Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Apparently, Google+ doesn't like the 'storm.

It's a digital attempt to take hold on the anonymity troll chaos that existed on the internet of old, an attempt to enforce "reality" online. A good one at that.



After reviewing your appeal, we have determined that your name does not comply with the Google+ Names Policy.

We want users to be able to find each other using the name they already use with their friends, family, and coworkers. For most people this is their legal name, or some variant of it, but we recognize that this isn't always the case, and we allow for other common names in Google+ --- specifically, those that represent an individual with an established online identity with a meaningful following. If you haven't already done so, you can provide us with additional information regarding an established identity by re-submitting an appeal that includes references to where you are known by this name either in online or offline settings.

Note that if you're trying to set up a page for a business, band, group, or other organization, please sign up with your own name and then create a Google+ Page. If you're trying to add an alternate name (such as a nickname, maiden name or name in another script), please sign up with your full name; you can add this alternate name (which will appear alongside your full name) once you've signed up.

You may re-appeal with additional information, if you have not already done so. If you're already using Google+, your current name will continue to be used.

The Google+ team.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Apocalytes or the Status Quo

You can't say, like this writer fantasizes in the last line of the quote, you would rather death and destruction befall the country. That's crazy. No one would think you were crazy if you said, "no I kind of like the country; we consume a lot of resources per person, etc."

but the questions are these: how badly do you want things to stay the same? bad enough that you would ignore the writing on the wall?

"If austerity is the trend in Europe, it is certainly not the case in the United States. The US political and financial ruling class, which can be credited for starting the global financial meltdown of 2008, is still betting on the “virtues” of shock capitalism by cutting taxes and not cutting spending. What Congress did last night is quite simple: Our politicians made the decision to charge our common national credit card with a $700 billion gift to themselves and their real constituents, which are the wealthiest 2 percent Americans. And, once again, future generations will have to pick-up the astronomic tab. That is, of course, unless the United States goes completely bankrupt from 30 years of reckless financial and economic policies."

I'd love it if having an incredibly loose monetary policy would save the national economy too. the only thing is, the people implementing the policy may be like the former CEO of bear sterns: they may be able to walk away from a huge mess rich, fat, & easy.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Government is a Pawn in Capitalist Oligarchy

without oil, all the farmers and poor people's lives will suffer! they won't be able to drive their pickups around the farm, get to town to buy feed, or be able to get from home in their suburb to work downtown, or take the kids to school! Oh Dear! we better give oil and gas companies $70 bil.! Yes, that's what would be best for the American People.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Pope Further Left than U.S. President & Republicans

to read this address from the pope and basically see a good chunk of the democratic platform is quite remarkable. historically, i believe the vatican has been more conservative than the U.S. government.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Juicy Chris Matthews Profile

some enjoyable reading for "opinion junkies" .. i only read the first bit up to the cleveland ritz. and it was a great scene.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Dubai's Incredible Growth

in a previous post, we saw a new york subway station pictured in the midst of completely undeveloped land. that was in 1906. in dubai, there is much the same amount of growth. the city expects to have the most passenger traffic of any airport in the world. here's the stunning images of growth from an economic blog.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

lord have mercy -- iraq vet commits senseless murder of mother of his children

this is the stuff folk songs are made of. you have a soldier home who senselessly murders the mother of his twins. the story is complete with the stinging emptiness of the human mind pushed to its failure limits. the inability to understand, and the insignificance of the legal system's practical conclusion. this emptiness of this story is enough to make anyone religious. the writer of this article is quite the dramatist. kudos.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Watching MSNBC's live webcast of the new hampshire primary

9:59 PM EST: MSNBC uses a moving camera to broadcast an image of a large television showing the obama / clinton results graphic.

10:00 PM EST: there was a a weird story about how huckabee granted a convicted rapist clemency in part because of a religious conversion that happened in prison and in part because of huckabee's belief in redemption. the recorded piece was cut short by a return to a live webcast. apparently the webcast control room doesn't have things totally tight.

10:06 PM EST: They say Clinton gets more votes in part because she answered questions live for 90 minutes today. that's something she hasn't done much at all. in principle it seems like a smart thing to do. i like the idea. but can a change in behavior only a few hours old radically change polling numbers? the minute by minute reportage of the campaign may give unequal weight to small events only 24 hours old.

