Month: September 2007

Two Cows – The Silicon Valley Version

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You know those funny “two cows” emails going around? Such as here and here. Well I figured I’d add one more entry to the list:

You have two cows, both of whom go to a famous and over-rated university in Cambridge. One of them creates a me-me social network, the other stumbles upon and registers a great domain name, cowbook.com.

[click through to read the rest and see here for some more]

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Two Cows – The Silicon Valley Version

Cows_small

You know those funny “two cows” emails going around? Such as here and here. Well I figured I’d add one more entry to the list:

You have two cows, both of whom go to a famous and over-rated university in Cambridge. One of them creates a me-me social network, the other stumbles upon and registers a great domain name, cowbook.com.

[click through to read the rest and see here for some more]

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Article: Alan (Not Atlas) Shrugged

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(image from www.alansbubble.com)

From the September 19, 2007, New York Times:

Alan (Not Atlas) Shrugged
By MAUREEN DOWD

It’s a lost art, slinking away.

Now the fashion is slinking back.

Nobody wants to simply admit they made a mistake and disappear for awhile. Nobody even wants to use the weasel words: “Mistakes were made.” No, far better to pop right back up and get in the face of those who were savoring your absence.

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Article [and my comment]: The Nordic Option

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COMMENT TO Roger Cohen regarding his “Nordic Option” article, posted below:

You can’t just compare the top tax rate in Sweden vs. the top tax rate in the US. You say [S]weden’s top personal income tax rate of 56 percent would make Americans pale.” What you fail to do is a full comparison of what people get (benefits) and what they pay (costs). That would turn your simpleton conclusions upside down. [Click through to read the rest]

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Article [and my comment]: The Nordic Option

Nordicoptions

COMMENT TO Roger Cohen regarding his “Nordic Option” article, posted below:

You can’t just compare the top tax rate in Sweden vs. the top tax rate in the US. You say [S]weden’s top personal income tax rate of 56 percent would make Americans pale.” What you fail to do is a full comparison of what people get (benefits) and what they pay (costs). That would turn your simpleton conclusions upside down. [Click through to read the rest]

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Fred_thompson

Some great lines in here! Guy’s a real piece of work. The scary part is that if enough people think he looks like a president should look and sounds like a president should sound, then that’s good enough for them… they will vote for him… Just a regular ‘Merican guy.

From the September 13, 2007, New York Times:

Sleepwalking in September
By GAIL COLLINS

Fred! Fred!

He’s here. He’s tanned. He’s ready.

He looks like he needs a nap.

When it comes to overhyped underperformers, Fred Thompson’s entry into the presidential race was right up there with Britney Spears at the MTV awards.

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Book Review: The Terror Presidency

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From the September 11, 2007, New York Times:

Books of The Times
Former Law Adviser Speaks Out On Bush
By MICHIKO KAKUTANI
THE TERROR PRESIDENCY
Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration
By Jack Goldsmith
256 pages. W. W. Norton. $25.95.
Buy for 40% off at Amazon.com

In October 2003 Jack Goldsmith, a legal scholar with sterling conservative credentials, was hired to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which advises the president and the attorney general about the legality of presidential actions. As he was briefed on counterterrorism measures the Bush administration had adopted in the wake of 9/11, Mr. Goldsmith says he was alarmed to discover that many of those policies “rested on severely damaged legal foundations,” that the legal opinions that supported these counterterrorism operations were, in his view, “sloppily reasoned, overbroad, and incautious in asserting extraordinary constitutional authorities on behalf of the president.”

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Article: [All] Katrina, All the Time

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From the August 31, 2007, New York Times:
Katrina All the Time
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Two years ago today, Americans watched in horror as a great city drowned, and wondered what had happened to their country. Where was FEMA? Where was the National Guard? Why wasn’t the government of the world’s richest, most powerful nation coming to the aid of its own citizens?

What we mostly saw on TV was the nightmarish scene at the Superdome, but things were even worse at the New Orleans convention center, where thousands were stranded without food or water. The levees were breached Monday morning — but as late as Thursday evening, The Washington Post reported, the convention center “still had no visible government presence,” while “corpses lay out in the open among wailing babies and other refugees.”

Meanwhile, federal officials were oblivious. “We are extremely pleased with the response that every element of the federal government, all of our federal partners, have made to this terrible tragedy,” declared Michael Chertoff, the secretary for Homeland Security, on Wednesday.

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