For those who still wonder why The Recovery hasn't been going all that well, and by extension why the middle class has been in a downward spiral for decades, here's the numbers: since Reagan, The Right has controlled at least 3 of the 4 branches of government for all those years (the Supremes and the Senate, with its perverse cloture rule, for the entirety).
It's advert time, but you should watch out for reruns of "Parts Unknown", since Bourdain somehow managed to get Obama to have dinner at a noodle shop in the middle of Hanoi. They had an adult conversation of various topics. Now, think for a moment whether that could have happened with King Donald of Orange.
The regular reader may recall the admonition in these endeavors that macro analysis is fraught with danger: nearly all the data is from sample surveys, of varying quality and coverage. This reader, who hasn't been living under a rock or as "The Martian", is aware that 2015 income has been widely reported as having risen in the last year. For the first time in many years. The reporting, in some places, does admit that the 2015 level is still below 2007 levels; but who's counting?…Continue
Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and such dieters can be tweeked by simply telling them a bit of history. Among the dinosaurs, the herbivores were the big, slow, fat, dumb ones; while the carnivores were the fast, lean, smart ones.
Was toddling back from the grocery this morning, and the wind from Hermine made its way to South Butt Fuck. For reasons unknown, that reminded me of "The Martian", which reminded me that the most vocal complaint about the movie (and, I guess, the book which I've not read) was the initial premise, that a wind storm on Mars would be powerful enough to endanger the MAV.
But, to me anyway, that wasn't the dumbest McGuffin in the movie. That was the Rich Purnell Maneuver, whereby the…Continue
Recently, I saw a comment on one of the many message boards that said, more or less, that the profit motive is the key to innovation.
Bullshit on that. Smart people will do smart things, if so allowed, irregardless. It's what they do; just like the scorpion, the frog, and the river. Paying stupid people more money doesn't make them any smarter. Or capable of doing smart things.
Money can't buy you brains. Not to put inside your skull, at least.
Perhaps the most useful service provided by Apple Watch is to provide some of us (humble self very much included) the motivation to prick yet another rosy balloon. There persist in being folks who assert that the Watch is just a better battery away from being the awesome device worn by cartoon cop Dick Tracy. It's such silliness. Please read Gordon's book. Technological progress isn't a matter of human imagination, pulling rabbits…Continue