Weekend Update 06-04-2011

Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story. It’s not another Dr. Horrible, but it is fun. All three parts are posted.

Linus Torvalds on Linux 3.0-rc1. Pretty cool. And I’ve been actively using Linux at work and home for fifteen of those twenty years. Doesn’t seem that long somehow.

The Truth about the American Economy. An excerpt from Robert Reich’s testimony. Well worth reading. Ironically, these policies intended to benefit the wealthiest hurt them as well. They end up with a larger piece of a smaller pie and as the purchasing power of most Americans implode, they are unable to spend enough to compensate and maintain the economy on which their wealth largely depends.

Yes. We need to be talking about ways to solve our high rate of unemployment — and embrace unorthodox ideas, modern versions of the sorts of things that actually worked during the Great Depression. And yes, Republicans are worse than useless on the issue of job creation and unemployment. They are and will continue to be deliberate obstacles to any and every effort. So what? We should all join them on the sidelines wringing our hands in learned helplessness? Bah. We need to face the problem and deal with it.

Dang those pesky facts! And here, Republicans can’t handle the truth that taxes were higher under Reagan than they are currently under Obama. We don’t have a spending problem. We have a revenue problem.

Oprah has a pretty good article on a gluten free diet. Go figure.

Wow. Senate Republicans block aid to homeless veterans? They really are shameless.

1937 in 2011? Interesting thoughts. Interesting parallels.

The Celiac Teen posted a great account of her trip to a food blogging conference, including a scary layover in nearby (to me) Dallas. I guess I take tornado warnings and dramatic weather for granted. Even if you aren’t a celiac, take a moment to read it.

Hmmm. If the White House garden grew subsidized crops. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

And a study confirms that oats that aren’t certified gluten-free are heavily contaminated — to the tune of 88% if samples.

Wow, so the years of huge real median family income growth in the US were the years of financial repression? Who knew? Can someone come “financially repress” me? (Why do I feel like Brer Rabbit?) I love his last line. “I have seen the past, and it worked.”

David, Larabar’s first employee. Interesting, especially since Larabars have been so important to my family. Youngest daughter survived her 8th grade choir trip to Six Flags mostly on Larabars.

Making sense of a visible quantum object. Wow! Just … wow!

The choice to stop the American automobile industry from unraveling was the right one.

Which gospel was written first? It’s “common knowledge” today that Mark was written first, but why do people believe that’s the case? My thoughts are in the comments.

The prayer of silence. I like Metropolitan Jonah and recommend this.

Maine’s rollback of child labor laws is not as bad as originally proposed. That’s supposed to be good, right?

Ryancare vs. Obamacare. For those incapable of doing basic math.

The future of Medicare is … Medicare. Duh.

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2 Comments

  1. John
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Just an indirect comment on the topic of celiac intolerance and grains altogether.
    Are you familiar with the book Grain Damage by Douglas Graham?

  2. Posted June 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    No, I’m not familiar with it. I will note that celiac (an autoimmune disease), gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity, and grain allergies are all pretty different things physiologically. All pretty serious, but also quite different.

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