Tuesday, January 31, 2012
skippy's tuesday night music club
susan g. komen foundation doesn't care about women's health
but, no. they're playing politics with women's health.
...komen's new vice president, karen handel, had run for governor of georgia in 2010 on an aggressively anti-abortion and anti-planned parenthood platform and was endorsed by sarah palin because of her opposition to reproductive choice. handel wrote in her campaign blog that she "do[es] not support the mission of planned parenthood."
"during my time as chairman of fulton county, there were federal and state pass-through grants that were awarded to planned parenthood for breast and cervical cancer screening, as well as a 'healthy babies initiative,'" handel wrote. "since grants like these are from the state i'll eliminate them as your next governor." she also wrote that she opposes stem cell research and supports crisis pregnancy centers, which are unregulated, christian-run operations whose main mission is to convince pregnant women not to have abortions.
after handel lost the gubernatorial primary, susan g. komen for the cure named her to be its senior vice president in april 2011. - huffpo
but this move shouldn't really surprise us. people associated with the "pink money machine" have shown their disdain before. the founder of the organization, nancy brinker, was the white house chief of protocol who turned the obama's away from the blair house when they were moving to washington. the obamas were not given the usual treatment for incoming president-elects. they were shown the door.
now...the door is being shut on women.
one of my favorite writers, barbara ehrenreich puts it so well...
to some extent, pink-ribbon culture has replaced feminism as a focus of female identity and solidarity. when a corporation wants to signal that it’s “woman friendly,” what does it do? it stamps a pink ribbon on its widget and proclaims that some miniscule portion of the profits will go to breast cancer research. i’ve even seen a bottle of shiraz called “hope” with a pink ribbon on its label, but no information, alas, on how much you have to drink to achieve the promised effect - salonwell...this pink ribbon culture....the pink money making machine can go to, well, somewhere where the sun don't shine.
next time someone comes around wanting you to sponsor them in a susan g. komen walk-a-thon or some such money making endeavour....tell them you will donate directly to planned parenthood in thier name. planned parenthood actually cares about women and their health...and they don't have to pay to make any pink ribbon labeled chinese made c**p.
drunk on a tuesday
newt once wanted to build a real jurassic park
what your favorite blog says about you
this should wrap up the matlock vote
Monday, January 30, 2012
bank holiday monday
read about the wisconsin recall cam
16 policy ideas to build a strong middle class
the acura legend of zelda
Sunday, January 29, 2012
fbi arrests 4 east haven cops in profiling probe
second set of ikea workers vote union
"what i learned from christian sex guides"
Saturday, January 28, 2012
a roller skating jam named 'saturdays'
what's wrong with politifact?
are you better off than you were 30 years ago?
a majority of americans would vote out every single member of congress
what's your star wars name?
Friday, January 27, 2012
4 am friday
romeny tax returns highlight tax breaks for the rich
two house republicans got discounted mortgages from countrywide
iran bans barbie
Thursday, January 26, 2012
another late thursday
google-bomb transforms the word "romney" as a verb
plus: his kids pay an even lower tax rate than romney
who wants to play? the alien v. predator chess set
and rip merlin, sherlock holmes and hamlet, aka nicol williamson
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
a wednesday in your garden
michigan sees lowest unemployment rate since 2008
the state of the republican race
which might last until june
and congrats to out buddy steve benen, who has always been a friend of this blog, for joining rachel maddow both as a producer and a blogger
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
skippy's tuesday night music club
google goes all creepy
google will soon know far more about who you are and what you do on the web.
the web giant announced tuesday that it plans to follow the activities of users across nearly all of its ubiquitous sites, including youtube, gmail and its leading search engine.
google has already been collecting some of this information. but for the first time, it is combining data across its web sites to stitch together a fuller portrait of users. consumers won’t be able to opt out of the changes, which take effect march 1. - wapo
cold shower tuesdays
16 ships make as much pollution as all the cars in the world
a visual guide of income inequality
the poses that fictional women strike on fantasy book covers hurt
Monday, January 23, 2012
blogrolling in our time
skippy's monday night music club
child's cat murdered..."liberal" written on side
the campaign manager of arkansas democratic congressional candidate ken aden arrived home last night to find his child’s pet cat murdered on the front porch with the word “liberal” scrawled across its lifeless body. - think progress and blue arkansas
“to kill a child’s pet is just unconscionable,” aden said monday morning. “as a former combat soldier, i’ve seen the best of humanity and the worst of humanity. whoever did this is definitely part of the worst of humanity,” he said.
