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Donald Trump’s Swamp Gets Murkier

Donald Trump’s Swamp Gets Murkier:

“Now that he is president-elect, Donald Trump’s anti-corruption promise to “drain the swamp” of Washington lobbyists and powerful insiders seems to be rapidly dissolving in the swamp itself. An untold number of lobbyists and special interest players have been helping the Trump team’s transition to the White House, their path made easier, according to news reports, by vague and porous ethical standards.”

So what will the press do when Trump starts claiming there is no conflict of interest, there are no lobbyists, his kids are not in those meetings. Will they be able to call him on obvious lies when they have not been able to thus far?

Tweets for 2014-09-30

  1. Ello is the comic sans of social networks. It isn’t clean, minimal and simple. It’s barren, lacking and simplistic.

Tweets for 2014-09-17

  1. I like to pretend the cartoon characters in Times Square are representatives of the NY Gangs waiting for Cyrus to show up and unite them.
  2. The same people surprised by Hillary’s visit to Iowa must go into total shock at every sunrise.
  3. @patrickdijusto CM11 M10?

Tweets for 2014-09-16

  1. The same people surprised by Hillary’s visit to Iowa must go into total shock at every sunrise.
  2. @patrickdijusto CM11 M10?
  3. Not to be outdone by the Scotts; the Welsh are busy sawing Wales off from the England and looking for a native prince of Wales.

Tweets for 2014-09-14

  1. RT @billmaher: I gotta say this about D C: few cities have more “I hated that guy in college” guys walking around than this one

Tweets for 2014-09-13

  1. RT @billmaher: I gotta say this about D C: few cities have more “I hated that guy in college” guys walking around than this one
  2. Real lesson of 9/11 is “don’t let an enemy bait you into a fight on his terms” Current ISIL strategy makes me wonder if we learned it.

Tweets for 2014-09-12

  1. Real lesson of 9/11 is “don’t let an enemy bait you into a fight on his terms” Current ISIL strategy makes me wonder if we learned it.
  2. RT @ValeriePlame: Is it just me, or should the Pentagon be conducting a thorough review of billions of $ and years to train completely inef…
  3. How soon after Scottish Independence will England and Scotland be at war again? Weeks? Months?

Tweets for 2014-09-11

  1. How soon after Scottish Independence will England and Scotland be at war again? Weeks? Months?
  2. I’m going to guess that Apple’s smaller iPhone 6c will be announced at the June 2015 WWDC.

Tweets for 2014-09-10

  1. Two factor authentication is meaningless if session keys and single use passwords can be easily compromised.
  2. RT @badbanana: An iWatch! At last, something other than a phone to look at while my life passes by unnoticed.

Tweets for 2014-09-09

  1. RT @badbanana: An iWatch! At last, something other than a phone to look at while my life passes by unnoticed.
  2. Looking forward to hearing my iPhone using friends change their minds about large screen phones.

Tweets for 2014-09-07

  1. The Afghan Whigs’s “I Am Fire” from “Do the Beast” is the best song of 2014.
  2. The Afghan Whigs’s “I Am Fire” from “Do the Beast” is the best song of 2014.

Tweets for 2014-09-06

  1. The Afghan Whigs’s “I Am Fire” from “Do the Beast” is the best song of 2014.

Tweets for 2014-09-03

  1. First step in police de-militarization is to stop using phrase front-line when referring to policing. Call it a neighborhood.

Tweets for 2014-09-02

  1. The venn diagram of oligarchy and police state is almost a circle.
  2. First step in police de-militarization is to stop using phrase front-line when referring to policing. Call it a neighborhood.
  3. The venn diagram of oligarchy and police state is almost a circle.

Tweets for 2014-09-01

  1. The venn diagram of oligarchy and police state is almost a circle.
  2. The venn diagram of oligarchy and police state is almost a circle.

Tweets for 2014-08-28

  1. @patrickdijusto Are fashion crimes impeachable offenses?
  2. RT @patrickdijusto: We need to root out ISIL, Russian troops, and whoever sold President Obama that tan suit.
  3. Hello Kitty isn’t a cat. She is a middle aged british furry named Kitty White who is also a perpetual 3rd grader.

Tweets for 2014-08-26

  1. Bitcoin advocates went from claiming that gov can’t stop bitcoin to bemoaning gov interfering with bitcoin in the past year.

Tweets for 2014-08-08

  1. RT @GSElevator: Fox News panic over Ebola. 100% of scientists say not to. 99% of scientists panic over climate change. Fox News says not …

Tweets for 2014-07-24

  1. @gpgtools its working. I did an uninstall and re-install. After adding the uuid to the plist, everything work as expected.

Tweets for 2014-07-23

  1. @gpgtools its working. I did an uninstall and re-install. After adding the uuid to the plist, everything work as expected.

Tweets for 2014-07-15

  1. Gen X dismissal of millennials is sounding more and more like boomer dismissal of Gen X.
  2. Whenever a famous or semi-famous musician dies, my first thought is “I can’t believe Keith Richards outlived them”

Tweets for 2014-07-14

  1. Whenever a famous or semi-famous musician dies, my first thought is “I can’t believe Keith Richards outlived them”
  2. HuffPo has become a content Ouroboros; forever consuming link bait to produce link bait.

Tweets for 2014-07-10

  1. @gpgtools Mail complains about the plugin but loads it now. Sent myself a test mail, plugin is working as expected.
  2. @gpgtools I had modified the plist and added a SupportedPluginCompatibilityUUIDs but that isn’t working now.
  3. @GPGTools Looks like your mail plugin needs to be updated for OS X 10.9.4 

Tweets for 2014-06-22

  1. Just installed @Lutron LED dimmers and @GELighting Energy Smart PAR20 LED recessed lighting. Looking forward to lower bills this year.
  2. @NYCMayorsOffice @MermaidParade @BilldeBlasio @Chirlane Does Jerry Seinfeld know you have his puffy shirt?

Tweets for 2014-06-19

  1. Laptop computers should come with two chargers the way suits used to come with two pairs of pants.

Tweets for 2014-06-18

  1. Has anyone asked Wolfowitz, Bolton or McCain, et al “Why should we believe you about Iraq now when you were wrong last time?”

Tweets for 2014-06-14

  1. If libertarians and occupy do not praise Obama for not sending troops to Iraq, will future POTUS know an anti war constituency exists?

Tweets for 2014-06-12

  1. RT @badbanana: Imagine a restaurant having half a star on Yelp. Then imagine people being surprised when a manager gets fired. That’s Congr…

Krugman suggests Carbon Tariffs on China

Krugman suggests Carbon Tariffs on China:

if and when wealthy countries take serious action to limit greenhouse gas emissions, they’re very likely to start imposing “carbon tariffs” on goods imported from countries that aren’t taking similar action. Such tariffs should be legal under existing trade rules — the World Trade Organization would probably declare that carbon limits are effectively a tax on consumers, which can be levied on imports as well as domestic production. Furthermore, trade rules give special consideration to environmental protection. So China would find itself with strong incentives to start limiting emissions.

I really like the idea. It make the argument about China not taking greenhouse gasses seriously mostly irrelevant. They need to trade with the industrialized west and those tariffs would be a huge incentive to sign on to a climate agreement.

Tweets for 2014-06-07

  1. @toddzino data science is statistics done on a Mac by someone wearing Warby Parker frames.

Tweets for 2014-06-02

  1. Apple’s swift looks like they took the best ideas from Smalltalk and Python combined with the worst ideas from JavaScript.

Tweets for 2014-05-31

  1. Every time I go to five guys I have to resist ordering double double animal style.

Tweets for 2014-05-30

  1. We’re about a year away from the Bowtie being the new Fedora. Lots of people who can’t pull it off will wear thinking it looks cool.

Tweets for 2014-05-24

  1. As number of medical symptoms in google search exceeds 3, probability of misdiagnosed rare fatal disease asymptoticly approaches p=1 

Tweets for 2014-05-23

  1. In some parallel universe, Julian Assange is a character in a William Gibson novel.

Tweets for 2014-05-21

  1. RT @badbanana: Now there’s Mega Stuf Oreos. We are five years away from an Oreo package being a tub of stuf you eat with a cookie spoon.

Tweets for 2014-05-20

  1. Chipotle’s Burrito bowl is basically a rice casserole, minus the final baking part.

Tweets for 2014-05-17

  1. RT @Mr_Electrico: So cool that the SuperMax prison where Glenn Greenwald languishes incommunicado is allowing @chrislhayes to interview him!

Tweets for 2014-04-12

  1. The next step after norm-core is gnome-core, where people wear clothes that make them look like garden gnomes.

Tweets for 2014-04-11

  1. Why does everyone think CBS would hire a political satirist if they weren’t OK with political satire on late night?

Tweets for 2014-04-09

  1. Whenever I see a current picture of Bob Dylan posing with someone, Weekend at Bernie’s comes to mind.
  2. RT @loresjoberg: Honestly, while Elsa’s ice powers are pretty amazing, Snow White’s power to make woodland animals do the housekeeping seem…
  3. Whenever you hear someone say “We’re a republic not a democracy” - you know the rest of the argument will unintentionally funny.

Tweets for 2014-04-07

  1. I’d pick Jon Stewart in the Letterman replacement betting pool. Colbert would be my second choice.
  2. Quinoa, Kombucha and Chia all sound like potential Jedi names for future Star Wars sequels.

Tweets for 2014-04-06

  1. Quinoa, Kombucha and Chia all sound like potential Jedi names for future Star Wars sequels.

Tweets for 2014-04-05

  1. RT @neiltyson: USA to Russia: “We’re imposing sanctions on you!! But please still allow us on your Soyuz so we can reach our Space Station”
  2. RT @FakeMTA: Due to operator overloading, the C++ train is delayed at Jay Street-MetroTech.

Tweets for 2014-04-01

  1. You’ll know that ObamaCare is actually a success when the GOP starts calling it the ACA and RomneyCare.

Tweets for 2014-03-12

  1. Top appointees at the CIA and NSA have lied to congress and obstructed investigations. So why is the focus on the Benghazi?
  2. The people who follow the Pope around to take pictures are the papalrazzi or poperazzi?
  3. RT @patrickdijusto: I just got back from reporting a story, during which I was detained by security for 20 minutes for the crime of being a…
  4. Top appointees at the CIA and NSA have lied to congress and obstructed investigations. So why is the focus on the Benghazi?
  5. It would be nice if the GOP could take a break from voting on Obamacare repeals to investigate intelligence agency abuses.

Tweets for 2014-03-08

  1. RT @davidsirota: One problem fueling news industrys crisis: cable TV hosts who do no real reporting make millions, while real journos make …
  2. RT @JohnWDean: Re CPAC: Conservatives seek to make “liberalism” vulgar with their words. Instead they’ve made “conservatism” vulgar with th…

Tweets for 2014-03-07

  1. @patrickdijusto pip list and pip freeze can be used to list and then aid in effort to recreate environment. Unless you installed from src.
  2. @patrickdijusto If it can be installed via pip, easy_install or apt-get, no need to recreate it from scratch.

Tweets for 2014-03-04

  1. I’m pretty sure the only way to defeat Putin is to steal back Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring and toss it into a volcano.
  2. RT @Donal_OKeeffe: Say what you will about George W Bush, but he wouldn’t have stood for Russian aggression in Ukraine. He’d have invaded N…
  3. When Obama acts the GOP yells “imperial president”. When he works to gather consensus, they yell “weak and indecisive”
  4. John Bolton joins the chorus of people who lied us into the Iraq war who are now trotted out on TV and asked for advice on Ukraine.

Tweets for 2014-03-01

  1. Countdown until Putin justifies his actions in Crimea based on something W did. 10…9…8…
  2. @richgone everyone says that too.
  3. @richgone everyone says that. people who came of age in the 70s day that to me in the 80s. today’s teens will say the same.

Tweets for 2014-02-27

  1. RT @StephenAtHome: Reagan at 69 is completely different than Hillary at 69 and I’m sorry I just put Reagan, Hillary, and 69 in your head ri…

Tweets for 2014-02-26

  1. I wonder what the people who lost their bitcoins in the Mt Gox debacle think about interbank reserve and insurance systems now.

Tweets for 2014-02-19

  1. RT @badbanana: You should have to pass a test proving you actually read and comprehended an article before you’re allowed to leave a commen…

Tweets for 2014-01-25

  1. The downtime to freak out metric for gmail is measured in minutes. For Google+ it’s measured in weeks.

Tweets for 2014-01-24

  1. GOP “reform” of NSA would take metadata out of the hand of the NSA and into hands of private contractors who are GOP donors.
  2. @AlexSwingle1 We had to sit in alphabetical order and then line up in size order. Totally inefficient.

Tweets for 2014-01-23

  1. @AlexSwingle1 We had to sit in alphabetical order and then line up in size order. Totally inefficient.

Tweets for 2014-01-07

  1. RT @SteveMartinToGo: Getting great mileage with my new 2014 Polar Vortex.
  2. If it was 20 degrees warmer it would still be freezing.

Tweets for 2014-01-02

  1. Looks like TMC’s DNS servers are down. Both of them. Look ups time out and they do not respond to pings.

Tweets for 2013-12-31

  1. My resolution for 2014 is to go from being a couch potato to a couch yam. I read that yams are healthy.

Tweets for 2013-12-26

  1. Fox New web site doesn’t mention anyone who was prevented from celebrating Christmas due to the war on christmas. Why is that?

Tweets for 2013-12-09

  1. Why are so many on the right, who wish to be armed against threat of government tyranny; such critics of Mandela’s use of violence?

Tweets for 2013-11-27

  1. I expect SCOTUS ruling will allow Walmart to cover all employees on a Christian science based prayer only healthcare policy.

Tweets for 2013-11-26

  1. Is the knock out game real? It sounds like an urban legend about how you had to kill a random person to join the Mafia.

Tweets for 2013-11-22

  1. I wonder if John Boehner can put the bourbon down long enough to lecture Trey Radel on substance abuse.
  2. Trey Radel’s name makes me want to sing: Trey Radel, Trey Radel, I made him out of clay.

Tweets for 2013-11-21

  1. Trey Radel’s name makes me want to sing: Trey Radel, Trey Radel, I made him out of clay.

Tweets for 2013-11-18

  1. RT @badbanana: Rob Ford is just auditioning to play Slimer in the next Ghostbusters movie, right?

Tweets for 2013-11-17

  1. Schtupenfreude is the joy you feel when a politician you hate is in a career ruining sex scandal.
  2. The Rob Ford story will end with him telling a couple of kids that he went from being mayor to living in a van down by the river.

Tweets for 2013-11-16

  1. Schtupenfreude is the joy you feel when a politician you hate is in a career ruining sex scandal.
  2. The Rob Ford story will end with him telling a couple of kids that he went from being mayor to living in a van down by the river.
  3. Anyone else think mayor Rob Ford looks like an adult version of the Chuckie doll?

