Gowdy: “No poetry for you!” GOP’s Older Brother to Dem’s Prodigal Son.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Democrats are pushing poetry as an alternative to holding a job.

- By Megan R. Wilson The Hill, ‘Democrats pushing poetry over jobs?“

David Atkins, writing at Hullabloo, analyzes Gowdy’s response to the report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on how people will respond to the Affordable Care Act in their work life.

Atkin’s piece is titled “Republicans do not understand what it means to be human”  and it’s stellar. Here is an insightful paragraph.

It is not an inaccurate or extreme statement to declare that ideological Republicans do not understand what it means to be human. They view human beings as economic units to be plugged at their lowest possible price into a maximally efficient market that provides the greatest possible returns on investment to the wealthy few, with any resulting human resentment and misery dulled by humility before a pleasure-fearing angry God promising rewards to the obedient in the hereafter. It is a dark, meager, shriveled and cramped vision of humanity.

Read the whole piece it is excellent.

If you aren’t a good “economic unit” they think you should feel bad about it. And you certainly shouldn’t be enjoying it! They want human economic units . . . → Read More: Gowdy: “No poetry for you!” GOP’s Older Brother to Dem’s Prodigal Son.

Leia, I am your Father

This figurine is based on Jeffrey Brown‘s Vader’s Little Princess book and is available for pre-order now.

Gentle Giant Ltd. says it will be ready in the second quarter of 2014. Could make a great gift for Father’s Day!

Leia, I am your father. Now let go of my leg.

Image via Gotham News. via The Mary Sue, Geekosystem,  Dorkley, Technabob, Gotham News.

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Call Congress to say No on Fast Track Authority on the Trans Pacific Partnership

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The New Giant Sucking Sound…From the East. The Trans-Pacific Partnership

http://www.spockosbrain.com/wp-content/uploads/NO-Fast-Track-on-Trans-Pacific-Partnership-Job-Killer.mp4

I hope you enjoy my educational, parody video about the Trans Pacific Parternship Scheme.

For more information on the TPP

Urgent Fast Track Trade Deal Alert – Campaign for America’s Future

by Dave Johnson

And  Defend the Constitution, say ‘no’ to fast-track authority for Obama

by Cathie Adams,  state leader of the Texas Eagle Forum and Jo Ann Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America — We the People.

If the video above doesn’t play on your mobile device or doesn’t load fast enough, here is the YouTube Version.

If you want to sign a  quick petition to stop Fast Track for the TPP, you can go here to Credo

For more info see these stories.

1″TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms,” Electronic Frontier Foundation, Nov. 13, 2013. 2″Five key questions – and answers – about the leaked TPP text,” the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, Nov. 15, 2013.

 

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I get this question all the time. “Tell me, exactly what is it that you do do?”

From young Frankenstein one of my favorite movies of all time. Watch the whole thing. Still funny after all these years.

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Star Rise over San Francisco, Sans Light Pollution

This was not taken on Black Friday! It’s a composite photo from photographer Thierry Cohen illustrating what San Francisco would look like if all its light pollution was removed.

 

Post Apocalyptic San Francisco is still pretty, but São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro look even better.

He created these composites of 15 cities from around the world. From the site:

He photographs the world’s major cities, seeking out views that resonate for him and noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposure. As the world rotates around its axis the stars that would have been visible above a particular city move to deserts, plains, and other places free of light pollution. By noting the precise latitude and angle of his cityscape, Cohen is able to track the earth’s rotation to places of atmospheric clarity like the Mojave, the Sahara, and the Atacama desert. There he sets up his camera to record what is lost to modern urban dwellers.

I remember walking in the city after the 1989 Earthquake, going over to the Haight to eat melting ice cream with my friend Carol. The sky was beautiful. There were a few lights, mostly flashlights . . . → Read More: Star Rise over San Francisco, Sans Light Pollution

Doorbuster Deaths and Injuries on Black Friday. Tell Retailers, “It’s Time To Stop This Stunt.”

Roughly 2,000 people gathered outside the Wal-Mart’s doors in the predawn darkness.

Chanting ‘push the doors in,’ the crowd pressed against the glass as the clock ticked down to the 5 a.m. opening.

Sensing catastrophe, nervous employees formed a human chain inside the entrance to slow down the mass of shoppers.

It didn’t work.

The mob barreled in and overwhelmed workers.

When the madness ended, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour was dead and four shoppers, including a woman eight months pregnant, were injured.

- NY Daily News November 2008

This happened at a Long Island Wal-Mart in 2008. The folks at Black Friday Death Count have listed one death this year. A teen driving home from a Black Friday sale in North Carolina. Yes, that could happen to anyone returning from an event that starts at zero dark thirty. But the injuries to an 11 year old girl who was trampled in a Wal-Mart in Ohio wouldn’t have happened were it not for the doorbuster frenzy created by stores like Wal-Mart.

There is a direct correlation to the Wal-Mart employee who was injured in Newport, Arkansas and the Black Friday sale. Wal-Mart spokesperson Diana Gee said the employee had no major injuries and “according to Gee, Wal-Mart stores nationwide are . . . → Read More: Doorbuster Deaths and Injuries on Black Friday. Tell Retailers, “It’s Time To Stop This Stunt.”

Doorbuster Death at Wal-Mart

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#DOORBUSTERDEATH Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede … tmi.me/1cKniM

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Remember when Americans Made Real Products Instead of Financial Products? Makers vs. Fakers

Suddenly, Charles held the piece of rubber up high above his head and shouted, “I found the secret! Now I know the secret!” He looked at the men around him, his eyes burning. He began to dance around the store. Don’t you see? This is the secret!” – William F. Keefe, Rubberman The Charles Goodyear story

When I was a child I loved reading about inventions and scientists.  I devoured stories about them found in our Childcraft encyclopedia set. Last month at a library by the ocean I found a complete set someone had abandoned. I opened the box and was assaulted by the smell of mildew–not surprising for this part of San Francisco.

Paging through them I was amazed at how many I remembered. The details came rushing back with a glance at an illustration.  Like the creation of the sewing machine needle,  ”Elias exclaimed, ‘The dream gave me the answer! The hole has to be at the top!’”  You won’t be surprised to learn I loved the story of the vulcanization of rubber.

Now, as an adult I admire the skill of the storytellers to pull me in with the imagery and excitement of discovery . . . → Read More: Remember when Americans Made Real Products Instead of Financial Products? Makers vs. Fakers

A Single Coin Leads to a Beautiful Performance

This flashmob plays and sings the Choral from Beethoven’s 9th. At 4:07 when the women start singing the shivers hit me.

This was arranged for the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell in Spain.

I think that more banks should fund flashmob performances like this. It involved 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

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