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From the New York Times, A Supersonic Jump, From 23 Miles in the Air.
The quote in the title is from Jon Kittinger, a “spacediving” pioneer who lost consciousness during one incredible jump from 100,000 feet in 1959. (He made the poignant realization after awakening when his reserve chute opened a mile from earth.)
From a New York Times article on Wednesday. Wednesday, June 3, 1892. (Not a joke.)
A HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR; PROMISED RATE OF TRAVEL FROM ST. LOUIS TO CHICAGO. DR. WELLINGTON ADAMS TELLS ELECTRIC CLUB MEMBERS OF A WONDERFUL ELECTRIC RAILROAD — THE SECRET OF HIS MOTORS RETAINED.
The Empire State Express, which flies from New-York to Buffalo, is soon to be entirely eclipsed by an electric express traveling at thunderbolt speed over a road as straight as an arrow’s course, if the story be not a dream which Dr. Wellington Adams unfolded last night to the members of the Electric Club…
InÂ his latestÂ carnival of poo, Bono decries the state of automobile design and wonders,
Are aerodynamics to blame? Economics? Or that most American of inventions, design by committee?
It’s nothing new for Bono to misunderstand America or to make ridiculous generalizations, but you may be surprised by his proposed solution:
Thatâ€™s why the Obama administration â€” while it still holds the keys to the big automakers â€” ought to put some style fascists into the mix: the genius of Marc Newson … Steve Jobs and Jonny Ive from Apple … Frank Gehry, the architect, and Jeff Koons, the artist. Put the great industrial designers in the front seat, right along with sound financial stewardship … the greener, the cleaner, the meaner on fossil fuels, the sexier for me. Check out the Tesla or the Fisker Karma car, designed by the same team that gave the world the Aston Martin.
Bono glides between blithe sarcasm and grandiosity with such ease that it makes you wonder ifÂ BONO knowsÂ when he’s kidding.
BONO: Guest Columnist For MISSOURAH.com
Paul Krugman writes in his column (titled ironically, as Hot Air pointed out, “Paranoia Runs Deep”) for the New York Times:
The state of mind visible at recent right-wing demonstrations is nothing new. Back in 1964 the historian Richard Hofstadter published an essay titled, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” which reads as if it were based on today’s headlines: Americans on the far right, he wrote, feel that “America has been largely taken away from them and their kind, though they are determined to try to repossess it and to prevent the final destructive act of subversion.” Sound familiar?
But while the paranoid style isn’t new, its role within the G.O.P. is.
When Hofstadter wrote, the right wing felt dispossessed because it was rejected by both major parties. That changed with the rise of Ronald Reagan: Republican politicians began to win elections in part by catering to the passions of the angry right.
Ronald Reagan has been called all manner of things– an “amiable dunce” dispensing dumb slogans, a shallow-thinking supply-sider indifferent to the poor, etc.– but this one I have not heard.
Paul Krugman thinks Ronald Reagan represents the ascendance of an angry right? What planet has Paul Krugman been living on for the last 30+ years, and why doesn’t he write for their paper instead?
UPDATE: Watch these videos and judge for yourself whether they represent the “angry right.”
UPDATE: (SINCERITY ALERT!): I can barely watch the second video without getting goosebumps and/or choking up.
From a fawning, self-contradicting article in the New York Times (emphasis added):
Mr. Gore is not a lobbyist, and he has never asked Congress or the administration for an earmark or policy decision that would directly benefit one of his investments. But he has been a tireless advocate for policies that would move the country away from the use of coal and oil, and he has begun a $300 million campaign to end the use of fossil fuels in electricity production in 10 years.
But Marc Morano, a climate change skeptic who until recently was a top aide to Senator James M. Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, said that what he saw as Mr. Goreâ€™s alarmism and occasional exaggerations distorted the debate and also served his personal financial interests.
Mr. Gore has testified numerous times in support of legislation to address climate change and to revamp the nationâ€™s energy policies.
He appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in April to support an energy and climate change bill that was intended to reduce global warming emissions through a cap-and-trade program for major polluting industries.
Umm… really? Here are a couple facts that are– what’s the word– oh yeah, inconvenient:
- One of Al Gore’s companies, Generation Investment Management, purchased a 9.5 percent stake in Camco International Ltd, a “carbon asset developer” (whatever the hell that is– maybe Jeffrey Skilling knows). Camco has “one of the world’s largest carbon credit portfolios” and coordinates the sale and delivery of carbon credits. I guess Camco will completely sit out the pending “cap-and-trade” legislation, in order to preserve Gore’s putative independence?
- Just browse the “Greentech” portfolio companies at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins (of which Al Gore is a partner). Solar technology, fuel cells, energy management solutions, geothermal energy… None of these firms would benefit directly from new legislation mandating a reduction in carbon emissions?
Listen, I’ve got no problem with Al Gore getting stinking filthy rich on his ideas for Hope-powered zeppelins and magical-fantastical windmills. But can we stop pretending like this guy is a selfless saint?
SHOCKER: Quarter-billionaire rockstars wholly untethered from reality have ideas on how to improve America
U2 lead singer Bono contributed a desultory, barely intelligible guest column to the New York Times over the weekend, consisting largely of telling Americans what they believe, or stand for, or something. He also shares his cartoonishly simplistic pop-rock worldview:
Americans are like singers â€” we just a little bit, kind of like to be loved. The British want to be admired; the Russians, feared; the French, envied. (The Irish, we just want to be listened to.)
I won’t get into his bizarre, International House of Pancakes determinism for the attitudes of British, Russians, French or Irish. But Americans want to be loved? Are you fucking serious? That may be true for Alec Baldwin, Perez Hilton and the lead singer of the Killers, but I seldom meet anybody who who actually seeks to be loved by foreigners, unless they’re pathologically insecure.
Here’s another turd from the clueless rocker:
America is not just a country but an idea, a great idea about opportunity for all and responsibility to your fellow man.
I’m glad we have Bono to tell us what America is. (Now if only The Edge would advise me on how to run my small business…)
However, where the hell did he come up with the idea that America is about “responsibility to your fellow man”? That sounds more like Marx than Jefferson. It’s really not hard to ascertain that Americans are an individualist lot and such a statement is deeply problematic– but that might require Bono to doff his freaky ski goggles and look around.
TELEGRAPH (UK): Maureen Dowd's disgusting insinuation that Joe Wilson is a racist would land her in court in Britain
The New York Times demands high enough standards of evidence when the target of a defamatory remark is a liberal. But Joe Wilson is fair game â€“ not because he behaved so badly, but because the financially troubled â€œold gray ladyâ€ and her employees are still in the grip of Messianic delusions.
Positively beautiful. It is interesting to me that these images could be so breathtakingly beautiful despite being heretofore unseen by human eyes– and so free from the evolutionary adaptation of what we find beautiful (or terrifying or hideous…)