Tuesday, September 02, 2014


The war on teachers is in part about grifters making money, and in part about pretending the people in charge - administrators, principals, city councils, state legislators, school boards - are utterly powerless over what happens on their watch.

Boss man can do no wrong.

Haven't read, but Alyssa's book sounds interesting.

I Suppose Everybody Gets Rich No Matter What

Such a fun game.
In a filing submitted Friday and effective that day, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) and former Senator John Breaux (D-Louisiana) are listed as the main lobbyists under the Gazprombank account for the firm Squire Patton Boggs, lobbying on “banking laws and regulations including applicable sanctions.”

And bipartisan enough for Fred Hiatt to (probably) love it!

So Many Options

Above my pay grade, but I'm reasonably sure we could cripple a Russia behaving badly financially through various means if we really wanted to. But that would mean some people here and in Yurp would make a few less bucks. Probably we should just start bombing, because that way everybody makes money.

2014 Fall Fundrasing Fallganza!

Semi-regular plea for reader contribution. This isn't charity (I would tell you if I needed money), this is your NPR money, your magazine subscription money. This is your "wow it's weird people give money to Andrew Sullivan" money. No need to give. I'm not poor, if your circumstances are tight... don't give. But if you have a few extra bucks and enjoy this sucky blog, you can aid my continued efforts to not add stupidly offensive ads.

If Only There Were Shovel Ready Projects

$8 billion is pennies, really, and yet...
With each day, it seems, another accident illustrates the cost of deferred maintenance on public works, while offering a frustrating reminder to this cash-strained municipality of the daunting task it faces in dealing with the estimated $8.1 billion it would take to do the necessary repairs. The city’s total annual budget is about $26 billion.

Too many people around the world need to be liberated for us to focus on pesky little things like domestic infrastructure.

Not In My Lifetime

Yes I think getting older has caused me to be more pessimistic about the promise of new technologies, but I really just don't think self-driving car fantasy will come true without a tremendous (and stupid) investment in public infrastructure.

What Could Go Wrong

Everybody loves flying death robots, and our crack intelligence teams certainly always know who the bad guys are.
The Pentagon is preparing to open a drone base in one of the remotest places on Earth: an ancient caravan crossroads in the middle of the Sahara.

After months of negotiations, the government of Niger, a landlocked West African nation, has authorized the U.S. military to fly unarmed drones from the mud-walled desert city of Agadez, according to Nigerien and U.S. officials.

There's this weird country on the other side of the world that flies killing machines over your city on a regular basis. Does no one consider how one might grow up in that environment?

Morning Thread

To go with the first cuppa!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Late Night

Rock on.

Monday Night

Less lazy blogging will hopefully return tomorrow.

Rescue thread.

Sam Seder has a collection of stirring and inspirational rabble-rousing speeches up for Labor Day.

Maybe They Don't Know What They're Doing

I have no doubt that the 1% are mostly horrible selfish hoarder assholes who act in what they think is their own self-interest, but it is wrong to think that they are supergeniuses who actually have any idea what they're doing. Even if the Mr. Rich Guy who made all the money is super smart, there's no reason to think his heirs are.

Sadly the consequences of their actions might be poverty for all of us and a couple percentage points reduction in rates of return for them. Ultimately our poverty might be more entertaining for them than their slight reduction in wealth growth. Still.

Divine Revel

Don't know specifics, but empty buildings really don't last very long...

Monday, Monday

Going to recover from last night's trauma with some extra lazy blogging.

Happy Labor Day

Seems like a good day for a ballgame.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Night

Really not the best date/time of night for your newly sentient door locking mechanism to decide that your key is not sufficient for gaining entry to your house. Also, too, 5 minutes after your phone battery died.


Labor Day
In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York.[2] Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882,[3] after witnessing the annual labour festival held in Toronto, Canada.[4] Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.[3]

Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve rush legislation that made Labor Day a national holiday; President Grover Cleveland signed it into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[5] The September date originally chosen by the CLU of New York and observed by many of the nation's trade unions for the past several years was selected rather than the more widespread International Workers' Day because Cleveland was concerned that observance of the latter would be associated with the nascent Communist, Syndicalist and Anarchist movements that, though distinct from one another, had rallied to commemorate the Haymarket Affair in International Workers' Day.[6] All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories have made it a statutory holiday.

Happy Hour


Bye, Bye Baby