s skippy the bush kangaroo: May 2012

skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, May 31, 2012

skippy's thursday night music club

john edwards - why don't you do right....

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thursday morning

huge majorities of americans - including catholics - think birth control is morally acceptable

obama's spending spree never happened

traditional marriage as defined by the bible

mitt releases an iphone app -- that misspells "america"
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help matt taibbi

stand up for wall street reform.
recently in rolling stone, matt taibbi detailed how wall street lobbyists, with a big assist from congress and the white house, are rolling back the dodd-frank financial reform law. dodd-frank, designed to rein in banking fraud and recklessness and prevent another cataclysmic financial crisis, "turned out to be like the fish reeled in by hemingway's old man," matt wrote, "no sooner caught than set upon by sharks that strip it to nothing long before it ever reaches the shore."

to get the word out about wall street's anti-reform push and stiffen spines in congress, we're trying out thunderclap, a cool new technology that lets groups of people tweet a single message together at the same time, breaking through the din and reaching a potentially massive audience. (learn more here.) but we need your help! - rolling stone

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billionaire in wi owed no taxes in 2010

and, of course, she's gov. scott walker's largest campaign donor.
a beloit billionaire who is gov. scott walker's largest campaign donor owed no wisconsin taxes in 2010 because of a change in her corporation's structure.according to records from the state department of revenue and abc supply inc., diane hendricks' tax obligation dropped from $2.2 million in 2009 to zero in 2010. - wausau daily herald
you may have heard of diane before....she's the one to whom gov. walker promised to "divided and conquer" wisconsin

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walmart store has no room for veterans

on memorial day.
a scheduling snafu at a north carolina walmart led to the police being called to ask a group of veterans to leave the store on sunday.

members of a local vfw say they had been told that arrangements had been made to allow them to hand out poppies in observance of memorial day, but walmart says it had already booked the spot out in front of the store for another group.

and store policy only allows for one group to solicit outside a store at a time. the local news report does not explain why police needed to be called to resolve the situation.- consumerist

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

skippy's wednesday night music club

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bank of every other country but america

they are nothing but banksters.
bank of america, which last fall announced plans to lay off 30,000 workers, is about to go on a hiring spree—overseas.

america's second-largest bank is relocating its business-support operations to the philippines, according to a high-ranking Filipino government official recently quoted in the filipino press. - mother jones

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wednesday lover

productivity doubled and the middle class got screwed

what is your state good at and what is it lame at? here's a map

if life were a video game, being a straight white male would be the lowest difficulty setting there is

confused about the recent right wing blogswarm against some old bomber named kimberlin? breitbart unmasked tries to help
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jon stewart - patron saint of skippy

is back from vacation,.....and apparently no longer "socialist" dontcha know.

i happened to cross this story, about how roger ailes, the head of fox news, said that I admitted to him, in a bar, that I'm a socialist.  now, i didn't doubt the story.  i mean, i know watching fox news makes you misinformed, but running it doesn't! (check out bruinkid's diary over at the great orange satan)

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

skippy's tuesday night music club

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roo gone rogue

sarah pales in comparison.
a hostile kangaroo launched a savage assault on a mother after spending two days stalking her - then attacked her husband as she recovered in hospital.
...she had first come face to face with the growling marsupial in her back yard two days before the vicious attack and just a day earlier the female had hopped through a fence and grabbed her mastiff. - daily mail
don't piss us off. just sayin'

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voter suppression again in florida

and, again...the press is blind to the fact.
the story of a sitting governor of a state with a history of presidential election shenanigans knowingly purging his own, eligible constituents from the voter rolls is the definition of major news, and yet remarkably, in the first five months of the year, the washington post, the wall street journal and usa today have published a total of zero articles about scott’s actions. the new york times did slightly better, printing one story on page 16 of the friday, may 18th edition. the article ran under the credulous headline: “florida steps up effort against illegal voters.” - think progress

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president john f. kennedy

President John F. Kennedy by U.S. Embassy New Delhi
President John F. Kennedy, a photo by U.S. Embassy New Delhi on Flickr.

may 29, 1917 – november 22, 1963

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today tuesday

white house visitor logs provide window into the lobbying indistry

7 foreclosure horror stories

call them pro-coat hanger, because that's what they are

look out! it's a new species of handfish
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Monday, May 28, 2012

skippy's monday night music club

memorial day edition

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if you're not back in love by monday

46 reasons you should thank a union

mitt romney: model of babbitry

for once, we agree with george will

dr. who carries the olympic torch
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the great orange "satan"

soon to be on radio.

