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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Gun nut or mass shooter?
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - Gun nut or mass shooter
  • Here's an interactive panorama of the State of the Union speech: You can spin around and zoom in and out on your favorite characters representatives, senators, etc.
  • Comcast extends its reach with planned buy of NBCUniversal from GE:
    Comcast said Tuesday that it's buying General Electric's 49 percent stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for $16.7 billion several years early, as the company takes advantage of low borrowing costs and what CEO Brian Roberts called a "very attractive price."

    The company is also buying from GE such assets as NBC's headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York and CNBC's headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., for about $1.4 billion.

  • Mississippi rates as most religious state, Vermonters going to hell:
    Mississippi remained the most religious state in the union in 2012, with 58% of its residents classified as very religious. At the other end of the spectrum, Vermont remained the least religious state, with 19% of its residents classified as very religious.
  • Charles Stross (via Brad Delong) on "Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship":
    "[W]e've somehow slid into a developed-world global-scale quasi-police state, with drone strikes and extraordinary rendition and unquestioned but insane austerity policies being rammed down our throats… police spying on political dissidents becoming normal, and so on. What's happenin? Here's a hypothesis: Representative democracy is what's happening. Unfortunately, democracy is broken. There's a hidden failure mode, we've landed in it, and we probably won't be able to vote ourselves out of it…. Overall, the nature of the problem seems to be that our representative democratic institutions have been captured by meta-institutions that implement the iron law of oligarchy by systematically reducing the risk of change… converging on a common set of policies that do not serve the public interest, but minimize the risk of the parties losing the corporate funding they require in order to achieve re-election."
  • Here’s How Geology Shows North Korea’s Nukes Are Getting Bigger.
  • Forecasters stink: That's Paul Farrell channeling William Sherden, author of The Fortune Sellers: The Big Business of Buying and Selling Predictions. The bullet points:
    1. Economists’ predictions are no better than guesses; 2. Government economists often worse than guesses; 3. Long-term accuracy is impossible;4. Turning points cannot be predicted; 5. No specific forecasters are better than the rest of pack; 6. No forecaster was more expert with specific statistics; 7. No one ideological orientation was better; 8. Consensus forecasts do not improve accuracy; 9. Psychological bias distorts forecasters and their forecasts; 10. Increased sophistication does not improve accuracy; 11. No improvement over the years.
  • In case you thought the data were wrong, Arctic still on thin ice:
    The September 2012 record low in Arctic sea-ice extent was big news, but a missing piece of the puzzle was lurking below the ocean's surface. What volume of ice floats on Arctic waters? And how does that compare to previous summers? These are difficult but important questions, because how much ice actually remains suggests how vulnerable the ice pack will be to more warming.

    New satellite observations confirm a University of Washington analysis that for the past three years has produced widely quoted estimates of Arctic sea-ice volume. Findings based on observations from a European Space Agency satellite, published online in Geophysical Research Letters, show that the Arctic has lost more than a third of summer sea-ice volume since a decade ago, when a U.S. satellite collected similar data.

  • High speed photo shows water balloon being popped.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, SOTU vs. Water-Gate. Greg Dworkin hit the highlights, and reported on dial-testing showing the President gaining ground, approval-wise, across the board. Next, the parallels between the availability of non-lethal weaponry to an increasingly aggressive police force, and the availability of low-risk strike capability to an increasingly aggressive national security complex. And the disparity in the way 2nd Amendment protest is treated versus 1st Amendment protest. Armando joined in on where we've gone on national security since the post-Watergate revolution.

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  •  I'm giving up my clothes dryer for Lint. (8+ / 0-)

    I've learned the secret to making the rec list:   Excellent copy/paste skills.

