s skippy the bush kangaroo: May 2011

skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

down the penrose lane


more at penrose on politics
posted by skippy at 11:13 PM | 69 comments

My General Take On 9/11 -- And An Apology...

Nineteen guys, in possession of box-cutters and Islamist fanaticism, hijacked four commercial American planes, and managed to crash three of them into buildings. The fourth plane ended up nose-diving into Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Altogether, the hijackers killed nearly 3,000 people. The plans for these attacks were probably drawn up by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and they were definitely green-lighted by Osama bin Laden.

As for the Bush administration, they were sleeping while on guard. I don't think there was any direct involvement on their part. In a way, I wish there had been someone on the inside involved -- given the way everything Bush & Co. touched seemed to turn to garbage, they might have prevented the attacks. But I lay a little of the blame on the Clinton administration, too. Clinton tried to get bin Laden, but he didn't try hard enough -- and that's Clinton's assessment, not just mine.

All of this makes me sound like the 9/11 Commission report, I know. But when it comes to an event as powerful as 9/11, when trying to understand just what the hell happened, the first thing I go with is a principle known as Occam's razor: if there are two or more hypotheses explaining the same phenomenon, the one that makes the fewest assumptions is the one most likely to be true. And the 9/11 Commission's bare-essentials explanation makes the fewest assumptions here.

Mahakal and I have been going back and forth over differing takes on 9/11 for the last few days, and in the process of doing that, I've said things in the comments that were way out of line. It's a touchy subject for me, but that in no way excuses the things I said, and on somebody else's blog at that. So I apologize to Mahakal, to skippy, to everyone else who contributes here, and to all of skippy's readers for the nastiness I've exhibited around here lately. No excuse for it.

I could have simply told Mahakal that I thought he was making too many assumptions in his posts. Instead, I got nasty.

And that was toward a guy I consider an ally. Jesus Christ. Imagine what I could to to someone I hate...


posted by Jim Yeager at 7:57 PM | 8 comments

good for the ol' ticker

the fox news ticker in new york got hacked:

posted by skippy at 5:43 PM | 2 comments

ruby tuesday

bikers prevent westboro baptist bigots from disrupting obama's joplin memorial

arrested for committing democracy

birdwatcher arrested for sage in botched marijuana bust

winds of political remorse
posted by skippy at 4:43 PM | 0 comments

with newt gingrich as mr. drysdale

our comedy writing friend rudy reber gives us this:

sarah palin kicks off bus tour

posted by skippy at 12:35 PM | 7 comments

what cover story?


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Monday, May 30, 2011

Committing Suicide in Self-Defense

Spent yesterday at the Jersey Shore. There's nothing like a bunch planes flying adverts for mediocre bands—at least one of which will get some national fame, just because of the effect of location on promotional considerations—to me me think about song writers who deserve a wider audience.

For instance, Butch Hancock, whose buddy and touring partner Jimmie Dale Gilmore covers Yet Another Bloody Song About Lost Love; think of it as "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" for people who prefer Puccini to Wagner.


posted by Ken Houghton at 10:54 AM | 1 comments

honor a veteran today

Memorial Day 2011 by Eric Henderson Photography
Memorial Day 2011, a photo by Eric Henderson Photography on Flickr.

remember those who gave their lives so that many could keep theirs.

posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:02 AM | 0 comments

what torpedoes?

you're pretty sure there was a torpedo attack, though

oh no doubt about that...i think


posted by mahakal at 9:11 AM | 5 comments

rainy days and mondays

we're not sure he answers his own question, but kevin drum posits why democratic party has abandoned the middle class in favor of the rich

here's a surprise! breitbart's latest expose, weinergate, looks to be a complete fabrication

why is fox news so bad at covering republican sex scandals?

gop hopefuls who supported a health care mandate

alabama town that was destroyed by tornadoes bans fema trailers

sen. boxer sez it's time to get out of afghanistan
posted by skippy at 4:10 AM | 2 comments

And The Band...

Played Waltzing Matilda...

I've never been able to look at Memorial Day as a holiday. A holiday is an occasion for celebration. The Fourth of July is a holiday. Labor Day is a holiday. Memorial Day is a time for humility and sober reflection -- the parades we have on this day don't make any sense to me. "And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is not about or associated with Memorial Day, but their spirits are very similar...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 2:34 AM | 9 comments

Sunday, May 29, 2011

And Now...

More rat goodness...

The first time I saw a rat do that eye-boggling stuff, it was a little disconcerting to me. It just didn't look right. But I learned that it's actually normal, and usually a good sign, when rats do that. Rats' teeth continue to grow throughout their lives, so now and then they grind them down to keep them manageable, a process known as bruxing. The way rats are put together, the muscles for bruxing run behind their eye sockets, and when these muscles vibrate strongly enough, their eyes boggle for a second or two. It's weird, but it's okay.

And rats are cool to begin with. You just have to know how to treat them...


posted by Jim Yeager at 5:15 PM | 6 comments

Isn't He A Bit...

Like you and me?


posted by Jim Yeager at 4:58 PM | 1 comments

from here no lines are drawn

i hum from the other side


posted by mahakal at 1:19 PM | 0 comments

das williams - of the fighting 35th ca assembly district

my assemblyman, das williams, walks the walk...talks the talk...and writes the "right" way of thinking that the "green" of  environmental issues is "green" for our economy, too.
"..being a leader in energy efficiency is a pathway to job creation in the state. we should be investing in research and development of better ways to store wind and solar power. the state should be utilizing the california innovation that has made our state the home to so many creative and profitable industries; specifically we should do this to design more efficient transmission networks for the energy we produce. this technology will take a highly skilled, well-paid workforce, and california is its natural home.

another innovative idea that will both help the environment and create jobs is found in my bill ab 1302. the bill deals with something called distributed generation, which is a common-sense idea of placing a power distribution plant near the community that is going to use the energy.

it can take the form of renewable energies such as solar or wind and fuel cells powered by natural gas or biogas. this cuts down on transit costs and energy lost over larger distances.

this means a city like oxnard, which has the largest population between los angeles and san jose, would be a good example of a place to locate a distribution plant being that it has a relatively high concentrated demand for electricity.

in the long run this could obviate the need for "peaker plants" and some of the dirty energy being produced in our community, replacing the jobs with better ones, cleaning up our air, and giving us a chance to use that beachfront land for open space.

we can use distributed generation to increase employment because it will require the creation and updating of existing infrastructure. ab 1302 would develop guidelines for investor-owned and publicly owned utilities to use when creating maps and identifying the best places to utilize distributed generation.