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memorial day

35 2781 by paralecitam
35 2781, a photo by paralecitam on Flickr.

it's a time to give some thought to the armed service members...past and present.

it's not time to go shopping at sales at the cookie cutter shopping malls.
soldiers did not give their lives so that we could go buy cheap things made in china.

time to rethink our priorities.

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Where Are They Now: The Top Seven IPOs of 2010

I'm not usually one to defend Facebook. Yes, I "use" it—it has more of my high school classmates as members than Classmates does—but it's getting increasingly difficult to block Games from feeds, the adverts are cluttered, and the view doesn't seem to optimise based on the screen I use. In short, it's not trying too hard to keep me as an on-site consumer, and I'm not having a crisis reading it with TweetDeck. But the suggestion that the IPO is in some way an indicator of the Coming Apocalypse of the Internet or somesuch is absurd. So when Brad DeLong caught Ross Douthat being an idiot about the FB IPO (in other news, the Sun appeared to rise in the East today), I felt the need to defend the stock market in comments:
If you price an IPO properly for everyone, and everyone is working with clean hands and composure, there should be no "pop" at all. Since that will never happen, a pop of 5-10% on the first day is good, and anything 20% or under is a fine accomplishment. In the pre-InternetIPO days (Boston Chicken forward, if you want to quibble—though the really Stupid Investing 101 cases such as VA Linux or mp3.com are all tech-related), you rarely heard of companies doubling or trebling their IPO levels on the first day. Even during that time, most of the IPOs—Visteon, anyone?—didn't "pop."
If the Internet is understood as a mature industry, we shouldn't expect to see "pops" as a rule. Too many people know too much. Just for fun, I googled "IPOs in the 2010s." The third hit produced a link to a 247wallst.com article on "The Top 7 IPOs in 2010," or at least the Q4 review of same. So I took those seven Ticker Symbols and put them into Yahoo! Finance (which is still easier to use than the Google version).
There are a couple of things to note here. First is that we're working with the winners of the winners here; the firms that, with less than two months to go in the year, were the "winners." With that in mind, look at the first-day changes (third to the last column). Five of the seven were priced within 10% of their first-day close. Only two "popped," and one of those (QLIK) closed below its Opening Price on the exchange. The other (MMYT) was up slightly more than 20% from its Opening Price. Conclusion: The best of the best get priced rather fairly; a "pop" on the IPO is the exception, not the rule. Second is that the Exchange doesn't necessarily help. The worst performer (JKS) was issued on NYSE. The best—and also the second worse, not to mention two of the three losers—are on NASDAQ. And third is that, even of the Successful IPOs in any given year, more than half of them (four of the seven) have returns that are lower than that of the inflation rate. As I said chez DeLong, referring to a couple of 2010 IPOs that were on no one's Winner's List:
If you take just Investopedia's two "loser IPOs" from 2010, NKBP (Chinese) is down just under 50%—[which is due to a] major recovery recently—from its IPO price, while DVOX (market similar to FB's) is down around 90%, trading as a "penny stock."
Short version: Whether or not Facebook will be a winner as a company in the long-term has very little to do with the performance of its IPO. People who confuse the latter for the former—such as Ross Douthat—should not be paid to write about investing.
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

environmental news stories sunday

for those stories we should be hearing on the talking head shows...but, alas, don't.

wildfires hit six us states, small towns evacuated. - a wildfire burned out of control for a fourth day in the steep mountains of southwestern new mexico on saturday, one of several blazes that have consumed more than 200 square miles of rugged land in six u.s. states. - reuters

wildfires burn across southwest us amid historic drought conditions. - wildfires raced across a dry and windy southwest on friday, destroying dozens of homes and depositing a smoky haze over the city of albuquerque, new mexico. fuelled by historic drought conditions, the wildfire season opened early this year in the rugged mountains of arizona. - the guardian

soft-shell lobsters so soon? it's a mystery in maine. - this year, strange things are happening on the ocean floor. many of the lobsters have prematurely shed their hard shells, and lobstermen are hauling large numbers of soft-shelled lobsters much earlier than usual. - weekend edition

virginia's sea-level rise has fastest rate on the east coast. - evidence of sea level rise is increasingly visible to people who spend time around the water: wetlands are disappearing, ditches have gone tidal, backyard vegetation has changed, and "ghost forests" - full grown trees that are dead along the shore because the ocean is moving in underneath them - are now a fixture - delaware coast press