“it is one thing to engage in civil political discourse, and for republicans and democrats to disagree with each other, which is an expected part of the political process. taking it to this level is beyond unacceptable,” aden said.- campaign website of ken aden
new moon on monday
even if it is, don't worry, because chuck norris supports newt
dallas cowboys fan gear made in sweatshops
and the solar storms create beautiful aurora borealis
gung hay fat choy
Sunday, January 22, 2012
skippy's sunday night music club
environmental news stories sunday
surge in cancer cases in italy linked to illegal dumping of toxic waste. - across italy, on average, 14 males in every 100,000 die of liver cancer; in the 'triangle of death,' it was 35.9. the incidence of bladder cancer was nearly twice as high, of leukaemia 30 per cent higher. the cause? some point to the massive illegal dumping of waste by the naples mafia. - london independent
documentary reveals how contaminated water at the nation's largest marine base damaged lives. mike partain didn’t believe the rumors about a place called baby heaven until he visited a jacksonville, n.c., graveyard. surrounded by hundreds of tiny marble headstones, he started to cry. - washington post
beekeepers abuzz over threats to hives. - unlike those of most u.s. commercial beekeepers, clint walker's hives are staying home this winter. for the second straight year, he won't be shipping bees to california for the annual almond crop pollination. instead, he is keeping his bees out of agricultural fields to prevent their exposure to chemicals - fort worth star telegram
dueling solyndra ads foreshadow energy-centric campaign. - the battle of the ads began on monday, when americans for prosperity, a conservative group, launched a $6 million campaign to run one-minute spots on t.v. and social media sites attacking obama for backing solyndra - inside climate news
lack of ice cover might be affecting the ecology of lake champlain. - lake champlain is freezing over less frequently and less extensively than in decades past and the lack of complete ice cover might be starting to affect the ecology of the lake according to experts. - bulington free press
boulder a hotbed for hybrid vehicles. - if a tree falls in boulder, will it hit a hybrid electric vehicle? it's not that likely, in the big picture of things. but on the other hand, it's about five times more likely in boulder than in your average u.s. town. - boulder daily news
scab check for poultry to be scrapped under food-safety rule. the u.s. would boost monitoring of poultry processors’ sanitary practices and contamination controls instead of eyeballing each bird for scabs and sores under a plan that would save companies $250 million a year - bloomberg
costa concordia sinking: oil leaking into sea from stranded cruise liner. - oil was detected leaking into the sea from the capsized cruise ship costa concordia yesterday amid fears the stricken vessel is starting to break up. - edinburgh scotsman
republicans plot next step on keystone oil pipeline. - republicans in congress are considering using upcoming payroll tax cut or highway construction bills in order to force quick approval of the keystone xl oil pipeline but have not yet settled on a strategy, lawmakers said on friday - reuters
kids' leukemia risk rose near french nuclear plants. - while the u.s. government is investigating whether people who live in san clemente are more prone to cancer – and whether their proximity to san onofre nuclear generating station has anything to do with anything — french scientists have come to their own disturbing conclusions - orange country register
condo residents take neighbors to court over secondhand smoke. - if your home is your castle, you should be able to do anything legal you want in it, including lighting up a cigarette, right? some residents in the washington area are challenging that notion, arguing that secondhand smoke seeps through the walls and affects their health. - wapo
california woman sues pepsico's tropicana alleging deceptive advertising and consumer fraud. - a california mother is taking on orange juice giant tropicana, alleging in a lawsuit that the company's not-from-concentrate pure premium juice is "heavily processed" and not a "natural" product - abc world news tonight
shipwreck threatens europe's biggest marine sanctuary. - the wreck of the costa concordia cruise ship with 2,380 tonnes of fuel on board is threatening the environment of the italian island of giglio in europe's biggest marine sanctuary - afp
green donors want more from obama. - many green-minded donors who backed the president during his last race in 2008 say they're thrilled with the white house's decision to reject the pipeline. But they remain unconvinced that obama is committed to other key environmental issues like global warming and clean-energy technology - politico
white house throws in the towel on interior nominee. - the white house is ending its battle to win confirmation of rebecca wodder, the nominee for a senior interior department conservation position who previously headed the environmental group american rivers. - the hill
wind farm will seek permit to legally kill eagles. - a controversial wind farm proposed near red wing plans to ask for federal permission to legally kill eagles, making it one of the first in the nation to participate in a new federal strategy aimed at managing the often-lethal conflict between birds and turbine blades - minneapolis star tribune
i met him on a sunday
even the national review is embarrassed by gov. nikki haley
today is roe day, so here's 10 reasons to support reproductive justice
dr. watson's blog
this is not a joke, at least not intentionally: santorum launches "conservatives united moneybomb"...or "c.u.m."