this bill would further make the distributed generation of electricity easier by ensuring that the technical information is accessible and up-to-date by requiring that maps illustrating possible locations be posted on the company's website and is updated as new information becomes available.

my two main goals since my election as your assembly member have been putting people back to work and protecting the environment. with innovation and ingenuity, i hope that together we can make a difference on both fronts. - ventura county star

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:14 AM | 1 comments

what molten steel?


posted by mahakal at 9:11 AM | 5 comments

environmental news story sunday

yes. more of those pesky stories you probably won't hear on the white male talking head shows.

ocean acidification is latest manifestation of global warming. - millions of marine species are now threatened with extinction; fisheries face eradication; reefs that protect coastal areas are starting to erode. ocean acidification is now one of the most worrying threats to the planet, say marine biologists - london observer

an unlikely power duo emerges in the global fight against climate change. - bill clinton and michael r. bloomberg are taking on an issue – climate change – that may well shape the world’s economic and social future for decades to come. but can this unlikely power coupling make an impact in stemming rising seas or cooling the planet? - nytimes

china drought affects more than 34 million people. - a debilitating drought along china's yangtze river has affected more than 34 million people, leaving farmers and livestock without water and parching a major grain belt, the government said saturday. - afp

peak coffee: a cup of trouble. - on a mountaintop estate in the rugged coffee-making region of quindio, colombia, juan pablo villota is at war with the weather. changing weather patterns have wreaked havoc on coffee supply, particularly the arabica strain, which is grown in the americas and africa and which makes the best coffee. - globe and mail

mercury, pcbs widespread in sport fish in california's urban coastal waters. - traces of mercury and pcbs are widespread in sport fish in california's urban coastal waters, a survey found. but 19% of the coastline sampled had fish with mercury in such high concentrations that they shouldn't be eaten by young women and children - latte times

deadlier than dutch elm: u.s. trees stricken by a plague of ash borers. - a voracious beetle known as the emerald ash borer, first discovered in detroit in 2002, has been gradually spreading, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. the infestation has already killed some 60 million ash trees in 15 states as far east as new york and as far south as tennessee - time magazine

sorry, charlie! better luck next time getting endangered species status. - the federal government has decided not to list atlantic bluefin tuna as an endangered species. adding insult to injury, the altantic bluefin spawning grounds in the gulf of mexico were in the path of last year's bp oil spill - npr

costa rica’s war on climate change. - for many years, the small nation of costa rica has been leading the war against the negative affects resulting from climate change. in korea, costa rica has found an ally in this battle - seoul korea herald

a generation out of time. - when he was a 27-year-old university of utah student, tim dechristopher took a bold action on climate change that vaulted him into the national spotlight and soon, may land him in prison - telluride daily planet

new orleans residents of superfund site still waiting for their checks. - homes on the site of former agriculture st. landfill sat atop a stew of chemicals so dangerous the government declared it a federal Superfund site. 18 years later, after the court upheld a judgment in the residents' favor, the claimants are still waiting for their money - times picayune

gingrich calls for 'all out' drilling. - the republican white house hopeful says such efforts would bring down gasoline prices long before new supplies are produced - washington hill

democrats want hearing on marcellus impacts. - democrats on the house committee on energy and commerce want to hold congressional hearings on the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, which recovers gas and oil reserves deep underground. - charleston gazette

mother earth's rights get new respect. - there is no doubt that the dominant culture is killing the planet. nature has been treated as a subsystem of the economy rather than the other way round. with all the new accumulation of knowledge, it has not translated into understanding. nothing can be more important than life - madison capital times

bidding war heats up for low u.s. corn supplies. - a bidding war is heating up among users of corn in the united states as livestock feeders and ethanol makers scramble to lock in supplies before extremely low stocks run dry by this summer - reuters

money drought threatens river gauges. - budget problems could shut down Iowa river gauges that are crucial to flood predictions and meteorologists' ability to predict flooding as well as the army corps' decisions on how to maintain reservoirs, officials warned this week. - des moines register

a new flood, some old truths. - years of mismanagement of the vast mississippi river ecosystem — the relentless and often inadvisable construction of levees and navigation channels, the paving over of wetlands, the commercial development of flood plains — have made the flood damage worse than it might otherwise have been. - nytimes

the era of climate disasters has begun. - as the floodwaters roll down the mississippi river, and as joplin, mo., copes with a tragic tornado, it is now apparent that we have entered a new era of human history — an era of climate disasters, where human fingerprints are found on disasters previously called "natural." - des moines register

largest-ever dead zone 'a disaster in the making' for louisiana fishermen. - louisiana's shrimpers expected 2010 to be a good year. instead, they got the oil spill. now the swollen mississippi river is expected to deliver another heavy blow to a seafood industry already on the ropes: a massive flush of fertilizer, animal manure, treated sewage, pesticide and urban runoff - greenwire

flooding could spur largest ever dead zone. - the massive amount of nutrient-heavy river water pouring out of spillways and through the mouths of the mississippi and atchafalaya rivers will likely trigger a record-setting gulf of mexico dead zone, an area of low-to-no oxygen water that forms annually off louisiana’s coast. - thibodaux daily comet

costly weather. - taxpayers subsidize 60 percent of farmers' crop insurance. Extreme weather could up the ante - marketplace

and then...there were the tornados.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 8:15 AM | 3 comments

There's A Presence Here...

No one denies.

No one.


posted by Jim Yeager at 7:52 AM | 0 comments

blue sunday

federal judge denies james o'keefe's "right" to record his victims w/o their knowledge

republicans double down on ryan's medicare-killing plan

traveling? maybe you need some bedbug sniffing dog

what the ny-26 special election means to the budget debate
posted by skippy at 3:32 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, May 28, 2011

If You Open Your Mind Too Much...

Your brain will fall out.


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And, just for good measure, a bonus track:

Because I felt like it. Enjoy...


posted by Jim Yeager at 5:34 PM | 5 comments

okay, coconut man, moon heads and pea

seems like everybody's got a price
i wonder how they sleep at night
when the sale comes first
and the truth comes second


posted by mahakal at 11:52 AM | 1 comments

what plane?


posted by mahakal at 9:11 AM | 9 comments

And Now, Something Cool...

And a break from all this stressful crap. If I ever get pets, it'll be a couple of rats. Why?

Because rats are cool. All you have to do is treat them with kindness -- they'll do the rest.



posted by Jim Yeager at 4:00 AM | 2 comments

another saturday night

hackers break into lockheed martin

solar prices to rival coal in 3 to 5 years

are tornado increases due to climate change?

join save oir nation pac in their wisconsin 4th of july rally

rip kenickie...skippy was fortunate enough to improvise one night @ the comedy store w/the fantastic actor jeff conaway, who died friday morning after being taken off of the ventilator when he was in a coma. jeff was a fun and gracious performer, and fans will remember his work in grease and taxi. he will be missed.
posted by skippy at 4:00 AM | 0 comments

In Response...

To... well...

In response to Mahakal. I'm trying to be civil here. But this has kept me awake all night, and I just don't know how else to address this.

Note to Mahakal in particular, everyone in general: do not ever -- ever -- tell me that there were no planes on 9/11. To me, it is offensive. To those who lost loved ones on that day, it is deeply insulting and completely indefensible.

We've all seen these live images of flight 175 crashing into the second tower over and over and over again. (I refuse to embed this video clip here -- the fact that I even have to write this post to state my case makes me sick.) This was not staged. It really happened, and in full view of the entire world. Why did you even mention this "no planes" idiocy in the first place, Mahakal?

We're the ones who have called ourselves the reality-based community, right? Let's try to act that way from now on...


posted by Jim Yeager at 3:02 AM | 5 comments

Friday, May 27, 2011

born in chicago but gone home tennessee

goodbye gil scott-heron.



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friday child

supreme court upholds arizona's right to punish busineeses that employ.illegal immigrants

alabama gop state rep becomes a democrat because of anti-teacher law

andrew breitbart hates glenn beck

will the house swing back to the democrats?

there's single payer health care in vermont

the tea party is yesterday's news
posted by skippy at 4:37 AM | 0 comments

save skippy the bush kangaroo's homeland

well...not "our" homeland, but that of the australian cultural icon's.
a new fight has begun to preserve waratah park - spiritual home of skippy the bush kangaroo - by having it listed on the state heritage register.

the waratah park nature reserve foundation is fighting to have the 12ha site protected to prevent it from being privately acquired or carved up by developers. - manly daily

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 2:31 AM | 0 comments

hoppy kangaroo blogging friday!

Skippy the bush kangaroo by Heaven`s Gate (John)
Skippy the bush kangaroo, a photo by Heaven`s Gate (John) on Flickr.

posted by SantaBarbarian at 2:18 AM | 0 comments

Tiefer, Tiefer...

Irgendwo in der tiefe...

Gibt es ein licht.

Wish you goodbye...

Til further on.

(Will you still be there, further on?)


posted by Jim Yeager at 12:01 AM | 2 comments

Thursday, May 26, 2011

thursday's child

the latest from lance mannion: "newtered"

and speaking of newt: when loans become lobbying

the senate rejects the ryan budget to kill medicare

what about ah-nold? john edwards to face criminal charges

democrats: with us some of the time, other times, not so much

rep. patrick mchenry doesn't like elizabeth warren; america doesn't like mchenry's facebook page
posted by skippy at 4:31 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Unfit To Stand Trial...

No $#!+, Sherlock:

The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means 21-year-old Jared Loughner will be sent to a federal facility for up to four months in a bid to restore his competency.

As survivors of the Jan. 8 attack looked on Wednesday, Loughner lowered his head, raised it and said what sounded like: "Thank you for the freak show. She died in front of me." It wasn't clear who "she" was...

It wasn't clear who "she" was if you were an apple-polisher in good standing with the bigwigs of the mainstream media. To everyone else, "she" was a human being named Gabrielle Giffords.

I rest my case.


posted by Jim Yeager at 11:55 PM | 2 comments

being a woman in this world is, well, tough

especially a woman in the media spotlight. now, don't get me wrong, i think laura ingraham is a right wing whackadoodle, an especially hypocritical one at that, but i also think that sean hannity is a right wing whackadoodle. gender neutral. just plain ol' whackadoodles. both.

but, big eddie stepped over the line when he added the word "slut" to the phrase "right wing" when describing laura. that particular word, along with the "c" and "w" words are harsh words...biting words...mysogynist words and should not be uttered in polite company, let alone on a news talk show. big eddie did the right thing and apologize.

i find it interesting, though, that all the right wingers coming to laura's defense, were no where to be seen when the gop was calling hillary clinton and nancy pelosi,  "sluts" or a "whores" or a "bitches" and invisioning them being "raped."

i find it interesting that those who are employed by a news channel who dress their on-air women up like barbie dolls and sexually objectifies them are "shocked, shocked" over this treatment of a woman.

i find it interesting that those on a particular channel are calling for big eddie's permanent ouster from the airwaves over this verbage but have no problem with their on air personalities calling for doctors to be murdered...the president to be assassinated....nancy pelosi to be killed...san francisco to be attacked by terrorists.

women in the media spotlight, political or otherwise, have always had this double standard. their very appearance is picked apart and criticized. their wardrobe. their hair. their weight. their makeup.

let's keep the misogynist talk out of the equation. women can be wrong, just like a man can. they can spread hate, just like a man. laura is a dangerous women who spreads lies and hate. call her a liar. call her an opportunist. call her a hypocrite. call her shallow and callow. call her misinformed. call her ignorant of reality.

just don't call her a slut.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:13 PM | 3 comments

wednesday morning, 3 am

whoops! there go rush limbaugh and sean hannity's ratings

dem kathy hochul pulls off upset in ny-26th special election, but gop opponent has already obtained a pre-emptive judicial order barring certification of the winner

next month target employees will vote on whether or not whether to to unionize

fox host accuses obama of "chugging 40's" during joplin disaster

and marvin wanted us to remind you - it's international towel day
posted by skippy at 3:00 AM | 0 comments

Oh, What A Shock This Is...

Harold Camping continues to be a ravenous wolf in sheep's clothing:

In an hour and a half broadcast, Camping walked listeners through his numerological timeline, insisting that his teaching has not changed and that the world will still end on October 21, 2011.

“It wont be spiritual on October 21st,” Camping said, adding, “the world is going to be destroyed all together, but it will be very quick"...

The best thing about being a doomsday prophet is, no matter how many times you get it wrong, you can simply keep pushing the day of judgment back until you get it right. Unfortunately, the worst thing about being a doomsday prophet is... well, no matter how many times you get it wrong, you can simply keep pushing the day of judgment back until you get it right. You can get away with that indefinitely if you are aware that you are a fraud, and simply don't give a f&%k. But when you are using deception in what you think is service of the gospel truth?

Ooooo, that's bad. Real bad. Gospel of Matthew, chapter seven, verse fifteen bad. Camping is proof positive that age does not bring wisdom...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 12:15 AM | 6 comments

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Threescore and Ten

Chris Dillow misfires:

I’ll concede that parts of John Wesley Harding are very good indeed. But, for me, songs such as Blowin’ in the wind, The times they are a-changing, and Subterranean Homesick Blues just mean nothing. This is not a genre or generational thing; I regard Dylan's near-contemporaries Leonard Cohen and Townes van Zandt as minor gods.

Skippy clearly disagrees; and you don’t have to know that “the pumps don’t work cause the vandals took the handles” is a reference to an actual incident at Bard College to love the imagery—the lyrical pointillism, as it were—of a lot of the early work.

But let us work from behind, within Mr. Dillow’s world. Ignore the abiding question: Is Chris Dillow really that much younger than we are?  Ignore also, for the moment, that a self-proclaimed Marxist’s two “minor gods” are both scions of what used to be called “family money,” before that quaint term was replaced with Dynastic Wealth. Let us declare loudly that Chris Dillow has amazing taste, and that Leonard Cohen and Townes van Zandt are (were, in Townes’s case) amazing songwriters.

They’re not Dylan. (UPDATE: Jim Yeager explains the difference between Dylan and Cohen directly.)

And I don’t mean better or worse. Leonard Cohen and Townes van Zandt write (wrote) songs about love.  Old love, new love, lost love.  Townes’s “medley of my hit” is one of the great asexual love songs of all time.

Pancho needs your prayers it’s true

But save a few for Lefty too.

He only did what he had to do...

And now, he’s growing old

It’s a sentiment that feels right at home in “Suzanne” or “Famous Blue Raincoat” or “So Long, Marianne” or even the later, colder songs—“I’m Your Man” or “Closing Time.”  For Townes van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, love abides.  Even “Hallelujah” needed Jeff Buckley to put a bitter edge on it.

Dylan writes a different type of song.  You can find the attempts at sentimentality—“Sara” is the obvious; the omega to the alpha of “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands,” but even there Dylan comes closer to elegy than sentiment. It isn’t until Street Legal  that optimism returns, and in the later years even that moment disappears: "SaraTangled Up in Blue" becomes “Highlands”; “One More Cup of Coffee” becomes “Cold Irons Bound.”

Ultimately, the songs that are remembered aren’t the protest numbers.  Yes, it’s obligatory that every Sensitive Concert for a Cause includes “The Times They Are A Changin’” or “I Shall Be Released.”  But ask any Dylan fan and they generally point to the Lost Love Songs: the road trip that is “Tangled Up in Blue,” the sheer bitterness of “Positively Fourth Street,” the growing torture and sense of dread of “Boots of Spanish Leather.”

And then there is the one that is A True Dance Song; the second True Dance Song Dylan ever recorded and released.  In several ways, it answers the first—“I Want You”—with growing embers and flailing.



Lefty, we can be certain, kept Pancho’s notes.  “Sincerely L. Cohen” continues a relationship. Bob Dylan Moves On.

Happy Threescore and Ten, Bobster.


posted by Ken Houghton at 8:35 PM | 2 comments

happy birthday, mr. zimmerman

70 years young today...

and here's our fav dylan song

posted by skippy at 11:58 AM | 1 comments

tuesday afternoon

of course, anyone who has watched the walking dead knows that the cdc is useless in the face of a zombie epidemic. but that didn't stop them from issuing the preparedness statement what to do in case of a zombie apocalypse

bad omen? pawlenty's hometown paper runs the announcement of his prez campaign on the obituary page

supreme court tells california reduce your inmate population

voter disenfranchisement: america's march towards fascism

coals to newcastle: it's the beginning of hurricane awareness week
posted by skippy at 4:49 AM | 1 comments

Monday, May 23, 2011

nothing is happening

please move along

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posted by mahakal at 10:30 PM | 0 comments

not the end of the world

just the beginning

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posted by mahakal at 9:42 PM | 0 comments

monday monday

sexual exploitation a constant threat to immigrant food workers

pawlenty announces candidacy via web video

syria cracks down on social media

tornado devastates joplin, mo
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that you probably didn't hear mentioned this morning on the talking (empty)head shows on the corporate media channels this morning.

germany's merkel backs nuclear exit within a decade. - german chancellor angela merkel on saturday backed proposals to shut down all of the country's 17 nuclear power plants within about a decade - reuters

heating up glacier national park. - disappearing glaciers are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to glacier national park's changing landscape. according to dan fagre, research ecologist with the u.s. geological survey, multiple phenomena point to a warming trend - great falls tribune

drug-tainted fish can swim right past u.s. food inspectors, audit says. - the u.s. food inspection system is so haphazard in screening imported seafood that fish tainted with potentially harmful drugs may be winding up on americans’ dinner plates, warns a report by the government accountability office - fair warning

gm food toxins found in the blood of 93% of unborn babies. - toxins implanted into gm food crops to kill pests are reaching the bloodstreams of women and unborn babies, alarming research has revealed - london observer

sun-dried french fields cloud farmers' mood. - drought is biting crops in france, the european union's top grain grower – a worry which helped fuel a rally in global wheat prices despite a commodity sell-off sparked by economic doubts - reuters

koalas at risk with climate change. - climate change and competition with humans for habitat threatens colonies in the state. - australian ap

farm states suffer expanded drought, wheat suffers. - a dire drought that has plagued texas and parts of oklahoma expanded across the key farming state of kansas over the last week, adding to struggles of wheat farmers already dealing with weather-ravaged fields - reuters

agony for japan livestock farmers in nuclear crisis. - as more people are forced to leave their homes around the stricken fukushima nuclear plant, anger is growing in a farming community forced to make the agonising decision whether to slaughter livestock or face ruin. - afp

the 'honeybee underground' rescues bees, promotes backyard beekeeping. - in cities across the country, there's a grass-roots movement afoot to preserve bees, and it's all in response to the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder. bees are abruptly disappearing from hives, and nobody knows why. but there are theories - pasadena star-news

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:59 PM | 0 comments

Well, Why Not?

Here's some more Blondie...

There aren't too many good disco tunes out there, but this is one of them...


posted by Jim Yeager at 8:44 AM | 4 comments

sunday sundae

now that bin laden is dead, let's scrap the patriot act

gop sen. coburn sez we have to raise taxes

gop state rep pulls gun on photographer

blackwater founder creating private army of 'christian crusaders' in middle east
posted by skippy at 4:07 AM | 1 comments

Saturday, May 21, 2011

skippy's saturday night music club

there's only one song to play this evening...

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:34 PM | 0 comments

Doomsday Come, Doomsday Go...

The world didn't come to and end again, true believers. I'm very sorry about this.

No, really. I'm kind of annoyed that the rapture didn't occur today. I was hoping that God would finally take all these insufferable fundamentalist @$$#o!e$ away from the rest of us once and for all. Didn't happen. Again.

All the same, it's not a surprise. The world has always been about to come to an end. The James Randi Educational Foundation listed a tiny fraction of these false claims throughout history, shortly before all that Y2K nonsense went bust (hey, remember that one?). Hell, I actually had a little fun with this latest one...

I was still at work around 8 PM Friday night, and one night shift guy was telling me that two other co-workers had told him the world was going to end at midnight, and he was a little mad and worried over it. I and a couple other guys had enjoyed a good laugh with the rapture detector in the early afternoon, so I figured I'd put this man's mind at ease. I simply asked him, "Midnight in which time zone?" It took him a moment, but he got the hint -- it may have been Friday night in Virginia, but in, say, Japan, it was Saturday. (I'm not always a jackass, folks -- I do try to help out where I can.) Once he saw the absurdity of the claim, he was done with it. So that was my good deed for Friday.

As for the folks who continue to peddle their doomsday nonsense in the face of centuries of failure, the absurdity is what binds them to it. They even have their very own Latin phrase for this: credo quia absurdum. It's in their blood, it's what they do. They are unserious, and they are not to be taken seriously.

Sure, the New York Times had an article about some of them. That's what the Times does, too -- I already told you all this. That only demonstrates that they aren't to be taken seriously, either.

But I'm a jackass, so forget everything I just wrote...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 8:26 PM | 3 comments

don't panic


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saturday soaking pool

for the first time ever, gallup finds majority supports gay marriage

sexual harrassment @ the imf seems to be business as usual

tea party rally fizzles in so.carolina

newt hearts abba

rip randy "macho man" savage, who died in a car accident
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Friday, May 20, 2011

prosser wins fake recount


vote like it matters

will kloppenburg appeal?

voters should demand it

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better meme than never, we suppose

we know we're a couple days late w/the david brooks meme (which is, admittedly 100 in blog years), but we agree w/doug harlan j @ balloon juice, this pic gives off an 80's album vibe:

posted by skippy at 2:09 PM | 4 comments

the greatest comeback in rock and roll history

we offer some girls/emotional rescue/tattoo you (which is just the second record of the emotional rescue double album) for our candidate

christgau gives those albums an a, b+ and a-, respectively
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blue sunday

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friday fry bread

mississippi flooding claims first life

gay marriage has a shot in new york thanks to some republicans

why do opponents of social security have so much trouble getting their facts right?

rupert murdoch drops al gore's current channel fron skyitalia because of the keith olbermann hire

o'reilly admits jon stewart crushed him in the common debate

gop blocks efforts to scale back oil industry tax breaks

and...50 reasons why the world is definitely ending this saturday
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Childhood Of Concrete Cube Shaped...

A flypaper stuck with human life...

Caged up rage swarming all the time.

Hawkwind is a mighty hard habit to break. Normally, this is where I would say, "Enjoy." I can't say that here. This is not enjoyable. But it's definitely worth watching...


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Thursday, May 19, 2011


mercury, venus, earth, and mars at-one-ment, may 21

it's not the end of the world

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thursday thunderbolts

also against torture: john mccain

also against john mccain being against torture: rick santorum

also against rick santorum being aginst john mccain: meghan mccain

does newt gingrich secretly want to write bad epic poetry?

remember all those priests raping little kids? the hippies made them do it

nytimes editor bill keller hates twitter

talk about income redistribution!
posted by skippy at 4:07 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

And Now, Atonement Time...

A pattern seems to be emerging here: one day I post a really bad YooToob clip, the next day I post a much better one. Yesterday it was that Ted Nugent atrocity. To make up for that, I now give you The Temptations:

I picked this one mainly because their stage presence is about 180 degrees out of phase with Nugent's, and that's a very good thing. Nugent sucks, man. Skippy thinks Rush sucks? Say whatever you want about Rush's music, their lyrics, or Geddy Lee's voice, skippy. I've seen them live -- they couldn't look as bad as Nugent looked yesterday if they were drunk, stoned, and tripping on LSD all at the same time.

And now back to The Temptations. Enjoy...


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california redistricting

i know. it's really not a "sexy" topic, but it is soooooo important. and the commission is actually reaching out to the public for some input. and, it's important we do so. want your community to be represented accurately, it's time to weigh in. but better do it quick...time is running out.
every 10 years, after the federal census, california must redraw the boundaries of its congressional, state senate, state assembly, and state board of equalization districts, to reflect the new population data. now those lines will be drawn by the commission. california voters authorized the creation of the commission when they passed the voters first act, which appeared as proposition 11 on the november 2008 general election ballot.  under the act, the commission is charged with drawing the boundaries of california’s congressional, senate, assembly and board of equalization electoral districts.

the california citizens redistricting commission is calling for the public to submit their testimony on the drawing of district boundaries no later than may 23rd in order to be considered by the commission for the first draft of district maps - wedrawthelines.ca.gov.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:04 PM | 0 comments

buh-bye, bp!

george's red nissan leaf
i splurged today and bought an all electric vehicle - the nissan leaf.

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just sayin'.
hope she was paid a good deal of hush money.

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wednesday waterloos

a democrat now looks likely to win the special election for new york 26th district, a thoroughly republican enclave

in defense of chambermaids

may is national masturbation month

now we know why maria moved out

how hypocritical are republicans? let us count the ways

latino workers in rochester sue the city over the unwritten english-only policy

and rip baseball great harmon killebrew
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oh, Is This Bad...

But I'm more or less the bad guy around here now, so I might as well embed it. Not that I want to cause anyone pain. It's just that this is so goddamned-awful, you have to see it to believe it -- and if you end up clawing your eyes out afterward, I won't mind if you sue me for damages.

Here's Ted Nugent performing "Cat Scratch Fever" on Mike Huckabee's Fox News show, with Huckabee playing bass. And what's funny is, Huckabee's part is at least viewable -- unlike Ted's...

