Showing posts from April, 2013

A Modest (Economic) Proposal

There should never be a case where "good for the company" means "bad for the public." #uppers— A 99er (@HelpThe99ers) April 28, 2013

A Logical Fallacy In Three Acts

Act One, "Much Apu About Nothing" Homer: Not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol must be working like a charm.
Lisa: That's specious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: Thank you, dear.
Lisa: By your logic I could claim that this rock keeps tigers away.
Homer: Oh, how does it work?
Lisa: It doesn't work.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: It's just a stupid rock.
Homer: Uh-huh.
Lisa: But I don't see any tigers around, do you?
[Homer thinks of this, then pulls out some money]
Homer: Lisa, I want to buy your rock.
Act Two, An Open Letter to the Kansas School Board"You may be interested to know that global warming, earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters are a direct effect of the shrinking numbers of Pirates since the 1800s. For your interest, I have included a graph of the approximate number of pirates versus the average global temperature over the last 200 years. As you can see, there is a statistically significant inverse relationship between pirates and global temperatu…


Our hearts are broken. Our spirit is not.— Sandy Hook Promise (@sandyhook) April 17, 2013

Yesterday and Today: NY Stands With Boston

Yesterday, Twitter:As a New Yorker and a Yankees fan, my prayers go out to Boston: victims, families, first responders, volunteers. God bless and keep you all.— A 99er (@HelpThe99ers) April 16, 2013Today, Yankees Stadium:

Chart of the Day: Terrible News for the Long-Term Unemployed

From Arthur Delaney and Brad Plumer and first reported by Matthew O' Brien:Rand Ghayad of Northeastern University sent out 4,800 fake resumes at random for 600 job openings. And what he found is that employers would rather call back someone with no relevant experience who's only been out of work for a few months than someone with more relevant experience who’s been out of work for longer than six months.In other words, it doesn't matter how much experience you have. It doesn't matter why you lost your previous job — it could have been bad luck. If you've been out of work for more than six months, you're essentially unemployable. Many companies won't even consider you for a job.

Quote of the Day: District of Columbia v. Heller

"Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court's opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller's holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those 'in common use at the time' finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons."Justice Antonin Scalia, delivering the opinion of the Supreme Court (source)

Calling Out The Obstructionists

To the GOP, "filibuster" is a word that means "because shut up, that's why." Good for @e_laffs2 for calling them out. #inners#NoWayNRA— A 99er (@HelpThe99ers) April 10, 2013

How The Troy Library Beat The Tea Party

File under: trolling, jiu jitsu, reverse psychology, social media, strategy, win

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim