November 9th, 2012
Image via Eric Dondero at Libertarian Republican
After Romney tanked, Mr. Dondero decided that "outright revolt" was his only option. So taking matters into his own hands, he unfriended people on Facebook, promised to be rude to Democrats and welfare recipients, and planned to wear buttons bearing motivating slogans like "Democrats are Communist Pigs" and "Only Nazis support Seat Belt laws."
The image above is from one of his recent posts.
When a nutjob melts down, it's like smelting ore. One might guess there was some racism hidden in the bedrock of his beliefs, but the meltdown has revealed the constituent parts in purer and more recognizable form.
(BTW I don't think the quote is from Jefferson. Jefferson was not a strict Constitutionalist anyway. It sounds like one of the fake quotes wrongly attributed to another person that appeared in an ancient, right wing email that has made the rounds a couple times.)
November 9th, 2012
What we packed for the weekend trip:
- Bikes (a ride near Glenwood and to get around)
- Skis (passing my favorite ski area, so why not stop for an hour or so?)
- Camping gear (should be warm enough, at least the first night)
- Day packs (hike on Sunday)
- Camera (because Colorado is stunning)
November 9th, 2012
Yehuda Moon by Rick Smith and Brian Griggs
Yehuda is great.
Around our house use the "Parking Lot Rule": If you are warm in the parking lot, you are going to be way too hot.
November 8th, 2012
Places with sidewalks tend to be Democratic. Without sidewalks, Republican. At least according to a tweet by Nate Silver:
@fivethirtyeight Heuristic: if a place has sidewalks, it votes Democratic. Otherwise, it votes Republican.
Bill Lindeke at streets.mn, considers why. No conclusions but fun to think about.
When he asks whether sidewalks creates liberals, treating the presence of sidewalks as cause rather than correlated, he asks:
Does walking around one’s neighborhood increase tolerance? Does walking your dog make you more likely to talk to, and try to empathize with, your neighbors? Does having a corner coffee shop foster social capital?
I'd answer all these questions "yes." And I'd say Democratic voters are more tolerant, more emphatic, and place more value on social capital than Republican voters. But that's just my urban smugness talking.
November 8th, 2012
Libertarians tended to be simple-minded.
"[O]utright revolt" is his response. And he really means REVOLT!
First, he's going to unfriend all his Democratic "friends" on Facebook! Then . . . well, then:
If I meet a Democrat in my life from here on out, I will shun them immediately. I will spit on the ground in front of them, being careful not to spit in their general direction so that they can't charge me with some stupid little nuisance law. Then I'll tell them in no un-certain terms: "I do not associate with Democrats. You all are communist pigs, and I have nothing but utter disgust for you. Sir/Madam, you are scum of the earth." Then I'll turn and walk the other way.
Buttons. Boy, you can have a lot of fun with this. I plan to make up a bunch of buttons, and wear them around town, sayings like "Democrats are Communist Pigs," or "Welfare moochers steal from hard-working Americans," "Only Nazis support Seat Belt laws" or "No Smoking Ban: Nanny-Staters go Fuck Yourselves."
There are so many other nasty little things I plan to do against the communists and those who support them. . . . .
For now, off to my first assignment: Telling all my friends and family who voted for Obama to "fuck off, don't ever speak to me again you slimeball mother fuckers." Wish me luck!
Anti-seat belt buttons!? Oh. My.
November 7th, 2012
Image via Reno Rambler.
Obviously, if this image had come out sooner Obama's radical revolutionary/communist/socialist/sharia plans would have been indisputably proven.
Beware America! He's coming for your cars!
Also speed limit enforcement!
November 6th, 2012
Cyclelicious has collected links to bike computer manuals to help you adjust to the time change.
(Richard's secret is that he just doesn't change the time on his computer.)
Velouria at Lovely Bicycle! overheard this conversation:
"Salesperson: "Oh, well you need to ride the bike for several weeks for the gears to wear in. They should feel lower after that than they do now. If not, you can bring the bike back and we'll get you lower gears. But they usually wear in."
Advice that is appallingly wrong but when you think about it, sometimes "works."
Maria Popova at Brain Pickings gives us The Beatles performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
As Maria says, "unscripted, decidedly unshakespearean" and, as I would say, awful, awful, awful, and definitely worth watching. (The first sentence of her post has links to all sorts of whacked Beatles stuff.
- Freewheeling Spirit extracts "one sentence of pure truth" about writing from an essay by Barbara Kingsolver.
Glowing, solar-powered highways coming to the Netherlands:
[Special paint] charges up in sunlight, giving it up to 10 hours of glow-in-the-dark time come nightfall. “It’s like the glow in the dark paint you and I had when we were children,” designer Roosegaarde explained, “but we teamed up with a paint manufacturer and pushed the development. Now, it’s almost radioactive”.
Special paint will also be used to paint markers like snowflakes across the road’s surface — when temperatures fall to a certain point, these images will become visible, indicating that the surface will likely be slippery. Roosegaarde says this technology has been around for years, on things like baby food — the studio has just upscaled it.
The images are cool.
"The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke" is not particularly insightful but it is enthusiastic.
One thing Gerty and I have discovered is that "going big" is often more affordable than "going small" -- if your travel budget replaces your regular budget, travel is much more affordable than if the travel budget is added to your regular budget. For example, if you have a house it becomes a source of income rather than a cost.
Dean Baker does a back of the envelope calculation and compares the economic impact of Sandy to a gas tax in the range of 25-40 cents a gallon. He notes that the cost will mostly be paid in the form of higher insurance premiums.
If people realized that climate change is directly costing them money (or if climate change kills Julia Roberts), there would be more support for doing something about it.
Until then, news about the loss of the small natural areas that are left, like this report on dwindling mountain meadows in the Pacific Northwest, torture me. Ever visited a mountain meadow? In the spring?