Has Nugent's stage presence always been this embarrassing to watch? Because at times, he looks like he's just jerked off successfully for the first time in his life. Yeeeesh!

As for Huckabee, he must not know the lyrics to this song. Or maybe he does, and this is his way of getting off. Either way, so much for all that traditional family values crap...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 9:38 PM | 1 comments

victim-blaming begins

well, not strictly "victim-blaming" in the truest sense, but close enough, as dominique strauss-kahn's apologists begin planting stories of how he was "set up" for his rape accusation. i hear donald trump is demanding to see the victim's birth certificate.

yeah, kahn is the real victim here. those stinking rich, powerful guys are always the fall guys for hotel maids.
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tuesday tenacles

psykkkology today: major scientific magazine asks why are black women less attractive?

the connection between the teaparty and stormfront

pot, meet kettle: paul ryan sez obama is practixing class warfare

mitt romney raised 10 million dollars in one day

environmental groups say obama's plan is too weak

we say that if newt was on fire, it would be a pink floyd cover: eugene put down that cell phone
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Monday, May 16, 2011

monday muggles

ron paul wants to abolish fema

stop the presses: the right wing media are liars

florida gov. scott shifts money from unemployment checks to corporations

10 ways the birthers are an object lesson in white privilege

imf head picked out of police line up
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Sunday, May 15, 2011


This is a depressing and disturbing book Bill McKibben has served up. And yet, it also has some of the most promising solutions for the problems that are confronting and will confront human civilization. Forget about saving the planet -- the planet we have in mind when we say things like that is gone, and it's never coming back. We need to save ourselves now.

Much of what McKibben does in Eaarth is basically what Cookie Jill does here every Sunday: listing not only example after example of how we have harmed our environment, and thus imperiled our existence, but also a number of ways in which we have addressed this threat. A must-read.

Sometimes, I want to just plain give up on my own species. But then there will come a day where I'll be walking down some sidewalk, looking down, wondering why I even bother giving a damn anymore... and I'll see two or three blades of grass growing through a crack in the sidewalk. That's when I remember why I still give a damn. That's all it takes.

If you've ever felt like that, even once in your life, give Eaarth a read. My 2 cents...


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environmental news stories sunday

yes...those little stories that seem to fall through the cracks during the white male d.c. insider talking head shows.

historic climate change deal with legal powers agreed by cabinet. - cabinet ministers have agreed a far-reaching, legally binding "green deal" that will commit the uk to two decades of drastic cuts in carbon emissions, and put britain at the forefront of the battle against climate change - london guardian

barack obama moves to expand oil and gas drilling. - president barack obama is looking to bolster u.s. oil drilling, announcing saturday a preemptive strike against bolder efforts from capitol hill as consumer unrest deepens over the price at the pump. drilling will be expanded in the gulf of mexico, alaska and potentially parts of the atlantic seaboard.  - politico

climate change to create a dustier southwest. - a warmer southwest might very well mean a dustier Southwest. that’s the conclusion of a new study by researchers at the u.s. geological survey and the university of california-los angeles – and it has far-reaching implications for all of utah - salt lake tribune

water shortages threaten the american west lifestyle. - while not every dire prediction has come true, amid swimming pools and thirsty crops, the hard truth remains that the american west cannot maintain its spendthrift ways of using fresh water. - miller mccune

yangtze drought leaves shipping high and dry. - a 228-kilometre stretch of china's yangtze river has been closed to ocean-going ships due to a severe drought, which has left fishing vessels high and dry near the city of wuhan in hubei province - new science

summer of drought as rivers run at record lows. - rivers in britain are drier than they have ever been for this time of year, according to the latest figures on rainfall – with many areas of the country already officially in drought - london daily telegraph

usda looks to approve monsanto's drought-tolerant corn. - the obama administration will seek to allow the unlimited sale of a corn variety genetically engineered by monsanto co. to resist drought, the department of agriculture announced wednesday - greenwire

navajo group to take uranium mine challenge to human rights commission. in a last attempt to deep-six a controversial project to mine uranium near two navajo communities in northwestern new mexico, a navajo environmental group is taking its fight to the global stage - greenwire

ben fogle swims through plastic to save oceans. - ben fogle, who described "swimming through a horrible slick of plastic" in the feeding grounds of the endangered blue whale, has joined with sir david attenborough to help make a new film about the growing threat of plastic to the wildlife of the ocean, and ultimately the human food chain - london daily telegraph

france to ban fracking of fossil fuels. - french lawmakers have voted to ban a controversial technique used to extract shale gas and oil that opponents say contaminates the environment. if the vote by the lower house of parliament passes the senate, france will be the first country to ban hydraulic fracturing. - london daily telegraph

iran expert alarmed by 'critical' caspian sea pollution. - the level of industrial and oil pollution in the caspian sea has reached a 'critical condition,' an Iranian ecological expert warned - afp

kroger joins effort to block use of bpa. - having made sure that bpa is gone from the baby products it sells, the retail chain kroger now is ridding the chemical from cans it uses in its store brands and the paper on which its receipts are printed. - columbus dispatch

mississippi river flooding: pollution, fertilizers, sewage in the flood waters. - the great mississippi river flood of 2011, cresting south of memphis today, carries a mix of fertilizer, oil, pesticides, trash and farm runoff as it flows toward the gulf of mexico, say public health officials. abc news did its own testing, and found levels of sewage 2000 times over the acceptable limit. - abc good morning america

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sunday certainty

how lose republican friends - pick a pro-choice vp candidate!

california is closing 70 state parks

head of the international monetary fund was arrested in nyc for sexually assaulting a hotel maid

even millionaires collect unemployment

jazz legend etta james is hospitalized

dear david brooks: americans aren't solipsistic, republicans are

20,000 people marched on wall street last thursday

politician's mom makes him apologize to neil gaiman for calling him names

al qaeda is now on twitter
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Another Band Kick I'm On...

Lovin' me some Rush right now. But I don't dare post a YooToob here in that vein -- skippy would strangle me to death with his tail I did. So you all have to go to the Medley for this one.

Seriously, I don't understand the visceral hatred so many people on the Left have for Rush. Unless this is just another shibboleth thing -- that could explain a good deal of it...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 9:10 PM | 2 comments

One Last Hawkwind Clip...

Going with their signature song here, "Silver Machine"...

