s skippy the bush kangaroo: March 2011

skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Do Yourselves A Favor...

Get a copy of Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges. Buy it at a bookstore, check it out at a library, whatever. Just get a copy of it.

And then go home, leave off the computer, leave off the television, leave off the radio/CDs/iPod/whatever, put foam earplugs in your ears if you have to (sometimes I do), sit down, and read it.

Just... read it.

Actually, anything else you can find by Chris Hedges, you'd do just as well to sit down and read. And stick with him as time goes by. I mean, Howard Zinn is dead. Studs Terkel is dead. Molly Ivins is dead. Noam Chomsky is alive, but he's also 82 -- he might have another twenty years, he might have another twenty hours, it's often hard to tell when someone's that old. Other than Jim Hightower and Tim Wise, Hedges may be pretty much all we have left to hold onto for a while longer -- and unlike Hightower and Wise, Hedges scares the hell out of me...


posted by Jim Yeager at 8:23 PM | 2 comments

a great man passes

a part of my life passed away on tuesday. i just received an email that grandmaster duk sung son, leader of chung do kwan in korea following grandmaster won kuk lee, passed away from pneumonia. the grandmaster was 88 years old.

for a six year period, beginning my sophomore year in college and for several years after i graduated, i practiced grandmaster sun's style of tae kwon do at least six days a week. i had the honor of meeting grandmaster sun on many occasions and have always been proud of the association. i met him when he would come to my school to administer testing for advancement and also on three or four times when i was able to take a class at his school in new york city. i can remember every story i ever heard him tell. that period of my life, the people i knew in tae kwon do, remain among my happiest memories.

a good biography and characterization of grandmaster son can be found here. there is a photo of him here. he was an exceptionally fine human being.
posted by DBK at 8:08 AM | 3 comments

it's your own fault there are no jobs

according to this article at msnbc.com, the reason we have a jobless recovery is that us workers are so productive, companies don't need any extra ones. so it's our fault after all, not the fault of the companies.

so why did companies send those jobs overseas if u.s. workers are so productive?
posted by DBK at 5:46 AM | 3 comments

thursday thought process

poll: more americans have an unfavorable view of the tea party

no surprise here: studies show heartbreak actually physically hurts

yikes! japanese radiation found in california milk

republicans want to run the government like a business

birther impersonates obama online, acceses records. might just be in trouble

mike huckabee thinks americans shuold be indoctrinated at gunpoint
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

skippy's wednesday night music club

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:51 PM | 2 comments

nuclear apathy


posted by mahakal at 11:35 PM | 1 comments

yes...i'm still here

sorry to have been absent for awhile, but i have to admit, i'm battling depression. what is happening in the political realm is mindbogglingly maddening....the devastation in japan is just heartbreakingly sad. watching the news...reading the news....taking it all in has just overwhelmed my senses. i'm probably needing some anti-depressants, but being marginally employed with no health insurance, that is not an option for me.

they say that depression is anger turned inward....i guess i just need to work on sending it outward again.

no ted barlows disease for me.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:55 PM | 7 comments

question of the day

elvis or michael jackson?
posted by skippy at 9:14 PM | 2 comments

every once in awhile

i've got to brag

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posted by George at 5:52 PM | 0 comments

a boy and a girl...maybe an aluminum cat

for more than thirty years i have been wondering about an obscure song i heard just a couple of times when i was an undergrad. my inquiries drew blank looks from my music-loving friends. even the cool ones had never heard of robots for ronnie. some of them mocked me for it. mocked me! the man who owned a copy of dust's hard attack (until i sold it to a used book and album store last year because we were getting rid of all of our vinyl and i figured it wasn't going to go up in price beyond where it was--they paid me $8 for the re-issue, which was fine with me; it's not like i was gonna get rich off it or anything).

so i was listening to some iggy pop on youtube when i remembered robots for ronnie. i searched youtube and there it was. turns out it's a song by crack the sky, a group i can't remember for the life of me. and now, for your listening pleasure, i present the song that has haunted me for 30+ years...robots for ronnie:
posted by DBK at 12:11 PM | 4 comments

wednesday ins day

a new web site to recall wisconsin republicans

how many kinds of birtherism are there? let adam sewer count the ways

marketwatch op-ed: tax the super-rich now or face a revolution

luckily this obviously doesn't apply to skippy's fans: 1 in 7 adults in the usa can't read

fewer and fewer workers are willing to go into the ailing fukushima nuclear plant

hey, abc: howard dean may be a lot of things, but he ain't a senator!

