Monday, October 31, 2011
Blanket the Earth
UPDATE: Michael Swanwick shows how easy it can be:It's Halloween! So Marianne and I went down to City Hall to donate a case of water, a box of granola bars, and some M&Ms (for the seasonality) to the Occupy Philadelphia people.
This presents some issues; that summer sleeping bag isn't really adequate for NYC winters:
[W]inter's coming, fast up here in the Northeast. And while the Rude Pundit is convinced that the true flourishing of the Occupy movement will occur next spring (and into the awful summer and awfuller fall of an election year), there's a core of the protesters who are gonna stay, no matter what.
Here's what the Rude Pundit proposes, an action in the spirit of OWS:
On Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, as marketers force us to know, let's give to our local Occupy encampments what they need to stay warm for the winter.
The deal: check out your local Occupy website. There's a list of all the things they need in order to flat out survive into the Spring. [links to NY, Buffalo, Chicago, Nashville, and SF lists in original]
Having shoveled snow this weekend—and knowing people in NJ, MA, and CT who are without power, and (especially in MA) don't expect to have it back until the weekend at least—my only concern with this plan is that 25 November may be late.
Speaking of marketing, we could call this "Blanket the Earth." We could organize this on, say, a Facebook page or perhaps a Twitter feed or a hastag.
Blanket the Earth it is. Just make certain there are no smallpox virus cultures in them this time.
(cross-poted from Angry Bear, just because it was higher on my dashboard)
[editor's addendum: if you can't wait til thanksgiving, go on over to c&l and donate some $$ via pay pal!!]
down the penrose lane - trick or treat!
more @ penrose on politics!
the monster mash
greg laden points out the earth's population will reach 7 billion around today
superheros support #occupywallst
there's a pumpkin shortage in america, but not in california
happy halloween! lost cat found @ jfk airport after two months
Sunday, October 30, 2011
judge denies john edwards' motion to dismiss his case
dr. pepper made a big boo-boo with their ironic macho ad campaign
#occupywallst is in its second month; meanwhile goldman sachs gets $10 billion in bonuses
there's a chill in the air, so it's time to knit some pneguin sweaters
environmental news stories sunday
bisphenol a, under a health scandal. - archives are often ruthless. for those who plunge into scientific journals, the case of bisphenol a (bpa) has all the features of a global health scandal, potentially one of the most serious of the past decade - paris le mond
private auditors fail to warn food producers. - many of the most notorious food-illness outbreaks in recent years were preceded by glowing private safety audits of the producers, prompting calls for oversight of auditors and forcing grocery chains to tighten screening of cantaloupes and other food - denver post
radioactive waste haunts residents. - for the state government it has been a lingering headache since the 1970s – but for people who lived on top of radioactive waste in an exclusive harbourside suburb of sydney it is a matter of life and death - sydney morning herald
residents, ex-raymark workers worry about lingering health risks. - since the early 1900s, residents have been exposed to hazardous waste dumped by automotive giant raymark Industries through breathing in chemical vapors trapped inside homes built over contaminated groundwater, playing baseball on a diamond dumped with chemicals, and eating contaminated seafood fished from local waters - bridegeport connecticut post
scientist questions hexavalent chromium study. - a scientist asked to review the validity of pacific gas & electric co. groundwater sampling in hinkley, ca, said that the methods have produced data that is "completely worthless. - san bernardino county sun
atrazine herbicide at the center of illinois water suit. - a lawsuit alleging harm from the chemical atrazine will hinge, in part, on the release of documents that syngenta inc. wants to keep confidentia - alton telegraph
life in drought: parched texas town seeks emergency fix. - the plight of the tiny west texas town of robert lee has become a reminder of the havoc an extreme or prolonged drought can wreak, as well as how dependent many towns are on rainfall for drinking water and how precarious it is to maintain a healthy supply without it. - reuters
rising antibiotic use on farms prompts renewed push for federal restrictions. - public health advocates are renewing their push for stronger restrictions on antibiotics in food production after a pew health group analysis of federal data found that their use was up 6.7 percent in 2010 - the hill
in colorado, a power struggle with the power company. - here in boulder, the debate is focused on electricity, specifically whether this city should, in tuesday’s election, sever its relationship with a corporate utility and move toward a home-ruled, municipally owned one that would be environmentally greener and locally accountable - nytimes
moving on – better enviroment, better life. - 350PPM. a simple yet powerful number echoed across 18 pacific island countries on september 24 calling on world leaders to move away from harmful fossil fuels - fiji times
thousands flee bangkok as high tide expected to increase flood risk. - traffic clogged roads out of the thai capital on friday as tens of thousands of people fled ahead of a high tide expected to worsen floods that have inundated factories and prompted foreign governments to warn their citizens to stay away. - reuters
devastating earthquake in eastern turkey fails to shake ankara's nuclear plans
Saturday, October 29, 2011
skippy's saturday night music club
skippy permanently donates to #ows (how you can help!)
skippy supports #occupywallstreet
some of you more astute observers of this humble space will note that we have added several prominent ad displays to our otherwise heretofor pristine (in blog years) format.
we have to thank raw story and crooks&liars for allowing us to be a part of their adhive, thus adding a few dollars each month to our coffers.
