Skip to main content

  • Naomi Klein on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
    The prize for shameless disaster capitalism, however, surely goes to rightwing economist Russell S Sobel, writing in a New York Times online forum. Sobel suggested that, in hard-hit areas, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) should create "free-trade zones – in which all normal regulations, licensing and taxes [are] suspended". This corporate free-for-all would, apparently, "better provide the goods and services victims need".

    Yes, that's right: this catastrophe, very likely created by climate change – a crisis born of the colossal regulatory failure to prevent corporations from treating the atmosphere as their open sewer – is just one more opportunity for further deregulation. And the fact that this storm has demonstrated that poor and working-class people are far more vulnerable to the climate crisis shows that this is clearly the right moment to strip those people of what few labour protections they have left, as well as to privatise the meagre public services available to them. Most of all, when faced with an extraordinarily costly crisis born of corporate greed, hand out tax holidays to corporations.

    The flurry of attempts to use Sandy's destructive power as a cash grab is just the latest chapter in the very long story I have called the The Shock Doctrine. And it is but the tiniest glimpse into the ways large corporations are seeking to reap enormous profits from climate chaos.

    Read her whole article.
  • The Tucson gunman who murdered Christina-Taylor Green, Gabe Zimmerman, Judge John Roll, Dorothy Morris, Dorwan Stoddard, and Phyllis Schneck, and left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords grievously wounded, was sentenced to life in prison, this past week. Giffords' husband, the former astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke at the hearing:
    We have a political class that is afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws and how they are being enforced. We have representatives who look at gun violence, not as a problem to solve, but as the white elephant in the room to ignore. As a nation we have repeatedly passed up the opportunity to address this issue. After Columbine; after Virginia Tech; after Tucson and after Aurora, we have done nothing.
  • Deborah Pearlstein offers a thoughtful consideration of the possible meanings of President Obama's election night declaration that a decade of war is coming to an end:
    Whatever the answers to the longstanding questions about the scope of these and other war-triggered authorities, about whether and for how long they should continue to exist, it should be possible to agree on at least one thing as the conversation at war’s end begins: it would be better to make decisions about which of these laws are needed after we have a developed a game plan for U.S. counterterrorism strategy for the long-term. A strategy not driven by the demands of crisis-driven fear, as it was in the months after September 11, or by ex-post mistake mitigation, the task that confronted the President in his first term, and in important ways burdens him still.
  • The most celebrated living American writer who has yet to win a Nobel Prize, Philip Roth, is calling it a career.
  • Given the extremism of the conservative majority on the Roberts Court, this is not surprising:
    The Supreme Court said Friday that it would consider a challenge from several Southern states to the Voting Rights Act, setting up another landmark clash over federal power and the legacy of discrimination.
  • Due to their vacuum of genuine leadership, David Corn doesn't expect a quick rebound by the Republicans.
  • Colorado was first, but Oregon is keeping up:
    The impending shift in power in Salem has set up a potentially historic change in legislative leadership here in Oregon.

    Democrats are poised to hold a 34-26 majority in Oregon’s House of Representatives, breaking the previous 30-30 tie, thanks to four victories by Democratic candidates in the Portland suburbs over Republican incumbents.

    House Co-Speaker Arnie Roblan’s (D-Coos Bay) successful pursuit of a State Senate seat has left House Democratic Leader Tina Kotek in position to become Oregon’s first openly-gay House speaker.

  • On election night, Fox "News" faced a crisis. For once, it couldn't just invent its own alternate reality and expect its duped viewers to believe it. Its guy had lost. Despite all the effort Fox had made to convince its duped viewers that he was a sure winner, Fox's guy had, incontrovertibly, lost. He would not become president. Fox couldn't afford to construct an alternate inauguration and an alternate White House, and pretend that it had an alternate president, so what to do? Embarrass itself was a given, but so too was to yet again reveal its utter lack of dignity and class:
    This time, it was the network divided against itself, and Fox News' top producers held a meeting to adjudicate. The decision desk stood their ground. They knew how momentous the call was. Earlier in the night, according to a source, before making the call, Arnon Mishkin, who heads the decision desk, told Fox brass, “let’s remember this is Fox News calling Ohio. This will say something beyond Ohio going for Obama.” Fox brass told Mishkin to get the numbers right and ignore the politics: "If we think Ohio has gone Obama, we call Ohio," said a Fox News executive.

