s skippy the bush kangaroo: May 2014

skippy the bush kangaroo

Saturday, May 31, 2014

...You Missed the Starting Gun

Happy 10th Anniversary to Lawyers, Guns, and Money.

The sh*t has hit the fan, Roshomon style with Canadian content. ("content" UPDATED)

UPDATE: Now with a Special Guest Appearance by Friend of the Blog and Unreconstructed Cheers fan Lance Mannion.
posted by Ken Houghton at 4:27 PM | 1 comments

saturday night beneath the plastic palm trees

will american pot farmers put the cartels out of business?

how the purity myth perpetuates rape culture

the 9 most influential works of scientific racism, ranked

why essentials have gotten more expensive while toys have gotten cheaper

posted by skippy at 4:46 AM | 0 comments

Friday, May 30, 2014

Chickenhawks with Poor Strategy, or With Friends Like These...

Sequence of events:

  1. Report publicly and in detail that already strained resources are going to be Stressed Out Beyond All Repair

  2. Get fired marginalized and attacked for that.

  3. Be proven accurate; if anything, too optimistic

  4. Get re-hired to, among other things, try to clean up the mess you warned people would happen

  5. Watch others cut your funding repeatedly, which was never enough to deal with the original problem, let alone the exacerbations you cited.

  6. Watch those same others complain that you're not doing your job.

  7. Resign, in the hope that the same assholes who cut your funding will—for the first time in the past decade—actually support the mission you were trying to accomplish

  8. Have that resignation grudgingly accepted by a man who knows what a position he put you into

  9. Have some brain-dead twit who gets credited by many of the assholes mentioned above as Serious—you know, someone who opposed everything you said at the time, now admits you were right, but never gave the slightest thought to the consequences of what you were saying*—complain not that you were forced to resign, but that your boss's acknowledgement that you were making the best of an untenable situation is a bad thing.

Yglesias has proved himself not worthy of shining Shinseki's shoes. So when will the NYT hire him as their "liberal" columnist?

*Note, in fact, that Yglesias's reasons are self-contained: as one reviewer of his self-serving Heads in the Sand noted:

Even in 2002, CIA analysts accepted the finding of the International Atomic Energy Agency that Saddam Hussein was not building nuclear weapons – the claims of The Threatening Storm ran contrary to the very best intelligence available at the time.
So the first three "reasons for a mistake"—Erroneous views of foreign policy in general, Elite signaling, and Misreading the Politics—are all exemplified by buying into the Pollack hype. (At least Ezra Klein acknowledges seeing Pollack saying at the time that it would be really easy to f*ck up an invasion. Yglesias must have been loathing left-wing antiwar activists that day.
posted by Ken Houghton at 10:38 AM | 1 comments

miss friday

nutritionists' annual conference catered by mcdonalds

homeschooling is just plain creepy

why is the nra afraid of studies on gun violence?

what language does your state speak?
posted by skippy at 7:57 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, May 29, 2014

gentle thursday

 is baby powder carcinogenic?

working at amazon is a soul-crushing experience

conservatives' strange obsession with slave mentality

and rip poet maya angelou

posted by skippy at 4:46 AM | 3 comments

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

wednesday week

the key to fighting hiv may be soy sauce

why does the right have such a problem with history?

prestigious colleges don't make you happier in work or life

the unbearable whiteness of liberal media
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

down the penrose lane

 photo DrStrangeRove.jpg

more at penrose on politics
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gentle tuesdays

thanks, climate change!  miami streets flooding at high tide

pick up artists are using the santa barbara massacre as a marketing ploy

dumb moves that sound smart:  buying a house

top 10 reasons the gop's benghazi witch hunt is just a fund raising ploy

posted by skippy at 3:02 AM | 1 comments

Monday, May 26, 2014

isla vista. It's personal.

i spent a good portion of my childhood in isla vista. 
i attended isla vista elementary school
i had summer apartment rentals out in isla vista (back in the day when the ucsb students would leave for the summer and have some amazing deals for sub-rentals)
i currently have a temp job out on the ucsb campus.

this song was the popular song on the radio during those days. 
i think it resonates deeply with me after the slaughter on the streets. 

what's going on?

