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Monday, January 31, 2005

Very interesting post at Coolfer about music industry expert opinion, the importance of radio play, and how "different" records fall through the cracks...
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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Funny Shit...



- The "odd" moments in the elevator.

People either don't say anything while fidgeting with nervous energy, or they're fully engaged in a conversation with another employee or on the phone.

I find both unbearable.

It's one thing to have the airwaves and government held captive by the "message", but the elevator is the last place of solace for some of us humps. There's nothing that reinforces the "at work" feeling more than being on an elevator hearing the guy with the shitty tie close a deal on the phone, or worse gossiping about other employees. There just isn't anything worse (of course there is). Don't remind me that I'm a greyhound chasing a rabbit around the track. The entire matrix is conspiring against us. Luckily I work in a small building but imagine going to the 40th floor while the pundit next to you is going to the 41st. The agony. Your struggle is my struggle friend.

But the funniest part of this whole scenario is no one wants to get back to work but the tension on the elevator makes people bolt-the-fuck out when the doors open. It's like there's been a hole blown into the side of a plane. I'm willing to bet that after people do the parachute exit they pump the brakes real hard on the way to the office. It's the equivalent of the walk to the principals office. I'm speculating.

- Wishy washy characters.

First a disclaimer. I know that I'm a focused dude. This isn't me showering myself with accolades. It means that I'm singular, purposeful, and not feeling the benefits of meandering through life. I recognize that there's a lot out there that I'm missing and that if I was to slow down, lower my intensity, and poke around I'd probably learn something new about myself and the world. I realize that failure is helpful at times. I do understand that many factors should be considered in decision making. Information is vital, correctly processing it even more crucial. I also know that I dismiss things in an instant if I don't feel like they'll jive. Call it narrow-mindedness or just quick thinking.

With all this being said, I keep meeting people who say they're "farmers." They go on and on and on about the benefits of "farming," the happiness they feel in the craft of "farming," and how they're are so eager and giddy anticipating what future crops will sew.

(Suddenly a dark cloud is forming over their head. They look up. Rain is a-coming. The field they're bragging about is really made of paper. This shit storm is going to pull their file, soak them with insoluable game, and wash their drawers.)

And of course things change in an instant when you ask for crops! Suddenly they want to re-evaluate whether or not they're into farming during your time of need. That kills me repeatedly. You were just rambling uncontrolably about how this crop is going to put you over the top, how you're so dedicated and see the light now, but when I tap you for something your OS freezes. Talk is cheap main. Get your shit rebooted.

- Whoever keeps taking pens off of my desk. I'm serious. This and whoever stole beer out our garage that one time, learn something man. Life is short.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

So sorry...


Color Coded Observations Regarding LA -

hella Yellow Buses, no Green arrows on the streetlights, and our bank account is now in the Red...

So nice of the US military to release these cats. Maybe the Brits will sic Sherlock Holmes on them. Key quote:


"US military confirmation of the mass suicides came yesterday as the families of four Britons detained without charge for three years by the US authorities waited for their loved ones to arrive home from the prison on Cuba."


FreeMotion has a good post right now...

and following the blueprint of his entire life...my baby bro has followed suit and now has a blog too, flattery pure flattery...
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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Balancing The Stereotypes...



I couldn't begin to try and make this up. (via Amy)






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Friday, January 14, 2005



I was going to post this thorough mini-essay on hip hop but...

it's friday...

so:

the Sports Guy breaksdown NFL gambling strategy

it's absolutely the best time to try...heroin...

this cat needs to get back into the gym and switch to green tea or someshit...

sign this petition to let the greedy bastards aka our reps/senators know that we rather enjoy having social security...

Unforgivable Blackness


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Thursday, January 13, 2005

‘Ali G’ character causes near riot at rodeo
Crowd turns ‘downright nasty’ after ‘Borat’ garbles national anthem

Reuters
Updated: 1:28 p.m. ET Jan. 13, 2005


LONDON - British comedian Sasha Baron Cohen escaped a near-riot at an American rodeo while filming his satirical “Da Ali G Show.”

According to a report in the Roanoke (Virginia) Times, a man who was introduced as Boraq Sagdiyev from Kazakhstan — in reality a Cohen character named Borat — appeared at the rodeo over the weekend after organizers agreed to have him sing the national anthem.

After telling the crowd he supported America’s war on terrorism, he said, “I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards ... And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq.” He then sang a garbled version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Roanoke Times reported that the crowd turned “downright nasty.” One observer said “If he had been out there a minute longer, I think somebody would have shot him.”

Cohen and his film crew were escorted out of the Salem Civic Center and told to leave the premises.

“Had we not gotten them out of there, there would have been a riot,” rodeo producer Bobby Rowe told the paper. “They loaded up the van and they screeched out of there.”

