Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Things to Know - 13 June

1.  One way of looking at today's Republican Party (aka GeeOpee) is to look at former modern-day GOP presidents and see how the Tea Party and related extremists would take to them:

2.  Continuing on as to how the extremists have taken on the role of keep of the linguist's dictionary:

3.  A former policy advisor to Reagan and Poppy Bush attempts to put the record straight.  It was George W. Bush who plunged this country into its financial problems, and all of the financial and economic woes we are having are the direct result of the his administration's mismanagement of governance.   This needs to be made clear and loud to all:

4.  What is the ulterior motive behind all of the "Social Network" internet businesses, web browser, and any related schemes where you give your name, address, and rather private interests and information?   It just may not be an overwhelming altruistic effort to create friendly associations and a mutual admiration society.   They are all business ventures, and they make their money by selling ad space, and also selling...yes selling, what is known about you to business ventures, political groups, and others who are really interested in using your personal information ("commoditizing your person") for their financial gain:

5.  Here is a perfect example of His Mittness defining who or what he stands for by what he is not saying:

6.  The news and views with Thom Hartmann:

7.   I am not sure if David Brooks is saying what he really is trying to say, or if I am totally missing the mark, but you may find it.  I am including him just because this piece is about the most interesting one that the NY Times has today:

8.  If you've ever wondered how the service workers in those price restaurants in the pricey sections of a glamorous part of town get to and from work from their "places of residence", this story helps fill that question:

"What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on?" 
       -- George Carlin
"It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong." 
       -- G. K. Chesterton
"The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority." 
       -- Ralph W. Sockman
"Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy." 
       -- Isaac Newton
"The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them." 
       -- Sir William Bragg

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