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

Because that's what 'Christians' did in Phoenix to Muslims. 

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: 60

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2015-07-18 01:51:12 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

New glasses

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2015-07-26 23:13:28 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Went on a long bike ride this morning and discovered San Jose's newest sculpture. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_28460843/enormous-silvery-mammoth-arrives-guadalupe-river-trail

Went on a long bike ride this morning and discovered San Jose's newest sculpture. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_28460843/enormous-silvery-mammoth-arrives-guadalupe-river-trail___

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2015-07-25 15:01:19 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Income inequality has reached epic proportions in the USA.  
A small tax on Wall Street transactions will help generate billions of dollars to help American lives, as well as help the environment.

Read about +Bernie Sanders Robin Hood tax bill here:
http://goo.gl/YstqgG

#mydailybernie   #Bernie2016   #feelthebern  

Income inequality has reached epic proportions in the USA.  
A small tax on Wall Street transactions will help generate billions of dollars to help American lives, as well as help the environment.

Read about +Bernie Sanders Robin Hood tax bill here:
http://goo.gl/YstqgG

#mydailybernie   #Bernie2016   #feelthebern  ___

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2015-07-25 15:00:11 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

If it wasn’t so sad it would be hilarious: Royal Dutch Shell just crashed another one of their Arctic drilling vessels. And they still want to go ahead with drilling.

First, Shell ran the drill rig Kulluk aground in Alaska in 2012, resulting in 8 felony convictions for recklessness and willful deception of authorities. Now they’ve torn a 3 foot gash in their primary icebreaker, Fennica.

On July 3rd, Shell was taking another shortcut through shallow, treacherous waters with the Fennica when they struck something hard enough to puncture the hull of their toughest icebreaker.

Shell is now violating any responsible reading of their permit and has proven they value money over the safety of our oceans and climate. It’s time to cancel Shell’s arctic drilling permits.

Shell has been forced to send the Fennica south to Portland, Oregon for repairs.This is... more »

If it wasn’t so sad it would be hilarious: Royal Dutch Shell just crashed another one of their Arctic drilling vessels. And they still want to go ahead with drilling.

First, Shell ran the drill rig Kulluk aground in Alaska in 2012, resulting in 8 felony convictions for recklessness and willful deception of authorities. Now they’ve torn a 3 foot gash in their primary icebreaker, Fennica.

On July 3rd, Shell was taking another shortcut through shallow, treacherous waters with the Fennica when they struck something hard enough to puncture the hull of their toughest icebreaker.

Shell is now violating any responsible reading of their permit and has proven they value money over the safety of our oceans and climate. It’s time to cancel Shell’s arctic drilling permits.

Shell has been forced to send the Fennica south to Portland, Oregon for repairs. This is Shell’s only icebreaker equipped with a “cap stack”, the mission critical gear needed to cap a blown-out well. Shell’s own safety plans - the ones they had to submit to the Department of Interior in order to get permits to drill in the Arctic - rely on having two primary icebreakers in order to avoid accidents that can lead to devastating oil spills.

Yet the Department of Interior just granted a limited permit allowing Shell to begin the drilling process, while keeping it from actually drilling down to the oil itself. This conditional approval is another step in the wrong direction, but Shell will still need a new permit to drill for oil once it completes the Fennica’s repairs.

Without the Fennica, Shell is in violation of its own Oil Response Plan, as well as its Exploration Plan.

The next step should be clear: the Department of Interior should cancel the permits they have already granted Shell, and refuse to grant any more.

Tell the Secretary of the Interior SHELL NO
http://other98.com/tell-secretary-interior-shell/?can_id=b41ac5c30cc75a48d9cc2bb1f86efe4c&source=email-time-to-put-shell-out-of-its-misery&email_referrer=time-to-put-shell-out-of-its-misery___

2015-07-22 01:47:28 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The senseless murder of the young woman Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant who had prior criminal convictions is causing a great deal of interest on Capitol Hill. Republicans have jumped on the "Obama's illegal aliens murder hundreds of Americans daily", which of course, is not based on any facts, only political expediency.

Here are the facts:
According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, more than 25,000 foreign nationals were arrested for homicides over a 51-year period between August 1955 to April 2010, but not all of them were undocumented immigrants, nor ultimately convicted. Among the general population, there were 11,200 arrests for homicides in 2010 alone, the Department of Justice reported.

