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Soak the Rich

Taxin’s too good for them now.

Check out The Daily Show for 12/1/2011 first segment on TARP.

$16 Trillion, $7 Trillion, $23 Trillion, who knows? I can’t keep track of all of the zeros. You know what will really scare politicians and the public?
When we start to use scientific notation.
$7.0 x 10^12. $1.6 x 10^13.

Picture it at the next Congressional Finance Committee meeting. “Listen up, people. We’ve brought in a professional chemist to instruct you in the proper use of scientific notation. This afternoon’s tutorial will also cover propagation of error and significant digits. Tomorrow, theoretical finance notation: how big *is* a mole of dollars in cubic centimeters? Hey, where’re you all going?”
*THE* quickest way to reduce the Finance committee members down to a reasonable number. I guarantee it.

By the way, if anyone has straightforward instructions on how to embed a Daily Show video on wordpress, let me know in the comments.  Because the youtube method doesn’t work and I can’t find instructions anywhere.  Maybe it’s not possible but I’m betting it is.

This weekend in Occupy, man-o-man-o-man, those Occupy folks are good.  So, the cops and the mayors and DHS (who reports to the president, BTW) think they have cleared out the problem by eliminating it from the parks.  Au contraire.

Lots of bands and other performance artists on the roster.  24 hours.  I’m definitely going tomorrow because not only will there be performances, there will also be an Occupy to Celebrate with Occupy Faith event at Zuccotti park.  If what I have found through my research is correct, we may be seeing a spontaneous resurrection, so to speak, of The Way.  And *this* time, even the atheists can participate.

Wahoo Dores Wahoo Dahoo, Christmas time is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp.

Oh, BTW, Bono is in the US somewhere…

Oh, yeah, I totally get it.

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Oh, no he di’int. Oh yes he did.  Newt Gingrich says “really poor children” don’t understand the meaning of work unless it’s illegal.

Then, a tweet from Charles Blow of the New York Times piqued my interest.

RT @foxnewspolitics Gingrich: Poor kids don’t know work unless it’s crime: politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/12/01/new… < Oh HELL no! What?! Somebody get

Surely, the Fox News report was referring to something from Gingrich’s end-welfare past. Would that were so.

GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich defended his stance against certain child labor laws during a campaign stop in Iowa Thursday, saying that children born into poverty aren’t accustomed to working unless it involves crime.

“Really poor children, in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works so they have no habit of showing up on Monday,” Gingrich claimed.

“They have no habit of staying all day, they have no habit of I do this and you give me cash unless it is illegal,” he added.

Jeez, some pharisees just don’t know when to stop punching the publicans.  The fact that this guy is a front runner says more about the moral sickness plaguing Republican voters than it does about Gingrich.  I mean, we’ve *always* known that he’s an ugly, hypocritical, authoritarian, word manipulator, who has a social conscience so wanting that it makes Ebeneezer Scrooge look like a flaming commie.  But what’s in it for the working class dude who votes R?  I blame it on Fox News induced Acquired Stupidity Syndrome.

The “gaffe” would normally end a politician’s political career but in this election season, all bets are off.

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Conflucian Arran points to a Dan Froomkin post at Huffingtonpost that suggests that Obama may try to harness Occupy Wall Street’s righteous indignation towards Wall Street for his own re-election benefit.  Of course!  This makes perfect sense.  He can bop on over to Zuccotti Park right after his fundraisers.  That oughtta go over well.

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All I want for Christmas:

I can take it to the library!  And then to a real paying job someday!  Oh, wait, do I live in the right neighborhood?  Gotta check with Newt.

Anyway, I *love* the gadgetiness of this bento box.  There’s even a little sleeve for chopsticks.  Too cool.  And there’s a whole blogosphere out there devoted to how to package your lunch to make it look cute.  I think I have found my new obsession.

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  1. Riverdaughter, do you know if that money is related to the 16 Trillion dollars that Bernie Sanders talked about last June?

    The first top-to-bottom audit of the Federal Reserve uncovered eye-popping new details about how the U.S. provided a whopping $16 trillion in secret loans to bail out American and foreign banks and businesses during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. An amendment by Sen. Bernie Sanders to the Wall Street reform law passed one year ago this week directed the Government Accountability Office to conduct the study. “As a result of this audit, we now know that the Federal Reserve provided more than $16 trillion in total financial assistance to some of the largest financial institutions and corporations in the United States and throughout the world,” said Sanders. “This is a clear case of socialism for the rich and rugged, you’re-on-your-own individualism for everyone else.”

