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Chiune Sugihara. This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.
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So here’s the thing: Alaska is a socialist state. And it’s in trouble.
No—seriously. Alaska’s socialist. I realize this fact runs afoul of the classic sense of Alaska as the home of rugged individualism, but bear with me.
Why is Alaska socialist?
Well, for one thing most of the oil under its…
The American Anti-Corruption Act was just unveiled. It’s a gamechanging law that gets money out of politics, for good. In order to pass it, we need a million people to add their names as “Citizen Co-Sponsors.” Will add your name now to help put the pressure on Congress?
Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor.
John Franklin Stephens - Special Olympics athlete and global messenger
Public Campaign Action Fund and Democracy Corps released new polling today on money-in-politics conducted in the top battleground congressional districts.
It shows, generally, that voters in the most competitive congressional districts have seen what an unfettered system of campaign spending…
I object to this spurious correlation, entirely because they don’t include a single beer that is worth drinking.
The careers of the presidents before their presidency
In the words of Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Where’s the rest of life represented?”
This isn’t really surprising is it? Law prepares you for many of the things necessary to be a politician, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing to have an understanding of how law really works before you go into a legislative field.
That being said, it’d be nice to have a few scientists on that list. Question is, how many scientists would actually want to be President?
[George Bush said] “Our God is the God who named the stars.” [But] two-thirds of all the stars that have names, have Arabic names.
Thank humanity for NDT.
Reductio ad Absurdum: Money, Gold, and a Little Known GOP Plank
Much has already been said about the Republican Party platform in recent days, especially regarding the Rape Plank, which bans all abortions, even for pregnancies that result from rape. Unlike everyone else in the universe, I actually sat down and read the whole platform the other day, to much laughter and head-shaking—from me, I should clarify.
Apart from the obviously cruel and anti-American planks like the one mentioned above and the one telling everyone who they can and can’t marry, I found a hidden gem that truly delighted me by its almost mythic stupidity: the Gold Standard Plank.
The Republican Party platform calls for a return to the gold standard—well, for a commission to study the return anyway. It’s not something that can be done overnight. On the surface, this plank is simply an ass-kiss to the Ron Paulians, who tend to be big supporters of the gold standard. God knows the Republicans need every vote, what with the browning of America and all, but there’s more to it than just politics, I feel.
Nice guy that I am, I thought I’d save everybody the trouble of studying a return to the gold standard by writing a handful of paragraphs using only common sense and my computer keyboard:
The desire to link the dollar with gold, whether it be by Republicans or the Ron Paulians (who, by the way, are not libertarians), is simply a desire to turn our money into something real. It still won’t be real, of course, but it will seem, at least, more real: Gold is shiny! Therefore, it actually has value!
There is in existence about $8.5 trillion dollars. Our national debt, however, is $15.9 trillion. This debt is entirely the fault of Obama and has absolutely nothing at all to do with the fact that 53 cents of every dollar taken in taxes is spent on the military. Nothing at all. Ahem. So, if we use all the U.S. dollars currently existing, including the 23 bucks in your purse and the change on your dresser, we will only be able to pay about half the debt. All of the money in the world will be gone, paid to our creditors, and we will still owe them about $8 trillion dollars.
How is it that we can owe more money than there is money? Easy: we made it all up. Money is a figment of our imagination, and its divisions into amounts and denominations are simply divisions and denominations of nothing. 15.9 trillion units may seem like a lot until you remember that it is 15.9 trillion units of absolutely nothing. When philosophers contend that modern human society is at bottom nihilist, they ain’t a-kiddin’.
Tying our money to gold would mean that we’d need to find a lot more gold. The U.S. holds 8,133 metric tons of gold reserves, according to the World Gold Council—about 260 million ounces. The current market price for gold is about $1,667 an ounce, making our reserves worth around $435 billion. So, instead of there being $8.5 trillion dollars worth of pretend money, there’d only be $435 billion dollars worth of real(er) money. Instead of paying down half of the pretend debt with every last cent of the pretend money, we’d only be able to pay down three percent of the pretend debt with every last cent of the real(er) money. In fact, all of the gold currently in existence, owned by the various countries of the world, would not add up to enough to pay off our pretend debt.
The gold standard would make every dollar in “existence” convertible to a tiny amount of gold. Since we have all agreed that there are so many dollars (remember, all of these dollars exist only in our mind by collective agreement), there’s simply not enough gold on this planet, mined or unmined, to cover everything.
I don’t know about you, but I actually find this quite hilarious—especially when you consider that there are serious and apparently educated people out there who really think it could work.
Oh, humanity, why you so silly?
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Wal-Mart Takes Over America of the Day: And here we have unimpeachable proof that America’s exponential decay began in 1962.
This is truly terrifying.
Unfortunate Sign Placement or Acknowledgement?
They certainly helped. 1003% increase in the debt from 1980 to 2008. Yeah, the debt was $998 Billion when Reagan entered office, it was $9.99 Trillion when Bush left office. Only one President in that time actually reduced the debt (if only for two years), and he wasn’t a Republican.
On the other hand, to anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.
