Friday, January 31, 2014
it's about profits, not free speech
invisible elves in iceland
19 scientific reasons you should take more naps
Thursday, January 30, 2014
when the anti-choicers choose abortion
of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy
goldie hawn brings meditation to davos
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
pete seeger's 60's tv show
gun access = greater risk for murder & suicide
happy 50th anniversary to dr. strangelove! ps - it's almost all true!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
please save net neutrality, fcc
"the time is now for the fcc to classify broadband as title 2. without this step, we are playing fast-and-loose with the most opportunity-creating technology in all of communications history. without this step, we are guaranteeing an internet future of toll-booths, gatekeepers and preferential carriage. without this step, we stifle innovation, put consumers under the thumb of special interests, and pull the props from under the kind of rich civic dialogue that only open and non-discriminatory communications can provide"
you probably didn't hear a word about tpp tonight
trans pacific partnership - just think of citizen's united on steroids worldwide.
best of the left breaks it down.
Random Notes, 28 Jan 2014
Apparently both The Commons of Pensacola (no link; site doesn't accept my browser) and A Night with Janis Joplin are closing the week after the Super Bowl. The former has a plot that will be familiar, with Blythe Danner as a proxy for Ruth Madoff and Sarah Jessica Parker as one of her daughters. The latter reminds me of Michael Swanwick's "The Feast of Saint Janis," which is Highly Recommended
Speaking of Blythe Danner, now that no less than Paul Hewson has praised the songwriting skills of her son-in-law, can we stop the Coldplay trashing? (Even if you're not ready to go this far yet.)
This makes sense; there is continuity in science, even if (though?) economists occasionally try to deny it in their profession.
when you're a tuesday girl
divorce rate higher in counties with greater concentration of conservative christians
"the tea party is the petty bourgeoise face of the corporate oliogarchs"
why are there 24 hours in a day?
and rip the great folksinger pete seeger
Monday, January 27, 2014
Random Notes, 27 Jan 2014
Now that "The Beer-Googles Song" has won Record of the Year, can we just admit it's 1976 again? Or at least find out what happened to Sisqo?
This should surprise no one. As Hamilton Nolan at Gawker notes
[T]he companies that send delegates to Davos underperform the market as a whole. So we may say that the typical Davos delegate is a rich European Harvard grad businessman who's not even good at his job.
Noah Smith has been >bashing DSGE Models while claiming to be bashing Macroeconomics. Since he has correctly identified the bollocks of The Lucas Critique as the root cause (and now has a helper piling on), isn't it time he got off his arse and started suggesting a solution? Otherwise, he's going to sound like Robert Waldmann (especially here) from
And Bleg of the Day:
Do I have to root my Verizon mobile to get rid of the PoS "NFL Mobile" app that is allegedly a "System Application"? Where is Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson when we need him?
america is becoming more liberal
people are more likely to kill when they have a gun
zebra finches rock out on guitars at a museum
Sunday, January 26, 2014
the last cavalier
ancient myths meet modern geopolitics in a compelling story spanning centuries and continents, chronicling the adventures of a currentday templar knight as he struggles to keep good and evil in balance.
it’s a change of direction for author daniel mcvicar. after finding success on american television he relocated to turin, italy, where he is now a europeanbased actor and filmmaker. turin (torino) is a reallife city of magic and mystery, most famous as the home of the holy shroud of turin. this rich backdrop is an important character itself in the complex tapestry of the last cavalier
smart, fun and fastpaced, this graphic novel combines history and myth in an ambitious saga. but at its center, the last cavalier is a profound love story about family and the nature of mankind.
illustrator gianluca gugliotta, recognized as an important artist in the comics world, is excited to be on board this project. he has worked with marvel and dc comics on projects from spiderman to the black panther to mr. terrific and lois lane & the resistance.
he is thrilled to be part of the team that introduces the exciting world of michael cross to the public, and with his participation this special first edition promises to be a work of collector art.
rewards for backers at different levels are being offered on the special first edition of the last cavalier kickstarter page. these rewards include the full color graphic novel, additional and unique artwork by gianluca gugliotta, and even a personal tour of turin by daniel mcvicar
sunday in the south
houston cops cuff and detain a man for giving money to the homeless
how the clinton surpluses turned into 6 trillion dollar deficit
from california to korea, the pentagon runs nearly 200 golf courses
Saturday, January 25, 2014
saturday night on saturn
10 signs religious fundamentalism is is on the decline
5 extremist christian "science" teachings
14 things that will be cheaper in 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
friday on my mind
dea official freaks out at the thought of marijuana legalization
15 most common logical fallacies
don't be a dick to your childless friends
Thursday, January 23, 2014
ancient antarctic trench bigger than the grand canyon under miles of ice
house republicans draining $600 million a week from the economy
and the rude pundit knew hoboken mayor dawn zimmer personally
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
1 down, 49 to go - koch bros. leave new mexico
and red states collect more federal aid than blue states
shotgun weddings are on the decline
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
family who hated obamacare now loves obamacare
record year for charter school failures unnerving proponents
the coming retirement crisis
Monday, January 20, 2014
monday morning secretary
the political economy of predatory capitalism
are you a bad singer? there's an app for that
your boss is a dick
Sunday, January 19, 2014
sunday in the south
1in 5 american houses are deeply underwater
chris christie withheld sandy relief funds from a new jersey mayor unless she approved a development project
for the first time the majority of law makers are millionaires
Saturday, January 18, 2014
help paddy's family w/her funeral expenses
if you'd like to help her family defray the cost of the funeral, please read this.
