Ten Thoughts


Just random thoughts for today’s blog. Seems a good idea at this point in the evening.

1)  Been going through that list of government contracts,the one i wrote about a few days ago, and who is getting the most money, and trying to figure out what kind of change the Obama administration has brought to the particular issue of government spending.  There is an AWFUL large amount of money, much more than during the Bush years, going towards nuclear power and security, and when I say nuclear power I mean Los Alamos and Oak Ridge Tennessee, as in not just nuclear reactors but nuclear weapons and protecting  our fissionable  materials.  The numbers and contracts don’t tell a particular tale, but it is intriguing.  Who is the threat we see?  Al-Qaeda? Iran?  A revivified, militaristic Russia?  All of the above?  Is there a threat at all?  One wonders…

2) Eric Massa is GAY.  There is nothing wrong with that, he seems fine with his “down low” behavior, so who am I to judge?  He really should just come out and say it, though… or maybe just come out…or maybe his recent spate of talk show spots is his way of doing that?

3)  Health care reform will pass.  Everyone should really just try to relax and get used to the idea.  

4)  American politics is an Echo Chamber.  If the EFF fails in its bid to hold government accountable in its case  Jewel V NSA, our courts will become star chambers. The fourth amendment is not under attack, the American people are.

5) I went looking online earlier at google news, and saw that Corey Haim is dead, at 38 years old, from what may be an overdose of some type.  Right on the front page.  A death not on the front page was 100 year old liberal activist Doris Haddock.

6) Damn, that Orange was tasty.

7)  Today, March 10th is middle name pride day, according to the fine people at holiday insights.   An even better odd “holiday” is in store for tomorrow.  Worship of tools day.  I’m not kidding.  So Eric Massa, since you are such a tool, we’ve decided to give you your very own da…wait…whats that?  Wrong kind of tool? Are you sure?  DAMN.  Sorry Eric.  And no you CAN’T play with mine. To quote the Day Job Orchestra guys “GO FCUK A FRUITBASKET”

8)  Carlos Slim Helu is the world’s richest man.  He is worth a total of $53,500,000,000, a full half a billion more than Bill Gates, and 6 and a half billion more than Warren Buffett.  I had never even HEARD of this guy before I read this story.  C’mon Bill, pick it up bro, you being a slacker or something?

9)  The video after this paragraph shows one of the problems that the NSA has with fighting terrorism. The NSA is drowning in bullshit red tape.  One of the effects of JEWEL Vs. NSA is that it will whittle down the amount of people and the vast piles of information they have to sift through, by cutting the amount of people who are being unnecessarily surveilled, by untold millions, thus making AMERICA SAFER FROM TERRORISTS.  You’d think that idea would catch on somewhere. 

10) read this article. It is about Rush Limbaugh and his apparently faulty memory. Read this one.  It’s a slate article about California, the 11th amendment, sovereign immunity and bankruptcy.

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That’s it from me.  Later!

Today’s Nuggets, taken almost entirely at random, from Wikiquote:   I think that we should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe and believe to be fraught with death, unless they so imminently threaten immediate interference with the lawful and pressing purposes of the law that an immediate check is required to save the country.   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

The way to be liberated from the constraining effects of any medium is to develop a perspective on it — how it works and what it does. Being illiterate in the processes of any medium (language) leaves one at the mercy of those who control it. The new media — these new languages — then are among the most important “subjects” to be studied in the interests of survival. But they must be studied in a new way if they are to be understood, they must be studied as mediators of perception. Indeed, for any “subject” or “discipline” to be understood it must be studied this way.    Neil Postman

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One thought on “Ten Thoughts

  1. Kinda goofed on #9. The second sentence, which starts off “One of the effects of JEWEL Vs. NSA is that…” should actualy read ” One of the effects an EFF victory in JEWEL Vs. NSA is that…”

    As usual, my writing is so-so, but my editing SUCKS. My apologies.

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