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Once mighty lions' prides are thinning very substantially.
  • This week’s journal Biodiversity and Conservation published a study showing African lion populations "dropped to as low as 32,000, down from hundreds of thousands estimated just 50 years ago." This is due mostly to habitat infringement by man, of course. At least beloved Andean bear Billie Jean at the National Zoo is pregnant with twins.
  • Electric cars, so 2012: New York Daily News reports Honda, Toyota and Hyundai may have hydrogen-powered FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle) vehicles on the market by 2015.
  • Push Play: Federal Communications Commission tells the Federal Aviation Administration it's time to allow passengers to play with portable electronic devices during take-off and landing.
  • Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker is participating in Mario Batali’s Food Stamp Challenge and for a week, he will eat only what he can buy with $29.78. This is slightly more than the $28 individuals receiving food stamps tend to spend on average. Booker shares his day to day experiences on a LinkedIn blog. He says, "anyone in Washington who proposes cutting [SNAP] should do it."
  • Major Wes Rishe of the Oregon Air National Guard was honored to be invited to be a White House holiday "treemaster." Even better, he got to bring his boyfriend, Chris Schwarz. "It was the first time I felt comfortable doing this...because of Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Risher tells US News and World Report.
  • The Nation runs a series of essays from L.R. Runner, Keith Ellison, Dorian T. Warren, Benjamin Todd Jealous on "How to Save the Democratic Party." I'm glad someone's on it, I've thought of nothing else since Nov. 7.
  • Palace intrigue: A nurse privy to England's Prince William and wife Kate's pregnancy information was punked by Australian radio station djs on Tuesday and was found dead in an apparent suicide on Friday. So not worth it.
  • Better than expected jobs numbers didn't improve the mood of Wall Street's confidence fairy says Reuters.
  • FAIL, Trenta: National Organization for Marriage's homophobic Dump Starbucks boycott campaign has been so devastating to the bottom line, the company has been forced to open another 1,500 new stores.
  • Big Brother 4.0: Google TV, Microsoft, Comcast, and Verizon filing patent application for DVRs that spy on you while you watch TV. What could go wrong with that?
  • XX in the NH: Local station WMUR hosts the all-female New Hampshire delegation to talk politics. It's like Sunday am talk in bizzarro world.
  • American Airlines finally reached an agreement with their pilot's union on Friday. Seventy-four percent of union ballots cast approved of the new contract.
  • Nice work if you can get it: Dick Morris raises money for his SuperPac, then uses his SuperPac to rent his own email list at least 46 occasions. Hey, if the GOP wants to waste their money on Dick Morris' email list, who are we to complain? We can only hope Morris will open a polling firm and an ad shop too.

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  •  2 things: (7+ / 0-)

    1. Love the tag "open threat." I nominate threatening Mitch McConArtist, myself.

    2. Might want to send off an e-mail or two to AP Radio News if you get a chance. Apparently the AP thinks the one person who should comment on the SCOTUS decision to take up two gay marriage cases is shrill homophobe Maggie Gallagher. Sigh. I already sent one today.

  •  Maybe I'm missing something (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    But any reason for the anti-Starbucks sentiment?

  •  small note on endangered species (7+ / 0-)

    having just watched a doc on black rhino and their populations, at some point an endangered species reaches the tipping point where there is no longer sufficient genetic diversity for the species to continue to propagate.  
    Poaching for "jungle meat" is a large problem, particularly for ungulates and primates, but the loss of genetic diversity is just as deadly.  We have already seen what happens in limited populations as zoos attempt to preserve genetic diversity and private breeders witness more and more problems with reproduction with succeeding populations (which is a dirty little secret for many private breeders)
    Too often when the only population is a captive population, the number of breeding individuals has reached or is approaching the tipping point.  However, humans are resistant to reintroduction of predators in particular to the wild, for example the gray wolf and red wolf in the US.    

  •  I am proactively boycotting (1+ / 0-)

    any story in any medium relating to The Lucky Sperm Club in the UK. Unfortunately, dear diarist, that includes the rest of this diary, no matter how noteworthy or significant the other bits may be.

    •  Buh-bye. (4+ / 0-)

      Best of luck in your pursuit of purity in your media consumption.

    •  I read the entire diary, and the ones (0+ / 0-)

      before this one, and I'll read the ones that come after, all on the very high risk that I'll know more when I'm done than when I started.

      There are just a hell of a lot of very good writers and thinkers on this site.  The guy who compiled this Midday Open Thread is one of them.  

