The Breakfast Club (Chicken Heart)

breakfast beers photo breakfastbeers.jpgSo this is a story I've told before but not with such detail and outrage.

The essence of the scientific method is that theories are disprovable (by contradictory experimental
results) and that experiments are replicable.  The reason I call
Economics no more than Shamen dancing around a corpse shaking rattles is
that the theories are not disprovable (for the most part,
since like all social sciences experiments to test the conclusion are
impossible to arrange and only observation is feasable) and when
examining the results of natural experiments (oh, say austerity in
Greece) they are shown to be in direct contradiction of the predicted results.

It's worse than that he's dead Jim, Dead Jim, DEAD!

Not that this keeps the Shamen from shaking their rattles and dancing.  It's FAITH you see and when we're talking about WASP Christianity the firm belief
that the elect, favored by God and predestined before birth to sit at
his side on the big rock candy moutain in the sky by and by, display the
benefits of God's grace even in this mortal coil.

That's why the rich are rich you know.  They deserve it.  And all you all expecting divine justice like some kind of
after-life lottery don't really understand that 'so above as it is
below' and the opiate of justice is merely to numb your pain as you
suffer and die for the benefit of your betters.

You think God wants to hang with you?  You wouldn't know a pickle
fork (two tines) from a dessert fork (three) unless a servant laid them
out in the correct order (always good to wait until you can see what
your host uses).

Which brings us to the Chicken Heart.  This is why I'm conflicted about Cosby.


Bill Cosby - Chicken Heart (entire routine)


My dear readers, you may disagree with my opinions, object to my
theories, but when I talk about science I insist that my experiments are
reproducible and consistent.




It was 2008. I had been quite ill. But it was a Friday, which meant I had a column due at Docudharma.

The graphic is named Wallpaper. It was created in the wayback.

The fever burns. Whether the fever of the head or the heart, it burns.

Temperature rising,
it isn't surprising
she certainly can can-can

--Irving Berlin

Twenty-four hours being bathed in fire, spiked with the occasional five minutes of shaking from being chilled to the bone and frequent bouts of coughing which rendered breathing problematic have passed. Memories linger and are recorded. Ideas joust with each other for primacy. Words erupt.



The Notorious RBG: "The Best and Hardest Job I've Ever Had"

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka The Notorious RBG, sat down for an exclusive interview with MSNBC's Irin Carmon. During the interview she spoke on numerous
subjects including the dysfunctional congress, abortion, marriage
equality, sexism, retirement and tattoos.



Full interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Full transcript can be read here  






CARMON: So I know that you have no intention of
retiring, and correct me if I'm wrong, anytime soon. But I'm wondering
what you want your successor to look like?

GINSBURG: My successor will be the choice of whatever president is
sitting at that time. But I'm concerned about doing the job full steam.
And I've said many times, once I sense that I am slipping, I will step
down. Because this is a very intense job. It is by far the best and the
hardest job I've ever had. And it takes a lot of energy and staying
power to do it right. So that is when I will step down, when I feel I
can no longer do the job full steam.




The Breakfast Club (It's My Party)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History




Today in History for February 17th





Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer gets life in prison;
House lawmakers pick a president; Garry Kasparov beats IBM's Deep Blue
at chess; NBA star Michael Jordan born; The Eagles release their
greatest hits.

Breakfast Tunes



Leslie Gore May 2, 1946 - February 16, 2015 

Lesley Gore - It's My Party (1965)


Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac


Then Everybody Can

If our smart guys can do this, then everybody can. And everybody can learn how to do it!

As long as we're the good guys with the ability to infect computers...


TMC :: The Breakfast Club (It's My Party)



Choosing Happiness

This was originally published in 2008. My views on the subject herein usually get me yelled at.

I'm willing to take that chance.

The event which occasioned the writing of this will become clear at the end. If, while reading this, it has not yet become clear, it is because you have not yet reached the end.

The graphic is entitled Doodle 9.



Sunday Train: Future of Rail Technical Symposium, Washington DC. 3 Feb, 2015

Last week in Washington DC, your Sunday Train correspondent was able to attend the "Future of Rail Symposium" held in Washington DC. The presenters discussed various aspects of building a Steel Interstate corridor, including the Steel Interstate concept, a discussion of electrified rail around the world, why rely on electricity rather than LNG for major backbone corridors, the engineering and economics of electrification in North America, an approach to financing an initial Steel Interstate corridor without requiring new legislation to be passed through our gridlocked Federal government, vehicle and track considerations of the "Rapid Freight" rail component of the Steel Interstate, the labor dimension and the need for a new social contract with Rail Labor, and a final presentation on the "Solutionary Rail" proposal by the Backbone Campaign to establish a Steel Interstate on the BNSF Northern Transcon corridor.





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