about that one world government conspiracy, human gut brewery

Canadian Pacific Railway 4-6-2, March 1960. Gelatin silver print. D. Plowden.

Canadian Pacific Railway 4-6-2, March 1960. Gelatin silver print. D. Plowden. Part of that smoke is condensation from the cold, the other part  is coal ash, so only partly romantic nostalgia for the past.

If you grew up in the southern U.S. you grew up with ramblings about One World Govmint and the United Nations. That conspiracy theory is bone-headed in many ways, but one of the worse aspects is that it distracts from the reality that the people who believe it really are owned and help to perpetuate being owned, Exposing the Financial Core of the Transnational Capitalist Class

… people on the boards of directors of the top ten asset management firms and the top ten most centralized corporations in the world … [they find that] … there is a total of thirteen firms, which collectively have 161 directors on their boards … [and] … this group of 161 individuals represents the financial core of the world’s transnational capitalist class. They collectively manage $23.91 trillion in funds and operate in nearly every country in the world. They are the center of the financial capital that powers the global economic system. Western governments and international policy bodies work in the interests of this financial core to protect the free flow of capital investment anywhere in the world.

The writing is a little more breathless than I’d like. It is simply a matter of fact that a few people push the western economies the way they want. They wanted austerity – and they largely got it. many countries are having what Paul Krugman called a dead-cat bounce (a policy of simply shutting down half the economy for a year or two, then letting it start up again, is a smashing success)– the economies were is such bad shape that they had to inch above bottom eventually. Sure local legislators still pass laws that are propelled by local interests, but they are generally not that big an influence on the world economy. Though even locally conservative organizations like ALEC have had a big impact on the lives of average workers and their families.

North Star House

North Star House stairway, 1960. Architecture in the 20th Century. Volume III.

 

And dash of science, Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Apparently, You Can Make Beer In Your Gut

So the team searched the man’s belongings for liquor and then isolated him in a hospital room for 24 hours. Throughout the day, he ate carbohydrate-rich foods, and the doctors periodically checked his blood for alcohol. At one point, it rose 0.12 percent.

Eventually, McCarthy and Cordell pinpointed the culprit: an overabundance of brewer’s yeast in his gut.

That’s right, folks. According to Cordell and McCarthy, the man’s intestinal tract was acting like his own internal brewery.

Ordinarily the bacteria in your gut would kill most of the yeast, so this man may have some kind of medical condition that suppresses his gut bacteria.

publishing pioneer, rent seekers sucking life out of the economy

The Dun Emer press-room

The Dun Emer press-room, ca. 1903. Elizabeth Corbet Yeats is at the iron hand-press; Beatrice Cassidy, standing, is rolling out ink, and Esther Ryan is correcting proofs at the table. The rear wall of the press-room displays a mural in pastel by the poet and artist AE (George Russell).

The first press founded by Elizabeth Corbet Yeats (1868-1940) was named for the Lady Emer, renowned in the Irish epics for her beauty and artistic skills. The intent was to provide training for young women in a number of occupations by which they might earn their living, including bookbinding, weaving, embroidery, and printing. Among the works Elizabeth published were those of her brother, William Butler Yeats.

Humanity achieves another milestone, Environmental Toxins Enter the Brain Tissue of Polar Bears

“If PFOS and PFCAs can cross the blood-brain barrier in polar bears, it will also be the case in humans. The brain is one of the most essential parts of the body, where anthropogenic chemicals can have a severe impact. However, we are beginning to see the effect of the efforts to minimize the dispersal of this group of contaminants.”

Select environmentally labeled products

The eight carbon chain PFOS and perfluorooctane carboxylate (PFOA) are PFASs have been phased out and are no longer produced in the western world. However, production in China, today the only known production source of PFOS and PFOA, has increased by roughly a factor of 10, since it was phased out in the USA.

China is the wonderland of economic freedom that so many conservatives and libertarians dream of – few regulations, those regs they do have are not rigorously enforced, and no unions.

