Saturday, July 31, 2010
skippy's saturday nite music club
blogrolling in our time
blanche lincoln s*****s the democratic party and the president
african-american lawmakers are irate that the 0bama administration has promised sen. blanche lincoln (d-ark.) $1.5 billion in farm aid while claiming it can’t pay a landmark legal settlement with black farmers. - the hillif they can that blue b**** (female version of blue dog), they can pay back farmers that were found to have been pooched for generations.
conservative blogger says episode was 'difficult for me as well.' - newsweek
Friday, July 30, 2010
skippy's friday nite music club
now this is what i call
snark, served best cold
here susan examines one of megan's many fights w/commentors on megan's atlanticmonthly column, this one specifically about climate change, and how those words don't mean what she thinks they mean:
tinisoli: no, it wasn't.
mcmegan: sorry? is this incorrect? http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v411/n6835...
tinisoli: relevance of that paper?
anirprof: it's not incorrect but it doesn't say what you are claiming.
that co2 concentrations were 5x higher in the past isn't the same as saying that all the carbon currently contained in hydrocarbons in the crust were in the air then.
mcmegan: given that the 100 year projections involve carbon concentrations below 1,000 ppm, the statement that "all the stuff we're burning was in the atmosphere" is correct. was every hydrocarbon in the ground in the atmosphere? probably not. but every hydrocarbon in the ground is not recoverable, so that's not a very interesting question.
tinisoli: why don't you just clarify what you meant and then we'll see if it actually meant what you're nor pretending it did?
mcmegan: i wasn't unclear. you and anirprof decided that i must have meant something else, and proceeded to argue furiously against something i didn't say.
the estimated reserve life of the major oil reserves clocks in at under 150 years. by then, we'll have figured out something else, or the economy will collapse anyway, and we won't need to worry about greenhouse gasses.
anirprof: plus about four other commenters above and below this point who read it the same way, so i wouldn't be so quick to assert there was nothing wrong with the phrasing. given what you say you were trying to communicate, takuansoho's comment below suggests a phrasing that makes a lot more sense than the original.
mcmegan: in my experience, there are a number of issues where people stop reading about halfway through, and start arguing with the opponent in their head. this is one of them.
brian despain: that's one of the best quotes you have ever had megan. this thread is great evidence for that. [teacher's pet.]
downpuppy: and like all megan quotes, makes more sense when you realize it's about megan. nobody is claiming that global warming is a threat to all life on earth, so megan writes a post to say that everybody who claims that global warming will end life on earth is a doodyhead.
by writing it really badly & throwing in some rubbish about co2, she gets 3 more posts to respond to people who haven't noticed that she really hasn't said anything worth reading.
norman rogers: does the opponent in your head make you set fires and laugh at inappropriate moments?
syz: shorter megan: after my arguments have been thoroughly debunked, i like to switch to ad hominem attacks. also too, zosima is a snot-nosed know-nothing brat and i really should get around to banning him cause he keeps embarrassing me with his mastery of 9th grade math.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
skippy's thursday nite music club
if phytoplankton population drops any more
the microscopic plants that form the foundation of the ocean's food web are declining, reports a study published july 29 in nature.
the tiny organisms, known as phytoplankton, also gobble up carbon dioxide to produce half the world's oxygen output—equaling that of trees and plants on land.
....."phytoplankton productivity is the base of the food web, and all life in the sea depends on it."- scientific american
phyllis schlafly - ragin' whackadoodle bee-atch
i'm not married. i'm not on welfare. i've been providing for myself since i was 18....now...stfu.
que sherrod, sherrod, whoever will sue, will sue
sherrod made the announcement thursday in san diego at the national association of black journalists annual convention.
breitbart posted a heavily edited video of sherrod on his website, biggovernment.com, speaking to an naacp group and appearing to admit that she had deliberately refrained from giving full assistance to a farmer because he was white.
she is referred to on the site as a "racist govt employee."
the political fallout from the posting prompted the agriculture department to force sherrod to resign.
a full version of the speech, released later, shows that she was referring to an incident that occurred more than two decades earlier and lessons she learned after initially hesitating to help a white farmer save his home.
"andrew breitbart is going to be fine. he's done nothing wrong,” said brent bozell, president of the conservative media research center. “i wonder if ms. sherrod, who is such a champion of transparency, will publicly disclose who is putting her up to this. and i also hope this champion of honesty will stop lying about fox news. i'm also waiting for ms. sherrod to publicly apologize for accusing anyone opposed to nationalized health care of being racist. last time i checked, that was more than half the country."
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
skippy's tuesday nite music club
breaking! arizona immigration law broken!
the overall law will still take effect thursday, but without the provisions that angered opponents — including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.
the judge also put on hold parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places.
u.s. district judge susan bolton ruled that the controversial sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues.
the ruling came just as police were making last-minute preparations to begin enforcement of the law at 12:01 a.m. thursday and protesters were planning a large demonstrations to speak out against the measure. at least one group planned to block access to federal offices, daring officers to ask them their immigration status.
abcnews tells us:
a provision making it illegal for undocumented immigrant day laborers to solicit or perform work was also temporarily blocked. the enjoined provisions will remain in limbo while the court weighs legal questions surrounding them.
thx to memeorandum for the links!
tea baggers - not good for what ails the gop
there are more than 100 conservative third party candidates on the ballot. this is important because it lowers the win number for the democratic candidate.
Bad Timing Coincidence of the Day
Whatever else one might think about the "walled garden" approach to content and applications at Apple, at least it finally gives the lie to that assertion (beloved of excruciatingly dull cultural theorists and technofuturists wanting to put a bit of ersatz spice in their prognostications) that "porn is the driver of technological innovation".
The Torygraph (via The Book Bench):
Blonde and Wet, the Complete Story was ranked first on the iPad in a top 10 that included three other erotic novellas yesterday morning....
Experts said the market for pornographic fiction had been given a boost by the rise of the iPad and other e-readers.
Philip Stone, charts editor for The Bookseller magazine, told The Times: "The embarrassment factor of being caught reading something like that in print is not there. If it’s on your iPad then no one can tell what you’re reading. You could be reading Plato."
In fairness, I have to note that most of the iBook readers I see on the subway are reading Romance Novels.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
skippy's tuesday night music club
ahhh...we're on fire again
about 30 to 40 homes have been lost to a wildfire about 10 miles southeast of the mojave desert town of tehachapi, firefighters said tuesday.
kern county fire department engineer anthony romero said the fire erupted at about 3 p.m. and quickly grew to more than 500 acres. - sfgate
good news/bad news for tony hayward
the good news is, he's getting a severance package of 18 million dollars.
the bad news is, he's being sent to siberia:
even odder: hayward is being replaced as ceo by american-born robert dudley, a former amoco executive who reportedly had to flee russia in 2008 after a campaign of "sustained harrassment" made it impossible for him to effectively run tnk-bp.
Monday, July 26, 2010
rational people agree w/skippy: breitbart is an asshole!
this simply has no equivalent on the left. the leading lefty media organizations have teams of reporters who -- even if they are to some degree ideologically motivated -- work to determine whether their material is accurate, fair, and generally based in reality before sharing it with readers and viewers. they just don't push info -- with no regard to whether it's true or not -- for the sole purpose of having maximum political impact. period.
this is an important difference that's critical to understanding the rapidly shifting landscape in the new-media age. if i ran the universe more media figures would come right out and say what the times hinted at today: no, both sides don't do it.
the administration's response to the doctored video pushed by right-wing hit man andrew breitbart was shameful. the obsession with "protecting" the president turned out to be the least protective approach of all.
the obama team did not question, let alone challenge, the video. instead, it assumed that whatever narrative fox news might create mattered more than anything else, including the possible innocence of a human being outside the president's inner circle.
obama complained on abc's "good morning america" that agriculture secretary tom vilsack "jumped the gun, partly because we now live in this media culture where something goes up on youtube or a blog and everybody scrambles." but it's his own apparatus that turned "this media culture" into a false god.
yet the obama team was reacting to a reality: the bludgeoning of mainstream journalism into looking timorously over its right shoulder and believing that "balance" demands taking seriously whatever sludge the far right is pumping into the political waters.
but it is an open question whether conservative media outlets risk damage to their credibility when obscure or misleading stories are blown out of proportion and when what amounts to political opposition research is presented as news.
jane hall, a communication professor at american university and a former contributor to fox news, said partisan media outlets “look for something that will get an audience and that will whip up people in some kind of frenzy, warranted or not.”
ms. hall said what ms. sherrod had endured was “classic propaganda.”
