Google Chromebooks Fly Free on Virgin America

Yes Google Chromebooks are now available, but I bet that you haven’t really given one a try. Starting today, and until September, Google will lend you a Chromebook on select Virgin America routes. You’ll even get free inflight Wi-Fi to go with. I can already see sales getting a boost because of this.

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America & The Six Other Big Bad Countries In The World

Take a normal country like Canada or Portugal or Finland or Australia or Czechoslovakia or Thailand or Bhutan. They go about their business without the pretension of thinking themselves superior.

Yes! We’re all normal in Canada!

Russia of course is a special case. Essentially a nation of drunken thugs with a great literary tradition, they did the world the greatest service any nation has ever done the world by winning WW2 for us.

Before we get to their actual acts of assholedom, I would like to point out that the other 188 countries in the world are very different from them.

After the 20th century, in which Germany, France, Britain and Japan exhausted each other with their assholehoodlumness […]

That country is our country, America, now uncontestably the Supreme Asshole of the World.

If anything proves that we are the Supreme Asshole of the World, it’s how we reacted to 9/11.

The sooner America — and Britain, France, Germany, China, Japan and Israel — face up to the fact of our inherent assholentropy, based on our absurd belief that we are better than anyone else, the better.

Some great quotes from a 3QD article that I’m reading right now. Warning, this article might not be suitable for everyone.

By George By Maira Kalman

Incredible post over And The Pursuit of Happiness on George Washington. A book based on this blog will be published in October 2010.

Klepto Capitalism

I came across this term while catching up on my 3QD posts. Klepto capitalism makes a lot of sense and it describes corporate America very well. How can a company pay its workers $50,000 per annum and give its top execs millions, if not billions, of dollars each year? I think that the worst culprits are in the financial sector, especially in merchant banks and investment banks, with their bloated end-of-year bonuses often going into millions. Even with the economic downturn, these ultra-rich are getting richer.

Klepto Capitalism (n.) — an economic system where publicly traded corporations are run not to produce value for shareholders but to provide obscene amounts of wealth for CEOs and top executives.

What we have in the United States is no longer capitalism but klepto-capitalism: a system where publicly traded corporations are run not to produce value for shareholders but to provide loot for a new class of corporate mega-thieves.

President Obama’s First 167 Days in Office

President Obama talks with aides outside the U.S. Ambassadors residence in Paris
President Obama talks with aides outside the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris

I’m not American, but this series of photos of President Obama made me teary-eyed. I’m mostly Québécois. Outside Québec, we tend to be Canadians.