s skippy the bush kangaroo: December 2014

skippy the bush kangaroo

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

auld lange sein

the year in social media outrage

the biggest scientific break-throughs of 2014

10 notable women in science who left us this year

the worst cops of 2014 (and there were a lot of them)

the 21 stupidest things republicans did this year

the best sci fi and fantasy books of 2014

the 10 stupidest things said in 2014

and george will wins the covted misinformer of the year award
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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

losing on a tuesday

the year in media errors and corrections

the greed kings of 2014

the year in news on twitter

tracking the most popular websites every year since 1996

the top me-first capitalism hypocrites of 2014

and, the most important updogs of 2014
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Monday, December 29, 2014

monday bar

the 2014 p.u.-litzers: the stinkiest reporting of the year

the best albums of 2014

police often provoke protesters, study finds

the nypd police union sounds like rogue cops
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that don't seem to be talked about much in "impolite society" aka the sunday talking head shows.

california's plastic bag ban might be overturned. - laweekly

water source for california's almonds may dry up. - nytimes

pope francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and us churches. can pope francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change? it looks as if he will give it a go.. - the guardian

chardonnay and pinot noir under threat from climate change. the taste of fine wines like chardonnay and pinot noir is under threat from rising temperatures caused by climate change, scientists have warned. the telegraph

banff derailment a warning sign of potentially ‘disastrous’ spill on the horizon, researchers say. a day after derailed train cars spilled potentially toxic cargo into a banff creek, ecology and wildlife researchers warned there will likely be more rail crashes with far worse consequences for fish and wildlife - calgary herald

new jersey's osprey population continues to grow, report states. new jersey's osprey population continues to grow as more nests are producing more chicks, according to a state report. the osprey was one of the first animals added to the new jersey endangered species list when the use of pesticides — namely ddt — caused the bird's population to plunge - south jersey times

institute of marine and mammal studies: 147 turtles, 48 dolphins found dead in mississippi sound in 2014. the imms declined to comment as to what specifically caused the dramatic increase in marine deaths other to say that they perform autopsies on deceased marine life and send the information to agencies within the federal government. - biloxi sun herald

‘catastrophic’ earthquake and tsunami brewing off british columbia's coast. a giant slab of rock sliding in from the pacific is exerting so much pressure on the west coast of north america it is warping vancouver island, tilting it higher and squeezing it a few centimetres eastward every year. - vancouver sun

california drought brings smaller harvests, more hunger among farmworkers. under sodden gray skies, the 2014 drought feels far away, but its effect is just now being felt in the reduced agricultural yields of the southern central valley, where the drought so dried out the farm economy that farmworkers depend on charity to fill their pantries - san jose mercury news

kale and hearty: the salad bowl of america turns toxic. as nitrates seep into aquifers in california's salinas valley, a group of scientists is promoting a pilot program that has the potential to improve water quality and be replicated across the country - al jazeera america

los angeles could lose 70 percent of its water in the next 'big one.' of all the chaos a massive southern california earthquake could cause, the most challenging may be losing all four aqueducts supplying the vast majority the region's water, causing a year or more of extreme rationing - kpcc

christmas trees get their goat. friday marked the first day the truckee meadows fire protection district in nevada began using a unique – not to mention environmentally sustainable – method of recycling the symbol of christmas. pine needles and all. - latimes

no such thing as safe fracking in florida. a recent study at duke university found that 92 percent of water and drilling fluids remained deep underground. are these substances that we want to inject into our groundwater or allow to be anywhere near our aquifer? there is no such thing as safe fracking - st. augustine record

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sunday morning nightmare

in miami, a person is 3 times more likely to be killed by police than in nyc

popular science: the most amazing images of 2014

the 8 best things to happen to renewable energy this year

but cjr has the worst journalism of 2014

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

saturday night ride

there's no real proof north korea hacked sony

how economic inequality and racism are linked to police brutality

the stupidest anti-science bs of 2014

the young turks name st. louis prosectutor bob mcculloch 'jerk of the year'

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Friday, December 26, 2014

barney friday

shades of philip k. dick's monority report!  the police are monitoring social media to assess threat levels of you, the public!

retailers are having a pretty 'meh' holiday season

the antarctic ice shelf is disappearing at an alarming rate

and the gulf of maine waters are warming faster than any other waters on earth
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

merry christmas

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merry christmas to all, and to all a good night!

