Rereading Tyrion II (AGOT-ACOK) - Page 2 - Re-read Project - A Forum of Ice and Fire - Page 2 Tyrion IX overviewThis chapter takes place inside Tywin’s “war room.” A courier from the lines of battle gives a report of what transpired. Jaime’s party had been periodically attacked by “brigands,” a guise to lure Jaime into responding. Tywin’s men discuss options. observations In LtL, Blisscraft noted that boars seem to symbolize death in ASOIAF (like oranges in a Coppola film), as well as regime changes. Joffrey, who Tywin believes is on a one way street to regicide Being “commanded” by his daughter Not keeping appropriate distance with one’s “dogs” Dismissing Selmy, who is a testimonial to one’s brand Raising butchers to nobility the existence of Stannis “jackanapes” in the council (here I thought Jon had that monopoly at the Wall, lol). AnalysisOn GregorGregor’s answer to scouts who don’t see ambushes is to rip out their eyes. “Better than you, you chinless craven”I think Tyrion’s analysis of the Lannister position, as well as his meta-analysis of the meeting is quite revealing.
The Bloggess Why The Federal Budget is Not Your Household Budget | The Foregone Conclusion Well, we made it through the debt ceiling. Sort of. There was a large budget cut (make no mistake, 1 trillion dollars is a lot of money), but small in the overall scope of things. Is our debt long-term solvent? All that said, I’ve seen this quote by Dave Ramsey make some headlines, and thought it worth discussing: If the US Government was a family, they would be making $58,000 a year, they spend $75,000 a year, and are $327,000 in credit card debt. The quote is, for all intents and purposes, mathematically correct, but insinuates a misleading principle. The argument has emotional appeal, for sure – with money being tight, and the middle class squeezed more than ever, why shouldn’t government cut back? Not really. 1. If my family was in debt, and I was the same as the federal government, I then plausibly could just call up my nephew Mr. 2. If you and I run out of money, we simply stop spending. But wait, won’t this cause inflation? 3. 4. The federal government doesn’t have this. 5. 6.
The Renegade Writer Blog Where family ends for super committee and budget cutters Kai Ryssdal: I'm not telling you anything you don't already know when I say this has not been a a banner year for economic bipartisanship. We had the standoff over the debt ceiling. Now the super committee is deadlocked a week before its deadline. Congress still hasn't passed a budget for the fiscal year we're already in. Back in July, the president had this to say: Barack Obama: Every day, families are figuring out how to stretch their paychecks, struggling to cut what they can't afford so they can pay for what's really important. That line of reasoning -- that the government has to learn how to live within its means, just like a family -- has turned out to be the one thing everybody could agree on. David Gura: Family budgets aren't that complicated. Jared Bernstein: This is a kind of folksy sentiment that just resonates with people, it just sounds right. It seems so simple. Jim Kessler: Debt has brought them together. That's Jim Kessler, co-founder of a think-tank called Third Way.
quit being a bitch The wrong budget analogy Washington's renewed obsession with government budget deficits has become a major obstacle to dealing with the U.S. unemployment crisis. At the root of this misplaced focus are widespread misconceptions about the role of deficits in the economy. The fact that high unemployment and budget deficits are occurring at the same time has generated confusion about the real sources of the slump. Politicians of both parties have furthered the misunderstanding by frequently drawing an analogy between the federal budget and household budgets. Decisions about the federal budget are fundamentally different from those of individual households, because policymakers need to account for how their choices affect the economy as a whole. The U.S. economy slumped largely because of a reduction in spending by households and businesses. To stabilize the economy, the federal government needs to counterbalance the swings in consumer and business expenditures by moving in the opposite direction.
3quarksdaily Should Presidential Campaigns Spend More Money Manipulating Intrade? - Derek Thompson With two weeks before the election, most political followers are glued to national and swing-state polls. But some junkies and journalists swear by Intrade, an online betting market where investors place money on the next president (among other things). But this morning, something very weird happened on Intrade. But the more interesting question might be: Could a campaign re-direct their tens of millions of marketing dollars to bid up the candidate's stock price for a final month to bolster his Comeback Narrative in the press? DT: What just happened? JW: At around 9:57am this morning, I noticed something funny happening on InTrade: Obama's stock was tanking, and this was happening in the absence of any concrete political news. In the chart below, you can see this very clearly: Romney's stock shot up from 41 to 48 in a matter of minutes (suggesting that his chances of winning the election had risen from 41% to 48%). To be clear: We don't know what caused this. Two conclusions follow.
Alister Cameron // Blogologist // Changing the world. One blog(ger) at a time. LEAKED NORTH KOREAN DOCUMENTARY ‘EXPOSES WESTERN PROPAGANDA’ (AND IT’S SCARY HOW TRUE IT IS) Sabine is a YouTube user who, during a visit to family living in South Korea in April of this year, was given a DVD by a man and a woman claiming to be North Korean “defectors”, and was asked to translate the film so it could be posted on the internet and reach a wider audience. What the DVD turned out to be was something much more than Sabine, or anyone else, probably would’ve imagined, and something that certainly has found a widespread audience on the internet over the last month or so – it was a film called “PROPAGANDA”, a documentary about capitalism, imperialism, mass manipulation of western culture for the purpose of commodification, and how it permeates every aspect of the lives of blissfully ignorant, borderline zombie masses. And jesus, is it on the fucking money. From the video’s description - North Korea in the 1980s The movie opens: “This is a film about psychological warfare. And in the real world, in case you haven’t realized, everything is propaganda. Table of Contents:
Attic Salt: A Literary Blog Unmasking Reddit’s Violentacrez, the biggest troll on the Web Last Wednesday afternoon I called Michael Brutsch. He was at the office of the Texas financial services company where he works as a programmer and he was having a bad day. I had just told him, on Gchat, that I had uncovered his identity as the notorious internet troll Violentacrez (pronounced Violent-Acres). "It's amazing how much you can sweat in a 60 degree office," he said with a nervous laugh. Judging from his internet footprint, Brutsch, 49, has a lot to sweat over. But Michael Brustch is more than a monster. I first became aware of Violentacrez last year, when controversy erupted over a section, called "Jailbait," that Violentacrez had created on Reddit dedicated to sexualized images of underaged girls. The breadth of topics and dedication of users has made Reddit, which calls itself the "front page of the internet," the single dominant force in internet culture today, boasting over 3.4 billion pageviews this August. "Want to give you a heads up," Martin wrote.
On Computational and Chomskyan Linguistic Theory by Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay This is an imagined dialogic paper on the problems of perceiving creative speaking/hearing subjects’ corporeal as machine. The author alleged that the one of the basic tenets in Chomsky’s discourse, due to its Cartesian inheritance, was to consider human body as a machine, thus Chomskian syntactic enterprise had become a part of the anatomo-bio-political project a la Foucault. It was a case of minimization, approximation, optimization, appropriation of human body, when Chomsky and his fellowmen (like Lasnik, Berwick) deployed technocratic metaphors (e.g., the terms like “Computation", “array” “interface”, “parser" etc. on the other hand, operations like “COMMAND”, “SATISFY”, “SPELL OUT”. This paper also discussed the problems of Computational Linguistics in connection with Indian plurilingual milieu. COLOPHON: The author is thankful to Prof.