Here’s Why This Best-Selling Book Is Freaking Out the Super-Wealthy

Piketty’s 15 years of painstaking data collection—he poured over centuries worth of tax records in places like France, the U.S., Germany, Japan and the U.K—provides clear proof that in lieu of major events like World Wars or government interventions like the New Deal, the rich take a greater and greater share of the world’s economic pie.


There are many reasons why French academic Thomas Piketty’s 685-page tome, “Capital in the 21st Century,” has vaulted to the top of the best seller list and is being discussed with equal fervor by the world’s top economic policy makers and middle class Americans who wonder why they haven’t gotten a raise in years. The main reason is that it proves, irrefutably and clearly, what we’ve all suspected for some time now—the rich ARE getting richer compared to everyone else, and their wealth isn’t trickling down. In fact, it’s trickling up.

Piketty’s 15 years of painstaking data collection—he poured over centuries worth of tax records in places like France, the U.S., Germany, Japan and the U.K—provides clear proof that in lieu of major events like World Wars or government interventions like the New Deal, the rich take a greater and greater share of the world’s economic pie. That’s…

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APOCALYPTICON by Clayton Smith

good review

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

apocalypticon-print-cover I’m calling this the best post apocalyptic book ever. (Please disregard the fact that I haven’t read all that many post apocalyptic books. Maybe fifteen?) But that does not deter me from standing my ground on this one.

It started with the attack of the flying monkeys, spreading a dust of some kind of chemical all over the world. Launched from Jamaica.  (Ok, Ok, calm down. I didn’t write this stuff; I’m just reporting the facts.)  The flying monkeys were actually a swarm of small rockets with monkey faces painted on them, hence the name. The dust stuff caused people to pretty much instantly melt from the insides out, and it wasn’t long at all before there were only a handful of people left on earth.

It is a funny book, both dry and laugh-out-loud funny. But there are undercurrents of sadness. And terror.

Patrick and Ben, native sons of…

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A good read, more Columbo than ystery, but therein lies its charm

What Has Been Read Cannot Be Unread

dcijones DCI Jones, a somewhat OCD kind of guy (think Monk lite), picks up another case, and this one is pretty eeeuuuuie.  (We first met the Chief Inspector in his casebook: Raymond Francis Collins .)  He is back, along with his attractive (and gay) female partner, a very competent chick from Sweden, who totally has his back.

A young teen girl, 13 years old, goes missing, but in searching her belongings, her parents find her passport is missing.  So did she run away, or was she abducted?

This is not a mystery, per se, because we know right from the beginning who dunnit and what they done did, and geez are they two of the most disgusting characters this side of …. ummm, well, Hades, I guess.   The story unfolds being told alternately from the disgust0’s viewpoint, and then from the side of DCI Jones.   What the book is is a…

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The Whole World Is Festering

The Whole World Is Festering
With Unhappy Souls


I like Facebook as a communication device: it keeps me in touch with friends and family to a great degree, and because I have started a few groups, and belong to a few more, that pertain to things that interest me, or general news feeds, it also keeps me informed about important current events.


It seems to me though, that a lot of people are, at the very least, unhappy about an awful lot of things, and it also seems that they think that posting about it on Facebook is SOMEHOW going to solve the problem. You’ve seen the “Share this if you …..”  post  so many times, that it’s ( at least to me ) beating a dead horse. Or the Liberal or Conservative groups that post sound bites out of context or exaggerations of something an opponent has said, in order to stir up emotions in their followers. This is, at best, preaching to the choir, and why they are preaching is a total mystery to me. Do they actually think they will change someone’s mind about something that way?


In my life, I’ve been quite active in regards to things that I personally believe in:
In the 60s and 70s, I was active (and was even arrested once)  in anti-Vietnam War protests, I demonstrated for racial equality because of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. More recently, I actually worked for President Obama’s election campaign. I actually did something. It may have been a small thing, in comparison to what others did, but still. I DID something.

I’m not, in any way, trying to toot my own horn here. All I’m saying is if you are dissatisfied with things as they currently exist, if you think that there are injustices that need rectification, posting a picture from Someecards that somehow addresses  the subject is a tortal waste of time.

“It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.”
Shirley MacLaine

Computing is still too clunky: Charlie Rose and Larry Page in conversation

Larry Page, or Dr. Evil, who will reach world domination first?

TED Blog

(L-R) Charlie Rose and Larry Page. Photo: James Duncan Davidson (L-R) Charlie Rose and Larry Page. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

The illustrious questioner Charlie Rose and Google cofounder and CEO Larry Page take their seats on the TED stage for a Q&A during Session 6: Wired. They talk about Page’s latest projects, Snowden’s appearance and the underlying ethos that powers Page’s work. Below is an edited version of their conversation.

Charlie Rose: Where is Google, and where is it going?

Larry Page: The mission that we defined a long time ago was to organize the world’s information and make it usable and accessible. Now people always ask me: Is that still what you’re doing? And I’m not quite sure. But search really is such a deep thing for us. To really understand what you want, to really understand the world’s information — we’re still very much at the early stages of that. We’ve been doing this for 15 years already…

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The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night – and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch

Have friends there, Friends of friends have not been heard from in days

Caracas Chronicles

San Cristobal ayer San Cristobal on Tuesday night

Dear International Editor:

Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.

What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.

Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and  storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting.

People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street.

And that’s…

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