gas drilling under ohio high school is safe, officials say. - chesapeake energy's plan to drill for natural gas under brooke high school should not create any problems for the more than 1,000 students who attend there each day, county superintendent kathy kidder-wilkerson said. but ohio county school officials continue to object - wheeling inteligencer

germany sets new solar power record, institute says. - german solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour - equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity - through the midday hours on friday and saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said - reuters

to tap arctic oil, russia partners with exxon mobil. - russia is still the world's largest producer of oil and gas, but growth has stalled and to get to new supplies requires going to a very difficult place — the arctic. - morning edition npr

rothamsted: security increased at gm wheat trial. - campaigners against the genetically modified wheat will be kept away from the harpenden test site, run by rothamsted research, on sunday. they are concerned about potential contamination from the cereal, but researchers say it is infinitely small - bbc

third b.c. fish farm quarantined after deadly virus detected. - a third b.c. fish farm is under quarantine after a virus deadly to farmed salmon was detected on a site owned by mainstream canada. - vancouver sun

in new film, professor warns of water crisis. - water supplies are dwindling around the world, and a rapidly changing climate will likely make the situation far worse. that is the message conveyed by uc irvine earth system science professor jay famiglietti in “last call at the oasis,” a new film now showing in irvine - orange county register

the gas well next door? - no matter how much you may favor more drilling for oil and natural gas, you still might not want a gas well sprouting up next door to your home. a provision in the senate plan would seem to allow just that, restricting the ability of local governments to adopt zoning and land use ordinances that ban fracking - greenville daily reflector

chemicals aren’t why you’re fat, but they’re making you fatter. - a chemical that can be found almost everywhere causes stem cells to become fat cells. it won’t make you fat on your own, but it makes your crappy diet a lot worse for you. how can you avoid it? - fast company

scientists observe 'tragic experiment' of tsunami debris. - material swept across the pacific after japan's 2011 earthquake offers an opportunity to track items originating from a single point at a single time. debris has begun washing up on the west coast - latimes

change in wind for acid sensors. - state acid rain sensors are so old that there are no longer repair parts, department of environmental conservation told the epa in an annual report last week on the status of the state's network of various air pollution sensors, including those for acid rain, ozone and other pollution - albany times union

heat could kill 150,000 in u.s. cities this century. - a new report issued dire warning about the impact of carbon emissions if no steps are taken to curb them and to improve emergency services - reuters

flame retardant risk varies by race. - nonwhite toddlers may be exposed to potentially toxic flame-retardant chemicals more than white toddlers, according to a study published this week in environmental health perspectives - discovery channel

report measures pesticides in air. - pesticide drift monitoring in minnesota, authored by pesticide action network, is the result of a community-led air monitoring study conducted by a group of concerned minnesotans. area residents found the fungicide chlorothalonil present in 64 percent of air samples taken near their homes - park rapids enterprise

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skippy's sunday night music club

here's to another 75 years, golden gate!

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tweet of the day

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happy birthday

to the golden gate bridge!


festivities that began in the morning and continued into the evening along san francisco's northern waterfront within sight of the two legendary orange towers included musical and dance performances on stages in crissy field and marina green plus a historic watercraft parade.

the aircraft carrier uss nimitz passed under the bridge during the day, with its sailors saluting as sailboats flanked the ship. and there were less expected tributes as well, like the skywriter who spelled out "happy 75th" above san francisco bay...

"happy 75th birthday to san franciscos golden gate bridge! you are beautiful," wrote one woman.
having lived in sf for many years, we feel a tug at our heartstrings to think of the great iconic monument turning as old as we feel.

happy bday, golden gate!
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every sunday

rude pundit: fuckers are fuckers, no matter the color

what? big uproar when hustler photoshops a conservative pundit performing a sex act, but no problem if right-winger jokes about a lib pundit doing same?

in 2011, nypd made more stops of young black men than total number of young black men in new york

and we never thought we'd say this, but apparently the pope's butler did it
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

louisiana saturday night

black woman gets 20 years in florida for standing her ground

why fear of failure begets failure

the week in mitt's mendacity

did farting kill the dinosaurs?
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Friday, May 25, 2012

friday night on a dollar bill

67 year old man dies after a nite of lap dances

the 30 harshest filmmaker-on-filmmaker insults in history

5 mind-blowing facts about student loan debt

chimp in zoo makes elaborate plots to annoy humans
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cat blogging friday

