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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
3:44 pm
This question really only makes sense for people who are pro-choice:

If the compromise was necessary in order to get enough votes to pass an otherwise palatable health reform bill, would you accept a bill which did not cover abortions or did not allow subsidies to be applied to abortions?

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Saturday, August 1st, 2009
6:12 pm - Internet Dickery

Don't necessarily watch this, but put it on loud when you're doing the dishes or something. It's the only time Tom Green gets owned on his show (including Blackilicious IMO). And yes, Tom Green starts with the same rhyme he uses in the more popular Xzibit video, but later in the video he gets in lots of great storytelling raps (11:40).

"I went to Nevada with an infected bladder"

Another couple live recordings I've been OBSESSED with recently (sorry for the x-post):

What kind of fuckery are we?
Nowadays you don't mean dick to me
But I might let you make it up to me

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
6:08 pm
I want a gyro so fucking bad right now.

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
9:17 am - Lagging Indicators
I'm worried that people will end up blaming Obama for the unemployment numbers.  Obviously he painted himself into a corner with rosy forecasts.  What I don't think alot of people realize is that unemployment is going to remain high whatever happens to the economy.  In our lifetime we will see jobless recovery after jobless recovery.  And abandoning the democrats in this kind of economy will be a terrible idea.  Democrats might be just as powerless as Republicans in terms of preventing unemployment, the difference is that if you are unemployed or underemployed you are definitely going to be better off with democrats in power.

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Sunday, July 12th, 2009
12:05 pm - Winner and Loser Industries of the Twenty-Teens
no surprises here, just a continuation of things that are already happening

1. healthcare
2. higher education
3. robotics
4. international agribusiness
5. commodity extraction

1. aerospace
2. automotive
3. trucking
4. non-internet media
5. primary education

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Saturday, July 11th, 2009
4:08 pm
If the mind is a computing system, even if it is also in other ways not a computing system or something "more" than a computing system, then it has evolved various mechanisms to avoid "freezing" or recovering from error and overload.  These overloads are happening constantly, on every possible timescale.  Sometimes they are absolutely devastating but they also form a big part of the general texture of experience.  Sleep is one major macro-corrective which has to do with the redistribution of various chemical constituents of the brain.

The mystical or religious experience is another such corrective.  It helps you deal with experiences or ideas which are outside your computational capabilities.  Infinity is one such experience or idea.  A finite system cannot deal with infinite concepts.  God means "does not compute".

We see the universe just fine but obviously an instrument delivers a certain type of data.  If you were a seismograph, there would be a whole lot of shaking going on.

That sensation that we often think is the other side of the coin to the mystical experience, that gnawing that says "there is something more than this"--that sensation is dead on, it is not representative of an error.  We are people, and we will never understand the infinite universe or our infinite selves or the infinities nested inside of these.

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Thursday, July 9th, 2009
5:20 pm - Please Participate!
Poll #1427572 Drug Legalization

I support the full legalization of the following substances for adult recreational use:

psychadelic plants (mescaline, 'shrooms', ayahuasca)
psychadelic chemicals (e.g. LSD)
khat/coca leaf
"every drug"

I believe that the following substances should NOT be fully legalized but SHOULD be available by prescription from a psychiatrist or other professional for mental health conditions:

psychadelic plants
psychadelic chemicals

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009
4:11 am
 the student
microwaves the soy dog
to the perfect temperature where
the plate is hot but the
dog is not

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Thursday, June 4th, 2009
3:39 pm - Updated on My Investing
After a long hiatus from investing, when I realized that I was not so much "using stocks as a savings mechanism" as "spending my erstwhile savings on stocks", I am now in a position to make a couple more buys over the next month or so.  My portfolio is up, but certainly not creaming the market or anything like that.

I am staying loosely in the alternative energy sector.  It is challenging to invest in right now because I think that it is a sector with strong long and even medium term growth potential, but I also think that technically the assets of most companies in that space are incredibly overvalued. 

I will likely buy AMAT and RZ.  I am waiting in the wings for one of them to have a few bad days so I can buy a little bit lower, but that might be asking too much.  Both companies have both (a) energy-producing products and (b) energy-efficiency products.  This is important to me because I believe that there are plenty sets of economic circumstance where demand for (a) or (b) might be extremely weak, but few sets of circumstances where both would be weak.  In a nutshell, an economic recovery would stoke demand for energy-production technologies and high fossil fuel prices would stoke demand for energy efficiency. 

