Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Actual quote regarding the "Humanities" in our university systems:
"Previous economic downturns have often led to decreased enrollment in the disciplines loosely grouped under the term “humanities” — which generally include languages, literature, the arts, history, cultural studies, philosophy and religion. Many in the field worry that in this current crisis those areas will be hit hardest."
where? The WaPo? Nope. The NYTimes...via the lovely Althouse.
Small Dead Animals has been linking to a gentleman who has had some damning data. Fluffy El Crapo Degrees...
CaptainCapitalism is worth your time. SDA always has been a must. And somewhere out there in oh so quaintland is Maggies Farm. Will their wonderful GIF copy and paste here? I will try with encouragement to go there and read and catch the soundtrack...attribution is vague:
I once again raise my hat to quantifiable knowledge and technology and business, not necessarily in that order...They are progress...
What degrees do those above have?
What level of destruction are they engaged in?
"Please save civilization...eat your vegetables and study math!!!"--This Blog's new motto. (said motto in no way implies that said blog lives or has lived up to said motto, which is why said blog knows)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I love the peppy music.
Paddy mentioned the aa12 and I will add that video to this as well, shortly.
His note led to this, and some neat Barrett stuff...
You know, speaking of odd industry vids I saw one at Dave Barry's that takes the cake.
Just get a sense in the first few moments for the tone of this German fork lift safety video. Then skip past 3:44 or so, as the eminent Mr. Barry indicates...yow...things really could go wrong, be careful!!
The alligator was tasty. So was the guinea pig. The wild boar was yummy. The venison as well. I must say it was the tastiest of any game dinner I have ever attended.
A friend who was there mentioned having just purchased a flir camera.
Here are some gorgeous infrared photos via Samizdata, go look. There are 101:
from Steve Castle
from Orange BreadI will add more on my friend's flir, which he picks up this week, as I learn more. I think that it is used and when new costs around a lot. It has industrial applications for his company.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I thought it looked too good to be true. Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller.
Kicking myself now...
Strategy Page mentions Darn Tough Socks which are still made in Vermont!
A couple of pairs of those and some American made boots and sneakers...A man can dream, can't he?
"Interference of the State, the belief in the omnipotence of the State: that is a reaction to market failures," Mr Putin said in his keynote address at the opening of the four-day meeting. "There is a temptation to expand direct interference of state in economy. In the Soviet Union that became an absolute. We paid a very dear price for that."
Grumble grumble Mexicans.
Grumble grumble liberals.
Grumble grumble borders.
Grumble grumble grumble.
Also via Overlawyered:
Man blinded by own golfball sues.
The "man" in question is one Paul Sanchez of Manchester, New Hampshire and he brings shame on the human community.
Hey Paul...well, I'd comment but you'd sue me you simian detritus.
Here's another. Always enter Overlawyered calmly...
This blog is feeling rather politically incorrect. Maybe it was Sharpton crawling out from under his rock on the cartoon matter.
The taboo link in question leads to a video of a monkey impersonating a Muslim! Did I mention?
It is very convincing and not at all safe for work.
As I said NEVER click on that link.
Out of respect, you know, for political correctness and Islam and Monkeys and Minorities. Goats even.
Update: Aha...perhaps it was a rehearsal. Two mammals one cup, feel the love.
Update to Update: There are worlds out there, so many strange worlds. I believe this is a secret video rehearsals at the FEMA camps being prepped by our post stimulus Chinese overlords.
Perhaps followed up by something on how it is a risk we need to engage in for greater good. Liberals are all about telling everyone else about their responsibilities and spending everyone else's money and risking everyone else's material over the greater good. Meanwhile they give less to charity and dodge their taxes.
Liberals are all about putting civilization at peril while not contributing to it's construction or security. For the greater good, you know. They would proudly stand on the steaming pile of a collapsed civilization for the opportunity to say "we stood by our ideals. We win the MORAL war!" Particularly if they get to go back to their own home in a safe neighborhood to slap one another on their nastyselfishsmugbabyboomerbacksand----uh oh. Did I just think all of this or actually write it?
"As this economic downturn continues it occurs to me that the government is going to end up owning a lot of middle-income type homes. Someone is going to come up with the bright idea of converting these homes to Section 8 housing. If one or more of these homes happens to be in your neighborhood .. and if they become Section 8 housing ... you're going to want to figure out a way to get the hell out of that neighborhood while you can. Section 8 housing is welfare housing ... where the taxpayers pay the bulk of the rent for someone who, more likely than not, is a deadbeat. Not the kind of neighborhood you want to live in."
