Tuesday, November 29, 2011

They got bailed out, we got the shaft

Ah, the bankster vermin took us to the cleaners big time.  I'm going to open up an credit union account and ditch the Banksters... man, it's even worse than we thought, they made out like the bandits they are!


The Federal Reserve and the big banks fought for more than two years to keep details of the largest bailout in U.S. history a secret. Now, the rest of the world can see what it was missing.
The Fed didn't tell anyone which banks were in trouble so deep they required emergency loans of a combined $1.2 trillion on Dec. 5, 2008, their single neediest day.
Bankers didn't mention that they took tens of billions of dollars at the same time they were assuring investors their firms were healthy. And no one calculated until now that banks reaped an estimated $13 billion of income by taking advantage of the Fed's below-market interest rates, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its January issue.


Assets grew

Total assets held by the six biggest U.S. banks increased 39 percent to $9.5 trillion on Sept. 30, 2011, from $6.8 trillion on the same day in 2006, according to Fed data.
The big six - JPMorgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo & Co., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley - took 63 percent of the Fed's emergency-loan money as measured by peak daily borrowing, the data show.
Combined, the six spent $29.4 million on lobbying in 2010, a 33 percent increase from 2006, according to OpenSecrets.org. Lobbying by the American Bankers Association, a trade organization, increased at about the same rate, OpenSecrets.org reported.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/28/BUGK1M523B.DTL&ao=2#ixzz1f7q1H761



Hey loan ME a couple of million at below market rates so I can play too!  Jerks.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Collatz Conjecture

This is just so very cool I had to share it.  I found this on the xkcd store while browsing around...
I love strange math ;-)


Collatz Conjecture

This shirt is based on the chains of numbers that make up the fascinating Collatz conjecture (also known as 'hailstone numbers'). The conjecture states that if you take any number, and if it's even you divide it by two and if it's odd multiply it by three and add one, and you repeat this process indefinitely, no matter what number you start with, you will always end up at 1. The tree in the shirt shows the route that various numbers take to reach 1.

The conjecture remains stubbornly unproven, and written in small letters at the base of the tree in the shirt is a quote about the conjecture attributed to Paul Erdos - "Mathematics is not yet ready for such problems."

Public Transportation

As I stand, again, in the fog and cold in the median of I580 at the East Dublin BART station because the Wheels Bus deliberately stopped a quarter mile away to "stay on schedule" and thus ensure this unnecessary discomfort, I look forward with eager anticipation to living in an RV so that I never have to take public transportation again.

Obviously "The Man" does not REALLY want people to use public transportation, like virtually everything else government says, this too is a LIE.

--
Larry Devich
http://larry-devich.blogspot.com/
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"It's not denial. I'm just very selective about what I accept as reality." Calvin ("Calvin and Hobbes")

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Sistine Chapel

A VERY cool view of the Sistine Chapel, check it out:

http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.html

Is this a ghost?

I'm usually very skeptical of ghost videos but this one got me, watch closely after the cat goes by and listen for the tapping sound, you might want to turn up your sound a bit to catch it.

Friday, November 25, 2011

76 Year Old Skateboarder

All right, I guess I better get back on my bike...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Face Book

So, being on Face Book again is annoying but it seems the only way to communicate with my family in a reasonably unobtrusive way, you all can look or not and I get to spout my nonsense at will.  So far so good.

Then I run into stuff like this story and wonder if I should really just give it all up:


Anil Dash: Facebook attacks the open Web, becomes a badware site


Anil Dash examines Facebook's latest navigational practices, which go beyond making a walled garden of its own content and begin to attack the open Web, including websites that incorporate Facebook's technology. Dash concludes that Facebook now meets the formal definition of a "badware" site -- the sites that generate those "Warning! This site may harm your computer" interstitial pages when you visit them -- and calls on browser vendors and Google to start displaying these warnings when users visit Facebook.
Now, we've shown that Facebook promotes captive content on its network ahead of content on the web, prohibits users from bringing open content into their network, warns users not to visit web content, and places obstacles in front of visits to web sites even if they've embraced Facebook's technologies and registered in Facebook's centralized database of sites on the web...
I believe [StopBadware's malware definition] description clearly describes Facebook's behavior, and strongly urge Stop Badware partners such as Google (whose Safe Browsing service is also used by Mozilla and Apple), as well as Microsoft's similar SmartScreen filter, to warn web users when visiting Facebook. Given that Facebook is consistently misleading users about the nature of web links that they visit and placing barriers to web sites being able to be visited through ordinary web links on their network, this seems an appropriate and necessary remedy for their behavior.

