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OK, I am a nerd. Here's the pocket oscilloscope that will be my shiny toy gift to myself for Christmas. I own and operate a 7-year-old cellphone, but I will buy a shiny new smart phone AFTER buying this little gizmo to replace the 17-year-old analog scope I paid $500 for all those years ago.

--TP

Although I'd love to have a pocket oscilloscope, I really have no need for one.

I don't technically have a need for this shiny toy either, but it's on my wish list. A bit hard to justify, but hey! I didn't start the thread.

What? It is shiny, at least.

Well not bright and shiey exactly, but my soul yearns for a couple of the alrgest size (twnetyfour by eighteen, I belive) EZ cut linoleum blocks listed in an art supp-ly magazince. Cuts like butter. Unbelievable detail possible. My birthday is next week, hint, hint, hint.

Stupid question: Are they (just) for sculpting?

Or Linoleum cut printmaking, I would venture to guess?

I was expecting a thread in which to bemoan the debate. I didn't watch it--I expected it would be a deeply frustrating experience, but it sounds like it was even worse than I would have expected.

Debates, at least the modern post-truth form, seem like a really poor format for expressing what candidates stand for. Maybe it was better in the Lincoln-Douglas days. Or maybe not.

It did occur to me, watching Obama talk about the Romney imposter the next day, that maybe this was an example of that legendary (and probably mythical) 11 dimensional chessplaying strategy of Obama--let Romney lie his head off and then expose him later. But it's too risky losing a debate in front of 60 million people in hopes of exposing him later. Well, unless this is 11 d chess. It'd be pretty to think so.

I liked Romney's suggestion that people over 55 stop listening to anything regarding his plans for social security, since he wouldn't do anything to affect their benefits. You know, because people shouldn't care about anyone but themselves, not even their kids.

The other curious thing was the tax discussion about small businesses and returning to the Clinton rates for people making over $250k costing 700k jobs because of the effect on 3% of small businesses. He made it sound like the tax rate isn't a marginal rate on individual income, including on people who earn that income by taking business profits as individual income, but on businesses themselves and as though it were the rate on all business income.

His plan would reduce marginal rates without affecting revenue by eliminating deductions, exemptions and credits. "Why bother doing that if it doesn't change revenues?", he asked - well, to reduce the rates (and therefore taxes?) small businesses pay. I guess small business owners don't get those deductions, exemptions and credits. And, even if they didn't, wouldn't reducing their tax liabilites reduce revenues? Or is someone else picking up that lost revenue? He said he wouldn't raise anyone else's taxes. Are we back to the Laffer Curve, even at our historically low tax rates?

"I like coal" was a good one, too. Burn, baby, burn.

that maybe this was an example of that legendary (and probably mythical) 11 dimensional chessplaying strategy of Obama--let Romney lie his head off and then expose him later.

i think the Obama campaign has dropped suggestions that was the plan: let Romney spew away then let the fact-checkers have their way with the results later. Obama can then focus on getting his own message out.

it made Obama look completely disconnected from what was happening, though.

Romney's team has also told us that their strategy was to utterly flood Obama with numbers and 'facts', knowing that he wasn't going to be able to knock them all down in real time.

it was a great strategy, actually; it totally crushed Obama.

"knowing that he wasn't going to be able to knock them all down in real time"

I suspect the President will be ready for this crap during the next debate.

But, yes, I wondered what the creamy bullsh*t filling Mitt Rmoney Wallace was going to insert between the nigger-lynching Hannity/Carlson/Atwater "secret" video of Obama X going mild yo mo all over white suburbia before the debate, and the post-debate vomitus issued forth by fat-boy-purty-mouthed-pig-filth John Sununu, well-known carpet-bagging overseer and Strom Thurmond wingman.

Throw in the D'Souza schlockmentary and the other "video" distributed to white households across the country depicting Barack Obama's mother's taste for collectivist Mandingo and, win of lose this election, and even leaving aside their plainly murderous public Randian policies, the end of the anti-American, vermin-infested, racist bug filth in the Republican Party via a much larger, by some exponential factor, and much deadlier, Harper's Ferry for the 21st Century is required.


The other curious thing was the tax discussion about small businesses and returning to the Clinton rates for people making over $250k costing 700k jobs because of the effect on 3% of small businesses. He made it sound like the tax rate isn't a marginal rate on individual income, including on people who earn that income by taking business profits as individual income, but on businesses themselves and as though it were the rate on all business income.


Also, how does it even make sense of talk about the largest 3% of small businesses? Why aren't they big businesses? I'm guessing he means the largest 3% of non-corporate busnesses, which includes some quite large companies indeed.

Linoleum blocks for blockprinting. I have been on a monoprint jag lately.

He made it sound like the tax rate isn't a marginal rate on individual income, including on people who earn that income by taking business profits as individual income, but on businesses themselves and as though it were the rate on all business income.

i am always amazed by the way politicians obfuscate the reality of our tax laws when talking about small businesses and taxes. they don't care at all to tell the truth about the matter, they've all agreed to argue about a fiction, instead.

Here's a very long post on Syria by Helena Cobban, who thinks the outside world (including the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar) has totally botched the situation by encouraging violent resistance to Assad, and that the result is going to be (to some degree already is) a repeat of what happened in the worst years of the Iraq war.--

link

And yeah, off-topic, but it's an open thread and Syria is in the news every day, so it seemed relevant.

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