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Late, Late Night FDL: And It Stoned Me

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:44 am by HL

Late, Late Night FDL: And It Stoned Me
Van Morrison – And It Stoned Me

Van Morrison – And It Stoned Me

What’s on your mind tonite…?

State of Cosplay
As long as the patient winds up pretty much mortally wounded we’ll have our compromise.

pic via Sizemore at flickr.com

John Boeher: We insist you shoot the American economy in the head.

Barack Obama: How about just in the foot? Okay, okay, both feet, but for now, that’s my final offer. But you guys have to hold the gun.

Harry Reid: Let’s compromise, let’s shoot it in the gut and see what happens.


Bullets Fly in Mass Shootings Across the U.S.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:43 am by HL

Bullets Fly in Mass Shootings Across the U.S.
On the heels of Friday’s tragedy in Norway, three men unassociated with one another killed five people and wounded at least 20 across the U.S. when they opened fire on weekend crowds in Washington state, Texas and Florida. One of the gunmen killed himself. The shootings took place at a casino, a roller rink and a house party. The attacks do not appear to have been politically motivated.—ARK AP via The Huffington Post: … A man went to a casino near Seattle early Sunday looking for a woman, found her on a crowded dance floor with another man, shot them both and continued firing, wounding five others before being tackled by a security guard, authorities said. … A gunman shouted at the children to leave his son’s birthday party at a Texas roller rink before fatally shooting his estranged wife and four of her relatives and then killing himself as others panicked and some fled screaming on their skates, police and witnesses say. … A suspect fired several shots from a handgun after fighting erupted among teenagers at a birthday party at a central Florida home, leaving nine people wounded, authorities said Sunday. Read more here, here and here

On the heels of Friday’s tragedy in Norway, three men unassociated with one another killed five people and wounded at least 20 across the U.S. when they opened fire on weekend crowds in Washington state, Texas and Florida. One of the gunmen killed himself. The shootings took place at a casino, a roller rink and a house party. The attacks do not appear to have been politically motivated.—ARK

AP via The Huffington Post:

… A man went to a casino near Seattle early Sunday looking for a woman, found her on a crowded dance floor with another man, shot them both and continued firing, wounding five others before being tackled by a security guard, authorities said.

… A gunman shouted at the children to leave his son’s birthday party at a Texas roller rink before fatally shooting his estranged wife and four of her relatives and then killing himself as others panicked and some fled screaming on their skates, police and witnesses say.

… A suspect fired several shots from a handgun after fighting erupted among teenagers at a birthday party at a central Florida home, leaving nine people wounded, authorities said Sunday.

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Mark Tercek: The Federal Budget Cannot Be Balanced on the Back of America’s Lands and Waters

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:42 am by HL

Mark Tercek: The Federal Budget Cannot Be Balanced on the Back of America’s Lands and Waters
Conservation did not cause the budget deficit and cutting conservation cannot fix the deficit.

Ian Squires: Time for a Real Redefinition of Marriage
My fellow heterosexuals, we have been unusually poor stewards of the institution and marriage is a privilege we simply no longer deserve.

LOOK: Anti-Gay Marriage Protesters March Through NYC
New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., along with National Organization For Marriage Chair Maggie Gallagher, spent a sizable portion of their anti-gay marriage rally…

Jonathan Miller: Debt Ceiling for Dummies: Why Compromise Is so Necessary
I offer the following straightforward, plain-English summary to hopefully help better explain the real-life impact of American credit default.

Fred Goldring: Dear Tea/Republican Party: Be Careful What You Wish For — And I Want My Country Back!
If the Tea-Party-dominated, no-tax-increase-under-any circumstances Republicans in Congress do not vote to raise the debt ceiling by August 2, they may finally be granted their…


Two Ex-News Of The World Employees Claim James Murdoch Misled Parliament

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:41 am by HL

Two Ex-News Of The World Employees Claim James Murdoch Misled Parliament
A former reporter and the former legal manager for News Of The World are disputing part of James Murdoch’s Tuesday testimony before Parliament, saying he knew there were other reporters involved in the phone hacking before News Corp settled a phone hacking lawsuit by the former head of Professional Footballers’ Association.

