The rest is pretty superfluous in light of that simple statement. Like with interracial couples, there will be a small group of Americans who will never think its OK. But the vast majority either never cared to begin with, or will adapt.
So to encourage people not to engage in piracy, they’re going to force everyone to watch yet another annoying, time-wasting, gratification-delaying warning screen that can only be avoided by engaging in piracy. They’re purposefully making the movie-playing experience worse for honest paying customers.
Here’s the thing the industry doesn’t seem to get about piracy: Being “free” is among the least of its advantages over the current media offerings. Not having to put up with dumbass warnings, previews, hideous menu systems, etc., are all advantages that trump even the low low price of $Free.
Anybody want to take bets on which will die first: traditional media distribution or cable tv?
Barack Obama (via newsweek)
Should this really surprise anyone? That said; I’m glad its on the official record now. Now if his civil rights and privacy polices would just move back into something of a liberal direction…
So Dick Lugar, incumbent senator from Indiana, lost the GOP support for not towing the tea party line. In his place, they supported the guy who allowed almost half a billion dollars (that we know of so far) to go unaccounted for on his watch.
Seriously? What the frak are people using as the basis for their voting any more? They demand financial responsibility and that is who they come up with as the face of it?
To be fair, the money misplacement probably isn’t directly the fault of Mourdock. But even so, he has been State Treasurer since 2007, in a state that has been kneecapping education programs, forgoing roadway maintenance, cutting budgets in every department, all in the name of trying to save money since our state economy was in such dire straits, while many departments are forced to run at huge deficits since they simply couldn’t cut their budgets and continue to do their jobs (The Marion County Sheriff’s office and the IMPD being two such examples).
I wish I could say we will see a blue challenger who will kick this guys ass, but I know that collectively, Indiana isn’t that smart; even if we came up with a brilliant democrat who could mop the floor with this guy on any number of topics, he would barely get enough votes to start a fight.
We’ve been hearing a lot about the war on women, which is real enough. But there’s also a war on the young, which is just as real even if it’s better disguised. And it’s doing immense harm, not just to the young, but to the nation’s future.
Let’s start with some advice Mitt Romney gave to college students during an appearance last week. After denouncing President Obama’s “divisiveness,” the candidate told his audience, “Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”
The first thing you notice here is, of course, the Romney touch — the distinctive lack of empathy for those who weren’t born into affluent families, who can’t rely on the Bank of Mom and Dad to finance their ambitions. But the rest of the remark is just as bad in its own way.
I mean, “get the education”? And pay for it how? Tuition at public colleges and universities has soared, in part thanks to sharp reductions in state aid. Mr. Romney isn’t proposing anything that would fix that; he is, however, a strong supporter of the Ryan budget plan, which would drastically cut federal student aid, causing roughly a million students to lose their Pell grants.
So how, exactly, are young people from cash-strapped families supposed to “get the education”? Back in March Mr. Romney had the answer: Find the college “that has a little lower price where you can get a good education.” Good luck with that. But I guess it’s divisive to point out that Mr. Romney’s prescriptions are useless for Americans who weren’t born with his advantages.
… What should we do to help America’s young? Basically, the opposite of what Mr. Romney and his friends want. We should be expanding student aid, not slashing it. And we should reverse the de facto austerity policies that are holding back the U.S. economy — the unprecedented cutbacks at the state and local level, which have been hitting education especially hard.
Yes, such a policy reversal would cost money. But refusing to spend that money is foolish and shortsighted even in purely fiscal terms. Remember, the young aren’t just America’s future; they’re the future of the tax base, too.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste; wasting the minds of a whole generation is even more terrible. Let’s stop doing it.” —
Go read the whole damned thing.
Romney is going to get wiped out in November. I can’t wait to watch the trainwreck the first debate will be.
Elizabeth Warren (via manicchill)
I love this woman. I wish I could vote for her, or that we at least had such scrupulous liberals running for office here in Indiana.
So I finished reading Freedom™ early this morning. Its the sequel to The Daemon, both written by Daniel Suarez. More info about the author and both books can be found here
Once I hit a tipping point just over halfway through the book, I couldn’t put it down. Stopping wasn’t an option and I didn’t have any early commitments today. The writing was fast-paced and engaging. After the build-up in the first book, Suarez was able to dispense with all character-building nonsense and focus solely upon kicking the narrative into high gear. At one point, one character is torturing another and I seriously almost had to stop reading; the imagery painted a picture in my head so vivid I was becoming physically revolted at the thought. They are written in a modern vernacular, so I’m sure literature snobs wouldn’t agree, but they are some of the best written books I’ve read recently (right up there with the Harry Potter series).
For a geek, they read like some kind of wet dream. Barely a page goes by without describing some action or gadget or widget that any self respecting technologist would love to have.
I don’t want to get into the story and plot lines, other than to say that its like Terminator, except instead of the AI enslaving humanity, its goal is to genuinely save humanity and build a better world; a world where reputation and hard work actually matter in ways they really don’t any more. The road is bloody, largely due to the Powers That Be wanting to do everything they can to maintain the status quo.
It is going to take me a lot more reflection to form coherence around my thoughts about the plot, what it represents and, honestly, if I believe such a change could ever be made possible.
Despite this fact, the President’s budget refuses to address runaway entitlement spending, and instead imposes nearly $500 billion in defense cuts over the next decade.
Emphasis mine. For crying out loud. Over 10 effing years? That’s $50 Billion a year, on an almost $700 Billion budget. That’s what? A ~7% reduction year over year?
Saying: “$50 Billion per year, for the next decade”, or even better: “reducing the military budget from $683 Billion to $633 Billion this year” is more honest, but doesn’t have that same “punch” that throwing out a big number like $500 BILLION. Just ask Dr. Evil.
And really. They are worried about entitlement programs, but they actually want to keep our $700 Billion military budget completely intact? How about we focus a little less money on trying to kill people in some fictional World War III War Game, and spend a little more on improving our society. Start with research that can keep people healthier, and we won’t be spending so much on those entitlement programs which primarily exist to keep people alive.
We will deal with World War III if/when it comes. The amount of posturing we do, pissing away our GDP on the hunch that we’re going to be required to suit up and blow the hell out of a country is laughable at this point.
Especially when we are so impotent we can’t even get a collation formed around taking out actual threats like Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs.
Today’s show with Jonah Lehrer explains why we should have a ping-pong table in the Fresh Air office. (Pretty please?)
There is much wisdom in this.