s skippy the bush kangaroo: May 2013

skippy the bush kangaroo

Friday, May 31, 2013

it's finally friday

the american food industry doesn't want you to eat healthy

10 state legislatures that have beaten the nra since newtown

payday loan users hooked on quick-cash cycle

elephant stomps on poacher who tried to shoot him
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awol's revenge

the bush junta assistant attorney general who approved of warrantless wiretapping is obama's pick to be chief bugger at the fbi.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

the tale of the magic thursday

man butt-dials 911 while discussing murder plans

hawaii may face federal prosecution over wildlife deaths

the 10 craziest things michelle bachmann ever said

the colleges that are the biggest waste of omney
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

snowboarding on wednesday

what the irs did right

why the boston pd spied on peace activists but ignored terror warnings

bad 'arrested development' reviews sink netflix stock

white people stopped by the nypd have more drugs and guns than minorities
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

tuesday afternoon

forbes: economically, could obama be our best president?

researchers establish link between racism and stupidity

monsanto protection act may be repealed thanks to activism

15 bizarre facts about cats that are totally true
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Monday, May 27, 2013

come next monday

the battle against food stamps

omaha pd told not to interfer with citizens filming police action

nra tactics: take no prisoners

facebook censors pictures of children marching against monsanto

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

sunday kind of love

marine re-united with dog he handled during afghani war in surprise ceremony

why cops bust down doors of medical pot growers but ignore men who keep naked girls on leashes

studying adam lanza: is evil in our genes?

son of former aide to george w. bush accused of killing a man with a hatchet

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

saturday night's alright for fighting

sexual assault prevention officers aren't getting their own memos

washington bridge collapse further proves america's infrastructure is in bad shape

memo to the gop: stop pretending you care

and be sure to check the horizon around sunset tonight for the dance of the planets
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Friday, May 24, 2013

it's friday night

german scientists use off-shore windfarms to replenish lobsters

cutting social security and not taxing wall street

can chris christie get the gop nom? our buddy joe gandelman wonders aloud

young people taking alzheimers drugs to boost brain power
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

sweet thursday

limbaugh whining over blame for millions in losses

no, millennials aren't lazy entitled slackers

tell abc news to correct their false benghazi report

world fish migrating to escape global warming
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ruby wednesday

18 year old science student invents device to charge cell phones in seconds, not hours

the consequences of weak regulation

the cost of blocking gun control in congress

wealthy democrats are saving the american economy
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

today tuesday

u.s. hospital billing varies wildly

alarming trend: military family survivors committing suicide

secret service is looking into right wing internet host who said he to shoot hillary clinton in the vagina

6 facts about mr. rogers you'd love to know

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Monday, May 20, 2013

rip ray manzarek

it's a sad day on the sunset strip, ray manzarek, keyboardist for the doors, has died

light my fire - the doors live
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bien enseigner à vos enfants

stephanie et melanie boulay - teach your children well
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come monday night

insecticide linked to invertibrae deaths

marijuana use tied to reduced bladder cancer

it's time for retirn of the 17 year cicadas!

river otters are making a comeback in the bay area
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Why Did North Carolina Hate the Troops?

My father volunteered to fight in the Korean War. He was never stationed there, but that clearly doesn't mean he wasn't under attack from hostile forces:

The U.S. Marine Corps maintains that the carbon chloroform extract (CCE) test would not have uncovered the carcinogens that fouled the southeastern North Carolina base's water system from at least the mid-1950s until wells were capped in the mid-1980s. But experts say even this "relatively primitive" test — required by Navy health directives as early as 1963 — would have told officials that something was terribly wrong beneath Lejeune's sandy soil.

A just-released study from the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry cited a February 1985 level for trichloroethylene of 18,900 parts per billion in one Lejeune drinking water well — nearly 4,000 times today's maximum allowed limit of 5 ppb. Given those kinds of numbers, environmental engineer Marco Kaltofen said even a testing method as inadequate as CCE should have raised some red flags with a "careful analyst."

"That's knock-your-socks-off level — even back then," said Kaltofen, who worked on the infamous Love Canal case in upstate New York, where drums of buried chemical waste leaked toxins into a local water system. "You could have smelled it."
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

sunday in the south

conservatives can't name one reality-based example of obama tyranny

joe scarborough wrote bush admin. to audit naacp

only 4 companies process 80% of the beef in this country

the march on monsanto is next saturday, may 25
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Saturday, May 18, 2013

saturday night twist

5 major scandals the press isn't obsessing about

california sues chase over credit card collection abuses

why animals adopt other animals

don't make fun of renowned dan brown
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Friday, May 17, 2013

good mourning, black friday

meet the michael moore of grade-school lunchrooms

interactive map of racist and homophobic tweets

when the irs targeted liberals

how long has longest-burning light bulb been burning?
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

suite thursday

that terrible irs scandal targeting griuos for political purposes? back in 2004?

western black rhino declared extinct

the anti-vax movement: a terrible track record

7 weirdest conspiracy theories now taken seriously by the gop
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

resolution wednesday

christian metal rocker arrested for murder-for-hire attempt

is impeachment only a matter of time?

an itty bitty pity party for the ap

irs sent letter to democrats that the tea party is upset about

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Now with More Canadian Content

Chris Hadfield's cover of Space Oddity is the prohibitive favorite for next year's Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation. (Sorry—well, really not—J. J. Abrams.)