Tweets for 2013-11-15

  1. Anyone else think mayor Rob Ford looks like an adult version of the Chuckie doll?
  2. If you pretend the Mayor Rob Ford story is really a Chris Farley movie, it is even more entertaining.
  3. If facebook came up with a way to turn political bickering into electricity, it would be the world’s leading energy producer.

Tweets for 2013-11-14

  1. If you pretend the Mayor Rob Ford story is really a Chris Farley movie, it is even more entertaining.
  2. If facebook came up with a way to turn political bickering into electricity, it would be the world’s leading energy producer.

Tweets for 2013-11-12

  1. Once again, decades of climate data isn’t proof of climate change but a single snow flurry in November proves it’s all a hoax.
  2. RT @badbanana: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by because I was staring down at my phone.

Tweets for 2013-11-11

  1. RT @badbanana: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by because I was staring down at my phone.

Tweets for 2013-11-10

  1. Confirmation bias is second only to cat pictures as a percent of internet discussion volume.

Tweets for 2013-11-08

  1. Is Chris Christie in Iowa yet?
  2. Now is the time for our political leaders to take action on the national crisis of overly sheer yoga pants.
  3. Rand Paul challenged @maddow to a duel. I hope he properly attributed Aaron Burr when he did it.

Tweets for 2013-11-06

  1. So how long until everyone starts blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio for the problems Bloomberg has left him? I give it a month.

Tweets for 2013-10-26

  1. Am I the only one who realizes that Russell Brand acts in real life the way trolls act on the internet? He is trolling us.
  2. @patrickdijusto Bermuda Triangle curse was cured by cheap GPS equipment.

Tweets for 2013-10-24

  1. RT @pattonoswalt: Somewhere, Anthony Weiner weeps on an elliptical machine while Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” blasts in his headphones.

Tweets for 2013-10-23

  1. RT @pattonoswalt: Somewhere, Anthony Weiner weeps on an elliptical machine while Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” blasts in his headphones.

Tweets for 2013-10-18

  1. @patrickdijusto I thought that was a made up product.
  2. The interview process for software developers should include a voight-kampff test.

Tweets for 2013-10-15

  1. When I hear people say “I’m an independent, not a republican” I hear “I’m embarrassed to be thought of as a republican”

Tweets for 2013-10-09

  1. That show was so bad the laugh track started to boo.
  2. Why isn’t the Keystone xl pipeline being described as a government take over of tar sands distribution?

Tweets for 2013-10-07

  1. What if bitcoin was created by the NSA to monitor black markets?
  2. Before you play the “both sides do it” game about the debt ceiling and default, please point out when Dems did anything like this.

Tweets for 2013-09-26

  1. Anyone else think Iran’s new openness and moderation is related to the admission of the CIA’s role in backing the Shah?

Tweets for 2013-09-19

  1. RT @badbanana: Paleo Diet advocates, explain Fred Flintstone. He’s fat even though he runs everywhere while driving.

Tweets for 2013-09-18

  1. RT @badbanana: Paleo Diet advocates, explain Fred Flintstone. He’s fat even though he runs everywhere while driving.

Tweets for 2013-09-17

  1. Once again a mass shooting is blamed on video games, culture, mental illness and everything except easy access to guns.

Tweets for 2013-09-16

  1. Once again a mass shooting is blamed on video games, culture, mental illness and everything except easy access to guns.

Tweets for 2013-09-15

  1. Putin used 12 dimensional chess moves to defeat Obama’s 11 dimensional moves.

Tweets for 2013-09-14

  1. If a Dem praised a foreign leader’s leadership over the POTUS the way GOP is praising Putin, FOX would be shouting traitor 24/7 
  2. Putin used 12 dimensional chess moves to defeat Obama’s 11 dimensional moves.
  3. RT @Kasparov63: Putin’s history of the UN is novel. It was created after WWII partly to prevent genocide. Not to prevent others from preven...
  4. How much more discussion of Dante de Blasio epic fro will the media subject us to? Can we talk about the city budget instead?
  5. If a Dem praised a foreign leader’s leadership over the POTUS the way GOP is praising Putin, FOX would be shouting traitor 24/7 

Tweets for 2013-09-13

  1. RT @Kasparov63: Putin’s history of the UN is novel. It was created after WWII partly to prevent genocide. Not to prevent others from preven...
  2. How much more discussion of Dante de Blasio epic fro will the media subject us to? Can we talk about the city budget instead?
  3. If a Dem praised a foreign leader’s leadership over the POTUS the way GOP is praising Putin, FOX would be shouting traitor 24/7 
  4. Yokelavore: Person who seeks out and enjoys stereotypically “white trash” foods such as twinkies, boiled peanuts and pork rinds.

Tweets for 2013-09-12

  1. Yokelavore: Person who seeks out and enjoys stereotypically “white trash” foods such as twinkies, boiled peanuts and pork rinds.

Tweets for 2013-09-11

  1. How exactly did Obama’s Syria policy fail? Putin averted an attack…so Obama must have failed? This new talking point is bizarre.
  2. RT @badbanana: Anthony Weiner now free to spend more time with his unlimited data plan.
  3. RT @billmaher: Sorry, Barry, you didn’t make the sale with me. Real Time comes back Friday night, I still like my argument better. But nice...
  4. Jon Stewart’s comparison of John Kerry “bumbling” into a peaceful resolution to Syria to Mr. Magoo is brilliant.
  5. Went online to read idiotic and misinformed critiques of Obama’s speech and was not disappointed.

Tweets for 2013-09-10

  1. Jon Stewart’s comparison of John Kerry “bumbling” into a peaceful resolution to Syria to Mr. Magoo is brilliant.
  2. Went online to read idiotic and misinformed critiques of Obama’s speech and was not disappointed.

Tweets for 2013-09-09

  1. There are plenty of honest and real criticisms of Obama, but can progressives please stop attacking him for for not being Jed Bartlet?
  2. There are plenty of honest and real criticisms of Obama, but can progressives please stop attacking him for for not being Jed Bartlet?

Tweets for 2013-09-05

  1. RT @davidsirota: Question: Did anyone in America cast a vote for Obama specifically because they wanted more surveillance & more war? Just ...
  2. RT @davidsirota: If you have a solid argument that bombing Syria will decrease human suffering, please make it. I’m all ears…

Tweets for 2013-09-04

  1. RT @badbanana: Allow me to offer a compromise. Congress authorizes the president to bombard Assad’s email inbox with Anthony Weiner photos.

Tweets for 2013-09-03

  1. RT @badbanana: Allow me to offer a compromise. Congress authorizes the president to bombard Assad’s email inbox with Anthony Weiner photos.

Tweets for 2013-08-29

  1. Had a look at io7 today and I was impressed. They stole some ideas from Android and implemented them better.

Tweets for 2013-08-21

  1. RT @GarryShandling: I GET AN ENDORPHINE RUSH FROM USING THE CAPS LOCK.
  2. RT @badbanana: Worried that my Google Glasses will detract from the authenticity of my Tron outfit.

Tweets for 2013-08-13

  1. RT @ggreenwald: Only in DC: James Clapper, instead of being prosecuted or fired for lying to Congress,will now lead the review of the progr...
  2. RT @davidsirota: Appointing Clapper to head NSA “reform” panel is as absurd as appointing Anthony Weiner to head a panel on Internet etique...

Tweets for 2013-08-05

  1. If Anthony Bourdain were the 12th doctor, he would explore the secrets of Dalek and Cybermen cuisine.
  2. If Daniel Radcliffe was the 12th Doctor, everyone would mouth “Patronus” whenever the sonic screwdriver appeared.
  3. If Samuel L Jackson had been the 12th doctor we could have had a snakes on a TARDIS story line.

Tweets for 2013-08-04

  1. RT @GSElevator: “An Oxford comma walks into a bar. Orders a gin, and tonic.” - NQ
  2. Disappointed that I didn’t think of the possibility of a Ryan Gosling Timelord meme until the 11 doctor was already selected.

National Science Day

National Science Day

National Science Day is celebrated in India on February 28 every year

Can we replace one of the many national days of prayer with a single national day of science? Just one?

To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there's more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged. -Norman Mailer, author (1923-2007)

To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there’s more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged. -Norman Mailer, author (1923-2007)

after decades in which right-wingers have attacked long-established institutions - Social Security, progressive taxation, unemployment insurance - as "socialism", a lot of young people now believe them, and think that this "socialism" thing really isn't so bad.

after decades in which right-wingers have attacked long-established institutions - Social Security, progressive taxation, unemployment insurance - as "socialism", a lot of young people now believe them, and think that this "socialism" thing really isn't so bad.
Socialism! - NYTimes.com

Tweets for 2012-09-02

  1. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: “We don’t apologize for success! Take that, Straw Man!

Tweets for 2012-08-29

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Not once has an employer ever asked me to make a shoebox diorama. Thanks for wasting my time, school.
  2. sdenaro: RT @patrickdijusto: “We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers" -Romney strategist http://t.co/mU5oSFTV

Tweets for 2012-08-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Half a billion dollars have been spent on campaign ads so far. It’s a good thing our schools and roads are in great …
  2. sdenaro: RT @TheRichardLewis: I can’t sleep. I’m dreaming that I’m restless and tweeting about it.

Tweets for 2012-08-17

  1. sdenaro: RT @TheFakeCNN: Business: Blackberry changing its name to MySpace Mobile.

I think all olympians should compete wearing all the medals they have won. Lets see Phelps win a 20th swimming with the other 19 medals.

Tweets for 2012-08-03

  1. sdenaro: RT @BaneCapital: Now strapping the horse to the roof of the Bane plane for the trip back home.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: I can’t believe that anyone who has foreign bank accounts, won’t release tax returns, and “retroactively retired” ha …

Tweets for 2012-08-02

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Everyone focuses on the bad aspects of being raised by a pack of wolves, but you should see me take down a caribou.

Tweets for 2012-07-26

  1. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: Congrats to Kim Jong Un on his wedding. What to get the man who confiscates everything.
  2. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: “Politicians go to the NRA and read a script, which is not much different from a hostage video” - Steve Schmidt. And he’s …
  3. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: This drought is great. It’s like having a giant Instagram filter for my lawn.
  4. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Michele Bachmann: “All Americans mourn the passing of the author of the Declaration of Independence, George Jefferson.”

Tweets for 2012-07-24

  1. sdenaro: RT @BaneCapital: All capitalists believe in "creative destruction." At Bane, we aim to destroy everything and then have the public pay u …
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: At the end of every ad, candidates should be required to say what they promised the crazy billionaire who paid for it.

From John Cole: The Next 48 Hours Summarized For You In One Short Post

R- Guns don't kill people, people kill people.
D- Yes, but guns make it very easy to kill people in large quantities. He would not have been able to stab 71 people.
R- Stop trying to politicize this tragedy! What we need are not fewer guns, but more guns. If only someone else in that theatre had had a gun, they would have been able to stop him in his tracks.
D- Yes. Nothing could go wrong with crossfire in a dark theatre. This is absurd. There is a clear lesson here, and we need to do something about the ease with which people get firearms.
R- There's no lesson to be learned, the guy was crazy. You can't stop every crazy person.
D- We could try to make it harder for crazy people to walk around with a shotgun, a rifle, two handguns, and gas cannisters.
R- I knew Obama and you liberals were coming for our guns. Second Amendment!
John:
And after 48 hours, the topic will die down as me move on to the next scandal/tragedy du jour, and then we can have this same exact conversation again the next time someone murders a dozen people with a gun.

Tweets for 2012-07-21

  1. sdenaro: RT @KentBeck: there are times to think and times to do. getting confused either way is a waste of time.
  2. sdenaro: RT @loresjoberg: About to have my first truck-stop shower. No idea what to expect, but I’ve never heard the phrase “as luxurious as a tr …
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: When Tea Partyers say, “I want my country back,” ask if they can identify it on a map.

Tweets for 2012-07-19

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: If you think you can make a boat out of a hollowed-out tree trunk, that’s a can-oe attitude.

Tweets for 2012-07-18

  1. sdenaro: RT @lizzwinstead: So corporations claim Obamacare prevents them from creating more jobs yet they have millions of extra money to pour in …
  2. sdenaro: RT @iRajanand: Former Google employees now run @Twitter (@DickC), @AOL (Tim Armstrong), @Facebook (@SherylSandberg), and @Yahoo (@Mariss …
  3. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: More Americans are getting their news from YouTube. That’s why many believe the Syrian crisis was caused by a kitten …

Tweets for 2012-07-17

  1. sdenaro: RT @TheFakeCNN: Anthony Weiner is reportedly planning a return to politics. His penis is remaining silent, while biding time and plottin …

Tweets for 2012-07-12

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Next up for House GOP: Passing individual crumpled-up notes to all citizens: “I hate Obamacare, do you? _Yes _No _Maybe”
  2. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: Repubs voting for 33rd time to repeal Obamacare, a law now confirmed by all 3 branches of govt - way to move America forward!
  3. sdenaro: RT @ebertchicago: “I’ve lived under socialism, and Obama’s no socialist,” sez Oscar-winner Milos Forman. http://t.co/lLsm9pvy

Tweets for 2012-07-10

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Maybe a guy who couldn’t foresee his tax returns might be a problem is not the best guy to hire to foresee our problems.

Tweets for 2012-07-09

  1. sdenaro: RT @TheFakeCNN: BREAKING: Ernest Borgnine Dead at age 95. This is the second death for Mr Borgnine. Most people thought he died on The U …
  2. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: The imaginary enemy of my enemy is my imaginary friend.

Tweets for 2012-07-07

  1. sdenaro: RT @iRajanand: “Python’s a drop-in replacement for BASIC in the sense that Optimus Prime is a drop-in replacement for a truck.” - Cory D …

Tweets for 2012-07-06

  1. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: Fireworks can be great, but u gotta admit: not much of a plot.

Tweets for 2012-07-03

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: I don’t want a memory foam mattress. I want a mattress that quickly forgets everything.

Tweets for 2012-06-30

  1. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: Its not a tax on healthcare its a tax on freeloaders who weren’t paying but using; wld be like calling a speeding ticket …

Tweets for 2012-06-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @richgone: As a recipient of a purple heart and 2 congressional medals of honor I find this to be an outrage (obviously I’m lying) ht …

Tweets for 2012-06-26

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: A journey of a thousand dubmiles begins with a single dubstep.
  2. sdenaro: RT @XFQuotes: Mulder: “Yeah, spectral figures are not often known to leave fingerprints. Casper never did.” (Kaddish)
  3. sdenaro: RT @neiltyson: I love the smell of the universe in the morning.

