A Bible story and an Aristotle quote for your consideration.

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 06:02

Astroturf?

Submitted by Roanman on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 06:35

Astroturf?

Sharyl Attkisson is an investigative journalist based in Washington D.C. and a correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,”  Attkisson also received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.”

In September 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Oustanding Investigative Journalism for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story. She received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the same story.

Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross.

Here is her 10 minute presentation given at a TED event where she blows up much about what you believe to be true about maybe everything you read and think to be research, everywhere.

 

I knew it!!!!!

 

To quote Aristotle for real this time,

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 06:19

Anonymous ... once again

Submitted by Roanman on Sun, 03/27/2016 - 08:51

 

Say what you will about the 2016 presidential campaign, you can't deny that so far it's been absolutely wonderful theater ..... possibly theatre.

All depends on one's level of personal pretense.

But I digress.

So anyway, here's Anonymous lighting up Ted Cruz.

 

 

I admit it cheerfully, I love Anonymous. I especially love their theme song.

Actually, most of the minions around here do as well, some more than others of course.

You know who you are.

Anyway, I find them to be delightfully fun loving, and frequently effective. Particularly when they are doing what they do best, which is of course hacking into other peoples computers.

Which is, as we all know ..... you know ..... illegal.

But ..... WTF.

And of course somewhat less effective when actively attempting to organize something. 

But never mind about that, we all have our gifts.

 

Squeeze

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 03/26/2016 - 18:38

Saturday night, it's time to Rock.

There must be something about Goodbye Girl, Squeeze's first single that inspires them to tinker. They've recorded it four times in the studio, three times in a matter of months with slightly different versions of the tune for release as a UK single, a US single and an albom cut on Cool For Cats.

They've fooled with it I don't even know how many different ways in their live show. But the version you want ..... IMHO ..... is the live version recorded for the vinyl only EP, Six Squeeze Songs Crammed Into One 10" Record. Here's a very close live performance of that version.

This is Glenn Tillbrook on lead guitar and vocals along with his songwriting partner Chris Difford on rhythm guitar and backup vocals  The credits on this vid say that's Don Snow on the keyboards, but it sure looks like Paul Carrack to me. John Bentley is playing bass and Gilson Lavis is on the drums.

Squeeze

Goodbye Girl ..... the fast version.

Reading on a Saturday Morning ..... finally

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 03/26/2016 - 09:35

 

I haven't been able to sit and read on a Saturday for a long time.

Turns out that my first Saturday back offers just a treasure trove of stuff.

But where to begin?

Well, the children attending Emory University in Georgia, not having learned their lessons at the scorn heaped on the children at the University of Missouri and Yale over prior episodes, recoiled in pain and tears from chalk grafitti writings of the word "Trump" appearing on their campus.

The following is the headline and some of the bullet points taken from the Daily Mail's piece on the incident.

Click on the photo to the right or the headline below for the entire piece.

 

Students freak out because someone chalked Trump slogans on campus: Emory University president says students are scared and 'in pain'

 

 

Here's just a small sample of the blowback from the "Crybully" fad that is currently sweeping the nation's universities.

 

   

 

Not entirely sure just exactly what the hell is going on here.

 

Anyway, This one below in particular had me laughing for a couple hours this morning.

I'm thinking the the silly young boy below is drop dead certain that the category "Liberal Intelligencia" includes him.

 

As I feel very comfortable in asserting that your garden variety, professional economist falls comfortably into the category "Liberal Intelligencia", I'm also thinkin' he might want to rethink his little pigeon hole.

So, here are just a couple headlines from discussions on just exactly how well the "Liberal Intelligencia" is doing, at least where it comes to economics. There were multiples of dozens of examples to chose from, I selected the easy reads for you today.  Feel free to delve further.

You can click on any headline for the entire piece.

 

Why  are  economic  forecasts  wrong  so  often?

An astonishing record – of complete failure

Economists' Biggest Failure

And, since we are on the sublect of failure by the "Liberal Intelligencia", to quote President Barack Obama on the cost of Obamacare, 

"Now, I just want to repeat this because there's so much misinformation about the cost issue here.  You talk to every health care economist out there and they will tell you that whatever ideas are -- whatever ideas exist in terms of bending the cost curve and starting to reduce costs for families, businesses, and government, those elements are in this bill."

 

OOPSIES!!!

 

BEA = Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Apologists for the President on this issue will argue that because The Affordable Health Care Act, aka Obamacare provides health care for an addition 33 million people, he gets it half right.

Except that the number is now closer to 17 million ..... rounding up ..... maybe.

That's all for today, I've been summoned from on high to appear elsewhere. Maybe we'll chase these numbers around some next time. 

 

On This Day In History, The Exxon Valdez Runs Aground

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 03/24/2016 - 18:42

 

One of the worst oil spills in U.S. history occurred on this date in 1989 when the supertanker Exxon Valdez, owned and operated by the Exxon Corporation, ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska.  An estimated 11 million gallons of oil were spilled into the water.  Wind and currents spread the oil more than 100 miles from its source, eventually polluting more than 1,100 miles of coastline.

Click on the photo above for an outstanding account of the accident, the cleanup and the consequences of this tragedy from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Council.  Way recommended.

It took more than four summers of cleanup efforts before the effort to clean the beaches was called off. Not all beaches were cleaned and some beaches remain oiled to this day.  At its peak the cleanup effort included 10,000 workers, about 1,000 boats and roughly 100 airplanes and helicopters, known as Exxon's army, navy, and air force.  It is widely believed that wave action from winter storms accomplished more cleaning of the beaches than four years of human efforts.

 

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