  •  NRA proposes... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JML9999, Shuksan Tahoma, Anima, MrJersey

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

    by justiceputnam on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:05:55 PM PST

  •  My favorite Senator has introduced a bill (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Stude Dude

    Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act (S.250)

    ..This legislation will stop profitable Wall Street banks and corporations from sheltering profits in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens to avoid paying U.S. taxes. It will also stop rewarding companies that ship jobs and factories overseas with tax breaks. The Joint Committee on Taxation has estimated in the past that the provisions in this bill will raise more than $590 billion in revenue over the next decade..
    Three guesses who, and the first two don't count.
  •  5 Things Harder to Buy than a Gun (9+ / 0-)

    See here:

    1.Sudafed
    2. Booze
    3. Wireless Contract
    4.Puppies
    5. Hunting or fishing license

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:06:16 PM PST

  •  small quibble for the state poll on religion (4+ / 0-)

    since the degree of religion is self reported, it would measure religiosity and not the actual practice of religion.  After all, the biblical injunction is to not wear your religion like fine robes or costly garments but to show your faith through your actions  each day (the opposite of many modern day Fundamentalists)  

    •  Agree about the religiosity v. actual practice (0+ / 0-)

      of religion. (But then again, how do you define the 'actual practice of religion' since it seems open to interpretation to each believer).

      However, I'm an atheist in VT.  I am quite comfortable here as I find myself surrounded, at work and outside work, with many atheists or others who do not describe themselves as being part of any religious group.  I don't think the poll is too far off.

  •  Why am I unsurprised to find some place like (2+ / 0-)
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    Vetwife, MrJersey

    Mississippi as the most religious state?

    because it dwells near the bottom of states like Georgia does.

    Much of the South, strangely reinforcing the unfortunate stereotype, is dumber than a bag of hammers.

    yeah....more religiosity = less intelligence.

    harsh, but not incorrect.

    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 Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:07:13 PM PST

    •  Makes you wonder if they (0+ / 0-)

      are hunting Jesus doesn't it?   He has all those regulations and thou shalt nots and socialist ideas.
      I do so agree with your comment.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:19:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  If you lived in those states that constituted the (0+ / 0-)

      US's third world, you would spend lots of time praying to get out of there too.

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:38:07 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Rep. John Lewis, D-GA. (0+ / 0-)

      i would move to his district to have him as my rep.
      and furthermore, MS isn't AZ.
      and AZ is more than its bad stuff.
      and hit the individuals, that's ok.
      but show me something MS to cheer about.
      i dubbledogdareya. ;)

      if you're skeered to go looking, i'll go.

      There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

      by greenbird on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 06:30:20 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Three questions.... (1+ / 0-)
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    MrJersey

    I missed out on Rand Paul's and Ted Nugent's rebuttals. How bad did they go?

    Anybody know what to make of the "historic protests against Obama at all 50 state capitals" coming up on February 16? More Bagger astroturfing.

    Does anybody know anything about Dan Olweus and his studies on bullying and mobbing? I want to get that stuff nailed down before I try writing a diary drawing comparisons with that and what was done against Sandra Fluke and the unions and the like.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:07:25 PM PST

  •  Now this is an interesting Broun observation: (1+ / 0-)
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    HugoDog

    ===============
    Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) declares in a new fundraising letter that he was "the first Member of Congress to call him a socialist who embraces Marxist-Leninist policies like government control of health care and redistribution of wealth," the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
    =
    ================

    So, among other groups, I imagine Broun thinks U. K. Tories are Marxist-Leninists (including the Iron Lady- as I recall the National health Service survived her decade.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:08:58 PM PST

    •  Broun is just fucking dead from the neck up. (3+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, Anne Elk, Meteor Blades

      He is so goddamned stupid, there aren't words in the English language to convey the bottomless and abject stupidity that regularly falls out of this guys mouth.

      Dumb Motherfucker to the 10th power.

      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 Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:14:24 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Clearly the Waltons are a bunch of pinkos, too. (0+ / 0-)

      They've been strongly supporting socialized medicine for years.

