Saturday, April 30, 2011

Goin' for baroque tonight... but then, where do I live?

Via Alternet: 10 Ways That the Birthers Are an Object Lesson in White Privilege |

In an era of racism without racists, the Tea Party GOP Birther brigands provide one more lesson in the permanence of the social evil known as White privilege.

Via JMG: One Million Americans Apply For McJobs

Over one million applicants turned out for McDonald's highly-publicized hiring spree last week.
McDonald’s Corp, the world’s biggest restaurant chain, said it hired 24 percent more people than planned during an employment event this month. McDonald’s and its franchisees hired 62,000 people in the U.S. after receiving more than one million applications, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in an e-mailed statement. Previously, it said it planned to hire 50,000. The April 19 national hiring day was the company’s first, said Danya Proud, a McDonald’s spokeswoman. She declined to disclose how many of the jobs were full- versus part-time. McDonald’s employed 400,000 workers worldwide at company-owned stores at the end of 2010, according to a company filing.
The big hiring push was heralded by some as evidence as a surging economy, but you have to wonder what those same analysts say about the 938,000+ plus folks who were desperate enough to work at McDonald's but got turned away.

reposted from Joe

Via A Janela Paralela do Caipira Viajante: UM DIA QUALQUER


lucianobatioli | 30 30UTC abril 30UTC 2011 at 2:02 PM | Categories: PROSA POÉTICA | URL:
...e eu que esperava coisa excepcional
até que por excesso nasceu um diabo
que veio de vários pedidos externos
de politicos de roma e cristãos renomados.
Em nobre forum nasceu o salvador da patria
suditos e escravos precisavam de uma verdade imediata.
Prefiro não pedir ajuda
pois se que pra mal exemplo não tem arruda
vou voando com certeiras posições
extraordinarias por minhas convenções.
Ainda há lugar nesse dia confuso
para ricos preimados e pobres comprometidos
sempre há lugar no final da rua
para heróis criados e deuses destruidos.

Via AmericaBlog: Big Oil blames government for high oil prices

OK, for starters, let's scrap every last free handout for Big Oil tomorrow since taxpayers are supporting billions per year in tax breaks for that industry. Then let's have a deeper look at how Big Oil invests money to destroy climate change initiatives that might have an impact on how Americans view the oil industry. After that we can dig in deeper to look at how Big Oil does their best to eliminate any ideas that might move people away from oil and onto alternative energies.

It's a pity Congress and the White House are so afraid of taking this destructive industry on. Someone needs to step in and end this blamestorming BS.
Shortly after posting first-quarter earnings of nearly $11 billion Thursday, Exxon Mobil (XOM, Fortune 500) issued a defensive statement arguing that it's not to blame for $4 gas. The company put part of the blame for soaring oil and gas prices on the U.S. government.

"For every gallon of gasoline and other products we refined and sold in the United States, we earned about 7 cents," said a statement from Exxon vice president Ken Cohen. "Compare that to the 40 to 60 cents per cents per gallon that went to the government (state and federal) in gasoline taxes."

The industry's top lobbyist also went on the offensive, saying the earnings that these companies reported this week reflect a strong economy and are a boon for investors, including many pension funds.

"The U.S. oil and natural gas industry's strong earnings signal growing strength in our economy," said Jack Gerard, chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute. He said Americans "should be proud" of an industry that supports millions of jobs and provides income for retirees who have shares of profitable oil companies in their retirement accounts.
No, oil is expensive not because of the strength of the economy, but because of the weakness of the US dollar.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Three from Truthout:

Friday 29 April 2011
Jason Leopold | Guantanamo Detainees Stage Hunger Strike to Protest Confinement Conditions
Jason Leopold, Truthout: "Within the past month, more than 15 Guantanamo detainees protested an indefinite detention order signed by President Barack Obama in March that resulted in their relocation to another camp at the prison facility - where they said the conditions are worse - by staging a hunger strike, Truthout has learned. Two detainees involved in the hunger strike have lost about 25 pounds, according to their attorneys. Tanya Bradsher, a Department of Defense (DoD) spokeswoman, confirmed detainees staged a hunger strike, but she put the number at 'less than ten.'"
Read the Article

