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(no subject) [Mar. 31st, 2010|10:38 am]
cityofgates
Evidence that TV is dying: TV news has gotten progressively more moronic over the years: all lights and sirens, no informed opinion, just whatever gets the eyeballs, while conmen hawk gold and propaganda from the shadows. MSNBC and Fox News and CNN are starting to sound like talk radio, which went through a similar period, in the 1980s and 1990s. I suspect that what this means is that people are abandoning the medium. I wonder if 10 years from now TV will feel like radio does now, a wasteland.

Does anyone know the statistics on this?
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A Comment on Healthcare [Sep. 11th, 2009|10:17 pm]
cityofgates
I wrote this as a comment on lordbrand's journal, but it was above the 4300 character limit for comments, so I'm posting it here. It's my attempt to summarize my current thinking on healthcare. If you're interested, there's about 10000 characters below the fold.

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Political Oatmeal [Jun. 11th, 2009|04:30 pm]
cityofgates
I'm not happy about having to say this -- I've spent the last week being as irresponsible as I can responsibly manage -- but I think it's time:

You should read this article about health care costs.

There's about to be a big debate in the US about health care -- why it costs so much, whether we should have a national system, etc -- and it can't hurt to be familiar with some of the facts of the current system.
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Different Angle on Tank Man Shows Huge Cojones [Jun. 4th, 2009|10:55 am]
cityofgates
Terril Jones snapped the first photo below during the Tienemman Square protests. The guy on the left in the distance, standing there waiting for the tanks, is the one shown in the second photo below.

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Sotomayor & "Affirmative Action" [May. 31st, 2009|10:17 am]
cityofgates
A quick thought about Sonia Sotomayor: I've seen a lot of chatter on the internutz (and I'll bet there's even more of this on the broadcast media) about whether Sotomayor is an affirmative action pick. She isn't.

She's definitely a first-in-her-demographic. But she's not affirmative action in the usual meaning of the term. The whole idea of affirmative action is that we can tilt some of the power imbalances in our society by promoting members of demographic groups which don't usually have easy access to social and political power.

That's not what the Sotomayor pick is about. This much is apparent in the comitragedy of Republican reaction. You can see them thinking, "Hmm...we should probably keep our mouths shut on this one. We really can't afford to piss off Hispanic voters. They're the biggest minority group in the country, they're the fastest growing, and they're already swinging into the Democratic column....Awww screw it! She's a racist! La Raza is the brown people's KKK! Affirmative Action! Ricci!"

The first impulse is correct: Obama's selection of Sotomayor is a recognition of the growing political power of her demographic. It's not an attempt to right imbalances; there are plenty of other choices that would have done that equally well. Rather, it's part of the Democrat's attempt to seal their hold on political power by allying with a powerful political constituency.
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Bandwagon [May. 21st, 2009|09:28 am]
cityofgates
I decided to jump on the bandwagon. I'm now on twitter. Same username: cityofgates. You can follow me, if you're really curious how often I get the urge to yell "FAAAART!" in a crowded room.
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(no subject) [May. 19th, 2009|04:17 pm]
cityofgates
PhileD
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I'm Starting to Understand [May. 19th, 2009|08:50 am]
cityofgates
why Minnesota elected a professional wrestler governor once upon a time.

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Also amusing [Apr. 17th, 2009|01:18 pm]
cityofgates
Warped plot summaries of famous stories.

My personal favorites:

  • LORD OF THE RINGS: Midget destroys stolen property.
  • GHOSTBUSTERS: Unemployed college professors destroy hotel with nuclear weapons.


The second one sounds pretty good actually...
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"This was your father's bacon saber..." [Apr. 17th, 2009|12:41 pm]
cityofgates
Bacon-fueled torch. For the man who has everything, I suppose.
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