s skippy the bush kangaroo: January 2014

skippy the bush kangaroo

Friday, January 31, 2014

friday street

wait a minute...who's the moocher?

it's about profits, not free speech

invisible elves in iceland

19 scientific reasons you should take more naps
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

thursday night

10 ideas to root out inequality

when the anti-choicers choose abortion

of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy

goldie hawn brings meditation to davos

posted by skippy at 7:27 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

wednesday blonde

high-ranked dea agent quits job to join legal marijuana industry

pete seeger's 60's tv show

gun access = greater risk for murder & suicide

happy 50th anniversary to dr. strangelove!  ps - it's almost all true!

posted by skippy at 6:15 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

please save net neutrality, fcc

and former fcc chairman, michael copps, has some ideas on how to make that happen..land, he blogs about it.
"the time is now for the fcc to classify broadband as title 2. without this step, we are playing fast-and-loose with the most opportunity-creating technology in all of communications history. without this step, we are guaranteeing an internet future of toll-booths, gatekeepers and preferential carriage. without this step, we stifle innovation, put consumers under the thumb of special interests, and pull the props from under the kind of rich civic dialogue that only open and non-discriminatory communications can provide"


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posted by SantaBarbarian at 9:11 PM | 1 comments

you probably didn't hear a word about tpp tonight

no. not toilet paper....but it is really c****y.

trans pacific partnership - just think of citizen's united on steroids worldwide.

best of the left breaks it down.

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Random Notes, 28 Jan 2014

I now understand Andrei Shliefer--and Brad DeLong's deferential attitude toward his ex-roommate--much better. If Harvard really has a pro-plaigarism culture (which none of my wife's alumnae and alumnus relatives followed), yesterday's note about Davos participants underperforming the market makes much more sense.

Apparently both The Commons of Pensacola (no link; site doesn't accept my browser) and A Night with Janis Joplin are closing the week after the Super Bowl. The former has a plot that will be familiar, with Blythe Danner as a proxy for Ruth Madoff and Sarah Jessica Parker as one of her daughters. The latter reminds me of Michael Swanwick's "The Feast of Saint Janis," which is Highly Recommended

Speaking of Blythe Danner, now that no less than Paul Hewson has praised the songwriting skills of her son-in-law, can we stop the Coldplay trashing? (Even if you're not ready to go this far yet.)

This makes sense; there is continuity in science, even if (though?) economists occasionally try to deny it in their profession.

posted by Ken Houghton at 8:14 AM | 1 comments

when you're a tuesday girl

17 animals that became extinct in our lifetimes

divorce rate higher in counties with greater concentration of conservative christians

"the tea party is the petty bourgeoise face of the corporate oliogarchs"

why are there 24 hours in a day?

and rip the great folksinger pete seeger
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Random Notes, 27 Jan 2014

Not to be confused with Skippy's daily updates, which provide useful information.

Now that "The Beer-Googles Song" has won Record of the Year, can we just admit it's 1976 again? Or at least find out what happened to Sisqo?

This should surprise no one. As Hamilton Nolan at Gawker notes

[T]he companies that send delegates to Davos underperform the market as a whole. So we may say that the typical Davos delegate is a rich European Harvard grad businessman who's not even good at his job.

Noah Smith has been >bashing DSGE Models while claiming to be bashing Macroeconomics. Since he has correctly identified the bollocks of The Lucas Critique as the root cause (and now has a helper piling on), isn't it time he got off his arse and started suggesting a solution? Otherwise, he's going to sound like Robert Waldmann (especially here) from months four years ago. Is our economists learning?

And Bleg of the Day:

Do I have to root my Verizon mobile to get rid of the PoS "NFL Mobile" app that is allegedly a "System Application"? Where is Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson when we need him?

posted by Ken Houghton at 8:33 AM | 0 comments

monday mourning

gop trickle-down assault forcing americans to work til they die

america is becoming more liberal

people are more likely to kill when they have a gun

zebra finches rock out on guitars at a museum

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

the last cavalier

our good buddy dan mcvicar is starting a new project:  this time he's writing a graphic novel!  from his press release:

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american writer/actor daniel mcvicar is teaming up with sicilian comic artist gianluca gugliotta on an exciting new graphic novel: the last cavalier launching on kickstarter at url http://bit.ly/tlcgn. the epic new hero michael cross fights a dark global conspiracy, and his inner demons, while scouring the globe for rare and priceless spiritual artifacts.

ancient myths meet modern geopolitics in a compelling story spanning centuries and continents, chronicling the adventures of a currentday templar knight as he struggles to keep good and evil in balance.

