The end is near!

Seriously. No kidding. Ruckus.
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Romney, clueless

Romney: My Wife Drives A Couple Of Cadillacs - YouTube

Now, Trickshot Mitt

Romney targets Obama, Santorum in Michigan push - Boston.com

It's a day full of campaigning for Mitt Romney in Michigan…

In the 21st Century you can not be an authentic, spontaneous, grassroots populist movement without an official press relations working group

Occupy Wall Street

When reporting on stories concerning the convening of national ‘Occupy conventions,’ registration of political parties and political action committees, and other high-profile initiatives, we strongly urge reporters, editors, and producers to vet these stories by contacting the official press relations working group of Occupy Wall Street.


…and the sound of exploding heads

George W Bush in 2012 Election - The Man Who Wasn't There - Esquire

It is now an article of faith among the Republican base that Bush's failures stem not from the fact that he was a manifest incompetent, but that he was too liberal a president. Putting through Medicare Part B without paying for it is a greater sin to these people than running two wars off the books was. No Child Left Behind had the endorsement of Teddy Kennedy! (Aieeeeeeee!)


Sand Art

iPhone photo: Phil Compton


Undernews: How Obama is still covering up bank fraud

Robosigning may sound like, well, they were just doing it mechanically and quickly, and that was impersonal, maybe, but certainly not criminal. No. It was axiomatic that what they were doing was—involved multiple crimes. Robosigning primarily involved signing—knowingly signing false affidavits that said, I have checked the following things and the facts are as follow. And not due to investigations by the United States government, or even by the states, but due to competent depositions by, frequently, small firm, even sometimes solo practitioner firms, they finally took the testimony under oath of these people, and they admitted that they systematically, as a matter of policy, filed false affidavits, which is a felony.

Will this end sock escapes?

Improbable Research » Blog Archive

The ubiquitous ‘Stray Sock Syndrome’ can be a considerable headache for human sock-owners and sock-sorters. But help is afoot courtesy of the Computer Science Division at the University of California at Berkeley, US, and the Max Planck Institut Informatik, Germany. Where a team of computer scientists and robotics experts have “…considered the problem of equipping a robot with the perceptual tools for reliable sock manipulation.”

And Justice drove the getaway car

‘The only thing missing was a mask and a gun’

I will continue to pursue my request for Federal and State grand juries to be impaneled to hold the CEOs of these banks liable for the crimes that have been committed under their watch. The only thing missing in this illegal scheme that MERS and the big banks came up with was a gun and a mask.

And much more at the link.

And Connecticut, too

Defense Lawyer Objects to Testimony of Genie Expert - Lowering the Bar

According to this report (via Overlawyered), in 2010 a Saudi defense lawyer demanded that a genie be summoned to testify in open court if the state intended to use its testimony against his client. The lawyer was concerned by the court's willingness to hear instead from a genie expert who said he had talked to the genie and would provide a report.

Well, you just have to read the story, don't you.



Mustached Americans Seek Tax Break For Grooming Products | Fox News

Members of the American Mustache Institute traipsed up to Capitol Hill Monday -- while lawmakers were out of town for President's Day -- to seek a tax break for men with facial hair, who (AMI-authored studies show) are 38 percent better-looking than the rest of America.

…the American Mustache Institute receives our Excellence in Creative Statistics Award and goes on our world-renowned Work Avoidance List.


Robert Reich (Manufacturing Illusions)

The fundamental problem isn’t the decline of American manufacturing, and reviving manufacturing won’t solve it. The problem is the declining power of American workers to share in the gains of the American economy.

(And more.)


A very unusual year

February by 76003
February, a photo by 76003 on Flickr.

Work Avoidance quote of the day

"A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station."

–Thanks to Michael and the oracular Abbi

And speaking of IP

Eternal Copyright: a modest proposal – Telegraph Blogs

Imagine you're a new parent at 30 years old and you've just published a bestselling new novel. Under the current system, if you lived to 70 years old and your descendants all had children at the age of 30, the copyright in your book – and thus the proceeds – would provide for your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

But what, I ask, about your great-great-great-grandchildren? What do they get?…

Feds care more about copyright infringement than mortgage fraud

Feds Seize $50 Million in Megaupload Assets, Lodge New Charges | Threat Level | Wired.com

The authorities said Friday they have seized $50 million in Megaupload-related assets and added additional charges in one of the United States’ largest criminal copyright infringement prosecutions.

Megaupload, the popular file-sharing site, was shuttered last month and its top officials indicted by the Justice Department, just days after online protests scuttled a Congressional proposal to make changes to the internet to reduce online copyright infringement.

Seven individuals connected to the Hong Kong-based site were indicted on a variety of charges…

(Emphasis mine.)


Premature. Right. That's comforting.

US' Dempsey says premature to attack Iran now | Reuters

(Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer said on Sunday that a military strike against Iran would be premature…

Wait! Hold it!

Mitch Daniels: ‘This Is The Worst Recovery Ever’ | TPMDC

“The percentage of people actually working in America,” he said, “is the lowest since the days of the stay-at-home mom. And so, you know, let’s hope for better times.…"

This Daniels guy is complaining "Obama's economy" is "pathetic" because it's too much like the good old days? Really? I thought the R's liked stay-at-home moms. Or maybe not.

But don't worry, there's still BP

Iran stops oil sales to British, French companies - Yahoo! News

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has stopped selling crude to British and French companies, the oil ministry said on Sunday, in a retaliatory measure against fresh EU sanctions on the Islamic state's lifeblood, oil.

And that was before he went to work on Wall Street

The Mysterious Mr. Zedzed: The Wickedest Man in the World | Past Imperfect

Few men have acquired so scandalous a reputation as did Basil Zaharoff, alias Count Zacharoff, alias Prince Zacharias Basileus Zacharoff, known to his intimates as “Zedzed.” Born in Anatolia, then part of the Ottoman Empire, perhaps in 1849, Zaharoff was a brothel tout, bigamist and arsonist, a benefactor of great universities and an intimate of royalty who reached his peak of infamy as an international arms dealer—a “merchant of death,” as his many enemies preferred it.


They're baaack

Prices of Mortgage-Backed Securities Prove Irresistible - NYTimes.com

Some Wall Street investors made money as the mortgage market boomed; others profited when it fell apart.

Having reaped big gains during both of those turns, Greg Lippmann, a former star trader at Deutsche Bank, is now catching the next upswing: buying the same securities built from mortgages that he bet against before the financial crisis erupted.

Next thing you know, people might want to hold elections

Leaders buckling under ‘the wisdom of crowds’ - Chicago Sun-Times

There’s nothing wrong with giving the customer what he or she wants. Nor with leaders of an organization being responsive to stakeholders. But there’s a problem when the crowd has such an outsized effect that even the possibility of its social media wrath drives leaders’ decisions.


Dietary supplement? I thought it was a food group.

News from The Associated Press

OSTON (AP) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement.