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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. -- Albert Einstein, 5 February 1930

CABINET // Making Up Hollywood

Peter Thiel’s graph of the year

Your USB cable, the spy: Inside the NSA’s catalog of surveillance magic

The article is excellent and the comments worth reading as well.

U.S. Struggles to Keep Pace in Delivering Broadband Service

12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

Good Riddance to Rottenest Congress in History - Bloomberg

What’s the record of the 112th Congress? Well, it almost shut down the government and almost breached the debt ceiling. It almost went over the fiscal cliff (which it had designed in the first place). It cut a trillion dollars of discretionary spending in the Budget Control Act and scheduled another trillion in spending cuts through an automatic sequester, which everyone agrees is terrible policy. It achieved nothing of note on housing, energy, stimulus, immigration, guns, tax reform, infrastructure, climate change or, really, anything. It’s hard to identify a single significant problem that existed prior to the 112th Congress that was in any way improved by its two years of rule.

Daily Gun Slaughter in U.S. Obscured by Newtown Rampage - Bloomberg

American civilians own some 270 million firearms, 89 for every 100 residents, more than any other nation, according to the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. There were an average of 85 gun deaths each day in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including two accidents, 53 suicides and 30 homicides.

“The unrelenting death toll of gun violence in America is staggering,” said Benjamin Van Houten, managing attorney for the Legal Community Against Violence in San Francisco, which advocates more restrictive gun laws. “In addition to the terrible, devastating tragedies like Newtown, there are instances of gun violence that tear apart communities and families each day.” …

At 12:14 p.m., as the enormity of the Newtown massacre was becoming known, police in Cornwall, New York, a town of 12,600 by the Hudson River, were dispatched to Joseph Oliva’s home on Mine Hill Road.

Oliva, 58, had sent a text to his sister in Virginia: “Goodbye. Take care of my daughter.”

Then he killed himself with a Glock pistol. His wife, Sandra, 54, was in her bed, with a single shot to the head.

Police Chief Todd Hazard said there was no note or explanation. “He’s probably the only one who knows,” he said.

Ursus Wehrli - The Art of Clean-up (2011)

The artist channels his obsessive-compulsive disorder into art with a project of deconstructing and reorganizing

Chemin faisant!

(Source: likeafieldmouse)

From Chemin faisant:  

babelslullaby:

Alexis Zorba: Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it. You’ve got everything except one thing: madness! A man needs a little madness, or else… Basil: Or else? Alexis Zorba: …he never dares cut the rope and be free.

From Chemin faisant:

babelslullaby:

Alexis Zorba: Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it. You’ve got everything except one thing: madness! A man needs a little madness, or else…
Basil: Or else?
Alexis Zorba: …he never dares cut the rope and be free.

(Source: suburbanwarlock)

Pro-business and pro-market are not the same thing. The most pleasant place for a business is not elbows-out in the middle of a free market, but sitting alone, atop a fat monopoly. Ask your local cable provider. The larger a business gets, the more it has to protect from the companies and industries that might follow it with something better or cheaper. And the best way to protect what you have is to have it written into law.

Real markets, with real competition, are most helpful to newcomers. Small businesses and new industries create new value. Once created, they, too, move to Washington to protect it. Witness the growth of Google (GOOG) and Facebook’s (FB) lobbying operations in the Capitol. Khanna describes extended copyright protection as rent-seeking—in his words, “non-productive behavior that sucks economic productivity and potential from the overall economy.” What’s true of Hollywood and the recording industry could be said of any established industry.


— By Brendan Greeley on November 21, 2012