So long as you've got orders, you don't care what you do to people
"It would have been brilliant if it had worked." - Strobe Talbott
“We Buddhists think that truth is ineffable—but not very ineffable.”
Einstein is often blamed or praised or credited with these miserable bombs. It is not in my opinion true. The special theory of relativity might not have been beautiful without Einstein; but it would have been a tool for physicists, and by 1932 the experimental evidence for the inter-convertibility of matter and energy which he had predicted was overwhelming. The feasibility of doing anything with this in such a massive way was not clear until seven years later, and then almost by accident. This was not what Einstein really was after. His part was that of creating an intellectual revolution, and discovering more than any scientist of our time how profound were the errors made by men before then. He did write a letter to Roosevelt about atomic energy. I think this was in part his agony at the evil of the Nazis, in part not wanting to harm any one in any way; but I ought to report that that letter had very little effect, and that Einstein himself is really not answerable for all that came later. I believe he so understood it himself.
[T]he State Ethics Commission determined that in a “general and largely hypothetical context,” sexual encounters between legislators and registered lobbyists do not have to be reported as expenditures.
A dark and wonderful bit from the Looney Tunes folks.
The dunk contest was LaVine’s birthday, bar mitzvah, World Series, Super Bowl, All-Valley Karate Tournament, and Wimbledon rolled into one. (link)
Q: Do you still feel that harshly about the critics, that they don’t really…I’ve forgotten the phrase you used now, but it’s a very strong one, almost to suggest that you think that, well, the general newspaper critics are pretty useless, and that the academic critics, the very best ones, are interesting because they themselves have imaginations, and the rest are people who just write rather bad books...?
If you read anything, you were always conscious of the fact that you were always reading about some place other than the place you were. And when I was a boy I read a very great deal, and I read both American books and English books about boys, and what boys did... Always you were reading about someplace else and another way of life. You were reading about English schoolboys who went to boarding school, and were taught solely by men, whereas I went to a school where we were taught almost exclusively by women. And it was all very puzzling - you didn't seem to be like anybody that you ever read about.
A record of ordinary American dentist, Dr. Gay Hitler.
"[I]n some hypothetical universe in which Congress was interested in working constructively on real problems, this is what they would be thinking about."
(Reuters) - A Belarusian delegate at a United Nations disarmament forum warned fellow diplomats about an unusual type of weapon: jars of mayonnaise being thrown by topless women during discussions about war and peace.
I noticed this image while riffling through an excellent report about the Mars Attacks trading cards of 1962:
[A]ny good ranking of quarterbacks should also give credit for performance in the playoffs, and Brady’s trump card over Manning has always been the postseason. But here’s where the twist comes in: After crediting playoff passing value over average (according to the same formula described above) with weight given to each game according to how much it changes a team’s probability of winning the Super Bowl relative to the average regular season game — a form of leverage index for the importance of football games — Brady passes Manning but is surpassed by two others: Joe Montana and our old friend Kurt Warner...
David Wong on the scoreboard of violence, driving war and horror: if you look at the score, you've lost.
They do what they do, because they know we're too weak to resist striking back.
Our knee-jerk, bomb-dropping reflex is our weakness.
This is like the highlight reel from Ragnarök...
Education situation resolved via Sugar Daddies. Sound the all-clear.
It's been quite a while since I've been selected to respond to a serious-looking push poll from the dodgy weasels at Congressional Monitor. It's been even longer since I actually responded, in fact, I have never responded to one...except here. But it's interesting, and to me a bit sad, that these minions of the plutocrats lead on well-meaning fellow citizens with this stuff. Let's see what they're up to (the inconsistent capitalization and punctuation of the original are faithfully preserved here).
Ah, well, hmm. We're already off to a bad start. The most important issue for Congress to act on at this time is the institutional brutality of our society toward its weakest members. The awful combination of bad healthcare for the non-rich, shoot-first law enforcement, shameful and even hateful treatment of the mentally ill, lack of proper resources for drug treatment, and inadequate affordable housing makes the U.S. one of the least compassionate rich societies of modern times.
But if I had to single out one issue, I would say Congress should take up the problem of equality of education. I grew up in a country where a decent public school student could earn a place at a good university and have good prospects for their career. Those days are long gone, and Congress is making the problem worse.
Krugman: "What has been cut? It’s a complex picture, but the most obvious cuts have been in education, infrastructure, research, and conservation. While the Recovery Act (the Obama stimulus) was in effect, the federal government provided significant aid to state and local education. Then the aid went away, and local governments began letting go of hundreds of thousands of teachers."
No, I would prefer if you reduced it to zero.
I could not be more pleased with our President's management of the challenges presented by you meretricious and avaricious jackals.
The best strategy would be to grow the economy such that the national debt shrinks in proportion to our ability to repay it, while avoiding policies likely to tip the economy back into recession. This strategy would require that you abandon your German theory that the patient will breathe better if you strangle him. There are a lot of German theories you should give up on, but that one should be a priority.
I would say (D). Let's have the National Guard use drones to return unaccompanied minors to their home countries.
In all seriousness, (A) would do a lot of good. Why does it never happen?
You guys are scum.
Don't bother me with this stuff, just have Scalia put something together for you.
No, with Chevron committing 105% of operating cash flows to capex over the past four quarters, and other major operators making similar commitments, I think oil and gas industry capacity is a solved problem. People of goodwill can disagree, but I view the 60% fall in the price of oil since June as a possible sign that the market may have more gas and oil than it actually wants.
If this were 1979 I'd say yes, but at this point I think you'd better get to work on how you're going to run Saudi Arabia, because that problem is not going to take care of itself.
Dice that flash when you get a critical hit.
Links from other bloggers — the original currency of the blogosphere, and the one that drove its collaborative, conversational nature — just don't deliver the numbers that Facebook does. But blogging is a conversation, and conversations don't go viral. People share things their friends will understand, not things that you need to have read six other posts to understand.