    Because if it’s NOT then the number is closer to 23 Trillion dollars …. And that’s just impossible, isn’t it?

    • $16 Trillion, $7 Trillion, $23 Trillion, who knows? I can’t keep track of all of the zeros. You know what will really scare politicians and the public?
      When we start to use scientific notation.
      $7.0 x 10^12. $1.6 x 10^13. And let’s all remember to use significant digits people.

      • (wipes coffee off computer screen) OMG …. No one’s ever going to allow that level of precision.

        • Picture it at the next Congressional Finance Committee meeting. “Listen up, people. We’ve brought in a professional chemist to instruct you in the proper use of scientific notation. This afternoon’s tutorial will also cover propagation of error and significant digits. Tomorrow, theoretical finance notation: how big *is* a mole of dollars in cubic centimeters? Hey, where’re you all going?”
          *THE* quickest way to reduce the Finance committee members down to a reasonable number. I guarantee it.

  2. My sister Retta shared this update about yesterday at OWS:

    “Last night GA at the Met. 30 cops barricaded us out. The opera was about civil disobedience. The creator Phillip Glass came out and joined us after the show. Many patrons joined us as well. Laura Flanders was standing right next to Bev and me. Later lori Anderson showed up. …. “

    • fuckity, fuck, fuck, fuck. Did you know that Bono is in the US and that tomorrow at Zuccotti park there is going to be a big Occupy Faith event? I am definitely going.

      • No — I didn’t know! I think I’ll be mostly home if you want to have me post updates through the day.

        Bev just posted that Lou Reed addressed the crowd after she and Retta left last night.

        It seems that Camping doesn’t define #OWS after all….

        • {{snicker}}
          There is no containing this thing. I would stop trying to whack-a-mole if I were Bloomberg.

  3. Liar, liar, pants on fire!

    “Barack Obama is heading back into the campaign trail, running as a champion of the middle class and even hoping to harness the Occupy movement’s public anger at Wall Street”, (and apparently turn the WS anger on Romney and the Republicans.)

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-froomkin/suskinds-confidence-men-r_b_1123660.html

    (RD has already read and commented on “Confidence Men”. I am finishing it and highly recommend the book.)

    • According to certain people who used to hang around TC, the Occupy movement is just a re-branding of OFA, and never mind that if true, that would mean that Obummer, the abject lackey of Wall Street, had turned on his masters. 🙄

      They’ll be telling us the Occupants are pawns of the little gray space aliens next. :mrgreen:

      • One of the CH commenters named 1539 Days ran an post referrencing Kalle Lasn and Mr. Graeber as the anarchist instigators
        of OWS. According to this theory, OWS is a live-action illustration of anarchism and is supposed to spread the consciousness of those anarchists who want to dismantle organized society and replace it with . . . nothing. I thought to myself: well! at least its not calling it secret Obamaturf. We’re making progress.
        There may be something to that view in terms of what Lasn and Graeber want to achieve. But vast new numbers of joiners and marchers and sympathisers will have their own ideas about what they want to learn about and march about and work to achieve. They won’t all (or even most) be mere anarchists. Some of them may even decide to put the pre-emptive beatdown on recreational breakers of windows in their midst.

  4. Joe Cannon has a graphic up for his O Must Go movement. A reader pointed out that the acronym would be OMG, cute. Almost as good as Win The Future.

  5. “Let’s see, how can I screw the 99% today???” thought Kay Hagen as she tumbled out of bed this morning. OCCUPY KAY HAGEN.

    http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/12/02/1350229/us-senator-proposes-bill-to-eliminate-overtime-for-it-workers

