Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Considering that one of the main motivations for using so much high tech to make Avatar was to defeat pirates, this is bad news for the studio
James Cameron's blockbuster was downloaded 16.6m times on one file-sharing site alone, TorrentFreak said.
Second on the list was comic book action film Kick-Ass, with 11.4m downloads, followed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception with 9.7m."
Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Right now the main global stories I am looking at are epidemic in Haiti, protests in the Ivory Coast, and open conflict in Korea. These events pose extreme dangers to many people's lives, and the situation in Korea could also have major knock an impacts to the global economy and global peace.
So what is my favorite UK newspaper covering on the World News section? Well what ever comes out of Wikileaks. The Guardian has given over the main section of its Global news coverage on its web page to Wikileaks. The Wikileaks story, where Assange is now, what he is wearing, if he likes to use condoms, and the most recent leak, no matter how banal, is now the dominate story of Guardian.
In short, the Guardian has become more interested in the story about how the story was created, than the story. The Media is now the Assange. The Guardian has moved over key events off the front page because, as the layout above shows, they are trying to promote the Wikileaks scoop.
So items like Korea and Ivory Coast can't find space on the limited front page. There is the need for most popular stories and paid ad space, so the giving Wikileaks the centre of the page means that stories as pointless as "Cuba censored the movie Sicko" "Berlusconi is vain", "Leaders in Afica are corrupt" takes the center stage. Not because they are important, but because they are part of the event of Wikileaks that Guardian is trying to sell.
Assanges personality itsef has become the main item of interest and his trials and tribulations allow the Guardian to convert World News in to a Gossip column, concentrating reporting efforts on the story of one very photogenic man rather than what is happening.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
- The father had a 1970s disco hair cut more at home on the set of Star Wars than Depression era south.
- Though it is suppose to be set in the South nobody has a southern accent
- Mary Ellen is gay
- How come a town with a movie theater and small down town didn't have a newspaper until a high school student started one?
- Grandma wears support bras, that probably were not available to elderly rural southern women during the depression
- They run a saw mill out of the house, but you never see trucks of lumber coming in our out, and you don't see any saw dust
- Grandpa was a total asshole bore and would have probably been lynched in rural south
- John Boy is bisexual
- Were they able to get away with everyone having red hair because the crackers that went in for this show would not have had color TV at first?
- The Brady Bunch came out six years before, but should the Waltons it be seen as a fascist reaction to it?
- The shows are the memories of John Boy, yet John Boy left the show in 1977, so for the years there was no John Boy whose memories is the narrator describing?
- How come in a house with 11 people living in it and 3 generations, is it still possible for quest appearances to have long lines without anyone interrupting?
- If they can't afford shoes, how come they can afford money for gasoline, allow the high school boys to use a car, and go to movies?
- John Sr was to have fought in World War I, which would have meant he would have had R&R in Paris, and yet he is still such a backwards ass hillbilly.
- Why was Dukes of Hazard the first show to realistically depict how Southerns spoke
- The guy who was rapped in the film Deliverance plays the good natured local blacksmith in the Waltons. Does this mean that the audience didn't see both movies, because how could anyone hold both images in their mind?
- How come three generations ranging from small children to old people all go to bed at precisely the same time every night?
- Did anyone ever really fall for this show?
- If they are a poor southern family during the Depression where did they get the money for so much white pain and tooth paste?
- Why didn't the Walton kids release a music album.
- Is it surprising that Wikipedia has very little information about the show?
- The show has nothing to do with the 1930s at all. The show is entirely and only a response to issues of the 1970s, to such an extent that the few programs I have seen recently don't even seem to make any today. It is interesting the John Walton is to have died in 1969, just before the 1970s started because if he had lived in to the 1970s it would have caused some kind of time paradox.
- Is the lack of racial tension between blacks and whites just naive or is it deeply insulting?
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Wikipedia is probably the most triumphet anarchic communist accomplishment in history. From the start of the project its editors were very radical in their opposition to central planning, hierarchy control, profit and state support.
So EcuRed, Cuba's alternative web site will be an intersting case study. So far the results are pretty obvious, State Communism seems to have way more problems than free communism.
The Economist , of late, is reminding me of the old saw, ' Nero fiddled while Rome burned'. However, I think that is very apropos. The world is overpopulated and it has reached crisis proportions. Changing ecosystems,climate and economies. It must be addressed and yet The Economist and it's staff have nothing better to do than insult countries like Japan for having ' negative demographics', chide Western countries ( especially the USA ) for not taking in enough immigrants even though it is destroying both social fabric and economy, and then publish ' feel good ' articles on vertical farming. Do you really think that will do anything?