Tweets for 2012-06-22

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: East Coast Braces for Boring Conversations about Weather

Tweets for 2012-06-19

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Patriotic billionaires: instead of funding yet another superPAC, maybe build an emergency room?
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The gender gap the GOP is dealing with may have to do with women’s irrational desire to control their own bodies.
  3. sdenaro: RT @richgone: I set the default language for my Facebook as “Spanish” so when I like something I click on “me gusta”.

Tweets for 2012-06-17

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: In addition to toppling dictators, Twitter is a powerful tool for telling people how drunk you are.

Tweets for 2012-06-14

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Bristol Palin is starring in a reality show, despite her mother’s longstanding opposition to reality.

Tweets for 2012-06-03

  1. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: Bloomberg recants. If men can look down and see their penis they can have another soda.

Tweets for 2012-06-01

  1. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: After NYC drink ban smuggling Coke will have a new meaning.
  2. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: Mitt avoiding ‘G word’ - Governor, cuz 1 thing that’ll sink u with Repub voters is reminding them of ur sordid history of …

Tweets for 2012-05-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: I deleted that last tweet because it wasn’t up to my standards for free entertainment.

Tweets for 2012-05-24

  1. sdenaro: RT @CroweJam: I can go from Steven Wright to Gilbert Gottfried in 3 Red bulls!
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: We should take pride in Egyptian democracy. It couldn’t have happened without us changing our profile pictures.

Tweets for 2012-05-23

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: “Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago.” http://t.co/pw6opPeD
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The fact that Republicans have declared a War on Women makes me think women must have oil.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Romney’s business experience makes him uniquely qualified to be President. Of Greece.
  4. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Not sure why Chris Christie thinks same-sex marriage would do more harm to his state than “Jersey Shore” has.
  5. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: Facebook redefines IPO. It now stands for I’m pissed off.

Tweets for 2012-05-21

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Zuckerberg married his longtime girlfriend. I bet Eduardo Saverin renounced his.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: I’m writing a Young Adult novel about a dystopian society in which all entertainment is aimed at 13-year-olds.

Tweets for 2012-05-18

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Sad thing about failure of Americans Elect is that it will discourage other people who stand for nothing in particular.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Mitt Romney opposes marriage to the same position on any issue for more than 24 hours.
  3. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: some days, the Romney campaign has the focus and message discipline of a cat chasing a laser pointer dot

Tweets for 2012-05-15

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Ron Paul has suspended his active campaigning and will go back to The Shire and tell tales of his adventures.
  2. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: On this day in 1787, Constitutional Convention began to draft US Constitution. This was before laws were written by lo …
  3. sdenaro: RT @CodeWisdom: “When your hammer is C++, everything begins to look like a thumb.” - Steve Haflich

Tweets for 2012-05-12

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Romney: “Don’t judge me as a kid, when I hazed one gay boy. Judge me as an adult, when I fired thousands of people.”
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The only shocking thing about the Romney bullying story is that at no point during the attack did he change his mind.

Tweets for 2012-05-08

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Across Europe, politicians who wanted job cuts are getting their wish.
  2. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Be sure to stick around through all the end credits after Avengers. They eventually replay the entire movie!

Tweets for 2012-05-01

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Pizza Hut’s new pizza topped with cheeseburgers will kill more people than Seal Team Six.

Tweets for 2012-04-25

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Watching cable news because you want to be informed is like going to Olive Garden because you want to live in Italy.

Tweets for 2012-04-19

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Ted Nugent is only saying what every mental patient in a locked ward is thinking.
  2. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Can’t wait to Like some stuff on Facebook for Earth Day.

Tweets for 2012-04-18

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The only part of yoga that appeals to me is walking down the street with your mat and making others feel inferior.
  2. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: Mitt Romney is considering an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Or as he said, “Sock it to me!”

Tweets for 2012-04-17

  1. sdenaro: RT @patrickdijusto: Gold trading consists of digging gold out of the ground, refining it, shaping it into prisms or discs, and then rebu …
  2. sdenaro: RT @Ozzdo: They should make a hologram Mike Wallace for 60 Minutes. You can’t run from his interviews. He’ll come for you through the wall!

Tweets for 2012-04-16

  1. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: Is the film successful enough to expect The Three D Stooges?
  2. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Remember to honor the Titanic centenary today by overestimating your capabilities.

Tweets for 2012-04-14

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: That rocket sent a very clear message. Don’t try to escape North Korea.

Tweets for 2012-04-11

  1. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: Now that Santorum is out of the race and it’s Spring, Sweater Vests are no longer fashionable nor practical
  2. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: If a robot from the future is not already on its way back to stop Zuckerberg from founding Facebook, it may be too late.
  3. sdenaro: RT @TheRichardLewis: I never thought that intolerance would be patriotic.

Tweets for 2012-04-10

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Instagram, one billion dollars. Annie Leibovitz, broke. And that’s our modern world in a nutshell.

Tweets for 2012-04-03

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Osama bin Laden’s last words were, “I knew I shouldn’t have signed up for Foursquare.”

Tweets for 2012-03-30

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Sunday is premiere of season two of Game of Thrones, the Downton Abbey prequel.
  2. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: Free question for Justice Scalia to use against Obamacare: Why doesn’t everyone just get a lifetime appointment with …

Tweets for 2012-03-29

  1. sdenaro: RT @GingrichIdeas: Be grandioser next time.
  2. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Drudge reporting Newt Gingrich is letting go a third of his staff. They must be very ill.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The only story about the Royal Family that I would consider newsworthy is if one of them got a job.
  4. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: I wonder how the Supreme Court would vote if they didn’t have the world’s best health plan.

Tweets for 2012-03-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: If the founding fathers had been in favor of good health care, they wouldn’t have died at such a young age.

Tweets for 2012-03-25

  1. sdenaro: RT @ChappelleDavidK: I don’t see what all the hype about The Hunger Games is? North Korea has been playing that game since 1950
  2. sdenaro: RT @RealGilbert: Earlier I tweeted about drugs to help you sleep. I apologize for that In-Sedative tweet.

Tweets for 2012-03-24

  1. @richgone I’m going to suggest calamari could be called bacon of the sea
  2. sdenaro: RT @richgone: If Tuna is “Chicken of the Sea,” could someone please tell me what the “Bacon of the Sea” is?

Tweets for 2012-03-23

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Prostitution Ring Embarrassed by Association with John Edwards
  2. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: Disappointed with Obamacare. Felt sick last night, called the White House, he wouldn’t even talk to me.

Tweets for 2012-03-22

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Twitter turns six today. It seems like just yesterday that I spoke to my family.
  2. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: So excited about The Hunger Games. I have hidden all the food from my children. We start to play this evening.

Tweets for 2012-03-18

  1. sdenaro: RT @gideonevans: In honor of St Patrick’s Day, I’m eating Soylent Green

Mayan calendar didn’t have a leap year. So it would already be Mayan year 2013.

Tweets for 2012-03-07

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Selecting a menu item at a Mexican restaurant is easy once you decide how many times you want your food folded.

Tweets for 2012-03-05

  1. @richgone I hated hipsters before it was cool.
  2. sdenaro: RT @pattonoswalt: Ayn Rand would be very pleased with how the free market bitch-slapped Limbaugh today.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Right-wing Sociopaths Accept Limbaugh’s Apology on Behalf of Women
  4. sdenaro: RT @FakeMTA: L train conductors will now be called Enginistas.
  5. sdenaro: RT @owillis: Rush Limbaugh is a racist and misogynist. He’s also one of the most influential conservatives ever. This is not a coincidence.

Tweets for 2012-03-03

  1. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: Put some pain killer in the birth control and then Rush will be more receptive.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: To coincide with Women’s History Month, Rush Limbaugh is celebrating Men’s Prehistory Month.

Tweets for 2012-02-26

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Newt Gingrich on leaving the race: “Not unless it gets cancer.”
  2. sdenaro: RT @neiltyson: Decided to buy @SamHarrisOrg’s latest book, where he argues FreeWill is an illusion. So I guess I had no choice in the matter
  3. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: Santorum today: ‘Obama wants u to go to college to remake u in his image’ - Smart and successful? How can they come out a …

Tweets for 2012-02-25

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: As Syria descends into civil war, CNN asks: “What will the stars be wearing at this Sunday’s Oscars?”
  2. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: This “elite” media crap drives me batty. Limbaugh-Hannity-O’Reilly have the biggest audience in the world.
  3. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: If you rent out an empty football stadium to talk about the economy, point 1 should be “don’t rent out an empty foo …
  4. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: It says something about the Republican stance on Birth Control when Pat Buchanan thinks it’s too crazy and toxic

Tweets for 2012-02-20

  1. sdenaro: RT @AlbertBrooks: I’m going as James Polk tomorrow.
  2. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: Hey, its Presidents Weekend! When we honor the Great Emancipator by buying giant TVs made by Chinese slaves

Tweets for 2012-02-19

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Electing Santorum would solve our immigration problem but create an enormous one for Canada.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: I don’t blame Santorum for not believing in evolution. It’s really let him down.

Tweets for 2012-02-18

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: My doctor says you are what you eat, so I just ate a vegan.
  2. sdenaro: RT @CodeWisdom: “In the real world one big split is between people who use symbolic debuggers and people who use print statements.” - Pe …

Tweets for 2012-02-14

  1. sdenaro: RT @GingrichIdeas: Show up at the Grammys in a wig and accept all of Adele’s awards.

Tweets for 2012-02-10

  1. sdenaro: RT @KentBeck: Don’t bother trying to do a good job of something if you haven’t done a bad job first

Tweets for 2012-02-09

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Fox is ending House after this season. If you want to watch an arrogant jerk spout wild theories, you’ll have to settl …
  2. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: Mitt Romney v.2012 would be a more formidable candidate if his main opponent wasn’t Mitt Romney v.2006
  3. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: @markos if they hated sex, they’d oppose Viagra. They just hate women making decisions on their own

Tweets for 2012-02-08

  1. sdenaro: RT @loresjoberg: I can’t be the only one who occasionally does a jedi gesture at automatic doors just before they open.
  2. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Had a long phone conversation with an old friend. He simply wouldn’t shut up about phones. Finally had to just walk away.

The sound of one hand clapping is indistinguishable from sound of one hand flipping the bird.

Tweets for 2012-01-30

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Asked what position he’d like in a Gingrich White House, Herman Cain said, “Wingman.”
  2. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: The only people supporting Newt’s Moon Colony are Newt and Cuban-Americans http://t.co/7RcgFeIq

Tweets for 2012-01-29

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: I wonder who Obama is going to kill this weekend.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: If cavemen had Twitter we would still not have fire.

Paul and his associates decided in the late 1980s to try to increase sales by making the newsletters more provocative. They discussed adding controversial material, including racial statements, to help the business, the person said.

Paul and his associates decided in the late 1980s to try to increase sales by making the newsletters more provocative. They discussed adding controversial material, including racial statements, to help the business, the person said.
Ron Paul, "Shrewd Businessman" (via ron-paul)

Tweets for 2012-01-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Mitt Romney would be the first US President with a father from Mexico, mother from Wales, and money in Switzerland.
  2. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: Bob Dole called Newt Gingrich a “one-man-band who rarely took advice.” And worse, he rarely took requests.
  3. sdenaro: RT @TheRichardLewis: I only relaxed once in my life then suddenly suffered a panic attack.
  4. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: A bus-sized asteroid will fly by the Earth today. Pretty sure it’s a message from the Moon to leave it the hell alone.
  5. sdenaro: RT @GingrichIdeas: Remodel Oval Office to look like the deck of the Starship Enterprise.
  6. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: Newt Gingrich is anti-big government, unless the government program is helping make the Jetsons a reality

Tweets for 2012-01-26

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Unlike the Arab Spring, Americans use Facebook mainly to protest changes in Facebook.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Somali Pirates Say They Are Subsidiary of Goldman Sachs
  3. sdenaro: RT @GingrichIdeas: Get more of our nations’ energy from fracking, because Battlestar Galactica.
  4. sdenaro: RT @GingrichIdeas: Start claiming that SEAL Team 6 are the X-Men.

Tweets for 2012-01-22

  1. sdenaro: RT @GingrichIdeas: Give poor children Etch A Sketches and say they’re iPads.

owsposters: Internet Illiterates Making Internet Law Download the poster pack Author's note: I created this in attempt to convey what appears to be the principle concern and rallying point among Occupy movements concerning Internet Blacklist legislation. I hope the ability to campaign for Congress opens more broadly to diverse concerned citizens without them having to first sell their souls and votes to private monied interests. Our very democracy depends upon it. Wear this sign:

Tweets for 2012-01-16

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: “With all due respect” is a much nicer way of saying “Listen here you fucking moron.”

Tweets for 2012-01-12

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Romney Vows to Undo Everything Obama Has Done: ‘I Will Make Bin Laden Alive Again’
  2. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: All these years, the hippie in Newt Gingrich was just beneath the surface longing to be set free like a beautiful bird.
  3. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: Romney should have lotttttts of success with his “elect me or you’re just jealous of my wealth” campaign

Tweets for 2012-01-11

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: I know New Year’s Eve is long past, but I still like to kiss strangers at the stroke of midnight each night. The key is t …
  2. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: WI police arrested a man named Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop. But please, call him Beezow. Mr. Doo-Doo Zopittybop …
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Newt Gingrich on leaving the race: “Not unless it gets cancer.”

Tweets for 2012-01-10

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Honoring Nixon’s birthday by putting all you commies on a list.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The only unappealing aspects of Mitt Romney are the things he says and does.
  3. sdenaro: RT @GingrichIdeas: Reveal that I am the final cylon.
  4. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: White House Chief of Staff is a very important position. They try to trick the Congress into accomplishing things.
  5. sdenaro: RT @Ozzdo: I want to start a rumor that Beyonce and Jay-Z named their kid after the dog from Blue’s Clues.

Tweets for 2012-01-09

  1. sdenaro: RT @TheRichardLewis: My shrink told me that my happiness was stress related.

Google rose from the shallow, smelly end of the San Francisco Bay to become, if not the Godzilla of social media, then at least Gamera: awkward and ungainly, but beloved of a cadre of really intense nerds.

Google rose from the shallow, smelly end of the San Francisco Bay to become, if not the Godzilla of social media, then at least Gamera: awkward and ungainly, but beloved of a cadre of really intense nerds.
Alt Text: Top 10 Things Nobody Cared About in 2011 | Underwire | Wired.com

Tweets for 2012-01-08

  1. sdenaro: RT @GingrichIdeas: Take your gun to work day.
  2. sdenaro: RT @GingrichIdeas: Giant mirror along west coast to make U.S. look twice as big.

Tweets for 2012-01-07

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: It takes a lot of nerve to speak out against gay anything while wearing a sweater vest.

Tweets for 2012-01-06

  1. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: Santorum spent just $0.73 per vote in Iowa. Hope all his supporters are enjoying their promotional half-a-Three-Muske …

Tweets for 2012-01-04

  1. sdenaro: RT @patrickdijusto: How high above sea level do we have to be to avoid getting splashed by the Santorum Surge?

Tweets for 2012-01-02

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Ron Paul says he wants to return America to its greatness “before it went downhill with John Adams.”
  2. sdenaro: RT @Ozzdo: Got an email from Cobra Healthcare. Not surprised that a terrorist organization has a health plan. How else do they get peopl …

Tweets for 2011-12-30

  1. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: “They pick corn in Iowa. They pick presidents in New Hampshire” - Jon Huntsman / Last non-incumbent to be elected P …

Tweets for 2011-12-25

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Middle class people getting a tax cut is the darkest hour for Republicans since poor people got healthcare.

owsposters: Tea Party, Congress Members, Former Confederate States. Coincidence? Download the poster pack Source for information Author's note: The body of this poster is a quote from Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary under the Clinton administration. He states the terribly ugly fact in the larger context of an important argument (which I'd urge you to read from start to finish before writing responses to the quote). Yes, this poster is rather inflammatory, but that's the point: to sharply prod those people who dislike how the Tea Party Caucus in Congress has voted to make sure they get out and vote in 2012.

I hope North Korea doesn’t fall into Kaos as Kourtney and Khloe Jong-Il fight for power.

Fake "skeptics" like to claim that mainstream climate scientists ignore everything but greenhouse gases like CO2, when in fact it's mainstream climate scientists who identified those other influences. Natural factors cause temperature fluctuations which make the man-made global warming signal less clear, fluctuations which are often exploited by fake skeptics to suggest that global warming has paused, or slowed down, or isn't happening at all. A new paper by Foster & Rahmstorf accounts for some of those other factors, and by removing their influence from the temperature record makes the progress of global warming much more clear.

Fake "skeptics" like to claim that mainstream climate scientists ignore everything but greenhouse gases like CO2, when in fact it's mainstream climate scientists who identified those other influences. Natural factors cause temperature fluctuations which make the man-made global warming signal less clear, fluctuations which are often exploited by fake skeptics to suggest that global warming has paused, or slowed down, or isn't happening at all. A new paper by Foster & Rahmstorf accounts for some of those other factors, and by removing their influence from the temperature record makes the progress of global warming much more clear.
The Real Global Warming Signal | Open Mind

Tweets for 2011-12-12

  1. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: This insane idea that Romney always says, that healthcare is right for one state but not another - people get sick in Mas …

Tweets for 2011-12-11

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Jennifer Aniston voted “hottest woman of all time.” Take that, Helen of Troy!!
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Hanukkah is the most American holiday because it’s a celebration of burning oil that we don’t have.
  3. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Can anyone recommend a few thousand books on hoarding?

Tweets for 2011-12-03

  1. sdenaro: RT @meganlibrarian: RT @caitlinmoran RT @NickMotown: Oh dear. The eurozone’s facebook page has changed its currency status from “single” …
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Gingrich is the intellectual of the GOP field in the same way that Moe was the intellectual of the Stooges.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: POLL: Siri Becomes New GOP Frontunner
  4. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: I say we consolidate all ska bands into one giant ska band, unless that’s what happened already.
  5. sdenaro: RT @CodeWisdom: “Bad programmers worry about the code. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships.” - Linus To …

Tweets for 2011-12-02

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: I hope Mrs. Cain gets a ring with 3 9-karat stones out of this.

Tweets for 2011-11-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Somehow, I feel that the spirit of Thanksgiving is at odds with beating someone up for a new flat screen.

Tweets for 2011-11-23

  1. sdenaro: RT @CodeWisdom: “Pasting code from the Internet into production code is like chewing gum found in the street.” - Mike Johnson
  2. sdenaro: RT @PIMCO: Gross: Italian yield curve close to inverting - not a good sign. Merkel still says hands off - not a good sign.

Tweets for 2011-11-22

  1. @beccay2 I was posting something from a Breitbart editor, please follow link and read before commenting.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Supercommittee Downgraded to Just Another Shitty Committee
  3. sdenaro: RT @lizzwinstead: Congress should declare itself a vegetable.

Tweets for 2011-11-21

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: If Newt Gingrich could come back after 20 years, I fear the return of the Macarena.

Tweets for 2011-11-17

  1. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: Facebook’s been hacked by a porn virus. So until this clears up, don’t poke anybody without a condom.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: At this point, Sarah Palin represents the intellectual wing of the Republican Party.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: FACT: The NATO mission In Libya took less time than Herman Cain trying to answer a question about it.
  4. sdenaro: RT @iamcolinquinn: There’s Joe Biden. Everytime I see you and Obama together why do I start humming the theme to Men in Black?

Tweets for 2011-11-16

  1. sdenaro: RT @tritia: I am going to assume any hipster I see wearing an orange knit cap knows they are on Team Zissou.

Tweets for 2011-11-15

  1. sdenaro: RT @DemocratMachine: If Maverick John McCain is so mad that the major Republicans support waterboarding, he should endorse someone who d …

Tweets for 2011-11-14

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Rick Perry has so lowered expectations that it’s considered a win if he doesn’t pee himself during a debate.

Tweets for 2011-11-13

  1. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: Apple is reportedly working on an improved version of auto-correct. Wow, that is a really grape irving!

Tweets for 2011-11-12

  1. sdenaro: RT @FakeMTA: In order to enhance service, all train operators will be dosed with the Melange Spice.

Tweets for 2011-11-11

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Life is like a box of chocolates. It doesn’t do well in a hot car trunk all day.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Rick Perry’s candidacy will determine whether America is ready to vote for an openly drunk President.
  3. sdenaro: RT @CroweJam: I’m not a gay redneck, but my coon dog’s name is Cher.

Tweets for 2011-11-10

  1. sdenaro: RT @OccupyHiDesert: Why is it easier to believe that 150,000,000 ‘mericans are lazy than it is to believe that 400 ‘mericans are greedy?

Tweets for 2011-11-07

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: A sexual harasser has no business being President of the United States. He should be Prime Minister of Italy.

The SuperCommittee is where the final yard sale of what's left of the New Deal is going to happen. In the middle of the worst recession since the 1930's, with the country being told to accept nine-percent unemployment for the foreseeable future, and income inequality swamping the middle class, the responsible point of view among the leaders of both political parties is to "reform entitlements" until what's left is sticks and splinters because then, and only then, will the delicate, blessed "Markets" feel goody-good-good about themselves again.

The SuperCommittee is where the final yard sale of what's left of the New Deal is going to happen.

In the middle of the worst recession since the 1930's, with the country being told to accept nine-percent unemployment for the foreseeable future, and income inequality swamping the middle class, the responsible point of view among the leaders of both political parties is to "reform entitlements" until what's left is sticks and splinters because then, and only then, will the delicate, blessed "Markets" feel goody-good-good about themselves again.

Charles Pierce, The Big Sellout. I highly recommend this article. (via wisconsinforward)

Tweets for 2011-11-05

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: There is now no significant difference between the Republican presidential race and a VH1 reality show.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: It says a lot about Mitt Romney that people would rather vote for a sexual harassing pizza man who can’t count past 9.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: I have decided I would rather have Herman Cain sexually harass me than govern me.

Tweets for 2011-10-31

  1. sdenaro: RT @lizzwinstead: Grover Norquist is doing stand up now. You read this correctly.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: I’m waiting for Rick Perry to admit that his campaign is a prank.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: I’m waiting for a Republican presidential candidate to say that taxes cause global warming.
  4. sdenaro: RT @bronk: so cute, the girl I took home last night from the Halloween party just came out of the shower with her beard still glued on

Tweets for 2011-10-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Rick Perry on decision to skip debates: “My time is better spent in Texas executing innocent people.”

Tweets for 2011-10-23

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Iraq is like LOST: it’s ending, but no one knows what the fuck it was all about.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Cheney says he supports leaving Iraq “as long as we go through Iran.”

I believe the "real" free market view is that we should completely abandon government participation in currency and bank regulation. Anyone who wants to set up a bank should be allowed to issue whatever kind of notes he wants backed up by whatever kind of promises he wants to make. That's fine if it's what you want to do. But saying we should respond to an economic slump by abandoning the main underpinnings of actual capitalist economies seems strange. The problem seems to me to be that hard-core libertarians want to claim the economic successes of real world mixed economies but don't want to admit that such economies have a heavy dose of statism and planning at their heart.

I believe the "real" free market view is that we should completely abandon government participation in currency and bank regulation. Anyone who wants to set up a bank should be allowed to issue whatever kind of notes he wants backed up by whatever kind of promises he wants to make. That's fine if it's what you want to do. But saying we should respond to an economic slump by abandoning the main underpinnings of actual capitalist economies seems strange. The problem seems to me to be that hard-core libertarians want to claim the economic successes of real world mixed economies but don't want to admit that such economies have a heavy dose of statism and planning at their heart.
Ron Paul Makes The Case For … Something | ThinkProgress

stfuconservatives: cognitivedissonance: So then there's this... Just as mass incarceration has burdened American taxpayers in major prison states, so is the use of inmate labor contributing to lost jobs, unemployment and decreased wages among workers - while corporate profits soar. The use of forced labor in prisons took off in the early 1990s. Funny that. So did our incarceration rate: Our prison industrial complex is nothing but corporate slave labor. Not saying people are purposefully being locked up to be a captive labor force for corporations, but with a largely privatized prison system, plus corporate contracts for labor going to said prisons, it's an awfully interesting correlation, no? I know this has been a drug-policy heavy day but it bears mentioning that graph spikes up right around the start of the "war on drugs". -Joe

Tweets for 2011-10-19

  1. @Ozzdo I was just as offended by Perry’s N-Head ranch as Mr. Cain. Why is he not offended or sensitive to Mob-themed Italian food?

Tweets for 2011-10-18

  1. sdenaro: RT @tomtomorrow: David Brooks wants you to ignore all those people out in the street and pay more attention to the imaginary populist mo …

Tweets for 2011-10-17

  1. @Ozzdo It’s possible to be an atheist and believe in leprechauns, unicorns and bigfoot. You’d be an atheist leprechauns-unicorn-bigfootist.
  2. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: On my next vacation, I’m going to a Confident Well-Adjusted Human Being Fantasy Camp.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Goldman Sachs Exploring Ways to Monetize Protests

Tweets for 2011-10-15

  1. @patrickdijusto downtime is when I am unavailable for use, and directed to coworkers not family.

Tweets for 2011-10-14

  1. sdenaro: RT @patrickdijusto: I daresay that Dennis Ritchie was as techologically world-changing as Steve Jobs; just not in such a public way.

Tweets for 2011-10-12

  1. sdenaro: RT @BronxZoosCobra: Hey @SamuelLJackson, I just wanted to welcome you to Twitter. And I hope that we can put that unfortunate plane inc …

Tweets for 2011-10-10

  1. Photo: Fear of Taxes and Regulation Are Not Our Big Problem. Fear of Low Demand Is (via No, Fear of Taxes… http://t.co/A7kvfseC
  2. How alternative medicine failed Steve Jobs http://t.co/vWhCZXew
  3. Parsing the Data and Ideology of the We Are 99% Tumblr - Rortybomb crunches the numbers and builds a… http://t.co/EHslEwfp
  4. David Koch Flees from ABC News Over Iran Scandal Questions - A recent report in Bloomberg Markets magazine… http://t.co/cnahIhAm
  5. Photo: Krugman's army is armed only with beards and charts. (via Sign Of The Times - NYTimes.com) http://t.co/7rEfEfBY

Have we reached peak hipster yet?

The myopic Right is blindly working overtime to prove Marxism's central claim, namely that capitalism in its moribund monopoly stage is utterly incompatible with fair play and justice, that the rich will get richer and the poor poorer, and that the disintegrating "free market" hand basket will completely fall apart before it gets even halfway to Hell.

The myopic Right is blindly working overtime to prove Marxism's central claim, namely that capitalism in its moribund monopoly stage is utterly incompatible with fair play and justice, that the rich will get richer and the poor poorer, and that the disintegrating "free market" hand basket will completely fall apart before it gets even halfway to Hell.
How Conservatives Unwittingly Advance Marxism (via azspot)

Tweets for 2011-10-07

  1. "Very generally, I think people are quite unhappy with the state of the economy and what's happening,"…" http://t.co/EUMcOcxD
  2. "In the first act, bankers took advantage of deregulation to run wild (and pay themselves princely…" http://t.co/Cz3Id27W
  3. Photo: When was the last time someone at a tea party rally got pepper sprayed? http://t.co/A4Gx8fAy
  4. "They're not calls for a revolution. They're small stories of people who played by the rules, did what…" http://t.co/Rr887k1e

Tweets for 2011-10-06

  1. "This is like the Tea Party - only it's real. By the time this is over, it will make the Tea Party look…" http://t.co/u0UURFcN
  2. Photo: protest sign targeted to the a subset of the 1% (via My Favorite Protest Sign | ThinkProgress) http://t.co/bFETEl3n
  3. "it's becoming clear that there's something important happening: finally, after three years in which…" http://t.co/mI1pJlTY
  4. As Many As 5 Million Voters Disenfranchised By Voter ID Laws - According to a study done by the Brennan… http://t.co/Ln18BAlv
  5. Photo: Bank supports occupy wall street movement. http://t.co/I5kqp8DO

Tweets for 2011-10-03

  1. "Scientists have trained monkeys to meditate with marshmallows. This is a gift from both the comedy and…" http://t.co/3UVO1f2J
  2. Koch Brothers Flout Law With Secret Iran Sales - Long article on Koch energy claims culture of bribery and… http://t.co/KsUIoUK5
  3. Video: What you're looking at is an "artificial leaf," unveiled yesterday by a team of researchers at MIT…. http://t.co/8GFl4qR6

Tweets for 2011-10-01

  1. "What Tom describes as the centrist position both parties know they should adopt, but refuse to do…" http://t.co/zXhxhf9n
  2. "Part of what has always fascinated me about the Civil War is that like World War II, it was a war in…" http://t.co/VNFzKmD0
  3. "In the private sector, if you don't change your view when the facts change, you'll get fired for being…" http://t.co/xsxW01zs
  4. "a large part of it, it seems obvious, is the intense desire to see economics as a morality play of sin…" http://t.co/kgDJPgzQ
  5. sdenaro: RT @neiltyson: For math geeks only. No, I’m serious. For math geeks only: http://t.co/tVNaXZIs

If social security actually were a Ponzi scam

If you modify the PIA (Primary Insurance Amount) formula for Social Security to offer typical ponzi scheme type payouts, the median payment jumps from $1,177 to $6,950 per month. The high-end payments would go up to $15k+ a month. And it would run out of money next year, rather than being able to pay 100% for the next 27 years and 90% after that.

So as Ponzi scams go, Social Security is pretty disappointing.

Keep in mind this is a quick calculation from a rank amateur. Someone with less pedestrian skills would get more accurate numbers.

