Archive for November, 2011

November 28th, 2011 - 5:56 am § in Misc.


It is beginning to look as if Obama has been taking lessons from Muhamed Ali! Remember “rope a dope?”   Ezra Klein at the  WASHINGTON POST makes an amazing point … if the Democrats simply accept the triggers resulting from last weeks Super Committee crash, the result is a deficit[...]

November 28th, 2011 - 3:32 am § in Misc.

Ahmadinejad Comments on World Concerns For Iran’s Nukes.

How is any of this in the interest of the people of Iran? We do have drugs to treat individual psychoses.  I wonder if dumping these into Iran’s water supply would be considered as act of war?[...]

November 27th, 2011 - 2:53 pm § in UW

Berkeley Blog: Are Faculty Joining the 99% Movement?

There’s something happening here… “I plan to be at the meeting tomorrow, one of the very few Academic Senate meetings I will have attended in my 17+ years as a faculty member here. I am not proud of not attending Senate meetings. I have good reasons why I often could not: they tend (like t[...]

November 27th, 2011 - 2:01 pm § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: Syria in Cherem

In the Bush years we promoted democracy in the fashion of Napoleon … using the force of arms.  Under Obama, we have the “lead from behind” doctrine.  Impressive! “Cherem” expulsion from the community, a term used by Jewish communities when we excluded someone like Spi[...]

November 27th, 2011 - 12:18 pm § in America

BREAKING NEWS: That Leaves Newt?

With Rick Perry’s horrid performance, the realists of the Republican Party have been faced with an impossible choice.  Romney is, at best, an uninspiring candidate.  At worst, if elected, Romney seems very unlikely to be able to lead the fractious Republican Party.  Huntsman is very impress[...]

November 27th, 2011 - 11:36 am § in Misc.

Letter to Puddy

A letter to Puddy, Puddy is the nom de web of a friend of mine who comments a lot over at HorsesAss. The fictional Puddy is a far right, Adventist, self-made African-American, intellectual. In my mind’s eye “puddy” looks like Cat, the character from Red Dwarf. The “real Puddy[...]

November 27th, 2011 - 5:06 am § in Misc.

SUNDAY REVELATIONS, Lynn Margulis, Death of a Prophet

Lynn Margulis Dies November 23, 2011 Lynn Margulis, 73, author of the theory that parts of our cells are derived from symbiotic bacteria, has died ( see the Web page of the University of Massachusetts.)  Her ideas have all the romance and wonder of biblical prophecy. Margulis was also known for her[...]

November 26th, 2011 - 2:26 am § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: The Republican Point of View

“The supercommittee failed because Democrats insisted on $1 trillion in new taxes” By Jon Kyl, Rob Portman, Pat Toomey, Jeb Hensarling, Fred Upton and Dave Camp, Published: November 25 We do not choose to add more to the blame game for failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Re[...]

November 25th, 2011 - 9:48 am § in America, Politics, Schools & Colleges

Taking Money Back to 1492

Back in the day, Spain was awesomely rich! All Ferdinand and Isabella needed to do was to sends ships to America, pick up some gold and few slaves, bring the stuff back and … MONEY!!! Having expelled the smart folks … the Jews and Muslims, the triumphant Spanish Chrsitians, figured this [...]

November 24th, 2011 - 9:21 am § in Jews, Misc.

Sunday Revelations: Europeans ARE Cro Magnon

DNA study deals blow to theory of European origins By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website Did Palaeolithic hunters leave a genetic legacy in today’s European males? Continue reading the main story A new study  challenges previous research showing that  farmers displaced that of Euro[...]