(as you may or may not be aware, the more that you, our dear readers, click on the ads at the top or on the sidebar or directly under the first post of each page view, the more pennies get added to said coffers, making us less prone to actually cough.)
then it struck us late last month...at the same time that we got our monthly share of the ad revenue, crooks&liars were starting their "occupies" campaign to send supplies (primarily pizza, but now snow-camping supplies as well as other necessities) to various occupy sites thru-out the country.
why not, we asked ourselves, simply funnel the ad revenue to the occupy supply campaign?
no reason not to, we answered ourselves. that's a capital idea!
then it's settled, we responded to ourselves. every month, whatever money we get from the adhive, we will automatically send on via paypal to the c&l occupy supply site.
huzzah, we cried, lifting our fists in the air. all for us and us for all!
we patted ourselves on the back and then went to the c&l paypal donation site to make our first contribution.
and we just made another today.
so, here's how you, the reader can help, and it's so darn easy.
simply click severaly on the ads (again: the one at the top, the one on the sidebar, and the one directly under the first blog post on the page). each click will add more money to our monthly share, and each and every penny of said share will be donated directly to the #ows movement via c&l.
once again, we'd like to humbly thank the good folks behind the raw ads hive, which include john & roxy @ raw story, and john & diane and the gang @ crooks&liars.
this is the sort of ground-up (directionally speaking, not hamburger meat-wise) action that the 1% fears. so do your part, dear reader, and click those ads!!!
saturday night fever
dysfunctional american politics
susan sarandon called the pope a nazi
fourth amendment? we don't need no stinking fourth amendment!
laffy charts the difference between #occupywallst & the tea party
...qantas, which is often recognized as one of the safest airlines in the world, has been fighting with the australian licenced aircraft engineers association (alaea), the australian international pilots association (aipa), and the transport workers union (twu) over pay, working conditions, and the continued outsourcing of jobs internationally. in addition to grounding its 108 aircraft in 22 airports around the world, as of 8pm on monday the airline will also be locking out all of its domestic employees who are involved in the dispute. worried that the unions were "...trashing our strategy and our brand," qantas head alan joyce claims that the grounding and lockout "...is the fastest way to ensure the airline gets back in the air." while, not surprisingly, the transport workers union feels the decisions are "reckless, unwarranted and disgraceful". - gizmodo
i notice that most of the stories out there regarding this bizarre decision mention the unions...but do not mention the ceo's 71% raise in compensation. hmmmm...wonder why. the flying kangaroo is now the boxing kangaroo. i'm hoping that the engineers (who actually work on keeping planes safe and in flying condition) get their pay raised 71% and the egotistical little 2-yr old tantrum maker disguised as a paper pushing ceo gets his comeuppance. i hope that people start realizing which job is more important and start supporting those who actually do the work that make the company.
Friday, October 28, 2011
skippy's friday night music
pull your money out of bank of a**hats
the government’s patronage of the bank was never clearer than in recent weeks, when b of a quietly decided to move trillions of dollars (trillions, not billions) in risky merrill lynch derivatives contracts off merrill’s books and onto the books of the parent/retail arm, bank of america.
this decision was done at the behest of counterparties to those transactions, who wanted those contracts placed under the aegis of bank of america, whose deposits are insured by the fdic. the move was made, according to reports, so that bank of america could avoid posting $3.3 billion in collateral to satisfy the company’s creditors. In other words, bank of america just got you the taxpayer to co-sign as much as $53 trillion worth of dicey derivative contracts. - matt taibbi at rolling stone
occupy wall street, lose your job
now comes word of caitlan curran, another public radio independant contractor severed employmentally from her job, also because of her involvment w/#ows:
i thought all of this could be fodder for an interesting segment on the takeaway—a morning news program co-produced by wnyc radio and public radio international—for which i had been working as a freelance web producer roughly 20 hours per week for the past seven months. i pitched the idea to producers on the show, in an e-mail.
the next day, the takeaway's general manager fired me over the phone, effective immediately. he was inconsolably angry, and said that i had violated every ethic of journalism, and that this should be a "teaching moment" for me in my career as a journalist. the segment i had pitched, of course, would not happen. ironically, the following day marketplace did pretty much the exact segment i thought would have been great on the takeaway, with kai ryssdal discussing the sign and the goldman sachs deal it alluded to in terms that were far from neutral.
