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  • The U.S. media have been tellingly silent on this critically important story, but Greg Laden posted about it:
    We’ve known for some time that Big Oil channels money to Big Denailism to support a variety of efforts, including projects to ruin science education in schools, to pay people to show up at demonstrations, to fund “research” that confuses, if not attempts (unsuccessfully) to throw false wrenches in the intricate and vital scientific machine. And now, we learn that some of these connections are more direct than previously thought, and involve much larger sums of money than most had imagined.
    And he links Steve Connor at the Independent:
    A secretive funding organisation in the United States that guarantees anonymity for its billionaire donors has emerged as a major operator in the climate "counter movement" to undermine the science of global warming, The Independent has learnt.

    The Donors Trust, along with its sister group Donors Capital Fund, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is funnelling millions of dollars into the effort to cast doubt on climate change without revealing the identities of its wealthy backers or that they have links to the fossil fuel industry.

    However, an audit trail reveals that Donors is being indirectly supported by the American billionaire Charles Koch who, with his brother David, jointly owns a majority stake in Koch Industries, a large oil, gas and chemicals conglomerate based in Kansas.

    Conner documents a link between billionaire Charles Koch and Donors, via another organization called the “Knowledge and Progress Fund,” which is a Koch Family run non-profit. This organization gave $1.25 million each in 2007 and 2008, $2 million in 2012 to Donors, and appears to have made no other donations to anyone or any thing.
    Read Laden's entire post, and there's more from Connor here and here, as well as from Meghan Keneally at the Daily Mail, and Roxanne Palmer at the International Business Times.
  • And speaking of dangerous climate change deniers, a few years ago a bunch of thugs used some stolen emails to misrepresent and lie about the credibility and integrity of some of the world's leading climate scientists. The phony scandal was thoroughly and repeatedly utterly debunked, until it became clear that the real scandal had been the traditional media's incompetent if not witting enabling coverage of it in the first place. But scientists were under attack, just for doing honest science that some very wealthy and powerful special interests did not want done, and one of the main targets of those attacks was climatologist Michael Mann, whose reputation and career clearly were being threatened.

    Over the next couple of years, nine separate investigations by universities, scientific institutions, and official government bodies both in Britain and the U.S. completely exonerated Mann and his colleagues, and the thugs clearly picked the wrong target, not only because Mann has the intellect and integrity that the deniers lack, but also because he is not one to be bullied. He wrote a book with the apt title The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, and also has launched a lawsuit against the Competitive Enterprise Institute and The National Review for comparing him to a convicted child molestor. And now there is this great news:

    Faculty members Long-Qing Chen and Michael E. Mann have been conferred the status of distinguished professorship in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS). Chen and Mann were recommended to EMS Dean William Easterling by a selection committee consisting of highly regarded faculty from across the college that screened faculty candidates nominated by faculty, staff and students of the college....

    Mann, professor of meteorology and director of the Earth Systems Science Center, is an acknowledged leader in the climate change community.  He has achieved research breakthroughs in the area of climate change science, especially the reconstruction of global temperatures over the past 1,000 years.  His work has garnered national and international recognition, including his most recent election, by his peers, as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society; as well as the 2012 Hans Oeschger Medal and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

  • Submitted without comment:
    Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church's international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini in return for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929.

    Since then the international value of Mussolini's nest-egg has mounted until it now exceeds £500m. In 2006, at the height of the recent property bubble, the Vatican spent £15m of those funds to buy 30 St James's Square. Other UK properties are at 168 New Bond Street and in the city of Coventry. It also owns blocks of flats in Paris and Switzerland.

    The surprising aspect for some will be the lengths to which the Vatican has gone to preserve secrecy about the Mussolini millions. The St James's Square office block was bought by a company called British Grolux Investments Ltd, which also holds the other UK properties. Published registers at Companies House do not disclose the company's true ownership, nor make any mention of the Vatican.

  • Catering to the crazies isn't going to help the Senate's top Republican, although he will try. Mitch McConnell deserves the political wars that he gets.
  • And austerity's great champion Angela Merkel may soon get the political war she deserves.
  • David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg and everyone else responsible for Britain's right wing austerity government are failed human beings:
    The squeeze on tax credits and benefits will push 200,000 more children into poverty, the government has admitted for the first time. This suggests that in total a million extra children will be in poverty as a result of government welfare measures.
    The Republicans must be so envious. Meanwhile, the economic effect of this incomprehensible cruelty is that Britain seems headed for a triple-dip recession, and even the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund is warning that it's time to ease off the austerity; but the catastrophic Osborne says no.
  • And for Britain, the leadership failures could actually get even worse:
    The one thing we can now forecast with near certainty during any cold snap is that a Telegraph writer will use the plunging mercury to breezily state it provides the necessary proof to declare that the theory of global warming is over-hyped, unscientific bunkum.

    The typical reaction to such verbiage is mocking laughter, or, if you've awoken on the wrong side of the bed, huffy exasperation. The best strategy is to view these articles as trolling, for that is largely what they are: blatant attempts to jam a sharp stick into a seething nest that is The Climate Debate. These writers want to wind you up and provoke a reaction. By doing so, you are playing into their hands. Do not feed the trolls, as the saying goes.

    But Boris Johnson, the eye-wateringly well-paid Telegraph columnist who also does a nice turn as the mayor of London, needs to be viewed in an altogether different context. He is, after all, widely touted as the next prime minister of this country.

  • Russia denies it, but this could be a hopeful sign, for Syria.
  • And this clearly is a hopeful sign for the Czech Republic and the world:
    Milos Zeman, a burly former leftist prime minister and economist known for his outspoken populism, was elected president of the Czech Republic on Saturday, becoming the country’s first popularly elected president.

    The election of Mr. Zeman, 68, an avowed supporter of European integration, signals the end of the era of Vaclav Klaus, the Czech president for the past 10 years, whose vociferous skepticism of the European Union and scorn for the battle against climate change made him a sometimes awkward partner in Europe and the United States.

  • If you're going to be anywhere near Sarasota, do not miss this!
  • Don't tell the Republicans, but we are all family.
  • Submitted without comment:
    For years, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles fought to keep secret its confidential files concerning pedophile priests. Hundreds of sex abuse victims hoping for a full accounting of what church leaders knew about the growing scandal and what they did to stop it were rebuffed time and again.

    But the cover-up is finally coming to an end. On Monday, a series of memos and letters filed in a civil case confirmed that Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other church leaders plotted to shield pedophile priests rather than turn them over to police and prosecutors.

    The documents, which date to 1986 and 1987, show how Mahony and Msgr. Thomas J. Curry, his top advisor on sex abuse cases, discussed strategies to keep priests from coming to the attention of law enforcement.

  • Water is still wet, and The Wall Street Journal editorial and opinion page still sucks.

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  •  Isn't law enforcement supposed to discourage (18+ / 0-)

    taking the law into your own hands?????

    Before Calling 911, Sheriff Tells Residents To Get ‘In The Game’ With A Gun

    Wisconsin County Sheriff David Clarke is facing backlash for telling Milwaukee, Wisconsin residents to get a gun for emergencies, rather than call 911. In a radio ad, Clarke claims personal and public safety is no longer a “spectator sport,” and urges civilians to “get in the game” before police arrive to a scene:


     I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready?

        With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back; but are you prepared? Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:07:01 PM PST

    •  collateral damage (11+ / 0-)

      no longer just an export?

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

      by Laurence Lewis on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:12:27 PM PST

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    •  As I Recall He Was Lying About All His Stats. (7+ / 0-)

      There hadn't been layoffs and violent crime was down.

      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 Jan 27, 2013 at 12:52:51 PM PST

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    •  With officers laid off and furloughed (4+ / 0-)
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      Thanks to Scott Walker and his gang of Republicans, if the police have been decimated with lay offs and furloughs, then maybe the sheriff has a point. Decimate the police, and lawlessness and anarchy takes the place of ordered liberty.  Not that the Republican big wigs and their wealthy owners would care - they live in gated communities with private armed guards.

      When the Boston police went on strike in 1919:

      Over the night of September 9–10, the city witnessed an outbreak of hooliganism and looting. Some was rowdy behavior that scared respectable citizens, such as youths throwing rocks at streetcars and overturning the carts of street vendors. More overtly criminal activity included the smashing of store windows and looting the displays. . . . Violence peaked the next evening, the night of September 10–11. Businesses were better prepared. Some had boarded up and others stayed open all night with armed guards visible to discourage thieves taking advantage of the strike. Gamblers played dice in open view, and women had their handbags snatched. But the Guard proved inexperienced at handling crowds and they were quick to assert control without regard for loss of life. Gunfire in South Boston left two dead and others wounded. Scollay Square, a center of amusement halls and theaters, was reportedly the scene of a riot where one died.  Whether the crowds were threatening property or making trouble because they were in sympathy with the strikers is unknown. The death total ultimately reached nine.
      Crushing the strike, restoring law and order, led to Calvin Coolidge's nomination for vice president at the 1920 Republican National Convention, and he ascended to the presidency when President Harding likely died of natural causes, or less likely committed suicide, or was murdered by his wife.

      "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 Jan 27, 2013 at 01:02:02 PM PST

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    •  We need to take the law into our own hands. (4+ / 0-)

      Credit card processor no longer doing business with online gun dealers diary here The credit card processor.  Intuit Payment Solutions  

      Write to visa and mastercharge.  Ask them to do the same thing.

      Write to Amazon.  Tell them thanks for donating to the gun buy back in Seattle

      Ask Walmart to stop with the guns.  They need some positive PR now, they just might go for it.  

      If we have a million moms, surely we could write a million e-mails.

      Your comment made me laugh, because of the comment I just made in another diary.  I just had to re-post mine here and marry them up here.

      My gun control petition was shot down.

      by 88kathy on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:26:36 PM PST

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    •  Since when? (2+ / 0-)
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      Self defense has always been a personal prerogative. Last I looked, we don't have enough police officers to post one by everybody's side 24/7.

      Does that mean we all need guns?
      I certainly hope not.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:58:10 PM PST

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    •  There may be a liability issue (1+ / 0-)
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      When he said "defend yourself until we get there", some Zimmermann type is likely to misunderstand it, and some sue-happy type will go after the Sheriff's office. Just imagine what a lawyer could do quoting "We're partners now".

      Come to think of it, it wouldn't have to be a Zimmermann, it could just be something going wrong in what would otherwise be a legitimate act of crime prevention.

      Remember, though the huge difference between what a police officer can do and what can be done in immediate self-defense. Cops are required to go looking for trouble: civilians can and should try to avoid it and only fight when necessary.

  •  How about you get your kid a book, Moron! (8+ / 0-)

    Hell even a Chemistry set given the choice........

    Gun Industry Aims To Sell Youth On Assault Weapons

    Responding to Americans’ declining interest in shooting sports, gun manufacturers are developing programs to market their products to younger children. The National Shooting Sports Foundation trade association and the industry-funded National Rifle Association spend millions of dollars annually to recruit kids as gun enthusiasts. And those efforts increasingly focus on pushing semi-automatic assault weapons, including the very model used by the shooter in the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.

    The New York Times reports:


    The pages of Junior Shooters, an industry-supported magazine that seeks to get children involved in the recreational use of firearms, once featured a smiling 15-year-old girl clutching a semiautomatic rifle. At the end of an accompanying article that extolled target shooting with a Bushmaster AR-15 — an advertisement elsewhere in the magazine directed readers to a coupon for buying one — the author encouraged youngsters to share the article with a parent.

        “Who knows?” it said. “Maybe you’ll find a Bushmaster AR-15 under your tree some frosty Christmas morning!”

