Archive for September 2008

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #291: Countdown

September 30, 2008

There are now only four days left.

All Chronicles of Depression 2.0 posts.

Politics: Kiss My Ass, You Turkeys

September 30, 2008

Political Change? Prove it!

So practically everyone online has been in a self-congratulatory swoon since Election Day over the rout of the smug Republicans and the second coming of the virtuous Democrats.


Emphasis added by me.

I’m quoting something I posted November 12, 2006.

Where’s all that change, you assholes?

Oh right, Obama will bring it.

Drop your pants and bend over for it.

David Rothman/Teleread: Heart Attack!

September 30, 2008

David has had a heart attack – recovering in the hospital

I was getting nervous because David hasn’t posted in so long, so I called him at home and his wife told me that he had a heart attack last Thursday night at about 10pm. Last Friday he had quadruple bypass surgery and is recovering. Evidently all 4 arteries were 90% blocked. David didn’t smoke and was primarily a vegitarian, but his wife said he has a family history of heart problems. She is hoping that he will be released from the hospital this Thursday.

Emphasis added by me.

I had wondered too. But I figured he had things going on.

Boy, did he!

Not Rothman’s ticker

Previously here:

Your Important Question
Post-Death Medical Advice For Tim Russert
Get Your Heart Checked, Dammit!
R.I.P. Tim Russert

Sony Makes Stupid Mistake (Again!)

September 30, 2008

Declines to extend invite for me to blog about their Sony Reader press event this Thursday.

All I’ve got to say is this.

The Old Blog
Sony Reader Multi-Part Report Index
Sony Reader: Part 1 (of 4)
Sony Reader: Part 2 (of 4)
Sony Reader: Part 3 (of 4)
Sony Reader: Part 4 (of 4)

This Blog
Sony category

Now, Sony, add up all my words.

Then add up all the coverage generated on Thursday evening and Friday.

Compared the wordage.

Then subtract all the eejit of Thursday and Friday coverage that disdains the Sony Reader against the Kindle or plain still doesn’t fucking understand the Sony Reader.

And you call yourselves PR experts?

Still time for Sony to learn: What Was Your ROS*, Palm?

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #290: WTF?

September 30, 2008

Another personal interjection.

The Asian market did not have a bloodbath overnight.

Nor did Europe.

And the DJIA here in the U.S. did not go down the 805 points I felt it would today. It recouped more than half of what it lost yesterday, in terms of points.

Frankly, my head is spinning now.

The new drumbeat — it began last week, but has gotten louder since the FAILout — is Mark-to-Market rules set up in the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation.

If the advocates of rescinding a provision of that Act are to be believed, this is what’s preventing the “price discovery” Treasury Secretary Paulson has stated is essential.

Further, if that rule change was made, there would be no need for the proposed $700B bailout.

Yeah, WTF?!

What Wall Street did today was shoot itself in the foot. After yesterday, people were shaken. Now it’s as if yesterday we watched someone jump out a window, bounce off an awning, slide to the pavement — and today the guy jumps to his feet, dusts himself off, and slowly walks away as if nothing happened!

But wait! What about all that talk of cataclysm?! What did Warren Buffett say? (Hey, where’s Warren Buffett today?!) What did Paulson want to do? And what did Greenspan say again?

And wait wait wait! Didn’t Wall Street also do this acrobatic recovery recently? Yes.

So what the hell is going on here?

Credit markets — especially interbank overnight lending — remain frozen. Essentially dead. Central banks all over have become the tit from which they’re all sucking now.

How long can that continue? When do they get weaned?

And what does this mean for all of us?

Stay tuned.

There’s still Asia tonight, Europe overnight, and Wall Street again tomorrow.

And tomorrow — October 1st — we’ll see if this rumor is true or not.

I’m still sticking with my Countdown: Four days left.

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #289: Limbaugh

September 30, 2008

Talk radio holds firm over “socialist” bailout

“I shouldn’t say this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Screw the market! …. OK, I’ll take that back, not screw the market but let me tell you something,” conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said as part of his analysis of Monday’s events.

“When the government fails to pass a socialism bill and the market goes south, let it go south. I don’t want to pass a socialism bill just to protect the stock market,” said Limbaugh, by far the most popular host on U.S. radio.

Still deaf. And getting richer from the “socialism” of our airwaves.

Previously here:

Nader: Rush Limbaugh Is On Welfare!
Goofball America-Hating Conservatism
I Just Threw Up In My Mouth Again!
I Just Threw Up In My Mouth!
Welcome To Limbaughland

Writer Cliff Burns: The Fear Of All Fears

September 30, 2008

On Despair

The Horse’s Mouth

A Fine Madness

Previously here:

R.I.P. Writer David Foster Wallace
Quote: Writer Thomas M. Disch
The Final Internet Words Of Writer Thomas M. Disch
R.I.P.: Writer Thomas M. Disch

Writer Mitzi Szereto: Yob World

September 30, 2008

The Things You See When You Haven’t Got Your Gun

You just know I’m simpatico with that blog post title.

Writer Melanie Phillips: The Multicult Cult

September 30, 2008

Planet Equality and the eclipse of nation

In the name of multiculturalism, he said, Britain had done something terrible to itself. It had downplayed British cultural identity, leaving long-standing inhabitants fearful and new immigrants alienated, creating a vacuum ripe for exploitation by extremists.

His warning could not be more timely or appropriate. Multiculturalism and its allied doctrines of human rights and anti-discrimination are acting as a kind of corrosive acid eating away at our institutions, values and national identity.

A great post. It’s time we all stood up to this sabotage by the “sensitive.”

Leech Off Canadian Radio!

September 30, 2008

Skip wave reception sometimes allowed me to hear old radio shows from a Canadian radio station. Last night it happened again and this time I noted the station.

It’s AM900 CHML in Hamilton, Ontario. Not only does it play — ad free! — Old Time Radio shows at night, but there’s a section on their website where some can be streamed for free. That’s, I think, in addition to live streaming.

Have a look:

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