Saturday, May 22, 2010
i'm not even going to go into what this oil spill has really done. i'm not even going to go into all the 'favors' that were done for bp in the past.
i just have to say WHAT THE FUCK?
(bp isn't even an AMERICAN company mind you)
After Explaining a Provocative Remark, Paul Makes Another
WASHINGTON — Rand Paul, the newly nominated Republican candidate for Senate from Kentucky, touched off more controversy on Friday by calling the Obama administration “un-American” for taking a tough stance with BP over the company’s handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A day after he was forced to explain remarks he had made suggesting he was not fully supportive of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, Mr. Paul set off yet another round of Twitter, cable television and e-mail chatter by lambasting President Obama and his aides for insisting that BP be held accountable — and pay — for the oil spill cleanup and damage.
“What I don’t like from the president’s administration is this sort of, ‘I’ll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,’ ” Mr. Paul said, referring to a remark by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about the oil company. “I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business. I’ve heard nothing from BP about not paying for the spill. And I think it’s part of this sort of blame-game society in the sense that it’s always got to be someone’s fault instead of the fact that sometimes accidents happen.”............
Friday, May 21, 2010
Rand Paul lashed out at the "loony left" for pressing him on his view of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in an interview with Laura Ingraham this morning.
"I’ve never really favored any change in the Civil Rights Act," he said. "They seem to have unleashed some of the loony left on me."
Paul called the Civil Rights Act "settled" but suggested he does view federal regulation of private business on matters of racial discrimination as fundamentally unconstitutional.
A sympathetic Ingraham questioned his political judgement in appearing on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show, where he was pressed on the question yesterday...........
journalists with arrest if they continued to report (from the land) since when is bp running our nation? (i think perhaps they along with ALL big bid-nez have indeed run our country for a long long long time)
What BP's Blocking of CBS Crew Means for Americans
By Kevin Gosztola
Journalists were told by "someone aboard the boat" this is BP's rules, not ours. That alone would be enough to seriously question the situation and ask why citizens should have to follow rules and only document what authorities, corporations, or organizations involved grant citizens permission to document. But, the Coast Guard was present and they released a statement on the matter that was published by the Mother Nature Network."CBS Evening News reported they were denied access to oiled shoreline by a civilian vessel that had clean-up workers contracted by BP, as well as Coast Guard personnel on board. CBS News video taped the exchange during which time one of the contractors told them (on tape) that " ... this is BP's rules not ours."
Neither BP nor the U.S. Coast Guard, who are responding to the spill, have any rules in place that would prohibit media access to impacted areas and we were disappointed to hear of this incident. In fact, media has been actively embedded and allowed to cover response efforts since this response began, with more than 400 embeds aboard boats and aircraft to date. Just today 16 members of the press observed clean-up operations on a vessel out of Venice, La.
The only time anyone would be asked to move from an area would be if there were safety concerns, or they were interfering with response operations. This did occur off South Pass Monday which may have caused the confusion reported by CBS today.
The entities involved in the Deepwater Horizon/BP Response have already reiterated these media access guidelines to personnel involved in the response and hope it prevents any future confusion." [emphasis added]
That the Coast Guard, a national military organization, is going along with whatever happened between BP and the CBS journalists should lead those involved in the creation and production of media to be even more concerned. The Coast Guard is, with this statement, legitimizing BP's right to limit the privileges of those wishing to document the destruction.
When one breaks down the "400 embeds aboard boats and aircraft to date" the Coast Guard claims BP has allowed, it comes out to approximately 13 embeds per day in the month since the oil rig explosion occurred. And, if each embed is one journalist, this means 13 journalists per day have been allowed (on average) to document the disaster and response efforts/failures.
Is this satisfactory? Have all those interested in documenting been allowed to embed and see the devastation? Who has been turned away because BP didn't agree with the intentions or motivations of a videographer or how a journalist wanted to frame the story?..............
i've watched far too many science fiction/horror movies. i know i know
i look with awe and wonder (hey, where have i heard THAT before???)
Scientists Create First Self-Replicating Synthetic Life
By Rachel Swaby
Man-made DNA has booted up a cell for the first time.
In a feat that is the culmination of two and a half years of tests and adjustments, researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute inserted artificial genetic material — chemically printed, synthesized and assembled — into cells that were then able to grow naturally.
