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Monday, October 28. 2013
Lou Reed died
People are recommending Allan Bloom's translation of The Republic
The bag Cate Blanchett carries in Blue Jasmine is a Birkin Bag
US Courts Deliver Verdict on Law Reviews: They’re Useless
Oregon School Board: Teachers with Concealed Licenses Can Carry in Classrooms
Utopia is a cruel place
Why new drugs are so expensive
10 things Obamacare won’t tell you - The health exchanges, central to the law, are also its biggest mystery
Give us Your Young, Uninsured (and Dying to be Rooked)
Obamacare: We have become seduced by computer glamour.
Iran Announces 34 New Nuke Sites - Working with Russia to boost nuclear program
Is it time for the military to recruit for resiliency?
UK update: Riding the Lesbian Gravy Train
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Val Jarrett IS the puppet-master in the WH. Even teh Oprah eluded to this, with others, of her influence over the Obama's. She even 'gave her blessing' to the union of Michelle and Barrack?
Me thinks there is more here than meets the eye. Seems the Chicago machine has strong bonds...
Back about this time in October 2008, Greta Van Susteren interviewed a minor socialite from Chicago who was supposedly part of the crowd who ran Obama. This woman spoke of three women in Chicago society who controlled Obama. I don't remember the names of his handlers, I expect one was Jarrett. Controlled to the point that one of the women was the person who decided Obama would be against the Iraq war. I thought it was a pretty big interview that would get wider coverage.
However, the next morning I went to the Fox website to get the video, but it never appeared. It was a bit gossipy but still, even Fox was hiding such telling "journalism".
Italy breaks your heart'
Of course it is all Berlusconi's fault.
"I was having lunch on a mountaintop in the Marche region, and with wild boar sausage in front of me and a castle overhead, I could have convinced myself that I was in heaven. “A museum,” she corrected me. “You’re in a museum and an organic garden.” That’s what Italy had come to, she said. "
I read today that the Velvet Underground's first album probably sold 30,000 copies (if you're generous). But it may well be presumed that all 30,000 copies launched a band.
My wife and I were discussing Lou yesterday when we heard about his death. He never had many big hits. "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Sweet Jane" were about as close as he got. "Perfect Day" was resurgent after "Trainspotting" utilized it in the soundtrack, and is now found in multiple commercials.
As relatively unknown as most of his work is, his impact was tremendous. Virtually every band after 1972 cited either Lou or the Velvet Underground as an inspiration.
I took a trip to the Fiesta Bowl in 1999, then drove up to Vegas with 4 friends. The only music we had were a Lou Reed CD and a Clash CD. Lou got the lion's share of play, primarily due to "The Gift", which never ceased to generate a chuckle. By the end of the long weekend, we knew every detail of that 'song'. Waldo Jeffers was our 6th.
Lou will be missed, even if he hasn't been making a huge impact on the music scene lately. His impact will be felt for a long time to come.
RE: Valerie Jarrett
Yes. Yes, indeed! The mantra of the organized women's organization: "I am free to do whatever I feel like at the moment, but you--YOU are not free to comment!"
Not to worry---on campuses around this country young girls are being taught the first rule of leadership--"Tolerate no criticism--unless, of course, you have previously given approval." They are being taught that this is the best tool to enable "Service leadership!" Look into your local college's course catalog. Look under any grouping--somewhere hidden at the bottom you will find something like this: "enrollment in this course is limited" It will usually have some descriptive word, or phrase--"managing an engineering staff". Look for some subtle phrasing that suggests it will only be an option for a select few--the folks at MF will be able to hear the whisper when they read it!
So tell me again--just how is it that straight, white, non Jewish males are going to get organized and stand up for themselves? I eliminate Gay and Jewish men from this grouping because they already have a well organized community that supports them--the other guys do not!
So close to $1 billion spent on getting a web site up and running and now we find out it was contracted to an affirmative action company with no experience run by a friend of the affirmative action first lady. Have we ever discovered what that Chicago hospital got for the $300k plus a year they paid Michelle for 20 hours a week?
You'd better be careful - you're bordering on that R-word (not republican), from the 'those whom should never be questioned' group.
But, yeah, cronyism for one is 'doing business, and spreading the wealth', but for others, its 'shady, backroom deals by power-brokers with no skin in the game'.
I know "Lesbian Gravy Train" is a punk band from Moose Jaw
However if memory serves "Riding the Lesbian Gravy Train" was a pron-movie from the 90s....
.....so which one is the link referring to?
Woops, I forgot to say that in the description of those courses it will clearly suggest (you will have to intuit, but you'll know when) that the course is only open to women.
I was just wonderin: has anybody raised the question of why it is after spending billions of dollars (American) on building large computer science departments (and concomitant buildings)on campus--why is it that our government needed to go out of country to hire computer experts to design the web service for "Obamacare"?
Is there information out there about this subject, if so please post the links--Thank you,
Computer science has virtually nothing to do with real life computer systems and applications. Some years ago my wife, an experienced IBM systems engineer with lots of banking knowledge, went back to school to earn her Master's in Computer Science and ended up being hired by her department to teach a real course in business applications of computers, something many of her fellow grad students desperately wanted to help them find jobs after they graduated. It turned out that no one on the college faculty was qualified to teach the course. So much for academic "expertise."
Re: Obama didn't know about the NSA spying on Merkel
Obama is the Sgt. Hans Schultz of American politics. Given his nasty reputation and his overinflated opinion of himself, it's hard to believe he's outsourced the entire job of President and never in the loop when the bad stuff goes down. This administration is so corrupt, a US Attorney could have a field day pushing a RICO case against the Obama White House.
AC: I believe you about "no one on the college faculty. . ."
But--even so there are billions of dollars going into "computer science" departments--someone coming from,or teaching in one of those departments should have been able to do better, or even just be a US citizen would be nice!
You want my hunch? They got so cocky they thought they could patch together two systems: how about the data base of personal information for Obamacare cojoined with the Chicago Mafia, or the DNC, or NSA, or???
Here is the truth about the computer field. Many go to school, many get advanced degrees but not many excel. It isn't that it's hard or technically difficult. The problem for anyone wantng to become a guru in this field is it takes committment; that is 160 plus hours a week heads down in front of your computer committment. You have no social life, no family life and no other interests you eat, sleep and drink programming and reading technical manuals. You cannot teach that in college. If you are already that kind of person/geek then college will expand your knowledge if you aren't that kind of geek then a computer science degree wil fast track you to a management position in the field where if you are lucky you will have a geek or two on your staff. It is common in government and business that the IT department has one or two people who do 80% of the work. The rest are somewhat qualified either by college degree or affirmative action but they struggle to get out their 20% and usually screw that up and it has to be fixed by the funny looking guy who hasn't bathed in a week. If you are in the field you know this but maybe have trouble admitting it. This is why management in IT rarely is capable to do their job and usually are the leading cause of failure, that is they have the degree but little to no real experience. The geeks don't want to be in management and probably if they were would have been promoted past their abilities since they aren't managers and don't interact well with others.