        The industry’s youth-marketing effort is backed by extensive social research and is carried out by an array of nonprofit groups financed by the gun industry, an examination by The New York Times found. The campaign picked up steam about five years ago with the completion of a major study that urged a stronger emphasis on the “recruitment and retention” of new hunters and target shooters.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:11:41 PM PST

  •  A good diary here (6+ / 0-)

    Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

    by emmasnacker on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:14:26 PM PST

  •  Please sign this phone unlocking ban petition (3+ / 0-)
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    One man decided to make unlocking your cell phone illegal.
    If you think this is wrong, please sign this petition:

  •  Jobs Council may not be reauthorized. How will it (3+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis, Cliss, OLinda

    workout next election if Democrats shut down there Jobs Council and Republicans start one in response.

  •  dont look at me (4+ / 0-)

    I dont even own a 'dumb' phone but some of you might be criminals after today. heh.

    Starting today, the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress are no longer allowing phone unlocking as an exemption under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

    You can read the full docket here but, in short, it is illegal to unlock a phone from a carrier unless you have that carrier's permission to do so. If you're wondering what this has to do with copyright, it turns out not much.

    "It wasn't a good ruling," Rebecca Jeschke, a digital rights analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), told ABC News. "You should be able to unlock your phone. This law was meant to combat copyright infringement, not to prevent people to do what they want to do with the device they bought."

  •  LOL "Big Oil channels money to Big Denialism" /nt (9+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:28:53 PM PST

  •  The Koch creeps. (4+ / 0-)

    I hope their house is the first to blow down when outrageous weather change comes to their town.

  •  Money and the Church... (6+ / 0-)
    The surprising aspect for some will be the lengths to which the Vatican has gone to preserve secrecy about the Mussolini millions.
    No surprises there.

    Money helps achieving control.

    Control is what they want.


    "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

    by zenox on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:37:14 PM PST

  •  Whatever else happens to them, (8+ / 0-)

    The Koch brothers' names must be irrevocably linked, by us, to the destruction of the planet.  This should be a drumbeat so loud and so constant that their legacy will always be connected to such bottomless greed that they willfully funded the demise of the earth as a habitable environment.  They can't be permitted to escape this legacy no matter how rich they are.

    "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand." ~ Atticus Finch, "To Kill a Mockingbird"

    by SottoVoce on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:40:28 PM PST

  •  Attacking Climate Change (7+ / 0-)

    The only thing they have left they can do, as the attacks that locked the brakes into alternative energy sources we were developing, starting some forty years back, have now lost all meaning as they have been shown to be wrong as these, on climate change, are also being shown to be already. Back then forward they were about fossil fuels being never ending and plentiful, though it took millions of years to form and only minutes to waste. That they were and would always be cheap forms of energy, and that they were clean sources of energy damaging nothing else from using them.

    Back then it wasn't the koch brothers but others that were just as greedy and wealthy then, and threw these decades names have changed but wealth has only grown and used even in more powerful ways and means to suppress many important and growth for everyone issues to the gain for more and more power and wealth for the few!

    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 Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:44:35 PM PST

  •  Dreaming of warmth again, and I think I've figured (4+ / 0-)

    out a way to 'trellis' the spaghetti squash and cukes I want to grow horizontally to keep them off the ground so they don't rot.  My plan is merely to wrap the ends of the wire mesh I'm using around some bricks, so I have a mesh a few inches above the ground.  I'll just need to check every few days to make sure any fruit is supported above the mesh, and not dropping down below it.  The squash are temperamental at low temps, though, so I won't even be able to start them indoors til mid-late march.

    Darnit, spring, get here!

  •  An organized war (4+ / 0-)

    against science has been an oft used theme of SF writers.  As in the imagining of technology and its future, writers have accurately forecast: atomic power, night baseball, submarines, spacecraft, TV, personal wireless communicators....etc.  
    This particular subterfuge of the brothers Koch and their ilk has also been explored by the writers of SF – none of scenarios they imaged envisioned a pleasant world for the rank and file human being – they are the meat of the, dystrophian society, SF novel.   I am amazed (and a bit frightened) so many of those novels are developing in real world and real time.