and, remember that cobra that escaped from the bronx zoo? he's got a twitter account
posted by skippy at 4:26 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

great speech last night

gee, that was a swell speech last night obama gave. wish i could believe a word of it. get a load of what's happening in cote d'ivoire. we don't have a humanitarian interest in the people of cote d'ivoire because there's no oil in cote d'ivoire. libya is different, though. we have a humanitarian interest in libya. we must liberate the libyan oil fields from the clutches of a ruthless dictator.

oh i used to be disgusted, and now i try to be amused. (i find myself quoting that line from elvis costello more and more as time goes by...as time goes by, there's another good song.)
posted by DBK at 10:46 AM | 2 comments

tuesday tidings

govenors face serious budget blowback

are rick acott's educational cuts unconstitutional?

largest prison corporation in america basically wrote the arizona anti-immigration bill

robo-stock trading makes warren buffet's company shoot up whenever anne hathaway gets press

green party wins big in germany
posted by skippy at 4:34 AM | 1 comments

Monday, March 28, 2011

monday mastication

massachusettes rainwater radiation probably from japan

austerity? pa. paper asks where's the shared sacrifice from pennsylvania's most powerful people?

meanwhile, corporate profits were at an all-time high in 2010

the koch brothers: billionaire self-pity

wisconsin supreme court justice, gov. walker ally, loses hometown paper endorsement

thinkprogress has a short history of voter supression

india's tiger population rises

praise the lard? obesity linked to religion in young adults

yikes! cobra escapes from the bronx zoo
posted by skippy at 5:14 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Other Music...

Subterranean Fatherland.

I came up with this back in the 90s. Enjoy...


posted by Jim Yeager at 9:10 AM | 3 comments

sumptuous sunday

rip geraldine ferraro, pioneer vp nominee

but john cole holds the dissenting view

major fire cancels flights for days at the miami airpot

wisconsin organizers say they've got enough signatures for a randy hopper recall election
posted by skippy at 4:58 AM | 1 comments

And Now...




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Saturday, March 26, 2011

online information


posted by mahakal at 11:48 AM | 0 comments


Bob Herbert is leaving the Times. Good for him -- the so-called paper of record is nothing but a fat load of garbage anyway.

As is the bulk of what passes for our information media outside of Comedy Central these days. We keep complaining that the folks in the media aren't doing their jobs. Nonsense. They are doing their jobs very well, and that is to treat their viewers, listeners, and readers like mushrooms: feed them crap, and keep them in the dark.

And we gobble it all up. Every goddamned time.

Every, goddamned, time.


posted by Jim Yeager at 11:21 AM | 1 comments

saturday matters day

how's that wisconsin recall campaign going? halfway there

it's not bad enough that a dilbert cartoon is sexist; but the mind-blower is how misogynistic scott adams turns out to be

bob herbert is leaving the nytimes

in these days of waning labor rights, it behooves us to think about the reforms that came out of the triangle shirtwaist fire of 100 years ago
posted by skippy at 4:55 AM | 0 comments

who is john galt?

who is john galt?

whoever he is, he's
posted by skippy at 12:17 AM | 0 comments

Friday, March 25, 2011

happy cat blogging friday

Ernesto the thirsty by santa barbarian
Ernesto the thirsty, a photo by santa barbarian on Flickr.

tapping the tap water version

posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:07 AM | 1 comments

friday fundamentals

household wealth down 23% in 2 years

donald trump - birther

looks like the public outcry worked: huffpost removed breitbart's post from the front page

ex-kkk grand dragon running for mayor in miami
posted by skippy at 4:03 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Barrack Block Is Hushed And Tense, The Soldiers Drawing Lots...

Who will be the hangman in the dawn?


posted by Jim Yeager at 10:08 PM | 0 comments

the only truth

comrade doug j over @ balloon juice stumbles upon it:

part of it was watching that richard pryor video about the n-word that abl put up a few months ago, part of it was realizing, once and for all, that when people outside the top one percent of incomes fight amongst ourselves about this or that silly difference, we’re just doing the work of our galtian overlords. as commenter kdaug put it:

i think we get trapped into a false paradigm of “right/left”, “democrat/republican”, “christian/athiest” all the time. and i think it’s deliberate, propagated by the people who own the media and broadcast it.

the real paradigm: rich/poor.

and it’s always been the paradigm. in all cultures, in all countries, throughout history.
posted by skippy at 7:32 PM | 0 comments

sure it's the left that promotes violence...not!

hoisted on their own petard again. the hardly-ever-right has once again shown its true colors, as an indiana gop prosecutor resigns after being caught promoting fake violence disguised as left-wingers. wisconsinwatch.org:

an indiana deputy prosecutor and republican activist resigned thursday after the wisconsin center for investigative journalism uncovered an email to gov. scott walker in which he suggested a fake attack on the governor to discredit union protesters.

carlos f. lam submitted his resignation shortly before the center published a story quoting his feb. 19 email, which praised walker for standing up to unions but went on to say that the chaos in wisconsin presented “a good opportunity for what’s called a ‘false flag’ operation.”