Larkin Company Administration Building, Buffalo, New York Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Larkin Company Administration Building, Buffalo, New York, 1906.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The five story dark red brick building used pink tinted mortar and utilized steel frame construction. It was noted for many innovations, including air conditioning, stained glass windows, built-in desk furniture, and suspended toilet bowls. Though this was an office building, it still caught the essence of Frank Lloyd Wright’s type of architecture. Sculptor Richard Bock provided ornamentation for the building.

The Larkin building was demolished in 1950.

How Wall Street sucks all the life out of the economy,

Here’s the point that is critical to understand: the rentier performs no useful function, and the economic rent can be eliminated without reducing the supply of the resources needed for production.

[  ]…Never content with its piece of the pie, Wall Street got into the storage business. In a terrific (and all too rare) piece of reporting, the NYTimes has exposed the scam created by Goldman Sachs to corner the aluminum market. You’ve got to read this for yourself, but I’ll summarize the main point. Goldman bought Metro, a storage company in Detroit that handles a quarter of the market’s supply of aluminum. Before the Squid took control, Metro had 50,000 tons of aluminum in storage; under Goldman’s management that has increased to 1.5 million tons.

Based on that growth you might think the aluminum business is booming, right? Well, no. Producers who need aluminum cannot get it—it is all bottled up in Goldman’s warehouses. The typical wait to get an order filled by Goldman’s facilities has grown from six weeks to 16 months.

And here’s the kicker. Goldman doesn’t own an ounce of the aluminum—it merely stores it for the owners. When the owners demand their own aluminum, Goldman claims it cannot be found. This is like depositing your family jewels at the local bank, but when you go to retrieve them, the bank claims it has misplaced your safety deposit box. And so you wait for 16 months.

At the bottom of this rent-seeking are the little worker bees – in another era they were called serfs. In the U.S. No one who does an honest day’s work likes to think of themselves as a serf who is just spinning their wheels to create the capital the rent seekers play with. So change at the top requires some realizations by the average American.

 

smooth river stones wallpaper, green spaces good for health, watching the new day rise

smooth river stones wallpaper, spring stream

smooth river stones wallpaper

Green spaces boosts wellbeing of urban dwellers

Parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there, says a University of Exeter study.

Using data from 5,000 UK households over 17 years, researchers found that living in a greener area had a significant positive effect.

The findings could help to inform urban planners and have an impact on society at large, they said.

The study is published in the journal Psychological Science.

There are some encouraging trends in architecture, just judging from my visits to architectural news sites over the last couple years. One is incorporating green spaces into remodeled and new buildings. Sometimes meaning a roof-top garden, occasionally having green areas on every floor (part indoors/part outdoors  mini-parks on upper floors). Space is at a premium in cities so the growth of small street level parks is limited. While not directly a green space, many architects are getting away from the rectangular box. Incorporating curves – sometimes with jetting with balconies. They at least give the impression of being in a structure that is more organic, a more natural part of the environment. I like the nice clean lines of some minimalist rectangles, but we can have both.

watching the morning sun

watching the morning sun

A few quick links of note, How the “Koch Brothers Bill” will mean fewer happy sunrises

In February, 11 congressmen—10 Republicans and 1 Democrat—joined some two dozen [2] industry groups, including the Fertilizer Institute, the American Chemistry Council, and the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, to back the General Duty Clarification Act [3]. The bill is designed to sap the Environmental Protection Agency of its powers to regulate safety and security at major chemical sites, as prescribed by the Clean Air Act.

“We call that the Koch brothers bill,” Greenpeace legislative director Rick Hind says

Just because the Koch brothers get a kick out of seeing towns blow-up and American workers getting sick, does not mean its true freedom, of the the new improved conservative libertarian variety.

Once in a while a squirrel finds a nut or a conservative stands for truly American values, Bill for compulsory science fiction in West Virginia schools

Republican state delegate Ray Canterbury says move would inspire pupils to use practical knowledge and imagination in the real world.

Lucky I wasn’t drinking milk when I read that or it would have been spraying out of my nose.