Other British Papers May Soon Be Implicated In Phone Hacking Scandal
Britain’s phone hacking scandal isn’t likely to go away any time soon, as allegations begin to surface that other news outlets took part in the practice as well.


Water-Regulation-As-Federalism Bill Passes House, Looks A Lot Like ALEC
After being fast tracked by a House panel and passing the House last week, a bill that would strip fundamental powers of the EPA to regulate water toxins crept closer to a Senate vote. It bears a striking resemblance to…


Endangered Species

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:39 am by HL

Endangered Species
Or should be. Happle Tea – Same As It Ever Was.


Perry Will Likely Announce in Late August

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:38 am by HL

Perry Will Likely Announce in Late August
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is all but certain to launch a presidential campaign and is nearing an announcement set for the second half of August, Real Clear Politics reports.

Potential donors to Perry’s presidential effort met Tuesday in Austin and were told he will announce a campaign between Aug. 15 and Aug. 31. Perry himself said on Friday that he’ll at least make his intentions known within the next three to four weeks.

Palin Documentary Bombs
“With its Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated increasing its playdates by 40% this weekend, only to watch box office revenue decline by more than 63 percent, distributor Arc Entertainment announced Sunday that the film will soon be available on pay per view,” Reuters reports.

“The movie played in 14 Tea Party-friendly locations this weekend — up from the 10 in which it opened last week — but grossed just $24,000.”


Puncturing the Anti-Government Big Lie

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:37 am by HL

Puncturing the Anti-Government Big Lie
What’s to be done about a domestic political discourse becoming unmoored from reality? The debt ceiling stand-off and early rounds of the 2012 campaign debate on the economy are disheartening markers of the sorry state of American politics. One of…

What The UN Vote Means–And Does Not
My friend Alvaro de Soto, the former Special Ambassador of the United Nations’s Secretary-General to the Middle East peace process, is a legend in the UN, from which he is now retired. Peruvian by birth, an aide to Secretary-General Javier…

What the Murdoch Bombshells Really Reveal
Breathtaking accounts like this of the Murdoch meltdown by Don Van Natta Jr., Sarah Lyall, and others are precisely what the New York Times is on earth to do. And that the Times is really doing it is doubly gratifying…



How Murdoch?s Times of London and Fox News Coordinate Their Deceitful Reporting on Climate Change

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:36 am by HL

How Murdoch?s Times of London and Fox News Coordinate Their Deceitful Reporting on Climate Change
By David Fiderer, a lawyer who covers the energy industry for several global banks in New York.  This is an OpEdNews.com repost. If you wondered whether Murdoch’s various news outlets operate in sync when they misrepresent the facts about climate change, consider the deceitful reporting done by Ben Webster, the Environmental Editor for The Times […]

By David Fiderer, a lawyer who covers the energy industry for several global banks in New York.  This is an OpEdNews.com repost.

If you wondered whether Murdoch’s various news outlets operate in sync when they misrepresent the facts about climate change, consider the deceitful reporting done by Ben Webster, the Environmental Editor for The Times of London. His smears against the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were immediately amplified and embellished by Fox News in New York. Both Webster’s story and its Fox News incarnation were used to defame the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and to lend an air of legitimacy to the phony “Climate-gate” scandal that had already been debunked by scientific journals and scientific inquiries .

Today we know that one of the Murdoch employees arrested in Britain, Neil Wallis, was deeply implicated in two hacking scandals, the first pertaining to the News of the World, and the second pertaining to the invasion of computers at the University of East Anglia, the victim of the phony Climate-gate scandal touted by Fox News. So it may be worthwhile to take another look at how deceitful reporting within the Murdoch empire can spread like a virus. Look at the opening paragraphs in The Times of London story:

Climate scientists at the centre of the row over stolen e-mails acted with integrity and made no attempt to manipulate their research on global temperatures, an external inquiry has found.