      Tucked in to one of the pieces above is yet another setback for the National Organization for Marriage.  Their members must be becoming increasingly demoralized.  Less motivated than they were when the initial summons to discriminate and hate reached them.  I picture several of their members leaving meetings early, heading down to their local tavern, and drowning their irrelevance in hard liquor.  

      Only there's always more irrelevance than there is liquor.  Which is yet another thing they'll have to worry about, I guess.  

  •  They'd have to break both my arms on a continual (4+ / 0-)

    basis to keep me from disabling the spy features on that DVR

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:12:05 PM PST

  •  $28 would be difficult (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Amber6541

    No meat, no dairy.  Vegetable fried rice for every meal.  Only a psychopathic %1er could call malnutrition a diet.

    •  Wonder How Far You Can Go on Rice + Beans (4+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, Amber6541, annieli, Dr Colossus

      which is the carbo and protein base for poor folks in various cultures.

      What a terrible way to survive.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:24:51 PM PST

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      •  I've done it for years (7+ / 0-)

        with some additional yoghurt, eggs, veg, a little fish from time to time for omega-3 fatty acids, spices and the knowledge of how to make plenty of Indian dals and breads. And pasta dishes, of course. The hard part is affording enough veg to keep it healthy, and struggling against gaining weight from all the carbs. (You are supposed to accomplish that by being hungry a lot of the time).

        It's the third world diet toward which many, many Americans are headed -- and it is a lot healthier than trying to live on hot dogs.

        The key, though, is to find inexpensive ethnic places to shop for your veg, staples, and spices -- Middle Eastern markets, for example. If you don't have such resources available, and must shop at conventional groceries, you won't be able to afford to eat as healthy as this.

        •  Yep, There's Great Eating, Numerous Ethnic Dishes, (2+ / 0-)
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          atana, annieli

          but the $7/day is the killer for poor folks. To get good prices in bulk you have to spend less so that you can get ahead for the next buy. Same for buying herbs and spices.

          We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

          by Gooserock on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:57:42 PM PST

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        •  Finding places is a deal breaker for many. (3+ / 0-)
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          atana, Amber6541, Scott Wooledge

          There are vast urban areas in the U.S. where convenience stores and fast food joints are the only things conveniently located.  So transportation and time enter the equation.

          I'm blessed to be a Californian, and to live like two blocks from an incredible vegetarian co-op and a weekly farmers market.  Not everyone is so fortunate.

          That's why guys like Will Allen are heroes to me.  :-)

          "If Mitt takes office, sooner or later, the Zomnies will come for all of us." -Joss Whedon

          by quillsinister on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:44:08 PM PST

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          •  Curious. (0+ / 0-)

            Do food coops typically take food stamps?

            •  Good question. (0+ / 0-)

              Just spent a few minutes poking around on Google and it appears that most do, though I obviously cannot speak for every co-op everywhere.  That, and whether you still have to pay for a membership, is something that will no doubt vary in the bylaws of individual co-ops.  If you have a local one you want to shop at, I'd suggest you ask them directly and remove all doubt.  As for farmers markets, I could not even begin to guess.

              "If Mitt takes office, sooner or later, the Zomnies will come for all of us." -Joss Whedon

              by quillsinister on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 06:32:01 PM PST

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      •  OK Found Some Data. (1+ / 0-)
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        Debby

        We're looking at $7 a day.

        Dry beans cooked is maybe 30¢ a cup which I figure is a serving, and add a cup of rice made from dry to each meal for about 25¢ each, so there's $1.10 to purchase the protein-carbo portion of the day's 2 later meals for a middle aged or older adult.

        That's a decent start.

        If you can make a breakfast for $2 maybe using dry cereal, you're at $3.10 for the day, leaving $3.90 per day to add some cheap veggy and fruit, coffee tea.

        A grim prospect and of course starting with raw foods you pay a significant time cost to prepare them.

        Poverty is always reported as highly time consuming.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:50:44 PM PST

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        •  $4, not $7 (3+ / 0-)
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          Debby, Amber6541, annieli

          $29.78 / 7 is $4.25 a day.

          On the other hand, you can make breakfast for a lot less than $2 if you're eating oatmeal. A 2 lb bag of organic costs me a little over $2, and that's 11 servings. Even with dried fruit, nuts and a little sugar that's still under $1. The problem isn't finding something to eat, it's finding food that you can eat with limited time for preparation. Mess up once on your preparation schedule and you're in real trouble.

    •  Booker is a vegatarian. (1+ / 0-)
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      Pandora

      So at least he's not tempted to buy meat.

      Seems he's missing fresh vegetables and fruits, as canned ones are more affordable (sad).

      •  I think it's good he's doing this, (1+ / 0-)
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        Scott Wooledge

        and agree that more pols should, but I wondered: As a single, non-disabled adult, would he even qualify for food stamps? I don't know the rules, but I know other people in that category who have been denied other services.

        Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

        by Debby on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:57:21 PM PST

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  •  Aren't Morris's email addresses 100% wrong too? (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:14:31 PM PST

  •  DVRs already spy on us (6+ / 0-)

    by telling telcos what shows you watch and record, when you watch them and for how long, when you channel hop and FF ads, and so on. This has been going on for years and it's only going to get worse once Google and similar companies perfect the technology to target the ads you see on TV to your viewing, buying, browsing and other habits, along with where you live, what you do, what you make, how much you're worth and owe, where you went to school, who your "friend", your ethnicity, gender, politics, and so on. This will include not only conventional ads that air between show segments (which you will no longer be able to FF unless you're willing to pay for the privilege), but ads during shows. I also expect it to become harder to watch purchased content such as DVDs or Blu-Rays or downloaded shows or hell even home videos without ads.

    As for putting cameras and mics on DVRs, those can always be defeated with electrical tape, and most people already have webcams with mics on their laptops and desktops these days that are increasingly being used as DVRs or to stream internet content instead of cable. So I don't see the big deal compared to what we already have and will soon have. Myself, I just want a la carte channels!

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:18:46 PM PST

    •  I'm waiting for someone to invent public access (1+ / 0-)
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      this just in

      social networks, entertainment companies, and non-evil internet providers. Something I could pay for by month and not be watched and pandered to like some potted plant.

      •  They have, it's called the internet (3+ / 0-)

        Why do you think telcos are against net neutrality and are already throttling, capping and metering bandwidth or charging per MB? They're afraid that public access content will take over peoples' viewing time without paying for it. Their business model depends on subscription fees and ads paying for high-budget content with everyone else forced onto a much slower internet.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:22:30 PM PST

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    •  My DVR doesn't... (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      ...I purchased a DVR outright a number of years ago, and have it connected to an antenna.  It gets program information from the data stream broadcast by stations, and does not connect via the Internet or a phone line to any sort of central server.

      Needless to say, I don't consider the move to leased and provider-subsidized equipment to be a good thing.  Yeah, it lowers the upfront cost, but you definitely pay in the long run...

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:55:19 PM PST

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      •  I think this is also the case with equipment (0+ / 0-)

        that you own. My DVR is a PC card that I own, but it requires something called a CableCard that I do lease and which I've no doubt TW uses to monitor my viewing habits. It doesn't really bother me since I'm not exactly giving up private info. Ok, I admit it, I've become a bit of a Big Bang Theory fan and watch TRMS & TLW regularly. Off to cable Gitmo with me!

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:15:47 PM PST

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  •  Hell if pissed off Seattle Supersonic Fans (6+ / 0-)

    couldn't succeed in boycotting Starbucks how could NOM do it?

    One does not simply walk into Mordor! One invites a gas driller in, and one’s land becomes Mordor. Chris From Balloon Juice

    by Mr Stagger Lee on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:20:22 PM PST

  •  No cellphones on airplanes! (8+ / 0-)

    If the FCC says that text messaging is safe, then fine, but I can't think of a worst torture then being in a confined space with a bunch of idiots screaming into their cellphones, especially coast to coast.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:22:42 PM PST

    •  Yep There Are More Cellphoners Than Infant Parents (2+ / 0-)
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      Navy Vet Terp, annieli

      per plane.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:35:43 PM PST

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    •  like babies, stowage compartments for celphones (1+ / 0-)
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      PSzymeczek

      to be distributed only on touchdown would be best. Seriously, on the screaming baby issue, there should be family sections on airplanes - next step sharia law in the air!

      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 Dec 09, 2012 at 03:55:29 PM PST

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  •  Women, please eat your orange vegetables. (0+ / 0-)

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:25:50 PM PST

  •  I can't help being cynical abt. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Remediator

    Mayor Booker's Food Stamp Challenge; it's too reminiscent of former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne living in Cabrini-Green.

  •  spy on you while you watch TV (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    ..Link leads back to the diary. Closed loop.

    The dire straits facing America are not due poor people having too much money

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:34:27 PM PST

  •  Judge Mary Yu performed Gay marriages at (8+ / 0-)

    the King County Court House in Seattle this morning from mid-night to 4 am, before another judge arrived for the second shift.  Love her name and also that in a former life she was a senior administrator for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.

    Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself. Harry Truman

    by ratcityreprobate on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:35:28 PM PST

  •  Charlie Crist: 1) will he run for governor in (0+ / 0-)

    Democratic primary 2) will he win the primary 3) will Koch Brothers money come in big time against him 4) who will GOP candidate be---the cumbent bald corrupt governor? 5) will Crist win?

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:36:50 PM PST

  •  What will the '16 GOP Convention look like? (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, who will the GOP have there to be the national figurehead?  Conspicuously absent from the '08 and '12 conventions was one George H.W. Bush.  Do you think that he will have been sufficiently "sanitized" or "remade" such that he can be there?  

    Unless he's there, the GOP is likely to have only one other living President, his father.  He's pretty much kryptonite to the GOP for just being sane, and let's face it, he'll be 92, so there's the possibility he could go Clint Eastwood on them.

    That just leaves loser candidates two of whom were seriously bested by Barack Obama, and one beaten soundly by Bill Clinton (he'll also be 92).

    I think that this is a pretty sorry picture for them, and that the only thing the GOP can do is try to remake George W. Bush and his presidency into a good thing.  I guess that would mean they'd have to try to prove that getting INTO Iraq and Afghanistan was better than getting OUT.

    I would be looking for Faux News to begin the remaking of GWB starting sometime next year.

    •  Depends (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      PSzymeczek

      After all, time has failed to "sanitize" Herbert Hoover.

      •  Can't they just do a "Lenin" and bring Ronald (0+ / 0-)

        Reagan around. Perhaps bring it out on stage with a tape recording:

        "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

        by TofG on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:56:44 PM PST

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    •  You know, I was considering a diary (2+ / 0-)
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      mike101, Aquarius40

      on the increasingly thin bench of GOP heroes.

      They're obsessed with Reagan because he was the last national hero of their party a person who enjoyed bipartisan popularity. By 2016 it will have been 28 years since he held office. Nearly half the voters won't even remember him. And unlike other Presidents, like Clinton, Reagan retired immediately and almost entirely from public life.

      George W. has been erased.

      There is not a national GOP figure that is actually widely popular, like both Clintons, Obama (presumably he remains so). Anyone of note is popular only to a silo of conservatives and widely disliked, like Santorum, Gingrich and Palin.

      Maybe Powell. But you know, they've disowned him too.

      Anyone with any potential for cross-party popularity, like say Jon Huntsman is cut off at the knees by the GOP, or driven out, like Crist.

      It's a problem for them.

      •  He wasn't just their last national hero, (1+ / 0-)
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        Scott Wooledge

        He was practically their only national hero.

        I don't get off on name-calling Republicans as a whole, even if I will occasionally engage on it as an individual; but the only very memorable Republicans of the last century who have positive name cred are Reagan, Eisenhower, and Roosevelt. That is slim pickings for a conservative.

        Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better?

        by ConfusedSkyes on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:49:35 PM PST

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  •  Unrelated complaint. (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    I hate hate hate hate hate HATE getting spam e-mail thanking me for signing petitions and asking me to post them on Facebook, which I have already done. I automatically delete them, especially the change.org ones. Piss me off to no end, they do.

    •  There's one change.org petition not to.... (0+ / 0-)

      delete with the rest. (I'm not a spammer.)

      Don Seigelman deserves a presidential pardon!

      www.change.org/pardonDon

      I understand your complaint about spam email; please forgive me for being opportunistic.

  •  Watching too many English period dramas (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Scott Wooledge, Debby, Remediator

    Couldn't live any longer without tasting (caraway) seedy cake.

    Don't let millionaires steal Social Security.
    I said, "Don't let millionaires steal Social Security!"

    by Leo in NJ on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 12:47:23 PM PST

  •  Hydrogen fuel cells, eh? (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, Remediator

    Do these vehicles include a solar-powered water electrolysis unit for fuel? There's scant hydrogen supply infrastructure out there, y`know!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 01:20:34 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the beautiful photo, Scott. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Scott Wooledge, high uintas
  •  Speaking of lions (0+ / 0-)

    When I get wingnut fatigue, I found an amazing website in South Africa. It has four live webcams at game preserves (photo tourism etc., no hunting) that show all the wonderful wildlife coming to the water holes (including lions!). The cams are manned 24/7 (lighted at night), and I've been truly enjoying some amazing sights such as an impossibly teeny baby elephant interacting with it's family (it's an indulged little brat :) ), awesome Cape Buffalo, very elegant Giraffes, Nyala, Kudus,Warthogs, Hippos, Impalas, and Zebras to name a few. The Tembe Park is my favorite.
    I can't get links here that work, so anyone interested just google Africam.com and you will find it.

