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My OCD

As I’ve mentioned, I do have a touch of my dad’s OCD. And the other day, when I was stuck in O’Hare most of the day, I was… bothered by the fact that the edge of the vinyl cushioned seat on which I sat was ripped, almost as if chewed away by a dog. I hated the way it felt, so of course I couldn’t stop touching it – like a sore tooth.

Then I remembered the tie-dyed duct tape in my bag. I looked around to see if anyone was watching, ripped off a piece and covered the offending tear. I was worried that TSA agents would suddenly appear and accuse me of trying to blow up the airport with explosive duct tape — but nothing.

So if you’re ever sitting at Gate 10 of the USAirways terminal, and you happen to notice a patch of pink and purple tie-dyed duct tape on the corner of an end-row seat?

That was me.

Prelude from Bach’s cello suite No. 1

A little midday refreshment from Yo-Yo Ma:

DIY air conditioner

Honestly, I love stuff like this. Lifehacker is geek porn!

Virtually speaking

Thursday, June 23 | 9 pm eastern | 6 pm pacific | Virtually Speaking w/ Jay Ackroyd | Dan Ellsberg and Glenn Greenwald - together for up to 2 hrstalk about WikiLeaks and the growth of the American Security State. | Listen live and later on BTR.

This ought to be a good one.

Matewan

Avedon thought I’d like this, and she was right:

Impasse

Cantor pulls out of budget talks. I guess he’s going to pout now.

AARP

The AARP has always primarily been about selling insurance, and insurance is pretty much a Republican business. I said as much to the previous AARP communications rep, who called several months ago to introduce himself.

Well, he didn’t last long and now we have a new flak who’s at least honest about their aims: Namely, don’t rock the political boat in any way that might affect our business. I’ll tell him what I told the other guy: If they don’t understand that Baby Boomers are activists and want an organization that will fight for Social Security, they will find themselves with rapidly declining membership and a shell of an organization.

Oh, and guys? Even your discounts aren’t that great. They’re based on a degree of disposable income that most retirees will no longer have, thanks to organizations like yours.

Seriously, if you have one, burn your AARP card and mail it back to these fuckers.

Greece


So they’re selling off pieces of Greece to pay for the bankers’ losses. How nice, to gamble at the casino and know someone else will always cover you when you lose.

In case this was discussed so long ago you’ve forgotten, we’ve propped up banks that are in really bad shape for the past three or so years, instead of letting them crash and rebuild — which most economists (including Krugman) recommended. Instead, the administration chose the “extend and pretend” policy so beloved by Wall Street. That is, if we just all pretend everything’s going to be okay, eventually it will be.

You see how well that’s worked out. But apparently anyone who criticizes Obama is only angry because of Hillary Clinton.

429K

As Duncan points out, not good news.

Dumber than a can of paint

In yet another example of how wingnut politicians act without thinking of the logical consequences, Georgia Republicans passed a law that’s leaving their agricultural industry in sad shape:

After enacting House Bill 87, a law designed to drive illegal immigrants out of Georgia, state officials appear shocked to discover that HB 87 is, well, driving a lot of illegal immigrants out of Georgia.

It might be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

Thanks to the resulting labor shortage, Georgia farmers have been forced to leave millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions, melons and other crops unharvested and rotting in the fields. It has also put state officials into something of a panic at the damage they’ve done to Georgia’s largest industry.

Barely a month ago, you might recall, Gov. Nathan Deal welcomed the TV cameras into his office as he proudly signed HB 87 into law. Two weeks later, with farmers howling, a scrambling Deal ordered a hasty investigation into the impact of the law he had just signed, as if all this had come as quite a surprise to him.

And you know, here’s where the chickens really come home to roost. Politicians act as if undocumented immigrants contribute nothing to the nation’s economy, when the truth is, they do damned hard and dirty work that Americans consider beneath them:

The first batch of probationers started work last week at a farm owned by Dick Minor, president of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association. In the coming days, more farmers could join the program.

So far, the experiment at Minor’s farm is yielding mixed results. On the first two days, all the probationers quit by mid-afternoon, said Mendez, one of two crew leaders at Minor’s farm.

“Those guys out here weren’t out there 30 minutes and they got the bucket and just threw them in the air and say, `Bonk this, I ain’t with this, I can’t do this,’” said Jermond Powell, a 33-year-old probationer. “They just left, took off across the field walking.”

Mendez put the probationers to the test last Wednesday, assigning them to fill one truck and a Latino crew to a second truck. The Latinos picked six truckloads of cucumbers compared to one truckload and four bins for the probationers.

“It’s not going to work,” Mendez said. “No way. If I’m going to depend on the probation people, I’m never going to get the crops up.”

You’d think that someone would figure out that undocumented laborers working for crap wages are what keeps food prices low enough for the entire nation. But then, you’d be assuming that these showboating politicians are smart enough to think of anything that can’t fit on a bumper sticker.

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