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  • CDC: Most teens don't get formal sex education before they have sex.
  • 11 Years Ago: Baghdad Fell, War 'Ended':
    On this day in 2003, April 9, U.S. forces took central  Baghdad and millions watched on TV as locals toppled a giant statue of Saddam Hussein (it was only later revealed that U.S. marines played a large role). I remember it well. I was in New Orleans for a newspaper convention as editor of E&P and sat in a ballroom awaiting the arrival of Dick Cheney.  

    Cheney told us that day that critics of our conduct of the war were merely ''retired military officers embedded in T.V. studios." Media commentators suffered from premature ejaculations. Chris Matthews on MSNBC gushed, “We’re all neo-cons now.” Joe Scarborough, also on MSNBC, declared: “I’m waiting to hear the words ‘I was wrong’ from some of the world’s most elite journalists, politicians and Hollywood types.”

    On that day 11 years ago, two percent of the coalition troops who would die in the invasion and occupation had been killed.
  • At 402 ppm, CO2 hits highest point in 800,000 years:
    The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has exceeded 402 parts per million (ppm) during the past two days of observations, which is higher than at any time in at least the past 800,000 years, according to readings from monitoring equipment on a mountaintop in Hawaii. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is the most important long-lived greenhouse gas responsible for manmade global warming, and it is building up in the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.

    Once emitted, a single molecule of carbon dioxide can remain aloft for hundreds of years, which means that the effects of today's industrial activities will be felt for the next several centuries, if not thousands of years. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, such as methane, warm the planet by absorbing and redirecting outgoing solar radiation that would otherwise escape back into space.

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  • U.S. will soon have fewer ways to launch nukes:
    The military is cutting back on the number of ways it can cause complete and utter destruction, announcing Tuesday that it will reduce the number of systems capable of launching a nuclear missile from 886 to 700, as required by the terms of the New START treaty with Russia.

    The Department of Defense will disable a total of 56 missile launch tubes on 14 nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers into conventional bombers, and take the bombs out of 50 other missile silos. The cuts are the first under the treaty, which was agreed to in 2010 and signed in 2011. According to the Air Force Times, the Department of Defense will make cuts to its intercontinental ballistic missile program at bases in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Montana.

  • On today's show #TeamBlackness also discusses Equal Pay Day, how school lunches really haven't changed that much, whether Bill Maher is racist, and why blasting church music may not be the best choice for riding through wine country in a limo full of black people.
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  •  11th anniversary gift: steel (10+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 12:06:05 PM PDT

    •  It was either ABC or NBC (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Senor Unoball, Ellid

      who, on their 11 PM newscast the night of the statue coming down, ran a critical analysis of the scene and showed how the press distorted it. It was a brief interlude of sanity.

      Knew a Knight-Ridder reporter (now McClatchy) who was proud of his papers' coverage and incensed at the rest of the press.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 12:58:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Candy and flowers for everybody! (n/t) (7+ / 0-)
  •  Did you watch the Dave Clark 5 program? (5+ / 0-)

    Last night on most PBS stations.

    I had forgotten how much great music that band put out.

    Was a fascinating 2 hours!

    If you didn't see it, here is the link to the video.

    Other details here.

    Enjoy!

    As through this world I've wandered,
    I've seen lots of funny men;
    Some will rob you with a six-gun,
    Some with a fountain pen.
    -- Woody Guthrie

    by Senor Unoball on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 12:10:51 PM PDT

  •  Did Joe Scarborough ever say 'I was wrong (8+ / 0-)

    about Iraq'?

    I didn't think so.

    Republican Health Care Plan: marry a Canadian.

    by shoeless on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 12:24:06 PM PDT

  •  Spring! We hit 70 degrees today! Hurray!!! (Nt) (5+ / 0-)

    Think about the baby Jesus. Up in that tower, letting His hair down so that the three wise men could climb up and spin the dreidle and see if there's six more weeks of winter. -- Will and Grace

    by Rikon Snow on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 12:26:23 PM PDT

  •  predictable bad news about the climb (6+ / 0-)

    in CO2 levels. I fear we are at, or just beyond the tipping point, and if something serious isn't undertaken soon, to either seriously slow down the escalation or develop some technology to get some of it out of our atmosphere, we had better start thinking about finding an alternative planet to live on. Seriously.

  •  The CO2 numbers are the most significant (8+ / 0-)

    story you won't be hearing about on CNN. Maybe if most of the CO2 was coming from some unknown pinging source in the Indian Ocean.

    This news makes most other stories irrelevant by comparison.

    Future generations are not going to look kindly on this one - not when they'll see the science and facts were known - and so widely ignored and action put off for way too long.

    Blue is blue and must be that. But yellow is none the worse for it - Edith Sidebottom

    by kenwards on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 12:39:33 PM PDT

  •  What it actually says (1+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball
    This report suggests that although nearly all younger female teens received some form of sexual
    health education
    So most are getting some form of sex education...
    only six in 10 reported that information on
    both birth control and how to say no to sex were covered
    It is not what the authors consider comprehensive.  When I did sex education, what we were taught was far and foremost that sex did not define a person, and there was, for instance, no reason to think one had to trade sex for a hamburger.  Seriously, it was that explicit.  That one had to be responsible, and protected.  It was pre-aids, so there was talk of alternative penetration as a form of birth control.  It was not an issue of saying no, but of knowing that you were a person, not just a sex toy.  I don't agree with their definition of sex education.  If it includes protection from disease, the fact that rape is bad, and you don't have to do it, that is a reasonable level of education.
    Of particular concern is that for most sexually experienced females aged 15–17 years, formal sex education did not precede their first sexual intercourse. This represents a missed opportunity to introduce medically accurate information on abstinence and effective contraceptive use
    So a majority of teens who have had sex, they did not receive a formal sex education prior to having sex.

    But wait, here is some info at the beginning.

    During 2006–2010, among never-married female teens aged15–17 years, 27.0% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 23.5%–30.7%) had ever had sex, including 14.6% (CI = 10.3%–20.2%) of
    those aged 15 years, 28.5% (CI = 22.9%–34.8%) of those
    aged 16 years, and 38.6% (CI = 33.0%–44.6%) of those
    aged 17 years. Additionally, 18.0% of teens aged 15–17 years were currently sexually active (CI = 15.2%–21.2%), including 8.0% (CI = 5.2%–12.1%) of those aged 15 years, 16.5%(CI = 13.0%–20.7%) of those aged 16 years, and 29.7% (CI = 24.2%–35.9%) of those aged 17 years. No significant
    differences by race/ethnicity...
    So, not nearly as many teens as one is lead to believe is sexually active.  Of the average 27% who have been, only 18% are, much of this minority had not received all the information they need.  It might be that these kids are having sex because they do not know any better, or because religious people don't tend to talk about sex, so the sex taboo is very attractive to the kids.

    What is clear is this.  Even though all these kids are having unprotected sex, the birth rate is going down.  This, to me, would tend to validate prior results.  That teen birth rate is linked to economic stability and education.

  •  It's funny, about the nukes (1+ / 0-)
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    Senor Unoball

    I'm of course highly gratified that we are destroying some of these mass murder machines. And yet my lizard brain is still trying to assert itself: "Don't do it! There are bad people out to get you, and you might need them someday!" Damn you, lizard brain.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 12:54:03 PM PDT

  •  Dominionists never learn (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Senor Unoball, Ellid

    Stratton, OH mayor already lost one case before SCOTUS. It looks like he is gunning for another loss:

    www.hsconnect.com/page/content.detail/id/597350/Crosses-back-at-Stratton-building.html?nav=5010

  •  I'm elated by Maryland's decision to decrim pot (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Senor Unoball

    Sure, it's confused public policy that will cause its share of headaches across the state in the coming weeks but it's also a foot in the door for important reforms.

    This also makes me happy. I suppose it doesn't merit inclusion in the roundup but whatevs: From Gawker: Topless Florida Woman Wrecks McDonalds, Pauses to Guzzle Ice Cream

    A Florida woman wearing nothing but a thong rampaged through a St. Petersburg McDonald's Monday, banging her head on the counter and then attempting to take apart the kitchen with her bare hands. Eventually, she chilled out by eating soft-serve straight out of the machine.
    and
    And why not? Florida Woman doesn't play by the rules. She engages on her own terms. She puts her hand under the ice cream dispenser of life and drinks deeply of everything it has to offer, and then grabs a handful of fries for the road.
  •  So, while Rahmbo is trying to screw up... (0+ / 0-)

    ...City pensions, and dragoon Governor Quinn into it (probably to help his good buddy Bruce Rauner), I got my verification form yesterday in the mail. You have to have it signed and notarized to prove you are you and keep getting paid.

    That got sent back quickly! And I found out at the bank I wasn't alone!

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

    by JeffW on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 04:42:34 PM PDT

  •  Bill Maher, racist? (0+ / 0-)

    He is pretty awesome. I totally don't think he is racist. Eff, that would suk if he was, though,

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