Thursday, May 28, 2015

May Reads.

Summer reads and a few links.

'The New Prophets of Capital' by Nicole Aschoff
'ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror' by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan
'The Nearest Thing to Life (The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities)' by James Wood
See Work link below. 'The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction' by Matthew B. Crawford
'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds' by Charles MacKay
'Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises,' Sixth Edition, by Charles P. Kindleberger, Robert Z. Aliber, Robert Solow

Fiction: 'Crow Fair: Stories' by Thomas McGuane and all of Cormac McCarthy

'The Founding Fathers Versus The Gun Nuts'
Outsourcing, a bit dated, but still relevant.
The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism.
Unreal, unreal.... see YouTube.
Working with your hands.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Links

Kansas, Brownback's Welfare State

Is it not curious that a state that says it is about freedom imposes restrictions on the needy while it fails to impose any restrictions on its own bad habits? When your state is on the dole because of your policies shouldn't you too give something up? Given Governor Sam Brownback's economic failure shouldn't he in fairness impose the same restrictions on himself and on his staff. Obvious failure should be seen for what it is, failure.

Only comedy can do justice to Kansas.

Sam's tax help.

More on Sam's failure here.

And Guns....

Remember the incredible fear one case of Ebola caused the republican party, would you not think this issue of some concern?

Social media, the new bully pulpit.

Why be good?

"Books had instant replay long before televised sports." Bernard Williams [See what to read]

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.


"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.

"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.