Sunday, September 30, 2012
on almost any sunday morning
obama's lead among women is immense
jimmy carter had an 8 point lead over reagan before the debates? maybe not...
psycopaths have a poor sense of smell
Saturday, September 29, 2012
no soup jobs for you
original image via
campbell's soup to close plants, lay off 700+:
but now the camden, n.j. company, stuck with sliding profits and sinking interest in soup, is taking a more difficult route: shutting down two factories due to "excess capacity."
the sacramento plant, which makes soups, sauces and beverages, will close in phases before shuttering for good in july, the company said. as campbell’s oldest american facility -- it was built in 1947 -- the factory has the highest production costs in the company’s network.
about 700 full-time employees will lose their jobs, according to campbell. production will be redistributed to plants in maxton, n.c.; napoleon, ohio; and paris, texas.
campbell is also closing the doors at its south plainfield, n.j., spice plant. the factory will go dark by march, and 27 employees will be affected. spice work will be consolidated at a larger facility in milwaukee.
chronicling mitt's mendacity, vol. xxxvi
b of a to lay off 16,000 workers. wanna bet no e of them are the execs who made bad mortgages?
is there a backlash against comedienne mindy kaling?
Friday, September 28, 2012
a few minutes on friday
why sneering at public servants comes so easily to many of america's richest citizens
cute alert! san diego zoo newborn elephant gets a name
and rest in peace, inspector clouseau's boss, brilliant character actor herbert lom
we like what you've done with the place
Thursday, September 27, 2012
like a summer thursday
mitt romney's "them" problem
musician releases album that changes every time you listen to it
10 key charts about inequality
why misinformation sticks - and how to fix it
and rest in peace andy williams
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
gangnam agnes de mille style
the 14 most pornographic astronomical terms
group files suit against murray energy for making them attend romney rally
7 famous people who missed the titanic
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
tuesday night fever
german prosecutors name hewlett-packard in bibery case
wall st journal fails to disclose 9 writers are romney advisors
just what the world needs - colored pigeons! (see for yourself!)
Monday, September 24, 2012
willard wonders about windows
...“when you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. i don’t know why they don’t do that. it’s a real problem." - the political carnival
health insurance = emergency rooms
“well, we do provide care for people who don’t have insurance,” romney told interviewer scott pelley. “if someone has a heart attack, they don’t sit in their apartment and — and die. we pick them up in an ambulance, and take them to the hospital..." - mittens 2012but, he was against high cost emergency rooms as healthcare before he was for them.
“it doesn’t make a lot of sense for us to have millions and millions of people who have no health insurance and yet who can go to the emergency room and get entirely free care for which they have no responsibility,” - mittens 2012
What The Retired Guy Said...
it's not the average working person that is the problem....it's the banksters, the 1%, goldman sachs. where is their austerity?
recession-hit spaniards will this week be told to swallow yet more austerity as the government prepares a fresh round of reforms and another budget filled with spending cuts and tax increases that will allow it to seek a bailout from eurozone partners. - the guardian
what's the fracking problem with natural gas?
mormon church wants to ex-communicate blogger critical of romney
germany celebrates 200 years of fairy tales with a 600 m brothers grimm forest walk
Sunday, September 23, 2012
environmental news stories sunday
criminal investigation at chevron refinery. - federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of chevron after discovering that the company detoured pollutants around monitoring equipment at its richmond refinery for four years and burned them off into the atmosphere, in possible violation of a federal court order - sfgate
senate votes to shield u.s. airlines from eu's carbon emissions plan. - the senate unanimously passed a bill on saturday that would shield u.s. airlines from paying for their carbon emissions on european flights, pressuring the european union to back down from applying its emissions law to foreign carriers - reuters
arsenic in rice: pediatricians offer advice for parents. - new reports that rice products may contain "worrisome levels" of carcinogenic arsenic — especially from rice grown in certain states — have american pediatricians offering new advice for parents feeding children - chicago tribune
cleaning up oil spills with peanut butter, chocolate and whipped cream. the chemicals we pumped into the gulf to clean up the deepwater spill were almost as bad as the oil itself. after the next oil spill, we might be able to clean up with dessert - fast company
the dilbit disaster: inside the biggest oil spill you've never heard of, part 1. the july 2010 spill happened in marshall, a community of 7,400 in southwestern michigan. at least 1 million gallons of diluted bitumen - dilbit - blackened more than two miles of talmadge creek and almost 36 miles of the kalamazoo river, and oil is still showing up 23 months later - inside climate news
