frankilin roosevelt

It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.

Check out my old  Voice of the People page.

Gino Napoli
San Francisco, California
High School Math Teacher

Loyalty without truth
is a trail to tyranny.

a middle-aged
George Washington

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Saturday, 8 June 2013 at 12h 41m 34s

A new Map of the US

Using a site that tracks dollar bills, a theoretical physicist noticed that our state boundaries are rather arbitrary, but that money tends to stay within new, more realistic boundaries.

This is cool

Saturday, 8 June 2013 at 12h 21m 58s

What is Water

This 9 minute video blew my freaking mind.

Thursday, 6 June 2013 at 19h 17m 44s

The Fourth Amendment

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Are we "secure in our persons,..., papers, and effects" when every single telephone communication or text or email you ever make goes into a government database ?

And "probable cause" must be "supported by Oath or affirmation AND" any search warrants issued must in particular describe specifically "the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Collecting data from the citizens under the belief that this keeps us safe from "terrorists" presumes that there is a way to mine the data that will always be independent of potential political partisan witch hunts that can be (and has been in the past) used to blacklist or blackmail individuals who are otherwise obeying the law. Authorities can use this information to have prior knowledge about various groups or networks of individuals who are law abiding citizens by simply analyzing who calls who and how often.

Which is really why this is happening. Tracking real criminals and real terrorists is more difficult, because real criminals and real terrorists have been communicating with satellite telephones and/or laptop computers for a decade.

Every single recent security breech event since the 1990's has been about incompetence ... and some would say willful ignorance. Is this the security state gone rogue?

Thursday, 6 June 2013 at 18h 58m 1s

That crazy new Plant out to destroy the world

It was just growing mysteriously in the backyard.

Thursday, 6 June 2013 at 18h 26m 30s

The Stress Test Optical Illusion

Thursday, 6 June 2013 at 15h 6m 36s

Two questions

Today I was thinking about how whenever someone asks someone else a question, there was actually a first question in their mind that was thought first; and the second question is what gets verbalized. Sometimes these are the same two questions, sometimes they are different questions.

For instance, if someone asks you "Where did you get that jacket?" one day, the first question might be "That looks just like a jacket I used to own, I wonder were that person got his/her jacket?"

Or it could be, "I wonder if that is a leather jacket?"

Or it could be, "That guy looks cute, I wonder if he's interested in me?"

The first question is subconscious, instinctive to the person's unique thought process. Assuming that the two questions are the same is a bad idea, because it depends upon the situation, and the relationship of the two persons or people involved. People's curiosity about strangers are different, and people with strong relationships can tend to anticipate each others' thoughts.

The first question might be also something that can be inferred from the number of inferential questions that are asked in a succession of events. For instance, a woman or man might have "Can I trust you?" in the back of their head while they are on a date with a new someone in their life.

Anyway, that's what I was pondering this morning.

Friday, 17 May 2013 at 2h 3m 55s

10 gross ingredients you didn't know were in your food

Would you believe Arsenic,Silicone breast implant filler, and rat hair, click the Source.

Stop watching TV an read People.

[SOURCE: Anna Brones | UK Guardian | 13 May 2013]

Friday, 17 May 2013 at 1h 28m 32s

Immigrant labor

Farm laborers in Australia make much more than American ones. And yet they still have a functional agricultural sector. It turns out that allowing companies to import an unlimited number of foreign workers desperate to work at a wage of epsilon will create shitty working conditions and low wages!

Labor costs as a percentage of consumer cost of most fruits and veggies are pretty tiny. Even for fruits like raspberries, they're on the order of 15-20%, and for most crops they're much lower. You could double or triple labor prices and, even if all the costs are passed off to consumers and there are no productivity boosts, there still wouldn't be particularly large increases in produce prices.

[SOURCE: Kevin Drum | Mother Jones | 16 May 2013]

Friday, 17 May 2013 at 1h 14m 8s

Why they love bad ideas so much

From Paul Krugman

Noah Smith recently offered an interesting take on the real reasons austerity garners so much support from elites, no matter hw badly it fails in practice. Elites, he argues, see economic distress as an opportunity to push through “reforms” — which basically means changes they want, which may or may not actually serve the interest of promoting economic growth — and oppose any policies that might mitigate crisis without the need for these changes:

[SOURCE: Paul Krugman | New York Times | 16 May 2013]

Thursday, 16 May 2013 at 2h 11m 53s

Funny thing I just thought of

Talking to a moron is like a circle trying to explain a radius to a square. What do you mean all points equidistant from the center? A square has no idea what that means.