    "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov (8.25 / -5.64}

    by carver on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:57:13 PM PST

  •  My Word, Media Silent on Top Sponsor Activities. (5+ / 0-)

    The free press concept doesn't work. Press big enough to inform the mainstream are corporations, sponsored by corporations, so they're going to promote corporate interests over informing the people.

    Whether our press worked ideally or adequately 30-50 years ago when it was least free, due to business and public interest / licensing requirements, is debatable, but it was certainly far better than today.

    We're up against existential crises for democracy and for civilization, while the free press is structurally designed to hide or even advocate for crisis and fight the people.

    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 Jan 27, 2013 at 12:59:58 PM PST

  •  Ahh, Klaus, thanks for the memories. (0+ / 0-)

    Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

    by Dauphin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:03:02 PM PST

  •  Watched some of Gordon Ramsey in Prison series (0+ / 0-)

    today and was struck by his worldview, namely that the prisoners have it cushy since they had 5 menu items per day.  Also a bit painful to watch him lecture the felons on how his brother is a heroin addict and his father an alcoholic but he managed to rise from dishwasher to his present position in the world.

    Only problem is presenting his life story as a viable career path for felons.  Can't speak for GB but a paroled felon in the US would have difficulty finding a dishwashing position. Also, not every dishwasher becomes a world famous chef; having Ramsey rag out the cons for pinching food from the kitchen such as an onion and peppers shows he has little concept of the prison culture.  Dunno yet but as a reality show, this one is a bit rough with its presuppositions

  •  Fox had Boykin on to talk about (0+ / 0-)

    women in combat.

    I'll always be...King of Bain...I'll always be...King of Bain

    by AZphilosopher on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:05:39 PM PST

  •  Koch brothers (5+ / 0-)

    It is a sinful shame that the Koch brothers have been determined to do as much damage as they can with their conservatism and money in their lives.

    Wonder what their parents did to them while growing up to have created 3 such soulless evil people.

  •  . (0+ / 0-)


    God bless our tinfoil hearts.

    by aitchdee on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:08:05 PM PST

  •  they don't call it the "Tory-graph" for naught (2+ / 0-)
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    The one thing we can now forecast with near certainty during any cold snap is that a Telegraph writer will use the plunging mercury to breezily state it provides the necessary proof to declare that the theory of global warming is over-hyped, unscientific bunkum.

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ "We're like a strip club with a million bouncers and no strippers." (HBO's Real Time, January 18, 2013)

    by annieli on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:08:20 PM PST

  •  Milos Zeman (0+ / 0-)

        This from the Wikipedia article on the new Czech President:

    Zeman has a similar view on global warming as his former opponent Klaus. According to his opinion, human activity probably could not influence global warming.[5] In October 2009, he founded the Party of Civic Rights – Zemanovci.

    In June 2011, Zeman, referring to Islam, said "The enemy is the anti-civilisation spreading from North Africa to Indonesia. Two billion people live in it." He likened Muslims who believe in the Qur'an to antisemitic and racist Nazis.

         It's surprising how the Czech Republic, which seemed to be the most promising of the Eastern European states after the fall of the iron curtain, has now developed into perhaps the most right-wing state in eastern/central Europe. The presidency, as in most countries, is a largely ceremonial office, with the Prime Minister, a young follower of current UK style Conservatism as practiced by Cameron and Osborne, holding the real power as head of a right-centre coalition.

  •  test (0+ / 0-)


    God bless our tinfoil hearts.

    by aitchdee on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:09:05 PM PST

  •  Re: The UK situation vis a vis Australia (0+ / 0-)

    The Australia opposition candidate and likely next PM, the UK born and  "public" school educated Tony Abbott will do the same things to Australia if elected here. He in fact works in concert with the UK conservatives and the US AEI. The Labor Party which is currently in power has made life difficult for itself by several missteps and Abbott has taken advantage of it. Labor has held on for a few years, but if polls are accurate the conservatives will take control later this year.

