Archive for December, 2010

No time for intros into today’s post because there is so much to discuss.  Enjoy. Converse. Share your thoughts in the comments below. Rinse. Repeat.

Where we would be today if the FCC had regulated the Internet from the get-go?

Pokemans Black/White to be released in the US March 6th.  For all of you pokemanz hoarders out there.

What’s this?  The Catholic Church is out of touch?  Tell that to the kids…

Class Warfare Begins: Conservatives Want To Tax The Poor

“From Time for Change at Democratic Underground, part of a very long piece about the division among Democrats. I thought this nailed it: Yes, the administration and Congress have accomplished a lot — but where are the programs and legislation that will help the people who are drowning out here?” – Class War: Guess what side Obama’s on

Is Jon Stewart today’s equivalent of Edward R. Murrow?

Should we replace GDP statistics with gross national happiness statistics?

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Dear Friends,

For some of you, the internets have provided you with your much needed escape from the clutches of those folk we call family.  If you’re anything like the BrothersFiasco, you are only online because you need to provide your dear friends with less amazing family with something curious to read and consider.  Well, this is going to be quick because our family rocks and we don’t want to miss out on this business.

The day wouldn’t be complete without your Assorted Links of Curiosity you say?  Here you be…

PROGRESS was created to help people better understand the real effects of the steps President Obama and Democrats have taken to rebuild our economy. In addition to numbers and statistics, it offers real stories about real people who’s real lives and real communities who have been positively affected by the change progressive Democrats have made. It is a great site and worth the time to investigate.

The myth of the maverick Republican… could one really exist?

Ricky Gervais provides a Holiday message via the Wall Street Journal: Why I’m An Atheist

People who believe in God don’t need proof of his existence, and they certainly don’t want evidence to the contrary. They are happy with their belief. They even say things like “it’s true to me” and “it’s faith.” I still give my logical answer because I feel that not being honest would be patronizing and impolite. It is ironic therefore that “I don’t believe in God because there is absolutely no scientific evidence for his existence and from what I’ve heard the very definition is a logical impossibility in this known universe,” comes across as both patronizing and impolite.

A recent Gallop poll shows that More Americans Now Believe Humans Evolved Without God

Nova thinks that super-villians need to stop being mad scientists.

The Spider-Man super-villain scientist may be fantasy, but it is rooted in a distrust of science that pervades our society. To be sure, some wariness is justified; there’s certainly ample evidence throughout history that science can be used for evil as well as good. But science and engineering have brought us longer and healthier lives, enabled us to learn about worlds beyond our own, and given us all the electronic gadgets we love so much, including the one I’m typing on right now. And if we want this progress to continue to improve our lives and to bolster our economy, let’s stop picking on scientists and find another villain. There are certainly plenty of real ones out there.

(Fiasco note: Here, here, here, here, here and here are some suggested real villians to go after.)

Data regarding health care reform reducing medical bankruptcies.

Batteries that breathe, holographic phone calls, traffic jam prediction, and cities powered by computer server heat by 2015? IBM thinks maybe.

Well well well, it’s that time of year.  The bells and snow and things are everywhere.  Most of us are on vacation for the  Holidays.  A time for family. A time for celebration. And, of course, a time for good will and charity… Unless you are Bill O’Reilly.

In Bill’s latest column he addresses Congressman McDermott’s calling on the Baby Jesus and Good Samaritans to invoke the spirit of charity and how the political Right wishes to withhold unemployment benefits. Bill speaks about how we must moderate how much charity we provide because, after all, if you give away too much then you will have nothing left, obviously.  And how can you be a good Christian if you don’t have THINGS YOU GUYS???  (Forget about Luke 14: 12-14, Matthew 19:21, and Matthew 19:23-24.  Just throw those right out.)


“Keep Christ in Unemployment”

There comes a time when compassion can cause disaster. If you open your home to scores of homeless folks, you will not have a home for long. There is a capacity problem for every noble intent.

…[T]here are millions of Americans who are not responsible, and the cold truth is that the rest of us cannot afford to support them.

Every fair-minded person should support government safety nets for people who need assistance through no fault of their own. But guys like McDermott don’t make distinctions like that. For them, the baby Jesus wants us to “provide,” no matter what the circumstance. But being a Christian, I know that while Jesus promoted charity at the highest level, he was not self-destructive.

The Lord helps those who help themselves. Does he not?

My dear dear fellow American Stephen Colbert is again one of the few people willing to call out Papa Bear for being, well, a complete and utter idiot.

[Just Go to Tape at the ColbertNation]

And I love, I love how Bill closes with “The Lord helps those who help themselves,” kind of implying that Jesus said that, when it was actually Ben Franklin, who I believe belched out that proverb between mouthfuls of French whore.”

And while I included that because it’s just fucking hilarious…  This is the real zinger Stephen has for Bill:

Because if this is gonna be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we’ve got to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition — and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.

Sweet, sweet truthiness.  Apparently Billo doesn’t like being made a fool.  I’m a little behind but I’m sure I’ll find Bill’s follow up spot taking Colbert to task for once again pointing out how wrong he is.  Has anybody told Bill that Colbert does a comedy show?

Happy Holidays everybody! (yes “Holidays”. It’s possible that I have positive sentiments for ALL people during this time of year. Or maybe I’m an anti-Christmas WARRIOR! Your call.  Oh and if you buy into this War on Christmas thing.. you’re probably a fucking idiot.  Stop reading our blog.)

Assorted Links of Curiosity 12.20.10

Posted: December 20, 2010 by jeredfiasco in Links
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As always, we present you with Assorted Links of Curiosity for your viewing pleasure.  Don’t say we never get you anything for the holidays.

Caps Lock? Who needs them? The long-overdue movement to abandon Caps Lock.

Dear Tea Baggers: Our Founding Fathers were Liberal, NOT Conservative.

What’s that you say?  The economy is picking back up:  Early signs that America’s gloom is lifting

Large Hadron Collider finds no signatures of microscopic black holes

No experimental evidence for microscopic black holes has been found. This non-observation rules out the existence of microscopic up to a mass of 3.5–4.5 TeV for a range of that postulate extra dimensions.

Perhaps we could just give the South to Mexico?

The radical right believes, apparently in growing numbers, that the Constitution does not prohibit secession and that states can leave the federal union whenever they want. Worse, a Middlebury Institute/Zogby Poll taken in 2008 found that 22 percent of Americans believe that “any state or region has the right to peaceably secede and become an independent republic.” That’s an astounding statistic, one that means that nearly a quarter of Americans don’t know about the Civil War and its outcome. Sadly, it also means that for 1 out of every 4 Americans, the 620,000 of their countrymen who died during the Civil War gave their lives in vain.

‘The new ‘net neutrality’ rules sound decent enough on the surface, but why fix it if it’s not broken?  The new rules will inhibit investment, deter innovation and create a billable-hours bonanza for lawyers.

Superman’s greatest power wasn’t the X-ray vision. It was the copyright trolling.

NSFW: Dickerdoodle Contest

Posted: December 17, 2010 by bennettfiasco in Uncategorized
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So the good, kind, wholesome folks at Penny-Arcade have a wonderful holiday tradition.  Dickerdoodles.  That’s right.  Bake some phallic cookies, decorate accordingly and take in-crumb-inating photos (sorry, I couldn’t resist. Face palms for everyone!).  This is EXTREMELY NSFW.  Here are some entrants from last year’s contest.

Interested in participating?  Fear not.  Send an email to Gabe over at Penny-Arcade with your dickerdoodle pictures.  Don’t worry, he’s prepared.  See?

Each and every year I am reminded what a huge bunch of fucking perverts you are. I can’t wait to see the fucked up shit you guys come up with this year.

So send me a mail with your photos and please put “Dickerdoodle10” in the subject line otherwise I might miss your entry. Please try and keep your file sizes reasonable. Also please recognize that I’ll be posting some of these photos online. If you don’t want a picture of yourself with a dick cookie buried up to its hilt in your mouth on the internet, then please don’t send it. I’ll be accepting entries for one week. So get your photos in before Wednesday December 22nd.

-Gabe out

Make it ridiculous and tell ’em the BrothersFiasco sent you.

Another busy day for the BrothersFiasco.  Without much introduction, here is another installment of Assorted for your viewing pleasure.

How long will it take Republicans to demoralize their base?

Traditionally, movement conservatives send Republicans to Congress in great waves to clean everything up and create a glorious new Morning in America, and then about 10 minutes into the new Congress, all the Republicans are divvying up the pork-barrel money with as much gusto as Tammany Hall fat cats in a Thomas Nast cartoon, and no one really cares, because that’s just how things are done. The mainstream political press is too cynical about the entire concept of governance to get outraged and the partisan press is there to get Republicans elected, not punish them for sucking at the public teat.

But there are indications that that’s changing.

Hey, I wasn’t alive for this so I had no idea it ever happened. The day Niagara Falls ran dry: Newly-discovered photos show the moment the iconic waterfall came to a standstill

YESSSS! An expert panel convened by President Barack Obama advised vigilance and self-regulation as scientists seeks ways to create new organisms that could spark useful innovations in clean energy, pollution control and medicine.

Data visualization and all things related continued its ascent this year with projects popping up all over the place. Some were good, and a lot were not so good.

Diane Ravitch Is Making a Number of Interesting Claims

Crimes on the Book of Faces (subtitle: Criminals can be REALLY REALLY STUPID)

No, you didn’t read it wrong. WikiLeaks inspires sanitary pad ad in Pakistan

‘The sea gave her back’: Wonder in Israel as ancient Roman statue buried for centuries is uncovered by powerful winter storm

Does Economic Inequality Cause Crises?

I know, it seems like this one should be getting a little more play, right? Doctors Claim HIV-Positive Man Cured by Stem Cell Transplant

Voyager spacecraft nears exit of solar system

Image of the Day: A Map of Facebook’s World – A Facebook intern named Paul Butler has created a fascinating piece: a map of the world based only on Facebook friendships. There aren’t any lines here from anything but Facebook accounts and their links to friends in other cities.

Why do we let this creepy company called Google spy on our emails?

Free The Military Of Its Bigots – “It would seem to me that the military would be better served by ridding itself of its ignorant bigots than its gays and lesbians.  And the same could be said of the bigots in Congress opposed to the repeal of DADT.  Yes, that would mean you John McCain.”

The Secret Secret – “If you cannot decipher and interpret letters and symbols, you cannot read. If you cannot access letters and symbols, you also cannot read.”

 

Enjoy, friends.  There’s a lot there to get those gears a turnin’.