10:14 PM EST: Pat Buchannan et al. suggest that new hampshire voters deliberately cast their votes in the opposite direction that polls and pundits were saying they would since Obama's Iowa victory. it seems like a narcissistic hypothesis.

10:27 PM EST: interesting backdrop for edward's "I'm continuing" speech. a few "middle class working male" types. attractive, retiremnt age, etc. now keith lets us know that guy is the actor who plays the plummer on desperate housewives.

10:32 PM EST: NBC news projects Hillary Clinton as the winner at 66% of precincts reporting.

10:36 PM EST: anchors can't hear interviewee in hillary's victory room. return to tim russert to suggest "gender gap", "contrarian spirit", and "people of new hampshire hate a fait accompli."

10:39 PM EST: Tom Brokaw reads a hilarious list of Hillary's Dead headlines. New York Post-- Hillary: Panic

10:41 PM EST: Terry McAuliffe sounds like an athlete or coach talking over the crowd in a post-game show. he seems a little out of breath.

10:45 PM EST: DailyKos offline, because comment archiver goes to work at an inopportune time.

10:46 PM EST: Event planners of Obama use some upbeat rock music for the approach to the stage. similar to the springsteen music edwards used.

10:51 PM EST: One stumble, but Obama is an impressive speaker.

10:56 PM EST: Obama gives a good list of 21st century challenges. Then he gives the not I but you turn.

10:58 PM EST: "There has never been anything false about hope." Obama counters Clinton. we'll see this as a sound byte. and then they go into a "yes we can" refrain. it seems like an okay refrain for a speech, but that sort of repetition has a whiff of cliche to it. but it's not bad.

11:05 PM EST: Tom Brokaw suggests trying to get ahead of the voters with "predictions" and "projections". Chris Matthews doesn't seem to like it and cuts him off. Tom jumps back in and introduces hillary. Chris stays quiet. Tom's tone is more serious and ceremonial than his younger's.

11:08 PM EST: Hillary: "Thank You New Hampshire. you spoke. I listened, and I found my voice." She just found her voice now? at this age? hmm. she gave the "politics is not a game" sentence. she delivers it well.

11:17 PM EST: one person in the "tweety, shut up" thread about msnbc broadcast said, "I'm marginally a Hillary backer, but Brokaw telling Chris Matthews to start letting the process to go forward in the way that it should and for them to stop trying to get ahead of the voters (and Matthews complaining "so what do we do before election day", to which Brokaw answered that they could analyze what the candidates are saying) was absolutely the best part of the night."

11:28 PM EST: Keith Olbermann asks if Hillary is the front-runner now. He seems stuck on his perhaps incorrect use of the term over the past months.

11:30 PM EST: Matthews asks if Hillary, really did, in an honest way, just find her voice in the last few days. It seems a fair question.

11:37 PM EST: Matthews congratulates himself for saying something smart last night.

11:38 PM EST: Scarborough defends news media from tom brokaw by saying that hillary was in fact way behind, and then in the last 24 hours everything changed. he implies that the news outlet made no mistakes, things just changed faster than they could report.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Man Sentenced in Bizarre Diagnosing Scam

MONROE, La. (AP) — A man was sentenced to more than four years in prison for bilking friends and family out of more than $800,000 by convincing them that his wife was a government agent who could arrange to have their medical problems diagnosed by satellite imaging.

Brent Eric Finley, 38, of Rayville, was sentenced in federal court in Monroe to serve 51 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. His wife, Stacey Finley, was sentenced in August to spend 63 months in prison and both are ordered to jointly pay restitution in the amount of $873,786.94.

The Finleys pleaded guilty in August to wire fraud, according to court records.

U.S. Attorney Donald W. Washington said in a news release following Monday's sentencing of Brent Finley that the couple convinced numerous people that Stacey Finley was a CIA agent and with her contacts she could schedule a medical scan of the victims' bodies by satellite imaging that would detect any hidden medical problems.

The Finley's convinced their victims that, if any medical problems were found, secret agents would administer medicine to them as they slept in exchange for payment, according to a bill of information filed when the Finleys were charged in May.

"These audacious criminals should remind all of us that scam artists will go to great lengths to take our life's savings," Washington said.