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 1:34 PM | 3 comments

rainy monday

bees declining due to insecticides

science proves women aren't controlled by their periods

widespread anti-biotic resistance found across 71 environments

americans no longer trust the supreme court
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

sunday sun

more than one million birds died during the deep water horizon disaster

all the president's bankers 

charter schools: fraud, mismanagement and waste

stop saying i have a boyfriend
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

saturday night banjo

kansas is the failed state of conservative economic policy

unions are unfairly blamed for detroit's woes

9 maps showing how climate change is affecting the us

school accused of covering up sexual assaults by students who are relatives of school district officials
(update:  principal has been fired)
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Friday, May 23, 2014

Got The Rooster, Got The Crow...

Got the ebb, got the flow...

Yeah, folks, I'm still not dead -- and still lazy as ever. Enjoy...
posted by Jim Yeager at 8:48 AM | 2 comments


banks are pillaging homes while the govt watches

here's the made in america memorial day cookout shopping list

americans raid their 401(k)s

the 6 principles of the new populism
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, May 22, 2014

forever thursday

albuquerque pd shoots & kills judge's daughter

hedy lamar invented bluetooth in 1942

she blinded the gop with science

abandoned paris subway stations reborn as nightclubs
posted by skippy at 3:36 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

wednesday was

everything the right hates is like the holocaust

celebrating basic, the programming language that made computers personal

scotus is fighting to make the us a theocracy

the comic book universe in infographic form

posted by skippy at 4:50 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

freestyle on toca tuesdays

a call to unionize professional cheerleaders

do you feel that mandatory love for babies?

usa: the world's newest third world nation

son of senator pushing for strict voter id laws caught with fake id
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 1 comments

Monday, May 19, 2014

rainy days and mondays

is there a left in the us?

the men who poisoned charleston's drinking water now have a new business

10 lessons every govt official should learn before considering privatization

and rip 50's crooner jerry vale and godfather/annie hall cinemaphotographer gordon willis

posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, May 18, 2014

sunday stroll

women ceo's more likely than men to get fired

it's very expensive to be poor

fossil of a new flying dinosaur discovered in china

the next great plague:  alzheimer's
posted by skippy at 6:09 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, May 17, 2014

saturday night at the world

what you'll need if you want to reboot civilization

the wam! jill abramson reader

answering climate change deniers

us public pensions outperform peers in the 1st quarter
posted by skippy at 4:31 AM | 0 comments

Friday, May 16, 2014

love you til friday

america's worst charaties

rick perry's baptism publicity stunt

christian purity balls in 10 creepy pictures

driver in uk dies when crashed into truck while taking selfie
posted by skippy at 3:27 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, May 15, 2014

every thursday night

four reasons the private prison industry is so powerful

inside the nra plot to terroruze america

the typical member of the 1% is an old, white man

take the quiz: contemporary christian music or 50 shades of grey

posted by skippy at 4:00 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

wednesday streak

american government has become a protection racket for the 1%

global fast food workers strike planned for tomorrow

never ask the internet to name your baby

and rip the artist that inspired the look of alien, hr giger

posted by skippy at 4:49 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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forever tuesday morning

advertising revenue, not knowledge, is the goal of sunday morning chat shows

most young voters plan to sit out the 2014 election

the post-anti-biotic era

george will misunderstands hashtag activism

posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Monday, May 12, 2014

railway train football monday

5 ways the 1% are killing us

racism isn't dead, it just has a better marketing department

who makes money off of standardized testing?

there's no evidence that executions defer crime

posted by skippy at 4:47 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, May 11, 2014

sunday stripper

the working-class mini-revolts of the 21st century

your phone is giving away your position regardless of privacy settings

mega-church pastor committed adultery, viewed porn

anti-tax nuts threaten missouri's economy

posted by skippy at 1:33 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, May 10, 2014

saturday night at the movies

wisconsin looks pretty bad for republicans

the conservative argument for raising the minimum wage

young, well-behaved galaxy amazes astronomers

unload your 401(k)
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Friday, May 09, 2014

living it up (friday night)

creationist insists noah had dinosaurs on the ark

nearly 50 people busted for dancing on the subway this year

why is the media so silent about mental illness?

