s skippy the bush kangaroo: February 2014

skippy the bush kangaroo

Friday, February 28, 2014

get 'em out by friday

'justified' actor turns out to be a conservative asshole

5 reasons the 1% don't want unemployment to decrease

working single mothers are disproportionately poor

larry summers thinks we should raise taxes in the rich
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Thursday, February 27, 2014

another late thursday

white folks in red states are the biggest food stamp moochers

meet the man silicon valley ceos turn to when they want to screw their workers

"religious freedom" used to chip away at gay rights

 the do's and don'ts of buying legal marijuana
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

rip paco

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wednesday jam

gop answer to obamacare would strip 1 million of their healthcare

why are the 1% whining so much?

missouri study calls for stricter gun-licensing laws

comcast-time warner doesn't pass the smell test

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

cold shower tuesday

gun homicides increased 25% after missouri repealed background checks

is san francisco becoming less liberal?

hidden credit card fees: the banking industry's biggest cash cow

5 ways society punishes women for their sexuality
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Monday, February 24, 2014

monday sweetheart

the gop: modernists v. fabulists

in states with medical cannibis, the suicide rate has dropped

racist oklahoma restaurant gets fake yelp reviews for best gay bar

where has all the money gone

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

sunday mornin' coming down

the richest 20 americans aren't makers - they're takers

mcdonald's fires employee for paying for firefighters

photos surface showing the late andrew breitbart and james o'keefe hanging out with white nationalists

here's a free thermin app for your ipad
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

saturday night riot

angry mob chase george zimmerman out of miami

9 ways wendy davis can have it all

breitbart editor can't do math

shopping cart accidents increase to 66 per day
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Friday, February 21, 2014

friday's child

colorado lawmaker leaves loaded weapon in the state capital

the mobsters of wall street

women get less paid leave than men

21 things you can't do while black
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

thursday's child

sir david attenborough: "enough with the creationists!"

how big pharma turned male aging into a disease

facebook mentioned in a third of divorce proceedings

pet turtle survives being locked in a store room  for 30 years
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

wednesday girl

the house of reps lacks the political will, not the votes

wal-mart's labor practices backfires on them

it's not pro-life, it's pro-birth

judge orders fast-food workers fired for striking must get their jobs back 
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

church on tuesday

free a duck, go to jail

the ap findings on us military sexual assaults in japan

ross douthat is an idiot

for the first time in almost 90 years nobody saw the loch ness monster
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Monday, February 17, 2014

forget whats in your wallet....

be worried about who's at your doorstep.
credit card issuer capital one isn't shy about getting into customers' faces. the company recently sent a contract update to cardholders that makes clear it can drop by any time it pleases.

the update specifies that "we may contact you in any manner we choose" and that such contacts can include calls, emails, texts, faxes or a "personal visit."
as if that weren't creepy enough, cap one says these visits can be "at your home and at your place of employment."

the police need a court order to pull off something like that. but cap one says it has the right to get up close and personal anytime, anywhere. - latte times


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monday rain

macgruff the crime dog actor sentenced to 16 years for drugs, weapons

the moral case for a minimum wage

the gop's health crisis

here's a travel agency for stuffed animals

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Sunday, February 16, 2014


someone at nbc olympics really should have "googled" the flags of the u.s. and russia.

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environmental news story sunday

for those pesky little stories that you might not have heard on the blah blah blah shows this morning.

california drought: why is there no mandatory water rationing? fourteen months into a historic drought, with reservoirs running low and the sierra snowpack 27 percent of normal, a growing number of californians are wondering: why isn't everyone being forced to ration? - san jose mercury

california farms are slow to adopt water-saving technology. For more than four decades official reports have cautioned that california could suffer long droughts and that population growth was outstripping storage capacity. yet despite repeated warnings, any California farming communities are ill-prepared for a parched future that seems to have arrived. - newsweek

wavier jet stream 'may drive weather shift.' new research suggests that the main system that helps determine the weather over northern europe and north america may be changing. The study shows that the so-called jet stream has increasingly taken a longer, meandering path - bbc

ed miliband: climate change a 'national security issue.' climate change is now an issue of national security with extreme weather threatening homes, livelihoods and businesses, ed miliband has warned - bbc

plugging south africa’s post-apartheid leaks. south africa is the 30th driest country in the world, yet it is one of the fastest-growing water consumers. according to the national treasury’s 2012 budget review, demand for the scarce resource is increasing so rapidly that it is set to outstrip supply as early as 2030. - inter press service

an activist who coauthored a report cataloging the appalling environmental damage wreaked by 0lympic construction will spend the next three years in a Russian penal colony. - grist

the san jose mercury news reports that solar energy is helping to meet california’s power needs amid a drought that has caused hydroelectric supplies to shrivel: - grist

researchers at the university of illinois have found that these used plastic shopping bags can be converted into a compatible drop-in diesel fuel, along with a host of other petroleum products, potentially recovering a large percentage of the initial manufacturing inputs. - treehugger

fracking's water use sets up fight with cities and farmers. the growth in oil and gas production has been a major bright spot in the u.s. economy, but we need to think about energy solutions that increase, rather than deplete, water resources. - des moines register

no one will declare the water safe in west virginia. it’s been a little over a month since a chemical spill in west virginia left thousands of residents in the charleston area without water to bathe, drink, or cook with. "no one will declare the water safe," says don tate, who owns and operates a chain of supermarkets in the region. - marketplace

