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Mel Brooks Explains It All

Dr. Krugman was a bit disconcerted to discover the phenomenon of Math Rage, people upset with him because he expected them to do simple math to understand what he was talking about.

He encountered one possible explanation in his comments in the form of Jihadist Economics, proving that the zero lower bound is really about the imposition of Sharia law.

Then he discovered that he was part of the new Axis of Evil™ in Evil Personified.

While I could go on about why people who base their worldview on belief don’t like numbers much. Numbers don’t care what you believe, the answer will be the same for atheists and Christians, but Badtux highlights the real answer with a YouTube clip.


1 Kryten42 { 11.02.10 at 11:07 pm }

LOL Yeah! (Good timing BTW. I’ve been enjoying Krugman’s blog the past few days.) 🙂 He’s sane and explains things well. Of course, he’s mostly preaching to the Choir. The ones he needs to convince, couldn’t care less and refuse to listen let alone understand. *shrug*

I keep saying… there is only *one* way to fix it! 😛 😈

2 Kryten42 { 11.03.10 at 8:28 am }

Krugman posted a short blog on the election results so far.

Blame The Whiny Center

Half the Blue Dogs lost their seats (so far) which was to be expected. So now you will have rethugs who will behave as rethugs do, instead of dem’s who think they are rethugs. 😉 On the whole… probably an improvement. At least you will get what you expect now. 🙂

When Obama loses next election, he can thank the Blue Dogs and that he wants to be liked by *everyone* (even the rethugs) for his demise (that and the fact that he’s a gutless wonder). 🙂

Well, it was a short reign of *sanity* (actually, I think it finished about an hour after Obama was sworn in)! 😆

3 Bryan { 11.03.10 at 5:08 pm }

Obama was fortunate in the timing of his run after 8 years of Dubya and John McCain winning the Repub nomination… your basic cushion would have been elected if it had a Democratic label on it.

He came up in Chicago where the primary is the election. He and his inner circle thought they could do whatever they wanted and the “party” would back them, but that’s not how it works outside of Chicago.

He isn’t a leader and he doesn’t understand the real world of politics. In many ways he is a quieter, more polished version of Dubya… You know, a moron. 😈

4 Kryten42 { 11.03.10 at 9:24 pm }

Yeah… Krugman’s latest post show’s that the Dem’s are as disconnected from reality as the rethugs.

Urk. I just gave up on the presidential press conference. When Obama declared that Americans rejected Democrats in part because “We were in such a hurry to get things done that we didn’t change how things got done,” I checked out.

Nobody Cares About Process

Seems Harry Reid won, by doing something the other Dem’s didn’t… he fought his insane moronic opponent Sharron Angle and called her out on being the nutter she is! I notice a couple of the other extremely insane Rethugs lost also! Maybe the Citizens have been paying attention after all. 😉

Harry Gave ‘Em Hell

Aha. I almost forgot to mention this, but one of the surprises of last night is that Harry Reid, supposedly a completely hopeless case, is still Senator.

How did that happen? Reid did something Democrats almost never do: instead of apologizing for his party, he ran against a person with a habit of making crazy statements by hitting hard, again and again, with ads calling her a crazy person. It was very rude and uncivil. And it worked.

Yeah. Really! 😆

5 Badtux { 11.03.10 at 10:02 pm }

Kryten — Alan Grayson(D-FL) lost, and the collective IQ of the House halved. I wouldn’t say that hitting hard *always* works, because Grayson had no other mode. It’s just a tactic that works well if your opponent *is* crazy — and if you have access to a whole lot of lobbyist dough to pound it onto the airwaves 24/7.

As for Obama, I noted back in January 2008 that he was either a liar or a moron. I was talking about his health care “plan” at the time, which was either patently dishonest or utterly idiotic (it would have resulted in all Americans other than those on government programs being uninsured and thus lots of dead Americans) or both. That was enough for me to support another candidate in the primaries, because whether liar or idiot, clearly he wasn’t fit to be President. I voted for him in the finals, but to be fair, I would have voted for a footstool or for my brain-dead black cat for President if said individuals had been running against McCain. Besides, The Mighty Fang would have been historical in *two* ways — the first feline to hold the office of POTUS, and the first black to hold the office, while Obama only hit one of those checkboxes :twisted:.

I must say that Obama has governed exactly as I expected him to govern. Alas.

– Badtux the Unsurprised Penguin

6 Bryan { 11.03.10 at 10:27 pm }

Badtux, Grayson won in a deep red district because the incumbent totally screwed up and the Repubs didn’t replace him. The turn-out for that election in that district was really low, and Grayson didn’t have a prayer for re-election, [especially since he prays in Hebrew], but he damn sure made things interesting. After redistricting, he should give it another shot, because he has name recognition and people will be ready for change in two years.

They have to do something about the ads because they never quit. There is just too much money sloshing around and it all seems to be spent on television. I have been listening to my Mother complain about it for months, especially the ones during Jeopardy.

Kryten, it’s too bad that Reid has never bothered to do that in the Senate, something might have gotten done. As Badtux noted, Obama was easy to spot as right-winger early on, but people ignored facts as they rushed “to make history”. Well, they’ve made it, and it isn’t pretty.

