s skippy the bush kangaroo: November 2010

skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

skippy's tuesday nite music club

happy hanukkah! (starting tomorrow...)

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:30 PM | 2 comments

former obama budget director, peter orzsag

in bed with the banksters already?
citigroup inc., recovering from its $45 billion bailout in 2008, is in advanced talks to hire former white house budget director peter orszag, people with knowledge of the matter said.
orszag, 41, may take a job in the new york-based firm’s investment-banking division, the people said, declining to be identified because the discussions are private. an announcement may come as early as today, one of the people said. - bloomberg
so...really. where's that change in washington? really...come on. this isn't good for the country.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:34 PM | 1 comments

mister moose

if you like those hyundai spots w/the cute girl singing deck the halls while the goofy drummer acts goofy, you are now officially smitten by pomplamoose.

here's singer nataly dawn doing her version of the 50's standard mr. sandman (while jack conte, the drummer-now-keyboardist...acts goofy)

pomplamoose - mr. sandman

her deadpan delivery, along w/the simple home-made (yet highly professional) approach to their videos, make them a big online seller (100,000 songs in 2009).

w/guest ryan lerman on lead guitar
posted by skippy at 7:13 PM | 4 comments

deja news

those tea baggers just get nuttier and nuttier: restricting voting rights to property owners 'makes a lot of sense'

who would have guessed it would be joe scarborough that stands up to sarah palin?

joe gandelman sees the gop as the blue bloods vs. the hot bloods

2nd federal judge holds obamacare is constitutional
posted by skippy at 6:46 PM | 1 comments

go ahead, gop....

make this congresscritter's day. he dares you.
rep. gary ackerman of new york, a veteran liberal representing brooklyn, just issued a scary/hilarious dare to the conservative incoming house leaders who are "pledging" to repeal all of the federal health reform.

he's filing a series of bills during the lame duck session of congress, each intended to repeal a popular and consumer-protective portion of the federal patient protection act. the repeals will collectively be called the hipa-crit act.

“this will be the big chance for republicans to do what they’ve vowed to do,” said ackerman. “these bills will be their chance to at long last restore liberty and repeal the evil monster they’ve dubbed ‘obamacare.’”

...the first volley of hipa-crit is a bill, hr 6454, to repeal the ban on retroactive cancellation of health insurance policies when patients fall seriously ill, a practice known as rescission.

other bills will propose reinstating insurers' right to deny coverage to adults and children because of pre-existing conditions, removing the prohibition on annual and lifetime coverage caps and canceling a requirement that allows children to remain on the policies of their parents until age 26. - consumer watchdog

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 1:54 PM | 0 comments

this 'n that

eric cantor pulls an emily litella on health care repeal: never mind

sign the petition: tell the fcc to stop comcast from blocking netflix

the good ol' days: army court-martialed jackie robinson for not moving to the back of the bus

good ammunition for debating: the dummies' guide to climate science

and here's david zucker's inside look @ leslie nielsen
posted by skippy at 10:22 AM | 1 comments

tweet of the day

yes. i know it's early. but this one got the coffee flowing over my keyboard.

lol! rt @: seti newsconference:
"good news & bad news. good news: we are not alone. the bad news: we are tasty."

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:26 AM | 2 comments

Monday, November 29, 2010

skippy's monday nite music club

tonite, a little isolated soundtrack to the empire strikes back. farewell irvin kershner.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:28 PM | 0 comments

to honour the late leslie nielsen

the guardian u.k. had devised a random leslie nielsen quote generator
[playing chess] tanya peters: what are you doing?
lt. frank drebin (nielsen): oh! i was, uh, just conjugating my next move.
peters: your bishop's exposed.
drebin: it's these pants.

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tweet of the day

this trip to chuck e cheese just confirms it: i am the motherfucking king of whack-a-mole!

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no environmental oversights

for some of the biggest polluters? and these polluters are given stimulus funds, too? wtf?
in the name of job creation and clean energy, the obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation’s biggest polluters and granted them sweeping exemptions from the most basic form of environmental oversight, a center for public integrity investigation has found.

the administration has awarded more than 179,000 “categorical exclusions” to stimulus projects funded by federal agencies, freeing those projects from review under the national environmental policy act, or nepa. coal-burning utilities like westar energy and duke energy, chemical manufacturer dupont, and ethanol maker didion milling are among the firms with histories of serious environmental violations that have won blanket nepa exemptions. - tuscon sentinal

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:36 AM | 0 comments

the republican propaganda channel

is lying yet again. this time faux is pawning off a novel (a work of fiction) as non-fiction.
fox news is helping a former republican congressman spread the myth that president barack obama was born in kenya.

appearing on fox news monday, john leboutillier explained that his new fictional book uses "real things" like obama's grandmother once claimed she was present for his kenyan birth.

..."once again, the book is fiction," doocy pointed out.
"or is it?" leboutillier added.
"i think it's both," kilmeade concluded. - raw story

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:27 AM | 0 comments

death of american dream

a must read post over at the "great orange satan." it will simultaneously break your heart and get you angry.
well today for a span of at least this one daily kos diary, you will get to see what the american plutocrat owned media never wants you to see, and that is how europe in particular and the world in general has come to see america as a country in decline, whose people are so badly misinformed by the media, they actually don't realize that america is the only major industrialized nation in the world that by right of law does not offer universal medical access, paid sick leave, paid maternity leave and paid annual leave. it just seems almost impossible to get that word out to the american people. even diaries on that subject at the kos top out at just over 2,000 views. let's please remember the purpose of the plutocrat owned commercial media isn't so much to inform us but rather to sell commercial advertising space.

therefore this diary today will try to do something different. It will show you what the european media is saying about the american dream and you will be shocked! - democrats ramshield's diary at daily kos