fire retardants in food. fire retardant chemicals are commonly found in household items like furniture and electronics. but a new study found them in a place you probably wouldn’t expect: food - living on earth
flame retardant chemical found in food. - a common flame retardant showed up in a variety of store-bought foods including meat, peanut butter and fish, researchers report today in the journal environmental health perspectives. the discovery of the chemical hbcd adds to growing evidence that our food supply is full of unwanted chemicals, including flame retardants. - discovery channel
how the world's oceans could be running out of fish. - global fish stocks are exploited or depleted to such an extent that without urgent measures we may be the last generation to catch food from the oceans - bbc
finding a remedy for burger smog. - sandwiched between paved-road dust and diesel truck emissions is the second-biggest producer of particle pollution in southern california: the char-broiled burger - riverside press enterprise
on a sunday
pity the plutocrat's poor wife
life imitates breaking bad: chemistry teacher arrested for selling meth at school
and, speaking of breaking bad, scientists uncertain about heisenberg's incertainty principle
willard mitt romney
Saturday, September 22, 2012
romney reads ramos the riot act
while introducing romney at the top of the broadcast, salinas's co-anchor, jorge ramos, noted that the republican candidate had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that obama had agreed to a full hour the next night. ramos then invited the audience to welcome romney to the stage — but the candidate didn't materialize.
"it was a very awkward moment, believe me," salinas said.
apparently, romney took issue with the anchors beginning the broadcast that way, said salinas, and he refused to go on stage until they re-taped the introduction. (one republican present at the taping said romney "threw a tantrum.")
"our president of news was talking to the romney campaign and negotiating it," salinas said. "but at that point, you can't really argue with that. the candidate is there, everyone is in their seats, the show must go on. there's a limit to how much we can object to it."
the compromise reached was that the anchors would note the discrepancy in the candidates' time commitments at the end of the broadcast. but salinas said, by then, the crowd was cheering so loudly that they drowned out the anchors' words.
chronicling mitt's mendacity, vol. xxxv
the distress of the privileged
and on that subject, arrested developement fans should enjoy lucille and mitt
Friday, September 21, 2012
More Random Notes
I recently declared chez Mannion that I would leave my wife for Jenny Diski. For anyone who needs to figure out why, start with this post where she puts the Glorification of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics into context. As Tom Lehrer sang in a similar context, “Though he may have won all the battles, we had all the good songs.”
(Not to mention this one, which hits rather close to home.)
If the Boy Scouts made a moral decision earlier this year, what do you call the ones from the early 1970s?
In similar TANJ-is-a-feature-not-a-bug fashion, those who wonder why no one trusts the NYC police department when a car is involved are referred to this Forbes piece. What would you expect when your force is made up of a bunch of car-dependent, overprivileged parking Lon Gislanders and Joiseyites?
If anyone was foolish enough to believe that the need for “education reform” is driven by a desire to take monies from the public coffers and give them to friends and campaign contributors, Valerie Strauss clears up the question for Tennessee, having previously body-slammed the Rahming idiocy coming out of Chicago.*
Doug Henwood points out that buying stock is really not “investing capital,” which Matt Yglesias appears to have overlooked. (As a side note, my beach reading this summer was Matt’s dad’s fifth novel, which he dedicated to his two sons. It was that or my dog-eared copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I still think I made the right choice. At the price at the link, absolutely recommended. Indeed, you can get the hardcover for that same price, for a good cause. What more could you want?)
My application for press credentials to the Clinton Global Initiative—which I had covered for the last three years—was declined. Which is probably good, since I can afford neither the time nor the money to go this year and (as with you) I’ll be able to watch most of the presentations via the Internet. (Though one of my best pieces from last year came from a lunch meeting that was not broadcast. Ah, well, their loss.)
And, finally, bleg of the day:
I am now the proud owner of not one but two IBM ThinkPad T40s. All things considered, the only problem with these top-of-the-line-at-le-fin-de-siècle, half-gig of RAM, 40-and-that’s-really-rounding-up GB HD machines is that their wireless capability is 802.11b. How difficult is that going to be to upgrade?
*The three reasons to keep the WaPo alive are Strauss, Sarah Kliff (who blogs chez Ezra), and Michael Dirda, who I probably irritated the last time we were together by waving buyable copies of The Best of John Sladek in his face.
shuttle off to buffalo
the space shuttle endeavor made its final flight today, taking off from edwards air force base in the mojave desert, flying up to sacremento, then over to the bay area, then down the coast for one final loop around southern california. skippy got to see it pass by mulholland drive.