Best lineup Hawkwind ever had. Enjoy...


posted by Jim Yeager at 12:37 PM | 0 comments

pleiadian depth charge


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saturday situation room

donald trump loses his cool on cnbc

ron paul would not have voted for the 1964 civil rights act

wsj are sobs: they lie

there's a parakeet population explosion in london

and this was part of the thursday posts lost to the cloud, so we bring it back: from the galactic empire times comes the news: lord vader reports obi-wan kenobi is dead. be sure to read the comments!
posted by skippy at 4:20 AM | 1 comments

Friday, May 13, 2011

So I Took A Couple Of Quizzes On The Internet (Plus A YooToob)...

Which is a totally unscientific way of finding things out, of course. But it's late Friday night/early Saturday morning, and typically during this part of the week, I'm awake until, oh, sunrise or later, and not being a party animal but being a bit of an insomniac, I had nothing better to do.* The results interest me.

First, I took the progressive quiz from the Center for American Progress. I credit my co-blogger here at the big roo's place Michael for prompting me to do this -- he told me I'm a right-wing glibertarian sexist pig, and for that reason I now think he's been eating too many mushrooms in between bong hits. I'm not right-wing, I'm not a glibertarian**, and I'm not a sexist. A pig, yes -- hell, I'm male and I'm human, being a pig might as well be my birthright. :-) But overall, Michael is 1-3. Too bad for him.

Anyhoo, I took the progressive quiz -- 40 questions, scoring from 0-10 on each one -- and wound up with a score of 272 out of 400. According to CAP, that makes me very progressive -- the average American score is 209.5. I take that score as proof that I don't make the grade as a progressive (or whatever passes for that today), something that I've known for a few years now, even though I scored better than most Americans. Simply divide 272 by 4 -- if I had taken this same quiz in grade school, I would have gotten a D. Nothing to boast about. All the same, Michael can roll my 272 score up and smoke it. Who knows, maybe it'll enlighten him a little...

Next, I took the libertarian purity quiz. This was more interesting to me than the progressive quiz because I've long thought that I've been a libertarian more than anything else, and a liberal second. But on a scale of 0-160, I scored a 41. For those who score in the 31-50 range, that means your libertarian credentials are established, and you will become more extreme as time goes by. (I strongly doubt it -- I don't care for extremists on either end.)

In other words, I'm not libertarian enough -- and here I am using skippy's blog to promote my libertarian credentials and slam progressives when I'm more progressive than most Americans, all the while being slammed back by progressives for embracing what they seem to think are too many parts of libertarianism.

And y'all wonder why I'm so f*%k!@g moody.***

Whatever, dudes. Here, have a YooToob:

This song isn't about me, and I don't advocate this sort of behavior. But I understand it.

Enjoy. And til further on...

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{*: For the record, the nine-plus years I spent working nights at the print shop pretty much wrecked my ability to establish a normal sleeping pattern. The heavy drinking I did in that time to get some sleep worked fairly well for years, but now I'm going through a few of the long-term effects of that -- plus, that further wrecked my ability to get a good night's sleep on a regular basis. I don't have cirrhosis of the liver or anything. I can still do everything I have to do over the course of a day the way I did before I took my first drink. Let's just say my body is paying little prices here and there for my stupidity nowadays. It could be a lot worse than this...}

{**: I now think the word glibertarian is the best current example of a left-wing shibboleth. For more info, check out John Quiggen's excellent breakdown of the tribalist tendencies among the far Right, if you haven't caught it already or don't know what I'm talking about...}

{***: I'm getting used to this now, folks. This was just a warm-up. My solidarity with you self-styled progressives begins when I enter my polling place and ends when I leave it. I'm not like you, and I have no desire to be like you. All that matters to me is the fact that we have the same goals we would love to see realized -- where we differ is over the process of achieving these goals. And that's where you people are confused. Me, I focus on the outcome, whereas you insist on giving process primacy -- and every time that fails you, you blame anyone except yourselves. And then you wonder why so many people despise you... }

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posted by Jim Yeager at 9:45 PM | 14 comments

thursday leftovers on friday nite

hopefully we can make up the lack of thursday posts with some extra scraps and some toast and butter:

john ensign proposed to his mistress at the national prayer breakfast

meghan mccain tells glenn beck to shut up

catholic church to john boehner: your budget isn't christian enough

is huckabee running? is pawlenty dukakis?

wasilla high bans "bohemian rhapsody" because a gay sings it
posted by skippy at 5:56 PM | 0 comments

friday frankness

georgia enacts arizona-like anti-immigrant law

mike huckabee will make an announcement tomorrow, probably presidential-run-related

ron paul, however, has already announced

and obama's re-election hdqtrs. opens - in chicago
posted by skippy at 12:27 PM | 0 comments

blogger: you get what you pay for

our apologies to everyone who reads this blog on a regular basis. both of you.

blogger was inexplicably down for more than a day, and now that it's back up, we find that all of our posts from thursday have been sent to the memory hole, ie, are gone forever.

not much was put in those posts, but still, it rankles.

we now return to our regularly scheduled snark.
posted by skippy at 9:52 AM | 7 comments

Thursday, May 12, 2011

friday frocks

also against torture: john mccain
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

"our future depends on those who see and can help others to see."

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thursday thoroughbreds

eliminating oil subsidies won't increase pump prices

repressed much? firedasst. ag sues gay college activistfor mental duress amongst other things

delaware legalizing medical marijuana

best part, as usual, read the comments - obi-wan is dead, reports darth vader
posted by skippy at 9:37 PM | 0 comments

what does 2012 mean to you?*

*not intended to be viewed or answered by jim or individuals offended by discussions of adult subject matter

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what democracy looks like

not like this

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mid week eco bits

a more likely nuclear nightmare. - fires regularly occur at the 104 u.s. nuclear plants, nearly 10 times a year on average. about half the accidents that threaten reactor cores begin with fires that can start from a short circuit in an electric cable, a spark that ignites the oil in a pump, or an explosion in a transformer. - center for public integrity

tracking fracking water goes high-tech. - water, as much as natural gas, is the lifeblood of the marcellus shale play. drillers need millions of gallons of water to flush the gas out of its hiding spot, deep below ground. - pittsburgh post gazette

france set to heed shale oil protests. - france’s parliament looks set to ban exploration for shale oil and gas as protests intensify against the technique, accused of polluting the water table in north america - london financial times

defending nuclear power in court: utilities could block merkel's energy revolution. - chancellor angela merkel is pushing ahead with her plans to phase out nuclear power in germany; the latest proposal would see the last reactor going offline around 2020. but resistance from the major power companies could throw a spanner in the works - der spiegel

and what would happen if downtown los angeles...banned automobiles? interesting video from cal poly san luis obispo...

