s skippy the bush kangaroo: July 2015

skippy the bush kangaroo

Friday, July 31, 2015

happy blogiversary

to us!!!

forgive us for not getting around to it last week, but this humble space recently celebrated our 13th year of contiguous blogging.  tho that isn't a record in blogtopia, and yes, we coined that phrase, it is something to blog about!

(but before we begin our orgy of self-congratulatory back-patting, we'd like to offer this laurel and hearty handshake to all you mike's blog round up readers who wandered over from our good friends at crooks and liars.)

as is our tradition, we nostalgically refer every year on our blogiversary to our original post, way back when w was president, and hadn't started to make real trouble yet:

ok kids, this is my first attempt at blogging. why blogging? because i can. it's a lot like mt. everest in that way. we are all climbing the peaks of cyberspace to get to the pinnacle (or is it pinochle? i prefer canasta).

the web is one huge library full of books that didn't have to go through an editor to get published. is that good or bad? in truth, it's neither (ok, i've seen some of these blogs, you're right, it is bad). but nonetheless, as the french say, pass the fries!

i gotta start off with thoughts about mr. bush's speech. didn't work for me. not me personally, but my stock portfolio. i spent most of this morning selling at least half of my holdings. one sep-ira which i had started in 1993, and had doubled in value by 2000, had fallen all the back to original value plus $50 as of end of trading today.

i hate to tell you kids this, but we're in the middle of another great depression. that's ok, though, i'm old enough that my parents grew up during the first one, so i know some good techniques for saving money.
as we've said in the past, thanks to everyone who has helped this blog become the once-medium successful piece of journamalism it used to be:

ken houghton, jim yeager, george, mahakal, tami the one true, rj eskow, holden caufield (formerly of first draft), g.d. frogsdong, carnacki (formerly of the mystery of the haunted vampire), and of course, pudentilla.

a big thank you also to brett penrose, who provides original cartoons to this humble space, including the one above w/obama and skippy sharing a cake (makes sense to us!).

also we must needs give mad props to lauren bruce, blogger extraordinaire and html genius, who designed our blogging template. and to august j. pollack, the brilliant artist/blogger who drew our beloved roo logo.

and of course, most of all we owe this blog's very continued existence to our enviromental editor and right-hand woman, cookie jill, without whom this space would have completely disintegrated into the cybervoid years ago.

but of course, the biggest thanks goes to you, dear reader, for sticking by us all these years, and coming back for more.  thanks so much for being our friend.
posted by skippy at 6:05 PM | 11 comments

friday town

bringing broken windows policing to wall street

how driving while black led to sandra bland's death

britain rules the world, in soft power, at least

a 40 hour work week actually lasts 47 hours

6 things everyone should know about quantuum physics

stop blaming the deer: lyme disease is spreading faster than ever thanks to people
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, July 30, 2015

cue elton john - goodbye firedoglake

jane is calling it quits

jane hamsher was an early supporter of this blog, and we of hers.  jane and skippy shared some intense political discussions over a couple of lunches back in the jurassic period of blogging, and she was always there when we needed her.

we remember when we attended the first netroots nation (back when it was called yearly kos).  aside from the marvelous firedoglake breakfast that jane and her staff hosted for attendees who wished to eat that day, jane was on a panel of speakers in the main hall.  she was gracious enough to allow skippy to get past the bouncer who was making sure no hoi-polloi approached the likes of glenn greenwald (less they make him defend his aburdities in person) and chat nicely with her for a few before the program began.  that's how much of a mensch jane is.

we were honored to have a few articles published at firedoglake.  and tho it had its detractors, no one can deny its importance and the influence that blog had on the tenor and direction of discussions in blogtopia, and yes, we coined that phrase.

