Wednesday, November 30, 2011
how can we have a third party when don't have a second party?
suzy says tax the rich
meet the 99%...and the 1%
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
skippy's tuesday night music club
tweet of the day
help a blogger out - update on strange appar8us
in these days of 1% raising prices on everything, especially health care, anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.
civil rights leaders support #occupywallstreet, infuriating fox news
has #occupywallstreet revealed america to be a full blown military state?
how not to create jobs
and rip brilliant, if almost always over-the-top british director ken russell
Monday, November 28, 2011
remember, you can't spell 'twitter' without 't - w - i - t"
emma sullivan, 18, of the kansas city suburb of fairway, said she isn’t sorry and doesn’t think such a letter would be sincere.
the shawnee mission east senior was taking part in a youth in government program last week in topeka, kan., when she sent out a tweet from the back of a crowd of students listening to brownback’s greeting. from her cellphone, she thumbed: “just made mean comments at gov. brownback,” and then specified what the comments were.
she actually made no such comment and said she was “just joking with friends.” but brownback’s office, which monitors social media for postings containing the governor’s name, saw sullivan’s post and contacted the youth in government program.
sullivan received a scolding at school and was ordered to send brownback an apology letter. she said prinicipal karl r. krawitz even suggested talking points for the letter she was supposed to turn in monday.
“she wasn’t speaking to the 3,000 followers she has now,” julie sullivan said. “she was talking to 65 friends. and also it’s the speech they use today. it’s more attention grabbing. i raised my kids to be independent, to be strong, to be free thinkers.
“if she wants to tweet her opinion about gov. brownback, i say for her to go for it and i stand totally behind her.”
update: mo ravings tells us that brownback actually apologized to emma, instead.
tell me why i don't like mondays
the top ten reasons alabama's immigration law is bad for the state
the biggest little gun show in the world
republican spiderman sez, "with great power, comes great immunity"
Sunday, November 27, 2011
skippy's sunday night music club
environmental news stories sunday
law allows california public utilities commission to keep utilities data secret. - californians concerned about dangerous pipelines running underneath their neighborhoods are barred from obtaining government records about them by a 60-year-old state law backed by pacific gas and electric co. and other utilities, a chronicle investigation shows - sfchron
algae blooms' sudden spread stumps scientists. - marine scientists are trying to find out why previously unknown blooms of toxic algae are suddenly proliferating along the california coast, killing wildlife and increasing the risk of human sickness - sfchron
blackfeet members concerned about contamination by injection drilling technique. - exploration companies are injecting large volumes of water, sand and chemicals into rock formations up to a mile beneath the blackfeet indian reservation in attempts to loosen embedded oil - sometimes using more than a million gallons of fluid per well - great falls tribune
bakken watch sees a flip side to fracking. - kris kitko of bismarck said she gets threatening messages every day from people who don't like the content of the "bakken watch" website that she and a few others founded several months ago as an environmental response to the bakken drilling boom - bismark tribune
upper peninsula mines seeing a resurgence as companies hope to cash in. - new technology and higher prices for metals are making mining profitable again, but the new mines are less than a football field away from streams, rivers or lake superior, raising concerns about contamination - detroit free press
hives' mite problem exposed by 'sugar roll.' - nothing like nature to put you back in your place. we were proud of ourselves after bottling 150 jars of honey in our first year of beekeeping on the chronicle rooftop. then we saw carnage. dead bees were scattered in a wide circle around the entrance to both hives - sf chron
shooting down climate change myths: there is scientific consensus. - virtually 100 percent of full-time, actively publishing climate scientists agree the planet is warming up, with people playing a major role. and yet, about half of all americans don’t buy it. - anchorage alaska dispatch
climate change isn't a left-wing cause - the iron lady knew that. - these days, if you're a right-wing conservative, or a right-wing commentator or blogger, it is virtually a badge of honour to proclaim that all this global warming stuff, and action taken to counter it, is a load of cobblers. yet the woman regarded by right-wingers as their icon thought just the opposite. - london indepenent
inside ira rennert's dirtiest businesses. - epic pollution at his la oroya refinery in peru have put ira rennert, a reclusive billionaire, and his business practices in the spotlight. mr. rennert has scrapped with environmental regulators and activists for decades and always emerged largely unscathed. but his problems in faraway peru are beginning to cut close. - crains new york business
