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Of course the payday "banks" are villains in this story as usual but the vile too-big-to-fail banks show their depravity once again.   Why the FUCK did they get saved?

Ivy Brodsky, 37, thought she had figured out a way to stop six payday lenders from taking money from her account when she visited her Chase branch in Brighton Beach in Brooklyn in March to close it. But Chase kept the account open and between April and May, the six Internet lenders tried to withdraw money from Ms. Brodsky’s account 55 times, according to bank records reviewed by The New York Times. Chase charged her $1,523 in fees — a combination of 44 insufficient fund fees, extended overdraft fees and service fees.

For Subrina Baptiste, 33, an educational assistant in Brooklyn, the overdraft fees levied by Chase cannibalized her child support income. She said she applied for a $400 loan from Loanshoponline.com and a $700 loan from Advancemetoday.com in 2011. The loans, with annual interest rates of 730 percent and 584 percent respectively, skirt New York law.

http://www.nytimes.com/...

This is exactly the sort of stuff the consumer protection bureau is supposed to stop, but the depraved repubs (and perhaps the Jack Lew wing of the Democratic party) work tirelessly to prevent the bureau from stopping the gouging of the most vulnerable in America.

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This sickens me.... and reminds me that Democrats are part of the same scam crony system.  It reminds me that very few if any wall street crooks have gone to jail after they crashed the world economy.

Of course Republicans are worse, with their depraved blackmail schemes to cut government at the behest of some shady group of CEOs.

I don't care if Mr Lew is an upstanding guy or not.  He has worked for and will in the future work for the big banks and so his behavior is suspect while working in his "high level government job" or whatever that million dollar bonus contract stipulated.

Obama is doing damage to himself, the Democratic party, and democracy in general everyday that man continues as his Treasury secretary nominee.  

Disgusting:

The watchdog group Public Citizen on Friday questioned the legality of Lew’s bonus. During the confirmation hearing, Lew was asked by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, how he was able to keep the $940,000 bonus, since many such payments have “claw back” provisions if an executive leaves. Lew’s contract, parts of which were obtained and put online Friday by Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Weil, allowed him to keep the bonus if he left for a high-level government job.
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/...
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Seismic activity has been detected in North Korea with an earthquake measuring 4.9 magnitude registered by the U.S. Geological Survey, in a move that South Korea said indicated that Pyongyang had carried out a third nuclear test.

The quake occurred at 10:57 a.m Korean time (01:57GMT) and South Korea's presidential office said that it was "likely" a nuclear test, according to the South's Yonhap news agency

http://www.reuters.com/...

Supposedly China is going to take a hard line against North Korea this time.  We'll see about that I guess now that North Korea has exploded their 3rd nuclear bomb.  China won't do anything, citing need for "stability" in the region or such.  Then they'll get back to gaming the world economy with their currency manipulation while Americans fight for the remaining scraps left by the multinational corporations, China's partner in crime.

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The New York Times has an article up which sums up the depravity of puppy mill operators and their greedy organizational protector, the American Kennel Club.  The abuses detailed in this article and the AKC's complicity in the abuse is evident.  The AKC works against puppy mill legislation, with sick and demented results.  America's tolerance of institutions like the AKC exemplifies our demented collective mentality.  

This blockquote pretty much sums up the activities of the AKC.  Kudos to the NY Times for putting together this evidence of the AKC's active complicity to animal torture.  I honestly never knew they were this sick.... now I know.

The A.K.C. inspected the kennel of Joseph and Cynthia Williams in Wilson, N.C., months before the police raided it. On May 17, 2012, an A.K.C. inspector said that the 34 Great Danes and mastiffs under the Williamses’ care were in “acceptable” conditions, with only 2 of the 15 categories marked “needs improvement,” for the construction of kennels and signs of “untreated, visible wounds.” The A.K.C. inspector found that the Williams kennel over all was “in compliance with A.K.C.’s Care Conditions Policy” even though the dogs did not have access to daily exercise outside their cages and pens, according to court documents.

