July 11, 2011 archive

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    The continuing coverage of the world’s most watched and controversial cycling event,

    Today was a day well deserved day of rest for all.

    Join us on Tuesday for Le Tour 2011- Stage 10 at 7:30 AM EDT.

    This is an Open Thread

    The Push to Privatize Social Security

    cross-posted from Main Street Insider

    This week, we take a look at a proposal to end Social Security “as we know it.” H.R. 2109, the Savings Account for Every American Act of 2011 would establish a path for individuals to opt out of Social Security in exchange for a “defined contribution” system.

    Our Day Will Come

    While the New York State Senate was approving same-sex marriage, the most recent version of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) was lying fallow.  Passed by the Assembly 78-53 for the fourth time (it was originally passed by the Assembly in 2007, then again in 2009, 2010, and this year), and having a reported 32 senators committed to voting for the bill, which would be enough for passage, it was never brought to the floor for debate or a vote.  And unlike marriage equality, there was no visible public campaign demanding a vote.

    The majority leader, Long Island Republican Dean Skelos, controlled the agenda in the Senate, so GENDA was parked in the Rules Committee, which he controlled, where it sat until time ran out on 2011’s regular session.


    Rabbit’s Kin

    On This Day In History July 11

    While mishima is on hiatus, I will be cross posting some of our daily and weekly features from The Stars Hollow Gazette

    This is your morning Open Thread. Pour your favorite beverage and review the past and comment on the future.

    Find the past “On This Day in History” here.

    July 11 is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 173 days remaining until the end of the year.

    On this day in 1789, Jacques Necker is dismissed as France’s Finance Minister sparking the Storming of the Bastille.

    Necker was seen as the savior of France while the country stood on the brink of ruin, but his actions could not stop the French Revolution. Necker put a stop to the rebellion in the DauphinĂ© by legalizing its assembly, and then set to work to arrange for the summons of the Estates-General of 1789. He advocated doubling the representation of the Third Estate to satisfy the people. But he failed to address the matter of voting – rather than voting by head count, which is what the people wanted, voting remained as one vote for each estate. Also, his address at the Estates-General was terribly miscalculated: it lasted for hours, and while those present expected a reforming policy to save the nation, he gave them financial data. This approach had serious repercussions on Necker’s reputation; he appeared to consider the Estates-General to be a facility designed to help the administration rather than to reform government.

    Necker’s dismissal on 11 July 1789 made the people of France incredibly angry and provoked the storming of the Bastille on July 14. The king recalled him on 19 July. He was received with joy in every city he traversed, but in Paris he again proved to be no statesman. Believing that he could save France alone, he refused to act with the Comte de Mirabeau or Marquis de Lafayette. He caused the king’s acceptance of the suspensive veto, by which he sacrificed his chief prerogative in September, and destroyed all chance of a strong executive by contriving the decree of 7 November by which the ministry might not be chosen from the assembly. Financially he proved equally incapable for a time of crisis, and could not understand the need of such extreme measures as the establishment of assignats in order to keep the country quiet. Necker stayed in office until 1790, but his efforts to keep the financial situation afloat were ineffective. His popularity had vanished, and he resigned with a broken reputation.

    Muse in the Morning

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    Time for a break from poetry…in order to create some art.

    To think is to differ.

    –Clarence Darrow


    Late Night Karaoke

    Brutalism and Decay at the FBI


    The British architects Alison and Peter Smithson coined the term “brutalism” in 1953, from the French bĂ©ton brut, or “raw concrete”, a phrase used by Le Corbusier to describe the poured board-marked concrete with which he constructed many of his post-World War II buildings. The term gained wide currency when the British architectural critic Reyner Banham used it in the title of his 1966 book, The New Brutalism: Ethic or Aesthetic?

    The headquarters of the FBI at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue is probably the most impressive example of brutalist architecture in Washington DC, and every aspect of it expresses the brute force of government in the Twenty-first Century, except for a vast expanse of netting which completely swaddles the top two floors.

    “Why is all that netting up there?” I asked a cop on guard at the exit of the parking ramp, and he said…

    “To keep the building from falling on your head.”

    “And who would I ask if I wanted a serious answer to that question?”

    “That is a serious answer,” said the cop. “The building is crumbling, and chunks of concrete were falling on the sidewalk.”

    “Thank you, officer, and I’m sorry for doubting you,” I replied, and maybe I could have eventually figured it out for myself, but now I have a source.  


    It’s Monday again.

    What did I do on vacation?  I buried my Dad.  Do I want to be more completely owned by this collection of corporate idiots whose only high tech specialty is fucking over the younger working generation?  Promise, when I get laid off from them I will name it.  Especially now that unemployment extensions are a thing of the past in this “recovered” economy.

    Pique the Geek 20110710: Aspirin, a Wonder Drug

    Before we get started, let me be clear that any information contained here, although to be best of my knowledge accurate, in in no way intended to be a substitute for advice and care from licensed medical professionals.  OK, disclaimer stated.

    Aspirin is one of the first synthetic drugs, and is still in wide use after over 100 years.  It was first marketed by Bayer in 1899, and sales are still strong despite competition from drugs like acetaminophen,  ibuprofen, and naproxin sodium.  Bayer has in the past week or two come out with a new advert about its new “quick acting” aspirin.

    This material is “quick acting” because the particle size is much smaller than that of regular aspirin.  Since aspirin is only slowly soluble in water, the greater surface area for the same mass does speed up absorption.

    Sunday Train: Chairman Mica to Cities ~ Screw You

    Burning the Midnight Oil for Progressive Populism

    Chairman Mica says:

    this proposal maximizes the value of our available infrastructure funding through better leveraging, streamlining the project approval process, attracting private sector investment, and cutting the federal bureaucracy, … Most importantly, this six-year proposal provides the stability states need to plan major transportation improvements and create long-term jobs.

    Decoding that, Chairman Mica is saying: “Screw You, Cities”.

    And of course, a bit of “screw you countryside” too, since those votes can be taken for granted.