Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tab Clearing

The Destruction of Economic Facts. Over the past 20 years, Americans and Europeans have quietly gone about destroying these facts. The very systems that could have provided markets and governments with the means to understand the global financial crisis—and to prevent another one—are being eroded. Governments have allowed shadow markets to develop and reach a size beyond comprehension. Mortgages have been granted and recorded with such inattention that homeowners and banks often don't know and can't prove who owns their homes. In a few short decades the West undercut 150 years of legal reforms that made the global economy possible.


Obama and the Pursuit of Endless War. When historians sit down decades from now to address the events of the early 21st century, they will have no trouble explaining why Americans elected Barack Obama president. They elected him out of a firm conviction that the United States was not involved in enough wars.


Louis Farrakhan "We voted for our brother Barack, a beautiful human being with a sweet heart, and now he's an assassin. They turned him into them." Translated: We lied to ourselves. But I can't admit that. It was them other guys, they came in through the window and started jumping on the bed. [1]


A (Republican) Senator Does The Right Thing. "You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing," McDonald, 64, told reporters. "You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, f*** it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing. I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."


The n-back task: commonly used to stimulate brain activity. And, yes, there is an app for that. Via.


The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.


An economy that works: Job creation and America's future. MGI's central finding is that a return to full employment will occur in only the most optimistic job growth scenario. This will require not only a robust economic recovery, but also a concerted effort to address other factors that impede employment, including growing gaps in skill and education.


Yes, It Is a Police State: A line has been crossed. An accumulation of events in recent months leads me to no other conclusion than that we are in fact living in a police state in the good old US of A. Via.


http-server is a simple, zero-configuration command-line http server. It is powerful enough for production usage, but it's simple and hackable enough to be used for testing, local development, and learning.

[1] Bill Cosby, of course.


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