Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bill Moyers on Plutonomy - Rule by the Rich

This was his sign off piece when he retired and it rings true today.  The Occupy Wall Street people need to take all these talking points to heart and use them to clarify their message.

Watch it now!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Latest Trend in Advertising - Cat Videos!

This clever parody comes from a really creative agency called John St.  Their stuff is very creative and sometimes outrageous and always memorable.  Yeah, good advertising!  Enjoy the silliness.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Karl Rove Gets "Mic Checked"

While speaking at John Hopkins University, Karl Rove, the infamous Bush Architect of the Iraq War got a taste of the 99% movement.  During his speech as he was trying to paint the current administration as the cause of all economic woes, the cry, "mic check" went out and the rest is history.  Amazingly, he tries to claim moral high-ground toward the end of the confrontation.   Silly man, moral high-ground is for people who actually have morals!

Clean Coal - Maybe Not So Much

With all the PR about the benefits of what the industry calls "clean coal" they are now stuck in a paradox. The EPA has a new set of mandates for cleaner power generation, something "Clean Coal" technology allegedly is all about. But now the coal industry is fighting against the new EPA regulations.  They have started a massive TV and Print campaign to terrify people.

Here's their argument in a nutshell:
Regulations = higher energy cost
Higher energy costs = lost jobs
Regulations = apocalypse
Where do they get these claims of higher energy costs?  From a report generate by their own association, National Economic Research Associates for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.  

Do you see the paradox?  The American Association for Clean Coal Energy is arguing against regulations making coal burning power plants CLEANER!   

So it seems the whole thing is really a smokescreen designed to keep the old dirty coal power plants in operation as long as possible to squeeze every penny of profit from them no matter what the cost is to the planet or inhabitants.  Sorry about the "smokescreen" pun.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Video Interview With Herman Cain Shows Why He Is Unfit To Run For President

This is just part of an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentential. Rarely have I see a political figure look so clueless and try to obfuscate his ignorance as completely as Herman Cain. Cain may be ahead in the polls, but he is obviously unfit to be president or even a serious candidate.

Armenian Version of "Bad Romance"

Found this amazing version of "Bad Romance" performed on Armenian TV on Box Turtle Bulletin .  Begins with a haunting traditional dirge and then busts loose.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Amazing Time Lapse Video from Space

Stunning NASA footage form the International Space Station turned into time-lapse video.  I really can't say more, it is mesmerizing, especially the aurora borealis shimmering around the poles.  Enjoy!

A-List "Reality" Star Assaulted - (Update)

According to a British tabloid, Taylor Garret was attacked recently by what he describes as being a victim of "Democratic ideals". 

According to the Daily Mail:
Taylor Garrett, 27, a Republican consultant who appears on the Logo network's 'A-List Dallas,' said Saturday that he was at a party with some friends when he was accosted by an unknown male.

He claimed the person had scrawled 'F*ck Coulter' on his car, and when he asked what he was doing, the person attacked him.

Garrett said he was hit in the left eye and suffered scrapes on his body before the attacker ran away.
 So far only a blog, The Daily Caller has been shown pictures of the alleged attack and they haven't released them yet.

So here's my take.  Violence against anyone is unacceptable. If we attacked everyone who disagreed with us we would spend all our time fighting like the Hatfields and McCoys.  Frankly I am a bit skeptical about the first alleged attack on Taylor and remain equally skeptical about this.

Reality TV is rarely real, and the story lines are constantly manipulated by producers and stars alike.  It is entirely conceivable that the whole thing is a set up, it is also conceivable that it is real.  When you put yourself out there with what is seen by a lot of folks as paling around with people who oppress the LGBT community, it's not surprising to face some criticism but violence is way beyond criticism.

Do I think Garret is working against LGBT rights.  Not really, he is working to further himself and though it might be pretty un-altruistic, it's not a crime.  I just hope he one day realizes that money and privileged will not by equality.  And his comment that Liberals are hateful is about as far from the truth as I can imagine.  Maybe he can find the compassion he seeks from people like Ann Coulter.  She certainly seems to be a warm and loving person.  (let the flaming begin!)

UPDATE:  The Dallas Voice has the police report on the assault, so apparently it really happened.  The person who assaulted Garret is still in question.