Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Oh noes! Evil Apple has withdrawn their stuff from greenie certification!

And the City of San Franfreakso says they will buy no more Apple products. That decision was announced by Melanie Nutter, the director of the Department of Environment for the city.

Melanie. Nutter. Department of Environment.

Dammit, someone owes me a keyboard!

Monday, July 09, 2012

" I don’t understand any political benefit that can be achieved with that.”

Democrats are stalking Republicans, much the same way a hunter would stalk a game animal (except they use cameras). Republicans are all butthurt about it.

Wisconsin GOP Rep. Reid Ribble, who said he’s also been followed by a cameraman when shopping for groceries, said the home videos cross a line.

“I feel it’s totally inappropriate,” said Ribble, a freshman facing a competitive race for reelection. “It was disturbing to me that they would put that online. I don’t understand any political benefit that can be achieved with that.”

Representative Ribble, are you so dense that you fail to see gross intimidation when it happens to you?

No wonder they're called "The Stupid Party".

And why did I predict the Republicans will not repeal Obamacare?

Because it's about politics, not about doing what's right. The only thing they believe in is their own power, prestige and privilege.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

What is it with fund raisers?

I have a number of causes that I donate to on a fairly regular basis. And it almost never fails that they will spend what appears to be the full amount of my last donation attempting to get me to donate more. I only have one who has never done that, and of all groups it's my local humane society.

Around 25% of the time, I get so annoyed with a group that I simply stop donating to them at all. I just got off the phone with a nice gentleman calling on the behalf of the NRA. This is the second call, on a Sunday no less, in 2 weeks. I had to stop him and ask to please be added to their do not call list. It isn't that I haven't donated to the NRA lately; I have. However, they want more so we can elect Romney to save us all from Obama. As anyone who's been reading me lately knows, I consider that a fool's errand at best, and I'm having no part of it.

How the NRA got my number is beyond me. I'm an Endowment member, and I know I didn't give it to them. It's unlisted, so they sure didn't look it up. Goggle doesn't know what to make of it, and if I ego surf my name all you get in the top 100 results is my ham radio call sign info. I love having a name similar to a modestly famous person; I get to hide in the noise of his existence. While I have no illusion of being truly anonymous, I do try to protect my privacy.

Why do fund raisers continue to persist in this behavior? Does it actually work? Do people give them money in what is surely a vain attempt to keep them at bay? I would seriously like to know. Hell, I'd guarantee each of my chosen charities twice the amount I donate each year if they would simply agree to contact just once per year and remind me it's time to donate.

Speaking of which, the local humane society could probably use some more from me. I'll give them what I'm not giving the NRA.

Smarter folks than I

Something that we should all admit is that we are not the smartest person in the room. No matter how smart you are, there are others who know things you don't, who have thought of things you haven't or who have experience you have yet to see.

Jerry Pournelle has some thoughts on the Obamacare decision
. They are unlike any I have read so far. You have to start at that link and work your way backwards in the typical blog reading style.

I don't and likely won't agree with him that there is "more than a dime's worth of difference between Romney and Obama", but I'm not so foolish as to discount his words in their entirety. You might want to consider giving them a read yourself.

It ain't just Detroit

(Via The Email List That Shall Not Be Named)

We've all seen the pictures of a decaying Detroit, and we've all been told by folks as varied as James Howard Kunstler to James Wesley, Rawles that big cities are on the way out (one way or the other).

St. Louis is in the game as well. But don't act surprised, we can find similar pictures of pretty much any big US city--New York, Chicago, Atlanta--they all have their ruins.

We also have ruins in rural areas, and have had since before I was born. Falling down barns, abandoned homesteads, overgrown fields--these and the urban ruins are all signs of failure and change.

What concerns me are two things. First, the glorying in "ruin porn". Sure, we've had it since way back when, but today it seems to be somehow darker--almost as if we're rooting for the ruins to win. Second is the nature of the ruins. From contracting cities to depopulating rural areas, they seem to speak of a society and a country in decline. In other times, they spoke of risks taken and lost, of societal changes as we moved from a base of agriculture to manufacturing, of people seeking a better life.

I can't quite put a finger on it, but it does seem different, and not in a good way. As an indicator, it's another worrisome thing to consider.