Charles Townes, Who Won Nobel for Lasers, Dies at 99

Charles Townes with wife, Frances after his sculpture was unveiled in his hometown, Greenville, SC (The Greenville News/Heidi Heilbrunn, via AP)

NYT – Charles H. Townes, a visionary physicist whose research led to the development of the laser, making it possible to play CDs, scan prices at the supermarket, measure time precisely, survey […]

Amazon Prime only $72 tomorrow only, new subscribers only

OK, I wouldn’t post this, but nymole wanted anything, so here goes… Amazon Prime Will Be $72 Tomorrow, Here’s What That Gets You Usually Amazon Prime is $99/year, but tomorrow they are having a special sale for new members only. If you don’t already have it, now’s the time. Even $72 for a year sounds […]

Breathtakingly Cynical – Obama’s New Proposal

In a breathtaking display of Cynicism, the Obama administration has announced a program to provide tax cuts for the “middle class,” and to increase taxes on the rich.

This is just a cynical political ploy to polish his appalling legacy, characterized by “Look forward, not backward” in prosecuting torture, kidnapping and illegal imprisonment, coupled with […]

Massive Paris Unity Rally, Jan 11, 2015

–CNN   Coverage and many pictures of the rally in Paris at the usual news links.

Two million marched across France. Update: At least 3.7 million marched in Paris alone.

Netanyahu, recognizing an opportunity, was in the line at the head of the march with Hollande, Cameron, Merkel, and Mahmoud Abbas for the photo […]

James Howard Kunstler’s yearly review and forecast for 2015

James Howard Kunstler’s yearly review and forecast always makes for interesting reading. While not always accurate in the details, he maintains a firm grasp on the condition of this world and is a hell of a writer as well.

Read it here.

Yves Smith: Something That Changed My Perspective: Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation

Naked Capitalism, By Yves Smith, January 2

The first Christmas-New Years period for this site, in 2007, we featured a series “Something That Changed My Perspective,” which presented some things that affected how I viewed the world. The offerings included John Kay on obliquity and Michael Prowse on how income inequality was bad for the […]

A Year Gone to Pot

This past year has been one of so many developments in American culture that it would be hard to pick any one thing as a signal event in the course of our nation.

From the full implementation of the surprisingly effective Obamacare to the grand jury decisions in New York and Ferguson, MO, […]

Random thoughts on torture

Originally posted Dec 18,2014

The recent Senate report on torture has brought the issue to the forefront of late. Once again people line up, mostly according to party affiliation. I see plenty of bull shit coming from both camps.

To begin, there’s nothing conservative about torturing people. And there’s nothing liberal about covering up these […]

US Senate Torture Report publication countdown

12/8/2014 (originally posted Dec 8th, 10:37 pm)

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., said that the release of a Senate report examining the use of torture by the CIA a decade ago will cause violence and deaths abroad.

12/9/2014 (originally posted Dec 9th,13:37 pm)

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the […]

Cops and Protests and People, Oh My.

   When I was growing up, we didn’t necessarily expect law enforcement to be happy with all the hell we raised. Technically, TPing someone’s house or tipping over their outhouse was vandalism but no one would have expected or condoned an officer pulling his gun under such circumstances. Putting a condom on the tailpipe of the […]

NYC Dec 4- We Can’t Breathe

#Eric Garner protesters blocking police vans on 14th Street (one of Jeff Rae’s excellent series of twitter photos of the Thursday night NYC demonstration   Reuters was one of the MSM sources liveblogging-led by Robert MacMillan The NYT live coverage(or lack thereof) was a disgrace.

Last tweet read before logging off:   Luke Rudkowski ‏@Lukewearechange […]

Endless Blood: How smart use of an old technology is saving women’s lives

Not world headline material, but a a positive, informative piece I read this weekend … One of the largest risks for women, one of the leading causes of pregnancy-related mortality, has always been—and unfortunately still is—postpartum hemorrhage.

A few years ago, I delivered a beautiful baby at 3:06 a.m. after an uncomplicated labor. I put […]

In heart of Europe, migrants offer a one-stop tour of worldwide misery

Washington Post, By Griff Witte, November 26

Calais, France — Ibrahim’s odyssey has taken him over the hot sands of the Sahara and across the vast Mediterranean in a death-defying, thousands-of-miles-long quest.

Now the 21-year-old from the Sudanese region of Darfur is so close to his destination that he can see it shimmering on the […]

Ruminations On The Right

   I spent 50 years in bleeding-edge IT work. I was very good at what I did, probably in the top 10-20 people in the world at one time. I credit that not particularly to brilliance or training but to the fact that I am basically a creative person who happened to hit the computer world […]

Friday Catblogging from the archive: Dec. 18 ,2009

Originally posted as a diary by SPK in 2009

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