Via Stephen Green comes a story of our times. (Yes, I also stole the title from him, so sue me.)
Michele’s original recounting of this episode can be found here.
If this came from anyone other than Michele Catalano I would raise the Bull S**t Brown Flag of Urban Legend.
Salon says don’t buy the conservative myths about Detroit, and calls out conservatives for being highly selective in the data they choose to look at.
Without particularly taking sides here, I will note that for years now I have bewailed much of the intellectual Left for a seemingly common inability to answer the most basic economic arguments brought forth by conservatives, which has frustrated me no end because I have long viewed conservative and libertarian arguments as having merits but also having weaknesses, and I truly believe in a process whereby through rational discussion we can arrive at optimal answers when parties from all perspectives join in the engagement of ideas and not just name-calling.
(And no, before you ask, I do not consider Paul Krugman worth reading, ever, because he is a partisan hack first and an economist second, Nobel prize be damned. You can’t trust one word he writes on anything.)
There’s still some name-calling there in the Salon piece, but it’s at least a to-the-point rebuttal to the claims of how we got here and what the solutions are that’s more than just generalities. To my eye anyway.
The truth of the matter is that I care less and less about left vs right pissing matches, as both sides annoy the crap out of me, and I increasingly pay less and less attention to anything other than concrete plans of action.
Battle Space preparation has begun.
For me, personally, the article linked above merely suggests we may be spending too much on Columbia. Spending more Federal Tax Dollars (or output from the Fed’s Magical Money Machine) on Detroit will only make matters worse by allowing the corruption and mismanagement to contuinue.
Yesterday, July 30th, was the anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the ship that delivered the first atomic bomb to Tinian Island at the end of WWII. Whenever I think of this I am reminded of Robert Shaw as the fisherman, Quint in Jaws. In a retrospective on the movie it was revealed that his chilling monologue about being aboard the Indianapolis was done in a pair of takes after the actor had first read up on the incident, then, quite typically, got thoroughly drunk and just rattled it out.
Hmm. 4 out of 5 Americans facing poverty?
Does anyone know how to get ahold of the methodology and raw data on this survey? Although I believe we are in times of severe economic uncertainty, something about the description here strikes me as fishy. Bugger arguments over what the causes are, it’d be best to know what exactly they’re talking about before even having that discussion.
Men’s rights are human rights. Such a radical thought.
It has been possible for some years now to use atoms to represent 0s and 1s as part of a computing scheme. Getting people to believe this is actually possible and practical seems to be hard, although this new demonstration by IBM should make it clearer just how much potential there is at this level.
And if you’re sitting there thinking “yes but is it practical?” contemplate that the first major commercially sold electronic computer used 5,200 vacuum tubes, had the equivalent of about 1K of memory, weighed 13 metric tons, consumed and performed about 1,900 operations per second, and cost millions of dollars. What is just a demonstration today can become an everyday reality in the blink of an eye in historical terms.
The exponential growth curve of technology is not going to be hitting a plateau any time soon methinks.