Muffi&Tiger by Mats&Muffi
Muffi&Tiger, a photo by Mats&Muffi on Flickr.
kickboxing like a kangaroo version

more furry frolics at the modulator's friday ark.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

thursday afternoon

here's what happened with the facebook ipo

how the ayn rand-loving right is like a bunch of teen age boys gone crazy

speaking of crazy libertarians, we hate s. e. cupp and everything she promotes (she used to work for glenn beck, so that tells you about her level of adult political logic). however, hustler's "parody" of her goes beyond the pale and we condemn such misuse of her image. if you can't debate the woman's politics, don't disrespect her gender, larry!

congrats to our new american idol phil phillips. but what happens to contestants that don't win? here's an update on 70 idol contestants

couple sues landlord because their house is haunted
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

skippy's wednesday night music club

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gop doesn't support the troops

they want to force the military to use dirty fuels when it doesn't want to.
last week, the republican-led house armed services committee proposed a new pentagon budget. tucked away inside it was a provision that would prohibit the department of defense from buying any alternative fuels that cost more than conventional fossil fuels. tpm has the story.

slate’s fred kaplan laments that this provision would kill the $12 million “green strike group” program the navy is running, which would field a strike group running entirely on biofuels (and a nuclear-powered carrier) for a naval exercise in june. the navy hopes to have an entire “great green fleet” in the water by 2016.

but the language is far broader than that. it would effectively prohibit military field-testing of any non-fossil fuel. after all, if alternatives were already cheaper than fossil fuels, they wouldn’t be alternatives. the air force couldn’t experiment with fuel blends for its jets. the army couldn’t fuel its “green warrior convoy.” this provision would explicitly ban the military from being an instrument of energy innovation. - grist

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wednesday like a river

bristol palin sells arizona home for a tiny profit

limbaugh takes a post-sandra fluke ratings hit

good debt: like santa claus, it doesn't exist

and rip eugene polley, inventor of the tv remote
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

skippy's tuesday night music club

a little music from cake.

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forget cake

mittens and the gop don't want poor americans to eat anything.
according to an analysis by the center for budget and policy priorities, romney’s economic plan would throw 13 million people off of food stamps entirely - think progress

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sweet tuesday morning

citizens of jackson hole, wy, organize against anti-abortion protesters

george w. bush: the incredible shrinking president

a new declaration of independence: taking america back from the 1%

man gets bit by rattlesnake in wal-mart
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Monday, May 21, 2012

skippy's monday night music club

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missouri legislature approves bill allowing employers to deny access to cialis, enzyte, viagra...

oh, sorry....they can deny access to birth control for women. too bad it isn't those pills for men they want to deny access to. if passed, they truly should rename the state misery.

at least there is one legislator standing up and saying "no!"
...but state rep. stacey newman (d) said the bill endangering women’s access to health care was more of an attack on “women’s reproductive choices” than a message to the federal government. “this is wrong and i dare you to go home and talk to your daughters … and say, ‘look, what we’re going to say is that your employers’ religious beliefs matter more than your own,’” newman told colleagues. - think progress

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hey mayor booker

you know what really nauseates me?

you not knowing that economic pain caused by vultures like bain is a real topic to talk about.
and finding out that you took a boatload of cash from bain.

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(tell me why) i don't like mondays

chicago police accused of planting evidence on nato protesters

ultra-orthodox jews shun their own for reporting child abuse

you can help out our buddies over @ the political carnival by buying one of the tees with 'tude

and rip robin gibb of the bee gees
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Sunday, May 20, 2012

thoughts and prayers go out to italy

we californians know all too well the damage and heartbreak that earthquakes can hand out.
four people died, dozens were injured and 3,000 were left homeless after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook several small towns in northeast italy on sunday.
and as a "foodista", i feel the country's pain.
the quake struck in the farm region known for production of parmigiano and grana cheeses. italy's farm lobby coldiretti said about 200,000 huge, round cheeses were damaged, causing a loss to producers of $65 million. - sfgate

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skippy's sunday night music club

r.i.p. robin gibb.

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need not be expensive and scarce.

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are the real job creators.

