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The names of the fictional watchmen-
Holly and Gram.
Am I the only person that gets the reference?
It has been several months since I posted anything. I had a crazy couple of months preparing for winter meetings. I am getting ready to head into a thesis hibernation until April.
I wanted to take this chance to officially announce my new website. It has been up for several months but I wanted to be sure to highlight it here.
From there you can check out my portfolio and get some contact info. Over the next couple of months I will not be available for much, but if you are graduating in the spring or getting married this summer and want to help me boost my portfolio and save some dough, it is a good option.
Today is random-relating-to-NPR-show day.
If you ever want to get me on a rant, ask me about Toxoplasma. This is a very interesting parasite that is pretty common, but we are still figuring out what kinds of effects it has on people.
To quote My friend PJ Bradway- “Radiolab is This American Life if it were made by Christopher Nolan.”
If you are anything like me, economics seems to be interesting but kind of scary. There are a lot of things that go into economic policy and the l money networks can appear really complicated. I have recently started listening to Planet Money, an NPR podcast that does a bi-weekly play-by-play of the week’s economic news and explains it for people that do not know the difference between GDP and GNP.
Several weeks ago I listened to the episode on the curbing of Brazil’s egregious inflation of the ’80s and ’90s. Today on The BBC there is an article about the same thing. It is highly intriguing and is worth a listen to. It is an amazing story about how a few drinking buddies saved an entire nation from hyperinflation. I recommend giving it a listen.
This used to freak me out as a kid. Now I am freaked out again. I wonder if this dude ate topsoil as well.
At least there are some people on Craigslist that have some sense of humor.
Here is the ad-
Vintage Bike in fair condition —Free (Northern Michigan Woods)
- Location: Northern Michigan Woods
- it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
Special thanks to Noah McLaren.
I have spent the last four days driving around the state collecting aphids. It has been great. I have not found as many as I wanted, but I have been able to catch up on my NPR news. Being in the field is wonderful on many levels, but my ability to listen to Diane Rehm is sufficiently hindered while counting aphids.
Today the news centered on two things- First the newly capped BP gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Second, the Republicans stalling the extension of federal unemployment benefits.
These two things have been very interesting and have made me consider some things.
Let me first state my position- I am a conservative. I am fiscally and socially conservative, but there are some things I am aligned with the left on, primarily the environment. I am the type of person who values both the first AND the second amendment. I would not call myself a republican- I would shudder to voluntarily categorize myself with Dick Cheney and Bill O’Reily. I did not vote for Obama, but I want him to succeed. I want his plans to work. I don’t think the solutions to problems he offers are right, but I want to see him try and I want them to succeed. I do not think he is trying to dismantle our nation, I just think he is overly optimistic and unrealistic. Many conservatives would say that I have been duped and he is slowly taking my freedoms. I respond by saying that even if I don’t assume the person in my house is trying to rob me I can keep an eye on him anyway. I am watching, but I am not attributing his every move to malice as many do.
I have noticed something very frustrating- republicans complaining about the oil spill and the deficit and democrats remaining quiet on the same issues. Both things that would not occur if a repbulican were in office.
Imagine, if you will, the outcry from democrats if George Bush were to allow BP to respond slowly and inadequately to the massive disaster that is currently playing out in the gulf. We would hear about how GW does not care about the environment and that the oil companies are getting off easy. I am not saying that liberals are not mad about the spill, I just think the outcry would be amplified if a republican were in the oval office. Conservatives have been vocal about Obama’s lack of leadership, which I think is an issue, but the fact that conservatives are caring about the environment seems like a joke. The Palin “Drill Baby, Drill” contingent is now eerily quiet.
Republicans are stalling the renewing of unemployment benefits and democrats are frustrated. The reason- republicans do not want to make the deficit larger.
My question- did that stop spending billions in Iraq and Afghanistan? Apparently some things are better to go into debt for than others…
Democrats are just as hypocritical- I have not heard anybody complaining about the Obama administration basically continuing the same policies in the middle east as Bush.
My frustrations stem around the feeling that no matter what happens, the same arguing and bickering will erupt. Nobody want to make things better, they just want to win, government is not about winning but sadly politics is.
Edit:- The posting is gone. It was for pictures of cherubs kissing. Was not worth the $25 asking price.