4 am friday - whatever it takes
the black market goes green: theft of solar panels on the rise
also on the rise: lynchings of empty chairs
glengarry glen mitt
Thursday, September 20, 2012
9 scientific breakthroughs that happened totally by accident
bill moyers on the one percent supreme court
california tries to lead the way on health law
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
this is excellent news for john mccain!
pew’s analysis is very lengthy, and i haven’t had a chance to read, much less absorb and write about, it all. but for the moment, i’ll leave you with pew’s opening summary:
as opposed to mitt romney himself, who is an out-and-out liar.
a breakdown of who the 47% are
the newset popemobile is electric
why not adopt a skull?
avast mateys - its international talk like a pirate day
a hardy hello to all
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
astronomers have found a real-universe version of dr. who's home planet, gallifrey
new study finds high-income tax cuts don't stimulate the economy
scammy scammers and the scams they pull
Monday, September 17, 2012
go ahead, mr. romeny, tell us how you really feel
things just aren't going well for romney. on top of the mean girl politico piece, which gossips that his campaign is in tatters (she-dooby), romney is not going to win over any undecided voters who hear what he really thinks of them.
as brad de long puts it,
• you make $60,000
• you are married with three minor children
• you tithe 10% to the cjclds
• you pay $3000 in state and property taxes
• you spend $1000 in job expenses and tax preparation fees
• you have $5000 in child care expenses
then, according to romney, you are a moocher.
Random Notes, Again
As a Rutgers-Newark alumnus—not to mention the father of two Jewish daughters—I find this sad, pathetic, and personally revoting. The most diverse campus in the United States, whose law school produced the next Senator from Massachusetts,* has some bad apples in it, too, apparently.
I'm not reading blogs much. Lawrence Norfolk has a new novel out. There is a direct relationship between those two statements. Highly recommended. But you would expect that, no?
*The other candidate, who attended only private college and law school, pretends he's the one who is "of the people." And I gave at the office.
wal-mart workers expose truth about working there
a brief history of teachers' strikes in america
15 really strange movie credits
Sunday, September 16, 2012
environmental news stories sunday
home rule. school kids in colorado have to walk at least 1,000 feet from the playground to reach the nearest medical marijuana dispensary. but the closest oil and gas well need only be 350 feet away. and as the city of longmont recently discovered, the state does not play nice with city governments that introduce legislation to the contrary - high country news
japan finds another gap in its disaster readiness – mount fuji.- when toshitsugu fujii became head of a japanese task force on disaster response at mount fuji, he was confronted with a startling oversight: japan had no plan in place to deal with a disaster in which an earthquake, such as the magnitude 9.0 tremor in 2011, sparks a volcanic eruption at the famous landmark - reuters
weather pushes allergy and asthma miseries to new level. -as one of the hottest summers ever recorded drew to a close, jay portnoy watched patients stream into children’s mercy hospital and clinics in kansas city, mo., coughing and wheezing with asthma, 20 admissions per day for the week that started with labor day, he said. - washington post
georgia officials give drought the silent treatment.- georgia's relentless experience with drought has created ambivalence among residents and policymakers about how to cope with it, hinting at problems other states may have to face if their droughts drag on or recur with troubling regularity - latimes
arctic sea ice vanishes – and the oil rigs move in.- this summer, the sea ice that caps the arctic ocean melted to the lowest level since at least 1979, when satellites first began keeping track of ice over the north pole. but the most immediate impact of climate change-related arctic ice melting will likely be the opening of vast new drilling territory for a thirsty oil industry - time magazine
annual report reveals list of contaminants in cumberland county water.- local drinking water quality reports, provided to cumberland county residents and businesses with an update on the safety of tap water, have revealed a list of contaminants that may give pause to some who get their h2o from faucets - carlisle sentinel
promise of the sea.- in the not-too-distant future, when some oregon residents plug their laptops into an electrical outlet they could be using juice generated by the fierce waves that roll shoreward along the pacific northwest coast - high country news
laissez-faire failing world’s dwindling water resources.- growing water shortages in many countries are a major threat to global security and development and should be a top priority at the u.n. security council, a panel of experts said in a new report - inter press service
japan plans to end reliance on nuclear power within 30 years.- japan has announced plans to end its reliance on nuclear power within 30 years, in a historic policy shift prompted by the triple meltdown at the fukushima power plant. - the guardian
why doesn't your city have curbside composting?- following san francisco's lead, nearly 100 cities now have curbside composting. keeping food scraps, leaves, tree limbs, and grass clippings out of the municipal waste facilities preserves limited space, and it saves money. why don't more cities and states make it easier for us to compost? the answer: big trash - mother jones
