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Sunday, October 2. 2011
Do you know what Googie Architecture is?
Here's a site: ARCHITECTURAL STYLES of AMERICA
The Prof: Dodd-Frank is quackery
Obama's EPA: Out with democracy, in with bureaucracy
Let the altruistic geniuses handle it all, same as in your town's government. Just have faith that they know what is best for all...
Taxpayer cash, for friends
From a teacher:
Another Stimulus Fail: Small Business Lending Fiasco
One of the chief tics of Obama's speaking style is a technique I call lying.
"Social Contract". You keep using that phrase. I do not think it means what you think it means. A quote:
Conflating "society" or "civilization" with "government" is sneaky and dishonest - a rhetorical trick. Representative governments are meant to be servants of society.
No Rise in Home Prices Until 2020: Bankers
Envy and hate for the financially successful: Rich people are being ‘demonized’ for flaunting their wealth. Poor dears!
She is evil. As I recall, my beautiful, peaceful, spiritual, eco-sensitive and carbon-sensitive ancestral American Indians wore their wampum for show, as there were no iPhones to purchase:
I envy the rich too, even though it is a sin to do so (see below). Especially those with access to private air travel or with over $17 million under their mattress. However, I do not hate them at all, or want to take their money. Everybody has different aspirations in life, and plans and constructs his or her life according to their religious, moral, emotional, intellectual, etc. desires and aspirations. As a major source of choice, wampum is often in high demand and thus strenuous to obtain and even harder to keep given all of life's tempting choices.
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"It's getting hard to read the paper"
What is this 'the paper' you refer to?
That was precisely my reaction. My best guess is that it has something to do with college professors, because I read somewhere that they "grade papers" with something the article called a "pen". It's almost like you're reading about some alien, alternate universe!
I hate those +2 and "me too" comments so just to be my own worse enemy...
I gave up my subscription to the local paper a couple of years back (Dallas Morning news). I thought I would resubscribe to the electronic version until I found the online version WITH ADVERTISEMENTS was the same as the print version, and minus any coupon inserts. So effectively the online version costs more than the print version. Explain to me why I would do this? NOT!
Reading even the electronic versions has become so tedious due to the FLASH advertisements I mostly don't even bother anymore. Until there is a good pop-up blocker, flash killer, and ad-block plus (ala Firefox) for Android, my online news visit s have gone to near zero.
"Declaration of the Occupation of Perpetual Grievance"
Now, while many of these were admittedly rather absurd, there was one that I know touches a nerve with all good Americans:
"They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit."
This shameful covering up of inactive ingredients must stop! I'm sitting here looking at a bottle of 70% isopropyl alcohol -- and a THIRD of it is inactive ingredients! And to make this outrage even more insulting, I PAID for those inactive ingredients! I say bravo! to these brave 'truth warriors' who won't sit idly by as this covering up of inactive ingredients permeates our lives.
The sad thing about the list of grievances is that one of them actually is true, and might be the singular, one feature of our culture that's the most shameful:
"They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media."
Exhibit A would have to be Hurricane Ophelia. Every day for a week now, at least one of the news sites have covered this latest terror bearing down on the U.S. How many will die? Millions, would be my guess, judging from the headlines.
Ophelia Weakens to Still Dangerous Cat 3 Hurricane
It's death & destruction on the way, folks, and you'd better hope your will is up to date.
Oh, and in case you're wondering just how many hours you have left to live, here's the path of this humanity-killer.
The only thing wrong with the statement it that it isn't "they" who are provoking the media to stoke every possible fear in the human spectrum -- it's the media, themselves. The more fear, the more you'll read. The more you read, the more you click. The more clicks a site gets, the more they can charge for advertising. That's why sites like Drudge don't open a new browser window when you click on an external link. When you hit the 'Back' button to go back to the site after reading the article, that's another click. Clicks = $$.
Anyway, sorry to go off on a rant, but when I saw how courageous they were in bringing the covering up of inactive ingredients to the public's attention, well, I felt someone had to speak up on their behalf. Go, brave truth warriors!
Wonder why Bush isn't steering those hurricanes into Texas?
They need the rain.
Well yes, but you forgot the part about fitting the political narratives in all ways, first and foremost.
I'm still waiting for the MSM to prostate exam President Obama's educational history like they have done to all the Republican candidates. Then it doesn't fit the narrative if it turns out he's just an average student.
Hurricanes? Gotta fit the narrative of global warming causing precipitous events rending the Earth asunder. If the prediction is for 3 major hurricanes, then they will have 3 major hurricanes - if not more. If the wind data has to be fudged (like "Hurricane" Irene) by NOAA, then so be it, we'll report THAT as truth rather than the online data that became mysteriously scrubbed when it was discovered by marine weather watchers that buoy data was showing considerably less wind than that which was being reported.
It's all about the narrative dude. Can't have the stupid proletariat asking any questions don't 'cha know.
By the by, that stupid spam prevention thing doesn't allow me to post or embed links any more unless I delete the link entirely. It been happening every damn day. Now I can't put my homepage in the Homepage section. AARRGGGHHH!!
Just the other day, I read a headline that read something like "Unemployment Falls in 2/3 of All Urban Areas, Unemployment Rate Flat"
Sounds great! Woo Hoo! Things are turning around!
Read the article, and you see "no jobs were created last month, and the rate of unemployment was flat"
OK...I thought unemployment fell? Didn't the headline say that? What's with this no jobs stuff?
The problem, of course, is telling the truth means you have to admit the "Stimulus" didn't work and people are no longer looking for work (which is how unemployment can fall in urban areas when no jobs are created).
It's all about selling the idea, not telling the truth.
Rant Away, Doc! You need the exercise to keep up the good ranting!
The wost part about demonizing the rich is, that it's rich people/corporations/The Won doing it. Frosts my backside, it does.
--that, and it's purely an artifact of the deep blue cities, where the rich-haters and the old-money are concentrated cheek by jowl.
Most of the rest of the country is just sweeping up the broken glass.
With regard to the EPA - the agency has banned my prescription asthma medicine. The FDA finds it perfectly safe to inhale, but the EPA says my exhaling it will destroy the ozone layer.
This is unbelievably cruel. Other medications don't work for me, nor for other people. In fact, according to Internet asthma forums, people have already died because of the ban.
How is this the consent of the governed?
It's happening all over the country --''foreign sources'' having trouble with ''contamination'' and ''production schedules''.
Of course, the asthma inhalers are a little different. probably a new front. By golly they're gonna make ObamaCare work if they have to kill everybody over 40!
There is this story about the EPA as well:
EPA is out of control. The GOP needs to get it reined in quickly.
"Conflating "society" or "civilization" with "government" is sneaky and dishonest..."
No, I think they really believe it. Their minds do not grasp that there are clear distinctions. They regard the differences are mere technicalities that can be waved off impatiently.
feeblemind ... EPA was set up by Obama to do the awful things he wanted to do to our economy and that even Congress wouldn't let him do legally. He warned us during his campaign for the Presidency that he planned to bankrupt the coal companies. He also said that he intended to take over and nationalize the energy sector and the health industry. Most people thought it was just a campaign promise. Now when it's too late to stop him, we're realizing that he really really meant it. Even if we can defeat him in 2012, it's going to take us years to rectify the damage he has done to the country.
He is our own worst enemy.