What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Linkee-poo in the morning, in the evening, ain't we got fun

Did dinosaurs play? Evidence points to yes, as the Magic 8 Ball says. (Grokked from John)

The anti-vaccination movement isn't new. Even with the first vaccine, using cowpox to inoculate people against smallpox, there were those who ridiculed the idea and tried to get people to not be vaccinated.

Walking for Democracy, the NH Rebellion. What the Tea Party didn't learn was that it wasn't the boisterous or yelling hordes that change the world, it's the silent millions who support an idea and won't let it go. They wanted to change politics, here's the actual path to change politics. Remove the money incentive for politicians. But their "grass-roots" supporters, the Koch brothers, certainly don't want that.

"In other words, the men plotted to launch large-scale explosive attacks against local government and police that, if successfully carried out, would have been the largest terror attacks on U.S. soil since 9/11." The right-wing domestic terror plot you didn't hear about this week. (Grokked from Matt Staggs)

America leads the way. Except in renewable energy development. Granted, the US market for energy is may times larger that these countries which are getting large portions of their energy from renewables, even compared to raw output, we lag. (Grokked from the Slactivist)

While here in the US, we can't even get one off shore wind farm going. Just a small note, while it's been touted that even the Kennedys don't want it in their back yard, what was missing in those reports is that David Koch's mansion have a front line view of the proposed wind farm. Gee, I wonder who might have spent a lot more money to kill the proposal?

So, Majority Leader McConnell wants you to know this better economy (jobs, GDP, consumer satisfaction, etc) is all the work and result of the new Republican majority. We'll at least they're being consistent. You might remember one week after the 2009 inauguration the GOP was saying all that what we've come to call the Great Recession was the Obama Economy. Now, exactly what they're being consistent about I leave as an exercise for the reader.

What's the opposite of death panels? The start of 2015 seems to be filled with medical ethics questions. In this case, Connecticut is forcing a 17-year old to go through chemotherapy with the hope of curing her of Hodgkins lymphoma (85% chance of success, if she goes through the whole course). This brings up all kinds of ethics questions on the power of the state in parenting, age of consent, patient rights, and the efficacy and ethics of medicine.

Are social conservative driving the GOP agenda? They sure are. "Less than one day into the 114th Congress, House Republicans reintroduced their bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy… On Thursday, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) led more than 80 colleagues in re-introducing the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which would rescind federal funding for Planned Parenthood." Jobs? Economy? Fiscal Responsibility? What's that?

Cops deserve our unquestioning respect all the time. The Slactivist with a link post to recent article of the "bad apples" in the police departments.

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