Arrest Pike!



Courts, police say pepper spray 'defensive' only

In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, photo University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad Friday in Davis, Calif. Two University of California, Davis police officers involved in pepper spraying seated protesters were placed on administrative leave Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, as the chancellor of the school accelerates the investigation into the incident.
The law frowns on police use of pepper spray against nonviolent demonstrators.
More than a decade before last week's videotaped incident at UC Davis, a federal appeals court ruled in the case of North Coast logging protesters that officers can legally use the caustic chemical only to prevent harm to themselves or someone else.
The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which advises police agencies and officers statewide, says pepper spray "can have very serious and debilitating consequences," and "should only be generally used as a defensive weapon" and never to intimidate or retaliate.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/22/BAH11M2VU0.DTL#ixzz1eXmZUqke

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Market Street @ Embarcadero

Stopped for a minute to observe Occupy SF blocking Market, needed to go home. Maybe I'd have stayed if I was staying in the city.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

One more time...

Someone else shared this on FB... it seems to fit the times, again.

Not Funny at ALL

My previous posted video was sort of funny, this one involves police brutality so it's not quite so amusing, unless you are a vicious, fat, overpaid PIG who enjoys inflicting pain, which is pretty much ever stinking cop around it seems.

Found the video in this story.

NCBI-ROFL

NCBI-ROFL is a blog I read regularly, it's on my Google Reader page.  It's always amusing but seeing the authors talk about it on YouTube was even funnier I think. :-)

Friday, November 18, 2011

From the reading at Lauds today

Short reading
Ephesians 4:29-32

Guard against foul talk; let your words be for the improvement of others, as occasion offers, and do good to your listeners, otherwise you will only be grieving the Holy Spirit of God who has marked you with his seal for you to be set free when the day comes. Never have grudges against others, or lose your temper, or raise your voice to anybody, or call each other names, or allow any sort of spitefulness. Be friends with one another, and kind, forgiving each other as readily as God forgave you in Christ.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hey government, It Cuts Both Ways!


Call in for Bradley Manning


Land of the free, home of the brave, yeah right.

http://www.bradleymanning.org/news/national-call-in-for-bradley

In March of 2011, State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley was forced to resign after he called Bradley Manning’s solitary confinement in the military brig at Quantico, VA “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” Two people were chosen to replace him who would do a better job sticking to official talking points, instead of answering questions honestly and off the cuff. These people are Michael Hammer and Victoria Nuland.
In reference to Bradley’s alleged actions, Victoria Nuland told the New York Times, “the United States strongly condemns any illegal disclosure of classified information… In addition to damaging our diplomatic efforts, it puts individuals’ security at risk, threatens our national security and undermines our effort to work with countries to solve shared problems.”
This statement ignores the fact that released cables revealed secret actions performed by U.S. government officers and allies which led to the torture and deaths of innocent people, and that as even former Bush Administration CIA Director Porter Goss admitted, “we overclassify very badly.” Furthermore, no evidence has been provided by the State Department that shows people injured because of the releases.
The website of the Public Affairs Bureau of the State Department claims it “vigorously pursues the State Department’s mission to inform the American people and to feed their concerns and comments back to the policymakers.” We at the Bradley Manning Support Network think it’s time to vigorously express our views to the U.S. State Department.

Thursday, November 17th action

Please make a phone call for Bradley:

  • Call Assistant Secretary of The Bureau of Public Affairs Michael Hammer: 202-647-6088
When you call, please ask him that they stop making unfounded claims about the danger of government whistle-blowing. If their office was pro-democracy, they would condemn overclassification and support increased government transparency such as that offered by the WikiLeaks whistle-blower.

After calling, you can also e-mail them:

  • Michael Hammer at hammerma@state.gov
  • Victoria Nuland at nulandvj@state.gov
  • their assistant at ziesenissml@state.gov
Then please spread the word! Ask your friends and family to call as well by sharing this action on Facebook and Twitter and by emailing them the link to this page.
Thank you for supporting Bradley. Check this Friday for information about the last target we need to reach in our defense of Bradley’s rights.

