wisteria and dogwood blooming all over
30 March 2009
28 March 2009
maybe the torture enablers won't get away with it after all----spain's national security court has just launched a legal complaint against several bush underlings---
Posted by tomitron at 3/28/2009 03:27:00 PM
26 March 2009
read this and then go find your pitchfork
The Dirty Dozen: Meet the bankers and brokers responsible for the financial crisis - and the officials who let them get away with it
Posted by tomitron at 3/26/2009 07:40:00 PM
23 March 2009
Yet another unintended side effect of the web has been the birth of the Internet lynch mob. Now, everything from child abuse to bad customer service can get the online masses whipped into a frenzy of Old Testament-style vengeance.
my personal favorite in the link, "8 awesome cases of internet vigilantism," is #6 "dog shit girl"---especially after somebody left dog shit in the elevator lobby on my floor yesterday---second time---i taped an angry note to the wall, which generated a couple of more concurring opinions---what is with these people?
Posted by tomitron at 3/23/2009 09:04:00 PM
Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced late Monday afternoon that 9 of the top 10 bonus recipients at the American International Group had given back their bonuses.
tour buses at their homes and mobs with pitchforks make an impression i think
Posted by tomitron at 3/23/2009 07:30:00 PM
22 March 2009
the driving club is just abuilding away---besides the parking deck hidden behind the trees at left, there's a huge building going up between the existing building and the conservatory at the botanical gardne, where they had some basketball courts and a very crappy looking hillside before----
Posted by tomitron at 3/22/2009 07:01:00 PM
21 March 2009
20 March 2009
Posted by tomitron at 3/20/2009 04:43:00 PM
19 March 2009
sometimes he'll get the front half of his body out there, with his paws right on the edge---he can't get through the railing anymore, like when he was a kitten and went through the railing on the other side and out onto the ledge outside my bedroom window
Posted by tomitron at 3/19/2009 07:40:00 PM
in addition to the phalaenopses (is that the plural of phalaenopsis, cathi?), one of which is gorgeous and the other budding its way towards gorgeous, the maxillaria tenuifolia decided to bloom as well---the best thing about it, since the blossoms aren't all that, is the smell . . . of coconuts, which fills my office now
Posted by tomitron at 3/19/2009 06:11:00 PM
18 March 2009
i hear people squealing about obama being a socialist---they need to read this piece and learn the difference:
The world "liberal" first used in its modern political sense in 1812, when Spaniards wrote a new constitution liberating themselves from monarchical rule. As it happens, the word "socialism" originated in roughly the same period; it came into existence to describe the utopian ideas of the British reformer Robert Owen. Such timing suggests two possibilities: Either the fates of liberalism and socialism are so interlinked that one is all but synonymous with the other--or the two are actually competitors developed to meet similar conditions, in which case victory for one marks the defeat of the other.
Posted by tomitron at 3/18/2009 08:15:00 PM
15 March 2009
if you haven't already, look at weburbanist's inventory of abandoned places, in 33 parts---
the best thing like that i've seen of that genre was the national schools of art in cuba, parts of which had been abandoned for nearly four decades when i saw it---it was almost like stumbling upon mayan ruins in the jungle---
Posted by tomitron at 3/15/2009 08:14:00 PM
But cars represent only one-third of the gap in carbon emissions between New Yorkers and their suburbanites. The gap in electricity usage between New York City and its suburbs is also about two tons. The gap in emissions from home heating is almost three tons. All told, we estimate a seven-ton difference in carbon emissions between the residents of Manhattan’s urban aeries and the good burghers of Westchester County. Living surrounded by concrete is actually pretty green. Living surrounded by trees is not.yet kunstler keeps saying that high-rise living cannot be maintained
Posted by tomitron at 3/15/2009 02:39:00 PM
14 March 2009
12 March 2009
this poor schmuck was trying to get his load across juniper and up the hill, in a grocery buggy way past loaded, which he was pushing backwards and, thus, unable to easily get it to go where he wanted it to go---loaded down with i don't know what all but topped off with a pair of cast-iron grates, each at least three feet long and half as wide and an inch thick, like those that cover the street tree planting on peachtree---on top of it all was an old window unit air-conditioner ---i didn't get a picture of the guy in a small pickup i saw the other day stopped on the downtown connector to re-secure what had to have been thirty-foot-lengths of aluminum guttering strapped to the rear--- when it comes to transportation, one does what one has to do, i guess, but it can be scary to watch
Posted by tomitron at 3/12/2009 07:02:00 PM
this piece suggests fifteen companies that may not make it to the end of the year---six flags, blockbuster, and krispy kreme?? what would atlanner be without the stench of doughnuts at ponce and argonne?
