Krugman tells it like it is

Krugman tells it like it is again. The fascists want to bankrupt the country, and we’re letting them do it.

Stating the Obvious How can this be happening? Most people, even most liberals, are complacent. They don’t realize how dire the fiscal outlook really is, and they don’t read what the ideologues write. They imagine that the Bush administration, like the Reagan administration, will modify our system only at the edges, that it won’t destroy the social safety net built up over the past 70 years.
But the people now running America aren’t conservatives: they’re radicals who want to do away with the social and economic system we have, and the fiscal crisis they are concocting may give them the excuse they need. The Financial Times, it seems, now understands what’s going on, but when will the public wake up?

Something special for Memorial


Something special for Memorial Day, as a way of showing gratitude to the investment partners of Prescott (i.e. Granpappy) Bush.
Hmmm…secret arrests, secret trials, death camps? Wake up, sheeple!
The Courier Mail: US plans death camp [26may03]

THE US has floated plans to turn Guantanamo Bay into a death camp, with its own death row and execution chamber.
Prisoners would be tried, convicted and executed without leaving its boundaries, without a jury and without right of appeal, The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported yesterday.
The plans were revealed by Major-General Geoffrey Miller, who is in charge of 680 suspects from 43 countries, including two Australians.
The suspects have been held at Camp Delta on Cuba without charge for 18 months.

Spiderman Disturbs Graduation

As you may know if you’ve visited Jon’s site recently, the durned fool has upped and graduated from CalArts. And I was there to videotape it all! The best moment I will share with you. CalArts graduations are unlike any other. Being artists, there are no cap’n’gowns, no Pomp ‘n’ Circumstance. There is, however, a lot of weirdness. Take for example the goings on of this fellow right here. I don’t know him, by the way.

One hundred lives, one hundred

One hundred lives, one hundred deaths. Much like the New York Times slowly memorialized those who died in 9-11 with a collection of stories/memorials, the Guardian is telling the stories of those who died in Iraq. However, these people are of all nationalities, civilian and soldier.
What do they all have in common? They were all killed by the Fascist War Criminals, Mr. Bush, Mr. Cheney, Mr. Rumsfeld, and all the rest.

Music Animation Machine


Call it synchronicity or two great minds thinking alike, but I was checking out this site by Edward Tufte on the same day that Scott Rosenberg blogged it in Salon. Hmm, maybe it was because my friend Jon Crow had been there before me and then told me about it all. Ahhhh. I see.
Anyway, Edward Tufte is the “Da Vinci of data,” as his press blurb says, a statistician who also thinks long and hard about the graphical representation of data. There’s a lot of depth to the site, place to go explore, and I’m a sucker for graphs.
Perusing the site led me to a link to The Music Animation Machine, created by Stephen Malinowsky. There’s a few videos you can download, a cross between Oskar Fischinger and the Atari 2600. The graphical representation of pitch and time creates patterns that scroll horizontally and can add to a greater understanding of music composition. They’re also great to watch. Highly recommended!

Rather than allow a Fascist-friendly

Rather than allow a Fascist-friendly redistricting plan in Texas, the Democratic side of the legislature has…run off! Absolutely bizarre story that shows just how loonball things are getting here (or at least in Texas). What will happen next, forcing Democrats for vote for evil schemes by gunpoint?

Texas House seeks arrest of truant Democrats
By Connie Mabin
May 12, 2003 | AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State troopers and the elite Texas Rangers were ordered to track down and bring in 59 Democratic lawmakers who brought the Texas House to a standstill Monday by going into hiding.
The quorum-busting boycott capped months of tension between Democrats and the newly-in-control Republicans, and occurred as the chamber was scheduled to debate a congressional redistricting plan opposed by Democrats.
The parties also have clashed over a bill to limit lawsuits and a GOP budget that would avoid new taxes but make deep spending cuts.
GOP House Speaker Tom Craddick locked down the House chamber so lawmakers who did show up Monday morning could not leave. After a roll call, he ordered the missing lawmakers arrested and brought back to the chamber.