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Friday, December 12, 2008

7:25PM - McCain campaign sells surplus Blackberries with ‘hundreds of emails,’ phone numbers still on them.


Now THIS is some kind of professionalism.

Just another example of the kind of fucking bullet that we dodged on Nov 4th.

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12:17PM - Help please...

Can someone with a paid account please syndicate the following feed?


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Friday, November 28, 2008

2:00PM - World's Oldest Stash Found

Ottawa — Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China.

The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.

The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

7:52PM - Nader brief statement on the Corporation and the Constitution.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

10:36PM - Excellent Article on the Wonderful World of Investment Banking.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

9:32PM - Good days...

I took today, tomorrow, and Thursday off of work, or at least as much off of work as I ever get.

I've been playing Baldur's Gate II, and I got in a solid nap today.

Not much else going on... other than an Obama Victory!!!

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

10:52PM - Some Numbers.

Obama electoral Votes:

Strong 268
Lean 38
Tossup 90

So, all Obama really has to do is take all of his Strong States, and then take 2 more from the 128 remaining Tossup and Lean, and he wins!

Come on, My Friends, let's make this happen!

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Friday, October 24, 2008

10:58PM - This is freakin' adorable!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

4:54PM - Dynamic Maps of Bank Card and Mortgage Delinquencies in the United States

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

10:28PM - Watch to the end.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

9:48PM - I like to bicker with those that disagree with me. I'm in the minority.

The majority of people really don't like to be in the minority.


Yeah. The majority of people want to be backing the winning team. It makes them feel good. They also want to agree with what they hear from their friends, and those that surround them.

What this suggests is that after this debate, with the spin so strongly supporting Obama, it's quite likely to build even further, as more people join up with what is clearly the majority.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

9:12PM - Two examples of the risk.

1: In Atlanta recently, you could be driving past a gas station, and see the price per gallon quoted on a sign, but "out of gas" signs on the pumps. If a gas station had gas, you had to wait in a long line to fill up.

2: You can look at and see a price quoted for Gold, yet if you go to a Gold dealer, they won't have any gold to sell you (I confirmed this yesterday; they didn't have Silver, either).

So, what this is, is a case where the theoretical price of something becomes irrelevant in the face of the fact that there is no physical supply available, of whatever it is that you're talking about. It could be gas, it could be food. Just because the tag at the store says "$3.99" doesn't mean that any food has been trucked in, from who knows where, to fill the rack.

Be careful, folks. Don't freak out, but be prepared to live for a time without access to stuff. Even if it's just for a week, that's better then nothing.

Obama will help, we just need to get there.

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8:32PM - Now would be a good time...

To discover that I have a rich relative, say, somewhere in Africa, who has recently left me incredible amount of my money.

Of course, with my luck, he'd probably have been from Zimbabwe.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

12:37AM - The New Party.

NEW PARTY - This leftist party advocates a "democratic revolution" to advance the cause of "social, economic, & political progress" in America. Their agenda is much in the style of the Western European socialist and labor movement -- and somewhat similar to that of the late-1990s formed Labor Party (but the NP has more of a controlled growth outlook on environmental issues). Rather than fielding their own national slate or local candidates, the New Party has taken to largely endorsing like-minded candidates from other parties (mainly pro-labor Democrats like Chicago Congressman Danny K. Davis and candidates from the like-minded Working Families Party) and focusing on grassroots organizing. The New Party, to date, has endorsed candidates in hundreds of local races around the country, and has active affiliate chapters in some communities. The NP site details the party's long-term strategy.

There's some crazy shit going on about this party. Sounds pretty cool to me. The Republicans are twisting it as some hard core Marxist group. I just wiped a big uncited chunk of shit from Wikipedia. I'm no expert on Wikipedia, so I don't know if it will stick. Oh well.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

10:24PM - Michelle Obama is quite awesome!

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Monday, October 6, 2008

6:52PM - Palin staff keep journalists locked inside press area to prevent them from writing ‘negative things.

It happens too often. I see a headline, and have to look to make sure it's not from The Onion.

"12:32AM - Palin staff keep journalists locked inside press area to prevent them from writing ‘negative things.

During Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R-AK) speech in Florida this morning, campaign staffers kept the press locked out of the park and away from supporters attending the speech:

Constantly under the watchful eyes of security, the media wasn’t permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park to talk to Sarah Palin supporters. When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head toward the bleachers where the crowd was seated, an escort would dart out of nowhere and confront him or her and say, “Can I help you?” and turn the person around.

When one reporter asked an escort, who would not give her name, why the press wasn’t allowed to mingle, she said that in the past, negative things had been written. The campaign wanted to avoid that possibility Monday.

Palin has still yet to give a single press conference since being tapped as Sen. John McCain’s running mate on August 29."

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

1:59AM - This is interesting.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

12:05AM - Palin stuff...

"Nuclear Weaponry of course would be the be all end all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet so those dangerous regimes, again, cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, period."

I'm not sure what she meant here. Uhhh... yeah. What did she thing she was saying?

And now, just a short theory:

Sarah Palin, much like Chuck Norris, has no Achilles Heel.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

11:50PM - Obama at work.

More rainy pics at

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Friday, September 26, 2008


LOL! McCain is already claiming to "win the debate."

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

11:44PM - One of the funniest threads I've ever seen.


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9:11PM - McCain has derailed the plan.

