Here’s the country I want to be a citizen of: the one that decides to buy...– ongoing by Tim Bray · No More Fear Rafer sez: Reblogging the entire beautiful post that is my every wet dream. (via seanbonner)
Crayola Product Recycles Crayons →
Crayola’s new Crayon Maker melts down used crayons to form new ones in three easy steps, allowing the creation of solid colors, multicolors, all of them eliminating the need to throw away perfectly functional crayons that would have ended up in the garbage. I’m totally putting one of these in the time machine when I go back to visit 8 year-old me.
America in Decline: Why Germans Think We're Insane →
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in...– Eisenhower on the Opportunity Cost of Defense Spending
Bradley’s gonna become a “spy” whose “espionage” consisted of making the...– Bruce Sterling’s thoughts on Wikileaks (via zachklein) very interesting essay by bruce sterling. i don’t understand his bitterness but it is worth a read. (via pukomuko) Rafer sez: As an American nerd over 40, I’d bet shame and learned helplessness are better descriptions than bitterness. Not...
Thank you, @scalzi and a few thousand others, for filling my night with lulz.
Monitoring America →
Nine years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, the United States is assembling a vast domestic intelligence apparatus to collect information about Americans, using the FBI, local police, state homeland security offices and military criminal investigators. The system, by far the largest and most technologically sophisticated in the nation’s history, collects, stores and analyzes information...
I bought this from the TV on 2 Compacts Discs and played it to death when I was 16 or 17. FUCK YES.
Digby says... →
The Wikileaks saga has exposed the vapid stupidity of the celebrity press corps like nothing since the Great Clinton Panty Raid. One thing is very, very clear —- they aren’t journalists and don’t even consider themselves journalists. They are celebrity public relations professionals who just aren’t as bright as the real public relations professionals
"Today you ... tomorrow, me." →
Just read it. You’ll be glad you did.
Untellable Truths →
Liberals and others who are, like I am, frustrated with the president should read all of this. If there is a teachable communication moment for President Obama, this is it. Bring back “empathy” — “the most important thing my mother taught me.” Speak of “empathy” for “people who are hurting.” Say again how empathy is basis of democracy (“caring for your fellow citizens”), how we have a...