Downtown Los Angeles from tam thien tran on Vimeo.

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wednesday wanders

trump's polls are falling faster than gary busey on pch

gop house refuses to pass resolution honoring crew that got osama

republican efforts to curtail private sector unions have faltered

first the cobra escapes the bronx zoo, and now a peahen. and, like the cobra, she's got her own twitterfeed
posted by skippy at 4:51 AM | 0 comments

the war is over

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Re-make, Re-model...

Roxy Music:

Truth be told, though, I never quite became a fan of Roxy Music. I loved their debut album, from which this song comes. But while catching up on some of their subsequent albums, I just kind of drifted away from them and lost interest. Maybe if Brian Eno had stayed with the band, things would have turned out differently, who knows.

Anyway, sit back, have a drink, and enjoy the song -- it's a fun song to watch and listen to. Me, I'll be trying this new mixed drink that's out, the Bin Laden cocktail. It's two shots and a splash of water... {*groan*}


posted by Jim Yeager at 9:14 PM | 9 comments

Secession, Left-wing Style...

When it's people on the right talking about secession, it's about breaking away from the United States; when it's from folks on the left, they just want to break away from one state. Which I suppose is more reasonable than the former, given that the state in question is Arizona -- but come on...

A group of lawyers from the Democratic stronghold of Tucson and surrounding Pima County have launched a petition drive seeking support for a November 2012 ballot question on whether the 48th state should be divided in two.

The ultimate goal of the newly formed political action committee Start our State is to split Pima County off into what would become the nation's 51st state, tentatively dubbed Baja Arizona...

Is this even achievable, let alone necessary? If some people really think it's that miserable in Arizona, wouldn't it be easier to just move to another state? Or is this just another iteration of how idealists on the Left like to "send a message"?


The modern concept of Baja Arizona dates back to 1965, according to Hugh Holub, a local attorney widely credited with coining the term that year during anti-war protests at the University of Arizona. He supports the current effort.

"It sure sends a message to the rest of the world that we aren't like the folks in Maricopa (County)," he said, referring to the state's population center and capital...

It does, in fact, send a message. Just not the one that guy seems to think it's sending...

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posted by Jim Yeager at 7:57 PM | 2 comments

vibration creates form


posted by mahakal at 11:21 AM | 0 comments

the proper response to torture

driftglass tells it.

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tuesday tidings

free ice cream at hagen daas today

was killing osama legal? adam sewer thinks so

it's official! newt is running!

rip dana wynter, star of the original inasion of the vody snatchers
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Monday, May 09, 2011

monday markers

how can you tell when republicans are lying? when their lips are moving

texas will now require women to have a sonogram before receiving an abortion

az gop'ers resign rather than face down the tea party

is the new york times archaic?

only 6 % of scientists are republicans

looks like the mississippi river valley is having one of those hundred year floods

it's awkward family photos!
posted by skippy at 4:38 AM | 3 comments

Sunday, May 08, 2011

skippy's sunday night music club

in honor of seve...a little spanish music for tonight.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:13 PM | 0 comments

You'll Never...

Walk alone.



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this is how i will remember seve

2902203P BRITISH OPEN LYTHAM by torhoullier
2902203P BRITISH OPEN LYTHAM, a photo by torhoullier on Flickr.
passionate about play.
fun to watch.

so dashingly handsome.

r.i.p. seve


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environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories you might not hear cross the lips of the d.c. elite on the sunday morning talking heads shows...

parasites linked to sewage fertiliser as stomach bug grips sydney. - human sewage used as fertiliser on farms across nsw is being blamed for a breakout of third world parasites across sydney - sydney daily telegraph

bill would reverse ban on spraying sewage on farmland. - every year, more than 90 companies across florida pump the waste from about 100,000 septic tanks. where does it all end up? state officials estimate 40 million gallons of it is treated with lime and then sprayed on farmers' fields as fertilizer. - st. petersburg times
gmo hay threatens organic dairy farmers. - a protracted legal battle has surrounded the release of monsanto’s genetically engineered alfalfa for the past five years. the u.s. department of agriculture recently gave farmers the go-ahead to plant the seeds, which worries some organic farmers who also grow alfalfa. - living on earth

governor candidates support mountaintop mining. - democratic and republican candidates in west virginia's primary election for governor support mountaintop-removal mining, although one gop hopeful said he would like to see a moratorium on new permits unless the state more strictly regulates the practice. - charleston gazette

climate shifts 'hit global wheat yields.' - shifts in the climate over the past three decades have been linked to a 5.5 percent decline in global wheat production, a study has suggested. - bbc

thousands rally in japan against nuclear power. - thousands of people rallied in japan saturday to demand a shift away from nuclear power after an earthquake and tsunami sparked the world's worst atomic crisis since chernobyl a quarter-century ago. - afp

general mills, procter & gamble pressured to trim packaging. - the average american generates about five pounds of trash per day, according to the u.s. environmental protection agency. now a san Francisco-based nonprofit is asking some of the manufacturers who produce it to accept more responsibility for recycling it. - latimes

scientists call for more studies on hydraulic fracturing. - scientists from cornell university and ithaca college briefed congressional aides friday on what they say is a lack of research on the health and environmental impacts of a natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing. - ithica journal

frack and ruin: the rise of hydraulic fracturing. - fracking is becoming the gold rush of the 21st century. it began in britain in march. in the us, its use skyrocketed since 2005 when the energy policy act exempted fracking wells from federal regulation under the safe drinking act. - london daily telegraph

report: hundreds of gas wells drilled near schools, hospitals. - a state environmental group is calling on lawmakers to restrict natural gas drilling near places people live, learn and work after it released a study thursday showing hundreds of wells have been planned or drilled next to schools and hospitals. - times shamrock

walker, gop reversing green initiatives. - gov. scott walker and the republican legislature have moved quickly to weaken a string of environmental and energy programs as they contend with a budget deficit and make economic development their top priority. - milwaukee journal sentinel

aircraft chemical found in great lakes fish. - fish in the great lakes are contaminated with a chemical used in aircraft hydraulic fluids, according to a new study. no one has really studied whether it is toxic, but it may be as widespread in the environment as similar chemicals that are known to create hormone imbalances in humans - environmental report

student trains pollinators to avoid plants that contribute to colony collapse. - a franklin & marshall college student has used bees' intelligence to teach them behavior that just might help stem the widespread decline in bee populations. - lancaster intelligencer

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