Showing posts from February, 2011

Progress Will Win... I Hope

A buddy of mine forward this to me, (from reddit) and it is so spot-on I had to post it here.

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Space Shuttle from an Airplane Window

I don't normally post stuff like this. Afterall, the blog is called the cranky monkey, and not much to be cranky about in this video, other than it marking the end of an era. But it is my blog, and I like space stuff, so I'm going to post it anyway.

This man took a video of the space shuttle Discovery taking off for its last flight. All thanks to an airline being two hours late.

Bobby Franklin of Georgia Making Miscarriages Illegal

Hey, Georgia do you ever wonder why when people from other states make fun of ignorant rednecks from the south,we use Georgia as an example.

Representative Bobby Franklin is pushing legislation in Georgia that would criminalize a miscarriage. He wants to make it punishable by death to the mother if she has one.

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Actual Distribution of Wealth

Actual vs perceived distribution of wealth.

I wonder how many people in the country actually think they will be in the top 20% some day.image source - Mother Jones

Rand Paul Adverting Here

If you haven’t noticed it, there has been an ad showing up over the past few days from Rand Paul. If you click it, it takes you to some anti-union petition page he would like you to sign. Most likely due to a few of the Wisconsin union busting posts I’ve done the past few days.

If you see this ad…

...I would like you to click on it. Since it’s a contextual ad, by clicking on it they are paying for that click. The important part is, don’t actually complete the petition after clicking, as that would make clicking on it pointless. I want them to pay for the click and get nothing in return.

Wisconsin Blocking Pro-Union Website

The latest news from Wisconsin and Republican Governor Scott Walkers attempt at curtailing free speech and individual choice, is that they are blocking websites. The website which has been used by union supporters has been blocked in the Capitol building.

What's next, any news agency that doesn't report the story they way the Republicans want it? Or even worse, blocking the Cranky Monkey!

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Scott Walker Out with the Unions

Hey Wisconsin, you want to know what happens when you elect a tea-party backed right-wing conservative douche-bag into office? You loose your rights!

Scott Walker the newly elected Republican governor has been in the news the last week as he is proposing to pass a law that effectively disallows state workers collective bargaining rights. Except for police, firefighters, and state troopers who would be exempt.

Personally, I'm not really a fan of unions, feeling that they are an outdated entity no longer needed for the country we live it. But, I am in favor of choice. And if workers choose to join a union or a job that is unionized, that is there choice and they should be allowed to bargain collectively.

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More GOP Amendments

Some more on the ridicules amendments that the republicans are adding to the budget.

Amendment 10 Stearns (R-FL) To stop EPA from developing or issuing standards that list coal ash as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Amendment 13 Rooney (R-FL) To stop EPA from using its funding to implement, administer or enforce new water quality standards for Florida's lakes and flowing waters, which were issued in November.

Amendment 109 Griffith (R-VA) To stop EPA from using its funding to implement or enforce new guidance for the review of possible water pollution from proposed coal-mining projects

Amendment 127 Young (R-AK) To stop EPA from regulating air pollution from Arctic offshore drilling

Amendment 152 Jenkins (R-KS) To prevent funding the cleanup of pesticides and PCBs from the Great Plains Industrial Park (formerly the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant)

Amendment 192 Biggert (R-IL) To eliminate the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency


Congress Budget Cutting Everything Except the Military

Good job you right-wing, tea-bagging, conservative, douche-bags who helped vote the Republicans into control of the House of Representatives.

Today they voted today to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, with absolutely no regard to the long term negative effects of what will happen. No more contraception, medical exams and counseling to women.

They are making huge cuts to the EPA. And voted to stop limits on mercury pollution from cement factories. Heaven forbid that we attempt to reduce the amount of mercury that ends up in our waterways, and eventually in us.

They voted to block the FCC from enforcing a new rule that prohibit broadband providers from interfering with internet traffic on their networks. Basically this means internet providers can decide what you get to surf the web for, including Netflix. Republicans are deciding what you get to do in your own home.

They are cutting funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This one is no surprise, they also voted to cut …

House Budget – Cut and Spend

Many of the current Republicans were elected on promises of reducing government spending. Currently the House of Representative is in the process of drafting the budget, which they have managed to add about 400 amendments to. Most of them cutting cost in places it shouldn’t be cut.
For example:

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) wants to cut funding Planned Parenthood. Which in turn would result in more teens, poor, and others having children. And ending up on Welfare eventually costing the country more money in the long run.

They want to cut all funding for NPR and PBS. I assuming this has to do with that they want all people watching Fox New for information.

They want to cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency responsible for much of the clean air and water we currently enjoy in this country.

Here is one that I actually support:

Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) proposes to prohibit the expansion of body-scanner use by the Transportation Security Administration. Of course he’s a Democ…

No FiOS for Me

So I've had pretty crappy DSL service for a while now with Verizon later changed to Frontier. I finally decided to call and upgrade to something faster. My first call was to Frontier to see what they offered, but there fasted DSL isn't up to par with Cable or FiOS. So my next check was to Verizon for FiOS. On the website when checking service and plans I kept getting an errror with an instruction to contact customer service.

Like most people who prefer not to call, I went to the instant chat. I gave the person my info, and said the issue I was having. He gave me the link to see if service was available in my area. He gave me the same link I had just used, so I of course got the same error, which I sent to him. His response was to try back later or call customer service. Thanks for nothing chat help representative.

I next called Verizon to see if they had FiOS at my house. This also involved an extended wait. And after finally reaching someone, I found out they don't offer i…

N.Y. Rep. Looking for Action on Craigslist

Another Republican (Christopher Lee) leaves office with a sexual scandal. At least he’s not an anti-gay Republican who was caught hooking up with other men. He is however a married Republican who was looking to hookup on craigslist.
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Chasing Away the Books

Speaking of the suckiness that is Chase Bank. Seattle residents are loosing one more local book store, to be replaced with a Chase Bank. The university district Twice Sold Tales will become an internet-only bookstore at the end of March, closing the doors of it's location on 45th and University Way.

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The Parlor Comedy Club in Bellevue Experience

My girlfriend and I recently won some free tickets to go see Ralphie May. Fantastic, I thought, as I had seen his show before. I had however never been to the Parlor Comedy Club in Bellevue Washington. For those not living in the Pacific Northwest, Bellevue is a compact city just east of Seattle, crammed full of newly built tall offices and condos. The streets are lined with posh over-priced restaurants where the BMW driving boys, who work for one of the many tech companies in the area, can go to spend money and pic up chicks who spend more time on their hair than they do on their personalities.

The Parlor is a nightclub with a selection of pool tables, a dance floor, and club style music playing. In the back is the comedy club. We gave our "V.I.P." tickets to the hostess who lead us to a table. Apparently V.I.P equals closer to the stage seating, even though the venue is small enough to where it wasn't necessary. The tables were small square ones lined up right next to e…

14 Billion by 2100

Our global population will pass 7 billion sometime this year. And with the environmental destruction already happening to a world that can't currently support it's population, think about this: the projection by 2100 is 14 billion people. Luckily I'll be dead when that happens.
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Chased Away to BECU

When I first moved to Seattle about 12 years ago I set up a checking account with Washington Mutual (WAMU) Bank. At first I was satisfied with the service, they had plenty of locations, they didn't charge monthly fees and provided other services I was satisfied with. They were a bank, so I didn't love them, but my card worked, my checks were cashed, and they did what they were supposed to do.

Later when I opened my own small business, I set up a checking account for that as well through them. No minimum balance requirements required or monthly fees. Just a basic checking account with my business name on it.

Fast forward to the financial crisis and the housing bubble bust, and WAMU ends up under the new ownership of Chase Bank. At first they said nothing would change, and I didn't have to big of an issue getting my account transferred over for online access.

But it wasn't long before the quality of service started to suffer. The first thing that happened was they told me i…