Tuesday, July 22, 2014

If it's not the MATRIX...

Talk about a complete DISCONNECT!!!

This customer service call...
HEAR IT: Comcast 'embarrassed' by employee who resists customer's effort to cancel service.
Technology journalist Ryan Block posted an 8-minute clip of the customer service representative continuously trying to ask him why he wants to disconnect and trying to talk him out of it. The company apologized to Block and said it would work to make changes.

How much a month do you donate to the wealthiest of the wealthiest people on the planet?

Cable TV, SATELLITE TV, and most other recurring (e.g. monthly) charges are underwriting the very very rich.

A JERUSALEM Antenna (yes, that IS the name of the technology) will connect 70% of the HDTVs in the USA to the local stations. The above antenna costs between $12 and $20. I get 41 free over-the-air channels in the San Francisco Bay Area.

And I rarely watch even one of them.

Cable is $100+ each and every month - no matter how you slice it.

Satellite TV is about the same. And not ALL HDTV is the same quality! Over-the-air may be 1920x1080x30 (for movies) or 1280x720x60 (for sports). Higher temporal resolution reduces jutter or frame-to-frame jurky-ness (not jitter).

Not all cable and Satellite channels can deliver anything like that owing to power-bandwidth products. Lower resolution requires less overall power to transmit. And power consumption is money.

By the way (here's a bright idea), check out LED light bulbs for your house. They can cut energy consumption by up to 90%. But don't buy them from billionaires!

Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaDqNDLpZa8

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Preferences Change - CHANGE!

Once upon a time, people went to church. Oh, it was fewer than 1 in 5 or 20% of the people but then it WAS a time many people could be found in pews.

Those were the "good old days." That was before there were such government entitlements like the minimum wage, mandatory education, and retirement programs for the working class. In fact, the working class of the day is pictured below.

Thank heavens the church has become a tourist industry. Pass the loot (PTL).

Above is a Baptist Church of today, on a busy Sunday, without any tourists.

Below is a Roman Catholic Church in the wake of the altar boy molestation scandals.

The numbers of people who report church attendance (the survey says...) and the actual number of butts in seats is far from agreement.

Apparently Christians, Catholics, and Holy Rollers just seem to feel goos about telling a "white lie" (a euphemism for such lies as one finds it convenient to tell, and immediately forgives oneself for telling).

Friday, June 13, 2014

Is it Tea Time?

It's a NICE cartoon...

The so-called Tea Party is apparently fed up with the republicans selling out to big corporations and have a victory on their hands.

Cantor was no Reagan. We handed Reagan a petition requesting his* (Reagan's) impeachment at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds up at Chico State back in 1969. He trashed California's educational system before moving on to trash even bigger things (like your future).

The Reagan Years can be summed up in two terms:
increased deficit spending
business failures

But what would you expect? Reagan was a sell-out to Corporate America - GE. During the Reagan presidency, GE exported tens-of-thousands of jobs to China!

The Tea Party Motto: "Fool me 100 times, shame on you. Fool me 200 times and I just might start to wake up!"

The Tea Party is waking up, methinks...

*The lower case "h" in his indicates that Reagan was no god.

But some right wingnuts are delusional or outright insane.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rethinking a political issue

Goofing the Flute

"Goof the flute" is L Ron closet homo talk for "take it in the sphincter."

Blame game: The Democrats did it, Mommy!
John McLaughlin had assured Cantor that he was up by 34 points with his “internal polls”. I put that in quotes because it’s becoming somewhat of an Achilles’ heel for Republicans —-their “unskewed” polls, their ability to bury themselves in denial ala Karl Rove’s shock regarding Ohio on election night. This is the broader point of Cantor’s seismic loss.

WASHINGTON – In a shocking political defeat guaranteed to upend Republican Party politics, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost his primary election Tuesday to a tea party newcomer who hammered the No. 2 leader on immigration reform. It was the first downfall of a congressional leader in a generation.

The republican'ts loss in Virginia 7 has given the GOP a real screaming sphincter!

And toilet talk is all over Social Media.

Republican dream:

Republican reality:

I'm certain that the drunk guy has the answer...

"If the Republican agenda is vital to saving our Republic, one would think that Boehner might be able to better impress upon his colleagues in the House the importance of staying the course. And it is particularly interesting that the members he apparently cannot control are the ones elected with Tea Party support, the ones who were touted as the saviors of America who would clean out the Augean Stables that is Washington and return our great nation to the halcyon days of the Jefferson Administration."