Tweets for 2011-09-26

  1. bnpics: http://t.co/4OwMkBvp
  2. Photo: nationalpost: http://t.co/KMnACYnS
  3. The sequel to Inception will be two and a half hours of Chris Nolan trying to explain the last ten minutes… http://t.co/SUcKhXPh
  4. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Rick Perry says he doesn’t tweet often because after 70 characters he runs out of things to say.
  5. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: While we’re busy occupying Wall Street, Wall Street is busy occupying Washington.

Tweets for 2011-09-23

  1. Photo: That's the Giant African Land Snail, to be precise. They can grow to be 10 inches long. They leave a… http://t.co/CINacizw
  2. At Chinese amusement parks, you can ride terrifying bootleg versions of “It’s A Small World” - Disneyland's… http://t.co/oJ6kG9R4
  3. End the Patriot Act | The White House - Official White House petition to end the Patriot Act. http://t.co/iZ6DsVc6
  4. "Republicans claim to be deeply worried by budget deficits. Indeed, Mr. Ryan has called the deficit an…" http://t.co/jmhL6kCU
  5. "Teco is different from his bonobo peers in ways that resemble autism in young children. He could not…" http://t.co/LazWOfi1

overheard someone talking about a game called Settlers of Caitlyn

Tweets for 2011-09-22

  1. Photo: Nicolas Cage is a vampire? My theory is that he allows himself to age to a certain point, maybe 70,… http://t.co/3XoCYgvU
  2. Announcing your retirement from music causes the same sales spike as a death. Well played Mr. Stipe http://t.co/4yRAv7RB
  3. Photo: TSA intercepted seven snakes and three tortoises concealed in the pants of Simon Turola Borges… http://t.co/mJAHl77S
  4. When did Facebook hire the guys who did Microsoft Bob to be their new UI team? http://t.co/1a3974WT
  5. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: How funny that Daniel Yergin’s book about energy policy is called “The Quest.” My book about gallant knights is calle …

Tweets for 2011-09-21

  1. "The Postal Service is in trouble because of a Bush-era law that requires the Postal Service to…" http://t.co/PN63wQu8
  2. "Look at the IRS data on returns for the 400 highest incomes in America (pdf) - specifically, Table 43…." http://t.co/yHxdJaQR
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: There should be the opposite of a MacArthur grant that pays especially stupid people not to run for President.


Obama: ‘This Is Not Class Warfare; It’s Math’

Tweets for 2011-09-18

  1. The creature still needs to breathe through its gills, which means it can’t entirely abandon the water. http://t.co/R5pD5iun
  2. German police seek help over mystery ‘forest boy’ - Berlin police have appealed for information to help them… http://t.co/x0NIqzzr
  3. The Buffett Rule -  President Obama on Monday will call for a new minimum tax rate for individuals making… http://t.co/MK8yBQ4K
  4. House GOP Rejects Tax Cuts For Middle Class - Anyone surprised? They would be against sunshine if Obama said… http://t.co/2L28suvW


Bill Nye speaks very slowly to explain climate change and host still says he’s “confusing some of the viewers”

Tweets for 2011-09-15

  1. "People often ask me what advice I would give the White House about various things," Carville wrote on…" http://t.co/a10yaUyR
  2. When bitcoin collapses, it will prove Milton Friedman right once more. http://t.co/5jFzzz26
  3. "Sarah Reidy, the national director of scheduling for Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign, had some…" http://t.co/fR026FKe
  4. "This problem began when the administration sought to attribute blame for the financial and economic…" http://t.co/NRwD0HWn
  5. "Vaccines are one of the greatest inventions of the last 150 years. They've all but eradicated deadly…" http://t.co/yZ99ctWs
  6. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: Revenue problem, USPS? Have you considered mail trucks that are also ice cream trucks? You’re welcome.
  7. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The only reason I think the Palin sex tape may be authentic is the person keeps saying “Drill, baby, drill.”

Tweets for 2011-09-14

  1. Leave the Debt Committee Alone!!! - Top Republicans claim that Obama is trying to cut the debt too much. http://t.co/gD8ugdTQ
  2. "The great delusion of the age is that society must be endlessly grateful to the wealthy. They owe…" http://t.co/SuBIxHt
  3. Ron Paul’s Campaign Manager Died of Pneumonia, Penniless and Uninsured - "As it turns out, Paul was not… http://t.co/CytjulK
  4. Tea Party Audience Cheers Death :: Georgia Politico - Wolf Blitzer asked a question "If a 30 year old didn't… http://t.co/3P3HnRG
  5. sdenaro: RT @lizzwinstead: If there was a vaccination to prevent being gay, Michele Bachmann would not only make it mandatory she would go door-2 …
  6. sdenaro: RT @jef_poskanzer: The genius of modern Republicanism is that they have gotten sociopaths - people who by definition are anti-social - t …
  7. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Michele Bachmann, for people who believe in praying away gayness, but not vaccinating against disease.

Tweets for 2011-09-13

  1. Texas History book http://t.co/N4vVa9Y
  2. US Politics | 2012 Election - AMERICAblog News: VIDEO: 71-year-old taken to the ground for questioning Paul… http://t.co/SlzhGLD
  3. JustinWolfers on median income http://t.co/toAmAS8
  4. Video: via Zakaria Destroys Rumsfeld's Iraq War Talking Points Can we please have more journalists who call… http://t.co/h8kQ5Jd
  5. sdenaro: RT @pattonoswalt: Comedian Steve Rosenfield: “The lesson of 9/11 is count all the votes in Florida.”

Tweets for 2011-09-12

  1. "People tell a lot of tall tales about the Shaolin Temple," the abbot says with the composed demeanor of…" http://t.co/Wmawea7
  2. "What happened after 9/11 - and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not…" http://t.co/m8b2e5H
  3. The 25 Most Un-American Reactions To The 9/11 Anniversary - No doubt that every one of these people thinks… http://t.co/9TN446x
  4. Check out the freeloader http://t.co/x2sq5Tf
  5. The worst part of the 9/11 memorial coverage is being reminded that Bush 43 was president. http://t.co/ZtgdWVn
  6. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: 2001: President & Congress vow to defeat extremists. 2011: Congress & extremists vow to defeat President.
  7. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: As we go from Palin to Bachmann to Perry, I now understand why the Republicans don’t believe in evolution.
  8. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Rick Perry’s Ponzi Scheme Comments Are “Hurtful”, Says Madoff

Tweets for 2011-09-09

  1. I really wish hurricanes could be given drag queen names. http://t.co/tWpDSW0
  2. Rat bites New York subway rider at station - New York transit workers said a rat bit a subway rider on the… http://t.co/39UtNzK
  3. Carl Sagan quote http://t.co/fyHRXY0
  4. Photo: (via Annual Federal Spending Per Person | Culture of Science) It would be nice to compare spending to… http://t.co/oWQsm2G
  5. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Rick Perry: “If we don’t cut Social Security, we won’t have the money to execute our children’s children.”
  6. sdenaro: RT @lizzwinstead: If Obama keeps harping on this Jobs thing and doesn’t start focusing on gay narco terrorists who wanna get married, He …


Dr. Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist at Fermilab, came up with a method he claimed could cut airplane boarding times drastically about two years ago. More recently, he tested several different methods of boarding, complete with video: Boarding as we do it now (blocks of fliers, boarding from the back of the plane to the front), compared with a random boarding system and a careful one of his own design. Those three methods, by the way, are in ascending order of effectiveness.

Tweets for 2011-09-05

  1. Hawk flies into N.Y. apartment building http://t.co/qiqB4Uy
  2. astrophysicist at Fermilab looks at problem of people boarding airplane http://t.co/NXIZZxB
  3. Students vs. Prisoners infographic http://t.co/0DUHfOu
  4. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: I think it’s time to reexamine your priorities if your goal in life is to keep up with the Kardashians.
  5. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: “Gotcha” question for Rick Perry: “Governor, how many of the jobs you created in Texas were blow jobs?”

After this hurricane passes, a whole month will go by before anyone needs to buy bottled water, canned food or batteries.

Tweets for 2011-08-27

  1. Happy rays http://t.co/S2ZZPhG
  2. Rats the size of rabbits overrun NYC park http://t.co/ysh3neW
  3. After this hurricane passes, a whole month will go by before anyone needs to buy water, food or batteries. http://t.co/BCZgwXq
  4. @abazoo I still use my HP28s. I wrote a whole library of TVM functions for it. And it too is awesome.
  5. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Hipsters were into the hurricane when it was just a tropical depression.
  6. sdenaro: RT @lizzwinstead: Ron Paul wants States to handle their own disaster relief. That’s like asking a burn victim to also put out the fire.

Not fully prepared for hurricane season. Back up plan is daiquiris.

Tweets for 2011-08-21

  1. NYTimes: Heavy Fighting Reported in Tripoli; Rebels Encircle City http://t.co/RFLHcWq This is the end… http://t.co/yrUAyie
  2. sdenaro: RT @patrickdijusto: “One thing that’s true about America is that everything is true about America.It’s impossible to say something that …
  3. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: On this day in 1858, Darwin published theory of evolution, now accepted by everyone not a candidate for GOP nomination.
  4. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: There are people running for President right now I would not trust to work at a Gap.

Romney, Bachmann and Perry. Soulless, senseless and shameless.

The Founding Fathers instituted gun laws so intrusive that, were they running for office today, the NRA would not endorse them. While they did not care to completely disarm the citizenry, the founding generation denied gun ownership to many people: not only slaves and free blacks, but law-abiding white men who refused to swear loyalty to the Revolution.

The Founding Fathers instituted gun laws so intrusive that, were they running for office today, the NRA would not endorse them. While they did not care to completely disarm the citizenry, the founding generation denied gun ownership to many people: not only slaves and free blacks, but law-abiding white men who refused to swear loyalty to the Revolution.
The Secret History of Guns - Magazine - The Atlantic (via brooklynmutt)

Tweets for 2011-08-18

  1. Michele Bachmann pals around with terrorists. http://t.co/UtIT94I
  2. Gender Gap in Ron Paul’s fundraising not breaking any libertarian stereotypes : http://t.co/HFYvjfZ
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Blade Runner was a totally inaccurate look at the future - people still had jobs.
  4. sdenaro: RT @GovernaleSal: Just heard Michelle Bachman’s coloring Easter eggs for Labor Day.
  5. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Most GOP presidential candidates want to literally stop regulating to protect the environment. http://t.co/TCbSBBh
  6. sdenaro: RT @lizzwinstead: I can see why the tea party doesn’t believe in evolution. They haven’t been part of the process.

Just because you've gotten your hands on a 25-year-old Soviet aircraft carrier doesn't mean you actually know how to land planes on it without killing everyone! The basic issue here is that the learning curve at the initial stages of carrier operation is extremely steep. Not only is it difficult and expensive to build a working aircraft carrier, but if you don't already have a fleet of working aircraft carriers, you don't have pilots and flight crews who can reliably operate it. And if you don't have pilots and flight crews, you don't have experienced people who can train new pilots and flight crews. What's more, the United States got to go through this bootstrapping phase decades ago when ships and planes were simpler. Then we had a solid foundation of human capital to go through the process of building more advanced hardware. But if you want militarily useful equipment for the 21st century, your human capital gap is much bigger than any that we ever faced. (via China's First Aircraft Carrier | ThinkProgress)

why don't smart phones do noise reduction?

You’ve got a microphone. You’ve got a processor that is more than capable of mixing an audio stream in real time. Why not have the device capture background audio and apply anti-waves to the audio playing in the headphones?

And now we move onto our 3rd petabyte of data.

Tweets for 2011-08-11

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: If Bachmann is elected, she’ll prove that Americans are no longer biased against people with eyes like serial killers.

Tweets for 2011-08-09

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Fun Super Committee Fact: Will have one representative each from House, Senate, Hobbit, Elf, Dwarf, Man and Wizard.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Rick Perry is a Texas governor for voters who found Bush too cerebral.

One thousand points lost in just five days. Heck of a job Boehner.

Since Boehner only got 98% of what he wanted he should only get blamed for 980 points out of that 1000 point drop. The last 20 is all Obama.

Just for fun, look at five day and 3mo candles. That gives you the better picture of how a dysfunctional public policy debate can harm a modern economy.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we? 1980: Ronald Reagan runs for president, promising a balanced budget 1981 - 1989: With support from congressional Republicans, Reagan runs enormous deficits, adds $2 trillion to the debt. 1993: Bill Clinton passes economic plan that lowers deficit, gets zero votes from congressional Republicans. 1998: U.S. deficit disappears for the first time in three decades. Debt clock is unplugged. 2000: George W. Bush runs for president, promising to maintain a balanced budget. 2001: CBO shows the United States is on track to pay off the entirety of its national debt within a decade. 2001 - 2009: With support from congressional Republicans, Bush runs enormous deficits, adds nearly $5 trillion to the debt. 2002: Dick Cheney declares, "Deficits don't matter." Congressional Republicans agree, approving tax cuts, two wars, and Medicare expansion without even trying to pay for them. 2009: Barack Obama inherits $1.3 trillion deficit from Bush; Republicans immediately condemn Obama's fiscal irresponsibility. 2009: Congressional Democrats unveil several domestic policy initiatives - including health care reform, cap and trade, DREAM Act - which would lower the deficit. GOP opposes all of them, while continuing to push for deficit reduction. September 2010: In Obama's first fiscal year, the deficit shrinks by $122 billion. Republicans again condemn Obama's fiscal irresponsibility. October 2010: S&P endorses the nation's AAA rating with a stable outlook, saying the United States looks to be in solid fiscal shape for the foreseeable future. November 2010: Republicans win a U.S. House majority, citing the need for fiscal responsibility. December 2010: Congressional Republicans demand extension of Bush tax cuts, relying entirely on deficit financing. GOP continues to accuse Obama of fiscal irresponsibility. March 2011: Congressional Republicans declare intention to hold full faith and credit of the United States hostage - a move without precedent in American history - until massive debt-reduction plan is approved. July 2011: Obama offers Republicans a $4 trillion debt-reduction deal. GOP refuses, pushes debt-ceiling standoff until the last possible day, rattling international markets. August 2011: S&P downgrades U.S. debt, citing GOP refusal to consider new revenues. Republicans rejoice and blame Obama for fiscal irresponsibility. There have been several instances since the mid 1990s in which I genuinely believed Republican politics couldn't possibly get more blisteringly ridiculous. I was wrong; they just keep getting worse.

Let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?

1980: Ronald Reagan runs for president, promising a balanced budget

1981 - 1989: With support from congressional Republicans, Reagan runs enormous deficits, adds $2 trillion to the debt.

1993: Bill Clinton passes economic plan that lowers deficit, gets zero votes from congressional Republicans.

1998: U.S. deficit disappears for the first time in three decades. Debt clock is unplugged.

2000: George W. Bush runs for president, promising to maintain a balanced budget.