Yes, you read the link above correctly. Paul Ryan told so many lies during his speech that even Fox News couldn’t ignore it.
Happily for them, the Romney idea of “nothing” is probably not yours, mine or even that of a lucid billionaire. Before they got married, Mitt Romney’s regular “allowance” from his parents was large enough to buy him regular flights back and forth from Stanford, where he was attending college, to Ann’s home in Michigan. When they did get married and move into that “basement apartment,” both were spared the inconvenience and indignity of actually having to get a job — Mitt just sold some of his stock to “get by.” And while they may have walked to class together, they probably didn’t need to; even they acknowledge that Mitt’s parents had given them a car. And when they moved to Boston — after Mitt Romney obtained his MBA and JD from Harvard — his parents “helped” the young couple buy a house.
Now, it’s not Mitt Romney’s fault that he was born on third base, and I’m sure that he has done a lot of good for his community. My concern is that he a) doesn’t acknowledge the advantages he started with (having worked full-time while attending college and raising a child, I can tell you that I wish I had had some stock to sell so I could “get by”), and b) doesn’t seem to care very much about the plights of people he may never meet.
Put It On Uncle Sam’s Tab: As politicians call for austerity, they are partying on the taxpayer’s dime…
This is no small bar tab. According to Forbes.com, it comes to a grotesque $87 million for both conventions. That includes $50 million for security costs, and another $18.3 million for political activities at each convention.
Someone explain to me why our taxes are being used to fund these two infomercials for the parties that have turned our government into an immovable rugby scrum? Oh, and why exactly isn’t the $87M tab that Uncle Sam is footing major news?
The only way that I win the election is to be in the national debates. And I’m not saying I win the election being in the national debates, I’m just saying that’s the only way I have a chance. To present something way different than is currently being presented. And I think that way, actually lines up with most Americans. Have you seen the website iSideWith.com? Based on that website, I’m the next president of the United States.
According to isidewith.com, I most align with Gary Johnson, second most with Jill Stein (Green).
How is it that so many people will end up voting for Romney or Obama when there is someone who better represents their beliefs? Oh, right, media silence on anything other than the two major party candidates.
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danpatterson: “Fairytale of New York” - The Pogues featuring Kristy Maccoll Merry Christmas! I could have been someoneWell so could anyoneYou took my dreams from meWhen I first found youI kept them with me babeI put them with my ownCan’t make it all aloneI’ve built my dreams around you [Link]60 plays
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A little 60's britpop to start my Friday. ♫ Little Games - 2003 Digital Remaster – The Yardbirds http://t.co/D9qsZRyBTq #NowPlaying
New Talib Kweli makes this week just a little bit better. ♫ Human Mic – Talib Kweli http://t.co/VfLCW6f0tP #NowPlaying
An unplanned trip to Jimmy Johns left me in a Soundgarden mood. ♫ Burden In My Hand – Soundgarden http://t.co/KtXCw5h5cj #NowPlaying
Throw the brick yeah, one more time, thinking of the problems that we left behind... http://t.co/1KS8mdjunn #NowPlaying
I have decided, after listening to The Lurkers for 90 minutes, that it is going to be a post-Clash Joe Strummer day.… http://t.co/xCI2xZ7Tb0
If you like Rancid, you'll probably like these guys as well. ♫ 4 Weeks – Left Alone http://t.co/9PTRKwn30M #NowPlaying
Video: jeffisageek: This is good.. Spock vs. Spock http://t.co/MatWI3VBtk
Great song to open one of the most underappreciated albums of the 90's. ♫ Saturday Saviour – Failure http://t.co/Wj7JJ5Nknp #NowPlaying
At this point the only thing I'm really curios to know is where Rob Zombie comes up with these titles. The music isn… http://t.co/AblnPfsEaU
Starting my day with the Godfathers of Punk. ♫ 1969 – The Stooges http://t.co/MAKUBysjj1 #NowPlaying
I had honestly forgotten how good this album was. Makes me pine for good AIC even more... ♫ Wake Up – Mad Season http://t.co/yLGU55x9AX
Everyone could use a little Poly Styrene on a Friday morning. ♫ Genetic Engineering - Rough Mix – X-Ray Spex http://t.co/AR3NrajbJq
Boning up on my Manchester Punk with Slaughter & The Dogs ♫ Cranked Up Really High - Live – Slaughter & The Dogs http://t.co/f3jHhJPO4C
Photo: kadrey: Drink up, little droog. http://t.co/WFpsh4eCgM
It is, apparently, rediscover unknown bands from the 90's day on Greg's Spotify ♫ Warren – Slint http://t.co/PbrYtedtvj #Spotify
Perfect Circle made this song famous, Failure did it better 15 years earlier. ♫ The Nurse Who Loved Me – Failure http://t.co/PJj1nUENtu
Easily the most depressing Pistols song. Happy Monday! ♫ Bodies – Sex Pistols http://t.co/MEixWUV1SY #Spotify
If you are unfamiliar with The Knux, you should get to know them. ♫ Fame-Us – The Knux, Blake Miller http://t.co/eTCgx22NZa #Spotify