Friday, September 28, 2012

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Via JMG: Confirmed: Mars Once Had Water

The Mars Curiosity rover has at last confirmed what astronomers have long believed.
The landing site of the Mars rover Curiosity was once covered with fast-moving and possibly waist-high water that could have possibly supported life, NASA scientists announced Thursday. While planetary scientists have often speculated that the now-desiccated surface of Mars was once wet, Curiosity cameras provided the first proof that flowing water was present on a least one part of Mars for “a long time.” Curiosity team scientists determined that flowing water was once present near the Gale Crater landing site based on the telltale size, shape and scattering of pebbles and gravel nearby. The roundedness of the pebbles is especially significant, they said, and strongly suggests that the rocks were carried down a roughly 25-mile stream or river and were smoothed along the way.

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Via JMG: Nate Silver's Electoral Update


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Via JMG: Another Chart From Nate Silver


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Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government

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Wake the F**K Up (NSFW)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Via Slavery Footprint:

In a historic 23-minute address, President Obama highlighted this administration’s commitment to ending modern-day slavery. Using Clinton Global Initiative as his platform, he echoed the sentiment of the public and issued an Executive Order addressing slavery within government supply chains. He encouraged consumers to understand the realities of forced labor by visiting and endorsed Made In A Free World as a way to help businesses to identify and address slave labor within their supply chains.

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Via JMG: Vandalized Yard Sign Of The Day

A McKinney, Texas woman was alerted by neighbors on Friday that her Obama yard sign had been vandalized. She writes on her blog:
To the person who did this: Firstly, I hope you don’t have children. I’m no handwriting expert, but I’m thinking you are a grown woman. In fact, you’re probably one of those ‘Christians’ who gets all of her news of FAUX and just can’t stomach the idea of anyone who’s other.Well, here’s something for you…The police have been here and filed a report. The HOA has been notified, and my sign is uncovered and back in my yard. I’m not afraid of you and your bigotry. Cameras are being installed and WHEN we catch you messing with our sign you will, quite appropriately be charged with the felony this is and smacked with the associated $2,000 fine. Have a great day, hater.
Raw Story has an update: "Cassy Zobel told Raw Story that her Obama yard sign was stolen on Sunday night. But this time, the suspect, who appears to be a white male in his 40s, was caught on video, she said."

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Via JMG: CALIFORNIA: UC Davis To Pay $1M To Students Pepper-Sprayed By Cop

Last week I reported that the above police officer had gotten off with no criminal charges. But at least today we learn the amount of the settlement to be paid to students by UC Davis.
The details of the settlement, approved in secret earlier this month by the regents, are contained in documents filed in federal court in Sacramento this morning. The deal, hammered out in mediation sessions after 21 students and former students sued last February, still must be approved by a federal judge. It calls for each of the 21 plaintiffs to receive $30,000 for a total payout of $630,000. The agreement also transforms the suit into a class action, which will allow others who were hit with pepper spray during the Nov. 18 protest to submit claims for payments of up to $20,000. That part of the deal envisions five to 10 additional claimants coming forward, with a sliding scale that reduces the payout for each of those depending on the final tally. Those claimants wil be paid from a pool of money limited to $100,000. In addition, the settlement calls for the payment of $250,000 in legal fees and costs to the lawyers who filed the suit.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Via JMG: Mitt Romney: I Don't Understand Why The Windows On Jetliners Don't Open

"When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound." - Mitt Romney, telling a fundraiser crowd about Ann's Friday flight that was diverted due to smoke in the cabin. Twitter is having a field day.

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Via AmericaBlog:

Mitt Romney lists the USA as a "foreign country" in his tax returns, was our top story of the week.  And before anyone pooh poohs the significance of this, just imagine what the Republicans would have done had Barack Obama labeled the US a foreign country.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

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Via We love to irritate hateful Republicans / FB:

A great joke that describes the Republican Party perfectly…

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

The woman rolled her eyes and said, "You must be an Obama Democrat."
"I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Republican." "I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are -- or where you are going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

Via JMG: Timeline: 100 Years Of Voting

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Via JMG: Romney On The Space Program

Added today to Mitt Romney's campaign site:
“America must have a forward-looking, visionary space policy and Mitt Romney has the determination and the focus on technology we need to chart a clear path. Today’s U.S. policy lacks direction and along the way we have become completely dependent on the Russians to continue human exploration. That is not acceptable. We have to travel a path that restores American preeminence in space, and I am convinced that Governor Romney will deliver an aggressive program that once again inspires the dreams of going where no human has gone before.” - Gene Cernan, Commander of Apollo XVII.
Where's our moon colony, dammit? At least Newt promised us a moon colony.

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Mitt Romney: The Worst Week in Washington

Via Progressive Centralists / FB:

IT's time to review the facts: the President has accomplished far-more than he is credited for -- and nearly all of his ground breaking tasks have been realized without the help of Republicans. Are you tired of the GOP-TEA Party's in your face obstructionism?

Click like and share if you are tired of being repeatedly lied to and used as a weapon.

-- PC

Outfoxed: Fox News technique: "some people say" Shows how Fox News uses the phrase 'some people say' to insert unsourced opinion into news briefs. As seen in Outfoxed.

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