Weekend Open Thread

“Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.”

–Rene Descartes

32 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    And remember, only Republicans don’t like these videos :)

  2. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Not what it used to be

    The cost of university per student has risen by almost five times the rate of inflation since 1983



    evidence from declines in the quality of students and graduates suggests that a degree may now mean less than it once did.



    the promise that an expensive degree at a traditional university will pay off rests on some questionable assumptions



    The broader significance of MOOCs is that they are part of a trend towards the unbundling of higher education. This will shake many institutions whose business model is based on a set fee for a four-year campus-based degree course.

  3. PitaPita says:

    “In D.C. there’s only two people that matter, RG3 (Robert Griffin III for the sports challenged among us) and Obama,” according to sports writer Dave Sheinin.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-33

    “I think Congress would love to trade our approval ratings for his approval ratings,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.. “And the reason is, he’s able to bring people together. We’re in the fourth quarter as we approach the fiscal cliff. If we can deliver like RG3 delivers, we’d be doing well.”

    With all due respect Senator, not a chance!

  4. BlueCat says:

    Walmart has long been making its billions by underpaying workers and leaving it to tax payers to pick up the slack. They even give new workers presentations on how to apply for various government programs they’ll need to, you know, eat and not be homeless.  This is just the latest. Does it occur to these geniuses that once only a tiny percent have disposable income a consumer economy can’t be sustained because, you know, you need lots more than a relative handful of consumers. Rich folks can only buy so much stuff.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

    Screw the debt and deficit. The reason conservative economic policy is a disaster is because we aren’t a manufacturing economy anymore.  We’re a consumer economy and when you bust all the unions, eliminate and export jobs and cut wages and benefits on the jobs that remain, you are eliminating the thing that keeps a consumer economy going; masses of consumers with money to spend on, you know, consuming stuff.

    That’s the problem. All the cuts that the conservatives want may make paper budgets look nice but they keep taking more and more consumers out of the marketplace.

    Has any town, for instance, returned to prosperity by laying off teachers, police, fire fighters, etc.? It may look like they’re balancing the budget but what they’re really doing is killing the businesses that rely on those workers coming in to spend some money and killing their own revenue. Then what? More economy killing cuts? Worse schools and services and less revenue? And then more cuts? That’s the way to prosperity?

    It ain’t rocket science.  Good wages for the masses create a prosperous society, not draconian spending cuts.  

  5. PitaPita says:

    After much thought I have decided to post the following notice:

    “That’s All, Folks”

    http://www.junctiondailyblog.com/

    My friend Ralphie and friend or foe to many on CPols is hanging up his spurs at Junction Daily Blog. A thorn in the ass to many a local politician and the local paper, he’s often prodded the “senile” into actually covering a story – without giving him credit, of course.

    Fortunately, we can follow Ralphie’s thoughts in the social media but still, I’m going to miss him in my early morning readings that always included Junction Daily Blog.  Thanks Ralphie for speaking the truth and pointing out the not-so-obvious when the news media failed to do their jobs.   You really have done our community a great service and it will be missed.  Thank you.

    Pita

  6. BlueCat says:

    Best of luck in all his endeavors.

  7. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    old-line Stalinists don’t like them either, they remind them of what the worker’s paradise has become.

  8. parsingreality says:

    Our very own Westinghouse.

    But it takes a government that is willing to look outside the nuclear as usual paradigm.

    I’ve read that Admiral Hyman Rickover pushed for the conventional uranium plants so that we can make lots of plutonium for bombs.

    Note that the thorium is mixed with plutonium, so it’s not all clean ‘n green.,  

  9. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    Not because its needed for the reaction.

  10. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    AUTO-DRAFTED HIS ENTIRE TEAM and got RGIII. He’s leading with 10-2 now. I am mad.

  11. speedyexpress48 says:

    …and he’s not a success story in Congress by any measure.

    Then again, he’s probably one of the worst quarterbacks in NFL history…

  12. parsingreality says:

    Sure beats putting it into bombs.

  13. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    to make records — like when a CD sells like a billion copies?

  14. Fidel's dirt nap says:

    you do autopicks, you aren’t asked back the next year. It works well that way.  I am 9-3 and on a bye this week, after being dead fucking last the year before.

    Good luck !

  15. Tom says:

    You might’ve stumbled onto the thing that will finally take down Keith Richards. Drugs? Booze? nah– his uranium record collection

  16. gertie97 says:

    Ralphie gave the local powers-that-be heartburn, and I hope he continues to do so on Facebook.

    Standing up to the hard right in Mesa County isn’t easy. Hope you keep it up, Ralphie.

  17. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    of my fondness for Ralphie and his sledgehammer approach to commentary.

    I am often moved to curmudgeonliness just to fill the void.

  18. DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

    If it’s not fun anymore, then it doesn’t make sense. Best of luck to Ralphie. And also a thank you to him – he mailed me stamps to mail in my ballot pay my poll tax this past November :)

  19. CaninesCanines says:

    Didn’t Ralphie leave ColoradoPols because of ageist comments?

    Well, you can take the guy out of New Jersey, but not the New Jersey out of the guy, I guess.

    Quite an accomplishment: maintaining that long-running of a blog. Wishing Ralphie well. He sure knows his dead musicians, additionally.

  20. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    Stood up to the hard right. And I liked the way he did it: usually crisp, brief and to the point. And, sometimes, curmudgeonly. I very much regret the circumstance of his pulling up stakes here. When I signed on here he was the first to gain my admiration.  

  21. Diogenesdemar says:

    I very much regret the circumstance of his pulling up stakes here. When I signed on here he was the first to gain my admiration.

    Very well said.

    Me too.

    True story.  Ralphie welcomed me here, by being the first to respond to my very first post . . . accused me of being a bullshitter and a shill. I’ve always admired that kind of charm and savoir faire — seriously.  

  22. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    A damn fine southpaw in his prime.

  23. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    If you don’t get wiser sooner, believe me, I will unleash my inner Betty White on you.

  24. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    in this context is a euphemism for the Grand Junction Daily “Sentinel”, often the target of Ralphies’ commentary, I am guessing.

  25. CaninesCanines says:

    Don’t be a punk, Canines.

    Say, have I ever mentioned that I’m going to be qualified for AARP membership in the the not-too-distant future? FUn fun FuN!

  26. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    That’s when the bastards started in on me.

  27. CaninesCanines says:

    Whether I think the Jack Welch I used to respect is now a senile, tinfoil-hat assclown isn’t going to affect your lives one iota.

    I’ve got no problem with it, if Ralphie doesn’t.

  28. Duke Coxdukeco1 says:

    you were referring to Pitas’ use of the word. I am easily confused, so…umm…never mind…   :)

  29. MADCO says:

    Couldn’t win at the pro level.

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