“We all had a very good feeling that it was going to work this time,” said Venter Institute synthetic biologist Daniel Gibson, co-author of the study published May 20 in Science. “But we were cautiously optimistic because we had so many letdowns following the previous experiments.”
On a Friday in March, scientists inserted over 1 million base pairs of synthetic DNA into Mycoplasma capricolum cells before leaving for the weekend. When they returned on Monday, their cells had bloomed into colonies.
“When we look at life forms, we see fixed entities,” said J. Craig Venter, president of the Institute, in a recent podcast. “But this shows in fact how dynamic they are. They change from second to second. And that life is basically the result of an information process. Our genetic code is our software.”
Coaxing the software to power a cell proved harder than expected...............
Thursday, May 20, 2010
and because he's just damn good and because i coincidentally came across this on dangerous minds..........(what luck!!!)
oh and because you can hear me say (when i'm telling someone to calm down), 'draw your brakes brodda' as often as i can
Unbelievable Sounds: Long forgotten—but incredible—reggae ‘singjay’ Scotty
Posted by Richard Metzger
Because of the inclusion of his classic song Draw Your Brakes on the gazillion-selling soundtrack album to the iconic Jamaican film, The Harder They Come (starring the great Jimmy Cliff) many people have heard the music of reggae DJ David Scott, professionally known as Scotty, but they probably have no idea that he had several other records which were equally good. Like many reggae artists, Scotty had many hit singles on the island of Jamaica that were pretty much not heard anywhere else around the world, except on the turntables of the reggae fanatics. This began to change when labels like Trojan and Blood and Fire began to release CDs of music that had heretofore mostly existed on scratchy 45s (which was the case of most ‘70s roots-era reggae). Even though reggae collectors have always found a way to get the records they want, until the genre started to really get taken seriously in the late 90s (record heads had already plowed through easy listening, then free jazz, so reggae was the next obvious genre to plunder) it wasn’t all that easy to hear a lot of this music...........
warning (i'm warning you because i had NONE), there is some katie couric in the video)
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CBS News threatened with arrest by US Coast Guard - 'BP rules'by Chris in Paris
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
to let BOTH the mother AND the fetus die? yes, it really is. i'm not exaggerating and i'm not making it up. it's the truth
what's wrong with this picture? and tell me WHO IS STILL A PRACTICING CATHOLIC AND WHY??????????????/ (p.s. my father is but he's in his 80s. i'm NOT going to start a fight with him over this now. i'm just not. frankly we've never spoken about religion at all. not on any level)
Wednesday 19 May 2010
A nun in Phoenix, Arizona was excommunicated for approving a lifesaving abortion. Sister Margaret McBride's role in the sacramental life of the Catholic Church came to an abrupt end after she approved an therapeutic abortion at St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Center, Robin Marty of RH Reality Check reports. She was swiftly transferred to another job at the hospital.
The woman was 11 weeks' pregnant when she developed a life threatening case of pulmonary hypertension according to Ms. Magazine. Sr. McBride approved the procedure after consulting with the patient, her family, and the hospital's ethics committee, but the local bishop excommunicated her anyway.
Sr. McBride's excommunication is the latest salvo in a national battle over access to reproductive health care in Catholic hospitals. Between a fifth and a third of all hospital beds in the United States are administered by the Catholic Church. Catholic hospitals provide health care services to the community at large and often receive public funding—but they are not required to offer treatments that conflict with their religious teachings.........
OH, and here's a remake................................
(which is funny but NOT quite as funny as the REAL one)
Defense Attorney Claims Convicted Rapist “Didn’t Realize” the Severity of Rape
Trigger Warning for discussions of sexual violence, rape apologism, and racism.
In Adelaide, Australia, a taxi driver named Hajy Baba Rahmanian was found guilty of raping an unconscious passenger. The details of the rape itself are, of course, rather horrific:
The court heard that in June 2006 the 19-year-old victim got into Rahmanian’s taxi after a party at North Adelaide.
Her friends rode with her to Hindley Street in the city where they got out to continue celebrations and told the taxi driver to take the victim home because she had been passing out and was severely intoxicated.
The Court of Criminal Appeal judgment said a GPS tracking system in the taxi showed Rahmanian travelled towards the victim’s house in Adelaide’s southern suburbs but then veered off course.
