Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Things to Know - 20 June

Stuart Carlson

1.  Drones.  Here's and ABC news clip interview with someone who has written a book.  Understand the subject and see how the "killing" reflects something far different from what we have understood warfare to be in the past:

2.  Rick Scott is the bumbling govnir of Florida.  If you don't know much about him, personally, you might get a bit closer to him after you read this:

3.  Thom Hartmann presents a shortened digest of items that are more confusing in their long form:

4.  Eugene Robinson of the WashPost provides his views on Romney's position on no deportation of young immigrants, which is that he has none or just mealy-mouths something that actually says nothing.  This is actually proof for the Brit Prime Minister (Cameron Brown), who says that the more he talks the less he actually says:

5.  Thomas Friedman would like Obama, for all of his slow-to-spool-up campaign enthusiasm stance to get back to Warren Buffett and have him articulate on a higher political plane the need to implement "his" plan:

6.  The NY Times has a kindly editorial on the impact of immigration on this nation:

7.  There's going to be a learning curve for the new LA Dodger organization.   In this case, first, you need to know a bit of the history on how Chavez Ravine became Dodger Stadium, and who was displaced in the process.  Second, you need to recognized just exactly what the Dodger organization has meant to much of the residents and fans around the proximity.  Third - you don't piss off Steve Lopez.  When he's figured out what is fair, and just, he is unrelenting in getting things done right.  Just ask that Trutanich guy who ran for DA last election and lost:

8.  I include this piece on on-line poker gambling in California.  I really have never paid much attention to it.  I know that there are Casinos operating in about any place where Native Americans have figured out that there is a chunk of money to be made.  Then, there was that issue where Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff got mixed up in taking money from some Indians to work deals for Bush, but that's about all.  Now, this article shows that the issue is just like any other revenue generating business that has just the same smell and tinge of sneaky lobbyists as any other issue:

"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."   
       -- Carl Sagan
"To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug." 
       -- Helen Keller
"Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others." 
       -- Edward Abbey
"We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those whom we admire." 
       -- Francois de La Rochefoucauld
"I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly." 
       -- Michel de Montaigne

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