s skippy the bush kangaroo: December 2011

skippy the bush kangaroo

Saturday, December 31, 2011

skippy's saturday night music club

my personal song of 2011. i've been high. i've been low. i've been yes and i've been oh hell no. i've been stop. i've been go.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:56 PM | 3 comments

welcome jon swift fans!

first, a big thanks to batocchio for linking to us in his jon swift memorial year end blog round up.

secondly, if any of you are wondering, here's the explanation of blogroll amnesty day.

happy new year, and let's hope 2012 doesn't end with a mayan prophecy!
posted by skippy at 8:41 PM | 0 comments

auld lang syne

crooks& liars presents the top 50 videos of 2011

the 5 dumbest things republicans have done this year

the worst tv of 2011

the year in science

the year in lies

the 10 worst economic ideas of 2011

the top 10 gop moments of 2011

the most under-reported stories of the year

the best celebrity tweets of 2011

10 winning moments for the 99% in 2011

and don't forget 2011: the year in extreme animals
posted by skippy at 2:43 PM | 1 comments

Friday, December 30, 2011

skippy's friday night music club

remembering some of the favorite songs of 2011. this one holds a special spot in my heart for a long term lover who passed away several years ago. "someone like you" by adele.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:01 PM | 0 comments

friday night

mitt romney's corporate welfare

"sex and the single girl" turns 50

1,100 year old mayan ruins found in north georgia

we hope you all enjoyed your last christmas...ever!
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Thursday, December 29, 2011

skippy's thursday night music club

remembering some of the favorite songs of 2011. i am howlin' for these guys. the black keys.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:40 PM | 0 comments

love the irony

that those gop peeps who failed to qualify for the virginia primary ballot were caught in their own voter suppression tactics.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 6:15 PM | 2 comments

calling governor bobby jindal

why don't you go up to alaska and find out what that so-called "wasteful" volcano monitoring is all about.
a volcano in alaska's aleutian islands sent up an ash cloud thursday that prompted scientists to increase the alert level for commercial aircraft traffic.

the alaska volcano observatory said satellite images at 4:02 a.m. alaska time showed cleveland volcano had spewed ash 15,000 feet into the air in a cloud that moved east-southeast. u.s. geological survey scientist-in-charge john power called it a small explosion. - cbs

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is the new black in fashionable political polls.
a new poll from the pew research center for the people & the press out yesterday shows that “progressive” is the most positively viewed political label in america, with 67 percent holding a positive view compared to just 22 percent who view the term negatively: - think progress

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don't tax the rich; tax inequality itself

some advice for chuck norris

we're #1!

and rest in peace tarzan's pal, cheetah
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jon stewart

patron saint of skippy the bush kangaroo...and lover of kitties.

funny pictures - ur momint ob zen.
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!

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looking back at 2011

bad food news of 2011.

good food news of 2011.

the political scandals of 2011.

osama bin laden's death most impactful story of 2011 (say aol voters)

top corporate governance stories of 2011.

the bbc wants to quiz your knowledge of top stories of 2011.

npr's top songs of 2011. can you hum a few bars of these?

time's top 10 of everything in 2011

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

skippy's wednesday night music club

a little look back at some of the top songs of 2011. love her or hate her...gaga's got it going on.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:25 PM | 0 comments

wednesday girl

homecare workers now legally considered actual workers instead of volunteers

newt gingrich failed to register newtgingrich.com, which is now a dem parody site

buying insider trading information from congress - and getting rich

what's going on with voter supression and the doj?
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

barely out of tuesday

the plight of the 1%

and rebuttal thereof

pot arrests drop in nyc

why we need the consumer financial protection bureau
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Monday, December 26, 2011

happy boxing day

ny att.gen. teams w/federal housing finance agency to investigate mortgage fraud

what they won't tell you about pepper spray

time's person of the year: the photo you didn't see

and here's the great gop hot air balloon race
posted by skippy at 11:41 AM | 2 comments

orthocracy speaks

"please allow me to introduce myself. you have no name for me, so i must name myself. i am 'the orthocracy.' you have in your language no name for me because i do not let you see me. i rule by a set of rules that cannot be spoken, for, not only is it taboo to voice them, but they are too revolting, too embarrassing for your human sensibilities to bear."

"although no well organized orthocracy allows the rules of rule be made explicit, one can infer the outlines of a system of rules behind the veil -- a ruling system."

"the 13 rules of rule

"1. keep them weak.

"2. keep them dumb.

"3. keep them scared.

"4. control all their resources.

"5. divide them, conquer them.

"6. control their rhythm and pace.

"7. control their chemistry.

"8. control their sex.

"9. jack them around.

"10. use coercion routinely, brute force when necessary.

"11. use deception routinely, the big lie when necessary.

"12. none of this can show.

"13. this is the system; there shall be no other."


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Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Only Modern Xmas Story

Dr. Black has already embedded one of the few worthwhile modern Xmas songs.* And I usually leave re-posting this story to Brad DeLong, but he appears to have gone all-in for Latin and skipped it this year. So, without further ado, Mark Evanier:
I arrived, headed for my favorite barbecue stand and, en route, noticed that Mel Tormé was seated at one of the tables.

Mel Tormé. My favorite singer. Just sitting there, sipping a cup of coffee, munching on an English Muffin, reading The New York Times. Mel Tormé.

I had never met Mel Tormé. Alas, I still haven't and now I never will. He looked like he was engrossed in the paper that day so I didn't stop and say, "Excuse me, I just wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed all your records." I wish I had....

I waved the leader of the chorale over and directed his attention to Mr. Tormé, seated about twenty yards from me.

"That's Mel Tormé down there. Do you know who he is?"

The singer was about 25 so it didn't horrify me that he said, "No."

I asked, "Do you know 'The Christmas Song?'"

Again, a "No."

I said, "That's the one that starts, 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...'"

"Oh, yes," the caroler chirped. "Is that what it's called? 'The Christmas Song?'"

"That's the name," I explained. "And that man wrote it." The singer thanked me, returned to his group for a brief huddle...and then they strolled down towards Mel Tormé. I ditched the rest of my sandwich and followed, a few steps behind. As they reached their quarry, they began singing, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." directly to him.

A big smile formed on Mel Tormé's face — and it wasn't the only one around. Most of those sitting at nearby tables knew who he was and many seemed aware of the significance of singing that song to him. For those who didn't, there was a sudden flurry of whispers: "That's Mel Tormé...he wrote that..."

As the choir reached the last chorus or two of the song, Mel got to his feet and made a little gesture that meant, "Let me sing one chorus solo." The carolers — all still apparently unaware they were in the presence of one of the world's great singers — looked a bit uncomfortable. I'd bet at least a couple were thinking, "Oh, no...the little fat guy wants to sing."

But they stopped and the little fat guy started to sing...and, of course, out came this beautiful, melodic, perfectly-on-pitch voice. The look on the face of the singer I'd briefed was amazed at first...then properly impressed.

On Mr. Tormé's signal, they all joined in on the final lines: "Although it's been said, many times, many ways...Merry Christmas to you..." Big smiles all around.

And not just from them. I looked and at all the tables surrounding the impromptu performance, I saw huge grins of delight...which segued, as the song ended, into a huge burst of applause. The whole tune only lasted about two minutes but I doubt anyone who was there will ever forget it.

Go read the whole thing. The rest of us have to abide with this:

If you liked this, please consider joining me in donations to Oxfam America or Heifer in honor of others. Which will still deliver an e-card in time for the 25 December thingie.

*The other was, of course, sung without the slightest sense of irony at soup kitchen being run at a homeless shelter by the cast of Glee.

posted by Ken Houghton at 9:33 PM | 3 comments

environmental news stories sunday

christmas version

trees in trouble: grim future for frankincense. - frankincense is still used today — for perfumes, incense and traditional medicines — but a new study suggests that its future looks grim - weekend edition (npr)

northeast holds front line in climate change war. - up and down the connecticut river valley in massachusetts colleges and major research universities have expanded their course offerings to address the growing interest in meeting the challenges of a ‘carbon-constrained’ future and other questions of environmental sustainability - springfield republican

add vitamin d to scotland's food: experts. - international experts are calling for food in scotland to be fortified with vitamin d, in an attempt to cut the large numbers of people who develop multiple sclerosis at sunshine-deprived northern latitudes - london guardian