the bay area chevron explosion shows gaps in refinery safety.-chevron's 100-year-old plant has long been a source of contention in this industrial east bay city – and for good reason. it injects millions into the local economy, but it's also racked up dozens of air-quality violations in the last year alone, not to mention three serious fires in the last 12 years - high country news
backyard birders should check their bird seed.-earlier this month, scotts miracle-gro co. was sentenced in federal court in ohio to pay a $4million fine and do community service for spiking its bird seed with insecticides, according to the u.s. environmental protection agency - san gabriel valley tribune
farmers warned to watch for carcinogen as drought continues.- a fungus that produces a toxic carcinogen is flourishing in the continuing heat and drought baking corn crops across the midwest, purdue university researchers report. livestock eating infected corn risk health problems - daily climate
month of sundays
pharyngula knows this feeling well
florida's voter purge caught exactly one non-citizen voter (a canadian)
$30 million in maple syrup stolen from canada's strategic maple reserves
Saturday, September 15, 2012
saturday in the park (i think it was the 4th of july)
how the republicans reinforce a campaign of lies
chronicling mitt's mendacity vol. xxxiv
10 bookstores that used to be something else
Friday, September 14, 2012
thank god it's friday
can science be funny? the ig noble prize
5 atheists who should be more well-known
extreme trolling may be signs of mental illness
Thursday, September 13, 2012
skippy's thursday night music club
why erik loomis supports public school teachers (and you should, too!)
mr. perlmeter used to tell us stories. he actually worked with dian fossey on gorillas. don’t believe me? he took the last of these pictures in this 1981 national geographic article.
once i started high school, he started teaching there. but he didn’t bother with the ap classes. he focused on the kids who weren’t much engaged in school, those at risk of dropping out. he started a program where they could go observe bats. he wrote about his experiences in popular and academic journals. this came out the year after i graduated. i remember some of the kids in these pictures. for all this work, mr. perlmeter won oregon’s school teacher of the year award in 1990.
certainly not every school had a guy like this. but we also had all of these teachers who taught kids who were underprepared, dealing with unemployment, substance abuse and domestic violence at home; who had no family expectations that they would amount to anything. and these teachers, underpaid no doubt, persevered and tried to teach these kids. sure, 20% of them may have been terrible. are 20% of administrators not terrible? 20% of political pundits? mediocrity is part of the world. but the majority of teachers ranged from good-hearted people to superheroes.
teaching is hard, and getting harder. even physically threatening. and severely underpaid and under-appreciated. so we agree w/erik on all counts:
the chicago teachers union deserves the world because they take kids like me out of working-class families and help them fulfill their dreams. those who attack them place themselves on the other side of the class divide, on the side that promotes social inequality and the side that provides no incentives for good teachers to stay in working-class schools since poor test scores, largely a result of poverty, will cost them their job. they claim to help children but don’t understand poor public schools; they claim to support policies that will improve education but promote ideas that will enrich capitalists at the expense of students.
and these pundits, these people who have never worried about money a single day in their lives, who were born with a silver foot in their mouth to quote ann richards, claim to support unions but never actually provide that support when working or middle-class people decide that enough is enough and walk off their jobs for the betterment of themselves, their families, and their community. and that makes me very, very angry. to quote campos from yesterday’s post on yglesias’ commentary, “look, either you support this strike or you don’t. if you don’t support it on the merits then come out and say so, and why. if you do support it, then say so, and why.”
indeed. you are either on the side of teachers or on the side of those who will crush their union. in the middle of the strike, there is no gray area. which side are you on? i side with the people who changed my life.
it may seem like a small, kind of silly thing, but trust me, it means a lot.
hard right is paranoid about the wrong things
w and romney: deja vu all over again
which president would win in a knife fight? (via)
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
big apple pizza - update
big apple pizza's yelp page has been deluged with five-star reviews, completely overwhelming the rightwing bad reviews, and driving the overall rating to a solid five stars.
so many people have contacted big apple to order pizza in solidarity that van duzer has begun asking them to contribute to his favorite charity, the van duzer foundation, which "[assists] families and individuals in st. lucie county florida, who are experiencing financial and personal hardship brought about by unforeseen crisis or tragedy.
