They did the last Democratic president; and they feel even more strongly that this one is illegitimate, depite his thumping majority in the last election. Here’s the scenario. The House GOP pushes for completely unserious Boehner plan (including a balanced budget amendment) that they know will be vetoed; they then filibuster the Reid plan in the Senate, forcing Obama to invoke a 14th Amendment executive prerogative, which they will then turn around and impeach him for.
Far-fetched? I hope so. But every time you think you have reached the end of Republican extremism, they manage to move further out of the solar system. But it will take a huge effort by the propaganda machine on the right to make Obama’s decision not to default his fault, rather than the GOP’s. At this point, if the Reid plan cannot make it through the Senate on time or through the House at all, I’m beginning to believe that Obama should invoke this controversial power, given the extreme danger the stalemate is creating for both the US and the global economy, and challenge the courts to reverse it.
I suspect it would be popular among Independents. And allow Obama to regain the initiative over events dictated by a single faction in one party in one chamber whose fanaticism is only matched by their irresponsibility.
They are. Of course they are. But even if they impeach, it will be on the doorstep of the 2012 election. And it can so effortlessly be shown as the clownshoe it is - even moreso than the Clinton impeachment.
Bill Would Force Intel Chief to Renounce ‘Secret Patriot Act’
For months, two Senators have screamed bloody murder that the government holds a secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act so broad that it amounts to a whole different law giving the feds massive domestic surveillance powers. Now, a measure by Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall would force the U.S. intelligence chief, and by extension the entire intelligence community, to admit that they went too far in their Patriot Act interpretations — if they don’t find a way to wiggle out of it.
“Not as real feely as yesterday. No, not nearly.”—Yesterday, Young Richard refused to discuss the heat in any terms but “real feel,” so today, I asked him what the real feel was instead. (via youngrichard)
We need engineers, scientists, high end equipment operators, nurses, lab technicians and (very soon) capable construction workers too. In other words: people with skills. As a business owner it’s a no-brainer to me that if I can profit from your skills I may very well be persuaded to hire you. What expertise can you bring to me that a machine can’t do for much less? I have to meet that challenge with my own customers. That’s the challenge that we all face.
It’d be great if the API or something similar could clean up the contextual ambiguity between a “like” and a “reblog.”
The problem goes like this:
From a UI scraping (e.g., bookmarklet) standpoint (and don’t even think about using the API for it - it’s not there), a “like” is always attached to the Original Post, no matter what.
A reblog can be a reblog of an original post or a reblog. What ties my knickers in a knot, though, is that on the list of things a person likes, you can reblog from their like.
So if you graph all this stuff out in a network, there are a bunch of likes attached to the original post, and a bunch of reblogs stuck disconnected from the primary network. It is, in effect, a mess.
I hope it doesn’t represent the state of the data in the data store. Imagine what they could do with memetics and social sharing analysis if their data store were aligned with the data set - and I’m not saying it’s not, just that it’s not displayed as such by Tumblr.
No more than “50-75 ‘al-Qaeda types’ in Afghanistan”, according to the CIA, have been responsible for draining the US government by no less than US $10 billion a month, or $120 billion a year.
At the same time, outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been adamant that withdrawing troops from Afghanistan is “premature”. The Pentagon wants the White House to “hold off on ending the Afghanistan troop surge until the fall of 2012.”
(note, it’s an op-ed, so it’s intrinsically biased. but an entertaining read nonetheless)
It's a little late, but I finally got around to playing it.
And it’s awesome. Fallout: New Vegas takes a lot of my gripes about Fallout 3 and takes them behind the shed with a nice big plasma rifle.
The pacing is much more even. The quests/objectives are more reasonable. When you aim, you actually look down the sights of your weapon now instead of just zooming the view a bit.
The item-set is more what Fallout 2 was than Fallout 1: super stimpacks, more things to create at workbenches. And lo- you can fill your own ammo?! Haven’t found all the pieces to do it yet, but you can.
The introduction of a hardcore mode - where you have to keep drinking water (be careful with that dirty water - your rads will go up pretty darn quickly - and purified water is hard to come by), eating, and sleeping or face debuffs. And instead of being instant-heal, stimpacks are heal-over-time. It’s a lot tougher. But a lot more fun.
I just hope this isn’t just a rehash of the “omg, enclave is headed up by [SPOILER]!” like Fallout 3 is. To be honest, I was pretty disappointed with that about Fallout 3: it was just Fallout 2 in Washington D.C.
But New Vegas seems to be a little bit spicer, and a lot less boring.
Nielsen SoundScan recently reported that record sales are up for the first time in my grown-up life, largely because of increased digital track and album sales (via NYT). I tried to find the actual report to see how classical sales fit into all of this, but haven’t had luck yet.
What I did see…
Wait. Hold on.
You mean, selling people music in the format they want it, a la cart.. works? Say it ain’t so!
(Just imagine if the music industry had gotten in on the digital bandwagon back in ‘00 when they shut down Napster)
You have fifteen seconds. Using standard math notation, English words, or both, name a single whole number—not an infinity—on a blank index card. Be precise enough for any reasonable modern mathematician to determine exactly what number you’ve named, by consulting only your card and, if necessary, the published literature.
It’s an intriguing question. You might write something like 100^100^100^100. But the quest for the biggest number you can write down is as strange as it is fascinating.
The truth is intimately related to Gödel’s incompleteness theorum, turing machines, and an enigmantic set of numbers called Busy Beaver numbers. They grow faster than any other computable set. Faster than the Ackermann sequence. Faster than stacked exponentials.
Another interesting note about Pollock’s paintings; they’re fractal (Discover, Nov. 2001). No kidding:
The fractal dimensions of Pollock’s earlier drip paintings, Taylor concluded, correspond closely to those found in nature. A 1948 painting entitled Number 14, for instance, has a fractal dimension of 1.45, similar to that of many coastlines.