Progressive Co-Chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva... →
This deal trades peoples’ livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it. Progressives have been organizing for months to oppose any scheme that cuts Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security, and it now seems clear that even these bedrock pillars of the American success story are on the chopping block. Even if this deal were not as bad as it is, this...
Why Americans Are So Angry -U.S. Senator Bernie... →
Yesterday, I Twittered: Majority of Americans: Please raise taxes on billionaires. Congress: Herp derp screw the middle class! Majority: #fuckyouwashington Senator Bernie Sanders (one of the few Senators I respect) says essentially the same thing, but more eloquently than I did: The rich are getting richer. Their effective tax rate, in recent years, has been reduced to the lowest in modern...
Debt ceiling follies: how we got here →
Just a reminder on why we’re even in this mess tonight: it’s self-inflicted. Entirely. It’s entirely political, entirely partisan, entirely hard-right ideological, and it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the “debt ceiling,” or even the deficit, except as proxy for the one and only thing that does matter to Republicans: cutting social programs. Fixing the tax...
When Ryan turned 18, his girlfriend took him skydiving. So I got this phone call...– Wil Wheaton, SDCC ‘11 (via nerdcrest)
io9 really liked Glimpse! Go Team Eureka! →
Rep. Paul Broun (R - Giant Asshole): WON'T SOMEONE... →
“When someone is overextended and broke they don’t continue paying for expensive automobiles, they sell the expensive automobiles and buy a cheaper one. They don’t continue paying for country club dues, they drop out of the country club,” Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said Wednesday on MSNBC. Dear Rep. Paul Brown: Go fuck yourself.
The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who...– Brian Eno
As soon as the entertainment industry provides an alternative to bit-torrent...– Wil Wheaton Blames Piracy On The Entertainment Industry
Norway’s Prime Minister is a liberal atheist, they have one of the best...– Matthew Trevithick, responding to this story, “Former Bush Official Places Blame For Oslo Attack On Norwegians For Not Being ‘Serious’ About Terrorism,” with a comment that wins the universe. (via cognitivedissonance)
Eureka does its best impression of Minority Report →
But really, this episode was almost completely stolen by Wil Wheaton, making his return as Dr. Parrish. One of the best ways to shake up a show like Eureka is to bring in a character whose energy completely contrasts with that of the cast. In previous cycles, that’s generally meant bringing in someone mysterious and possibly sinister - James Callis last year, Eva Thorne before that - but...
John Boehner’s “blank check” lie →
This is a straight-up lie. Not the everyday, casual fudging that politicians do, but a straight up lie. As the Government Accountability Office explains: “The debt limit does not control or limit the ability of the federal government to run deficits or incur obligations. Rather, it is a limit on the ability to pay obligations already incurred.” This isn’t a perfect metaphor, but not raising the...
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-7-24) →
Massive Attack (16) Air (16) The The (16) Portishead (15) Combustible Edison (13) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
Pelosi: "It Is Clear We Must Enter an Era of... →
That’s the sound of the Democratic Party’s leader in the House caving on the argument that motivated Democrats for the past three years; or 80 years, if you want to get smart about it. But that’s the statement in support of the Reid Plan: “It is clear we must enter an era of austerity; to reduce the deficit through shared sacrifice.” So, to recap: just a few...
if you cut me, i will bleed →
I posted this earlier on G+. I’m posting it here, and also at my blog, because I think it’s important. On the way out of the Syfy party on Saturday night, a pretty horrible thing happened. I wasn’t going to talk about it in public, but I can’t stop thinking about it, and I think this needs to be said. If you camp out in front of my hotel while I am on location or...
New Debt Proposal From Harry Reid →
“In an effort to reach a bipartisan compromise, we are putting together a $2.7 trillion deficit reduction package that meets Republicans’ two major criteria: it will include enough spending cuts to meet or exceed the amount of a debt ceiling raise through the end of 2012, and it will not include revenues. We hope Speaker Boehner will abandon his ‘my way or the highway’...
But we were there. I am Proud to have been a bookseller. I am proud to have...– Cory - A Bookseller Without Borders, Day 1 (via laughterkey)
being a geek is about having a great community →
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2011-7-17) →
Led Zeppelin (42) Amy Winehouse (38) Arcade Fire (32) Electric Light Orchestra (21) Iron Maiden (12) Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz
an update on the wheaton and son homebrewing... →