He took her to his own house at Dover Gardens and had sexual intercourse with the unconscious teenager.
The victim remembers nothing of what happened, except for waking up some hours later with some clothing removed.
It was not until months after the rape that police tracked Rahmanian down, when he went to the victim’s house and left a jar of honey on her doorstop, then tried to call her.
It is, however, the descriptions and defenses of this heinous crime by Rahmanian’s defense attorney that particularly interest me. He has pleaded for mercy, and his reasoning starts off pretty appallingly:..............
because i was simply at my wit's END. end do you hear me, END!
Heroine: Marie Curie
Heroine: Ada Lovelace
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Augusta Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace wrote the above in 1843. She had undertaken, at Charles Babbage's behest, a translation from the French of Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea's description of Babbage's lecture in Turin on what he called an "Analytical Engine." In her notes, which are longer than the text being translated, she presents for her English-speaking audience a clear distinction between the Difference Engine and the Analytical Engine, as well as how the Jacquard loom punch cards could be fed into the Analytical Engine so that the program could be held separate (and repeatable) from the device itself. "We may say most aptly, that the Analytical Engine weaves algebraical patterns just as the Jacquard-loom weaves flowers and leaves." She clearly inherited some of her father's poetic manner. Later in the notes, she sets forth a series of calculations for this as-yet hypothetical machine, which, although she didn't get to run it, are recognized as the very first computer program. ...........
Madame Marie Skłodowska-Curie wrote the above in 1923, recalling the work that she and husband Pierre Curie did at the turn of the century to isolate radioactive isotopes. It was during this time studying the curious Uranium emissions noticed by Henri Becquerel that she proved that Thorium was also radioactive, a word coined by her. In 1898 the Curies published papers announcing the discoveries of Polonium and Radium. In 1903 Marie shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with her husband and Becquerel, becoming the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and in 1911, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, becoming the first person to attain a second. She was determined that scientific knowledge should be open and free. "..................
conelrad from words and eggs
Prior to those annoying "tests of the Emergency Broadcast System" that periodically occurred on TV and radio to warn the public of potential local or national emergencies, there was the CONELRAD (CONtrol of ELectromagnetic RADiation) program. In the 1950s and '60s, Americans were generally paralyzed by fears of communism (and pretty much anything colored red), particularly when the Soviets obtained the first atomic bomb. ............
Eden H. sent in this image, found at FlowingData, that shows the categories federal ag subsidies fall into, compared to federal recommendations for how often we should eat those types of food (originally found at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine):
he ALSO blamed this who big mess on the POISONOUS washington dc. in other words, everything WOULD have been ok, EXCEPT THE FUCKER (so to speak) GOT CAUGHT.
sweep up what's left of your honor why don't you. admit it's all YOU YOU YOU and YOU. don't blame this or that for YOU not being able to keep it in your pants.
Indiana Rep. Mark Souder resigns after admitting affair
Rep. Mark Souder, an Indiana Republican known for his support of traditional family values, announced Tuesday that he will leave office, ending a tense week in which a key staffer confronted him with rumors about his alleged extramarital affair with a part-time aide.
Souder, who won Indiana's May 4 Republican primary, acknowledged to his chief of staff on May 12 that he was in a romantic relationship with Tracy Meadows Jackson, who has worked in various capacities in his district office. The allegations surfaced during the primary campaign when anonymous tipsters called Souder's aides and his opponent, according to sources familiar with the events.
The eight-term congressman immediately made plans to resign, according to the sources........
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
that fee. good for her. what i am wondering (and what is really bothering me) is WHO THE FUCK IS GOING TO PAY THAT FEE TO AN INARTICULATE CHIP OFF THE OL' UNWED MOTHER BLOCK? (i have no issues with 'unwed' mothers. i have issues with holier than thou, abstinence until marriage, god won't like you doing it before you have a ring, GIANT BIG FAT FUCKING HYPOCRITES.
Opportunity knocks when you are America's best-known teenage mom, and Bristol Palin has signed on with Single Source Speakers to give lectures at $15,000 to $30,000 a pop, more lucrative than her current job at an Anchorage doctor's office.
The daughter is commanding less on the speech making circuit than mom Sarah Palin. The dropout Alaska governor reportedly gets $100,000 plus business or first class plane tickets for herself and "First Dude."