Sunday, July 25, 2010
skippy's sunday night music club
quote of the day
"fox news did something that was absolutely racist," dean said. "they had an obligation to find out what was really in the clip. they had been pushing a theme of black racism with this phony black panther crap and this business and this sotomayor and all this other stuff."(hat tip adept2u's diary over at the great orange one's)
carly "hearts" tea baggers
environmental news stories sunday
dust takes a toll.- dust is nothing new in the southwest. settlers and their livestock started kicking up dust in the region 150 years ago. trecent onslaught of dust in southwestern skies is affecting human health and safety - and also, as scientists are discovering, the region's climate - high country news
'downstream, death of the mighty colorado.'- overpopulation, pollution, damming, global warming and apathy are all affecting the colorado river and the communities that rely on it - marketplace
the poisoning.- capping bp's well in the gulf of mexico, even temporarily, is welcome progress, but it is not the end of the story. since the blowout in late april, up to four million barrels of oil and nearly two million gallons of toxic dispersants have been dumped into the gulf. no one has a clue yet what the longer-term effects of this catastrophe will be - rolling stone
hope you like beets, because the bee crisis could soon be hitting the u.s. food supply. - the effects of colony collapse disorder have been masked by imported bees, but a perfect storm is brewing, and it will leave no grocery store unscathed - daily green
come on in! the water's fine. -when luke borkovich has jumped into lake huron this summer, he has been able to stay in the water longer than usual. that's because the surface water temperature warmed up faster this summer than usual - port huron times herald
satellite spies vast algal bloom in baltic sea. -a potentially toxic algal bloom, covering 377,000 sq km in the baltic sea, could pose a risk to marine life in the region, warn scientists. they added that a lack of wind and prolonged high temperatures had triggered the largest bloom since 2005 - bbc
osha cuts outdated air quality rule from oil worker training. -oil cleanup workers on offshore vessels are getting additional safety training, but the training curriculum referred to air quality standards that the head of the occupational safety and health administration has acknowledged were “outrageously out of date. - propublica
usf scientists confirm underwater plumes came from bp spill. -the plumes of oil snaking through the depths of the gulf of mexico definitely came from bp's deepwater horizon gusher, scientists at the university of south florida announced friday, marking the first official confirmation of the source of the undersea oil - st. petersburg times
in gulf, epa’s water sampling found possible risk to aquatic life. -epa air sampling along the gulf coast has shown moderate pollution levels. that’s not all the epa has found. water sampling has also turned up a concentration of nickel that exceeds "chronic water benchmarks," meaning there's “the possibility of harm or risk” to aquatic life - propublica
ban sought for pesticide used widely by california farms. - two national groups sued the u.s. environmental protection agency this week in an effort to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a chemical sprayed on wine grapes, walnuts, almonds and scores of other crops - sacramento bee
taxpayers stuck with $100 million mess - federal and state environmental agencies today list six major sources of groundwater pollution in the region northwest of delaware city. some contamination sources date back nearly 50 years - wilmington news journal
dirty little secret.- more than 33 million gallons of raw sewage entered allentown's little lehigh creek from 1999 to 2008, a morning call review of state and federal records shows. the pollution equates to someone flushing a toilet directly into the little lehigh about once every 14 seconds for nine years - allentown morning call
counties face water crisis, study warns. - a study released this month projects that one-third of U.S. counties, and all but two in arizona, face high to extreme risks of water shortages by 2050 because of climate change. the study was written by environmental consultant tetra tech corporation for the nonprofit natural resources defense council. - green valley news
ex-workers' lawsuit blames motorola for birth defects. - a group of former motorola workers and their children filed a lawsuit friday against the schaumburg-based company, claiming toxic substances used to make motorola products caused serious birth defects in at least 30 children born to workers employed by the company since the 1960s - chicago sun times
gulf fisheries' future in doubt. - many fishermen and their boats are now working with bp in the oil spill cleanup effort, and the coastal waters which provide some of the most productive fishing are still closed. even after all the oil is gone, it will likely be years before the gulf fishing industry is as productive as it once was - weekend edition
alabama shrimp season opens, but few shrimp boats on water. -maybe they were all working for bp. or perhaps the surprise opening of alabama's shrimp season caught a lot of folks off guard. either way, it was hard to find a shrimp boat working the waters of mobile bay on friday morning as an oil-delayed season began. - mobile press register
young giver sells lemonade to help pelicans. - at first, 4-year-old jonathan bush wanted to sell all of his toys to help save the oiled pelicans. at his mother's suggestion he settled for lemonade, adding that he cannot help directly with the cleanup "because (the oil will) get in my eyes and ears and nose and mouth. - new orleans times picayune
Saturday, July 24, 2010
skippy's saturday nite music club
quote of the day
(at the great orange one's big shindig in vegas)
send senator al some love gets it!
for the senator's closing keynote address...click here. (for more soon to be quotes of the days)
tweet of the day
yes, we disabled the alarms on the deepwater horizon. oh, like you've never hit the snooze button? http://ow.ly/2fQ6x
greed covered in chocolate
...in a stroke, a hedge fund manager here named anthony ward has all but cornered the market in cocoa. By one estimate, he has bought enough to make more than five billion chocolate bars.
chocolate lovers here are crying into their cadbury wrappers — and rival traders are crying foul, saying mr. ward is stockpiling cocoa in a bid to drive up already high prices so he can sell later at a big profit. his activities have helped drive cocoa prices on the london market to a 30-year high.
mr. ward, 50, is not some rabid chocoholic, former employees say. he simply has a head for cocoa. and, through his private investment firm, armajaro, he now controls a cache equal to 7 percent of annual cocoa production worldwide, a big enough chunk to sway prices.