      These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people... -Abraham Lincoln

      by HugoDog on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:25:48 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  F-35 Uses same battery Tech as 787 airliner (0+ / 0-)

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

    Pentagon stands by use of lithium-ion batteries on F-35 fighters

    (Reuters) - The Pentagon said it plans to continue using lithium-ion batteries on the new F-35 fighter jet despite problems with similar batteries that have grounded Boeing Co's new 787 airliner and are causing Airbus to rethink their use on its A350 jet.

    Joe DellaVedova, spokesman for the Pentagon's $396 billion F-35 program office, said on Tuesday that the lithium-ion batteries used on the new radar-evading fighter were made by different manufacturers than those used on the 787, and the jet's battery systems had been rigorously tested.

    "The bottom line is the lithium-ion batteries used on the F-35s have been through extensive tests and have redundant systems to protect the aircraft and battery compartments; they are considered safe," DellaVedova said.

    DellaVedova said there had been some irregularities with the lithium-ion batteries not starting properly in cold temperatures that were being addressed, but no issues affecting flight safety had come up during years of testing.

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

    by JML9999 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:09:41 PM PST

  •  Cool water balloon popping! Water seems to be the (6+ / 0-)

    theme today. I remember from 6th grade science how strong water is—how it can shape mountains, smooth rocks, down trees, flatten cities, destroy political careers.

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

    by Mother Mags on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:11:19 PM PST

  •  My Wife on Rubio (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, HugoDog, MrJersey

    After the NDFA meeting, we watched (almost all -- we ran minutes late) the SOTU on TV.

    I got back home to my wife who had listened on the radio.

    "Did you hear Rubio?" she asked.

    "No."

    "You're lucky."

    Because she was listening on tge radio, she -- of course -- didn't see the water flap.

  •  Did I miss the Nugent Media Orgy? (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    Or did the media wise up and avoid the POS?  

    I bought a hoodie to show solidarity with Trayvon Martin, but nobody notices me.

    by shades at midnite on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:20:25 PM PST

  •  Freakin' Comcast (0+ / 0-)

    has a monopoly on Trail Blazers games here in Portland.

    •  Well it's not as bad as the blackout days (0+ / 0-)

      when you had to drive to freakin' McMinnville and beyond to watch a sold out game on TV because Allen refused to take a chance someone would not buy a ticket.

      -6.25 -5.3 If I ever leave this world alive The madness that you feel will soon subside...

      by dansk47 on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:38:22 PM PST

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  •  economists failure to predict - strategic plans (0+ / 0-)

    You link an article about economic forecasts. On another front, we have strategic planning.

    "The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning" was published in 1994 by Henry Mintzberg.

    In the intro he notes that if people think the book is negative, have sympathy for him who got less than an ounce of gold out of each ton of material he read on the subject.

    In short, no one has ever done strategic planning as described in the classic books on the subject. One wonders what people learn when they have an MBA.

    Chapter 5 Fundamental Fallacies of Strategic Planning

    1. fallacy of predetermination (i.e., predict the future)

    2. fallacy of detachment

    3. fallacy of formalization

  •  Ugh! Podcasters are killing me here! (1+ / 0-)
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    justiceputnam

    First, Stitcher gave us all fits. Now, it's Libsyn crashing at critical moments.

    For those interested, I'll put the (hopefully repaired) Stitcher podcast player in the KITM post.

    •  Some crazy... (1+ / 0-)
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      greenbird

      ... shat is happening on the tubes.

      Yuri says it's incompetent techs; I think it's the Russian mob.

      Of course, that's why Yuri is a scientist and I'm sometimes a short fiction writer.

      A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

      by justiceputnam on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:56:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Just emailed my legislators in support of new gun (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    justiceputnam

    control laws.

    Please take the time to write your's, even if you are represented by Republicans like I am.