But Hadfield is more than just a dilletante, or even the guy who exchanged Tweets with fellow Famous Canadian William Shatner. He is a Pure Canadian Dilletante, as he demonstrates:

QOTD: "Picture...five guys traveling with me for six months, playing that up in orbit."

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sweet tuesday morning

u.s. ceos make 357 times the average worker

animal activists destroy years of research in italy

1/3 of u.s. honeybee colonies died last winter, threatening food supply

and rip dr. joyce brothers
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Monday, May 13, 2013

In the Clearing Stands a Boxing Expert

R.I.P., (real, not Phil-like) Dr. Joyce Brothers.

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austerity kills

so...all those in dc peddling this austerity c**p...they are a certain type of murderer.
as scholars of public health and political economy, we have watched aghast as politicians endlessly debate debts and deficits with little regard for the human costs of their decisions. over the past decade, we mined huge data sets from across the globe to understand how economic shocks — from the great depression to the end of the soviet union to the asian financial crisis to the great recession — affect our health. what we’ve found is that people do not inevitably get sick or die because the economy has faltered. fpolicy, it turns out, can be a matter of life or death. - nytimes

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come monday x

study finds sex and partying make people happier than having kids

check out americans against the tea party

you & your family are guinea pigs for chemical companies

will durst on "too stupid to fail"
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

sunday in new york

public opinion may be the one enemy the nra fears

in the recovery, the rich gained $5.6 trillion while the rest of us lost $669 villion

u.n. finds little appreciation for himan rights among u.s. businesses

choose your poison: game of thrones i can haz cheezburger or you must be ned stark's bastard tumblr
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Saturday, May 11, 2013

skippy's saturday night music club

a little jay leno prank gone way, way funny.

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saturday night (so i married an axe murderer)

strange as it seems, happy workers lead to bigger profits

you'll find koch bros. money at the root of calls for armed rebellion against obama

the reason americans aren't going asbatsh!t crazy over benghazi as the right

look out!  it's a hurricane on saturn!
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Friday, May 10, 2013

get 'em out by friday

general motors calls for u.s. to address climate change

crows literally build a nest on a crow's nest

most women would prefer over-the-counter birth control

call dr. who! robot finds mysterious spheres in temple of the feathered serpent
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Thursday, May 09, 2013

california sues j.p. morgan

for being the lying bahstahds they are.
attorney general kamala d. harris today filed an enforcement action against jpmorgan chase & co. (chase) alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent and unlawful debt-collection practices against tens of thousands of californians. the suit alleges that chase engaged in widespread, illegal robo-signing, among other unlawful practices, to commit debt-collection abuses against approximately 100,000 california credit card borrowers over at least a three-year period. - activist post

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probably on thursday

the pope calls one of the foundations of capitalism slavery

can an app help prevent sexual assault?

conservative obsession with sex hurts their own children

are you a corporate guinea pig?
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Milton Friedman was Correct. Especially about His Alma Mater

As my 35+-year wish to be an alumnus of a Big Ten school* approaches fruition, it is, perhaps, time to see what the cost of that ambition has been.

Not to me; I got my Masters in Economics from the same school that granted Elizabeth Warren her J.D., and I don't regret a moment of it.

But rather to the school itself, which not only abided a basketball coach who combined the temper of Bobby Knight with the skills of Professor Wagstaff, but threw monies at a mediocre coach (look at his record without Ray Rice) who took the money--including a stadium renovation that worsened the experience for the student body--and ran.**

Observers of the school suspected there might be problems when the aforementioned coach got his team bowl-eligible, accepted the invitation--and then lost money for the school on the bowl itself.

Have things gotten better since late 2006? Well:

Rutgers University last year cut its direct support for the school’s athletics program by nearly $1 million. But that did not greatly reduce the total $28 million subsidy pumped into the money-losing program to cover the costs of campus sports from football to volleyball. Students picked up part of the difference.

Stung by ongoing criticism over the amount of money Rutgers spends each year to subsidize athletics, university officials say the game plan is to gradually decrease the university’s support in the coming years, relying more on ticket sales, donations, licensing and other revenue to sustain the teams.

"I can see us moving to budget neutrality in six years," university president Robert Barchi said last week.

That's what one might have said six years ago. How can you tell when a Rutgers University President is lying...he's proving Milton Friedman correct.

*Two of my four college applications were to Big Ten schools. But when costs were compared, Morningside Heights turned out to be less expensive than West Lafayette.

