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2015-03-31 13:28:34 (42 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Take just one minute. Please.

Most reshares: 5

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2015-05-06 13:38:07 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Carly Fiorina

See http://carlyfiorina.org/

Most plusones: 59

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2015-05-06 13:38:07 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Carly Fiorina

See http://carlyfiorina.org/

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2015-07-03 03:57:09 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

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2015-07-02 03:06:05 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Ha, ha

Putin___Ha, ha

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2015-06-28 14:26:01 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Yes, we need the ERA

___Yes, we need the ERA

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2015-06-28 14:22:23 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Go to the source. Yes, the civil war was about slavery

___Go to the source. Yes, the civil war was about slavery

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2015-06-27 22:13:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Such a powerful message

quote: I remembered that all of this violence was in the name of upholding the idea that blacks are sub-human and should be kept in a cycle of fear and subjugation and I could barely breathe or function. I was suddenly so very tired and I couldn’t believe it was happening again, with a black president in office no less. America is fighting the same demons my grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents battled.

And in this context, watching Obama speak, then tune—do what black preachers do, revving up their audience with melodic vocal deliveries—accompanied by an on-point organist was simultaneously awesome and soul-crushing.

Awhile back, on Rembert Browne’s podcast Rembert Explains, I talked to him about Baltimore’s riots surrounding the death of Freddie Gray, I exasperatedly said I didn’t want to have to pray my way out of another tragedy. However on Friday, with the church at the center of a yet another terrorist act, I found myself wanting to do just that.

I am praying that Americans will get their shit together and stop fighting over the same old bones we’ve been trying to hide in the closet for over 400 years. The jig is up. The world knows we’ve got a closet full of racism, that we’re no poster children, that we systematically subjugate people of color and the poor. Dylann Roof’s actions were the chickens coming home to roost and I pray that all the dog-whistling politicians on both sides of the aisle take responsibility for their roles in this tragedy. I am tired of the games that American politicians and media (hi, Fox News) play with real lives, their ability to feign surprise when people like Roof murder nine people for no other reason than their the color of their skin.

As Obama said, if we can tap into that grace, that reservoir of goodness, we might change this country for the better. I am praying that we still can.___Such a powerful message

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2015-06-27 22:11:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Worth signing

Here's one which really deserves a signature!___Worth signing

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2015-06-27 22:08:56 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Such a huge problem

quote:   A half-decade of torrential rains might bail California out of its crisis, but the larger West’s problems are more structural and systemic.  ”Killing the Colorado” has shown that people are entitled to more water from the Colorado than has flowed through it, on average, over the last 110 years. Meanwhile much of the water is lost, overused or wasted, stressing both the Colorado system, and trickling down to California, which depends on the Colorado for a big chunk of its own supply. Explosive urban growth matched with the steady planting of water-thirsty crops – which use the majority of the water – don’t help. Arcane laws actually encourage farmers to take even more water from the Colorado River and from California’s rivers than they actually need, and federal subsidies encourage farmers to plant some of the crops that use the most water. And, as ProPublica has reported, it seems that “the engineering that made settling the West possible may have reached the bounds of its potential”—meaning that even the big dams and canals we built to ferry all this water may now be causing more harm than good.___Such a huge problem

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2015-06-24 20:19:05 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

BLOOD MONEY: Group That Fueled Dylann Roof’s Hate Is Subsidized by U.S. Taxpayers

Further proof the Republicans not only support racism in America with their unremitting race-baiting, they also encourage it through fighting against stripping one of the largest vile and hate-filled, tax-exempt  organizations in America of its 501(c)(4 ), whose message now extends globally: THE COUNCIL OF CONSERVATIVE CITIZENS, INC.

Alleged Charleston gunman Dylann Roof wrote that he was never the same after discovering a website with “pages upon pages of these brutal black on white murders.” The pages that left Roof in disbelief were the product of a white-nationalist group subsidized by American taxpayers.

The Council of Conservative Citizens Inc. is listed by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization that promotes social welfare, also known as a501(c)(... more »

BLOOD MONEY: Group That Fueled Dylann Roof’s Hate Is Subsidized by U.S. Taxpayers

Further proof the Republicans not only support racism in America with their unremitting race-baiting, they also encourage it through fighting against stripping one of the largest vile and hate-filled, tax-exempt  organizations in America of its 501(c)(4 ), whose message now extends globally: THE COUNCIL OF CONSERVATIVE CITIZENS, INC.

Alleged Charleston gunman Dylann Roof wrote that he was never the same after discovering a website with “pages upon pages of these brutal black on white murders.” The pages that left Roof in disbelief were the product of a white-nationalist group subsidized by American taxpayers.

