Weniger aber Besser

Dec 12

“The last job of capitalism – having won all the battles against labour, having acquired the ultimate authority, almost the ultimate moral authority over what’s a good idea or what’s not, or what’s valued and what’s not – the last journey for capital in my country has been to buy the electoral process, the one venue for reform that remained to Americans.” —

this is a good read.

David Simon: ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show’ | World news | The Observer

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“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you” —

Neil deGrasse Tyson

I, for one, am SO HAPPY that it doesn’t make sense. If it did, then where would I look for adventure?

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From now on, I'm "Bing-ing It!" -

lessig:

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[#tl;dr translation: Bing now let’s you easily filter on the basis of licenses, aka, the right to reuse (beyond the rights of fair use). Bravo, Bing!]

For years I have been arguing that there’s something ridiculous about the way search engines enable people to find and use content — given…

Dec 09

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Sep 21

Lines Overlapping: Literally kicked out of a Live Nation venue for tweeting -

martinhardee:

Look, I wasn’t bothering anyone at all. I was just sitting quietly in my seat between acts tweeting a friend. Apparently, that is a crime in Silicon Valley, California, at least at a Live Nation concert venue.

Shoreline Amphitheatre is managed by Live Nation and situated in the heart of Silicon…

Aug 09

theatlantic:

India’s Forgotten Chinese Internment Camp

Michael Cheng was six years old in 1962 when the police came to take him and his family away. They arrived, armed and in force, in the middle of the night. Some of the officers, many of whom had known the Chengs for years, were apologetic. They were just following orders, the men assured Michael’s mother, and the family was being taken somewhere safe “for your own good.”
The Cheng family wasn’t the only one. Andy Hsieh was a student at a boarding school in Shillong, in northeast India. One day, he and several of his classmates were called into the headmaster’s office and told that they would be going away for an indefinite length of time.
When police came for Wong Ying Sheng’s family, they were packed and ready to go. Wong’s mother had escaped the Japanese invasion of Singapore and knew the signs.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

India’s Forgotten Chinese Internment Camp

Michael Cheng was six years old in 1962 when the police came to take him and his family away. They arrived, armed and in force, in the middle of the night. Some of the officers, many of whom had known the Chengs for years, were apologetic. They were just following orders, the men assured Michael’s mother, and the family was being taken somewhere safe “for your own good.”

The Cheng family wasn’t the only one. Andy Hsieh was a student at a boarding school in Shillong, in northeast India. One day, he and several of his classmates were called into the headmaster’s office and told that they would be going away for an indefinite length of time.

When police came for Wong Ying Sheng’s family, they were packed and ready to go. Wong’s mother had escaped the Japanese invasion of Singapore and knew the signs.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

As many of you know, I’m a lifelong fan of the Washington pro football team and I totally support this.
motherjones:


In an admittedly small gesture, Mother Jones is…tweaking our house style guide, joining Slate and a group of other publications, from The New Republicto Washington City Paper. From here on out, we will refer to the team online and in print as “Washington” or “Washington’s pro football team” or, if we get sassy, “the Washington [Redacted].”

Read why we’re doing it.

As many of you know, I’m a lifelong fan of the Washington pro football team and I totally support this.

motherjones:

In an admittedly small gesture, Mother Jones is…tweaking our house style guide, joining Slate and a group of other publications, from The New Republicto Washington City Paper. From here on out, we will refer to the team online and in print as “Washington” or “Washington’s pro football team” or, if we get sassy, “the Washington [Redacted].”

Read why we’re doing it.

Oct 07

Why Does The GOP Think That Every Favorable Event For Obama is a Conspiracy? Because That’s THEIR MO!

I have been thinking about what’s the logic behind the recent outburst of GOP leaders and surrogates like Jack Welch and Steve Forbes to the favorable job numbers claiming that the numbers were cooked.

I have a pretty good hypothesis. It’s because that’s what they do! Whenever, they needed to move on something, they cook the books. As a result, they are projecting their own logic on to Obama.

Here are some examples:

  1. They needed a rationale to attack Iraq and take the focus off Afghanistan - how do you do that? Well, you cook the books - manufactured claims of Iraqi WMD.
  2. They wanted to torture prisoners - as a result, they again cooked the books by creating phoney “findings” led by John Yoo.
  3. They needed to suppress reliable Democratic voters - they manufactured a voter fraud problem and used that as a rationale to pass laws and policies that would suppress African-American, youth and low income voters.
  4. Now, let’s take the specific case of Jack Welch - it turns out that the sleazebag was a book cooker himself.
  5. Don’t have an instance for Steve Forbes … yet - give me some time