a little bit of this, a little bit of that, a little more of …

Just another WordPress.com site

Buster Keaton

Via: LeonardMatlin

Mr. Keaton serving drinks at the Hollywood Canteen.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/leonardmaltin/archives/hollywood_goes_to_war/

***

Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966) was an American comic actor, filmmaker, producer and writer.

.
He was best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression, earning him the nickname “The Great Stone Face”.

Keaton was recognized as the seventh-greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
.

In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Keaton the 21st-greatest male star of all time.

Critic Roger Ebert wrote of Keaton’s “extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929, [when] he worked without  interruption on a series of films that make him, arguably, the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies.”

Orson Welles stated that Keaton’s The General is the GREATEST comedy ever made, the GREATEST Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the GREATEST film ever made.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buster_Keaton

“A swell guy.” – me

.

September 4, 2011 Posted by | celebs | , , , | Leave a comment

(2 of 2) George W. Bush – December 20, 2006

“As we work with Congress in the coming year to chart a new course in Iraq and strengthen our military to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we must also work together to achieveimportant goals for the American people here at home.

This work begins with keeping our economy growing. And I encourage you all to go shopping more.”

.

September 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

(1 of 2) The Limping Middle Class – Robert B. Reich

Via: NYT

THE 5 PERCENT of Americans with the highest incomes now account for 37 PERCENT of all consumer purchases, according to the latest research from Moody’s Analytics. That should come as no surprise. Our society has become more and more unequal.

When so much income goes to the top, the middle class doesn’t have enough purchasing power to keep the economy going without sinking ever more deeply into debt — which, as we’ve seen, ends badly. An economy so dependent on the spending of a few is also prone to great booms and busts. The rich splurge and speculate when their savings are doing well. But when the values of their assets tumble, they pull back. That can lead to wild gyrations. Sound familiar?

The economy won’t really bounce back until America’s surge toward inequality is reversed. Even if by some miracle President Obama gets support for a second big stimulus while Ben S. Bernanke’s Fed keeps interest rates near zero, neither will do the trick without a middle class capable of spending. Pump-priming works only when a well contains enough water.

~~~

The economy cannot possibly get out of its current doldrums without a strategy to revive the purchasing power of America’s vast middle class. The spending of the richest 5 percent alone will not lead to a virtuous cycle of more jobs and higher living standards. Nor can we rely on exports to fill the gap. It is impossible for every large economy, including the United States, to become a net exporter.

Reviving the middle class requires that we reverse the nation’s decades-long trend toward widening inequality. This is possible notwithstanding the political power of the executive class. So many people are now being hit by job losses, sagging incomes and declining home values that Americans could be mobilized.

Moreover, an economy is not a zero-sum game. Even the executive class has an enlightened self-interest in reversing the trend; just as a rising tide lifts all boats, the ebbing tide is now threatening to beach many of the yachts. The question is whether, and when, we will summon the political will. We have summoned it before in even bleaker times.

As the historian James Truslow Adams defined the American Dream when he coined the term at the depths of the Great Depression, what we seek is “a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone.”

That dream is still within our grasp.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/opinion/sunday/jobs-will-follow-a-strengthening-of-the-middle-class.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

***

photo:

Dorothea Lange

June 1935. “Children of Oklahoma drought refugees on highway near Bakersfield, California. Family of six; no shelter, no food, no money and almost no gasoline. The child has bone tuberculosis.”

.

September 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hats through History

http://history.icanhascheezburger.com/2011/09/01/funny-pictures-history-hats-through-history/

.

September 4, 2011 Posted by | gif | , , , | Leave a comment

Oh man, I almost made it!

September 4, 2011 Posted by | cats/dogs/goats/bears/whatever, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

haystack in a needle

Via: Daily Mail

‘Getting down to the nitty-gritty: Amazing microscopic images of household objects’

~

They’re innocuous objects that are dotted around every home.

But when brought to life under a powerful microscope their hidden secrets are revealed – and it doesn’t always make for comfortable viewing.

Scientists captured these stunningly detailed pictures using Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs).

SEMs work by bombarding the object with electrons and then build extreme close-ups of the image using a computer and transmission electro microscopes.

The images are produced in monochrome and then hand-tinted to enrich their detail.

SEMs are far more powerful than regular light microscopes that can only magnify by up to 1,000 times.

For this reason the microscope, which can magnify up to a MILLION TIMES, is popular with scientists and artists alike.

~

You can see more photos, and read the balance of the article, HERE:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1346751/Getting-nitty-gritty-Amazing-microscopic-images-household-objects.html#ixzz1WvayoNg6

.

September 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment