Discovering New Natural Law is like finding your first tautology embedded in the proof of a self-evident proposition.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Oh, I mean the Nuclear Regulatory Agency ...uh, er ... didn't follow-up or something.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to resolve known safety problems, leading to 14 'near-misses' in US nuclear power plants in 2009 and 2010, according to a new report from a nuclear watchdog group. - Christian Science Monitor
Too much "big government spending", no doubt.
Also in recent memory. Oil platform inspections. And, who can forget the air maintenance shenanigans that took place under Bush?
Posted by Amicus at 6:38 AM
Friday, March 18, 2011
We're so used to going to war now that President Obama can go off to Brazil and phone in the airstrikes, if any, I guess...
I predict 18 months until we hear the first, "When they stand up, we'll stand down."
Otherwise, if it is to be Egyptian ground forces in support, then thank god that there will be no civilian massacres or torture. (gulp)
If there are no ground troops, then WTF!?
Posted by Amicus at 1:07 AM
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Okay. Nukes are risky. Fossil fuels are risky too, just not as dramatically, in the short term.
I wonder why, when "Gasland" the movie came out that there was no 24/7 coverage of the fact that we are mindlessly polluting America, with the process already well along.
Oh, and Senate 1215, the minimalist attempt to do something, the "Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act"?
Posted by Amicus at 3:42 PM
Question of the day: is promise of electrical line to slain nuke power plant disinformation?
Without knowing anything, one could guess that, if you are at the point where you are cooling the containment vessel externally by air water-drop, it would seem like any chance at using the regular-way cooling system would have melted away.
Posted by Amicus at 3:05 PM
most Republicans in Congress have signed says that they will “oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates. -Ezra Klein
The Democrats have no similar pledge, do they?
Hillary Clinton once opined that Dems need the equivalent of a Grover Norquist. One understands the importance of a studious counterweight, but there are few things more dangerous than a man who has only one idea (and we're living the proof of that, right now).
Posted by Amicus at 7:26 AM
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
My 2-bits is that Chernobyl happened fast.
If anything at Fukishima was going to "blow" catastrophically, I'd say the odds are that it would have happened already. The longer we wait, the less likely 'massive radiation' seems, to me, unless someone makes the case that the control rods have not stopped the reaction...
Posted by Amicus at 10:10 AM
Felix Salmon has been on a tear lately, cracking me up with "Fed capture watch", but "Sleazy for-profit educator of the day" is nonpareil.
I've looked through his budget proposal. The theme is Reagan-style soak the middle class: NJ is asked to cut corporate taxes and estate taxes and take it out of various other programs.
It appears that his rhetoric needs fact checking.
Posted by Amicus at 9:32 AM
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
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Friday, March 11, 2011
The half-life of a meme is not nearly as long as it used to be, in today's electronic wonderland:
Now happy "to be free" and no longer "living under the bridge," Cryer assured younger tolls, "It gets better. Not gay better, but sorta better."
-Jon Cryer, having fun
Posted by Amicus at 9:11 AM
"But there's another explosive provision in the bill that's received little attention: The bill authorizes state officials to fire any state employee who joins a strike, walk-out, sit-in, or coordinated effort to call in sick." -Mother Jones
Of course, if the courts determine that this bill was "illegally enacted", then, just as before when he fired people, Walker will have cost the Wisconsin double, as all those people will be entitled to back-pay, etc...
Posted by Amicus at 8:46 AM
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The Congress will not vote on this, so there is no indication that the law has current or broad-based support, even.
Posted by Amicus at 5:04 AM
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I have to say the Piers Morgan interview with Rumsfeld was fascinating. At points, he sounded like General Jay Gardner, who was, of course, summarily dismissed. Most importantly, there were hints of fairly wide space between Rummy and the White House.
