Month: September 2008

Troppe informazioni Martedì numero uno e cento cinquanta quattro (TMI #154)

Yes I’ve been very remiss about TMI Tuesdays. I’ve just been very busy, what with the new job plus I’m doing some paid writing now so time is limited for this kind of thing.

1. What do you feel is the difference between sexy and erotic?

That’s an interesting question. I feel sexy is just the look whereas erotic ties more closely to the act.

2. Do you believe there is one right person (i.e. soul mate) for you out there in the world, or that there can be many different potential mates that you could live blissfully with?

Mmmm, I tend to think in terms of it being more temporal. Nothing lasts forever as I’ve learned over my lifetime.

3. Do you need to hear “I love you” or similar words on a regular basis from your partner?

Once in a while it’s nice but I don’t need it on a constant basis. Knowing someone loves me is better anyhow.

4. What feeling do you have the most difficulty expressing?

None really. I’m pretty expressive but there are certain things I cannot talk about. My mother dying when I was 13 is one of them. I just choke up. I wish she were still here today I really do.

5. What is worse – physical, mental or cyber cheating?

Obviously it’d be the physical but I’m more practical about that than a lot of people. I realize that sex can suffer the “Corn Flake Syndrome” so a little variety every now and then is necessary.

Bonus (as in optional): The Kinsey scale attempts to describe a person’s sexual history or episodes of their sexual activity at a given time. It uses a scale from 0, meaning exclusively heterosexual, to 6, meaning exclusively homosexual. Where are you – TODAY – on the scale?

Definitely a 6, exclusively homosexual. However in the past it hasn’t been so nice and tidy, back in my early 20’s I was more about a 3, right in the middle. But I realized I definitely liked guys more than girls and well, it morphed to a 6.

My latest experience with Christian hypocrisy

The other night Keyron and I were over at our friends David and Jon’s place. Somehow the topic of conversation had to do with another friends man declaring that there was no god.

David was highly irritated by that. I think part of the irritation is that David and Diana once were together, and then when that died off, John eventually became part of the circle. John identifies as straight but Diana is a pre-op trans and we’ve caught John in some interesting situations regarding all that. I term it gay training wheels.

Anyhow now that you know a little background on it, I’ll explain what happened the other night. Anyhow when David came out with the fact about John I was thinking “Oh cool, someone else gets it!”. Well, David was getting very strident about it until I managed to use my biblical knowledge to help him at least admit the Bible was bullshit.

Then the subject changed to something else. It was that something had to start everything which is a nice way of saying we don’t know shit. But believing in a fairytale god

A nice analysis of the Bush Economic Prowess

This is a very interesting analysis of how things have gone very badly under George W. Bush & Company.

When they started talking about bailing out what I refer to as the shadow banks, and now increasingly the regular consumer banks I was in WTF land. I mean, really, these banks made bad decisions and now we’re going to bail them out to the tune of $700 Billion?

Their CEO’s and board members should be locked up for the rest of their natural lives instead. Along with those CEO’s, I’d say Bush, Cheney & Company should be in that bunch too. Let them serve out the rest of their lives and think about how badly they’ve screwed we the people.

I insert the “& Company” to illustrate who really runs the show. It’s Halliburton, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon-Mobil, et al. It’s General Dynamics, and AM General, and Boeing, MD, et al that are making absolutely obscene profits because they manipulate the government so well.

Knowing this, I think the Obama camp should do the following when they get into office. I cannot even fathom a McCain presidency, knowing that a ‘soccer mom’ is a literal heartbeat from the big chair. So this advice is to the Obama campaign.

So far Obama is saying the right things but he needs to do more. Tax the ever loving hell out of the big corporations, I mean New Deal type taxation here because it’s what we need. Those corporations, through their lobbyists got us into this, they can get us out of it.

Increase the taxes on that 1% who holds most of the wealth too, while at the same time decreasing the taxes for anyone who makes less than a quarter million a year. I like those numbers. And even if I made over that quarter million I’d still be willing to pay more if only to know that:

1) Our children and young adults and even our adults are well educated. That includes nearly free or totally free college educations. Maybe put a stipulation that after college everyone does a year of national service in some form or another.
2) That every single one of us has affordable health care. This includes the drugs too.
3) We invest in research and development of technologies to limit and eventually eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels.
4) Repair the crumbling infrastructure in this country from highways to power distribution grids.
5) Get us to Mars in a decade, not three decades.
6) And within three decades get us outside out solar system, preferably to Canis Major, only 42,000 light years away.

Parts 5 and 6 would obviously be last but mankind needs to keep on building on knowledge.

The thing is we could have most of what is in that last had George W. Bush not been given the presidency by the USSC the first time around and some major tampering with the election systems in the U.S. the second time around.

The Republican party commit suicide en mass. This sign pretty much sums up my feelings on the whole thing.

No Bank Bailouts!
No Bank Bailouts!