study finds spikes in bpa from eating canned soup. - we may not know all the ways in which the chemical bisphenol-a affects our health, but we can be sure that we're exposed to it frequently – bpa is used in plastic products and lines nearly all food and beverage cans. - time magazine
study: mercury impacts traced in alaskan huskies. - huskies living along the yukon river are showing signs of environmental stress, as accumulating levels of mercury in their diet appear to be suppressing their antioxidant functions - summit county citizens voice
farmer's advice: hitch your wagons to some 'guar.' - without guar, that cranberry sauce leftover from thursday's thanksgiving feast might drip off your fork. but the bean-like vegetable with emulsifying properties is also a crucial ingredient in the slurries that drillers use to coax oil and gas from shale formations - wall street journal
vermont air quality monitoring site could lose funding. - scientists' ability to measure and track airborne pollutants from the midwest will be severely compromised if $24,000 is cut from a testing station in underhill, experts say. - burlington free press
gender and chemicals: a canadian tale of poisoning women. - we inhale, ingest and absorb a litany of synthetic chemicals into our bodies every day. as scientific detection methods improve, we are forced to confront the evidence of these exposures as the results of several biomonitoring studies become available - toronto rabble
looks like transfer your bank account day worked
are you left-eared or right-eared
say the secret word and the duck will come down and give you the gop nomination
Saturday, November 26, 2011
saturday night's alright for fighting
robert hass, 70-year old former poet lauret of the us, talks of being clubbed at uc davis
the 99-99-99 plan
calls for supreme cout recusals intesify in health care case
Friday, November 25, 2011
buy nothing day
this morning americans across the country arose at ungodly hours, braving the dark, cold, and unruly crowds all in the name of shopping. each year black friday marks the upcoming holiday season with a day full of frenzied shopping, and the infamous event has become as synonymous with thanksgiving weekend as turkey itself. while some will spend the day trolling the malls for deals, thankfully there are more than a handful of people (like us!) who are just saying “no” to excessive consumerism and spending the day doing more wholesome activities for buy nothing day. buy nothing is a non-profit organization initiated by canadian mennonites 20 years ago, inspiring people all over the world to say no to just say no to black friday. this year adbusters is taking the organization’s work to the next level, going global with a full-fledged campaign asking citizens to not only stop shopping on black friday, but to #occupyxmas and not purchase anything for the holidays at all. are you up to the challenge? - inhabitat
you say we have a revolution
welcome to the revolution. our elites have exposed their hand. they have nothing to offer. they can destroy but they cannot build. they can repress but they cannot lead. they can steal but they cannot share. they can talk but they cannot speak. they are as dead and useless to us as the water-soaked books, tents, sleeping bags, suitcases, food boxes and clothes that were tossed by sanitation workers tuesday morning into garbage trucks in new york city. they have no ideas, no plans and no vision for the future.
our decaying corporate regime has strutted in portland, oakland and new york with their baton-wielding cops into a fool’s paradise. they think they can clean up “the mess”—always employing the language of personal hygiene and public security—by making us disappear. they think we will all go home and accept their corporate nation, a nation where crime and government policy have become indistinguishable, where nothing in america, including the ordinary citizen, is deemed by those in power worth protecting or preserving, where corporate oligarchs awash in hundreds of millions of dollars are permitted to loot and pillage the last shreds of collective wealth, human capital and natural resources, a nation where the poor do not eat and workers do not work, a nation where the sick die and children go hungry, a nation where the consent of the governed and the voice of the people is a cruel joke. - chris hedges at truthout
texas supreme court suspends judge who was taped beating his daughter
digging into the koch brothers roots
walking into the next room may trigger forgetfulness
Thursday, November 24, 2011
when the gop debates meet charlie brown thanksgiving special
a photo-essay of the history of turkeys at the white house (fill in your own joke here)
there's trouble in james o'keefe land
activists gather more than 100,000 signatures in the first week of the scott walker recall campaign
colossal storm rages over satun's surface
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
comparing banksters to hitler and stalin is unfair to hitler and stalin
gee, it wasn't fannie mae and freddie mac that caused the current economic crisis
oboy, new elements on the periodic table
and rip anne mccaffrey, creator of pern and the ship who sang
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
november 22, 1963
bye bye blogger
personally, i’ve lost the steam to blog. for the sailor, he feels like his “sense of outrage became dulled and it started to seem like 'same shit, different day'.” he also pointed out that when “you go read through our archives, we were covering the same issues we started with, it seemed nothing had changed.”
