Archive for April, 2013

More evidence of a green bubble

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

In 2009 I predicted that the Obama administration and Congress would create two bubbles to replace the recently burst housing bubble: a green bubble and an automotive bubble. A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that "green" jobs were produced four times as fast as all other types ...

Patton Oswalt on humanity

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Comedian Patton Oswalt echoes my feelings about humanity, and expresses them better than I probably would have, in response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon: Boston. Fucking horrible. I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity." But I was wrong. I don't know what's ...

Fox has no legitimate claim over Jayne Cobb hats

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Blastr and ThinkGeek report that 20th Century Fox Television has sent cease & desist letters to Etsy users to ban them from producing homemade versions of the hat that Jayne Cobb received from his mother on the short-lived Fox show Firefly. This might be the most absurd example of intellectual property ...

Quote of the day

Friday, April 5th, 2013

"I want to state, as forcefully as possible, that the War on Drugs is deeply, irredeemably immoral; that it corrodes the minds and souls of those who prosecute it, and creates incentives for bad behavior that those living under its contours have always and will always find too powerful to ...

How dare corporations make money by giving people what they want!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Michael Moss, author of Salt Sugar Fat, recently gave an interview on the Daily Show about the scientific precision with which junk food manufacturers design the flavors and textures of foods and drinks, and how it all smacks of a nefarious ploy to make money off of Americans by destroying ...