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Saturday afternoon “couch” reading

Well. We’ve lived through another week and arrived at one of my least favorite days of the year. Yes, it’s time to “fall back” — I WISH it was as easy as falling back…. But, it seems like it takes me a whole week before my brain aligns with the new time.

What You Need to Know About the Daylight Savings Shift

 

For the tech obsessed, Daylight Saving Time gets a bit more complicated each year as our pockets and desks fill up with more and more tech gadgets. And Congress hasn’t made the shift any easier. The 2005 Energy Policy Act changed the start date of Daylight Saving Time beginning in 2007. This affected the auto-updating clocks on some tech products purchased before that date, including operating systems. Hopefully everything runs smoothly for you by now, but just in case, here are some things to consider:

• Some gadgets, like your phone, will be automatically updated by syncing with your cellular network.

• Others, like some iPods, base their clocks on whatever time your PC says it is.

• Unconnected devices like your watch or clock radio will likely need to be updated manually.

• Still others, like your computer, are hopefully patched to correctly update at the appropriate time, but may not be.


I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of THIS story …. I had more questions with almost every detail :

 

Man Started Flight Elderly and White, and Ended It Young and Asian

The CBC reports that the man, “made a claim for refugee status after he was taken into custody,” but his exact strategy in boarding the flight wearing such an elaborate disguise, and then removing it, has not yet been determined.

The intelligence alert added a few clues though.

The man apparently swapped boarding passes with a 55-year-old American passenger before boarding the plane in Hong Kong. After he was detained, the man initially told Canadian authorities that he had only one bag, but the flight crew then found two other pieces of luggage they said were his. One of them contained his clothing; the second, the elements of his disguise: the mask, glasses, a cap and a cardigan.

Now that we’ve got Republican domination of both houses of Congress and the Presidency, I guess we’ll have to start worrying about guys like this (you HAVE heard the news about the shift in power, haven’t you?) ::


Rick Perry: Let States Secede From Social Security

 

His new suggestion is not to split Texas from the other 49 states, but rather to give it the option to secede from the national pension program that has defined retirement in the country for 75 years.

“When you look at social security, it’s broke,” Perry told the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning. “My kids, 27 and 24, they know this is a Ponzi scheme.”

One way out of this mess, in Perry’s mind? Just abandon Social Security altogether and let the states handle it. Texas (of course) has already fixed Social Security’s problem, Perry says, so why should it be saddled with paying the Ponzi debts of every other sucker?

“Why is the federal government even in the pension program or the health care delivery program?” Perry asked. “Let the states do it.”


Road to War… Three?

 

Wikileaks Info Cherry-Picked by Corporate Media to Bolster Case Against Iran

A source provides details to the American government about the nefarious activities of a Middle Eastern country. That information ends up in scores of secret U.S. government documents. Subsequently, the information winds up on the front pages of major newspapers, and is heralded by war hawks in Washington as a casus belli.

Sound familiar? It should, but perhaps not in the way you’re thinking. Here’s a hint: It’s not 2003, but 2010. This is the story of what happened recently to Iran in the wake of the latest WikiLeaks document release, where U.S military field reports from Iraq made their way into major national newspapers and painted the Islamic Republic as a force out to murder U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

As the film Fair Game illustrates, shenanigans like this aren’t unheard of in recent times (or any time)


Jill Clayburgh Dies at 66; Starred in Feminist Roles

 

Keith Olbermann suspended


That’s it for my neighborhood (although I’ll post  — what’s going on in your neck of the woods?

 

18 Responses

  1. Every day Rick Perry continues to wear a dead nutria on his head, he gets crazier.

  2. I know you all will hate that this comes from Peggy Noonan (and I’m not a fan of her politics either, but the teaser comment forced me to click)

    winning excerpt:

    On to the aftermath of the election. On Wednesday, President Obama gave a news conference to share his thoughts. Viewers would have found it disappointing if there had been any viewers. The president is speaking, in effect, to an empty room. From my notes five minutes in: “This wet blanket, this occupier of the least interesting corner of the faculty lounge, this joy-free zone, this inert gas.” By the end I was certain he will never produce a successful stimulus because he is a human depression.

    Actually I thought the worst thing you can say about a president: He won’t even make a good former president.

    His detachment is so great, it is even from himself. As he spoke, he seemed to be narrating from a remove. It was like hearing the audiobook of Volume I of his presidential memoirs. “Obama was frustrated. He honestly didn’t understand what the country was doing. It was as if they had compulsive hand-washing disorder. In ’08 they washed off Bush. Now they’re washing off Obama. There he is, swirling down the drain! It’s all too dramatic, too polar. The morning after the election it occurred to him: maybe he should take strong action. Maybe he should fire America! They did well in 2008, but since then they’ve been slipping. They weren’t giving him the followership he needed. But that wouldn’t work, they’d only complain. He had to keep his cool. His aides kept telling him, ‘Show humility.’ But they never told him what humility looked like. What was he supposed to do, burst into tears and say hit me? Not knowing how to feel humility or therefore show humility he decided to announce humility: He found the election ‘humbling,’ he said.”

    I mean – she does have a way with words….. I have thought about that ‘former president’ thing a bunch of times – he will just act like a petulent child – forever.

  3. “followership”

    snerk!

    That’s perfect.

  4. One of these days I’ll figure out the wordpress clock — I thought this story wasn’t going to go up for another hour!!

  5. I’m more of a “throne” reader myself.

  6. Here’s one I would have added if I got the timing right:

    This week in crazy: George W. Bush

    MATT LAUER: You remember what he said?

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist.

    MATT LAUER: Well, what he said was, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: That’s — “he’s a racist.” And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, “I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.” It’s another thing to say, “This man’s a racist.” I resent it, it’s not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency.

    MATT LAUER: This from the book. “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.” You go on. “I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all time low.”

    Honestly, the WORST moment?

    • well, not to defend dubya but remember, these were the days before everyone who didn’t support obama was a defacto racist. Now the word has no meaning.

    • President George W. Bush on His New Book (He did introduce into the lexicon, ‘My Pet Goat Moment’ and of course those WMDs that must be traveling in a big truck with wheels and all according to to Colin Powell…they didn’t find them because those wheels move)

  7. I was so disheartened to hear that guy on the Hong Kong/Canadian flight who started out old and ended up young, had a disguise. I was so hoping they had inadvertently discovered a portal into the fountain of youth by way of the Canadian border, heh.

    OT, someone should do a youtube of the snarky, nasty comments keith olderham has made in the past regarding other recent media firings, including sanchez,, williams, etc. OF course it’s too bad they just didn’t fire the blowhard for being extremely annoying and unwatchable, guess the brass at msnbc have balls made of anything but… Oh well, at least he has stopped polluting the air for the time being.

    • Good points! Olberman is such a windbag, it almost insults windbags to make the comparison.

  8. I’m with you…it takes about a week to adjust to DLST. I’m going to do a lot of reading to help me adjust. I just ordered a copy of The Three Insights by author Tim Pond. It’s a non-fiction, self improvement book that talks about looking for purpose in life and happiness will follow…not the other way around.

  9. My Brains are melting!!! More soon.

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