byronius, 2009/06/30 

I listened to the Al Franken show pretty regularly.

This is a great day for democracy, and for working people everywhere. Justice rising.

Catastrophic Beanheaded Foolishness.


Open Left

The main goal of health care reform is to lower the cost of health insurance. Apropos, Olympia Snowe thinks that the problem with a public health insurance option is that a public option would… wait for it… lower the cost of health insurance:

In an Associated Press interview in Portland, Snowe said it would be unfair to include a government-run health insurance option that would take effect immediately.

“If you establish a public option at the forefront that goes head-to-head and competes with the private health insurance market … the public option will have significant price advantages,” she said.

Well, duh. That is the whole point. You can’t lower the price of health insurance unless you start offering lower-priced health insurance. It’s a tautology.

So, naturally, during the fight to lower the price of health insurance, so-called moderate Senators think that the problem with the public option is that it would… lower the price of health insurance. While it may be news to so-called moderate Senators, protecting the crappy products of large corporations is not their job description.

It is pretty amazing that many moderates and industry figures are actually arguing that the problem with including a public option in health care reform legislation is that a public option would lower the cost of health insurance. Clearly, they have a different view of the purpose of health care reform than most Americans.

As a small business employer, I have developed an undying hatred of health insurance companies, which I think should be banned, tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail.

Their prices have quadrupled in the past eight years, and now I discover that their profits have recently risen over 400%. They use scurrilous tactics to maintain monopolies in certain markets, and use my payments to make contibutions to political figures who will protect those monopolies. That’s not Free Enterprise; that’s Crony Capitalism.

I think the profit motive is devastating to efficiency and innovation in certain areas, namely health care, education, prisons, water, police, firefighting, and energy delivery, to name a few.

For Republicans to defend the most innefficient and multilevel-marketing-style system of health care delivery is further evidence that they unconsciously intend to murder the world, and I am ruefully not taken aback, because I am well accustomed to this fact, and intend to stop them, and gleefully celebrate every small success in that endeavor.

Wake Up!!!

Max, 2009/06/29 

World's biggest alarm clock

Setting the bar high with a quality post. Be sure to watch the video.

raison detre,  

has anyone seen this?

1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice! This is not the final routine, and definitely not a punishment! just a teaser.

You Never Give Me Your Money.

byronius, 2009/06/26 

You never give me your money
You only give me your funny paper
and in the middle of negotiations
you break down

I never give you my number
I only give you my situation
and in the middle of investigation
I break down

Out of college, money spent
See no future, pay no rent
All the money’s gone, nowhere to go
Any jobber got the sack
Monday morning, turning back
Yellow lorry slow, nowhere to go
But oh, that magic feeling, nowhere to go
Oh, that magic feeling
Nowhere to go
Nowhere to go

One sweet dream
Pick up the bags and get in the limousine
Soon we’ll be away from here
Step on the gas and wipe that tear away
One sweet dream came true… today
Came true… today
Came true… today…yes it did
One two three four five six seven,
All good children go to Heaven


Sometimes when I’m working on scenes, I find a song that helps the visual, and play it over and over. This song works perfectly for a series of scenes in which the protagonist takes his last stumbling steps towards the giant face-plant, one that will eventually drive him to become what he should be. I was driving home last night, running a particular scene over and over, detailing — when I was overcome by the terrible sadness of the character’s internal dialogue, and had to pull over. The Beatle’s guitars were floating up through, making their little glissades, so perfectly played that no one could ever play it better, not ever.

The Beatles. I don’t even think they knew what they were doing. But it was perfect. Nothing should ever be changed. And I never thought of this song before, but suddenly I find it to be a gleaming jewel, a roaring white dwarf in an empty sector, an innocent plant living a full life underneath bright and humid skies, needing nothing but the sweet taste of earth.

Abstinence Phony

Demonweed, 2009/06/24 

losing count of the hypocrites . . .

Watching the Mark Sanford event just now, I could not stop dwelling on the irony. He even went so far as to cite a Bible study group as a source of support for him in coping with the marital infidelity that has radically changed his image. The parade of Republican hypocrites in recent months is a tremendous spectacle, but this seems to me a special case.

Governor Sanford is more the holy roller than typical Republican partisans. He is a staunch advocate of abstinence only sex education, personally in a position to inflict it on millions of uninformed young minds. Heck, he even went so far as to openly advocate organized school prayer and public school curricula emphasizing the Ten Commandments. He may not have seen real progress along those fronts, but his positions reveal much about his understandings of politics and religion.

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George F***ing Carlin Lives.

byronius, 2009/06/23 


Viruses, mold, mildew, maggots, fungus, weeds, the e-coli bacteria, the crabs…nothing sacred about those things. So, at best, the sanctity of life is kind of a selective thing. We get to choose which forms of life we feel are sacred, and we get to kill the rest. Pretty neat deal, huh? You know how we got it? We made the whole fucking thing up!

Working-class people “look for work.” Middle-class people “try to get a job.” Upper-middle-class people “seek employment.”

If crime fighters fight crime and firefighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?

I distinguish between maniacs and crazy people. A maniac will beat nine people to death with a steel dildo. A crazy person will beat nine people to death with a steel dildo, but he’ll be wearing a Bugs Bunny suit at the time.

I saw a picture of the inventor of the hydrogen bomb, Edwin Teller, wearing a tie clip. Why would the man who invented a bomb that destroys everything for fifty miles be concerned about whether or not his tie was straight?

Traditional American values: genocide, aggression, conformity, emotional repression, hypocrisy, and the worship of comfort and consumer goods.

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

The word bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.

I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the sidewalk. It’s so fuckin’ heroic.

They debated the NAFTA trade bill for a long time. Should we sign it or not? Either way, the people get fucked. Trade always exists for the traders. Anytime you hear businessmen debating “which policy is better for America,” don’t bend over.

The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, Y’know, I want to set those people over there on fire but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.

Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.

Bad Dreams.

byronius, 2009/06/22 


I remember 2004. I stood out with the hundreds of other people at the Capitol, with my “MASSIVE ELECTION FRAUD: SHHHH!” sign. There were a few cops, kinda on our side. A few people spoke on the steps. About the same scene as 2000.

No news cameras at all. The Bee did not cover it; in fact, they published a lengthy editorial scoffing at the very idea of election fraud, and demanded that all Good Democrats shut up and sit down and just take it. About the same as 2000.

And fwooof, there they went into nothingness, the two greatest acts of domestic treason in history. Redeemed? Hardly. The Bloody Architect Rove and the Calm Torturer Cheney still spew their vile acid freely on the Fox GOP Network. Beck and O’Reilly and Coulter and Hannity and Limbaugh still subtextually long for the shooting of liberals outright. One third of the nation is Utterly Insane, and one third leans with the prevalent spin. Nothing has changed, not really.

Unhealed wounds. Buried secrets. Purposeful Delusion. Enforced Ignorance. We’ve yet to see the debacle of 2000 through. It still seems very raw to me. It brought about great change in my life and attitudes.

It will be with us for generations more, until we face it.

byronius, 2009/06/20 

“What is this place where no one comes to our aid?”

Quick note

Max, 2009/06/19 

Heading out of town for a nine-day trip to southwestern Utah, an area an old friend once noted should be made into a National Psychedelic Park. We’ll be visiting Zion and Bryce NPP’s on this visit.

I must mention that summer opera season is here and if anyone can make it to San Francisco in the next couple of weeks you should not miss Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Saw it last night and it was soul-wrenching. Absolutely awesome performances by the entire cast. I’d skip Tosca and La Traviata, though the latter had some very nice moments.

SF Opera web site.

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