Lady Gaga has, once again, lived up to her name and produced a music video like no other before. The clip, directed by fashion photographer Nick Knight in collaboration with the Haus of Gaga creative team and choreographer Laurieann Gibson, continues the rebirth theme the enigmatic pop star has been pushing since emerging from an egg-like vessel to perform the track at this year’s Grammys. “This is the manifesto of Mother Monster”. Check it out after the jump:
Politics: The Arrogance of The New Budget-Cutters By Gloria Borger, CNN Senior Political Analyst
Well, we said we wanted budget cutters, so that’s what we have.
In fact, it’s a downright frenzy of fiscal rectitude in Washington. You’ve heard it all: Every cut matters. No cut is too small. Nothing is off limits, even the unkindest cuts of all. After all, the problem is just too large to put off any longer.
Most convinced of their task are the 87 House Republican newcomers. They are not awestruck by Washington. (A good thing.) They are not remotely humbled by the hallowed and marbled halls. (Still good.) Instead, they come with the arrogance of absolute conviction. (Dangerous.) Here’s the mantra: We were sent here to cut the budget, and that is what we intend to do. Period.
In one way, it’s a devotion that should be applauded. The freshmen intend to test the notion that Washington can be changed, which we would all welcome. They believe that the previous GOP majority — the one that came in with Gingrich’s revolution in 1994 — was itself co-opted by the system, and its own power and ran up the deficit. And they are also right about that. (Can anyone say Tom DeLay?)
Their brethren in this new movement for change are many of the newly minted Republican governors. They share the House GOPers’ single-minded worship of the budget-knife. Again, in theory, it’s a healthy shift. Then what’s the problem? It’s their way of doing business. It’s their conviction that compromise is bad. “They could use a dose of humility,” says one senior White House adviser. (And he should know: The White House, arrogant in its own use of the majority, got its humble pie in the midterm elections.)
Consider the noisiest business of the week: Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin now has a sit-in on his front stoop in Madison because — apparently as part of his budget-cutting mission — he wants to water down the state’s collective bargaining agreements. It wasn’t enough that state workers agreed to pay more for their pension and health benefits (which they previously got almost for free). That would have been a great start: Declare victory and fight the rest another day.
But the public sector unions were just too juicy a political target. They’re influential in a special way: Who else gets to help choose the people who set your salary? Sure, they’re potent and dominant Democratic political entities with an archaic hold on power. But did Walker have to take on collective bargaining now if he really wants to control spending immediately?
Didn’t he know the fight would take a huge — and potentially damaging — detour? Of course he did. He wanted to be Ronald Reagan battling the air traffic controllers union. The point: He wanted the fight.
And, by the way, if Gov. Walker were really all about the deficit, why did he just sign a bill that requires a supermajority to raise certain kinds of taxes? If he wants to reduce that red ink, tax hikes should also be on the table. But that would be heresy to the GOP base, so no way.
That’s the way the newcomers work. And in the same arrogant vein, do House Republicans have to shut the government down rather than compromise on a temporary plan to fund the government? Their more establishment elders — who rose from the ruins of the last Newt Gingrich created government shutdown — would rather avoid it. But they’re clearly held hostage by their bulge of freshmen who see compromise as capitulation to the enemy.
Yesterday, House Republicans told Senate Democrats they had a plan to put off a government shutdown for two weeks: Start making some of the $61 billion in House proposed cuts to the budget. It’s a non-starter with some Democrats, and it gets the GOP where it wants to be: forcing Democrats to vote against a plan to reduce the deficit.
As for the Democrats, they say that once the public understands what the GOP is cutting, it will turn on them — and run back into Democrats’ arms. It’s just more of the same.
The public voted for none of this. They did not vote for the overreach of Gov. Walker. In fact, a recent Gallup poll shows that 61% of the public — and 63% of independent voters — oppose the elimination of collective bargaining for public unions. Nor did they vote for a fight over shutting the government down. They just want results.
One of the most level-headed public officials in all of this budget frenzy is Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. He’s a grownup, having served both outside and inside Washington. Yes he also dealt with the public employee union issue, by signing an executive order ending collective bargaining for Indiana state workers, which cost him politically early on in his tenure.
Yet when state Republicans called for a vote on a proposal to weaken unions in the private sector — and Democratic members started heading for the hills — Daniels decided to lower the temperature and shelve the bill. “I thought there was a better time and place to have these very important and legitimate issues raised,” he said.
Daniels is right. And at a recent speech in Washington before a conservative group, he was right again: “Purity in martyrdom,” he warned his GOP audience, “is for suicide bombers.”
The new MacBook Pro has finally arrived! The biggest new features are the much-talked about Light Peak, or “Thunderbolt” connector and an upgrade of the FaceTime camera to allow for video chats with resolution 3x higher than the previous model. Inside, the 15-inch and 17-inch models get screaming new quad-core Intel i7 processors and a new AMD alternating GPU. More after the jump!
Several leading tech and gadget reporters received a rather ambiguous invitation for an Apple event next Wednesday, March 2nd, with many already speculating it to be the announcement of the new Apple iPad 2. The consensus on the new specification thus far are: front and back facing camera, inclusion of Retina Display, dual processors, and new connectivity options. Who’s excited?!
