Saturday, January 22, 2011

Via SacBee / Bizarro:

A State of the Union Preview

Via Made in Brazil: How To Help The Victims Of The Floods In Rio de Janeiro


Made in Brazil says:

For the past two days since I got back from vacation I have been trying to get involved in helping the victims of the mudslides and floods in Rio de Janeiro. I thought about setting up a Paypal account to collect money on the blog, but since a friend was already gathering donations via Paypal through a link on facebook I thought it would be best for now to let you guys aware of what he is doing so that you can contribute even if you are overseas.

A week after Rio was struck by the worst natural disaster in the history of the country, the death toll has climbed to over 680 people and over 21,000 people have been left homeless in the cities of Nova Friburgo, Teresópolis, Petrópolis, Bom Jardim, São José do Vale do Rio Preto, Sumidouro, and Areal.
A friend of my bf has organized an event on facebook to gather money via Paypal to buy mattresses to help the people who were left homeless. He spoke to a mattress manufacturer who agreed to sell and deliver mattresses for R$31,50 each (or approximately USD$18). If you are able to contribute by donating a mattress it would be of enormous help.

Click here to make a donation via Paypal. Please make sure to enter the amount of R$31,50 or multiples of that amount if you would like to donate more mattresses. Donations will be collected until Thursday, January 20.

I have also donated money to the the WSPA in order to help the animals in the area affected by the floods. If you are in Brazil and would like to know more about the organization or to make a donation, visit WSPA Brazil's website.

If you reside in Brazil and would like to help the organizations involved in rescue and relief efforts in Rio de Janeiro, here is more information on how to help.

Monty Python - The Spanish Inquisition

Via Think Progress: GOP's State of the Union Responder Would Set Higher Taxes on Middle-Class Than Millionaires

Pat Garofalo, Think Progress: "House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) was announced today as the Republican who will be responding to President Obama's State of the Union address next week. Ryan has gained a (largely unearned) reputation as a fiscal hawk due to his radical Roadmap for America's Future, under which the U.S. budget will eventually be balanced (after federal debt surpasses 100 percent of GDP), mostly via privatizing Social Security and Medicare. According to an analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice, the Roadmap would raise taxes on 90 percent of Americans, while dramatically lowering them for millionaires. In fact, a new analysis from the Economic Policy Institute found that Ryan's plan would ultimately translate into middle-class tax rates being higher than those for millionaires."

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Glenn Beck Shoot Them In The Head Video Clip Found

What has this world come to? This is disgraceful that he  encourages violence...

AC360 - Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC

Rachel Maddow reacts to Keith Olbermann leaving MSNBC

Via JMG: GOP Congressional Group Plans To Cut Federal Funding For The Arts To ZERO

A coalition of Tea Party-backed Congress members headed by wingnut Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) plans to cut 100% of all federal funding for the arts.
A group of conservative Republicans, called the Republican Study Committee, revealed a new plan on Thursday to cut federal funding for arts down to zero. This means the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be left in the cold. Not to mention the potential hit at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Run by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the over 150-person group's plan, the Spending Reduction Act of 2011, would "save" $167.5 million pulled from the NEA and the Humanities endowment and $445 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. They are forecasting that this erasure of cultural funding would reduce federal spending by $2.5 trillion over the next decade.

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Via Truthout: Let's Not "Reform" Public Education

Adam Bessie, Truthout: "The word 'reform' itself is a linguistic trap. At face, it assumes that something is profoundly wrong with our public schools, a commonplace belief in the wake of 'Waiting for Superman.' Further, it suggests a way to fix this wrongness - discipline.... Who can disagree with reform? Who can be against helping children stuck in a bad school system? What the corporate reformers have done well is to essentially trademark 'reform,' branding in the public mind their diagnosis of what's wrong with schools and the harsh, chemotherapeutic remedy."

Friday, January 21, 2011


Via JMG: Keith Olbermann Resigns From MSNBC

Moments ago, Keith Olbermann announced his resignation from MSNBC. Seconds after his show ended, this terse press release hit my inbox:
MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC's success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
More to come....

UPDATE: The new MSNBC evening line-up as of Monday: 6pm Cenk Uygur, 7pm Chris Matthews, 8pm Lawrence O'Donnell, 9pm Rachel Maddow, 10pm Ed Schultz.

UPDATE II: Anderson Cooper: He was FIRED.

UPDATE III: Here's Olbermann sign-off from tonight.