Three months later, Wilson County officials seized 28 of the Williamses’ dogs, a majority of them in “poor” condition, suffering from illnesses, injuries and living in “unhealthy conditions,” according to court documents. A veterinarian told the court that the rescued dogs had ailments that ranged “from serious to severe” and that “most of the injuries appeared to be chronic, having been in existence for a substantial period of time.”

http://www.nytimes.com/...
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Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 08:56 AM PST

Alex Jones needs to be challenged

by gnostradamus

Alex Jones is a provocateur of the most depraved variety, making money off the death of murdered babies, and needs to be called out.

Relatively reasonable conservatives actually believe his crap so someone needs to regularly refute their crap before millions of people actually believe it.  Just look at how many still believe Obama is muslim etc.  Dkos should have a rapid response team for this IMO.

This fuck's latest provocation is here, ostensibly claiming black ops are to blame for the Sandy Hook shooting:  http://www.youtube.com/...

A 5 minute googling reveals the "second shooter" to likely be a father trying to sneak onto school grounds after hearing shooting or hearing about the shooting, to protect his daughter.

http://articles.latimes.com/...

Reasonable gun rights people actually spout this shit on facebook.  I see it all the time.  We need rapid response team.  Or something.  Maybe I'm it.

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With just hours before polling places open for Election Day, advocates for the legalization of marijuana in Colorado got some good news from Public Policy Polling about the popularity of Amendment 64, a ballot measure which seeks to regulate marijuana like alcohol, on Monday.

According to PPP, 52 percent of voters support Amendment 64 while only 44 percent are opposed to the measure leaving the state "set to legalize marijuana tomorrow," PPP's Tom Jensen writes about the results of their latest survey.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Washington state also looks set to legalize adults making their own decision whether or not to use this God-given plant.

I have worked in one way or another my whole adult life for tomorrow.  I won't talk about what the feds will or won't do after this happens tomorrow:  I have one word for all that silly talk....

FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!

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It appears that Romney, via the boy wonder Ryan, are tripling down on their despicable political attacks after Americans were murdered in Libya, ostensibly by Al Qaeda according to news reports.  

When you read Ryan's statements below, the first thing that comes to mind is:  is Ryan saying that it's never too early for the United States to defend the values of religion-bating bigots?  Are the values of the nasty preacher from Florida who once again has incited violence around the world the values Ryan and Romney are defending here?  The values they're "not apologizing" for?  

Yeah this is their "Lehman moment."  That smirk will quickly be wiped off Romney's face in the coming days.

“The administration sent mixed signals to those who attacked our embassy in Egypt, and mixed signals to the world. I want to be clear: It is never too early for the United States to condemn attacks on Americans, on our properties and to defend our values,” Ryan told the crowd in the battleground state of Ohio. “That’s what leadership is all about.”
These fucks are again trying the nazi technique here by trying to make the claim enough times that maybe their lie will stick.  Fact:  the American embassy in Egypt condemned the bigots who made the video BEFORE the (possibly Al Qaeda) attack happened in Libya.

Now all Republicans have to answer for this shit.  They're fucked.

Then this little shit goes on to disparage Obama for trying sanctions in Iran before starting yet another catastrophic war in the middle east with the below assertion.  The neo-cons have no shame.  How many dead in Iraq?  A million people because of little neo-con shits like Cheney, Romney and Ryan?

Undercutting allies like Israel, outreach to enemies like Iran, national security leaks and devastating defense cuts.
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Undercutting Israel?  No Israel is run by a rabid right winger warmonger.  Obama is giving sanctions a chance and waiting for evidence of a nuclear weapons program before setting off another catastrophic war.  Don't forget Russia is saber rattling about US attacks on Iran and Syria.  But do the neo-cons give a fuck?  No they welcome anything that could bring about their cherished End Times.

Devastating defense cuts?  This little shit and his House repub fanatics made that happen when they held America's credit hostage during their pouty, self-imposed "debt crisis"!?!

Meanwhile the US military is asking the the piece of shit Florida preacher (and by extension Ryan) to withdraw support for the fucks who made the video.  

"The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, spoke by phone this morning with Pastor Terry Jones. In the brief call, Gen. Dempsey expressed his concerns over the nature of the film, the tensions it will inflame and the violence it will cause. He asked Mr. Jones to consider withdrawing his support for the film."
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Romney and Ryan stand with the religious extremists.  

The US military stands with President Obama by asking for condemnation of the religion-bating extremists.  

So maybe the press will ask these dipshits:  Is the general "apologizing" for America by condemning the video?

