Saturday, September 24, 2011

Harvard....Harvard....Harvard Crimson...

It seems at least that the Harvard Crimson bears an appropriate name. One Raymond Lotta comments about the existence of a conference on a constitutional convention co-sponsored by Harvard Law School, Fix Congress First, and the Tea Party Patriots.
Capitalism is a horror and a failure...

...rather than looking to repair a system that has only meant misery and more misery for humanity—why not reach forward to a viable and emancipatory alternative? This is what the Constitution of the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal) From the Revolutionary Communist Party, U.S. is about.... a radically different and better world is now possible, owing to the new synthesis of communism developed over decades by Bob Avakian.
Bob Avakian is still around? Who knew? He must be an old guy by now. Old enough to know what Marx's lovely theory looks like when applied to the real world: not Marx's predicted heaven of Peace, Prosperity, and Freedom, but the hell pit of War, Famine, and Oppression of the Soviet Union, Mao's China, Pol Pot's Cambodia, Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, East Germany, Bulgaria, Cuba, Venezuela....

Of course, if the real goal is not peace, prosperity, and freedom for all but a genocidal fantasy of the correct "intellectual" class taking out their hatred of the jocks in a frenzy of violence which would make Charles Manson jealous, it makes a lot of sense.

People pay a lot of money to subject their children to this authoritarian dreck.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

InterGalactic Fender Bender

It happens all the time. This one was about 450,000,000 years ago.

So: If civilizations in NGC 6050 and IC 1179 started broadcasting criticism of each other's driving only 449,000,000 years ago, the SETI Project is going to have to search for quite a while before receiving any signals.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Of Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Holden, and Compound Interest

It seems that neither courts nor stiffed heirs like the last when carried to extremes.

N.B.: While the article refers to the donor's 1936 endowment of $2.8 million now being worth "an impressive $9 million", the inflation calculator says that $2,800,000 in 1936 was equal to over $45,000,000 in 2011.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Marshmallow Heaven

That's heaven, not haven.