and be sure to drop by and give laffy a hug.
saturday night is the loneliest night of the week
using jesus to deny climate change
the gop's biggest problem: age
duck dynasty ratings decline
Friday, January 17, 2014
a third of americans lived in poverty for at least two months after the recession
the insane clown posse sues the justice dept
and rip the professor on gilligan's island, actor russell johnson, and the partidge family's agent mr. kincaid, comedian dave madden
Thursday, January 16, 2014
rip paddy of political carnival
paddy had been sick with various unexplained ailments over the winter. her brother emailed laffy the sad news today.
paddy, along with laffy, had been big supporters of our humble blog, and we were fortunate enough to write a piece for the political carnival last year.
we suppose that if you stay in a business long enough, many of one's friends will eventually shuffle off this mortal coil. that is cold comfort to laffy, and to all of us who enjoy the political carnival.
some polls say chris christie isn't hurt by the gwb scandal. marist tells a different story
nyc murders are twice as likely to be solved when the victim is white than black
white skater, who fell, makes olympic team. woman of color who skates perfectly left off
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
waiting for wednesday
americans prefer democrats in congress, according to poll
christians fear teaching critical thinking because "our children will use it"
man who won contest to watch 'breaking bad' finale with the cast arrested for possession of synthetic narcotics
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
chris christie's other lingering controversy
the real spending problem: corporate welfare
your personal data is way too easy to get from your phone number
Monday, January 13, 2014
monday morning rock
it's time to stop blaming mental health for mass shootings
stupid questions from christian education
man kills father's goat as sacrifice to god
Sunday, January 12, 2014
sunday in new york
obamacare horror stories told by tea party members; newspaper finally admits it
private contractors can make more than the president
scientists have a new theory on how the brain creates a personality
Saturday, January 11, 2014
saturday night is alright for fighting
the 6 most terrifying facts about the chemical spill polluting west virgina's drinking water
hype over canceled plans under obamacare completely overblown
and rip one of the original greensboro 4, civil right activist franklin mccain
Friday, January 10, 2014
friday night on a dollar bill
lower cognitive abilities predict greater prejudice through right-wing ideologies
lawsuit filed against chris christie and others over traffic jam
media blog poynter mis-identified nbc anchor brian williams in a story about how most americans can't identify nbc anchor brian williams
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Oh, Why Not...
This is what I look like when I'm wearing multiple layers in 5º weather in some Nashua, New Hampshire parking garage. Frankly, I can survive in this displaced arctic bull$#!+, but I cannot for the life of me see how I could ever live like this. I ain't a polar bear -- this weather sucks...
hell, michigan, freezes over
right wing cyber attacks confirmed against heathcare.gov
5,000 children placed in foster care because their parents were deported
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
skippy's wednesday night music club
as california moves deeper into its third year of drought, growers and representatives of local water districts called on gov. jerry brown to proclaim a drought emergency. it became a recurring issue at tuesday's meeting of the california board of food and agriculture.
"we are sounding the alarm on the behalf of the agriculture industry," said craig mcnamara, a walnut grower who serves as board president.
...snowpack measurements show it to be 20 percent normal, especially worrisome because the majority of the surface water used for irrigation comes from snowmelt runoff in spring and summer - nbc4
conserve california. our state needs us to.
happy birthday elvis
snowboarding on wednesday
mall of america arrests native american woman so she can't "protest"
america's obscene wealth inequality
if only 24% of america identify as republicans, why does the gop dominate the sunday talk shows ?
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
we must expand social security
f*ckin climate change deniers: how do they work?
dolphins like to get high
Monday, January 06, 2014
monday morning mayhem
Sunday, January 05, 2014
crushing labor unions and the middle class: the new american way?
the 10 greediest people in america
the coming instant planetary emergency
Saturday, January 04, 2014
saturday night fishfry
many dolphins sick after bp oil spill a year later
is he the liberals' answer to the koch brothers?
man interrogated and suspended for dressing as his boss on halloween
and bye bye love: rip phil everly
Friday, January 03, 2014
friday night lights
the marijuana wars
ani difranco apologizes (not really)
grad student proves nsa can link metadata to your identity with very little effort
Thursday, January 02, 2014
gun owners versus the nra
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
all is quiet on new year's day
5 resolutions you should never make
science and environmental highlights of 2013
14 great movies of 2013
2014 will probably look like 2013
sequestration still sequestering except for military boondoggles.
food stamps still cut.
unemployment benefits still cut.
real wages down.
climate change getting worse faster than expected.
profits and the stock market are up so all is well, i guess.