Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rich Old White Guys Take Action

Pray tell, what did the rich old white guys do this time?  Well, the rich old white guys in the world's most debilitating body fully expressed their inner (and outer) Trog.  Yes,

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation meant to close the pay gap between men and women, framing an election-year fight between the parties over whose policies are friendlier to women.

Now that's how to win friends and influence a bloc of voters isn't it!

Bugsplats in Australia

Gee, did Obama send in a maiming drone?  Maybe it was the NSA.  At any rate,  we all need to purchase accidental drone attack medical coverage.  Does life insurance pay off if you die by drone?

'River of blood' after drone 'hits' Australian athlete


White House Mad Men

Well, someone selected the graphic, I wonder who?

Is this what the White House thinks women wear to work?


Since the above refers to blurb stemming from Obama's Equal Pay effort, what about that 77%
statement?

President Obama’s persistent ’77-cent’ claim on the wage gap gets a new Pinocchio rating

LBJ

I'll grant you he stepped on it over Vietnam.  The war sucked (I was there).  Unfortunately LBJ is remembered for the war and not too much else.  That's too bad since he did so much for so many.  Hell the Trogs are still trying to gut FDR and LBJ.  The Dems seem have a bit of memory restoration going on:

LBJ’s presidency gets another look as civil rights law marks its 50th anniversary

Oh, LBJ's record goes well beyond civil rights.  Give this piece a read to see how much good he had done for all people in this land--

What Was Really Great About The Great Society

LBJ was the consummate pol which does make him more of a slimeball than not.  However, as a pol he did the governance part of his job will great skill and ability.  Learn more about LBJ by taking on Robert Caro's multi-volume bio of LBJ.  They are worth reading.

Caro's The Years of Lyndon Johnson:

 The first, "The Path to Power" (1982), covers Johnson's life up to his failed 1941 campaign for the United States Senate.

 The second volume, "Means of Ascent" (1990), commences in the aftermath of that defeat and continues through his election to that office in 1948.

 The third volume, "Master of the Senate" (2002), chronicles Johnson's rapid ascent and rule as Senate Majority Leader.

 The fourth volume, "The Passage of Power" (2012), covers LBJ's life from 1958 to 1964.

 In November 2011, Robert Caro also announced that the full project had expanded to five volumes with the fifth volume requiring another two to three years to

 Oh, if you haven't read it, try "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York." It's outstanding.

Heartbleed

You thought all those HTTPS sites were secure?  Well, it's a kinda, sorta world. Yep, there's a flaw and bad guys (and gals) can rip off names, accts and passwords.

Here's the story: Major bug called ‘Heartbleed’ exposes Internet data 

Now before you panic, give this piece a read: Heartbleed: What you should know  (check out the link that will assess you site for vulnerability).

If you do decide to change passwords, any suggestions for tracking them?  How to keep track of all the passwords you (should have) just changed

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's beginning to kinda sound like game, set, match

Yeah that's ObamaCare's win over the Trogs.  The ACA is the law.  Trogs can't kill it.  Trogs can't even modify it that much, if they do the Trog plan will look a lot like the current ACA.  Maybe someone will point out that their strategy  of "just say no"  was good for Nancy Reagan's personal PR boost in the 80s but is sucks as a way to do public policy.  Hell, Trogs won't see it, that's why they are Trogs.

Republicans Warn Of New Obamacare Reality: No Repeal Without Alternative

Since Obama lifted ObamaCare from the Trogs via the Heritage Foundation, maybe the only change TRogs can come up with might have to be real National Health Care (like England, Canada and most of the rest of the industrial west).


Keeping it well dehumanized

We've all heard our assorted "leaders" make reference to collateral damage and wastage.  No one wants to say "Innocent people who were killed by what we did."  I think L.A. gangs referred to people accidentally killed in drive-bys as mushrooms.  I'm sure there are many other terms we use to allow ourselves to keep a distance between what we say about what we did.

Oh, how do the aces who  drive our drones refer to the people they kill?  They call them bugsplats.  I wonder if anyone will ask Jay Carney what a bugsplat is?  Someone should ask Obama the same question.

Drone Art Project Hopes To Make Pilots Think Twice Before They Shoot

I think every commander beginning with Obama and going on down the ranks in the Army, CIA, and other agencies should be required to watch at least one drone screen as it's piloted in for a kill.  Obama and other leaders then have to take command and push the launch button as they watch the effect of their simple act.  At least then they will be actual killers instead of paper pushers who hire others to do their duty work.   If you can't kill then don't order others to kill for you.  Would Cheney have done a water torture?  Yeah, he shoots friends in the face for sport.

There go the oceans

Don't Get Too Excited But The US Navy Can Now Make Gasoline From Seawater

And tomorrow, what will BP be shilling besides shrimp that can cook themselves?

Wonder what he's doing for the NSA on MSNBC?

I know it's the Daily News, but between the headline and the picture of Al back in his fat days, I had to link to the story.

Rev. Al Sharpton worked as FBI informant, taping conversations with mob pals to help bring down Genovese crime family: report

It's not the words, it's the deeds

You can believe your ass off about Jesus, but what does it say when your deeds belie those stated beliefs?  Hmm, why does the phrase "hypocritical lying asshole" come to mind.  Yep, it another case of zippergate (lite, at least as far as the video shows).

Married congressman 'sorry' after seen kissing staffer in video

If the congressman is reelected, then we know a bit about the lack of public standards in at least one district in Louisiana.   Oh, shit he's gonna win, remember Sen. Vitter?  They do pols who whore around in La.

Headlines that make me go what?

North Korean official reportedly executed with a flamethrower

Okay jihadis, they've seen your machetes and power drills, what's your next move?  I wonder what would Cheney do to out bizarre the Koreans (I'm sure the NSA will pass on my question)?

Food

Organic or no?  The real difference is cost, you pay more for your fantasy (organic is better for you).  Given the psychosomatic world, if you think it's so, then my guess is it may be, for you, but remeber the effect is all in your head and not in gut.

Is organic better for your health? A look at milk, meat, eggs, produce and fish.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Idiot Watch -- Religionistas

I love the leaders of faiths.  They know what needs to be done by the faithful who obey and in turn keep the leaders in power with the atttendant perks.  It's moronic.  Marx was so right about opiate of the masses.  Here's the latest bit of nonsense in religion land, this time it features the Muslims--

More than one-fourth of Muslims can’t see ‘Noah’

It's a movie, geeesh.

Money, The Supremes, Free Speech and Democracy

How do you feel about the most recent decision that opened up politics to more green?   Agree or disagree?  Why?

Here's a pair of opinion pieces you might find of interest--

Supreme oligarchy

In politics, money is speech


Eye witnesses

We all know, from watching too many cops and robbers shows on TV, that if you have 3 eye witnesses  to a crime, you wind up with 5 or 6 accounts.  Why?  Here's a piece that may help explain.  It's in how we see..

What you’re seeing right now is a composite of images past and present, researchers find

And the pols pander to these folks too...

Do you know where to find Ukraine on a map?  Want me to make a prediction about your foreign policy preferences?  Here's the conclusion from a survery--

Our results are clear, but also somewhat disconcerting: The less people know about where Ukraine is located on a map, the more they want the U.S. to intervene militarily.