fractured earth, polluted water? - in new mexico, water is precious. until we know more about how fracking can impact water supplies, state regulators should require more information about the chemicals being pumped into the ground. new mexico would be better off safeguarding our water before drilling starts, not after. - santa fe new mexican

global warming and malaria: it’s kind of complicated. - al gore’s “an inconvenient truth” may be the first place a lot of people heard about it, but scientists have been worried for a long time about how climate change will affect infectious diseases - climate central

don't take bath this christmas as drought order is issued. - people in the south east are being asked not to take a bath over christmas to save water after the first winter drought order in almost 10 years was imposed - london daily telegraph

reindeer are fading into holiday myth. - in the barren lands of the far north, where caribou numbers have undergone natural fluctuations over decades, the question is whether the declining populations will have the chance and the space to rebound as their ranges face mineral exploration, mine, oil and gas development, and a changing climate - new york times

green christmas more frequent due to global warming. - there was time in the great white north when dreaming of a white christmas would almost always be a dream come true. - canadian press

mercury rule is president obama's christmas gift to america. - the obama administration delivered a last-minute christmas present this week. on wednesday, following a tortured history, the epa finally released new standards that sharply reduce the emissions of mercury - mother jones

sony's bio battery turns waste paper into electricity. - sony has unveiled a paper-powered battery prototype in japan. the technology generates electricity by turning shredded paper into sugar which in turn is used as fuel. if brought to market, the innovation could allow the public to top up the power of their mobile devices using waste material - bbc

great lakes funding & christmas tree debate. - people who are working on cleaning up the great lakes got some good news this week. after months of negotiations, the 2012 federal budget contains $300 million for the great lakes restoration Initiative - environment report

the best christmas gift ever: saving santa from the watery north pole. - this christmas, think about a donation to the ‘where will santa live?‘ campaign, where your dollars will be put to the best use possible for santa and his crew as they get ready to face their new reality of a warmed up north pole. - scientific american

columnist objects to ads depicting santa as a homeless climate refugee. - “where will santa live?” the ad asks. “santa’s workshop is sinking." actually, it’s okay, kids. santa’s coming next saturday night just as he always does - toronto sun

endangered reindeer. - reindeer – also called caribou – are ubiquitous in the world’s northern latitudes, but the populations closest to the north pole are dwindling because of climate change. now there is a push to list the large deer as endangered - living on earth

real christmas trees save water. - fake christmas trees might be convenient and seem eco-friendly at first glance, but their environmental costs – measured in greenhouse gas emissions and landfill space – far outweigh their benefits, say conservationists who urge consumers to "stay real" this holiday season - national geographic news

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 3:19 PM | 0 comments

oh little town of blogleham

remains of a 17th century stone church were found in florida

attacks on obama policy shames christianity

"and unto them a snowy-white albino kiwi was born"

newt gingrich's letter to virginia, regarding the existence of santa and claims he said otherwise

and christwire presents 5 christmas things gays have ruined
posted by skippy at 10:53 AM | 3 comments

it's not christmas

until the king sings...

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merry xmas

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

the blog before christmas

newt gingrich's graveyard in the closet

nearly 1/3 of americans are arrested by age 23

say hello to the world's smallest frog

all we want for christmas is democrat with a spine
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Friday, December 23, 2011

And So Happy Xmas...Now with Canadian Content

A couple of days ago, James Bianco, chez Ritholtz, noted a WSJ article entitled "Dividend Stocks Become the Heroes":

This year, the 100 stocks in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index with the highest dividend yields are up an average of 3.7% before dividend payouts, according to Birinyi Associates. The 100 lowest-yielding stocks are down an average of 10%.

Is this a good idea? I understand the move to dividend-paying stocks—companies that admit they don't know what to do with their excess cash are almost by definition better-run than those that hoard it without announcing future plans for its use (hi, MSFT!). And some companies have a lot of excess cash right now.