Most of the undocumented immigrant population in the United States are not a violent threat, with one study finding that “among mena... more »

The senseless murder of the young woman Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant who had prior criminal convictions is causing a great deal of interest on Capitol Hill. Republicans have jumped on the "Obama's illegal aliens murder hundreds of Americans daily", which of course, is not based on any facts, only political expediency.

Here are the facts:
According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, more than 25,000 foreign nationals were arrested for homicides over a 51-year period between August 1955 to April 2010, but not all of them were undocumented immigrants, nor ultimately convicted. Among the general population, there were 11,200 arrests for homicides in 2010 alone, the Department of Justice reported.

Most of the undocumented immigrant population in the United States are not a violent threat, with one study finding that “among men age 18-39 (who comprise the vast majority of the prison population), the 3.5 percent incarceration rate of the native-born in 2000 was 5 times higher than the 0.7 percent incarceration rate of the foreign-born.”

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the immigration-restrictionist organization Center for Immigration Studies previously said, “we found no strong evidence one way or the other for the notion that immigrants commit either more or less crime than the American population.” What’s more, a 2013 Criminology and Delinquency study found that first-generation immigrants commit crime at a lower rate than second-generation immigrants and native-born, non-Hispanic whites.

In spite of the facts, other lawmakers have jumped aboard the homicide train.

Yet, there are between 35 - 80 Americans killed daily at the wrong end of a gun held by another American. In fact, white male Americans have a proclivity to engage in mass murders, no matter the age or gender. Where's the republican outrage?

http://thinkprogress.org/immigration/2015/03/06/3630666/sessions-might-want-to-check-his-facts-again/___

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2015-07-21 01:55:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Map of U.S. By Home Values

Cartographic rendering of U.S. sizes each state according to "total value of all homes".

Zillow via Vox:
http://www.vox.com/maps/2015/7/16/8978141/us-housing-value-cartogram 

Map of U.S. By Home Values

Cartographic rendering of U.S. sizes each state according to "total value of all homes".

Zillow via Vox:
http://www.vox.com/maps/2015/7/16/8978141/us-housing-value-cartogram ___

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2015-07-19 16:44:45 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Great background information

Read. All of it. Seriously,.___Great background information

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2015-07-18 01:51:12 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

New glasses

New glasses___

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2015-07-12 15:01:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

The long-awaited final assessment from the California Council on Science and Technology said that because of data gaps and inadequate state testing, overwhelmed regulatory agencies do not have a complete picture of what oil companies are doing.

The risks and hazards associated with about two-thirds of the additives used in fracking are not clear, and the toxicity of more than half, the report concluded, remains “uninvestigated, unmeasured and unknown. Basic information about how these chemicals would move through the environment does not exist.”

Jane Long, the report's co-lead, said officials should fully understand the toxicity and environmental profiles of all chemicals before allowing them to be used in California's oil operations.

Recycled oil field wastewater used for crop irrigation may contain chemicals used during fracking and other wellsti... more »

The long-awaited final assessment from the California Council on Science and Technology said that because of data gaps and inadequate state testing, overwhelmed regulatory agencies do not have a complete picture of what oil companies are doing.

The risks and hazards associated with about two-thirds of the additives used in fracking are not clear, and the toxicity of more than half, the report concluded, remains “uninvestigated, unmeasured and unknown. Basic information about how these chemicals would move through the environment does not exist.”

Jane Long, the report's co-lead, said officials should fully understand the toxicity and environmental profiles of all chemicals before allowing them to be used in California's oil operations.

Recycled oil field wastewater used for crop irrigation may contain chemicals used during fracking and other well stimulation procedures, the report said. While treatment of that water is required, the testing is not adequate, the report said. Long said researchers did not find strong evidence of fracking fluids in irrigation water but added: “What we did find was that there was not any control in place to prevent it from happening.”

The probability of toxic exposure to humans and the environment is low, but no studies have been conducted assessing the risk, the report's authors said.

Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) said that she planned Monday to propose amendments to legislation she already had introduced, based on some of the report's findings. They include the development of an approved list of chemicals, with known toxicity, for use in oil development as well as the phasing out of the use of unlined pits to dispose of oil field waste.