it’s a change of direction for author daniel mcvicar. after finding success on american television he relocated to turin, italy, where he is now a europeanbased actor and filmmaker. turin (torino) is a reallife city of magic and mystery, most famous as the home of the holy shroud of turin. this rich backdrop is an important character itself in the complex tapestry of the last cavalier

smart, fun and fastpaced, this graphic novel combines history and myth in an ambitious saga. but at its center, the last cavalier is a profound love story about family and the nature of mankind.

illustrator gianluca gugliotta, recognized as an important artist in the comics world, is excited to be on board this project. he has worked with marvel and dc comics on projects from spiderman to the black panther to mr. terrific and lois lane & the resistance.

he is thrilled to be part of the team that introduces the exciting world of michael cross to the public, and with his participation this special first edition promises to be a work of collector art.

rewards for backers at different levels are being offered on the special first edition of the last cavalier kickstarter page. these rewards include the full color graphic novel, additional and unique artwork by gianluca gugliotta, and even a personal tour of turin by daniel mcvicar

posted by skippy at 2:30 PM | 0 comments

sunday in the south

ap says zimmerman painting is a copy of an ap photo

houston cops cuff and detain a man for giving money to the homeless

how the clinton surpluses turned into 6 trillion dollar deficit

from california to korea, the pentagon runs nearly 200 golf courses
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

saturday night on saturn

why songs get stuck in your head

10 signs religious fundamentalism is is on the decline

5 extremist christian "science" teachings

14 things that will be cheaper in 2014
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Friday, January 24, 2014

friday on my mind

half of black men and 38% of white men are arrested before age 23

dea official freaks out at the thought of marijuana legalization

15 most common logical fallacies

don't be a dick to your childless friends

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

thursday morning

4 creepiest ways corporate america is spying on you

ancient antarctic trench bigger than the grand canyon under miles of ice

house republicans draining $600 million a week from the economy

and the rude pundit knew hoboken mayor dawn zimmer personally

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

wednesday 13

the corporate tax rate should be doubled - not eliminated

1 down, 49 to go - koch bros. leave new mexico

and red states collect more federal aid than blue states

shotgun weddings are on the decline
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

tuesday's waiting

fukushima radiation reaches 8 times government standards

family who hated obamacare now loves obamacare

record year for charter school failures unnerving proponents

the coming retirement crisis

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Monday, January 20, 2014

monday morning secretary

the 4 big dangers of fracking

the political economy of predatory capitalism

are you a bad singer?  there's an app for that

your boss is a dick
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

sunday in the south

the real christians of duck dynasty may be christian, but they aren't real

1in 5 american houses are deeply underwater

chris christie withheld sandy relief funds from a new jersey mayor unless she approved a development project

for the first time the majority of law makers are millionaires

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

help paddy's family w/her funeral expenses

it's still hard to believe that we've lost paddy of the political carnival.

if you'd like to help her family defray the cost of the funeral, please read this.

and be sure to drop by and give laffy a hug.
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saturday night is the loneliest night of the week

the roots of the tea party

using jesus to deny climate change

the gop's biggest problem: age

duck dynasty ratings decline

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Friday, January 17, 2014

friday morning

new book says roger ailes offered an employee $100 a week for sex

a third of americans lived in poverty for at least two months after the recession

the insane clown posse sues the justice dept

and rip the professor on gilligan's island, actor russell johnson, and the partidge family's agent mr. kincaid, comedian dave madden
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

rip paddy of political carnival

the worst possible news you can hear in blogtopia has again crossed our desk.  paddy, co-creator of the political carnival, has passed away.  her blog partner laffy broke the news today.

paddy had been sick with various unexplained ailments over the winter.  her brother emailed laffy the sad  news today.

paddy, along with laffy, had been big supporters of our humble blog, and we were fortunate enough to write a piece for the political carnival last year.

we suppose that if you stay in a business long enough, many of one's friends will eventually shuffle off this mortal coil.  that is cold comfort to laffy, and to all of us who enjoy the political carnival.

rip paddy.
posted by skippy at 6:06 PM | 1 comments

thursday afternoon

the msm fails to tell the whole story on obamacare

some polls say chris christie isn't hurt by the gwb scandal. marist tells a different story

nyc murders are twice as likely to be solved when the victim is white than black

white skater, who fell, makes olympic team.  woman of color who skates perfectly left off