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sunday morning call

don't pity the billionaire

white, conservative men dominate sunday talk shows

mitch mcconnell wrestles the monster he helped make

world's oldest bird hatches a baby
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

saturday night party (read my lips)

are monarch butterflies disappearing?

judge bans man from the internet

26 children or teens have died in florida stand your ground vases

i can't believe it's not kristallnacht!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

friday's angels

where to eat in restaurants that support a living wage

missouri and pennsylvania are the next fronts in the war on public unions

the rwnj's hate that michelle obama wore a ballgown

metal band skinny puppy invoices the u.s. government for using their music at guantanamo
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

thursday nite goddess

outsourcing probation: a profitable industry

birth control pills should be sold over the counter

half of the nation's uninsured live in just 116 counties

la times goes easy on suspects with a badge when reporting rape cases
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

rip sid caesar

sid caesar, the brilliant comic genius who paved the way for every generation of sketch comedian since the 50's, died at age 91.  latimes:

two-time emmy award-winning performer during his tv heyday in the `50s, caesar has been hailed as “one of the great tv clowns,” “one of television’s most inventive performers” and “a genius at making people laugh.”

“television had its share of comedy geniuses,” times television critic howard rosenberg wrote in 1994. “yet arguably none has been as uniquely gifted and inventive as caesar. watching him perform, you just know light bulbs are popping continuously in his brain."
here's sid, along with "your show of shows" regulars imogene cocoa, carl reiner and howard morris sending up the iconic burt lancaster/deborah kerr classic, from here to eternity:

rest in peace, sid caesar.
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wednesday evenin' blues

greenland glacier hits record speed

it's elizabeth warren's party, barack obama is just living in it

the coming war over morality in america

buy union-made valentines day gifts

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

rip shirley temple

she was one of the most beloved movie stars of all time
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c u next tuesday

pussy riot fires pussy riot

does lowering corporate tax rate create jobs? no

gm foods are attacking our lives on mutliple fronts

the first fish to be taken off the endangered species list
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Monday, February 10, 2014

monday night

the complete guide to the chemical spill in west virginia

4 shocking examples of economic inequality in america

tennessee has the fastest growing union membership in the country

the most dangerous city to be black is omaha, nebraska

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

sunday mornin'

globalization of police state calls for globalization of dissent and protest

new way to reign in the fat cats

50 reasons to fear the worst from fukushima

no, the 1% don't work harder

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

saturday night party

of the republicans who think benghazi is the "worst scandal" in the history of america, 39% don't know where it is

abortion rate is at its lowest in years

answering questions from creationists

dogs standing up for dogs in sochi

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Friday, February 07, 2014

friday you said goodbye

montana ranks third in the number of tea party members per capita

aol slashes 401(k) benefits; ceo blames 2 sick babies vorn to employees

the rich really are selfish as you think

19 penises you need to visit before you die

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

thursday night blues

why cvs dropping cigarettes is a smokescreen

big trouble for coca-cola

the 10 most dangerous places to be a woman in america

man washes up in the marshalls islands after 16 months adrift
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

wednesday car

former nevada lt. gov. leaves the republican party

former snl comedienne is running for office

the 5 states with the lowest quality of life are all right-to-work states

with the olympics starting tomorrow, there's still lots of problems in sochi
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Tuesday, February 04, 2014

a bit of perspective

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barely out of tuesday

the invention of the military-industrial complex

with "right to work," is pennsylvania the new wisconsin?

chris christie's state police bodyguard busted for shoplifting

is consciousness a state of matter?
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Monday, February 03, 2014

monday night

cornered rats are very dangerous

iceland approaches 2% unemployment after letting the banks fail

are you a psychopath?

if it were terrorism...
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Sunday, February 02, 2014

rip philip seymour hoffman

what a tremendous loss. i'm so very sad that the demons got the best of him.

philip seymour hoffman found dead in nyc apartment.

what a tremendous actor.
he will be known for his amazing portrayal of capote, but one of my favorite roles of mr. hoffman's was cia agent gus avrakotos in charlie wilson's war.

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sunday kind of love

scientists present links between alaskan seal deaths and fukushima meltdown

russian firm hired to clear stray dogs out of sochi before the olympics

how the devos family passed "right to work" in michigan

and rip actor maximilian schell

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Saturday, February 01, 2014

blogroll amnesty day

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we pause today to remember our late compatriot, jon swift, with whom we began blogroll amnesty day 7 years ago.

please remember to always give links, space and mad props to the newer, fresher voices in blogtopia, and yes, we coined that phrase!

today, in honor of jon swift, please post 5 links to 5 blogs which get less traffic than yours.

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one rule:  DO NOT make the joke "but no blog gets less traffic than mine!"

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let's keep jon's spirit alive in blogtopia.

and yes, we coined that phrase.

update: dan at pruning shears helps keep the tradition alive!!

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saturday night out

why watchdog journalism matters

the 13 most important numbers in the universe

5 right-wing myths about the minimum wage debunked

tolerating the intolerant
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