Some conspiracies are true or at least there is enough rational based evidence to warrant a deeper look, Filmmaker claims CIA kept innocent man jailed to cover up drug trafficking

the eyes of old penn station, it is not the conservative thesaurus that needs changing, audubon’s rats

Pennsylvania Station

This was the concourse roof on the old Pennsylvania Station in New York – erected in 1910 and demolished for a new building in 1963. I liked it because it looks like giant eyes.

Conor Friedersdorf writes in, The Right-Wing Hucksters Who Dare Not Be Named

President Obama’s critics “seem eager to believe he is a lightweight,” John Podhoretz writes in Commentary, “and he is not.” Conservatives underestimate him to their own detriment, he argues, utterly failing to know their adversary, for when they’re not calling him “a golf-mad dilettante,” they’re indulging in the polar-opposite delusion that he’s a power-mad Kenyan Marxist.

The unintended result:

The notion that Obama is a dangerous extremist helps him, because it makes him seem reasonable and his critics foolish. It also helps those who peddle it, because it makes them notorious and helps them sell their wares. But it has done perhaps irreparable harm to the central conservative cause of the present moment — making the case that Obama’s social-democratic statism is setting the United States on a course for disaster and that his anti-exceptionalist foreign policy is setting the world on a course for nihilistic chaos. Those are serious arguments, befitting a serious antagonist. They may not sell gold coins as quickly and as well as excessive alarmism, but they have the inestimable advantage of being true.

[   ]….All I can say for sure is that you’ve got individuals in mind who, by your own admission, are doing damage to the movement you’re both invested in far more earnestly than they are … and you’ll only criticize them obliquely. As best I can tell from regularly seeing your work, they’re the only sort you disdain but won’t name.

Conor has a point and he means well, yet, and I say this as someone on the the same side as Conor, Conor seems somewhat clueless. Conservative and libertarian intellectuals use phrases like “social-democratic statism” as a synonym for of Marxist Anti-Christ, but the pompous pretender  John Podhoretz, and the moral and intellectual vacuum known as Jonah Goldberg know this. Statism is is just another limp piece of hyperbole from mental defectives who think they’re being clever. If the Limbaughs, Glenn Becks, Michelle Malkins and Sean Hannitys would just start using the conservative intellectual thesaurus, the Orwellian dazzle from the new spin will make their proto-fascist agenda much more palatable to the average American. Podhertz is saying the same thing the cheap seats say on Fox News when he writes, “his anti-exceptionalist foreign policy is setting the world on a course for nihilistic chaos.” He will not and cannot give details because he is doing nothing more than what 13 year olds do in the cafeteria when they see someone they don’t like. They start making things up about them. They project their weird imagination on people. Goldberg had to rewrite history to make his point about liberulism, Hillary Clinton, Woodrow Wilson and FDR. What nihilism – killing Bin laden when the neocons could not do the job? Leaving Iraq after conservatives wasted thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. Anyone with a laptop can spew out accusations, how about some measurable, verifiable proof – Obama’s actions and how they pushed the world even one micrometer towards nihilistic chaos. If nothing else one cannot have a dark nothingness and chaos at the same time. I’ve been reading Podhoretz or his dad, since high school. The far Right treats them with a reverence reaching the heights of idolatry. Yet, John has a record of being wrong so often and egregiously, if America was truly a merit based culture, he’d be living in a cardboard box in an ally.

Audubon’s Work Becomes Feathering For Rats Nests

Audubon’s Work Becomes Feathering For Rats Nests. 

Unidentified Japanese Meiji artist, Audubon Opening His Box of Watercolors Destroyed by Norway Rats, 1872–77. Ukiyo–e woodblock print on paper. Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, Bella Landauer Collection. This is the post the paining goes with.

dante’s tomb, astounding new finding magic can make words true, the third reich and nra gun control lie

  Tomb of Dante, c. 1898 by  John Russell Pope

  Tomb of Dante, c. 1898 by  John Russell Pope. During some religious-political infighting between Catholics, supports of the Pope versus supporters of those who wished to preserve and expand the former glory of the Holy Roman Empire. Dante supported the Pope and was ordered to pay a fine by the Empire supporters the Black Guelphs ( not related to ethnicity). If he did not pay the fine he was subject to execution by burning at the stake. Since he thought he was innocent of any wrong doing and the Black Guelphs had seized his assets he left in a kind of exile. Even in exile Dante invoked God to destroy the Black Guelphs. Though he also became disenchanted with the White Guelph because of their political infighting. Dante died while returning from a trip and was buried in the small town of Ravenna originally – pictured above. The residents of Florence came to regret Dante’s exile and asked that his remains be returned to Florence, where they built another tomb for him. The government of Ravenna refused and even hide his bones at one point. The tomb in Florence remains, but empty to this day. John Russell Pope (1874-1937) was an American architect. Apparently his rendering was just one of many studies he did of various works.

There are a few perspectives to choose from when thinking of Dante. As a horror fantasy writer is one way,

For one thing, Dante had a curiously modern sense of violent spectacle. The central dramatic technique of the Inferno is what Dante called the contrapasso—the fitting punishment that each sinner receives in the afterlife. In coming up with those punishments, Dante appealed to a basic appetite for fantastic violence—the kind that, today, is gratified by horror or science-fiction films. Take this scene (from the Robert and Jean Hollander translation) in which aman is morphed into a lizard and a lizard into a man:

First his calves and then his thighs began
to knit so that in but a moment
no sign of a division could be seen.

The cloven tail assumed the shapes
the other one was losing, and his skin
was turning soft while the other’s hardened.

I saw the man’s arms shrinking toward the armpits
and the brute’s forepaws, which had been short,
lengthen, precisely as the other’s dwindled.

Then the hind-paws, twisting together,
became the member that a man conceals,
and from his own the wretch had grown two paws.

 

 

    Birds, American paining c. 1840 century oil on canvas

Birds, American paining c. 1840 century oil on canvas. Artist unknown. I cannot name all of them, but there is an eagle, a brown thrasher, a hummingbird ( there are about 14 species native to North America), a quail, a bluejay, what might be the now extinct Carolina Parakeet. That red bird seems like a whimsical version of a cardinal or maybe a waxwing.

US Radio host: Same-sex marriage laws might force a resurrected Jesus to marry a man.

Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has warned that the passing of same-sex marriage laws might cause Jesus Christ to marry another man.

The Christian radio host this month said that same-sex marriage encourages children to have gay sex and that gay people aren’t human and should therefore not be protected under the US constitution.

Lets out aside for the moment the doctrinal issues here, like humans being able to force the son of God or the earthly embodiment of God to enter into a civil marriage, pay for a marriage license or why he would even desire to wed a fleshly human. While it may not seem like it some days, we live in an empirical based world – we have to prove our bridges will not collapse with calculations and knowledge of materials science. We require testing of new drugs and medical procedures. We have to obey mathematical and physical laws to keep from injuring ourselves. We as a society, in other words, require proof of statements – our health and lives depend on it. Now, it seems in M’s Harvey’s world, proof is not required. saying the words magically makes them true. This is a remarkable phenomenon. I would venture to say earth shattering in its repercussions.

spiral staircase wallpaper, earth tones, architecture

spiral staircase wallpaper

Jess Dixon in his flying automobile.

Jess Dixon in his flying automobile. “Built by Jess Dixon of Andalusia, Ala. Can fly forward, backward or straight up or hover in the air. Runs on road or flys across country. 40 H.P. motor, air cooled, speeds to 100 m.p.h.” Original photo by Kobel Feature Photos (Frankfort, Ind.). This low resolution print is courtesy State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/17346. According to this site, Jess and his flying car appeared in Mechanix Illustrated Nov. 1941.

One of the WP neighbors has a wonderful photo essay on old closed American textile mills, ” The Thread That Connects Us All “

  Street in Venice  John Singer Sargent 1882 oil on wood

  Street in Venice, by  John Singer Sargent 1882. oil on wood.

Alex Seitz-Wald gives the NRA some history lessons, The Hitler gun control lie. Gun rights activists who cite the dictator as a reason against gun control have their history dangerously wrong

The 1938 law signed by Hitler that LaPierre mentions in his book basically does the opposite of what he says it did. “The 1938 revisions completely deregulated the acquisition and transfer of rifles and shotguns, as well as ammunition,” Betancourt wrote. Meanwhile, many more categories of people, including Nazi party members, were exempted from gun ownership regulations altogether, while the legal age of purchase was lowered from 20 to 18, and permit lengths were extended from one year to three years.

Logic can suck sometimes. It hurts our brains and sometimes it is boring, but it is one of the things that separates us from scorpions,

Besides, Omer Bartov, a historian at Brown University who studies the Third Reich, notes that the Jews probably wouldn’t have had much success fighting back. “Just imagine the Jews of Germany exercising the right to bear arms and fighting the SA, SS, and the Wehrmacht. The [Russian] Red Army lost 7 million men fighting the Wehrmacht, despite its tanks and planes and artillery. The Jews with pistols and shotguns would have done better?” he told Salon.

Governments, including ours can be heavy-handed. Though if the gov’mint, i.e. the FBI, the DEA or ATF come for your ass, best to get a good lawyer rather than grab a gun; see Ruby Ridge.

Ruby Ridge was the site of a deadly confrontation and siege in northern Idaho in 1992…It involved Weaver, his family, Weaver’s friend Kevin Harris, and agents of the United States Marshals Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation. It resulted in the death of Weaver’s son Sammy, his wife Vicki, and Deputy US Marshal William Francis Degan.

At the subsequent federal criminal trial of Weaver and Harris, Weaver’s attorney Gerry Spence made accusations of “criminal wrongdoing” against every agency involved in the incident: the FBI, USMS, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for Idaho

I left out a sentence that claims the siege started because Randy Weaver refused to be an informant for the FBI. That is a ‘fact’ that is highly disputable.

 

the americana, fairy tales and health care

The Americana Hotel of Miami Beach, Florida, was designed by architect and Russian immigrant Morris Lapidus (1902–2001).  I can’t pin down the first reinforced concrete building, but the first skyscraper made of reinforce concrete was the Ingalls Building of Cincinnati, Ohio, built in  1903. The Americana, completed in 1956 took advantage of the flexibility of reinforced concrete to use curves and projected spaces that had not previously been possible. While the form is obviously different, Lapidus was inspired by the experimental shape of Frank Lloyd Wright’s late career buildings, especially the Guggenheim Museum. The Americana was part of a trend that came to be known as Miami Modern architecture style or “MIMO”, which was a part of the mid-century modernism, or the international style that begin to incorporate prefabricated materials. Even with the new curves, the building has a mathematical like repetition of pattern, almost a real life M.C. Escher in real life dimensions. My impression of the photo – the cars and general motif is more The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, than Madmen.

Mitt Romney, health insurance, and the myth that no one ever dies because of lack of health insurance

Whatever the true benefits, costs, and drawbacks of “Obamacare,” there have been sum unbelievably stupid things said about it, and I’ve even documented some of them by opponents of the PPACA, including the claim that Obama’s fixin’ death panels for grandma. Amusingly, the “Health Ranger” (a.k.a. Health Danger) Mike Adams really hates Obamacare, to the point of proclaiming shortly after it was passed into law that the PPACA would produce a health care dictatorship and doom America to Pharma-dominated sickness and suffering. He even called it a “crime against America.”

Unfortunately, laying out enough napalm-grade flaming stupid to defoliate the entire Amazon River basin is not limited to clueless wonders like Mike Adams. There are other clueless wonders out there who don’t seem to understand the real world. Unfortunately, one of them is running for President. Yes, I’m referring to Mitt Romney, who late last week made a statement so brain-meltingly out of touch with the real world that even I had a hard time believing that he actually said it. Ironically, enough, a mere couple of days after Mitt Romney put his cluelessness on display for the world to see, there also appeared a tear-inducing op-ed piece published yesterday in the New York Times by Nicholas Kristof entitled A Possibly Fatal Mistake, which described in a very personal story about a friend of his the health impact of not having health insurance for those millions of people.

The notion that emergency rooms are free medical care for those without health insurance is like believing that Little Red Riding Hood is detailed fact based account of something that happened to a girl in a forest once upon a time, talking wolves and all. Social-Darwinist Mike Adams and Mitt Romney are victims in away. They believe that if you cannot afford health care it is because of your moral failings. You lack the work ethic and moral grit that figures like themselves have in excess thus you deserve a life of pain and suffering, or death, But they cannot say that because of social pressure. Thus they are forced by that pressure to , as someone recently said, to shuck and jive around the issue with distortions, spin and lies.

The man O’Reilly is speaking to is Marc Lamont Hill, PH.D, a professor at Columbia University. The picture is by way of here. I wonder what the reaction would have been if Professor Hill had said to O’Reilly, “Let’s say you’re a Nazi – and you kind of look like one a little bit…”

Build Your Own Electric Ghost

With the slow and steady rise of household electricity in the early 20th century, spiritualists and mystics had new tools to convince people that they were able to communicate with and conjure supernatural beings. Skepticism was a prominent theme in the electrical hobbyist magazines of the 1910s and ’20s and writers who knew about how to create seemingly magical phenomena with electricity took a lot of pleasure in showing off how these tricks worked. The pages of magazines like Science and Invention, Electrical Experimenter and Practical Electrics were filled with articles explaining how the pseudo-supernatural effects were achieved, and how you could make them right at home to impress your friends.

There are some interesting pictures and diagrams at the link.

robot helps scoundrel study, the dissonance over who gets what and fairness

There have been quite a few studies over the years in discerning exactly what constitutes deceptive behavior. Popular culture, village elders, clergy and parents had their own ideas about someone not being honest for centuries – the shifty eye theory and nervous gestures probably topping the list – it turns out that witches and non-witches do not have different water buoyancy qualities. Though there might be some science to the body language part of the perceptions perpetuated by popular culture, How to Spot a Scoundrel – Certain types of fidgeting give away a person’s trustworthiness

Other volunteers also chatted with Nexi ( a robot) for 10 minutes, but during these conversations Nexi used gestures other than the target movements. As reported in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, when Nexi used the target gestures—but not when it made other humanlike movements—the volunteers reported feelings of distrust toward the robot. What’s more, when they played the economic exchange game with Nexi, these volunteers expected to be treated poorly and behaved less cooperatively with the robot.

Interestingly, these results were narrowly focused on trust. That is, even when Nexi’s body language made people skeptical of its motives, the study participants did not necessarily dislike it, according to their subsequent reports of their feelings toward it. This is a familiar human experience: many of us know individuals whom we like well enough but would never, ever trust with our money.

The target gestures that the robot used – and taken from those demonstrated by people engaged in deceptive behavior – included four major cues, hand touching, face touching, crossing arms and leaning away. No one of those gestures gave anyone away. Deceptive people tended to use them in a kind of concert of physical cues. While I hope this hopes others, it is almost useless to me. Except for some very obvious cases i have a very difficult time reading people I have known for a while and than deciding whether they were going to do engage in some behavior that would eventually cause me harm. I wonder if the research subjects would have been so quick to pick up on even the robots cues if they interacted with it regularly. Maybe they would have eventually come to discount the gestures as eccentricities. I also wonder about how how deception plays out. Often times people who have a malevolent agenda sincerely believe they are acting in the best interest of others. And like the Nexi experiment we might tend to be suspicious of such people, but might leave them to work away at their goals without asking them to provide some sound reasoning for doing so.

Via TPM Gawker Posts 950 Pages Of Romney/Bain Documents

 

chair with roses

Why is Rem Koolhaas the World’s Most Controversial Architect? Age has not tempered the Dutch architect, who at 67 continues to shake up the cultural landscape with his provocative designs. Koolhass has also done some public buildings in the U.S. slide show at link.

The Beijing headquarters of China Central Television – by Koolhaas

We have radio, newspapers, magazines, television, direct mail, smartphones, the internet and some people even still read books, yet many people still live in a bubble of their own reality – In Wis. Swing County, Voters Criticize ‘Handouts’

Knigge has 130 cows on his farm. They depend on the alfalfa he grows — but because of the dry weather, some of his stalks are just 4 inches high; they should be 10 inches taller than that.

Knigge and I got to talking politics. He said he’s leaning Republican. He’s not all that enthusiastic about Romney — but he definitely wants a change.

“I’m not a big fan of how big the government’s gotten or how many people are living off the government now,” he says. “And I understand people have hardships with the economy and everything else, but, to me, it’s — pretty soon, we’ve got to stand on our own feet and get up and get moving and not rely on somebody else helping us with that.

“I mean, America was founded on people getting up and going and making their own living and their own lifestyle. And I’m afraid we’ve gotten too far away from that.”

Knigge does get some help from the government in the form of farm subsidies.

“We’ve been enrolled in the government programs,” he says. “We don’t get a lot of government support, we get some.”

Does he see a contradiction there?
Charlie Knigge is a dairy farmer from Omro, Wis. He talked to NPR at the Winnebago County Fair in Oshkosh. “I’m not a big fan of how big the government’s gotten or how many people are living off the government now,” he says.

No one lives off the government. Programs like Medicare and Social Security are entitlement programs – most Americans are entitled to the benefits because they paid for them out of payroll taxes. People on food assistance. That averages $4 a day. Charlie probably eats that much for breakfast. There is no such thing as a program to live off of. The straight up income assistance requires that people work forty hours a week – the working poor who have children. The money goes to help pay rent and utilities, and no one can collect it for more than five years their entire life time even if they’re homeless and sick. This is a good example of why the liberal media is a myth. So many people are obsessed with someone getting some baloney, bread ad corn flakes they might not deserve yet  a few years ago the retiring president of Exxon walked away with hundreds of millions in his retirement practice. As did a retiring excec from AT&T – as an AT&T customer I can personally swear they do not provide the kind of quality service that justifies that kind of compensation.  Romney has never worked an honest day in his life ( and was guaranteed a profit unless he suddenly went batty. There was no risk taking, no new innovations, no Galt-like invention that changed the world) and Charlie probably knows what I mean by an honest day’s work. Romney and the financiers like him live off the labor, thus the capital that people like Charlies produce. Forget the pennies and nickels some poor kid might be getting, resent the moochers at the top of the pyramid who think callouses is a French word for upholstery. Even in what some analysts call a knowledge based economy – one where people with special skills and knowledge reap the biggest rewards – at no time did that retired AT&T executive or Romney add the kind of value to products, services or even the nations’ economic well being to actually earn that kind of money – a top notch neurosurgeon average about $300 k a year. Think about the people like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson who are billionaires. They are complaining about – whatever – America is becoming socialist, there are too many regulations, Obama is the anti-Christ. There are multi-milionaires and billionaires making these complaints. Billionaires complaining is like a donut addict complaining they can have all the donuts they want and there is some evil conspiracy to keep them from being buried in donuts, and oh yea I saw someone one day get one donut using food stamps. If the Charlies in America have deep convictions about unfairness, and they should, those convictions and resentments are directed at the wrong people.

Good example of the lights on, but the thinking consciousness has left the body, Red Ink

Three years ago, the American actor Craig T Nelson appeared on a rightwing television show to complain about the size of the US government and discuss his intention to no longer pay taxes. His logic, if it deserves the label, was peculiar: “I’ve been on food stamps, I’ve been on welfare. Did anybody help me out? No.” Food stamps and welfare are government programmes, of course, and his comments were roundly mocked for their obvious dissonance.

Now he belongs to a union that see that he has fair pay and good working conditions.

3D metal printing