Monday, July 19, 2010

Piling on Algore

Catastrophe Denied:
The Science of the Skeptic’s Position


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Then, Al Gore made a movie from his PowerPoint deck.  He won an Oscar and a Nobel prize for his movie.  Those are a bit out of my reach, so I will have to settle for actually being right.  My previous movie showed my PowerPoint deck presented to a live audience, and can still be found online here.  I felt the sound quality could be improved and the narration could be tighter, so I went into the “studio” to create a tighter version.  The product of this is what I believe to be my best effort yet at explaining, in a comprehensive but simple manner, the science of the skeptic’s position to laymen.

I have become a big fan of Vimeo because I don’t have to break videos up into 10-minute chunks as on YouTube.  The Vimeo version is here and is embedded below:

There ain't no bad answer

Quiz: What Kind of Conservative Are You?


Quiz: What Kind of Conservative Are You?

My Conservative Identity:

You are a Free Marketeer, also known as a fiscal conservative. You believe in free-market capitalism, tax cuts, and protecting your hard-earned cash from pick-pocketing liberal socialists.

Take the quiz at
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Alear

Running Wedgie

Backstory?

Boned Jello

This is pretty interesting on several levels.  First, I had to put clothes on her, but as presented on Ka-Ching!, many of you will see things you've never seen before: pubic hair.  Second, his body language is playful, while hers not so much.  Makes you wonder what he did, wot? Third, there are several kids on the sideline watching.  From this, then, I have constructed a logical back story.

A football match at this Brit AFB featured a first ever girl ref.  As a joke, the coach of the Barracks III team snuck up behind her and snatched her clothes.  You take it from there.


Spooks

PENTAGON PAPERS II?

Search Top Secret America’s Database of Private Spooks


Boned Jello

My gut reaction last week with news that the WaPost was dumping this info was, "considering the source, it's prolly more self-serving leftist agitprop."  But I don't know, and to tell you the truth,  I just don't have room in my head for more political crap.  Cuzzin Ricky sent this from WIRED, so it may be useful.  Commenters who find relevant stuff, please share.  Here's the format for linking:

<a href="Web Address">YOUR TITLE</a>
SAMPLE
<a href="http://www.wired.com/">LOGO</a>
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Liar Liar Click Click Bam!

Obama Crapcare Crap
Restructuring a lie.  NowDems are forced to admit that Obamacare is one huge  tax in order to pass constitutional hurdles.

Boned Jello

WASHINGTON — When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”

And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal power to regulate interstate commerce.

Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations.  Changing Stance, Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax

I know we've had this civilizing  progress and stuff, but weren't we way better-off  when, if someone tried to cheat at the poker table. you just shot him? Damn straight we were.

Prudes

Goldman Schmucks

The comment:

By Anonymous Locker Room, at Thu Jul 15, 07:06:00 PM:

I worked for ten years for a former member of the Goldman Sachs Management Committee who made partner when the firm was about more than just making as much money as fast as it can, any way it can, risk be damned. He was the finest gentleman I've met in my thirty-plus year business career. TH - you know who I'm talking about.

I've never seen a more blatant example of transparent insincerity than when I hear Blankfein heave up his garbage about the firm's devotion to its clients. Goldman doesn't have clients, it has counterparties.

Boned Jello

I feel badly for my former boss, having to live out his days seeing the firm he devoted his life to converting itself into a huge hedge fund and sinking to the disgusting level it has. The lightning speed with which Goldman converted itself to a bank holding company was laughable, but nothing could top hearing Blankfein say the firm had its CDS positions with AIG fully hedged and was in no danger - none at all - had AIG done a face-plant in the turf. Hey Lloyd, I may not be smart enough to work in your shop, but that doesn't make me a complete moron. So please, refrain from pissing on my shoes and telling me it's raining.

Were these guys still playing with their own capital, Goldman would not be populated with all the grasping snakes now in residence there. When Wall Street's private partnerships converted to public ownership, the respect for firm capital vanished. The Street treats shareholders' capital the way Congress treats taxpayers' funds - it's strictly Other People's Money. And sadly, 99% of people on earth treat OPM with no more caution and respect than they do a glass of water. Tap water.

I grew up in business having the strongest respect for the name Goldman Sachs and now everything about the place makes me want to puke.  

Earlier:
Coincidences in our time: Finreg becomes law,
 and the SEC settles with Goldman Sachs



I swiped the picture from here