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Whole foods rightly suffered boycotts and consumer bans on their business when their CEO opened his mouth and stuck his Randian-soiled foot in it.

But now, credit where credit is due.  Maybe Whole Foods should be given another chance because they may be starting a trend of ocean conservation that could spark a larger corporate environmental movement.  It's in corporations' long-term interest to not destroy the earth in the end, so someone had to do this at some point.  

The same will happen with climate change because at current rates of warming (on track for 4 degrees between 2050 - 2100 per my reading), the planet's "carrying capacity estimates [are] below one billion people," perhaps as soon as 2050.  

Killing off 8 billion or so customers with unsustainable business practices isn't good for business.  The children of the greedmongers will inevitably step in and say "what about us"?....

Anyhow, some good news for once!  Whole foods is banning sales of "red-rated" fish "using ratings set by the Blue Ocean Institute, a conservation group, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California," per this NY Times article .

The company had originally planned to stop selling “red-rated” fish next year but moved up its deadline. The other fish it will no longer carry are Atlantic halibut, octopus, sturgeon, tautog, turbot, imported wild shrimp, some species of rockfish, and tuna and swordfish caught in certain areas or by certain methods. (Whole Foods has already stopped selling orange roughy, shark, bluefin tuna and most marlin.)

Although the new policy will affect fishermen nationwide, the reaction from Gloucester and other New England ports may be the unhappiest. New England has more overfished stocks than any other region, according to federal monitors, and its fishing industry has bridled — and struggled to survive — under strict regulations.

I feel bad for the fishermen but the government has obviously failed miserably to stand up to the food industry (see antibiotic-infested meat practices, which leads to worldwide superbugs, for best evidence of that).  

Someone has to start conservation of resources and kudos to Whole Foods for doing so.  Hopefully more businesses will follow their lead; it's in their interest to do so in the end.

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Short diary.  I apologize in advance.  Many folks, especially those near major cities, are going to think I'm crazy for worrying about this.... We don't know who to ask, maybe EPA?   We are thinking of buying a house about 8 miles from RDU airport, in the direction of the runways.  The prevailing winds blow toward the house from the airport, out of the southeast.  Considering the vast about of pollution coming from airports, I've been obsessing about this.  I have read that living near airports are like living near a gas station burning out its fuel right there, all day.

Is it crazy to worry about that? We have a young child that we don't want to breath the pollution.  Is this like living near a highway?  Please don't say:  you're going to die from something so don't worry about it.  It's worth considering children.

Maybe the winds disperse after the first few miles?  Maybe prevailing winds take pollution aloft?  We really want the house.

If nobody knows, I will be calling the EPA tomorrow.  Maybe I'll let you know what they say!  Thank you daily kos.

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I very infrequently partake anymore but I will always work against the forces of tyranny and oppression.  There is no reason a free people can't use a God-given plant as harmless as marijuana, and especially hemp, which can't even get you high but which could literally save the world with all its industrial and agricultural uses.  I could go on and on about that but I'll try to stay focused on this new study.

I post diaries about the relative harmlessness of marijuana, when used in moderation, because I am angry that some idiots insidiously determined that alcohol and tobacco can be legal while marijuana, which is harmless, is treated like heroin and cocaine, all so some certain industries don't suffer competition from natural hemp products.  This history is very clearly laid out.  Who even knows WHY they do it anymore?  It's just fucking ridiculous.  It's like they do it still so that they don't look so stupid for having been nazi fucks all these years.  

Anyhow, despite the government and said industries efforts to block studies on marijuana, many studies indicate that, physiologically, marijuana is less harmful than even coffee, and way less harmful to society or the body than legal drugs tobacco and alcohol.  And I could give a shit about the bogus "gateway" bullshit.  Cigarettes and alcohol are the gateways.... to cigarettes and alcohol.

The new study, article linked below, discusses yet another study on the harmlessness of marijuana, almost seemingly released just for President Obama, who all of a fucking sudden is intent on raiding marijuana clinics so he be seen as a hard ass... or something.  Granted the medical marijuana system is abused by some, but so fucking what?!  People are sick of government in their bedrooms or their houses.  I don't care anymore.  Stupid fucking laws is what they are and as police will tell you, stupid fucking laws make people ignore good fucking laws.  

