Bobster33 commented on the blog post Patriot Act Author Wants Clapper Prosecuted For Lying To Congress
Sad thing is, I used to respect these institutions (Congress, Supreme court, Department of Justice, etc.). Now all I have is contempt for them.
Bobster33 commented on the blog post Cut Off The Water: Movement To ‘Nullify’ NSA Starts In Utah
A few thoughts:
1. Climate change is expected to devastate the watershed in Utah. Salt Lake City and its environs will have to reduce its population massively over the next 25 years to deal with the loss of the water table.
2. There are windmills that condense water out of air. They are used in the desert. NSA will likely have to have some massive infrastructure project (wind mills water lines etc.) to supplement its failing watershed.
3. Life for the employees over time will become more and more miserable. Restricting water will cause many to leave. The area will become an oasis in the middle of nothing.
4. With such a shitty future, the area will be populated with military, drunks/drug addicts and/or super highly paid contractors. Scandals will be the norm.
It will be a brave new world.
As a post script, they should renumber the address of the NSA site to 1984.
Your response and Jon Walker’s article IS my situation. I live in SoCal and am right at the cut off level. I would love to dump more money into my retirement accounts, but the wife needs a new car. I have a choice between paying $658/month for a shitty plan with high deductibles ($6,000), or $525/month with even higher deductibles ($10,000).
I do not even know what the hell I am getting for all of this money.
Bobster33 commented on the blog post Ross Douthat’s Inaccurate And Misleading Response To Pope’s Critique Of Capitalism
The short version: Ross Douthat, “I got mine, now fuck you.”
Ten year Ten Trillion Dollar Infrastructure plan. Paid for by a Tobin Tax on stock transactions, and a 75% income tax on income over $3 million (income and capital gains), plus an asset tax of 5% on fortunes over $100 million.
Been saying the same thing of 8 years.
Too bad the PTB would rather ride the wave and avoid this as long as possible. Unfortunately, the longer they wait, the more likely they will be put against the wall during the next revolution.
Bobster33 commented on the blog post For the Poor Workers Who Won’t Get to Spend Their Thanksgiving at Home
Last year I was at McDonald’s on christmas Day. I asked the workers if they were getting overtime. None of them got any extra pay. In the mid 1980′s I worked in a grocery store. We got double time on Sundays and on Holidays. If the Holiday fell on a Sunday, we got triple time. I blamed my union for the benefits.
My how times have changed.
The American people have no support for war . . . . . . . until a Pearl Harbor/9-11 event occurs. Then the USA just wants to bomb the shit out of someone.
Bobster33 commented on the blog post NSA Spied On Porn Habits As Part Of Plan To Discredit ‘Radicalizers’
You beat me to it. I was going to ask, “How is this different from the FBI spying on MLK’s sex life?”
David Tenant is the best Doctor (my choice and fans’ choice), Tom Baker a close second (my second choice, fans’ third choice). I think that if Tom Baker had better plots, he might have surpassed David Tenant.
David is such a talented actor, watch his clips on YouTube where he plays Hamlet opposite Patrick Stewart. I could not believe that Hamlet and the Doctor were played by the same actor. Their personas are SOOOO different.
BLINK is the most popular episode. If you are not a Doctor Who fan, BLINK is the one episode that can make you a fan.
BTW, David is (was?) married to the fifth Doctor’s (Peter Davison’s) daughter. She actually appeared in one of the episodes opposite David.
Bobster33 commented on the blog post Arne Duncan Doubles Down On “White Suburban Moms” Comment, Promotes Economic Ignorance
I would like to “splain to Dunkin dat u get wat u pay fo. Lo pay ekwals po’ kwality teachers.
How about increasing the salaries of teachers to attract a higher quality of teacher?
No, we need to use the Walmart approach and pretend to really really value our “teacha’s” with flowery language and less than quality wages. We can have outside groups insult the profession to SHAME teachers into being better.
How is that working out for America? Detroit? or any other big city?
Bobster33 commented on the blog post BREAKING: John Kerry Proclaims End to “Monroe Doctrine” Not Relevant for 100 Years Anyway
Methinks that the author of this post has forgotten what happened in Honduras at the beginning of the Obama presidency.
Regardless, my favorite story about the Monroe Doctrine relates to Colonel William Walker. Basically robber baron Cornelius Vanderbilt hired Walker to over through the Nicaraguan government to establish a train service across the isthmus of Central America. When Walker tried to introduce English democracy and land reform to the people (after seizing Vanderbilt’s land), the Oligarchs and Vanderbilt hired an indigenous army to get rid of Walker.
I hate to bring up the BELL CURVE, but here we go. In the book, the authors talk that people tend to associate with their peers. As an example the authors talk about people who graduated from Harvard University. If you ask a Harvard graduate, “How many of your ten best friends graduated from Harvard.” Their answer will likely be more than one. The net effect is that Harvard graduates are familiar and deal with Harvard problems.
What is happening is that America is being stratified and not integrated. The 0.01% elites, hang with the 0.01% elites. As long as the 0.01% make sure that the top 1% are the only ones on TV, those below the 90th percentile can be sacrificed. After all of them have had their wealth removed, then the top 0.01% can sacrifice the bottom 91%. Then the bottom 92% can be sacrificed. etc.
I have friends that are not in the top 10%, who are suffering.
I have friends in the top 9%, who are doing fine. They do not care about the others who are complaining. Many express contempt for those beneath them. They go back to their “fiction and TV reality” (rock group U2 Bono reference).
My friends in the top 10% but not top 9% are the next element pilfered by Wall Street. The poor say that they deserve their fate. The rich are glad it is not them. The 0.01% see them as a new business opportunity.
Until we get out of this Hunger Games mind set, the 99% are doomed to misery.
When I heard the TPP defender say that Congress has more power and more influence when they cannot see the details of the deal, I thought, Can this guy hear his own hypocrisy?
For many years now I have been advocating that military bases and other large government land holdings be required to produce green energy onsite. This is something that can be done with an executive order. As for the carbon tax, the key to making it work is to refund the tax to the citizens. Citizens [...]
Bobster33 commented on the blog post FBI ‘Accidentally’ Investigated Anti-War Site For Six Years
The issue is not about stupidity. It is about budgets. The more the FBI demands that its budget be expanded to spy on more potential threats, the more threats they SEEM to find. Republicans talk about the government expanding to give benefits to the poor, but ignore the MIC complex from expanding to deal with imaginary threats.
I am convinced that there was voter tampering. When CA had its GMO labeling initiative, I asked more than 50 people how they voted. Only 1 voted against labeling.
Has there been any exit polling?
The real question is what is the NSA doing with all of this intelligence? Given the fact that they keep missing terrorist attacks, clearly the NSA is NOT trying to stop terrorism.
I submit that OWS was a dry run. OWS attacked the strongest defense (i.e. those with money that regularly buy Congress critters). When OWS was broken up, many of us that supported them from afar felt cheated. This time (Syria), all of my friends called Congress. Many of them had never seriously been politically active.
Bobster33 commented on the diary post The Glaring Hypocrisy of Means-Tested Income and Work Requirements by Ohio Barbarian.
How about means testing corporations? If a corporations employees are on federal or state welfare, that welfare gets tacked onto the corporations tax bill.
After all, corporations are people too. If people are to be means tested, how about WalMart?
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