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
'Gary Wolfram of Hillsdale College notes that the size of the stimulus — the House-Senate compromise bill is $789 billion — is just slightly less than the amount of all U.S. currency in circulation and is larger than the entire federal budget was until 1983...
if $789 billion is spent ineffectively or destructively, government does not get to say "oops" and take a mulligan. Senate Republicans have slowed and altered the course of the "disaster! catastrophe!" stampede. Still, as Anthony Trollope wrote in one of his parliamentary novels, "The best carriage horses are those which can most steadily hold back against the coach as it trundles down the hill."'
Mr. Will's Republican hat tip is undeserved, even if true it's late and minuscule in nature.
They are, after all, at least half of the reason we are here. They had their time at the wheel and they deserve every blister from the hot tar they ever get. If we the people ever step up, that is...
"Not yet a third of the way through the president's "first 100 days," he and we should remember that it was not FDR's initial burst of activity in 1933 that put the phrase "100 days" into the Western lexicon. It was Napoleon's frenetic trajectory in 1815 that began with his escape from Elba and ended near the Belgian village of Waterloo..."
What's the old WaPo joke? Or NYTimes is it? About the end of the world and headlines in the newspapers.
Unfortunately there will be no Bald Eagle Connecticut River festival this year:
"The 2009 Connecticut Audubon Society Eagle Festival® Is Cancelled
On Nov. 13, 2008 Connecticut Audubon Society announced that it had decided to suspend its annual festival for the coming year. The 2009 Connecticut Audubon Society Eagle Festival® was originally scheduled for Feb. 14-15, 2009 in Essex, CT. “This year, the national economic downturn has prohibited the depth and breadth of support that we usually enjoy from our corporate sponsors,” said Robert Martinez, Connecticut Audubon Society’s President. “This corporate support is what allows Connecticut Audubon Society to offer festival visitors the opportunity to see Bald Eagles in the wild, enjoy live birds of prey demonstrations and attend environmental lectures from noted experts -- all free-of-charge to the public. We are grateful for the enthusiasm that all of our constituents feel for this, the largest birding festival in North America, and we look forward to continuing and revitalizing this popular event the moment the economy allows.
Click here to read the full press release."
I was looking into the matter as I had missed them in the past and would have enjoyed it, I have no doubt.
Maybe Paddy will let me borrow his camera and I can go look on my own...
I'm sure Mr. Jellineck and Phil Donohue are also disappointed.
Co-chair Phil Donahue met "Tad" (actor Paul Dinello)
of "The Colbert Report." Photo by Bird Chick.
See Tad here, the embed is failing.
Good for Phil for supporting an American symbol. He must experience some painful cognitive dissonance if he pauses to realize those awesome animals are symbols of the United States.
I hadn't realized Phil was blackballed from the Pequot club:
"...the Pequot Yacht Club, which has occupied two brick buildings on the harbor since the 1920's. To outsiders, the private club is known chiefly for blackballing the talk-show host Phil Donahue..."
but I did fight a beautiful Bluey in the kayak in that harbor this past summer. The blue herons and egrets seemed to be impressed. I have a slew of photos from that harbor I should add them to this post.
The talented contestants can be found here.
If you have trouble with the Cyrillic then you can see the translated version here.
This year sees 14 Natalias and an even dozen Olgas locked in battle amongst many others.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Via Instapundit this photo with this priceless caption is up at the Daily Telegraph.
Remember, don't judge Islam or muslims...instead flagellate yourself over slavery and the crusades.
"The couple in happier times, before Hassan removed his
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Just rolling that word around in my brain a little. That's what they call the rucksacks that are mandatory for Japanese schoolchildren.
Here is a great post, click on the currency converter, you will be stunned. The grandparents take a great honor there. Ouch.
I have always loved rucksacks and have several for different reasons. A light hiker with some maps, guns, ammo, knives, g.p.s., nightvision and books. Oh, and multitools and an ipod.
A work one with some maps, guns, ammo, g.p.s., nightvision, ipod and books. Oh, and knives. And multitools.
A weekender with some...hey, wait a second. What the hell is wrong with me? I'm just noticing that they all have books in them. Maybe I should just call them bookbags.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Do you think he could be decrying Islam?