    This is somewhat mystifying as Australia, under Labor leadership has escaped almost all the bad effects of the GFC. However, that has not stopped Abbott for attacking based on "economic" credentials and a credulous public has digested it.

    The return of conservative leadership to Australia will be a laboratory test to see if the austerity budgets can take a relatively healthy economy and turn it into a recessionary one.

    Side note = I will return to the US for good this Spring/Summer (US) and will miss most of the fun down here, but it will be great to be back home.

    If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. ~Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobediance, 1849

    by shigeru on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:18:07 PM PST

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    for making it into the quarter finals of the Africa Cup

  •  First comment (test) (0+ / 0-)

    This is my first comment to DailyKos

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    I was banned from RedState for a serious discussion of the data behind this chart.

    It turns out the recent downturn in labor participation is primarily due to the younger age brackets.

    I was thinking of trying to post some diaries to directly discuss the RedState posts which warrant serious discussion.

    It is my hope to encourage intellectual discussions about opposing worldviews as opposed to the usual simplistic partisan bickering. Do you think this could generate interest on DailyKos?

    Has a direct, and recurring, counter posting to RedState been attempted before?

  •  Security, Deterrence, and Self-Defense (2+ / 0-)
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    a post about how we think about keeping ourselves safe.

    I hope it's helpful.

    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 Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:50:34 PM PST

  •  Mussolini? Mussolini?? (2+ / 0-)
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    whats up with that one?

    Today - Or, yesterday; today´s news - there was a run of the mill commemorative event - in Italy there are elections coming up - an event remembering the abduction of Jews from Italy under the Nazi rule, on a train station in Milano where such trains departed ... such a commemorative event would be pretty normal and little newsworthy. But this one had current Italian PM Monti and current German Chancellor Merkel visiting. Also not too spectacular; dignitaries - though with a campaigning flavor. So - up turns a certain Mr Berlusconi - uninvited ! - and gives a statement to the press stating that while certainly this with the Jews was bad, that the poor old Mussolini had after all done some good things for Italy which he stood by.


    The most galling in this is that Berlusconi must have thought making such comments would be electorally helpful.

    not a good state over here.

  •  Some French people upset at the NRA (2+ / 0-)
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    Apparently the NRA has created a kind of “Wine Club” in which part of the purchase price of each bottle goes to the NRA's political efforts. It was noticed by some French journalists at Rue 89 that around 40 of the wines offered there are French, so they contacted several of the producers concerned. Most of them refused to say anything on the record, but at least one, the Burgundian Thibault Liger-Belair, said that he was embarrassed by it and said that he'd prefer losing a sale rather than selling to a cause he didn't believe in such as the NRA.

    The NRA didn't deal with any individual wineries, it dealt only with an American reseller, Vinasse, who in turn selected the varieties.

  •  The only people who care (0+ / 0-)

    The only people who care are the ones being effected by climate change. the 1% and the corporations and our crooked politicians could care less. Sure Congress makes some half hearted attempts to speak to climate change but nothing gets done. Like every issue that effects the future of the 99% it is ignored and laughed at. Congress does nothing collects its cash has a big steak at Ruth Chris with the lobbyist du jour. Then smoke  a Cuban cigar a wonder what the poor people are doing.

  •  I'd like to get a bit more (0+ / 0-)

    attention for this diary by Jeff Moniker - it has an interesting perspective on profit making, especially if juxtaposed with Ojibwa's diary on the give-away.

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:39:42 PM PST

  •  how is the current british govt still in power ? (0+ / 0-)

    it's a parliamentary system - can't they fold the whole thing up and call for new elections ?

    big badda boom : GRB 090423

    by squarewheel on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:25:10 PM PST

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