we wish nothing but the best for jane in the next chapter of her life.
posted by skippy at 11:05 AM | 2 comments

thursday birthday

do we live in a christian nation?  not quite

nypd uses facebook to entrap and arrest teens

defense contractors need war to keep profits high

slave labor in southeast asian fishing

meet the proud bullies, goons and thugs in trump's inner circle

denmark produces 140% of its electricity needs through wind power

new orleans mayor plans to rid city of confederate relics
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

wednesday morning, 2:41 am

rolling back the new gilded age with labor's new militant minority

right-wing christians have their own flag

a boost for those at the bottom requires help from the top

republican scamsters upset that trump is beating them at their own game

35 cosby accusers speak out about their experiences

mass shootings are on the rise

9 surprisingly right wing hollywood celebrities

is kale making people sick?
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

piano over tuesday

why french kids don't have adhd

the other candidates say things just as crazy as donald trump

major monsanto lawsuit completely blacked out by major media

81% of bernie sanders' contributions come from small donors, compared to 17% of hillary's

lobbyists fundraising for clinton, bush and rubio are all co-workers

where this year's shootings have occurred, mapped

many worker ants are super lazy

skippy endorses the membership first slate of candidates for sag-aftra union elections

and rip best-selling true crime writer ann rule
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 2 comments

Monday, July 27, 2015

monday morning 5:19

louisiana has some of the weakest gun control laws in the country

pope francis thinks unregulated capitalism is dung of the devil

600 churches call for an end to the war on drugs

right-wing whack-a-mole: confederate flag comes down, donald trump pops up

bernie sanders supports teamster retirees campaign against pension cuts

the 5 scariest things catholic bishops have said about women

thanks to climate change sea levels could rise 6 meters

posted by skippy at 7:44 AM | 2 comments

Sunday, July 26, 2015

a sunday

what baptists mean when they say old-fashioned

caring for horses leads to a better path for inmates

world without work

10 reasons fasting may be good for you

the hidden history of alec and prison labor

tourists worried about wildfire cancel glacier nat'l park vacations

how decriminalization solved portugal's drug problem

surprise!  anti-vaxxers are leading the charge against planned parenthood
posted by skippy at 1:33 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, July 25, 2015

saturday teenage kick

how more female cops would help stop police brutality

an ob/gyn explains the distortions and manipulations used in the planned parenthood attack videos

the apple iwatch is a flop

corporate capitalism is the foundation of police brutality and the police state

new study finds no advantage to defensive gun use

rhe most common trait amongst entrepeneurs is easy access to capital

stephen hawking's catastrophic ending for planet earth

winter is coming.  in 15 years
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Friday, July 24, 2015

friday street

santa cruz won't do business with felonious banks

nyc to offer non-bail options to non-violent offenders

sea bird population dropped 70% since the 1950's

men who harass women online are literally losers

bernie sanders:  redefining socialism

but he sure messed up with #blacklivesmatter at netroots nation

california, camelot and vaccines

chimps and the zen of falling water
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, July 23, 2015

thursday at the blue note

children are being housed in adult prisons

man plotted to incite ferguson violence by gluing a gun to black man's hand

texas history books to minimum slavery

poll shows anti-vax attitudes are waning

11 weird things you didn't know about the monkees

here's where to get the cheapest beer in the world

fat albert in 'lude awakening
posted by skippy at 3:42 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

wednesday morning

washington state brought in $70 million in taxes on pot in one year

california state tax audit slams blue shield

the nra helped elect bernie sanders to congress

college students still unclear about affirmative consent

school libraries are under attack

greet bernie sanders' increased media visibility with some skepticism

police union fights to keep names of officers who shoot civilians secret

here's the bill cosby rape tracker

and rip prolific author extraordinaire e. l. doctorow
posted by skippy at 1:33 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

pea head tuesday

about that netroots nation townhall protest

10 people who turned against scientology reveal its bizarre secrets

connecticut passes law requiring bosses who steal workers' pay to pay them back double

nate silver says sanders could win iowa and new hampshire

the increasing criminalization of homelessness in california

the united states of alec

dogs chasing bubbles
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Monday, July 20, 2015

monday morning

spending billions on the sexual mis-education of america's youth

micigan republicans think state government is too anti-gay

koch-backed group calls for no more national parks

why seattle has a garbage problem

americans support working mothers, but policies don't

and rip moe green, and our personal favorite al floss, character actor alex rocco
posted by skippy at 2:36 AM | 165 comments

