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02/26/2016

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Ken Barrows

The solution to keeping America awesome is simple: increase nominal debt faster than nominal GDP perpetually. Why do humans have to make things so difficult?

Paul

Ken, get your thinking straight. Humans don't make things difficult. Humans simply solve problems put before them by Nature. And we solve those problems with our intelligence and abilities and enthusiasm.
Things are better now than they have ever been because of this.
Why, there is nothing we can't achieve if we simply put our minds to it.
Ever onwards and upwards.

Stop worrying everyone. Everything's fine.

Jim

Yeah, I caught that Zuckerberg image a few days ago, too. Too funny. Great image of today. I'm imagining each of those little screens in front of those guys' faces has a virtual reality image of a sphincter opening wider and wider.

Wow on the Michael Grunwald article link. Isn't he the same guy who tweeted this?:
http://www.salon.com/2013/08/18/times_michael_grunwald_tweets_for_assanges_death/

Towards the end of his recent article: "There are still challenges, of course, like global warming and Islamic terrorism, but the world is making progress in confronting those challenges. And there is still no better place to live in that world than the United States of America, which still has the most powerful military, the most dynamic economy, the best action movies. It is still the only nation where this is possible (a like to a video of Jerry Seinfeld and President Obama laughing together). Or this (a link to the national hot dog eating contest)."

What to say, really? I guess it's all roses when you're a Politico brown-noser making good money and living in a nice home.

Alexander Ac

Thanks for this Dave,

like Jim, I have come across that crazy picture of virtual reality enjoyers and real reality destroyers few day ago. I have reached a new bottom of distrust (which seems bottomless(er) each passing day, anyway) with human race. I read stories like:

We were able to show warmer temperatures were related with the higher risk of disease

Scientists now link massive starfish die-off, warming ocean

The deaths are part of a widespread die-off observed elsewhere on South America's Pacific coastline. Part of the problem: El Niño.

Hundreds of sea lions wash up dead in Chile

Global warming and the current intense El Niño are prolonging the longest global coral die-off on record, according to NOAA scientists

El Niño prolongs longest global coral bleaching event

Global warming spells doom for boreal forests with potentially dramatic implications for carbon release in dark taiga.

Forest fires threaten wipeout for Siberian conifers as deciduous trees take over

And people are still arguing who is the least of evil polititians we should vote for. I can't be more comical. And then we have Flatland as usual from Joe Romm:

Let me quote two people who know a lot more about this than Gates does. According to Alexander MacDonald, co-lead author of a major new NOAA study and recently retired director of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, “our research shows a transition to a reliable, low-carbon, electrical generation and transmission system can be accomplished with commercially available technology and within 15 years.” Similarly, the lead energy specialist at the World Bank, Morgan Bazilian, told Bloomberg after 20 years studying this issue, “Very high levels of variable renewable energy can be accommodated both technically and at low cost.”

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/02/23/3752421/bill-gates-wrong-energy-miracles/

DUH. Pigs learned to fly. And the SAME webpage writes about pollinators extinction. Ok, enough said...

best,

Alex

Jim

Warren Buffett's annual letter is out and making news. Here's a paragraph from it:

"It’s an election year, and candidates can’t stop speaking about our country’s problems (which, of course, only they can solve). As a result of this negative drumbeat, many Americans now believe that their children will not live as well as they themselves do," said Buffett, 85. "That view is dead wrong: The babies being born in America today are the luckiest crop in history."

Not worth mentioning, really, except for two things. One, its relevance to this post in showing the establishment's inability to understand the realities of daily life for many Americans, thinking it's a narrative problem rather than an actual problem, and two, the use of the word "crop". That one is rich for interpretation.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/02/27/buffett-remains-optimistic-despite-campaign-rhetoric/81028762/

He also mentions that in regards to climate change, "As a homeowner in a low-lying area, you may wish to consider moving. But when you are thinking only as a shareholder of a major insurer, climate change should not be on your list of worries."

Ken Barrows

Warren Buffett, don't get me started. At least he's a Democrat! /s/ But the sycophants like Kerry, Obama, and Clinton are worse. They could, in theory, think beyond business.

Andy

Speaking of virtual reality, and crops reminded me of this quote from the matrix
Billions of people just living out their lives, oblivious. Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world, where none suffered, where everyone would be happy? It was a disaster. No one would accept the program, entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world, but I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. The perfect world was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from.

Jacob Horner

"... image of a sphincter opening wider and wider."

Jim...thanks so much for that! And a wow here also for the Grunwald piece. I was comfortably unaware of his existence until now. Turns out he has two previous Everything Is Awesome articles, every bit as comic:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/12/everything-is-awesome-113801
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/state-of-the-union-seriously-everything-is-pretty-awesome-114379

Here's where he got the title...really:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cQgQIMlwWw

"...brown-noser making good money and living in a nice home." Yup..Harvard grad...wife's a lawyer and they live in South Beach. Now that's virtual reality (Land of Crocket & Tubbs) 'cept for sea level rising. More comedy...

http://time.com/2982214/climate-change-miami-global-warming/

Which immediately brought this to mind...

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/21/the-siege-of-miami

Oh well...time to go forget Grumwald...It's a wonderful time to be here...yes?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56u6g0POvo0

C'ya

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