Terra de Minas - Ouro Preto

Rain redo


1) O que é um cigarro de maconha feito com papel de jornal?
Baseado em fatos reais.

2) Qual é o fim da picada?
Quando o mosquito vai embora.

3) O que são dois pontos pretos no microscópio?
Uma blacktéria e um pretozoário.

4) Qual é a comida que liga e desliga?
O Strog-ON-OFF. (PUTZ!)

5) Como se faz para ganhar um Chokito?
É só colocar o dedito na tomadita.

6) Qual o vinho que não tem álcool?
Ovinho de Codorna. (afff...)

7) O que é que a banana suicida falou?
Macacos me mordam!!!

8) Qual é o doce preferido do átomo?

9) O que é uma molécula?
É uma meninola muito sapécula.

10) Como o elétron atende ao telefone?
Próton!! (excelente!)

11) O que um cromossomo disse para o outro?
Oh! Cromossomos felizes! (kkkkkk)

12) Como as enzimas se reproduzem?
Fica uma enzima da outra.

13) Qual é a parte do corpo que cheira bacalhau?
O nariz.

14) O que é um ponto marrom no pulmão?
Uma brownquite. (boa, boa!)

15) O que é um pontinho vermelho no meio da porta?
Um olho mágico com conjuntivite.(essa foi demaisssss!!!)

16) O que o canibal vegetariano come?
A planta do pé, a maçã do rosto e a batata da perna.

17) Por que as estrelas não fazem miau?
Por que Astro-no-mia. (a melhor)

18) Por que a vaca foi para o espaço?
Para se encontrar com o vácuo. (mto boa..)

19) O que o espermatozóide falou para óvulo?
Deixa eu morar com você porque a minha casa é um saco... (hahahaha)

Jerry Becker

show details 11:09 AM (6 hours ago)

From The New York Times, Thursday, January 20, 2011. See
A Path Is Sought for States to Escape Their Debt Burdens
By Mary Williams Walsh

Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers.

Unlike cities, the states are barred from seeking protection in federal bankruptcy court. Any effort to change that status would have to clear high constitutional hurdles because the states are considered sovereign.

But proponents say some states are so burdened that the only feasible way out may be bankruptcy, giving Illinois, for example, the opportunity to do what General Motors did with the federal government's aid.

Beyond their short-term budget gaps, some states have deep structural problems, like insolvent pension funds, that are diverting money from essential public services like education and health care. Some members of Congress fear that it is just a matter of time before a state seeks a bailout, say bankruptcy lawyers who have been consulted by Congressional aides.

Bankruptcy could permit a state to alter its contractual promises to retirees, which are often protected by state constitutions, and it could provide an alternative to a no-strings bailout. Along with retirees, however, investors in a state's bonds could suffer, possibly ending up at the back of the line as unsecured creditors.

"All of a sudden, there's a whole new risk factor," said Paul S. Maco, a partner at the firm Vinson & Elkins who was head of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Municipal Securities during the Clinton administration.

Two from Truthout:

Does "Democracy" Still Mean Anything? (And in Case It Does, What Is It?)
Zygmunt Bauman, Truthout: "Henry A. Giroux wonders how one can possibly explain 'the electoral sweep that just put the most egregious Republican Party candidates back in power?'... One is the successful creation of 'punitive justice and a theatre of cruelty' as the political formula accepted (or at least acceptable) by the majority of Americans. The other is the accelerated pace of 'social amnesia': The most outrageous misdemeanor of the rulers, not so long ago a cause of public outcry, is pushed aside or forgotten altogether in time for the midterm elections. But there is another possibility as well, one that is perhaps too gruesome for the future of democracy to be seriously broached. It is the possibility - nay, the likelihood - that the link between public agenda and private worries, the very hub of the democratic process, has been broken, with each of the two spheres rotating by now in mutually isolated spaces, set in motion by mutually unconnected and un-communicating (though certainly not independent!) factors and mechanisms."
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On Anniversary of Citizens United Ruling, Calls for DOJ to Investigate Scalia and Thomas
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!: "Today marks the one-year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, that opened the floodgates for unlimited corporate spending on election campaigns. We speak with Bob Edgar, the president of Common Cause, which has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Justice urging it to investigate whether Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas should have recused themselves from the case last year because of a conflict of interest."
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She & Him - Don't Look Back

