Archive for September, 2012

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from ‘Til There Was You, with Dylan McDermott and Jeanne Tripplehorn, which… I saw, apparently:

You’d prefer the dream of some future piano to a piano in actuality.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s wee roly-poly Scottish Fold kittens…

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Oh. My. God.

September 28th, 2012 at 11:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

And Yet Still More B&W Arena Demolition Photoblogging

It’s an arena, it’s demolished, what more can I say.

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September 27th, 2012 at 07:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

B&W Arena Demolition Photoblogging Continues

Who among us does not love destruction?

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Arena Demolition 23

Arena Demolition 25

September 26th, 2012 at 07:50am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Monday Media Blogging

Apparently Star Wars is even older than I thought…

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September 24th, 2012 at 11:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Stop The War On Global Warming!

Yet another Great Moment In Republican Framing:

The Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409, was approved in a 233-175 vote, although as usual, the bill many Democrats described as anti-environmental still found some Democratic support — 19 Democrats voted for it.

The legislation is a combination of five bills that would overturn or prevent an array of regulations that Republicans say would harm the coal industry and the economy. Among other things, it would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources, and prevent rules on the storage and disposal of coal ash and limit Clean Water Act rules.

It would also prevent potential Interior Department rules to toughen environmental controls on mountaintop removal coal mining, and thwart other air emissions rules, including air toxics standards for coal-fired power plants.

So apparently imprisoning black and brown people in the name of the wars on drugs and terror is a-okay, but a war on rising oceans and poisoned air is cruel and unjust.

September 24th, 2012 at 07:57am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Energy,Environment,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Godard classic, Alphaville:

Now that I’ve seen you, I’m no longer normal.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s roly-poly wee kittens…

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Aww.

September 21st, 2012 at 07:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Color Arena Demolition Photoblogging

The first shot kinda looks like something out of one of the Alien movies…

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September 19th, 2012 at 11:15am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Better Naming, Please

This organization’s name seems a little incomplete to me:

An organization founded by Erskine Bowles and Al Simpson announced Tuesday that it has raised more than $25 million to launch a national campaign to encourage policy makers to pass debt legislation in the coming months.

The Campaign to Fix the Debt has collected contributions from corporate CEOs and others for a national media campaign and advertising campaign to urge lawmakers reach a solution to the debt crisis.

A more accurate name would be “The Campaign to Fix the Debt without Making the Rich Pay More Taxes”.  See also: The supposed need to cut Social Security in order to save it, instead of simply raising or removing the income cap on payroll taxes.

September 19th, 2012 at 07:11am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Politics,Social Security,Taxes,Wankers

More Arena Demolition Photoblogging

Not much to add to the title, really. It’s an arena, and it’s being demolished.

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September 18th, 2012 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Monday Media Blogging

Have you ever wondered what Werner Herzog reading Where’s Waldo might sound like? Wonder no longer:

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September 17th, 2012 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

Arena Demolition Photoblogging

I have mixed feelings about the hockey arena not getting imploded. On the one hand, implosion shots could have been way cool, assuming I could find a decent vantage point and that I could see more than just dust and smoke. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have gotten to see the arena taken apart piece by piece, with more and more of its innards exposed. And, of course, I wouldn’t have gotten nearly as many photos of the process.

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September 17th, 2012 at 07:20am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from Mad Dog Time, an unknown mobster movie with an all-star cast:

When it comes to not giving a fuck, you guys are just dabblers.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s creepy talking cats…

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Eep.

September 14th, 2012 at 07:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Farewell To UCSD B&W Photoblogging

Next up: Arena demolition!

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UCSD Buildings 105

UCSD Garage Steps

September 13th, 2012 at 07:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Penultimate UCSD B&W Photoblogging

Hard to believe, but I’m finally out of UCSD photos. Just one more batch after these.

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UCSD Buildings 102

September 12th, 2012 at 07:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

This Surprises… No One

Worst. President. Ever.

While [the pre-August 6 PDBs] are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.

The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

History will not be kind.  I just wish Bush’s punishment was something a little more… substantive than the scorn of future generations.

