Oct 28 2009

Listening to ‘No’ for the nth time is too boring

Kal @ 17:34

Today’s wingnut e-mail is all indignant about how the Democrats are not paying enough attention to the annointed no-sayers.

Love those California legislators!

Wanted (Needed): PART-TIME LEGISLATURE
Nothing else needs to be said. This picture speaks for itself. These people are paid by our tax money to represent us.

Legislature

House Minority Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr., R-Norwalk, pictured standing, far right, speaks while colleagues,

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Oct 26 2009

Yes Virginia, there are vampires - Old wingnut lies keep coming back

Kal @ 23:30

The Obama haters will apparently circulate anything, no matter how implausible. More...

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Category: hoax | Politics | wingnuttery

Oct 25 2009

Could the US could stop importing oil tomorrow?

Kal @ 20:17

According to calculations included in a piece titled America 2.0!, “Americans could be wasting something like 2 billion tonnes of oil equivalent per year!” The calculation after the jump:

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Category: Peak Oil | Politics | Population | Resource Depletion | Steady-State Economics

Oct 24 2009

Jay Hanson – America 2.0

Kal @ 22:34

AMERICA 2.0!
By Jay Hanson, 10/6/2009 (minor revisions on 10/14/2009)
This paper is hereby placed in the public domain and may be reprinted without further permission.
Original here

We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
—Benjamin Franklin, 1776

“The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust.”
—James Madison, FEDERALIST #57, 1787

ABSTRACT

The “bad news” is that “peak oil” marks the beginning of the end of capitalism and market politics because many decades of declining “net energy” [1] will result in many decades of declining economic activity. And since capitalism can’t run backwards, a new method of distributing goods and services must be found. The “good news” is that our “market system” is fantastically inefficient! Americans could be wasting something like two billion tonnes of oil equivalent per year!!

In order to avoid anarchy, rebellion, civil war and global nuclear conflict, Americans must force a fundamental change in our political process. We can keep the same political structures and people, but must totally eliminate special interests from our political environment. A careful review of the progressive assault on laissez faire constitutionalism and neoclassical economics, from the 1880s through the 1930s, explains how this can be done legally and without violence. These early progressives showed how we can save our country. All that is lacking now is the political will. I call this adjustment of our political environment “America 2.0.”

To achieve America 2.0, we must first separate and isolate our political system from our economic system so that government can begin to actually address and solve societal problems rather than merely catering to corporate interests. The second step is to retire most working American citizens with an annuity sufficient for health and happiness, as government begins to eliminate the current enormous waste of vital resources by delivering goods and services directly. This would allow most adults to stay at home with their families but still receive the goods and services they need to enjoy life.


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Category: Climate Change | Sustainability | Steady-State Economics | Resource Depletion | Politics | Economics | Conventional Economics | Peak Oil

Oct 24 2009

Mules and cows - barnyard humor for the new century

Kal @ 20:48

This e-mail reminded me of a post I did back in February: The Cow Theory of Economics and Accounting.

This e-mail is really pretty clever, even if the point is to take another pot shot at government.  And I believe I saw it before, but do not recall where.

Mule - Check this out.
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Hughie & Teddy

Hughie and Teddy saw an ad in the Starkville Daily News Newspaper in Starkville, MS. and bought a mule for $100.

The farmer agreed to deliver the mule the next day.

The next morning the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry, fellows, I have some bad news, the mule died last night."

Hughie and Teddy replied, "Well, then just give us our money back."

The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already."

They said, "OK then, just bring us the dead mule."

The farmer asked, "What in the world ya'll gonna do with a dead mule?"

Hughie said, "We gonna raffle him off."

The farmer said, "You can't raffle off a dead mule!"

Teddy said, "We shore can!  Heck, we don't hafta tell nobody he's dead!"

A couple of weeks later, the farmer ran into Hughie & Teddy at the Piggly Wiggly  grocery store and asked: What'd you fellers ever do with that dead mule?"

They said,"We raffled him off like we said we wuz gonna do."

Leroy said,"Shucks, we sold 500 tickets fer two dollars apiece and made a profit of $898."

The farmer said,"My Lord, didn't anyone complain?"

Curtis said, "Well, the feller who won got upset. So we gave him his two dollars back."

Hughie and Teddy now work for the government. They're overseeing the Bailout Program. clip_image002

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Category: Accounting | Conventional Economics | Politics | wingnuttery

Oct 22 2009

T-Shirt as Billboard

Kal @ 16:27

All of these shirt images came in the same e-mail. They are not the most obnoxious images that have been sent my way.