Saturday, January 21, 2012
10:15 saturday night
the color of welfare
dispatches from birtherstan
solar flares may drag space junk out of earth orbit
Friday, January 20, 2012
friday on my mind
real financial regulators love prosecutions fraudulent bank ceos
millionaire ceo breaks waiter's finger for bad service
ostriches raised by humans fall in love with them
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Can Dish It Out, Cannot Take It...
...King asked Gingrich to respond to allegations by his ex-wife that in 1999, Gingrich asked her to have an open marriage with him.
"Would you like to take some time to respond to that?" asked King.
"No, but I will," responded Gingrich, receiving loud, sustained applause from the audience.
"I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that," he said...
It is hard to find decent people to run for office -- thanks in large part to clowns like Newt Gingrich. Somewhere, Bill Clinton is laughing his ass off...
thursday's child i want you back
that's not inequality, that's math
the greatest myth about the u.s. chamber of commerce is that they have an interest in creating or protecting jobs"
terrible, terrible news: bacon may increase cancer risk by 20%
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
protect the internet
waiting for wednesday
but don't worry, dems have collected over 1 million signatures to recall walker
pinkberry founder allegedly beat homeless man with tire iron
the sears death watch
rick santorum quotes as new yorker cartoons
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
dutch public pension fund divests itself of wal-mart stock
this looks bad: completely-drug-resistant tb emerging in india
what do you know, it turns out pseudonymous comments on the internet are the best
Monday, January 16, 2012
christian identity: the scariest religion you don't know about
pat buchanan blames gays, people of color, and van joenes (among others) for gwtting him fied from msnbc
these kids today with their rock and their roll...need some science
Sunday, January 15, 2012
god vs. unicorns
more and more women are happy to never get married
rare albino hummingbird caught on camera
Saturday, January 14, 2012
only on a saturday night
candidate mitt worth 2,708 times the average american
violent crime is way down in los angeles
black man to gingrich: "stop usimg blacks as a punching bag"
Friday, January 13, 2012
friday night fever
english is pure chaos
and who cares if the ny times should be a truth vigilante? the real question is should vanity fair be a spelling vigilante?
thank goodness somebody has a list of all the steampunk facebook pages
Thursday, January 12, 2012
outlook for thursday
and has the gop lost its narrative?
elevator gate did a lot for the feminist /skeptic community, but mostly it won a major award doe rebecca watson
the secret lives of bats
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
king of bain (lyrics)
it’s just all of the jobs that i threw away
there’s a little pink slip that i’m thinking of
because firing folks is the one thing i love
canned 'em in california, let 'em go in maine
on my way to my gop white house reign
and you all watch your paychecks going down the drain
'cuz you know that’s why they all call me the king of bain
words & music: stung, a. winters, s. dopeland
and here's the music, if you want to sing along:
pew research finds most americans agree w/#occupywallstreet on income inequality
the meaningless sideshow of the electoral process
the internet society turns 20 this year
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
chipping away at roe
the 7 creepiest abandoned brothels on earth
Monday, January 09, 2012
(tell me why) i don't like mondays
the gin and tacos 2011 c*cksucker of the year: donald trump!
lance mannion on ron paul on war
and here's the ultimate libertarian defense of ron paul
and stop the presses, er, we mean, let the presses start: keith olbermann will host current's coverage of the new hampshire primary:
memo reveals tension over gop primary
"he told us he will do upcoming special election coverage," a current spokesperson told [the hollywood reporter] on sunday. "we certainly hope he does. that was our intention all along."
