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More on No-Details Mitt

My Tweet of the Day:

Why is Romney hiding the details of his revenue raising plan? Duh.  BECAUSE WE WOULDN’T VOTE FOR HIM IF WE KNEW THEM.

June 18, 2012 at 7:20 PM Leave a comment

Charles and David Koch Each Made $124.8 Million — TODAY

They say you learn something new every day.  What I learned today was that Bloomberg has a daily “Billionaires Index” where they track what the world’s billionaires made on any given day.  Charles and David Koch, the guys who are buying our government, each made $124.8 million — TODAY.  Yep.  In.  One.  Day.


Oh, and the guy at the top of the list, Carlos Slim Helu, the richest man on Earth who made $1,617.2 million today?  Last week he said the world should raise the retirement age to 70 for We the Little People.


June 18, 2012 at 6:21 PM Leave a comment

Michigan: Pure Misogyny

I don’t know if you’re following what’s going on in Michigan but it’s trying to make Georgia and Louisiana look like liberal hotbeds.  Google Michigan+Brown+Vagina and you’ll get the full picture.

Anyway, I got a tweet today with this photo attached:


I love it because it’s a play on the Michigan Travel and Tourism office’s official logo:

I used to live in Michigan.  I don’t recognize the place anymore.

Yo, Michigan — you might want to think about your reputation.

June 18, 2012 at 5:36 PM Leave a comment

The New York Times Covers for Nuclear Power Industry

The New York Times, that bastion of the so-called liberal media doesn’t want Americans to know that the Japanese overwhelmingly reject restarting some of their nuclear power plants in lieu of what happened last year at the Fukushima power plant after the huge earth quake there in March:

Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (Image via Wikipedia)

Japan Public Still Divided as 2 Reactors to Be Opened

Brushing aside widespread public opposition to avoid feared electric power shortages, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ordered the reactivation of two nuclear reactors at a plant in western Japan on Saturday, making it the nation’s first plant to go back online since the crisis last year in Fukushima.


According to polls, two-thirds of Japanese express deep concern about the safety of nuclear plants after last year’s accident, which contaminated food with radiation and shattered the myth of Japan’s infallible nuclear technology. The day before Mr. Noda gave the order, his government was visited by an antinuclear group led by the Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe, which presented what it said were the signatures of 7.5 million people calling for the abolition of nuclear power.

So, the title of the article says the Japanese are “still divided” but in the body we learn there is “widespread public opposition” and “two-thirds of Japanese express deep concern about the safety of nuclear plants.”

That doesn’t sound “divided” to me.




June 18, 2012 at 3:03 PM Leave a comment

Sunglasses That (Almost) Allow You to See Through People

I can’t wait to try on a pair of these:

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We at 2AI Labs are excited to have received from our manufacturer our first shipment of O2Amps, our patented eyewear that amplifies one’s view of the emotions and health visible in the color and pallor of other people’s skin.

The technology comes out of my research while at Caltech on the evolution of color vision in primates, where I provided evidence that color vision evolved to sense oxygenation modulations in the hemoglobin under the skin. Once one understands the connection between our color vision and blood physiology, it’s possible to build filters that further amplify our perception of the blood and the signals it provides.

Because color vision evolved for everyday wear, so to speak, one of our largest markets is for everyday-wear sunglasses, to enhance one’s perception of the emotion, mood and health signals we evolved to detect with our color vision. For example, typical sunglasses shade the world but also end up shading one’s connections to other people; this is exemplified by the way people tip up their sunglasses to get a better look at someone.




June 18, 2012 at 1:53 PM Leave a comment

Has Mitt Romney Ever Been to a 7-11?

While on his bus tour through Pennsylvania on Saturday, Mitt Romney went to a WaWas.  A WaWa is like a 7-11:

This format is best typified by Pennsylvania-based Wawa, Inc., which operates about 400 upscale hybrid convenience-grocery stores in the eastern Unites States. Wawa stores offer fueling stations and tobacco products like traditional convenience stores do, along with offering a limited assortment of basic grocery items.


This is a photo of the inside of a WaWa store:

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You get the idea.

Now here is Romney explaining what it was like to go to that WaWas:


Have you ever seen him so excited?  You’d think he just got back from visiting another planet.  I have the feeling he’s never been to a 7-11-type store in his entire life yet he’s telling this story to try to “connect” to we the Little People.

Big fail.

June 18, 2012 at 1:42 PM Leave a comment

Millions of Sardines

Check out this cool little slide show of divers interacting with a huge shoal of sardines.

Here’s a taste:

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We humans could learn a thing or two from fish who stick together for the common good.


June 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM Leave a comment

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