Steven Thrasher at The Village Voice has a theory on the current political deadlock, on Arizona's immigration bill, the ground zero mosque, Glenn Beck, Christine O'Donnell, and Carl Paladino: White people have gone stark raving mad. The lunacy infecting white America, Thrasher argues, is the result of large-scale demographic shifts.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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In 2001, Portugal legalized all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs—including cocaine, heroin, and meth—and replaced drug sentences with offers of therapy. If that sounds a bit bleeding heart, well, it worked: In the five years following decriminalization, drug use among teenagers has dropped, as have HIV infections caused by dirty needles. More Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana. Portugal has the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over age 15, at 10 percent; 39.8 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have used marijuana.
We aren't suffering from a shortage of needed skills; we're suffering from a lack of policy resolve. As I said, structural unemployment isn't a real problem, it's an excuse—a reason not to act on America's problems at a time when action is desperately needed.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
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A foreign national visiting Manila on a business trip has been missing since September 12, 2010.
Carole Day arrived from Hong Kong on September 10 and was staying at The Corporate Inn on 1005 Ma. Orosa St. corner TM Kalaw, Ermita, Manila.
She was supposed to fly to Thailand (Phuket) on the 11th/12th from Cebu, however she did not arrive at her destination and has been completely out of contact since the September 12.
She was also due to arrive back in Hong Kong on September 15th for a number of important events including a close friend's funeral.
Her son believes she is still in the Philippines (Manila or Cebu).
Any details no matter how seemingly trivial will be greatly appreciated.
Please contact her son, Jai Day, at any time:
+(852) 9633 3071
+(852) 2849 4877
Hair: Strawberry Blond
Please feel free to blog or retweet this.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Saw House, watching Lonestar. I felt kinda letdown by the House premiere, the preview clip after looked good though, so I'll probably keep watching. Lonestar, on the other hand, I wasn't planning on watching. Liking what I'm seeing. I just might add it to recording schedule.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Al Qaeda Represents Islam as Much as the Ku Klux Klan Represents Christianity | Immigrant Rights | Change.org
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Report: Abu Ghraib photos Obama is censoring "show rape" and sexual torture of men, women, and children - Boing Boing
Maj Gen Taguba retired in January 2007, and supports the President's decision to ban the images:
These pictures show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency. I am not sure what purpose their release would serve other than a legal one and the consequence would be to imperil our troops, the only protectors of our foreign policy, when we most need them, and British troops who are trying to build security in Afghanistan. The mere description of these pictures is horrendous enough, take my word for it.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
In a decision released September 1, 2010, Turk wrote that “the irrationality of OP 803.2 stems from the fact that it encompasses much of the world's finest literature, but does not extend to 'soft core' pornography such as Playboy magazine.” Turk ruled that the regulation was unconstitutional, struck it, and gave the DOC 60 days to draft new, legally sound regulations.
We hope he checked their immigration status, at least: A Republican political operative and candidate for state legislature has signed up homeless people and other drifters to run for statewide office on the Green Party ticket in Arizona—a move that the operative, Steve May, openly admits was to siphon away Democratic votes.
Monday, September 6, 2010
General David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is upset-and rightfully so-at Terry Jones, a Florida pastor who plans to burn Qurans with his church on September 11. "It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall [Afghanistan war] effort," Petraeus told The Wall Street Journal. "It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community.
These are the folks whose policies helped devastate our middle class and drive our economy into a ditch. And now they're asking you for the keys back,” said Obama of the coming midterm elections. “They think it's better to score political points before an election than actually solve problems,” he continued.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
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Thursday, September 2, 2010
“I’m going to ask Alexander Fleming to hand back his Nobel Prize,” joked chemist Mark Nelson, who works on developing new tetracyclines at Paratek Pharmaceuticals and is lead author of the paper published June in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Tor.com / Science fiction and fantasy / Blog posts / Out of Print For Decades, The Dune Encyclopedia Surfaces Online
Fans of Frank Herbert’s Dune series are in for a long, lost treat. A fully illustrated and searchable online version of the long out of print Dune Encyclopedia has surfaced.
(My comment on the Tor.com blogpost) I haven't read the Encyclopedia, but I've read to tatters the original Dune novels and The Eye short story collection. I tried to get immersed in Anderson's and the younger Herbert's take on the Dune Universe, and succeeded for awhile. As I recall, I somewhat liked their collaborations up until Hunters of Dune. Looking back, I think I grudgingly read Sandworms of Dune, just wanting to get the saga finished.
I tried to like Paul of Dune, but I guess Sandworms soured me on the B. Herbert-Anderson continuation of and elaborations on the Dune universe. To begin with, they didn't try to write like Frank, which is probably for the best. But between Hunters and Sandworms, the conclusion just felt completely at odds with the cliffhanger ending of Chapterhouse: Dune and I thought didn't quite mesh with the universe that Frank laid down in the originals.
This is of course a personal opinion, and judging by the ongoing additions to Dune, probably in the minority. Perhaps someday I'll work up the desire to pick up where I left off and see what Brian and Kevin were and are up to since Sandworms. Until then I'll have to revisit every now and then Dune as Frank as envisioned it.
As the always sharp Megan McArdle put it, "The Ivy League may represent the cream of a very small segment of incredibly affluent Americans. But there's a lot more cream out there, and it's a pity that American institutional structures seem so apt to exclude it from the mix."