are the christians who celebrate jesus ween instead of halloween considered jesus weeners?
whaddya know, there really are atheists in foxholes
help maryscott o'connor change 121st street to george carlin ave.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
new data shows americans' pay sucks
4 gitmo detainees sue bush
1.34 million premature deaths from urban air worldwide
hey, dr. who fans, here's how to knit tardis socks
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Dave Dayen is Wrong
I understand that Republicans are just playing the culture war game here, trying to link Warren and the loony left. I don’t know how that will play in, er, Massachusetts. And the world has moved on from the Hard Hat riots and the 1972 campaign. The hard hats have been brutalized just as much as the rest of us in this economy.
No, no, no.
The "hard hats" have been brutalized much more than "the rest of us" in this economy. And the economy before that. And, basically, every one since 1986,* Bruce Bartlett's protestations notwithstanding.
Note especially that having all those English Literature and Anthropology majors with degrees hasn't hurt.
*The data only breaks down from 1992 onward, so you'll have to wait for my tribute to the 1986 "tax reform" act. If you're lucky, I'll only post it at Angry Bear, where this will be cross-posted eventually.
wednesday morning three a.m.
herman cain: campaign or book tour?
pension plans work better than 401(k)'s for new yorkers
looks like there might be a treatment for malaria on the horizon
sweet jesus, betty cracker hates lindsay graham
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
obama signs a bush negotiated panama trade deal
negotiated by president bush in 2004-2006, the u.s. panama free-trade agreement has since stalled in the face of congressional opposition. however, recent house votes have suggested a renewed interest in ratifying the agreement, which would normalize panama’s status as a notorious tax haven for u.s.-based corporations, along with other, seedier entities. - fpif
skippy's tuesday night music club
love you til tuesday
gop jersey mayor caught up in new rentboy.com scandal
new lethal fish virus found in pacific salmon
the seven biggest lies about the economy
dr. zaius presents a detailed analysis of his cat's favorite foods
Monday, October 24, 2011
new moon on monday
#occupywallst new yorker covers
fix the 18,000 structurally deficient bridges in this country, help ease the job crisis
dysfunctional american politics
paying for texts is becoming passe, companies fret
mustang bobby follows the gop minority outreach program
Sunday, October 23, 2011
skippy's sunday night music club
occupy this...all you card game haters out there.
the great pumpkitten
and then they'll come for you....
environmental news stories sunday
uranium mill may have toxic ties to colorado regulators. - cotter corp.'s uranium mill near cañon City has the state's backing to permanently dispose of radioactive waste in its tailings ponds, despite state and independent reports over a 30-year period showing the ponds' liners leak - denver post
are we reaching 'peak car'? - anyone who has been stuck in big-city gridlock lately may find this hard to believe, but millions of westerners are giving up their cars and experts say our love affair with the automobile is ending - toronto globe & mail
crowded earth: how many is too many? - already straining to host seven billion souls, earth is set to teem with billions more, and only a revolution in the use of resources can avert an environmental crunch, experts say. - afp
expert says quakes in england may be tied to gas extraction. - a british seismologist said friday that two minor earthquakes in northwestern england “appeared to correlate closely” with the use of hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting natural gas from wells that has raised concerns about environmental and seismological risks in the united states. - nytimes
look who's polluting: sydney water's shame. - untreated sewage and heavy metals from the nation's biggest water utility are contaminating some of sydney's most picturesque waterways and posing potentially widespread health risks – but the extent of the problem has been kept quiet. - sydney morning herald
stricken cargo ship near new zealand has sprung a new oil leak. - between five and 10 tonnes of oil has leaked from the rena into waters off the bay of plenty overnight but authorities hope to scoop it up before it does any damage - australian ap
new phase of cleanup to restore ocean off california's palos verdes peninsula. - topped only by the exxon valdez oil spill in alaska and last year's deepwater horizon disaster in the gulf of mexico, contamination of the underwater palos verdes shelf by toxic pesticides and other noxious chemicals dumped into the ocean has prompted one of the largest environmental restoration projects in the country - torrence daily breeze
charge a car in time it takes for a coffee. - electric cars are a big step closer to mainstream acceptance thanks to a technology being developed by nissan and japan's kansai university that could solve the problem of long battery-recharging times - sydney morning herald
the ocean gets something like osteoporosis. - it's hard to avoid getting depressed when listening to scientists discuss the impacts of climate change - louisville courier journal
pennsylvania trash landfill powers nearby town. - a pennsylvania landfill is generating enough methane gas to power the entire community, and company officials said that's a win-win example of turning garbage into renewable energy. but some environmental groups believe such assumptions are mistaken - business week