Replace all senators & representatives w/ a citizen voting security system, where we log in like a email and vote on every bill that comes through the congress, therefore people have more responsibility, then that eliminates, political sides (i.e. demo. vs rep., corruption, the shit we dont like about politics;)
Honestly, we don’t need politicians anymore, that was something that once worked, but humans can be corrupted easily and we cant trust some of them.
So this new system would create transparency, that way, no bill gets passed w/Government o our full consent & voting on each bill, they will have 3 systems, one for presidential, state, and local systems.
Who would create the systems: Mark Zukerberg, Bill Gates & Steve Jobs and other computer specialists, analysts, networkers who are highly qualified, not chosen on political consideration. We’re killing all that shit with this.
Why we need this: Cause, we want actual control (people power) over our laws in this country, we don’t want corruption in our government, and we don’t won’t a dictatorship either, you say you want to balance the budget, the country, more things forward, well look at really forward-thinking ideas, from innovative people, and implement them, it’s not science.
Government shutdown: 12 things that would and wouldn't happen.
Washington (CNN) — After not being able to agree on a budget last year, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 4.
Here’s what would and wouldn’t be affected if Congress can’t come to an agreement by the deadline:
What would be shut down or curtailed
During the last government shutdown 15 years ago, many veterans services were cut back, from health and welfare to finance and travel.
Parks and museums
National parks and museums would shut down and lose revenue from patrons.
In the last shutdowns in late 1995 and early 1996, the government closed 368 National Park Service sites, along with national museums and monuments.
Those seeking passports or other documents would not be able to do so.
During the last shutdown, 200,000 passport applications went unprocessed. In addition, the tourism industry and airlines reportedly suffered millions of dollars in losses.
During the last shutdown, the Social Security Administration kept enough staff in place to ensure benefits were paid out, but new claims weren’t processed. As the shutdown wore on, the agency recalled workers to start processing new claims.
A shutdown would result in the furlough of hundreds of thousands of federal employees. While on furlough, federal employees won’t receive a paycheck, and neither will government contractors. Federal employees will eventually receive back-pay, but contractors won’t be so lucky.
Federal funds to states would be cut off, leaving states already in a cash crunch to somehow fill the gap.
Law enforcement and legal services
During the last shutdown, delays occurred in the processing of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives applications by the ATF. Federal agencies suspended work on more than 3,500 bankruptcy cases and canceled recruitment and testing of federal law enforcement officials.
What would be kept running
President Obama has the discretion to keep certain government functions operating, especially when they are essential to keeping the nation safe, including the military, coast guard, foreign relations staff, border patrol and other national security officials.
The U.S. Postal Service wouldn’t be affected and mail would still be delivered.
Air traffic controllers would remain on the job.
There would be no change to federal prison staff.
Emergency and disaster assistance personnel would also be at work.
CNN’s Ed Hornick and CNNMoney.com’s Charles Riley contributed to this report. Source information from the Congressional Research Service.
Brilliant! Holga D is a digital camera inspired from the extremely popular cult of the Lomography Holgaand other toy cameras of its kind. Invented by Indian product designer Saikat Biswas this digital Holga (prototype), retains the qualities and simplicity of the original Holga camera and brings back the joy and delayed gratification (your photographs remain mysterious until you download the images) associated with good old analog photography.
The Reversal: A Return Of Love (Inspired by Marianne Williamson)
Our deepest truth is that we are not inadequate. Our deepest truth is knowing we are powerful beyond measure. It is love, not fear that which comforts us. We acknowledge, I am brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous! I have always been. I am a co-creator with God! Living life with compassion, love, wisdom, and enthusiasm serves the world! I will not reject who I am to be accepted by others, I love myself and respect who I am and if others love themselves they would remain true to themselves as well! Everyone is a light that shines, just as children do by expressing the glory of God within ourselves in every present moment, cause that’s all there is! As we remember who we are and express that light, those who are asleep will began to awaken and realize they have the same spirit that resides in you and leave behind the lies, jealousy, anger, resentment, drama and fear because we have returned them back to their original selves, Gods!
Kanye West, Keri Hilson, and Vanessa Hudgens were just a few notable names front row at Jeremy Scott’s latest show last night. I find this ready-to-wear collection spot on and I would probably gladly rock a few of the shirts in this collection. “You should have fun with fashion. It shouldn’t be a church you have to pray to” said Jeremy after the show yesterday. Amen brotha! Check it out:
“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?” the boy asked, when they had made camp that day.
“Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you’ll find your treasure.”
“But my heart is agitated,” the boy said. “It has its dreams, it gets emotional, and it’s become passionate over a woman of the desert. It asks things of me, and it keeps me from sleeping many nights, when I’m thinking about her.”
“Well, that’s good. Your heart is alive. Keep listening to what it has to say.”
“My heart is a traitor,” the boy said to the alchemist, when they had paused to rest the horses. “It doesn’t want me to go on.”
“That makes sense. Naturally it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”
“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”
“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.”
“You mean I should listen, even if it’s treasonous?”
“Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that to you. Because you’ll know its dreams and wishes, and will know how to deal with them.
“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.
“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”
“Every second of the search is an encounter with God,” the boy told his heart.
“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him,” his heart said. “We, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them—the path to their destinies, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out indeed, to be threatening place.
“So, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly. We never stop speaking out, but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard: we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.”