The Council of Conservative Citizens Inc. is listed by the Internal Revenue Service as a nonprofit organization that promotes social welfare, also known as a 501(c)(4). Such groups pay no federal taxes, a form of government subsidy. As the Government Accountability Office, Congress's investigative arm, noted, tax exemptions "have the same effect as Government payments to favored taxpayers."
The council is now under fire for allegedly inspiring racial hatred in Roof, a 21-year-old high school dropout. He is charged with nine counts of murder.

Tax-exempt social welfare groups are supposed to “primarily promote the common good and general welfare of the people of the community as a whole,” according to IRS documents.

The Council of Conservative Citizens explains on its website that its members believe “that the American people and government should remain European in their composition and character…. We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind.”

Groups that espouse hate can be stripped of their tax-exempt status", said Marcus Owens, who ran the IRS’s exempt organizations division in the 1990s. That happened to the neo-Nazi group National Alliance in 1982. The Council of Conservative Citizens has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “notorious, racist hate group.”

However, Owens says Republicans in Congress have made it virtually impossible for the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of political groups after the recent, so-called Tea Party scandal (when more left-leaning organizations had been examined than that fucked up Koch enterprise).

As you may recall, Republicans in our Congress criticized, and indeed, conducted "witch-hunt" exercises when one of their cry-baby teabagger outfits began their tantrum when the IRS questioned their veracity. 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/23/group-that-fueled-dylann-roof-s-hate-is-subsidized-by-u-s-taxpayers.html?via=newsletter&source=DDAfternoon

#FuckRepublicans   #Racists   #SubHumans  ___

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2015-06-21 05:00:59 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Get a haircut and get a real job! How does it feel to be 17 years old again? George Thorogood, in concert

Get a haircut and get a real job! How does it feel to be 17 years old again? George Thorogood, in concert___

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2015-06-21 04:04:41 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Important writing

___Important writing

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2015-06-21 02:34:09 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Wow. Row C seats at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga CA. Brian Setzer just came on. George Thorogood later. Fun time.

Wow. Row C seats at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga CA. Brian Setzer just came on. George Thorogood later. Fun time.___

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2015-06-19 13:52:39 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Another politician willing to lie to get his way

___Another politician willing to lie to get his way

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2015-06-19 13:49:54 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

It's not mental illness. It's terrorism.

quote: The reason a certain kind of person loves talking about “mental illness” is to draw attention to the big bold scary exceptional crimes and treat them as exceptions. It’s to distract from the fact that the worst crimes in history were committed by people just doing their jobs–cops enforcing the law, soldiers following orders, bureaucrats signing paperwork. That if we define “sanity” as going along to get along with what’s “normal” in the society around you, then for most of history the sane thing has been to aid and abet monstrous evil.

We love to talk about individuals’ mental illness so we can avoid talking about the biggest, scariest problem of all–societal illness. That the danger isn’t any one person’s madness, but that the world we live in is mad.

After all, there’s no pill for that.___It's not mental illness. It's terrorism.

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2015-06-19 13:47:17 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Signed. It's outrageous that we even have to ask for this.

I signed. Please consider signing and remember folks, sharing is caring.___Signed. It's outrageous that we even have to ask for this.

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2015-06-11 18:11:00 (19 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

So glad this guy resigned. Just wondering what he'll he put the few women through in his lab

___So glad this guy resigned. Just wondering what he'll he put the few women through in his lab

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2015-06-07 02:30:07 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Waiting for LC and the Sunshine Band. Notice the disco ball? Not bad for free tickets. The Mountain Winery didn't sell out so...

Waiting for LC and the Sunshine Band. Notice the disco ball? Not bad for free tickets. The Mountain Winery didn't sell out so...___

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2015-06-06 16:57:54 (13 comments, 4 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

And many of them are rich tech nerds

"So here's the quick answer: Hardcore libertarianism is a fantasy. It's a fantasy where the strongest and most self-reliant folks end up at the top of the heap, and a fair number of men share the fantasy that they are these folks. They believe they've been held back by rules and regulations designed to help the weak, and in a libertarian culture their talents would be obvious and they'd naturally rise to positions of power and influence."___And many of them are rich tech nerds

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2015-06-06 15:29:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Clearing Up Claims on EPA Fracking Study

The Environmental Protection Agency released the draft of a long-awaited study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for natural gas on drinking water, and individuals on both sides of the debate have misrepresented the study’s findings:

~ A Republican senator said the report “confirms” that fracking is “safe.” In fact, the EPA reported specific cases of water contamination, and an EPA official said the report makes no determination of safety.

