The source of this extraordinary graphic can be found at the bottom. Continue reading
“Among the cuts: killing the Marines’ $15 billion expeditionary fighting vehicle; delaying production of the F-35 fighter; and trimming the manpower of the Army and the Marines by 42,000 or more.[Emphasis mine – Mike]” – Wichita Falls (TX) TimesRecordNews, “Our Opinion: Gates says Pentagon faces financial ‘crisis'”, Editorial distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, Posted January 29, 2011 at midnight
Congress — particularly the newly-anti-military, pro-partisan Republicans in the last Senate — refused to let this budget measure for the military even come to a vote in 2010. They filibustered it. Continue reading
I admit it. I yielded to the hype and the ‘sturm und drang’ and decided to catch an episode of the MTV series, “Skins”.
It was not at all what I expected. It’s actually much deeper than perhaps it has a right to be. Continue reading
Courtesy’s Sad Substitute (1/14/11) – Wall Street Journal A decade ago Amtrak started designating “Quiet Cars” in which there was to be no cellphone yammering, no insect-like buzzing or muted thumping bleeding from headphones, no keening conversations. Now commuter lines are finally following suit.
Related: Colonial Manners, Based on the Exercise of a Schoolboy* – The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation George Washington, sometime before the age of 16, transcribed Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour In Company and Conversation. (Original errors in numbering have been corrected; original spelling is unchanged.)
Beijing boasts in Times Square, but are they really Chinese?(1/21/11) – MSNBC.com – The video is supposed to introduce the U.S. – and the world – to Chinese people who have excelled and brought Chinese citizens a sense of pride.But it wasn’t long before someone posted a discovery on Twitter: At least three celebrities shown in the video are U.S. citizens; even more have permanent residency status in the U.S.
You may be surprised to learn that my wife is not as political as I am. When I bend her ear too much or gripe about conservatives too much, she lets me know when I’m done.
Thus it was that after Obama’s State Of The Union (SOTU) speech, while I and the commentators and the politicians assessed the change to ‘prom night’ seating as neutral to positive, my wife voiced an objection. Following is a paraphrase of the conversation. Continue reading
By Matt Feeney, Posted Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at 11:22 AM ET
See Slate’s complete coverage of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and the arrest of Jared Lee Loughner.
If we never discovered that Jared Lee Loughner honed his murderous outlook while sitting alone in his bedroom, reading Nietzsche and thinking about nihilism, that would have been real news. Instead of real news, though, we’ve gotten a dreary iteration of a cultural cliché. The New York Times and other media are saying the addled and alienated young man arrested for trying to assassinate Gabrielle Giffords, and for the murders of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green and five other people, took himself to be a Nietzschean. Of course he did. Continue reading
Sometimes I have lots of stuff I want to share, but it’s not reasonable to create a new post for each, so this will be my first potpourri post. Continue reading
This video was made by the people at my wife’s friend’s lab.
One day, 26,000 hits! I think it’s going viral!
I know this piece makes me kind of a fan-boy, but I admit it. I’m one of probably millions of people who are more saddened than words can describe to see Keith Olbermann leave MSNBC.
That’s the bad news. Keep reading for the possible silver lining. Continue reading
A 240-Year-Old Map Is Reborn (NY Times, 1/16/11): [Go to story to see map. Try to enlarge as much as possible, because the detail is amazing! – Mike] In May 2010, a tattered and brittle map was discovered in storage at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Experts identified it as a rare item, a Bernard Ratzer “Plan of the City of New York” map in its 1770 state. Until then, only three copies were thought to exist. After a painstaking restoration to remove layers of shellac and grime and repair dozens of breaks, the map is now behind plexiglass and ready to be displayed to the public. Below is the map before, left, and after restoration. For more details on the map and the story of its restoration, go to the related article.
Maverick Economist Alfred Kahn has a penchant for candor that is both refreshing and dangerous in Washington. When he said that there is the possibility of a “deep, deep depression” if inflation continues to soar, the President was furious. Kahn responded by purging the word depression from his vocabulary and instead using “banana.” So he now says: “We’re in danger of having the worst banana in 45 years.”
– Business: Yes, We Have No Bananas (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,919922,00.html)
Words have power. That’s why an ad slogan is so persuasive. It’s why people polish speeches. It’s why society sometimes considers words taboo.
Sometimes, words are taboo for politically expedient reasons. Economist Alfred Kahn learned this when he felt forced to substitute the word “banana” for the word “depression”. Continue reading
“If you live to the age of a hundred, you have it made, because very few people die past the age of a hundred.” – George Burns (More George Burns quotes: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0122675/bio)
One would think that after Bush dismissed the “Bin Laden Determined to Strike Inside the United States” intelligence memo in August of 2001, Republicans might have learned that ideologically inconvenient intelligence should not be ignored just because it’s, well, ideologically inconvenient.
And you’d be wrong. Continue reading
When I write commentaries about news or historical events, I like to find reliable information sources and cite them as needed. Right now, however, I am out of town with a laptop computer shared by three people. The other two are a Harvard student and a research scientist, so you can guess where I am in that pecking order.
Which is why this has been mainly a “Tweet week”.
And this is why I’ve you’ve heard nothing from me here about the assassination attempt on Rep.Gabrielle Giffords.
Jared Loughner was pretty obviously a deeply disturbed young man. His mental issues went beyond the subtleties requiring a psychological evaluation. He was sufficiently odd that he, to quote a young female classmate’s email, “scared the crap out of [her].” When she was in class with him, she kept her purse close at hand and sat by a door for a fast escape if the necessity arose. Continue reading
You want to know the biggest problem with “All You Can Eat” restaurants? Well, it’s that you eat all you bloody well can!
Did you know that Klingon is the 2nd most spoken artificial language in the world after Esperanto?
While not the title I might have chosen, it’s an interesting discussion about the transition from silent to sound, and from silent comedy to sound comedy. While the piece has its flaws (mentioning many movies without the years they were made, and occasionally rambling a bit off point), it’s an interesting thought article on the transitions caused by technology, current events and changing public tastes.
Included in the article is a link to a very early color talkie from about 1900!
Find it here.
Talk of Mars exploration has always revolved around how to get there and back. What if we eliminated the “and back” part of that equation?
The mission certainly gets cheaper, but what are the chances of crew survival? And would anybody want to go on a one-way trip to a lace more than 35 million miles from home? Sometimes a LOT more than 35 million miles! Continue reading
We began this website as a bare-bones construct with the aid of Grace S. Sun. With the starting point she gave me, and the invaluable assistance of consultant Steve Mauldin, this site with its blog has grown into something with which I’m quite pleased, and which I hope you all enjoy, as well.
Below is the official report for the site in the 4 months since its creation:
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times
In 2010, there were 73 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 107 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 836mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was September 28th with 67 views. The most popular post that day was Articles, News, History & More.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were mail.yahoo.com, kilt.itmftp.com, facebook.com, WordPress Dashboard, and mail.live.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for think wing radio, abc news shadow scholar, thinkwing radio, number of american households in 2010 that had an income of more than $250000, and why tax cuts for the rich don’t stimulate the economy.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Articles, News, History & More August 2010
Archives: ThinkWing Radio Shows August 2010
About August 2010
Why Tax Cuts For The Rich Don’t Stimulate The Economy (Commentary, 11/12/2010) November 2010
HOME PAGE December 2010
By Sally Wadyka
Here’s some good news about chocolate that should help assuage any guilt you have about consuming it, from The Practical Guide To Healthy Living