by Robert Kuttner – Posted: November 28, 2010 09:12 PM
“If anything is more overrated than bipartisanship, it is post-partisanship. The Republicans surely get this. They dig in their heels, don’t budge, and wait for the Democrats either to fail, or to come to them. But the media are infatuated with the idea that excessive [...]
By David Kroll Posted: 27 November 2010
On Wednesday, the US Drug Enforcement Agency released notice of â€œemergency schedulingâ€ of synthetic cannabimimetic compounds currently sold in herbal incense products. Products like K2, Spice, Black Mamba, and pure compounds such as JWH-018 have been a boon for convenience stores, head shops, and internet retailers (not to [...]
Ireland’s austerity measures — which amount to punishing the public for bankers’ mistakes — aren’t working:
Eating the Irish, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: What we need now is another Jonathan Swift. Most people know Swift as the author of â€œGulliverâ€™s Travels.â€ But recent events have me thinking of his 1729 essay â€œA [...]
Bruce Bartlett says starve and feed the beast theory — a favorite of Republicans — is a “crackpot theory” that serves as a rationalization “for Republican budgetary irresponsibility”:
Starve the Beast: Just Bull, not Good Economics, by Bruce Bartlett: A prime reason why we have a budget deficit problem in this country is [...]
Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years, womenâ€™s progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But [...]
Really to all the people who blame the dems and obamacare where have you been during the housing crash ,enron ,bailouts , gitmo, two wars, katrina, detroit, autos, and the administrative power grab .in case you all have forgotten that is the reason this country is where it’s at now. the last time the GOP [...]
Note: Throughout the modern world this theme is echoed across all languages, cultures, and media:
Beauty & The Beast Man in the Iron Mask Phantom of the Opera Hunchback of Notre Dame Vanilla Sky Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde King Kong Casablanca Cyrano de Bergerac Friday the 13th Batman Spiderman Elephant Man Hannibal Necromancer [...]
“It is my observation that as the issues get more complex, the political rhetoric informing the public becomes less informed through the forwarding of simplistic perspectives. The right side of politics in America has been discussing piracy akin to terrorism, as if political motivated violence and economically motivated criminal activity is the same thing. The [...]
(by Frank Furedi on 18 September 2010 via SPIKED)
“Who decides our individual fates? How much of our future is influenced by our exercise of free will? Humanityâ€™s destiny has been the subject of controversy since the beginning of history.
Back in ancient times, different gods were endowed with the ability to thwart our ambitions [...]
Note: It’s really depressing reading the opinions of the ill-informed, and un-informed on the COICA issue. Case in point: neither Pres. Obama, nor AG Holder initiated, nor support this proposed bill – the Legislative branch came up with it – specifically Sen. Leahy and Sen. Feinstein.
Secondly, the standard presumption of innocence until proven [...]
The Atlantic – Nov. 13th, 2010 Â byÂ James Fallows
“Please read the note below. A US Army staff sergeant, now serving in Afghanistan, writes about the new enhanced pat-down procedure from the TSA. Summary of his very powerful message: to avoid giving gross offense to the Afghan public, and to prevent the appearance of [...]
A Day After Schooling Banksters, â€œNew Documentsâ€ Comes to Light in Waters Ethics Case By: David Dayen Friday November 19, 2010 1:20 pmÂ via FDL Blog –
“Forgive me a tinfoil hat moment here.
Yesterday, Maxine Waters chaired the House Financial Services Committee hearing on foreclosure fraud, and very effectively called out both the [...]
13 October 2010
By Greg Hunterâ€™s USAWatchdog.com
It has been called foreclosure gate, robo signing, foreclosure fraud or just sloppy paperwork; but no matter what you call it, itâ€™s signaling a new financial meltdown for the U.S. economy.Â The securitized mortgage debt created in the real estate bubble is being called the â€œlargest fraud [...]
Nearly 6 Million Foreclosures in Past 3 years – 3 Million More Expected in Fiscal 2010 CBS New – By Ben Tracy – Los Angeles What Does 2010 Have in Store for Housing? The American Dream On Life Support
(CBS) In its “Where America Stands” series, CBS News is looking at a broad spectrum [...]