~ An environmental group said the EPA “found impacts” on drinking water but “cannot be sure how widespread those impacts are.” In fact, the EPA said it found no evidence of “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water,” and that the number of instances of contamination has been small compared with the number ofwells.

Frackin... more »

Clearing Up Claims on EPA Fracking Study

The Environmental Protection Agency released the draft of a long-awaited study on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for natural gas on drinking water, and individuals on both sides of the debate have misrepresented the study’s findings:

~ A Republican senator said the report “confirms” that fracking is “safe.” In fact, the EPA reported specific cases of water contamination, and an EPA official said the report makes no determination of safety.

~ An environmental group said the EPA “found impacts” on drinking water but “cannot be sure how widespread those impacts are.” In fact, the EPA said it found no evidence of “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water,” and that the number of instances of contamination has been small compared with the number of wells.

Fracking involves the injection of water, sand and chemicals into rock formations deep underground. This allows natural gas to seep out, and back up through a well in order to be collected.

~ Sen. James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma and chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works whose claims on fracking we have covered before, said in a press release that the study confirmed that fracking is safe:

Inhofe, June 4: EPA’s report on hydraulic fracturing confirms what we have known for over 60 years when the process began in Duncan, Oklahoma — hydraulic fracturing is safe.

The study did not conclude as such, and in fact reported specific cases of water contamination.

Meanwhile, the very same study produced an opposite reaction from opponents of fracking. Here is how Amy Mall, a senior policy analyst with the environmental nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, described the results:
Mall, June 4: This draft study provides solid scientific analysis that fracking has contaminated drinking water around the country. … But despite the holes [in the study], it is clear EPA has found impacts — they just cannot be sure how widespread those impacts are.

In fact, the EPA noted that the number of cases of contamination was small compared with the number of wells.

Both of these reactions, and others like them on both sides, portray the finding as a definitive victory for one of two sides — either that fracking does or does not harm drinking water supplies.

The reality of the situation is more nuanced: The EPA did find that there have been instances where fracking and related activities contaminated water, but it also found that these problems were relatively rare, and not “widespread” or “systemic.”

Here is an extended passage from the EPA report’s executive summary:

EPA, June 4: From our assessment, we conclude there are above and below ground mechanisms by which hydraulic fracturing activities have the potential to impact drinking water resources. These mechanisms include water withdrawals in times of, or in areas with, low water availability; spills of hydraulic fracturing fluids and produced water; fracturing directly into underground drinking water resources; below ground migration of liquids and gases; and inadequate treatment and discharge of wastewater.

_We did not find evidence that these mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States. Of the potential mechanisms identified in this report, we found specific instances where one or more mechanisms led to impacts on drinking water resources, including contamination of drinking water wells. The number of identified cases, however, was small compared to the number of hydraulically fractured wells.

Clearly, Inhofe is incorrect that the EPA found fracking to be “safe,” as there have been “specific instances” of contamination.

In fact, Tom Burke, the EPA’s deputy assistant administrator in the office of research and development, told reporters in a press call that “[i]t’s not a question of safe or unsafe.” Rather it is a way to address “vulnerabilities” and reduce the risk of harm to water supplies.

The EPA’s study describes several of the “instances” of contamination. For example, the cement placement in a natural gas well in Colorado was “inadequate,” allowing methane and benzene to escape the well and infiltrate drinking water resources. The study also documented 151 spills of fracking chemicals on the surface, though it remains unclear if these will affect groundwater in most cases.

http://www.factcheck.org/2015/06/clearing-up-claims-on-epa-fracking-study/___

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2015-06-03 02:09:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Great insight

___Great insight

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2015-05-30 15:54:56 (24 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

This is not how I want the world to see my country

Because that's what 'Christians' did in Phoenix to Muslims. ___This is not how I want the world to see my country

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2015-05-23 16:57:39 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Weekly Theme - Branding Memorial Day

The origins of what we Americans celebrate  today as Memorial Day are many. But almost since the first person decorated the grave of a Civil War dead soldier, the meaning behind the war veteran's death has been branded in such a way as to erase a common understanding of what it is we're honoring.

The closest common answer likely to be heard today is we're honoring the ultimate sacrifice of those Americans who died in combat. But as at least a dozen or more states officially honor Confederate war dead, we can't accurately say the federal holiday honors those who died fighting for our country.

Despite one of the more notable points of origin for Memorial Day, the May 1865 ceremony by Charleston's African-American community honoring more than 150 Union troops who died, the theme of justice... more »

Weekly Theme - Branding Memorial Day

The origins of what we Americans celebrate  today as Memorial Day are many. But almost since the first person decorated the grave of a Civil War dead soldier, the meaning behind the war veteran's death has been branded in such a way as to erase a common understanding of what it is we're honoring.

The closest common answer likely to be heard today is we're honoring the ultimate sacrifice of those Americans who died in combat. But as at least a dozen or more states officially honor Confederate war dead, we can't accurately say the federal holiday honors those who died fighting for our country.

Despite one of the more notable points of origin for Memorial Day, the May 1865 ceremony by Charleston's African-American community honoring more than 150 Union troops who died, the theme of justice overcoming the evil of slavery was soon eclipsed by Grand Army of the Republic's increasingly political image of Memorial Day honoring the lives of Union soldiers who died to preserve the union. Period. 

As wars in which American's died became decidedly undemocratic in the makeup of not only those who died, but those who sacrificed by paying for wars, (let alone sending a family member to fight), Memorial Day" has been re-branded as an extension of the hollow cliche, *thank you for your service, or the equally meaningless bumper sticker, we support our troops. 

It's trite, I believe, to focus on the Monday off from work or the family cookout as the real concern as to *Memorial Day's meaning. What I believe should be the focus is what it is we're really honoring as we remember our war dead. 

If we, as Americans, can't honor something even greater than the ultimate sacrifice of war veterans, I believe the meaning of this day will further lost to nothing more than the marketing of endless wars.

What are your thoughts on Memorial Day?___

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2015-05-21 13:59:18 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Devastating

The Reporting of an Environmental Disaster: First report: A few gallons. Second report: 21,000 gallons. Third report: 105,000 gallons. Fourth report: ???

An underground oil pipeline that ruptured in Santa Barbara County could have released as much as 105,000 gallons of crude, with tens of thousands  estimated to have gone into the ocean, officials with the oil company said Wednesday.

Oh, great! Why on Earth would they hire the same company that essentially destroyed the Gulf of Mexico?
The U.S. Coast Guard is supervising the cleanup effort, officials said. Plains All American hired Patriot Environmental Services, which was also involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, to manage the cleanup.

Darren Palmer, district manager for Plains All American apologized for the accident and said "...we're sorry for the inconvenience to the community," at the news conference.

"This stretch of the California coast is unique in the world," Santa Barbara County Supervisor Doreen Farr, who represents the area where the spill occurred, said at the news conference. "This is more than an inconvenience, this is a disaster."

Linda Krop, chief counsel for the Santa Barbara-based Environmental Defense Center, visited Refugio State Beach late Tuesday and said she was alarmed to find little response to the spill.

“There was oil that was covering the beach and also being washed out to sea,” she said. “To me this was a very significant event. The beach was just blanketed in black tar.”

She said there was little active response to the spill.

Krop said the spill was particularly alarming because it was the result of a ruptured pipeline, which are considered safer than other modes of transporting oil, such as tankers.

"This spill happened from a pipeline that was built with supposed safeguards,” she said. “Pipelines tend to be a safer ... but even a pipeline can leak and rupture and cause a really significant spill."

Krop was worried about how far the slick would spread through the Santa Barbara Channel, which she called “one of the most biologically rich places on the planet."

"Right now we have migratory whales, including endangered humpbacks and blue whales," she said. "We also have gray whales migrating back from Baja [California] to Alaska, and they come closer to shore. We also have a lot of very rare seabirds and other coastal endangered species. It’s a very, very sensitive, important place and we don't know what the eventual harm will be.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pipeline-santa-barbara-coast-20150519-story.html#page=1___Devastating

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2015-05-17 02:12:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Yes, this is what politics is all about, from the local level on up

NYTimes: Greed and the Presidency

vile, contemptuous, pathology...
predator class feeding frenzy...
prey?
disenfranchised, under-educated. sheeple... ___Yes, this is what politics is all about, from the local level on up

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2015-05-17 02:05:01 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Almost every big organization contributed

Forget Clinton Foundation, Clinton Cash, and Speaking Fees. Why? (1) Conservatives, including Fox News, have donated handsomely to the foundation. (2) The book Clinton Cash is a paid-for hatchet job without basis in fact. (3) All ex-Presidents and senior politicians received many invitations to give Keynote Speeches for fat fees, because they draw crowds. That is all there is to this.___Almost every big organization contributed

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2015-05-14 01:52:09 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Lol

Borowitz, so satire.  I love the title.  I love this paragraph:

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.___Lol

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2015-05-13 14:06:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

quote: In its latest report on charity telemarketing (pdf), issued in March, the New York attorney general’s office reported that of the more than $302 million donated to telemarketers registered to fundraise in the state in 2013, only 48 percent went to the charities. The rest went to for-profit fundraising companies in both local and national campaigns. Forty-eight percent actually is the highest amount charities have received from professional fundraisers over the last 12 years, says the attorney general’s report. In 2012, the amount was just 37 percent endquote

