s skippy the bush kangaroo: November 2011

skippy the bush kangaroo

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ash wednesday

dems say they have over half the signatures needed to recall scott walker

how can we have a third party when don't have a second party?

suzy says tax the rich

meet the 99%...and the 1%
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

skippy's tuesday night music club

yo lo tengo. and now you do too.

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tweet of the day

hello to sam brownbacks staff. you are all assholes and i don't have a principal you can tattle to.

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say hello

to scott's tip of the day
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help a blogger out - update on strange appar8us

you all know that strange appar8us, blogger extraordinaire over at rumproast, has met with a medical tragedy and is currently hosptialized. mrs. polly fills us in on the fundraiser they are holding, and some details of strange's progress:
regulars and friends of rumproast who have been following along know that our dear friend, co-blogger, and mainstay, strangeappar8us, has been grappling with a serious illness. we have kept the exact details of his illness from our readers out of respect for his privacy (and that of his family), but now we can let you know that strangeappar8us suffered a severe traumatic brain injury on november 3rd. it is true that he is out of danger. he has already undergone one operation that went very well. he is able to speak, hold very short conversations, and his motor skills seem to be unaffected. his wit, intelligence, and the core sweetness of his character are also intact. it’s true that he is showing some improvement every day, but he is still hospitalized and has a permanent disability as a result of this injury that will require years of rehabilitation. we are heartbroken to report to you that his vision has been affected, and he is blind.
you can go donate via paypal to help strange cover his hospital bills (which are massive at this point). kevin k. tells us as of this morning they have raised over $1700.

in these days of 1% raising prices on everything, especially health care, anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated.
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ruby tuesday

spreading social capitalism

civil rights leaders support #occupywallstreet, infuriating fox news

has #occupywallstreet revealed america to be a full blown military state?

how not to create jobs

and rip brilliant, if almost always over-the-top british director ken russell
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Monday, November 28, 2011

remember, you can't spell 'twitter' without 't - w - i - t"

the kansas high school girl who got into trouble for tweeting her thoughts about gov. sam brownback refuses to apologize:
a kansas teenager who wrote a disparaging tweet about gov. sam brownback said sunday that she is rejecting her high school principal’s demand for a written apology.

emma sullivan, 18, of the kansas city suburb of fairway, said she isn’t sorry and doesn’t think such a letter would be sincere.

the shawnee mission east senior was taking part in a youth in government program last week in topeka, kan., when she sent out a tweet from the back of a crowd of students listening to brownback’s greeting. from her cellphone, she thumbed: “just made mean comments at gov. brownback,” and then specified what the comments were.

she actually made no such comment and said she was “just joking with friends.” but brownback’s office, which monitors social media for postings containing the governor’s name, saw sullivan’s post and contacted the youth in government program.

sullivan received a scolding at school and was ordered to send brownback an apology letter. she said prinicipal karl r. krawitz even suggested talking points for the letter she was supposed to turn in monday.
the feisty teen is refusing to comply w/her principal's orders:
sullivan has received emails from attorneys but is waiting to see what happens when she refuses to hand in a letter. krawitz, her principal, told the kansas city star previously that the situation is a “private issue, not a public matter” but didn’t return a phone message from the associated press at his home sunday.
but everthing is still good at the sullivan house:
sullivan’s mother, julie, said she isn’t angry with her daughter, even though she thinks she “could have chosen different words.”

“she wasn’t speaking to the 3,000 followers she has now,” julie sullivan said. “she was talking to 65 friends. and also it’s the speech they use today. it’s more attention grabbing. i raised my kids to be independent, to be strong, to be free thinkers.

“if she wants to tweet her opinion about gov. brownback, i say for her to go for it and i stand totally behind her.”
good for her!

update: mo ravings tells us that brownback actually apologized to emma, instead.
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tell me why i don't like mondays

hey, #occupywallstreet' remember -- no one liked viet nam war protesters either

the top ten reasons alabama's immigration law is bad for the state

the biggest little gun show in the world

republican spiderman sez, "with great power, comes great immunity"
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

skippy's sunday night music club

i feel fine.

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environmental news stories sunday

yet more stories that you might not hear about on the corporate media on their talking head shows.

law allows california public utilities commission to keep utilities data secret. - californians concerned about dangerous pipelines running underneath their neighborhoods are barred from obtaining government records about them by a 60-year-old state law backed by pacific gas and electric co. and other utilities, a chronicle investigation shows - sfchron

algae blooms' sudden spread stumps scientists. - marine scientists are trying to find out why previously unknown blooms of toxic algae are suddenly proliferating along the california coast, killing wildlife and increasing the risk of human sickness - sfchron

blackfeet members concerned about contamination by injection drilling technique. - exploration companies are injecting large volumes of water, sand and chemicals into rock formations up to a mile beneath the blackfeet indian reservation in attempts to loosen embedded oil - sometimes using more than a million gallons of fluid per well - great falls tribune

bakken watch sees a flip side to fracking. - kris kitko of bismarck said she gets threatening messages every day from people who don't like the content of the "bakken watch" website that she and a few others founded several months ago as an environmental response to the bakken drilling boom - bismark tribune

upper peninsula mines seeing a resurgence as companies hope to cash in. - new technology and higher prices for metals are making mining profitable again, but the new mines are less than a football field away from streams, rivers or lake superior, raising concerns about contamination - detroit free press

hives' mite problem exposed by 'sugar roll.' - nothing like nature to put you back in your place. we were proud of ourselves after bottling 150 jars of honey in our first year of beekeeping on the chronicle rooftop. then we saw carnage. dead bees were scattered in a wide circle around the entrance to both hives - sf chron