"How ironic it will be if , in 50 years or so , Japan is doing quite well and we are all living in Sao Paulo. I guess it won't matter to the staff of the Economist because , as educated people , they won't be living in the favelas of London or Los Angeles.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Reagan's imagery might have worked when we lived on a mostly unexplored planet, without computers, and our complex computer-managed systems. If you didn't like having neighbors, you could just pick up and go somewhere and be by yourself, rugged and individual, and get some peace and freedom. If that world ever existed, and I wonder if it really did, it sure doesn't exist today. Not if you want your kids to go to school, and get proper health care, and get on the Internet and listen to your iPod, etc etc. Sure it sounds nice in a commercial, but you're not actually going to do it, even if you could, and you probably (almost certainly) can't.Scripting News: Our civilization doesn't scale
Thursday, October 14, 2010
And about half of the total loans went to projects run by local authority investment vehicles that are now unable to fully meet their repayments.
These must now be covered by the local governments or with collateral.
And the final 26% of cash may never be repaid.
This is where money went to projects that failed to meet official regulations, faced "serious default risk", or was embezzled, the CSJ report said.
BBC News - Loans to China local authorities 'at risk'
Let me make this perfectly clear, there is no danger at all of the US or EU government in the near term not being able to borrow money from China or other Asian countries until the Private sector can start borrowing again.
Firstly let me make it clear what is behind "sovereign debt". The United States and much of Europe is utterly dependent on debt. This is how the economy works. With the labour movement destroyed in the 1980s real wages have dropped for almost 2 generations. This has been particularly bad in the past 10 years. To keep the "Capitalist" system going working have been given access to easy money to extend their consuming beyond their wages. This is entirely underpinned by rises in housing prices.
But this money in consumption was going to Asia, where people actually do save, and probably save too much. So a kind of relationship relationship between the East and West developed, with underpaid US and EU workers spending their income and borrowing money to buy goods, and the people who make those goods than investing more and more money in the US. Like it or not this pointless circulation of money is all that Capitalism every was or ever will be. It is the full and total nature of Capitalism. Capitalism as a concept is not in the Bible (though Slavery is) or in the US Constitution (where Slavery was also). Capitalism is no moral system, and it has no fixed outcomes, no magic to the market. Capitalism is simply the rapid movement of money from person to person, institution to institution.
If this flow does not work Capitalism does not work. If the players are States or Companies or Charities makes no difference, as long as circulation of money and goods happens the system continues. Is it long term sustainable? Probably not. Is it short term transformable? Definitely no.
The crisis of a few years ago was due to the collapse of the banks which had done precisely what markets always do, they boomed and busted. Anyone who has any questions about this any longer is simply an idiot. Markets are unstable not stable. Some Right Wingers say "well that was not a real free market" is simply playing word games with real people's lives.
When the collapse came the Government of the world had to step in to insure the system simply did not fall in on itself. For the most part they were highly effective. The world so a collapse of the global banking system and yet there were no runs on banks, no collapses of major currencies, and unemployment rose but remained at bad recession levels. Again the current level of borrowing is not sustainable, but it is also not sustainable to keep some one in the emergency room for 20 years. Sometimes crisis situations require massive government debt.
Now some people who for purely ideological reasons want to see government pulled back. Essentially they are saying pull the plug and see what happens. These groups can be broken in to different groups depending on the degree to which they have lost touch with reality. The vast majority are "Post-Soviet Male Syndrome", they simply can not accept that the system of Reagan and Thacher didn't work forever and God would let Capitalism enter crisis. This is the basis for sudden voter demands that government spending be cut,, as long as it is not spending that touches them.
But there are some reasoned positions that play with the fact that this is unsustainable. True the governments of the West can not go on living like this. But the first thing that should tick you off about the its "unsustainable" crowd is that they have just learned this argument. They were not making it about the housing boom 5 years ago in the US and they find it hard to make about the environment. When I hear someone who will say the entire thing, pre-crash and post-crash is unsustainable and we need to learn to live with less I have to say I agree. But that is not what we are hearing.
What we are hearing is that government debt is unsustainable and nothing else. No comments about regulation of banks, market complexity, changed global conditions, or even the climate.
