March 11th, 2009

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an assortment of small pleasures & disgruntlements

Whoever rorschachsdiary is, he sure has the character nailed. I present today's entry as evidence.

Went to Walmart at lunchtime in search of the ReliOn glucose monitor, only to find they were en route and had not been delivered to the store yet. Wound up buying a new AccuChek monitor (whose price will be rebated to me) and a box of refill test strip drums for far more money than I intended. Still, I needed the meter. Trying to live with diabetes without a meter is much like driving down the road without a functioning speedometer, only worse.

New edition of EVE doesn't work on Cowzilla, whose graphics card is merely adequate and not shiny enough to process the oodles of texture & other graphic awesomeness in the Apocrypha Edition. Fuck you, CCP, for not throwing the rest of us a bone and letting the regular display modes be supported for a while longer. Until I get the Winbox back, I guess I won't be playing EVE, and this sucks.

How Soccer Explains The World is okay so far. Kind of lightweight, but Foer did obviously do some of his homework before getting to know the hooligans of Glasgow, Belgrade and Chelsea, to say nothing of his adventures in Brazil. More later.
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Demonic children and zombie banks

This is a pretty hideous story. It makes me reflect that I could have done far, far worse as a parent; I was lucky/blessed to have my kids turn out as well as they did, all things considered.
(Just One Minute)

Also, Richard Shelby is right and Tom Maguire is wrong. We need to take some of these banks out behind the FDIC barn and put them down like Old Yeller, or we're going to wind up surrounded by zombie banks and zombie companies. While we're at it, we might want to start leaning harder on these big interstate banks - I notice that most of the trouble seems to stem from the asshat behavior of those idiots at Citigroup and other banks that got stuck in the CMO/CDS meatgrinder when house prices started going through the floor. Last time this happened, during the S&L crisis of the 80s, we liquidated a shitload of banks and S&Ls and the economy wound up better off. I find it hard to believe it would be any worse if we did the same to Citigroup. People would buy the valuable parts and the rest would just be shoveled into the dumpster of dead companies. As for panicking the market, at the rate we're going now peoples' 401(k) accounts are going to be 101(k)s pretty soon. Geithner needs to quit screwing around and get the pistol out. Take the TARP money back from banks that don't need it (Wells Fargo, frex) and use it to set up the RTC again.

Oh, and while we're talking about the Administration, Camille Paglia calls out whichever moron in the White House that came up with the idea of going after Rush Limbaugh. Bonus: Brazilian carnival coverage! (AmSpecBlog)