What I’m really hoping is that they get pushed back into the fringe for another 30 years, or at least until the day I die because after that I’m not going to care too much about it.

But here’s what I want everyone to think about.

Do you remember the concept of flash mobs? Imagine if we flash mobbed congress. Seriously, imagine how scared they’d be. That’s how I want out government to operate. I want them afraid of us and they should be.

Why do I say that? Because if there is one thing that is particular to the U.S it is the fact that we are the most well armed nation on the planet and it isn’t just our military.

But we needn’t bring out the guns too soon. I think just sending a clear message should be enough. The only exception I have to this is lobbyists. They should be shot on sight.

My Obama Fundraising Page

You can visit it here. I really want to see Obama trounce McCain. After watching just 20 minutes of the debate I can honestly say that I’d much prefer Obama as president than John McCain.

Help me reach a $2,000 goal. I’m not giving anything away here but if Obama captures the presidency we’ll all have something to be proud of.

Google Comes out against Proposition 8

Some good news out of Google HQ, they’re coming out against California’s Proposition 8.

This is utterly amazing to me that a company as large as Google is would come down on our side. As many times as I’ve faulted Google for their blog policies, etc. sometimes they do something that pretty much washes away their sins.

This is one of those occasions. I feel a bit badly about leaving Blogger but I do enjoy some of the features of WordPress so I won’t be going back soon. But to my friends on Blogger, now you have a reason to forgive some of Google’s transgressions.

It’s common sense here. One thing about the Google blog posting by Mr. Brin that occurred to me is interesting. Google is a company comprised of highly educated and motivated people. I’ve noted that the more educated one is, the more socially liberal they are later in life. This also seems to be very prevalent in the sciences and engineering fields, and not so obvious in the business and soft sciences fields with the exception of psychology.

So those that are for Proposition 8 are the uneducated and ignorant masses. Consider that only 27% of U.S. adults hold B.A. or B.Sc. degrees and you have your answer. The rest of them depend on their church or pastor to educate them, and we all know that those pastors have an agenda.

I see this regularly with my father. I’ve caught him in some outright ridiculous shit that I can trace back to his pastor and his pastors affiliation with white supremacists groups.

That’s the other thing, white supremacists. If you’ve studied anthropology in any way, shape or form you have to know that we white people aren’t in any way superior to any other race. In fact race is a human creation.

And if you really want to make a white supremacists head pop, just mention that our distant ancestors more than likely started out on the African continent and had skin that was quite a number of shades darker than ours. It’s actually been genetically proven at this point.

Oggi idiota della Lettera ai Editore: It’s Barney Frank’s Fault

In case you were wondering, the title is Today’s Idiotic Letter to the Editor.

If you read on a regular basis you know that occasionally I get my source material from reading letters to the editor in the Providence Journal.I still like that Philipe and Jorge of NewPaper (Now the Phoeniz) fame used to call it the Providence Urinal, then the Blo-Jo. I usually call it a newspaper not fit for the paper on which it is printed.

That said occasionally the folks at ProJo let slip a letter to the editor that comes from someone outside Rhode Island. Most of it is anti-Democrat, anti-Liberal, anti-Homosexual, and other screeds. For some reason the editors at ProJo like the use people from out of state because we Rhode Islanders, probably because they need to in order to get the opposing view because it sure as shit doesn’t exist in RI.

The letter is from a Mr. Rick Cannon. I usually google search the names when I see an out of state letter bashing something. And I found Mr. Cannon’s LinkedIn account. Seems our writer is a pharma guy, which would explain how that makes him an expert in economic matters. Otherwise he has a fairly light web presence.

Rick Cannon: Bad loans, Barney Frank caused meltdown

01:00 AM EDT on Saturday, September 27, 2008

While I was visiting Providence, I had the absolute misfortune of reading Froma Harrop’s Sept. 21 column (“McCain and the meltdown”). It read like a piece of creative fiction, leaving me to wonder if Ms. Harrop really was concerned with understanding the issue, or merely seeking to aid her favored candidate.

Froma Harrop is a regular neo-con target for stating the way things ought to be, but in this paragraph Cannon lays his cards on the table. He’s anti-Obama. This is going to be good.

She seems to have a fundamental lack of understanding about how Wall Street reached this point. The meltdown has been driven by an inordinate number of sub-prime mortgages as well as the risky practices of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. President Bush’s economic policies had nothing to do with this, nor did Phil Gramm.

Congress meddled in the mortgage market, pushing banks to issue a larger number of risky mortgages, using tools such as the Community Redevelopment Act, virtually requiring banks to take on questionable borrowers. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac led the way in irresponsible lending, using their status as a Government Sponsored Entity (GSE) to give the impression of government backing for their loans — in essence, that the government wouldn’t let them fail.

