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CDs are no more, they have ceased to be...

The real day was a long time ago, when finally we all realized the physical CD serves no purpose whatsoever. How about the art, the booklet, you may ask? Turns out you leaf through them the first time, rip the CD into iTunes and never look at it again. And then you end up with a huge pile of plastic that takes valuable space in your house. With the convenience of iTunes, Amazon's MP3 store, and others, there's no longer any reason to have physical CDs, unless of course, some retrograde music industry executive or group forces your hand. As Rolling Stone pointed out, the Beatles Remastered 2009 CD set is probably the last physical CD you'll ever buy. It was for me.

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So, today was the day to run through all those CDs and put them into boxes, by category, sorted within each category. That was fun! The process resulted i…

Obama dissapoints now and the Democrats will pay in the next elections

Obama has been in power long enough to show that Obama the President is not Obama the candidate. With the promised "change" coming in extremely small doses, Obama has now effectively squandered the enthusiasm that brought him to power. And the Democratic party will pay in the 2010 elections. This graph says it all:

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Progressives like me are getting increasingly disappointed with the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress and sadly, the graph indicates that our window of opportunity will close if we end up with a significant defeat in the upcoming elections. Can you imagine trying to advance the progressive agenda with more Republicans in Congress? I'm having trouble imagining doing that now, when we have absolute majorities everywhere.

Let's review the current major sources of disappointment...