September 11th, 2012 at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Terrorism,Wankers

Bipartisanship!

Well, isn’t that sweet – Paul Ryan and Rahm Emanuel have found something that they agree on (or perhaps I should say, that they admit that they agree on): That labor unions are fucking retarded.

1 comment September 11th, 2012 at 07:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Education,Labor,Politics,Republicans,Ryan,Wankers

Monday Media Blogging

Debbie Harry meets H.R. Giger:

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September 10th, 2012 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

UCSD Vertical Looking Up At Medical Buildings Photoblogging

Can’t add much to the title, really…

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September 10th, 2012 at 07:30am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Friday Quote & Raccoon Blogging

This week’s quote is from the Clint Eastwood classic, The Outlaw Josey Wales:

No signed paper can hold the iron – it must come from the mouths of men.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s raccoons…

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Frolic, Harbor!  Frolic like the wind!

September 7th, 2012 at 11:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Why The RNC Used A Fake Ex-Obama Supporter

The reason the RNC had to use one of their own staffers to pretend to be a disappointed Obama supporter isn’t that ex-Obama backers are hard to find, it’s that it’s hard to find any that have dumped him for reasons that are favorable to Romney.  There are a whole bunch of us out there, but precious few of us have given up on Obama because he spends too much money and hangs out with celebrities.  We’ve given up on him because he’s done nothing to roll back Bush’s authoritarian, pro-corporate, pro-wealth policies.  If anything, he’s even expanded some of them.

But obviously those reasons wouldn’t really play well in an ad for Mitt Romney.  They’d much rather have some phony insisting that they’re mad at Obama because they expected him to have destroyed Social Security and Medicare by now, and to have rolled back all corporate regulations and taxes.

September 7th, 2012 at 11:12am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Obama,Politics,Republicans,Romney,Wankers

The Ryan Constant

Okay, this is actually very useful:

Mr. Ryan also cited bankruptcy numbers to make the point that failing businesses mean fewer jobs. “In 1980 under Jimmy Carter, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy,” he said. “Last year, under President Obama’s failed leadership, 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy.

But he appeared to conflate business bankruptcies and much more numerous personal bankruptcies. Of the 331,264 bankruptcies in 1980, only 43,694 were for businesses, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Of the 1,410,653 total bankruptcy filings last year, 47,806 were business bankruptcies, according to the institute. And, again, the numbers are falling. In 2009, there were 60,837 business bankruptcies.

We can use this to actually quantify a multiplier for Ryan’s bullshit, a “Ryan Constant”, if you will, which works out to be approximately 29.285.  Armed with this information, we can now re-examine Ryan’s claim to have climbed 40 of Colorado’s 54 “fourteeners”, or mountains that are 14,000 feet tall or higher.  Applying the Ryan Constant, we find that Ryan has actually climbed 1.4 fourteeners.  Or 40 mountains that are 478+ feet high.

September 7th, 2012 at 07:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Elections,Politics,Republicans,Ryan,Wankers

Beginning Of The End Of UCSD B&W Photoblogging

Not out of UCSD shots yet, but I can see the finish line from here.

UCSD Building Reflection

UCSD Chain Shadow

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September 6th, 2012 at 11:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

B&W Mostly Stairs UCSD Photoblogging

Almost a theme…

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UCSD Buildings 90

September 5th, 2012 at 11:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Selectively Small Government

Funny how Republicans and conservatives are all about small government when it comes to guns, regulating or taxing rich people and corporations, or helping the poor, the sick, and the elderly, yet they can’t get enough government when it comes to voting and registration requirements, security theater, domestic spying, immigrants, drug laws, prisons, abortion, or anything to do with the military.

Why, it’s almost as if “small government” is just a convenient excuse for letting moneyed interests have whatever they want at the expense of everyone else, rather than a bedrock principle conservatives sincerely believe in.

September 5th, 2012 at 07:39am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Politics,Prisoners,Republicans,Taxes,Terrorism,Unemployment,Wankers,War

Monday Media Blogging

Alien practice!

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This is actually creepier than the full costume…

September 3rd, 2012 at 11:45am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging


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