    With neither side backing down, senior producers had to find a way to split the difference. One idea was for two members of the decision team, Mishkin and Fox's digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, to go on camera with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier to squelch the doubts over the call. But then it was decided that Kelly would walk through the office and interview the decision team in the conference room. “This is Fox News,” an insider said, “so anytime there’s a chance to show off Megyn Kelly’s legs they’ll go for it.” The decision desk were given a three-minute warning that Kelly would be showing up.

  • In case you missed this, it deserves more notice:
    The Congressional Research Service has withdrawn an economic report that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth, a central tenet of conservative economic theory, after Senate Republicans raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording.

    The decision, made in late September against the advice of the agency’s economic team leadership, drew almost no notice at the time. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, cited the study a week and a half after it was withdrawn in a speech on tax policy at the National Press Club.

    But it could actually draw new attention to the report, which questions the premise that lowering the top marginal tax rate stimulates economic growth and job creation.

    Once again, when Republican dogma is proved flat wrong, Republicans react not with self-reflection and reconsideration, rather they try to suppress the proof that their dogma has been proved flat wrong. Because if they're going to be flat wrong, they might as well be dishonest about it, too.
  • Brian Angliss:
    Industrial climate disruption increases the amount of heat stored in the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. When the oceans heat up, they expand, raising sea level. When a warmer ocean and atmosphere melts ice caps (as is happening in Antarctica and Greenland), sea level rises even more. And when sea levels rise, the storm surge that accompanies large storms like Sandy (and Hurricane Katrina) is that much higher than it would have been without a storm surge.

    But there is another effect of industrial climate disruption that doped sea level rise specifically in the region hardest hit by Sandy. The region of the east cost between Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts appears to be a “hot spot” for local sea level rise that is driven in part by the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Current (AMOC), of which the Gulf Stream is part. When the AMOC speeds up, local sea level drops, and vice-versa. Recently, industrial climate disruption has warmed the air over Greenland enough to significantly increase the amount of freshwater entering the North Atlantic. More fresh water makes the North Atlantic less salty, and thus less dense. Since the AMOC is driven in large part by the warm, salty Gulf Stream cooling and sinking in the North Atlantic, adding lots of fresh water to the Gulf Stream will make it sink slower, and thus slow down the AMOC, leading to sea level rise in the region hit by Sandy that was, according to the paper linked above, 3-4x larger than the global average sea level rise.

    There’s a third way that industrial climate disruption enhanced Sandy’s performance, and this is related directly to the warmer oceans. Hurricanes derive their energy from the ocean, and the warmer the ocean is under the storm, the more powerful the hurricane can become. Not all hurricanes become powerful storms over hot water because other factors matter too, but no hurricane can get large and/or powerful without ocean heat. The Atlantic Ocean has become, on average, between 0.9 and 3.6 °F (0.5 to 2 °C) warmer in the area traversed by Sandy over the period from the early 1900′s to the last decade during the months of November and December. This extra ocean heat boosted Sandy’s performance dramatically.

  • An anchor at the Cincinnati Fox affiliate was caught expressing openly homophobic bigotry on her Facebook page. She's very sorry. Really.
  • Fordham University's college Republicans uninvited Ann Coulter from making an appearance after the school's President, Father Joseph McShane, unleashed on her:
    Student groups are allowed, and encouraged, to invite speakers who represent diverse, and sometimes unpopular, points of view, in keeping with the canons of academic freedom. Accordingly, the University will not block the College Republicans from hosting their speaker of choice on campus.