Congress does not act at all except at the behest of the corporate interests. The banks knew precisely what they were going into here and don’t ever try to kid yourself that they didn’t. They rolled high before the bubble burst. Why it’s amazing that my bank offers 1/2% interest on checking!

But Cannon who works for pharma as a territory manager, and is more than likely familiar with the lobbying process knows that if banking, pharma, energy et al don’t like a bill, they employ armies of lobbyists. That’s probably part of Cannon’s job with Nutricia as a territory manager, or maybe he’s just a sales/marketing guy. Previously he worked for Bristol-Meyers Squib. He’s up to his neck in pharma.

So come out, come out Mr. Cannon. Do tell us what your real agenda happens to be.

And who protected this behavior? Congressional Democrats, most notably Barney Frank, who still defends his support for Fan and Fred despite the market turmoil they’ve helped create.

Congress — again, mainly congressional Democrats — browbeat banks and lenders, calling them to Washington in 2001 and 2002 to have them explain the lack of mortgages held by lower-income earners. In other words, Congress wanted to know why lenders weren’t loaning money to people who may not be qualified. Faced with this, lenders loosened standards.

Here’s where I call bullshit. Ever notice where the heaviest marketing of credit cards occurs? In low income areas. Wonder why our bankruptcy law now tilts toward corporations and not the debtor? Yep, they called in congressional favors.

Like I said earlier, the big banks would scream bloody murder if they were forced to take losses. But they accepted it because they knew two things.

The banks as I mentioned earlier are all about making money. And think about it, the real estate market imploded but who was left holding the assets? The banks. Of course I think that ultimately greed results in economic ruin. It always does and we’re seeing it come home to roost right now.

They also knew, or at least thought they new that when the excrement started hitting the fan, the Fed would bail them out.

So here we have it, a net transference of wealth and property. Tell me where the money went and you get a cookie.

But it most certainly was NOT because of Barney Frank.

One of the groups leading the charge against the lenders was ACORN, a favored interest group of Democrats.

Ms. Harrop’s policy prescriptions are no better. The Great Depression earned its name because it lasted so long. It did so because of the heavy-handed policies of the government, much like the ones Barack Obama is proposing now and Ms. Harrop seems to support.

And here we get to the meat of it. Mr. Cannon conveniently forgets that the party that lead us into the Great Depression was none other than his revered Republicans. Remember Herbert Hoover? Like Hoover, the policies of the Republicans that have controlled the house for the better part of twenty years gave us this mess.

It was Hoover by the way who ‘promoted government intervention under the rubric “economic modernization” ‘ aka the first public looting of the federal treasury.

But history, what’s that? I know Cannon is a younger man, probably in his early 30’s judging by his LinkedIn page so he can somewhat be forgiven for not knowing about the role of the Republicans in the first economic crisis. But he is capable of learning and so I would hope he realizes the error of hiw ways sooner than later.

Of course he neglects to mention his Republican credentials here. Honestly, if you’re going to write a good screed, at least have the common decency to tell us up front that you’re a neo-con Repug.

Perhaps if Ms. Harrop better understood the problem, she wouldn’t be so inclined to suggest such ridiculous “remedies.” For someone who accuses John McCain of not knowing much about economics, Ms. Harrop seems to suffer a paucity of economic knowledge herself.

RICK CANNON

Buffalo

I honestly don’t think McCain knows much of anything. I also have a pretty sharp hunch that McCain is in the early stages of dementia. Do we really want a demented old fool as President, one who is statistically likely to kick the bucket before his first term is out, leaving us with a soccer mom as President when the United States is teetering on the edge of the abyss?

For the past 20+ years we’ve seen horror show after horror show of the things brought to us by Republicans. Iran-Contra anyone? Illegal invasions, limited military actions, a military-industrial complex gone wild.

You’re an idiot Mr. Cannon. You are instructed to get some string and some card stock. You are to write on the card stock “Hello, my name is Rick Cannon and I’m an Idiot”. There’s your sign, wear your ignorance proudly.

Finally got one

No, not an iPhone, but the iPod Touch instead. Why? Because I don’t like the fact that the iPhone is locked into at&t, not to mention it’s a bit too pricey.

I got the 16GB Touch and I love it already. No more click wheel. Yippeee, I passed my 2nd generation Nano to Keyron so now he’s got a portable MP3 player.

The Touch syncs up flawlessly with my wireless network, and I love the feature where if you turn it landscape the image adjusts to that. It’s a cool device.

And I paid $299 for it, which is only about $50 more than I paid for the 2nd gen Nano. So features and memory rocket up while price only goes up a little bit. Could have gotten the 32GB unit but the price seemed a little steep at $399.

My next Apple purchase will more likely than not be a MacBook Pro. I’m tired of the Microsoft games. It was funny, the Apple Store near me uses Symbol bar code scanners with a Windows CE type OS on them. They’re slow as shit and I was having a good time talking to the guys there. They loved the Obama button on my backpack too.