Wrong Side of History August 24, 2015Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, History.
How to WIN! August 23, 2015Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Man Laws.
… at Rock Paper Scissors.
It’s Science, beyotches!
Both Activities Have Their Merits August 19, 2015Posted by skinbad in Family, Humor, Literature, Man Laws.
So I clicked on a little news-nothing from Good Morning America about a boy who damaged a library book when it fell out of his bed after he went to sleep while reading. He sent a nice apology note to the library. While watching the clip, the captions were running and it went by kind of fast and I thought–“Did that say what I thought it did?” So, replay, pause, and screenshot. Nice job, GMA. He’ll probably appreciate the encouragement one day.
So NOW Executive Experience is Important August 15, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
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A lot of us pointed out in 2008 that Barack Obama had no experience in anything relevant to the presidency, especially management. Deaf ears, deaf ears. But now management experience is a selling point for the Democrats (as it should be):
“I am not the only candidate for president in our party who holds progressive values, but I am the only candidate for president in our party with 15 yrs of executive experience,” Democratic 2016 contender Martin O’Malley says.
If only he had mentioned this 8 years ago.
Chop Chop With Those Sammiches August 13, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
We joke a lot about how wimmens need to be making sammiches for the menfolk, but somebody didn’t get the memo that it is, was, and always shall be, a hyperbolic joke:
A Nigerian court granted a 57-year-old man a divorce after hearing that his wife often brought his meals to him too late in the evening, local media reported on Thursday.
“My wife had failed in her matrimonial obligations. She does not prepare my food on time and I have warned her several times, but she would not listen to me,” he was quoted as saying.
“There is no point in harbouring a wife that makes me hungry. I am totally fed up,” Adekoya told the hearing, for which the paper gave no date.
A different and not very appealing world.
Time to Tweet? August 13, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
Update: vaitguy tells me that the 10000-character limit only applies to direct messaging. So Twitter still sucks (IMHO).
I had a Twitter account many years ago (DrRichardSeaton), but gave it up because it seemed to me that the 140-character limit was just driving us toward more bumper-sticker-style political discussion. It’s not like we need to be more shallow in our policy analysis.
That concern has been borne out by many years of tweeted tripe, but I didn’t realize that Twitter would become relevant because it was also a fast way to propagate news stories across the web. So yay Twitter. But I still didn’t feel that it was all that useful to me.
But now Twitter is going to allow 10000-character posts, which means you can actually say something that’s not just a surface-level jab at the opposition. That changes the game completely.
Might just have to become a tweetin’ fool.
Belated Book Review: Nickel and Dimed (2001) August 12, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
All the minimum wage hoopla reminded me of a post I’ve long wanted to write: a brief debunking of Barbara Ehrenreich’s liberal classic, Nickel and Dimed.
Back in 2001, Barbara Ehrenreich (a writer with a PhD in biology) decided that she would experience just how hard it is to get by on entry-level jobs. Dr. Ehrenreich tried several jobs during 3 months spread over 2 years, sometimes two at a time (well, for a grand total of 3 days), including waiting tables, cleaning hotel rooms (well, for 1 day), cleaning people’s houses, being a nursing home aide, and working at Wal-Mart. She wrote up her experiences (with much drama and angst) in Nickel and Dimed and the book was a bestseller, forming part of the foundation and mythos of the Left’s class wars ever since.
I applaud her spirit in getting her hands dirty and diving into those sorts of jobs, but her blindness to logic and reality permeate her decisions and her actions. For example:
Kerry Claims He’s Brought Us to the Brink of Disaster August 11, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
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I think Secretary of State Kerry meant this to be a little less self-incriminating than it actually is:
During a discussion hosted by Reuters on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said if the United States rejects the Iran nuclear agreement, the U.S. dollar would not be the world’s reserve currency.
“That is a recipe, very quickly, my friends, businesspeople here, for the American dollar to cease to be the reserve currency of the world, which is already bubbling out there,” Kerry said.
So how, pray tell, did we get to the point where the American dollar’s status is at risk? Didn’t we have sanctions before without risking the dollar?
Why yes we did. But now John Kerry says he’s put us in a situation where we can’t have sanctions without seriously injuring our economy.
He’s pretty much saying he should be fired for gross incompetence.
Quoted Without Context August 9, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
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Not the Same Things as Bill Clinton, One Hopes August 9, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
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More Meat for Minimum Wage August 9, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
Just when you thought there were too many useless degrees being issued in modern times, they add one more:
Dr. Kimmel is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York system, which will soon start the first master’s degree program in “masculinities studies.”
Now, I won’t deny that there are probably things worth investigating about masculinity, especially as besieged as it is in modern times, but an entire degree program seems like just another form of useless navel-gazing.
Plus, they’re not starting off very well:
Obama and Our Racial Festering August 8, 2015Posted by geoff in News.
President Barack Obama, December 2014:
…we have to recognize that issues of racial prejudice and discrimination, they’re embedded deeply in society, and they don’t transform overnight, but each successive generation, what we’ve seen in America is we’ve seen improvement.
Well, we used to see improvement until a certain “racial-healing” president came on the scene: