24 September 2010 posts

Yes, time dilation occurs in our own rooms…though the time differences are a tad small. 🙂

But you know, physics has conquered the classical problems; that is, those problems that you can see directly around you.

Biology and Evolution
Do you want to see how long ago our common ancestors diverged? Recursivity advertises our distance from the moose.

Animal Camouflage: well, this is really mimicry; here is an ADULT fly that looks like an ant larva. This example comes from Jerry Coyne’s blog.


Liberal bloggers to the White House: punching hippies won’t make “the base” more enthusiastic. What this means: when it comes time to make calls or to raise money, Democratic politicians love liberals. But on the campaign, they run AGAINST those liberals, and in policy, they ignore liberals and sometimes ridicule them in public. Well, the hippies are getting tired of getting punched.

Politics No, the GOP won’t meet their stated policy goals. But they might well stop any of our problems from being addressed. As Paul Krugman writes about the GOP’s new “pledge”:

The “pledge,” then, is nonsense. But isn’t that true of all political platforms? The answer is, not to anything like the same extent. Many independent analysts believe that the Obama administration’s long-run budget projections are somewhat too optimistic — but, if so, it’s a matter of technical details. Neither President Obama nor any other leading Democrat, as far as I can recall, has ever claimed that up is down, that you can sharply reduce revenue, protect all the programs voters like, and still balance the budget.

And the G.O.P. itself used to make more sense than it does now. Ronald Reagan’s claim that cutting taxes would actually increase revenue was wishful thinking, but at least he had some kind of theory behind his proposals. When former President George W. Bush campaigned for big tax cuts in 2000, he claimed that these cuts were affordable given (unrealistic) projections of future budget surpluses. Now, however, Republicans aren’t even pretending that their numbers add up.

So how did we get to the point where one of our two major political parties isn’t even trying to make sense?

The answer isn’t a secret. The late Irving Kristol, one of the intellectual godfathers of modern conservatism, once wrote frankly about why he threw his support behind tax cuts that would worsen the budget deficit: his task, as he saw it, was to create a Republican majority, “so political effectiveness was the priority, not the accounting deficiencies of government.” In short, say whatever it takes to gain power. That’s a philosophy that now, more than ever, holds sway in the movement Kristol helped shape.

And what happens once the movement achieves the power it seeks? The answer, presumably, is that it turns to its real, not-so-secret agenda, which mainly involves privatizing and dismantling Medicare and Social Security.

Realistically, though, Republicans aren’t going to have the power to enact their true agenda any time soon — if ever. Remember, the Bush administration’s attack on Social Security was a fiasco, despite its large majority in Congress — and it actually increased Medicare spending.

So the clear and present danger isn’t that the G.O.P. will be able to achieve its long-run goals. It is, rather, that Republicans will gain just enough power to make the country ungovernable, unable to address its fiscal problems or anything else in a serious way. As I said, banana republic, here we come.

The wealthy: Bill Maher speaks his mind:

New Rule: The next rich person who publicly complains about being vilified by the Obama administration must be publicly vilified by the Obama administration. It’s so hard for one person to tell another person what constitutes being “rich”, or what tax rate is “too much.” But I’ve done some math that indicates that, considering the hole this country is in, if you are earning more than a million dollars a year and are complaining about a 3.6% tax increase, then you are by definition a greedy asshole.

Surf to read more…it is worth it. 🙂

September 25, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 election, biology, economy, evolution, physics, political/social, politics, politics/social, Republican, republicans, republicans politics, wealth, whining

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