    • LOLOLOLOL!! Did you see the subtitle to that post? “the-us-senator-who-suddenly-can’t-get-to-her-email”.
      OMG, be careful what you wish for or some sys admin is going to remap your account address on the NIS server and take off at 5:00pm. “Well, I’m outta here for the day Hmm? You can’t access your files? Gee, that’s too bad. Oh well, see ya’ Monday!”
      On a related theme, last year, our Wharton wunderkinds terminated some of our desktop support staff who handle some of the lab computers and hired them back as contractors at 30% less salary. Then, one day, the power went down and screwed up our crystallization robot image server. The database was corrupted. It should have been an easy fix for the guys who were contracted to fix it. But they only did the bare minimum and did not go out of their way to proactively call the vendor or download the database fix tools or anything. I had to make all of the phone calls and then act as a third party communicating information back and forth. But because I wasn’t a blessed user, I didn’t have any password privileges to fix it myself. It took over a month to straighten it all out. And on some days, just when I thought I could get the sucker up and running, the contractor would bolt on me at 5pm sharp. “Outta here. I’m not paid to work past 5.” So, we failed to collect images for a month. A month of not knowing how long it was going to take to crystallize or if it was crystallizing or WHAT IS GOING ON IN THAT FRICKING DROP??
      Oh, yeah, go ahead Kay. Eliminate the overtime on the recommendation of those idiots with the gold plated MBAs.

      • The 1% really don’t realize how much they need the rest of us, do they?
        They’re as clueless as the French aristocracy of the ancien regime. I hope to Haruhi they wise up before the USA takes a similar path. 😦

  6. If you ask me, there are a lot of kids who have no idea what hard work is – not just the poor ones. My son got his first taste of hard work at 15 – too young to drive, no mass transit available, but needing to save for a car for when he could drive.

    We offered him a job at home – painting our fence, as well as our screened in porch. We heard lots of grumbling that summer. After he finished, I told him that one day he would look back at this and realize it was the best job ever…no boss standing over your shoulder, he could take a break whenever he wanted, and if he got too hot he could always jump in the pool. Now, at the ripe old age of 23 and as a 5th year electrician apprentice, he agrees. My daughter has had a few part time jobs, but I’m sure none were as tough as what she is training to do now – nursing.

    Not only do kids need an example to follow for a solid work ethic, they usually have to get kicked in the patootie to get motivated…my conclusion would be that Newt isn’t wrong, just focusing on one segment of society instead of the whole.

    • I gotta agree that a small part time job that helps to defray car insurance costs is not such a bad idea. My kid is going to have to start babysitting or tutoring. But the idea that a kid who is still in school should be working to help pay to keep the food on the table? No, sorry. No kid, no matter what neighborhood they live in, should be forced to live the kind of life of my grandfather who had to quit school in 8th grade to earn his keep. That’s a giant waste of talent.
      The thing that really irritates me about this is that it goes against the striving for innovation and excellence that America was famous for in the post-Depression era. If the only people who can afford to study are the ones in financially more secure families, then the only things you’re going to get out of this country is more financial “products”. You need to give children of all socio-economic levels a stable life with sufficient food and good teachers in order to get a personal computer with an easy to use interface.

      • The 1% don’t give a flying duck whether or not they have personal computers with easy-to-use interfaces, as long as they can lord it over us peasants. I suspect RUR below is correct, and the starvation of education is deliberate policy, at least partially.

  7. When Newt says poor kids should get in the habit of showing up for work on Monday morning, he means instead of showing up for school.
    He knows exactly what he wants to prevent poor kids from getting, and his suggestion is exactly in line with the OverClass ReFeudalization For America plan.

    If Newt is nominated, he will probably be elected. That would be a disaster. I would vote for Obama to try preventing Newt from getting elected. Since I would rather not feel driven to vote for Obama again,
    my priority becomes how to prevent Newt from getting the R nomination. My idea is for millions of D voters to switch to R just long enough to vote for Romney in the primaries. If we can get Romney nominated, then we can work on punishing the Democratic Party for its refusal (which I predict) to allow any other nominee than Obama.
    And if the Democratic Party will not learn from that punishment (as I predict it will not), then we can work on exterminating the Democratic Party from existence and wiping it off the face of the earth.

    Then we can apply whatever political decontamination and remediation might work to clean up the political superfund site which would be left behind in the space the Democratic Party is no longer usurping by its illegitimate existence.

    If the Democratic Party officeholders support the Simpson-Obama conspiracy to destroy Social Security through hidden salami tactics such as the “payroll tax holiday”, will anyone still feel I am being too harsh about the Democratic Party?

    • Hmmm, really? I’m beginning to think newt is there to drive voters to Romney. He is so oily and loathsome in his “mouth if Sauron” way that even the fox news lovers with acquired stupidity syndrome will think twice about voting for him.
      But if he wins, great! He’ll be horrible beyond description, the perfect epitome of everything movement conservatism stands for. Voters can finally purge after years of nausea.

  8. Phillip Glass gets it.

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