“if you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions,” the email said.

“currently, the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising and failing to mention the role of the dnc and umbrella union organizations in the protest. employing a false flag operation would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions. god bless, carlos f. lam" ...

email headers with detailed ip addresses suggested that the message was sent from indianapolis.

lam, an indianapolis resident, at first told the center he never wrote it.

reached tuesday by phone at the number listed on the email, lam confirmed his email address matched the hotmail address appearing on the walker email, but said he had never written to walker.
lam resigned after confessing to his boss, prosecutor brad cooper.

oh yeah, it's the unions who are thugs.
posted by skippy at 5:44 PM | 0 comments

now that's comedy!

from our good friends carl and buzz:

the only extant footage of the classic comedy team johnson & nobler
posted by skippy at 3:52 PM | 1 comments

refers day thursday

if you worry about the huffungton post's reputation (we don't), you may want to sign the petition to remove breitbart

like wisconsin and michigan, ohioans oppose rollbacks for collective bargaining

poor little james o'keefe needs $50,000 to pay his credit cards...won't you please help?

television made sarah palin and television destroyed sarah palin
posted by skippy at 4:20 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

5 asvina 1933

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posted by mahakal at 10:10 AM | 0 comments

rest in peace elizabeth taylor

iconic hollywood legend elizabeth taylor has died from congestive heart failure. abcnews:

oscar winning actress elizabeth taylor died today at los angeles' cedars-sinai hospital. she was 79…

taylor, a two-time academy award-winning actress who became notorious for her seven marriages and sometimes eccentric behavior, had reported health problems in recent years and appeared frail in public appearances. six weeks ago, she was hospitalized with congestive heart failure. though she had recently suffered a number of complications, her condition had stabilized and it was hoped that she would be able to return home…

but she's iconic for being one of the most popular actresses of hollywood's golden age. born in london in 1932 to american parents who returned to the u.s. with world war ii looming, taylor bounded into the spotlight at age 12 after starring in the 1944 box office sensation "national velvet." she won acclaim as an adult with 1951's "a place in the sun" and went on to score best actress oscar nominations for "raintree county," "cat on a hot tin roof," and "suddenly, last summer."

in 1963, she memorably starred in "cleopatra." she later won oscars for "who's afraid of virginia woolf?" and "butterfield 8."

beyond acting, taylor is credited with bringing the world's attention to aids with her fund-raising and activism. in 1985, when taylor's lifelong friend rock hudson died of aids, she brought national attention to the growing disease. she raised and donated millions of dollars to the cause, founding the american foundation for aids research (amfar) and the elizabeth taylor aids foundation.
she was gorgeous; it's easy to see why she became one of the biggest movie stars of all time:


rest in peace, elizabeth taylor.

addendeum: a much more comprehensive and eloquent obituary can be found over at the a.v. club.
posted by skippy at 8:56 AM | 2 comments

say hello

to today world news
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rest in peace, liz

what horse crazy little girl wasn't inspired by your role in national velvet?  i always thought you blossomed into the most beautiful woman in the world. such an amazing and turbulent life you led...but with grace throughout. god speed, liz. god speed.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:54 AM | 1 comments

wednesday windfalls

mike huckabee thinks world leaders should have a biblical worldview

if it's good enough for oprah it's good enough for glenn beck: starting his own cable channel?

michigan not thrilled with gov. rick snyder
posted by skippy at 4:18 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

28 elul 5771

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posted by mahakal at 10:10 AM | 0 comments

things i have seen in dreams

towns with broken sidewalks
that lead to glass buildings and
great cities with great slums
and highways
where cars shrink to fit
between the concrete abutments

brown leaves swim
in puddles like fish
my grandmother, renewed to old age
a siamese cat who has never left me for a moment (my
dearest truest friend gone eleven years yesterday)
the gorilla that chases me
my soul mate i never did meet
but her name was marian

the tall trees I climbed down
to the glade with the swimming pool behind the wire fence

many times my lover awakened me
from my nightmare crying
a long time now since that's happened
maybe because my lover is still here
or maybe middle age creeps on

i don't fear death
posted by DBK at 9:18 AM | 8 comments

tuesday take aways

congressional liberal dems push for a tax on millionaires

who is america's worst governor?

cnn correspondent calls shenanigans on fox news lies about libya

you paid more income tax in 2009 than exxon or general electric
posted by skippy at 4:58 AM | 1 comments

Monday, March 21, 2011

monday mandates

new oil spill seen near deepwater rig

congressional dems assert libyan action is is unconstitutional

jp mrogan chase needs $4.5 billion cushion to fight 10,000 lawsuits

veterans rally opens 5thconsecutive weekend of wisconsin labor protests
posted by skippy at 4:05 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, March 20, 2011

no one could have predicted...

radioactive food worries expand in japan

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posted by George at 1:18 PM | 0 comments

For The Record...