you’d think that with the ows movement, i’d have even more steam, but no. i don’t live in nyc anymore, (i really really really wish this had all happened while i was still there though.) and my life has gone off onto a different road. i’ve come to realize a few things about blogging, but mostly, it started to feel like i was spitting into the wind.
but we can relate. it seems at times like progressives are trying to bail out the ocean. no matter how much progress we make, our ideas are still derided, our positions are ignored, and our loyalty to this country is constantly questioned.
it ain't easy being green, as welll as progressive, open-minded, and compassionate.
good luck to all the gang at what used to be vidiotspeak.
tuesday night music club
why are we not surprised? banking de-regulation worsens economic crises
more proof of ceo greed
meanwhile, corrente wire discusses psycopathy as a preferred corporate executive trait
stolen car found 27 years later
and rip star of baron munchausen john neville
Monday, November 21, 2011
new moon on monday
match the gop candidates to the snark
no debit card fees from the banks, but here come some other fees
the long legacy of mitt romney's lay-offs
no ice cream for atheists
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The Silence Says It All...
environmental news stories sunday
chevron caused brazil oil spill. - chevron corp. now says it caused an oil spill off the coast of brazil, which is likely to pose problems for the oil producer in a region crucial to its growth. - wall street journal
chevron blames brazil oil spill on miscalculation. - a mistake in calculating the oil pressure caused a spill off the coast of rio de janeiro state, chevron said saturday, amid uncertainties over the extent of the slick - afp
what will climate change mean for california? - the songbirds at the feeder outside your window are not the same as they used to be. the goldfinch, the grosbeak and even the ever-present sparrow are all a little bit bigger. the reason is climate change, according to a new study - sacramento bee
advocates: coal an unhealthy choice for the university of virginia. - clean energy advocates have tried to make a case for shutting down the university of virginia’s coal-fired heating plant by emphasizing coal’s public health risks, but officials say that the $73 million renovation of the main heating plant included pollution controls that greatly reduce emissions - charlottesville tomorrow
study targets sea-level rise; flagler reserve key to research. - a pair of researchers concerned about how future increases in sea level could spell trouble for fragile coastal areas of flagler and st. johns counties will use a new federal grant to start a regional planning process - daytona beach news-journal
extreme weather will strike as climate change takes hold, ipcc warns. - heavier rainfall, fiercer storms and intensifying droughts are likely to strike the world in the coming decades as climate change takes effect, the world's leading climate scientists said on Friday - london guardian
climate change begins to affect south florida. - some of the effects of global warming have already arrived in south florida, as coastal cities flood more frequently and overheated corals turn white and die - south florida sun sentinel
rewriting toxic chemical legislation. - senate democrats have made an unusual request to a major chemical industry trade group: rewrite pending legislation to reform the nation’s chemical control law - chemical & engineering news
recycling keeps hazards out of landfills, ditches. - prior to may 28, 2010, dropping off electronics at landfills cost new yorkers $5 per tv or computer monitor. unwilling to pay money to recycle, many people retired their unwanted electronics to roadsides, where they often leaked noxious toxins into nearby soil, water and air. - auburn citizen
the plot thickens: osm subcontractors on controversial study were longtime industry advocates. i’ve been a little suspicious from the beginning about the controversy over leaked portions of the federal office of surface mining reclamation and enforcement’s “environmental impact statement” on its efforts to rewrite the federal stream buffer zone rule. - charleston gazette
alice waters does organic american-style at dinner in beijing. - u.s. chef and food activist alice Waters rolled out a four-course meal meant to inspire china to eat organic and sustainable foods, something other than pesticides was missing — less than a third of the attendees were chinese nationals - wall street journal
don't let naysayers kill clean-cars push. - california released proposed new emissions standards for cars and light trucks, which align with federal standards. congressional republicans, predictably, are squawking. - sacramento bee
On the alert for misleading ads. The Greenwashing Index is a way for consumers to identify companies that are honestly trying to be better environmental stewards rather than simply trying to save money or making cosmetic changes that make no difference for the environment at all - nytimes
killer fields of india. - pulla kala will never forget october 31. that evening, she watched her husband Pulla Yellaiah look up at the skies and chant a silent prayer. yellaiah looked tense and vulnerable. the couple was reeling under a debt to cultivate cotton. yellaiah drank pesticide to end his life. he was only 22 - new dehli times
how to reach a million people tomorrow
we are the 99%
every day is like sunday
sign the petition calling for the chancellor of uc davis to resign
#occupywallstreet is not bums and drug addicts
no firings at sec for missing madoff's ponzi scheme
gay penguins to be re-united
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Like Shooting Fish In A Barrel...
