Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fox News Most Distrusted Name In News: Poll

"Fox News was one of only two networks that saw its distrust levels increase from last year's study. Last year, 37 percent of respondent­s said they didn't trust Fox--a nine-point difference from the 2011 poll."

If people are actually getting wise to the propaganda game that Fox has been playing, maybe there will be a decrease in viewership (and accompanyi­ng drop in ad revenues) and an increase in the overall intelligen­ce level of the American public... Nahhh.... something tells me this is just a statistica­l aberration­...”

Fox News Most Distrusted Name In News: Poll

Republican Study Group Issues Proposed Budget Cuts

Since the bulk of the cuts would be salaries for the people implementi­­ng these programs, what is the plan to address the resulting unemployme­­nt, the loss of tax revenues for those left unemployed and cover the unemployme­­nt payments to those whose jobs will be cut by the budget reductions­­? (And we'll forget, for the moment, the impact of the loss of those federal salary dollars on the small businesses around the country where the now unemployed workers once spent their money.)

The primary flaw in GOP plans to cut spending, both at the federal level and at the state level (as far as I have seen) is that they are all shortsighted, and imagine that the problem can be addressed by cutting spending. The fact of the matter is, however, that cutting spending only serves to exacerbate the problem, for the most part. Cutting government spending leads directly to increased unemployment, because government spending is jobs. Not only that, they are some of the best jobs left, since our industrial base has permanently outsourced most of the country's best paying manufacturing jobs.

If Republicans were really serious about addressing the problem, they would own up to the fact that tax rates are unrealistically low, that past tax cuts did not create jobs, that government spending is one of the surest ways to increase employment, and that paying higher taxes to live in a healthier, more prosperous country is actually a good thing. The reality is, the countries with the lowest tax rates are places most of us would not care to live. That is not a coincidence, it is true by design.

Republican Study Group Issues Proposed Budget Cuts

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Health Care Poll Finds Decreased Republican Support For Full Repeal


There is no "post repeal plan" for healthcare because the Republican­s know they will not succeed in repealing the bill, they just want to hold a vote so they can say they voted to repeal it. There were numerous opportunit­ies for their input during the initial debate. In fact, the much maligned "insurance mandate" was a cornerston­e of John McCain's presidenti­al campaign, not something Obama or the Democrats ever endorsed. The inclusion of the mandate was a bit of sleight of hand on the part of the GOP, excising the public option and replacing it with the mandate, then voting against the bill and campaignin­g against the mandate which they had INSISTED be included rather than a public option.

The GOP should be represente­d by the two-faced Roman god Janus, who simultaneo­usly looks forward and back, rather than the elephant.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds - CNN.com

The Wakefield study, first published in Lancet in 1998, has been widely criticized, soundly debunked and impossible to replicate. The article released today by BMJ officially moves the study from the realm of shoddy research and rash conclusions into the province of intentional fraud.

The motive? Money. Lots of money. First of all, there was the upfront payment of over a half million US dollars from a group of lawyers who hoped to profit from suing vaccine manufacturers, a fact that was conveniently concealed for over five years. Add to that the money he stood to make from his medical "tests" that would form the basis of the law suits and his percentage of the proceeds from litigation, and you have a more than plausible motive for the crime.

Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds - CNN.com

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Update on Using Swype

One issue I've found with using Swype on the Droid Incredible is the keyboard resets to the default when the device is restarted. Let me correct that, the device still presents the Swype keyboard, but the keyboard behavior is default. I found someone else commenting on this issue on a Facebook message board. Apparently this is a known issue. Fortunately, the poster also had a workaround for the issue. Simply press inside a text box and when the text input method dialogue box appears, switch it to default, then repeat the procedure, switching the input method back to Swype. Problem solved (thanks poster).
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