Sunday, July 19, 2015

young girl sunday blues

good news for the 99%, great news for the 1%

a glimpse into black hearts of republican class warriors

14 reasons we must never drill in the arctic

mri study finds brain region that gets songs stuck in your head

occupy wall street just won

the internet was built to share scientific data

the girl scouts believe in equality

the unbearable whiteness of being... david brooks

rest in peace bubble wrap
posted by skippy at 1:33 AM | 287 comments

Saturday, July 18, 2015

saturday superhouse

george herbert walker bush in the hospital with borken neck bone

why an inequality agenda matters

5 outrageous instances of asset forfeiture

you too can buy a congressman

coke v. pepsi:  the e. coli challenge

the smithsonian should be ashamed of showing bill cosby's art work

there is less women's sports coverage on tv today than there was in 1989

cat videos might be good for you
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 353 comments

Friday, July 17, 2015

friday smile

5 reasons billionaires should hate wealth inequality

why bernie sanders got twice as much applause as hillary clinton at la raza

the imf should restructure greece's debt and force the bankers to shoulder the burden

cop suspended for throwing semen on a co-worker he had a crush on

coal is no longer king in america

7 easy ways to conserve water

justice dept:  police exacerbated violence in ferguson

crushing conservatism
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 611 comments

Thursday, July 16, 2015

thursday asks

america's got war

beyond greece: the world is filled with debt crises

study: incarceration in the u.s. has reached the point of diminishing returns

scientists discover the missing link between the brain and the immune system

how to avoid the midday slump

4 horrifying things scott walker did in wisconsin he could impose on the rest of us

confronting southern victimhood

the great wall of china is disappearing

and rip the father of modern paleontology, david raup
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

wednesday mayday

the sixth mass extinction:  we aren't the dinosaurs, we're the asteroid

why saudis are turning solar

criminalizing black children in school

these states are leaking natural gas at the expense of their taxpayers

judge orders psychological counseling for dinesh d'souza

7 feminist aspects of hillary's economic plan

mass shootings are preventable

scientists discover living near trees is good for you

hold the phone, it's patti lupone
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

our tuesday

the junk food industry is buying off our nation's nutritionists

why ayn rand is a favorite of christian theocrats

take the quiz:  cosby or trump defence?

teachers say no f-ing way to hillary after aft endorsement

women's prisons as sites of resistance

scientific evidence that reddit sucks

iceland jailed 7 bank executives for market manipulation

"dune" at 50: how a science fiction novel changed the world
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Monday, July 13, 2015

monday morn

scott walker thinks equal pay is devisive

five things that won't work in iraq

the other americans: poverty in the united states

snow in california -- in july

a group of muslims raised $38,000 to rebuild black churches

how to annoy donald trump

lake mead hits historic low

ty cobb was progressive on matters of race

how can we trust you to take on isis when you're scared of donald trump?
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, July 12, 2015

will you be staying after sunday

standardized tests are taking time from instruction

green power to the people

trump is personally offended that jeb married a mexican

hawaii's homeless population soars

and alaska's biggest ice losers are inland

ann coulter is mad because you're not mad

country music acts quietly abandoning the confederate flag

how hedge fund geniuses got beat by monkeys - again

and rip broadway and film actor, robin colcord on cheers, roger rees
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, July 11, 2015

saturday sunset

research warns of catastrophic food shortages due to climate change

the human cost of imprisonment

fuck trigonometry

think california's drought is bad?  try palestine's

"i love white people.  seriously!"

fox news has given donald trump more air time than any other gop candidate

sharknado!  for real!

and rip international star and great actor omar sharif
posted by skippy at 1:33 AM | 0 comments

Friday, July 10, 2015

friday skit

the two ways racists kill

the gop's latest war on family planning

california's jail-building boom

jeb bush raised more money than any other candidate

earth entering 6th mass extinction, species disappearing 100x faster than before

white spremacists extend their reach through websites

there used to be conservatives that were actually conservative

and rip superbowl quarterback champion, the snake ken stabler
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 1 comments

Thursday, July 09, 2015

thursday angel

the republican doctrine of perpetual war

liberal is no longer a dirty word

new jersey wants chris christie to resign

2015 is still on pace to be hottest year on record

major internet providers slowing traffic for thousands of users across the u.s.

