Archive for April 20, 2011

MSNBC’s Royal Wedding Schizophrenia

Promo just now (@10:54 p.m. ET) on MSNBC:  “What can Americans learn from British politics, economy, and culture — next week on MSNBC.”

Yeah, right. We believe that.

“Lean forward” into MSNBC trying to turn the royal wedding into an intellectual exercise.


April 20, 2011 at 10:07 PM Leave a comment

Teeny Tiny Joy

I love looking at teeny tiny food replicas.  I’m thinkin’ making them might be part of my next life:

De.  Light.  Ful.

(Via  flickr PetitPlat Food Art – Stephanie Kilgast.)

April 20, 2011 at 9:01 PM 1 comment

Fox Spins (as in Lies About) NYT Article on Obama’s Mother

This would be the headline at FoxNation tonight:

Click on the headline and you go here:

Click on that headline and you go here, to an article titled:  “Obama’s Young Mother Abroad.”

The New York Times article is a brief history of the life of Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and no, sorry you a–holes, it isn’t an investigation into “Obama family life in Indonesia.”

As a matter of fact, it includes a delightful pictorial of Ms. Dunham that makes me admire what she did with her too-short life.

Fox hopes its not-too-bright audience will stop at its headline and presume that gosh, even that raging liberal rag, the New York Times is suspicious of Obama’s background.


April 20, 2011 at 8:24 PM 2 comments

The Ugliest Shoe Ever

This has got to be the ugliest shoe I’ve ever seen:

April 20, 2011 at 4:58 PM Leave a comment

Your iPhone Is Watching You

If you have an iPhone, read the whole article. It’ll creep you out.

This is a map

of everywhere I’ve been for nearly the last year. Everywhere. I didn’t carry around a special tracking device. The FBI isn’t sending goons in unmarked vans to track me. All I did was use an iPhone. And if you have an iPhone, you’re being tracked right now, too, whether you like it or not.

It turns out that all our iPhones are keeping a record of everywhere you’ve been since June. This data is stored on your phone (or iPad) and computer, easily available to anyone who gets their hands on it.


We know that AT&T and other cellphone providers can always store this data, for any cellphone. And law enforcement can get to it when they need to. But I don’t want this information bouncing around on my computer and in pocket, too, for no good reason, with no way to opt out. That’s just not right.


The data itself is jarringly accurate (most of the time). And even though it appears to rely on tower triangulation rather than GPS pinpointing (meaning you’re not safe with location services switched off), the map I was able to generate with mapping software the security duo released visualizes my life since the day I bought my iPhone 4 in July. Everywhere I’ve been. Bus trips home. Train trips to visit family. Vacations. Places I’d forgotten I’d even gone. Zoom in on that giant blotch over New York, and you can see my travels, block by block.


Until Apple stops doing this, or explains why they are doing it, I don’t feel safe.

Hell no you don’t feel safe. This is outrageous.

Waiting to hear what Apple has to say.

April 20, 2011 at 4:22 PM Leave a comment

Republicans “Recoil” From Birther Debate

Top Republicans Recoil from Birther Debate:  “Donald Trump has poked a hornets’ nest by reopening the whole ‘birther’ debate, and a lot of Republicans aren’t pleased.”

“Reopening” the debate?  When did the “debate” close?

They’re realizing how nutty the whole birther thing makes them look but it’s too late and they don’t know how to stop it.  You know, how to put the toothpaste back in the tube.

April 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM Leave a comment

Happy 4/20!

The newspaper arrived this morning with this sticky note plastered across the front page headline.  It’s an advertisement for a medical marijuana joint — “Karing Kind.”


I’m still amazed at the speed with which the medical marijuana industry burst onto the scene here in Boulder.  There are something like 15 establishments around town, and none of them are more than a year old.  Thirty years ago, when good people went to prison for possession of a nickle bag, something like this would have been unimaginable.
Oh, and if you’re in the neighborhood, you might want to head on over to the CU campus for the “Great American Smoke Out” this afternoon at 4;20 p.m. MDT (Happy 4/20).  10,000 pot smokers are expected to attend.
Follow the event on Twitter here.
And finally, legalize it already.

