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Saturday, May 18. 2013
In the old days, an article on how to avoid an IRS audit would be titled, "How To Avoid An IRS Audit".
But in light of recent events, we have...
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Much like drone technology and printed guns, Glass will be used in both directions, good and bad. A number of casinos and bars have already banned them — and they're not even on the market yet. At some point, sure enough some Congressman is going to have his career ruined because someone innocently wearing Glass accidentally caught him using a hideous, derogatory word like macaca. It was on YouTube a minute later and that was that.
On the other hand, picture a fireman fighting inside a massive blaze and having his Glass direct him to the room the children are cowering in. So it'll be interesting to see what springs forth.
Individual states like the one D.C. Congress is actually in:
Which isn't to say that D.C. is the only one joining in the fun:
And back to those numerous health benefits (lumbago, gout, heart disease, athlete's foot, cancer) we keep hearing about...
Uh-yup. We've shown this over and over again on this site. Even when these same great scientific minds claim that global colding is the real menace here, they turn a blind eye and continue their hearty endeavors.
Under the heading of "Damn!", I was hoping the new Star Trek 'prequel' would be as good as the first. But it ain't worth dogshit according to this reviewer:
On the other end of the spectrum, I thought 'Django Unchained' was the best movie I'd seen in a year. I'll do a review on it sometime. There's an interesting connection to make between it and 'Blazing Saddles'. Any guesses?
On the 'NCIS' front, I watched the last five episodes of the season the other day. I sat there petrified the entire time, worrying that they'd dig up (not literally this time) good ol' Pedro Hernandez — Gibbs' nemesis from his NIS past. They did, but thankfully moved on, and I was left just as bewildered at the end as anyone.
One thing I didn't think through were the other three team members. I would have half-figured they'd picked their badges back up when Gibbs went rogue (?), but the article indicates that they held true and resigned en masse, so we should get some interesting background stories about their 4-month escapades this fall. There's a recent interview with Mark Harmon here.
I have a number of articles about this great show here.
Politically, I thought the most touchingly poignant moment of the week was when renown historian James Douglas Muir Leno recalled the Obama early years and our fondness for Joe Biden at the time, and how sad it is how V.P. Biden's glory has faded over the years.
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I take it BD's daughter is graduating from Kenyon. Good luck and best wishes to her on her new life!
Bad news for Obummer when the comedians finally start mocking you. He was off limits through his entire first term and reelection.
This mockery will be his final undoing. It soiled the credibility of Bush, Cheney, Palin, Ford and other prominent conservatives. Now it is pointed at the One and he has no sense of humor.
Another telling indicator are the number of Obama criticisms coming out of Bill Maher and Jon Stewart. I saw mention of a fresh one from Stewart just a few minutes ago.
The tide rolls in, the tide rolls out.
Shikha Dalmia: 'Scientific' Liberals Should Accept Results of Science
Shikha Dalmia: The study compared the health status of adults who were randomly enrolled in Oregon's Medicaid program with those who weren't.
The study was not designed to determine results but access. For a determination of results the sample size was too small, the term was too short, and only measured a few health factors. The study did show that people had greater access to healthcare, so the claim only makes sense if you think that greater access to healthcare is not efficacious.
Shikha Dalmia: How should a scientifically inclined liberal react to this trend?
Non-experts typically and reasonably rely on scientific authority, which, regardless of the short term trend, still cites strong evidence of significant and potentially disruptive anthropogenic climate change.
Shikha Dalmia: Numerous studies on Head Start, the federal pre-K program for poor kids, show that its reading and math gains virtually evaporate by fourth grade.
Studies? Dalmia is probably referring to a single study, the Head Start Impact Study and Follow-up, 2000-2012. Despite some methodological problems, the study shows gains for younger children that declines over time, as would be expected.
Zachriel: ...and potentially disruptive anthropogenic climate change.
Potentially? Between that and your now-infamous "the science isn't settled" comment the other day:
Zachriel: Because that's how science works: It draws the basic outline, then fills in more and more of the details. Climate science is an active field of study.
Well, you're simply not the same ol' lug we've come to know and love over the years. It's like you've turned into one of those squishy 'deniers' or somethin'.
As I've said before, a nice vacation seems like just the ticket.
potentially, existing in possibility : capable of development into actuality
Like I said, this new waffling you just doesn't cut it.
Kinda boring, actually. You're starting to sound like all the rest of the deniers.
You're starting to sound like all the rest of the us deniers.
FIFY (Poster included.)
