Thursday, June 21, 2012

Things to Know - 22 June

Rob Rogers

1.  the zany and the weird have a platform - You Tube.   How far does this Joe the Plumber campaign ad go?  Who knows, but along with the wondering comes a feeling that this country is not right, and is sick:

2.  This link is to a very serious discussion on what is at the heart of our problems, at home and globally, with the system of Capitalism and how its failures have created problems in our political and social systems.  Nobel Prize winning Economist Joseph Stiglitz presents an overview of his new book and if you read nothing else - READ THIS:

3.  You know that stuff that you put into your gas tank, that comes from that pump, that the big truck comes by and fills up.....well the guys who own the plant that gets that oil and refines it, well those guys take some of that money that you paid and use it to buy legislators with bribes and campaign contributions so that they can eliminate any obstructions that might make their business more difficult (like having to drill and refine safer and cleaner) which means that you just get to piddle around in toxics for as long as you get to live:

4.  This is a heads up for conspiracy theorists.   There is a big-spender pow-wow going on this weekend up in a resort in Utah.  The enemy is planning and plotting a coordinated attack on our election, and the coordinator is going to be there.  Drones have been known to fall out of the sky and do great damage, and this is a good opportunity to test their air worthiness.   Please send 100 drones to the required coordinates, to gauge the effectiveness of drone reliability:

5.  One has to wonder what is going on in this country.  I live in a good progressive college town in California.  What if I lived some place like Arizona, and I saw a law like this one coming down?   This is not the same country my parents wanted to raise me to.  This is a shame on us all:

6.  There is a big difference between a news story and an op-ed piece.   Opinion Editorial is based someone who has reviewed all of the facts of an issue, and issues an opinion.  A news story is just the factual collection of data in an investigative process, and then reportage of of it all in a "news story".   This piece about Romney and his work at Bain Capitol is the result of a news gathering process, and it shows that Willard Mitt Romney, CEO of Bain did, during his tenure, actively remove jobs from the USA to offshore locations like China in venture after venture.  This is NOT an op-ed is factual news:

7.  Paul Krugman picks up where Gail Collins started on the "privatization' of prisons issue.   "Privatization", in my mind is Capitalism talk for lowering the bar on efficiency, mission statement, and long term viability:

8.  Hector Tobar and another story of those who are representative of the subjects in Obama's decision to not deport the young who are here for not fault of their own:


"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them." 
       -- Mark Twain
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." 
       -- Alan Kay
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." 
       -- Plato
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition." 
       -- Timothy Leary
"Health food makes me sick."
       -- Calvin Trillin

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