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Obamanomics Gets Panned by the CBO? June 16, 2015

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Can’t believe the CBO was allowed to say these things, although all of us have been saying them for years. Wow.

Rising federal debt threatens to choke economic growth within a decade, beginning a death spiral that will sap revenue from government programs even as demands grow, forcing the government to borrow even more, Congress‘ budget watchdog said in a frightening report Tuesday.

The report — the first major one under new CBO Director Keith Hall — also takes aim at some traditional liberal arguments, finding that government investment yields only half the return on investment compared with the private sector and that money transfers to the poor act as “implicit taxes,” keeping them out of the labor force and depressing the economy further.

“The long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically over the past several years,” the CBO said in its dire report, blaming large deficits that piled up under President Obama’s stimulus and more fundamental changes to the economy that have caused Americans to leave the workforce in favor of government support.

I should read the actual CBO report to make sure the Washington Times isn’t doing an Onionesque parody.

Poop Bucket June 16, 2015

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The King of Random makes some excellent videos. You should subscribe.

I Imagine a Lot of Whittling is Involved June 16, 2015

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Scientists hope to make a baby from a frozen testicle

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Heroes June 15, 2015

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Here’s the entry from Sweden that won the Eurovision.TV contest for best song.

The lighting/staging/visuals just blow me away. Do yourself a favor and watch it in fullscreen.

Science: There’s Apparently Nothing It Can’t Do June 12, 2015

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Here’s where all the heteronormative gentlemen folk fall on their knees and praise science:

Researchers Grow a Breast In a Dish

This is going to change high school science fairs forever.

Dancing Grannies June 12, 2015

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Seems a little quiet around here… good time to slip in this video:

Pokeymon June 10, 2015

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I liked this bit from Ace:

Oh, just on talking in general: If you ever talk to me, you should know, no offense, and no insult, but I’m almost certainly not paying attention to what you’re saying. I have lost all ability to focus the past couple of years. The internet has trained me to look for the next hyperlink. So if I poke your face while you’re talking, that’s me trying to click on your hyperlink on your mouth to get you to talk about something else, like The Batman.

Rainy Days and Vampire Fish Always Get Me Down June 10, 2015

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Vampire fish falling from the sky may not have been one of the plagues mentioned in the Book of Exodus, but it should have been:

It’s raining “Vampire Fish” — or at least it is in Alaska.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife said earlier this month that they had started receiving reports of arctic lamprey mysteriously falling from the sky.

Had the Lord unleashed these guys on the Egyptians, they would have folded after one plague:

VampireFish

About Those Marco Rubio Hit Pieces in the NYT June 9, 2015

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The NYT is gunning for Marco Rubio these days, first squawking about his below-average number of traffic tickets, and then claiming that he can’t manage his finances. To which I say:

Starting from a very humble beginning, Marco Rubio managed his affairs well enough to position himself for a credible run at the presidency.

Which is far more than any of his critics can say.

From the “Things You Don’t Want to Think About” File June 7, 2015

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Toothbrushes in shared bathrooms may be contaminated by poop

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Emma Sulkowicz Gives Me Hope June 6, 2015

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I’d just like to thank Emma Sulkowicz (the mattress/homegrown porn girl from Columbia) for changing my perspective on art and my lack of talent as an artist. You see, I had always thought that art had no place for a guy like me – I’m simply a disaster at drawing, painting, sculpting . . . even photography. Watching Sobek put up his dang art posts just added to my humiliation and feelings of inadequacy.

But now I know that even a no-talent guy like me has a place in the art world. All I have to do is carry a mattress around, and by golly, that’s something I can do and do well. Suck it, Sobek.

Just look at the reviews she got (from Wikipedia):

The art world responded with enthusiasm to Mattress Performance. Artnet cited it as “almost certainly … one of the most important artworks of the year,” comparing it to Ana Mendieta’s Untitled (Rape Scene) (1973) and Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz-Starus’s Three Weeks in May (1977). Performance artist Marina Abramović praised it. New York Times art critic Roberta Smith described it as “strict and lean, yet inclusive and open ended, symbolically laden yet drastically physical,” writing that comparisons to the Stations of the Cross and Hester Prynne’s scarlet letter were apparent. Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York Magazine, included it in his list of the best 19 art shows of 2014, calling “clear, to the point, insistent, adamant … pure radical vulnerability.”

I’ll admit that her reviews were somewhat better than mine, which have thus far consisted of my wife yelling, “Don’t get your sweat on that mattress and watch out for that lamp!” But I’m sure that’s just because I haven’t found my audience yet.

Or maybe it’s because I still don’t understand art. I have to confess that when I saw pictures of Ms. Sulkowicz and her mattress, it didn’t occur to me that it might be “symbolically laden yet drastically physical.” My thinking was more along the lines of a dorm relocation issue or a medical situation involving either narcolepsy or nymphomania. And honestly, my impression hasn’t changed since, so I’m apparently not experiencing much artistic growth.

But my limitations will soon be a thing of the past, because now there’s a new medium to work in: amateur porn. She has created a novel art genre wherein unattractive people have uninspired sex recorded with abysmal cinematography, yet receive great reviews. I can totally do that.

But this time, given the medium, I won’t say, “suck it, Sobek.”

Manufacturing Jobs Continue to Defy President June 6, 2015

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One might be forgiven if they couldn’t tell the difference between the chart showing manufacturing jobs, the chart showing electric car sales, and the chart showing exports. They all look the same. The President makes some huge promise that he has no power to keep, and subsequently fails miserably.

Today we get to watch him continue to fail to add 1 million manufacturing jobs by September 2016:

ManufJobsJune2015

387K jobs added, versus ~650K jobs promised.

Particularly surprising, given that you’d have thought the rebound from the Great Recession (made all the greater by the President’s policies) would have been enough to restore a million jobs. But the President’s reverse Midas touch seems to kill off any part of the economy that catches his eye.