Knut was a bear. Not a human.

This much is obvious. But we humans have this tendency to take cuteness and blow it all out of proportion, strictly for our own self-indulgence -- in this case, a little polar bear cub that was rejected by his mother, and transforming him into a cash cow for the Berlin Zoo.

And before anyone gives me any bull, listen up: bears are my favorite animals. They are beautiful to me. That's why I'm hot and bothered over this. And while the exact cause of Knut's death remains unknown, I don't find it very surprising that a young creature who seems to get along better with humans than with females of his own species would die without warning. Not when they behave a lot like his mother did.

We all know about the hell fame can inflict upon young humans. Maybe it's the same with young polar bears, who knows...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 11:03 AM | 1 comments

sunday situations

the lionfish takes over the atlantic

egyptians vote for constitutional reform in record numbers

gov. rick scott booed while throwing out first pitch
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

nothing to see here, folks

the epa has 44 radiation monitoring stations for precipitation. 3 of them are in tennessee and none in the northwest.  apparently they aren't detecting elevated levels of radiation in the air on the west coast.  they are reporting that the air is okay - no news about the rainfall from the jetstream that flows past fukushima

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posted by George at 8:59 PM | 1 comments

the jefferson memorial gets supermoon'd

Supermoon over the Jefferson Memorial

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tokyo liquefaction during the earthquake

unbelievable video of geology in action in japan.

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michael lewis...prognosticator?

he talks to vanity fair about his piece, "how a tokyo earthquake could devastate wall street and the world economy" first published in 1988....
in 1988, michael lewis traveled to japan for an article that would appear the following year in an issue of the now defunct manhattan, inc. magazine. the piece that resulted, “how a tokyo earthquake could devastate wall street and the world economy,” was part fact, part fiction: what would the economic fallout be if a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck japan’s largest city? lewis discussed whether the country’s infrastructure was capable of withstanding such a high-magnitude earthquake—pointing out that the complex systems in place then were programmed to shut off in extreme conditions, because they could not be trusted to operate effectively. however, much of the economic toll that lewis envisioned was predicated on different, more prosperous financial times in japan. following the publication of the article, the country entered its “lost decade,” sinking into economic irrelevance. but lewis’s article remains eerily incisive throughout: “many of tokyo’s citizens, like holland’s, live on unstable land that has been reclaimed from the sea. neon signs are everywhere. so are bulk-chemical factories. even if the skyscrapers don’t fall, they’ve created new hazards by jamming people into perilously close quarters.” 

full edition of lewis' original article...click here.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 12:59 PM | 0 comments

saturday sit-down

glenn beck's gold coin sponsor guilty of defrauding and counterfeiting

california latinos spurn the gop

anti-union ads celebrate workers taking pay cuts

war with libya? apparently deficits don't matter
posted by skippy at 4:38 AM | 0 comments

Friday, March 18, 2011

rip alfred


veteran character actor michael gough, best known as batman's butler in the series of 90's films, has died at age 94.

mr. gough was also in dr. who, as well as supplying voices for tim burton's alice in wonderland and corpse bride.
posted by skippy at 2:07 PM | 0 comments

sanity temporarily restored in wisconsin

a wisconsin judge has temporarily stayed gov. walker's anti-union law. channel 3000 news:

a dane county judge has issued a restraining order on friday to block publication of the state's collective bargaining law.

judge maryann sumi issued the order to temporarily block the law as dane county district attorney ismael ozanne had requested as part of his lawsuit.

she said the order will stop publication until further order of the court. sumi said that while the order blocks the law's publication, she said she has no authority to prevent the legislature from voting on the bill again.

the state department of justice asked for a stay of the order, but the judge denied the request.
it's pretty obvious the wisconsin gop defied the open meeting law by holding the vote w/less than 30 minutes warning.