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:08 AM | 3 comments

the media = lapdogs to authority

an interesting commentary from the independent. although it speaks to the british press, i believe the same could be applied to the media in the u.s. as well.
...the mainstream media in the uk are serial offenders. newspapers that have no compunction about invasions of privacy or about shrill comment devote precious little time or energy to challenging authority through rigorous investigative journalism. most political "scoops" are merely stories planted by politicians on pliant lobby hacks. editors and senior journalists are habitually invited into mi5 and mi6 for briefings. these are affable occasions, often over lunch. there is no harm in that. what tends to happen, however, is that journalists are tickled pink by the attention. they love being invited to the "d-notice" committee to discuss how they can all behave "responsibly". it makes them feel important. many suspend their critical faculties as a result.

far from being "feral beasts", to use tony blair's phrase, the british media are overly respectful of authority. newspapers and broadcasters tend to be suspicious of those who do not play the game, people like mr assange who are awkward outsiders. some editors are quite happy to help the authorities in their denunciations of him, partly out of revenge for not being in his inner circle.
...once this latest flurry is over, prepare for the backlash. mr assange's industrial-scale leaking may lead to legislation in a number of countries that makes whistle-blowing harder than it already is. Perhaps the most curious aspect of the wikileaks revelations is not that they have happened, but it took someone as mercurial as mr assange to be the conduit. rather than throwing stones, newspapers should be asking themselves why they did not have the wherewithal to hold truth to power. - the independent

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:59 AM | 1 comments

rip leslie nielsen

leslie nielson, the dramatic actor known for b movies in his early years who found a whole new career as the premiere star of movie parodies has died at the age of 84.

true movie and sci-fi geeks will recognize leslie as the star of forbidden planet, as well as from his appearances in a myriad of forgettable roles in various unremarkable films in the 50's, 60' and 70's. nytimes:
mr. nielsen, a tall man with a matinee-idol profile, was often cast as an earnest hero at the beginning of his film career, in the 1950s. his best-known roles included the stalwart spaceship captain in the science-fiction classic “forbidden planet” (1956), the wealthy, available southern aristocrat in “tammy and the bachelor” (1957), and an ocean liner captain faced with disaster in “the poseidon adventure” (1972).

in the 1960s and ’70s, as his hair turned white and he became an even more distinguished figure, mr. nielsen played serious military men, government leaders and even a mob boss, appearing in crime dramas, westerns and the occasional horror movie.

then, in a low-budget, big-money-making the 1980 disaster-movie parody “airplane!” he was cast as a clueless doctor on board a possibly doomed jetliner. critics and audiences alike praised his deadpan comic delivery, and his career was reborn.

“airplane!” was followed by a television series, “police squad” (1982), from the film’s director-writers. it lasted only six episodes, but mr. nielsen, his goofy character, lt. frank drebin, and the creators went on to three successful feature-film spinoffs.

the first, “the naked gun: from the files of police squad” (1988), was followed by “the naked gun 2 ½: the smell of fear” (1991) and “the naked gun 33 13: the final insult” (1994), whose cast included priscilla presley, o. j. simpson and anna nicole smith.

other filmmakers cast mr. nielsen in a variety of comedies, including “repossessed” (1990), an “exorcist” spoof with linda blair; “dracula: dead and loving it” (1995); “spy hard” (1996); and “2001: a space travesty” (2000).

none were received as well as the “naked gun” films, but mr. nielsen found a new continuing role as the paranoid, out-of-control president of the united states in “scary movie 3” (2003) and “scary movie 4” (2006).
here's part of the brilliant police squad! series, which was, in our opinion, much better than the films:

addendum: from the comments section @ the gawker remembrance for leslie, some more of his greatest hits:

rest in peace, leslie nielsen. surely you're at peace now.

posted by skippy at 1:14 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, November 28, 2010

skippy's sunday nite music club

tonight...a little latin flavor to the music.
for a little inside info on the historic television show, i love lucy, i highly recommend you listen to kurt anderson's 360 show on it. very interesting. (told you i was catching up on my podcasts.)

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:20 PM | 0 comments

stuff n' nonsense

the ayn rand institute claims that starvation has "no moral claim on you"

both warren buffet and bill gates say don't extend bush tax cuts for the wealthy

copenhagen planning bike superhighways

and the twitter debate over abstinence only is happily resolved
posted by skippy at 1:22 PM | 2 comments

the ship of state is leaking

and so is wikileaks
the cache of cables contains specific allegations of corruption and against foreign leaders, as well as harsh criticism by us embassy staff of their host governments, from tiny islands in the caribbean to china and russia.

the material includes a reference to vladimir putin as an "alpha-dog", hamid karzai as being "driven by paranoia" and angela merkel allegedly "avoids risk and is rarely creative". there is also a comparison between mahmoud ahmadinejad and adolf hitler. - the guardian

the cables, a huge sampling of the daily traffic between the state department and some 270 embassies and consulates, amount to a secret chronicle of the united states’ relations with the world in an age of war and terrorism. - nytimes

never before in history has a superpower lost control of such vast amounts of such sensitive information -- data that can help paint a picture of the foundation upon which us foreign policy is built. never before has the trust america's partners have in the country been as badly shaken. now, their own personal views and policy recommendations have been made public -- as have america's true views of them. - der spiegel

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 12:53 PM | 2 comments

environmental news stories sunday

for those little pesky important stories that won't be mentioned on the talking heads shows today.