But there is a difference between paying a dividend because it's the best use of funds for your investors and having a high dividend yield. Don't believe me? Ask Bank of America shareholders ($2.56 Annual Dividend, just under an 8% yield) ca. 2008:

Or those who bought The Big C for its $2.08-cents-per share Annual Dividend (around 6-7% yield) in late 2007*:

Of course, banks might be the except. But here's the past five years of Toronto Dominion, which was paying around a 3% p.a. Dividend** around the same time period:

What would have happened to your overall investment if you had gone for the higher-paying firms? It's not pretty:

I like dividends; they're an admission from a firm that it doesn't know better than its owners what to do with some of its cash. But high-yielding dividends are often a sign of bad management giving away "excess" cash in good times.***

The first rule of finance: when something appears too good to be true, it probably is. Caveat emptor and may all your investments for 2012 be good ones.

*The graphic scale and dividend amounts were distorted somewhat by the 10:1 reverse split earlier this year.

**An annual dividend of US$2.28, with the stock trading around US$70-75 per share.

***This is not an unusual story, sadly. The collapse of LTCM, for instance, occurred after the fund gave much of its investment monies back to investors and then count not remain solvent for so long as the market remained irrational. (The contemporary equivalent is MF Global.)

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posted by Ken Houghton at 12:09 PM | 0 comments

grandma got run over by a blogger

the recall election signature gatherings are proceeding apace

here's a bi-partisan bill that makes any company that moves its call centers off-shore ineligible for federal loans or grants

anonymous donors pay off strangers' layaway accounts

but some wal-marts in texas didn't let the accounts get paid

and doug j of balloon juice punks politico
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

silent blog, holy blog

6 stories you may have missed about from #occupywallstreet

ceo pay shot up in 2010

7 facts about veterans that will shock you

and other facts that republicans fail to grasp
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

say hello

to if i ran the zoo
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o blog all ye faithful

it turns out that people getting unemployment insurance work harder at finding jobs

meet the budget the media doesn't want you to know about

pew finds most americans blame republicans for the do-nothing congress

and neil pollack knew christopher hitchens better than you
posted by skippy at 10:32 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

jingle blog jingle blog jingle all the way

the faux rage over the false war on christmas

what you can do to occupy the holidays

holiday gifts for the activists o. your list

gov. scott walker is costing wisconsin 18,000 jobs a year
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Monday, December 19, 2011

new moon on monday

aclu sues gov. scott walker over wisconsin voter id law

gop wants to harness the power of social media

tea party politico issues racist facebook rant calling for obama's assassination

it's the pepper spraying cop tumblr!
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

sunday sun

pz myers is glad phillip johnson is still alive, but intelligent design is dead

don't support the salvation army, they support anti-lgbt policies

"people like me are the only thing that stands between us and auschwitz," sez newt gingrich

probation officer fired for signing pro- pot petition

and rip christopher hitchens
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

say hello

to proof positive
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saturday night special

the brutal logic of climate change

"you're a mean one, newt gingrich"

9 demands of the 99%

voyager 1 is in the stagnation zone
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Friday, December 16, 2011

thank god it's friday

koch-fueled americans for prosperity takes credit for bullying the gop into climate denial

meanwhile tens of thousands march on koch industries for suppressing voting rights

rats free each other from traps, then share chocolate

you should hate the mental welfare state

gay chinese penguins raise chick, get married
posted by skippy at 10:38 AM | 1 comments

Thursday, December 15, 2011

thursday's child

software that listens for lies

an open letter to pixar

a strong middle class is the key to economic growth

scooby doo is "veggie tales" for secular humanists

and rip producer of "easy rider," "five easy pieces," and "the last picture show" (and father of the monkees),bert schneider
posted by skippy at 9:58 AM | 1 comments

we apologize for calling a racist a racist

it's really just a coincidence that the gop candidate's phrase "master race" just happened to have once been used by other folks.

we humbly apologize. even if it's all true.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

wednesday morning, 3 a.m.

corporate tax dodging has cost states $42 billion in revenue in the last three years

there's a pretty bad oil spill off the coast of brazil

invented peoples for mitt romney

cbo sez dems jobs plan creates more jobs than gop plan
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

church on tuesday

presidential pardons in black and white

christmas gifts for rationally curious

if ron paul is the third-party spoiler, which campaign will he spoil?

sure, august j. pollack designed our 'roo logo, but now ted rall drew suburban guerilla's new header
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Monday, December 12, 2011

skippy's monday night music club

have yourself a very merry evening.

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stormy monday

frank miller doesn't like #occupywallstreet. alan moore doesn't like frank miller

dem. rep fires staffers after they make fun of him on twitter

paypal sucks

morgan stanley exec calls for more taxes on the rich

today is the day to occupy west coast ports!
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

skippy's sunday night music club

yeah...it's not the holiday season until you hear mele kalikimaka

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environmental news stories sunday

a little late....but still just as hackle raising.

baltimore harbor: unseen sewage leaks pollute waters. - heavy rains routinely trigger big sewage overflows in baltimore, but there is growing evidence that chronic leaks from the region's aging, cracked sewer lines are a bigger threat to public health. even on sunny days, storm drains discharge raw sewage because of fissures and breaks in old infrastructure. - baltimore sun

quake exceeded tepco's 'once in 10,000 years' scenario. - the movement of the bedrock under the fukushima no.1 nuclear power plant during the great east japan earthquake was larger than pre-quake estimates used by the plant’s operator in its disaster planning, according to government simulations - asahi shimbun

shale gas pipelines pose challenges to state's forests, wildlife. - the 8,500 miles of gas pipeline running under pennsylvania could quadruple within the next two decades, according to a forthcoming study, raising questions about how the work will affect forests, wildlife and even the suburbs around pittsburgh - pittsburgh tribune review

water demand 'will outstrip supply.' - businesses, farmers and householders need to take steps to become more water-efficient as climate change and population growth increase pressures on resources and lead to more droughts, two reports have warned. - press association

researcher sees a biological regime change under way in alaska. - is climate change pushing alaska toward another major abrupt shift, similar to the transition from grassy steppe to peaty tundra that took place thousands of years ago? - climatewire

outrage at uk's $1bn loan deal with brazil oil giant. - a british government decision to underwrite a billion-dollar loan to one of the world's biggest oil companies came under fire from environmentalists last night. - london independent

billion-dollar disasters 'harbinger' of future extreme weather: noaa. - the 12 $1-billion-plus disasters that hit the united states this year are most likely not simply a matter of the stars aligning against us, according to the head of the national oceanic and atmospheric administration, who implicated climate change as a contributor - livescience

city faces choice on next wastewater treatment level. - cities like flagstaff that have become dependent on reclaimed wastewater to relieve pressure on drinking water should seriously consider upgrading treatment to the next step - flagstaff arizona daily sun

u.s. bans boaters from dumping sewage in lake ontario. - u.s. officials have declared lake ontario a “no-discharge zone,” banning boaters from dumping sewage on the american side of the lake. - toronto star

pfc levels decline in residents' blood samples. - a bio-monitoring pilot project in minnesota has found declines since 2008 in perfluorochemicals (pfcs) in the blood of st. corix valley, mn residents. health department researchers concluded that efforts to reduce drinking water exposure to pfcs have been effective - stillwater gazette

aquatic pesticide use gets go-ahead. - despite concerns from lake tahoe water providers, pesticides could soon be used to combat the lake's aquatic weed problems. the lahontan regional water quality control board approved rule changes wednesday that will allow the agency to permit the use of aquatic pesticides under certain conditions - douglas county record courier

mideast water shortages threaten millions. - due to increasing populations, climate change, poor infrastructure and inefficient use of resources, serious water shortages are threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across the middle east - voice of america

carbon credits save sierra leone's gola rainforest. - as of saturday, the gola rainforest, which lies within one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots, is now a national park. and it could soon bring sierra leone, one of the world’s poorest countries, a new income stream from the sale of carbon credits. - christian science monitor

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 10:42 PM | 1 comments

sunday bloody sunday

gingrich think tank collected millions from health care industry

students hit hard by voter id laws

9 demands of the 99%

politifact's lie of the year candidate is 100% true

and here's john cole's answer to megan mcardle's holiday gift guide
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

skippy's saturday night music club

it's not christmas time until you hear miss kitt purr to santa.

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 11:10 PM | 0 comments

saturday in the park

media consolidation: the illusion of choice

sheriff joe arpaio's office ignored years of child sex abuse cases

plan b stands for backlash

pepper spray cop meets baby jesus
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Friday, December 09, 2011

friday on my mind

5 ways to make banks pay for their $7 trillion free ride

#occupywallstreet is time magazine's top story of the year

the advent calendar of physics

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Why Jerry Sandusky, Bobby Fine, and Graham James Happen

It may have been the correct call, but the leaders of the MIAA have no business being allowed anywhere near high school athletes:
The MIAA statement Wednesday said a lesson could be learned from the situation.

"Losing a game or having an official's call go against you or your team are all part of sports. Just like athletes and coaches, officials try hard to do the best job possible. Athletes must learn to put these things behind them and move forward. During their lifetime they will experience similar situations where they feel 'wronged' by a superior or authority figure and they must learn to deal with that situation."

My working assumption is now that anyone who works as a coach in Massachusetts solely under MIAA jurisdiction* is a child molester who wants the free pass they will get because the kids "must learn to deal with that situation."

At least Jim "Bobby Fine is my friend, why would I investigate him" Boeheim offered an Ashton-like apology for his initial remarks. These idiots are proud that they can abuse their power over kids.

*As distinct from sports that have a separate Governing Body, such as USA Swimming, where they understand that the kids "don't just have to take it."

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posted by Ken Houghton at 1:38 PM | 0 comments

outlook for thursday

"dear #occupywallstreet: nypd treating you badly? weird" signed, black people

michigan legislators want to make it harder to recall them

occupy our homes: another fight on the foreclosure frontiere

the (good) time bomb in obamacare has already exploded

and rip col. potter and joe gannon (and for you old timers, pete), popular charater actor harry morgan
posted by skippy at 10:49 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


pearl harbor. 70 years later.

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big wednesday

family wrongly evicted from home return to find total wreckage

under scott walker, wisconsin leads the nation in job losses

bp sez halliburton intentionally destroyed evidence after gulf oil soill

the world's biggest insect could snap your finger off
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

church on tuesday

11 florida state legislators subpoenaed in case against voter supression

woman arrested after closing citibank account in protest files suit against nypd

rep. schakowsky receives intimidating ketter from former blackwater ceo

dog shoots man in buttocks
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Monday, December 05, 2011

stormy monday

the difference between mittflops and newtflops

movers & deputies refuse to evict 103-year-old woman

5 obstacles newt gingrich has to overcome to win the gop nomination

meet the cartoon rabbit that became mickey mouse
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Sunday, December 04, 2011

environmental news stories sunday

those "little" stories you should be hearing about...but aren't. thanks corporate media.

acitizen activist forces new mexico's dairies to clean up their act. - citizens have campaigned against dairy pollution in idaho, washington and california, yet industry has largely succeeded in slowing or even loosening regulations. new mexico's new rules may inspire other states to take the responsibility for limiting factory-farm pollution into their own hands, activists say. - high country news

can we solve the problem of carcinogens in the environment? - while there are 84,000 synthetic chemicals in circulation, the vast majority haven't been fully tested for health risks, and only a handful have been banned. but it's not up to industry to prove its chemicals are safe -- it's effectively up to everyone else to prove that they're dangerous - pittsburgh city paper

a toxic river of poison: san benito county's new idria mercury mine now a Superfund site. - every second of every day it flows: a river of poison gushing from the hillsides. forty gallons a minute, 21 million gallons a year. a bright orange toxic brew, nearly as corrosive as battery acid, teeming with mercury, aluminum, iron and nickel, the legacy of a long-abandoned mine, relentlessly pouring into nearby streams - santa cruz sentinel

nasa satellite confirms air quality improvements. - sulfur dioxide levels in the vicinity of major coal power plants in the northeast have fallen by nearly half since 2005, according to data from nasa’s aura satellite. the results of the study suggest that the epa’s 2005 clean air interstate rule, calling for deep cuts in emissions, is working - summit county citizens voice

bhopal disaster protesters block trains. - thousands of survivors of the world's worst industrial accident are protesting for more compensation by blocking the trains in an indian city - sydney sky news

as gas riches remake plains, lawmaker shares in bounty. - gas money is transforming vast stretches of oklahoma. the spreading wealth from gas fields has also benefited representative dan boren, a democrat who has deep family ties to the industry — and has acted as one of its best friends on capitol hill - new york times

offshore drilling watchdog stepping down. - when michael bromwich took over the helm of the agency overseeing offshore drilling 17 months ago, oil was still gushing into the gulf of mexico, and a handful of ethical lapses had shattered public confidence in the ability of federal regulators to police the industry - hearst news service

texas drought leaves heartbreaking toll of abandoned horses. - the yearlong texas drought is taking a heartbreaking toll on horses and donkeys, thousands of which have been abandoned by owners who can no longer afford the skyrocketing price of the hay needed to feed them - reuters

whales, dolphins, seals: newcomers crowd into british waters in pursuit of their prey. - experts believe rare sightings of cetaceans from tropical climes could mean sea creatures are scouting for new territories to settle as global warming takes effect on sea temperatures - london observer

gop senators want to fast-track keystone xl. - a few short weeks after the obama administration decided to put off a final decision on the keystone xl oil pipeline, a batch of republican senators introduced legislation today that would force the president to approve the pipeline within 60 days. - mother jones

more monsanto corn showing pest damage. - corn plants genetically engineered by monsanto to repel pests are suffering severe damage from insects in more areas than previously reported, according to government scientists, who called the company's monitoring of the problem "inadequate. - st louis post dispatch

french gmo crops unlikely in 2012 despite end of ban. - genetically modified maize is unlikely to make it into french fields next year despite the lifting this week of a ban on a u.s. strain, as evidence rises that france will launch new restrictions, observers said on tuesday. - reuters

beekeepers ask boulder county to ban class of pesticides. - some beekeepers say a class of commonly used insecticides is killing their bees, and when two boulder county advisory boards held a meeting to listen to public comments on a proposed cropland policy, a half-dozen bee advocates showed up to ask the boards to ban neonicotinoids - boulder daily camera

the right to know what you are eating. - the fda doesn't let pharmaceutical companies test new drugs on people without their informed consent. when it comes to genetically engineered ingredients, consumers should have the same right to know when it comes to what they eat - sfchron

petroleum industry confronts water use. - the same week oil and gas industry representatives convened in midland to discuss the best ways to lessen their dependence on freshwater aquifers in the permian basin, nasa told the associated press that satellites have found the state's aquifers to be at "lows rarely seen since 1948." - san angelo standard times

battle brewing over fracking rules. - citizens groups, water providers and local governments are making a strong push to strengthen state rules on the disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process (fracking) - summit county citizens voice

salts from drilling, a drinking water danger, still showing up in rivers. - bromide is a salt, which by itself is harmless. but combined with chlorine at a drinking water plant, it forms chemicals called trihalomethanes. long term exposure to trihalomethanes increases the risk of bladder and other cancers. Bromide levels spiked in the ohio river three years ago. Some say that’s no coincidence.   - pittsburg essential public radio

cows in kwazulu-natal grazing knee-deep in sewage farms' waste. - while thousands of environmental activists are gathered at durban’s International convention centre to discuss global warming and pollution, cows are grazing in knee-deep waste from sewage farms - johannesburg citizen

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 12:37 PM | 0 comments

sunday morning

just how quick is obama's quick pay?

the bush treasury privately tipped off hedge funds about freddie & fannie's troubles

this is the best of all possible austerities

ps, outrageous parking fees are not the same as rape
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Saturday, December 03, 2011

say hello

to our co-blogger ken houghton's other blog, angry bear
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saturday night

why should it be surprising that there are african american atheists?

these are golden times for companies, not so much for workers

just because they're rich doesn't mean they are briliant at everything

why some people say "i'm sorry" before some others
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Friday, December 02, 2011

Break It Down...


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friday night fever

occupy vs. tea party: what their twitter networks reveal

elvis costello: don't buy my records, buy satchmo instead

does anyone really think more tax cuts will cause executives to create more jobs?

really, america, time is not on your side
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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Happy 56th Anniversary

Not a very long time, even if there were full and complete co-operation. Or, as LBJ said,


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posted by Ken Houghton at 12:03 PM | 1 comments

thursday afternoon

what it looks like when no one defends oil company lies

teaching children about child labor

the tea party is losing favor even in tea party districts

here's some christmas gifts for the mad scientist in us all

you know, sometimes you gotta just assume that urban legends are urban lessons, and not stick vodka up your genitals, stupid
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