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April, 2009 Monthly archive


I continue to bring you all weird foreign media, enjoy.

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I think it’s fairly reasonable at this point to move forward with the impeachment of Jay Bybee, who, after penning the original torture memo in 2002, has since made his way to being a federal judge in the Ninth Circuit.  Rep. Pete King (R-NY) apparently feels differently:

Not sure if any of our New York-based Juicers out there have anything going on in 2010, but I think making your way out to Long Island and helping out whoever challenges King in NY-3 wouldn’t be a complete waste of your time.

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Cliff May:

We now know that Islamists believe their religion forbids them to cooperate with infidels — until they have reached the limit of their ability to endure the hardships the infidel is inflicting on them.* In other words: Imagine an al-Qaeda member who would like to give his interrogators information, who does not want continue fighting, who would prefer not to see more innocent people slaughtered. He would need his interrogators to press him hard so he can feel that he has met his religious obligations — only then could he cooperate.

You see, we weren’t doing anything bad for these people by torturing them, we were actually doing them a favor.

Why does this sound so familiar to me?

I hold that in the present state of civilization, where two races of different origin, and distinguished by color, and other physical differences, as well as intellectual, are brought together, the relation now existing in the slaveholding States between the two, is, instead of an evil, a good a positive good. [...]

I might well challenge a comparison between them and the more direct, simple, and patriarchal mode by which the labor of the African race is, among us, commanded by the European. I may say with truth, that in few countries so much is left to the share of the laborer, and so little exacted from him, or where there is more kind attention paid to him in sickness or infirmities of age. Compare his condition with the tenants of the poor houses in the more civilized portions of Europe look at the sick, and the old and infirm slave, on one hand, in the midst of his family and friends, under the kind superintending care of his master and mistress, and compare it with the forlorn and wretched condition of the pauper in the poorhouse.

All we need now is for someone to slap the “positive good” label on torture.

[h/t Sullivan]

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Now I know that there aren’t many Juicers out there over 60 years-old, but I don’t want any of you to end up like these people:

There’s a basic moral hazard here.  401k’s are useful for retirement, if used correctly.  Unfortunately, the people who have the most to gain from these systems (investment banks, brokers, etc.) run the show, so they end up steering people in very much the wrong direction in order to boost their own profits.  If these people were pointed in the right direction, they wouldn’t be in the situation they are in.  So, let’s talk asset allocation and managed funds.

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I wanted to read the recently released torture memos before I posted about them, but I’ve been tied up with wedding stuff and haven’t had time to read them in full.

Instead, I’ll just point you to hilzoy’s posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The only thing I’d add is that it is completely astonishing to me that there are actual cheerleaders out there for this type of treatment.  It’s truly disgusting.  I really can’t take it, and I fucking blow my top whenever anyone tries to defend this garbage.  It’s just so wrong that it’s literally stupid.  For once, Shep Smith and I are on the same page:

It’s good to see that John McCain is back in the saddle also. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the balls to keep the CIA in his DTA legislation that he cites because he was too busy appeasing the wingnuts for his presidential run:

My general feelings about all of this are summed up in my review of The Dark Side.

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I’m still laughing

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Here they go again with their special magic boxes of computer technology. Check out the GUI on the computer screen half way through, thing looks intimidating.

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So I saw Ratatat last night and am still jazzed by the whole experience. I found a video of them playing online, but it hasn’t really played out all the way without stopping. At any rate, here it is:

Enjoy. Hopefully it will play without stopping.

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And it continues…

The Katie Couric part is sick nasty.

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When I first saw the title of this movie floating around on the intertubes I thought it would be some stupid video pointing out the ridiculousness of autotuners. It still is pretty stupid, but after viewing it I actually thought it was kind of catchy and I would totally support some more famous speech remasters hahaha.

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For some strange reason, this doesn’t get brought up enough…

[h/t TPMDC]

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The following is something I wrote last year.  I took up the hobby of freewriting during some of my more boring classes, and it yielded a few fairly nice pieces.  I felt this one was particularly relevent to today, being my least favorite day: Earth Day.

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This gentleman is amazing.  Also, he became incredible at 3 things that I consider to be large deficits in my repetoire.  Unbelievable.

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