another saturday night
remains of war dead dumped in landfill
thousands rally in wisconsin for scott walker recall
the u.s. needs a commander-in-chief -- not a prophet-in-chief
michelle obama will be grand marshall in tomorrow's nascar parade
and rip mark hall, creator of danger mouse
Friday, November 18, 2011
thank god it's friday
social security isn't broken unless china is, too
79% of occupiers have a job, compared to 56% of tea partiers
indiana unions helping families pay their heatung bills
the easiest way to spot a pedophile
Thursday, November 17, 2011
masked thieves steal 11,000 copies of modern warfare 3 in france
are people in vegetative states actually fully aware?
another right wing attempt to turn a convicted border patrol agent into a "hero"
how the gop became the party of the rich
you kids get off of my green lawn
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
strange appar8tus needs our help
we will be doing everything we can for strange, including setting up fundraisers and putting together his work, but for now we have an immediate need for homes for his three cats, most likely permanent homes, though i hope with all my heart someday he may be reunited with at least one. they are all seven years old, spayed and neutered, and i am hoping he may get one back someday, but we have no idea if that will ever happen.
the cats are still in his house, being fed by the neighbors and mrs. polly. there are two large, sweet males, zero and bill, and zip, a dainty little female. they are strange’s babies; he helped their mother give birth to them. we are going to be enlisting help in putting them in carriers, and then they need to go to new homes immediately. by the end of this week, preferably.
please help us rescue strange’s kitties. anyone living in the pennsylvania area would be ideal, but if it’s necessary to transport them by air, we will do that. i am devastated to have to bear this news to you guys. our wondrous strange has been the chiefest jewel in the spectacular bauble that is our jolly little blog. he needs all our combined good wishes, love, and acts of kindness, and there is nothing more important than making sure his “kids” are safely, lovingly housed.
if you are able to take one or more of the cats please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will talk more then.
we will keep you updated on any further developments. we wish strange, whose writings we found esp. gripping during the fukushima meltdown of earlier this year, all the best.
waiting for wednesday
recycling is good for the environment, right? maybe not
a round-up of the eviction of #occupywallstreet
you probably already have pork-cat syndrome
and remember to give generously to food banks this holiday season
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
rick santorum gave alleged pedophile penn state coach jerry sandusky an "angel" award in 2002
occupy oakland has its own newspaper
has the gop finally realized they've totally screwed the pooch?
bad attitudes on jay-z and his t-shirts
bloomberg gets email
you should be ashamed of yourself. it is the wall street banksters and your violent police officers that should be arrested.
Monday, November 14, 2011
skippy's monday night music club
fracking may have caused 50 earthquakes in oklahoma
journalists covering #occupywallst targeted for arrest nation-wide
from skippy alum rj eskow: you're either for the bank tax or you're for the banks
Sunday, November 13, 2011
skippy's sunday night music club
one day, hopefully, they will really know what it's like.
