Scott Oakes (via moreleftthannot)
Yes we are living off the capital investment of the 50s and 60s. Without this investment Reaganomics would have collapsed immediately. The entire modern Conservative economic concept requires squeezing out all they can without reinvesting and then moving on to somewhere else without looking back.
In the US there are companies that take sick days and personal time off from the same pool of days. I had fifteen total in a year, and that’s regarded as pretty generous. Of course, if I actually did have anything that didn’t physically stop me getting in to work, I’d do so - it’s better for me to sit at my desk unproductive (and possibly infecting co-workers) than lose a holiday day.
Well done for reverse incentives there, free market capitalism.(via blech)
This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds.
sElf - Runaway official video
first new Self video in ~4 years and it’s a real doozie
The internet is made of cats
For the past 8 days, performance artist and parody king “Weird Al” Yankovic has released 8 consecutive music videos in 8 days. All for his 14th studio album ‘Mandatory Fun' which hit store shelves just last week. Each video went viral onto the net and skyroted to unprecedented levels.
Here at UMF, I am honored to be part of this event by joining “Weird Al” and hosting the eight hysterical videos. I have posted each one as they were released on this blog, but you can see them all below. Enjoy!
These are all fabulous but Mission Statement may be my favorite.
"No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations," said David Von Spreckelsen, senior vice president at Toll Brothers. "So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighborhood."
ARRA = American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study.
Storms with female names have historically been significantly more deadly because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes.
Researchers at the University of Illinois and Arizona State University examined six decades of hurricane death rates according to gender, spanning 1950 and 2012. Of the 47 most damaging hurricanes, the male-named hurricane produced an average of 23 deaths compared to 45 deaths for female-named hurricanes, or almost double the number of fatalities.
So, they’re dead for their own stupidity. Sounds like natural selection to me.
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Liz Cheney, quoted by the Huffington Post, when asked what the Republican Party should do to address climate change.
All Liz needs now is to blast her friend’s face at close range while drinking on a hunting trip and she has all the Cheney bona fides.
(via liberalsarecool)Any American who denies global warming should automatically have to live in Florida for 50 years. As in, until it’s underwater. Then we’ll check in and see if they reevaluate their opinion.
But both parties are TOTALLY the same.
Once again, Republicans are on the wrong side of equality and fairness.