Q: Dear Dr. Computer Doctor, I just browsed to a web page, but no pop-under ad for Netflix appeared. Is something wrong with my computer? -- JG in Grand Sporks, Montana.
A: Clearly, something is horribly wrong. In the past five years, I have never seen this occur. Perhaps as a stopgap, you could open a second browser window containing a vintage ad for the X.10 camera. I hope that helps! Read below the fold...
I just ran into some folk who know some folk, and got word on Michael Vick … the absurdity and hypocrisy of it all is just unbearable. Michael Vick gets annihilated for dogfights, and Cheney and Gonzales get cut loose for torture and genocide. Kill a dog go to jail kill a nation get a bonus. Fuck it, nobody said life was fair. I miss you Mike. Remember baby, nobody can hold out indefinitely. Keep your head up. Read below the fold...
I couldn't find a YouTube or such for it, but here are the words to a song about the Nixonian malaise, which James Taylor released the day before RMN resigned.
The times they aren't a-changin', it seems, unless they are:
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Why am I flogging this dead horse? I suppose since I saw the topic on CNN this morning, so there's life in the old gray mare yet!
First, Adam Serwer at American Prospect wins the Jon Favreau Excellence in Hyperbole Award for this fine specimen:
"In going after Jon Favreau, Myers has essentially laid out the argument for impeaching Bill Clinton.
Well played sir! Read below the fold...
I'm kind of surprised no one has brought this up, but Caroline Kennedy wants to be the next junior senator from New York, and it appears she wants it badly:
Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The Kennedy family wants Caroline Kennedy to fill the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by U.S. Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton, her cousin Kerry Kennedy said today.
Speculation increased this weekend after her cousin, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., said she discussed the job with Governor David Paterson. Caroline Kennedy couldn’t be reached for comment.Read below the fold...
Jacob Freeze at TL:
... Obama's muse and main backer Penny Pritzker, that "big stinking kahuna among the certifiable "Butt-Hole Surfers of American banking"...
Net profit for the Pritzkers and Dwormans for bankrupting Superior Bank:
$343 million net profit for diddling away all the deposits in the bank on worthless sub-prime repackaging while paying yourself $200 million in dividends on phony profits!Read below the fold...
House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark , D-Calif., never shy about attacking industry profits, also issued a statement slamming the private health plans in Medicare, known as Medicare Advantage plans, for making big money at the expense of taxpayers and health plan enrollees.
A pretty interesting article (h/t No Blood for Hubris, via e-mail):
In order to make groupthink testable, Irving Janis devised eight symptoms that are indicative of groupthink (1977).
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- Illusions of invulnerability creating excessive optimism and encouraging risk taking.
- Rationalising warnings that might challenge the group's assumptions.
- Unquestioned belief in the morality of the group, causing members to ignore the consequences of their actions.
- Stereotyping those who are opposed to the group as weak, evil, disfigured, impotent, or stupid.
- Direct pressure to conform placed on any member who questions the group, couched in terms of "disloyalty".
- Self censorship of ideas that deviate from the apparent group consensus.
- Illusions of unanimity among group members, silence is viewed as agreement.
- Mindguards — self-appointed members who shield the group from dissenting information.