cuts threaten to close center for crop safety in south texas. - as congress considers closing the kika de la garza subtropical agricultural research center, where researchers work to ensure the safety of products that cross into texas, there are growing concerns in the agricultural community about the future safety of crops imported into the united states - texas tribune
sea levels will rise, washing away climate deniers. - the question becomes, as climate deniers flourish in inverse proportion to the actual evidence, whether there’ll still be enough sand enough left on south florida’s beaches to bury our collective heads - miami herald
texans deserve truth about health of galveston bay. - the assignment seemed simple enough: a report on the health of galveston bay is what the state environmental agency brass ordered. what they got instead was a public argument over climate change with a researcher who is accusing the agency higher-ups of censorship - austin american statesman
toughest in the nation. - oregon has a rich tradition of national environmental leadership – and it now includes the most rigorous standards for toxic water pollution in the united states. - eugene registar guard
fish fight. - too many people eating too many fish continues to put a strain on the nation's ocean fisheries. and that's creating a fish fight, of sorts. - louisville courier journal
the new documentary growthbusters: hooked on growth explores why our economy and footprint and population can't keep on expanding forever. It features green luminaries galore -- jane goodall, paul ehrlich, lester brown, raj patel, bill mckibben, hunter lovins - grist
#occupywallst? looks like wall street is occupying mitt romney
via susie madrak @ c&l, here's some how-to advice for the #occupy protestors on living in the snow during the winter
spocko tells you how to occupy the boardroom
and on the lighter side of the protests, here's awwcuppy wall street
Saturday, October 22, 2011
10:15 saturday night
bill murray makes a surprising appearance to conduct harvard's marching band
here's the gop debate as it should be
zencomix quits facebook
and athena takes down david brooks
Friday, October 21, 2011
get bachman where you once belonged
the republican had few details, but news reports in new hampshire said the resignations included her new hampshire campaign manager, jeff chidester.
bachmann, campaigning in iowa, sowed some confusion by saying she was unaware of the resignations.
that's also true of many other facts.
i ran from iraq
president obama and iraqi prime minister nouri al-maliki spoke friday morning to cement that agreement in a scheduled telephone call.
the two leaders also agreed to continue informally discussing the need for and the terms of a u.s. military presence in iraq into next year, people familiar with the agreement said. as a result, the only u.s. military presence that will remain in iraq after the end of the year will be the roughly 150 troops needed to protect the large u.s. embassy compound in baghdad and its thousands of american diplomats and other personnel, as well as provide training related to new military sales and other tasks.
“the rest of our troops in iraq will come home at the end of the year,” obama said friday at the white house. “after nearly nine years, america’s war in iraq will be over.”
friday i'm in love
despite the naysayers, obama is ahead
ready for a #occupywallst national convention?
how not to run a pr firm
The "New Normal"
Instead, focus on how your organization's, or individuals', strengths can be used to overcome your challenges. Consider one U.S. financial services company that traditionally eschewed creating close relations with regulators. The new normal, however, made having such relationships a requirement for success. How did the CEO motivate other senior leaders to spend time in Washington? By asking them to bring their already strong capability for creating deep relationships with customers to this new set of relationships. [emphasis mine]
At least someone admits it.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
skippy's thursday night music club
paul ryan....gets an "a"
the house republican majority, since it came into power, has repeatedly set its sights on pell grants, the federal grants that help low- and middle-income students pay a portion of their higher education tuition. republicans have not only proposed lowering the maximum pell amount from $5,500 (which is the level to which the obama administration raised it) but also limiting eligibility, knocking one million students from the pell program entirely. during a town hall today, house budget committee chairman paul ryan (r-wi) was asked by matthew lowe, a student, why the gop wants to cut pell grants. ryan responded by saying that the program is “unsustainable,” before telling lowe that he should be working three jobs and taking out student loans to pay for college, instead of using pell grants. - think progress
la commedia e finita!
because, after all, there's no place for politics in opera.
here ms. simone is arguing w/juan williams and the npr staff at the most recent #occupywallst protest:
no, really that's the amazing (and young) jose carreras as edguardo and katia ricciarelli as lucia in the second act closing sextet of donizetti's lucia di lammermoor.
update: james fallows sez wdav has recanted, and ms. simone is no longer fired! let's celebrate!
triumphal march - aida by verdi
any given thursday
austerity fails and continues to fail
highest ceo pay in us is tied to big pharma
sales fall for 8crappy beers
That Time Of Year...
