Sunday, December 30, 2012
Personally, I think this entire "fiscal cliff" thing is a load of bullshit that's designed to raise taxes and do other unpopular economic things -- mostly to the poor / lower class and middle class -- while attempting to cover up the identities of exactly who did what.
I thought this was a very interesting article:
[added emphasis is mine]
"Proponents of trickle-downism will argue that the little-taxed corporate executive will in fact share his wealth by spending it, and that his purchase of goods and services will drive economic growth more efficaciously than mere giveaways would. But it turns out that the executive doesn't spend more, or not enough more for his increased spending to be helpful to the economy $(Ofo (Br the simple reason that he doesn't need to. In the hands of rich people, money moves slowly. That's what it means to be rich: you have more money than the cost of all the things you need or want. A poor person, by contrast, needs more than he can afford. The poor therefore spend money faster."
Saturday, December 1, 2012
This weekend, for no especially good reason, I was reading the IMDB Parents Guide to the movie Crossroads -- the one with Ralph "Karate Kid" Macchio and Joe Seneca, not that ... thing ... with Britney Spears -- and was surprised to find that the movie had been rated R in the USA. This is a movie with no violence, no drugs, no nudity, less sexual innuendo than you'll find in any random primetime sitcom, and exactly two "F-bombs" -- even in 1986, I can't see how it got more than a PG rating.
Except maybe for this:
Under "Frightening / Intense Scenes": "Steve Vai playing guitar in full 'possessed by evil' mode ... likely to be too much for real young kids."
Hmmmm ... maybe so. As the 'face' of Evil Blues / Rock'n'Roll "Debbil Music", Vai is amazingly effective.
"Jack Butler's gonna like you."