George Orwell once wrote about “a rather cruel trick I once played on a wasp. He was sucking jam on my plate, and I cut him in half. He paid no attention, merely went on with his meal, while a tiny stream of jam trickled out of his severed œsophagus. Only when he tried to fly away did he grasp the dreadful thing that had happened to him”. -- A Severed Wasp: Orwell - Woolf - Kierkegaard > David Wemyss
Inside the imaginarium, the way to demonize the "1%" is to vacation among them -- whether at Martha's Vineyard or Costa del Sol. Buying a corporate jet is a waste of the people's money -- unlike daily flying on a much bigger private jet paid by the people. To encourage energy self-sufficiency, the administration lent a half-billion dollars to campaign donor insiders and got unsellable solar panels in return -- as it prevents a huge pipeline from Canada that will bring "shovel-ready" jobs and fuel to the United States far more cheaply than from the volatile Middle East. We have a brilliantly obtuse energy secretary who is a Noble Laureate but who thinks California farms -- record $15 billions in exports this year -- will soon blow away and that gas should climb to European levels of about $9 a gallon.
Ugly Cars vs Pretty Cars: "How, in this hypersensitive culture of ours," Dipso asks "did Pixar avoid catastrophic backlash on that?"
Vladimir V. Putin Wins Confucius Peace Prize in China for Going to War in Chechnya “His iron hand and toughness revealed in this war impressed the Russians a lot, and he was regarded to be capable of bringing safety and stability to Russia,” read an English version of the committee’s statement.
LEAP:The High Altitude Ski Cabin.
Obama agrees to thousands more US troops to Australia "So from mid next year there'll be 250 troops and over the years this will be gradually increased to a maximum number of 2,500 by 2015. This force will be known as MAGTF - the Marine Task Force Group." China, with 2.5 MILLION men under arms is shaking in its boots!
What Will We Say? when the government announces that “for security reasons” it will begin conducting random checks of our homes? That we will be required by law to open our doors and stand aside while government agents do a walk-through, just to “be sure” and (of course) “to keep us safe”? -- | Eric Peters
YouTube tests redesign "Don't rush off to take a peek just yet, though -- the changes haven't been rolled out to everyone. Google's been known to test redesigns with small subsets of users, so it's expected that only a few folks will be seeing the makeover."
NPR Versus ‘Minstrel’ Cain "National Public Radio proved a long time ago it disdains black conservatives. Remember when NPR’s Nina Totenberg launched the unproven sexual harassment charges against Clarence Thomas? NPR doesn’t even like black liberals who appear on Fox News: They canned Juan Williams."
30 Ways The World Used To Be Cooler 5. Everyone was using shotguns...
10. Baseball players drank and smoked in the dugout.
Al Fin Energy: US On Track to Exceed Old Hydrocarbon Peak Production "The significant new oil find in Colorado, seen in the image at left, is just one small drop in a very large bucket of new oil & gas finds across the continental US. Even under the burden of US President Obama's energy starvation agenda, US oil & gas producers are finding a way to push back against political corruption and the anti-energy bias of the modern green Luddite movement."Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 16, 2011 9:09 AM