Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bits and Pieces - December 16, 2009

A whole parallel world at the edge of what it means to be alive.

Even NRA members think there should be some controls on gun sales.

Obama's Nobel speech: "Obama is wielding these ideas and images in an effort to forge a new political consensus in America."

Why does Joe Lieberman want to drive up the cost of health insurance and kill 150,000 people? And why is it that conservatives can talk about "death panels" but liberals can't talk about the continuing killing? I know, because we're decent people who don't say nasty things. But my patience is running short.

Back to the future with Glass-Steagall!

A graph for all those relatives who think the deficit is Obama's fault.

In 1945, Vannevar Bush predicts "cheap complex devices of great reliability," including computing machines, the copy machine, voice-to-text, and something that might be considered a precursor of the World Wide Web. (I do object to his "girls," but that was how they talked and thought in those primitive days.)

Twenty questions for all those relatives who think the health care bill is flawed enough that they are leaving the Democratic Party.

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