Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Here's a lengthy and spot-on piece about the influence of social media on us humans. The concept of oversharing is one of the problems I do have with Facebook and the like.
One thing I've tried to maintain here in the blogosphere is my personal sense of distance from myself. This blog isn't about me, it's about stuff I like, dislike or things I imagine might interest others. Some Facebookers are using the social medium to primarily inform us that they may have had undigested corn in their stool this morning. Ummm...okay. Needless to say, I'm not so interested.
Anyway, read the article. It's a fascinating glimpse about the devolution of the modern psyche.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I've been reading a good deal lately about this Dunning-Kruger effect. Makes a lot of sense to me. Here's an article from this month's New Yorker that 'splains it all for you...
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I'm Gonna Love You Too -- Buddy Holly
Who Are You -- The Who
These Days -- Fountains Of Wayne
Neighborhood #4 -- Arcade Fire
Honky Tonk Gal -- Carl Perkins
Everybody Get Dangerous -- Weezer
It's Only Murder -- Cave Dogs
These Stones Will Shout -- The Raconteurs
Old Yellow Bricks -- Arctic Monkeys
Thief -- 15-60-75
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Here's a very heartbreaking and very long piece from the NY Times for all of us with elderly parents, siblings, friends and peers.
Death comes hard in this modern world...
Monday, June 21, 2010
Serial "groom" Rush Limbaugh has signed on to be the feature act in the new season of The Haney Project on Golf Channel.
Swell, that braying fat asshole on is now on t.v. too. I actually listened to El Rushbo this afternoon on his radio program and he seemed quite animated by his new role as sideshow freak.
Hopefully, he'll have a coronary thrombosis during the back nine sometime soon and they'll catch the big moment on tape.
Q: What does Rush shout right before he "tees off' with his new child bride?
Friday, June 18, 2010
Here's the ten...
Had A Dad -- Jane's Addiction
Whole Wide World -- The Proclaimers
Food -- Nellie McKay
To Zion -- Lauryn Hill
The Hungry Wolf -- X
In Every Dream Home A Heartache -- Roxy Music
Tonight -- The Fags
Straight Razor -- Chomsky
Urban Lifestyle -- Pere Ubu
You Got Your Cherry Bomb -- Spoon
Bonus Birthday Weekend Extravaganza Cut:
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor -- Arctic Monkeys
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I tried reading Ulysses a couple of times and barely made a dent.
I think brother Dave gave it a full read one time and was worse for wear ultimately. I mean seriously; unless you're fluent in Latin, French, turn of the century Irish politics and can hold at least 8 structural concepts of a "story" in your head simultaneously, you're never gonna "get' this book.
Regardless, what other book compares to the spirited celebration of one day in time more than Bloomsday?...
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Celluloid Heroes -- The Kinks
Run Baby Run -- Garbage
The Way It's Meant To Be -- The Greenhornes
Where's My Everything -- Nick Lowe
I Forgot To Remember To Forget -- Johnny Cash
Bad Boyfriend -- Garbage
Burn Your Life Down -- Tegan & Sara
Unforgiven -- John Doe
See The Light -- Green Day
Song With Rose -- Elvis Costello
Bonus " 5 star" horoscope day cut:
Man Ray -- The Futureheads
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Blogger extraordinaire, Ms. B. O'Brien, has flattered me with a request to host a post of hers here at LMS.
Couldn't agree more with the sentiment...
Health Care Reform Will Help Everybody
Many Americans assume the new health care reform act will benefit mostly the poor and uninsured and hurt everyone else, according to polls. As Matt Yglesias wrote, “Basically, people see this as a bill that will take resources from people who have health insurance and give it to people who don’t have health insurance.” Those who still oppose the reform say that people ought to pay for their own health care.
We all believe in the virtues of hard work and self-reliance, but these days it’s a fantasy to think that anyone but the mega-wealthy will not, sooner or later, depend on help from others to pay medical bills. And that’s true no matter how hard you work, how much you love America, or how diligently you take care of yourself. The cost of medical care has so skyrocketed that breaking an arm or leg could cost as much as a new car. And if you get cancer or heart disease — which can happen even to people who live healthy lifestyles — forget about it. The disease will not only clean you out; it will leave a whopping debt for your survivors to pay.
And the truth is, we all pay for other peoples’ health care whether we know it or not. When people can’t pay their medical bills, the cost of their health care gets added to everyone else’s bills and insurance premiums. When poor people use emergency rooms as a doctor of last resort, their care is not “free.” You pay for it.
Another common fantasy about medical care is that the “free market” provides incentives for medical companies to develop innovative new drugs and treatments for disease without government subsidy. It’s true that private enterprise is very good at developing profitable health care products. But not all medical care can be made profitable.
For years, the U.S. government has been funding medical research that the big private companies don’t want to do because there is too much cost for the potential profit. This is especially true for diseases that are rare and expensive to treat. An example of a recent advance made possible by government grants include new guidelines for malignant pleural mesothelioma treatment developed by MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers. Another is a blood screening test for mesothelioma developed by thoracic surgeon Dr. David Sugarbaker. The health reform act provides for more dollars for such research, from which even many of the tea party protesters will benefit.
The biggest fantasy of all was that people who had insurance didn’t have to worry about health care costs. But the fact is that in recent years millions of Americans have been bankrupted by medical costs, and three-quarters of the medically bankrupt had health insurance. And yes, insurance companies even dumped hard-working, law-abiding patriots. But the health care reform act will put an end to that, and now America’s hard-working, law-abiding patriots are more financially secure, whether they like it or not.
And yet another descent on the rung of evolution is complete.
That's okay, though...we've got plenty of guns, planes and warships that need that money so not to worry fellow citizens.
War is Peace.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Thank You, South Carolina - The Race to Replace Disgrace|
Not much left to say about ol' Helen that has any merit. I do dig the Rude One's take on her requisite exit.
Then again, Jon Stewart hits the exact right note from his opening on Monday night as well...
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
I have always dug John Waters.
My favorite quote of his is, "as I was a child in Baltimore, my mother would make us Easter baskets. Mine of course was unusual. Besides the basket and fake "grass", mine was filled only with black jelly beans and a carton of Kools".
Thursday, June 03, 2010
It's June. Time for some rock...
Flavor Of The Month -- The Posies
The Island -- The Decemberists
Everywhere -- Pink Martini
Intervention -- Arcade Fire
Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey -- Sly & The Family Stone
Dream All Day -- The Posies
Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends -- Joan Osborne
League Of Failures -- Jill Solbule
Don't Buy The Realistic -- Spoon
The Guns Of Brixton -- The Clash
Bonus, 'cause I feel like it cut:
Like U Crazy -- Mates Of State