So, yeah. McCain has come to Washington DC and created chaos.

Do you believe that Paulson and Bernanke were telling the truth about the need for a major bailout, or were they put out there to fearmonger for political purposes?

If you believe that they were telling the truth about the nature and scale of the risk, then you'd want a reasoned solution to be formed in Congress, to be signed by the President*. It's the way our Government works.

It's clear that in the days following the Paulson / Bernanke announcement of the present market risks, both parties took the threat very seriously, and got to looking at the solutions available. Sure, the vast majority of people were aghast at the idea of a bailout, but if a bailout was necessary, Democrats AND Republican leadership was clearly working very hard to come up with a plan that was the best possible, given the circumstances.

In comes John McCain, the Maverick, who proceeds to come into Washington and SOW DISCORD in Congress, likely assuring that no plan will be possible by the weekend, as he had previously proposed.

The waters are officially muddied right now, and where we could have had a plan tonight. Instead we have confusion and discord while the biggest bank failure in History goes down.

Thanks John. You're like a Bull in a China Shop.

* Almost nobody wanted the 2.5 page solution that was actually proposed by the Bush Administration. It was horrific (intentionally?)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

7:01PM - Letterman on McCain

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12:27AM - Smackdown.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

12:59PM - The Bailout.


On thinking about it, the name of this plan (since they so nicely left it open) should be "Get'm Hank" ala the Ghostbusters "Get'm Ray" scene.

It's freakin' childish in it simplicity. It really is like five or six people got into a meeting, came out with a few notes on how to give away $700 Billion, and are trying to pass it off as a "plan" for a fix of the financials that they, themselves had a hand in breaking.

Obama needs to strongly, and very carefully, give some pushback on this.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

8:39PM - Palin's husband refuses to testify in probe

'"The objections boil down to the fact that the Legislative Council investigation is no longer a legitimate investigation because it has been subjected to complete partisanship and does not operate with the authority that it had at the time of its initial authorization," McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan said.'

Holy Cow! What a Claim!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

6:14PM - Alternative Energy isn't a Liberal issue.

“If the U.S.government is not going to be reliable and predictable [on clean-energy policy], we’ll go to Germany and China,”

- John Krenecki, head of GE Energy

'The head of GE Energy, the conglomerate’s unit that makes everything from wind turbines to nuclear reactors, flew down to Washington again today to plead with senators to extend tax credits for renewable energy. The credits, still crucial to making clean energy competitive, are set to expire at the end of the year, despite at least eight tries so far to renew them. That threatens to slam the brakes on two gangbuster years for American wind and solar power.'

That's right, GE is threatening to move their fastest growing Division OUT OF THE UNITED STATES, because of the expiration at the END OF THIS YEAR of the existing tax credits for Renewable Energy.

Congressional Democrats have tried EIGHT TIMES to get the credits extended, but the President and Lockstep Republicans have blocked every attempt. Why have they blocked it? Because they Refuse to PAY FOR IT. One of those attempts to extend the Credits was paid for by Deficit Spending, and guess what? It passed the Senated with 80 Votes. In that case, though, Democrats in the House refused to back it, because they are making the hard choice to be fiscally responsible. In another case, a Bill got to the Senate with 59 votes. McCain was in Washington DC and was available to vote, but he did not show up for work, instead he claimed that the issue needed further study. It's outrageous.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

12:08AM - Palin - Dictatorial? Yes.

One of the reasons that I didn't support Hillary was that I strongly believe that the last thing we can afford to have in Washington over the next few years, are games of Payback. Obama's focus on Reconciliation, even during the tough times, was important. The end of Bill Clinton's last term as President made alot of people into enemies of each other, and the Temptation for a second Clinton Administration to use the Power of the Executive to continue a vendetta was an extremely unappealing thought.

I think it's safe to say that in terms of taking Personal Conflicts into Public Office, "the Barracuda" is like the Clintons on Crack. She's petty, and absolutely terrified of ANYBODY that threatens her power. This is not an appropriate attitude for a President. I have no reason to believe that when Sarah Palin swears, as Vice President, to uphold the Constitution of the United States, that she will behave any differently in that role as she has in her previous Positions.

See: Here.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

9:59PM - John McCain's Healthcare Plan - Misplaced Taxation.

In large part, McCain's plan is to give tax credits of $2500-$5000 for Individuals and Families to pay for Insurance, for those that have no Insurance and who don't have access to Employer Paid Benefits.

The cost of the total plan is estimated at $3.6 trillion over 10 years, and it's paid for by eliminating the tax break employers get for offering insurance.

Uh, what??

If your Company provides no Health Benefits, then there will be no change under McCain. However, if your Company DOES Provide Benefits, then McCain will RAISE your Employer's Corporate Taxes in order to pay for the Healthcare Plan.

So, Employers are given incentive to drop their Employee Coverage, which will increase the number of uninsured Workers, which puts more people in a position to collect their $2500-$5000 Tax Credit, which is paid for by taxation of a decreasing number of Corporations that provide for Employee Health Benefits. Nice.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

6:24PM - Senate Energy "gang" Grows To 20

This is a good compromise, and Obama has already stated that he would support it.

We need this Bill for a host of reasons, from Economic Benefit to National Energy Security Benefits.

It will be interesting to see what McCain says about it as I don't believe he's made any public statements on it.

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