After dark

I don't know about you, but I'm about as fed up as I've ever been with the corporatists running the show here in North Carolina

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Or it could be we're just figuring out that

there's no difference between the Democratic and Republican parties:

Am I missing something here, or was that FISA vote the signal that we've finally capitulated into a single-party corporatocracy?

William (B.J.) Lawson
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District

William (B.J.) Lawson, M.D.
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District

FISA capitulation: a harbinger of things past

No, Mr. Lawson, I think that happened about thirty years ago.

It was certainly the case by 1982.

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recently transplanted from Indianapolis, IN to Durham, NC

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

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Garner, NC

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

That's funny.

----insert witty remark here----coming soon----

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The show

Barring the emergence of an extraordinary personality who can inspire a radical transformation of perspective and motivation among voters and politicians, I have an ugly feeling that we are doomed to see the same play over and over with an occasional fresh actor but essentialy the same script produced and directed by the same fat cats.

I hate this part of getting old.

I agree

When I read Rob's column I got this stinking sinking feeling of deja vu all over again and again and again.

It might just be that we live in the wrong state. Or probably even the wrong country.

It's hard to live with the feeling of disgust I have about our government here in North Carolina. And the more I know about what's really going on, the creepier it feels. I don't know how those guys on the inside live with themselves. And I don't know how those on the outside (like our friends at NC Policy Watch) stay at it year in and year out. It's like pushing a rope blindfolded.

As to "extraordinary personalities," I don't see any on the horizon at all. The few progressives we send to Raleigh are depressingly ineffective.

PowerPoint is bad for the intellect

Don't despair too much, James. You could be living in Indiana.

Actually it seems much the same everywhere.

As the Union of Concerned Scientists wrote:

Misguided federal farm policies have encouraged the growth of massive confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, by shifting billions of dollars in environmental, health and economic costs to taxpayers and communities, according to a report released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). As a result, CAFOs now produce most of the nation’s beef, pork, chicken, dairy and eggs, even though there are more sophisticated and efficient farms in operation.

CAFOs aren’t the natural result of agricultural progress, nor are they the result of rational planning or market forces,” said Doug Gurian-Sherman, a senior scientist in UCS’s Food and Environment Program and author of the report. “Ill-advised policies created them, and it will take new policies to replace them with more sustainable, environmentally friendly production methods.”

(emphasis added)

Let's see, what sort of economy do you get when you reject both Soviet-style economic planning and markets? Why, you get sociopathic, self-aggrandizing, state-subsidized cartels.

Go, America! That hog waste that is up to your waist is the proud product of "conservative" economics, which will let nothing so crude as economic theory or public health get in the way of personal enrichment.

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recently transplanted from Indianapolis, IN to Durham, NC

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

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Garner, NC

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

Tufte's missed opportunity

"Alas, slideware often reduces the analytical quality of presentations. In particular, the popular PowerPoint templates (ready-made designs) usually weaken verbal and spatial reasoning, and almost always corrupt statistical analysis. What is the problem with PowerPoint? And how can we improve our presentations."

I am disappointed that Mr. Tufte did not summarize his points by making available for free download...a PowerPoint slide presentation.

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recently transplanted from Indianapolis, IN to Durham, NC

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

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Garner, NC

I wouldn't recommend drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. -- Hunter S. Thompson

Powerpoint. Ugh.

Working with a non-profit, whose technology is always a few years old, powerpoint is more than a pain in my butt. I can handle creating the slides, customizing a presentation for a particular audience, and even embedding video and sounds into the damn thing. But then after I do all that, 8 times out of 10, the projector won't talk to the computer, or the clicker won't work, or something -- something won't work properly.

I've gone back to flip-charts for presentations. I can trust paper and markers.

Can we, instead, start talking about "for the good of North Carolina?" --Leslie H.
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Five things

That's what one of my professors claimed was the optimum number of "points" you should try to make your audience remember from any kind of presentation.

And while visual aids are critical to impressing your information into the long-term memory of your audience, your sentence construction/word usage, combined with your delivery, are infinitely more important and most likely to suffer from overuse of visual aids.

I guess it is "after" dark

I think I finally have the computer woes worked out. I have some shtuff to share, but need to run to the farmer's market. We lost a lot of veggies in the storms this week. Some of my biggest plants were ripped right out of the ground. Corn is almost all gone. We lost some trees and some landscaping washed clean away. The good news is.....it brought out the copperheads. heh

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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