cannonball ivy


it’s a super future!

and the battery swap plan they have introduced means that you won’t even have to wait for your own battery to charge, you can just switch your low one for a full one, one to two minutes.

look out gas, your days are numbered. sure we liked you for a long time, and the relationship was real sweet, but it was tainted love. goodbye gas, it’s time you quit spewing your toxic mess into my life…


fish school

why is this so funny?

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Within a month, the vetters had assembled preliminary research books on the 11, which Romney perused and then rendered his short list:

Christie (Pufferfish), Pawlenty (Lakefish), Portman (Filet o Fish), Rubio (Pescado) and Ryan (Fishconsin).

A Handsome Wage

One of the reasons I love Naked Capitalism is that Yves Smith keeps posting on scenes from a recognizable life, like this post.  The post is more of a re-post of a re-post, and so on.  The core of the post are some figures put out by the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  The following borrows from the aforementioned links.

Assuming that one should not spend more than 30% of their income on rent, a renter and full-time worker making the Federal Minimum Wage can afford rent of $377 per month.  To afford a one-bedroom apartment at the national mean level and only spend 30% of income on rent, so that someone can also contribute to their Health Savings Account, their IRA and go to the dentist, they need to make $15.06 an hour.  Holy Kshama Sawant!  Don’t you need to wear tweed to make $15.06 an hour these days?

It is not hard to imagine that small business owners feel screwed by high wages and bitch to their golf buddies venemously about having to pay some nerd $18.79 an hour.  That nerd can actually afford a two bedroom apartment!  The nerve of these greedy workers.

The links above have even more interesting analysis.  Needless to say, the values of developers these days do not skew to delivering low income housing to a desperate population.  In fact, low income housing is becoming more scarce.  Charming, these 1 percenters.

Lost Cause

Maybe it doesn’t mean a thing, but some results from The Pew Reasearch Center were highlighted in a piece in the Atlantic, titled, “Why Has Republican Belief in Evolution Declined So Much?”  The piece begins with the results, “There’s been a drop of more than 10 points – to just 43 percent – in the last four years.”

First and foremost, this is really sad.  Regardless of what may explain it, it is sad that so many people are so rapidly turning their backs on good science.  It is a miracle that humans have achieved this knowledge, and wilfully choosing to disbelieve it in such large numbers is a step back for civilization.  Any Republican reading this, who also believes in evolution, should ask themselves if there is any way to get back to being a party that believes in science.

After all, what’s next?  Are we going to be asked to believe that the atomic bomb is a hoax?  Are we going to be told that there is no such thing as probabilities?