Another reason why I don't talk to fundraising pitches via phone.

quote: In its latest report on charity telemarketing (pdf), issued in March, the New York attorney general’s office reported that of the more than $302 million donated to telemarketers registered to fundraise in the state in 2013, only 48 percent went to the charities. The rest went to for-profit fundraising companies in both local and national campaigns. Forty-eight percent actually is the highest amount charities have received from professional fundraisers over the last 12 years, says the attorney general’s report. In 2012, the amount was just 37 percent endquote

Another reason why I don't talk to fundraising pitches via phone.___

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2015-05-12 16:30:49 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Silicon Valley bar scene. Looking at Powerpoint rather than picking up women.

Silicon Valley bar scene. Looking at Powerpoint rather than picking up women.___

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2015-05-10 15:56:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Happy Mother's day to my mom, who raised me to be independent and happy

Happy Mother's day to my mom, who raised me to be independent and happy___

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2015-05-06 13:38:07 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

I dislike this woman so much

Carly Fiorina

See http://carlyfiorina.org/___I dislike this woman so much

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2015-05-04 00:06:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Integrity: a word as foreign to #Ignoramuses as Arithmetic

From Professor Krugman:

"You see, you shouldn’t care whether a candidate is someone you’d like to have a beer with. Nor should you care about politicians’ sex lives, or even their spending habits unless they involve clear corruption. No, what you should really look for, in a world that keeps throwing nasty surprises at us, is intellectual integrity: the willingness to face facts even if they’re at odds with one’s preconceptions, the willingness to admit mistakes and change course."

Can anyone out there name one #Ignoramus  with a shred of integrity? Is there a single republican NOT talking nonsense about the economy, healthcare, cutting taxes on the Extreme Wealthy, etc.?

Integrity: a word as foreign to #Ignoramuses as Arithmetic

From Professor Krugman:

"You see, you shouldn’t care whether a candidate is someone you’d like to have a beer with. Nor should you care about politicians’ sex lives, or even their spending habits unless they involve clear corruption. No, what you should really look for, in a world that keeps throwing nasty surprises at us, is intellectual integrity: the willingness to face facts even if they’re at odds with one’s preconceptions, the willingness to admit mistakes and change course."

Can anyone out there name one #Ignoramus  with a shred of integrity? Is there a single republican NOT talking nonsense about the economy, healthcare, cutting taxes on the Extreme Wealthy, etc.?___

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2015-05-04 00:02:17 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Sharing!

Peeps please share this! This app is in a few other states now besides California. I predict it will spread to even more states. Thanks to my California sister, Chickie!___Sharing!

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2015-05-03 23:54:46 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Today grab bars were installed on our guest bathroom. Hoping they're not really there for me!

Today grab bars were installed on our guest bathroom. Hoping they're not really there for me!___

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2015-05-02 15:56:43 (11 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Arrest Data That May Help Explain The Baltimore Riots

These are real numbers and real facts. This is a real problem and Martin O'Malley should own up to his contribution to the destruction of real lives.

In an interview with The Marshall Project this week, David Simon, creator of "The Wire" and a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, blamed the War on Drugs for the rise of bad policing generally, and former Mayor Martin O'Malley specifically for pushing the police to try to reduce crime rates through mass arrests. O'Malley went on to the governor's office and is now an unofficial presidential candidate.

"[T]he department began sweeping the streets of the inner city, taking bodies on ridiculous humbles, mass arrests, sending thousands of people to city jail, hundreds every night, thousands in a month," Simon said.... more »

Arrest Data That May Help Explain The Baltimore Riots

These are real numbers and real facts. This is a real problem and Martin O'Malley should own up to his contribution to the destruction of real lives.

In an interview with The Marshall Project this week, David Simon, creator of "The Wire" and a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, blamed the War on Drugs for the rise of bad policing generally, and former Mayor Martin O'Malley specifically for pushing the police to try to reduce crime rates through mass arrests. O'Malley went on to the governor's office and is now an unofficial presidential candidate.

"[T]he department began sweeping the streets of the inner city, taking bodies on ridiculous humbles, mass arrests, sending thousands of people to city jail, hundreds every night, thousands in a month," Simon said.

In 2006, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action complaint alleging a pattern of false arrests. Of more than 76,000 people arrested the previous year, prosecutors declined to charge 25,000 with any crime -- meaning roughly 30 percent of the arrests were basically bogus. In a 2010 settlement the city agreed to reform its police practices, though last year the Baltimore Sun reported on a persisting pattern of police brutality.

The website Vocativ created a visualization of the number of false arrests below.