per our annual tradition at skippy, here's the drifters, santa and four reindeer:

i'm dreaming of a white christmas
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it's a marshmallow world that we live in

who would jesus torture

11 things that really bug atheists during christmas time

the 12 days of christmas 2014

ohio man ordered to take down his zombie nativity scene
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

'twas the night before christmas

as you sit down to your feast tomorrow keep in mind: our obsession with meat & dairy contributes to global warming more than our cars

thinking of amazon workers this holiday season

this couple has 50 christmas trees in their house

the science of santa
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

loan me two til tuesday

you're probably poorer than you were a few years ago -- and it's all by design

brooklyn, ny is the worst place in the u.s. for housing affordability

5 reasons people are wrong about 'black on black' crime

the science behind misheard song lyrics

and rip iconic singer joe cocker
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Monday, December 22, 2014

monday again

america's obscenely rich know full well they are destroying america

torture and police killngs are cut from the same cloth of injustice

conservative celebs pushing pot stock scam

what americans learned this year from being unable to drink their water
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

sunday morning pancakes

study confirms abortion is safe

humans have dumped 5 trillion pieces of plastic into the oceans

how millionaires buy up our land and hoard our water

is the food babe the jenny mccarthy of food
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

saturday night party

less than 1% of online holiday shopping deals are worth your time

the majority of children in cleaveland, detroit and buffalo live in poverty

toys are more divided by gender than they were 50 years ago

what it's like to raise 3 children on $7.50 an hour
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Friday, December 19, 2014

apt. 2, 4 am friday

slavery is alive and well in america, thanks to the need for cheap labor

christian pastor exploits the homeless with endentured servitude

if tech companies wanted to end online harrassment they could do it tomorrow

and for you goys, here's 8 tips (+1) for enjoying hanukkah

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

on thursdays

chicago wants to ban chokeholds

and new york is going to ban fracking

there's very little evidence that korea was behind the sony hack attack

we are 99.999% certain those bones under the carpark belonged to richard iii
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

my favorite wet wednesday

why john boehner won't cancel the state of the union address

solar power doubles in the u.s. in 2014

actor terry crews on misogyny: the man code = isis

cruise ships dumped over 1 billion gallons of sewage into the oceans in 2014

and rip the creator of clifford the big red dog, norman bridwell
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

let's go crazy tuesday

poll:  shopping for health insurance is as fun as getting a cavity filled

black children are not seen as children

10 ways the system is rigged against justice for people wrongly killed by cops

the 5 worst places to drive in the u.s.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

monday another journey

hillary clinton and the men who hate her

9 ways christian zealots ruin america

the tech worker shortage doesn't really exist

kirk cameron's film "saving christmas" is officially the worst movie rated on the international movie data base
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

sunday morning la

how science suffers during government shutdown

the 27 best live albums of all time

half of americans think climate change is a sign of the apocalypse

world population will soar higher than expected

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

saturday night palsy

wall street to pension holders: stop asking questions and give us your money

the vatican found millions of euros in hidden accounts

in case younwere wondering what ever happened to ebola?

why are bands with racist lyrics available on itunes?

and rip to the creator and head writer of mary hartman, mary hartman ann marcus
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Friday, December 12, 2014

exodus: gods and kings

we are looking forward to this epic motion picture this holiday season

                 exodus: gods and kings
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all your space are belong to us

nasa's newest hit:

all about that space
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another friday night

corporate bribery and corruption grease the gears of global capitalism

regular bills, irregular paychecks

a time capsule buried by sam adams and paul revere was unearthed in boston

the world's oldest banded bird returns for the 63rd year to mate again
posted by skippy at 3:37 AM | 1 comments

Thursday, December 11, 2014

no typical thursday night

the big password mistakes hackers are hoping you make

are humans going extinct?

a letter to dr. oz

and nine movies to see before you see "inherent vice"
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

long wednesday

race, racism, policing and cameras

here's a good summary of the rolling stone uva rape story and the rape apologists

it's time for a retail workers' bill of rights

applying the 'broken windows' theory to the police

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

late tuesday

use of deadly force by police has disappeared in richmond, california

how many homeless people will freeze to death this winter?

costco closed on thanksgiving, but its sales didn't suffer

being homeless is better than working at amazon
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Monday, December 08, 2014

happy zappadan!!

woah, we are so, so sorry, we totally spaced the beginning of zappadan this year!

so, to make up for it, here's frank zappa starring ringo starr:

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monday all week long

colorado residents are looking at a new gift this year - marijuana

the koch brothers' anti-clean-eneregy efforts are failing on a state level

1 in 3 americans put off medical treatment because of cost

how the world's first computer was rescued from the scrapheap
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Sunday, December 07, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that don't seem to make it onto the talking points of those peeps hopscotching around on the talking head sunday show circuit.

ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned lima protest. the body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in lima. activists believe his death is linked to opposition to state-chinese mine project. - the guardian

revealed thirty years on... the secret role that america's henry kissinger played in the bhopal tragedy. former us secretary of state henry kissinger put pressure on the indian government to agree a legal settlement that let the american chemical company union carbide off the hook for the 25,000 people killed by the toxic gas disaster. - glasgow herald

seafood fraud cases plummet as noaa cuts investigators. despite calls in washington for a crackdown on seafood fraud — to protect consumers as well as law-abiding american companies and fishers — noaa has been slowly whittling down the team of agents that handles complex investigations = baltimore sun

burgundy winemaker cheers a 'victory for people power' after conviction for refusing to spray vines with pesticides is overturned. few wine drinkers consider pesticides a required ingredient but a vineyard owner in burgundy had to resort to the courts to uphold his right to keep them from his latest vintage. - the independent

energy firms in secretive alliance with attorneys general. attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year - nytimes

product of mexico: hardship on mexico's farms, a bounty for u.s. tables. american consumers get all the salsa, squash and melons they can eat at affordable prices. but a los angeles times investigation found that for thousands of farm laborers south of the border, the export boom is a story of exploitation and extreme hardship - latimes

why elon musk's batteries scare the hell out of the electric company. here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the u.s. utility industry. - bloomberg

california's drought may be worst in a millennium. a new analysis published in geophysical research letters, showed that while other droughts in california's history had less precipitation than the one the state is currently experiencing, the most recent drought stood out because of how exceptionally hot it was compared to other droughts over the past 1,200 years - scientific american

los angeles, city of water. los angeles has reduced its reliance on outside sources of water. tt has become, of all things, a leader in sustainable water management, a pioneer in big-city use of cost-effective, environmentally beneficial water conservation, collection and reuse technologies - latte times

alec looks to shred epa regulations. the american legislative exchange council forged ahead with a new agenda this week. despite an exodus of corporate sponsors, who have balked at its policies and tactics, the nonprofit honed plans to dismantle the environmental protection agency, roll back energy regulations and give the stage to climate change deniers. - al jazeera america

big-picture study of fracking operations suggests even small chemical exposures pose risks. a paper published friday in reviews on environmental health suggests that even tiny doses of the chemicals released during the various phases of oil and natural gas production, including fracking, could pose serious health risks - huffpo

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sunday morning comin' down

90 pipeline spills you probably haven't heard about

how the criminal justice system degrades democratic citzenship

the police in the u.s. are becoming illegitimate

vinyl record sales hit 18 year high in britain
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Saturday, December 06, 2014

saturday night out

it's the people's mail that will be slowed

hey glenn beck - your disease is not a real disease

the christian terrorist movement nobody wants to talk about

criminalizing liberalism

our previous link was broken, so we reiterate here:  black friday sales plummeted this year
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Friday, December 05, 2014

angeline is always friday

the dismantling of medicaid

but people sure like obamacare

penn. gop official pleads no contest to drugging and raping a woman

7 ways the military wastes your money

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

no day like thursday

washington state's first marijuana auction brings in $600,000

the domestic terrorism the media doesn't tell you about

an important question about technology over at herlander walking

methane gas cloud the size of delaware is floating over new mexico

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

just wednesday

amazon is crushing main street

meet the fortune 500 companies funding the resegregation of america

and beware the third confederate reconstruction 

not a good sign: black friday sales plummeted this year

and rip long-time rolling stones saxophonist bobby keys

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

last tuesday

a short history of racist callers to c-span's washington journal

we are the most unequal society in the developed world

the drift towards police as warrior cops instead of guardians of the people

americans rate the post office the highest of government agencies
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Monday, December 01, 2014

monday's afternoon

how inequality is ruining the american dream

7 years later: why this recovery is still a turkey

correlation shown between gmo's and 22 diseases

"i warned you about bill cosby in 2007"

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