If Republicans seek a country w/ low taxes, little regulation & traditional family values, I have the perfect place for them. Body armor suggested. - http://www.nytimes.com/2011...
"It has among the lowest tax burdens of any major country: fewer than 2 percent of the people pay any taxes. Government is limited, so that burdensome regulations never kill jobs. This society embraces traditional religious values and a conservative sensibility. Nobody minds school prayer, same-sex marriage isn’t imaginable, and criminals are never coddled." - Christopher Galtenberg from Bookmarklet
"The budget priority is a strong military, the nation’s most respected institution. When generals decide on a policy for, say, Afghanistan, politicians defer to them. Citizens are deeply patriotic, and nobody burns flags." - Christopher Galtenberg
"So what is this Republican Eden, this Utopia? Why, it’s Pakistan." - Christopher Galtenberg
The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux - NYT Book Review - http://www.nytimes.com/2011...
The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux - NYT Book Review
"Why do people travel? Is it only, as Philip Larkin suggested, 'a deliberate step backwards' in order to create a new objective, namely homecoming?" - Christopher Galtenberg from Bookmarklet
"Despite its promotion into the serious league of literature, travel writing has remained something like the opera of letters: inherently bourgeois, faintly redolent of its imperialist past. The traveler here is emphatically not a tourist; he (usually not she) is a connoisseur of place whose aesthetic is other people’s lives. Contemporary travel writing still has the occasional reek of leather armchairs and gin, of old colonial maps." - Christopher Galtenberg
Why Hasn't Anyone Signed Up For the High-Risk Health Insurance Pools? - http://www.theatlantic.com/busines...
Why Hasn't Anyone Signed Up For the High-Risk Health Insurance Pools?
"I've predicted that lots of parts of Obamacare will not work the way they're expected to. But here's one I wouldn't have predicted: the high-risk pools, which were meant to tide people over until 2013, have signed up just 18,000 people as of March." - Christopher Galtenberg from Bookmarklet
"It was estimated by Medicare's Chief Actuary that around 400,000 would sign up (the CBO estimated 200,000, but only because they assumed that HHS would use its authority to limit enrollment in order to stay within the $5 billion budgeted for the program). So where are all the uninsurable people?" - Christopher Galtenberg
"The administration is now loosening the requirements (you just need a note from a doctor or nurse saying you've been sick in the last year) and lowering premiums. But this doesn't mean that they're finally covering more "uninsurables"; it just means they've decided to use the money allocated for those people to cover someone else. They're changing the "high-risk pools" to something... more... - Christopher Galtenberg
We Can Absolutely Afford Gridlock And Delay On The Long-Term Budget Gap - http://thinkprogress.org/yglesia...
We Can Absolutely Afford Gridlock And Delay On The Long-Term Budget Gap
"DC seems to have forgotten *why* it is that deficits are a problem." - Christopher Galtenberg from Bookmarklet
"The reason is this. All else being equal, the more the government wants to borrow the higher, the interest rate it has to offer savers. And the higher the interest rate a saver can get from the government, the higher the rate he’ll demand from any other potential borrower. And those high borrowing costs end up depressing consumer purchasing and new business activity. An entrepreneur... more... - Christopher Galtenberg
"This is why we had substantial deficit cutting deals early in the Reagan administration, midway through the GHW Bush administration, and early in the Clinton administration. Interest rates were high and spiking, the threat of crowding out was real." - Christopher Galtenberg
"But today? Really? It might be in some sense preferable to have a long-term budget deal in place. But it’s hard to say in what concrete ways this would improve any current problems. We’re just not—not—suffering from unusually high interest rates and crowding out." - Christopher Galtenberg
Perpetual War Is a Bigger Threat Than Terrorism - http://www.theatlantic.com/politic...
Perpetual War Is a Bigger Threat Than Terrorism
"As the 10th anniversary of what Americans once called their Global War on Terror approaches, a plausible, realistic blueprint for bringing that enterprise to a conclusion does not exist." - Christopher Galtenberg from Bookmarklet
"Those who might once have felt some responsibility for articulating such a plan--the president, his chief lieutenants, senior military leaders--no longer feel any obligation to do so. As a practical matter, they devote themselves to war's perpetuation, closing one front while opening another. More strikingly still, we the people allow our leaders to evade this basic responsibility to articulate a plan for peace. By implication, we endorse the unspoken assumption that peace has become implausible." - Christopher Galtenberg
"What the hawks fail to recognize is that perpetual war poses a bigger threat to the citizenry of a superpower than does terrorism. Already it is helping to bankrupt us financially, undermining our civil liberties, corroding our values, triggering abusive prosecutions, empowering the executive branch in ways that are anathema to the system of checks and balances implemented by the Founders, and causing us to degrade one another." - Christopher Galtenberg
"Being far more powerful than our enemies, we pose the biggest threat to ourselves." - Christopher Galtenberg
The Global War on Terror was a hoax and a fraud from the moment it was conceived -- arguably as early as the 1970s. Neoconservatives had been developing that propaganda meme since at least that era, and they are now entirely in control of this never-ending confidence game with nary a peep of protest from the US Congress. Who would have guessed that it would be so easy to roll over the American people and pick their pockets to the tune of several trillion dollars? - Sean McBride
Americans by a very large majority are unable to pose any intelligent questions about foreign policy, and apparently don't care about how much of their wealth is wasted in losing foreign wars. A nation of sheep indeed. No wonder Obama doesn't feel the slightest need to offer a rational explanation for any foreign or military policy he adopts. The American people are utterly passive. The mainstream media have played a central role in reducing them to this abject state. - Sean McBride
I'd like to just evaluate GWOT in its own time on its own terms, neocon build-up aside. People should first get a grip of how much this is costing, per family... and that we can't afford it. Next that it's immoral... totally so. And finally to look in the damn mirror: how can this country tolerate so much war? - Christopher Galtenberg
To begin to reverse these policies, one is going to have to go hard after the people who have been most responsible for engineering them -- fewer than fifty names constitute the core lobby for the GWOT. - Sean McBride
I'd love to read that list, and an overview of their responsibility. - Christopher Galtenberg
Americans are facing vastly greatly problems than terrorism. I really liked this article by Conor Friedersdorf, but quite a few better minds have been making precisely the same points for a decade now with zero impact on the neocon-controlled mainstream media propaganda machine. - Sean McBride
It's on The Atlantic's feed. Hopefully Bacevich will soon have the same cred as a Nassim Taleb. Till then, keep talking em up. - Christopher Galtenberg
A dozen names will land you smack dab in the command center for the entire Global War on Terror/Clash of Civilizations op: Benjamin Netanyahu, Dennis Ross, Douglas Feith, Frederick Kagan, Joe Lieberman, Michael Ledeen, Norman Podhoretz, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Robert Kagan, Rupert Murdoch and William Kristol. For a full list of names, scan the affiliates of AEI, Commentary, CSP,... more... - Sean McBride
The main objective of the Global War on Terror is not to suppress terrorism, but to greatly *increase* it. Neoconservatives are seeking to ignite a holy between the United States and Muslims worldwide -- hence the endlessly escalating provocations, designed to stir things up, not to quiet them. The neocons need an ever-intensifying pattern of terrorist incidents to keep this show on the road. They won't rest until they have used American military power to crush every possible threat to Israel. - Sean McBride
Andrew Bacevich is a courageous soul, but the mainstream media for the most part have no problem ignoring people like him. Skeptics like Bacevich from within the military establishment are off the neocon message of all war all the time against the Muslim world and the enemies of Israel. - Sean McBride
We just need a candidate that doesn't give a shit about Israel. How that would change the conversation. - Christopher Galtenberg
But when the Israel lobby even smells the possibility that an American politician might go off the reservation and begin to cut loose from Israel, it pulls out all the stops to destroy him or her. So the American political system is facing a real dilemma. Either you grovel shamelessly before the lobby, or you don't become a candidate. And the lobby is driving Americans into a permanent... more... - Sean McBride
Bigger problems than terrorism: 1. Chinese economic competition 2. Korean economic competition 3. Indian economic competition 4. European economic competition 5. crumbling infrastructure 6. extreme wealth inequality 7. global warming and climate change 8. pollution 9. dwindling water resources 10. dwinding oil resources 11. obesity 12. diabetes 13. traffic accidents 14. religious extremism (of all kinds) 15. ethnic nationalist extremism (of all kinds) - Sean McBride
The neocons have taken our eye so far off the ball that it's scary. It's almost like they are an enemy within the gates. - Sean McBride
Why markets and consumer-choice won't fix health care - http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011...
"HALF of all health care costs in the US is concentrated in only 5% of the population, and 80% of costs are accounted for by the top quintile!" - Christopher Galtenberg from Bookmarklet
"So the effect here is that with such a concentration of costs in such a small segment of the population, the ability of the larger population to move the market is highly restricted. You can make 80% of consumers highly price sensitive, but they can only affect a tiny fraction of healthcare spending." - Christopher Galtenberg
"Conversely, those who are high consumers of health care simply cannot be made more price sensitive, since their costs are probably well beyond what they could pay in any event, and for most are well beyond the limits of even a catastrophic health insurance policy." - Christopher Galtenberg
"Atheism" is mainly just anti-nonsense. It would be as much anti- Ptolemaic astronomy, stoning, leeching, witch burning, human sacrifice etc
I'm as interested in the universe, its creation, and what's beyond as any human. I'm just anti-man-made gods and anti-unearned knowledge.
Disconnected my twitter feed, will try to keep friendfeed to entries that fit well here. For the rest of my junk, see you @galtenberg
"Banilla" yogurt (banana vanilla), corn flakes, strawberries.
Just gave up every other dessert on earth. (For tonight.) - Christopher Galtenberg
A stellar Brooks article. The most supervised generation in American history enters the real world - http://www.nytimes.com/2011...
"This year’s graduates are members of the most supervised generation in American history. Through their childhoods and teenage years, they have been monitored, tutored, coached and honed to an unprecedented degree. Yet upon graduation they will enter a world that is unprecedentedly wide open and unstructured." - Christopher Galtenberg
"Worst of all, they are set off into this world with the whole baby-boomer theology ringing in their ears. If you sample some of the commencement addresses being broadcast on C-Span these days, you see that many graduates are told to: Follow your passion, chart your own course, march to the beat of your own drummer, follow your dreams and find yourself. This is the litany of expressive individualism, which is still the dominant note in American culture." - Christopher Galtenberg
"College grads are often sent out into the world amid rapturous talk of limitless possibilities. But this talk is of no help to the central business of adulthood, finding serious things to tie yourself down to. The successful young adult is beginning to make sacred commitments — to a spouse, a community and calling — yet mostly hears about freedom and autonomy." - Christopher Galtenberg
"Today’s graduates are also told to find their passion and then pursue their dreams. The implication is that they should find themselves first and then go off and live their quest. But, of course, very few people at age 22 or 24 can take an inward journey and come out having discovered a developed self." - Christopher Galtenberg
"Most people don’t form a self and then lead a life. They are called by a problem, and the self is constructed gradually by their calling." - Christopher Galtenberg
"The graduates are also told to pursue happiness and joy. But, of course, when you read a biography of someone you admire, it’s rarely the things that made them happy that compel your admiration. It’s the things they did to court unhappiness — the things they did that were arduous and miserable, which sometimes cost them friends and aroused hatred. It’s excellence, not happiness, that we admire most." - Christopher Galtenberg
"Today’s grads enter a cultural climate that preaches the self as the center of a life. But, of course, as they age, they’ll discover that the tasks of a life are at the center. Fulfillment is a byproduct of how people engage their tasks, and can’t be pursued directly. Most of us are egotistical and most are self-concerned most of the time, but it’s nonetheless true that life comes to a point only in those moments when the self dissolves into some task." - Christopher Galtenberg
"The purpose in life is not to find yourself. It’s to lose yourself." - Christopher Galtenberg
Peace is our knowledge, our silent knowingness. The thirst for discovery pulls us away from here. It should be tempered.
We who have a taste for discovery can be painfully secular, to the detriment of our spirit, and the spirit of those around us.
RT @NPRinskeep: Seriously, so many Islamic Republic of Iran banners that Lahore looks like Tehran
RT @marwilliamson: A shift in our thinking changes the probabilities that lie before us. "A miracle is a shift in perception." -- A Course in Miracles
The Patterns Of Successful Internet Startups - The Startup Genome Report http://startupgenome.cc/discove...
"They can always copy what you've done, but they can never copy what you're going to do." -Philip Glass (thx @errolmorris)
RT @anildash: A billion PCs in the world. 25 million iPads. Facebook starts work on a desktop app. @parislemon says "Ridiculous!" That's tech news.
New McCullough. This one could crackle. 19th c. American greats visit France http://www.nytimes.com/2011...
RT @iwisenet: Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.-C.Proverb #quote http://www.iwise.com/pyZ5x
RT @assaf: the arrow through history http://fuckyeahcomputerscience...
RT @veen: "Every new technology nibbles at what we believe it means to be human." — @kevin2kelly
I watched every Bulls championship, and I agree with @ScottiePippen. LeBron is The Natural.
RT @GottaLaff: Rick Perry wants to run for president of a country he'd like his state to be no part of. Yeah, that'll work.
RT @amishare: The Creative Power of Thinking Outside Yourself. "We generate more creative ideas for other people than for ourselves" http://aminotes.tumblr.com/post...
RT @BenjySarlin: Ouch: “Via ESPN Stats: Derrick Rose shot 6.3 % from the floor in the series when defended by LeBron James"
RT @BenjySarlin: Ouch: “Via ESPN Stats: Derrick Rose shot 6.3 % from the floor in the series when defended by LeBron James"
Good xkcd, on the moronic tradition of sports commentary http://xkcd.com/904/
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