environmental news stories sunday
maine farmer heads group challenging genetics giant. - a fight to maintain consumer choice and farm independence has landed maine farmer jim gerritsen in the middle of a lawsuit questioning the validity of monsanto's patents on genetically modified seeds, and seeking protection from contamination from transgenic crops - portland press herald
tylenol may leave children gasping. - links between acetaminophen and asthma are so prevalent that until future studies document the drug's safety, it's being suggested that parents avoid giving the common medication to their children - omaha world herald
'fracking' chemical found in wyoming town's aquifer. -as the country awaited results from a nationwide safety study on the natural gas drilling process of fracking, a separate government investigation into contamination in a place where residents have long complained that drilling fouled their water turned up alarming levels of underground pollution - propublica
our make-up needs a make over. - lead in lipstick. mercury in mascara. formaldehyde in hair straightener, but if you think the products you use to groom and perfume are safe, think again. - centretown news
california pioneers plan for trimming chemicals. = long a pacesetter in efforts to control dangerous chemicals, california is moving toward sweeping new rules to reduce toxins in cleaning products, cosmetics, electronics, toys and possibly many other consumer goods - san diego union tribune
florida home to ‘major' polluters. - seven polluters demonstrate how toothless, and at times helpless, federal, state and county regulators can be in preventing hazardous emissions from entering the air floridians breathe - florida center for investigative reporting
veteran battles disorder, and for his benefits. - exposure to chemicals when matt connery was deployed to iraq with the army six years ago has left him disabled, and forced him to barricade himself in his house. but many don't recognize his illness, multiple chemical sensitivity, and much of the treatment he has received, he sought for himself - glens falls post star
antibiotics, livestock, and the rise of superbugs. - the vast majority of the antibiotics sold in the u.s. are given to livestock in low doses to promote growth. this might be creating superbugs: bacteria immune to the antibiotics people depend on - living on earth
fracking safeguards not followed. -a u.s. department of energy subcommittee charged with examining the safety of shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, reports that energy companies aren't doing enough to cut pollution risks. - columbus dispatch
nature is fooled into flowering in a 'second spring.' - this year earlier-than-ever autumn colours and fruits have been mixed with prolonged signs of summer wildlife such as dragonflies, butterflies and grass snakes, and spring flowers such as magnolia, apple blossom and honeysuckle blooming -- making it a truly extraordinary season - london observer
genetically modified rice created to produce human blood. - grains of rice have been genetically modified by scientists so they produce a key component of human blood in an attempt to provide an alternative to donations - london daily telegraph
watchdog and public health groups challenge the use of genetically engineered crops in national wildlife refuges. - environmental and watchdog groups have joined forces in a legal battle to end the cultivation of genetically engineered crops on fifty-four national wildlife refuges across the midwest - summit county citizens voice
rick perry is running for president
i remember the days when a comedian was trying to be president.
where is pat paulsen when you need him.
if wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in africa would be a millionaire. the claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves – that they are possessed of unique intelligence or creativity or drive – are examples of the self-attribution fallacy. this means crediting yourself with outcomes for which you weren't responsible. many of those who are rich today got there because they were able to capture certain jobs. this capture owes less to talent and intelligence than to a combination of the ruthless exploitation of others and accidents of birth, as such jobs are taken disproportionately by people born in certain places and into certain classes
...in their book snakes in suits, paul babiak and robert hare point out that as the old corporate bureaucracies have been replaced by flexible, ever-changing structures, and as team players are deemed less valuable than competitive risk-takers, psychopathic traits are more likely to be selected and rewarded. reading their work, it seems to me that if you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a poor family, you're likely to go to prison. if you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a rich family, you're likely to go to business school.- the guardian
i met him on a sunday
pressured to name its leader, #occupydenver elects shelby, a border collie
former reagan/bush advisor sez low economic demand, not regulation/taxes, hurt growth
romney lies about obama's defense spending
no more mister nice blog sez occupy the dominant narrative
Saturday, November 12, 2011
skippy's saturday night music club
tweet of the day
saturday night at the movies
nj judge says police must return confiscated items to #occupywallst
you know who's doing pretty good in this recession? wall street
it's time to veterans back to work
utah mayor admits using fake name to write news stories about himself
Friday, November 11, 2011
the d.a. who could have legally pursued sandusky
"people ask why ray did not prosecute [the coach]. I have no problem saying because he clearly felt he didn't have a case for a 'successful prosecution,' gricar said in a patriot-news interview. ray's friend, montour county d.a. robert buehner jr., told the newspaper, that ray would have been "extremely cautious" based on a reasonable liklihood of conviction. "you don't want to go after someone high profile unless you have a compelling case," buehner told the patriot-news. - huntingtonnewsnet
this is how our fallen soldiers are honored?
the dover air force base mortuary for years disposed of portions of troops’ remains by cremating them and dumping the ashes in a virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burial at sea.
