17 Apr 2009 15:45 Filed in: Weekend Reading
Reading: The Tired Donkey was alerted to this item by the Good Morning Silicon Valley blog which he highly recommends for his technology-savvy readers. The Library of Congress has just launched its own YouTube channel with the first batch of author presentations, scholar discussions and early films, including the earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture, a Kinetoscopic recording made in 1894 by Thomas Edison of a guy named Fred Ott sneezing. The Tired Donkey urges you to spend some time there this weekend learning a bit more about the history of this great land.
Watching: The Tired Donkey believes this to be the saddest video he has ever seen. It depicts the degrading training that a Stockholm Donkey has submitted to at the hands of a Freeloader. If this is not a call to action, the Tired Donkey doesn’t know what is: free the Stockholm Donkeys!
Off topic: The Higgs boson, also known as The God Particle, has never been observed in the laboratory or elsewhere despite the fact that it is predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics. If found, it would help explain t
he origins of mass in the universe, and find it is exactly what they are trying to do at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. Pretty heady stuff. But what if you were to discover and then accidentally swallow a Higgs boson? Read this article to prepare yourself for the possibility. The Tired Donkey recognizes that the chance of this happening is slim, but better safe than sorry.
16 Apr 2009 16:02 Filed in: Tax Stat Analysis
The Tired Donkey apologizes to his loyal readers for his long absence; he was on vacation experiencing extraordinary natural beauty and sad reminders of how small men can be even in the service of great causes.
Despite his wonderful vacation, the Tired Donkey returns to his burden with a heavy heart as he appears to be failing miserably at his appointed task. No sooner had the Tired Donkey re-installed himself at his desk, than he got an email from one of his donkey friends which said, “WARNING: THIS WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY.” Sadly, the Tired Donkey’s friend was correct for the email contained a link to a story with this headline: “More Say Low-Income American Paying Fair Share of Taxes.” Good heavens!
The short story is this: in 2008, 32% of our population thought that low-income American’s paid their fair share, but today that number is 41%. But it gets worse: a full 39% of the population believes that lower-income Americans are paying too much. Now, the Tired Donkey is no mathematician, but he is willing to go out on a limb and say that $0 paid in federal income taxes is not “too much” for anyone.
Digging deeper into the numbers, however, the Tired Donkey finds reasons for hope. When the Tired Donkey combines the percentage of Americans from 2008 and 2009 who think low-income citizens pay their fair share or too much, he finds that 83% land in these categories in 2008, but only 80% land in these categories in 2009. This means that the overall percentage of ill-educated muttonheads decreased by a full 3% in a single year! Good news, indeed. And what happened to this 3%? Well, you can see for yourself in the chart. They moved into the “paying too little” category. The Tired Donkey takes it all back: he is feeling jubilant! And Gallop Poll people? The Tired Donkey thinks you blew it on the headline. You should have flogged this piece with the following: “Fewer Americans Are Idiots This Year Than Last.” That is real news.
02 Apr 2009 15:12
The Tired Donkey has been absent for two days because he has been busy working in our nation’s capital. The Tired Donkey is torn about this: he loves the city, but hates what goes on in it. It is like visiting the house you loved as a boy and discovering it has been turned into a brothel. By chance, the Tired Donkey’s visit coincided with the height of the cherry blossom display around the Tidal Basin, the result of a gift of 3000 trees from Tokyo in 1912. The Tired Donkey is thankful for this as he always is for unexpected gifts.
Speaking of unexpected gifts, the Tired Donkey’s mother sent him an email early this week in which she described the Tired Donkey’s posts as “thoughtful, smart and deep.” Thanks, Ma Donkey. She also went on to say that she believes the Tired Donkey may have been writing too much each week and thereby making it difficult for his readers to keep up. Hmmm. The Tired Donkey believes Ma Donkey may be underestimating his readers, but he must admit that the pace has been exhausting of late. He may slow down a bit and try to be a little less tired.
Finally, the Tired Donkey has a demand to make of his readers: post comments. Many of you email the Tired Donkey directly, and this makes it appear that no one is reading his posts. In fact, the opposite is true. But it looks dead on the page. Thus far, only “Jake” has posted a comment, letting the Tired Donkey know that the Tired Donkey inspired him to leave Mississippi. Or something like that.
Weekend reading tomorrow. More substance next week.