    "Senators are a never-ending source of amusement, amazement, and discouragement" ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:31:54 PM PST

  •  Ouch - take that Paul Krugman!! (0+ / 0-)
    Forecasters stink: That's Paul Farrell channeling William Sherden, author of The Fortune Sellers: The Big Business of Buying and Selling Predictions. The bullet points:
    1. Economists’ predictions are no better than guesses; 2. Government economists often worse than guesses; 3. Long-term accuracy is impossible;4. Turning points cannot be predicted; 5. No specific forecasters are better than the rest of pack; 6. No forecaster was more expert with specific statistics; 7. No one ideological orientation was better; 8. Consensus forecasts do not improve accuracy; 9. Psychological bias distorts forecasters and their forecasts; 10. Increased sophistication does not improve accuracy; 11. No improvement over the years.
    Oh well, the ride having him as Economics God was nice while it lasted . . ..
    •  One kind of prediction does have (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Roadbed Guy

      a pretty good track record and that's the collective wisdom of crowds. They are apparently very good at estimating things such as the weight of a bull or the number of jellybeans in a jar. The mean of a couple of hundred guesses is usually very close to the actual number. Whether in fact that's true of other things is unclear to me. If you ask a large number of people whether the economy will be better next year, they may be more accurate than anyone person no matter how skilled.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 01:36:35 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  aljazeera re alleged Dorner cabin remains: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    justiceputnam

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:37:34 PM PST

  •  Rubio is the same as Rand Paul... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MrJersey, greenbird

    A Poet is at the same time a force for Solidarity and for Solitude -- Pablo Neruda / Netroots Radio podcasts of The After Show with Wink & Justice can be found on Stitcher

    by justiceputnam on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 12:37:40 PM PST

  •  Why is there no discussion about... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Mr. Stross' piece? Honestly that's some very smart (and depressing) political theory, and it explains Sen. Reid's "softening" on Senate rules and President Obama's more disappointing actions quite well (not to mention the Republicans' do-nothing actions for the past bunch of years).

    Any attempt at making the system more transparent/less corrupt is met with fierce opposition from the Republicans and enough "meh" from the Democrats that things don't actually get fixed at all.

    All of which fits rather handily into Mr. Stross' theory (even while he'd written it primarily as an analysis of UK politics).

    I think an article about his theory is probably worth the front page, not being lost in an Open thread.

  •  I've been a defender of the US Constitution... (1+ / 0-)
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    greenbird

    ...the whole thing, not just the parts I didn't like. And I was and still am willing to die for that Constitution and the nation it stands for. Guns have been a large part of my life forever...I carried an M-16, a .45 pistol, and a .45 "grease gun". I could disassemble and re-assemble all three of these weapons with my eyes blind-folded. Shot expert. Trained to take the battle to the enemy-and win, no matter what the odds.  Losing, cowardice in the face of the enemy- or surrender was never an option for us.

    But I was in the US Army, then. Stationed in the 3rd Armor Division in Frankfurt, Germany, carrying these weapons was part of my job that I swore an oath to perform. You see, I was fully combat trained for real shooting wars by the best army the world has ever seen on a battlefield, an armor crewman on M-60A-1's, which is "a virtual battleship on treads". And with 52 tons of homogeneous steel to back it up, it was literally "hell on wheels".

    My point is, while I believe with my whole heart, that if the Constitution falls on one point, it falls on all points, there's some people that should never possess these weapons of war. And that's exactly what assault weapons are. Weapons of mass destruction. Not one to "throw the baby out with the bath water", I agree with the president that greater care is necessary to prevent these weapons from ever falling into the wrong hands. Those "nuttier than a box of fruitcakes" or "more (mental)issues than Time Magazine", comes readily to mind.

    "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm's way." John Paul Jones

    by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 01:02:12 PM PST

    •  thanks for your comment. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ImpeachKingBushII

      greater care, and all the word "care" encompasses.

      There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

      by greenbird on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 06:38:25 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

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