary. It's the personal story of a yakuza (which got me to look at the video). For him, religion is his salvation in a very true, concrete way. And, IMHO, he's approaching it correctly. It's a journey that begins anew every day. If only American Evangelicals, as a majority, could embrace that vision and that humility (yes, I know several who do that) our world could be very different. (Grokked from Catherine Schaff-Stump)

He kids, ever want what those floppy disk things are that your parents keep on asking where they are on your computer? Here's a nice history. And, ZOMG, I used all of those (tape, 8", 5.25" and 3.5", not to mention punch cards). (Pointed to by John)

What's wrong with the rich these days? "What Halliburton did for U.S. Army logistics, school privatizers will do for public education. A century ago, at least we got some attractive public libraries out of Andrew Carnegie. Noblesse oblige like Carnegie’s is presently lacking among our seceding plutocracy." And that, friends, is from an article in The American Conservative. There's a lot of truth to power in there, but unfortunately the power has hundreds stuck in their ears and they're laughing their way to the bank. "Schwarzman benefits from the so-called 'carried interest rule' loophole… (and takes his) compensation in the form of capital gains rather than salaries, thus knocking down (his) income-tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. But that’s not the only way Mr. Skin-in-the-Game benefits: the 6.2 percent Social Security tax and the 1.45 percent Medicare tax apply only to wages and salaries, not capital gains distributions. Accordingly, Schwarzman is stiffing the… Social Security system that others of his billionaire colleagues… say is unsustainable and needs to be cut." Highly recommended reading and nobody gets away clean in the article, just so you know. (Grokked from Sam Butler)

"(L)ow-wage jobs have not been growing especially quickly in this recovery; they account for such a big share of job growth mostly because midwage job growth has been so slow… Since 2001, employment has grown 8.7 percent in lower-wage occupations and 6.6 percent in high-wage ones. Over that period, midwage occupation employment has fallen by 7.3 percent… A recent study found that this polarization accelerated in the last three recessions…" A new study show most of the jobs created are at the lower (and then higher) end of the pay scales. There's not much in the middle anymore. (Grokked from Matt Staggs - I think)

Republicans believe you have a choice and that this country is based on individual freedoms. Except in the case of abortion. I normally don't really like gotcha politics, but that Daily Show piece is just so incredibly precious. For a party that likes to believe of themselves that they have internal consistency, the duplicity here is just amazing. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

The lies of Romney. Warning, it's a long article. Not because the refutation requires lots of justification but because Romney lies so much. I've heard lots of people say, "Well, all politicians lie." And that's partially true is you include view point issues and promises. What you'll see in that article is Romney is lying about things that are demonstratively proven false. This isn't a "he said, she said", Romney's looking at the sky and saying it's yellow (okay, bad choice, because sometimes the sky is yellow). Okay, maybe it's more like he's saying "one and one equals ostrich." Yeah, that's more like it. This is the view from inside the bubble. The problem is, I don't think Romney knows the truth or wants to know it when he's pointed towards it.

533 factual instances of Mitt’s mendacity. More on Romney's lies. His running mate is starting to catch up in that count. And then there are lies and video tape.(Grokked from Jay Lake)

The Rolling Stone article on Mitt Romney. "He's Gordon Gekko, but a new and improved version, with better PR…" With more on how Bain Capital and other private finance companies work (hint, it's all about sticking the other guy with the check). You know, exactly what they accuse Obama of doing, but here's the thing, they know how to do it better (read: borrow even more money to pay themselves and stick the kids with the debt). (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Think I'm over doing it, well, what does Fox News have to say about it? "On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold… The good news is that the Romney-Ryan campaign has likely created dozens of new jobs among the legions of additional fact checkers that media outlets are rushing to hire to sift through the mountain of cow dung that flowed from Ryan’s mouth." Granted, that's an opinion piece by one of those commentators that Fox News brings on to give the appearance of "fairness," however they don't often give them such a megaphone. (Pointed to by John)

I'm pointing these things out not because I enjoy it. As I've said, I really wish this was a campaign of ideas. I just wish the conservatives were will to join in that, but instead they give us this. What hasn't been said so far is this is the Romney Campaign's response to the vicious and brutal primary they went through. They learned their lesson then (but didn't learn how to do it well), and they haven't realized that people are starting to pay attention and the general election is a whole 'nother different animal. What worked when only the wonks were watching is different than when the country (most of whom couldn't give two squats for politics) are watching.

The crazy has no bottom. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

Tweet of my heart: @chrisrockoz: If you vote against Obama because he can't get stuff done, it's like saying, "this guy can't cure cancer. I'm gonna vote for cancer."

Alligator Quotient: They're not keeping up with the commuting schedule.

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