Capitalism or socialism?

Rasmussen has a poll about people’s choices between socialism and capitalism. Now, the obvious caveat is that it totally depends on how people define both those terms, but for what it’s worth, the results are interesting…

Adults under 30 are essentially evenly divided: 37% prefer capitalism, 33% socialism, and 30% are undecided.

That really surprised me. But I have to say, I’m not even sure I know the true definition of socialism as anything other than something not capitalistic.

Republicans – by an 11-to-1 margin – favor capitalism. Democrats are much more closely divided: Just 39% say capitalism is better while 30% prefer socialism. As for those not affiliated with either major political party, 48% say capitalism is best, and 21% opt for socialism.

Based on the political winds lately, that doesn’t surprise me at all. Well, actually, I’m surprised that people admit preferring socialism. Somehow, current politicians want to be able say they support free-market capitalism at the same time as they vote to semi-nationalize banks, auto manufacturers, insurance companies, etc.

Save Chuck!

NBC is likely to cancel Chuck, one of my favorite shows on TV. No, please no! Even the critics don’t think it should be cancelled. There are a lot of reasons not to.

And a fansite is trying to get people to buy sandwiches at Subway to show support.

On April 27th be sure to BUY A $5 FOOTLONG from Subway and if possible, drop a note in the comment box at the franchise letting them know you’re participating in the Finale and Footlong campaign to save NBC’s Chuck, of which Subway is a product placement sponsor.

I’ll put that on my calendar…

Barack Obama Agrees with Carrie Prejean

Andrea Tantaros points out that President Obama also believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. I think a lot of people who are criticizing Miss California are forgetting that.

I didn’t hear the outrage when Joe Biden said that he and Barack Obama are against gay marriage. No incendiary language, no insults, no four letter obscenities.

Maybe it’s because most people don’t believe President Obama? Or at least, they don’t expect him to act as though he believes that?

Spirit's Getting Amnesia

From UniverseToday:

Poor Spirit. She’s getting old, arthritic and forgetful. The “oldest” of the two Mars Exploration Rovers had another bout of what engineers from JPL are calling “amnesia.” About a week ago, she experienced some unexpected reboots of her computer. Then, she had three good days in a row, completing Earth-commanded activities without incident. But then on April 17 and 18, she became forgetful – she failed to record data into her flash memory (where information is preserved when Spirit is powered down) and rebooted herself again. The last reboot put Spirit into autonomous operation in which the rover keeps itself healthy, and engineers are running diagnostics to try to regain control of the rover.

The rovers are past the 5-year mark, which is still really hard for me to believe.

But they’re still rockin’ and roll’in, sending back scientific information and fun photos…keep your fingers crossed to see how much longer they can keep it up…

Perez Hilton (whoever he is) must be one of the most intolerant judges ever…

Perez Hilton seems to be something of an idiot. Everything I’ve read about him today seems to point towards his being one of the most intolerant pseudo-celebrities on the Internet. What a dufus. He doesn’t believe that Miss California should be allowed to disagree with him, and calls her names when she does.

Going by Miss California’s answer, she seemed to support states’ rights and then gives her own view. Isn’t that what Hilton was asking, with his leading question about Vermont?

A Stern Letter from the UN

An editorial from the Wall Street Journal makes an amusing point about the recent actions by North Korea and the UN’s response to them:

Yesterday’s U.N. statement lacks even the legally binding nature of a resolution. It is a promise by the 15 members of the Security Council to enforce sanctions they have already pledged to enforce but so far haven’t, in the name of getting the North to agree to abide by promises it has already made but hasn’t kept. This time, no doubt, everyone really, really means it.

Even President Obama’s press secretary can’t really put it any better. In the transcript of a press conference, Gibbs is quoted as being asked:

Q Won’t the North Koreans get the message that condemnations and requests for them to change actions are not exactly strong statements to make to a country that’s repeatedly defied, as you said, its obligations?

Mr. Gibbs’ answer certainly provides confidence:

MR. GIBBS: Well, I don’t — let me turn that question a little bit around, because I think there was some question about whether or not you could even get five members of a Security Council, or five of the permanent members of the Security Council to agree on a condemnation. Yesterday, 15 countries unanimously stood up and spoke out about the launch.

JPL Open House

The JPL Open House is coming up on May 2-3, 2009.

This popular event celebrates JPL’s accomplishments with exhibits and demonstrations about the Laboratory’s ongoing research and space exploration. Many of the Lab’s scientists and engineers are on hand to answer questions about how spacecraft are sent to other planets, how scientists utilize space technologies to explore Earth and how researchers are searching for planets beyond the solar system.

It’s really fun, I try to bring all my friends at least once. The JPL Open House webpage has more information.

Another mention for Tellico

Tellico gets a brief mention on a page listing free software:

This program is a bibliography/collection manager. You can use it to manage your bibliography for school. Using this program, you can easily archive all the bibliography information for all your books so that it is all at your fingertips…even after you return a book to the library. You can also use this software to manage your reading list. I have spent a long time trying to find a free program that would manage my reading list. After a lot of online searching, I gave up and decided that such a thing did not exist. However, while researching for this article, I found Tellico. This program is perfect for managing reading lists. In fact, you can even rate your favorite books using a star system! This program also has an information packet on what Tellico is and how to use it.

Although, I have to wonder. All the rest of the software on the page are Windows-based, or cross-platform. Anyone who tries to run Tellico on Windows right now will be rather disappointed…that doesn’t really get mentioned anywhere.

Where's the Yard Arm?

Like everyone else, I’m pretty proud of the US Navy snipers who took out the pirates who kidnapped the American captain. USA! USA! Heh…I see that the pirates are making all sorts of silly statements about getting revenge on the US. Two words, guys. Bring it…

According to the New York Times

The Defense Department twice sought Mr. Obama’s permission to use force to rescue Captain Phillips, most recently on Friday night, senior defense officials said. On Saturday morning, the president agreed, they said, if it appeared that the captain’s life was in imminent danger.

Well, ok, I take my first statement back. I’m sure the pirates are counting on receiving stern letters from the United Nations if they continue in their illegal activities.

The 545 People Responsible

From an old article by Charlie Reese, in the Orlando Sentinel,

Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices – 545 human beings out of the 235 million – are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

Definitely hits a nerve there…