A decade ago, the city conducted arrests sweeps, and wound up taking into custody tens of thousands of people who were never charged.

~ In 2005, Baltimore PD arrested 76,497 people without warrants.

~ Prosecutors declined to charge 25,293 of them.

~ Prosecutors could not prove charges against 7,510 people for loitering, impeding or obstructing pedestrian traffic.

~ Prosecutors could not prove charges against 1,832 people for trespassing, or 1,650 arrested for disorderly conduct/disturbing the peace/failure to obey.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/01/baltimore-arrests-_n_7188558.html?ir=Politics&ncid=newsltushpmg00000003___

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2015-04-22 13:51:39 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I definitely will be working past 65

Nine to Five, After 65 http://trib.al/USQUuXo___I definitely will be working past 65

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2015-04-21 13:33:09 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The Bechdel Test, if you’re not familiar with it, is a benchmark for movies developed by Alison Bechdel in 1985. For a movie to pass The Bechdel Test, it must contain just one thing – a scene in which two or more named female characters have a conversation (that is, back and forth dialogue) about anything at all besides men. Anything, even if it’s something stereotypically feminine, like shopping or shoes. It could be about dog poo. It doesn’t matter.

Sounds simple, right? Then it might be kinda shocking to find out that out of 2,500 movies, only about half pass the test. And to be clear, passing doesn’t mean the movie’s good or bad. Failing the test doesn’t mean the movie’s evil or anti-woman, or that passing makes it some sort of strongly feminist movie. It’s just to get people thinking about gender and how it’s presented in film. In fact, the example Bechdel gave as a filmthat passed the tes... more »

The Bechdel Test, if you’re not familiar with it, is a benchmark for movies developed by Alison Bechdel in 1985. For a movie to pass The Bechdel Test, it must contain just one thing – a scene in which two or more named female characters have a conversation (that is, back and forth dialogue) about anything at all besides men. Anything, even if it’s something stereotypically feminine, like shopping or shoes. It could be about dog poo. It doesn’t matter.

Sounds simple, right? Then it might be kinda shocking to find out that out of 2,500 movies, only about half pass the test. And to be clear, passing doesn’t mean the movie’s good or bad. Failing the test doesn’t mean the movie’s evil or anti-woman, or that passing makes it some sort of strongly feminist movie. It’s just to get people thinking about gender and how it’s presented in film. In fact, the example Bechdel gave as a film that passed the test was Alien, simply because Ripley and Lambert have a brief conversation about the alien. (Let’s ignore the fact that the alien was a walking penis-monster, as this was before the Xenomorphs had established sexes – the Queens weren’t introduced until 1986’s Aliens.)

But it’s still surprising to find out that some of the most popular films of all time fail the test, and often for reasons you may have never considered.

10. The Social Network

Read more at http://filmschoolrejects.com/features/10-famous-films-that-surprisingly-fail-the-bechdel-test.php#5jhcqaAkw3vpg0Ex.99___

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2015-04-20 02:10:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

In downtown Santa Cruz- it's been too long. It's not even that far away. I just usually go to the beach 

In downtown Santa Cruz- it's been too long. It's not even that far away. I just usually go to the beach ___

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2015-04-18 15:58:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Last night my son wrote this comment to get me writing an essay...
The benefits and detriments of government surveillance. It should be used lightly but not ignored completely.

And this morning look what I found thanks to +Jaye Sudar 

He says that yes, totalitarianism can lead to this kind of evil. (The author calls out examples by name, including Hitler, Mussolini and Khrushchev.) But it can also happen in a democracy that places too much value on security, Mr. Murry says. “Security is a most seductive thing,” he tells his daughter. “I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the greatest evil there is.”

A wrinkle in Time, Madeline "Engle, 1962, rediscovered passage.
WSJ, http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-wrinkle-in-time-1429219305?mod=rss_Books

I agree!

Last night my son wrote this comment to get me writing an essay...
The benefits and detriments of government surveillance. It should be used lightly but not ignored completely.

And this morning look what I found thanks to +Jaye Sudar 

He says that yes, totalitarianism can lead to this kind of evil. (The author calls out examples by name, including Hitler, Mussolini and Khrushchev.) But it can also happen in a democracy that places too much value on security, Mr. Murry says. “Security is a most seductive thing,” he tells his daughter. “I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s the greatest evil there is.”

A wrinkle in Time, Madeline "Engle, 1962, rediscovered passage.
WSJ, http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-wrinkle-in-time-1429219305?mod=rss_Books

I agree!___

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2015-04-17 14:40:02 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-15 14:04:50 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-15 13:47:17 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

He's very charismatic but don't believe him

The tax break for the rich that muddles Marco Rubio’s middle class message

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) gave a speech Monday that Mitt Romney never could have. He talked about his father, an immigrant bartender, and he echoed the fears and aspirations of poor and middle-class workers across America.