...now, traders here are buzzing that mr. ward has placed an audacious $1 billion bet in the london market for cocoa futures. this month, he bought 241,100 metric tons of beans, they say.
his play has some people up in arms. while some see it as a simple bet that cocoa prices will rise on falling supply, others say mr. ward has created a shortage of cocoa simply to drive up the price himself.
the german cocoa trade association and others wrote an angry letter to the london exchange on which cocoa is traded, demanding that it take action against what the association characterized as a “manipulation.” - nytimes
australian election debate rescheduled
only in australia would a federal election debate be shuffled to one side in order to allow the final of masterchef to take place without any distractions. - sydney morning heraldcheers!
congressman clyburn has a long memory
house majority whip james clyburn (d-sc) got in a light-hearted dig at vice president joe biden today, cnn reports.at a dedication event for the ernest "fritz" hollings special collections library, clyburn introduced biden: "ladies and gentleman, it's a pleasure for me to present to you a mainstream american who is an articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy." - talking points memo
Friday, July 23, 2010
skippy's friday nite music club
crack down on bloggers?
should there be a "gatekeeper" regulating internet bloggers? in the aftermath of the shirley sherrod incident, that's what cnn promoted on july 23.but..nooooooooooooooo...it's always a "bloggers" fault.
......"if you're in a place like iran or north korea or something like that, anonymous blogging is the only way you could ever get your point of view out without being searched down and thrown in jail or worse," said roberts. "but when it comes to a society like ours, an open society, do there have to be some checks and balances, not national, but maybe website to website on who comments on things?" -newsbusters
skippy looks at books
hustlers and the idiot swarm by reverend manny:
Thursday, July 22, 2010
skippy's thursday nite music club
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
skippy's wednesday nite music club
the rnc can't even balance their own books
earlier this month, reports leaked suggesting the republican national committee had failed to report “hundreds of thousands of dollars” of debt to the fec. it now appears that the level of debt is much greater than originally estimated and may have been hidden by committee leadership. - think progress
july 21, 1969
que sherrod sherrod
everything you need toknow about this whole shirley sherrod debacle, as told by someone who kind of understands it mostly (via ripcoco)
bradblog pulls no punches about breitbart
glenn greenwald thinks ms. sherrod has an actionable case against breitbart
jonathan turley also says she might have such a case, but it won't be easy
greg sargent points out that shirley sherrod calls it like she sees it, vis-a-vis fox news racism
addendum: tho greg sargent applauds robert gibbs for pointing the finger back @ the media when it comes to blame for the sherrod debacle, we are not so quick to agree.
rather, we are of the same mind as joseph nobles, commenting @ balloon juice:
obama looks pretty damn bad in this.
mad about refudiating sarah
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
mad about the gop's honesty deficit
Monday, July 19, 2010
skippy's monday nite music club
tweet of the day
the @dosomething awards are tonight at 9pm est on @vh1. bpglobalpr is nominated. if we lose, we're uncapping the well.
down the penrose lane
Sunday, July 18, 2010
skippy's sunday nite music club
the big oil cleanup
...in the 1990s, engineers partnered with a multitude of regulatory agencies to accomplish an environmental cleanup that set a new standard for the petroleum industry. and now, the town is emerging from the cleanup, and the rebuilding that accompanied it, to put on a pretty face and reestablish its identity.
