30 April 2011
29 April 2011
28 April 2011
27 April 2011
Posted by tomitron at 4/27/2011 08:50:00 PM
26 April 2011
Astronomers at the SETI Institute said a steep drop in state and federal funds has forced the shutdown of the Allen Telescope Array, a powerful tool in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, an effort scientists refer to as SETI.
Posted by tomitron at 4/26/2011 07:25:00 PM
With only about 200 machines left -- and most of those in Arabic languages -- Godrej and Boyce shut down its plant in Mumbai, India, today. "Although typewriters became obsolete years ago in the west, they were still common in India -- until recently," according to the Daily Mail, which ran a special story this morning about the typewriters demise. "Demand for the machines has sunk in the last ten years as consumers switch to computers."
i still remember typing class in 1965 --- first, they take away our mimeograph machines (and that weird smell), now this --- how will people learn how to type if they don't have a typewriter?
Posted by tomitron at 4/26/2011 06:13:00 PM
The paper argues persuasively that the tendency of Americans to broadly label the rest of the world has been hugely counterproductive. The authors point out that the tendency over the last decade by some Americans to view all Muslims as terrorists has made it more difficult to marginalize genuine extremism, while alienating vast swaths of the global Muslim community. In a world where credibility is so central to America's national interest and reach around the globe, the overheated domestic debate about the war on terror has never served it very well. Lastly, the narrative makes a clarion call for America to look forward, not back, in today's interconnected world:
And yet with globalization, we seem to have developed a strange apprehension about the efficacy of our ability to apply the innovation and hard work necessary to successfully compete in a complex security and economic environment. Further, we have misunderstood interdependence as a weakness rather than recognizing it as a strength. The key to sustaining our competitive edge, at home or on the world stage, is credibility -- and credibility is a difficult capital to foster. It cannot be won through intimidation and threat, it cannot be sustained through protectionism or exclusion. Credibility requires engagement, strength, and reliability -- imaginatively applied through the national tools of development, diplomacy, and defense.
and that from the pentagon!!!
Posted by tomitron at 4/26/2011 06:02:00 PM
24 April 2011
Posted by tomitron at 4/24/2011 08:41:00 PM
22 April 2011
20 April 2011
robert e. lee resigned his commission in the u.s. army on this day in 1861, and southerners have always held that up as evidence of his great devotion to virginia --- a newly discovered letter from his daughter suggests that, maybe, it wasn't exactly like that --- his living depended on slavery after all
Posted by tomitron at 4/20/2011 06:07:00 PM
19 April 2011
Posted by tomitron at 4/19/2011 07:14:00 PM
16 April 2011
Posted by tomitron at 4/16/2011 10:23:00 PM
15 April 2011
Posted by tomitron at 4/15/2011 09:17:00 PM
caught on open mic --- the whole thing is good
I said, 'You want to repeal health care? Go at it. We'll have that debate. You're not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget. You think we're stupid?'
Posted by tomitron at 4/15/2011 02:01:00 PM
14 April 2011
cousin john sent this one to the wall street journal just now ----
Don't you realize how whiney you sound? The day after the President laid out his view of the deficit problem, the editorial staff of the WSJ, Mr. Boehner, Ryan et al are all dissolved in tears about that vicious speech by mean ol' Obama. Poisoned the well, burnt the bridges, on and on, whine...whine...whine. Yes he may have loosely characterized parts of Mr. Ryan's proposal, but no more so than the above crying chorus have mischaracterized every initiative that the President has proposed over the past two years. Was it "cruel" to make those comments in Mr. Ryan's sensitive presence? Does anybody remember Representative "you, lie..." Wilson? Is it politics? Well, duh! Will compromise be required? Certainly. But for now, Obama has laid out in unmistakable terms how far he is willing to go to achieve that compromise. His ringing statement that he is not willing to trade lower billionaire marginal tax rates for shrinking the Medicare commitment to seniors is both the morally right position and a brilliant political maneuver. That's the real reason for all the wailing and pouting by the right. Might I borrow one of Sarah Palin's trademark lines? Man up, guys!
Posted by tomitron at 4/14/2011 06:58:00 PM
12 April 2011
Posted by tomitron at 4/12/2011 06:51:00 PM
PPP's newest national poll finds that after a little more than 3 months in charge House Republicans have fallen so far out of favor with the American public that it's entirely possible Democrats could take control of the House back next year.
Posted by tomitron at 4/12/2011 05:51:00 PM
09 April 2011
08 April 2011
The Tea Party was born in 2009. It is now two years old. All parents know what the "terrible twos" look like. What's happening now on Capitol Hill is unmistakable: the Tea Party is throwing a tantrum. When they first arrived in Washington, the Tea Party freshman class was fawned over and adored. They were given seats on powerful committees. They took special classes about the Constitution and spent a lot of time talking about what they thought was in it. They held votes to stick it to their least favorite things -- women's health care, environmental protection, and public radio. But then something happened. The Tea Party discovered it couldn't get everything it wanted.which is as good an interpretation of the present situation as i've seen
Posted by tomitron at 4/08/2011 07:07:00 PM
07 April 2011
05 April 2011
Posted by tomitron at 4/05/2011 07:11:00 PM
04 April 2011
03 April 2011
Posted by tomitron at 4/03/2011 08:57:00 PM
02 April 2011
purty fine day today, if you like that sort of thing --- leisurely morning with the animals and then me and dog went to the river, west palisades, which is the best part --- an excellent time to be out now before the bugs come out --- spiderwort and buttercup, azalea, and great herds of mayapple
Posted by tomitron at 4/02/2011 05:18:00 PM
01 April 2011
Posted by tomitron at 4/01/2011 08:27:00 PM