Their research was, however, misrepresented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which failed to reflect uncertainties the scientists had reported concerning the raw temperature data.

An inquiry panel of leading scientists, nominated by the Royal Society, said that the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit may not have used the best methods for analyzing temperature records.

Webster’s second and third paragraphs distort the panel’s findings beyond all recognition. The IPCC misrepresented nothing. The inquiry panel merely pointed out that IPCC neglected to highlight a truism, which is obvious to all climate scientists and to the anyone else who gave 10 seconds of thought to the subject. How can scientists gather data to measure changes in global temperatures going back in history? Recent data may be gleaned from meteorological instruments. Older data may be gleaned from tree rings, which can be found on land but not on the ocean. So scientists rely on well-established statistical methods to develop certain inferences global temperatures at earlier times in hostory. All science is based on mathematics.

Here’s what the scientific panel actually said:

Recent public discussion of climate change and summaries and popularizations of the work of CRU and others often contain oversimplifications that omit serious discussion of uncertainties emphasized by the original authors. For example, CRU publications repeatedly emphasize the discrepancy between instrumental and tree-based proxy reconstructions of temperature during the late 20th century, but presentations of this work by the IPCC and others have sometimes neglected to highlight this issue. While we find this regrettable, we could find no such fault with the peer-reviewed papers we examined.

The CRU research was misrepresented by the IPCC? Only to the extent that the IPCC failed to belabor the obvious. Nor did the inquiry panel say anything like, the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit may not have used the best methods for analyzing temperature records. That was an extreme embellishment by Webster. The only thing the scientific panel said that remotely similar to Webster’s allegation pertained to the data analyses of tree rings:

After reading publications and interviewing the senior staff of CRU in depth, we are satisfied that the CRU tree-ring work has been carried out with integrity, and that allegations of deliberate misrepresentation and unjustified selection of data are not valid. In the event CRU scientists were able to give convincing answers to our detailed questions about data choice, data handling and statistical methodology. The Unit freely admits that many data analyses they made in the past are superseded and they would not do things that way today.

But also:

It is not clear, however, that better methods would have produced significantly different results. The published work also contains many cautions about the limitations of the data and their interpretation.

And the panel was also very clear that the CRU’s critics, to put it charitably, did not know what they were talking about:

We have not exhaustively reviewed the external criticism of the dendroclimatological work, but it seems that some of these criticisms show a rather selective and uncharitable approach to information made available by CRU. They seem also to reflect a lack of awareness of the ongoing and dynamic nature of chronologies, and of the difficult circumstances under which university research is sometimes conducted.

Remember, this is The Times‘ Environmental Editor reporting the story, which, on this side of the Atlantic, became:

Climate Scientists Cleared, U.N. Blamed for Misinterpreting Data

British climate scientists at the center of the scandal over stolen e-mails acted with integrity and made no attempt to manipulate their research on global temperatures, an external inquiry has found. But the U.N.? That’s another story.

The scientific research into historical temperature records was misrepresented by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which failed to consider uncertainties the scientists had reported concerning the raw temperature data.

The inquiry panel of leading scientists, nominated by the Royal Society, said that the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit may not have used the best methods for analyzing temperature records.

For a sense of deja vu all over again, check out this 18-month old piece: “Fox News Embraces Cyber-Terrorism to Subvert the Copenhagen Summit.

David Fiderer is currently working on several journalism projects dealing with corporate and political corruption.

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First gay marriages held in New York

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:35 am by HL

First gay marriages held in New York

Hundreds of gay couples — dressed in formal suits and striped trousers, gowns and T-shirts — recited vows in emotion-choked voices and triumphantly hoisted their long-awaited marriage certificates Sunday as New York became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings.

Couples began saying “I do” at midnight from Niagara Falls to Long Island, though New York City became the sometimes raucous center of action by daybreak as couples waited on a sweltering day for the chance to exchange vows at the city clerk’s office.

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Showdown encourages citizens to give gifts to reduce debt

As President Obama and Congress struggle to tame the nation’s runaway borrowing, a stream of checks, cash and even gold coins is pouring into a post office box in West Virginia where, for years, people who want to help pay down the national debt have been able to send gifts.

“I love my country. I don’t want it in debt like this. I don’t want it having a financial crisis,” said Jane Olive, a retired teacher in Las Vegas who sent $100 to the PO box this month.

But the contributions don’t specifically go to pay off existing debt. The government deposits them in the Treasury Department’s general fund, in essence the government’s main checking account.

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POW/MIA groups criticize U.S. efforts

A coalition of groups representing veterans and the families of missing U.S. service members has accused the Defense Department of undercutting a joint U.S.-Russian program that seeks answers to the fate of Americans who disappeared behind the Iron Curtain.

The U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, established in 1992, has given investigators from the United States access to Russia’s central military archives and opportunities to interview potential eyewitnesses about U.S. service members who may have perished in the former Soviet Union or the territory of its allies during World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.

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Obama takes political, policy gamble on ‘big deal’

When President Obama last spoke to the nation, he said he was ready to make Republicans an offer they couldn’t refuse. In exchange for trillions of dollars in cuts, including to Medicare and Social Security, Republicans would have to agree to a fraction of that in increased tax revenue.

“Even a deal that is not as balanced as I think it should be is better than no deal at all,” Obama said on Friday.

Obama’s political advisers have long believed that securing such an agreement would provide an enormous boost to his 2012 campaign, according to people familiar with White House thinking. In particular, they want to preserve and improve the president’s standing among political independents, who abandoned Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections and who say reining in the nation’s debt is a high priority.

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The Problem is Spending

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 25th, 2011 4:31 am by HL

The Problem is Spending
Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When Moody's, the bond rating agency, threatened to downgrade the creditworthiness of the U.S. government if the ceiling on the national debt isn't raised by Aug. 2, the threat was reported on the evening news on CBS and NBC, and on the front pages of many newspapers.But journalists paid less attention when Moody's and Standard & Poor's said they would downgrade U.S. bonds if federal debt isn't cut by $4 trillion over the next 10 years.

Obama’s Scare Tactics Reek of “Falsiness”
Jon Gurwitz, SA Express-News
Comedian Stephen Colbert coined the word truthiness in 2005 to describe things that might not be factually correct but that nonetheless have the feeling of correctness. With truthiness, you suspend your cognitive functions and allow your gut to make value judgments.“What about Iraq?” Colbert asked, taking a poke at the truthiness of George W. Bush. “If you think about it, maybe there're a few missing pieces to the rationale for war, but doesn't taking Saddam out feel like the right thing?”

Boehner Readies New Debt Limit Plan
Byron York, Washington Examiner
House Republicans are finishing work on a new proposal to resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling.  The proposal, set to be finished and crafted into the form of a bill by Sunday, will be in two parts.  The first will combine a short-term increase in the debt ceiling with spending cuts.  The second will lay the groundwork for a longer-term increase in the debt ceiling coupled with far-reaching deficit reduction.”Senator Reid said on Friday that he is going to wait for us to move,” says a well-informed GOP House aide.  “So we'll…

What if Gays Aren’t Born That Way?
Gary Greenberg, Mother Jones
With regrets to the couples who took their vows at Niagara Falls, Dale Getto and Barbara Laven have a strong claim to the title of first same-sex couple married in the State of New York.“Oh yeah, no doubt about it,” said Mayor Gerald D. Jennings of Albany, flashing a satisfied grin and sweating profusely in his dark suit while standing in a muggy City Hall. “I summed it up right at twelve-oh-one-second.”

Pawlenty Promises Not to Embarrass GOP
Debra Saunders, SF Chronicle
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid to win the GOP presidential nomination hasn't exactly been catching on fire. Earlier this month, The New York Times ran a story about his candidacy under the headline “Will Republican Race's First In Be the First Out?”The RealClearPolitics poll average puts him in eighth place in the crowded GOP race. Fellow Land-o'-Laker Rep. Michele Bachmann fares better — second place — perhaps because she does not try to match T-Paw's mastery of “Minnesota nice.”