Archive for August 4th, 2009

Want to buy a jet pack?

| August 4, 2009 | 5 Replies
Want to buy a jet pack?

One of my daughters was reading comic books and asked me whether there really are such things as jet packs. I had seen some videos many years ago, but a few mouse clicks later, I discovered that you can actually buy one for $100,000. Here is a video showing you how to fly a jet pack. As impressive as this device is, I can’t imagine a family of four flying off in jet packs to have a picnic. And clearly, you won’t be able to sneak up on anyone while using a jet pack.

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More GOP Astroturf?

| August 4, 2009 | 11 Replies
More GOP Astroturf?

I watched Rachel Maddow last night, and one of her segments focused on the disruption of recent Democratic Town Halls by ‘grass roots activists’. Her piece exposed the activists as following an agenda designed by a DC lobbying firm. In many ways this is worse that the Tea Party fiasco, since that was unfocused and generally laughable kookery. This, however, is targeted directly at health-care reform, and appears to be heavily funded by lobbyists for that industry (indeed, Rachel mentioned that some firms were sending ‘representatives’ to every state).

I also happened to see many of the same clips on Fox & Friends this morning (forced upon me in the hotel gym). F&F ‘reported’ the ‘protests’ as legitimate outpourings of anger against the ‘government’s plans for healthcare reform’.

I was surprised. Not!

Think Progress has more on the Lobbyist memo.

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