Louie

20 Aug 2010

I've been watching Louie, which is the relatively new Louie C.K. comedy on FX (as in, this is its first season and it's a few episodes in).  I had to wait a bit and kind of digest it before I could distill what I think about it and I'm still equivocating a bit, but here goes...

Explosive new video! Or not...

4 Aug 2010

In this sensational leaked video, Katie Couric is "disdainful" and "contemptuous" of Sarah Palin's children, takes "a shot at female basketball players" and makes fun of Wasilla, "one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and the fifth largest city in Alaska."

Go ahead and watch the video and come back.  You'll be completely and totally shocked.

Bilderbergers and the lack of sanity in the GOP and Tea Party

4 Aug 2010

Stop me if you've heard this one, a Bilderberger walks into a bar...

[O]n the back of your Social Security card, there's a number. That number indicates the bank that bought you when you were born based on a projection of your life's earnings, and you are collateral. We are all collateral for the banks.

No but seriously folks.  What the hell?  People really truly believe that stuff.  The bank that bought you when you born.

Flying windmills

4 Aug 2010

Via Kevin Drum:

The basic idea is simple: the wind gets stronger the higher up you are, so why not build flying turbines that hover a mile or two above the earth and crank out the megawatts?

The only question I have would be how much reduced atmospheric pressure at high altitude would affect the kinetic energy transmitted from the moving air to the generator itself, but I'd imagine they've already thought of that and that it's not a factor.

Scott McNealy's Curriki and free textbooks

3 Aug 2010

Scott McNealy has an interesting idea.  His non-profit company, Curriki, aggregates and develops online educational resources from a community of contributors:

Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of 'curriculum' and 'wiki' which is the technology we're using to make education universally accessible.

A great point

23 Jul 2010

Like most other people on the more non-conservative side of things, I was pretty disappointed with the administration's actions in the recent Shirley Sherrod dust-up.  But I thought that their actions were somewhat mitigated by the fact that they fairly quickly did the right thing: admitted they were wrong, apologized, and tried to take steps to make things as right as they could be under the circumstances.

I think Steve Benen sums up the way I see the situation pretty well right here:

The Jones Act: Not the Reason Why There's Oil in the Gulf

12 Jul 2010

I've received quite a few e-mails from my conservative-leaning family members and friends identifying the culprit behind the oil spill in the Gulf. The issue, it seems, is that the Obama Administration is so in the pocket of organized labor that it's allowed the Jones Act, a law that places a number of restrictions on the nationality of ships that carry goods in U.S. waters:

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