Saturday, December 18, 2010

Something new - Updated

Just had a spouse of a friend ask me to take down a link to his company's site.
I guess that he feels that there is such a thing as bad publicity and I am it.  Amusing to have happen.

Updated to add ...

Seems it was a bit of a misunderstanding but it is still pretty funny. Considering some of the offensive stuff that I have said on here and it was over the use of the word asshole. Not going to go into the details or identify anyone other than to say "Hi Jason" :) ... just in case he reads this and needs a wave :)

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

No better than China? | Snowblog

No better than China? | Snowblog: "We all know that if Chinese or Russian secrets spilled onto the internet, Western governments and corporations would be laughing up their sleeves – not least if it were discovered that the Chinese or Russian governments maintained a ‘secret’ database to which they allowed three million officials access."

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

NASA Temperature Maps: Notice Anything Different? : TreeHugger

NASA Temperature Maps: Notice Anything Different? : TreeHugger: "If you can't understand, or refuse to try, the fault doesn't lie in the science, anymore than a lack of knowledge of calculus, tensors, and linear algebra invalidates general relativity and quantum mechanics."

On Heroes

Hullabaloo: "Heroes are enemies of truth. For they evoke powerful feelings that give distorted meanings to inchoate emotions. They provide the personified symbols of legendary dimension that inspire unjustified confidence and offer the comfort of a cult. Thoughtless loyalty follows."

A Bayesian Take on Julian Assange -

A Bayesian Take on Julian Assange - "Nevertheless, I have come across a number of analyses that try to evaluate the merits of the charges without regard to this political context, or which otherwise seem caught up in debating their salacious details. That is likely a mistake: in a world of limited information, the political motivation behind the charges might be the most important clue we have in evaluating their merit."

Whiskey Fire: Proud to Show the Mess They Made

Whiskey Fire: Proud to Show the Mess They Made: "The 'earmarks' nonsense is yet another example of how the right wing is profoundly anti-democracy. And also of how they are horrible nose-fucker shitnozzles."

Invade Mexico?

Like it or Not: Mexico is America’s Next Afghanistan | RedState: "With the exception of, perhaps, Texas governor Rick Perry, no public official wants to publicly admit an obvious fact: The United States of America will likely be forced to invade Mexico. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.  The question then becomes: What to do with Mexico after we invade it and wipe out the drug cartels (as much as can be). Does the United States merely return Mexico to a nation state of corrupt politicians, failed economic policies, and lawlessness, or do we annex Mexico and turn it into the 51st state?"

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mark R. Warner - To revive the economy, pull back the red tape

Mark R. Warner - To revive the economy, pull back the red tape
And the fact that Britain has aggressively embraced regulatory reform could explain why it recently leapfrogged ahead of the United States, knocking us from fourth to fifth place, in the World Bank's annual rankings of the business 'friendliness' of 183 global economies.

Britain calls its initiative 'one-in, one-out.' Whatever we call our regulatory reform program, the bottom line is that this effort would go a long way toward addressing the uncertainty that has kept the U.S. business community from participating more fully in our nation's economic recovery.
Surely the fact that we are the 5th most business friendly means that we are not exactly being choked into submission.

The Democrats And Their Second Stimulus - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

The Democrats And Their Second Stimulus - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan: "I made my case pretty clear soon after the deal was struck. It was staggering to me how many tangible concessions Obama was able to get for one symbolic give. The GOP got to protect the very rich to the tune of $120 billion for two years. In return, Obama got the $360 billion tax cut for the middle class he wanted, plus $450 billion on extended unemployment benefits, the pay-roll tax cut and EITC and college tuition funding. In the process, he got the GOP to endorse a huge fiscal stimulus for Obama as he runs for re-election - a stimulus that could, according to Morgan Stanley, push economic growth to as much as 4 percent next year. That might be an overshoot - but it's surely salient that no one thinks the package won't boost growth at all."

On The Radical Left

Hullabaloo: "I wouldn't even mind that narrative if the health care bill and the stimulus had been left wing. But if you're going to define the radical left as that which pleases Olympia Snowe and Joe Lieberman then I think we may be speaking different languages."