Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists? - NYTimes.com -
Opinion in NY Times about cyclists, drivers and responsibility. The time has definitely come for the discussion. The article, I felt, is especially good at not ignoring both sides and not forcing anyone to take sides.
A cartoon by Barbara Smaller. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1fQygY9
RIP Karrie Jacobs #IBD #Crohns #Colitis
Life Advice (at MTA Subway - Fort Hamilton Pkwy (F/G))
Bird with babies in a nest. (at The Jetties Restaurant)
A fly from Nantucket (at The Jetties Restaurant)
How are you feeling today?
Let’s thank Steve Jobs, Tim Cook and Apple. Let’s thank John McCain, the US Congress and the American tax code. Let’s thank consumers world-wide.
We have just experienced the iMirror, an Apple phenomenon many years in the making. Like many Apple products, upon close inspection, it will be found that it is not original, innovative or unique but has been produced and executed magnificently.
As Congress often does and does well, it is has once again found some busywork to make itself seem important and upstanding.
This is all possible and brought to us by consumers- like you and me.
To understand this situation, a necessary primer is a short, insightful article
NY Times: Apple’s Web of Tax Shelters Saved It Billions, Panel Finds
Synopsis: A Congressional panel’s findings were remarkable both for the tens of billions of dollars involved and for Apple’s audacity in saying some of its subsidiaries are stateless and beyond any tax authority’s reach.
It is a mirror because it has just shown all of us what we as a country have been for a very long time (if not always): not a Democracy but a Capitalist Republic.
The reality is that for-profit business and wealthy individuals will have the laws and tax codes designed to protect their interests. Apple is not the first, will not be the last but like many endeavors has become one of the best at exploiting the system from within and with help from the system itself.
While the final determinations have not been made, it appears that Apple did nothing illegal. My understanding is that Congress has not alleged that they actually did anything illegal.
What has happened is that at least 18 months were spent and countless American tax dollars spent to come to this conclusion.
Yes, tax dollars were spent to find out that a company was legally avoiding paying billions of dollars in taxes. (We must acknowledge that Apple did also pay billions of dollars in taxes it was required to.)
Now, for the kicker: Congress looking for us- the individual, hard working average Joe- to now pay taxes for buying the very goods and services such as Apple produces when purchasing them on the Internet which their products enable us to do.
The iMirror has been held up high for all of us as a nation to see. Smile. How do we look?
We’ve got some corrections over here at Fox & Friends:
Kentucky Derby losers are not turned into Ikea meatballs.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did not accidentally blow up vowels in his own name.
The chupacabra does not deliver presents on Cinco de Mayo.
President Obama does not want to take away T-shirt guns.
Most women have only two breasts.
The Memphis Grizzlies are not a gay blues band.
Scientology was not founded by I Ron Man.
Bangladesh is not an 80s metal band.
Peeking at ladies’ butts is not a background check.
Actual crows do have feet.
Pot pie is legal in every state.
The California wildfires are not a soccer team.
Jason Collins was not turned gay by a Washington Wizard.
The NRA is not a branch of government.
Foreign visas do not let Russian students go on shopping sprees.
Rick Moranis was never put on death row for shrinking his children.
New York exists outside the mind of Billy Joel.
A French press is not lifting weights with your tongue out.
Lena Dunham is not a girl ventriloquist.
Number 2 pencils are not sad that they lost.
Plan B birth control is not masturbating.
Justin Bieber and Anne Frank were not an item.
President Obama did not just wake up in Mexico.
F.A.A. does not stand for “Fart A**, A**”
Croquettes are not female crocodiles.
Kanye West is not an African American vacation destination.
Syria is not Arabic for “serious.”
Rice and beans are edible. Ricin beans are not.
Casual Friday is not in the Bill of Rights.
Sam Adams was not too drunk to sign the Constitution.
The Gitmo prisoners are not working on their bodies.
Force feeding is not how Jedi’s eat.
Kevin Costner does not live in Watertown.
Smurfs are not elected.
Smurfs are not appointed.
Smurfs are cartoons.
Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle have been in the same room together.
Anytime minutes don’t let you call the future.
4 and 3 are not basically the same thing.