Well actually in response to this the answer is fairly simple: Where else is China going to put its money? It won't invest it in the "free market" right now because the private sector is too weak. It won't invest it in its own local governments because they are too risky. They might buy gold but Asian government like investing in governments, and the best governments to invest in are in the US and the EU.
Really both nations have a advantage they should fully embrace: democracy and the rule of law. These two factors, which are mostly absent in the developing world make US-EU government debt a very attractive option for Asian investors, actually in a time of risk the best investment they have. Asian banks are sitting on trillions of dollars and Euros. They have no where else to safely invest that kind of money right now and they have no interest in watching those currencies lose their value.
There is a risk of our governments becoming to indebted to Asia, but essentially the private sector already did that and any forced movement from public to private right now would just make that situation worse. We would be borrowing money from Asia to drive our economy at higher interest rates and lets be fully honest, in the end the tax payers will have to cover it in the end.
Better to continue the current levels of debt as the economies in the West continue weak growth. The current situation of weak growth is far better than the utter collapse of 2008-2009, a collapse that a US tax cut did nothing to prevent I recall. When the private sector has gotten its debt worked out a bit better than the process of reducing public sector spending can be considered.
Though I don't really think we should be looking at saving via cuts to the public sector. Like it or not the age of actual Socialism is here. The present world economy is underpinned by China's state managed economy. Older populations in the West grow more and more dependent on state pensions and state health care. We are entering a more normal period after a friend flirtation with radical free markets, and that period is over.
A key case to watch will be the UK. The current Conservative government has, for some strange reason, decided to act as if the IMF had inflicted huge austerity on it. Probably because the rich in the UK are treating the rest of the nation the way the rich nations treat poor nations in the IMF. The UK shows that the global condition is repeated again and again at local levels. London's relationship to Manchester is the same as to India. I think that actually the UK economy will not only face 2 years of low growth, even recession, and massive job loss, but at the end of it nothing will be accomplished. Tax revenues will be further down because of the loss of jobs and the cut back of consumer spending, and it the end the UK economy will have a smaller public sector what it destroyed its private sector under Thacher. Under the Tory and New Labour governments the Private Sector became the service sector, which produced few good jobs. Only public sector spending is keeping millions of British out of total poverty. The process of destruction of most of England will continue and go faster but at the end a UK with less public services and spending and a strong pound is not going to attract investment in to factories and other businesses that make jobs, since the pound will be too strong and consumer spending too low.
BBC News - Schwarzenegger drops in on David Cameron
Best Quote, that Schwarzenegger was going to help Cameron "terminate" the debt.
Despite Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's promises to reduce California's indebtedness, the state's debt has nearly tripled during the seven years he has been governor.
Monday, October 11, 2010
"Do you want your representative in Congress to fight for more government spending in your congressional district, in order to create jobs; or do you want your representative to fight to cut government spending, even if it means fewer jobs in your district?"
9/22 - 10/3/10
"In general, would you rather have the federal government provide more services, even if it costs more in taxes, OR, the federal government cost less in taxes, but provide fewer services?" Options rotated
more in taxes
less in taxes
9/22 - 10/3/10
Saturday, October 02, 2010
As it happens, governments can't go bankrupt - they can only default on their debt. But I'm not just being pedantic. The facts are that on the eve of the election, the UK still had an uncontested triple-AAA credit rating, and the market was demanding an interest rate of just 3.9% to lend the government money, compared to 3.7% for US bonds and 3.1% for Germany. (That UK rate might have been higher had investors not been expecting a Tory victory, but the average yield for the previous 12 months was about the same.) Whatever you think about the fiscal mess that the coalition inherited, these are not the characteristics of a country on the "brink" of bankruptcy or default.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Twitter has undergone its first major facelift which aims to provide a rich multi-media experience for its 160 million users.
Vendors have traditionally taken a heavy-handed approach to the "management" part of ECM, locking down content and dictating its movement through highly structured workflows. This made sense in the client-server paradigm, where security meant keeping information and collaboration within the firewall.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
"Stop bending down to them. Stop placating them. No special treatment," said Alice Lemos, 58, speaking of Muslims and holding a small American flag on a stick. "This isn't about religion. This is about rubbing our faces in their victory over us."
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
No, it wasn't. All successful shows eventually start to decline, but this was not 'Happy Days'' time. Consider: It was the 91st episode and the fifth season. If this was really the beginning of a downward spiral, why did the show stay on the air for six more seasons and shoot an additional 164 episodes? Why did we rank among the Top 25 in five of those six seasons?"
Monday, September 06, 2010
Thursday, September 02, 2010
In other words the Prime Minister, who is in the middle of the most radical transformation of British society in modern history would come her and explain who Hague is not a fudge packer it himself, only he is away on prolonged leave at the moment.
At 1.4 gigabytes, the file is 20 times larger than the batch of 77,000 secret U.S. military documents about Afghanistan that WikiLeaks dumped onto the Web last month, and cryptographers say that the file is virtually impossible to crack – unless WikiLeaks releases the key used to encode the material.
'There's no way that anyone has any chance of figuring out what's in there,' Paul Kocher, president of US-based Cryptography Research, said Thursday."
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
The Daily Swarm - Ping, Apple's New Social Network, Is Homophobic; Censors Lady Gaga's Pro-Gay Messages...
It’s a little thing, but given the controversies Apple has faced around app store censorship, and the direct-to-audience promise of both Twitter (and presumably Ping), it certainly seems notable. Apparently the company wanted to have its cake and eat it too when it came to one of the world’s most famous, and outspoken, musical artists."
Mr Hague said suggestions Christopher Myers' appointment was due to an improper relationship between them were 'utterly false'.
In a statement, he also denied his marriage to wife Ffion was in trouble.
He revealed they have suffered multiple miscarriages and are still grieving the loss of a pregnancy this summer."
There were 945,469 admissions to hospital for alcohol-related harm in England in 2008/09, they said."
Monday, August 30, 2010
Today, he says, he no longer feels free and secure wearing his heavy metal clothes in public, or indeed going openly to certain parts of the city.
'Now you cannot go wherever you want, because you are afraid. Before, the situation was secure."
Friday, August 27, 2010
Edwards claims the economic data is increasingly pointing to a double-dip recession and that presently there is too much optimism among investors: 'So far the equity market has shrugged off much of the weaker data that abounds, and has not joined the bond market in a perceptive move."
Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
Monday, August 23, 2010
Seti, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has until now sought radio signals from worlds like Earth.
But Seti astronomer Seth Shostak argues that the time between aliens developing radio technology and artificial intelligence (AI) would be short.
Writing in Acta Astronautica, he says that the odds favour detecting such alien AI rather than 'biological' life.
Many involved in Seti have long argued that nature may have solved the problem of life using different designs or chemicals, suggesting extraterrestrials would not only not look like us, but that they would not at a biological level even work like us."
The move will increase pressure on Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) to allow Indian security agencies access to encrypted messages.
Tata Teleservices told BBC News that the letter said it must 'ensure that Legal Intervention (LI) capability is put in place' by the end of the month."
A legacy begins to emerge of inhumanity, cruelty, and arrogance to match George W. Bush.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Are Europe's banks really so secure? Who knows. No one knows and no one can know because there is nothing to know. Modern finance is a chaotic game dependent on utterly imperfect information. The free market of billionaires desperate for 20% return has turned the global economy in to a casino.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
" Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour."
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Their report said in the first year of the scheme 261 local authorities applied for the programme most of which had offered free swims to children and the over-60s but 64 of which concentrated on the over-60s.
The analysis showed that more youngsters took up the offer than over-60s. It also shows that the scheme encouraged more paying swimmers to take part - for example adults accompanying children.
About 138,000 extra paying customers went swimming in the first year of the scheme.
It also said that over-60s who took part increased their swimming sessions so the number reaching the government-recommended average of 30 minutes exercise a day went up from 66.2% of those surveyed to 78.4%."
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Were those killed and injured all unarmed and innocent civilians?
'None of the casualties shot by soldiers of Support Company was armed with a firearm or (with the probable exception of Gerald Donaghey) a bomb of any description. None was posing any threat of causing death or serious injury. In no case was any warning given before soldiers opened fire.
'None of the casualties was posing a threat of causing death or serious injury, or indeed was doing anything else that could on any view justify their shooting.'"
Finding the Higgs is the primary aim of the �6bn ($10bn) Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment near Geneva.
But recent results from the LHC's US rival suggest physicists could be hunting five particles, not one.
The data may point to new laws of physics beyond the current accepted theory - known as the Standard Model.
The Higgs boson's nickname comes from its importance to the Standard Model; it is the sub-atomic particle which explains why all other particles have mass.