....on tuesday, the air force acknowledged that the mortuary had lost a dead soldier’s ankle and an unidentified body part recovered from an air crash; had sawed off a marine’s arm so his body would fit in his casket; and had improperly stored and tracked other remains. - wapo
today we honor veterans
friday on my mind
tennessee lt. gov. calls unemployment "a lifestyle"
is obama winning back the rustbelt?
it's official: the rich really are screwing the poor
and is this the worst idea to come out of hollywood?
Anyone with Deficit Concerns Should be Flayed Publicly
With federal budget cuts taking a bite out of a charitable fund that helps lower-income Maine residents heat their homes, author Stephen King announced plans Wednesday to help bridge the gap. His Stephen and Tabitha King Charitable Foundation will match up to $70,000 donated to Maine's heating oil fund, with hopes that they can raise $140,000 total.
It's a nice gesture. But it wouldn't be needed if some brain-dead slime mold alumnus of Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard hadn't declared that "Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't," which translates in English to:
Last winter the federal government gave Maine $55.6 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; the state learned last month that this winter's funds will be just $23 million.
At the beginning of his Administration, everyone was predicting there would be assassination attempts. Instead, he has served as the assassin for the past two years.
And it is small comfort that he's indifferent to killing foreign and domestic.
Happy Armistice Day.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
skippy's thursday night music club
thursday's child i want you back
how the economy grows like crazy amid high taxes
and yet the gop porposals would earn failing grades say econ professors
the origins of rick perry's call to release obama's grades
and rip bil keane, creator of the family circus
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
skippy's wednesday night music club
hey berkeley police...."stop beating students"
cathy murillo - santa barbara city council's newest member
to the extent there was a cinderella story to this race, it’s murillo. a onetime reporter — with the santa barbara independent, kcsb, and the los angeles times — murillo’s initial candidacy was regarded with raised eyebrows even from her own party’s establishment, who privately worried if she was ready for prime time. she was too radical, too outspoken, they worried, to connect with mainstream voters. but at forums, murillo managed to come off both professional and passionate on the issues. she spoke for the have-nots from the perspective of someone who grew up in east los angeles, the daughter of a drug-dealing gang member. when it came to fundraising, she more than held her own, even though the deep-pocketed police and firefighters unions decided not to endorse her. and absolutely no one worked harder than murillo, mobilizing volunteers to walk precincts and call voters. even on election night, her volunteers remained fully engaged until the polls closed. “she did absolutely everything you could ask a candidate to do,” exclaimed former councilmember and assemblymember das williams. “she burned all her boats, man. she burned all her boats.” - santa barbara independent
Very, Very Strange...
will we have a global paradigm shift away from obsolete ideologies?
america's growing income gap by the numbers
florida middle schooler suspended for hugging
you will lol: a dog pees while walking on his two front paws...we don't know why
we won big
greg sergant has good run-down of the major developments fro last night's elections
here's a report from the ground in ohio from kay @ balloon juice
karoli @ crooks&liars looks @ the defeat of long-time az. state senator russell pearce, the author of sb1570, the "papers, pleeze" anti-immigration law
jon walker @ fdl points out that it was a good night for liberals, but not so great for democrats
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Perusing the Alumni Magazine
There’s some nice work in the current alumni magazine of both my undergraduate and my MBA school. There are also a couple of pieces of note.
Sadly, the issue is not online yet, so I have to type:
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has a new executive director. Howard W. Buffett ‘08SIPA, Howard G.’s son, will preside over a fund that donates some $50 million a year to initiative in areas such as sustainable agriculture, clean water, poverty eradication, and refugee assistance. The younger Howard, who has worked as a domestic-policy advisor for President Obama, is the grandson of investment icon Warren Buffett ‘51BUS. [Odd. They left out bolding President Obama (‘83CC).]