Rock beats scissors.
Zach Braff is not the sound a trumpet makes.
In honor of Pope Francis being from Argentina I’m going to continue to eat steak and ice cream in an abusive manner. #newpope
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Let me be the 1st to say that the new Pope looks like George Bluth Sr. in his Caged Wisdom videos from Arrested Development
Oh, most definitely.
We are hearing the term nonstop but what really is the sequester? Believe it or not it has almost nothing to do with economics or budget. It has everything to do with the failure of America as a country.
What it really boils down to is the ineffectiveness of our leadership that we, the people, voted into office.
It is party-neutral and universal all at once. It has very little to do with the failure of our government to compose a balanced budget over the last few years and very little to do with the contingency plan that was developed during that time.
It has everything to do with the stubbornness and greed that led to 9/11 and what has happened since.
This may be simplistic but that’s just why they want you to think it’s complicated.
Ever since September 11, 2001 the US economy has been in shambles.
In my view, this is basically an indisputable fact. The government’s biggest expenditure since that date has been under the umbrella of the “war on terror.” That covers military spending, defense spending and all manner of law enforcement. This has led to a depletion of funds needed for all other kinds of services that the government provides and funds.
So now the sequester kicks in which means that there are severe and immediate cuts to many services which will also include the military and law-enforcement. Of course that means our vulnerability grows as well. All of that money that has been spent to supposedly protect us has now opened a gaping hole with a giant bull’s-eye.
Many would argue that it’s due to the squabble over things such as big versus little government, private investment versus public spending. When it comes down to it, though, that’s really bullshit.
It is the utter failure and lack of vision of our leadership- the representatives that we, the people, voted into office.
I have many friends and acquaintances that support gun ownership. I have many that support tight gun control. Others have had varying views.
My personal opinion is that there are gun control laws in place. What took place on Friday, December 14th, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut would not have been prevented either way. If someone is hell-bent on this kind of action, they will go through with it by any means necessary. It hurts so bad because it exposes our fragility as human beings. It exposes our reliance on natural forces to form good mental health. It exposes our failings and vulnerabilities as a civilized society.
The reality is this was going to happen. The reality is that it may not been preventable. Sure, steps can and might have been taken to mitigate the possibility but they are fare from definitive. We need to believe these kinds of steps will work in order to have a mental state of feeling safe. We need to feel safe because it one of the most basic instincts of a living creature, especially a sentient one.
What shakes many of us to our core is that, when it comes down to it, we cannot prevent these kinds of acts. What’s unfortunately worse, is that reality dictates this will happen again.
Being allowed to have guns will not stop it. Not allowing us to have guns will not stop it. Praying to God will not stop it. Not believing in God will not stop it. It is an inevitability that cannot be wished away.
There is no “good” that comes out a situation like this. It does force a time of reflection and introspection. It raises more questions than answers. It makes us yearn to reach a next, higher level of evolution.
It makes us realize we are human.
On Friday, we’ll be airing a very special episode of Sesame Street.
A hurricane has swept through Sesame Street and everyone is working together to clean up the neighborhood. When Big Bird checks on his home, he is heartbroken to find that the storm has destroyed his nest. Big Bird’s friends and neighbors gather to show their support and let him know they can fix his home, but it will take time. While everyone on Sesame Street spends the next few days cleaning up and making repairs, Big Bird still has moments where he is sad, angry, and confused. His friends help him cope with his emotions by talking about what happened, drawing pictures together, and giving him lots of hugs. They also comfort Big Bird by offering him temporary places he can eat, sleep, and play. Big Bird remembers all the good times he had at his nest and realizes that once it is rebuilt, there are more good times and memories to come. Finally the day has come where most of the repairs to Big Bird’s home are done and his nest is complete. As he is about to try it out, though, the city nest inspector says it not safe, yet, because the mud isn’t dry. Big Bird is sad that he has to wait another day, but Snuffy comes to the rescue and blows the nest dry and he passes the test! Big Bird thanks everyone for being his friend and helping to rebuild his nest and his home.
Please check your local listings to see what time the episode will air on PBS.
Set your DVRs!
So, this is kind of awesome: