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by Nomad Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 12:04:05 PM EST

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America's Real Criminal Element: Lead | Mother Jones

So we're back to square one. More prisons might help control crime, more cops might help, and better policing might help. But the evidence is thin for any of these as the main cause. What are we missing?

Experts often suggest that crime resembles an epidemic. But what kind? Karl Smith, a professor of public economics and government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has a good rule of thumb for categorizing epidemics: If it spreads along lines of communication, he says, the cause is information. Think Bieber Fever. If it travels along major transportation routes, the cause is microbial. Think influenza. If it spreads out like a fan, the cause is an insect. Think malaria. But if it's everywhere, all at once--as both the rise of crime in the '60s and '70s and the fall of crime in the '90s seemed to be--the cause is a molecule.

A molecule? That sounds crazy. What molecule could be responsible for a steep and sudden decline in violent crime?

Well, here's one possibility: Pb(CH2CH3)4.

by Nomad on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 12:05:54 PM EST
Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm * The Register
Choosy thief leaves Redmond gear on the table
A savvy sneak slipped into a Microsoft campus, stole five iPads and left all the Microsoft products untouched, according to cops.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 12:07:47 PM EST
Having just been bamboozled by Windows 8 (too many laptops with different OSs in this house), I can sympathize.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 12:15:13 PM EST
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#17 is a classic one liner.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 12:58:30 PM EST
Long-term prisoners have refined their endless joke-telling by simply numbering all the jokes and then using the number for shorthand.

One prisoner simply says "Number 42", and everyone falls about laughing, slapping their thighs. Perkins says "But I gave you Number 42 last night and you all sat there stony-faced."

"No worries lad, it's just the way he tells 'em. You've either got it or you've not."

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 01:04:40 PM EST
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I said "joke #49", everyone laughed cos they''d not heard it before

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 02:08:35 PM EST
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The calf walked around the cow to get to the udder side.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 01:27:42 PM EST
"That really stung," the hymenopterist said, waspishly.


Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 01:29:44 PM EST
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"No. You must spay your pets!" the veterinarian said, doggedly.

Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 01:33:27 PM EST
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any udder signs of stress in your life besides this "joke?"

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 01:30:24 PM EST
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"Lost your sense of humor"" He asked, searchingly.


Skepticism is the first step on the road to truth. -- Denis Diderot
by ATinNM on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 01:39:01 PM EST
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Touché, he said slashingly.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 01:58:38 PM EST
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"you're all nuts!" cracked the psychiatrist.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 02:20:58 PM EST
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"Backatcha!" he responded pointedly.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 02:51:01 PM EST
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"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 01:29:02 PM EST
So what's new there?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 02:32:09 PM EST
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the floor

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 02:46:43 PM EST
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PS. Despite all, me still loves "don't call it Frisco."



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 04:47:52 PM EST
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I've just been watching one of those programmes which how people's camcorder pratfalls. I've noticed that, while I'm being achey, I share much more sympathetic pain with the victims than normal.

Some of the things I'd normally howl at were just too painful

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 02:57:21 PM EST
DoDo quoted this a few days ago:
Most of the entries on the 2012 list of top anti-Semites published by the Simon Wiesenthal Center just after Christmas are unsurprising. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood makes the list. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is there. European soccer fans, some of them notoriously racist, land at No. 4. A handful of right-wing extremist parties in Europe are also fingered.
Number 3 on the list is the cartoonist Carlos Latuff.:

His comment about being ranked number 3:

O artista, que classificou sua colocação no ranking de "piada digna de filme de Woody Allen", disse ao Opera Mundi se sentir "motivado" pelas críticas do centro judaico. "Se organizações do lobby pró-Israel estão incomodadas com minhas charges, é porque estou no caminho certo", afirmou ele.

Ele lembra que o escritor português José Saramago, o ativista sul-africano Desmond Tutu e o ex-presidente norte-americano Jimmy Carter, e muitos outros também sofreram com esse tipo de acusações: "Estou em boa companhia".

Needless to say, the genuinely antisemitic Magma Messiah, with Judas as a gay Jewish money manager (distributed in the U.S. army) is nowhere on the list.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 04:15:08 PM EST
in Canada, they used the law against hate speech for Holocaust denial but then the Supreme Court decided that the use of the same law against an anti-Muslim diatribe by a Jewish "journalist", Mark Steyn, was an encroachment on freedom of speech, so that cartoon is right on.
by stevesim on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 04:31:14 PM EST
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Robert Skidelsky: Keynes and Social Democracy Today (Project Syndicate, Jun. 22, 2010)
Keynes demonstrated that the main cause of bouts of heavy and prolonged unemployment was not worker encroachment on profits, but the fluctuating prospects of private investment in an uncertain world. Nearly all unemployment in a cyclical downturn was the result of the failure of investment demand.

Thus, the important thing was not to nationalize the capital stock, but to socialize investment. Industry could be safely left in private hands, provided the state guaranteed enough spending power in the economy to maintain a full-employment level of investment. This could be achieved by monetary and fiscal policy: low interest rates and large state investment programs.

...

Today, ideas about full employment and equality remain at the heart of social democracy. But the political struggle needs to be conducted along new battle lines. Whereas the front used to run between government and the owners of the means of production - the industrialists, the rentiers - now, it runs between governments and finance. Such measures as the efforts by the European Parliament to regulate the derivatives market or the British government's ban on short selling in the wake of the financial crisis or the demand to caps bankers' bonuses  are contemporary expressions of the wish to reduce the power of financial speculation to damage the economy.



I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 04:26:50 PM EST


"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 04:28:10 PM EST
Gérard Depardieu fails to appear in court to face drink-driving charge | Film | guardian.co.uk
French film star Gérard Depardieu failed to appear in court to face drink-driving charges because he was preparing to play disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film, his lawyer said.

He said his client was in Montenegro preparing to play Strauss-Kahn, who was widely regarded as the next Socialist president of France before a US sex scandal brought down his career last year.

by Bernard on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 04:51:32 PM EST
Gerard is definitely suffering the burdens of his own importance ;-))

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 05:36:03 AM EST
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I presume it's a backlash effect of his troubled childhood. Need to be loved.

I confess I have always had great difficulty appreciating him as an actor, as his ego (or need to be loved?) generally seems to get in the way. But that's probably just me.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 05:44:07 AM EST
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For those who haven't yet seen Bowie's new song video (first in a decade?), it can't be embedded but here's the vimeo link

Bowie


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 05:20:02 PM EST


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Jan 8th, 2013 at 05:21:28 PM EST
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It's quite nice, certainly a lot more listenable than anything he did from the mid 89s imo, but it feels very mortal. I wonder why he's done it.

I think it's funny how all the tv are going wow wow wow about it cos it's something new from somebody they've heard of, but I doubt it'll mean anything to anybody under 40

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 05:41:20 AM EST
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Absolutely. I love the song, of course, but I loved the Berlin period intensely, so the nostalgia thing works for me.

Perhaps he wants the money. Bearing in mind that Let's dance is supposed to be the first record he made any money off personally, he's probably less rich than one would naively imagine.

In fact I'm pretty unfamiliar with his work since the mid 80s (though I liked Outside. Might need to do some mining.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 06:06:07 AM EST
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A few years ago Bowie was estimated to be worth $600 million thanks to investments.

It's a hobby thing.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 06:34:05 AM EST
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From the mid 80s he was Tin Machine, although everyone thought it should have been tin ear.

A friend of mine remained a resolute Bowie fan and reflexively bought everything he released so I got to hear it all whether I wanted to or not. I haven't enthused about anything he's done since Scary Monsters. Some is crap (Tin Machine) but most of it's meh

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 06:37:19 AM EST
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