olbermann will have complete creative and editorial control. but it's unclear exactly what that coverage will look like; whether olbermann will do a special edition of countdown with his own panel of guests or lead the network's politically direct election specials, which have featured cenk uygur, jennifer granholm and network co-founder al gore.
the timing of the détente means politically direct will continue as planned on tuesday.
as much as we love having keith's liberal voice on television, we tend to agree w/mistermix @ balloon juice:
Sunday, January 08, 2012
happy birthday, elvis
florida state rep tries to undo voter suppression law
comparing the gop candidates tax proposals
you'll enjoy this sign in a new hampshire restaurant
and may we say that avedon carol nails it:
Saturday, January 07, 2012
skippy's saturday night music club
saturday is the best day
48 ads that never be allowed today
chicago parents and teachers use occupy techniques to protest school closures
are you smarter than a 4-year-old?
Friday, January 06, 2012
skippy's friday night music club
another friday night
the making of the 99%
feministe has a new look
and humble people tend to be more helpfil
Thursday, January 05, 2012
skippy's thursday night music club
number of homeless children in america highest in history
the pot calling the kettle 'nasty'
and hang on, it's time for cats and baths!
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
skippy's wednesday night music club
it's the ron paul supporter drinking game!
get ready to occupy congress on jan. 17
daddy, what was government?
here's my tip for creating secure password that is easy to remember: pick a title from a book or box or something that is always on your desk and use that as the passwords. make it all lower case except for the third and fourth characters and substitute a letter for a number in the first i, l, or o. Seems complicated but is easy once you try. say the book "Tom Sawyer" is on your desk and is a permanent fixture. it might be one of a dozen books on your desk. so now your password is "t0MSawyer" (that second character is a zero). i don't like that it is only nine characters, but then i always go for fifteen or more characters. for many years i used UN1XthecOmpletereference, but then i worked in computer security some years ago and learned a lot about password cracking. my current password is above fifteen characters and has case changes and number substitutions and some non-alphanumeric characters.
password cracking can be done in a number of ways, but a dictionary-based cracker is easily defeated by my suggestion. you can't defeat a brute force cracker that generates every character and number combination in the world, but if you have a complex password, it will take a brute force cracker too long to crack your password, making it worthless to hackers to try.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
skippy's tuesday night music club
tweet of the day
barely out of tuesday
roy edroso gives the best analysis yet as to how libertarianism is f*cked up
is fukushima radiation killing seals in alaska?
orcs for romney!
Monday, January 02, 2012
skippy's monday night music club
(apparently her fiance has not heard this song...)
new moon on monday
don't forget the raging misogyny of ron paul supporters
gee, maybe ipads and kindles don't interfer w/an airplane's instruments all that much after all
lance mannion reviews "tintin"
this is why gop wants to defund pbs
mainstream news outlets spent a lot of time in 2011 covering the record-breaking year for extreme weather in the u.s. but only a few of them spent much time exploring the link between those events and global warming.
so pbs deserves a special mention for a segment that aired last week looking at how global warming is influencing extreme weather events. as jeff masters, co-founder of the weather underground, explained in the piece: "they all tend to get increased when you have this extra energy in the atmosphere. I call it being on steroids ... for the atmosphere." - grist
vermont trying to live up to it's name
vermont has taken a large step forward for us states, outlining in its comprehensive energy plan how it will get 90% of all its energy from renewable sources by 2050. currently vermont gets 23% of its energy from renewable sources, mostly biomass and hydropower which supply roughly 50% of the state's electricity. - treehugger
Sunday, January 01, 2012
tweet of the day
environmental news stories sunday
smog from celebrations closes philippine airport. - smog from new years eve celebrations was so thick in manilla this year that flights had to be diverted - philippine daily enquirer
anyway...happy new year to all of skippy's readers.