Ah, thank you. I was trying to stay objective.
But there wasn't much hope of that. :)
Fun set of links, doc. I've bookmarked a couple for later, just finished watching the Glass video. Pretty interesting stuff! And the article made a pretty good point about our eventually getting used to the things.
As for the final NCIS episode, wasn't that a poser! Although the rifle was focused on Fornell, one of the commenters suggested he wasn't actually Gibbs' target, but whoever got out of the car next. Let's hope so! I like Joe Spano.
I had the same feeling: "Not Fornell!!" Let's hope the commenter was right. If you were going to give the recalcitrant Gibbs just one friend (apart from Ducky), Joe Spano was the perfect choice.
Legal pot is fast replacing religion as the opiate of the masses. The proletariat can enjoy its pot and entitlements, while D.C. continues to rot away and living conditions get worse and worse. (Yes Z, I know opium of the people is the Marx original, but I like opiate of the masses better.)
I'd have to argue the point, simply because pot is a younger generation drug. Middle-agers and oldsters who have never smoked it aren't going to suddenly start just because it's legal. So I'd say "for the masses" is a bit overstated. No?
Never under estimate the power of modern advertising as Huxley showed in the "Don't give a damn, take gram" soma jingle.
No? No. In 1970 I was blessed with command of the AFROTC unit at the largest state U. campus in L.A. (which shall remain nameless). Pot usage, along with LSD and who knows what else, was rampant all over campus, as was fornicating under shrubbery and other intramural sports. I used to walk the campus just to enjoy the view, as well as the taunts. And of course there was San Francisco. Those students and the hippies are now sixtyish. Maybe they quit and maybe they didn't, but they're sure not the younger generation.
We should remember the many school administrators and teachers who were charged with criminal activities vis a vis the fraudulent reporting of student grades.
Sooo, now I ask you: do you really believe that that level of ethics and poor teaching skills is going to provide "real and genuine" education for the pre schoolers? Which one of these "female" leaders of tomorrow, or agents of change, or "it's my turn to be in charge" will sit down on the preschool nursery room floor and try to teach--yes, that's right actually teach? C'mon you know and I know that most of these women just want to be "in charge of something". Headstart in the US will never be equal to the Swedish system which is what they are trying copy, mainly because the local women who are put in charge are capable of nothing more than "baby sitting and feeding". Most of these gals have no "educational training" at all! They are just single moms who are lucky enough to be in a situation to blindly follow the local unionista. Soo, does Headstart work--no--did the test accurately record this fact? Yes, but do we know the real reason the program does not work? NO--the real reason is corruption at the bottom! Same kind of corruption, same network of community organizers as in Atlanta case. Oh s*&^% does that mean I am a racist? Maybe I can be accused of being against black babies. But, then again maybe we could do what the program is intended to do if we got the union out of the way! If we demanded early childhood education experts with their butts on the floor working with these kids!
Your take on Head Start concurs with what I have read. While such an enrichment program MIGHT have a effect beyond first grade if taught by educated people with vocabularies much better than the poorly educated parents of the children enrolled in Head Start, Head Start is basically staffed by the same poorly educated parents of the children enrolled in the program.
And its been that way for 50 years.
Jobs for the boys has become jobs for the gals.
With the same result.
Oh boy--here's another one!
You don't suppose there is some young man coming up through the ranks with an equal education and better understanding of complex computer systems do you? Perhaps, someone who might be rewarded as a result of someone elses ethical failures? Do you suppose that rewarding this jerk like this demonstrates which type of "successful behavior" really works in the military? Semper Fi !
There's an interesting connection to make between it and 'Blazing Saddles'.
Yes - thematically they are identical - like most westerns in fact. Black escaped slave/worker teamed up with wise cracking white guy - retribution, blah, blah, blah.
I haven't seen it - probably won't until the DVD comes out and even then I'm indifferent about it.
Side Bar: Interesting to note Zach's apparent twisting and turning in the winds of change - right up there with Jay Carney's "I wouldn't call these incidents "scandals".
These scandals are a cascade preference, but I don't think it's the tipping point. The tipping point will come when Obamacare is implemented fully in 2014 and it all blows up and becomes unmanageable.
I will guarantee you that later this year the worst parts of Obamacare, including the mandates on individuals, will be postponed to 2015, until after the next election. There will be waivers from DHHS by the 10-wheeler load. The Dems will point their fingers at the GOP governors and blame them for causing all sorts of delays. And we will see the "It's not my fault" kabuki play from the WH all over again.