And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Weekend Linkee-poo lies on the whispering wind

Hey, you know all those unions the conservatives have been openly attacking for the past two years (more so than the previous 40 years)? How many of those conservatives will be showing up to work on Monday? Yeah, that's what I thought too.

The auditory configuration of hell. Won't see that on the History Channel. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

The nine energy inventions that make our future brighter. Strange how just a little incentive (compared to oil and coal tax breaks) and slightly expensive oil can change the calculus of green energy. Also, how quickly technology can advance when we actually focus out energy and economy on those things. (Grokked from Morgan J Locke)

Jon Stewart on Paul Ryan's acceptance speech. It's one thing to have someone nit-pick a phrase or two, but when you make it difficult to choose what you're going to focus on because you only have a half hour show. Don't miss John Oliver's explanation on "we can change that." And the spoof of the Romney bio-pic narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Hahahahaha.

"I thought it was darned nice of the (RNC) to be so honest and upfront about how the rest of us will be treated once Republicans retake the reins of power – i.e. the part where they changed the rules to declare the Ron Paul delegates null and void. Nothing tells you more about how your dissenting views will be regarded under a Romney Administration than that little maneuver… if we don’t like how you vote, you just don’t get a vote. Now, sit down and shut up or we’ll have your ass waterboarded… Conservatives haven’t been attacking Barack Obama for the last four years, they’ve been screaming at a fantasy, a strawman of their own creation… Clint Eastwood’s act at the RNC was a brilliant analogy for the republican party itself." Jim Wright on the Republican National Convention.

"The stage show looked like America, but the convention hall did not. The crowd seemed like the sanctuary of a minority — economically wounded capitalists in shades from eggshell to ecru, cheering the man from Bain and trying to fathom why they’re not running the country anymore… Ryan’s lies and Romney’s shape-shifting are so easy to refute that they must have decided a Hail Mary pass of artifice was better than their authentic ruthless worldview." I wish I could be so confident. I'm being constantly reminded of a conversation with a reporter (not an interview, I know the guy) in 2004. He was convinced that GW Bush didn't have a chance to win Ohio. In certain circles, GW's loss was a foregone conclusion. I explained that I wasn't so sure and I had a feeling he would win Ohio, if only by the slimmest of margins, but I could see it happening. What worries me is that I can see Romney and the conservatives winning, if by the slimmest margins. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

Tweet of my heart: @barryeisler: Eastwood says "We own this country." I say we hold it in trust for our children. That's why I'm a liberal.

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