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    Cartoon by Tom Tomorrow - The year in review, part one
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  • In case you missed it, the world did not end on Friday. While this worked out well for the rest of us, it was pretty hard on an ancient Mayan temple:
    An ancient Mayan temple at a UNESCO World Heritage site in Guatemala has been damaged by tourists who came there for "end of the world" celebrations.

    Over 7000 locals and tourists flocked to the area on December 21 to experience what could have been ‘the end of the world’ coinciding with the end of the Mayan calendar, or just another day. [...]

    Although the official did not specify what particular damage was done to the ancient temple, he said it was irreparable. The 38 meters tall Temple II is one of the most famous Mayan buildings.

  • Perfect:
    LOL RT @BuzzFeedAndrew: The look Cory Booker gave Peggy Noonan when she blamed gun violence on video games http://t.co/...
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  • Just in time for the holiday (war!) travel season:
    Here’s a searchable guide to body scanners in U.S. airports. X-ray "backscatter" machines have faced concerns about the potential health risks associated with them. Nearly 100 backscatters were removed from major airports recently to speed up lines. But many airports still have them. Find out whether you may encounter an X-ray scanner this holiday season by entering your address, airport code, city or ZIP code below. If your airport doesn't come up, it doesn't use either type of body scanner.
  • You can almost hear the shouts of "skewed!"

    CNN "Breaking News": "President Barack Obama is CNN's Most Intriguing Person of 2012, as voted on by readers of http://t.co/...
    @ZekeJMiller via TweetDeck
  • File this under too much time on their hands:
    The British Medical Journal is one of the world’s oldest and most respected academic publications. So it would only make sense for the much vaunted journal to take on one of the season’s most vexing questions: Why on earth would a reindeer have a red nose?

    It took seven professors who specialize in otolaryngology, the treatment of ear, nose and throat conditions, to tackle the question. In “Why Rudolph’s nose is red: observational study,” the researchers suggest that the well-known reindeer’s nose is red has a basis in biology: Reindeer have significantly higher blood flow to the nose as do other mammal species, such as humans.

    To come to that conclusion, the scientists compared how microcirculation, the delivery of fresh blood to small blood vessels like the one in the nose, works in reindeer and human noses. How does one measure blood flow to a reindeer’s nose? According to this paper, it involves “gently inserting an imaging probe, covered with a sterile disposable lens cover, into the nasal cavity.”

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  •  Meltdown at Freedumb works.... (5+ / 0-)

    http://www.motherjones.com/...

    FreedomWorks Feud: War Inside Tea Party Group Gets Nastier

    When the news broke in early December that former GOP Rep. Dick Armey had abruptly resigned as chairman of FreedomWorks, a powerhouse of the conservative movement and an instrumental force within the tea party, Armey maintained that the nasty split was due to differences he had with the top management of FreedomWorks about the group's operations and future. Immediately, media reports disclosed that Armey had been concerned that Matt Kibbe, the group's president, had used FreedomWorks resources to promote a book he had written (which was released in June) and that Armey himself had received an $8 million payout from a FreedomWorks board member to ease his departure. But internal documents obtained by Mother Jones show that the bitter war inside FreedomWorks has also resulted in allegations of staff wrongdoing (prompting an investigation by lawyers) and counter-allegations that Armey and his allies tried to turn FreedomWorks into a partisan outfit backing establishment Republicans over tea party insurgents.

    On December 12, James Burnley IV and C. Boyden Gray, two FreedomWorks board members (and allies of Armey), sent Kibbe a letter informing him that they had received "allegations of wrongdoing by the organization or its employees." They notified Kibbe that the group's board of trustees had retained two attorneys, Alfred Regnery and David Martin, to conduct an independent investigation of the allegations. Burnley and Gray ordered Kibbe to cooperate with the lawyers, to make sure no records were "destroyed, deleted, modified or otherwise tampered with," and to send Regnery a check for $25,000 to cover his initial fees. (Regnery, a prominent conservative, is the past president of Regnery Publishing, a right-wing firm that has put out books by Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Pat Buchanan, and other notable conservatives.) The letter did not specify the allegations being investigated. In an interview with Mother Jones, Burnley declined to discuss the alleged wrongdoing at FreedomWorks. "The letter speaks for itself," he says. Gray, Kibbe, and a spokeswoman for FreedomWorks did not respond to requests for comment.

    The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

    by JML9999 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:03:33 PM PST

    •  Sounds like the big money (4+ / 0-)

      has given up on the teabaggers. I wonder what the 'baggers will do without the deep pockets?

      Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. - Abe Lincoln

      by RustyCannon on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:17:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well their membership list seems like a good (6+ / 0-)

        Start of a Database for people who shouldn't have Guns

        The 1st Amendment gives you the right to say stupid things, the 1st Amendment doesn't guarantee a paycheck to say stupid things.

        by JML9999 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:19:54 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Minus Deep Pockets, Never Heard From Again nt (2+ / 0-)
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        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 Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:45:42 PM PST

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      •  Don't think people the Kochs etc will stop funding (0+ / 0-)

        the anti-government radicals. The Koch's want to destroy the capability of the federal government to control the power of their inherited (unearned) wealth and the power that wealth gives them.

        The only social power which can counter the inherent power of great wealth (which exists through the investment in property, not through productive work) is the taxing power of the federal government, and the only force which has provided legitimacy to the taxing power of the federal government is an existential threat against the U.S. by some outside enemy.

        The clearest policy goals of the plutocrats are centered on eliminating taxes and especially the inheritance tax which allows children to wield the unearned power of inherited wealth. This was the same kind of power that European Feudal aristocrats wielded over their fragmented baronies, and which was removed from them by the French Revolution. These plutocratic goals clearly show the nature of the battle between the so-called conservatives and the rest of America.

        After WW II the Cold War and nuclear weapons provided that existential  threat until the USSR collapsed on its own in 1989.

        Since 1989 the executives of the largest banks and corporations and the members of the wealthiest families in America have banded together to force the federal government to give up taxing their wealth and thereby limiting their power.

        The Bush administration was a real disappointment when it allowed the risking-taking of that wealthy class to collapse the economy of the U.S. and of the world. Then Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and the wealthy were able to reignite the power of one of their oldest weapons, Racism.

        The wealthy aristocrat-wannabees were able to combine their money and the inherent know-nothingness and racism of the tea baggers and recover some power over the federal government in 2010, and we are still suffering from that success.

        Ask John Boehner if we are not still suffering from 2010.

        This year has been one battle in the long-term war over who will have power in America, the plutocrats or the more broad-based power of the democracy America was founded to be.

        To a large extent the plutocrats have fought the disorganized and essentially leaderless democracy supporters at least to a draw.

        The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

        by Rick B on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 02:26:45 PM PST

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    •  Poor fellas (2+ / 0-)
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  •  I guess you and the WAPO don't know..... (3+ / 0-)
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    about the annual spoof that the BMJ does at the end of every year. Very funny stuff!!!! It often gets mistaken for the real thing as witness this report.

  •  How the heck does Peggy Noonan have a job? (3+ / 0-)
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    Is there any person on this planet who looks through the TV guide and decides to watch a Sunday show because Peggy Noonan is on it?

    My guess is that there are 1,000x more people who would not watch anything TV show that Peggy Noonan appeared on.

    •  Peggy Noonan (1+ / 0-)
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      has a consistent conservative message (something looked for by harried TV bookers - see John McCain), she is experienced on TV, she has a reputation for writing and getting it published, and she has one or more wealthy conservative backers will to pay her salary in order to reliably get their propaganda message to the public with face time against sane-sounding people who know what they are doing. The same backers publish her propaganda.

      Did I mention "consistent?" Consistency in spouting whatever is this weeks conservative line and being able to baffle with bs when most people are flustered by being demonstrably wrong in the message the are expounding are the real key. Consistency assures true believers like the cult  believers in prophesied disasters Krugman wrote about this week and will convince some waverers even when the message is clearly untrue on its face.

      She also has little competition. Once a woman is in the conservative spokes-liar's club like she is, there are few competing slots available for competitors to fill. All she has to do is continually please whoever funds her position and her publication.

      The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

      by Rick B on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 02:49:26 PM PST

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  •  Ex-Military Dog Has New Mission (5+ / 0-)
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    Ex-military dog has new mission in Fayetteville
    Meet Brit: Army patrol dog Brit retires to Fayetteville

    Dec 24, 2012 - Months after his retirement, a former military working dog is finding new purpose.

    Brit, an 8-year-old German shepherd that spent his entire life in the military until being adopted by Mark and Jasmine Russell of Fayetteville earlier this year, has begun making regular trips to Womack Army Medical Center.

    Jasmine Russell said the "spoiled pooch" has adjusted well to his new role.

    He passed therapy classes with flying colors, she said, and had no trouble with an evaluation needed to roam hospital halls on Fort Bragg.

    On Friday, Brit made his third visit to Fort Bragg, where he has been greeted with open arms, Russell said.

    "It sounds very goofy, but the boy is a traffic stop," she said. "Everyone stops to say hello or give him a hug."

