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What I’m Reading, Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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Fast & Furious

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What I’m Reading, Monday, July 2, 2012

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What I’m Reading, Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Some interesting related articles (military related) I also found on BusinessInsder.com today:

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From the “Why Am I Not Surprised” department …

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What I’m Reading, Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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One of my favorite most memorable movie endings….

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Fast & Furious as Birtherism 2.0

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What I’m Reading, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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  • Afterlife – YouTube 

    Can you have a meaningful life without an afterlife? I asked several friends to join me in exploring the merits of human existence and the concepts of posthumous reward and punishment. It is my hope that this video will answer religious claims that a secular life is meaningless and void and remind us all to cherish our precious and temporary tenure on planet earth.My deepest thanks to AronRa, DarkMatter2525, DPRJones, Evid3nce, HealthyAddict, Laci Green, Thunderf00t and ZOMGitsCriss for their contributions to this project. I also encourage you to subscribe to their channels and support their work, and I’ve provided links here (in alphabetical order). All my best. -Seth Andrews

  • 3.0 Atheism: A New Way of Seeing God – YouTube

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  • The Hart of the Matter – NYTimes.com

    And now for something completely different: I haven’t seen anyone point this out, but the very interesting Times story on why Microsoft is building its own tablet was a perfect illustration of Oliver Hart’s theory of the firm.

    Just briefly: the theory of the firm asks why we sometimes rely on contracts — I sign an agreement with your company to make my widget — and sometimes go for direct control: I employ people to make widgets. Hart (and others) argue that such things depend crucially on our inability to write complete contracts, specifying all details — and that the incompleteness of contracts can pose problems for investment decisions. For example, if you contract with other people to build equipment, they may be unwilling to invest in quality in the belief that you will use your sole-buyer status to extract the benefits.

    And that, apparently, is exactly what has been going on with Microsoft; its reliance on other people to build computers using its software worked very well for a long time, but lately Apple’s control-freak approach has been winning out.

    Lots more to say, and I’m still on vacation, but this article was great fodder for the kind of economic analysis that I would be doing more of if we weren’t in such dire straits.

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What I’m Reading, Monday, June 25, 2012

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  • Worst lag ever | Pharyngula

    How can you possibly play video games with 14 minutes worth of lag? There’s some awesome engineering behind landing a rover on Mars.


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What I’m Reading, Sunday, June 24, 2012

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What I’m Reading, Saturday, June 23, 2012

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  • The Opinionated Liberal: 12 Reasons To Vote for Romney

    I’m a liberal blogger, no bones about it. But in the interest of being fair and balanced, I’ve decided to play devil’s advocate and give you all a few good reasons you ought to vote for Mitt Romney*.

    1. “Corporations are people, my friend.” You know, they can be held accountable for their crimes by going to jail, or being executed, right?

    2. Obama is not “one of us.” All those birth certificates and news clippings? Clearly Photoshopped.

    3. Speaking of scary brown people, immigration is bad. Kids who were brought here by their parents are hardened criminals, doncha know? So no socialist DREAM Act!

    4. Speaking of immigration, he won’t give you details of his plan to solve it, not because he doesn’t have any ideas or he’s trying to hide them! That’s for sure!

    5. Same goes for how helping rich people magically makes the economy better. But we all know that’s true. After a decade of trickle-down economics, we’re literally drowning in jobs! (Nope, that’s not student loan/credit card/mortgage debt! We promise!)

    6. His wife’s dressage horse qualified for the Olympics. How cool is that!

    7. As a business man, he made his wealth by shipping jobs overseas…erm, creating jobs! That’s it! Which the government doesn’t do, which is why you should vote him into office, so he can create jobs!

    8. Obama will take away your guns. Mitt Romney knows that that’s not what Jesus would want!

    9. Healthcare is for socialists. Free healthcare for all is definitely NOT something Jesus would do. Totally.

    10. Did I mention tax cuts for the wealthy? That’s…wealth trickling down, yeah, that’s what it is.

    11. You can tell he’s a real family man by the way he treats his dog. His dog loved being strapped to the roof so much he became incontinent with joy!

    12. Obama didn’t magic the economy better instantly! Therefore, you should do everything in your power to restore the party that caused the mess in the first place! And you can’t blame the obstructionists inCongress! They only blocked every jobs bill that socialist came up with!

    *Please note that this entire list is satirical. Side effects of voting for Mitt Romney include loss of jobs, welfare, health insurance, and freedoms (unless you’re super rich!), as well as possible deportation. Voting for Romney is discouraged.

    From The Opinionated Liberal a great blog every progressive thinker will find entertaining.

  • Rachel Maddow Debunks, Mocks Fast and Furious | Crooks and Liars

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    This segment, though long, should be required viewing for anyone who wants to understand how the right’s latest made-up scandal came to be. It’s essentially the invention of former militia leader and right-wing agitator Michael Vanderboegh.

    On December 8, when Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee about Operation Fast and Furious, the bungled federal attempt to combat gun smuggling to Mexico, his testimony was met with frequent snickers and occasional hostility. The source wasn’t Republican committee members, but rather a blogger seated at the press table. Wearing a homemade press pass in a National Rifle Association badge-holder, Mike Vanderboegh had arrived at the hearing toting an Army-issue laptop case that appeared capable of withstanding a roadside bomb.

    A large, ruddy fellow with white hair and a mischievous smile, he had played a key role in turning Fast and Furious into a national scandal. From his home in Pinson, Alabama, Vanderboegh writes a little-known, far-right blog called Sipsey Street Irregulars.

    To call Vanderboegh a right-wing extremist is probably understatement.

    Vanderboegh is unapologetic about his advocacy for armed resistance against what he views as a repressive government. He describes himself as a member of the Three Percent movement. It’s a reference to those who fought in the American Revolution, a minority that Vanderboegh claims “never amounted to more than 3% of the colonists.” On his website, Vanderboegh sums up the doctrine of the Three Percent: “We will not disarm. You cannot convince us. You cannot intimidate us. You can try to kill us, if you think you can. But remember, we’ll shoot back.”

    Nice to see where the Republican Party is getting its ideas these days.

  • Maddow: Fast And Furious Investigation Is The “Specific” Version Of NRA Leader LaPierre’s Obama Gun Conspiracy | Media Matters for America
  • And some pathetic special pleading apologetics from the wing nut blog NewBusters: Maddow Begs Media to Ignore Fast and Furious: Just Another ‘Paranoid Delusion’ Like Sherrod Scandal | NewsBusters.org

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