It's also fascinating that no one - not even journalists - remember or look up the stated objectives of Operation Iraqi Freedom, even as Rumsfeld.com was brought up. Never once did Piers bring up "drain the swamp", either, although other odd misconceptualizations, like "War on Terror", did come up. Odd moral and tactical formulations like 'better we fight them over there, than here' didn't get discussed.
Posted by Amicus at 10:43 PM
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The gavel tossing GOP-Tea are intent on radicalizing peaceful people by accusing them all of being radical sympathizers.
It's true. Steve King (R-NY) will hold hearings to help America lose the "War on Terror" (their phrase, not mine).
Posted by Amicus at 2:33 PM
This week George Will became irrelevant to Conservative politics in America.
He failed to embrace the suck of Tea Party politics.
Apparently, former GOP elites thought they could unleash folks like Rove, DeLay (to some extent), the unvetted Palin, the profane Coulter, and the insidious Beck and the Tea Party side show, and then rein it all in, once they had done their "dirty work", sung their line in the musical narrative, or whatever.
Posted by Amicus at 1:27 PM
Friday, March 4, 2011
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Thursday, March 3, 2011
Are there any left, after being whip-lashed by "neo-conservatism", those who believe that there truly is a 'conservative philosophy' and not just situational ethics, theocratic wedge-issues, and money-politics?
Nothing but "narrative":
How to get your groove back on fiscal sanity - fire the tax collectors!
Posted by Amicus at 12:47 PM
We all know that the long-term challenges are in health cost inflation, at least as much as the aging of the population.
What is the GOP-Tea response? Is there a great, inspirational "National Challenge", like taking us to the moon? Anyone leading the charge to innovation? A well heeled effort to "Whip (Health) Inflation Now, Building a Better Future" (apologies to the Ford era)?
Their answer, in summary, is to first define who pays (for failure). Wages will be indexed to health inflation, so that wages go down and there is no growing "claim" to redistribute wealth or income to cover health care costs that just won't sit.
Of course, that's the pessimists view of health care cost inflation, right? (It also removes the incentive for those who are best suited to pay for and demand innovation and new methods).
Posted by Amicus at 2:46 AM
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
As we know, Rupert Murdoch dipped into News Corp funds to pay candidates, "yesterday".
So, off one payroll, onto the next.
Round it goes. Howard Roark laughed.
Posted by Amicus at 8:17 PM
A GOVERNOR LOOKING FOR CONFRONTATION (FOR EGO?), NOT SOLUTIONS
The Govenor is now threatening fines and taking away parking spaces.
The measure could also force the absentee lawmakers to forfeit their parking spaces and discretionary spending accounts. -CNN
The fact that the GOP-Tea have clearly far exceeded their mandate from the election, judged by current polls, Walker and Fitzgerald appear to be from the rad Tom Delay school of "don't give an inch, politically, or they will make a meal of you".
Meanwhile, I have yet to see a single interviewer ask Fitzgerald, who insists that there will be no negotiations on the bill, why the carve-out for police and fire. There is no principled stand, here, right?
Posted by Amicus at 8:09 PM
With their ill-advised tax cuts for the wealthiest in hand, already preserved, it appears GOP-Tea will turn on public sector employees, but not all of them, not police and fire or the military or anyone elected.
Posted by Amicus at 12:17 PM
LEADERSHIP THROUGH LIES
The new GOP-Tea Governors' ad for the domineering Wisconsin Depublicans claims that they've "balanced the budget without raising taxes".
Without getting into theory, ask yourself what's the difference between these:
1. Someone taxes your salary 10% for blah blah blah
2. Someone asks you to take a wage cut of 10% for blah blah blah
They did indeed "raise taxes", didn't they?
Raising taxes during a downturn? Hooverville...
Posted by Amicus at 2:01 AM
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The private market is doing less than ever to provide pension security. In Tea Party logic, this means we should cut wages to teachers, others, and, eventually, cut social security, too. All while passing out breaks on estate taxes and income taxes to the most wealthy among us.
Posted by Amicus at 7:10 PM