William Rivers Pitt | Making the Case From a Different Place
William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "The following are portions of a paper published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars that was written by two members of the armed services: Captain Wayne Porter of the US Navy, and Colonel Mark Mykleby of the US Marine Corps. What makes the document remarkable is the fact that both men are top-ranking members of Admiral Mike Mullen's team. Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, surely was aware of this paper before it was published, and allowed it to go to print, giving this document at least a seeming stamp of approval from the Pentagon. Something else remarkable: two serving officers have proffered one of the more eloquent arguments in recent memory against the direction this country has been led for decades, and made an unassailable case for addressing the problems we face while providing readily available solutions to those problems. It is, in the main, a profoundly progressive piece of work."
Read the Article

I Agree: "Darn It, Let's Raise Taxes"
Ken Morris, Truthout: "If I and many economists, including Paul Krugman (who wrote, 'Darn It, Let's Raise Taxes'), are included, however, everyone doesn't agree with their assertions, and saying the words ad nauseam doesn't make them empirically or logically true - in fact, history often suggests otherwise, despite Senator Hatch adding, 'I have yet to hear the economic or fiscal rationale for raising taxes.' For his sake, I hope someone reads the following paragraphs out loud to him. From 1951 to 1985, marginal tax rates (MTR) on the wealthiest Americans averaged 75 percent. Did the mega-rich job creators, as the Republicans argue, cease hiring, lay off workers, shut their doors and go home? Hardly. Case in point was a little business created by a couple of brothers selling burgers in San Bernardino, California. In 1954 (MTR: 91 percent), they decided to buy eight milkshake machines from 50-year-old Ray Kroc."
Read the Article

Via PFAW: Issa's Budget Hearings: Brought to You by the Koch Brothers

koch budget hoax
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa invited Wisconsin Gov. Walker to testify to the committee about fixing state and municipal budgets. It was an interesting choice of witness.

Walker has, in recent weeks, become a walking symbol of exactly the way Americans don't want to solve government budget crises. He caused a national uproar when he proposed taking away the collective bargaining rights of public workers...and then snuck his union-busting bill through the state legislature in the middle of the night.


Via Progressives United:

Last night, Russ went on The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert to talk about the corrupting influence corporations have on our democracy.

Click here to watch the video of Russ on The Colbert Report -- and share it with your friends and family.

Watch the video.
If you watch The Colbert Report regularly, you may know that Stephen Colbert has vowed to start a corporate-funded Super PAC.

And if you follow the news, you probably know that these Super PACs are a major problem. Big money interests can fuel them with unlimited contributions to grow their dominance over our elections.

Learn about the danger of Super PACs and what Progressives United is doing to combat corporate influence. Click here to watch Russ on The Colbert Report.

After you watch the video, please share it with your friends and family.
Thanks for uniting as a progressive,

Cole Leystra
Executive Director
Progressives United


With President Obama's Birth Certificate, Klansman Trump Reminds Blacks They Will Never Be American

Bill Maher - Real Time with Bill Maher *Interview (Apr.25/11)

Via AmericaBlog: 35 million have joined the middle class in Brazil recently

35 million have joined the middle class in Brazil recently

The US economy is obviously quite different but there's something exciting about adding so many people in such a brief period of time. After decades of going up and down, Brazil has been on a roll for a number of years and it looks like it will continue. The middle class has grown because politicians decided to make it a priority. Sure there are problems, but this growth is impressive.

Maybe someone in Washington might think about this issue one day and turn the tide of a shrinking middle class. For starters, leading Democrats need to stop the pathetic joke of praising the likes of Ronald Reagan and others who have exacerbated the problem that started in the 1970s. CNBC:
As the developed world struggles, Brazil grows faster, on the strength of its export economy, but also rising domestic demand. Its middle class continues to expand — and spend. An estimated 35 million people joined the middle class between 2003 to 2009, and 20 million more are expected to be included by 2014. Unemployment is at a relatively low 6.5 percent.

The Brazil story is not without its problems — inflation is running at more than 6.4 percent, near the top of its central bank's target range, its currency is arguably overvalued and real estate has seen outsized gains that seem unsustainable.

Brazil has taken steps to curb hot capital inflows, and it is trying to cool consumer credit growth from about 20 percent annually, to about 12 percent, by raising taxes on credit. The hyper-inflation of the 1990s is not such a distant memory, and the central bank is battling inflation with rate hikes and a current interest rate of 12 percent.

Via AmericaBlog:

Why doesn't the media hold the Republicans accountable for their "Democrat" slur?

It's not a slur, but they think it's one.  Republicans at the national level intentionally misuses the word "Democrat" as an adjective, thinking it comes across as a slur, or negative, somehow if they misuse the word.  It's done by Fox, the Republican leadership of the Congress, and by Republican leaders nationwide.  It's something widely known and acknowledged in Washington, DC And it's very weird.  There's a childishness, and pettiness, to it that's actually quite shocking.  Mitch McConnell did it again today, when talking about the Democratic budget, he called it the "Democrat budget."  And the media never comments on it, never talks about it, writes about it, or exposes it to the American people.

Imagine if the Democrats had decided a while back to misuse the word Republican on purpose - oh, I don't know, say we drop the "l" from now on.  It would be the talk of the media.  There'd be a national debate excoriating the Democrats for their childishness.  But when the Republicans do it, and have been doing it for years, not a peep.

Perhaps the media think (thinks?) that it's so petty and silly, it's just not worth reporting on. But it's the very nature of how petty and silly it is, how sophomoric it is, that makes it significant.  Mitch McConnell is the Republican leader in the Senate, the second most powerful Republican nationwide.  It's telling, in a seriously bad way, that the man would contort the word "Democrat" in an effort to secretly slur his political opponents.  It says something about the man.  And it's not good.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Via Ethos Pathos Legos

Via Jerry Becker: Ravitch: Standardized Testing Undermines Teaching

From National Public Radio [NPR], Thursday, April 28, 2011. See . You can listen to the story at the website by clicking on "Listen to the Story" [Fresh Air from WHYY]  --  19 mins 57 secs.
Ravitch: Standardized Testing Undermines Teaching
By NPR Staff

PHOTO SIDEBAR:  Diane Ravitch is a historian of education and the former United States assistant secretary of education. She currently teaches at New York University. Courtesy of Basic Books/Basic Books

Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch was once an early advocate of No Child Left Behind, school vouchers and charter schools.

In 2005, she wrote, "We should thank President George W. Bush and Congress for passing the No Child Left Behind Act. ... All this attention and focus is paying off for younger students, who are reading and solving mathematics problems better than their parents' generation."

But four years later, Ravitch changed her mind.
"I came to the conclusion ... that No Child Left Behind has turned into a timetable for the destruction of American public education," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I had never imagined that the test would someday be turned into a blunt instrument to close schools - or to say whether teachers are good teachers or not - because I always knew children's test scores are far more complicated than the way they're being received today."

No Child Left Behind required schools to administer yearly state standardized tests. Student progress on those tests was measured to see if the schools met their Adequate Yearly Progress goals. or AYP. Schools missing those goals for several years in a row could be restructured, replaced or shut down.

"The whole purpose of federal law and state law should be to help schools improve, not to come in and close them down and say, 'We're going to start with a clean slate,' because there's no guarantee that the clean slate's going to be better than the old slate," says Ravitch. "Most of the schools that will be closed are in poor or minority communities where large numbers of children are very poor and large numbers of children don't speak English. They have high needs. They come from all kinds of difficult circumstances and they need help - they don't need their school closed."
In her book The Death and Life of the Great American School System, Ravitch criticizes the emphasis on standardized testing and closing schools as well as the practice to replace public schools with charter schools. One reason, she says, is the increasing emphasis on privatization.

"What has happened ... is that [charter schools have] become an enormous entrepreneurial activity and the private sector has moved in," she says. "So there are now charter chains where the heads are paying themselves $300,000, $400,000, $500,000 a year. They compete with regular public schools. They do not see themselves as collaborators with public schools but business competitors and in some cases, they actually want to take away the public school space and take away the public school business."

Ravitch says that charter schools undercut the opportunities for public schools, making public school students feel like "second-class citizens."

"Regular public school parents are angry because they no longer have an art room, they no longer have a computer room - whatever space they had for extra activities gets given to the charters and then they have better facilities. They have a lot of philanthropic money behind them - Wall Street hedge fund managers have made this their favorite cause. So at least in [New York City] they are better-funded ... so they have better everything."

But change in the public schools is possible, says Ravitch, if parents work together.

"In the neighborhood where I live in Brooklyn, there was a school that was considered a bad public school and it enrolled many children from a local public housing project," she says. "But parents in the neighborhood who were middle-class parents and were educated people banded together and decided, 'Well, if we all send our child to the local public school, it will get better.' And it did get better and it's now one of the best schools in the city. So yes, you can change the neighborhood school. ... But school officials have a particular responsibility to make sure there's a good school in every neighborhood. And handing the schools in low-income neighborhoods over to entrepreneurs does not, in itself, improve them. It's simply a way of avoiding the public responsibility to provide good education."


On the Obama administration's Race to the Top program

"Race to the Top is an extension of No Child Left Behind. It contains all of the punitive features. It encourages states to have more charter schools. It said, when it invited proposals from states, that you needed to have more charter schools, you needed to have merit pay - which is a terrible idea - you needed to judge teachers by test scores, which is even a worse idea. And you need to be prepared to turn around low-performing schools. So this is what many state legislators adopted hoping to get money from Race to the Top. Only 11 states and the District of Columbia did get that money. These were all bad ideas. They were terrible ideas that won't help schools. They're all schools that work on the free-market model that with more incentives and competition, schools will somehow get better. And the turnaround idea is a particularly noxious idea because it usually means close the school, fire the principal, fire the staff, and then it sets off a game of musical chairs where teachers from one low-performing school are hired at another low-performing school."
On teachers unions

"They're not the problem. The state with the highest scores on the national test, that state is Massachusetts - which is 100 percent union. The nation with the highest scores in the world is Finland, which is 100 percent union. Management and labor can always work together around the needs of children if they're willing to. I think what's happening in Wisconsin and Ohio and Florida and Indiana is very, very conservative right-wing governors want to break the unions because the unions provide support to the Democratic Party. But the unions really aren't the problem in education."
On the film Waiting for Superman

"Waiting for Superman is a pro-privatization propaganda film. I reviewed it in The New York Review of Books and its statistics were wrong, its charges were wrong, it made claims that were unsustainable. One of the charter schools it featured as being a miracle school has an attrition rate of 75 percent. And it made the claim that 70 percent of American eighth-graders read below grade level and that's simply false. ... And the producers of the film are very supportive of vouchers and free-market strategies and everything else. So I think that film has to be taken not just with a grain of salt, but understood to be a pro-privatization film."
Excerpt: 'The Death and Life of the Great American School System' by Diane Ravitch.

In the fall of 2007, I reluctantly decided to have my office repainted. It was inconvenient. I work at home, on the top floor of a nineteenth-century brownstone in Brooklyn. Not only did I have to stop working for three weeks, but I had the additional burden of packing up and removing everything in my office. I had to relocate fifty boxes of books and files to other rooms in the house until the painting job was complete.

After the patching, plastering, and painting was done, I began unpacking twenty years of papers and books, discarding those I no longer wanted, and placing articles into scrapbooks. You may wonder what all this mundane stuff has to do with my life in the education field. I found that the chore of reorganizing the artifacts of my professional life was pleasantly ruminative. It had a tonic effect, because it allowed me to reflect on the changes in my views over the years.

At the very time that I was packing up my books and belongings, I was going through an intellectual crisis. I was aware that I had undergone a wrenching transformation in my perspective on school reform. Where once I had been hopeful, even enthusiastic, about the potential benefits of testing, accountability, choice, and markets, I now found myself experiencing profound skepticism about these same ideas. I was trying to sort through the evidence about what was working and what was not. I was trying to understand why I was increasingly skeptical about these reforms, reforms that I had supported enthusiastically. I was trying to see my way through the blinding assumptions of ideology and politics, including my own. I kept asking myself why I was losing confidence in these reforms. My answer: I have a right to change my mind. Fair enough. But why, I kept wondering, why had I changed my mind? What was the compelling evidence that prompted me to reevaluate the policies I had endorsed many times over the previous decade? Why did I now doubt ideas I once had advocated?

The short answer is that my views changed as I saw how these ideas were working out in reality. The long answer is what will follow in the rest of this book. When someone chastised John Maynard Keynes for reversing himself about a particular economic policy he had previously endorsed, he replied, 'When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?' This comment may or may not be apocryphal, but I admire the thought behind it. It is the mark of a sentient human being to learn from experience, to pay close attention to how theories work out when put into practice.

What should we think of someone who never admits error, never entertains doubt but adheres unflinchingly to the same ideas all his life, regardless of new evidence? Doubt and skepticism are signs of rationality. When we are too certain of our opinions, we run the risk of ignoring any evidence that conflicts with our views. It is doubt that shows we are still thinking, still willing to reexamine hardened beliefs when confronted with new facts and new evidence.

The task of sorting my articles gave me the opportunity to review what I had written at different times, beginning in the mid-1960s. As I flipped from article to article, I kept asking myself, how far had I strayed from where I started? Was it like me to shuffle off ideas like an ill-fitting coat? As I read and skimmed and remembered, I began to see two themes at the center of what I have been writing for more than four decades. One constant has been my skepticism about ill-considered fads, enthusiasms, movements, and theories. The other has been a deep belief in the value of a rich, coherent school curriculum, especially in history and literature, both of which are so frequently ignored, trivialized, or politicized.

Over the years, I have consistently warned against the lure of 'the royal road to learning,' the notion that some savant or organization has found an easy solution to the problems of American education. As a historian of education, I have often studied the rise and fall of grand ideas that were promoted as the sure cure for whatever ills were afflicting our schools and students. In 1907, William Chandler Bagley complained about the 'fads and reforms that sweep through the educational system at periodic intervals.' A few years later, William Henry Maxwell, the esteemed superintendent of schools in New York City, heaped scorn on educational theorists who promoted their panaceas to gullible teachers; one, he said, insisted that 'vertical penmanship' was the answer to all problems; another maintained that recess was a 'relic of barbarism.' Still others wanted to ban spelling and grammar to make school more fun. I have tried to show in my work the persistence of our national infatuation with fads, movements, and reforms, which invariably distract us from the steadiness of purpose needed to improve our schools. In our own day, policymakers and business leaders have eagerly enlisted in a movement launched by free-market advocates, with the support of major foundations. Many educators have their doubts about the slogans and cure-alls of our time, but they are required to follow the mandates of federal law (such as No Child Left Behind) despite their doubts.

In our day, school reformers sometimes resemble the characters in Dr. Seuss's Solla Sollew, who are always searching for that mythical land 'where they never have troubles, at least very few.' Or like Dumbo, they are convinced they could fly if only they had a magic feather. In my writings, I have consistently warned that, in education, there are no shortcuts, no utopias, and no silver bullets. For certain, there are no magic feathers that enable elephants to fly.

As I flipped through the yellowing pages in my scrapbooks, I started to understand the recent redirection of my thinking, my growing doubt regarding popular proposals for choice and accountability. Once again, I realized, I was turning skeptical in response to panaceas and miracle cures. The only difference was that in this case, I too had fallen for the latest panaceas and miracle cures; I too had drunk deeply of the elixir that promised a quick fix to intractable problems. I too had jumped aboard a bandwagon, one festooned with banners celebrating the power of accountability, incentives, and markets. I too was captivated by these ideas. They promised to end bureaucracy, to ensure that poor children were not neglected, to empower poor parents, to enable poor children to escape failing schools, and to close the achievement gap between rich and poor, black and white. Testing would shine a spotlight on low-performing schools, and choice would create opportunities for poor kids to leave for better schools. All of this seemed to make sense, but there was little empirical evidence, just promise and hope. I wanted to share the promise and the hope. I wanted to believe that choice and accountability would produce great results. But over time, I was persuaded by accumulating evidence that the latest reforms were not likely to live up to their promise. The more I saw, the more I lost the faith.
From The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education By Diane Ravitch;  Hardcover, 296 pages;  Basic Books;  List price: $26.95

Via JMG: Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship

In the 900th issue of Action Comics, Superman renounces his American citizenship after a "clash" with the federal government. GOP flacks are outraged. Outraged, I tells ya!
"Besides being riddled with a blatant lack of patriotism, and respect for our country, Superman's current creators are belittling the United States as a whole. By denouncing his citizenship, Superman becomes an eerie metaphor for the current economic and power status the country holds worldwide," Hollywood publicist and GOP activist Angie Meyer told Fox.
Wired weighs in:
In an age rife with immigration paranoia, it’s refreshing to see an alien refugee tell the United States that it’s as important to him as any other country on Earth — which in turn is as important to Superman as any other planet in the multiverse. The genius of Superman is that he belongs to everyone, for the dual purposes of peace and protection. He’s above ephemeral geopolitics and nationalist concerns, a universal agent unlike any other found in pop culture.

reposted from Joe


NOTE: The following quotations have been collected from a variety of sources ... from e-mail notes and signatures, bulletin boards, the ASCD SmartBrief and from other sources, as well, over some time. And a number come from Brainy Quotes at , a website suggested by Judy Sowder.


"Apparently there is nothing that cannot happen today."
(Mark Twain)

"Chicken Little was right."
(Derives from the song)      [From the signature of Roger Day]

"A lie can travel around the world in the time that it takes for truth to put its shoes on."
(Will Rogers)      [Sent by Robert Kansky]

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
(Winston Churchill)

"When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purpose of becoming the fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Do not ask, 'Who is destroying the world?' You are."
(Author: Ayn Rand (1905-1982)      [From note from Dan Carpenter]

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
(Thomas Jefferson)      [From note from Dan Carpenter]

"Commentaries on the Constitution": "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
(Justice Joseph Story, 1833)      [From note from Dan Carpenter]

"No good victory stays won."
(Roger Baldwin, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) founder)

"A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle."
(Benjamin Franklin)      [Suggested by Judy Sowder]

"We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public."
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]

"There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away."
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]

"Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, that don't hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous."
(Will Rogers)      [Sent by Robert Kansky]

"Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one."
(Benjamin Franklin)

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
(Dalai Lama)

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
(Abraham Lincoln)

"Even a stopped clock is right twice a day."
(Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.
(Ben Hogan, famous golfer)

"A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation."
(Mark Twain)

"An empty stomach is not a good political adviser."
(Albert Einstein)

"I'm an optimist, but an optimist who carries a raincoat."
(Harold Wilson)

"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper."
(Thomas Jefferson)

"If you try to introduce people to a paradigm shift, they will hear what you have to say and then interpret your words in terms of their old paradigm. What does not fit, they will not hear. Therefore, a change in paradigm cannot be brought about by talking. People have to experience the change, or at a minimum see other people experiencing it, before they will begin to understand what you are saying."
(Myron Tribus  - 2001)      [Mentioned by Richard Hake in a posting on EDDRA2]

Q:  What does the zero say to the the eight?
A:  Nice belt!

The math professor just accepted a new position at a university in another city and has to move. He and his wife pack all their belongings into cardboard boxes and have them shipped off to their new home. To sort out some family matters, the wife stays behind for a few more days while her husband has already left for their new residence.
The boxes arrive when the wife still hasn't rejoined her husband. When they talk on the phone in the evening, she asks him to count the boxes, just to make sure the movers didn't loose any of them.
"Thirty nine boxes altogether", says the prof on the phone.
"That can't be", the wife exclaims. "The movers picked up forty boxes at our old place."
The prof counts once again, but again his count only reaches 39.
The next morning, the wife calls the moving company and complains. The company promises to check; a few hours later, someone calls back and reports that all forty boxes did arrive.
In the evening, when the prof and his wife are on the phone again, she asks: "I don't understand it. When you count, you get 39, and when they do, they get 40. That's more than strange..."
"Well", the prof says. "This is a cordless phone, so you can stay on the line and count with me: zero, one, two, three,..."
(From Volker Runde, Math Jokes)      [Reference given by Rachel Chaplin]

"War does not determine who is right, only who is left."
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]

"I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure."
(Unknown)      [From Sandy Lemberg]

"A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets the other guy live."
(Bob Hope, comedian)      [From a note from J. D. Becker]

"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
(Yogi Berra)

"A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man."
(Unknown)      [Seen on an Applebee's Noteboard]

"What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?"
(W. Clement Stone)

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
(Albert Einstein)


Via Truthout:

Thursday 28 April 2011

Paul Krugman | Insincere Republicans, Justified Cynicism
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: "Republicans are deeply, sincerely concerned about the budget deficit. That's why, in unveiling their plan last week, they declared themselves willing to give ground on their traditional priorities, signaling a readiness to accept higher taxes on the wealthy and reduced defense spending as part of a deficit-reduction deal. Oh, wait. You mean they didn't do anything like that?"
Read the Article

Stevie Nicks - Gold Dust Woman Soundstage 2008 - HQ part 12

Tom Petty - Stevie Nicks - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - I Need to Know

Stevie Nicks - "Landslide" [Live In Chicago]

Stevie Nicks - "Stand Back" [Live In Chicago]

Stevie Nicks - "Secret Love" Official Music Video

From The Onion, Via JMG:

reposted from Joe

Rachel Maddow

Trump and the birthers busted

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Captain's Blog 27.4.2011 - Reportagem da Terra de Nunca / Neverland Report

Another weird day… the problems relating to selling the Ponderosa increase… because I have no idea whatsoever about houses and contracts and I am 4 hr time difference and about 8000 miles from it and living here in the Terra de Nunca… and both my realtor (whom I adore) and I have not the talents to communicate via email in any effective way, it all seems really strange, confusing and awful up there.  Add to that , our paid for, promised, and promised furniture still hasn’t arrived… and I am worried sick about my visa process. We both get the following answer from our dearest and closest friends “toda da certo”… which of course now only raises my blood pressure and anxiety… because after weeks of “todo da certo” nothing seems very certo, tho I have to remember that 5 years of  “tudo da certo” got me this wonderful job, in the Terra da Nunca.
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