small banks are a form of self empowerment, autumn skies wallpaper, is america’s age of discovery over

The Top Five Reasons To Move Your Money From Bank Of America. With so many Americans complaining about the related issues of the economy, jobs and Wall Street’s costing the nation trillions because of their behavior, I am surprised that more people have not realized how much power their savings and checking accounts have. Moving to small local credit unions and community banks directly decreases the power the too big to fail crowd has over Congress and the economy. Getting your MasterCard or Visa from a small bank works as well.

fall country field

autumn skies wallpaper

Ban Birth Control? They Wouldn’t Dare…

Meanwhile, House Republicans continue their attempts to ban federal support for PP(Planned Parenthood), this time through a draft bill on agency funding that would also completely defund Title X, the government’s main family-planning program. Title X, which provides family planning services to more than 5 million mostly low-income people each year, has nothing to do with abortion, which kind of proves that the “fungibility” issue is just a fig leaf. (Bill supporter and Tea Party Caucus member Denny Rehberg, a Montana Republican who opposes raising taxes on the wealthy—did I mention that he’s the twenty-fourth-richest member of Congress?—claims that zeroing out birth control funds for poor women is necessary to lower the deficit. Because what could be cheaper than babies?)

Of course once those babies are born conservatives will fight against them getting health care, a good education, could care less if they get a job with a living wage and will do what they can to keep that child from voting. Than they will complain about how the now grown-up child is a drain on society.

Mayer Hawthorne- When The Night Falls

Is America’s age of discovery over? A small group of ambitious institutions gave us the Internet, lasers and TV.

Not so long ago, the core skill of the United States was new industry creation. And at the same time — not coincidentally — the country boasted the world’s largest and fastest-growing economy. During the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, scientific and technological breakthroughs from the United States produced a steady stream of extraordinary new industries and products. These industries stimulated consumer demand and, by providing high-paying jobs, enabled it.

That stream of basic discoveries was produced not mainly by self-funded geniuses in backyard garages but rather by a quite unusual and focused machine for discovery and innovation — a network of institutions deliberately founded, organized, and run for the purpose of fueling scientific and technological insight. Including such legendary institutions as Bell Labs, Xerox PARC, RCA Laboratories, DARPA, and others, this network consisted of public, private, nonprofit, and for-profit efforts working in combination. Programs with clear commercial potential were supported alongside efforts at “pure science,” with the two streams resonating with and feeding off each other. This discovery and innovation machine existed because of a business and political culture that supported invention independent of immediate practical applications, as being “good for the country.”

[  ]…Here’s one example. In 1948, Bell Labs scientist Claude Shannon, who is widely acknowledged today as the founder of modern information theory, published his paper “A Mathematical Theory of Communication” in the Bell System Technical Journal. At the time, it was a piece of “pure science,” with no obvious or immediate practical payoff. But years later, physicists applying Shannon’s ideas to the mathematics of data transmission discovered ways of sending digital information at ultrafast speeds over copper wires, making DSL connections possible. Today those connections bring high-speed Internet service into 160 million homes.

While some corporations still have labs and still partner with universities and the government there have been big cut backs. Corporations started putting their emphasis on meeting quarterly profit goals to make investors happy in the short-term. R&D does not always return immediate profits. I disagree with authors in that the future of research might be less bleak than they think. Mostly because government (DARPA among other labs) and universities have taken up the research slack. That may change and the author’s gloomy predictions may come to pass if conservatives are successful at cutting research funds.

They don’t know the meaning of the word shame – Despite Insisting Wisconsin Was ‘Broke,’ Gov. Scott Walker(R) Spent $60,000 On iPads.

Fiona Apple – Sleep To Dream

emma watson’s ladybug tattoo. its kind of harry potter or steampunk style ladybug.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. This is a thumbnail of a special edition poster by Tom Whalen. Those interested can order it here.