Here’s a radical idea: let’s do away with unsecured overdraft altogether
According to Moebs Services, Inc., last year banks collected $31.9 billion in overdraft fees. This meme sums it up nicely, I think.
$400 billion down the hole on the F-35, and that’s just one tip of one iceberg
There’s been a horrible accident. One patient has a punctured lung. Another one has a grievous wound at the femoral artery and is bleeding out. Another has a serious spinal injury. Three others are milling about with, between them, a bruise, a splinter, and a hangnail. Quick what do we do?
To listen to the chatter from a variety of news sources, and especially in comments sections all over the place, we should damned well be focusing on the bruise, the splinter, and the hangnail. That femoral artery guy? To hell with him.
Decadence, weltschmerz, vampirism – Goth’s got something for everyone….
Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division, one of – if not THE – archetypal Goth band… (image courtesy http://www.joydivision.homestead.com)
For this week’s look at the scholarly essay collection on popular music, The Resisting Muse: Popular Music and Social Protest, we’re going to look at the rise of Goth music – and, tangentially, the rise (and maintenance) of Goth “lifestyle”: at least the superficial elements (dress, dancing, etc.). Kimberly Jackson’s interesting essay, “Gothic music and the decadent individual” explores the origins of Goth as a musical movement and, as the authors in this collection are wont to do, looks for ties between Goth and its antecedent musical forms that seem to suggest how Goth is a form of protest music.
One of the things that makes this particular discussion interesting is that Jackson sets the context by positioning the Goth…
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The effectiveness of missile defense can scarcely be inferred from the “sound and light show” that is Iron Dome. Iron Dome battery…
Lies, damned lies, and statistics
Gallup recently released the results of its periodic poll, “Most Important Problem.” Their detailed results can be found at the link. There were two questions:
What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? [open-ended]
Which political party do you think can do a better job of handling the problem you think is most important — the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?
The results for the first question are shown for the periods April 3-6, 2014, May 8-11, 2014, June 5-8, 2014, and July 7-10, 2014. The results for the second question are shown at the bottom for periods going back as far as 1956.