addendum: d-day @ fdlnews points out that this injunction stresses the importance of the wisconsin supreme court elections next month.
posted by skippy at 10:27 AM | 0 comments

friday wry day

join this ponzi scheme or we shoot this dog! ceo of national lampoon arrested for defruading investors

is there a groupon for this? buy-one-get-one-free burial plots

u.s. millionaires say $7 million not enough to be rich

and finally, voters would rather elect charlie sheen than sarah palin
posted by skippy at 4:14 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, March 17, 2011

my big nose smells something

so the obama administration is suddenly pushing for a tougher stance towards libyan whackadoodle qaddafy. this change in policy is described in the article i linked as a "sharp shift". my big nose smells something. lemme see...libya has oil and whoever wins the fight in libya controls libyan oil. conclusion: somebody high up in the rebellion promised lots of juicy oil contracts to american corporations. i hope we weren't suckered and the rebels keep their (assumed) promise. do we have a strongman dictator type in the wings, just in case the rebels don't play ball like they promised? makes sense to have a plan b, and strongman dictator types are sop for the us.
posted by DBK at 10:31 AM | 2 comments

watch tv, listen to liars

curious about the safety of nuclear energy in the united states, after seeing so many apologists for nuclar power on television talking about how there have only been three accidents ever (three mile island, chernobyl, and fukushima), i took a little look on the internet tubes to see if that was so.

it isn't. it took me sconds to find this.

don't worry. not a lot of people have died. and they're dead now, so don't worry. also, take note of the part about borated water eating into the sides of containment vessels. i know someone who works in a nuclear power plant in nj. he says all containment vessels everywhere are in a state of deterioration and it takes constant vigilance to maintain them.
posted by DBK at 9:33 AM | 7 comments

transpose, think, worry

read this article, but substitute the words "united states" for "japan".
posted by DBK at 9:23 AM | 1 comments

thursday thoroughfare

conservatives: "we are being outworked, out-organized in wisconsin recall races"

michael moore and deadly spin

80,000 u.s. cancers caused by nuclear bomb test fall out - 15,000 fatal

the koch brothers kill a river

pro-union protesters occupy dc lobbying firm where gop fundraiser is held
posted by skippy at 4:11 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

And Now, Beth Orton...

Because I feel kind of bad about what I inflicted on y'all yesterday...

She's good. Real good. Enjoy...


posted by Jim Yeager at 7:02 PM | 2 comments

wednesday waggles

radiologist: americans get get plenty of iodine in their food

wisconsin gop walks back threat to hold the fab 14 in contempt

conflict of interest? gov. rick scott divests himself of interest in health clinic chain - by giving it to his wife

maine gov. calls for shared sacrifices but is exempt from pension cuts he's calling for
posted by skippy at 4:52 AM | 3 comments

this song is 4 minutes 20 seconds long for a reason


posted by mahakal at 12:40 AM | 7 comments

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

And Now, Some Perspective When It Comes To Music...

There's quite a bit of Rebecca Black-bashing going on here on the Internets. For those of you who don't know who she is (and I'd never heard of her until today myself), she's a young girl who sings the new song "Friday." Critics are ripping it to shreds. Here's the official video:

I don't understand what all the loathing is about. Personally, this song just isn't up my alley. This is just one of the styles of music that today's kids listen to, far as I'm concerned. Yeah, it abuses Autotune. So does every other new song I hear on the radio these days -- I don't hear anyone complaining about any of those songs. Way I see it, if you don't like what you're hearing, don't listen to it -- listen to what you do like to hear. That's always worked for me.

Now... if you thought Rebecca's song was bad, get a load of Jandek. You want bad? I'll give you bad...

I don't know if this guy is playing that way on purpose, or if he is actually that tone deaf. But he makes Rebecca Black sound like an angel to me. His $#!+ is harsh...


posted by Jim Yeager at 11:37 PM | 3 comments


congrats to greg sargent at the washpost for winning the hillman foundation's sidney award for february for his reporting on the protests in wisconsin
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I am watching live streaming video from NHK, the Japanese English-language channel. The nuclear disaster continues. Aftershocks, of intensity great enough that they would be called significant earthquakes were it not for the fact that they follow a 9.0 earthquake, continue to shake the island.

Today I am Japanese. My heart goes out to the people of Japan.

If you wish to monitor NHK, I found a link to it at msnbc.com, although the link has since been replaced by a story about how the Dow Jones industrial average is falling.

UPDATE: They are reporting a 6.0 earthquake at Shizuoka at roughly 9:35 AM Eastern Standard Time (about 10:35 PM in Japan). They are reporting that there is no danger of a tsunami. No damage has been reported.
posted by DBK at 6:36 AM | 6 comments

tuesday newsday

chris bowers points out that the wisconsin voters are halfway to collecting the signatures required to hold recall elections

you can help by donating to the wisconsin democratic party here

americans target bank of america to stop corporate tax dodging

via sci-fi hottie felicia day: hacker w/ iphone takes over times square screen
posted by skippy at 4:22 AM | 0 comments

Monday, March 14, 2011

monday macarena

the religious right chastize obama for being anti-god

here's the recall scott walker countdown clock

city of new orleans votes to allow solar panels in the historic french quarter

you can't keep a cheesehead down
posted by skippy at 4:47 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, March 13, 2011

sunday soup

6th reactor @ fukushima loses cooling functions

and the magnitude of the quake has been revised upward to 9.0

wisconsin rally outdraws glenn beck

are you a white male? there's a scholarship just for you
posted by skippy at 4:23 AM | 4 comments

Saturday, March 12, 2011

the japan syndrome

strange appar8us, who blogs over @ rumproast, has a background in nuclear reactors (as do several of the commentors), so those threads are intriguing reading in light of the fukushima reactor problems.

addendum: meanwhile on this thread @ lawyers, guns and money, commentor ubermitch says:

there is no way this ends that doesn't involve mothra

to which doc amazing replies:

if so, we need to scrounge up two 12-inch high japanese women with good singing voices, or we're hosed
posted by skippy at 6:58 PM | 1 comments

Basic Reminders of Nuclear Power

  1. The most difficult thing about making a true nuclear bomb is keeping the explosion going. Power plants are not designed to do that, so there will not be a million Dark Suns over Fukushima.

  2. But there weren't dark suns at Chernobyl, either. A damaged reactor—like a large battleship—cannot change course immediately. Translation: you have to cool it down before you shut it down.
    1. Easiest way to do that is to put water in it. In fact, the problem gets worse if you don't: the reactor core can melt on itself.

  3. Water cooling turns to stream. Some of that steam is likely DiDeuterium Monoxide. (D2O). That is, it's radioactive steam.
    1. The good news is, the steam isn't very radioactive. Higher than the normal atmosphere, but not likely to be fatal if that's the only thing that happens. (Assumes you don't breathe it in directly, and are in good health and adult. Otherwise, collateral effects may occur. This is why evacuation is safest.)

      If the plant is run well, steam leaking will elevated the level of radiation (has to), but not cause serious injury or illness just because it is dispersed into the atmosphere.

  4. If the water cools the reactor enough, you can shut it down. If something goes wrong, the reactor's core starts to melt. (Essentially, the graphite rods are no longer able to stabilize the core so they become part of it.)
    1. Repairing a core is not something to be done with live people. Think Spock near the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Or the area around Chernobyl.

  5. The core can remain contained and become slag. This is the best case scenario if something is seriously wrong.

  6. If you get radioactive steam, the odds are good your reactor is slag too.
    1. Your best case is if the steam comes out and the core remains contained. You'll never be able to use the core again, but you won't irradiate the entire area too badly.

  7. If anything other than steam comes out, you have a major problem.

The above checklist may be useful. If we're all very fortunate, number seven will be irrelevant.

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posted by Ken Houghton at 6:51 PM | 5 comments

look up "ironic" in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of joke line

joe klein, who never writes blog posts on the weekend, hates unions
posted by skippy at 5:44 PM | 0 comments

or: i'll be beck

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saturday sounds

japanese officials evacuate areas near nuclear reactors

end the deficit? how about a 5.4% surtax on millionaires?

wisconsin unions call to remove funds from bank that supported gov. walker's campaign

400 protest against westboro church
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Friday, March 11, 2011

"Dream Of Me"...

By The Violet Hour.

Posting it this way because I can't find this song anywhere else on the Net. Enjoy...


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happy birthday!

happy birthday to one of blogtopia's (and yes, we coined that phrase) most influencial and hard- working netizens, not to mention a good friend to this blog, john amato.
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friday fol-de-rol

a former wisconsin ag says last nite's committee meeting which passed walker's agenda clearlycviolated the open meeting law

meanwhile, liberal groups have raised almost $2 million for the recall effort of the wisconsin gop legisators

an 8.9 quake plus a tsunami has hit japan

what digby siad. only this time, she said it in the hill (and check out the bloggers who leave the comments!)

and cookie jill tweets that the richest 400 americans have more money than the bottom 50% combined

and remember to contribute to the wisconsin recall fund @actblue
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Aren't you glad you voted for Obama?

Here's the leadership we get under Commander-in-Chief Obama.

Today, with workers' rights being legislated away in Wisconsin, Barack Obama showed his great leadership by giving a talk about how bullying is bad.

Can you spell "worthless"? I spell it "o-b-a-m-a".

We've been without a real president for 10 years. People, don't screw things up again in 2012, please.
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thursday thinking

two wisconsin gop senators would lose if recall vote were held today

is gov. walker a short timer?

is what he did even legal?
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

skippy's wednesday nite music club

on this union busted evening....a little bruce springsteen.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:04 PM | 1 comments

the wi gov wanker doctrine shocks

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:41 PM | 1 comments

my friend is a teacher

and he's not happy with being labeled "lazy", "greedy", etc.
"losers. i am so sorry that as a teacher, making a tad over $70k, i am taking away your money. really?

come on down and try my job: 26 students, 21 are special ed. and no one reads on grade level. not my fault, as i inherited them from 5th grade. i do what i can with the $48,0000 i take home after taxes.

i am so sorry that you feel i do not need a retirement plan from the state. how am i supposed to put into a 401k? i take home $48k a year. my brothers, all engineers, make $400,000 a year. ok, so they have to save for their own retirement. pay me that, and i will pay for my own retirement.

but, i teach your children. can i please be allowed to retire in peace after doing that for 30 years? or, put me in jail and charge the state the $43k it costs to incarcerate someone in ca. free tv and wifi. my collective bargaining keeps me in your classroom
he buys supplies for his students all the time. out of his own pocket.
he buys books for his students all the time. out of his own pocket.
he feeds his students all the time. out of his own pocket.

he makes sure his kids get their meds on time.
he has been attacked by a student.
he has been attacked by parents.

he has students who live in 2 bedroom houses with 3 other families.
he has students who don't eat even 2 meals a day.
he has had students lose their parents and become orphans because their parents couldn't afford to see a doctor.

my friend didn't bust any freakin' budget. those lazy ass freakin' wall street gamblers did. those lying sacks of shit republicans did...by giving away the bank to their capital croanies. those asswipes couldn't last a day in a classroom dealing with kids.

the gop and the teaparty can go straight to hell...

just sayin'

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:58 PM | 8 comments

wisconsin gop wins the battle

wisconsin gop passed gov. walker's anti-union measure thru sneaky, but apparently legal means.

d-day discusses what comes next.
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wednesday wailings

anti-gay senator roy ashburn comes out of the closet

will mike huckabee fall victim to his own mouth

are wisconsin repubs getting worn down?

maryland gay marriage bill moves forward
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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

First Layne Staley...

Now Mike Starr:

I swear, that band is cursed. It was bad enough knowing this $#!+ happened to the Boomers in their day -- Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and others all dying before their time. Now it's folks in my generation's turn. This, really, sucks.

Take care, Mike. Til further on...

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tuesday teasings

protesters rally in dc for harsher sanctions against mortgage brokers

wisconsin gop state senator faces unfriendly, angry constituents at townhall mtg.

the obesity-cancer connection

bloomberg agrees w/michael moore: we're not broke
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Monday, March 07, 2011

"Am I Being Crazy Here?"


Or, that's just my initial answer. Maybe I'm way off base here, but I just don't understand what it is about David Brooks that obsesses you, Doug. It may be a personal thing -- my eyes tend to glaze over every time I read Brooks' nonsense. So I assiduously avoid reading it whenever I can..

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monday must-see

wa state senate passes statewide mail-in ballot bill

conservatives turn on glenn beck

the gop assault on unions is the assault on the democratic party

john mccain thinks ipads are built in america. they aren't
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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Here, Have A Video...

Normally, since this is my second post of skippy international tonight, this would be where I would act mostly coherent but somewhat awkward. I do have a history of that here, unfortunately. Sometimes, it's because something pissed me off to no end; other times, I simply forgot to not blog when I'm about half in the bag. (I have a history of that, too.)

Well, there will be none of that tonight. Sorry. Instead, there will be Sly and the Family Stone...

Things have been kind of slow 'round here lately. So, enjoy...


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Can You Blame Him?

Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins tells Rolling Stone he's just about had it with being Phil Collins (h/t Mahakal):

Mainly, it's because he's had it with people thinking they know who Phil Collins is. And not in a good way. He has been called "the Antichrist," the sellout who took Peter Gabriel's Genesis, that paragon of prog-rock, and turned it into a lame-o pop act and went on to make all those supercheesy hits that really did define the 1980s. So, he wants to move on. He could make another original album, but he knows that will bring a rehashing of all the old criticism. It's inescapable. Forget it. He'd rather spend his time in his basement, building up his collection of Alamo memorabilia, which, oddly enough, is his great consuming passion these days. "I sometimes think, 'I'm going to write this Phil Collins character out of the story,'" he says. "Phil Collins will just disappear or be murdered in some hotel bedroom, and people will say, 'What happened to Phil?' And the answer will be, 'He got murdered, but, yeah, anyway, let's carry on.' That kind of thing"...

Collins also admitted that he's had suicidal thoughts -- which is troubling no matter who says that. In light of this RS article, and since Genesis has been my favorite band for more than twenty years, what follows is rather spooky. It was released in 1978, and Tony Banks wrote it, but it may as well have been written by Collins...

"The way you built me up, then knocked me down again." Those lines all but predicted Collins going from being a pop superstar to being the "Antichrist" many years later.

It's not hard to see why he feels the way he does these days...

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sunday soupcon

warming arctic leads to colder northern hemosphere winters

maddow beats beck in key demographic

conservatives move to disenfranchise voters in 22 statehouses

science proves listening to music is good for you
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Saturday, March 05, 2011

saturday situations

5 things unions have done for america

right wing dismisses white house report on women's rights

help recall the wisconsin hacks

news outlets http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/03/04/news-outlets-sue-wisconsin-governor-over-lack-of-response-to-email-requests/>sue gov. walker over requests to provide emails
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Friday, March 04, 2011

dressed to the neins

it was just a matter of time

adolf hitler on scott walker

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happy cat blogging friday

wisconsin badger style.

see more friday furry creatures over at the modulator's friday ark

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friday fol-de-rol

cal. aty. gen. calls for gay marriages to reaume

why making fun of charlie sheen isn't funny

may 1933: hitler abolishes unions

michigan cops botch drug raid while microphones were recording
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Thursday, March 03, 2011

skippy's thursday nite music club

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:53 PM | 0 comments

For Now The Lizard's Shed Its Tail...

This is the end of man's long union with Earth.



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you can never have enough dick

long time readers of this space know how much we love dick.

and, having been sorely disappointed by ben affleck's dick, we felt some trepidation at the thought of seeing matt damon's dick.

and yet, rotten tomatoes is giving the adjustment bureau a solid 69%

dick is tricky to get right on screen. when it works, there's nothing as fascinating, thought-provoking or downright exciting as dick.

but conversely, bad dick is oh so disappointing.

we'll go see the adjustment bureau. any time we can watch emily blunt is time well spent.

and we think you can't beat the combination of a good blunt with a good dick.
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thursday thoroughfares

tragedy in afghanistan: 9 afghani boys were mistakenly killed by nato forces

4 national polls find americans supporting union workers over gov. walker

the kochs vs. main street

2 fla. state senators (1 dem, 1 repub) sue gov. rick scott for rejecting high speed rail funds
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

ad it up

act blue has a tv spot to counter the gop gov's propaganda in wisconsin:

if you can help act blue get it on the air w/a donation, pls. contribute.
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wisconsin wednesday

highlights (or should we say low lights) of scott walker's budget

and if wisconsin voters had a do-over, they wouldn't elect walker

a judge issues orders that the madison state house must remain open

video proves fox news reporter was not attacked by madison protestors

and, speaking of fox, someone tell that network that there are no palm trees in wisconsin in february
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

skippy's tuesday nite music club

an oscar winning song version...

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"Whoa... Who Are These Guys?"

This song turned up on my supervisor's iPod today...

I like 'em.



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walker to dems..."come back or

the schools get it."
wisconsin gov. scott walker (r) gave a speech at the state capitol tuesday to unveil his budget for the next two years, even as the debate over his budget repair bill still rages.

....walker's budget would cut spending by 6.7%, or $4.2 billion. in his address, walker said that the cuts would hit harder if the 14 senate democrats who have left the state to avoid a vote on the budget repair bill do not return.

..."if they do not, our schools face massive layoffs of teachers. however, if they do come back, overall savings for schools across the state will outweigh reductions, ultimately allowing schools to put more money in the classroom."
- tpm

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they. just. lie. period.

and then when they are caught...they just say "oops. didn't mean it...or i misspoke" and think that it will make it all better.
during a radio appearance yesterday, mike huckabee repeatedly falsely claimed that president obama grew up in kenya. after questioning obama's purported secrecy about the birth certificate, radio host steve malzberg asked huckabee if "we deserve to know more about this man." huckabee responded, "i would love to know more. what i know is troubling enough." - media matter

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Life In These United States...

Courtesy of Pygalgia:

A unionized public employee, a teabagger and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it.

The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies, looks at the teabagger and points to the union guy. “You’d better look out for that guy — he wants a piece of your cookie.”

The teabagger looks at the union worker, knocks the last cookie to the floor, stomps on it and calls the union member a “fucking socialist.”

And it's all the union member's fault...


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tuesday tidings

are wisconsin republicans conspiring to kidnap?

this is what dedication looks like

but the teabaggers are so mad they are going to pull over

and rest in peace jane russell
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