global warming: top stories of 2011. - if 2011 goes down as the year that global warming awareness reached a critical mass, it could be attributed to the spate of unusual weather events around the globe - summit county citizens voice
world pays ecuador not to extract oil from rainforest. - an alliance of european local authorities, national governments, us film stars, japanese shops, soft drink companies and russian foundations have stepped in to prevent oil companies exploiting 900m barrels of crude oil from one of the world's most biologically rich tracts of land - london guardian
diy cesium scanning store may be 'new normal.' - the surreal sight of a do-it-yourself radiation testing facility standing next to a hardware store and an Internet cafe raises a question for japan: is this the new normal? - japan times
ohio connects quakes to injection well. - the state has temporarily halted the disposal of waste produced from shale drilling within a 5-mile radius of the d&l energy brine-injection well on ohio works drive in girard. the announcement was made late saturday following the magnitude 4.0 earthquake that shook the youngstown area around 3 p.m. - youngstone daily business journal
oil rigs may provide bird buffet for sharks. - heaped on a table at the laboratory, the pile of beaks, feet, eyeballs, feathers and whole bird carcasses testified to what may be the oil industry’s most unexpected environmental impact - mobile press register
severe storms led to sewage spills across connecticut. - while power outages during tropical storm Irene and the october snowstorm left much of the state in the dark, they had a less-publicized but possibly more damaging result — millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled into waterways throughout connecticut when backup power systems failed at waste treatment plants - hartford current
wildfires devastate chilean wilderness. - wildfires sweeping through one of south america's most famous national parks are devastating thousands of acres of pristine habitat. so far, more than 21,000 acres of torres del paine have been destroyed by blazes that have yet to be brought under control - london independent
more storms on the way unless we learn to manage the land. - when the bureau of meteorology releases its annual data this week, it will probably announce that australia has just had the second or third wettest year in its recorded history. no surprise. by changing the landscape, we changed the weather - sydney morning herald
nimasa: bonga oil spill requires national, international response. - as efforts to clean the oil spillage at the bonga offshore production storage and offloading vessel continue, the management of nigerian maritime administration and safety agency has said only a national and international response could save ecological and aquatic lives in the oil- and gas-rich niger delta region - lagos this day
new china food safety scandal widens to oil, peanuts. - chinese authorities in a southern boomtown have detected a cancer-causing toxin in peanuts and cooking oil that was only recently discovered in milk, in the nation's latest food safety scandal - afp
green will be hot for 2012, flordians predict. - being eco-friendly will be important in art, food, landscaping and across the spectrum of design, floridians predicted. - melbourne florida today
missing maps mean pg&e lines weren't inspected. - pacific gas and electric co. failed to check nearly 14 miles of gas distribution pipelines for leaks for up to two decades when it lost track of 16 maps needed to guide mandated safety inspections of its system in eastern contra costa county. - sfgate
a tempestuous year. - is there a connection between last year’s extreme weather events and global warming? the answers might be a lot clearer if the republicans in congress were less hostile to climate change research. - nytimes
the recession squeeze on buses and trains. - for the average american driver, the time wasted in traffic jams has more than doubled in 30 years. the best way of easing that gridlock — not to mention saving gas, curbing pollution and finally finishing that novel — is public transit - nytimes
new hampshire celebrates 25 years of environmental protection. - the year 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of des and its service to the people of our state. des has played a vital role in protecting and restoring our precious natural resources and public health - exeter news-letter
only new economics can save great lakes . - there is a substantial and growing consensus that planet earth is in trouble and that the prevalent economic model, which has brought us to the point of crisis, will not be the solution to the crisis - ashland current
study: does enduring extreme weather make you vote liberal? - on the heels of a disastrous weather year in the usa, and with the long presidential campaign season looming, a new study finds that people who have endured extreme weather events are more likely to support environmental legislation, even if it means restricting individual freedoms. - usa today
benzene fouling drinking water at suncor refinery, chemicals seeping into sand creek. - toxic petroleum dissolved in groundwater beneath suncor energy north of downtown denver is seeping directly into the bottom of sand creek near the creek's confluence with the south platte river, and piped drinking water at the refinery may be contaminated with benzene - denver post
arnold schwarzenegger's green road back. - in recent weeks, schwarzenegger has begun to return to the spotlight, making public appearances at renewable energy and climate change events, advocating for green technology and touting his energy achievements in the golden state - politico
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happy new year
93 year old woman who cleaned tennessee state capital for 30 years denied voter id under new law
how right wing conspiracy theories may pose a genuine threat to humanity
mcdonalds closes all their stores in bolivia