Many Republicans see Rubio as their party's best chance to win over an anxious crop of swing voters whose incomes have stagnated in recent decades. That's because he can deliver a speech like that one, and it's because he's actively engaged in an attempt to craft conservative policy solutions to middle-class problems.

If he wins his party's nomination, though, Rubio will have to defend a tax plan that, while said to address the challenges of the middle class, includes a huge break that all-but bypasses the middle and greatly boosts the rich. It was a tax plan that was even too large for Romney himself to run on.

The latest version of Rubio's tax plan, which he released with fellow Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in March, shrinks the income tax down to two rates, lowering the top rate in the process, and includes new tax breaks for working families. It also eliminates all taxes on dividends and capital gains.  That's where rich taxpayers cash in. They are overwhelmingly the ones in the economy who draw income from capital, such as holdings and sales of stocks.

In fact, those whose income register at $500,000 annually, capital gains are a significant source of income. For those making more than $5 million, they're almost a majority of income. To shield the high earners, many large corporations reduced the amount of cash bonuses, but delivered excessive amounts of stock, which can then be turned back into cash at a much lower tax rate.

Economists generally agree that reducing taxes on investment encourages investment. Many also agree that such reductions encourage wealthier taxpayers to shuffle their incomes into tax shelters, to reduce tax liability. The only way that makes sense as a sales pitch to the middle class is if you can argue that wealthy investors will plow their tax-free earnings back into the economy, creating growth and jobs.

Rubio may be a fresh face to make it, but for Republicans, that's a very familiar argument.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/04/14/this-tax-break-for-the-rich-muddles-marco-rubios-middle-class-message/?wpisrc=nl_wnkpm&wpmm=1___He's very charismatic but don't believe him

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2015-04-15 13:44:33 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Thanks +Valkyrie- people need to understand this

___Thanks +Valkyrie- people need to understand this

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2015-04-11 17:41:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Scary. Social Security is about all most people have when they retire.

The Old People Hater: Megan McArdle, aka Jane Galt

With even mainstream Democrats coming to embrace the idea of expanding Social Security to help address our looming retirement crisis, it couldn't be long before the pushback emerged from conservatives and Republicans. 

Bloomberg's libertarian economics columnist Megan McArdle was quick out of the box, with a column published Tuesday titled, "The Left Gets it Wrong About Social Security." You should read it, because it's rare to find so much sophistry, misunderstanding and misinformation about Social Security packed into one article. You can count McArdle's disdain for retired people, seldom expressed so openly, as a dividend. 

McArdle's target is a budget amendment that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently persuaded almost all Senate Democrats to vote for, aimed at increasing Social Security benefits. The implicit plan would resemble one first proposed in 2012 by now-retired Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, in 2013--eliminate the cap on wages subject to the payroll tax (currently $118,500) and boost benefits especially for low-income retirees. We've argued for similar ideas, including here and here.

McArdle treats this as just a progressive sop to the elderly. She seems to prefer a compromise in which "Republicans let some taxes rise and Democrats agree to entitlement cuts," though it isn't clear how that would help retirees already fearful of running out of money.

Let's walk through her column together.___Scary. Social Security is about all most people have when they retire.

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2015-04-11 17:34:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Resharing. Please donate if you can.

Hi people. When I wrote all that stuff about the abuse I lived through for most of my life, it was the first time I wrote it all out in a moment of sheer anger! Something in me lifted, and since then, I think I have given myself permission to do the thing that would really make me happy. So after talking to a few people, I decided to raise the money to be able to do it. Please read and, if you feel okay about it, please could you share. I really need the support.___Resharing. Please donate if you can.

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2015-04-09 13:47:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

We're falling further behind

Ouch! We're No. 16? We in the US are used to thinking of ourselves as No. 1 in the world, and in some ways we still are. But a new index of how citizens live ranks us much lower.  Read the column and share your thoughts about the lessons for us and the world: http://nyti.ms/1FkZbIU___We're falling further behind

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2015-04-08 01:46:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Sharing for a really good person

Hi people. When I wrote all that stuff about the abuse I lived through for most of my life, it was the first time I wrote it all out in a moment of sheer anger! Something in me lifted, and since then, I think I have given myself permission to do the thing that would really make me happy. So after talking to a few people, I decided to raise the money to be able to do it. Please read and, if you feel okay about it, please could you share. I really need the support.___Sharing for a really good person

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2015-04-07 04:44:48 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

LA Times editorial

'Stand with Rand' Paul? But where?