....it all traces back many decades to unocal, the petroleum giant founded in the late 1800s and known at one time as union oil company. the company became a major part of the economic fabric of california’s central coast. just prior to world war 2, its avila beach operations made the tiny town the world’s largest oil port.
for 100 years, oil pumped from fields in central and coastal california — in some cases several hundred miles away — was piped to huge tanks atop a bluff overlooking avila beach. crude oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel flowed downhill from that storage facility, through pipelines under the town, and out the company pier to waiting tanker ships for transport. over time, the pipelines leaked, and a huge spill of petroleum products on the order of a half million gallons developed under avila beach and began moving toward the ocean.
church was one of the first involved when the spill began to rear its ugly head. in 1988, a business owner tried to expand his building and found the lot so heavily pooled with gasoline beneath the surface that testing engineers feared if anyone lit a cigarette, they would all be blown away. in 1977, just such an explosion occurred in the same area when two college students painting their basement apartment were blasted out a window after the pilot on a water heater ignited fumes. church connected the two events and became certain the gases had to come from the same source — pipelines under the street. - progressive engineer
in a decision that still evokes much heartache, san luis obispo county and the regional water quality control board voted to dig up the contaminated soil and rebuild the town's beachfront from scratch. unocal did not want to excavate, preferring alternative methods such as using oil-eating microorganisms to clean the contaminated soil.
but after a furious debate that divided neighbors, workers last fall began to demolish the entire beachfront. after the buildings are razed, excavators will remove enough contaminated soil to pile a football field 60 feet high.
little is left of the town's commercial hub except deep, gaping holes and mounds of sand and dirt piled 20 feet high. a thin sheen of oil rises from the sand that once welcomed generations of sunbathers and family picnickers. - seattle pi
tweet of the day
@keitholbermann mt @sarahpalinusa "shakespeare liked to coin new words too" /ma'am, i've read will shakespeare. ma'am, you're no will shakespeare
environmental news stories sunday
the other oil spill. -the gusher in the gulf isn't the only "oil" fouling the sea. plastic trash, which is also petroleum-based, is plaguing the world's oceans in record amounts. most of us have heard of the great pacific garbage patch - but the north pacific isn't the only ocean with a plastic problem. - living on earth
failed safety device on deepwater horizon rig was modified in china. - the blow-out preventer – a crucial piece of the deepwater horizon rig's safety equipment – was overhauled in china at bp's request rather than in the us - london observer
joe the plumber (not that one) says he helped stop gulf oil spill leak. - a kansas man says he's the 'mystery plumber' who influenced the bp containment cap design that stopped the gulf oil spill leak. bp says joe caldart's sketch may have been one of many it's used. -christian science monitor
prozac pollution making shrimp reckless. - there's no happy ending for shrimp exposed to the mood-booster prozac, according to a new study. remnants of antidepressant drugs flushed into waterways worldwide are altering shrimp behavior and making them easier prey, experts say. - national geographic news
global temperatures rise to record levels. - the world is enduring the hottest year on record, according to a us national weather analysis, causing droughts worldwide and a concern for us farmers counting on another bumper year - reuters
sea-level rise will be worse for some, we just don’t know who. - the fact that oceans will rise in a warming world is well established, but depending on how wind patterns change, climate change could mean quick inundation or more beach space for different coastlines - wired
the flying prius. - the future of the passenger jet may look surprisingly like a larger version of the hybrid automobile. - newsweek
alaskan glacier detaches itself from seafloor, goes rogue. - an alaskan glacier has lost its footing with the seafloor and is floating in the ocean, new first-of-their-kind observations show. - christian science monitor
sunk in the easy cushion of habit. - plenty of us feel a bit of guilt but don't alter our behavior because it isn't convenient. we guzzle electricity as if it arrived by magic, not from polluting coal plants. and not even the massive disaster in the gulf, caused by our national thirst for oil, has made most of us change our ways. - charlotte observer
blumenauer demands that pentagon explain pentagon immunity deal. - u.s.. rep. earl blumenauer is demanding that the pentagon explain how war contractor kellogg, brown and root may have been granted immunity from harming any soldier or civilian in iraq. - portland oregonian
drought is bad news for anglers in scotland. - the worst summer drought in more than 30 years has dried up some of scotland's top salmon rivers, leading to unusually low catches and fish found with bellies rubbed raw by gravel - edinburgh scotsmans
which infant formulas contain secret toxic chemicals? - even though artificial human milk is regulated by the fda, researchers from the cdc found last year that a thyroid-affecting chemical used in rocket fuel contaminates 15 brands of powdered infant formula, including two that accounted for 87 percent of market share in 2000 - mother jones
hydrocarbons in cereal stoke new debate over food safety. - when kellogg co. pulled about 28 million cereal boxes from store shelves last month, the company said only that an "off-flavor and smell" could cause nausea and diarrhea. but the culprit behind the recall is a class of chemicals now making news in the gulf of mexico: hydrocarbons, a byproduct of oil - greenwire
owe less than $100....go to jail
federal regulators are looking into the growing use of arrest warrants in minnesota over unpaid debts, following a star tribune investigation and a letter calling attention to the practice from sen. al franken.