24 species of shark that have killed fewer people than jack bauer

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

every thursday

minneapolis renames columbus day as indigenous peoples day

the nra vs. moms

the invisible warrior report:  easy to be hard

couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart
posted by skippy at 2:49 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

wednesday rain

cdc finds that women prefer having dogs to having babies

why  science?

trayvor martin is happening agian

welcome to scarfolk...we hope you survive
posted by skippy at 8:35 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

forever in your tuesday

veterans languish and die on va's secret hospital twist

democrats that move to the right lose elections

privatized schools hurt poor kids

and, as we said before, congratulations to digby for winning a hillman prize!

posted by skippy at 1:33 AM | 0 comments

Monday, May 05, 2014

environmental news stories sund....i mean monday

yes..yes...i was out precinct walking for our assemblymember, das williams yesterday. so, you get some stories that you might not have heard about over the weekend....today.

colorado faces soil 'death sentence' with oil boom. colorado's intensifying oil and gas boom is taking a toll on soil — 200 gallons spilled per day seeping into once-fertile ground — that experts say could be ruinous. - denver post

cangerous chemical invades west wichita drinking water. residents of a west wichita, kansas, neighborhood learned in march that their private water wells had been contaminated with pcf, a chemical likely to cause major health defects. they’ve also learned that the contamination could be decades old - kmuw 89.1

wake up and smell the soaring cost of coffee. arabica coffee beans – by far the most popular variety of coffee – have been fetching around $2 a pound on the world market, double the price of a year ago. climate-related events in Brazil, the world’s biggest coffee grower, seem to be causing the most froth amongst international market traders - climate news network

climate change is clear and present danger, says landmark u.s. report. climate change has moved from distant threat to present-day danger and no american will be left unscathed, according to a landmark report due to be unveiled on tuesday - the guardian

india's farmer suicides: are deaths linked to gm cotton? more than 270,000 indian cotton farmers have killed themselves since 1995. campaigners say a contributing factor may be the high price of genetically modified seeds flooding the market, which is piling pressure on poorly paid growers, forcing many into a cycle of unmanageable debt. - the guardian

scientists warn of quake risk from fracking operations. underground disposal of wastewater from fracking may pose a much greater risk of causing dangerous earthquakes than previously believed, particularly in areas of the u.s. southwest and midwest where earthquake faults have not been mapped extensively, seismology researchers said - national geographic

‘above normal’ early season Interior alaska fire danger projected. fire officials are projecting “above normal” early summer wildfire danger this year in much of alaska, including most of the interior - fairbanks daily news miner

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posted by SantaBarbarian at 7:46 PM | 0 comments

Freedom is Slavery: On the Occasion of Gary Becker's Death

The 2007 Winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

  1. Donald Rumsfeld

  2. George Tenet

  3. Henry Hyde, and

  4. Gary Becker
On first glance, Gary Becker doesn't belong on that list—until you remember that he worked to destroy a country, and still claims (despite the relative lack of growth for the country compared to its neighbors) that 11 September 1973 was a good thing, and not the day that led to all the rest of the medal-winners "great accomplishments."
posted by Ken Houghton at 7:27 AM | 0 comments

push it to monday

resegregation and the rollback of affirmative action

why chocolate is good for you

why blogging and twitter are making us smarter

and yet, technological law will soon be re-shaped by people who don't use email

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

sunday shining

gun rights as a cultural touchstone

the progressive revolt in american cities

court reporter really, really hated his job

new starwars movies: who needs girls?

posted by skippy at 5:58 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, May 03, 2014

saturday night at the parties

the private prison industry's alarming spread across america

how the obscenely wealthy are strangling our democracy

nyc cops get drunk and shoot civilians

and rip 60's tv star (and stephanie's dad) efram zimbalist, jr.

posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 1 comments

Friday, May 02, 2014

last friday night

more than a fifth of america's children go hungry

and, america's middle class is no longer the world's richest

6 studies prove everything republicans know is wrong

apple's new commercial feature a song about a large penis

posted by skippy at 1:44 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, May 01, 2014

every second thursday millionaires

indiana and tennessee have the most meth labs

new york city is considering a $15/hr minimum wage

paul ryan wouldn't let poor people testify at a hearing on poverty

and rip roger rabbit's best bud, actor bob hopkins

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