It is not the first time Cohen has wooed controversy with his show, which airs on HBO. In one episode last year, Borat sang an anti-Semitic song called “Throw the Jew Down the Well” at a country music bar, prompting protests from the Anti-Defamation League.

Producers of the Ali G show, Talkback Thames, were unavailable for comment.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters.

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Monday, January 10, 2005

SPECIAL ED show this Thursday @ Blakes, Berkeley...


Wednesday 1/13/04
Blake's on Telegraph
$15 Advance Door: sliding scale

Come through.


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Wednesday, January 05, 2005



funny stories involving an ass whooping...

here and here

this dude keeps it moving too...

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Is There An Echo In Here?



while so many blogs are focussed on top 10 lists for music, and etc...how come no one is blogging about this?

"Crucial flaws in the national vote count, most importantly in Ohio, New Mexico and Florida, indicate John Kerry was most likely the actual winner on November 2, as reported in national exit polls. At very least, the widespread tampering with how the election was conducted, and how Ohio's votes were counted and re-counted, has compromised this nation's historic commitment to free and fair elections."

Ten preliminary reasons why the Bush vote does not compute, and why Congress must investigate rather than certify the Electoral College

house dems to challenge electoral vote...

End Challenge to Bush's Win, Bush/Cheney Lawyers Urge Ohio High Court

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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Keep Your Eye On The Ball...

Stopping the Bum's Rush (via nytimes via prometheus6)
By PAUL KRUGMAN

The people who hustled America into a tax cut to eliminate an imaginary budget surplus and a war to eliminate imaginary weapons are now trying another bum's rush. If they succeed, we will do nothing about the real fiscal threat and will instead dismantle Social Security, a program that is in much better financial shape than the rest of the federal government.

In the next few weeks, I'll explain why privatization will fatally undermine Social Security, and suggest steps to strengthen the program. I'll also talk about the much more urgent fiscal problems the administration hopes you won't notice while it scares you about Social Security.

Today let's focus on one piece of those scare tactics: the claim that Social Security faces an imminent crisis.

That claim is simply false. Yet much of the press has reported the falsehood as a fact. For example, The Washington Post recently described 2018, when benefit payments are projected to exceed payroll tax revenues, as a "day of reckoning."

Here's the truth: by law, Social Security has a budget independent of the rest of the U.S. government. That budget is currently running a surplus, thanks to an increase in the payroll tax two decades ago. As a result, Social Security has a large and growing trust fund.

When benefit payments start to exceed payroll tax revenues, Social Security will be able to draw on that trust fund. And the trust fund will last for a long time: until 2042, says the Social Security Administration; until 2052, says the Congressional Budget Office; quite possibly forever, say many economists, who point out that these projections assume that the economy will grow much more slowly in the future than it has in the past.

So where's the imminent crisis? Privatizers say the trust fund doesn't count because it's invested in U.S. government bonds, which are "meaningless i.o.u.'s." Readers who want a long-form debunking of this sophistry can read my recent article in the online journal The Economists' Voice (www.bepress.com/ev).

The short version is that the bonds in the Social Security trust fund are obligations of the federal government's general fund, the budget outside Social Security. They have the same status as U.S. bonds owned by Japanese pension funds and the government of China. The general fund is legally obliged to pay the interest and principal on those bonds, and Social Security is legally obliged to pay full benefits as long as there is money in the trust fund.

There are only two things that could endanger Social Security's ability to pay benefits before the trust fund runs out. One would be a fiscal crisis that led the U.S. to default on all its debts. The other would be legislation specifically repudiating the general fund's debts to retirees.

That is, we can't have a Social Security crisis without a general fiscal crisis - unless Congress declares that debts to foreign bondholders must be honored, but that promises to older Americans, who have spent most of their working lives paying extra payroll taxes to build up the trust fund, don't count.

Politically, that seems far-fetched. A general fiscal crisis, on the other hand, is a real possibility - but not because of Social Security. In fact, the Bush administration's scaremongering over Social Security is in large part an effort to distract the public from the real fiscal danger.

There are two serious threats to the federal government's solvency over the next couple of decades. One is the fact that the general fund has already plunged deeply into deficit, largely because of President Bush's unprecedented insistence on cutting taxes in the face of a war. The other is the rising cost of Medicare and Medicaid.

As a budget concern, Social Security isn't remotely in the same league. The long-term cost of the Bush tax cuts is five times the budget office's estimate of Social Security's deficit over the next 75 years. The botched prescription drug bill passed in 2003 does more, all by itself, to increase the long-run budget deficit than the projected rise in Social Security expenses.

That doesn't mean nothing should be done to improve Social Security's finances. But privatization is a fake solution to a fake crisis. In future articles on this subject I'll explain why, and also outline a real plan to strengthen Social Security.


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