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
skippy's wednesday night music
tweet of the day
#occupywallst? looks like wall street is occupying mitt romney
the difference between george soros and the koch bros. (via the political carnival
gee whiz, mr. weatherbee, it's archie out of context
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
down the penrose lane
more @ penrose on politics!
barely out of tuesday
and quinnipac finds new yorkers overwhelmingly support #occupywallst
when is a person not a person? when it's a corporation
calvin and hobbes explains corporate america
sometimes these things just write themselves
if 50% of americans are high, that explains a lot
Monday, October 17, 2011
the freepers are crushed -- crushed! -- that sarah palin isn't running
nearly 20% of troops who served in iraq or afghanistan suffer from mental conditions
occupy the boardroom
The Other Area in Which List Price is Rarely Paid Gets More Competitive
Economists glibly call this "signalling," and it's used for everything from selling luxury goods (does a Rolex or a Patek Philippe really keep better time than a Timex?) to indicating the ability to finish a project (earning an advanced degree).
Sometimes, though, the signal becomes distorted: the "luxury good" may not be valued so highly (provide enough Utility) compared to the middle-market good by the target audience.
Today's example: Seton Hall has realized that having an official sticker price of three times more than Rutgers has been hurting it in recruiting top talent. So they are Making You An Offer:
Seton Hall is pleased to announce that students enrolling directly from high school in September 2012 can enroll at Seton Hall for the same tuition rate as the Rutgers in-state tuition rate.
In these tough economic times, Seton Hall understands the financial concerns of families and is offering this program to help make a first-rate, private Catholic education as affordable as a public education.
What's the catch? Well, there are several:
To qualify for this rate students must:
Have a minimum of a 27 ACT composite score or combined 1200 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT with not less than 550 on either section; Be in the top 10 percent of their high school class; and Apply by December 15.
In addition, students who file the FAFSA may be eligible for additional need-based financial aid. This unique program is open to students from all states. No special application is required. Students who apply to Seton Hall and meet the academic criteria will automatically receive this tuition rate.
Terms and Conditions
Open to first-time, full-time freshman entering directly from high school in September 2012 (Does not apply to transfer students). Tuition is based on Rutgers 2011-2012 in-state tuition rate for Arts & Science (rate is $5,052 per semester). This rate will remain in effect for four years (8 semesters), provided that the student maintains a 3.0 GPA, completes at least 24 credits a year and maintains continuous full-time enrollment. May only be applied to tuition for up to 18 credits per semester. Excludes graduate students, non-Seton Hall enrollment, ESL, non-matriculated enrollment and study abroad. Applies only to fall and spring on-campus enrollment and does not include summer enrollment.
It isn't quite a firm rate. The FAQ notes that "The rate will increase modestly each year in accordance with regular tuition increases at Seton Hall which are normally between 3% & 5%." So the ratio will remain the same (approximately 32.14% of Seton Hall's listed tuition) for the four years of the offer.
I'm assuming that "continuous full-time enrollment" does not require being enrolled for any Summer session(s). I'm further (reasonably) assuming that many of the people who will take—or at least consider—this deal would not have paid the full sticker price in the first place. As the FAQ also notes:
The public tuition rate program will not increase the cost for other students. In fact, Seton Hall is very generous with our institutional aid and students who don’t meet the criteria for the Public Tuition Rate Program can still expect to receive generous scholarships and need-based financial aid from Seton Hall.
Short version: We have a list price that signals our higher quality, and we have what people pay, and—as with health care—the numbers are rarely the same.
I doubt that this program will cost Seton Hall a large amount of money compared to their baseline. In fact, I suspect it will expand their application base (including, especially, out-of-state students) and may well help them in the longer term.*
But it will be interesting to see if other private schools follow this pattern. (The Ivies already offer free or reduced tuition to high-achieving students from "lower income" families.)
Full disclosure: The author was offered a four-year full tuition scholarship to a private, Catholic institution in his youth (think Paleolithic Era). He eventually declined it, realizing that it would be impossible to live in the Dallas area and not drive. (He also admits that getting offered an aid package that made his alma mater less expensive than the in-state Morrill Act school to which he applied—though still somewhat more than the above-referenced institution—contributed to the decision.)
*If this is the only entry year the program is in effect, it will be a blip in the longer term. If it works and is extended for other years, it may expand SHU loyalty to more than the basketball team.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
today was plugin america day
i went with a bunch of folks to show off our electric cars. i met one guy, like myself, who loves the leaf but hates the wimpy horn. it's in 3d but can be seen in 2d as well.
Labels: peak oil
Mark Cuban Sums Up The Root Cause of Occupy Wall Street
Great CEO White Lie = “We are acting in the best interests of shareholders.”
When a CEO utters this lie, everyone automatically forgives whatever they do. Add 10k jobless to the unemployment rolls ? Sorry, we did it in the BEST INTEREST OF SHAREHOLDERS. Merge or buy a company and cut back across the board ? We did it in the Best Interest of Shareholders.
The problem is that unless the company is losing money and it is the only way to keep the company alive, in this era of 9.1pct unemployment it NEVER is in the BEST INTEREST OF SHAREHOLDERS.
Shareholders, whether they own shares directly or through mutual funds or pensions do not live in a corporate vacuum. Their lives are impacted by far more than the share price of a stock. Every layoff in the name of more earnings per share puts a stress on the economy, on the federal, state and local governments which is in turn paid for through taxes or assumption of government debt by….wait for it.. the same shareholders CEOs say they want to benefit. [emphases in original]
For instance, Brad DeLong and Matt Yglesias have been making a lot of noise about how the banks's shareholders have been suffering.* Upper Management and the Boards of Directors, on the other hand, have been—putting this as nicely as possible—immune to their actions.
One of these days, economists may learn better. But I would have expected journalists, especially those who have access to banks's Annual Reports and 10-Qs as a matter of course, to know better.
*Brad has developed amnesia about his post about what a great investor Tim Geithner is. If you're not one of the pigeons who held The Big C past its Fed expiration date, you can be generous and not remind him about that post.
sunday bloody sunday
also citibank arrests #occupywallst protestprs whomtry to close their accounts
wisconsin gov. scott walker wants his office to oversee the rules of the upcoming recall votes
facebook is fine w/hate speech as long as it'sdirected towards women
Saturday, October 15, 2011
occupy times square
watch the livestream here
only on a saturday night
principal assaults student for for supporting gay-straight alliance
in alabama, no id, no water
who needs halloween, if you've got halloween?
Friday, October 14, 2011
pizza...it's what's for dinner!
help save johnny depp from rape
can magnets make you lie?
did jon stewart pull his punches w/bill o'reilly?
and rip dennis ritchie. if you use linux or an apple or android or facebook or google or amazon or any number of other basic computer platforms, you should be sad
i don't want a pickle...i just want to get run over by a motor-cicle
police urged protesters to stay out of the street and stay on the sidewalk.
police scooters were shaped like a v and moved toward the protesters in the standoff. one man lost his balance, and was run over by a police scooter.
“he was just walking and the cop ran him over,” one witness said.
police descended on the protester and got him out from under the bike. some witnesses tell sandberg the man was beaten during the arrest.
“we had somebody knock over a scooter, there were some arrests here — i don’t know what the charges were — there were people in the street the police officer was trying to get them out of the street, this was down near the exchange,” new york city police department’s deputy commissioner of public information paul browne said.
#occupydenver sees arrests:
the initial order to disperse came shortly before 3 a.m., but arrests weren't made until after 6 a.m.
cpt. jeff goodwin of the colorado state patrol said troopers arrested 21 people for suspicion of unlawful conduct on public land. he said that number could increase later today.
two others were arrested by denver police, goodwin said. one of whom was arrested for simple assault, the other was arrested for impeding traffic.
things are heating up all over:
dozens were arrested in denver, san diego and new york, while similar demonstrations were scheduled to take place in washington, atlanta and detroit. cnn ireporters sent in photos and video from "occupy" protests in dozens of american cities coast to coast.
in san diego, cnn affiliate kfmb broadcast images of police detaining demonstrators as they gathered amid tents and tarps strewn about a downtown plaza.
protesters appeared to refuse to leave the area, sitting in columns atop the tarps and yelling, "stay down" as police tried to remove them from the scene.
and things are just as confusing in the media. reuters published two contradictory stories with the same url, offering no corrections, erratums, explanations or mea culpas:
addendum: via daily kos, watch this video of a nyc protestor getting cold-cocked from behind as he tries to walk away from one of new york's finest:
Thursday, October 13, 2011
it's my tea party and i'll cry if i want to
a new time magazine poll found an even more positive results for occupy wall street, showing 54 percent held a favorable view of the movement, compared to just 27 percent with a favorable view of the tea party. in the time poll, just 23 percent had an unfavorable view of occupy wall street, for a net rating of +31 percent. meanwhile, 33 percent had an unfavorable view of the tea party, giving it a a net rating of -6 percent.
so what's the natural response by the baggers? mud slinging, of course.
next we want to see matt smitth rag on leela
peter davison, whom whovians know was the fantastic fifth doctor (and fourth in our hearts as the best doctor) plays the crown equivalent of the d.a. (played in america by steven hill, dianne weist or fred thompson, for you celebrity-politician junkies). and freema agyeman, who was the second companion to david tennant's tenth doctor (second in our hearts, having been replaced by matt smith's wonderful madness these last two seasons) plays the assistant assistant da (the british equivalent of the lesbian in america).
it's fun to watch dr. who argue with his future companion on a whole different show. timey wimey wibbly wobbly meta mind bending tv universy stuff.
thursday night blues
is assassinating u.s. citizens a goodd idea? not according to the constitution
the founding fathers were pro-vaccine
japan goes ahead with antartic whaling
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Charlie Stross Discovers that the WSJ has been Teaching to the Test
The Guardian has just broken a new story about News International: Wall Street Journal circulation scam claims senior Murdoch executive: Andrew Langhoff resigns as European publishing chief after exposure of secret channels of cash to help boost sales figures.