a staff attorney with the federal trade commission said thursday the agency is trying to determine why debtors are being jailed in this state, and if they have been notified properly of any debt collection claims made against them in court. the agency said it was responding to a letter sent by franken, which accused minnesota debt collection firms of “abusing the state court system to reap profits.” franken urged ftc chairman jon leibowitz to take “immediate enforcement action.” - al franken
Saturday, July 17, 2010
skippy's saturday nite music club
we're on fire...again
a 20-acre fire burning in the gaviota hills is threatening reagan ranch and other residences in the foothills of santa barbara county. - keytrepublicans are willing to let our economy and society crumble because it will cost taxpayers...
i say we let their little gang hideout burn...because, wait for it...it will cost taxpayers.
save the taxpayers' houses. let the taxpayer haters' mecca burn.
mad about the birth of lunacy
west wing writer to tackle west wing wannabe's story
aaron sorkin -- best known for creating "the west wing" -- will make his feature directorial debut with a john edwards biopic.
sorkin's adapting and producing andrew young's "the politician: an insider's account of john edwards's pursuit of the presidency and the scandal that brought him down." project's not yet set up at a studio.
..."this is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with motivations, decisions and consequences that would have lit shakespeare up," sorkin said.- variety
one of my favorite aaron sorkin writing examples was from malice. i don't remember much of the rest of the movie (hated nicole kidman's "acting")...but this one scene still haunts me to this day...especially at my temp job when i see doctors run around in their scrubbies. words can chill.
Friday, July 16, 2010
skippy's friday nite music club
a republican says that waiters are hurting their employers
you have to give tom emmer credit. when the presumptive republican nominee for governor of minnesota held a town hall meeting with waiters on wednesday -- as part of a damage control effort after he publicly complained that they were making over $100,000 per year in tips and hurting their employers -- his campaign clearly was not screening the attendees.
the event wednesday was supposed to last for an hour and a half. instead, it ended a half-hour early, as the star tribune reports: "an hour later, he walked out after a bag of 2,000 pennies was dumped inches from his face by a man exclaiming, 'i have a tip for you too, emmer!' as cascading pennies bounced in every direction and the crowd at a roseville restaurant erupted into chaos."
....emmer last week voiced his support for a policy known as a "tip credit," which is used in 43 states but not in minnesota, which allows employers to pay a lower minimum wage to waiters -- as low as $2.13 per hour, depending on the implementation, by crediting their tips towards the $7.25 federal requirement. emmer especially got himself in trouble when he said: "with the tips that they get to take home, there are some that are earning over $100,000 a year -- more than the very people that are providing the jobs and investing not only their life savings but their family's future. something has to be done about that." - talking points memo
mother nature is pissed at congress
a 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled the washington area early friday, with thousands of residents reporting that they felt the ground shake as they slept or were waking. the u.s. geological survey said the quake was centered in montgomery county and struck at 5:04 a.m. - wapo
mad about david vitter's traylor travails
Thursday, July 15, 2010
happy blogiversary - addendum
the web is one huge library full of books that didn't have to go through an editor to get published. is that good or bad? in truth, it's neither (ok, i've seen some of these blogs, you're right, it is bad). but nonetheless, as the french say, pass the fries!
i gotta start off with thoughts about mr. bush's speech. didn't work for me. not me personally, but my stock portfolio. i spent most of this morning selling at least half of my holdings. one sep-ira which i had started in 1993, and had doubled in value by 2000, had fallen all the back to original value plus $50 as of end of trading today.
i hate to tell you kids this, but we're in the middle of another great depression. that's ok, though, i'm old enough that my parents grew up during the first one, so i know some good techniques for saving money.
thanks to you, our readers, for sticking with us, and with any luck, maybe we'll have good news to blog about in the coming years.
* yes, talkleft coined that phrase!
** yes, we coined that phrase!
obama hires former wellpoint executive
liz fowler, a key staffer for u.s. sen. max baucus who helped draft the federal health reform bill enacted in March, is joining the obama administration to help implement the new law...
