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Open Thread - 4/8/2013

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread )

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Personal news, a Jig Zone puzzle, 3 short takes, and a homemade cartoon (shown).

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Autumn S (151)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:51 am
Thanks, TC :)

P A (117)
Monday April 8, 2013, 8:48 am
"While this article focuses on the academic effects of this problem, there is also a political side, where the Koch Brother and their ilk are funding pseudo-journals and pseudo-conferences to provide authentic sounding citations to "prove" Republican pseudo-science touted by ideologues, as if it were factual." I do so agree TC – they are up to their old games inventing really lovely sounding names for things that are the opposite of what they seem.

Pat B (356)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:14 am
Thank you, TomCat for your post. ;-)

Anna U (256)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:34 am
Thanks TomCat. ( Tried to do the puzzle- haha, not good at all )

Kit B (276)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:35 am

WPA - Works Progress Administration. It worked very well, and we need something like that now. Put people to work, get this country back on tract, build new bridges, repair and replace our aging infrastructure. Rather than drowning residential areas in oil, let's move to change all of that. Bring in the sun. No XL pipeline, we don't need this very dirty oil traveling all across our country.

Gene J (290)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:18 am
You are so right, Kit. Keynesian economic theory says that in times like these public spending is imperative as long as it is money spent on the nation's infrastructure, roads, schools, hospitals, the electrical grid, sewer and water projects, all things that will bring good jobs into communities and light a fire under the economy. Every republican since Nixon has used these same techniques, it is only since Obama became president that they are bad ideas, which means it is ideology, not reason ruling the republican party. But then we knew that already. Whether they ever begin to use reason again is open to question, they may become irrelevant long before they try the only tactic that could keep them relevant in the 21st century.

Dotti L (85)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:51 am
Thank you Tom. It is good finding you in my Inbox again.

David C (131)
Monday April 8, 2013, 1:07 pm
thanks, glad to have you back....

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:23 pm
Puzzle — 3:41 Well bless my pointy little leaves. I couldn't quite catch you TC. Will we all be Critter Crunched and turned into a fine lily perfume?

NY Times — “It seems like the Wild West now.” I wonder how you tame the Wild West? Regulation? Nope that won't work. I guess freedom of information in this internet age is also 'freedom of misinformation' in all its forms. Scary stuff when you add a political layer to this.

The New Yorker — I really had to laugh when I saw this. I got my first cell phone in 2005 and I don't think I have used up the original 1500 free minutes yet! It was basic with the ability to take pictures. That's it. The phone I have now is the same. To say I had to dragged kicking and screaming into this technology is close to being a true statement. It is generally for emergencies for when I am out walking, or if the care centre where my mother lives needs to get in touch. Now of course, with smart phones etc, access to the web while you're riding the bus to work etc is much easier. You can read the news etc without having this large newspaper open in someone else's face. By the time you get to work, you've read the news and answered 3 work related calls before you've punched in. Hmmmm. . . . accessibility!

I know accessibility is one thing, but having so much of your life tied up in one place — the good, the bad, and the truly ugly is downright scary to me! Seems like a good way to lose your identity, not to mention any semblance of a normal productive life, maybe even your sanity!

When my nephew was in his early 20s and we all sat down to a family meal, his cell phone sat on the table and he answered every call as we ate. I thought it rather rude, but hey, his parents house and they permitted it. Now he is in his early 30s, married for 4 years, and has a place of his own. I wonder if the cell phone has anything to do with why he doesn't have kids yet? Hmmmm . . . food for thought!

I know this is satire, but satire at its best is so close to reality!

NBC — A loaded gun, 2 magazines, alcohol in the car, after midnight, 3 young men, testosterone, and fewer brain cells than a gnat between all three! What a stellar cocktail for stupidity! Sounds in keeping with the Republican/Teabagger profile of a 'schoolyard rambo'!

Cartoon — Smart Congress to help lift the country out of the depression with FDR's New Deal. Fast forward to 2013. Still can't get infastructure projects going despite being desperately needed for the economy AND the health of the ailing infastructure. From what I understand, some infastructure is DOA while others are on life support.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday April 8, 2013, 5:40 pm
Both my grandpas worked on the WPA!:)

Mary T (178)
Monday April 8, 2013, 7:23 pm
Thanks Tom, Don't wear your self out at the prison.

TomCat S (129)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 3:28 am
Thanks everyone. I'm a bit rushed today.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 6:51 am
noted, thanks Tom

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 1:24 pm
Noted, thanks

James Maynard (84)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 10:11 pm
Thanks to all.

TomCat S (129)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:45 am
Thank you!
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