shooting down climate change myths: there is scientific consensus. - virtually 100 percent of full-time, actively publishing climate scientists agree the planet is warming up, with people playing a major role. and yet, about half of all americans don’t buy it. - anchorage alaska dispatch

climate change isn't a left-wing cause - the iron lady knew that. - these days, if you're a right-wing conservative, or a right-wing commentator or blogger, it is virtually a badge of honour to proclaim that all this global warming stuff, and action taken to counter it, is a load of cobblers. yet the woman regarded by right-wingers as their icon thought just the opposite. - london indepenent

inside ira rennert's dirtiest businesses. - epic pollution at his la oroya refinery in peru have put ira rennert, a reclusive billionaire, and his business practices in the spotlight. mr. rennert has scrapped with environmental regulators and activists for decades and always emerged largely unscathed. but his problems in faraway peru are beginning to cut close. - crains new york business

study finds spikes in bpa from eating canned soup. - we may not know all the ways in which the chemical bisphenol-a affects our health, but we can be sure that we're exposed to it frequently – bpa is used in plastic products and lines nearly all food and beverage cans. - time magazine

study: mercury impacts traced in alaskan huskies. - huskies living along the yukon river are showing signs of environmental stress, as accumulating levels of mercury in their diet appear to be suppressing their antioxidant functions - summit county citizens voice

farmer's advice: hitch your wagons to some 'guar.' - without guar, that cranberry sauce leftover from thursday's thanksgiving feast might drip off your fork. but the bean-like vegetable with emulsifying properties is also a crucial ingredient in the slurries that drillers use to coax oil and gas from shale formations - wall street journal

vermont air quality monitoring site could lose funding. - scientists' ability to measure and track airborne pollutants from the midwest will be severely compromised if $24,000 is cut from a testing station in underhill, experts say. - burlington free press

gender and chemicals: a canadian tale of poisoning women. - we inhale, ingest and absorb a litany of synthetic chemicals into our bodies every day. as scientific detection methods improve, we are forced to confront the evidence of these exposures as the results of several biomonitoring studies become available - toronto rabble

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gloomy sunday

debunking the conservative argument about the rich and taxes in three easy charts

looks like transfer your bank account day worked

are you left-eared or right-eared

say the secret word and the duck will come down and give you the gop nomination
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

saturday night's alright for fighting

auto workers win right to wear protest t-shirts

robert hass, 70-year old former poet lauret of the us, talks of being clubbed at uc davis

the 99-99-99 plan

calls for supreme cout recusals intesify in health care case
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Friday, November 25, 2011

buy nothing day

#occupyxmas. brought to you by the same folks who brought you #occupywallstreet.
this morning americans across the country arose at ungodly hours, braving the dark, cold, and unruly crowds all in the name of shopping. each year black friday marks the upcoming holiday season with a day full of frenzied shopping, and the infamous event has become as synonymous with thanksgiving weekend as turkey itself. while some will spend the day trolling the malls for deals, thankfully there are more than a handful of people (like us!) who are just saying “no” to excessive consumerism and spending the day doing more wholesome activities for buy nothing day. buy nothing is a non-profit organization initiated by canadian mennonites 20 years ago, inspiring people all over the world to say no to just say no to black friday. this year adbusters is taking the organization’s work to the next level, going global with a full-fledged campaign asking citizens to not only stop shopping on black friday, but to #occupyxmas  and not purchase anything for the holidays at all. are you up to the challenge? - inhabitat

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you say we have a revolution

wellllllll, you know....it won't be televised. 
welcome to the revolution. our elites have exposed their hand. they have nothing to offer. they can destroy but they cannot build. they can repress but they cannot lead. they can steal but they cannot share. they can talk but they cannot speak. they are as dead and useless to us as the water-soaked books, tents, sleeping bags, suitcases, food boxes and clothes that were tossed by sanitation workers tuesday morning into garbage trucks in new york city. they have no ideas, no plans and no vision for the future.

our decaying corporate regime has strutted in portland, oakland and new york with their baton-wielding cops into a fool’s paradise. they think they can clean up “the mess”—always employing the language of personal hygiene and public security—by making us disappear. they think we will all go home and accept their corporate nation, a nation where crime and government policy have become indistinguishable, where nothing in america, including the ordinary citizen, is deemed by those in power worth protecting or preserving, where corporate oligarchs awash in hundreds of millions of dollars are permitted to loot and pillage the last shreds of collective wealth, human capital and natural resources, a nation where the poor do not eat and workers do not work, a nation where the sick die and children go hungry, a nation where the consent of the governed and the voice of the people is a cruel joke. - chris hedges at truthout

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friday night

mayor bloomberg's long war against protests

texas supreme court suspends judge who was taped beating his daughter

digging into the koch brothers roots

walking into the next room may trigger forgetfulness
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

when the gop debates meet charlie brown thanksgiving special

jimmy kimmel mashes them up....

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thanksgiving song

you too can rationally discuss abortion at the thanksgiving dinner table

a photo-essay of the history of turkeys at the white house (fill in your own joke here)

there's trouble in james o'keefe land

activists gather more than 100,000 signatures in the first week of the scott walker recall campaign

colossal storm rages over satun's surface
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hoppy thanksgiving

hope you enjoy your day...your meal(s)...safely.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

good news

strange appar8us is recovering nicely, thank goodness!
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wednesday morning

apparently team romney thinks it's perfectly acceptable to completely mis-represent obama's words

comparing banksters to hitler and stalin is unfair to hitler and stalin

gee, it wasn't fannie mae and freddie mac that caused the current economic crisis

oboy, new elements on the periodic table

and rip anne mccaffrey, creator of pern and the ship who sang
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

november 22, 1963

"as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - jfk

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bye bye blogger

the vidiot, the sailor, and the whole gang @ vidiot speak have decided to call it quits:
i haven’t posted since august and i haven’t been back to even check to see if the guys have posted anything. mostly, because i didn’t want to see that they weren’t as well. it’s the end of an era, at least for me. i’ve been at this since 9/11, the sailor has been with me almost from the very beginning and has been an amazing blog partner in every way. and bill was a welcome addition and became a new family member that we fretted over and from whom we accepted wise advice.

personally, i’ve lost the steam to blog. for the sailor, he feels like his “sense of outrage became dulled and it started to seem like 'same shit, different day'.” he also pointed out that when “you go read through our archives, we were covering the same issues we started with, it seemed nothing had changed.”

you’d think that with the ows movement, i’d have even more steam, but no. i don’t live in nyc anymore, (i really really really wish this had all happened while i was still there though.) and my life has gone off onto a different road. i’ve come to realize a few things about blogging, but mostly, it started to feel like i was spitting into the wind.
that's too bad. we have met the sailor @ many blogger parties here in la, and admire both his and the vidiot's work.

but we can relate. it seems at times like progressives are trying to bail out the ocean. no matter how much progress we make, our ideas are still derided, our positions are ignored, and our loyalty to this country is constantly questioned.

it ain't easy being green, as welll as progressive, open-minded, and compassionate.

good luck to all the gang at what used to be vidiotspeak.
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tuesday night music club

obama's re-election looks more and more likely

why are we not surprised? banking de-regulation worsens economic crises

more proof of ceo greed

meanwhile, corrente wire discusses psycopathy as a preferred corporate executive trait

stolen car found 27 years later

and rip star of baron munchausen john neville
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Monday, November 21, 2011

say hello

to moderate man
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new moon on monday

teachers fired for reporting abuse

match the gop candidates to the snark

no debit card fees from the banks, but here come some other fees

the long legacy of mitt romney's lay-offs

no ice cream for atheists
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Silence Says It All...

Linda Katehi knows full well that she screwed up big time the other day...

The protesters know exactly what they're doing. They don't need directions from anyone.


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environmental news stories sunday

for those little stories you won't see bandied about on the talking head show...

chevron caused brazil oil spill. - chevron corp. now says it caused an oil spill off the coast of brazil, which is likely to pose problems for the oil producer in a region crucial to its growth. - wall street journal

chevron blames brazil oil spill on miscalculation. - a mistake in calculating the oil pressure caused a spill off the coast of rio de janeiro state, chevron said saturday, amid uncertainties over the extent of the slick - afp

 what will climate change mean for california? - the songbirds at the feeder outside your window are not the same as they used to be. the goldfinch, the grosbeak and even the ever-present sparrow are all a little bit bigger. the reason is climate change, according to a new study - sacramento bee

advocates: coal an unhealthy choice for the university of virginia. - clean energy advocates have tried to make a case for shutting down the university of virginia’s coal-fired heating plant by emphasizing coal’s public health risks, but officials say that the $73 million renovation of the main heating plant included pollution controls that greatly reduce emissions - charlottesville tomorrow

study targets sea-level rise; flagler reserve key to research. - a pair of researchers concerned about how future increases in sea level could spell trouble for fragile coastal areas of flagler and st. johns counties will use a new federal grant to start a regional planning process - daytona beach news-journal

extreme weather will strike as climate change takes hold, ipcc warns. - heavier rainfall, fiercer storms and intensifying droughts are likely to strike the world in the coming decades as climate change takes effect, the world's leading climate scientists said on Friday - london guardian

climate change begins to affect south florida. - some of the effects of global warming have already arrived in south florida, as coastal cities flood more frequently and overheated corals turn white and die - south florida sun sentinel

rewriting toxic chemical legislation. - senate democrats have made an unusual request to a major chemical industry trade group: rewrite pending legislation to reform the nation’s chemical control law - chemical & engineering news

recycling keeps hazards out of landfills, ditches. - prior to may 28, 2010, dropping off electronics at landfills cost new yorkers $5 per tv or computer monitor. unwilling to pay money to recycle, many people retired their unwanted electronics to roadsides, where they often leaked noxious toxins into nearby soil, water and air. - auburn citizen

the plot thickens: osm subcontractors on controversial study were longtime industry advocates. i’ve been a little suspicious from the beginning about the controversy over leaked portions of the federal office of surface mining reclamation and enforcement’s “environmental impact statement” on its efforts to rewrite the federal stream buffer zone rule. - charleston gazette

alice waters does organic american-style at dinner in beijing. - u.s. chef and food activist alice Waters rolled out a four-course meal meant to inspire china to eat organic and sustainable foods, something other than pesticides was missing — less than a third of the attendees were chinese nationals - wall street journal

don't let naysayers kill clean-cars push. - california released proposed new emissions standards for cars and light trucks, which align with federal standards. congressional republicans, predictably, are squawking. - sacramento bee

On the alert for misleading ads. The Greenwashing Index is a way for consumers to identify companies that are honestly trying to be better environmental stewards rather than simply trying to save money or making cosmetic changes that make no difference for the environment at all - nytimes

killer fields of india. - pulla kala will never forget october 31. that evening, she watched her husband Pulla Yellaiah look up at the skies and chant a silent prayer. yellaiah looked tense and vulnerable. the couple was reeling under a debt to cultivate cotton. yellaiah drank pesticide to end his life. he was only 22 - new dehli times

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penn state

this american life did a scary, sad story on it this week.
they revisited their 2009 story on state college that really opens up ones' eyes to how f'd up our culture is. one classic moment is the adults who consider watching drunk penn students stumble around as "fun."

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how to reach a million people tomorrow

do it the freeway blogger way

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we are the 99%

and we are #ucdavis

a uc davis professor writes an open letter to ucd chancellor, linkda katehi, and suggests that she resign.

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every day is like sunday

study finds medical expenses push 10 million more into poverty

sign the petition calling for the chancellor of uc davis to resign

#occupywallstreet is not bums and drug addicts

no firings at sec for missing madoff's ponzi scheme

gay penguins to be re-united
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Like Shooting Fish In A Barrel...

It's been said that there are good cops and there are bad ones, but when you keep seeing things like this...

Well, at first, you wonder where the good cops are. Eventually, though, you can't help wondering if there were any to begin with.

Fortunately, this situation ended on a better great note...

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Update: E. D. Kain, blogging for the Capitalist Tool itself, calls the use of pepper spray on the protesters a gross abuse of power (h/t). Hell, if that ain't saying something...


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another saturday night

iceland is a true people's democracy - but you'll never hear about it on the news

remains of war dead dumped in landfill

thousands rally in wisconsin for scott walker recall

the u.s. needs a commander-in-chief -- not a prophet-in-chief

michelle obama will be grand marshall in tomorrow's nascar parade

and rip mark hall, creator of danger mouse
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Friday, November 18, 2011

say hello

to ramblings
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thank god it's friday

the real story of margaret sanger

social security isn't broken unless china is, too

79% of occupiers have a job, compared to 56% of tea partiers

indiana unions helping families pay their heatung bills

the easiest way to spot a pedophile
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Thursday, November 17, 2011


today is the international day of action for #occupywqllstreet

masked thieves steal 11,000 copies of modern warfare 3 in france

are people in vegetative states actually fully aware?

another right wing attempt to turn a convicted border patrol agent into a "hero"

how the gop became the party of the rich

you kids get off of my green lawn
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

say hello

to donkey mountain
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strange appar8tus needs our help

a sad, tragic post on rumproast:
we have a sad and urgent message about our dear friend and rumproast blogger strangeappar8us: for the past ten days, he has been hospitalized and fighting for his life. he is stabilized now to some degree, but is on a long, difficult road about which nothing is certain but that it will include disability. we wish we could tell you, our wonderful readers and friends, more, but we are committed to honoring strange’s privacy, which is also the wish of his family. the day after he was hospitalized, i flew to pennsylvania, accompanied by his friend and rumproast founder kevin k. and his lovely wife. marindenver is here with him now as well.

we will be doing everything we can for strange, including setting up fundraisers and putting together his work, but for now we have an immediate need for homes for his three cats, most likely permanent homes, though i hope with all my heart someday he may be reunited with at least one. they are all seven years old, spayed and neutered, and i am hoping he may get one back someday, but we have no idea if that will ever happen.

the cats are still in his house, being fed by the neighbors and mrs. polly. there are two large, sweet males, zero and bill, and zip, a dainty little female. they are strange’s babies; he helped their mother give birth to them. we are going to be enlisting help in putting them in carriers, and then they need to go to new homes immediately. by the end of this week, preferably.

please help us rescue strange’s kitties. anyone living in the pennsylvania area would be ideal, but if it’s necessary to transport them by air, we will do that. i am devastated to have to bear this news to you guys. our wondrous strange has been the chiefest jewel in the spectacular bauble that is our jolly little blog. he needs all our combined good wishes, love, and acts of kindness, and there is nothing more important than making sure his “kids” are safely, lovingly housed.

if you are able to take one or more of the cats please contact us at strangecatrescue@gmail.com and we will talk more then.
if any cat lovers out there are living in pennsylvania, pls. consider helping out.

we will keep you updated on any further developments. we wish strange, whose writings we found esp. gripping during the fukushima meltdown of earlier this year, all the best.
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waiting for wednesday

the greatest liberals in american history

recycling is good for the environment, right? maybe not

a round-up of the eviction of #occupywallstreet

you probably already have pork-cat syndrome

and remember to give generously to food banks this holiday season
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

tuesday heartbreak

psychologist admits to faking dozens of scientific studies

rick santorum gave alleged pedophile penn state coach jerry sandusky an "angel" award in 2002

occupy oakland has its own newspaper

has the gop finally realized they've totally screwed the pooch?

bad attitudes on jay-z and his t-shirts
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bloomberg gets email

i wrote to the mayor of new york police state after his use of force to deny americans their basic first amendment rights:
you should be ashamed of yourself.  it is the wall street banksters and your violent police officers that should be arrested.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

say hello

to hummingbirdminds
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skippy's monday night music club

another song to celebrate the 99%

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say hello

to a little reality
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stormy monday

occupy ft. benning - shut down the school of the americas

fracking may have caused 50 earthquakes in oklahoma

journalists covering #occupywallst targeted for arrest nation-wide

from skippy alum rj eskow: you're either for the bank tax or you're for the banks
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

skippy's sunday night music club

this goes out to all those heartless gop peeps and their 1% owners.
one day, hopefully, they will really know what it's like.

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environmental news stories sunday

those pesky little stories that don't make the sunday talking head shows like meet the press, face the nation and....uh...mmmm...ooops.

maine farmer heads group challenging genetics giant. - a fight to maintain consumer choice and farm independence has landed maine farmer jim gerritsen in the middle of a lawsuit questioning the validity of monsanto's patents on genetically modified seeds, and seeking protection from contamination from transgenic crops - portland press herald

tylenol may leave children gasping. - links between acetaminophen and asthma are so prevalent that until future studies document the drug's safety, it's being suggested that parents avoid giving the common medication to their children - omaha world herald

'fracking' chemical found in wyoming town's aquifer. -as the country awaited results from a nationwide safety study on the natural gas drilling process of fracking, a separate government investigation into contamination in a place where residents have long complained that drilling fouled their water turned up alarming levels of underground pollution - propublica

our make-up needs a make over. - lead in lipstick. mercury in mascara. formaldehyde in hair straightener, but if you think the products you use to groom and perfume are safe, think again. - centretown news

california pioneers plan for trimming chemicals. = long a pacesetter in efforts to control dangerous chemicals, california is moving toward sweeping new rules to reduce toxins in cleaning products, cosmetics, electronics, toys and possibly many other consumer goods - san diego union tribune

florida home to ‘major' polluters. - seven polluters demonstrate how toothless, and at times helpless, federal, state and county regulators can be in preventing hazardous emissions from entering the air floridians breathe - florida center for investigative reporting

veteran battles disorder, and for his benefits. - exposure to chemicals when matt connery was deployed to iraq with the army six years ago has left him disabled, and forced him to barricade himself in his house. but many don't recognize his illness, multiple chemical sensitivity, and much of the treatment he has received, he sought for himself - glens falls post star

antibiotics, livestock, and the rise of superbugs. - the vast majority of the antibiotics sold in the u.s. are given to livestock in low doses to promote growth. this might be creating superbugs: bacteria immune to the antibiotics people depend on - living on earth

fracking safeguards not followed. -a u.s. department of energy subcommittee charged with examining the safety of shale gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, reports that energy companies aren't doing enough to cut pollution risks. - columbus dispatch

nature is fooled into flowering in a 'second spring.' - this year earlier-than-ever autumn colours and fruits have been mixed with prolonged signs of summer wildlife such as dragonflies, butterflies and grass snakes, and spring flowers such as magnolia, apple blossom and honeysuckle blooming -- making it a truly extraordinary season - london observer

genetically modified rice created to produce human blood. - grains of rice have been genetically modified by scientists so they produce a key component of human blood in an attempt to provide an alternative to donations - london daily telegraph

watchdog and public health groups challenge the use of genetically engineered crops in national wildlife refuges. - environmental and watchdog groups have joined forces in a legal battle to end the cultivation of genetically engineered crops on fifty-four national wildlife refuges across the midwest - summit county citizens voice

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:04 PM | 1 comments

rick perry is running for president

and trying to be a comedian.

i remember the days when a comedian was trying to be president.
where is pat paulsen when you need him.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 1:05 PM | 4 comments

industrial psychopaths

quite the apt description, isn't it.

if wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in africa would be a millionaire. the claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves – that they are possessed of unique intelligence or creativity or drive – are examples of the self-attribution fallacy. this means crediting yourself with outcomes for which you weren't responsible. many of those who are rich today got there because they were able to capture certain jobs. this capture owes less to talent and intelligence than to a combination of the ruthless exploitation of others and accidents of birth, as such jobs are taken disproportionately by people born in certain places and into certain classes

...in their book snakes in suits, paul babiak and robert hare point out that as the old corporate bureaucracies have been replaced by flexible, ever-changing structures, and as team players are deemed less valuable than competitive risk-takers, psychopathic traits are more likely to be selected and rewarded. reading their work, it seems to me that if you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a poor family, you're likely to go to prison. if you have psychopathic tendencies and are born to a rich family, you're likely to go to business school.- the guardian
tip o' the kangaroo tail to why now? and corrente

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i met him on a sunday

4 reasons the right-wing propaganda machine has failed to destroy #occupywallst

pressured to name its leader, #occupydenver elects shelby, a border collie

former reagan/bush advisor sez low economic demand, not regulation/taxes, hurt growth

romney lies about obama's defense spending

no more mister nice blog sez occupy the dominant narrative
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

skippy's saturday night music club

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tweet of the day


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saturday night at the movies

the real class warfare

nj judge says police must return confiscated items to #occupywallst

you know who's doing pretty good in this recession? wall street

it's time to veterans back to work

utah mayor admits using fake name to write news stories about himself
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notes from the war on voting
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Friday, November 11, 2011

say hello

to the blue herald
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the d.a. who could have legally pursued sandusky

mysteriously "disappeared" five years ago when charges were first brought against sandusky.
"people ask why ray did not prosecute [the coach]. I have no problem saying because he clearly felt  he didn't have a case for a 'successful prosecution,' gricar said in a  patriot-news interview. ray's friend, montour county d.a. robert buehner jr., told the newspaper, that ray would have been "extremely cautious" based on a reasonable liklihood of conviction. "you don't want to go after someone high profile unless you have a compelling case," buehner told the patriot-news. - huntingtonnewsnet


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this is how our fallen soldiers are honored?

for shame. for shame.
the dover air force base mortuary for years disposed of portions of troops’ remains by cremating them and dumping the ashes in a virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burial at sea.

....on tuesday, the air force acknowledged that the mortuary had lost a dead soldier’s ankle and an unidentified body part recovered from an air crash; had sawed off a marine’s arm so his body would fit in his casket; and had improperly stored and tracked other remains. - wapo

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 12:46 PM | 1 comments

today we honor veterans

but, really, we should be honoring them every single day.

and, thank you bryan for your service.

