Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Bernie Sanders Speech You Didn't See On Your Television

Yesterday afternoon, Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off his campaign for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination with the following speech in Burlington, Vermont. When I got home from work I watched all of ABC World News Tonight and the PBS Newshour and it was not even mentioned on either show. I guess I shouldn't be surprised by ABC finding more worth in stories about Jeopardy and how to save money on your cell phone bill, but I expect more from PBS.
Here's Bernie's whole policy-heavy speech with Lake Champlain in the background:

I recently downgraded my cable, so I no longer get MSNBC where I assume this speech did get at least a nod. However, it won't help if MSNBC is the only channel covering Bernie's campaign. He is a much more serious candidate than at least 8 or 9 GOP candidates who are given more mainstream air time. His support will come from the bottom up, and not from corporate and billionaire supporters. One thing we know for sure: attendance in Burlington was not mandatory yesterday (unlike Ted Cruz's very-well-publicized kickoff at Jerry Falwell University).

Friday, May 08, 2015

Turning 70 Today

Not only is it one of my major yearly observances, #PynchonInPublic Day, for which I'm re-reading Gravity's Rainbow on the MetroNorth train to and from work in honor of Thomas Pynchon's 78th birthday, but it's the 70th anniversary of VE Day -- May 8, 1945 -- the day on which Keith Jarrett was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I'll listen toThe Köln Concert to celebrate later tonight, but here he is with Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette playing "Autumn Leaves."

Happy Birthday Keith!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Help Welcome Carly Fiorina to the 2016 GOP Clown Circus

Carly Fiorina has joined the GOP Clown Circus today and her most prominent web presence is at

But we can't expect Carly Fiorina to understand technology can we?

Unfortunately, Carly Fiorina hasn't been effectively Santorumed yet. isn't showing up as the top search result for Carly Fiorina on this first day of her campaign, and it won't unless her name is repeatedly linked to it.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Disruptive Business Plan of the Day

Here's a simple business plan I offer without charge to all. If you see anyone doing this with his or her thumb on the side of the road, they are politely requesting a FreeUber ride -- no app or credit card required.

FreeUber won't cost the rider anything and it won't put any currency in your pocket (though it may put credits in your karmic account); it won't help anyone's bottom line, but it could hurt the bottom line of some high-flying arrogant businessfolk, which is reason enough to bring back the thumb as a means of transportation for a new era, isn't it?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Anger Translation is Even Funnier with French Subtitles!

Le traducteur de colère d'Obama a fait un tabac by LeHuffPost

While more entertaining with subtitles, LeHuffPost did cut out some of Luther's best lines --  and President Obama's hilarious performance from Saturday night deserves to be seen in its entirety -- so here's the C-Span video:

Luther (Keegan-Michael Key) doesn't appear behind the President's podium until the 14 minute mark, but don't skip ahead. The speech is filled with gems like this one that you'll find at 1 minute and 40 seconds into this 20-minute speech:
"... I am determined to make the most of every moment I have left. After the mid-term elections, my advisors asked me, 'Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?' And I said, 'Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.' Take executive action on immigration? Bucket! New climate regulations? Bucket! It's the right thing to do. ..."
After that, you won't be able to stop listening.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Monsanto to frightened children: "We'll save you from those nasty bees (and the President who enables them)."

Obviously these bees at today's annual White House Easter Egg Roll are the fault of Barack and/or Michelle Obama and they need to be wiped out by Monsanto's magical and profitable insect-eradicating wonder chemicals:

"They sting and they're scary!" yells a little girl at the 11-second mark, obviously having been raised on all the valuable informational materials available from the ABEA, America's Bee Elimination Association.

Monday, March 30, 2015

How the Capitalists' "God" Weaseled Its Way Into the Pledge and Onto Our Currency

I had always known that the "Under God" and "In God We Trust" additions were products of the anti-Communist 1950s, but I never knew how deeply this Eisenhower-era religious revival was manipulated by corporations and big businessmen for their own purposes just like the current perversions of religion by right wingers:

If you can't see the embedded player above, you can listen or read the transcript to Terry Gross's Fresh Air story about Kevin Kruse's One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America by clicking here.