I’m certain Howard W. Buffett is a fine, well-accomplished soul of great scope, ambition, knowledge, and fortitude. I’m also certain he leveraged his father’s (and his grandfather’s) Rolodex in a way that is not available to any of the #OWS protestors. Tell me again how growing inequality isn’t bad for the “absolute condition” of the poor so long as they might be able to access to a used XBox.
Shorter Brad DeLong
A bunch of people drove the car off the road and into the ditch, creating a fire that didn't just require repairs but destroyed the whole fracking thing. And we need to be Very Generous to them, and let them do it again, because they are the only hope we have of ever being a First World Country again, even with Abundant Resources and the Most Educated (on average) Workforce in History.
Just Stop, Brad. Give up the hopeless cause. It's like watching car crashes, except not as a James Graham Ballard character.
#occupywallst is a movement too big to fail
study casts doubt on cell phone-brain cancer link
man gets stuck in a baby swing
here's a blind dog with her own seeing-eye dog
and rip former heavyweight champion of e world smokin' joe frazier
Monday, November 07, 2011
the brother from another mother is the mister who pissed a sister
the chicago-area mother, described by her lawyer as a registered republican, urged the gop presidential candidate to "come clean" and admit how he was "inappropriate" with her and other women.
bialek's story was immediately denied by the cain campaign, which sent out a news release as the woman spoke publicly at a new york city news conference with her lawyer, noted defense attorney gloria allred, by her side.
the stories of three other women have been reported by politico and the associated press.
"all allegations of harassment against mr. cain are completely false," the cain campaign statement said. "mr. cain has never harassed anyone."
the disclosure by bialek brought a shocking twist to the allegations of sexual misconduct by cain, which date back to his time as head of the national restaurant association from 1996-1999.
and the allegations today took a decidedly graphic turn:
cain took credit for that upgrade, she said.
"instead of going into the offices, he suddenly reached over and … put his hand on my leg, under my skirt toward my genitals," bialek said about the incident in the car.
"he also pushed my head toward his crotch," she said.
and that's as close as we're going to get to making that disgusting joke.
well, it could have been worse for herman cain. he could have been coaching for penn state.
update: well, now there's a fifth woman alleging improper behavior.
the last decade - a disaster
...according to the census’s new interpretation of the numbers, the total number of people living in poverty america is higher than the traditional approach indicates.
...in an era where large swaths of the population and one major political party believe that government is the problem, not the solution, it’s hard to see how we are going to make progress on progressive zoning and land use issues, not to mention regional economic development strategies. but there’s one thing, at least, that we should know by now, not to do: cut the programs that are currently keeping americans above the poverty line. - salon
tell me why i don't like mondays
the peoples guide to the federal budget
how to prevent election fraud
occupy the voting booth
tweet of the day
yesterday, cbs news’ 60 minutes aired a segment with infamous lobbyist jack abramoff. abramoff, released from prison and promoting a new book, expressed remorse for his role in buying and selling public policy. during his interview with lesley stahl, abramoff talked about how he used gifts, campaign contributions, and other legal and illegal bribes to influence members of congress - think progress
Sunday, November 06, 2011
skippy's sunday night music club
hey...corporate press...ask gov perry about this
with drought-ravaged pastures turning into dust, water tanks drying up and the price of hay skyrocketing, equine rescue groups across texas are being inundated with horses surrendered by cash-strapped owners or simply abandoned on back roads.