Background information:

Bradley Manning, a 23-year-old US Army intelligence analyst, is accused of sharing a video of the killing of unarmed civilians—including two Reuters journalists—by a US helicopter in Baghdad.  He is also charged with blowing the whistle on the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and embarrassing US diplomatic cables (including the Guantanamo Files). The video and documents have illuminated details of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, human rights abuses and atrocities, and the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy.
Prior to his transfer to Fort Leavenworth, PFC Manning had been held in solitary confinement in the military brig of Quantico, VA for ten months. While in prison in Quantico, Manning was not allowed to exercise, with the exception of being allowed to walk shackled for one hour each day.  He was denied exposure to sunlight. He was not allowed to sleep between 5am and 8pm, and he had to respond verbally to guards every five minutes.  Although the Quantico officials said these rules were necessary because of a “Prevention of Injury” order, the brig’s own psychiatrists confirmed that Bradley was not suicidal.  In March of 2011, Quantico officials began forcing Bradley to strip naked each night before bed, and to sleep in a “suicide smock.”
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, opened an investigation into PFC Manning’s treatment conditions. Unfortunately, he was denied the ability to make an official visit to investigate the situation. Although PFC Manning has been transferred to a new prison, Mendez is still requesting to visit PFC Manning to complete his investigation as required by his position as chief UN officer on torture. His requests continue to be denied.




What could be more powerful than the Love of God?

First you need to watch this very cool video about symmetry in mathematics.





I especially love the first pyramid of numbers they show:


1x8+1=9
12x8+2=98
123x8+3=987
1234x8+4=9876
12345x8+5=98765
123456x8+6=987654
1234567x8+7=9876543
12345678x8+8=98765432
123456789x8+9=987654321

How cool is that?!  That alone tells me there is a God! :-)

Of course the last bit about Love of God = 101% is just for fun.  After all if you plug in some other words or phrases and use the same method many things come out far above the Love of God!

For example: Paleoanthropology (the study of ancient humans as found in fossil hominid evidence) gives a score of 215% and thus is twice as powerful as the Love of God... according the video anyway. :-)

P  A L  E  O A N  T  H R  O  P  O  L  O  G Y
16+1+12+5+15+1+14+20+8+18+15+16+15+12+15+7+25
=215%
 
HT: Mom!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Occupy on Rachel Maddow

I don't have cable TV so I wouldn't know about this sort of thing if not for great news sources like Boing Boing!  I was very pleased with the presentation here, you should watch this calm and clear explanation of what is going on.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908//vp/45316180#45316180

More on how NYPD hates books

Not sure...

Use water twice.

What a cool idea.  Flush, then wash your hands.  You are less likely to not wash if the water is running right in front of you, right?  And the water then goes into the tank.  Again, simple and cool and good for the environment.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

And now for a laugh

Watch 100 Year Old Dorothy Custer to wash out the bad taste of Congress from your mouth:



The link below goes to the full segment:


http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/Twin-Falls-woman-cracks-up-the-audience-on-The-Tonight-Show-124279749.html

HT to Mom!  :-)

Occupy

In case you are wondering why the Occupy movement exists you might check out Sunday's 60 Minutes episode about how Congresscritters and their Bankster friends abuse their power and screw us.  Really, if you haven't seen it, watch it now:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Autistic Adults


A cool story from Boing Boing:


How autistic adults can contribute to science

The downside to having a brain disorder: Your brain works differently than the majority of humans'. That can make it difficult to participate in society. It puts people at risk for poverty, abuse, and exclusion.
The benefit to having a brain disorder: Your brain works differently than the majority of humans'. That means that you could have something really valuable to contribute to society, if society will make a space for you.

And there's more...

Not only am I on Facebook but I have a Twitter account!  @LarryDevich Ooh - Ahh!  And I'm on Google + as well.  If you use those things you can look for me on them...  Not that I will be posting that much... or maybe I will, who knows.   I go through phases on this writing stuff you know.

Social Media

I was determined to drop Facebook and I did it. I was determined to
stop posting to my blog and I did, for the last ten days.
I must say I did not miss either of these things in the least.
So why am I writing here now? It's all Lora's fault! She complained
that I was no longer on Facebook now that she has finally started paying
attention to it and actually reading her email every day. So, in order
to support Lora's entry into the 21st Century I am back on Facebook, and
since I'm back there I might as well go back to writing here as well.
What the heck :-)

So now I'm trying out Twitter Feed to see if posting on my blog can go automagically to FB and Twitter...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Police Mentality

Oh my, the police are so very bright aren't they?



"Unfortunately, this shirt seems to confirm that this is who Twin Rivers Police are and how they think, or at least some of them," Roberts said. "This doesn't speak highly of the culture of this department."