However, despite decades trying, no-one, so far, has detected it.
The idea of multiple Higgs bosons is supported by results gathered by the DZero experiment at the Tevatron particle accelerator, operated by Fermilab in Illinois, US."
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
One striking feature of Second Life sexual place space the the role that bondage, fetish and sadomasochistic role play. One might ask why these emerges to prominently in a virtual reality mediated set of sexual exchanges.
An obvious answer would be that the nature of exchanges of sexual acts and messages reflects the nature of exchange taking place in the space itself. The global internet can be seen making all identity and exchange as a commodity. The impersonal outsourced nature of internet network exchanges is reflected in the fetish nature of Second Life sexual exchanges.
Bondage sexuality with its fetish of roles and clothing reveal the relationships of power, gender, and commodity that govern Late Capitalist economy. One could say that bondage RP visualizes the dominate nature of social relationships. This could be seen as a process of making this network more attractive, but at base the monopoly of Late Capitalist consumerist ideology itself can account for its appearance within the sexuality of virtual exchanges.
But there is another side to the relationship of Late Capitalism to the tribes of virtual sadomasochists. Second Life BDSM play is often fused with a entire setting that stresses the medieval or ancient. Bondage play is imagined taking place in a context castles, aristocrats, slave markets, and landed estates. It is also interesting that feudal and ancient social practices are mixed. Landed castles are also the scenes of massive Romanian like slave. The past is combined, but it is all united by being pre-Capitalist. This provides the strange scenes of feudal castles full of small advertisements for animations and clothing.
This leads to the observation of a contradition: that "players" in sexual games in Second Life both embrace a radically Capitalist framework for construcing their sexuality at the same time as imagining a context that pre-dates Capitalism and promises a return to forms or exchange that predate Industry, Globalisation and trade.
This conflict between structures made possible only by the Global Late Capitalist system and nostalgia for an imagined pre-Capitalist purity run through Second Life.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Thursday, May 06, 2010
But if the strange estimate that Lib Dems will lose seats turns out to be wrong and the early postal voting when the Lib Dems were actually in the lead comes out to be true, the entire balance of power easily shifts.
Then again if Conservatives do just a tiny bit better they may be able to form a government, but statements by Cameron indicate that he does not see that.
Exit polls indicate an outcome like the one above. Lib Dems do much of nothing and Labour is second party. Conservative should be able to form a minority government, but this result seems set to not please anyone. Everyone will be disappointed with it. Labour will loss almost 100 seats, Lib Dems will not make an impact and Conservatives who were so far ahead will not even have a majority.
Perhaps this is democracy. But democracy seems to be more and more the voters saying, collectively, they want nothing with running the nation.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
What is known is that the nearly all-white G.O.P. is so traumatized by race it has now morphed into a bizarre paragon of both liberal and conservative racial political correctness. For irrefutable proof, look no further than the peculiar case of its chairman, Steele, whose reckless spending and incompetence would cost him his job at any other professional organization, let alone a political operation during an election year. Steele has job security only because he is the sole black man in a white party hierarchy. That hierarchy is as fearful of crossing him as it is of calling out the extreme Obama haters in its ranks.Op-Ed Columnist - Welcome to Confederate History Month - NYTimes.com
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Mikulski expressed particular concern at how the threats and alleged attacks on lawmakers were playing overseas. 'It has a serious effect when people around the world look at us. We’re really cheapening and denigrating ourselves,' she said."
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Leaders had finally agreed an interest rate at which to lend money to Greece, should it be needed, the reports said.
As a result, the euro gained more than 1 cent on the dollar, to $1.3466, while the Athens stock exchange rose 3.4%.
This was despite the fact that leading ratings agency Fitch downgraded Greek government debt earlier on Friday.
Other leading European markets also gained ground, with the UK's FTSE 100 index up 1%, Germany's Dax gaining 1.3% and France's Cac 40 rising 1.8%.
The in US, the main Dow Jones index briefly breached 11,000 points for the first time in 18 months, before closing up 0.6% at 10,997.
The euro also rose slightly against the pound, to 87.630 pence."
Friday, April 09, 2010
By JASON DEAREN (AP) – 15 hours ago
SAN FRANCISCO — A man accused of threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in phone calls cried Thursday during a court appearance where a magistrate initially refused his request to be released to a halfway house.
Gregory Lee Giusti, 48, of San Francisco looked disheveled in a gray T-shirt and khakis as he appeared for the first time before Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman.
"Some of these threats are very serious," Zimmerman said before denying Giusti's request to be released to the halfway house. He said Giusti may suffer from bipolar disorder and should be receiving treatment.
The magistrate, however, told the U.S. attorney's office to interview Giusti further to determine if he was mentally competent enough to be released to a halfway house or if he should continue to be detained.
A detention hearing was scheduled for Monday.
Giusti is charged with making obscene, threatening or harassing phone calls to a member of Congress.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
I called a man at Nielsen Netratings, which compiles statistics on UK web audiences, and asked him to run his ruler over the political blogs. After having a look at the likes of www.order-order.com and www.labourlist.org he warned that, with unique user figures well below 50,000, they were really too small to measure with any accuracy (see update below)."
Note: Blog numbers for this blog have dropped through the floor since we started blogging more about the UK election. Literally, no one cares, no one wants to talk about it and no one likes any of the candidates running. Its a sad year for a great nation. That still does not mean Cameron is not the British Bush, which he is, its just there is little national energy for any of the leaders. No matter what outcome I suspect the next parliament will be very week and a new election will be in the coming years, I could be wrong but that is my feeling from trying to talk to people.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Cuts would be limited in 2010 - Cameron | Reuters: "LONDON (Reuters) - Conservative leader David Cameron said on Sunday there would be a limit to what the party could do this year to tackle the country's deficit if it wins the upcoming election."
Saturday, March 27, 2010
"The poll showed Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling have overturned David Cameron and George Osborne's lead on economic issues.
Mr Brown and Mr Darling were backed by 33 per cent of voters on the economy; Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne were supported by 27 per cent."
Various members of the DNC — including Chairman Tim Kaine, Executive Director Jen O’Malley Dillon and Communications Director Brad Woodhouse — contacted their respective RNC counterparts this week in hopes of getting RNC Chairman Michael Steele to co-sign a document with Kaine that, in part, called for “elected officials of both parties to set an example of the civility we want to see in our citizenry.”
“We also call on all Americans to respect differences of opinion, to refrain from inappropriate forms of intimidation, to reject violence and vandalism, and to scale back rhetoric that might reasonably be misinterpreted by those prone to such behavior,” read the proposed joint statement, which came at the end of a week which saw acts of vandalism and threats of violence directed at members of Congress from both parties, but mostly aimed at Democrats who voted “yes” on the health care bill.
Republicans see the statement as an attempt to force them to either reject the statement — allowing Democrats to say the RNC finds the incidents acceptable — or to sign on to something that the DNC would later wield against them.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/35096.html#ixzz0jMsMSpGI
Friday, March 26, 2010
Forty-three year old Grigory Perelman turned down the prize from America’s Clay Mathematic Institute and said he would rather live penniless cockroach-infected tiny apartment.
The theoretical problem ‘Poincare Conjecture’ had baffled experts since it was put forward in 1904.
The problem was so difficult that it took mathematicians around four years just to check whether it was right or wrong."
According to an ICM poll carried out for the News of the World, the Conservatives went down three points to 38%, ahead of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's ruling Labour Party, which went up one point to 32%."
"These days, opinion polls seem ten a penny, but some still have the power to cause genuine ripples in the pond. I think one of those has been published today. This ComRes poll for the BBC shows that 33 per cent of voters back Labour on the economy and 27 per cent support the Conservatives"
"LONDON -(Dow Jones)- The U.K. opposition Conservative Party saw its lead over the governing Labour Party slip to two points in the latest YouGov poll commissioned by the Sun newspaper.
The poll, published late Wednesday, showed the Conservatives with 36% of support, Labour with 34% and the smaller opposition party, the Liberal Democrats, with 17%."
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Republican 1 "Hey, though we lost the election lets get our most radical and charged supporters to engage in massive protests, with lots of signs, and pump them up with anger and hatred so that images of them protesting full of rage will be all over the news"
Republican 2 "Well in the 1960s people on the Left did that and it didn't work out too well for them. In fact for decades we got benefit from tying all Democrats to such protests"
Republican 1 "Yah but those were Jews, N*ggers, and F@gg0ts"
"FLASH: Ann Coulter Ottawa speech shut down... 2000 protesters surrounding building with rocks and sticks -- pulled fire alarm in building. Cops shut it down! Blogs calling for Coulter to be hurt. MPs were banned from going, Coulter denounced by an MP in the Parliement."
Wow, well what goes around comes around I guess. To think of mobs of people, full of anger and hate, treating a person, trying to stop them from engaging in democratic process and impose an outcome.
Shame shame shame isn't it.
But hey, in Canada maybe they call themselves some stupid name like "tea parties" and see themselves as heros.
"According to a Gallup/USA Today poll conducted the day after health care legislation passed the House of Representatives, 49 percent of the respondents think the passage of reform is a 'good thing,' compared to the 40 percent who think it is bad. The numbers are a welcome relief for a party and a presidency that had been bleeding popular support over the course of the past six months."
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
"Samantha is expecting a baby in September, a Conservative spokesman has said."
Now that is desperate. "Don't think we should keep it between us until after the election" "no baby the peasants love a pregnant chick" Do wonder who the dad is?
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Healthcare vote: Barack Obama passes US health reform by narrow margin | World news | guardian.co.uk
But here's the thing. Community hasn't succeeded very often in American politics, but when it has, it's tended to work better than advertised. Social Security and Medicare (universal coverage for senior citizens) are very popular. Once changes like these are made, well, it takes a while, but most people tend to like them. And maybe that's the real reason Republicans are so unhinged right now.Healthcare vote: Barack Obama passes US health reform by narrow margin | World news | guardian.co.uk
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The followers of Moktada al-Sadr, a radical cleric who led the Shiite insurgency against the American occupation, have emerged as Iraq’s equivalent of Lazarus in elections last week, defying ritual predictions of their demise and now threatening to realign the nation’s balance of power.Followers of Sadr Emerge Stronger After Iraq Elections - NYTimes.com
Their apparent success in the March 7 vote for Parliament — perhaps second only to the followers of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki as the largest Shiite bloc — underscores a striking trend in Iraqi politics: a collapse in support for many former exiles who collaborated with the United States after the 2003 invasion.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Obesity: The killer combination of salt, fat and sugar | David A Kessler | Life and style | The Guardian
But it was thinking creatively about how to attract more consumers that led Starbucks to the Frappuccino, the venture capitalist told me. Although its stores were crowded early in the day, by afternoon "they were so empty you could roll a bowling ball through them". The creation of a rich, sweet and comforting milkshake-like concoction utterly transformed the business. A Starbucks Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino comes with whipped cream and 18 teaspoons of sugar: all in all, this "drink" contains more calories than a personal-size pepperoni pizza, and more sweetness than six scoops of ice-cream. By encouraging us to consider any occasion for food an opportunity for pleasure and reward, the industry invites us to indulge a lot more often.Obesity: The killer combination of salt, fat and sugar | David A Kessler | Life and style | The Guardian
“We are adding balance,” said Dr. Don McLeroy, the leader of the conservative faction on the board, after the vote. “History has already been skewed. Academia is skewed too far to the left.”Texas Conservatives Win Vote on Textbook Standards - NYTimes.com
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Abdulrahman Zeitoun is the real-life hero of Dave Eggers's new book. In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina he paddled from house to house in a canoe, offering help to his neighbours. For his trouble, he was arrested as a suspected terroristThe amazing true story of Zeitoun | World news | The Guardian
Kucinich Confirms His Opposition To Dems' Health Care Reform Plan--Even If He's The Deciding Vote (VIDEO) | TPMDC
"This bill represents a giveaway to the insurance industry," Kucinich told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell. "$70 billion a year, and no guarantees of any control over premiums, forcing people to buy private insurance...I'm sorry, I just don't see that this bill is the solution."What an ass!! People who vote for Kucinich are a lot like Nader voters, in fact, they're generally the same people. Sacrificing any progress in the name of a fictional total progress that never comes in large part because they reliably block the first step every time some more practical person comes along and tries to take it.
Kucinich Confirms His Opposition To Dems' Health Care Reform Plan--Even If He's The Deciding Vote (VIDEO) | TPMDC
At the time, I was disappointed that Kerry prevailed. And it's certainly true that Kerry lacked the communications skills to be a presidential nominee. But compared to that field, he was a giant. He's the only candidate you can imagine actually serving as president without bringing about some enormous disaster. And he's handled himself pretty well since losing the race. Indeed, the only other 2004 candidate who's actually raised his stature among Democrats is Sharpton.Revisiting The 2004 Democratic Presidential Field | The New Republic