    To say that I am disappointed with the judgment and maturity of the College Republicans, however, would be a tremendous understatement. There are many people who can speak to the conservative point of view with integrity and conviction, but Ms. Coulter is not among them. Her rhetoric is often hateful and needlessly provocative — more heat than light — and her message is aimed squarely at the darker side of our nature.

    As members of a Jesuit institution, we are called upon to deal with one another with civility and compassion, not to sling mud and impugn the motives of those with whom we disagree or to engage in racial or social stereotyping.

  • From the National Center for Atmospheric Research:
    Climate model projections showing a greater rise in global temperature are likely to prove more accurate than those showing a lesser rise, according to a new analysis by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The findings, published in this week’s issue of Science, could provide a breakthrough in the longstanding quest to narrow the range of global warming expected in coming decades and beyond.

    NCAR scientists John Fasullo and Kevin Trenberth, who co-authored the study, reached their conclusions by analyzing how well sophisticated climate models reproduce observed relative humidity in the tropics and subtropics.

    The climate models that most accurately captured these complex moisture processes and associated clouds, which have a major influence on global climate, were also the ones that showed the greatest amounts of warming as society emits more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

    The abstract and the firewalled full text can be found here.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Today we honor veterans of military service - but (6+ / 0-)

    that is not enough

    I explore what this means in this post for which I request your attention

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:01:58 PM PST

  •  Heh heh (4+ / 0-)

    “The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:13:09 PM PST

  •  As irritated as I am with the RCC (4+ / 0-)

    gotta love (some of) those Jebbies!

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:14:54 PM PST

    •  I noted the Reverend Joseph McShane ..... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      marykk

      .... in my Top Comments ode to the late New York rock and roll DJ Pete Fornatale - who began his career as a Fordham University student, and had a weekend show there in retirement - and the university president wrote this about the death of my childhood radio hero:

      "If you heard a thoughtful opinion on the state of rock and roll, Pete Fornatale was saying it. If you heard a hot musician talking on the radio, Pete Fornatale was doing the interview. If you heard a new song on the air, Pete Fornatale was playing it. In many ways he was the voice of a generation—of several generations—and we will not see his like again. If they have FM radio in heaven, they’re listening to Pete right now."

      "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

      by Ed Tracey on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:13:28 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I like (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Laurence Lewis, annieli, Dutch Doctor

    the cut of David Corn's jib.

  •  The other woman (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    annieli

    Hate to link to a FoxNews report, but it is what it is:

    Woman who received threatening emails revealed

    A senior military official said the woman is a State Department's liaison to the military's Joint Special Operations Command.

    The official identified her as 37-year-old Jill Kelley, in Tampa, Fla., according to the Associated Press.

    [. . .]

    Another person who knows Kelley and Petraeus confirmed their friendship and said she saw him often.>

    Never heard of her, and possibly many haven't.

    He who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. ~ Arab Proverb

    by Terre on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:19:12 PM PST

  •  DK Quilt Guild Service Projects & Diary (4+ / 0-)

    DK Quilt Guild Diary will be available Sunday approx. 3pm  (Pacific).  

    DK Quilt Guild: A place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world a better place, one quilt at a time. Join us and share your thoughts, projects, questions, and tips. Quilters here are at many different levels of skill. Beginners and non-quilters are welcome, too.
    Jump For Joy~Tracey Pereira

    Jump For Joy~Tracey Pereira
    Quilt from Pacific International Quilt Festival XX Show

    The DK Quilt Guild has several cool quilt service projects that support our Veterans, Okiciyap Food Pantry, and NFTT Community. Each project will be promoted within Daily Kos Quilt Guild Diaries.  If anyone is interested & need more info please contact either SaraR (Veteran Wheelchair Quilts), glorificus or Melanie in IA (Okiciyap Block & NFTT Community Block).

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:19:28 PM PST

  •  I thought the Megyn Kelly thing was great. (6+ / 0-)

    She rubbed Rove's nose in the decision, and showed that making it was the right thing to do, even for Faux News.  

    Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

    by SpamNunn on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:22:00 PM PST

  •  Thank You Veterans (9+ / 0-)

    In Flanders Field

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    John McCrae

    Poppies

    John McCrae

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:22:00 PM PST

    •  Memorized by every Canadian schoolkid (0+ / 0-)

      McCrae was a Canadian officer, surgeon and poet who penned In Flanders Fields in 1915. He died of pneumonia in 1918.

      Remembrance Day is the only national "militaristic" day observed in Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador holds Memorial Day ceremonies to recall the Dominion of Newfoundland's disastrous losses on July 1, 1916, at Beaumont-Hamel, France) and is a stat holiday in some provinces.

      "They shall grow not old..." is an annual reminder for me of my two uncles buried in France and Belgium in 1944.

      They shall grow not old,
      as we that are left grow old:
      Age shall not weary them,
      nor the years condemn.
      At the going down of the sun
      and in the morning
      We will remember them.

      Ils ne vieilliront pas
      comme nous, qui leur avons survécu.
      Ils ne connaîtront jamais
      l'outrage ni le poids des années.
      Quand viendra l'heure du crépuscule
      et celle de l'aurore,
      nous nous souviendrons d'eux.

  •  Naomi Klein's article reveals the fulfillment of (8+ / 0-)

    Romney's warped comments about FEMA, when he said,

    Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that's even better.
    Yeah, it's "even better" if capitalist vultures can exploit the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people to line their pockets. But then again, that's the kind of shock doctrine strategy Bain and others have practiced for decades, only they created the disaster before profiting from it.

    Great round-up for the mid-day thread.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:22:04 PM PST

  •  I'm a huge Roth fan (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Laurence Lewis

    and would love if he continued to write (he's in my county) -- but -- he is not Nobel material.  Roth can write astonishing sentences, paragraphs, pages -- but at some point, he falls apart.  Yes, he does have genius works like The Human Stain but is he as brilliant as several of his contemporaries?  I don't think so.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:26:14 PM PST

  •  Re Giffords' shooter: (7+ / 0-)

    I saw at least three news stories (local, cable, and network) on Loughner's sentencing, and NONE of them featured your quoted remarks by Giffords' husband Mark Kelly:

    We have a political class that is afraid to do something as simple as have a meaningful debate about our gun laws and how they are being enforced. We have representatives who look at gun violence, not as a problem to solve, but as the white elephant in the room to ignore. As a nation we have repeatedly passed up the opportunity to address this issue. After Columbine; after Virginia Tech; after Tucson and after Aurora, we have done nothing.
    Dozens, hundreds more will die before we do anything about this.
    •  I saw those comments (0+ / 0-)

      but I cannot recall where.

      Arizona Congressman, Ron Barber (AZ-2) also spoke at the sentencing.
      I was very impressed by his words.
      http://azstarnet.com/...

      Everyone involved in this event needs to move to the next phase of their lives.

      What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness, Anger, discontent and drooping hopes... Life is too strong for you-- It takes life to love Life

      by Nebraska68847Dem on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:12:34 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Rotting foundations after Sandy (4+ / 0-)

    New Scientist magazine has (behind a no-links wall) a depressing article on how New York could rot from the foundations up as a result of the Sandy flooding.

    Basic case: the city is build of reinforced concrete. Normally the steel reinforcements in the concrete are protected against corrosion as they develop a protective patina. But flooding by seawater is allowing salt water to seep through to some reinforcements.  This removes the patina. Furthermore the ions in salty water  can generate a weak electric current between different parts of a metal bar that allows for an accelerated rusting process.

    Raising sea levels will present a long-term salt water challenge to coastal infrastructure.

    Article available to registered users (free) until 16 November 2012 and permanently to paid subscribers.

    Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

    by saugatojas on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:30:02 PM PST

    •  more from the article (0+ / 0-)

      thanks SAUGA . I registered @ new scientist + copy pasted article into word doc for future access

      more from article (regarding engineering solutions)

      < "The ultimate risk is that we do not see what's happening, so we cannot take action at the right place at the right time," Ghandehari says. "It's like not getting a check-up, and then all of a sudden having a heart attack." >

      < Engineers are already developing new diagnostic tools. Small robots can explore gas lines. Electric lines can be probed with an electromagnetic pulse, the speed and shape of which changes if it encounters any defects. And water pipes can be inspected using ultrasound. >

      < But for new pipes, Ghandehari suggests a much lower-tech solution: put utility lines in tunnels that human workers can walk through. "The rule of thumb is that you need to have access for inspection," he says. "Cities of the future should consider how to deal with providing access to the urban lifeline." >

      Masoud Ghandehari is a civil and environmental engineer at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University
      Lisa Grossman + Michael Marshall are authors of the article

      •  London Uk partially on to walk-on solutions (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Photon Algae, JeffW

        As part of the preparations for the recent London Olympics there was a massive investment in wider infrastructure in east London. This included putting things like power lines underground.

        The new utilities are in walk-through tunnels allowing inspection.

        Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

        by saugatojas on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:10:13 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Thankfully this is not happening, but (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DRo, Laurence Lewis, JeffW, ConfusedSkyes
    Sobel suggested that, in hard-hit areas, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) should create "free-trade zones – in which all normal regulations, licensing and taxes [are] suspended". This corporate free-for-all would, apparently, "better provide the goods and services victims need".
    Right after the storm, there were people with out of state plates selling no name brand generators for 2x the price of a good one. (the stores were sold out of generators). That kind of stuff would be a lot more commonplace without regulations, IMHO.

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:30:02 PM PST

  •  National Academy of Sciences -Climate Change Video (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    cocinero

    If you want to understand how scientists arrived at the current scientific knowledge of climate change, here's the link to the National Academy of sciences video:

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    The NAS main website is at nas.edu which has a lot of good information for policy makers, teachers, and the public.

  •  re: Naomi Klein's point (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    saugatojas

    "...prevent corporations from treating the atmosphere as their open sewer..."

    No. It isn't corporations. It's EVERYONE. Everyone who drives. Everyone who's on the grid. Everyone, demanding energy, cheap or otherwise.

    It will not work forever to blame corporations for global warming...we can blame them, certainly for KEEPING the causes in place, and profiting obscenely from them...but unless you live without electricity and ride a bike everywhere, you are part of the problem. Go ahead and attack this point, which is not without its own solutions and holes in the theory...but people attack, rather than admit the problem is themselves, and not their enemies. Like the GOP.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:35:29 PM PST

    •  we all need to do more (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW

      i live in a carbon neutral leed gold house, but don't have access to convenient mass transit, and certainly can't ride a bike everywhere. but i do drive a hybrid.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:17:04 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Did Romney observe Veteran's Day today? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Laurence Lewis

    I can't find any press report,   this is one of those "character  being revealed when no one is looking" events.  As a vet and Obama supporter ,  I would be interested...  

  •  also applies to Ann Coulter haters/antagonizers (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DRo, Laurence Lewis, ConfusedSkyes
    Earlier today GLAAD and Equality Ohio called on Fox 19 (Cincinnati, OH) to condemn comments made last month by news anchor Tricia Macke, who called MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an "Angry Young Man" on her Facebook page. According to incident reports received by Equality Ohio, after a viewer expressed offense to the comment, Mackie stood by her characterization of Maddow as male, responding, "You are right. I'm sorry, I should've said ‘antagonistic.’"
    When another person responded that, in the news business, sexual orientation is irrelevant, Macke responded, "I knew what I was saying."

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:44:10 PM PST

  •  For the next few years, ... (0+ / 0-)

    watch how Rs will continue start speaking only speak in generalities. They can't point to any purely conservative (free-market/doesn't explode spending), successful policies that have helped the U.S. public (unless the "public" is redefined as the super-rich/multi-nationals), so they'll be hand waving so much, that the U.S. will have a surplus of wind energy

  •  I'm sorry but... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    gchaucer2, ConfusedSkyes

    There are hundreds and hundreds of much more widely celebrated authors in the world who deserve the Nobel Prize but haven't gotten it. Most of their names would probably not ring a bell with any Americans though.