  •  Happy Hanukkah Everyone (7+ / 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 Dec 09, 2012 at 01:40:41 PM PST

  •  Senator Harkin is working with MoveOn to have (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Remediator

    a petition signed stating 5 things

    Petition Statement
    Fight for the best deal for the middle class in the fiscal "cliff" negotiations by following these principles:

    1. Reject damaging cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid beneficiaries;
    2. Allow tax breaks for the wealthiest two percent to expire;
    3. Invest in short term spending to spur job creation;
    4. Ensure a 1-to-1 ratio of revenues to cuts; and
    5. Be willing to take no deal in the short term to get a better deal for the middle class.

    http://signon.org/...

    They're looking for 2k signatures, I was 1549.

  •  Small town with a heavily militarized police force (2+ / 0-)
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    annieli, squarewheel
    Behold! The Johnston, Rhode Island SWAT team and their gear. According to providencejournal.com, taxpayer largesse has equipped Johnston’s paramilitary-style police with two Freightliner tractor-trailers, twelve Humvees; 30 M-16 rifles and conversion parts to transform them into M-4 weapons; 599 M-16 magazines containing about 18,000 rounds; a sniper targeting calculator; night vision equipment, 44 bayonets for ceremonial purposes; five generators from M1 tanks; and 23 snow blowers. In this federally subsidized hardware bounty they are not alone . . .
    So how many hostage rescues has Johnston’s SWAT team performed in the last, well, ever? According to our friends at fuckyeahrhodeisland “Johnston, Rhode Island [has a] population 28,769 (as of 2010). The town hasn’t seen a murder since 2004, and has had all of four since 1999.”
    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/...

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

    by lotlizard on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 02:08:50 PM PST

    •  maybe they're going medieval on Frosty the Snowman (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      lotlizard
      .....and 23 snow blowers.
      or more likely providing the local mafia with additional assets

      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 Dec 09, 2012 at 03:43:34 PM PST

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      •  Prepared for zombie apocalypse (popular uprising)? (1+ / 0-)
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        annieli

        http://www.csmonitor.com/...

        "Zombie Apocalypse" seems to be the new code phrase for civil war breaking out.

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

        by lotlizard on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:34:02 AM PST

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        •  "engaging new audiences" indeed (1+ / 0-)
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          lotlizard


          Last month, the Department of Homeland Security released its own tongue-in-cheek webinar about zombie preparation as an “effective way of engaging new audiences,” as one FEMA official noted.

          The CDC zombie campaign grew out of an effort “to spice up our general preparedness message,” added Ms. Silver. “We decided, why not give people what they want?”

          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 Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 06:04:55 AM PST

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  •  So my question on the National (0+ / 0-)

    Organization for Marriage is this:  On their on-line web application for membership, is there a box prospective members check that says --

     ( checkbox)    "Yes.  I understand that my membership in the National Organization for Marriage implies for all intents and purposes that I am pervasively xenophobic, uninformed, unchallenged, essentially fearful, either intermittently or consistently discriminatory and exclusional, and in general, dumber than the left side of a dinosaur rump."

    I'm assuming there is.  Otherwise I have no way of explaining the way that organization conducts business.  

  •  hydrogen cars again ? JC in a speedo !? (0+ / 0-)

    where's the f'in hydrogen going to come from ?

    ugh...

    by the time you have enough energy to make hydrogen, you had a enough energy to simply charge the freakin car in the first place.

    next thing you know people will be telling me that we can bury all our co2 in the ground...

    big badda boom : GRB 090423

    by squarewheel on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 09:59:07 PM PST

  •  The whole thing about those DVR patents kinda.. (0+ / 0-)

    cross the line a bit.  I already get a little creeped out when I am sitting watching a movie and my Kinect and PS3 EyeToy camera are just sitting up there staring at me.  It would be extra special creepy if they were actually doing something like analyzing my actions and responding accordingly.  No thanks.

    Frankly though, these companies are behind the curve by a few miles already.  If they really want to invest in a product that a small percentage of the population would want, then by all means.. go right ahead.  I have no problem watching them fall to where competitors can take a bite out of their asses.  Sadly, I don't really think it would hurt them that much.  Too big to fail and all that.

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