10 odd things you can buy from monks
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Everything Old is New Again, Part XXX

“It was funny,” he continued meditatively, “how we went on believing that in some mysterious way poverty "strengthened character," "developed initiative," "stimulated industry," and did all manner of fine things; and never turned our eyes on the millions of people who lived and died in poverty with weakened characters, no initiative, a slow, enforced and hated industry. My word, John, what fools we were!

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Moving the Mountain (1911), Chapter 10, as published in The Herland Trilogy, Kindle location 1705

posted by Ken Houghton at 6:47 AM | 0 comments

wednesday lover

the nra's fear-driven narrative does not make us safer

the trump scandal nobody's talking about

nasa: the world is running out of water

the fbi has no idea how many hate crimes happen each year

creating a crime-ageddon to promote police power

when charters go union
posted by skippy at 4:58 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

only tuesday

j crew exec lays off 175 workers, then jokes about the hunger games

saving gorillas in a war zone

uber will stop letting customers and drivers carry guns

florida judge blocks bill that forces women to wait 24 hours before an abortion

the soft drink death toll

here's a photo of van gogh, gaugin, and other drunk artists
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 2 comments

Monday, July 06, 2015

monday monday monday

1 in 4 british tech companies have no female executives

iceland ranked as most peaceful nation; u.s. is 94th

bitcoin is unstable

vermont's prison chief says drugs should be legalized

chomsky: austerity is class war

white supremacists love donald trump

hollywood is not an even playing field, says nicole kidman

and rip the burt behind burt's bees, burt shavitz
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, July 05, 2015


5 reasons republicans should vote democratic if they were being honest

why nebraska is the worst state for clean energy

all 50 states fail to meet global poice use of force standards

jeb bush takes trump's remarks personally

fbi investigating 11 internet-line attacks in bay area

after 25 years of losing to wall street, left wing democrats are winning

tell women about birth control that works -- and they'll choose birth control that works
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, July 04, 2015

born on the 4th of july

do you have to believe in god to take the declaration of independence seriously?

these disunited states

4th of july fireworks spark an amazing spike in air pollution

gallup: more americans identify as democrat than republican

guns in america: for every criminal shot in self-defense, 34 people die

how the south skews america

influence of money on politics is a top concern of voters, poll finds

but meanwhile hillary clinton raised more money than any other candidate in history

the real reason they decided to put a woman on the 10 istead of the 20
posted by skippy at 1:33 AM | 2 comments

Friday, July 03, 2015

friday paycheck

25% of kids and teens are dehydrated, not drinking water every day

how disneyworld left the middle class behind

why is internet in the us so expensive?

hillary's lead over bernie sanders in iowa has shrunk by 26 points

amazon will build an 80 megawatt solar farm in virginia

sticker shock in for-profit hospitals

the gov't exec who partied in hot tubs on the tax payers dime is in jail
posted by skippy at 3:33 AM | 1 comments

Thursday, July 02, 2015

thursday afternoon at the conch house lounge

13 cities which millennials can't afford homes

have fossil fuels already lost to renewables?

mike huckabee thinks god has already solved racism

ceo's make 300 times the typical worker

life and death in brownback's kansas

viruses on a plane!
posted by skippy at 1:33 AM | 2 comments

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

wednesday like a river

5 states where the middle class is being destroyed

liberals, don't get complacent about scotus

these numbers prove the high risk of being black in america

why small booms can create big busts

the largest mental hospital in the united states is a jail

5 ways democratic presidents kick republican butt

and rip rapid fire comic and broadwat star (host of the 1st tony awards) jack carter
posted by skippy at 1:33 AM | 2 comments