7 Kryten42 { 11.03.10 at 10:28 pm }

The Chamber of Commerce won about 63% of the races they paid for. I guess money talks… etc. 🙂 The only real loss for the Chamber is that the $5mill they spent to get rid of Sen. Boxer was wasted. They spent $2mill to defeat Charlie Crist initially, and nothing the past couple weeks (Guess they figured that one was in the bag). They also spent just under a paltry $100k to oppose Garcia in Florida, and won that. But their biggest spend was against Boxer, and they lost. Maybe Californians aren’t as crazy as everyone else (who probably are crazy) thinks. 😉 :Lol:

Chamber’s Money Well Spent: 63 Percent of Races Won; 20 Incumbent Democrats Defeated

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – Campaign Cash

Luckily for you, the most extreme Tenther nutters were dumped. A few of the smarter ones who kept their extreme rhetoric down a bit, like Rand Paul & Mike Lee did win. *shrug*

8 Bryan { 11.03.10 at 10:42 pm }

Most of those that lost were either in red districts or were Blue Dog [conservative] Democrats who should have been gone years ago, people like Allen Boyd who almost never voted for anything proposed by a Democrat.

9 Badtux { 11.04.10 at 10:15 am }

The Aqua Buddha stuff, I think, actually *helped* Rand Paul, because it made him look like a crazy college kid rather than some sort of ideological horror.

Boxer was lucky in her opponent, as was Jerry Brown. Carly Fiorina is one of the most hated people in the Silicon Valley, and was fired for basically destroying HP as well as embroiling it in scandal. The fact that she even made a serious showing is remarkable, in normal election years Boxer gets re-elected with 65% of the vote. But in the end her own demons pulled her down, as happened to eMeg, who did the same thing to eBay that Carly did to HP (laid off tens of thousands of Americans while outsourcing to India, driving her company’s stock price way down, and giving herself huge bonuses) and eventually got called on it by Jerry. This wasn’t a year in which those kinds of shenanigans were going to win in California…

10 Kryten42 { 11.04.10 at 11:37 am }

You’re probably correct there Badtux. 🙂 I know about Fiorina from working for HP for a couple years. HP used to be the #2 IT company here. She made it about #8 in the space of a few years! Kept sending US and Canadian *Consultants* and project managers to manage major projects here. Of course, they failed. *shrug* For eg, one project I was on had a requirement for mid- & high-end distributed unix servers (it was a large retail Corp that wanted to decentralize their IT after a couple bad problems with a single large data center), and they wanted to use PC’s Nationally (we were aiming for a level 1 rollout of 300, and if it all worked as planned, would have meant almost 3k PC’s Nationally). Half way through, just when we had finished a proof-of-concept test with 30 PC’s spread through 5 stores with 2 server nodes, HP HQ decided we needed *help* and sent some hotshot who tried to convince the client that what they *really* needed was 3 BIG datacenteres in the three main States, and lot’s of X-Terminals! We had already proven to the client that wouldn’t work. We were told to STFU and do whet we were told. So I resigned and ended up as a permanent contractor to the client (at twice what HP was paying me). I went to see a senior friend at IBM and explained what we wanted and what the problem was, and a couple days later, they had a consultant and a team that knew the industry and what the client wanted, and two engineers flown out from an IBM factory with sat-linked special IBM notebooks, and sat down with us and made it all happen within a week. IBM shipped 60 modded PC’s from the factory and we had them by the end of the week! So, HP lost a $240+ mill project, and IBM won a project they originally had no chance on. Part of the software suite proposed was from PeopleSoft (HR & CRM). HP decided to buy out PeopleSoft and announced that they would discontinue development on anything other than HP hardware. My new employer and IBM rolled out the lawyers… and that was that! Eventually, HP sold PeopleSoft to Oracle. That caused many headaches as we had decided to use DB2 & Sybase as the main RDBMS’s. *sigh* After two years of problems… I resigned and got out of the industry for good. I figured that if I were going to have to deal with *children*, I’d rather work in childcare or teach!

11 Badtux { 11.04.10 at 1:49 pm }

Yeah, but childcare and teaching don’t pay *anywhere* near as much — at least, not here in the States, where we claim to want the best for our children but curiously refuse to put our money where our mouth is. Priorities, priorities… a big-screen TV is more important than making sure your child’s school has textbooks and teachers who can afford to, like, buy food, right? Right?!

So anyhow, I did the teaching bit, decided poverty sucks, so now I get to be a big kid amongst a lot of other big kids. Hey, if you gotta deal with children all the time, might as well be one, right? 😈

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

12 Bryan { 11.04.10 at 7:58 pm }

Non-geek tech CEOs are the absolute pits. Among other sins they foist non-geek sales people on their customers, and then, when they decide to have lay-offs, they eliminate the people who give them credibility.

The sales people at Sun are just as bad as HP. They don’t know the basics about configuring their systems, they only know what things have the best commission and want you to buy them, whether they fit or not.

HP got balkinized into competing and non-communicating divisions to the point that some of their products didn’t support their printers. I ran into that when I did some work for HP marketing. They were having to use “foreign” equipment at trade shows so they could demo some of the stuff from the printer division, a situation that really annoyed all HP shops.

As for e-Bay, for a while it was the number one “fencing of stolen goods” outlet in the US.

What wonderful people the Republicans go with – Florida’s new governor was CEO when his company was fined $1.7 Billion for Medicare fraud.