Saturday, March 14, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Links of Interest

This is hopefully going to be a regular post. There is so much excellent information online why not share it.

TPP...

"Japan ships 1.5 million cars to America each year, but allows only 20,000 American cars into its own market. Since 2012, Japan’s yen has devalued by 50 percent against the dollar. Now Japan wants tariff-free access to the U.S. market through the TPP while it continues cheat on currency." Read article here.

Let's show them all... Recalls

Toyota Recalls.

Air Bags.

Recall Rates.

Sometimes it's good to be wrong...

I'm never wrong.

This book should be read by everyone, especially our representatives....

Are you unconscious?

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me." Andre Malraux

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Election 2014

Edited post: I changed 'intelligent' to 'reasonable' as intelligence is not always a sign of helpful human reason. Psychopaths are often intelligent proving it has nothing to do with empathy, compassion, or normal human concern.

Until liberals, democrats, leftists, and freedom loving folk learn people are not rational and that those who have the best slogans win - Idiots will always win if their message is simple enough. Look only at Joni Ernst as an example, she may make Michelle Bachmann look reasonable. Seems simple but the democrats and progressives don't get it. Say taxes, welfare, dog whistles, un-American, socialism and voila instant vote. Of course the history of republican rule is a failure but who knew. As I've asked in another post what has conservative politics ever done for all Americans = NOTHING. And on a more personal level I laugh today as republicans and conservatives in my age category worry about social security and medicare, not that they are funded, but that they can benefit from these liberal policies. And so it goes.....

After thought, electing a Black man has hurt the Democratic party in a manner simlar to LBJ's Civil Rights Act. But then some say that's playing the race card. Guess it is.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

September post

Currently reading Fernand Braudel's 'The History of Civilizations.' Check it out, helps us understand the current world.

Read recently:

'Stoner' John Williams
'My Struggle: Book 1' Karl Ove Knausgaard
'The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark' Carl Sagan


Sites I like, 'thebrowser' covers some of the best writing on the web, well worth the small subscription cost.

http://thebrowser.com/

http://rustbeltphilosophy.blogspot.com/
http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/
http://contemporarycondition.blogspot.com/
http://www.edge.org/
http://www.ted.com/
http://politicsandletters.wordpress.com/
http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/
http://www.3ammagazine.com/3am/

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." Haruki Murakami

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another republican investigation in the news:

Republicans blamed President Obama for a loss of an hour this past weekend. Sarah Palin said while she was busy reading everything, a hour came up missing? Ann Coulter thought that maybe we reverted to Kenya time and Darrell Issa will hold a hearing in which he investigates whether the IRS is behind this change. Speaker Boehner asked Paul Ryan if he noticed the loss and Ryan replied the loss was caused by poor people in the inner city. Reince Priebus noted that while he was puzzled over the loss of the Malaysian airline, the loss of an hour puzzled him even more. On a more serious note, Sarah Palin thinks a bad guy with a nuke can be stopped by a good guy with a nuke, she's not sure whether everyone should be licensed to carry a nuke but she feels this is a real deterrent guaranteed by the Constitution. Representative Issa will hold a hearing this week on that loss of an hour, and he claims Father Time cannot take the fifth or Rep Issa will give another long detailed indictment based on whatever he can think up. More to follow as the republicans investigate issues of great importance and national security. And you thought republicans were only concerned with jobs and the deficit.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Arizona Discrimination

Interesting that the bigotry and stupidity of the Arizona republicans is matched by similar comments across the web? Freedom now means in the minds of the bigots that your freedom stops at our door because you are different. I am more than beginning to think it must be the water or maybe global warming as Americans just seem to be getting stupider by the day. Is there some sort of nutritional need that would help? Anyone know? We need to do that constitution thing all over.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (this includes women) are not equal, that some should not be served especially if they were endowed by their Creator with gayness or brownness or some other differentness in our eyes, that among these qualities are lots of potential reasons to deny them service that will be determined in a pursuit of our Happiness and our ideological framework of justice.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

'The White Ghetto'



Several years ago, our niece, a girl who grew up in the lap of luxury took a trip to Appalachia as a student helper and returned dumbfounded. In my liberal head I was trying to make sense of how people come to live this way. She marveled over how the students worked while the locals sat and smoked. I think she missed the part that after she left life would be the same. Not everyone can be Honey Boo Boo with a TV show and a family that seems somewhat glued together as a social unit. As a back-road traveler and cyclist I often find the poor people of America the most friendly, but the lives they lead are odd to those of us who operate in the so called rat race even when we pretend it's not a race.

When people look at the inner city ghettos they forget, or is that neglect, the more remote, scenic ghettos. See book noted below.

'In Appalachia the country is beautiful and the society is broken.'

By Kevin D. Williamson

"Thinking about the future here and its bleak prospects is not much fun at all, so instead of too much black-minded introspection you have the pills and the dope, the morning beers, the scratch-off lotto cards, healing meetings on the hill, piles of gas-station nachos, the occasional blast of meth, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, petty crime, and death."


Article here.

I'm not sure Kurt has grasped the entire issue. "Human beings will be happier, not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie, but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia." Kurt Vonnegut

Read all about here: Deer Hunting with Jesus' by Joe Bageant. 'After thirty years spent scratching together a middle-class life out of a “dirt-poor” childhood, Joe Bageant moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, where he realized that his family....

Check here