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friday on my mind

fahrenheit 11-11-11

tennessee lt. gov. calls unemployment "a lifestyle"

is obama winning back the rustbelt?

it's official: the rich really are screwing the poor

and is this the worst idea to come out of hollywood?
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Anyone with Deficit Concerns Should be Flayed Publicly

Tabby and Stephen King step up (h/t The New Yorker) [links added]:
With federal budget cuts taking a bite out of a charitable fund that helps lower-income Maine residents heat their homes, author Stephen King announced plans Wednesday to help bridge the gap. His Stephen and Tabitha King Charitable Foundation will match up to $70,000 donated to Maine's heating oil fund, with hopes that they can raise $140,000 total.

It's a nice gesture. But it wouldn't be needed if some brain-dead slime mold alumnus of Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard hadn't declared that "Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't," which translates in English to:

Last winter the federal government gave Maine $55.6 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; the state learned last month that this winter's funds will be just $23 million.

At the beginning of his Administration, everyone was predicting there would be assassination attempts. Instead, he has served as the assassin for the past two years.

And it is small comfort that he's indifferent to killing foreign and domestic.

Happy Armistice Day.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

skippy's thursday night music club

guess who i went and saw at the historic arlington theatre this evening....the coolest musical invaders from portlandia. pink martini.

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thursday's child i want you back

obama leads every gop candidate in ohio

how the economy grows like crazy amid high taxes

and yet the gop porposals would earn failing grades say econ professors

the origins of rick perry's call to release obama's grades

and rip bil keane, creator of the family circus
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

skippy's wednesday night music club

a stray cat on route 66

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hey berkeley police...."stop beating students"


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cathy murillo - santa barbara city council's newest member

well...my days and hours of pounding the pavement, knockin' on doors and dialing up voters paid off last night. one of the democrats i've been volunteering for has won. cathy murillo is the first latina to be elected to santa barbara city council. we're so excited. we're so proud. i'm going to be busy because i made her a campaign trail promise that i would keep her new office stocked with cookies. i better find my really good cookie sheets.
to the extent there was a cinderella story to this race, it’s murillo. a onetime reporter — with the santa barbara independent, kcsb, and the los angeles times  — murillo’s initial candidacy was regarded with raised eyebrows even from her own party’s establishment, who privately worried if she was ready for prime time. she was too radical, too outspoken, they worried, to connect with mainstream voters. but at forums, murillo managed to come off both professional and passionate on the issues. she spoke for the have-nots from the perspective of someone who grew up in east los angeles, the daughter of a drug-dealing gang member. when it came to fundraising, she more than held her own, even though the deep-pocketed police and firefighters unions decided not to endorse her. and absolutely no one worked harder than murillo, mobilizing volunteers to walk precincts and call voters. even on election night, her volunteers remained fully engaged until the polls closed. “she did absolutely everything you could ask a candidate to do,” exclaimed former councilmember and assemblymember das williams. “she burned all her boats, man. she burned all her boats.” - santa barbara independent

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:47 PM | 1 comments

Very, Very Strange...

Just in case you haven't seen this yet, because it is too wild to pass up.

In the last GOP "debate," Rick Perry says he will eliminate three government agencies when he becomes president... and then fails to name the third one not once, not twice, but three times:

Three times. All in under one minute.

I have no point to make here. It's just...


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posted by Jim Yeager at 7:47 PM | 0 comments

wedneday week

supreme court ruling on police use of gps: george orwell rising

will we have a global paradigm shift away from obsolete ideologies?

america's growing income gap by the numbers

florida middle schooler suspended for hugging

you will lol: a dog pees while walking on his two front paws...we don't know why
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we won big

last night may have been an even bigger win for progressives than 2010 was for tea partiers.

greg sergant has good run-down of the major developments fro last night's elections

here's a report from the ground in ohio from kay @ balloon juice

karoli @ crooks&liars looks @ the defeat of long-time az. state senator russell pearce, the author of sb1570, the "papers, pleeze" anti-immigration law

jon walker @ fdl points out that it was a good night for liberals, but not so great for democrats
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Perusing the Alumni Magazine

There’s some nice work in the current alumni magazine of both my undergraduate and my MBA school.  There are also a couple of pieces of note.

Sadly, the issue is not online yet, so I have to type:

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has a new executive director. Howard W. Buffett ‘08SIPA, Howard G.’s son, will preside over a fund that donates some $50 million a year to initiative in areas such as sustainable agriculture, clean water, poverty eradication, and refugee assistance.  The younger Howard, who has worked as a domestic-policy advisor for President Obama, is the grandson of investment icon Warren Buffett ‘51BUS. [Odd.  They left out bolding President Obama (‘83CC).]

I’m certain Howard W. Buffett is a fine, well-accomplished soul of great scope, ambition, knowledge, and fortitude.  I’m also certain he leveraged his father’s (and his grandfather’s) Rolodex in a way that is not available to any of the #OWS protestors.  Tell me again how growing inequality isn’t bad for the “absolute condition” of the poor so long as they might be able to access to a used XBox.

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Shorter Brad DeLong

Trying to Contend that Tim Geithner is a Rational Being:

A bunch of people drove the car off the road and into the ditch, creating a fire that didn't just require repairs but destroyed the whole fracking thing. And we need to be Very Generous to them, and let them do it again, because they are the only hope we have of ever being a First World Country again, even with Abundant Resources and the Most Educated (on average) Workforce in History.

