Archive for May 22, 2010

My review of the AmazonBasics Remanufactured Ink Cartridge Replacement for Brother LC51BK Black through the Amazon vine program is available at Amazon.com here.

I presume that there are many such cartridges available for many different types of printers. I got this one because I have a brother printer that by an odd coincidence was about to run out of ink.

Great timing that.

Let’s take a peek around a few blogs in the field guide:

We will start with Cynthia Yockey who explained what liberal taxation did to a once thriving film industry in Maryland:

Maryland’s film industry caught my eye. Not too long ago, the Baltimore-Washington area was third in the country after Los Angeles and New York for film and TV production. However, thanks to Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and a Democratic-majority legislature full of believers in high taxes and big government — who also, disastrously, have no comprehension whatsoever of the concept of competition, or the remotest inkling that they were in one where the film business was concerned AND WINNING — Maryland’s film industry has been almost completely destroyed

The mindset was explained thusly:

“It’s like, if I gave you one dollar and you gave me back 20 cents, you’d still have made 80 cents. But the state doesn’t think of it as making 80 cents. They just think, ‘Hey, we gave you 20 cents!‘”

Not the best news plan if you want to create jobs, does anyone else have a different plan?

At American Freedom Barbara Espinosa is not thrilled with the president of Mexico these days:

How will drones be able to stop the violence, sure it can pinpoint a location and take a picture? The use of drones will help law enforcement patrol the border more effectively.. That is a big problem the real conservatives have with the GOP.
Build the fence and push for it. All Democrats are trying to do is acquire a new voting populace. He has no intention of enforcing existing laws. And Calderon is NOT on our side. What has he done to take care of his own populace? What has he done to create jobs, REALLY fight the corruption? I call BS and if you really represent us, you will too.

She has some VERY GRAPHIC EXAMPLES of what is going on just over the border.

The Lonely Conservative’s headline and first paragraph says it all:

Millions of Deaths Be Damned! Dalai Lama is Still a Marxist!. No wonder his people live in exile and poverty. Ironic that they’re in exile from a Marxist land. When it comes to Marxist ideology common sense never has been in vogue.

You would think Tibet never happened. Robert Stacy has a suggestion.

Meanwhile on a different subject Andrea of the Job corps fraud blog finds the bugs in the system bedbugs that is:

While trolling the internet for buried stories about Job Corps mis-management I found a Facebook Page called The Scupper. This is no ordinary page mind you, its author is apparently a student/staff who wanted to share the truth behind the bed bug infestation at Flint/Genesee Job Corps Center… The Scupper’s site is replete with pictures and information that has so far been successfully white-washed by its “business community liaison ” Verona Terry. She/he did a great job downplaying the seriousness of the situation and minimizing the size and scope of the infestation.

It certainly doesn’t inspire confidence.

and finally speaking of confidence DaScienceGuy notes a problem with people who fund research:

What bothers me is that I have been reading a lot of history books. There is no doubt in my mind that scientists, engineerings, experimentalists, etc are responsible for things like the wheel, things like the laser….All manner of stuff.

Modern day politicians and companies have the folks who fund this research so scared that if a project doesn’t work they’ll be fired that you almost can’t get research funded that is anywhere risky. You almost have to prove it will work before you can get funding to make it work.

How do you make REAL progress doing this. Sure you can make incremental progress made but real revolutionary process can’t be done.

Of course it would be a lot easier to fund science if people weren’t making stuff up.