Friday, November 19, 2010 via Naked Capitalism Blog
“On Thursday, the housing subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee held hearings on robo signing, documentation, and servicing issues. This session wasa companion to the Senate Banking Committee hearings on the same topic earlier in the week.
There were some notable differences between the two forums. [...]
Anis Shivani Posted: June 7, 2010 02:23 PM
9/11. Enron. Katrina. Wall Street. The BP spill. There seems no end to it, and the reactions are always parallel. Obama is no different in how he excuses and explains away catastrophes. It was completely unprecedented. Now is not the time to fix blame. We must [...]
Should John Tyner Worry about More Than His Junk? by CBS News – Posted by Joshua Norman Image from a Rapiscan Secure 1000 backscatter X-ray scanner, which can produce cancer-causing radiation, albeit at very low levels. (johnwild.info)
(CBS) Should John Tyner – the airline passenger shown resisting a security pat-down in the now-infamous “Don’t touch [...]
The Atlantic – Nov 14 2010, 12:34 PM ET – by Jeffrey Goldberg
November 24th, as many of you already know, is National Opt-Out Day, when airline passengers should refuse to submit themselves to those privacy-invading, genital-picture-taking, radiation-delivering back-scatter imaging machines now installed at many American airports. By telling the TSA agents in charge that [...]
From all of us at Open Hand and theÂ thousands ofÂ men, women and childrenÂ from all walks of life whoÂ you’ve helped us serve over the past 22 years, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
BecauseÂ you’ve generously given your time [...]
(by Neil Franklin on HuffPost – Nov. 16, 2010) “As a 33-year law enforcement veteran and former training commander with the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department, I know how easy it is to intimidate citizens into answering incriminating questions or letting me search through their belongings. This reality might make things easier [...]
Note: A reply/comment by Ray B. in response to an article in the Buffalo Business First: Read more: 48 states lose more jobs under Obama than under Bush | Business First
Ray B. 32 minutes ago “I suppose G. Scott Thomas considers himself a “journalist.” Truth be told, he’s nothing but a propagandist. Which, in [...]
Talking out our differences on controversial scientific and technological issues may be just the wrong way to reach agreement, new research suggests.
By Emily Badger on Miller-MacCune
When it comes to controversial political issues, we often seek out sources of information that confirm what we already believe â€” conservatives, in other words, watch [...]
By Chris Adams | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON â€” The Department of Veterans Affairs, which for years has touted the achievements of its health care system, is now highlighting a new study that shows its health outcomes are â€” about like everybody else’s.
The VA touted the study this week, saying in a press release [...]
Posted: November 14, 2010 06:30 AM
Bush’s ‘Decision Points’ Is A Terrifying Journey Into the Authoritarian Mind
This would be less grim to talk about if Bush weren’t still with us. But he is, in every way that matters. The Bush Doctrine lives. No leading American politician can disavow the two [...]
George Bush Book ‘Decision Points’ Lifted Passages From Advisers’ Books
November 12, 2010
When Crown Publishing inked a deal with George W. Bush for his memoirs, the publisher knew it wasn’t getting Faulkner. But the book, at least, promises “gripping, never-before-heard detail” about the former president’s key decisions, offering to bring readers “aboard [...]
Note: Every year at this time I get to thank the U.S. Army for what it gave me as a draftee back in 1966-68. Included was encouraging/allowing me to get a GED, then get a college education at St. Johns and FSU under the GI Bill. Later it allowed me to participate with the VA [...]
November 10, 2010
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Study: Fellatio may significantly decrease the risk of breast cancer in women
Thursday, November 6, 2010 Posted: 9:19 [...]
“…there exists a super-human, supernatural intelligence who deliberately designed and created the universe and everything in it, including us.” “any creative intelligence, of sufficient complexity to design anything, comes into existence only as the endÂ product of an extended process of gradual evolution.
(via Richard Dawkins book: “The God Delusion”)
(Courtesy of dictionary.com)
aphorism: a terse saying embodying a general truth truism: a self-evident, obvious truth maxim: an expression of a general truth or principle cliche: a saying that has become trite or commonplace through overuse proverb: a short popular saying, usually of ancient origin, expressing a commonplace truth or useful thought platitude: a flat, [...]