2001: CBO shows the United States is on track to pay off the entirety of its national debt within a decade.

2001 - 2009: With support from congressional Republicans, Bush runs enormous deficits, adds nearly $5 trillion to the debt.

2002: Dick Cheney declares, "Deficits don't matter." Congressional Republicans agree, approving tax cuts, two wars, and Medicare expansion without even trying to pay for them.

2009: Barack Obama inherits $1.3 trillion deficit from Bush; Republicans immediately condemn Obama's fiscal irresponsibility.

2009: Congressional Democrats unveil several domestic policy initiatives - including health care reform, cap and trade, DREAM Act - which would lower the deficit. GOP opposes all of them, while continuing to push for deficit reduction.

September 2010: In Obama's first fiscal year, the deficit shrinks by $122 billion. Republicans again condemn Obama's fiscal irresponsibility.

October 2010: S&P endorses the nation's AAA rating with a stable outlook, saying the United States looks to be in solid fiscal shape for the foreseeable future.

November 2010: Republicans win a U.S. House majority, citing the need for fiscal responsibility.

December 2010: Congressional Republicans demand extension of Bush tax cuts, relying entirely on deficit financing. GOP continues to accuse Obama of fiscal irresponsibility.

March 2011: Congressional Republicans declare intention to hold full faith and credit of the United States hostage - a move without precedent in American history - until massive debt-reduction plan is approved.

July 2011: Obama offers Republicans a $4 trillion debt-reduction deal. GOP refuses, pushes debt-ceiling standoff until the last possible day, rattling international markets.

August 2011: S&P downgrades U.S. debt, citing GOP refusal to consider new revenues. Republicans rejoice and blame Obama for fiscal irresponsibility.

There have been several instances since the mid 1990s in which I genuinely believed Republican politics couldn't possibly get more blisteringly ridiculous. I was wrong; they just keep getting worse.

Steve Benen, Washington Monthly (via alcaniglia)

Well that's something.

(via peterwknox)

Tweets for 2011-08-08

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Bad news for the GOP: if they want to retake the White House, the US still needs to exist in 2012.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Love how the GOP, after creating a totally unnecessary economic crisis, are now acting like someone else farted.
  3. sdenaro: RT @neiltyson: It’s progress I think, that science has joined philosophy metaphysics & religion as subjects drunk people argue about in bars

Tweets for 2011-08-05

  1. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: The Dow has lost nearly 1,000 points since the Smurfs rang the opening bell, in case we’re looking to pin this on someone.

Tweets for 2011-08-04

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Going to try to make my Keynsians Anonymous meeting today. I’m feeling powerless against calling for more stimulus.
  2. sdenaro: RT @lizzwinstead: REMINDER: The most sane guy in the GOP race is ONE OF TWO who believes in magical underwear.

Tweets for 2011-08-03

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The Democrats’ problem is that they’re playing Farmville and the Republicans are playing Mafia Wars.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Biden apologizes to Tea Party: “Did I say terrorists? I meant axe murderers.”
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Maybe if Mubarak had killed 1 little girl instead of 1000s of Egyptians Nancy Grace would cover his trial.
  4. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: READ Biden Compares Tea Party to Terrorists; al-Qaeda Demands Apology http://t.co/uL5Swxi

Tweets for 2011-08-02

  1. sdenaro: RT @blainecapatch: the tea party is the blooper reel that plays under the credits at the end of the united states of america.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The Tea Party is the kind of party where cars are turned over and set on fire.
  3. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: As soon as debt deal passes, feral packs of Job Creators will be sprung hungry from their cages to Create Jobs.
  4. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Debt deal has passed the House. It should easily pass in the Senate, and go to Hu Jintao for final approval.

Tweets for 2011-07-29

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Tea party caucus now insisting Boehner present bill wearing tricorn hat with Cantor and McCarthy playing fife and drums.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The Tea Party knows as much about economics as people playing Farmville know about running a farm.
  3. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Eric Cantor nodding at everything Boehner says as he writes “Speaker Cantor” over and over again in his Dream Journal.

Tweets for 2011-07-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @lizzwinstead: Problem with John McCains Lord of the Rings analogy is that the Tea Partiers aren’t Hobbits, they are fucking Orcs.

Tweets for 2011-07-25

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Boehner cutting and gluing together magazine letters tonight for note to Senate: “Pass my plan or the economy gets it.”

It's also conceivable that a good advertising campaign by gold producers could be enough to move the price of gold. Imagine that an effective, sustained advertising campaign, targeted at wealthy, conservative individuals in the US, is able to persuade 25,000 of them per month to switch a portion of their financial assets into gold. (Note that the target audience would be those roughly 3 million US households that have over $1 million in financial assets.) Suppose for the sake of argument that each of them is persuaded to shift just 5%, or $50,000, of their portfolio into gold. Such an advertising campaign would have the effect of pushing $15 bn per year into the market for investment gold - very possibly enough to have a significant impact on the price of gold, given how small the overall market for gold is.

It's also conceivable that a good advertising campaign by gold producers could be enough to move the price of gold. Imagine that an effective, sustained advertising campaign, targeted at wealthy, conservative individuals in the US, is able to persuade 25,000 of them per month to switch a portion of their financial assets into gold. (Note that the target audience would be those roughly 3 million US households that have over $1 million in financial assets.) Suppose for the sake of argument that each of them is persuaded to shift just 5%, or $50,000, of their portfolio into gold. Such an advertising campaign would have the effect of pushing $15 bn per year into the market for investment gold - very possibly enough to have a significant impact on the price of gold, given how small the overall market for gold is.
The Glenn Beck / DeBeers Connection - NYTimes.com

Its soo humid that Jimmy McMillan is starting The Humidity is Too Damn High party. And he took his gloves off.

Tweets for 2011-07-20

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: House GOP is worst girlfriend Constitution ever had - loves it so much always wanting to change it.

Tweets for 2011-07-16

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Murdoch’s apology: “I know how upset people are, because I’ve heard all their conversations.”

Tweets for 2011-07-15

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Congress is doing as much governing as people playing Farmville are running an actual farm.

Tweets for 2011-07-14

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: It’s Bastille Day, which commemorates when Paul Revere rang bells and fired shots to warn Louis XVI against socialism.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: New Law, ‘No Politicians Left Behind,’ Would Pay Congressmen Based on Performance: http://t.co/iBgM23W

Tweets for 2011-07-13

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Shocking news: head of Murdoch’s legal dept. just quit. Shocking, of course, that he has a legal dept.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: IDEA: One way to save the Federal government money is to pay politicians per accomplishment.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: If there’s ever a movie about Google+, the first scene will be Google executives watching “The Social Network.”

Tweets for 2011-07-12

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: 1961: Americans trying to win space race with Russians. 2011: Americans trying to keep up with the Kardashians.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: As big as the national debt is, it could be easily eliminated with a tax on assholes.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Murdoch says he will fire journalists at his tabloids “as soon as I find any.” http://t.co/Y1cUCd1

Tweets for 2011-07-10

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: In America, you have to answer more questions correctly to get a driver’s license than to run for President.

Tweets for 2011-07-08

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Current GOP position: “Oh, I’m afraid the debt ceiling will be quite operational when default arrives.”
  2. sdenaro: RT @neiltyson: A reminder that nobody lamented the end of Gemini because Apollo was set to launch from the pad next-door.

Tweets for 2011-07-05

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Thank God Dominique Strauss-Kahn didn’t send that maid photos of his penis - then he’d be in real trouble.

At this point, Friendster and myspace are more like time capsules than social networks. Well preserved snapshots of 2003 and 2007 listing what bands we liked, who our friends were and what our likes and dislikes were.


Carousel Horse Race

Tweets for 2011-06-30

  1. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: If love conquers all, why the hell isn’t the Pentagon developing an ICBM filled with lithe young romantics and Luther …

Tweets for 2011-06-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Does “born this way” mean coming out of the womb imitating Madonna?

Tweets for 2011-06-27

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: If Wikileaks had slightly less respect for people’s privacy it would be Facebook.

Tweets for 2011-06-25

  1. @pattonoswalt Who will be the first to claim same sex marriage rights killed Peter Falk?
  2. sdenaro: RT @bronk: legalizing marijuana will ruin the sanctity of tobacco

Tweets for 2011-06-24

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Under gay marriage, gay couples will have the same benefits that Republicans are trying to take away from everybody.
  2. sdenaro: RT @loresjoberg: I agree that Scott Adams’ posts, taken out of context, look like bizarre rants. And garden slugs, removed from the gard …

Facebook is to Twitter as AOL is to CompuServe

Tweets for 2011-06-20

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: This day in 2020: Parents complain their kids no longer have the attention span for Twitter.

Tweets for 2011-06-18

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: To @NewtGringrich: Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. You’ve lost the tea party, and your staff all quit too.
  2. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: M.C. Escher was born on this day in 1898. Although if you study the timeline of his life, it also looks like he was born …

Web 2.0 is to AJAX as Web 3.0 is to Apps.

Tweets for 2011-06-17

  1. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: Who let’s Howard Stern’s heckling goons into Weiner’s press conference? Can’t we have any decorum in our sex scandals any …

Tweets for 2011-06-14

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Donald Trump turns 65 today; that’s one year for every remaining strand of hair.
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The GOP debate will be like Jeopardy as played on the Bizarro Planet: wrong answers on evolution & global warming win.
  3. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Right now before the debate, GOP candidates are gathering for the traditional Pledge of Abhorrence to Barack Obama.
  4. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Ron Paul: I would reduce my cabinet to a single Department of Abolishing which would commence to abolish things.

Tweets for 2011-06-13

  1. @wolfgame private companies don’t have to disclose that kind of stuff. There are ways to get some of what you want, contact me in private.
  2. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Silver bullets don’t kill werewolves, people kill werewolves. But, like I said, not with silver bullets. That’s a myth.

Tweets for 2011-06-12

  1. @loresjoberg That’s the apache2 + mod_rails / passenger using ruby 1.9.2? Cause that’s pretty praise worthy.

Tweets for 2011-06-10

  1. @koush I’d bet the banks provide OFX access to mint. OFX is from Quicken and mint is owned by Quicken. http://t.co/JjgTnEq
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Of Sarah Palin’s 24,199 emails while Governor of Alaska, 24,195 were Out of Office Autoreplies.
  3. sdenaro: RT @badbanana: Subway must have introduced a new Genius feature, because they just suggested I might like a drink with my sandwich. I do …

Tweets for 2011-06-04

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Sarah Palin says that in the American history book she read, Elmo didn’t mention Paul Revere.
  2. sdenaro: RT @loresjoberg: I was sad that I had no shoes until I met a man wearing nothing BUT shoes. Things improved from there.
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: GOP History IQ: Palin thinks Paul Revere’s ride was for gun rights, Bachmann thinks it happened in New Hampshire

Holy Crapture

The people who were expecting to be lifted into the sky are still here and probably saying holy crapture under their breath.

Tweets for 2011-05-20

  1. sdenaro: RT @jeremymeyers: “This guy is kinda creepy, but he has a ton of twitter followers so i guess i’ll sleep with him” - no woman, ever.
  2. sdenaro: RT @koush: Why is there a first class line to get through the tsa line? Isn’t that all taxpayer subsidized?
  3. sdenaro: RT @patrickdijusto: On Saturday, take some of your unwanted clothes and shoes and leave sets of them arranged on sidewalks and lawns aro …

Tweets for 2011-05-19

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: A new study shows iPad owners are less likely to commit adultery because they stop noticing other people altogether.
  2. sdenaro: RT @MJMcKean: Fed funds to NPR in 2010? $2.7M. Fed funds to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University? $446M. You make the call.

Tweets for 2011-05-18

  1. sdenaro: RT @GeorgeTakei: Schwarzenegger confesses to fathering baby with house staff member, but explains that child is destined to bring down S …
  2. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: Hey Dominique Strauss-Kahn - u can’t claim you’re not a flight risk when they arrested you…on a flight!

Tweets for 2011-05-15

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Look for signs of Chuck Norris in Huckabee studio. Always two there are, a master and an apprentice.

Tweets for 2011-05-09

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: The fact that bin Laden lived in Pakistan for 6 yrs without phone service suggests the involvement of Verizon.

Tweets for 2011-05-06

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Obama praises Seals who kill people; Palin praises people who kill seals.
  2. sdenaro: RT @hodgman: Do you think OBL was planning a railroad attack because he saw Atlas Shrugged and feared our supertrains? Or was it plain o …
  3. sdenaro: RT @MikeDrucker: Thanking Bush for Osama is like thanking your girlfriend’s ex for setting her expectations super low.

Tweets for 2011-05-05

  1. sdenaro: RT @loresjoberg: Mind-blower of the week: Orange is actually light brown. What we call “light brown” is actually desaturated brown.

Tweets for 2011-05-04

  1. sdenaro: RT @Ozzdo: Those who won’t give Obama any credit for the Bin Laden kill: If the mission failed & the SEAL team died, you think they’d pu …
  2. sdenaro: RT @billmaher: Bin Laden, Gaddafi kid - how many Muslims does a black man have to kill in one weekend before the crackers climb down off …

Tweets for 2011-05-03

  1. sdenaro: RT @bronk: Osama just released a video confirming he is dead!
  2. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Pakistan says there was “nothing suspicious” about Osama’s compound “except for the cave movie set in the backyard.”
  3. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: I swear, if Barack Obama finds WMDs in Iraq, I’m gonna be pissed.
  4. sdenaro: RT @Ozzdo: “Fuck that guy. I’m glad he’s dead.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden has turned into a cosplay convention.

End the monarchy already.

Now that the royals and their supporters are all distracted by a lavish wedding, this would be the perfect time to finally overthrow the monarchy. Rise up allready.

Tweets for 2011-04-29

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Fun Fact: Kate Middleton has the highest Midi-chlorian count of any UK woman of child-bearing age.
  2. sdenaro: RT @FakeAPStylebook: If you’re covering the Royal Wedding don’t leave before the end, when the Queen produces and serves her delicious R …

Tweets for 2011-04-28

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Shame on Pat Buchanan for blasting affirmative action - after all, @MSNBC hired him to meet their Nazi quota.
  2. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Looking forward to “Yakety Sax” playing the GOP primary candidates on stage for debates.
  3. sdenaro: RT @StephenAtHome: IceT sang “cop killer” & now plays a TV cop. wonder if he’d written a song called “squirrel killer” if he’d now be pl …
  4. sdenaro: RT @globetrottgirl: Donald Trump combed over the records and now believes there’s a hair of truth that Obama’s birth certificate wasn’t …

Tweets for 2011-04-25

  1. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Barbour had the name recognition, but unfortunately most of his fundraising was in Confederate dollars.
  2. sdenaro: RT @CroweJam: “Trumpunzel, Trumpunzel! Let down your comb over.” http://bit.ly/e7HEtK
  3. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: Donald Trump being sworn in as President would be a great last scene in a Planet of the Apes remake.
  4. sdenaro: RT @patrickdijusto: If Wal*Mart paid its workers a living wage and passed the cost to you, you’d pay an extra 47 cents per shopping trip …

Tweets for 2011-04-23

  1. sdenaro: RT @BorowitzReport: If the GOP nominate reality show host Trump it will depart from its longstanding opposition to reality.