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environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that seem to get away from the "corporate" media

india's illegal sand mining fuels boom, ravages rivers. - india’s rivers and creeks continue to be ravaged for sand to fuel a boom in construction and a massive urban transition. the result, analysts warn, is an impending environmental disaster. - washington post

shanghai's reservoirs closed following oil leak. - reservoirs supplying the majority of shanghai's water have been closed after a fuel ship sank at the mouth of the yangtze river on friday night, the city government said yesterday - shanghai daily

cruising for a major oil spill in alaskan waters, academic warns. - one of canada's top experts on arctic issues is warning of the "near-inevitability" of an exxon valdez-scale oil spill at a fragile choke point in alaskan waters if canada ends up shipping oilsands fuel to china via pipeline terminals on the british columbia coast - postmedia news

uk backtracks on fracking. - government officials have rejected shale gas technology as a solution to britain's energy crisis, with senior coalition figures having agreed that shale gas has the potential to be deeply controversial without securing major benefits in lowering carbon emissions or reducing energy costs - the independent

salmon virus forces cull of half million fish in british columbia. - atlantic salmon farms around vancouver island have begun testing and formed a special outbreak management team after a virus outbreak at one farm led to the cull of more than half a million fish. according to the canadian food inspection agency, the virus does not affect human health or food safety - canadian press

epa needs to act on bee-threatening chemicals. - as the iowa state apiarist, i have surmised for quite some time that pesticides were the most to blame for bee colonies becoming disoriented and disappearing - des moines register

hard-hit neighborhoods in la seek zoning protection. - they're calling it clean-up, green-up. it's a proposal to create special zones around some of the most polluted neighborhoods in los angeles. it’s a response to residents who say: enough is enough - no more pollution. the idea: clean up the environment and help businesses thrive at the same time - living on earth

food crisis in niger escalates. - in a country affected by climate change more severely than most, failed crops and no rain have only one conclusion. niger's food crisis is now being described as past the point of no return - australia abc news

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In the Event of Something Happening to Me...

The first album was much different from the Stigwoodian Seventies and beyond:

R.I.P. Robin, following Maurice, leaving only the brother who collaborated with Barbra Streisand.
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easy like sunday morning

mitt romney has no idea how you feel

facebook ipo: anatomy of wall street overreach

breitbart.com actually breaks some news

today's eclipse of the sun includes the rare ring of fire
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Saturday, May 19, 2012

lonely saturday

this week in mitt mendacity

howard stern brings fewer eyeballs to america's got talent

it's legal to shoot bigfoot in texas

wild elephant herds mourn death of man who helped them
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Friday, May 18, 2012

friday night lights

kids today really do have it harder

mitt is such a flip-flopper, even he doesn't remember what he said...but he stands by it

stop corporate-sponsored voter suppression

jeremiah wright is not a silver bullet
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

thursday 11

man in romney video was busted for assaulting a police officer

even worse, obama beats romney in fox news poll

what the gop pollsters tell the gop

and she worked hard for the money: rip donna summer
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

skippy's wednesday night music club

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the biden was unleashed

and millions of people "get him."

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the vampire squid

shows its inky, evil doing fangs.
“f**k the compliance area – procedures, schmecedures,” chirps peter melz, former president of merrill lynch professional clearing corp. (a.k.a. merrill pro), when a subordinate worries about the company failing to comply with the rules governing short sales.

we also find out here how wall street professionals manipulated public opinion by buying off and/or intimidating experts in their respective fields. in one email made public in this document, a lobbyist for sifma, the securities industry and financial markets association, tells a goldman executive how to engage an expert who otherwise would go work for “our more powerful enemies,” i.e. would work with overstock on the company’s lawsuit. - matt taibbi in rolling stone

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they knew they were legal

but they kept silent. traitors.
michigan elections officials had proof emergency manager repeal petitions were legal but kept it secret. - daily kos

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wednesday jam

ex-gay group cancels conference due to lack of interest

sixteenth group drops alec

fbi considers hate crime charge against george zimmerman

look! it's riversong riding the tube!
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

great headline....just years too late

aWol guilty of war crimes
former united states president george w bush and seven of his associates have been found guilty of war crimes.

but their deeds are likely to go unpunished as the kuala lumpur war crimes tribunal which found them guilty is a "tribunal of conscience" and does not have the power to impose any punishment.
bush, former us vice president richard cheney, former defence secretary donald rumsfeld, former deputy assistant attorney general john choon yoo, former assistant attorney general jay bybee, and former counsels alberto gonzales, david addington and william haynes 2 were convicted as war criminals on Friday.

the five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered a guilty verdict on charges relating to their involvement of knowing that prisoners of war were being tortured while held in afghanistan, iraq and guantanamo bay.