Six Flags. (SIX; about 30,000 employees; stock down 84%). This theme-park operator has been losing money for several years, and selling off properties to try to pay down debt and get back into the black. But the ride may end prematurely. Moody’s expects cash flow to be negative in 2009, and if consumers aren’t spending during the peak summer season, that could imperil the company’s ability to pay debts coming due later this year and in 2010.
Posted by tomitron at 3/12/2009 07:29:00 AM
11 March 2009
i can't believe that goldstar cafe has closed, but the windows are papered over and the telephone has been disconnected----that's the breakfast place if you don't feel like being elegant and don't want to stand on the sidewalk in front of the flying biscuit for an hour waiting on a table---now i'll have to take the train to the waffle house at five points for two scrambled eggs and toast----this is bad
Posted by tomitron at 3/11/2009 07:51:00 PM
09 March 2009
Corn, which covers 125,000 square miles of America -- about the size of New Mexico -- fattens 100 million beef cattle and at least that many bipeds. Much of the river of cheap corn becomes an ocean of high-fructose corn syrup, which by 1984 was sweetening Coke and Pepsi. Disposing of the corn also requires passing it through animals' stomachs. Corn, together with pharmaceuticals and other chemicals -- a Pollan axiom: "You are what what you eat eats, too" -- has made it profitable to fatten cattle on feedlots rather than grass, cutting by up to 75 percent the time from birth to slaughter. Eating corn nourished by petroleum-based fertilizers, a beef cow consumes almost a barrel of oil in its lifetime.unless you are a strict-hippy, locavore vegetarian, everyone should read the omnivore's dilemma ---it is required that you do that---although the above is actually george will of all people---just goes to show you
Posted by tomitron at 3/09/2009 07:59:00 PM
this is thought to be the only portrait of shakespeare painted while he was alive---
it's always nice to know what somebody looks like
Posted by tomitron at 3/09/2009 07:27:00 PM
andrew sullivan quotes a voice from the far right:
"Here’s where we began talking about another possibility: that Team Obama was deliberately targeting the U.S. economy, deliberately impoverishing millions of Americans, deliberately angering our closest allies while coddling dictators like Putin and his puppet Medvedev and funneling millions to terrorist organizations like Hamas. Maybe that young person the financial journalist Jim Cramer spoke to was right and “We’ve elected elected a Leninist” whose “agenda is destroying the life savings of millions of Americans”? ... What we need now is some clever legal talent to show how deliberately sabotaging the United States economy counts as Treason, a high Crime, or at least a Misdemeanor. Any takers?" - Roger Kimball.you really should follow the link and read kimball's whole rant---many of our fellow human beings are frighteningly misguided---and sullivan's reply?
Obama's predecessor secretly invoked the power to suspend the First and Fourth Amendments for seven years, authorized the seizure and torture of American citizens, launched two decade-long wars of attrition, doubled the national debt, presided over the worst financial bubble since the 1930s, provided the weakest level of economic growth in decades, and left the US in the grip of the steepest depression since the 1930s. But after five weeks, it's Obama who should be impeached? Ooookaaaay.
Posted by tomitron at 3/09/2009 06:28:00 PM
08 March 2009
ARGONNE, Illinois — In the basement of a nondescript building here at Argonne National Laboratory, nickel particles in a beaker are building themselves into magnetic snakes that may one day give clues about how life originally organized itself. These chains of metal particles look so much like real, living animals, it is hard not to think of them as alive. (See exclusive video below.) But they are actually bits of metal that came together under the influence of a specially tuned magnetic field. "It behaves like some live object," says physicist Alex Snezhko. "It moves. It crashes onto free-floating particles and absorbs them."
Posted by tomitron at 3/08/2009 08:43:00 PM
07 March 2009
it is aggravating, but atrios has a good point here, under the heading "useful idiocy"---
I'm in fact myself in favor of the "Democrat Party" coinage -- if someone makes a point of using it, it's a useful way of figuring out right away that they're a douchebag and you don't have to pay attention to them anymore. It's a time saver!
Posted by tomitron at 3/07/2009 11:23:00 AM
04 March 2009
And now in the early days of the Obama administration, the gig may be up and there is stark terror among the knowledgeable. The sheer amounts of money waiting to be discovered are staggering, billions upon billions of dollars. There is so much money out there that once the taxes and penalties are paid, it could have a significant impact on the budget. And it couldn't be happening to a greedier, more selfish lot, most of them faux patriots to the core.
Posted by tomitron at 3/04/2009 09:03:00 PM
and i'm one of them, but this is funny:
Posted by tomitron at 3/04/2009 06:18:00 PM
03 March 2009
this sign is new at the spire, and the first if it actually opens ---another fancy-shmancy kitchen place, this one is even eye-talian---they just opened what looks like a similar establishment up near fifth street but then this one is "the new evolution," so what do i know---anyway i was hoping for a pawn shop or a liqour store or a dirty book store, you know, something that would bring some life to the street
Posted by tomitron at 3/03/2009 06:42:00 PM