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And a good Saturday to you, good lady/fellow.

A few items on the agenda on this warm Saturday…

Do you know what Proportional Representation is? Did you know that we’ve tried it in the US? Can we try it again? It seems like the cure for so many ills…

In China, a “Demographic Tsunami” has begun. But, they can build a hotel in 15 days, and there’s a video to prove it.

India is seeing the first cases of “Totally Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis”.

Exquisite envelope drawings by Mark Powell:

Bus livin’ is good livin’

And, finally, The Chairman Smiles: A sizable, well-documented collection of propaganda posters from China, Russia, and Cuba



Le Cahier

Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.
~ Zen Charm

Eurozone unemployment has hit a new record.

Castro says that we’re marching into an abyss with shale gas.

Meanwhile, in the US:

we’ve added 200,000 jobs, and Obama says it’s time to trim back the US Military Beast.

But, SOPA-supporting news corporations are ignoring the highly controversial bill, and, unsurprisingly, half of Congress are millionaires.

The ‘tubes are pumping Santorum with alarming vigor. Which makes me want to…


Sunset on Ice (via)

The Flatirons, Boulder, CO:

Aran Islands, Ireland:

A Vietnamese man had a tumor that weighed more than him successfully removed. Yes, there’s a picture of it/him.

And, finally, so you’ll sleep easy: scientists are busy creating cyborg spies: insects that can charge embedded electronics with their internal chemistry and transmit what they see and hear.





The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

~ Henry W. Longfellow

Hello friend. Typing at you live from Brooklyn. Where are you?

Sometimes it pays to pay attention and fill a need: this dude’s pullin’ $500/day doing just that.

Groupon’s shares fell as merchants cut back deals. No bubble here, just your typical fast-moving tech world madness.

When Nick Denton speaks, media-obsessives pay attention. He’s one of the few who’ve figured out how to turn a profit from online journalism. Here’s his latest.

Montana’s Supreme Court restored a 100 year old ban on corporate political money.

Lots o’ Shots:


Cot Dom

Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill

Good day to you, good friend.

Are you my facebook friendster?  You should be.

The inane race for the GOP nomination continues: Bachman couldn’t turn her overdrive on. Newt eyes Santorum: could be quite the brew.

Cornell, backed by the Pentagon, has created a “time cloak” that briefly makes events undetectable.

In 1965, a U.S. Senate subcommittee predicted that Americans would work 20 hour weeks by the year 2000, and take seven weeks vacation a year. We don’t.

Paypal told a buyer to destroy an antique violin because they thought it was counterfeit. It wasn’t.

Kodak is bankrupt.

Arts and Architecture are the two crappiest degrees you can have these days.

Speaking of art: check out this gallery of Soviet “Peace with US” propaganda posters.

Valley of The Fall:

Dat ‘stache:

And, finally, the follow-up to the BBC’s meditation investigation:




Q: Mediocre Gossip Wednesday?
A: Wrong. Good News Tuesday.

Heck-o, dear reader. (I say “heck-o” because “hell-o” might be a little harsh for Good News Tuesday)

I’m looking at the google analytics, and I see I have some returning visitors. I’m thrilled to know that people all over the world repeatedly check my little node of the web. So much, in fact, that I’d like to give a few shout-outs to some spots around the globe:

  • Qatar: I’m blushing. You guys spend more time viewing my site than anyone else, and I only have a vague notion of your existance! According to Wikipedia, you’re an absolute monarchy, have the world’s highest GDP per capita, and are “now the location for the U.S. Central Command’s Forward Headquarters and the Combined Air Operations Center.” Thanks for tuning in! I think…
  • Netherlands: More returning visitors than my own country. Impressive! I would absolutely love to visit you some day. Anyone wanna sponsor me?
  • Italy: you view the most pages of all returning visitors. Thanks for being so thorough. You’re beautiful!

And, all regulars, in all countries, in case you didn’t notice the cute little icon under the logo, unperson has a Facebook page, and you know what? I’d love for you to be my facebook friendster (dot com (mie)).


