I’m just a cave man, and your modern world scares and confuses me.
One thing that is sure confusing me right now is where the 7.7 trillion dollars—“amounting to half the value of everything produced in the nation last year” for the bailout of a corrupt system imploding on a truly Wagnerian scale is actually coming from?
According to the US Census Bureau, 8.7 million (11.7 percent) of America’s children had no healthcare insurance in 2006. But, you know, healthcare costs money, so the rugrats are just going to have to suck it up. While you could make an argument that, actually, it would be a good investment to provide a modicum of healthcare services for the future workers of America, the money to pay for it would have to come from somewhere. Meaning cuts in something else. Fair enough.
But now all of a sudden, apparently the rules have changed, and money can be magicked into being. That’s right, we can spend 7.7 trillion to bail out companies that got too greedy—just rub the lamp and the genie will take care of it.
Thanks, Magic Lamp!
Too bad for sick kids they don’t have one of those.
Posted Wednesday, 26 November, 2008 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.