For people who have not been keeping track of what is going on in solar power recently, the dynamics have completely changed in every way imaginable from say a year or two ago, even though the flavour of hype and doubt about the industry has not changed in tone.  And by hype I mean claims like "X new solar technology now makes energy cheaper than coal!" and by doubt I mean claims like "Solar energy is incredibly expensive and will never be able to compete without subsidies".  When you consider the fact that coal is (generalization alert) now selling for something like a third of the price of what it was about 9 months ago, you realize that subsidies and even "solar technology" are not the prevailing forces.  You have a durable high-tech piece of equipment competing against a mass-consumable commodity, and the market is going to make this decision.  You have a massive business paradigm shift taking place.  But what you do have unfortunately is a solution looking for a problem.  This isn't like the introduction of plumbing or electricity or railroads or cars or airplanes or cell phones or PCs where you have a new product coming in to meet a new human "need" which isn't currently being met.  People are getting around town and charging their iwhutevurs just fine burning gasoline and coal, and they will keep doing those things just fine when coal and gasoline start running out because there are replacement technologies.  Car companies know how to make electric cars and there are at least a half dozen good ways to make electricity without fossil fuels.  And obviously all this stuff is the good news AND the bad news.  It would be great if solar electricity were somehow more FUN to use, but it's not.  It's just electricity.  So as hard as the green PR people try to make it sexy, it's not, honestly.  It's not fuckin' kombucha.  It's not an iwhutevur.  It's a utility bill.  It's a pain in your fucking ass, is what it is.  And it's going to have to compete down and dirty with coal, and in Kentucky they literally have mountains made out of that stuff.  And if you want to buy stock, that's a really good thing, because the solar industry is in it's pre-pubescence right now.  It's ackward as hell, it's not really as cute as it used to be, and it doesn't even have hair on it's nuts.

Buy.  And don't forget, India and China are still the shit.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
6:44 pm - about Venice Beach, fyi

Day vs. Lincoln


Suntan brown vans

Grown men, sport shorts

Storefronts, bus bench

Black trench on meth head


Cake donuts’ gold bread

Net café and herbal meds

Sleeping bag, urine sack

            And with that,

                        Day takes back Lincoln Blvd.:


She cries crosswords

            Face shut with passwords

                        Calving and halving the spit scores

                                    Coping with split pores and shit sores


Sweat pours from manholes

Grand whores with handles

Game this system, pressures

Push feet to blood and fissure


Bros in mandals eat chicken

Bus fumes sicken vandals

Handhelds brighten mens’ stalls

Alleys surge, stall, and quicken

And when the fog stays, some days don’t ever seem to kick in

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
12:41 pm - Saturday Morning
The new Power Rangers is Post-Apocalyptic and somewhat sophisticated.  I hesitate to call it Cyperpunk.

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Friday, May 15th, 2009
8:25 am
"Water-boarding is torture... It's drowning. It gives you the complete sensation that you are drowning. It is no good, because you -- I'll put it to you this way; you give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders."

-- Former Governor/Pro-Wrestler Jesse Ventura, an ex-Seal who endured waterboarding as part of his training

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
3:31 pm

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
12:51 pm
Everything I know about pandemics, I learned form Crazy Monkey.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
11:17 am - Cold Chillin'

Obama poses with Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Russa's President Dmitry Medvedev for a group photo to mark the G20 summit in London, Thursday, April 2, 2009. Seated in front of them is the President of China, Hu Jintao.

-Huffington Post

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
5:22 pm
from Dubai of all places

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
5:54 pm - In The Time of Chimpanzees, I Was A Monkey
Poll #1367282 Evo Devo

Do You Believe That Evolution Has a Direction?

Don't Believe In Evolution
Honestly Never Thought About It

Evolution Tends To Make Organisms More (_What_)?

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Friday, March 13th, 2009
4:09 pm - Under Pressure
health related, boringCollapse )

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
3:59 pm
think art is good or
bad for you the score trying
to beat the market

fugazi all i
can think of this arid late
summer afternoon

a person could
realistically get
prescribed all three

Haiku2 for phatpharmer
to the people who
are happy that this will sour
you this is the best
Created by Grahame

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3:49 pm - whenever I get a little overwhelmed at work I think of this. . .

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