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

waiting for wednesday

pro-business red states see lowest economic opportunity in america

americans prefer democrats in congress, according to poll

christians fear teaching critical thinking because "our children will use it"

man who won contest to watch 'breaking bad' finale with the cast arrested for possession of synthetic narcotics
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

tuesday's heartbreak

florida will soon surpass new york in population

chris christie's other lingering controversy

the real spending problem: corporate welfare

your personal data is way too easy to get from your phone number
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Monday, January 13, 2014

monday morning rock

why america needs stricter gun control

it's time to stop blaming mental health for mass shootings

stupid questions from christian education

man kills father's goat as sacrifice to god

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

sunday in new york

man burns down own house; blames obama

obamacare horror stories told by tea party members; newspaper finally admits it

private contractors can make more than the president

scientists have a new theory on how the brain creates a personality
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

saturday night is alright for fighting

rush limbaugh replaced by hot country in south florida

the 6 most terrifying facts about the chemical spill polluting west virgina's drinking water

hype over canceled plans under obamacare completely overblown

and rip one of the original greensboro 4, civil right activist franklin mccain

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Friday, January 10, 2014

friday night on a dollar bill

the real reason the middle class is dead

lower cognitive abilities predict greater prejudice through right-wing ideologies

lawsuit filed against chris christie and others over traffic jam

media blog poynter mis-identified nbc anchor brian williams in a story about how most americans can't identify nbc anchor brian williams

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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Oh, Why Not...

This is what I look like when I'm wearing multiple layers in 5º weather in some Nashua, New Hampshire parking garage. Frankly, I can survive in this displaced arctic bull$#!+, but I cannot for the life of me see how I could ever live like this. I ain't a polar bear -- this weather sucks...

posted by Jim Yeager at 8:55 AM | 7 comments

thursday 11

young people leaving fox news in droves

hell, michigan, freezes over

right wing cyber attacks confirmed against heathcare.gov

5,000 children placed in foster care because their parents were deported
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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

skippy's wednesday night music club

tonight....the king.

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high...and dry

yep. california is in for some tough times ahead. just because there is a spigot somewhere doesn't mean there is water available to come out of it. 
as california moves deeper into its third year of drought, growers and representatives of local water districts called on gov. jerry brown to proclaim a drought emergency. it became a recurring issue at tuesday's meeting of the california board of food and agriculture.

"we are sounding the alarm on the behalf of the agriculture industry," said craig mcnamara, a walnut grower who serves as board president.

...snowpack measurements show it to be 20 percent normal, especially worrisome because the majority of the surface water used for irrigation comes from snowmelt runoff in spring and summer - nbc4

conserve california. our state needs us to. 

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today's weather


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happy birthday elvis

where ever you may be hanging out these days.

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snowboarding on wednesday

6 crimes against nature perpetuated by the food industry

mall of america arrests native american woman so she can't "protest"

america's obscene wealth inequality

if only 24% of america identify as republicans, why does the gop dominate the sunday talk shows ?

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

tuesday's gone

woman sues because of invasive body cavity searches

we must expand social security

f*ckin climate change deniers:  how do they work?

dolphins like to get high
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Monday, January 06, 2014

monday morning mayhem

a real-life meth dealer named walter white was arrested in montana

girls shouldn't feel weird for loving science and math

assessing six key claims about background checks

abortion rights groups say it's time to stop playing defense
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Sunday, January 05, 2014

sunday girl

south dakota is the new cayman islands?

crushing labor unions and the middle class: the new american way?

the 10 greediest people in america

the coming instant planetary emergency
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Saturday, January 04, 2014

saturday night fishfry

dod contractors get paid nearly three times what govt. employees do

many dolphins sick after bp oil spill a year later

is he the liberals' answer to the koch brothers?

man interrogated and suspended for dressing as his boss on halloween

and bye bye love: rip phil everly
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Friday, January 03, 2014

friday night lights

the government is giving away more housing to rich people than to poor people

the marijuana wars

ani difranco apologizes (not really)

grad student proves nsa can link metadata to your identity with very little effort

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

this thursday

5 important stories to watch in 2014

gun owners versus the nra

it's not the poor that are morally bereft -- it's the rich

5 pressing health priorities for 2014
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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

all is quiet on new year's day

happy new year!  the universe could collapse at any moment

5 resolutions you should never make

science and environmental highlights of 2013

14 great movies of 2013

posted by skippy at 1:49 AM | 1 comments

2014 will probably look like 2013

permanent bush tax cuts for the wealthy still permanent.
sequestration still sequestering except for military boondoggles.
food stamps still cut.
unemployment benefits still cut.
real wages down.
climate change getting worse faster than expected.
profits and the stock market are up so all is well, i guess.

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