So I say to our president:  Get the fuck out of people's houses Mr Obama.  Just stop it.  Stop the police state bullshit.  We get it.  You want some control because government's love control.  But where's my change I can believe in?  Why are minorities still getting locked up for non-violent drug offenses by the millions?  How are you helping them get jobs later with their felony rap sheets?  For selling weed.  Stupid.

I don't even smoke anymore because I get high on practicing martial arts and other healthy activities but please Mr Obama....Keep your fucking police state out America Mr Obama.  I'm sick of this shit and have been my whole life.  For regular Americans, we want to know:  where's our change we can believe in?  Seems like MEET THE NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD BOSS to me.

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People who occasionally smoke marijuana do not suffer long-term lung damage the way cigarette smokers do, and may actually experience a slight improvement, said a 20-year US study published Tuesday.

Since the research included more than 5,000 people over a long time span, the authors said it should help clear up some of the confusion about the risks of marijuana smoking, which is increasingly common in the United States.

That should be 'nuff said and stop the goddamned raids Mr. Obama.  

For those who say, "but look at all the great stuff he's done."  So fucking what?  It's the least a democratic president who ran on those issues could do.  But where's the change that everyday people can feel?   What if Obama had outlawed abortion or gay marriage?  The democratic party would be in shambles because of those "single issue voters."  I and millions like me will be watching to see if the raids stop.  

While you're at it, why don't you undo the neo-fascist, anti-Constitutional police state laws that the terrorists made you put in place in America.  Way to let them win.

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I've been obsessively reading articles for weeks on this topic and I just don't know what to think.  I 100% believe mankind contributes to global warming.  I despise the deniers for being crass knee-jerk political hacks trying to defend their traditional corporate allies, the petrochemical industry.  

I just want to know if this solar maximum stuff could really eclipse the effects of global warming and perhaps become as much a threat as global warming and induce another "Dalton Minimum" or worse anther "Maunder Minimum" or Little Ice Age, graph of that in worldcrops.com link below.  

If anyone decides to jump in and I'm just wrong here, I ask for basic respect if you're going to shoot this down.  I apologize in advance if I am just naive.  I am not a scientist by any means.

According to Dr Frank Hill, associate director of the US National Solar Observatory’s (NSO) Solar Synoptic Network, evidence from three sources suggest that the sun may be headed for a lengthy period of slowing activity. Hill observes, “If we are right, this could be the last solar maximum we’ll see for a few decades. That would affect everything from space exploration to Earth’s climate.” And the implication of this for agricommodities – if past precedent is anything to go by – is worrying.

http://www.worldcrops.com/...

My bold.  That past precedent being the Maunder or Dalton Minimum when things got very cold.  Keep in mind that we're also past due for another regular Ice Age... IIRC history shows 100,000 year ice ages for every 10,000 year warm age.

In June at the annual meeting of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), it was announced that studies suggest that the next solar sunspot cycle, due to begin in 2019, “will be greatly reduced or may not happen at all.” Climate change sceptics leapt upon this bombshell as evidence that rather than worrying about the earth getting hotter, we should be more concerned about it getting colder. It’s an uncomfortable truth that, as far as vegetation is concerned, a slightly warmer climate is generally to be welcomed; but a cooler planet would spell extremely difficult times for both farmers and food consumers.

Now here's the item I have latched on in my head:  no solar jet stream indicator

What’s interesting is that Cycle 24, which started in January 2008, is already the least active since Cycle 6, which ended in 1823. Cycle 25 is due to start in 2019, but Hill’s findings suggest that no new cycle is on the horizon – there ought to have been evidence of a change in the jet stream as far back as 2008, but as yet this has not happened. The longer we go on without signs emerging of a change in the jet stream, the more ‘confirmable’ will be the probability of either a very diminished, or indeed absent, Cycle 25.

http://www.worldcrops.com/...

This article also talks about the jet stream:

The streamers normally become busy around the sun's poles a few years before peak solar storm activity.

That 'rush to the poles' would have happened by now, but it hasn't and there's no sign of it yet. That also means the cycle after that is uncertain, he said.

Matt Penn of the National Solar Observatory, another study co-author, said sunspot magnetic fields have been steadily decreasing in strength since 1998.
If they continue on the current pace, their magnetic fields will be too weak to become spots as of 2022 or so, he said.

Jet streams on the sun's surface and below are also early indicators of solar storm activity, and they have not formed yet for the 2020 cycle. That indicates that there will be little or delayed activity in that cycle, said Hill, who tracks jet streams.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/...

That bolded part is what I haven't been able to find more updated information about.  Does anyone know more information on that?  

More:

Even though the Sun has been active recently as it heads towards solar maximum in 2013, there are three lines of evidence pointing to a solar cycle that may be going on hiatus. They are: a missing jet stream, slower activity near the poles of the sun and a weakening magnetic field, meaning fading sunspots. Hill, along with Dr. Richard Altrock from the Air Force Research Laboratory and Dr. Matt Penn from the National Solar Observatory independently studied the different aspects of the solar interior, the visible surface, and the corona and all concur that cycle 25, will be greatly reduced or may not happen at all.

http://www.universetoday.com/...

Ok so that hasn't happened in modern history right?  

Since the Maunder Minimum right?  

I just don't understand how this topic doesn't weigh heavily on any discussion of climate change at this point.

That said, this other article below about the Maunder Minimum from universetoday.com corroborates what I've read elsewhere:  climatologists are extremely hesitant to include solar activity in their predictions on climate change.  But most also hedge on that topic from my reading and say that the Maunder Minimum and other periods of low sun spot activity present very compelling evidence that it SHOULD be considered.

The effects of solar activity, much less the extent of it, to climate change is not well established. However, there are those who suggest we should look at other causes of climate change other than greenhouse gases, and solar activity is one of the alternative candidates

http://www.universetoday.com/...

I found a disturbing diary on possible geomagnetic storm predictions from our current Cycle 24 by Hounddog but I didn't see any other diaries on this topic of Cycle 25 and possible global cooling.  Repubs are latching on to this so I wanted to get some perspective from fellow progressives that are smarter than me.

Our current Cycle 24 is still described as the weakest solar maximum in decades, which looks to support the evidence that Cycle 25 might be a bust.  Could this neutralize global warming?

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The right wing family law judge caught brutally beating his daughter (in wingnutistan, this is called "spanking") got thrown off the bench by the Texas Supreme Court, albeit temporarily, pending the outcome of the inquiry started by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.  In addition to that good news, there's an official complaint filed against this sorry excuse of a human being for throwing out testimony of child abuse victims despite corroborating evidence of the abuse; this wingnut judge called these kids "fantasizers."

The Texas family law judge whose daughter secretly videotaped him savagely beating her in 2004 has been suspended as a judge by the Texas Supreme Court.

According to an order signed Tuesday by the clerk of the state's highest court, Aransas County court-at-law Judge William Adams is suspended immediately with pay pending the outcome of the inquiry started by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct earlier this month.

Associated Press

Unfortunately, this brownshirt POS won't go to jail as the statute of limitations has expired.  

Judge Brownshirt has had a hard time of late and decided to whine about it all and blame his daughter who he called "this child."

“Yeah, that’s me,” he later told a local TV reporter. “As you can see, my life’s been made very difficult over this child.”

You see, wingnut do not like it when they get caught and getting called out for being brownshirt thugs.

But justice could still be served against his ass.  He could and should be disbarred for using the Texas court system to propagate his violent worldview and for apparently acquitting other child abusers.  

The suspension comes as attorney David Sibley filed another complaint against the judge for manufacturing laws and claiming the testimony of child abuse victims are never believable.

“Judge Adams created nonexistent law stating that children are ‘fantasizers’ and the statements of children amount to ‘no evidence’,” Sibley wrote in the complaint filed in Aransas County Court at Law Tuesday. “The child’s statements were corroborated in several ways and were believable.”

The attorney added: “Specifically, he concealed the fact that a primary care giver was homicidal, suidical, hallucinatory, psychotic, heavily drugged, etc.”

“The Order signed by Judge Adams that there was no evidence or no investigation is a bald face lie. He is a liar.”

Raw Story

Hopefully this judge will be made an example of for all wingnuts to see.  He needs to be thrown off the court permanently and then disbarred.  Texas needs to show the world that they are not still stuck in the medieval ages.

The original diary on Judge Brownshirt here.
 

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