“Government agencies, the public in general and residents living near well sites need to know in detail about the presence of dangerous chemicals mixed in water used in fracking and then pumped to the surface as byproducts,” Pavely said in a statement.

The potential for contamination linked to fracking, according to the report, demands that the state conduct more thorough studies in order to close significant data gaps.

For example, there is little evidence to show that oil activities are contaminating groundwater, Long said, but little analysis has been done.

“We think the fact that we haven't looked for it is an issue,” Long said. “You can't find what you don't look for.”

Seth Shonkoff, lead author on the public health sections of the report, said he was surprised to learn during his research that recycled wastewater from oil fields was being used on crops.

*Read the report:
http://documents.latimes.com/study-hydraulic-fracking/

Or here:
http://ccst.us/projects/hydraulic_fracturing_public/SB4.php

#BanFRACKNG   #GovJerryBrown   #Corrupt   #Bastard  ___

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2015-07-12 14:56:10 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

QUOTE:Something wicked has crept into American society, something that many hoped was left back in the dustbins of the 19th century. We’re talking about monopoly, the ogre that screams capitalism run amok. Monopolies, or near-monopolies, as are most common in America, rise up through a lack of competition. When one or a handful of players dominate the marketplace, get ready for higher prices, low-quality products, and crap wages for you and me.

QUOTE: Monopolists buy politicians a dime a dozen, and they write laws to preserve their power. Yet until recently, few journalists had given this subject an in-depth look.

QUOTE: So what we have in America is that there are actually very few marketplaces in which you have a single company that has complete, 100 percent control. But what you do have is many marketplaces, thousands of markets, in which you have a dominant player that reallycon... more »

QUOTE:Something wicked has crept into American society, something that many hoped was left back in the dustbins of the 19th century. We’re talking about monopoly, the ogre that screams capitalism run amok. Monopolies, or near-monopolies, as are most common in America, rise up through a lack of competition. When one or a handful of players dominate the marketplace, get ready for higher prices, low-quality products, and crap wages for you and me.

QUOTE: Monopolists buy politicians a dime a dozen, and they write laws to preserve their power. Yet until recently, few journalists had given this subject an in-depth look.

QUOTE: So what we have in America is that there are actually very few marketplaces in which you have a single company that has complete, 100 percent control. But what you do have is many marketplaces, thousands of markets, in which you have a dominant player that really controls commerce in that activity.___

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2015-07-10 14:41:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

The Ghost Army That Duped The Nazis ... "Deception and decoy are part of war strategy. During the Second World War the Allied forces employed dozens of tricks to confuse, mislead or intimidate the German army — from dropping dummy paratroppers to dropping aluminum tinfoil, from faking the death of a fictitious Major William Martin to completely covering up a military aircraft plant. One such deceptive operation that came to light only a few years ago is the so called Ghost Army.

The Ghost Army was a 1,100-man unit officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops whose goals were to impersonate vastly large U.S. Army units to deceive the enemy. The men that made up this secretive unit weren’t your regular soldiers. They were artists, illustrators and sound technicians handpicked for the job from New York and Philadelphia art schools. They didn’t carry M1s and Thompsons,but l... more »

The Ghost Army That Duped The Nazis ... "Deception and decoy are part of war strategy. During the Second World War the Allied forces employed dozens of tricks to confuse, mislead or intimidate the German army — from dropping dummy paratroppers to dropping aluminum tinfoil, from faking the death of a fictitious Major William Martin to completely covering up a military aircraft plant. One such deceptive operation that came to light only a few years ago is the so called Ghost Army.

The Ghost Army was a 1,100-man unit officially known as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops whose goals were to impersonate vastly large U.S. Army units to deceive the enemy. The men that made up this secretive unit weren’t your regular soldiers. They were artists, illustrators and sound technicians handpicked for the job from New York and Philadelphia art schools. They didn’t carry M1s and Thompsons, but large inflatable tanks and rubber aircrafts, powerful amplifiers and speakers to mimic the noise created by a large gathering troop and radio equipment to transmit phony messages.

Over the course of the war, the Ghost Army travelled all across Europe staging a sort of “traveling road show of deception” aimed at Hitler’s legions. They staged more than 20 operations where they conjured up phony convoys, phantom divisions and make-believe headquarters to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units. The Ghost Army is estimated to have saved tens of thousands of soldiers' lives with its deceptions, yet almost no one knew about them. Their existence and their every move were highly classified and remained so for more than 40 years after war ended.

