As many of you know, I have contributed to many Featured Articles on Wikipedia. The FA process is a long and arduous one; it takes months of work (usually) to get an article up to snuff.
I could say many things about the FA process. I’ve met some really awesome people through working on Wikipedia, and it’s a real egoboo to see my work adorned with a little bronze star (or front page placement).
More than anything, however, seeing an article with an FA star indicates to me that someone has tended to the article. Having been through the process many times myself, I know how much blood and sweat goes into every single Featured Article. I trust the information in FAs, not only because it’s been presumably vetted by other people (though obviously not necessarily experts in the field), but because I know that someone has spent weeks and weeks living the topic.
So consider this a public “Thank You” to everyone who has ever written — or contributed to — a Featured Article. And a public “You’re Welcome” to anyone who has benefited from one of mine. (Because, you know, people are so hungry for information about Balzac novels!)
As you can see, a whopping 72% of Americans favor raising taxes on Americans making over $250,000 each year, as a way to reduce the deficit.
This is what we should do. The US is not broke, but Congress refuses to demand that wealthy Americans pay their fair share of the taxes so that we can provide medical care for the needy and elderly.
Note, too, that cuts to military spending are far more popular than Medicare or Medicaid cuts, even though the latter are being pursued rabidly by the Republicans at the behest of the Tea Party. (This is an example of where that movement’s claims to simple budget frugality fall down.)
Let’s get to calling and writing to our senators and representatives, people! Tax the rich and cut military spending. Do it now.
In celebration of Portal 2, here’s the classic “Still Alive” song.
Jason Gol!@%!er : About time, thanks, gobble gobeeehueeeeh
Jason Gol!@%!er : Where is our show? We demand it!
stulec52 : hey buddy, too busy playing PC games for a new podcast ??
Guest_4412 : Great syncast this week! About fifteen seconds in it sounded like you almost said :"synesthetic.". As a person who has synesthesia, I got very excited for half a moment. Oh, and thanks for the link to Philosophy Bites!
esp : Hey Bob good to hear from ya. I assume everything got worked out?
Bob : Hey Eric. Thanks for the hour of entertainment. You'll be happy to know your podcasts are not yet contrary to the values of the Sultanate of Oman. Maybe by next week...
esp : GEEZ! I'm supposed to be blazing through ME3 today, but instead I'm writing diatribes about politics.
BygoneApprentice : As a former student, I am thoroughly impressed.
Guest_752 : I like what you said about loyalty day. It seems to me Loyalty day is all about being a servant to the government, rather than the principal of liberty.
esp : Leave comments about the show, why dont'cha?
GH Rocker : wasson?
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Skulduggerer : ...on facebook chat
Skulduggerer : Been getting me some more Eric in my ears! Posted some interesting links from this side of the pond