Wed, 6 Aug 2014, 8:09am PDT
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It is hard to top the hubris of a "public servant."
Hey, if Einstein hadn't been goofing off at the Swiss Patent Department, we wouldn't have the Theory of Relativity.
If you have a source for that, I would be curious to read it. As far as I know, Einstein worked seriously at the patent office, where he was eminently qualified for his job, and did his other work on his own time.
Regarding the woman playing solitaire in the photo, it's interesting to see how some people presume guilt without knowing the circumstances. The photo appears to have been taken probably in India more than a decade ago. Indian infrastructure is notoriously overloaded. It is conceivable that the phone lines or computer network might have been down, leaving everyone with no choice but to wait. You could probably find similar photos of exchange pit traders waiting for a bell to ring, they work hard when the exchange is open but at other times they wait. It is a Faux News / Republican meme to blame government workers while paradoxically extolling the military, but any combat veteran can tell you there is a lot of "hurry up and wait" in that job, including playing cards between battles. The photo is funny but it doesn't have necessarily a larger meaning about whole categories of people, the "other side" can present a photo like this one the same way:
The placard seems to have been printed and carried by stereotypically ignorant Tea Party Republicans who don't realize Medicare was always a government program, but the placard might be a false flag attack, and in any event it doesn't mean everyone in the larger group is that ignorant. Similarly, I like the film festival ad for GoneDoggyGone.com.