To create the impression of a huge army, the unit would set up inflatable tanks, trucks, artillery and airplanes, and play pre-recorded sounds of armored and infantry units through giant speakers that could be heard up to 15 miles away. Radio operators created phony traffic nets, actors dressed as soldiers hung out at local cafes and spun counterfeit stories for spies to pick up, while another impersonated a major general and drove from town to town in a convoy of jeeps. Sometimes the unit would drive just a couple of trucks in loops to create the illusion of an entire infantry unit being transported. Often the thousand-men-unit would impersonate the presence of twenty to forty thousand men.

One of their biggest performance came towards the end of the war. In March 1945, as the 9th Army prepared to cross the Rhine into Germany, the 23rd was called upon to feign a crossing in a different place to draw German units away from the point of the real attack. More than 600 inflatable tanks and artillery were set up. At night they played the sounds of trucks rolling in. In the daytime they played sounds of heavy construction, as if bridging units were being put together. Artillery fire was mimicked by setting off flash canisters. While the Germans concentrated their effort over a rubber army, the real one successfully made the crossing facing minimum resistance.

After the war, many of the men who served in the unit, went on with their art careers. Some became famous, including fashion designer Bill Blass, painter Ellsworth Kelly and photographer Art Kane. Fewer than 50 of the men are left today. They found recognition after more than seventy years, thanks to a PBS documentary titled The Ghost Army released in 2013, where several of the members were interviewed. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/07/the-ghost-army-that-duped-nazis.html___

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2015-07-06 20:39:41 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The candidate speaks for himself

This is another comprehensive article that my buddy +Willi Bleimeister shared with me from The Nation!  Here, Bernie answers many of the questions that never get asked (well, hardly ever!) of candidates I am very much  in favor of having both political parties come together in multiple debates as Bernie has suggested!  For far too long our politics has come in sound bites and phrases which suggest one thing but actually mean something else, which has turned citizens away from the process!  We all have a stake in our government and who runs it and how it is run...that's a citizen's duty to be informed!  Excellent read!  Bernie Sanders has not only my vote, but also my gratitude for putting himself on the line for the betterment of all citizens!  #Bernie 2016!___The candidate speaks for himself

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2015-07-06 20:36:44 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

What's the Difference Between Greece and Texas?

Well, many things like Retsina vs Lone Star <g> but in the topical context: When the majority of America's corrupt S&L collapse happened in Texas, the rest of the country bailed Texas out. 

Texas was given the equivalent of 25% of its GDP {$217 Billion in today's dollars, I believe} -- not loaned, not as aid, an outright gift. There was no discussion of how unfair it was that taxpayers in, say, Manhattan or Chicago had to "save the irresponsible Texans". Instead, the dialog was about U.S. taxpayers backing up the S&Ls, and the need to stabilize our nation's financial system. You could make a case that same thing happened with Florida and Nevada in the latest bank meltdown {Ca got more funds, but in long run pays net taxes}.

Greece, however, has the worst possible... more »

What's the Difference Between Greece and Texas?

Well, many things like Retsina vs Lone Star <g> but in the topical context: When the majority of America's corrupt S&L collapse happened in Texas, the rest of the country bailed Texas out. 

Texas was given the equivalent of 25% of its GDP {$217 Billion in today's dollars, I believe} -- not loaned, not as aid, an outright gift. There was no discussion of how unfair it was that taxpayers in, say, Manhattan or Chicago had to "save the irresponsible Texans". Instead, the dialog was about U.S. taxpayers backing up the S&Ls, and the need to stabilize our nation's financial system. You could make a case that same thing happened with Florida and Nevada in the latest bank meltdown {Ca got more funds, but in long run pays net taxes}.

Greece, however, has the worst possible combination -- it's an independent country (supposedly), but doesn't have it's own currency, and no longer has control of its own spending nor taxes. And, the priorities of the politicians controlling the funds is to protect the banks, persuade their voters that the banks are faultless (so Brussels and Frankfurt won't be blamed} and frankly show no concern about the suffering caused to the Greeks. 

