Category Archives: Creeping Incrementalism

Job Openings @MinistryOfTruth

ToDaZeD #NudgeBalloon Through a National Science Foundation grant, the U.S. government is paying for the creation of a database of “suspicious memes” and other “false and misleading” political ideas posted on social media. …The project defines memes as all “@mentions, #hash_tags, and urls” on Twitter. The .gov. Monitoring social media Citizens’ Public Conversations. For “misleading [...]

It’s this that will kill US

not them but US Whatever happened to the phrase, “Sounds like a personal problem to me…”?!? In June, in return for taking part in a local volunteer initiative to plant flower beds in the city’s traffic medians, the diner was awarded a sign on a lamp post that said “Yield for Sneakers Bacon.” A woman [...]

ToDaZeD CA *facepalm*

our betters The California Highway Patrol arrested Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, shortly after 2:30 a.m. after officers said they saw him driving a state-issued car the wrong way down a one-way street near the Capitol. [in TheSac] But wait! Hours before… “Loving my Latino Caucus boys,” [tweeted] Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, also a Democrat from [...]

my head is reeling…

Language and “Trigger” Warning (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is loosening restrictions on lobbyists who want to serve on federal advisory boards, a White House official said on Tuesday, a setback to the president’s efforts to tamp down special interest influence in Washington. *blink*blink blink* and it looks like my tummy will be unhappy soon, [...]

First World Problems

compare and contrast Remember how CA is denying water to the best food growing area in the US on behalf of Saaaaving a 2” non-native [non-endangered] trash fish from extinction? [a fish that could be bred in a small hatchery in sufficient quantities to fill every waterway and plate in America — were it of [...]

Yr Tax Dollars @ Work!

”we need more taxessssss The employees [of an Federal agency that handles appeals of patent applications], paralegals making $60,000 to $80,000 a year [and about $700,000 in annual performance bonuses of up to $3,500 apiece for “outstanding” work], were idle with full knowledge of their immediate bosses and multiple layers of managers and judges who [...]

Land of the …erm

full weight and force A federal law that aims to curb childhood obesity means that, in dozens of states, bake sales must adhere to nutrition requirements that could replace cupcakes and brownies with fruit cups and granola bars. The “dozens of states” part is due to the loophole in the Federal Law about skool food [...]

“It’s for Teh Chiiiildren”

Robots “Heeeelping” Kidz!! This oughta turn out just swell. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, “Robots Helping Kids,” will ultimately “deploy” robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise. … “learn [...]

Well, lookie here

hm… Wonder if this is something? China’s president [Xi Jinping] pressed a charm offensive with Latin America on Thursday, signing deals with Brazil, meeting regional leaders and proposing a $20 billion infrastructure fund that highlights Beijing’s growing interests in the region. Xi then met behind-closed doors with a dozen Latin American and Caribbean leaders, including [...]

Nudgin’ the Nannying up A Notch

Nudging/Naggin’ T’other day I was standing in line at a local chain drug store. They have a brand new kind of blood pressure taker over on the side and, apparently, lots of people like to use those things. Never thought much about ‘em before but, now, they’re noo and “improved”. They talk. Yep — in [...]

ToDaZeD CA *facepalm*

dang but this usta be a nice state… We’re all Americans in this hemisphere. North and South America – to work together to improve the situation in those countries, … So now our task is to ”democratize” Central America? All of The Americas? Like we did in Iraq and Afghanistan? If that ain’t a call [...]

ToDaZeD Psych 101 Pop Quiz

What does this say to you? First impressions first. Then thoughtful ones… This is a picture, among others, in this person’s office. Ready?

ToDaZeD “Phoney Scandal™*

un-level Ahoy!! New Constituents Ahead!!! House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will travel to the southern border of the U.S. on Saturday to … meet with a group of children held at the South Texas Detention Facility. Surprise!! Huuuumaaaaanitarian Criiiisis!!! Even though *somehow* .gov knew — in January — they were coming. [Mz Pelosi said:] “The [...]

Word of Teh Day Era

“contumacious conduct” “The EPA destroyed vast databases that would have revealed the extent to which Carol Browner and other top officials worked with environmental groups to issue last-minute regulations prior to the end of the Clinton administration,” [U.S. District Judge Royce] Lamberth had issued a protective order on Jan. 19, 2001, the day before the [...]

The Ball is Open

it’ll be real shiitey, real suuni Anybody checked on the whereabouts of the Bergdahl Five lately? Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the administration was “open to discussions” with Tehran if they can help end the violence. He [said] he would “not rule out anything that would be constructive.” Well, Teh Moolahs could be [...]

Marrakesh to Bangladesh

A Trillion Bucks and How Many Lives… The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is preparing contingency plans to evacuate its employees if necessary now that one of the deadliest Islamic militant groups in the region has taken control of large swaths of Iraq, a U.S. official told TheBlaze. Your tax dollars @ work: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [...]

erm… whaaa?

…lest thou are found wanting… Putin railed against US sanctions and rejected allegations that Russia is meddling in Ukraine. “Who is he to judge? Who is he to judge, seriously? If he wants to judge people, why doesn’t he get a job in court somewhere?”

Pop Kulchahhhhh

*facepalm* These people… [Trigger Warnings started as] …a conscientious accommodation of people who’d been raped or otherwise horribly abused. …But soon the practice metastasized. For example, one website offers a trigger warning that it contains images of small holes, lest it terrify people suffering from trypophobia, which is — you guessed it — a fear [...]

well, then

*sigh* Republicans on a House oversight panel say the Justice Department asked former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in 2010 to help them build criminal cases against nonprofit groups conducting political activity. what, now? “The Justice Department convened a meeting with former IRS official Lois Lerner in October 2010 to discuss how the IRS [...]

End of an era…

“I think the greatest national security threat to this country at this point is the 2 square miles that encompasses the Capitol building and The White House.” —Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates* George Will: The point of PPACA [ObamaKare] is cost containment. This supposedly depends on the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB, which is [...]