    I live in a tiny country which produces a maximum of 4 national "bestsellers" per year - as a result, our presses print world literature almost exclusively. For me it was an incredible shock when I first experienced the US mentality towards and lack of availability when it comes to any non-American work.

    •  Ireland has 7 Nobel Laureates (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      RainyDay

      2 for Peace, 1 for Physics and 4 for Literature -- that tiny island.  And yet -- still Western lit.  Currently American universities and colleges (not all) are adopting a business model so forget concentrations in African, Middle Eastern, Asian, South American, Aboriginal literature and myths.  We are going to "educate" a generation of narrow focused young people.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:53:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        RainyDay

        I was mostly talking about  availability of non-native works, though, as in when you walk into a bookstore 95% of the stock are translated books. In my country this practically forces bookworms to read books originating from every single continent. I feel great to have had that range of possibilities as a teenager (and which I still have) compared with what I've seen in the US.

        Nothing kneads the young mind in a better way or expands horizons as much as reading books written in and featuring totally different cultures as a teen. Well, that and traveling, of course.

        Didn't know that about Ireland, though! Interesting tidbit there.

        We are going to "educate" a generation of narrow focused young people.
        Very true, unfortunately. I used to think we were doing that already but it seems things can actually get worse on that front (talking about European high schools and universities as well).
    •  dozens maybe (0+ / 0-)

      certainly not hundreds. roth is widely respected throughout the world.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:06:38 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  If y'all ever find yourself in CHeyenne, WY.... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    gchaucer2, Laurence Lewis, JeffW

    ...that's where NCAR has it's Yellowstone supercomputer.  It's an interesting site with self-guided tours and information.  My mother and I went last weekend and it was very educational.

    GOP Motto: The rich don't have nearly enough and the poor have way too much.

    by DawnG on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:47:15 PM PST

  •  7th Circuit: torturing just "part of human nature" (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Laurence Lewis

    http://abcnews.go.com/...

    "The secretary of defense has more than a million soldiers under his command," the ruling says. "People able to exert domination over others often abuse that power; it is a part of human nature that is very difficult to control."

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

    by lotlizard on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:57:05 PM PST

  •  Sobel wants to be able to open Rockaway up (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    for frauds to go in and fleece people who are hurting......

    Now is the time when you have to be scrupulous in protecting consumers.

    Mitt Romney's moral compass points to the Cayman Islands.

    by captainlaser on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:26:50 PM PST

  •  vote counting alert in Ohio (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Dutch Doctor

    Federal Judge on Ohio's Ballot Order: 'Democracy Dies in the Dark'

    http://www.theatlantic.com/...

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:29:23 PM PST

  •  Please send emails to Tricia Macke and Fox 19 (0+ / 0-)

    regarding her Rachel Maddow comments.
    http://www.glaad.org/...

    Here is Tricia's email: tmacke@fox19.com

    Below are her bosses and coworkers: desk@FOX19.com, gm@fox19.com, fox19@fox19.com, hr@fox19.com, 19news@fox19.com, assignmentdesk@fox19.com, rick.oliver@fox19.com, webmaster@fox19.com, flohman@fox19.com, kgoryl@fox19.com, mmiller@fox19.com, agoetz@fox19.com, rschoonover@fox19.com

  •  Fordham Cancellation (0+ / 0-)

    I'm wondering how long it will take for  She of the Horseface to call Fr. McShane a 'retard'?

  •  Fr. Joseph McShane was my HS English teacher! (0+ / 0-)

    He was universally admired at Canisius High School in Buffalo NY back in the 1970s, when he was a brilliant and inspirational English teacher. An all around great guy and mentor to many.

    It was no surprise to me when he took over at Fordham, arguably the finest Jesuit University in the nation. And it's no surprise that he can still wield a pen like a rapier.

    Well done, Fr. Joe.

  •  LOL. Obama likely won through election fraud (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Dutch Doctor

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site