PatriotismEqualsSocialism-300

I suppose the idea of this first one is that patriotism and socialism are somehow opposites. But it can just as easily be read as one equals the other; that is, patriotism and socialism are two sides of the same coin.  Of course, neither of these is correct by itself; there can be good or bad socialism and good or bad patriotism, and points between for each.

Vote Democrat-300

Good idea. We need all the votes we can get. Bring your own reasons.

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Oct 20 2009

Oh how they love to make up stuff about the Obamas

Kal @ 23:10

Greg took a couple of days off and even looked up the story on FactCheck where it is thoroughly debunked, but I guess he just could not resist, he forwarded it on anyway. It has been obvious for some time that wingnuts do not care about the truth, only the chance to point a finger and snigger to one another.

Fw: The First Lady solves Unemployment problem in US

The new Camelot...........lololol

Something I'm sure you'd love to forward on.  Though it is incorrect, as to the staff for prior First Lady's.

http://m.factcheck.org/2009/08/michelle-obamas-staff/

Greg


Seriously! First Lady's 22 Assistants.
First Ladies do  have assistants.  A history sampling with background story.  
Laura Bush = one  
Hillary Clinton =  three
Jackie Kennedy =  one
Michelle Obama =  twenty-two

This was followed by detailing these civil servants and their salaries, which I am not going to include because the factcheck link has it all. You can look it up if you care. But I will include the FactCheck answer:

Michelle Obama’s Staff

Q: Does First Lady Michelle Obama have an "unprecedented" number of staffers?

A: A spokeswoman for the first lady says that Michelle Obama currently has a staff of 24. That may indeed be the largest of any first lady, but Hillary Clinton, with 19 staffers, and Laura Bush with at least 18 and perhaps more, weren’t far behind.

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Oct 19 2009

This set of lies started about 2004 or earlier

Kal @ 17:47

I am still trying to figure out what the point of this was other than to attack Obama. The original e-mail included photos of each of the presidents, reasonable photos also, but I am going to skip that part and just try to make sense of the text.

If you jump to the end of this piece, you will see that both Snopes and FactCheck debunk it as mostly lies. However, note all the details and the colors. To the extremely gullible it might even seem plausible.

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Oct 18 2009

Poor People Are Lazy

Kal @ 13:40

Doesn’t everyone know that the only reason some people have very little money is because they are lazy and did not work hard enough? The wingnuts use this not so subtle form of self delusion to justify their greed.

In the good old U.S. of A., I recently read, upward mobility is even lower than it is in Europe. Whch translates into something like, the chances are that if you are financially better off than someone else, it is because your daddy was more lucky than his or her daddy (or not such a good thief, as the case may be). Of course there are exceptions, but for most it is just a matter of having chosen the right parents. And I use the term daddy loosely here, often times the wealth accumulation was more than one generation removed.

Even Halloween gets a political slant these days. Sorry for the lack of credit to the cartoonist, I was not able to decipher the signature, and the e-mail provided no credit.

How accurate is this? LOL

Halloween Fallacy

It would have been more accurate to show the republican/conservative taking the milk from a poor baby, selling it, and giving the proceeds to a Goldman Sachs executive as a bonus.

Goldman Sachs: Your tax dollars, their big bonuses

Goldman Sachs is having a banner year, and is getting a big boost from government programs.

NEW YORK (Fortune) -- It's probably cold comfort, but Goldman Sachs couldn't have done it without your help.

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Category: Politics | wingnuttery

Oct 18 2009

Dehumanize to facilitate aggression

Kal @ 13:09

From Wikipedia – Dehumanization

Dehumanization is the process by which members of a group of people assert the "inferiority" of another group through subtle or overt acts or statements. Dehumanization may be directed by an organization (such as a state) or may be the composite of individual sentiments and actions, as with some types of de facto racism.

Dehumanization is clearly alive and well in the wingnut e-mails, usually disguised as “humor”. A couple of days ago there were two from the same source.

Sort of Racist I guess.  Oh well.  Whatever!!!!!!

OUR FIRST COUPLE

Party time at the White House!

PARTYING AT THE WHITE HOUSE....Need I say more????

fake party at white house

I responded with “The point?”

No point.  Just a little humor.  Oh sorry I forgot.  Anything goes as long as it is directed at White Republican Politicians but God forbid if there is any humor whether well founded or not directed toward Liberal-Black-Muslim Politicians!!!!!   

Maybe the wingnuts circulated dehumanizing stuff about George Bush as well? I wonder why they never sent it to me?

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