....for some good background on fowler and the insidious role she played in killing the public option, watch bill moyers' recent segment here.clearly, this is a telling indictment of the health care law itself, strongly suggesting that it was constructed by the obama administration - as some progressives argued - as a massive taxpayer-financed giveaway to private insurers like wellpoint. and let's be honest: in investment terms, fowler has been a jackpot for the health industry. - david sirota's diary over at the great orange one's.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
skippy's wednesday nite music club
happy blogiversary, boss roo!
long-time readers of this space may know that it has been our tradition to re-post our very first post on our blogiversary, for reasons known only to our faulty memory.
however, blogger has decided for some strange reason to cut all our archived months in half, so we are no longer able to access any july archive before about the 17th or so for each year.
thusly we are unable to re-create our first post, either out of memory or pixels. (blogger! you get what you pay for!)
either way, we've been at this blogging thing for about 8 years now, and have enjoyed every one of those years, save one.
a big thanks to our co-bloggers, a list of whom you can find in our
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it isn't free speech...
a billboard created by an iowa tea party group comparing president barack obama to adolf hitler and vladimir lenin is being condemned by other tea party activists.
the north iowa tea party began displaying the sign in mason city last week.the sign includes photos of obama, nazi leader hitler and communnist leader lenin with the statement: “radical leaders prey on the fearful & naive.”
now...really...who really is preying upon the fearful and naive?
let me spell it out for you. g o p.
hades is cooling up a bit
bristol palin and levi johnston reveal exclusively in the new us weekly that they are getting married.wonder how much the palin clan are paying him.
and, they tell us weekly, former vice presidential candidate sarah palin has been kept in the dark about their plans ... until now.
"we got engaged two weeks ago," bristol, 19, tells us weekly. "it felt right, even though we don’t have the approval of our parents." - msnbc
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
skippy's tuesday nite music club
when you get things in perspective
gop gives wealthy americans a high five
for weeks, senate republicans have filibustered an extension of unemployment benefits on the grounds that democrats aren't willing to cut spending or raise taxes to pay for them. at the same time, the bush tax cuts are set to expire, and republicans want them to be renewed. for two days, senate minority whip jon kyl has raised eyebrows by insisting that emergency aid to unemployed people -- what he called a "necessary evil" -- be paid for through either tax hikes or spending cuts, while the tax cuts (which mostly benefit wealthy people) not be offset in any way. yesterday claimed that this view is shared by "most of the people in my party."
he was correct. - talking points memo
george steinbrenner (1930-2010)
george steinbrenner, the new york yankees owner known as "the boss" for his tempestuous style, has died at age 80, the new york daily news reported on its website on tuesday, citing an unnamed, high-placed team source.love him or hate him...you definitely heard about him.
...after a flurry of unconfirmed reports, the family of george steinbrenner has confirmed to the new york times that the boss, the legendary and often notorious owner of the yankees has died, after apparently suffering a massive heart attack last night at his home in tampa, fl- talking points memo
please adjust your frequency
Monday, July 12, 2010
the earth is burning
ominous reports are leaking past the bp gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the gulf of mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions.
251 million years ago a mammoth undersea methane bubble caused massive explosions, poisoned the atmosphere and destroyed more than 96 percent of all life on earth. experts agree that what is known as the permian extinction event was the greatest mass extinction event in the history of the world.
...those subterranean seas of methane virtually reshaped the planet when they explosively blew from deep beneath the waters of what is today called the gulf of mexico.
now, worried scientists are increasingly concerned the same series of catastrophic events that led to worldwide death back then may be happening again-and no known technology can stop it. - helium
lloyds of london warns of "peak oil"
the lloyd's insurance market and the highly regarded institute of strategic studies (iss, known as chatham house) says britain needs to be ready for "peak oil" and disrupted energy supplies at a time of soaring fuel demand in china and india, constraints on production caused by the bp oil spill and political moves to cut co2 to halt global warming.
"companies which are able to take advantage of this new energy reality will increase both their resilience and competitiveness. failure to do so could lead to expensive and potentially catastrophic consequences," says the lloyd's and iss report "sustainable energy security: strategic risks and opportunities for business".
...the review is groundbreaking because it comes from the heart of the city and contains the kind of dire warnings that are more associated with environmental groups or others accused by critics of resorting to hype.- the guardian
Sunday, July 11, 2010
skippy's sunday nite music club
tweet of the day
query for @sarahpalinusa: when you call obama "backasswards," does that mean you're assforwards?