"i've taken in 14 horses in the last two weeks," said bob williams of ranch hand rescue in argyle. "law enforcement agencies can't keep up with the numbers of animals they are rounding up on country roads. nobody knows what to do. i'm telling you it's an epidemic. - sac bee
environmental news stories sunday
contaminated groundwater still threat to water supply. - beneath an enormous storage tank, where almost 200,000 fayetteville area residents get their drinking water, lies an elusive plume of groundwater contamination from an abandoned textile mill. the state estimates it would cost more than $50 million to clean up the former texfi Industries site, but there isn't enough money available to even properly monitor the contamination - fayetteville observer
new waterless fracking method avoids pollution problems, but drillers slow to embrace it. - an emerging technology developed in canada and just making its way to the u.s. does away with the need for water in fracking. instead, it relies on a thick gel made from propane. and unlike water, the gel does a kind of disappearing act underground - albany times union
being green is god's work, says reverend. - all bible-reading christians should be "greenies" because "creation carries the imprint of the maker," says the head of world vision australia , the reverend tim costello. - sydney morning herald
electric car rebate offers buzz to eco-friendly b.c. drivers. - environment minister terry lake said the rebate includes new electric, hydrogen fuel-cell and compressed natural gas vehicles as part of a $17-million program the provincial government hopes will help people make the transition to more sustainable forms of transportation - vancouver sun
california community fights mega-warehouses. - don galleano stirred lunch in a clay-colored cooking bowl in the small kitchen of his mira loma home, reminiscing about a time when the family's 300-acre vineyard was surrounded by open fields instead of mega-warehouses and truck depots - riverside press enterprise
earthquakes have a bigger health toll than other disasters. - earthquakes have a bigger impact on health than other natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes, us researchers say. as well as the immediate deaths, many people receive serious injuries which cannot be treated because of the quake damage to infrastructure - bbc
bad news on 'sacred air': bill mckibben. - bill mckibben, an environmental activist and methodist sunday school teacher, told the interfaith thanksgiving service at the annual festival of faiths that he had bad news to bring them about the air and global warming - louisville courier journal
durbin says federal budget cuts imperil food safety. - the food safety modernization act gives more power to the food and drug administration to keep unsafe foods from reaching groceries and restaurants, but budget cuts mean much of the already-passed act will never be implemented - st louis post dispatch
halliburton sued over cold war missile casing site. - halliburton co faces lawsuits over groundwater pollution near a now-closed facility in oklahoma that cleaned missile casings for the u.s. defense department during the cold war, the company said on friday - reuters
and here's 5 painful lessons you don't want to learn from #occupywallst
record poverty numbers in america in 2010
things are only going to get worse in climate change
Saturday, November 05, 2011
everybody loves saturday night
#occupywallst protesters reject plea deal, decide to occupy courts
report: improve tracking of serious hospital errors
glenn beck's buddies goldline execs charged with fraud
and meet kristen christian, the la art gallery owner who thought up bank transfer day, which is today, guy fawkes day!
Friday, November 04, 2011
seven in 10 republicans say reports that cain made unwanted advances toward two employees when he was head of the national restaurant association in the 1990s — allegations which have been stiffly rebutted by cain’s campaign — do not matter when it comes to picking a candidate.
nearly a quarter of all republicans and gop-leaning independents now back cain as the party’s nominee, his best showing in post-abc polls this year, and up significantly from early october. at 23 percent nationally, cain is neck-and-neck with romney (24 percent) atop the gop field.
if we were mitt romney, we'd be worried. but if we were mitt romney, we'd be a lot richer than we are.
friday night fever
bill gates is "generally in favor" of rich paying more taxes
did #occupywallst force this restaurant to fire 1/3 of its staff? or was it the overpriced, crappy food?
san diego high school picks lesbian homecoming king
#occupy beats the tea party in google searches
Thursday, November 03, 2011
a (non) taxing situation
in fact, in the last three years, 78 corporations had at least one year where they paid no federal income tax at all, while 30 corporations paid not a dime over the entire three years. those 30 corporations paid nothing, even though they made $160 billion in profits over that period:
thirty corporations paid less than nothing in aggregate federal income taxes over the entire 2008-10 period. these companies, whose pretax u.s. profits totaled $160 billion over the three years, included: pepco holdings (–57.6% tax rate), general electric (–45.3%), dupont (–3.4%), verizon (–2.9%), boeing (–1.8%), wells fargo (–1.4%) and honeywell (–0.7%).
outlook for thursday
yes there are black people @ #occupywallst
laffy introduces us to the incredible shrinking maine tea party
and a big thank you to diane sweet @ crooks&liars occupy america for blogging our skippy #ows video!
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
b of a back pedals from the $5 debit card fee
state refuses to back tennessee guv's crackdown on #occupynashville
how dumb can the gop get?
rez dog almost, kinda, sorta is on the news (at least, by association)
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
we like what you've done with the place
occupy the overpass
an open letter to gun nuts
it's multiple choice mitt
b of a throws out the debit card fee idea completely
auto sales could hit 8 month high
there is no pink