you know what to do.
thou shalt not smirk
hunter over at the great orange one's puts it succinctly.
one does not smirk when discussing a horrific act. no matter how much you feel the act may benefit you personally, presuming you are the sort of monster that thinks such things, one does not smirk when discussing acts of murder and violence. even if you have the emotional capacity of a gnat, even if your own ambitions are so great that you cannot help it, one does not smirk
with his foot in his mouth, can he taste the bullet hole?
the complete guide to america's job crisis and the failure of bernanke's monetary policy using animated gifs
southern whites troubled by romney's wealth & religion
5 things to tweet and not to tweet
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
big apple pizza
not many things republicans say or do shock me. but yet these people, the party of 'business' are now not only attacking scott van duzer verbally, but have moved on to harassing his business. they have begun to attack his yelp.com Profile driving down his business review ratings - daily kos
“people are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” scott van duzer, 46, told politico - politicoare there democratic headquarters in the area? i think dems should call up and order some slices from big apple pizza for the volunteers.
tuesday's heartbreak (9/11 edition)
bush ignored multiple warnings about 'imminate''dramatic' attack
first responders' cancer linked to 9/11
with the budgetary dispute resolved, construction on the national 9/11 museum will resume
the overly-made-up ladies of fox news
the direct warnings to mr. bush about the possibility of a qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001.. - nytimes
Monday, September 10, 2012
an ounce of bounce is worth a ton of won
if we were mitt, we'd be worried.
the history of men redefining rape
the gop fact vaccum
arctic tipping point: a north pole without ice
Sunday, September 09, 2012
no beer on sunday
atheism plus: the new atheists
10 things the gop platform hates about you
81 parodies of the sgt. pepper album cover
Saturday, September 08, 2012
down the penrose lane
more at penrose on politics!
boston takes aim at stormwater pollution
toxic chemicals linked to asthma & birth defects found in "back to school" supplies
chronicling mitt's mendacity vol. xxxiii
and a big happy birthday to our own cookie jill!
Friday, September 07, 2012
best. rant. evah.
baltimore ravens linebacker brendon ayanbadejo has spoken out in favor of a maryland ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage. yahoo has published a letter that maryland state delegate emmett c. burns jr. wrote last week to ravens owner steve bisciotti, urging him to "inhibit such expressions from your employee." this is minnesota vikings punter chris kluwe's response to burns.
.....i can assure you that gay people getting married will have zero effect on your life. they won't come into your house and steal your children. they won't magically turn you into a lustful cockmonster. they won't even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population—rights like social security benefits, child care tax credits, family and medical leave to take care of loved ones, and cobra healthcare for spouses and children. you know what having these rights will make gays? full-fledged american citizens just like everyone else, with the freedom to pursue happiness and all that entails. do the civil-rights struggles of the past 200 years mean absolutely nothing to you? - deadspin
sumter county friday night
interview with lapsed christian virgin shows why purity messages are so messed up
muddling the medicare issue
Thursday, September 06, 2012
skippy's thursday night music club
sign the petition to ask cnn to fire misogynist twerp erick erickson
do some chimpanzees have a secret handshake?
use the forks, luke: a 500 pound, life-size, standing darth vader cake
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
skippy's wednesday night music club
april, spring, summer and wednesday
ryan louis cooper wonders if professional blogging might lead to plagiarism
and the nytimes wonders when lying became so prevalent. uh, pot? meet kettle...
alcohol is a bigger gateway drug than marijuana
and here's the original paul ryan marathon running time calculator
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
skippy's tuesday night music club
the story of canned laughter
gay student goes undercover to the national organization for marriage conference on families
anti-gay pastor convicted of public masturbation
and rip green mile actor michael clarke duncan
Monday, September 03, 2012
working class hero (happy labor day!)
what is riskier than living poor in america?
clint eastwood gets cut from rnc video
bill moyers: invisible americans get the silent treatment
Sunday, September 02, 2012
never on a sunday
constitution expert: tea partiers are getting the constitution wrong
wife of wis. gop legislator & photo id advocate committed voter fraud
some gop were worried thathologram reagan would upstage romney's convention speech
and rip burt bacharach's long-time songwriting partner,hal david
Saturday, September 01, 2012
chronicling mitt's mendacity, vol. xxxii
smart women marry rich: big blue eyes or big green bankroll?
if you're in tanzania, stop by for the annual goat races