houston, oil capital, takes steps toward green. - houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city and the sprawling capital of the oil industry, has recently embarked on a variety of green initiatives. houston is transforming itself into an electric-car hub, a national leader in wind-power investment and an advocate for energy efficiency - austin texas tribune

rain runoff crawls with bacteria; work to limit the sources. - we need to cut the amount of harmful bacteria that make their way to our creeks and streams. this means trying to cut down on pollution from sidewalks, roads, trash containers, and other exposed surfaces. reducing these non-point source of pollution requires personal responsibility. - ventura county star

perils of firefighting linger long after the blazes are out. - numerous studies have shown that firefighters have higher rates of cancer and other health problems, and at least one study has found that the highest cancer risk of all is testicular cancer - long beach press telegram

california recyclers find market for toxic trash. - five years after california launched an ambitious effort to control pollution from electronic waste, much of its e-waste is being shipped overseas, where it is contributing to a legacy of pollution and disease that would not be tolerated in this state - sacramento bee

lake invaders may be killing birds. - the hunt is on in the upper reaches of lake michigan to count what's believed to be thousands of bird carcasses that have washed ashore this fall — a staggering toll blamed on the disruptive powers of invasive species that have taken root in the great lakes - chicago tribune

atlantic ocean sharks get new protections. - international delegates saturday adopted new protections for seven species of shark in the atlantic ocean but rejected restrictions for bluefin tuna and swordfish, leaving the future of some of the world's most imperiled marine predators uncertain - washington post

when new hurricane protection levees settle, u.s. won't have to help pay repair costs. - congress will no longer require the federal government to help pay the cost of raising new hurricane levees when they subside, a rule change that flood managers in louisiana argue could make it impossible to properly maintain the new system now being built - nola times picayune

billionaire louis bacon battles to protect his ranch from big utilities' solar-power plans.
reclusive billionaire louis moore bacon is emerging from the shadows in a southern colorado showdown over solar-power transmission lines - denver post

bat genocide. - bats are crucial to ecosystems—devouring insects, dispersing seeds, and pollinating flowers. but in the u.s. an insidious new enemy, a fungus, is causing massive die-offs - national geographic magazine

a billion people will lose their homes due to climate change, says report. - devastating changes to sea levels, rainfall, water supplies, weather systems and crop yields are increasingly likely before the end of the century, scientists will warn tomorrow - london observer

an attack on the local food movement? - is the food safety modernization act now being debated in the Senate the death knell for vermont’s family farms, farmer’s markets, farm stands, csas and even your home garden? It depends on who you talk to - brattleboro reformer

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

morning in blogtopia**

german zoo forces gay vultures to mate w/females

gulf seafood petroleum residue double what fda deems acceptable

man charged w/resisting arrest by covering his head while cops beat him

copies of george w. bush's new book "mysteriously" finding their way into the "true crime" section of bookstores all over the world

** yes! we coined that phrase!
posted by skippy at 6:15 AM | 3 comments

Friday, November 26, 2010

note to faux channel

the onion is satirical.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:14 PM | 0 comments

Best, Christmas, Song, Ever...

I rest my case.



posted by Jim Yeager at 5:23 PM | 58 comments

don't touch my junk

from our buddy rx @ the party party

barack obama - don't touch my junk
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black friday fracas

man arrested for cutting in line @ toys*r*us on black friday

and now a word from the gop: "sabotage"

sarah palin's bizarre view of obesity

obama gains ground w/independents
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

skippy's thursday nite music club

love these local ventura boys. remember dancing to them years ago (before they got all famous and all...) swing dance friday nites with jonathan and sylvia were a blast when these guys played!

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:35 PM | 1 comments

tweet of the day

jean-pierre larroque
it's not really thanksgiving until an uncle shows the rest of the family an after dinner slide show of his time at fantasy fest.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:48 PM | 0 comments

after-tryptophan tidbits

it's greenwald vs. nation magazine, and greenwald, as per usual, is the sensible one

steve cooley concedes, welcome new cal. att. general kamala harris for a 100% dem sweep of statewide offices!

insurance industry plotted to smear michael moore's 'sicko'
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is this like evil spock?

michael hudson, the reporter, interviews michael hudson, the economist
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thanksgiving miscellany

ex-sen-gov-elect lincoln chaffee believes marriage equality is a basic human right

here's some things that progressives are thankful for this year

actor mark ruffalo put on terror watch list for anti-drilling activism

you may disagree w/the order, and that some have been left off, but you'll love salon's top 30 political hacks
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happy turkey day!

Pilgrim the Turkey
Originally uploaded by santa barbarian
as pilgrim the turkey says..."eat a tofurkey!"
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"someone" is oblivious.
"but obviously, we’ve got to stand with our north korean allies." - sarah the 1/2 term governor. full time nimrod.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 1:39 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Because I'm Tired of This Guy...

Hey, Kanye: s**k my d**k.

I am sorry, but it had to be said...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 9:13 PM | 1 comments

melech ben krim


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the democratic state of california

cooley concedes, and california's statewide offices are swept.

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kindle in the wind: american zen

our good friend jurassicpork has an ebook for sale, available on kindle! it's called american zen, and jp tells us:
five friends, 30 years, one band and a set list of rock and roll songs that defined their unique dynamic and generation, american zen is a week in the lives of four of these friends in search of the fifth, the front man who broke up the band. as they seek the truth behind their breakup during their odyssey, their reunion garners for them more infamy and notoriety than they'd ever had as a group...

american zen is a 150,000+ word, 429 page (or 626 kilobyte) mash note to rock and roll, the culmination of the last 30 years of my life employing personal experiences, actual conversations as well as characters based on people i've known over the past three decades. it also struck me that very few good american novels are told from a liberal, progressive perspective while many are written from the conservative point of view. i thought it was high time someone changed that. if you're a fellow liberal, i suspect you've felt the same way.

it tackles issues such as gay rights, religion, political and corporate corruption, the overhyped consumerism that's supplanted american culture and, at its deepest level, the means by which how each of us seek meaning and salvation in our lives. american zen is what i call a dramatic ensemble piece featuring characters so real you can practically see and hear them.
posted by skippy at 11:10 AM | 0 comments

mad about airline passengers

mad kane, that is!
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

skippy's tuesday nite music club

tonite...a little guitar lesson from brian setzer!

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:30 PM | 0 comments

palin loses popular vote again!

nobody puts baby in a corner
posted by skippy at 9:33 PM | 1 comments

what's the difference between zombies and palinites? at least after eating, the zombies have brains

not only did the ratings for the second week of sarah palin's alaska fall faster than christine o'donnell's approval numbers, amc's zombie-pocalypse soap the walking dead beat out the learning channel reality show by 2 mill viewers. deadline hollywood:
on sunday, the series executive produced by mark burnett, drew 3 million viewers. that is down 40% from the 5 million who tuned in for the debut last sunday. in adults 18-49, palin averaged 885,000, down 45% and also posted a similar decline, 46%, in adults 25-54. meanwhile, amc's zombie drama the walking dead (4.8 million), continued to hold steady, down 5% from the previous week in total viewers.
posted by skippy at 9:03 PM | 2 comments

Question of the Day...

What the hell is up with North Korea?


posted by Jim Yeager at 8:48 PM | 2 comments

guess who wants to host saturday night live?

the great blue fuzzy one, himself!
first it was the katy perry video. then it was the clever old spice spoof and the delightful video celebrating african american hair.

sesame street has had quite a year and is showing the world that its children's program still has legs.

its latest publicity stunt is a youtube video featuring cookie monster auditioning for "saturday night live," and it's actually quite funny.

...sesame street is serious about cookie monster's wish to host "snl," and they've created a facebook page called cookie monster should host saturday night live - sfgate

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:50 PM | 0 comments

stuff n' nonsense

u.s. chamber of commerce thru-out history: opposed wwii, opposed medicare, opposed civil rights act, etc...

david niewert, the best writer in blotopia (and yes, we coined that phrase), reports on the symbiotic relationship between the tea party and far-right extremists

despite considering a run in 2012, sarah palin can't give concrete answers as to what she'd do as president

also: sarah palin's alaska ratings plummet
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various n' sundry

joint chiefs chairman thinks congress should end dadt asap

drugs reduce hiv among gay men by 44%

where's that gop mandate? poll shows majority of americans want health care kept and/or expanded

10 epic failures of the bush tax cuts
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this 'n that

what's all the fuss about airport security?

midterm miscellany

sen. franklin wants an anti-trust probe of the comcast deal

cartoons are truth-tellers?

and o'reilly responds

talkleft voted for jennifer and dereck!
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republicans don't want to protect consumers

they certainly don't want a new bureau making sure that consumers are protected.
republican reps. spencer bachus of alabama, the leading contender to take the reins of the house financial services committee, and illinois rep. judy biggert, the top republican on the panel's oversight and investigations subcommittee, sent letters to the inspectors general of both the treasury department and the federal reserve, directing them to conduct an investigation into the work being done to establish the new bureau. - wsj

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Monday, November 22, 2010

skippy's monday nite music club

this goes out to the t.s.a.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:53 PM | 0 comments

november 22, 1963

"our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. we all breathe the same air. we all cherish our children's future. and we are all mortal." - jfk


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another one bites the dust

only this one had some facetime with the president.

nobody is safe.

velma hart, who burst onto the media scene after telling president obama she was scared about her financial future, has been laid off. hart was let go as the chief financial officer for am vets, a nonprofit maryland-based veteran services organization.- wapo

good luck, velma in searching for your next opportunity. i'd hire you.

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wall street, good god, ugh, what is it good for?

absolutely nothing, sing it again....
much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless.
for years, the most profitable industry in america has been one that doesn’t design, build, or sell a single tangible thing. - john cassidy in his new yorker article.
live chat with mr. cassidy on november 24th - 11:00 a.m. eastern.
i'm sure he'll have plenty to say.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:52 PM | 0 comments

political google

the usually solid nate silver of 538 gives over a whole post to the ridiculous examination of the number of google searches for sarah palin vs. those for other gop politicians:


aside from many commentors pointing out that the searches may not be benign or supportive in nature (ie, "sarah palin + nude"), and that nate's hypothesis leaves out the searches for "barack obama" altogether, commentor kyrol makes an interesting point:

i am surprised that this otherwise sterling analysis ignored the most serious threat to governor palin in the republican primary, namely "the devil":


while governor palin is polling very well in iowa and new hampshire, we should not ignore the devil's continued strength in the other early states: nevada and south carolina. the devil is polling particularly well among spanish speakers (enjoying a 5-1 margin) and younger voters (more than 20-1 in hilton head, sc). if the devil can mobilize these voters, governor palin will have a real race on her hands.
kyrol's search is below:

sarah palin ------ the devil -----

seriously, nate, if we based our political choices on internet searches, this would be our next president:

come to think of it, that may not be so bad!
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there will be blood

krugman gives us a fair warning. will folks listen? let's hope.

the fact is that one of our two great political parties has made it clear that it has no interest in making america governable, unless it’s doing the governing. and that party now controls one house of congress, which means that the country will not, in fact, be governable without that party’s cooperation — cooperation that won’t be forthcoming.

elite opinion has been slow to recognize this reality. thus on the same day that mr. simpson rejoiced in the prospect of chaos, ben bernanke, the federal reserve chairman, appealed for help in confronting mass unemployment. he asked for “a fiscal program that combines near-term measures to enhance growth with strong, confidence-inducing steps to reduce longer-term structural deficits.”

my immediate thought was, why not ask for a pony, too? after all, the g.o.p. isn’t interested in helping the economy as long as a democrat is in the white house. indeed, far from being willing to help mr. bernanke’s efforts, republicans are trying to bully the fed itself into giving up completely on trying to reduce unemployment. - nytimes.

this is political and class warfare as we have never quite seen it before. this time, with folks from the g.o.p. screaming for "2nd amendment remedies", there might be more than rhetorical blood being shed.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:41 AM | 2 comments

Copyedit of the Day, Software Development Edition

Apparently, Proposition 19 came early to software development in general and IBM’s Rational suite in particular:

An object is a thing, an entity, a noun, something you can pick up or kick, anything you can imagine that has its own identity. Some objects are living, some aren’t. Examples from the real world include a car, a person, a house, a table, a dog, a pot plant, a check book or a raincoat.

-- Mike O’Docherty, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design: Understanding System Development with UML 2.0, pp. 13-14.

This doesn’t quite rival Gary Becker’s declaration that wives need to be drugged for a household to run properly, but it does make it easier to understand why they’re called “objects.” Though whether this is the way for Silicon Valley to maintain its competitive advantage is left as an exercise.

posted by Ken Houghton at 6:08 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, November 21, 2010

skippy's sunday nite music club

it's a little cold, wet and windy here in "silicon beach" tonight. think we need a little "boss" to warm us up.

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stuff n' nonsense

k-lo goes to confession

warren buffet asks: please raise my taxes

ronald reagan (and sarah palin) speaks out against medicare

find the foreclosures in your neighborhood
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happy 6th blogiversary, bryan

over at why now? i've learned alot from you, especially safe cleanup tips after massive wild fires.

thank you. here's to at minimum, 6 more.

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people w/clout (and money) easily avoid tsa theater @ airports

jobs and murdoch preparing ipad only daily newspaper

a choice? unemployment benefits or tax cuts for the rich

10 year old boy catches thief via twitter
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environmental news story sunday

for those pesky little stories that probably weren't covered in the talking head shows this morning.

precious natural resource may soon run dry. - the prospect of south africa losing up to 80% of its fresh water supply in the next few years because of rising levels of pollution has given a wake-up call to government agencies and the public - johannesburg mail & guardian

dwindling water supplies hurt rice yields in asia, irri says. - dwindling water supplies in asia are hurting rice production causing widespread food security concerns, according to the international rice research institute. - manilla bulletin

great lakes in jeopardy. - recently, the u.s.-canadian governmental body overseeing the great lakes said it is concerned enough about dropping lake levels that it is looking at engineering options to offset the loss - detroit news

environmental disaster hits eastern syria. - the ancient inezi tribe of syria reared camels in the sandswept lands north of the euphrates river from the time of the prophet mohammad. now water shortages have consigned that way of life to distant memory. drought in the past five years has also killed 85 percent of livestock in eastern syria, the inezis' ancestral land - reuters

none flew over the cuckoo's nest: a world without birds. - could we be facing a future without birds? according to some researchers, the threat of ddt has been superseded by a relatively new class of insecticide, known as the neonicotinoids - london independent

u.s.-backed pesticide spraying in guatemala draws fire. - for most of three decades, the u.s. has financed massive aerial spraying of pesticides over a large part of guatemala in an attempt to eradicate the mediterranean fruit fly, but common precautions to limit exposure to the toxic chemicals are not being followed - scripps howard

rainwater catchment workshops helping county residents seize the storms. - when rain falls onto roofs, thousands of gallons of water surge through downspouts, down streets and storm drains, and into the ocean. then people pay thousands of dollars to buy gallon after gallon of water to irrigate their lawns and landscapes. - santa cruz sentinel

climate bill's death ends carbon credit program. - programs that paid farmers for not tilling their land and taking other carbon-conserving measures are shutting down with the death of a climate bill that would have imposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions - de moines register

arnold schwarzenegger, us politician. - he always said he would be back. now arnold schwarzenegger, the governor of california, has revealed he is set to make an imminent return to us politics after his term of office in the sunshine (sic. "golden") state ends next year - edinburg scotsman

dire messages about global warming can backfire. - dire or emotionally charged warnings about the consequences of global warming can backfire if presented too negatively, making people less amenable to reducing their carbon footprint, according to new research from the university of california, berkeley. - spx

blue ribbon commission on america's energy future co-chair brent scowcroft says reprocessing nuclear waste is on the table. - for the first time since the 1970’s, the united states is seriously considering reprocessing nuclear fuel to deal with its growing nuclear waste problem - washington dc bureau

groups say pollution fees are too low. - some environmental groups are asking gov. bobby jindal to increase the fees industries pay to emit air pollution, saying the fees are too low - thibodaux daily comet

golden state prepares to flush out toxic barstow water. - golden state water company has identified and shut down wells in barstow that show unsafe levels of perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rockets, fireworks, explosives and matches. but it is still asking residents not to drink tap water until the system can be flushed and tested. - barstow desert dispatch

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

this thanksgiving could get expensive

to those folks flying who refuse to be felt up and groped by the tsa.
....the transportation security administration (tsa) is warning that any would-be commercial airline passenger who enters an airport checkpoint and then refuses to undergo the method of inspection designated by tsa will not be allowed to fly and also will not be permitted to simply leave the airport.

that person will have to remain on the premises to be questioned by the tsa and possibly by local law enforcement. anyone refusing faces fines up to $11,000 and possible arrest. - sun sentinel

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the left eats itself

we personally agree w/matt taibbi: the election earlier this month wasn't as disastorous as the mmm (multi-millionaire media) make it out to be.

however, something has to account for a sudden rash of circular firing squads on the left as of late.

the biggest surprise, of course, is that peter daou is suing arianna huffington. now, we are all for suing arianna huffington, a bigger dilettante you will not find. but peter says the huffington post was his idea:
• we wrote the blueprint - in november and december 2004, we gave ken and arianna documents and met with them, describing a website that combined the specific elements that make the huffington post what it is. ken and arianna have said repeatedly that although it seems obvious now, no one had ever done something like this before. ken and arianna now admit we gave them the memo but somehow contend it wasn’t the genesis of the huffington post.

• we presented our ideas at the meeting in arianna’s living room - ken and arianna have claimed on numerous occasions that they “hatched” the idea for the huffington post at a december 3, 2004 meeting in arianna’s brentwood home. but arianna had a transcript made and she circulated it. it shows that ken did not say a single word at that meeting and arianna moderated. only peter spoke forcefully at the meeting about the internet and the need to create a new online strategy for democrats, based on the plans we had for the website.

• we had an agreement to work together - starting in november 2004, we had a series of meetings, conversations and email exchanges with ken and arianna, and we all agreed to build the site together. as late as december 22, 2004, we were sharing full plans, with budgets, staffing and other details, with them. they simply took our ideas, our concepts and our agreement to work on the site together and used them to raise money to do the site without us, failing to live up to their part of the joint venture. we have documents and emails reflecting this course of events.

• we were friends with arianna, and that is how we approached her - of all the attendees at the december 3 meeting, the only one actually staying at arianna’s house was james. in the years before and after arianna supposedly ‘rejected’ working with us, she was very happy to take our posts, links, contributions, suggestions, and guidance, and to praise us profusely privately and publicly. we have numerous such emails and communications.
we'll wait to see how this shakes out legally, but so far, none of what peter presents sounds like evidence of plans, mission statements or structure of a news organ, other than "hey, kids, let's do what drudge does!"

(also, we wonder if peter is going to take credit for the idea of not paying the writers of huffpo? genius!)

otherwhere, and on a lesser scale, balloon juice, the militant centrists of blogtopia and yes, we coined that phrase, seems to be eating itself.

firstly, it was radley balko of reason magazine blog vs. balloon juice. then ed kain, the conservative front-pager @ bj, commented on radley's blog that he was "ombudsman" of bj.

the less conservative writers of bj, dougj and anne laurie, took offense.

ed kain tried to backpedal, saying he didn't mean "ombudsman" as much as "loyal opposition" or something. then, like a high school drama queen, he said he'd take his ball and go home. cole said no.

we like reading balloon juice on a regualr basis. we do think, however, that they are militantly superior in their own minds to almost everybody else, left and right, in blogtopia and yes, we coined that phrase. this sometimes makes reading that blog a less than pleasant experience.

example: we enjoy the passion of firedoglake, but we don't recommend it (the passion, not the blog) for ourselves on a regular basis. hey, we have high blood pressure already. however, balloon juice sees fdl as childish anarchists w/nothing to contribute to the national discourse. that attitude on bj's part is not only extreme and unproductive, but condescending.

personally, we take the road that leads to "everybody's got their own opinion, and if we all listen hard enough, we might actually learn something from each other."

we wish the writers at balloon juice would calm down and take this approach more.

but they still have great pictures of pets!

update: at least we made john cole laugh!
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this 'n that

40 millionaires to obama: tax us!

this article enumerates specific reasons outlining that which we have always maintained: there were more factors bigger than ralph nader at work in the election of 2000

thousands march in london against afghan war

leave it to scotland: scottish scientists discover how to run cars on whiskey
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Friday, November 19, 2010

skippy's friday nite music club

some music to "drive" by...

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how the hell does this make us "safer" by humiliating a cancer survivor?
a charlotte-area flight attendant and cancer survivor contacted wbtv after she says she was forced to show her prosthetic breast during a pat-down. - wbtv

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u.s. in vast insider trading probe

yeah...but will any of these financial terrorists serve any time, or will they get a slap on the wrist and some more bailouts to do the very same thing again...we'll see if the feds have the cajones.
federal authorities, capping a three-year investigation, are preparing insider-trading charges that could ensnare consultants, investment bankers, hedge-fund and mutual-fund traders and analysts across the nation, according to people familiar with the matter.

...in another aspect of the probes, prosecutors and regulators are examining whether goldman sachs group inc. bankers leaked information about transactions, including health-care mergers, in ways that benefited certain investors, the people say- wsj

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stuff n' nonsense

send a letter to your congressjerk telling them to extend unemployment benefits for those out of work for more than 99 weeks

telling it like it is: former clinton advisor jami floyd called sarah palin an "extraordinary ass"

joe miller sues to stop lisa murkowski from winning alaska election

dems send letter asking gop congressjerks to give up their govt-provided health care
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what if the social network was directed by wes anderson, michael bay, guillermo del toro, or quentin tarrantino? the folks at college humor answer that burning question:

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

(thx & a tip o'the kangaroo tail to io9 for the link!)
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name that agency!

what does tsa stand for?

total sexual assault?

touch stuff agency?

put your suggestions in comments - winner gets a free radioactive scatter scan

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

skippy's thursday nite music club

a seriously fabu blast from the past.

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tweet of the day

well...actually anything from bill marler today. there were food safety hearings today...and mr. marler was listening.

i am still glued to c-span2 - now listening to harkin - i need a life outside of food safety.

ok senators - inhofe and coburn - makes you thankful states only have two.

put a trial lawyer out of business - pass food safety legislation before thanksgiving.

this is nuts - "510, the food safety modernization act, has been called "the most dangerous bill in the history of the united states"

really? "S.510 would grant the fda new powers 2 criminalize backyard gardening,imprison people who sell raw milk ." that is insane.

and this - S 510 "socialist agribusiness farm takeover bill" - how many stupid people are there in the us?

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kibbles n' bits

get ready for 47% increase in food prices thanks to climate change

loser (to the tea party) repubbb bob inglis blasts gop for climate denial

gop sues over ballots in undecided minnesota gov. race

lisa murkowski declares victory
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

skippy's wednesday nite music club

to the lord that praises me, it's time for dinner...now let's go eat.

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while the rest of america suffers

congresscritters rake in the bucks. you wonder why people hate congress so much. they haven't a freakin' clue of the harsh reality that america is going experiencing.
despite a long and deep recession, the collective personal wealth of congressional members increased by more than 16 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to a study released wednesday by the center for responsive politics.. - cnbc

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speaking of npr

the gop has it in their sites of "must destroy...now" vision of dismantling anything that benefits the american "public".
house republicans announced wednesday they plan to force a floor vote on defunding npr in response to the firing of analyst juan williams last month. - the hill

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they won by demonizing government subsidized healthcare

so, democrats are calling those republicans out and asking them to give up their congressional (government) subsidized healthcare
"if your conference wants to deny millions of americans affordable health care, your members should walk that walk," four democrats write in the letter, which is addressed to senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and house republican leader john boehner. "you cannot enroll in the very kind of coverage that you want for yourselves, and then turn around and deny it to americans who don't happen to be members of congress." - cbs

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podcasts i have known...or rather heard

i've been catching up on my podcasts of late. i haven't bothered downloading any music yet on my "newish" ipod, but rather have been enjoying some amazing podcasts. although i would love to, don't have enough time in the day to listen to every radio station everywhere trying to find some great shows.

a couple recent of note.

fresh air - terry gross interviews keith richards on his new book, "life"
in an interview on fresh air, richards recounts how he woke up just long enough to record the famous opening riff of "satisfaction" on a cassette player he'd placed next to his bed.
interviews with the filmmaker of client 9, the rise and fall of eliot spitzer.
fresh air with dave davies.
"it's hard to imagine that he didn't think he would get caught in some way," gibney tells fresh air's dave davies. "he knew very clearly that he had some very, very powerful enemies who wanted him to fall — and [paying for sex] was courting danger in the most extreme way possible."
and on all things considered
the filmmaker thinks spitzer underestimated the power of his enemies. "he had no friends," gibney says. "his style was so combative."with guy raz.
democracy now's amy goodman interviews john le carre.
in this rare us interview, le carré also discusses tony blair’s role in the iraq war, us policy toward iran, and international money laundering.

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morning in blogtopia

in other news, hell freezes over: the mormon church removes same-sex attraction from the list of sins, concludes reparative therapy unhealthy

gotta laff: willow palin's facebook homophobic slurs

lisa murkowski leads joe miller by more than 10,000 votes
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mad about tsa pat downs

mad kane, that is!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

skippy's tuesday nite music club

in honor of keith richard's autobiography, some rolling stones tonight...

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senator kyl

hates america and wants to destroy u.s. foreign policy. just because he can.

a key republican senator cast doubt tuesday on the obama administration's chances of passing the nuclear treaty with russia during the lame duck session of congress.

....french ambassador pierre vimont recently said that after he and other diplomats reported back to europe about the possibility of congressional opposition to the treaty, "people ask us, 'have you been drinking?'"

the world simply doesn't understand how hysterically ridiculous the republican party of the 21st century has become. why would american lawmakers reject a treaty that benefits america? the notion that a legislature would hate their president more than they love their country just doesn't seem plausible. - washington monthly

hey. president obama. they don't want to work with you. they want you to fail. they want you out of "their house." they will not work with you on anything. period.

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mainly watching the attorney general race to officially note the fact that california has swept all republicans from statewide office hopefully never to return.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

skippy's music club

a little haunting irish enya tonight....thinking of all those homeless horses in her homeland.

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tweet of the day

bill marler
obama and dems - grow some - do not cave to the craven republicans - their goal is to sink us for their shear power.

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another casualty of the worldwide economic downturn

horses in ireland. with the extreme downturn of the irish economy, many horse owners are no longer willing or able to financially care for their forelegged wards.
thousands of homeless horses now run wild across ireland - another consequence of the economic recession as the animals are abandoned by owners who can no longer afford their upkeep.

animal welfare organizations such as the dublin society for the protection of animals say the problem can only be solved by a mass national cull.

ireland has the highest horse population per capita in europe and an estimated 20,000 horses could now be ownerless.

..."they face a winter of starvation and in those circumstances sadly the only humane solution is to put those animals down. it is better that they are culled than left to starve to death which is shameful given ireland's reputation for breeding and loving horses." - irish times

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it's my tea party and i'll cry if i want to

our good friend james napoli has a funny piece @ huffpo titled the 10 point manifesto of the herbal tea party. it includes such platform planks as
calls for an increase in the financial incentive to reduce noxious pollutants in the atmosphere. easily achieved by paying glenn beck and sarah palin to stop talking.

only those lobbyists who have attended a weekend seminar with deepak chopra will be allowed to influence political policy.
and our favorite:
we tax the rich and they shut up and take it.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

skippy's sunday nite music club

a little sunday nite dance party...with a very young tom jones.

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happy 10 years

talking points memo!

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environmental news story sunday

yes...a little late. i know. but i'm trying to catch up some sleep after working to get das williams elected to our state assembly! so...without further adieu...the stories that you won't hear bandied about on the sunday morning talking heads show.

for energy chief, race is on to find fuel alternatives. - it isn't easy to foster innovation or choose economic winners; many policymakers say government shouldn't even try and that there are better ways to create jobs. but president obama, egged on by chu and others, thinks that money can lay the seeds for a more competitive, energy-efficient economy. - nytimes

investigation shows elevated levels of lead in grocery bags. - publix officials will revamp their lineup of re-usable grocery bags sold in their stores after a tampa tribune investigation found elevated levels of lead in material of some bags - tampa tribune

protecting abundant water. - when nestle announced plans to tap and bottle underground water in western michigan, many residents became worried, and decided to act. there's now a growing movement to turn michigan's groundwater into a public trust...owned by state residents - living on earth

as glaciers melt, scientists seek new data on rising seas. -scientists long believed that the collapse of the gigantic ice sheets in greenland and antarctica would take thousands of years. but researchers have recently been startled to see big changes unfold in both greenland and antarctica. many scientists now say that sea level is likely to rise perhaps three feet by 2100-- and the rise could exceed six feet. - nytimes

uc santa cruz scientists find toxic algae in open ocean. - once thought to be a problem plaguing only the coast, causing fisheries closures and wildlife deaths, recent research shows that open sea algae populations also occasionally bloom into toxic soup. and the toxicity explodes when iron is added. unfortunately, adding iron is one plan to combat climate change - santa cruz sentinel

ocean waves getting bigger, and stronger. - a small band of pilots braves often-treacherous conditions to guide ships across the columbia river bar. the pilots also confirm what marine scientists have just started talking about: ocean waves are becoming bigger and more powerful, and climate change could be the cause. - mcclatchy

pipeline companies may seek eminent domain. - jim rosenberg may look out on his 49.5 acres one day soon and see a natural gas company digging a 50-foot-wide marcellus shale pipeline through his property -- regardless of whether he approved of it. - pittsburgh post gazette

fantastic as plastic gets organic. - plantic technologies' cutting-edge bioplastic, also called plantic, is made from starch and is not only 100 per cent compostable but also completely dissolves in running water - melbourne age

as carbon market stumbles, other environmental markets succeed. - though the future of a u.s. carbon market now looks grim, other environmental markets are up and running, and attracting investor attention. acid-rain emissions, water rights, renewable energy certificates and energy efficiency certificates are all good examples of such specialized, yet fragmented micromarkets. - cnbc

vermont's environmentals look ahead with optimism. - the recent election left environmentalists around the country battered and dispirited, but in vermont they emerged with their agendas intact - and with optimism. vermont has a governor-elect who lists climate change as the state's biggest environmental challenge. - burlington free press

owls' clue to climate change. three years of excavation have recovered undisturbed bones representing what has been on the owls' menu for the last 13,000 years – helping researchers study how local ecology responded to past climate change, and how warming expected in the coming decades will affect great Basin animal communities - scripps howard news service

climate change worsens plight of iraqi farmers. frequent dust storms and scarce rains are stifling iraq's efforts to revive a farming sector hit by decades of war, sanctions and isolation - reuters

bottom lines: government offering new incentives for solar energy. - the department of housing and urban development announced tuesday that starting early next year, it will make available low-cost financing of as much as $25,000 for residential energy-efficiency improvements - atlantic city press

sacramento wants solar farm at site of former landfill. - the city of sacramento is in talks with german solar energy provider conergy projects inc. to develop a solar farm at the city's 28th Street landfill. - sacramento bee

what's up? roofs that help save energy. - when scott harris and sarah jack did a major renovation of their 1925 teaneck colonial in the summer of 2009, they kept the environment in mind — for example, choosing kitchen counters made of cement and recycled glass. - bergen country record

others may follow ge in buying electric-car fleets. - general electric co.'s move to buy as many as 25,000 rechargeable cars, almost half of them from general motors co., may herald more purchases of electric vehicles for corporate fleets - bloomberg news

kitty research could offer insight to gulf oil spill cleanup. - have you ever watched your kitty drink her milk, and wondered, "how does that work?" a team of scientists asked that question, and the answer could hold the key to clean-up efforts in the gulf. - marketplace

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frank rich asks the question

"who will stand up to the superrich?" the superrich aren't interested in creating jobs, or they would have created millions after the bush tax cuts went into affect the first time. the superrich aren't interested in inspiring those with big ideas and drive to reach to the top in a traditional, now altogether fictional, american business model. it's looking more and more like no one will have the spinal fortitude to even though our democracy and country depend upon people doing so.
“...that’s a good question, all right, but it’s not the question. the bigger issue is whether the country can afford the systemic damage being done by the ever-growing income inequality between the wealthiest americans and everyone else, whether poor, middle class or even rich. that burden is inflicted not just on the debt but on the very idea of america — our horatio alger faith in social mobility over plutocracy, our belief that our brand of can-do capitalism brings about innovation and growth, and our fundamental sense of fairness. incredibly, the top 1 percent of americans now have tax rates a third lower than the same top percentile had in 1970.

how can hedge-fund managers who are pulling down billions sometimes pay a lower tax rate than do their secretaries?” ask the political scientists jacob s. hacker (of yale) and paul pierson (university of california, berkeley) in their deservedly lauded new book, “winner-take-all politics.” if you want to cry real tears about the american dream — as opposed to the self-canonizing tears of john boehner — read this book and weep. the authors’ answer to that question and others amounts to a devastating indictment of both parties. - nytimes

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as if we need another one

very funny...100 reasons to go to war
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

skippy's saturday nite music club

it's been a little frosty of late here in high rent paradise (santa barbara)...feeling like it's going to be another "three dog night!"

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apparently, our financial overlords

aren't pleased with us.
g20: profound and complete disappointment for the us treasury

early friday i went through the g20 communique for the wall street journal; a marked up copy is available on-line.

it is hard to imagine how the summit could have gone any worse for the us treasury and the president. the spin machine is now working overtime – and you’ll see big efforts to get more positive stories over the coming week – but on all fronts the outcome is very bad. - the baseline scenario

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tweet of the day

publishes 's cell phone numbers - we own u -

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