they were charged and convicted for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of the complainant war crime victims, kuala lumpur foundation to criminalise war said in a statement - stuff.co.nz

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sunny tuesday

dominque struass-kahn in yet another rape scandal

here's liberty university's guide to female modesty

author of new hit piece book apparently stole a quote from huffpost

who wouldn't love the murder she wrote tumblr?
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Monday, May 14, 2012

i don't have to be me 'til monday

the last 12 months were the hottest on record since records have been kept

how the affordable healthcare act helps combat preventable hospital infections

a comprehensive list of which corporations belong to alec

angie's list is now sponsoring rush limbaugh. go here for contact info.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

skippy's sunday night music club

happy birthday, stevie!

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environmental news stories sunday

for some stories that you probably didn't hear on the talking head shows this morning.

u.s. senator dick durbin calls for reform on flame retardant chemicals. - reacting with outrage to the chicago tribune's investigation of deceptive tactics that have fueled the rise of toxic flame retardants in american homes, u.s. sen. dick durbin on thursday demanded answers from two federal agencies, urging them to act aggressively to rid homes of chemicals that pose health risks but don't stave off fires - chicago tribune

 usda to test beef for more strains of E. coli. - next month, the agriculture department will begin testing raw ground beef for the “big six” at meat plants in order to keep these e. coli pathogens off people’s plates. the decision comes four years after experts warned of the dangers these germs pose to the nation’s food supply - wapo

trade groups with dow, monsanto backing lobby for gmo corn. - as the usda readies its decision whether to approve use of gmo corn, dow chemical co. is touting a broad coalition of support among farmers to increase the likelihood that the agency approves the product - international business times

peru's coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change. - global warming threatens the future of peru's poorest coffee farmers, but one brand thinks it has found an answer on the financial markets - london oberserver

dwindling fish stocks leave china high and dry. - a severe decline in stocks has nearly paralyzed the fishing industry in east china, leaving many boats anchored at harbor during what should be the prime fishing season - shanghai daily

ubb widow: massey defrauded families. - massey energy officials tricked the families of some upper big branch miners into early wrongful-death settlements that have proven inadequate, given evidence of safety violations and criminal conduct linked to the fatal april 2010 explosion, according to a lawsuit quietly filed last month. - charleston gazette

evolution and climate change should be taught in schools, say states. - one day after new test results showed that only 32 percent of u.s. 8th graders are proficient in science, a group of 26 states has helped draft a document that may bring about a major overhaul of science education in this country. - scientific american

chile supreme court halts patagonia dam project. - chile's supreme court has halted construction on the rio cuervo hydroelectric project in the country's remote and pristine patagonia region, after accepting an appeal from environmental groups. - afp

radioactivity fear spurs survey. - the u.s. army corps of engineers asked for a survey of water wells in the wake of findings that radioactive waste had been found in ground water leaking from the walls of the nearby erie canal. - buffalo news

sand mining coming to a town near you. - the state of wisconsin is no longer a hot bed for metallic sulfide mining, having its legislature kill a bill in march that would have streamlined mining permit process in favor of mining companies. but it is one of the hotbeds for another type of mining, sand mining, a billion-dollar business - baltimore post examiner

chevron’s huge tax break cost city manager his job. - in el segundo, california, a city manager is fired after finding a secret, possibly illegal, backroom deal with chevron to pay unusually low taxes in this company town - dc bureau

appalachian women put strip-mining on trial. - it's been almost 35 years since lois gibbs became an environmental activist after she discovered her 7-year-old son's elementary school in niagara falls, n.y., was built on a toxic waste dump. this week, gibbs was in west virginia to hear the stories of women whose families live near mountaintop removal coal mining operations - charleston gazette

courtroom conflict: $200 million toxic plume. - an eight-square-mile plume of toxic contamination moving slowly through northern orange county groundwater could take decades to clean up -- with costs running as high as $200 million. - orange country register

obama camp adds coal to ‘all of the above’ energy strategy. - a page on obama’s campaign website now lists “clean coal” among the energy sources the president has supported during his first term, an indication that the campaign is sensitive to criticism that it is hostile to the coal industry. - wall street journal (sub. req.)

