5.26.2012

What is a poverty advocate?

I'm pretty sure it's not someone who advocates poverty. Here's a story from Politico that talks about poverty advocates, but I'm pretty sure these are people who advocate just the opposite. They sound to me like poverty un-advocates, in fact.

We believe in avoiding work, but we don't believe in being quite that sloppy.

Good, good stuff from The Computer History Museum

Selling the computer revolution.

From NPR's food blog, Salt

People around the world show remarkable similarity in their daily eating habits: meals start off healthy in the morning, but get progressively worse throughout the day – until by nightfall we're deep into junk food territory. Just take a look at these images…

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Sky lines

Sky lines by Ted Compton
Sky lines, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.

5.25.2012

A kinder, gentler Katrina

Although, considering we're talking here about an area greater than that that of Boston, Buffalo, and San Francisco combined I'm thinking maybe not too much kinder or gentler. This from Bloomberg via Sam Smith's Progressive Review:

Detroit, whose 139 square miles contain 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, will try to nudge them into a smaller living space by eliminating almost half its streetlights.

5.24.2012

5.23.2012

Yet another test

More about this in the morning, but I am working on a plan to change my entire life, the planet and much of the known universe. Which means, yes, yet another test.

And it just to make it official, I'm also going to try inserting a photo here:

Or not. Sigh.

Snarling banks

"Very few Americans on this side of the ATM machine think that the biggest problem in Washington is that the moneychangers don’t have enough clout. But, incredibly, here they come with a super PAC intended to force lawmakers to bow even deeper to their needs."

-Hightower
http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/9323-snarling-banks

In color

No way am I going to try topping this

2012 Pun-Off (Official Results) | O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships

Austin, Texas. May 19, 2012: He may hail from Queens, New York, but Jerzy Gwiazdowski will rain for the next year as new Punniest of Show World Champion. Although he was a total newbie to our contest, Jerzy did arrive with some experience at competitive punning, having recently claimed a 2nd place honors in a PUNderdome competition in Brooklyn, New York.

Babies named Tiffany in the 80s

Baby Name Voyager:Babies named 'TIFFANY' per million babies

And you can check out any other name you want by just typing it into the query box at the top left of the graph area.

What's more (we're on a roll here), here's an excellent page of links to data visualization blogs, ample for avoiding hours of work, maybe days. Delete your calendar and click here

Started grim, got grimmer

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: American Policy Suggestions from a Chicago Sports Fan: How the Chicago Cubs Can Reelect Obama.

Obama’s reelection hopes are now subject to the whims of the economy and, perhaps more distressingly, to the Chicago Cubs. In fact, Obama’s best hope for reelection is the Cubs’ timely climb up the National League Central Standings.

We who have watched the Cubbies loose a pennant in the bottom of the ninth cringe.

The fickle finger of fate

Doctor Who Helped Find Bin Laden Given Jail Term, Official Says - NYTimes.com

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A Pakistani doctor who helped the Central Intelligence Agency locate Osama Bin Laden through a fake vaccination campaign in the city of Abbottabad was convicted on Wednesday of treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison, a senior official in Pakistan said.

Hanky panky at the banky? Who's gonna believe that?

Regulators, investors turn up heat over Facebook IPO | Reuters

Reuters reported late Monday that the consumer Internet analyst at lead underwriter Morgan Stanley (MS.N) cut his revenue forecasts for Facebook in the days before the offering, information that was not disclosed to the market before the stock was listed.

Oh.

Where would we be without MIT?

MIT Scientists Figure Out How to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottle | Techland | TIME.com

According to Heinz, ketchup exits the company’s iconic glass bottles at an excruciatingly slow .028 miles per hour. In case you were wondering, that’s slower than a Galápagos tortoise, which, according the San Diego Zoo, creeps along at a relatively speedy .16 miles per hour.

What’s the cause of such lethargic condiments? That would be our old pal friction. Luckily for burger fans everywhere, impatiently tapping our ketchup bottles might be a thing of the past thanks to MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith.

5.22.2012

The good old days

The Woman Who Knew Too Much | Politics | Vanity Fair

At a time of record corporate profits, a time when 14 million Americans are out of work, when millions have lost their homes and, according to the Census Bureau, the ranks of those living in poverty has grown to one in six—that Elizabeth Warren could be publicly kneecapped and an agency devoted to protecting American consumers could come under such intense attack is, ultimately, the story about who holds power in America today.

Does nobody care about Bangor, Maine?

Transatlantic US Airways passenger detained in Maine for suspicious behavior | The Raw Story

A transatlantic US Airways flight from Paris to Charlotte has been diverted to an airport in Maine after reports of a passenger acting suspiciously.

Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort the plane into the airport at Bangor…

All the flights from Europe that are designated problematic seem to wind up in Bangor, Maine. I don't know how they feel about this in Bangor, Maine, but I myself am happy the town I live in is too small for an airport of its own. 

Oh go ahead, tell us what you really think

Updated: Scott Walker and Cronies Prove No Low is Too Low | Crooks and Liars

These cowards hide behind taxpayer-subsidized nonprofits to intimidate public servants who are under attack at every turn. Between the stealth privatization movement in the form of charter schools, the ridiculous, nonsensical high-stakes testing, and the public humiliation of great teachers, there is almost no incentive beyond some heightened sense of altruism to even bother to enter the teaching profession.

Now add to that this public attack on their right to sign petitions in the state of Wisconsin and it's clear that the goal in Wisconsin is to turn it into a totalitarian state with Governor Scott Walker as the puppet leader. I'm sure they're laughing all the way to the counting-house bank as they rub their slimy paws together and plan the next way they can publicly shame and humiliate public servants.

Wisconsin! And you thought it was all just cows.

Wall

Wall by Ted Compton
Wall, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.

How dead can that horse get?

Is Mitt Romney Count Dracula? - Roger Simon - POLITICO.com

Instead of likability, demographics rule political analysis today. Are you a Latino? A single mother? A gun owner? Gay? A college graduate? A suburbanite? A truck driver? That will determine your vote.

(Though if you are a Latino single mother with a college degree who is a gay truck driver living in the suburbs with your gun, things get a little complicated.)

Just a little more, just a little more…

The relics of St. Ronnie

Purloined Reagan Blood Goes to Auction - National - The Atlantic Wire

Just in time for Father's Day, there's a company out there claiming to sell a vial of Ronald Reagan's blood. And for $9,888.00 it could be your father's.

More from the globalization front

Source: DEA agents under investigation for allegedly hiring Colombian prostitutes - CNN.com

Washington (CNN) -- Three Drug Enforcement Administration agents are under investigation for allegedly hiring prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, a congressional source confirms to CNN.

According to this source, House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King, R-New York, and committee investigators have been "aware of this for some time."

From the Arcata police log

Unhappy Monologist Finds Validation In Car Horn Artistry – May 21, 2012 | The Arcata Eye

3:29 p.m. A man reported that someone – apparently a marginally competent plumber – had entered his apartment and repaired the cold water faucet in his bathroom. The furtive faucet fixer had left the faucet so stiff and unresponsive that it took the combined forces of the man and his wife to turn it off. But his main issue was that someone had entered his home illegally.

5.21.2012

Half-assed just might work

Obama: Americans can’t wait for ‘perfect’ Afghanistan before withdrawal | The Ticket - Yahoo! News

President Barack Obama on Monday acknowledged "risks" in his decision to withdraw U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 but said war-weary Americans can't wait for that strife-torn country to be "perfect."

Test


(Fooling around with the settings on an app. Worked, I guess.)

And a day

5.20.2012

Solar Eclipse, Los Angeles


iPhone photo: Phil Compton

I just realized…

…it's 8:20 PM and outdoors it's still light. ish. Wow. This must be what almost summer is like.

Walking around

Walking around by Ted Compton
Walking around, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.

No problem, plenty more where that came from

Afghanistan’s Karzai thanks Obama for ‘your taxpayers’ money’

Looking to a day when "the Afghan war as we understand it is over," President Barack Obama met Sunday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai…

As we understand it, we're screwed.

Relax: We don't believe them much as it is

Congressmen Seek To Lift Propaganda Ban

An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill, BuzzFeed has learned.

The amendment would “strike the current ban on domestic dissemination” of propaganda material produced by the State Department and the Pentagon, according to the summary of the law at the House Rules Committee's official website.