Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Evening Thread

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You Fucked Up, You Trusted Us!

I am shocked.
Former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for 100,000 Scots to sign a petition urging Westminster to keep promises on devolution.

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The outgoing SNP leader and first minister said Mr Brown was "calling for guarantees on the delivery of something which he himself said during the referendum campaign was already a done deal".

Free Labor Concussion Game

I don't know if there's anything that can be done to reduce the number of life altering injuries in football, but at least even the lowest paid players in the NFL are compensated pretty well. College football is really just a criminal enterprise, with people getting rich off of gladiator games by unpaid participants who are often completely abused.

Afternoon Thread

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You Only Have To Slow To 39 MPH?

Unfamiliar with that particular exit ramp, but I'm pretty sure that it isn't too hard to slow down from "highway speed" to 39mph.

Though if that many people are speeding they should change the road design. In other words, if safety rather than revenue collection is the goal then better road design can "cause" people to slow down. That is to say, it can be a valid speed trap but still be a speed trap!

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I Remember When Norm Mineta Made Transportation Spending Bipartisan

Those glibertarians, always wanting to put Republicans in charge.

Takers

I have no idea what President Romney would do in practice, but I'd be pretty damn scared of Dictator Romney. I really think he meant the 47% remark, even if he regrets saying it.

Wanker of the Day

Ron Fournier

It Was Great When It All Began

Good puncturing of one of the myth that Los Angeles was the first "car city." It wasn't. It was really the first major trolley city.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Overnight

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Krgthulu

He has always been with us...

Monday Night

Rock on

Flu Begone

Think I'm basically better. Went from not being able to eat, to being able to eat, to actually thinking food sounded pretty good. Usually blessed that my bugs, when I get them, are of the 24-48 hour variety.

Just making excuses for my sucky blogging, of course.

Happy Hour

Or should we skip Happy Hour and go straight to evening. Nah, that's not a good idea.

Afternoon Thread

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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Well, not quite, but all you lovely people who are generous enough to click on the various amazon links that appear here (anything directly linked in a post, search box down to the left, banner ads down to the right) before buying your gifts contribute to my Christmas bonus and also, too, take money from Jeff Bezos.

Not endorsing Amazon. Don't like them, don't shop there! But if you do choose to shop there...

Miserable Failure

American Dream will never open, or if it does it'll be bankrupt in 2-5 years, depending on how much taxpayer money Christie shovels at it.
American Dream, the vacant East Rutherford megamall that Christie once called “the ugliest damn building in New Jersey, and maybe America,” hasn’t signed investors almost a year after his administration agreed to public financing and a $390 million tax break, the biggest of its kind in state history.

The Republican governor had planned for the $3.8 billion mall to open in 2013. Instead, it will be at least two years before the first of an expected 35,000 employees clock in. The jobs will come too late to offset this year’s loss of as many as 10,000 positions in a wave of Atlantic City casino closings, including Revel, which closed this month. Without those projects, the state’s recovery continues to trail the nation’s.

Obviously Revel closing doesn't help the local Atlantic City job market, and a giant ugly empty building in East Rutherford isn't helping, but the idea that "those projects" would somehow turn around the economy is nuts.

But they're what he bet on, nonetheless. Double 0.

Taking Both Sides In A Civil War (Which Has Many More Sides)

I suppose this Diehl column is valuable for what it doesn't express - compassion for the victims in the region. Yes, sure, it has the obligatory charge that Assad "appears to be stepping up its own bombing raids against the non­extremist opposition" but even that is just part of the chess game. It isn't that Assad is hurting people, it's that he's hurting the opposition.

The true hole in Obama's Syrian policy, if we actually give a shit about anything except our endless futile attempt to rig the risk board, is failing to take in refugees or even spend the money so other countries can. That's the true hole in the souls of all of the pundits who claim to care about the poor civilian populations (which, to his credit in some sense, Diehl barely does).

We will help with our love bombs. And when that doesn't work, we'll love bomb some more.