Tangentially: _I can't imagine a better argument for Britain staying on the pound_

Texas numbers in this ancient PK blog:
http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/what-a-real-external-bank-bailout-looks-like/___

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2015-07-06 20:03:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

In the 14 years since Al Qaeda carried out attacks on New York and the Pentagon, extremists have regularly executed smaller lethal assaults in the United States, explaining their motives in online manifestoes or social media rants.

But the breakdown of extremist ideologies behind those attacks may come as a surprise. Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims:

~ 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, including the recent mass killing in Charleston, S.C., compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New America, a Washington research center.

The slaying of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church last week, with an avowed white supremacist charged with their murders, was a... more »

In the 14 years since Al Qaeda carried out attacks on New York and the Pentagon, extremists have regularly executed smaller lethal assaults in the United States, explaining their motives in online manifestoes or social media rants.

But the breakdown of extremist ideologies behind those attacks may come as a surprise. Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims:

~ 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, including the recent mass killing in Charleston, S.C., compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New America, a Washington research center.

The slaying of nine African-Americans in a Charleston church last week, with an avowed white supremacist charged with their murders, was a particularly savage case.

But it is only the latest in a string of lethal attacks by people espousing racial hatred, hostility to government and theories such as those of the “sovereign citizen” movement, which denies the legitimacy of most statutory law. The assaults have taken the lives of police officers, members of racial or religious minorities and random civilians.

Non-Muslim extremists have carried out 19 such attacks since Sept. 11, according to the latest count, compiled by David Sterman, a New America program associate, and overseen by Peter Bergen, a terrorism expert. By comparison, seven lethal attacks by Islamic militants have taken place in the same period.

If such numbers are new to the public, they are familiar to police officers. A survey to be published this week asked 382 police and sheriff’s departments nationwide to rank the three biggest threats from violent extremism in their jurisdiction. About 74 percent listed antigovernment violence, while 39 percent listed “Al Qaeda-inspired” violence, according to the researchers, Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina and David Schanzer of Duke University.

“Law enforcement agencies around the country have told us the threat from Muslim extremists is not as great as the threat from right-wing extremists,” said Dr. Kurzman, whose study is to be published by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Police Executive Research Forum.

John G. Horgan, who studies terrorism at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, said the mismatch between public perceptions and actual cases had become steadily more obvious to scholars.

“There’s an acceptance now of the idea that the threat from jihadi terrorism in the United States has been overblown,” Dr. Horgan said. “And there’s a belief that the threat of right-wing, antigovernment violence has been underestimated.”

Where's the FBI and DHS? Aren't they charged with the responsibilities relative to thwarting and apprehending terrorists?

Some Muslim advocates complain that when the perpetrator of an attack is not Muslim, news media commentators quickly focus on the question of mental illness. “With non-Muslims, the media bends over backward to identify some psychological traits that may have pushed them over the edge,” said Abdul Cader Asmal, a retired physician and a longtime spokesman for Muslims in Boston. “Whereas if it’s a Muslim, the assumption is that they must have done it because of their religion.”

On several occasions since President Obama took office, efforts by government agencies to conduct research on right-wing extremism have run into resistance from Republicans, who suspected an attempt to smear conservatives.

A 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security, which warned that an ailing economy and the election of the first black president might prompt a violent reaction from white supremacists, was withdrawn in the face of conservative criticism. Its main author, Daryl Johnson, later accused the department of “gutting” its staffing for such research.


#Terrorism   #Homegrown   #RightWingExtremism  ___

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2015-07-04 14:51:06 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Excellent points

Slavery In America, from the end of the Civil Rights Movement to Today

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. 13th Amendment to the Constitution

From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that...but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.

This was how Kevin Phillips, chief campaign strategist for Richard Nixon*, explained the "Southern Strategy" for taking over control of the white voting bloc of the deep South in 1970. (http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/books/phillips-southern.pdf )

In the late 60s, Nixon met with Senator Strom Thurmond and other "Dixiecrats", those formerly southern Democrats who had left the Democratic Party after the integration of both the military and the party national convention. Determined to capture the South as an entire voting bloc and capture the Presidency in a nation torn by the Vietnam War and racism, Nixon didn't hesitate to use the very same men who had defended Jim Crow through not even subtly coded dog whistles. 