Just Stop, Brad. Give up the hopeless cause. It's like watching car crashes, except not as a James Graham Ballard character.

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posted by Ken Houghton at 1:17 PM | 1 comments

tuesday's gone

5 places where the rich got richer - on the government's dime

#occupywallst is a movement too big to fail

study casts doubt on cell phone-brain cancer link

man gets stuck in a baby swing

here's a blind dog with her own seeing-eye dog

and rip former heavyweight champion of e world smokin' joe frazier
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Monday, November 07, 2011

the brother from another mother is the mister who pissed a sister

well, he didn't say what kind of job...usatoady:
sharon bialek alleged at a news conference today that herman cain reached under her skirt in 1997 as she sought help in finding a job.

the chicago-area mother, described by her lawyer as a registered republican, urged the gop presidential candidate to "come clean" and admit how he was "inappropriate" with her and other women.

bialek's story was immediately denied by the cain campaign, which sent out a news release as the woman spoke publicly at a new york city news conference with her lawyer, noted defense attorney gloria allred, by her side.

the stories of three other women have been reported by politico and the associated press.
"all allegations of harassment against mr. cain are completely false," the cain campaign statement said. "mr. cain has never harassed anyone."

the disclosure by bialek brought a shocking twist to the allegations of sexual misconduct by cain, which date back to his time as head of the national restaurant association from 1996-1999.
most republicans don't care, according to an nbc/wsj poll, but a plurality of americans believe the allegations to be true.

and the allegations today took a decidedly graphic turn:
bialek described an incident in july 1997 where she and cain were in a car and he offered to show her the trade group's headquarters. she had reached out to cain at the behest of her boyfriend and came to washington as part of the job search. she was surprised to find she had been upgraded at her hotel to a "palatial suite."
cain took credit for that upgrade, she said.

"instead of going into the offices, he suddenly reached over and … put his hand on my leg, under my skirt toward my genitals," bialek said about the incident in the car.
"he also pushed my head toward his crotch," she said.
only time will tell if cain's attempt at forced fellatio will be as deadly to his run as rick perry's hunting camp was to the texas governor's.

and that's as close as we're going to get to making that disgusting joke.

well, it could have been worse for herman cain. he could have been coaching for penn state.

update: well, now there's a fifth woman alleging improper behavior.
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the first occupy wall street ad is out and occupy wall street has it own aggregate now, occupationalist.

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the last decade - a disaster

take a good long look at the new america....the crumbling empire. just how the gop designed it.
...according to the census’s new interpretation of the numbers, the total number of people living in poverty america is higher than the traditional approach indicates.

...in an era where large swaths of the population and one major political party believe that government is the problem, not the solution, it’s hard to see how we are going to make progress on progressive zoning and land use issues, not to mention regional economic development strategies. but there’s one thing, at least, that we should know by now, not to do: cut the programs that are currently keeping americans above the poverty line. - salon

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tell me why i don't like mondays

are things looking up for obama in the polls?

the peoples guide to the federal budget

how to prevent election fraud

occupy the voting booth
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tweet of the day

andy borowitz
the 4 worst words in herman cain's universe right now are "has retained gloria allred."

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jack abramoff

is out of jail...and talking.
yesterday, cbs news’ 60 minutes aired a segment with infamous lobbyist jack abramoff. abramoff, released from prison and promoting a new book, expressed remorse for his role in buying and selling public policy. during his interview with lesley stahl, abramoff talked about how he used gifts, campaign contributions, and other legal and illegal bribes to influence members of congress - think progress

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

skippy's sunday night music club

a little lighthearted sing-a-long blast from the past... #occupysesamestreet

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hey...corporate press...ask gov perry about this

what is he doing to save horses in his state? and don't accept the "pray for them" as an appropriate answer.
with drought-ravaged pastures turning into dust, water tanks drying up and the price of hay skyrocketing, equine rescue groups across texas are being inundated with horses surrendered by cash-strapped owners or simply abandoned on back roads.

"i've taken in 14 horses in the last two weeks," said bob williams of ranch hand rescue in argyle. "law enforcement agencies can't keep up with the numbers of animals they are rounding up on country roads. nobody knows what to do. i'm telling you it's an epidemic. - sac bee

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environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that don't get all the sexy air time on the talking head sunday shows...

contaminated groundwater still threat to water supply. - beneath an enormous storage tank, where almost 200,000 fayetteville area residents get their drinking water, lies an elusive plume of groundwater contamination from an abandoned textile mill. the state estimates it would cost more than $50 million to clean up the former texfi Industries site, but there isn't enough money available to even properly monitor the contamination - fayetteville observer

new waterless fracking method avoids pollution problems, but drillers slow to embrace it. - an emerging technology developed in canada and just making its way to the u.s. does away with the need for water in fracking. instead, it relies on a thick gel made from propane. and unlike water, the gel does a kind of disappearing act underground - albany times union

being green is god's work, says reverend. - all bible-reading christians should be "greenies" because "creation carries the imprint of the maker," says the head of world vision australia , the reverend tim costello. - sydney morning herald

electric car rebate offers buzz to eco-friendly b.c. drivers. - environment minister terry lake said the rebate includes new electric, hydrogen fuel-cell and compressed natural gas vehicles as part of a $17-million program the provincial government hopes will help people make the transition to more sustainable forms of transportation - vancouver sun

california community fights mega-warehouses. - don galleano stirred lunch in a clay-colored cooking bowl in the small kitchen of his mira loma home, reminiscing about a time when the family's 300-acre vineyard was surrounded by open fields instead of mega-warehouses and truck depots - riverside press enterprise

earthquakes have a bigger health toll than other disasters. - earthquakes have a bigger impact on health than other natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes, us researchers say. as well as the immediate deaths, many people receive serious injuries which cannot be treated because of the quake damage to infrastructure - bbc

bad news on 'sacred air': bill mckibben. - bill mckibben, an environmental activist and methodist sunday school teacher, told the interfaith thanksgiving service at the annual festival of faiths that he had bad news to bring them about the air and global warming - louisville courier journal

durbin says federal budget cuts imperil food safety. - the food safety modernization act gives more power to the food and drug administration to keep unsafe foods from reaching groceries and restaurants, but budget cuts mean much of the already-passed act will never be implemented - st louis post dispatch

halliburton sued over cold war missile casing site. - halliburton co faces lawsuits over groundwater pollution near a now-closed facility in oklahoma that cleaned missile casings for the u.s. defense department during the cold war, the company said on friday - reuters

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sunday girl

here's a venn diagram of what the occupiers want vs. what the tea partiers want

and here's 5 painful lessons you don't want to learn from #occupywallst

record poverty numbers in america in 2010

things are only going to get worse in climate change
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Saturday, November 05, 2011

say hello

to the immoral minority
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everybody loves saturday night

aussie man hides gun in fake leg

#occupywallst protesters reject plea deal, decide to occupy courts

report: improve tracking of serious hospital errors

glenn beck's buddies goldline execs charged with fraud

and meet kristen christian, the la art gallery owner who thought up bank transfer day, which is today, guy fawkes day!
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Friday, November 04, 2011

say hello

to the kasy young daily
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say hello

to napman57's blog
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cain raising

apparently the gop base has the attitude that sexual harrassed women had it coming: herman cain rises in the polls despite recent scandal. washpost:
businessman herman cain and former massachusetts governor mitt romney are running nearly even atop the field of 2012 gop presidential hopefuls, a new washington post-abc news poll shows, with most republicans dismissing the harassment allegations that over the past week have roiled cain’s campaign.

seven in 10 republicans say reports that cain made unwanted advances toward two employees when he was head of the national restaurant association in the 1990s — allegations which have been stiffly rebutted by cain’s campaign — do not matter when it comes to picking a candidate.

nearly a quarter of all republicans and gop-leaning independents now back cain as the party’s nominee, his best showing in post-abc polls this year, and up significantly from early october. at 23 percent nationally, cain is neck-and-neck with romney (24 percent) atop the gop field.
most gop voters apparently dismiss the charges, for reasons we can only begin to snark about.

if we were mitt romney, we'd be worried. but if we were mitt romney, we'd be a lot richer than we are.
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friday night fever

credit unions bask in big bank backlash

bill gates is "generally in favor" of rich paying more taxes

did #occupywallst force this restaurant to fire 1/3 of its staff? or was it the overpriced, crappy food?

san diego high school picks lesbian homecoming king

#occupy beats the tea party in google searches
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Thursday, November 03, 2011

a (non) taxing situation

thinkprogress gives us the skinny: 30 corporations paid no taxes while making billions in profits:
[citizens for tax justice] looked at 280 companies, all of them members of the fortune 500, and found that “while the federal corporate tax code ostensibly requires big corporations to pay a 35 percent corporate income tax rate, on average, the 280 corporations in our study paid only about half that amount.” and those who paid even half the statutory corporate tax rate paid far more than many of their competitors.

in fact, in the last three years, 78 corporations had at least one year where they paid no federal income tax at all, while 30 corporations paid not a dime over the entire three years. those 30 corporations paid nothing, even though they made $160 billion in profits over that period:
seventy-eight of the 280 companies paid zero or less in federal income taxes in at least one year from 2008 to 2010…in the years they paid no income tax, these companies earned $156 billion in pretax u.s. profits. but instead of paying $55 billion in income taxes as the 35 percent corporate tax rate seems to require, these companies generated so many excess tax breaks that they reported negative taxes (often receiving outright tax rebate checks from the u.s. treasury), totaling $21.8 billion. these companies’ “negative tax rates” mean that they made more after taxes than before taxes in those no-tax years.

thirty corporations paid less than nothing in aggregate federal income taxes over the entire 2008-10 period. these companies, whose pretax u.s. profits totaled $160 billion over the three years, included: pepco holdings (–57.6% tax rate), general electric (–45.3%), dupont (–3.4%), verizon (–2.9%), boeing (–1.8%), wells fargo (–1.4%) and honeywell (–0.7%).
wait, wait, don't tell us -- the rich need more tax cuts, right?
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say hello

to fight the power
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outlook for thursday

there is a distinct lack of competition in insurance markets around the country

yes there are black people @ #occupywallst

laffy introduces us to the incredible shrinking maine tea party

occupy duckburg!

and a big thank you to diane sweet @ crooks&liars occupy america for blogging our skippy #ows video!
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

wednesday girl

how #occupywallst confuses and ignores the pundit class

b of a back pedals from the $5 debit card fee

state refuses to back tennessee guv's crackdown on #occupynashville

how dumb can the gop get?

rez dog almost, kinda, sorta is on the news (at least, by association)
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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

we like what you've done with the place

no more mister nice blog has a new look! nice!
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occupy the overpass

the freeway blogger occupies

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tuesday heartache

words matter; and words mean something different to scientists

an open letter to gun nuts

it's multiple choice mitt

b of a throws out the debit card fee idea completely

auto sales could hit 8 month high

there is no pink
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