**"Transforming the Scarlet Knights from an unknown into a consistently competitive, winning and respected program."

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

skippy's wednesday night music club

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right wing troll notification system

thank you rocky mountain mike.

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remember, no bees

no yoose and me's.
bee deaths may have reached a crisis point for crops - npr
the honeybee shortage nearly came to a head in march in california, when there were barely enough bees to pollinate the almond crop. - wired

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our weekend starts on wednesday

pregnant t-mobile worker forced to take vacation time to use bathroom

trump's anti-wind farm ad gets banned in scotland

would you pay to watch keyboard cat?

and rip the creator of the scariest monsters of our childhood, sfx master ray harryhausen
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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

let the rule breakers pay

not the people who depend upon their privatized service for their livelihoods and lives.
california regulators recommended monday that pacific gas & electric co. pay a record $2.25 billion fine for decades of negligence that led to a deadly gas pipeline explosion that leveled a san francisco bay area neighborhood.

the penalty would be the largest ever imposed on a utility company by a state regulator, officials said.

the california public utilities commission's investigators said the fine was an appropriate remedy for dozens of safety violations extending back several decades, and said the company's shareholders should shoulder the cost, not the utility's customers. - cbs

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happy 295 "birthday"

new orleans!

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sunny tuesday

alarming rise in suicide among baby boomers

vast majority of national advertisers refuse to advertise on limbaugh's show

where are you on the global rich list?

be sure to get your tickets to the steampunk worlds fair!
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Monday, May 06, 2013

skippy's monday night music club

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advertisers rushing to get away...from rush

looks like rush is finally realizing, advertisers don't like paying for his hate.
mediaite’s own sources confirm that the ad troubles in connection with limbaugh’s show are, indeed, severe. in fact, one source within the radio advertising world with direct knowledge of the ad buys on limbaugh’s show confirms the extent of the problem: “the vast majority of national advertisers now refuse to air their ads during rush limbaugh’s show,” our source tells us. - mediaite
rush says that's because media buyers are sniveling young feminazis fresh out of college.

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jones soda

goes for one flavor that only canadians will be "jonesing" for. poutine.
“with continued requests for these past flavours and calls to keep coming out with more, we decided to create this new, unique flavour as a nod to our canadian heritage. with a nice balance of rich, savory gravy over a starchy potato base, and accented with those fatty, cheesy notes you expect in a plate of poutine, we believe we’ve developed the perfect liquid version of this undisputedly canadian delicacy.” - consumerist


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chelsea monday

how progressives failed to stop austerity when we had the chance

boston bombing amputees will get free prosthetics

polling plummets for senators who voted against background checks

non-partisan report says gop obstructuionism is unprecedented

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

sunday girl

like most gop efforts, the working families flexibility act is a nice-sounding name fora terrible, terrible idea

occupy the nra

24 hour all boston, all the time

washington judge orders police to return seized marijuana
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Saturday, May 04, 2013

saturday night special

koch bros. wealth grew by $33 billion as schools report 1 million children go homeless

record unemployment in spain and france

why are ceo's afraid of a little sunlight on their political causes?

sorry, game of thrones fans; you're mispronouncing "kahleesi"
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Friday, May 03, 2013

skippy's friday night music club

an incindiary choice tonight given that it is now "tanker season" here...

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it's tanker season

here in the land of "wildfire food."

remember these words as you watch the humongous wildfires.
"americans want fewer firefighters." - mittens romney

imagine these horrific fires...with fewer firefighters.
that's not what americans want...that's what the gop wants.

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friday's child

unemployment falls to the lowest number in 5 years

teacher suspended for showing his class gardening tools

texas fertlizer plant explosions: regulation costs vs. clean-up costs

time may be on howard kurtz's side, but newsweek isn't (neither is the daily beast)!
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california's on fire...again

some photos of the fire in ventura county are simply terrifying.

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

outlook for thursday

how a single-payer system could save american health care

25 indicted in massive baltimore prison scandal

the worst part about bp's oil spill cover-up: it worked

skeleton confirms cannibalism at jonestown

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

skippy's wednesday night music

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chris kluwe has balls

or at least kicks them well with both his feet, and with the pen. he comes out, so to speak, swinging against the fear of "the gays."
i speak for freedom, even though it is a freedom i currently have. Iispeak for equality, even though i am currently equal. i speak for justice, even though it is a justice i currently do not need. i speak for gay rights and the rights of every person, no matter their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual predisposition, or social or economic status, to live free of the chains of oppression and hate, the barbs of ignorance and small minded fear, because that is the life i want to live - a life where i can make my own choices. a life where i can be who i am, not what someone else decides i should be. - huffington post


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long wednesday

why labels matter

the right wing donors that fuel america's culture wars

instapundit thinks gun control = homophobia

and rip hollywood depession-era cutie-pie deanna durbin

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