Today we try and pretend it was a lot more subtle. It wasn't. Nixon didn't try and hide the Southern Strategy one iota. In fact, he depended on it. The more obviously his party abused people of color, especially African-Americans, the more traditional southern Democrats changed parties to follow their racist hearts. 

As payback for his election, Nixon rewarded the Southern Republicans with exactly what they wanted. A clear cut way to continue the economic benefits of their slave system. Civil Rights had made it hard to abuse people of color without good excuse. Nixon was about to give it to them. 

It only took him until June 17, 1971. On that day, Nixon began the ultimate war on people of color. The "War on Drugs". 

His special message to Congress in which he unveiled it started off with an obvious appeal to Southern racists. By identifying New York City (often seen and used as the antithesis of Southern identity) as the #1 problem city full of drug-addicted people (people of color goes quietly without saying), Nixon made it clear to Southerners that he was fully on their side. 

Now minor possessions of drugs of any sort were immediately criminalized, beginning (and continuing) with especially harsh and draconian punishments throughout the South. Possession of a a single "joint" of marijuana, which might get a white Vietnam veteran at most admonished by a policeman became an easy conviction for white prosecutors with black defendants. 

And the US prison slave system continued to grow. And grow. 

In the 80s, we became familiar with "crack". Crack became synonymous for many racists as the drug of choice for people of color. Punishments for possession of crack skyrocketed, while laws dealing with equal amounts of cocaine, seen as a wealthy white person drug of choice did not. 

Even after reform of the obviously racist drug penalties, we still can say today: 

Possession of 28 grams of crack cocaine yields a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for a first offense; it takes 500 grams of powder cocaine to prompt the same sentence.
( http://www.drugpolicy.org/drug-facts/cocaine-and-crack-facts )

President Reagan continued and heavily increased funding for the War on Drugs, still secretly and obviously a war on people of color. 

Then came the final demonization of black men by the GOP. Willie Horton. 

In 1986, a man who had been convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced to life in 1974 (despite no evidence involving him in the actual murder) was given a weekend pass. Desperate for some freedom, he fled and did not return. Nearly a year later, he broke into a home. He tied up the white male occupant to a beam in the basement, and when his white fiancee returned home, raped her several times. 

Both victims were alive. But Horton had committed the single unthinkable crime in the South: a man of color raping a white woman. 

President George Herbert Walker Bush was Vice-President under Reagan when it occurred. The nation was at best very bored with him, and he trailed Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis in the 1988 election by a considerable margin. President Bush had as his political strategist a man named Lee Atwater.

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger:. 
(http://www.thenation.com/article/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy/)

Dukakis was leading by an astonishing 17 points early in the summer. Atwater held a series of focus groups in NJ, where he told the story of Willie Horton raping this white woman (and cutting her fiancee) to white voters. He found that not only did blaming Dukakis for the rape work, but that by making Horton look as dangerous as possible, he could turn around the entire election. 

Atwater told President Bush: We’re 17 points back and they’ll pick up 10 more points at their convention and we won’t win. Even with a good campaign, we won’t win. You can get so far behind that even a good campaign won’t win it for you. 
( http://scholar.aci.info/view/14b08ae055b00150009/14d6be6830800010006 )

President G H W Bush obviously agreed. He won the election after the Willie Horton ads turned it completely around for him. And the damage was permanently done. 

Now not only were black men to be seen as dangerous violent drug-fueled rapists/murderers, they could not even be trusted to be freed. So began mandatory sentencing for crimes, and "3 Strikes" laws. Of course the most lobby money towards those comes always from the prison lobby. Private prisons and slave labor contract companies like CCA and Unicor have too much money to ever see a reason to end racism and slavery. 

Its time. Its time to end the phony "War on Drugs", time to call it what it is: racism and hate that have no future in our nation. Stand up and demand that we end this here and now. 

Not one more generation of children in our prison slave system. Not one more. 

*One will note that while at all times I recognize the importance of the title of President, I refuse to apply it to a disgraced bigot like Nixon.


This is part 2 in a continuing series.
Part 1: https://plus.google.com/+RuggerDucky/posts/NZbf9pzXEtT

IMG Source: http://www.addictinginfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/slave.jpg___Excellent points

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2015-07-03 03:57:09 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 29 +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 (5 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, 20 +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, 15 +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, 23 +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, 23 +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, 35 +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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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, 26 +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, 6 +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, 17 +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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