Tweets for 2011-04-20

  1. @AlanNYC Android OS 2.3 allows for cloud backup/restore of data. Apps and Market settings were backed up as of 2.1.
  2. sdenaro: RT @pourmecoffee: Trump is making me wish Thurston Howell III could have run for President. Craving the accent.
  3. sdenaro: RT @loresjoberg: I wonder how folded device-resetting wires came to be called “paperclips.”

How Socialists built America

How Socialists built America

murmursofearth:

"the unique thing about our present situation is that we have suffered the fools so thoroughly that a good many Americans-not just Tea Partisans or Limbaugh Dittoheads but citizens of the great middle-actually take Sarah Palin seriously when she rants that socialism, in the form of building codes, is antithetical to Americanism."

Tweets for 2011-02-14

  1. The answer to the question “Who if anyone is using iTunes ping?” is @richgone First person to contact me on ping. I joined first day.

Tweets for 2011-02-01

  1. @wolfgame I’m on high floor and can see SSIDs from buildings across street. One is called “18FlConf” another “GuestRec16”
  2. @richgone Windows support consists of MS directing you to PC vendor, vendor directing you to part supplier, supplier directing you to MS.

Tweets for 2011-01-20

  1. I’m going to start referring to the various Republican repeal Bills as the Government Takeover of Government.

Tweets for 2011-01-16

  1. Whenever I read complaints about Facebook on Facebook, I think of that old joke about the food being bad and the portions too small.

Tweets for 2011-01-11

  1. Saying Happy Holidays is an an attack on Christianity but using violent political rhetoric and gun imagery is harmless. @KeithOlbermann

Tweets for 2011-01-02

  1. Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m being ironic in the most sincere way possible, or sincere in the most ironic way possible.

Is the Tumblr Queue broken?

Socializing may improve mental function

But only if it’s friendly chat…competitive conversations don’t result in the same improvement. (I don’t think Words With Friends counts either…)

They found that engaging in brief (10 minute) conversations in which participants were simply instructed to get to know another person resulted in boosts to their subsequent performance on an array of common cognitive tasks. But when participants engaged in conversations that had a competitive edge, their performance on cognitive tasks showed no improvement.

"We believe that performance boosts come about because some social interactions induce people to try to read others’ minds and take their perspectives on things," Ybarra said. "And we also find that when we structure even competitive interactions to have an element of taking the other person’s perspective, or trying to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, there is a boost in executive functioning as a result."

I’ve noticed this effect with myself but I always thought it was the result of my introversion, i.e. competitive conversations are more stressful and sap energy and mental function more quickly than normal conversations. I know a couple of people who enjoy competitive conversation and I’ve largely steered clear of those interactions since realizing I always felt so blah afterwards.

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From Socializing may improve mental function


Makes sense that human interaction improves our minds.

Tweets for 2010-12-06

  1. When I see a guy wearing ugg boots, I like to pretend that he left the rest of his Chewbacca costume at home.

The Best “Evil” Apps for Android [Android] With a more wide-open app Market and some seriously dedicated hackers, there’s all kinds of mischief you can get up to with an Android phone. Here’s some of our favorite apps for skirting fees, defeating corporate branding, and other kinda-sorta “Evil” maneuvers. More >> URL: http://lifehacker.com/5675311/the-best-evil-apps-for-android

The Best “Evil” Apps for iPhone [IPhone] Locked down for your “safety,” your iPhone is designed to operate the way Apple intended. With recently relaxed app store policies and great strides within the jailbreaking community, however, you can add great functionality that Apple never wanted you to have. More >> URL: http://lifehacker.com/5675362/the-best-evil-apps-for-iphone

Tweets for 2010-10-14

  1. @wolfgame I like to send LOLCats and demotivation posters to Nigerian scam email. Also, rick rolls.

Done.

Migrated 4 years and 7 months of blog posts to tumblr.

Embarrassed By Beck? | Andrew Sullivan

Embarrassed By Beck? | Andrew Sullivan

Compared with Sean Hannity, for example, Beck seems to me to be a relative innocent. Hannity is a cynical liar and cool propagandist. You can trust nothing he says and although I find it hard to diagnose the motives behind Beck’s enthusiasms (money? fame? emotional instability? misplaced patriotism?), he is, compared with Hannity, a model of genuineness.

I can imagine that there are people on Fox that are genuine and believe that they are in the news business and they inform their audiences in an honest way.

I can not imagine that Beck is such a person.

The fact the some people at Fox can see this makes me hopeful.

15 years of Cato Financial Deregulation Well this is fascinating. Looking at the Cato Handbook for Policymakers, which has 7 editions online starting from 1995, the chapters on financial regulation is a fascinating walk down memory lane. They aren't in every edition, but they are in most. A few fun facts:
- In their 2001 and 2003 edition the financial regulation chapter is called "Financial Deregulation", as in how to do it and keep it going; they changed the title in their 2009 edition to "Monetary Policy and Financial Regulation" because I imagine calling for more financial deregulation looks odd in the public sphere with a massive financial crisis that has devastated so many balance sheets and lives. Heh.
- The 1990s ones are the most interesting. You can see the arguments for deregulation the financial sector up close and personal. The arguments that cultivated in Gramm-Leach-Bliley, the bill whose sole purpose was to give you the eventual undead zombie monstrosity known as Citigroup (all of the non-insurance related regulations were gone by that point, but Traveler's needed legal cover because of the insurance branch) are there being developed in real-time.
- It's worth noting that the 2001, 2003 and 2009 chapters are almost identical in their specific calls for repealing the CRA, privatizing the GSEs and curtailing monetary policy. 2001 wants Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act extended and 2003 wants a bankruptcy bill, which has happened. But, with one exception we'll cover in a second, there are no new ideas on financial market regulation as a result of the financial crisis. None. Which makes the title switch noted above funnier, since no content has changed.
You would have no idea that we've just experienced the most major financial crisis since the Great Depression by reading their high-level policy suggestions. How cool is that?
- The only change is that in 2009 they aren't calling for abolishing FDIC insurance. In every other year they cover financial regulation they call for repealing the Banking Act, one of the cornerstones of the New Deal's 100 days that gives us FDIC, or alternatively reducing the FDIC coverage to just $1,000. In every other year they are quite passionate about abolishing the well-functioning and highly popular social insurance plan. (Elizabeth Warren had a great line at Netroots Nation. She mentioned that her grandfather told her than FDR made it safe to put money in banks, and he did a bunch of other things too.) Not reforming it, not changing it, not, say, introducing a haircut mechanism or whatever market-friendly neoliberal solutions you could think of doing if this bothered you. Abolishing it.
They do that every year except their latest version. I wonder why they've backed off that all of a sudden? Did the financial crisis show a lack of panic in the commercial banking system, and they suddenly support FDIC insurance? Or are they biting their tongues and sitting it out for a half decade or so before calling for it to be dismantled again?
If it's the second, that's a bit sad to let a financial crisis get in their way of dismantling one of the few popular and widely successful New Deal social insurance mechanisms in the United States. In fact, I'm wondering if they even really mean it; it's a bit chicken to let a silly old financial market collapse undermine the call for eradicating the New Deal. I'm tempted to start clapping my hands, kicking out my legs and going cockakaw cockakaw kaw! URL: http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/15-years-of-cato-financial-deregulation/

A World Apart Jacob Davies takes a trip: Burning Man is sort of nuts, and sort of like the future. Nobody has a job. There’s nothing you can buy but everyone sort of has what they need anyway. Physical conditions suck. But everyone is really, really happy anyway. Things get done by volunteers, usually, mostly. Tattooed, unshaven people who you would probably give a wide berth on the street are expertly driving enormous cranes and forklifts, or rigging pyrotechnics. Women in miniskirts and pasties are working with tools you have no idea how to use. Everywhere people are just doing exactly what they feel like doing. Did I mention that they’re all really happy? They’re happy, I think, because nobody is telling them what to do, and it turns out that when nobody is telling anyone what to do, everybody is really, really nice. People are nice. OK, there are jerks. But it demonstrates that under the right conditions - and not necessarily conditions of great comfort or leisure - people can be really nice. They can be really happy. They can get big things done. And they can do much of that - not nearly all, but much of it - without the trappings of modern industrial life - jobs, salaries, competition, status displays, credentials, advertising, branding, the rat race. I would think, ahem, they are all happy because they’re so high they’d be making love with a cactus if it didn’t hurt so much. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course, if it floats your boat and you have plenty of neosporin lying around. But please. I love all of this, have a deep and abiding respect for bohemianism and a Hayekian love of the miracle of this sudden human community. I know many very (temporarily?) sober people help make this happen and not so-sober people who are among the sweetest people I have ever met. In fact, I’m sure many are way cool, mellow and reveal that being a hippie - even a temporary one - is probably far closer to the Christian ethics Jesus actually preached than most evangelical churches. But ignoring the pot, ecstasy, shrooms and acid that make it what it is is like discussing a Tea Party convention as if there were no white people there. (Image via TDW) Burning Man - Nevada - United States - Arts and Entertainment - Events URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/andrewsullivan/rApM/~3/5yOpSODyecM/click.phdo

Henry Blodget: Remember: In 1930, They Didn’t Know It Was “the Great Depression” Yet In the past year, we’ve written a lot about the similarity between the rally of early 1930 and the one we had through April of this year. The early 1930 rally came after the market had fallen nearly 50% in the fall of 1929. The spring 1930 rally took the market up nearly 50% again, to a level that was only about 20% below the previous peak. That rally, of course, was also the biggest sucker’s rally in history. After the market peaked in April 1930, it crashed again, eventually ending up down 89% from the 1929 high and more than 80% from the 1930 high. The market did not reach the 1930 high again for another quarter of a century. The rally that recently ended in April 2010 came after a crash that was actually slightly more severe than the 1929 crash (53% versus 48%). It took the market up nearly 80% from the low! The recent rally also lasted longer than the 1930 rally did—a year, as opposed to 6 months. The 2009-2010 rally that ended in April, of course, may actually be the start of a great new bull market, one that will shake off the current “correction” and roar back to the market’s old highs. On the other hand, it may yet also be another version of what happened in 1930 — the start of another bear market that will take the market down for years (or even, gulp, to a new low). Importantly, we won’t know for sure what today’s market is until we look at it with the genius of 20/20 hindsight. As Peter Schiff pointed out yesterday, even as late as 1931, they didn’t know they were in a “Great Depression” yet. On the contrary, the promise from the White House was that “prosperity is just around the corner.” Don’t believe it? Check out this excellent compilation of New York Times clippings from early 1930 put together by Dan Alpert of Westwood Capital. There is nary a hint that anyone had any idea about the disastrous decade that was to come. Dan’s complete compilation is contained in a broader research piece, which we’ve embedded at the end. The slides below contain excerpts from February-April, 1930. Is the current pullback just a “correction” and a “buying opportunity”? Or, as in the spring of 1930, is it the start of the REAL market crash? You be the judge. Meanwhile, here’s what things looked like in the spring of 1930… The Greatest Sucker’s Rally In History, Play By Play > URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/henry-blodget/remember-in-1930-they-did_b_605814.html

Jeff Madrick: Big Government Myths Are Undermining Democracy and America’s Future Cross-posted from New Deal 2.0. We have had two towering examples of the failure of unregulated private enterprise before us, but still the push-back against government intervention continues. The oil rig explosion in the Gulf and the collapse of credit around the world in 2008 have demonstrated more than at any time since the Great Depression the importance of bold, intelligent government. Yet we are treated time and again to all the cliches about the merits of unrestrained private enterprise and the lurking danger of government. The Glenn Beck caricature is one thing. But there is plenty of push-back from old-new Democrats, Third Way advocates, and, of course both moderate and right wing Republicans. The recent record of unregulated private enterprise is deeply disturbing. Apparently, the more you are paid by your corporation, the less of its workings you are supposed to know. Before Congress, Tony Hayward pleaded ignorance about BP’s safety measures or even the current strategy to contain the tragic damage. He makes $6 million or so a year. In May, Bob Rubin, who made $15 million a year, eagerly admitted to the Angelides Congressional investigatory committee that he did not know Citigroup (where he was effectively running things) had $43 billion of mostly-toxic collateralized debt obligations on its books until the fall of 2007, when the firm was forced to take tens of billions in losses. His boss, Chuck Prince, who took over as CEO of Citigroup following Sandy Weill (at a time when the firm was the largest banking operation in the world), said he did not realize they would lose so much money. He left in 2007 with about $80 million, pleading ignorance of the complexities of securitization and therefore any responsibility for it, or so it seemed. Stan O’Neal, the bright investment banker who tried to turn Merrill Lynch into a hip, super-profitable investment bank by issuing more collateralized debt obligations than anyone else, said he had no idea the losses were that high. He left with $160 million. When Robert Reich suggested that the federal government intercede more in the matter of the oil fiasco on a recent Sunday talk show, columnist George Will reflexively said we don’t need any more government run-companies. Has he seen the news? Of course, there are many who blame Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for the credit fiasco, but this is nonsense. They had a part, but the private sector sold the majority of the subprimes mortgages by far, and basically all of the highly dubious, if not outright fraudulent, collateralized debt obligations — without government guarantees. More to the point, Washington, in thrall to the free market ideologues, had long ago turned Fannie and Freddie into private, profit-making corporations. They paid their CEOs millions-in some case of tens of millions. Surely if they were private, they’d be run more efficiently, went the thinking. Markets can work if prices are transparent and conflicts of interest minimal. But even then, especially in financial markets, regulation is needed to mitigate herd behavior, outright self-interested fraud and the illegal circumvention of rules. Why are these concepts so hard to grasp? The anti-regulation political regime first gained momentum under Jimmy Carter (Richard Nixon also did some deregulating, but in fact more regulating). It went full speed ahead with Ronald Reagan, who gutted the National Transportation Safety Board, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Anti-trust bashing was all the rage under Reagan. Labor laws were poorly enforced and fines for infringements were minimal. He cut the staff of the Federal Trade Commission and the anti-trust division of the Justice Department by half. George W. Bush was absolutely brilliant at putting people in charge of the regulatory agencies who wanted to defang and incapacitate them. Yet supposedly reasonable people still believe that somehow America was saved by the government push-back in the 1980s and 1990s. I read this in middle of the road analyses all the time. Bill Clinton’s announcement that it was the end of big government defined the new Democratic Party, and still represents good common sense to many. In fact, government never got substantially smaller-under Reagan or even Clinton. And, above all, America was not saved. There was thankfully a technology revolution in the 1990s, but much of the prosperity was stimulated by wildly overpriced stocks and Alan Greenspan’s crisis-induced interest rates cuts. The Asian financial crisis and Russia’s default had as much to do with Greenspan’s supposed prescient interest rate reductions than faith in the New Economy. It should be clear to all readers that there is no serious evidence that so-called big government reduces growth or GDP per person. Some economists make the claim when comparing, say, European nations to the U.S. But the statistical work never holds up under close examination. Others show just the opposite. If the issue was as settled as so many claim, there would be no ambiguity about the evidence. In fact, the evidence shows no relationship at all between the size of government and slow growth. When the FBI says there is an epidemic in fraudulent mortgages loans and no one in Washington does anything about it-which is what happened in 2004-this nation is no longer being governed the way it once was. Democracy is failing. Theories were developed in these years, led by economists like Milton Friedman, Ronald Coase and James Buchanan that government was basically self-interested business at work, only far more inefficient. Coupled with anger and frustration in the 1970s, Americans turned against government. The tax revolts, resisted as late as 1973, took hold by the late 1970s. Such ideology is undermining America’s future. The reflexive belief that government is bad on the face of it, and business good, is not supported by history or theory. After the last two years, if government is not recognized as a premier agent of change and the main coordinating institution of the economy, the creator and enforcer of laws and property rights, the principal guardian against abuse and protector of social equity, it will be one of the landmark failures of governance in our history. A great democracy is being usurped. Pundits write with no sense of history, theory or skepticism. Washington remains subject to wealthy influence. Two hundred years ago, liberal politics once fought an autocratic state. Now liberal politics must fight a powerful private sector. America needs balance, not ideology. The public discourse is now simply wacky. Balance, not ideology. For more on this topic, join me at the Hamptons Institute/Roosevelt Institute symposium July 16-18. URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-madrick/bp-lesson-big-government_b_622456.html

