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Random thots

Pretty busy lately.  Will show pics of my new screen porch at some point.  In the meantime, I’m trying to catch up with the news.  So, here are my random thots.

Syria- NOW we want to bomb the shit out of Syria??  A couple of years ago when Assad’s forces were picking off little kids in the streets of Homs we couldn’t be bothered.  But when they pull out the chemical weapons we get our knickers in a twist?  Syria isn’t like Libya.  At least in Libya, there was an endpoint.  A deft touch of air power was all it took to bring down the regime.  In Syria, who knows what it will take?  In any case, if we were going to deter Assad, it probably would have been better to catch it early.  At this point in time, it just looks like another clever way to get around the sequester for the wealthy and well connected, in this case, the defense industry.

And don’t stick that fricking “If we don’t support the president’s actions in Syria, it’ll be the end of Obama’s presidential career” guilt trip shit on us.  You know what will permanently tarnish his legacy and make him the least effective president ever?  If he can’t restore food stamp funding.  Yeah, that and high unemployment sucks and has been going on for too long.

Harvard business school has conducted an experiment in the past couple of years to make the place more equitable for women.  I’m not sure HBS was entirely successful.  But whatever.  Gender equity is the least of its problems.  It’s a horror story of American aristocracy simultaneously distancing itself from the rest of us while figuring out newer ways to take over everything.  Chilling.  Depressing.  Places like HBS shouldn’t exist.

Speaking of unemployment, it turns out that cutting wages to the science community was not an accident.  Nooooo.  It was a plan that Alan Greenspan floated in 2007:

Allowing more skilled workers into the country would bring down the salaries of top earners in the United States, easing tensions over the mounting wage gap, Greenspan said.

“Our skilled wages are higher than anywhere in the world,” he said. “If we open up a significant window for skilled workers, that would suppress the skilled-wage level and end the concentration of income.”

Thank you, Alan for murdering the American R&D infrastructure.  It will never be the same in our lifetimes.

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I started taking the bus to work.  Thumbs up to the East Busway.  Thumbs down to the people who decided to cut service to the eastern suburbs once you get off the east busway.  Stranding people in Wilkinsburg because the last bus to Oakmont leaves at something like 6:30pm, not very wise, especially considering how packed the Oakmont bus is all of the time.  Otherwise, I can’t complain about the buses.

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  1. I notice how Greenspan cleverly invited his audience to confuse a so-called “concentration of income” with a real concentration of wealth.
    The income withheld by engineering the underpayment of STEM workers through immigration-flooding all went to the concentration of upper class wealth, just as Greenspan intended.
    And damage to the science-tech infrastructure in general was probably his long-range goal on purpose.

    • I’m not sure what Greenspan expected as far as destroying the infrastructure. But in general, people who don’t do research for a living have little real understanding of how it works, how much studying it takes and how long it takes to get really good. They seem to think it’s a numbers game. But throwing more cheap labor at the problem is probably only going to make it worse. No one is going to want to spend 12 years in school to make less money than a starting teacher.

  2. Riverdaughter…

    I was just about to leave a comment: “Come back Riverdaughter! All is forgiven!” and here you are. We have for too long missed your pithy comments. You have resurfaced just in time to see Obomba (who has lately been impersonating GW Bush in blackface) and the bellowing swiftboat victim Kerry (who has lately been impersonating Colin Powell in whiteface) both turn red-faced as Putin (the ex-KGB thug and evil scourge of Pussy Riot & the Russian gay community) outfoxed them both… Hate to give credit to a bum like Putin, but he is clearly cleverer than those two mutts…
    Welcome back!

    • Spammy is cranky again. 👿

      • Maybe I should just quit trying to post here, and settle for stopping by once in a while.

        • I forgot to mention it’s because I am unutterably weary of Spammy eating comments at random.

          • It’s not just here, either. I’m starting to think commenting on ANY political site is a waste of time.

      • Seriously, I have zero time to put on my hip boots and wade thru the spam filter. I’m not sure what tripped its trigger this time. Go back and read your comment, figure it out and change the thing spammy doesn’t like.

        • I hope your work life changes for the better soon. May fortune favor you. Sayonara for now.

  3. Obama’s tenure is turning out exactly as we said is would back in the spring of 2008. Unfortunate for us to be correct on this matter.
    And yes, it does hurt to see a repressive autocrat such as Putin score a win(credit to Obama for this atrocity).
    Obama should have never gotten involved in the Syria matter. It is an international humanitarian problem.

  4. There is an international treaty against using gas and other biochemical weapons against a country’s own people or an enemy. I’m not advocating a unilateral attack on Syria but I am advocating continued pressure on them and on Russia and China. As a matter of fact, I’m advocating a change in the rule in the UN Security Council rule that there must be a unanimous decision as long as Russia and China are permanent members of the council. How about a majority? It’s possible that Syria may turn over all of its chemical weapons but I doubt it. And I couldn’t care less who gets the glory as long as all the weapons are turned over but it’s not as if Syria doesn’t have bunkers galore in the desert.

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