April 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM Leave a comment

Trump — A “Campaign” Based on Lies and Exaggeration

Greg Sargent over at ThePlumLine has a good take on what Donald Trump is up to and a take on how the media is enabling him and basically creating his “presidential campaign:”

Trump has shrewdly figured out that the quickest and easiest way to get attention from media outlets and GOP establishment figures alike is to traffic extensively in birther falsehoods. Media outlets have, in fairness, done a good job in debunking Trump’s newly-minted birtherism. But as I noted here the other day, there’s simply no percentage in debunking them — that’s exactly what he wants us to do.

Indeed, Trump’s birther strategy has given rise to what might be called the Trump conundrum: Is there any real point in fact-checking someone who has adopted a deliberate strategy of trafficking in lies in order to get media attention?

As Trump well knows, media attention — positive or negative — is the only currency that counts at this stage of the game. And as the Pew poll bears out, his strategy is working brilliantly.

I agree, but think about it for a second.  Here we have a guy who may or may not be serious about running for president of the United States of America — the most powerful position in the world — and the way he builds a following and gauges whether he might have a chance at winning is by lying and making sensationalistic statements.  How sick is that, not only that Trump would do it but that the media would go along with it?

I swear.  We’re at a new low around here.

April 20, 2011 at 3:04 PM Leave a comment

Everything’s “Back to Normal” Along the Gulf Coast?

According to ahem, scientists,

the overall health of the Gulf of Mexico as nearly back to normal one year after the BP oil spill, but with glaring blemishes that restrain their optimism about nature’s resiliency, an Associated Press survey of researchers shows.

More than three dozen scientists grade the Gulf’s big picture health a 68 on average, using a 1-to-100 scale. What’s remarkable is that that’s just a few points below the 71 the same researchers gave last summer when asked what grade they would give the ecosystem before the spill. And it’s an improvement from the 65 given back in October.

Well, seeing is believing:

Damage: Shots from May 2010 (left) and April 2011(right) Scientists said Cat island is significantly eroded, with much of the mangrove dead or dying because the island was completely overwashed by the oil.

More info and photos here.

April 20, 2011 at 1:02 PM Leave a comment

How Does a Salary of $312,963 Per Day Sound?

Josh Harkinson over at MotherJones has a post up featuring “America’s 10 Most Overpaid CEOs.”

The #1 ridiculously overpaid CEO on the list is Viacom’s Philippe Dauman,

at $84.5 million per year or, on average, $312,963 per day:

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s staggering $84.5 million take makes him the highest paid chief executive in the nation. After getting a 149 percent raise in 2010, his pay bested that of the fourth- and fifth-highest-earning CEOs combined—and that was only for nine months on the job (Viacom changed its fiscal year in 2010 to end in September). During that time, Dauman brought home an average of $312,963 a day. To be sure, Viacom, the gargantuan media conglomerate that runs Paramount Pictures, MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon, saw respectable growth last year. It defended Dauman’s pay by arguing that $54.5 million of it was a one-time signing bonus tied to a six-and-a-half-year extension of his contract. Even if that bonus is averaged over that period, Dauman would still be, on a monthly basis, the highest paid CEO in America, overseeing a company whose stock price closed out the 2010 fiscal year down 12 percent from its 2007 high.

More on this obscenity at the link above.  Some of the guys on the list are pretty much inept at what they do, but they make millions anyway, like John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo, who rakes in $17.6 million even though the feds had to bail out his bank.  What’s with that?

(Image via.)

April 20, 2011 at 10:47 AM Leave a comment

Stanley Ann Dunham

Check out this pictorial history of the milestones in the life of President Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

Stanley?  Her father’s name was Stanley.

Dunham Family Archives/Associated Press

April 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Hubble Space Telescope

Today is the 21st anniversary of the deployment of the incredible Hubble Space Telescope, and the Hubble people are celebrating with the release of this glorious image:

In celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s deployment into space, astronomers pointed Hubble at an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273.

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disc that is tidally distorted into a rose-like shape by the gravitational pull of the companion galaxy below it, known as UGC 1813. The swathe of blue jewels across the top is the combined light from clusters of intensely bright and hot young blue stars. These massive stars glow fiercely in ultraviolet light.


The Hubble was a brilliant idea; well worth every penny of its design, creation and upkeep.

April 20, 2011 at 9:43 AM Leave a comment

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