Romney Will Not Release Tax Returns
Steve Benen sums up why Mitt Romney — unlike every presidential candidate since Watergate — won’t release his tax returns: 1. Mitt Romney is worth $250 million. 2. He got rich by laying off American workers. 3. He pays a lower tax rate than you and the rest of the middle class. 4. He wants to be president so he can keep it this way. …and Romney still collects seven-figure checks from his...
In sum: the President can kill whomever he wants anywhere in the world...– Glenn Greenwald (via soupsoup)
They Might Be Giants did it first
Clients From Hell: I worked at a movie theater... →
clientsfromhell: I worked at a movie theater over the summer. Client: What’s The Help about? Is it good? Me: I haven’t seen it yet, but our synopsis says it’s about race relations in Mississippi in the 1960s. Specifically, white families and the black help. Client: You work at a movie theater and you don’t… I worked at a movie theater when I was in college. This happens more than...
10 of The Greatest Vintage Games Ported to iOS →
meetjoewhite: Final Fantasy 1,2,3 for the iPad! I know what I’m doing this weekend. Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions is right up there too, man. Badass.
Death of Kim Jong-il renews fears of 'Peak... →
rainblog: The death of Kim Jong-il has led to renewed fears that the world may have reached Peak Tyranny, the point at which the maximum rate of global despotism has been reached. After that point, oppression enters a phase of terminal decline in which production of new abuses is unlikely to keep pace with the world’s demand. [Read More …] Don’t worry; NDAA an SOPA will keep the decline...
Thank God for atheists →
First, I don’t really believe there are true atheists. As Paul Tillich well pointed out, everyone has an ultimate concern and the object of their ultimate concern is their god. He called secular humanism as quasi-religion and the U.S. Supreme Court picked up on that and used it in a ruling about religion in the public square. Second, every atheist I have ever read or met does not reject...
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.– Pakistani Proverb (via thelittlephilosopher)
Tumblr doesn’t have a ful-fledged iPad app? Boo. Any non-official apps y’all followers can recommend?
Inside an 80 year old "smart" NYC building →
smarterplanet: Manhattan’s density, supported by its mass transit infrastructure, is the principle reason the average New Yorker has a smaller carbon footprint than her counterpart in another large US city. At the… Click through for the video.
Why Conservatives Can’t Fix Poverty →
Newt Gingrich’s recent utterances about poor children–they “have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works”–reflect not only the inability of conservatives to talk seriously about poverty, but a mean-spiritedness that, unfortunately, largely eludes public scrutiny. Apparently, Gingrich and the approving Iowa crowd have never heard of “the working poor”–folks stuck in low-wage...
Last year, Americans spent $450 billion on Christmas. Clean water for the whole...– Jim Wallis (via azspot)
The Bill of rights was ratified 220 years ago, on December 15, 1791. It is...– OccupyWallSt.org (via wilwheaton)
spytap: spytap: 250 people have RTed this message so far today: By RTing this, I pledge that any elected official who votes in favor of either SOPA or The PROTECT-IP Act will permanently lose my vote. — Barrett Garese (@Spytap) December 15, 2011 The number is now up to over 550 people. Retweeted, reblogged.
Russell Simmons Vs. Lowes
evangotlib: mediahascookies: In the wake of Lowes yanking their ad from a reality tv show that follows the lives of Muslim Americans, Hip-Hop pioneer, Russell Simmons swoops in to buy the vacant TV ad slots. Simmons also has called for his 1mm+ twitter followers to boycott Lowes until the home supply chain issues a public apology for yanking their sponsorship from the program. Well played...
Debt is the most effective way to take a relation of violent subordination and...– David Graeber (via azspot)
Libraries Make Room For High-Tech 'Hackerspaces' →
azspot: As information becomes more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create “hackerspaces,” where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and their expertise. Love this transformation, but is it relevant in a realm where your library is only open 36 hours per week? 36 hours per week? You’re lucky! I can’t even tell...
Since 1972 when Nixon went off the gold standard, the world reserve currency has...– David Graeber (via azspot)
The First Law of Mentat
un: ‘A process cannot be understood by stopping it. Understanding must move with the flow of the process, must join it and flow with it.’ (via theguyinthebackrow) Which brings to mind… It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
10% of this year's Sundance selections raised... →
halley: bestrooftalkever: Dig it. rad.
The most depressing thing about this, though, is what the response to this...– John Cole | No One Could Have Predicted, Hoocoodanode, Dog Bites Man, There Were No Warning Signs, How Could This Have Happened, We Had No Idea, We Need to Look Forward Not Backwards See also: E.P.A. Implicates Fracking in Pollution (via theamericanbear)