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June 19, 2009

Krugman on our Right-Wing media

The Froomkin firing - Paul Krugman Blog - NYTimes.com
Here’s how I see things: many people in the news media, especially at the managerial level, decided a long time ago that movement conservatism was The Future — and that the sensible thing, whether or not you yourself were a conservative, was to go with the wave. That meant treating right-wing politicians and media figures with great respect, while ridiculing the opposition as the Incredible Shrinking Democrats or the Incredibly Shrinking Democrats, or whatever. And anyone who didn’t treat the right with great respect, who didn’t get with the program, was a flake, a moonbat. The way Iraq war skeptics were frozen out of the prewar discussion was only the most conspicuous example; pretty much the same thing happened in early 2005 to anyone questioning the push for Social Security privatization. Now, you might think that the way things turned out — the total failure of movement conservatism in government, and the abrupt, humiliating end to the Permanent Republican Majority — would lead to some soul-searching. But that’s not how human nature works. Instead, it became more urgent than ever to assert that those who didn’t get with the program were flakes and moonbats, not worthy of being listened to, while those who believed in the right to the bitter end were “serious”.

Denver cop pulls gun at McDonald's drive-thru, steals food

Consumerist - Cop Brandishes Gun At McDonald's Because Order Taking Too Long - Bad cop
A Denver police officer, upset that his McDonald's order was taking too long, allegedly pointed his gun at the drive-thru attendant to hurry things along. Then he left without paying. Sources familiar with the case, and the fast food worker's account of what happened, say two off-duty Denver police officers placed an order from their car in the early morning hours of May 21. But once at the drive through window, the employee said the men became agitated and angry at how long their food was taking. The men thought they were being ignored, according to contacts familiar with the worker's account. The male clerk then said one of the officer's flashed his police badge and pointed a pistol through the drive through window in a threatening manner, before driving off without paying.

If You Seek Cheap Mansions, Circumspice

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June 18, 2009

The "Circle of No Life" can bite me

Dave Ex Machina - A Thousand Points of Articulation -- Is This the “I Don’t Even Own a TV” of the 21st Century? Dave Lartigue says it best.
This is an image that has been going round. Starting at the top and going clockwise, the logos are RSS, Flickr, Facebook, Gmail, Tumbler (so I’m told…I’ve never seen this logo on Tumblr), Blogger, and Twitter. I’m surprised no instant messenger software made it into the “Circle of No Life”. ... What AM I doing during those times? Well, through RSS I read blogs about politics, science, comics, boardgames, and other things that interest me, as well as hear how my distant friends are doing and what they’re thinking about. Flickr is my source for interesting and inspiring Lego creations. On Facebook I’m playing Scrabble with a local friend and a remote friend from high school who I recently got back in touch with through Facebook. I get to see videos of friends’ kids and talk to people I haven’t seen in decades. Gmail is one of my main forms of communication with people, since I absolutely despise the telephone. It’s another place I do a lot of talking with friends. Tumblr allows me to get jiggy and party with various historical personages. I don’t use Blogger, but my various blogs are this one, the one where I post about Legos, and the one where I post about the music I grew up with. All three are things I consider creative efforts. And Twitter, while mostly just goofiness, also lets me keep an eye on current events.

40 years ago this week: The Battle of Ann Arbor

photo3officerssubdue.jpg The Ann Arbor Chronicle � The Battle of Ann Arbor: June 16-20, 1969
Forty years ago this week, the normally sleepy summertime streets of Ann Arbor were violently awoken by a series of violent and occasionally bloody clashes between police and a motley crowd of hippies, radicals, teenagers, university students, and town rowdies. Ostensibly at issue was the creation of a pedestrian mall, or “people’s park,” on South University Avenue – a four-block shopping district adjacent to the University of Michigan campus that caters primarily to a student clientele. Even in those “interesting” times, the violence in Ann Arbor attracted national attention – including that of J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI. After the fighting was over, the national press lost interest and moved on to other, juicier topics. But on the local scene the repercussions of that summer would reverberate for years after. The Detroit Free Press would refer to the four nights of conflict as “The Battle of Ann Arbor.”

June 17, 2009

Experience the Trip from Dante's Heaven to Hell in 3-Minutes of Video

Civilization by Marco Brambilla - Amazing Video Mural • videosift.com...