Anti-smoking propaganda pays big dividends

February 23, 2009

According to researchers, the $324 milllion “truth” anti-smoking campaign saved $1.9 billion in healthcare costs.


Interesting video

February 23, 2009

Bad music, but good info:

“By 2049, a $1,000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species.”

Found Goat

February 23, 2009


Mendocino, CA, 2007

Hannity = moron

February 20, 2009

Bob Cesca in Huffington on Sean Hannity decrying Obama’s “socialism you can believe in:

“I’m calling upon Sean Hannity to use his prime time television program as a platform to rally Republican politicians, cable news hacks and citizens alike to refuse delivery of not just recovery bill spending, but all so-called ‘socialist’ government programs. Send it all back. End American socialism now! All of it.

Refuse to send your kids to socialized public schools and universities; refuse to use socialized roads and highways; refuse to call upon socialized police and fire departments; shut down the socialized air traffic control; refuse to visit socialized national parks; tell grandma that her Social Security and Medicare will have to be sent back to the government; demand the immediate dismantling of our socialized American military. Sarah Palin and her supporters in Alaska should refuse all forms of ‘redistributed wealth’ by sending back their checks from the socialized oil program there.”


“Whoa, say that again, that was profound”

February 19, 2009


Never give a chimp drugs

February 17, 2009

It seems obvious, but apparently not so much.


Famous Dead People (and Animals)

February 16, 2009

I put a big gallery of graves up on Picasa Web here.

Texas, Part II, Part III

February 16, 2009

A last few to tide nobody over til nowhen:

Remarkable piece in Vanity Fair

February 15, 2009

First draft of history: From “An Oral History of the Bush White House”

Lawrence Wilkerson, top aide and later chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell: We had this confluence of characters—and I use that term very carefully—that included people like Powell, Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, and so forth, which allowed one perception to be “the dream team.” It allowed everybody to believe that this Sarah Palin–like president—because, let’s face it, that’s what he was—was going to be protected by this national-security elite, tested in the cauldrons of fire. What in effect happened was that a very astute, probably the most astute, bureaucratic entrepreneur I’ve ever run into in my life became the vice president of the United States. He became vice president well before George Bush picked him. And he began to manipulate things from that point on, knowing that he was going to be able to convince this guy to pick him, knowing that he was then going to be able to wade into the vacuums that existed around George Bush—personality vacuum, character vacuum, details vacuum, experience vacuum.”

History to repeat?

February 15, 2009

From Frank Rich’s column today:

“Republicans will also be judged by the voters. If they want to obstruct and filibuster while the economy is in free fall, the president should call their bluff and let them go at it. In the first four years after F.D.R. took over from Hoover, the already decimated ranks of Republicans in Congress fell from 36 to 16 in the Senate and from 117 to 88 in the House.”

16 Republicans in the Senate? Wow. That should be about right come 2012.