Via Truthout: William Rivers Pitt | Just the Same Old Dumb

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "Understand that I have been a Chronicler of Dumb for a very long time now. I am a Student of Dumb, and a well-worn one at that. I got my Bachelor's Degree in the Study of Dumb during the Clinton impeachment. I got my Masters in the aftermath of the 2000 (s)election. It took a grueling eight years, but I got my first Ph.D in Dumb Studies during the George W. Bush administration. After that, earning my second Dumb Studies Ph.D came a lot easier over the last two years of observing and reporting on the demented frenzy of Dumb that has been emanating from a broad swath of the Republican Party since the election of a president who is a Democrat and also not White."
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365 Days of Beard - 2010 : Ricky Coates

Symphony of Science - 'The Big Beginning' (ft. Hawking, Sagan, Dawkins, Shears, Tyson)

Via SacBee:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

OK Go - Last Leaf - Official Video

Via the Dialy Dish: Debating 25 Tons Of Explosives


These before and after pictures of a demolished Afghan town are making the rounds. They are courtesy of Paula Broadwell, who defends the military strike and praises the rebuilding efforts.  The town was apparently "laden with IEDs and homemade explosives ." Mark Thompson summarizes the basic facts:
Last October, U.S. and Afghan forces destroyed the Taliban-infested village of Tarok Kolache in the Arghandab River Valley with 25 tons of bombs. The good news: no civilians died, according to the U.S. military. The bad news: the U.S. will spend up to $1 million to rebuild it and several other nearby villages wiped out in an effort to wipe out the Taliban. The unknown news: how this kind of thing goes over with the locals in the long run.
Ackerman sheds some light on the local reaction:

Via JMG: FLORIDA: GOP State Senator Introduces Bill To Allow Guns On College Campuses

Because we haven't had enough mass murders at our nation's universities, Florida GOP state Sen. Greg Evers has introduced a bill making it legal to carry firearms at college campuses.
Florida currently prohibits concealed weapons on all school campuses, one of 49 states that either bar them outright or leave the issue up to individual schools. The proposal comes in the wake of a mass shooting in Arizona and the accidental shooting death of a Florida State University student. The police chiefs of Florida's state universities, including UF Police Chief Linda Stump, have come out in unanimous opposition to the measure. "I don't think you're going to find anybody in higher education in law enforcement who is going to want guns on their campus," Stump said.
RELATED: Despite the screams of "responsible gun owners," across the nation the rate of deaths by handgun is directly tied to the percentage of people nearby who own guns. That may seem like a motherfucking obvious result, but try telling that to the gun nuts.

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The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T

Yes sir, very atomic!"
"We should always believe children. We should even believe their lies."
—Mr. Zabladowski 
"How many times must Matt Groening have watched The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T?"John Lingan

The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T is a sadly-overlooked 1953 fantasy movie, especially notable in that it was the only time that Dr Seuss ventured into the live-action film genre. In it, young Bartholomew Collins (Tommy Rettig) finds himself and his hypnotized mother (Mary Healy) trapped in the piano-playing Institute of the maniacal Dr. Terwilliker (Hans Conried), a villain who doesn't just eat Seuss's marvellous scenery, but engages in an epic multicourse banquet. Bartholomew's only hope is convincing plumber August Zabladowski (Peter Lind Hayes) to help him, instead of installing the Institute's sinks. There's Siamese-beard rollerskaters, a visit to the most toe-tappingly tuneful dungeon ever, and a VERY atomic air freshener bomb. Go track down a copy and watch it! Do it now! (or just go here!)

Two from Truthout:

Paul Krugman | Media Unwittingly Plays Republicans' Deficit Game ... Again
Paul Krugman, Krugman & Co.: "Who could have seen this coming? The Washington Post editorial board was shocked (shocked!) to discover in early January that incoming congressional Republicans aren't serious about deficit reduction.... I was going to be snarky, but this requires seriousness: the gullibility of much of the media establishment in the United States regarding this issue is ridiculous. Their inability to spot the hollowness of Republican claims to fiscal responsibility amounts to journalistic malpractice."
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E.J. Dionne Jr. | JFK's Eloquence, 50 Years Later
E.J. Dionne Jr.: "It's remembered as a day chilled by 'a Siberian wind knifing down Pennsylvania Avenue' and illuminated by 'the dazzling combination of bright sunshine and deep snow.' On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy began his presidency with a speech at once soaring and solemn. Fifty years on, we have not heard an inaugural address like it. Tethered to its time and place, it still challenges with its ambition to harness realism to idealism, patriotism to service, national interest to universal aspiration."
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Via JMG: The States By Famed Foods


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