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m is for the many things she gave me

what's next for gay marriage foes?

huzzah! it's the triennial kattsnstoet (cat parade) in ypres, belgium, today!

the most knowledgeable people about religion are atheists and agnostics

and rip bassist for, among others, booker t & the mg's and the blues brothers donald "duck" dunn

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

looking for the heart of saturday night

thanks to the republican primary, worldwide parody & satire industries collapse

mark trail vs. the marijuana farmers

10 ways you can tell if you're a political asshole

it's the kitten cam!
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Friday, May 11, 2012

have your disaster kits at the ready

because it looks to be a long, long high fire season.
according to their most recent outlook, the national interagency fire center predicts that large parts of southern and central california, along with forests throughout the sierra nevada, are likely to see more wildfires than normal, particularly later this summer. - climate central

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friday night in dixie

sheriff joe arpaio gets sued by the justice dept

sure it's photoshopped, but we still love the teenage mutant ninja turtles

are facebook ipo shares vastly over-valued?

mice that eat yoghurt have bigger testicles
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Thursday, May 10, 2012

security theatre

fear has led us to insanity.
family pulled from jetblue flight because 18-month-old daughter is on "no-fly list" - consumerist

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skippy's thursday night music club

happy 52nd birthday, bono.

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shouldn't be just for the average working schlubs. financial institutions should be involved, too. they started this whole morass.
the point is, when people talk about “austerity,” they only ever talk about the pain the general population should voluntarily accept, in the form of reduced services and curtailed “stimulus.” no one ever says the financial services sector should have to cut back on its access to easy money, and there hasn’t been much in the way of serious plans to restore some sanity and prudence to the lending and investing business. - matt taibbi over at rolling stone

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this thursday

looks like obama
wants those big contributions
from the lgbt constituency

5 arrested at yesterday's bank of america share holders meeting in charlotte

one quarter of young people can't make ends meet

and rip vidal sassoon
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

skippy's wednesday night music club

the question raised by the unleashed biden on sunday, "who do you love" was answered by the president today...."anyone you want." 


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das williams - of the fighting 35th

my assemblymember das williams is fighting to keep higher education affordable. not just for his constituents, but for all californians. he continues to try to find ways to put money back into the once great california college systems. he knows first hand how great the colleges were...and could be again; how they can shape futures for so many californians. he is a product of santa barbara city college, uc berkeley and uc santa barbara. and he's fighting for their future...for the next generation's future...for our country's future.

the assembly appropriations committee is studying the potential fiscal impact of a
legislative proposal introduced by assemblymember das williams (d-santa barbara) that would transfer some state-owned properties to a public trust in order to provide need financial support to the state’s higher education systems.

ab 2442 would establish the california hope public trust, to manage state-owned properties deemed suitable for development with the goal of increasing that value of its holdings and earning revenue for the university of california (uc), the california state university (csu) and california community college systems.

“a world class higher education system is one of the hallmarks of our state’s economy, but to see the carnage our uc’s, csu’s and community colleges have taken, we have some work to get us to the greatness we are capable of. but that can start with finding ways to dedicate funding to continue building upon the world-class public education system right here in california,” - das williams

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wednesday evening blues

teens arrested for videotaping police

city of charlotte, nc, sides w/bank of america over citizens

if only there was some lists of all the republicans who are actually gay homophobes

and rip "where the wild things are" author maurice sendak
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

skippy's tuesday night music club

tonight a special prayer goes out to maurice sendak...who showed us all, as little kids, where "the wild things are."  god speed, maurice.

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see you next tuesday

living wage law passes in new york

the 99% wakes up

will there be a backlash against swift boaters: the next generation?

gay donors refuse to contribute to obama's pac because he refuses to sign executive order banning sexual orientation discrimination
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Monday, May 07, 2012

Someone around 43rd and 8th Finally Saw WEEDS?

Dear Dr. Black,

It was common knowledge in the mid-1980s that the best stuff being grown in the NYC area came around Princeton.*

Maybe the NYT thinks of Princeton as an exurb?