    Russell said Brit is particularly popular among soldiers who served overseas.

    On several occasions, those soldiers have broken down in tears while hugging Brit and have thanked him for the service of military working dogs overseas.  read more>>>

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:13:19 PM PST

  •  Peggy Noonan and friends will (7+ / 0-)

    blame video games, movies, and a "violent society" for the shooting massacres.

    Interesting, however, that they never indict our preemptive wars, shock and awe, overwhelming force used to invade the targets of our aggression, targeted "legal" covert assassinations, and torture among other things that these same people fight to defend.

    Trickle down, anyone? Does the violent culture start on the street and move up to the government institutions or vice versa?

    Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. - Abe Lincoln

    by RustyCannon on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:14:48 PM PST

  •  Meanwhile....FAUX Gnus asks Santa to provide (4+ / 0-)

    expert testmony regarding the War on Christmas.....

    A land of friggin make believe

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:15:26 PM PST

    •  Do the people over at Fox ever acknowledge (1+ / 0-)
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      that it was the puritans, and the Cromwell Roundheads that started it all. Cromwell banned going to church on Christmas. And that thinking was exported across the pond as well.

         

         On Rachel's show last week she brought up the issue of the red nosed reindeer. She showed a picture of a gorgeous red nosed reindeer.

      Peggy Noonan can go soak a sock.
      She gets a lump of coal from me.
       

      "Too much. There's too much fucking perspective now." David St. Hubbins

      by nellgwen on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:35:26 PM PST

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  •  Firefighters Murdered (5+ / 0-)

    New story up on Yahoo:

    Man set trap and then shot and killed firefighters responding to Webster, N.Y. fire
    A man with a criminal history shot and killed two West Webster, N.Y. firefighters and seriously injured two others as they responded to a fire at his home., police say.

    William Spangler, 62, apparently started a 5:35 a.m. fire at his home on Lake Road  and then waited with an armament of weapons for first responders to arrive, Webster N.Y. Police Chief Gerald Pickering said at an afternoon news conference.

    “He was shooting from high ground or a berm," Pickering said. "He was barricaded with weapons to shoot first responders."

    After a brief exchange of gunfire with police, Spangler then shot and killed himself at the scene, Pickering said.

    Spangler was convicted in 1981 in the death of his grandmother a year earlier. He served time in prison and was released in 1998, Pickering said.

    Local police had not noted any criminal activity in his recent past, Pickering said.

    Pickering said they are looking into the apparent disappearance of Pickering's sister who is unaccounted for at this time.

    Police and fire officials are continuing to gather evidence and will inspect the seven homes that were destroyed in the fire that spread to nearby houses in the small lakeside town located 10 miles east of Rochester.

    [More at link, including names of firefighters killed and injured.]

    Wow....  When 20 children and six faculty were killed in CT the killing of innocents surprised and shocked me.  This is similar.  Innocent people trying to help someone..., and the murderer kills them!  He also committed suicide.

    If these arseholes want to commit suicide..., go right ahead..., but do NOT kill innocent people...!!!  Damn!  This is malicious evil that knows no bounds.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:24:44 PM PST

    •  It doesn't matter but how did he get the guns? (6+ / 0-)
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      I would think that killing grandma would put one on a do not sell list?

      •  I know.... (2+ / 0-)
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        I suppose as the investigation progresses there will be answers.  I don't have any.

        Crooks seem to be able to get them from online or gun show sources where no one does a background check.  I don't know why.  Probably an NRA loophole built into state or federal law.

        I dunno.  I've never wanted to own a gun [never mind I know how to shoot 'em and am accurate - they were not my guns], so I have never looked into laws regarding buying them.

        Still, criminals always get their hands on guns - or other lethal things they should never own, and always they do maximum damage with them.  If they only committed suicide, no big deal....  It's the fact that they take out innocent victims with them that is baffling and pisses me off.

        Short of locking these people up for life to protect the rest of us, how do we stop them?

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:44:36 PM PST

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    •  It is very warped n/t (3+ / 0-)
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  •  The Media Falsehoods About The (0+ / 0-)

    so called Mayan calendar overlook the fact that the calendar is a 26,000 Tun cycle syncronized with the Earth's axial precession. It is an ecological calendar having the ability to indicate, among other things, when populations need to move because of the axial wobble of the Earth.

  •  Happy Christmas from our house to yours! (0+ / 0-)

    Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 02:22:01 PM PST

  •  All of this is why I love the KOS. Make Merry ALL (0+ / 0-)
  •  The nitwits damaged Tikal (0+ / 0-)

    I can't decide whether or not I'm grateful to Barbara for letting me know about this.

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