31 May 2011 · Comments Off on I Think They’re All Bozos on This Bus · Categories: Political Theatre

In which Palin drones:

Sarah Palin Bus of Doom

The Rude One comments. A snippet (the rest is NSFW):

It’ll be like Motley Crue back in the day, except with more oxygen tanks . . . .

(With apologies to the Firesign Theatre.)

31 May 2011 · Comments Off on Stray Thought, DQ Dept. · Categories: Personal Musings

“Plain vanilla” is not a perjorative.

It’s a compliment.

31 May 2011 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Geek Stuff


31 May 2011 · Comments Off on Powerpoint Is Evil . . . · Categories: Geek Stuff

. . . because it rewards dumb.

Presenters let Powerpoint use them; they don’t use it.

Some unfortunate conference participant, undoubtedly still suffering flashbacks, who harbours a lingering animus towards Bill Gates and his software, once dubbed the PowerPoint presentation as “Killing You Microsoftly”. Such an invidious metaphor is unfair. To death. At least when you die, you’re fortunate enough to have endured your last PowerPoint presentation. The unlucky who go on living must continue to endure PowerPoint, an invasive species threatening the information ecosystem, the kudzu of software.

And like kudzu, PowerPoint continues to proliferate beyond the boardroom, medical meeting and conference room. It has become a preferred method of presentation for the US Military and Pentagon. The linear, concise format makes it easily adaptable for the standard military briefing, even at the expense of clarity and content. Reportedly, when a critical briefing is required, some senior officers unfamiliar with PowerPoint seek out subordinates who have technical mastery of the software’s nuances, dubbed “PowerPoint Rangers”.


I get a kick out of the title segment for the mystery show, Numb3rs, in which the college professor protagonist is shown walking in the glow of a projector between the audience and the screen.

Competent presenters do not do that.

Ever. In one act, it belittles both the image on the screen and the presenter.

31 May 2011 · Comments Off on TSA Security Theatre · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Bordering on the absurd bordering.

31 May 2011 · Comments Off on Twits on Twitter · Categories: First Looks

Special wingnut edition.

31 May 2011 · Comments Off on Dooming the Minds of Tomorrow · Categories: Too Stupid for Words

Words fail me.

A cash-strapped southern New Jersey school district has decided to start charging student teachers to work there.

Medford appears to be the first school district in the state to take such a policy.

31 May 2011 · Comments Off on The Wedding Industrial Complex . . . · Categories: It Is To Laugh

. . . is clearly out of control.

31 May 2011 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: QOTD

Carl Rowan:

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and discrimination half a block from home.

30 May 2011 · Comments Off on Final Memorials · Categories: Political Theatre

Some uncomfortable thoughts on being inured to war and the death it brings, from Balloon Juice.

30 May 2011 · Comments Off on “So I Was a Coffin” · Categories: First Looks

By Gerardo Mena:

Via the Rude One.

30 May 2011 · Comments Off on Commemoration · Categories: Personal Musings

The media, even the funny pages, have Memorial Day tributes to those who have served and, perhaps, fallen for this country. The radio is playing patriotic music. Flags are everywhere, outnumbered only by the “Big Sale” signs.

Sad thoughts interspersed with beach-goers and shoppers and jingoism.

Now consider those (or their sons or daughters or brothers or sisters or fathers or mothers) who were sent into harm’s way and perhaps did not return for unjust or fabricated cause.

Is their sacrifice greater or lesser?

I would argue that it is greater, for they have served with honor those who betrayed their honor.

Persons like to prattle about speaking truth to power.

Mark Memorial Day by resolving to demand truth from power.

30 May 2011 · Comments Off on We Need Single Payer · Categories: Health Care

At Bloomberg, Paul Ryan has an article claiming that competition will lower health care costs, a favorite claim of righties.

Missing is reality. Obtaining medical care is not like buying an MP3 player.

  • In much of the country, there is no competition. In my part of the world, one hospital company controls almost all the hospitals. If the EMTs have to transport me, they get to choose among Sentara, Sentara, Sentara, and Sentara.
  • If someone has, say a heart attack, he or she doesn’t get estimates for the cost of treatment. He or she likely isn’t even conscious so as to be able to shop around.
  • If a woman is having a baby (something that gives more notice), she doesn’t shop around for a delivery room; she goes to the hospital her doctor uses.
  • If I need an EKG, I’m not going to shop for a new lab; I’m going to where my doctor sends me.

Republican paeans to market competition are no more than empty propaganda to perpetuate oligarchy, promote monopoly, and placate the most significant Republican constituency: Wall Street bonus babies.

Or maybe they’re just all smoking dope.

30 May 2011 · Comments Off on Driving Miss Crazy · Categories: It Is To Laugh

El Reg:

A Norfolk (UK–ed.) man is potentially facing “six points on his licence and thousands of pounds in fines” after cops nabbed him allegedly driving with his knees while manipulating two mobile phones.


A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “Driving while using a mobile phone means you are not concentrating fully on the road. Using one mobile phone is silly but two mobile phones is amazingly silly.” ®

In the early days of cell phones, I was crossing 29th Street to get to 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, for my homeward commute when some bozo turned from Market to 29th to get on the Schuykill Depressway. He was eating a hamburger with one hand and holding a cellphone with another.

I hate to think what he was driving with.

30 May 2011 · Comments Off on QOTD · Categories: QOTD

Jay Gould, Nineteenth Century Wall Street Bonus Baby:

I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half.