I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world.– ‘Mayor’ Michael Bloomberg — ‘I Have My Own Army’ (via cultureofresistance) Not only is this narcissistic, it’s incorrect. Here are the countries that have a larger active armies than the NYPD: People’s Republic of China United States of America India[note e] ...
Federal Judge Pimp-Slaps the SEC Over Citigroup... →
[…] The Rakoff ruling shines a light on the way these crappy settlements have evolved into a kind of cheap payoff system, in which crimes may be committed over and over again, and the SEC’s only role is to take a bribe each time the offenders slip up and get caught. If you never have to worry about serious punishments, or court findings of criminal guilt (which would leave you exposed to...
Egypt imports 21 tons of tear gas from the US,... →
darling80m: via the angry arab, from bikyamasr: The arrival of 7 and half tons of tear gas to Egypt’s Suez port created conflict after the responsible officials at the port refused to sign and accept it for fear it would be used to crackdown on Egyptian protesters. Local news sites published documents regarding the shipment shows that the cargo that arrived in 479 barrels from the United...
Hey, at least wikipedia isn’t interrupting your reading to show you videos of call centers ready to take your donation. You know. Like PBS.
The New Progressive Movement | Jeffrey D. Sachs →
theamericanbear: OCCUPY WALL STREET and its allied movements around the country are more than a walk in the park. They are most likely the start of a new era in America. Historians have noted that American politics moves in long swings. We are at the end of the 30-year Reagan era, a period that has culminated in soaring income for the top 1 percent and crushing unemployment or income...
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations...– Thomas Jefferson (via apoplecticskeptic)
Moral hazard is the problem with for-profit healthcare: the more you’re sick, the more money they make. They’re incentivized to sell you expensive, non-effective treatments.
Other Stuff: THIS BLOG IS NOT RON PAUL FRIENDLY. →
paxamericana: Ron Paul wants to define life as starting at conception, build a fence along the US-Mexico border, prevent the Supreme Court from hearing cases on the Establishment Clause or the right to privacy, permitting the return of sodomy laws and the like (a bill which…
apoplecticskeptic: thelicenselab: Killer...
“I think if either political party or politician thinks they have any...– John Helleman, 2012=1968? (via soupsoup) This whole article is a fantastic read. Perfect for your morning coffee.
Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American... →
wilwheaton: The Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself. Senators need to hear...
Watch Sailor Jerry Presents episodes on blip.tv →
evangotlib: Check out this cool new partnership blip.tv just launched with Sailor Jerry rum. Proud of the team today! Content is awesome.
The Economist recently noted that Apple, Amazon, and Google together employ...– THE COUNTRY’S PROBLEM IN A NUTSHELL: Apple’s Huge New Data Center In North Carolina Created Only 50 Jobs (via jonathanmarcus) I saw this headline over the weekend and while we all know how BI and their headlines, it still bugs me. We live in a global capitalist economy and the reality is that if...
isomorphismes asked: Isn't it better if people want different things? Then there are more potential gains from trade. PS Insert comment about linear extrapolation from a formula (the formula in this case being something about homes within X distance of a city with $ income and characteristics A,B,C). PPS The USA needs more immigrants. If 10 Mexicans go in together on a house, how is that different from 1 rich...
Ivo Georgiev's blog: What is the best programming... →
programmingthomas: I like programming and I do an awful lot of it in my spare time. I’ve written a few thousand lines of code in the last week. I like to think that I am fairly good at it as well. I know too many programming languages and yet I cannot decide which is best. C and… They haven’t mentioned haskell because they took computer science at a curriculum that no longer...
In the late 1990s, high-end outer suburbs contained most of the expensive...– - Christopher Leinberger, The Death of the Fringe Suburb (via stoweboyd) And good riddance.
Lessig Blog, v2: Americans Elect →
lessig: The world is underestimating the potential potential of Americans Elect. This project is building a virtual delegate base that will then select a presidential candidate who, I bet, will (because of the extraordinary work of the organization) be on every single state ballot. There is real…
A Baptist church in North Carolina has voted to... →
justinalcon: natteringnabobs: barebackobama: “As people of faith, affirming the Christian teaching that before God all people are equal, we will no longer participate in this discrimination,” the church’s statement says. The vote was unanimous and brought tears to the eyes of some of the 100 or so members who stood to vote in favor of the “statement on marriage ceremonies.” The fact...
Lessig Blog, v3: Ok, so f*ck it. I'm back. →
lessig: Twenty-seven months ago, I announced the hibernation of my blog. It is with deep deep embarrassment that I confess that for about the last 24 of those 27 months, I have been trying to find a way back. The latest of these efforts has again failed, but I am not going to wait any more. I want a… Welcome to Tumblr, Mr. Lessig. May your stay be long and fruitful.
THE U.S. Government — in the name of Terrorism — has aggressively...– Glenn Greenwald (via theamericanbear) It’s only a matter of time before the patriot act and national security letters begin to be used to quell #OWS.
What can I build over the holidays to help OWS?
In terms of web software. Contact me at [my tumblr name]@gmail.com or drop something in my ask box.
Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny...– Theodore Roosevelt (via think-progress)
brooklynmutt: Gawker: Delightful NASCAR Fans Boo Michelle Obama Reprehensible.
NFL Lineman Gets Six Years In Prison For Being... →
letterstomycountry: From the article: Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly has been sentenced to six years in prison because he violated the terms of his probation on a drug charge. To be fair, the reason the sentence is so high is because he violated the terms of his probation by relapsing. But the point is that he shouldn’t have been on probation to begin with. Addiction is...
WIL WHEATON dot TUMBLR: Militarization of Campus... →
rachelandthecity: Militarization of Campus Police leftcoastjane: This UC Davis prof, Bob Ostertag Composer, historian, journalist, and Professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at UC Davis responds to the violence on the Davis campus, I saw it via OhPauline and…
California campus police on leave after... →
spytap: That’s a good start - now do the same for the other 20-something officers who stood by, failing to protect and serve the students as one of their own committed felony assault. They are as culpable as John Pike, and should be treated as such. Those cowards allowed an officer of the law to obviously and deliberately harm innocent civilians and they should be punished for doing so. This...