Ayn Rand wouldn't waffle like this. She'd do another line and flash a finger at foolish worshippers.___LA Times editorial

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2015-04-03 18:35:20 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Can't we all just get along?

"THE drama in Indiana last week and the larger debate over so-called “religious freedom” laws in other states portray homosexuality and devout Christianity as forces in fierce collision.

They’re not — at least not in several prominent denominations, which have come to a new understanding of what the Bible does and doesn’t decree, of what people can and cannot divine in regard to God’s will.

And homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere.

That many Christians regard them as incompatible is understandable, an example not so much of hatred’s pull as of tradition’s sway. Beliefs ossified over centuries aren’t easily shaken.

But in the end, the continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.

It disregards the degree to which all writings reflect the biases and blind spots of their authors, cultures and eras.

It ignores the extent to which interpretation is subjective, debatable.

And it elevates unthinking obeisance above intelligent observance, above the evidence in front of you, because to look honestly at gay, lesbian and bisexual people is to see that we’re the same magnificent riddles as everyone else: no more or less flawed, no more or less dignified."___Can't we all just get along?

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2015-03-31 13:28:34 (42 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

A great message

Take just one minute. Please.___A great message

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2015-03-27 15:08:52 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

We must preserve science!

Allowing a perverted and corrupted group of republicans dictate what federally-funded scientists can study is sheer madness. These republicans have little respect of science, unless it benefits them financially. Republicans are so repugnant.___We must preserve science!

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2015-03-25 13:43:28 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the cost of workplace accidents onto taxpayers.

Workers’ compensation began as a “pact” between workers and employers at the beginning of the Industrial Age. The pact prohibited the injured worker from filing a lawsuit against the employer and in exchange the employer would take care of all the medical costs of the injured worker as well as provide financial sustenance until the worker could return to work.

No longer
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Over the past decade, state after state has been dismantling America’s workers’ comp system with disastrous consequences for many of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer serious injuries at work each year, a ProPublica and NPR investigation hasfound.
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The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the cost of workplace accidents onto taxpayers.

Workers’ compensation began as a “pact” between workers and employers at the beginning of the Industrial Age. The pact prohibited the injured worker from filing a lawsuit against the employer and in exchange the employer would take care of all the medical costs of the injured worker as well as provide financial sustenance until the worker could return to work.

No longer
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Over the past decade, state after state has been dismantling America’s workers’ comp system with disastrous consequences for many of the hundreds of thousands of people who suffer serious injuries at work each year, a ProPublica and NPR investigation has found.

The cutbacks have been so drastic in some places that they virtually guarantee injured workers will plummet into poverty. Workers often battle insurance companies for years to get the surgeries, prescriptions and basic help their doctors recommend.

The changes, often passed under the banner of “reform,” have been pushed by big businesses and insurance companies on the false premise that costs are out of control.

In fact, employers are paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp insurance since the 1970s. And in 2013, insurers had their most profitable year in over a decade, bringing in a hefty 18 percent return.

All the while, employers have found someone else to foot the bill for workplace accidents: American taxpayers, who shell out tens of billions of dollars a year through Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid for lost wages and medical costs not covered by workers’ comp.

ProPublica analyzed reams of insurance industry data, studied arcane state laws and obtained often confidential medical and court records to provide an unprecedented look at the unwinding of workers’ comp laws across the country.

Among the findings
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~ Since 2003, legislators in 33 states have passed workers’ comp laws that reduce benefits or make it more difficult for those with certain injuries and diseases to qualify for them. Florida has cut benefits to its most severely disabled workers by 65 percent since 1994.

~ Where a worker gets hurt matters. Because each state has developed its own system, an amputated arm can literally be worth two or three times as much on one side of a state line than the other. The maximum compensation for the loss of an eye is $27,280 in Alabama, but $261,525 in Pennsylvania.

~ Many states have not only shrunk the payments to injured workers, they’ve also cut them off after an arbitrary time limit — even if workers haven’t recovered. After John Coffell hurt his back at an Oklahoma tire plant last year, his wages dropped so dramatically that he and his family were evicted from their home.

~ Employers and insurers increasingly control medical decisions, such as whether an injured worker needs surgery. In 37 states, workers can’t pick their own doctor or are restricted to a list provided by their employers.

~ In California, insurers can now reopen old cases and deny medical care based on the opinions of doctors who never see the patient and don’t even have to be licensed in the state. Joel Ramirez, who was paralyzed in a warehouse accident, had his home health aide taken away, leaving him to sit in his own feces for up to eight hours.

http://www.propublica.org/article/the-demolition-of-workers-compensation___

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