Onto the good news:

The State of the World (it’s better than you think!)

Depressed? You might wanna get some DBS, son! Deep Brain Simulation is proving to be a safe an effective solution for treatment resistant depression.

Ever wonder: Did psychopaths cause the financial collapse of 2008? Professor Clive R. Boddy thinks they did. And he wrote a paper all about it.

An Oregonian made the best paper map of America. Evar!

Wikipedia ended its fundraiser with $20,000,000 in the bizznank.

Great news! The world’s first hybrid shark has been found! You can stop looking now.

Webmasters, rejoice! One of the most loathed pieces of software to ever come out of Redmond is finished: IE6 is dead!

New Yorkers: check out this map and photos of NYC’s lost subways.

Some nature for you:

Book of Life (via):

The BBC started a series investigating if meditation can really bring happiness:

I think it has something to do with this:





Youth has no age.
~ Pablo Picasso

Greetings, earthlings.

Some geekery:

Ever wonder: How much is your college degree worth?

Disaster strikes! You’ve got 72 hours before vital services are restored: are you prepared?


This photographer’s portfolio is sublime.

A bunch of “Manner Posters” from the Tokyo subways (1976 – 1982).

Lara Bifano paints fascinating scenes like this:

The ACLU has rated the US Presidential Candidates on civil liberties. Bachman, Romney and Santorum all scored 0/28. How did your favorite fare?

And, lastly: have you got 3 hours? Because Chris Hedges did, and he gave this brilliant interview entitled, “Brace Yourself! The American Empire is Over and the Descent is Going to be Horrifying!”

Maybe this is one of those things you can just play loud while you’re cleaning the house or doing laundry. Or listen to it through your headphones while you walk or jog or do whatever it is you do. It’s up to you, but you gotta hear this man speak. Seriously.




January 1st, 2012

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
~ Indian Proverb

Hope you had a great evening and started the New Year off on the right foot.

Some perspective: Slash talks about what he’s learned, his feud with Axl, and gives other life advice.

Wikipedia’s list of car-free places. I would like to visit all of them.

This guy and his wife are living their dream: off-the-grid.

I left off a few days ago talking about Ron Paul. I know, I know, he’s all over the Internet. Message boards are flooded by his diehard supporters. I’ve never been a huge fan, but I respect any US politician who believes in something other than business-as-usual. In this (long-ass) article, Glenn Greenwald points out that Dr. Paul stands for many of the things Democrats should stand for, but don’t. The piece is also about the all-or-nothing attitude that pervades US politics.

Several states are petitioning the DEA to re-classify cannabis as a Schedule II substance. Good luck with that.

A batch-o-pix for you:

Many thanks to my returning readers. As always, feel free to drop me a note and tell me how you’re doing, or I’m doing.



Right from birth, we move in the direction of the Lord of Death. Every instant, the river flows toward the ocean, not reversing its flow.

~ Tibetan Proverb

The hivemind did it. For real this time: GoDaddy officially opposes SOPA. See? Corporations listen. Maybe there’s hope yet.

Study: 1 in 25 business leaders may be a psychopath. How can one tell? Poor performance. Their ascent to the top is based completely on charisma; they are terrible at leading and doing actual work.

Okay, I’m going to scream it. Ready? The rule is: ONE SPACE AFTER A PERIOD. PERIOD.


Whoa, some countries hold their political leaders responsible for commiting crimes. Nice one, Argentina.

Want good coverage of American politics? You’ll have to go to the UK:

Okay. One more day of 2011. Make it a beauty, beauty.




Scratch. Sniff.

Everything in the Universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.
~ Rumi

The American/European recession has never ended. It’s basically the result of  human relationships; power and weakness.

Anger triggers: Know them.

Poor people are quicker than middle-class or rich individuals to recognize the suffering of others and show compassion.

#occupy geeks are creating a social network.

Please, tell me, good people of the US: why don’t you want dollar coins?

Wikipedia’s list of countries by incarceration rate. :-(

Urban exploration pics:

More photos for you: