Archive for January 4, 2008

Exactly What Is Important Enough To The Police?

January 4, 2008

Police: SJ Newlyweds Bashed By Dozen Teenagers

The couple said police officers have told them their case is not a top priority because the department is understaffed.

And this wasn’t something minor, dammit!

Dan was beaten the worst, Fadipe reported.

Doctors said his injuries would take a year to heal.

In Japan, the police will find a stolen bicycle.

Here in America, they all want to be superheroes. Like in the movies they see.

While they strut and pose, all self-important and useless, we who pay their salaries die. Too unimportant to matter to them.

Who do they serve?

Why Is Anyone Surprised?

January 4, 2008

Video of Sleeping Guards Shakes Nuclear Industry

Kerry Beal was taken aback when he discovered last March that many of his fellow security guards at the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania were taking regular naps in what they called “the ready room.”

When he spoke to supervisors at his company, Wackenhut Corp., they told Beal to be a team player. When he alerted the regional office of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, regulators let the matter drop after the plant’s owner, Exelon, said it found no evidence of guards asleep on the job.

So Beal videotaped the sleeping guards. The tape, eventually given to WCBS, a CBS television affiliate in New York City, showed the armed workers snoozing against walls, slumped on tabletops or with eyes closed and heads bobbing.

The fallout of the broadcast is still being felt. Last month, Exelon, the country’s largest provider of nuclear power, fired Wackenhut, which had guarded each of its 10 nuclear plants. The NRC is reviewing its own oversight procedures, having failed to heed Beal’s warning. And Wackenhut says that the entire nuclear industry needs to rethink security if it hopes to meet the tougher standards the NRC has tried to impose since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Emphasis added by me.

The one thing I can count on the majority of my fellow Americans not doing is actual work.

I see it all the time.

I’m stuck waiting on line while cashiers gossip.

I’m stuck waiting for service while those who are supposed to provide service talk to one another.

I see the so-called Security in the Satan Island Ferry Terminal — NYPD and Wackenhut-like third-party placements — stand around and talk.

Talk talk talk.

You disgust me, you talkers. You really do.

What are you being paid for, to enhance your egos by boasting to one another? Or to do a specific job during a specific set of hours that entail carrying out specific functions?

The worst ones — the absolute bottom-of-the-barrel — are the ones who talk to me. They’re like retarded little children desperately looking for someone else’s approval.

Grow up, dammit!

When the Collapse Of All Things occurs — and, man, it is a given — these very same people will look around and wonder what caused it.

Cue the mirror.

1929 Meets 2009

January 4, 2008

17 reasons America needs a recession

To begin with, recession may be an understatement. Jeremy Grantham’s GMO firm manages $150 billion. In his midyear report before the credit crisis hit he predicted: “In 5 years I expect that at least one major ‘bank’ (broadly defined) will have failed and that up to half the hedge funds and a substantial percentage of the private-equity firms in existence today will have simply ceased to exist.”

He was “watching a very slow motion train wreck.” By October, it was accelerating: “Train hits end of track at full speed.”

Train wreck victim:

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Source: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection, LC-DIG-fsa-8a21443 DLC (reproduced per these guidelines)

A Wee Change Here

January 4, 2008

I’ve moved Recent Posts to the top of the sidebar.

I think that will be helpful for people who pop into a specific post via search engines.

Top Posts will remain at the bottom. I have no trust in popularity.

Murray Gell-Mann Talks About Beauty And Truth In Physics

January 4, 2008

Unfortunately, WordPress (the free service I use) is very picky about what videos it will embed. It won’t do this one. So I tease you with some screensnaps that should entice you to go look at the video.

Wielding laypeople’s terms and a sense of humor, Nobel Prize winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones? Can the fundamental law, the so-called “theory of everything,” really explain everything? His answers will surprise you.

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One of the errors of this world — particularly, if not strictly uniquely, of American life — is that we have been duped into applying the rightness of eternal beauty in science to the transient and superficial beauty of human beings.

Some of the most foul human beings I have ever encountered had deceptively appealing surfaces.

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Isaiah 53:2, KJV

Few will comprehend the applicability of that quote.