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Alex considered fate at 04:38   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment

Nice C.S. Lewis reference...I just reread the silver chair last week! Coincidence?? Clearly not. 

Nice post - and I was on that credit card bill like a hawk.. I give the bill a rating of "meh". 

First of all, I use my near-never-exploited-grandfathered-in-backdoor now only because I feel you would want this on your blog immediately.  Sorry about the ads that precede the video.

WTF? The house and senate micromanaging credit card companies' fine print? "You've been naughty, and now we want you to lower your rates after 6 months for good customers, and all your rules must be in 12 point font?!?!"

I am dumbfounded. Don't get me wrong, these are not bad rules. But why is the government making them?

"A Clockwork Orange" (the film) had this to say to me: governments will perpetually take away rights, only to give them back later given public protest. But regardless of the direction, each swing of the pendulum serves their interests. With each pass back and forth, they become more legitimate. They are the source of power; regulations are imposed or relaxed, but it's always their decision in the end.

I'm trying to reconcile this with the take home message of "The Corporation," which many of you may know from the great documentary. It is also a book, which I recently perused. Herein, the message is, "the government is the only body capable of protecting of individuals from the excesses of the corporations around us." The book even suggests, via a Chomsky quote, that anti-government propaganda gets generated by corporations to serve their anti-regulatory interests. So maybe this is government's domain, and I'm just balking at the novelty.

In any case, this is very interesting shit that's going on. It seems to me like watching giants slam about in a rocky ravine. You don't know if they're play fighting, accidentally crushing the poor fuckers at the very bottom, dislodging rocks that catch a few at all levels. Or if they're doing an intricate dance, which is just a little too wild and weird to interpret.



Ohmygod drooolzz..(as the kiddies would say)
Michael considered fate at 22:10   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment
The Boston Globe's Big Picture does the Volvo Ocean Race (in Boston no less.. well, near the bottom anyway).

Michael considered fate at 18:31   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment
Giraffes, Ice Cream trucks, bars of silver, and grand pianos to name a few.

Ohh, Wall Street..
Michael considered fate at 13:06   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment

Dudeguy, did you see this timely article in Slate: ?
Is it possible this is all less interesting than it seems? Sounds reasonable, although I'm compelled to disagree with "compensation committee members are . . . for the most part doing their best" if this author's data show that compensation committees are overpaying CEOs at a rate of 5%compounded yearly for several decades with no market correction. 

Hard to say but, still.. Slate? Yeesh! 
Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but .. let's be honest, it still seems to be kicking. Last year Wall Street firms paid out $18.4 billion in bonuses while accepting more than $50 billion in government bailouts. If that doesn't make your blood boil, how about this:

CEOs made 344 times more the average worker in 2007, according to a survey from United for a Fair Economy, which targets economic inequality. That's up from less than 150-to-one in 1992.


Fighting for your life
Michael considered fate at 11:02   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment
The Telegraph prints an account from one of the early female Tamil Tigers fighting against the Sri Lankan government and the oppression of the Tamil people in the late 80's. Life as a female Tamil Tiger:
In 1987, aged 17, Niromi de Soyza shocked her middle-class Sri Lankan family by joining the Tamil Tigers. One of the rebels' first female soldiers, equipped with rifle and cyanide capsule, she was engaged in fierce combat.
More about the Tamil people.


The World According to Monsanto
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Now available online in 10 parts: The World According to Monsanto, a documentary on the beloved makers of such goodies as Agent Orange, and GM crops. Who doesn't love crop Corps?

The sarcasm should be dripping, don't call me out as a proponent of these assholes


Night Run
Michael considered fate at 00:31   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment
Over three and a half hours in three minutes: One photo taken every six seconds from atop a 600 foot vessel leaving downtown Huston by channel, played back at 12fps. At night.

Google maps route here.


The Stranger's 2009 Sex Survey Results`
Michael considered fate at 15:51   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment
The Stranger [a Seattle media outlet] received 6,942 completed sex surveys—more than five times the sample size of the presidential polls in the New York Times. Which means our poll is more than five times more accurate than theirs. (Eat it, New York Times!)
Lots of interesting results displayed with interesting infographics. Of mild note:

More straight men live in the "bookends" - they are either satisfied with the amount of sex they are getting or, on the flip side, would prefer to be having "as much as porn people" - the middle group, who thinks they want twice as much as they are currently getting, is where a near majority of straight women fall.


Michael considered fate at 15:09   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment
I am toying with an idea today that will, perhaps, render this blog unreadable or, at the very least, unread. Nothing new there, so perhaps it is worth a try?

Readers or no readers, you gotta keep moving or you die, so says the shark-jumping masses, right?


Prism Camp @ Big Easy, April 27th, 2009
Michael considered fate at 20:06   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment

I don't like what Firefox is doing to your photos. Is it stretching them? 

Hmm, are you sure it's not just the crappy photographer?

No, Firefox is not stretching anything on my end. I specify a width only, so that it defaults to the proper aspect ratio of the picture, but at the same time I can set all the photos in a single post to the same width - I got tired of seeing all these different widthth (is that a word) photos one on top each other. bah. 

Ragtime right here in Portlind. Wow, that was a bad Rime, like Rime with Lime, here on this: Cinco de Mayo. Eggs.
Michael considered fate at 19:57   |   Permalink   |   Post a Comment

Eggs? Is that a food joke/play on mayo? I'm confused (and now hungry for deviled eggs). 

That's a good one, duder. 

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