Maybe He Should Switch Parties? Michael Steele tells crowd at a fundraiser that we shouldn’t be in Afghanistan at all, that it’s Obama ‘war of choice’ and unwinnable. The funny thing about this is that what Steele says isn’t that controversial … if, that is, you’re on the left of the Democratic party, or among the relatively few Republicans Realists left out there. (Here’s Steele’s spokesman trying to make sense of the comment.) He even makes the point, which has been rattling around my head for years, that Obama’s involvement in Afghanistan, at some level, stems from the rhetorical needs of the middle of last decade when many Democrats felt they need a hawkish cudgel (Afghanistan) to pivot off the desire to disengage in Iraq. (I don’t think it’s all that by any means. And I think we’d be in a very different situation now if we hadn’t dropped the ball in Afghanistan five or eight years ago. But there’s a real truth there.) So is Steele a closet Realist or Central Asia dove? I doubt it. This is actually pretty typical Steele. He finds a riff that has some rhetorical logic in the moment — way to attack Obama, way to say this or that about GOP or Dems, whatever … without taking a moment to give some thought to whether it actually coheres or fits together and makes any sense in the context of all the other stuff he says he believes. Afghanistan - Michael Steele - Asia - United States - Warfare and Conflict URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Talking-Points-Memo/~3/HMcoKPhMvKc/maybe_he_should_switch_parties.php

Michael Brenner: America’s Defunct Political System David Bromwich’s weekend post puts in bold relief what ails us. America no longer has a political system. In its place is a vaudeville of celebrity politics, bait-and-switch politics, spin politics. In sum, irresponsible sham politics. We still do have a system of governance, albeit a malfunctioning one whose impairment owes much to the loss of a mature political life. What I mean by a democratic political system is a state of affairs wherein: 1. The citizenry at large has access to reasonably complete, accurate and fairly presented information about public matters. 2. Political leaders affirm positions that reflect to a reasonable degree the needs and the interests of the constituents they presume to represent or seek to represent. 3. There is more than a coincidental resemblance between what public figures say and what they do. 4. The press in aggregate performs its functions of facilitating the above with a reasonable degree of attentiveness and competence. 5. Together, all the above combine to frame reasonably earnest debates on matters of consequence. This is not an idealized vision, hence the caveats of reasonableness. It was the politics we had for the half century before 1980. Today, our politics exhibits none of these traits. Therefore the profound price we are paying is in national welfare compromised and public integrity shredded. We are fated to incur even higher costs for two reasons. As citizens, we are lax and self-absorbed; our leaders, and their predatory godfathers, prefer to keep things this way. That is true of the man in the White House, too. Most foreboding is that he is very much a man of his times. (Sub-species “enlightened”). Public purpose and conviction have no claim on persons who cannot visualize life as anything better that one unrelenting hustle. URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-brenner/americas-defunct-politica_b_675468.html

Op-Ed Columnist - Appeasing the Bond Gods - NYTimes.com Shared by sal Love that term “Austerians”
Skeptics pointed out that slashing spending in a depressed economy does little to improve long-run budget prospects, and may actually make them worse by depressing economic growth. But the apostles of austerity - sometimes referred to as "austerians" - brushed aside all attempts to do the math. Never mind the numbers, they declared: immediate spending cuts were needed to ward off the "bond vigilantes," investors who would pull the plug on spendthrift governments, driving up their borrowing costs and precipitating a crisis. Look at Greece, they said. The skeptics countered that Greece is a special case, trapped by its use of the euro, which condemns it to years of deflation and stagnation whatever it does. The interest rates paid by major nations with their own currencies - not just the United States, but also Britain and Japan - showed no sign that the bond vigilantes were about to attack, or even that they existed. Just you wait, said the austerians: the bond vigilantes may be invisible, but they must be feared all the same. This was a strange argument even a few months ago, when the U.S. government could borrow for 10 years at less than 4 percent interest. We were being told that it was necessary to give up on job creation, to inflict suffering on millions of workers, in order to satisfy demands that investors were not, in fact, actually making, but which austerians claimed they would make in the future. But the argument has become even stranger recently, as it has become clear that investors aren't worried about deficits; they're worried about stagnation and deflation. And they've been signaling that concern by driving interest rates on the debt of major economies lower, not higher. On Thursday, the rate on 10-year U.S. bonds was only 2.58 percent. URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/20/opinion/20krugman.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

Some Milky Way Stars Are Survivors of Older Galaxies It's a plotline worthy of an action film—galaxies, violently torn apart, smashing into one another, leaving remnants of themselves behind billions of years later. That's the scene that accounts for some of the oldest stars in our own Milky Way galaxy, according to work published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. [Andrew Cooper et al., http://bit.ly/9hMtBZ ]Researchers ran a huge computer simulation of the evolution of the universe starting shortly after the big bang, more than 13 billion years ago. It's the most detailed model ever produced, and allowed a close examination of the make-up of the Milky Way's stellar halo. The stellar halo is debris that surrounds our familiar white swirl of stars. The halo is much larger and much older than the Milky Way itself. [More] URL: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=some-milky-way-stars-are-survivors-10-06-30

The Breitbart Syndrome Robin Hanson lists “signs that your opinions function more to signal loyalty and ability than to estimate truth”: You find it hard to be enthusiastic for something until you know that others oppose it.
You have little interest in getting clear on what exactly is the position being argued.
Realizing that a topic is important and neglected doesn't make you much interested.
You have little interest in digging to bigger topics behind commonly argued topics.
You are less interested in a topic when you don't foresee being able to talk about it.
You are uncomfortable taking a position near the middle of the opinion distribution. You are uncomfortable taking a position of high uncertainty about who is right.
You care far more about current nearby events than similar distant or past/future events.
You find it easy to conclude that those who disagree with you are insincere or stupid.
You are reluctant to change your publicly stated positions in response to new info.
You are reluctant to agree a rival's claim, even if you had no prior opinion on the topic.
You are reluctant to take a position that raises the status of rivals. There are more. Robin Hanson - Health - Online Issues Polls - Personal - economics URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/andrewsullivan/rApM/~3/uQnUwajqLeY/click.phdo

The Declaration Of Independence At The NY Public Library Image by John Trumbull Thomas Jefferson's handwritten annotated version ofThe Declaration of Independence will be on display at the New York Public Library through July 31st. The display will be open for a special viewing over the Independence Day weekend, Sunday, July 4 through Monday, July 5. The exhibition also includes early printings of the Declaration as well as a letter from Benjamin Franklin to George Washington mentioning that the Declaration was being drafted. The Library is located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in New York City.
Regular exhibition hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. On July 4th and 5th the exhibit will be open from 1:00 P.M. to5:00 P.M.
Admission is free so if your in the city this month it's worth it to stop by and see an important part of American history. URL: http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wiredgeekdad/~3/7b9bAg8j4jM/

The GOP’s Fiscal Fraudulence One tiny part of me hoped that after the GOP spending binge of the Bush years, and the alleged Tea Party commitment to turn the page on growing government, the Republicans, like the Tories in Britain, would run on a clear platform of massive spending cuts to reassure the markets of long term fiscal stability. Everyone knows where the money is: Medicare, Social Security, defense. Discretionary spending is largely irrelevant; as is pork - although, of course, it would be a good thing to examine the former very closely for savings and cut down on the explosion of earmarks in recent years.
So drum-roll please for the spending cuts:
With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to balance the budget and pay down the debt. We will also establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending from this point forward. We will launch a sustained effort to stem the relentless growth in government that has occurred over the past decade.
By cutting Congress' budget, imposing a net hiring freeze on non-security federal employees, and reviewing every current government program to eliminate wasteful and duplicative programs, we can curb Washington's irresponsible spending habits and reduce the size of government, while still fulfilling our necessary obligations. This is a joke. The stimulus is already disappearing; the bailout of the banks may even make a profit. More importantly, without tackling entitlements, none of this matters a jot. And a good rule of thumb is that when you hear politicians saying they are going to “eliminate wasteful and duplicative programs”, you know they are bullshitting you on fiscal responsibility. I echo the memorable words of Nick Gillespie this morning: Dr. Newt Gingrich, who is to the Republicans what Dr. X is to Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime, is on the recent record as holding Medicare and Social Security spending even holier than the Ground Zero Burlington Coat Factory (It’s not just coats!). Taxes? They will rescind the sunsetting of the Bush tax cuts (a sunset that was passed by Republicans), including those for people earning over $250,000 a year, adding something like $700 billion to the long term debt, starting now. So the only place left to look is defense. There is nothing there - except a plan to retain Gitmo, exempt the national security state from any cuts at all, maintain the Afghanistan and Iraq wars (I assume, because they go unmentioned), add new spending for missile defense, and on and on.
Given the gravity of the debt crisis, this is the most fiscally irresponsible document ever offered by the GOP. It is to the far right of Reagan, who raised taxes and eventually cut defense, and helped reform social security to ensure its longterm viability. It is an act of vandalism against the fiscal balance of the US, and in this global economic climate, a recipe for a double-dip recession and default. It is the opposite of responsible conservatism.
(Photo:Saul Loeb/Getty.) Newt Gingrich - Republican - Medicare - Social Security - GOP URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/andrewsullivan/rApM/~3/YRy_5s5DDus/click.phdo

Traffic Jam on the Road to Serfdom F.A. Hayek had a lot of smart and interesting ideas, but I join Alan Beattie in finding it bizarre that the work of his that people have the most interest in promoting nowadays is The Road to Serfdom, which is based around a provocative but in retrospect clearly mistaken idea:
This would be an interesting thesis, had it not turned out to be manifestly wrong. Even Hayek himself, towering genius though he was, looks a bit silly in retrospect. Here he is in the foreword to a 1956 edition, warning about Britain after six years of Labour government: "[W]hat the British experience convinces me even more to be true is that the unforeseen but inevitable consequences of socialist planning create a state of affairs in which, if the policy is to be pursued, totalitarian forces will get the upper hand." Unless Hayek was foreseeing the rise of reality TV and Simon Cowell's reign of terror over British national life, this was a bit of a duff prediction.
There's a debate to be had on the boundaries between private and public. But it's hard to have it with people who look at a state-run Swedish kindergarten and see a boot stamping on a human face forever. In truth, if Hayek's new readers want the literary equivalent of Fox News, they are heading for the disappointment of a rather dry treatise short on contemporary talking points. The Road to Serfdom has nothing exposing the authoritarian iniquities of government healthcare; nothing savaging the dictatorship of Social Security; nothing railing against the totalitarianism of gun control. It's enough to make you turn to Nietzsche.
As it happens, I don't have a photo of a Swedish kindergarten but here's one I took of a Finnish middle school, which is a better example anyway since Finnish schools are more state-run than Swedish ones and their kids perform better: To be fair, I do recall from the years 2004-2005 that a segment of progressive thinking also took a somewhat apocalyptic turn. It seems all too easy for people to forget that the pendulum of party politics oscillates very rapidly and that US public policy is massively biased toward the status quo continuing. URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/matthewyglesias/~3/QPRVKWmFVhQ/

Triceratops controversy shakes paleontology to its bones [Mad Paleontology] Paleontologists have discovered a shocking fact about the relationship between the celebrated Triceratops dinosaur (left) and its less-glamorous, holey-headed counterpart, Torosaurus (right). Turns out they’re not evolutionary cousins. In fact, Triceratops is just a younger version of Torosaurus. Paleontologists Jack Horner and John Scannella published a paper this week in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology that overturned long-held beliefs about the famous Triceratops and Torosaurus, both discovered in the late nineteenth century. Until recently, scientists believed they were related species, but Horner and Scannella took a hard look at the creatures’ fossils and discovered they were in fact seeing the maturation phases of the same animal. According to Brian Switek, writing for the Smithsonian: After collecting and examining dozens of specimens, the paleontologists found a graded continuum of growth from the smallest juvenile Triceratops all the way up to what has been called Torosaurus. (The difficult-to-classify specimen representing the genus Nedoceratops may also fall within this range of skull shapes.) On the basis of gross anatomy alone, it is easily seen how the frill of Triceratops changed as it aged, with large windows in the frill opening up as the dinosaur became an adult. But some of the most compelling evidence for these changes comes from bone anatomy that can be seen only under a microscope. When Horner and Scanella looked at the bone structure of Triceratops brow horns, they found that what had previously been thought to be fully mature individuals still had some growing to do. These Triceratops specimens lacked the amount of dense, mature bone which would have been expected for a fully grown animal, and, instead, this kind of mature bone was found in the horns of Torosaurus. Since all the specimens identified as Torosaurus represent adults, and what were thought to be fully adult Triceratops are only young adults, the simplest explanation is that both are growth stages of Triceratops (which was named first, and therefore has priority for the genus name). From what Scannella and Horner were able to tell, Triceratops retained juvenile characteristics (such as a solid frill) for most of its life before a rapid change before reaching maturity. Because the Triceratops was named first, that designation will be kept and the name Torosaurus stricken from the records. Farewell, Torosaurus. [via Dino