Well here's a quote:
Superintendent Ross McNeill told AFP:
"We usually rank possibilities on a scale of 0 to 10 - this would be on a negative scale," he said.
Nothing to see here, you can really trust us...in fact if you repeat anything it will be you that we place under arrest.
(Wait. Two different critters in two different photos? Really?)
The whole world is forced to examine and/or invent other options as our political and elite class piss it all away. We are driving them to innovation.
Update: I must correct. We are not driving them to "innovation" we are driving them back to sanity and adherence to natural law. The suicidal crap that we have engaged in has been sold as "innovative".
“Except for US Treasuries, what can you hold?” he asked. “Gold? You don’t hold Japanese government bonds or UK bonds. US Treasuries are the safe haven. For everyone, including China, it is the only option.”
“We hate you guys. Once you start issuing $1 trillion-$2 trillion [$1,000bn-$2,000bn] . . .we know the dollar is going to depreciate, so we hate you guys but there is nothing much we can do.”
"The Number One vulnerability is the dollar itself," Rickards concluded. "We're printing them and shoving them out the door, and the Fed is basically out of bullets. So why hasn't the dollar collapsed? The short answer is, global investors don't have any other choice." That is, there simply aren't enough Euro- or Yen-backed securities for investors to shift their money out of dollars and into some other currency.
But what if some kind of global coalition -- say a trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund allied with several countries around the world -- banded together to create a gold-backed alternative to the dollar?
Rickards says investors -- many of whom already resent that they have no alternative to the dollar -- would sell American currency in huge numbers to take advantage of the new opportunity. "If that happens, that's the end of the dollar," Rickards said. "You'd have high unemployment, deflation, and interest rates would go up. It would take what already looks like a strong recession and make it a Great Depression or worse."
It has altered our very language:
An international mathematics research team announced today that they had discovered a new integer that surpasses any previously known value “by a totally mindblowing shitload.” Project director Yujin Xiao of Stanford University said the theoretical number, dubbed a “stimulus,” could lead to breakthroughs in fields as diverse as astrophysics, quantum mechanics, and Chicago asphalt contracting.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
- Obama, the first YouTube, People Magazine, American Idol, Entertainment Tonight president is elected by a celebrity-worshiping mob.
- Rahm Emanuel tells the PEBO that there's an economic crisis and reminds him that it is a political crime to let a good crisis go to waste. Let's get busy and take advantage of this mess.
- Obama wants to get off on the right foot with Congress, so he makes a call to Nancy Pelosi and tells her to come up with an economic stimulus bill and to let it all out because this is the era of anything goes. There's a crisis to be taken advantage of here.
- Pelosi spreads the word to the House Democrat Caucus: "The new president has given us a green light. Get me a list of all of the spending dreams and schemes you've had over the last decade by noon Thursday. You snooze, you lose.
- A Texas Congressman comes up with a true economic stimulus plan; a tax holiday. Just suspend the collection of all personal federal income taxes and payroll taxes for five months. Let the people who earned the money spend it. Democrats aren't interested in this plan because it does not enhance their power, and they don't particularly like the idea of people knowing how much they actually make.
- Pelosi and her flying monkeys assemble the Democrat spending dreams into one 700+ page $800 billion monstrosity that not one member of the congress will ever read and presents it to the nation as an "economic stimulus bill."
- Obama tells the nation that we face economic catastrophe and the possible destruction of our country if Pelosi's government-expansion bill isn't passed. The sky is falling. We're doomed!
- People show up at Obama rallies in Elkhart, Indiana and Ft. Myers, Florida thinking that Obama is going to be handing out checks and jobs.
- Three Republican Senators, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter surprise not one single person in the free world by climbing all over each other to sign on with the Democrats ... again ... in support of the bill.
- The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office issues a report which essentially says that the so-called "stimulus plan" is a fraud and will not work. Nobody listens.
- The mainstream media generally ignores the CBO report because their investment in Obama is so overwhelming that they simply cannot allow him to fail. Their credibility is at stake.
- Our children and grandchildren are saddled with a debt and future inflation that will insure a standard of living for them that will never match the standard their parents enjoyed.
- So many people are removed from the federal tax roles by Obama's phony "tax cuts," (which are really government handouts) that Democrats are confident that they'll remain in power for ever more.
- The enemies of America throw a party.
- Those who love America hold a wake.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
When the notions which are the simplest and most unavoidable are the same notions which terrify.
When the lives we have lived generate so much guilt and debt that the generation in question struggles to sell out their own children;
Tuck was picked for V.P. purely on the basis of his White Male status.
Welcome to Identity Politics.
Thank you Baby Generation for institutionalizing racism and bigotry and disposing of the quaint notion of merit.
I love Tuck but the public and the press are another matter. We will have to look for reasons which support greater marketability.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Update: I believe this is called liveblogging but this would be slightly different as the content is (ouch) a couple of decades old and I can pause it to add inane and worthless verbiage.
It starts with a platitude invoking P.O.S politician. Perfect episode for our times.
Update: OUCH! This is painful and funny...and painful again!
Update: Kevin Fogerty should be flayed but only after the tarring and feathering and he should be raped by those who will not unclench their fist for Obama's generous Coombaya (sp?) foreign policy, doncha think?
Woody is making the ballot! I believe in Democracy and this next update will take longer as I feel a need to "rewind" and transcribe!
Update: This is highly pertinent, a true timeless mirror, I will look for the script to link.
Update: This episode seems to ring a bell, seeing it now. It was on the tail end of the brand's longevity if I recall. If I remember correctly at the time it struck the viewer as a bad episode that did not rise to the level of the peak of the series, writing wise. Right now however it is clearly a timeless work on the idiocy of the general populace and the genius...well...I will update shortly.
Update: Sidetracked. Will re-engage.
Thank you A.C.
These four brave souls deserve consideration. (that via No Pasaran)
The Director also links to ten weapons.
The pen itself
can be quite persuasive I hear.
Make A DEADLY Weapon With A Pen - Funny video clips are a click away
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wow! That is neat. I can't imagine there is much room for acquiring that skill by trial and error:
Here I believe they are attempting to vet one of Abbie's cabinet possibilities. That critter has paid all of his taxes, no wonder he is running naked across the ice!:
The Sea Dragon is under Damocles sword. That via Murdoc
Thursday, February 5, 2009
At first I thought about just copying the whole piece. But no, it's just too much.
Here we have a vivid example of the cognitive dissonance which the "Baby Boomers" (henceforth referred to as the "Baby Generation" or just "Babies" H/T Stern) valued so highly that they sank all of their Western Civ. inheritance into the madness...To embarrassing (and dark age inducing) effect, must I add?
From the Daily Mail:
They baited their Avet 50 reels with large pieces of
salmon, and managed to catch four of the sharks
during their intrepid expedition near Hinchinbrook Island"
Avet reels look sweet.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
"Officials say their goal is to find the best students, not to enforce immigration law...The 18-year-old De La Cruz graduated barely in the top 20% of her San Pedro High class and is competing against students with much higher GPAs and test scores."
Where is Auntie Zeituni these days?
Update: That's another point in favor of Abby: she's territorial. She understands the concepts of borders and sovereignty.
It's time for real leadership we can trust!!!
I'm campaigning for Abigail for President!
Her attributes are not limited to but include:
*She's a woman
*She's of mixed color
*She has experienced boo boos and injury
*She has been held in captivity for longer than John McCain and understood even less of the language of her captors
*She knows what it's like to be hungry and treated as the "other"
*She is brilliant
*She is not squeamish when it comes to unpleasant necessities (she "gets it done")
*She understands that Muslims consider her an "infidel" and "unclean" and holds no illusions as to their true agenda
*Supporters may contribute in the comments, the list goes on and on...
(make your own Obamacon here)
Her running mate and cabinet will be revealed shortly.
Remember, "ignore their cries of hunger"!
Many other sage and life saving apocalypse strategies from across the pond here. A big plus: we here don't need the ark to cross the Atlantic.
A big minus: we need the ark if we want the first folio, which I do. Well, perhaps. I'll look, we must have one around here somewhere. (Update: Aha. Just as I'd suspected. There are 79 of the lovely omnibus in D.C. at the Folger Shakespear Library. Scroll down for the explanation of the plural for omnibus. The Language Log has moved and has a Buddy Holly post with some language insights here.)
This thought just gets the heart dancing around a bit, no?
The Nordic Tug
"But wait!" you say..."Won't she wallow like a squat little pig with that single screw? Tight coves my arse!"
Not to worry! That bow thruster looks like it would be a lot of fun to use. You could hide nearly anywhere.