When it comes to family and parenting issues, however, a bevy of Seattle speakers - covering the ideological spectrum - can be hired for much less than either Bristol or Sarah Palin.
Dan Savage, sex advice columnist ("Savage Love"), parenting author ("The Kid") and editorial director at The Stranger, is priced in the $5,001-$10,000 range, according to the Keppler Speakers website.
The site includes numerous testimonials from Savage's campus gigs. It describes him as "the LGBT community's own Ann Landers" and a speaker who "appeals to audiences - gay and straight - because of his frank, forthright and funny discussion of sex and relationships.".......don't know the picture credit
from bob cesca's awesome blog:
Must-See Republican Campaign AdA Republican shit-kicker named Dale Peterson is running for Alabama Agricultural Commissioner. In this hilariously and unintentionally self-satirical campaign ad, he literally brandishes
i just wish it was the system you beat up, not a person
Saudi woman beats up virtue cop
By BENJAMIN JOFFE-WALT / THE MEDIA LINE
It was a scene Saudi women’s rights activists have dreamt of for years.
When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn’t expecting much opposition.
But when he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together, he received an unprecedented whooping.
A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Saudi religious police known locally as the Hai’a, asked the couple to confirm their identities and relationship to one another, as it is a crime in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to mix.
For unknown reasons, the young man collapsed upon being questioned by the cop............
Monday, May 17, 2010
i believe you HAVE to say shite like this to be in the effed up school system
(by the way, i've been to the great state of texas and i LOVED the great state of texas and i LOVED its citizens even more. i couldn't have been treated nicer. the above is my attempt at humor. i'm still angry about the texas textbooks too. i KNOW not everyone in texas drags their knuckles on the ground)
Texas teacher singles out Latino student during SB-1070 discussion, says Mexicans always ‘expect handouts.’By Andrea Nill
The San Antonio News reports that a Jefferson High School English teacher has been “removed from the classroom” for singling out a Latino student wearing a Mexican soccer jersey and publicly insulting him. According to the student, Augustine Ortiz, what began as a discussion about Arizona’s new immigration law (SB-1070) escalated to an anti-Latino, racist attack:
Ortiz, who was wearing a jersey from a Mexican soccer team, said the teacher told him to sit in the front row. She proceeded to single him out repeatedly, Ortiz said, pointing at him as she made comments like, “The Mexicans with their attitudes are the racist ones.” Continuing to point at Ortiz, she allegedly told the class that Mexicans always “expect handouts” and “soon it’s going to be the United States of Mexico,” according to Ortiz. [...]
Another student in the class that day, Reina Mondragon, 18, corroborated Ortiz’s story. “The kind of discussion that we had on Thursday, May 6, wasn’t like the discussions that we normally have,” she said, adding the teacher questioned why documents in the United States frequently are translated into Spanish and whether Mexicans should be allowed to own land in this country......
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and attorney Orly Taitz
Orly Taitz And Michele Bachmann Appear At Lunch Together
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) posed for a picture with Birther leader and California secretary of state candidate Orly Taitz at a tea party lunch event in California Friday, Taitz tells TPM.
Taitz and Bachmann both spoke at a lunch sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots, Taitz said in an email. But Birtherism did not come up at the event, according to Taitz..........
Sunday, May 16, 2010
A Pennsylvania woman is facing insurance fraud charges after authorities say she worked as a stripper while collecting worker's compensation payments. The state Attorney General's office said 43-year-old Christina Gamble, of Quakertown, collected thousands of dollars in insurance payments while working at C.R. Fanny's Gentlemen's Club and Sports Bar.
Posted by: Jamie Doak
Check out this 80s-tastic propaganda video encouraging teens to wait for marriage - no, not wait to have sex - wait to kiss. "Because what does the Pastor say? You may NOW kiss the bride." Dude, my mouth was first befouled when I was four and I was the flower girl at my cousin's wedding and I tried to kiss the ring bearer, John Michael, in the church courtyard. Then he choked me. Maybe that was God's punishment for being a trampy little toddler. Who knows. ..................
(if that dude was MY father, i'd run away from home. is it me or was he looking at his 'daughter' with LUST IN HIS EYES?)
Jane Siberry makes entire back-catalog into free downloads
(i don't know the picture credit)