environmental news story sunday
growers, environmentalists spar over proposed water quality rules. - proposed rules to clean up central coast waters could damage agriculture and put thousands of farmworkers out of work, according to growers. - santa cruz sentinel
switch off desal, say water utilities. - power-hungry desal plants should be mothballed when dams are full to protect against soaring bills, the nation's water utilities say - sydney australian
water: act now to conserve the new oil. - water is the new oil. in the same way that the 1973 oil crisis forced americans to scrutinize their reliance on fossil fuels, today's water shortages and rising occurrence of contaminated water supplies are shining a spotlight on our seemingly ubiquitous supply of h20. - fortune
bolivia wildfire threatens world's largest wetland. - a huge wildfire in bolivia threatened wednesday parts of the pantanal, the world's largest wetland which is a popular tourist attraction and home to thousands of species of plants and animals - afp
a river's reckoning. - chicago likes to think of the filth flowing in its namesake river as nobody's business but its own, and for most of the last century that might have been true. but today that dirty water has become a problem for all the great lakes - the world's largest freshwater system and a drinking water source for 40 million people. - milwaukee journal sentinel
beekeepers credit healthy hives to protection from pesticides. - the usda has released a report stating that ccd may be caused by a fungus and a group of viruses — something beekeeper phillip raines believes comes from migratory bees being exposed to numerous amounts of chemicals and pesticides - rockford register star
a truly toxic issue. - modern life is saturated with carcinogenic chemicals. but without regulation, just how are we supposed to avoid them? - london guardian
dna patent ruling hinders monsanto. - a decision by the european court of justice on a dna patent held by global seed company monsanto has caused a stir in the biotechnology industry, with concerns that the ruling could limit the protection companies enjoy on their european patents. - nature
in the panhandle, the 'summer of oil' seems endless. - in ways big and small, the deepwater horizon disaster is reshaping the gulf coast. it's doing more than damaging the tourism and fishing industries; it's permeating the air people breathe and the way they think and feel, altering habits formed over a lifetime. - st. petersburg times
attorney general hints bp's partners may face criminal investigation. - companies partnered with bp in developing the crippled macondo well in the gulf of mexico could possibly also be targeted in the sweeping criminal investigation under way in washington, according to eric holder, the us attorney general. - london independent
presidential commission seeks 'to give voice to the region.' - an independent commission formed by president barack obama to look at the root causes of the gulf of mexico oil disaster and the proper process for combating such catastrophes in the future holds its first public hearing monday in new orleans - nola times picayune
how-to limit your bpa exposure plus healthy alternatives. - for twenty plus years, scientists have proven the harmful effects of bisphenol-a, a synthetic estrogen found in everyday products - london independent
political landmark for bpa ban. - when a bill to ban a common plastic additive in feeding products for young children passed the assembly on july 1, it marked a milestone in state legislative efforts to regulate bisphenol a - contra costa times
fda nears approval of genetically engineered salmon. - they may not be the 500-pound "frankenfish" that some researchers were talking about 10 years ago, but a massachusetts company says it's on the verge of receiving federal approval to market a quick-growing atlantic salmon that's been genetically modified with help from a pacific chinook salmon. - mcclatchy
fish rescued as rivers dry up in drought. - experts say the last six months have been the driest since 1953, leaving large swathes of wales, the lake district and most of scotland in the grip of drought.
eco warrior's pacific journey shows how 'dumb plastic' is killing our seas. - david de rothschild set out on a mammoth ocean crossing aboard his recycled yacht to highlight pollution of earth's waters – but even he was shocked by what he found. - london observer
tuvalu faces uncertain future. - the tiny island nation of tuvalu is the lowest lying nation on earth and is struggling with the effects of rising sea levels and frequent storm surges. but there are plenty of other problems facing its inhabitants, whose home could be seen as the canary of the pacific. - new zealand press association
six lessons from the bp oil spill. - the tragedy of the bp oil spill has taught us about regulations, technology, and how our energy diet must change - christian science monitor
Saturday, July 10, 2010
skippy's saturday nite music club
and added bonus....for those russian spies that have been in the news of late...my grandparents fled finland when russians invaded...so there was no love of russia on that side of the family... but i loved this song!
Friday, July 09, 2010
skippy's friday nite music club
tonight.....the (detroit) spinners. come on now...get down...get funky.
tweet of the day
attention lazy fishermen! if you won't clean our mess, we're taking your money. fair is fair. http://ow.ly/27SJF
it's not homophobia, it's just snark
from the story:
dix, who won the 100 meters and placed second at the u.s. nationals last weekend, said his race experience had helped, "but i'm a little beat up, too."
"i was a little sloppy out of the blocks, but i was able to hold on," he added. "tyson gave me great competition."
andrew sullivan agrees w/skippy: breitbart is an asshole
astute readers will remember we recently had some fun w/breitbart's latest fume wherein he offered $100,000 for copies of the now-defunct journolist emails.
we were snarky about it; sullivan is more to the point:
meanwhile, the gop leaders, having done all they can to destroy a presidency by obstructing everything and anything he might do or have done to address the crippling problems bequeathed him by his predecessor, are now also waging a scorched earth battle to prevent the working poor from having any real access to affordable health insurance.
this is what the right now is: no solutions, just anger, paranoia, insecurity and partisan hatred.