To quote a little bit of the extensive — and hair-raising — article:One of Rupert Murdoch's most senior European executives has resigned following Guardian inquiries about a circulation scam at News Corporation's flagship newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.
The Guardian found evidence that the Journal had been channelling money through European companies in order to secretly buy thousands of copies of its own paper at a knock-down rate, misleading readers and advertisers about the Journal's true circulation.
Misleading is British-newspaper-speak for "defrauding." As Charlie explains:
[A]udited circulation figures are the bedrock on which advertising revenue is based — the higher the ABC figures, the more the publisher can charge advertisers per inch of paper. Note that for many newspapers or periodicals, advertising accounts for up to 80-90% of revenue; you, the reader, are merely there as a draw for the real customers, the advertisers, who will pay more for pages that are seen by more eyeballs.
This kind of circulation ramping looks like bare-faced fraud.
If that's been happening in the U.S. as well, Charlie's expectations may come true:
And while the large corporate advertisers might be willing to put up with dirty tricks aimed at the readers, this is something else. (I expect a collapse in NewsCo's advertising revenue, not to mention an imminent FBI investigation ...)
and you can donate your old books to the #occupywallst library
all the bank conglomeration of the last 20 years in one handy chart
unpaid interns suing black swan over inherent suckiness of being unpaid interns
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
skippy's tuesday night music club
and groucho was no marxist...
thx and a tip o' the kangaroo tail to the political carnival!
even the sea creatures are demonstrating
well, it's not like boston was ever the site of an active revolution
we first heard about last night's events on twitter, and were quite dismayed to find very little press describing the scene:
at 1:20 a.m., the first riot police officers lined up on atlantic avenue. minutes later, dozens of sheriff vans and police wagons arrived and over 200 officers in uniforms and riot gear surrounded the greenway.
police superintendent william evans and commissioner edward f. davis watched from across the street. evans gave the crowd two minutes to disperse from the park, warning that they would be locked up if they did not comply.
the crowd of protesters, energized by the sudden appearance of the boston and transit police officers, chanted, ‘‘the people united will never be defeated,’’ “this is a peaceful protest,” and “the whole world is watching.’’
about 10 minutes later, the first officers entered the park and surrounded the group. evans, using a loudspeaker, gave one more warning and then each protester was individually put on his or her stomach, cable-tied, and dragged off as others tore down tents and arrested and detained people on the fringe of the park.
church on tuesday
america prospered in the 1950's w/a 91% high-end tax rate
why environmentalists should #occpuywallst
can israel survive?
and don't miss #occupysesamestreet
Monday, October 10, 2011
skippy's monday night music club
tell me why i don't like mondays
first wolf seen in belgium in 100 years
fdr on #occupywallst
true period tv shows really don't get audiences. discuss
another sign of the apocalypse? cheech and chong pitching brownies for general mills
Sunday, October 09, 2011
skippy's sunday night music club
environmental news stories sunday
the supreme court's environmental docket. - the supreme court’s new term is in session, and two environmental cases could redefine how states use rivers, and give landowners leverage over the dpa - living on earth
air pollution from traffic impairs brain. - scientists report that people older than 51 who had lived in areas with high levels of traffic pollution had lower cognitive scores than those who had been exposed to lower levels of pollution during their life time even after their results had been adjusted for social and educative status - london daily telegraph
deadly thai floods close factories, threaten bangkok. - nearly 200 factories, including one run by Japanese car maker honda motor co ltd, closed in the central thai province of ayutthaya because of flooding, which could threaten bangkok this week, officials said on sunday. - reuters
drought-dry texas driving its cattle north. -cattle herds are thin and weak after trying to survive on dry grass. ranchers are shipping them out to verdant land in nebraska, colorado and elsewhere, hoping to preserve their trademark brands. - los angeles times
factory farms rarely cited for polluting. - in a state with dozens of “concentrated animal feeding operations” — also known as factory farms — a new review by the atlanta journal-constitution finds that georgia environmental authorities do not often cite farmers for polluting water with animal manure. and fines against factory farms are rarer still - atlanta journal constitution
maui 'in desperate need' of water; wells use ok'd. - maui county council members friday voted to allow the county department of water supply to reopen its hamakuapoko wells, despite ongoing opposition to using water that's been tainted by agricultural pesticides, including dbcp. alarm about agricultural contaminants led the county council in 2006 to ban the use of the well water - maui news
eager beavers engineer ecosystems. - faced with drought and shrinking water tables may soon have a natural solution: the beaver solution - living on earth
tuvalu goes dry. - the tiny pacific nation of tuvalu has declared a state of emergency because it has only several days' worth of fresh water remaining, after being ravaged by an extended drought - time
plastic bag ban moves ahead in pasadena. - pasadena officials have moved forward with a plastic bag ban that will require grocers, convenience stores and vendors to stop offering plastic bags and to charge 10 cents for paper bags- latte times
first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they infiltrate your group to discredit it with uncalled-for violence...
according to howley’s story he joined the group in its march toward the air and space museum but the protesters on the march were unwilling to be confrontational. he states “they lack the nerve to confront authority. from estimates within the protest, only ten people were pepper-sprayed, and as far as i could tell i was the only one who got inside.”
he claims that upon arrival at the museum the group of approximately one hundred protesters split into two factions with the smaller of the two “rushing the doors,” the majority “staying behind.” howley then admits in his piece that he snuck past the guard at the first entrance in order to “infiltrate” the building and then confronted another guard. he then “sprinted toward the door” at which time he was first hit with pepper-spray.
as he describes his next actions “i forced myself into the doors and sprinted blindly across the floor of the air and space museum, drawing the attention of hundreds of stunned khaki-clad tourists (some of whom began snapping off disposable-camera portraits of me).”
fully inside, despite the orders of the security guards that the museum was closed to the public, howley made his way upstairs – to the location where a banner was unfurled protesting the museum’s exhibit of unmanned drone weapons.
“i strained to glance behind me at the dozens of protesters i was sure were backing me up, and then i got hit again, this time with a cold realization: i was the only one who had made it through the doors. as two guards pointed at me and started running, i dodged a circle of gawking old housewives and bolted upstairs.”
miami invaded by giant, house-eating snails
is facebook the new myspace?
the problem of media stupidity
Saturday, October 08, 2011
skippy's saturday night music club
goldman sachs rules the world
saturday is the best day
nixon's grand jury testimony to be unsealed
engineers have designed a house in china that that can be built for under $600
true period tv shows really don't get audiences. discuss
Friday, October 07, 2011
friday afternoon in the universe
here's some #occupywallst political cartoons
health costs pictured as food prices for shock value
hey, it's ada lovelace day! and in her honor, here's a steampunk keyboard
Thursday, October 06, 2011
steve jobs believed in thinking differently
tweet of the day
donate to the c&l #occupywallst pizza fund!
thursday's child i want you back
and monkeyfister says of the citi plutonomy memos, "they literally drip contempt for us"
judge who sentensed juveniles to detention centers for kickbacks gets 17 1/2 years
#occupywallst and beyond (including map of protest hot spots
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
introducing the imourn...what, too soon?
but the legend of steve jobs goes much further—and will live much longer—than any single piece of technology that apple has produced. from stories of jobs firing people in elevators to recollections of him going to a neighborhood pool party with his son, jobs somehow managed to maintain a personal reputation as chilled out buddhist with a type a personality. his high standards, combined with his eye for simplicity, will certainly live on in apple's future creations. but for now, we must say goodbye to the man who worked tirelessly to make it all possible: steve jobs.
addendum: via boing boing, here's the statement from apple.
The Best Thing Wal-Mart Has Ever Done
no #occupywallst coverage...at tpm?
erratum: our bad! there are three whole posts on tpm muckraker.
don't strain yourselves, guys.
addendum: via the redoubtable doug j @ balloon juice, one commentor has a great idea:
#occupywallst blows capitalism's alibi
republicans oppose obama's dinner plans
roller derby names: misogynist or feminist?
dems call for an investigation into justice clarence thomas
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
skippy looks at books - "the detachment"
we are happy to have received an advanced ebook copy of barry's latest opus, "the detachment." tho we are only about a quarter of the way into it, this latest story is full of the sharp writing, breakneck pacing and multi-level intrigue that made barry's earlier work so exciting.
once again ben treven and his mentor/handler larison (from fault line and inside out) are up to their eyeballs in assassinations and counter-espionage, this time working w/another of eisler's long-running characters, john rain, assassin extraordiaire. they are called up to stop a major coup in the united states government, and to "make it look natural." what could possibly go wrong?
the detachment will be available october 18 in paperback, and is available now @ amazon ebooks.
those republican audiences just keep on giving
hey rick perry, you're s'pose to carch them by the toe, not the head!
dems call for an investigation into justice clarence thomas
damn you, autocorrect!