Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Ohio man charged with drunken driving on barstool.
Apparently, there's a whole industry set up around this kind of thing. I'm way outta the loop.
Monday, March 30, 2009
The poorly rasterized charts can be found accompanying this Atlantic article on the same topic.
Ironic, then, that their latest ad campaign uses a soviet-inspired font in a jingoist ad.
Spain is bravely attending to what the US SHOULD be doing.
"The only route of escape the prosecutor might have is to ask whether there is ongoing process in the US against these people," Boyé told the Observer. "This case will go ahead. It will be against the law not to go ahead."
"I have no idea what anyone is talking about," said Oracle Corp. Chief Executive Larry Ellison, when talking about cloud computing at a financial analyst conference in September. "It's really just complete gibberish. What is it?" He added: "When is this idiocy going to stop?"
Find an old picture of a known location. Manually superimpose it on the way it looks today. Snap.
Although the W.P.A. is mostly associated with rural dams and roadways, there’s hardly a city in America where it didn’t leave its mark, from riverfront parks to schools and housing projects.
Eisenhower’s investment in highways was equally audacious, but its effect on cities has not always been positive; in many ways the Highways Act set the stage for decades during which suburban interests trumped urban ones.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Some amazing pics of an underwater volcano erupting off the coast of Tonga
This one looks like a giant winnie the pooh rising from the ashes.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Obama's Critical Early Test: Corporate Arrogance (boingboing)
Today, we face corporate arrogance that is almost transcendent and vastly more damaging than any of organized labor's excesses. Wall Street's barons, and the people who have been running and allegedly governing many of the nation's biggest companies, have raised a collective middle finger to America even as they've forced us to bail out the enterprises they've run into the ground. When commentators fret about corporate leaders' tone-deafness, they are implying that the executives simply don't get it. Oh yes they do.
Excellent short reviews on a 1000 songs with a keen eye/ear for detail. Via metafilter
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This culture of arrogance and greed knows no bounds. THEY ARE NOT WORTH SAVING.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Ukelele Freakshow: Oddballs of the ukelele universe
Friday, March 13, 2009
It's not very often that the Jive gets excited about bus design, but as with their taxi, London has a winner with this. Why can't the switch the steering to the other side and get these beautiful things on the streets of Philly?
Especially interesting in light of the Cramer market manipulation segment (youtube) from TheStreet that has been recently making the rounds.
Here's what the NYTimes had to say on the piece.
Part of his frustration may stem from the fact that while Mr. Stewart clearly won the debate, Mr. Cramer and CNBC stood to profit from the encounter. In today’s television news market, the cable network and its stars are like the financiers they cover — media short-sellers trading shamelessly on publicity, good or bad, so long as it drives up ratings. There isn’t enough regulation on Wall Street, and there’s hardly any accountability on cable news: it’s a 24-hour star system where opinions — and showmanship — matter more than facts.
Uncensored version of the whole show on dailyshow [Part 2] [Part3]
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Polls increasingly show that—despite the tanking economy—close to two-thirds of the public want investigations into the Bush team's use of coercive interrogation and warrantless wiretapping. My guess is that those numbers will only go up, as America digests the OLC's newly released constitutional quilting projects. This latest batch of memos, after all, offers us the proposition that U.S. citizens wouldn't be protected by the Fourth Amendment if the military were deployed against suspected terrorists in the United States and that the president (as channeled by then-OLC lawyer John Yoo) had secretly granted himself the right to suspend free speech and a free press.
Lots of financial and distribution data, but this, I think, is most telling:
Percentage of respondents who believed the press "hurt democracy" in 2007: 36 percent
"The night of February 27, no one at the bank knew that the end was minutes away."
Kudos to 60 minutes for an amazing piece of journalism.
Friday, March 06, 2009
No place in the United States is likely to escape a long and deep recession. Nonetheless, as the crisis continues to spread outward from New York, through industrial centers like Detroit, and into the Sun Belt, it will undoubtedly settle much more heavily on some places than on others. Some cities and regions will eventually spring back stronger than before. Others may never come back at all. As the crisis deepens, it will permanently and profoundly alter the country’s economic landscape. I believe it marks the end of a chapter in American economic history, and indeed, the end of a whole way of life.
Neoliberals are liberals in one sense -- they fret about unequal outcomes. But rather than help middle- and low-income Americans by regulating the prices of privately provided public goods, as the crude and direct New Dealers would have done, neoliberal Democrats have argued for allowing the "market" (translation: the publicly subsidized entities) to set prices and then promised to provide tax subsidies or grants to help middle- and low-income Americans pay for the expensive, privately provided public goods.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Paul Kelleher: Yes, I'm calling to inform you that my mom died on the 24th of January.
Bank of America Estates representative: I'm sorry. Oh, it looks like she never even missed a payment. That's too bad. Well, how are you planning to take care of her balance?
PK: I'm not going to. She has no estate to speak of, but you should feel free to just go through the standard probate procedure. I'm certainly not legally obligated to pay for her.
BOA: You mean you're not going to help her out?
PK: I wouldn't be helping her out -- she's dead. I'd be helping you out.
BOA: Oh, that's really not the way to look at it. I know that if it were my mother, I'd pay it. That's why we're in the banking crisis we're in: banks having to write off defaulted loans.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
The collapse of the banking system explained, in just 59 minutes. Our crack economics team—the guys who explained the mortgage crisis, Alex Blumberg and NPR’s Adam Davidson—are back to help all of us understand the news. For instance, when we talk about an insolvent bank, what does it actually mean, and why are we giving hundreds of billions of dollars to rich bankers who screwed up their own businesses? Also, two guys go to New Jersey to look at a toxic asset.
Monday, March 02, 2009
When an English speaker doesn't understand a word one says, it's "Greek to me". When a Hebrew speaker encounters this difficulty, it "sounds like Chinese". I've been told the Korean equivalent is "sounds like Hebrew". Has there been a study of this phrase phenomenon, relating different languages on some kind of Directed Graph?
Everything we crave will be inside" (ebay)
(lyrics: Banana Splits)
The Essence of Line: Over 900 19th century French drawings