“What I wound up doing all morning was taking my wife’s car in for an oil change, alignment, and some other prep work for an emissions test, after dropping off one of the girls at school. I wound up in the little waiting room for about two and a half hours. This was the waiting room from Hell. It likely is a identical to the actual waiting room to Hell. Dante’s Infierno got nothing on this bad boy. I was offended on many levels… as an architect, junk food aficionado, and all around meat popsicle with a heartbeat and half a brain (aka human). Let us start with the decor. The room was a decent size, ten feet wide by 16 feet deep, yet it felt much more cramped. This was due to several factors (unfortunately I had the time to contemplate this while I was there). First, you gain entry to the space by passing thru an opening that is 30 inches wide, yet about 36 inches deep… like you were entering a bunker or something. There were no windows, aside from the obligatory television stuck on CNN. The colors were various hues of gray: dirty gray, blueish gray, creamy gray, and speckled gray. The gray (did I mention it was gray?) was broken up by shiny, plasticky black (emphasis on the “icky”). Black plastic base board, black grout in the gray floor, black plastic chairs, peeling black laminate coffee table. What is kind of funny is that the one thing that should have been black, the complimentary coffee, was sort of a cardboard brown.”—Back and Forth
“A New Jersey couple who noticed an unusual number of honeybees in their garden said they found a honeycomb and 30,000 of the insects in their attic crawl space. Victoria Clayton and Richard White, who live at a former bed and breakfast on Washington Street in Cape May, said they noticed many of the bees from their garden were entering their home through a third-floor laundry vent and they soon found there was a honeycomb in the attic crawl space with 30,000 honeybees tending to it, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday. The couple enlisted the help of Gary Schempp, 57, founder of insect rescue group Busy Bees NJ, to relocate the insects. Schempp said he and his assistant, John Reed, first poured some liquid smoke into the crawlspace, which caused the bees to believe the home was on fire and gorge themselves on honey until they were docile. The men then pulled out about 25 pounds of honey and nectar, which they said was unsuitable for consumption due to being polluted with dust. Schempp and Reed used a specially designed vacuum to gather up the bees and transport them back to Schempp’s farm.”—30,000 bees found in New Jersey attic - UPI.com
“DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, has made public its best guess about what might have caused its unmanned arrowhead-shaped Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) to suddenly lose contact and crash in the Pacific just a few minutes after slicing through the sky at Mach 20 last August: it was going so fast its skin peeled off.”
President Obama is reportedly ”visiting college campuses in key states this week to rally students.” From what I’ve seen and heard online, the reception has been quite warm.
College students of America: are you in denial? Have you lost your minds?
There is reportedly a 50% unemployment rate among recent college graduates. One out of every two of you will be outrageously debt-saddled, and eventually living at home with Mom and Dad.
The other half will be outrageously debt-saddled, “fortunate” to have some god-awful cubicle job that barely meets the minimum payments on your student loan obligations. You’ll be in front of a screen, selling products and services you don’t believe in, making the world a slightly worse place, all so you can hang on to barebones corporate health insurance.
Obama hasn’t done a damn thing for people in our age group. This country’s wealth has been squandered on outrageous projects, like a $2 billion data center in the desert to spy on Americans’ online communications, rapid expansion of the TSA, and to defense contractors who make creepy high-speed drones designed to kill “enemy combatants” without trial or judicial review.
A police state wartime economy in overdrive.
It was one thing to support Barack Obama in 2008 (hell, I did). Hope and Change sounded pretty great after eight years of the Bush gang.
It’s another thing to support him now, if you are a college student facing one of the worst American economic environments since, well, the Great Depression. You’ll be living a life significantly less prosperous, on average, than your parents did. Not an exaggeration. Stop following the cult of personality and judge the Obama administration based on its POLICIES and ACTIONS to date, not based on the fact that he seems “down to Earth” and even has a Spotify playlist!
I’m no peacenik, but this administration is spending far too much on “defense,” and not nearly enough on bringing jobs home for smart graduates. Additionally, medical marijuana crackdowns have INCREASED under Obama (not cool) and if you still believe the campaign lie that Obama has run a “transparent” administration, consider this: “President Barack Obama has brought more charges against Americans under the Espionage Act than did all previous administrations combined, said Jesselyn Radack, director of national security and human rights for the Government Accountability Project.”
You have a life of indentured servitude to a police state ahead of you if you don’t wake up soon. Obama isn’t your friend, graduates.
First, it is impacting on our politics where the super rich are controlling SuperPACs that, in turn, are dominating elections through extensive and expensive media buys.
Secondly, it is distorting the structure of the economy where a new form of serfdom is trapping millions in debts they will never crawl out of. Third, it is changing the contours of the dominant consumer society.
Economists used to brag about all the choices it offered, but today it is bifurcating into a world of pricey upscale shops versus the 99 cent stores.
That’s the real 1 per cent - 99 per cent divide that sustains the inequality.
j0phus: I just found out about these guys the other night and am genuinely impressed by the lead singer. He uses his voice like Freddie did, though they don’t sound the same. This is not typical of where music is right now, but it certainly seems that everything is heading back to where it should be with Adele, Gotye, and others including these guys… Give it a try.
“And they did, including that now-infamous Mk-9 military-grade riot-control pepper sprayer that he used. Oh, funny thing about that particular model of pepper-sprayer? It’s illegal for California cops to possess or use. It turns out that the relevant law only permits the use of up to Mk-4 pepper sprayers. The consultants were unable to find out who authorized the purchase and carrying, but every cop they asked said, “So what? It’s just like the Mk-4 except that it has a higher capacity.” Uh, no. It’s also much, much higher pressure, and specifically designed not to be sprayed directly at any one person, only at crowds, and only from at least six feet away. The manufacturer says so. The person in charge of training California police in pepper spray says that as far as he knows, no California cop has ever received training, from his office or from the manufacturer, in how to safely use a Mk-9 sprayer, presumably because it’s illegal. But Officer Nameless, when he wrote the action plan for these arrests, included all pepper-spray equipment in the equipment list, both the paint-ball rifle pepper balls and the Mk-9 riot-control sprayers.”—