*I do not speak from personal experience, but I trust my sources from that time: several with severe eye impairment, at least one now dead.
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paul ryan is loopy

believes that corporation loopholes are more important than educating the next generation of americans.
rep. paul ryan (r-wi) told students at a town hall friday that he would not support preventing a hike in their student loan interest rates if it was paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

“nope,” ryan told matt kozlowski, a student at the university of wisconsin, who had asked him if he’d support closing such loopholes to stave off an imminent rate hike - think progress

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home on a monday

is global warming causing more home runs in baseball?

a move towards responsible capitalism

men, whatever you do, don't do this (via)

dr. who fans: here's a brilliant comic (by a fan who happens to be a professional cartoonist) about the ten doctors (written/drawn before the matt smith years)
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Sunday, May 06, 2012

say hello

to the jane cerva daily
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dancing through sunday

activists help people get voter id's

more net browsers get viruses from religious websites than porn

ah, yes -- the reagan years

if romney's finances were vetted, would his pinstripes turn into an orange jumpsuit?
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Saturday, May 05, 2012

livingston saturday night

6 kinds of pills big pharma tries to get you hooked on for life

how to end this depression

"if i said anything about caucasians, it wasn't anything race-related"

look to the sky! tonight is the super moon!
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Friday, May 04, 2012

friday night fish fry

1 in 4 adults under 30 have no religion

one user's experiment proves there's a lot of misogyny on reddit

activists turn b of a's atm's into automated truth machines

if the hunger games was made by gamous directors
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hoppy kangaroo blogging friday

kangaroo by lifefeed
kangaroo, a photo by lifefeed on Flickr.
itchy scratchy version

more animal hoppiness over at the modulator's
friday ark.

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Thursday, May 03, 2012

the tale of the magic thursday

meet mitt - the man from big oil

we usually don't link to huffpost (because arianna refuses to link to us) but here's an intersting exception: mark blumenthal's state-by-state electoral polling map of the presidential election

lolcats, circa 1870's

somebody invented dr. who's sonic screwdriver - for real
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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

skippy's wednesday night music club

rafalca romney version.

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if the gop hated czars so much

why did they appoint one in benton harbor, michigan...stripping away the democratic process for its citizens?
benton harbor’s finances are a mess. how could they not be in a town stripped of jobs and hope? so, the state has stripped its residents of their democracy. in what is accurately termed “fiscal martial law,” the state has named a czar to run the city. that appointee, joseph harris, has issued an order essentially stripping the elected city council of all powers. no money can be spent, no taxes raised or lowered, no bonds issued, no regulations changed without his approval. benton harbor’s residents now live in a dictatorship imposed by a republican governor famous for his belief that the poor should be punished and the rich rewarded.

this appointed dictator claims breathtaking powers. he can sell public assets, dismiss pension boards and take control of public pension funds and revoke labor contracts. what triggers this takeover? the law is remarkably vague. the governor may act if a payroll is missed, if there are complaints of late bill payment, if pensions are underfunded, if there is a significant budget deficit, a term that goes undefined. 

this takeover is a recipe for the worst abuses of oppression, cronyism and corruption. and here, too, benton harbor is the example. one of the few citizen treasures in benton harbor is the jean klock park, a half-mile of sandy dunes on the edge of lake michigan. it was bequeathed to the children of benton harbor by the klock family in 1917 in memory of their daughter.

but developers backed by whirlpool now want to appropriate a large portion of the park to turn it into a harbor shores golf resort with a 350-room hotel, two marinas, a 60,000-foot indoor water park (for members only), and a fancy golf course open to all who can afford a $5,000 entry fee and be approved by the club. the town’s citizens have resisted this development, which is under litigation.
but the new czar’s first act was to take over the brownfield redevelopment authority, most likely as a way to proceed with the development and sidestep the lawsuits. why be suspicious? because the law that the new czar is operating under was introduced by republican state rep. al pscholka, former staff aide to u.s. rep. fred upton, an heir to the whirlpool fortune.- chicago sun times

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wednesday car

teacher fired after receiving fertility treatments

mitt romney & bain capital: everything you hate about capitalism

watching porn turns off your brain

map of the dead zombie survival - powered by google
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you know, that socialist, communist slogan of obama's.
well...seems that it is also on the flag of the state of wisconsin.
i'm sure that the folks who are creating this "havoc" about a freakin' word, don't
even know that 1) wisconsin is a state and 2) they don't know how to spell it.

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gop dismisses democracy

because of a "font" size.

no, really.
the michigan board of state canvassers has rejected the more than 200,000 signatures collected in support of holding a referendum on the state's emergency manager law. The board's two republican members said the petitions used the incorrect font size. - mother jones.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

skippy's tuesday night music club

it's kentucky derby time...

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think there is no war on women?

take a listen to this "best of the left" podcast. take a close listen. get disgusted. then get mad.


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ruby tuesday

the dccc is no friend to working families

mitt romney, american parasite

baby dolphin die-off continues in the gulf

it's amazing that we now have computer software that can transcribe voice messages perfectly into text...or not
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