Interesting Time-Waster Site Re the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake/Fire

Today — April 18 — in 1906 the Great San Francisco Earthquake occurred, followed by fires throughout the city.  What a horrific day that must have been:

SF Fire via Commons.Wikimedia.org.

(Image via Commons.Wikimedia.org)

Here’s a very cool site I just came across:  Guardians of the City, which appears to be the work of current and former San Francisco firefighters and/or their friends and families.  They’ve put together an incredible amount of information as to what each and every firefighter did during the four days the city burned.  An unbelievable amount of work went into the site.

The history committee of the GOTC has been researching the actions of the department companies during The Great Earthquake and Fire. Using the fire reports that were submitted by some of the officers, the committee has reviewed and made a timeline of the companies’ actions, the water sources they used, the rescues, and the hardships they endured during the four days of The Fire.

Again, go here to poke around.

April 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM Leave a comment

The Koch Brothers Ban Mass Transit in Tennessee

I wonder why the Koch boys brothers — the richest human beings ever on the face of the Earth — are so full of hate instead of being grateful for their extraordinary luck in life:

This Affordable, Efficient Mass Transit Technology Is Now Illegal in Tennessee

Nashville was poised to become the proud owner of a new BRT line, called Amp. The concept has proved an overwhelming success in a number of cities abroad—Curitaba, Brazil, is maybe the most famous, but there are prominent lines in Argentina and South Korea, as well as right here in the states, in Kansas City and New York.

The mayor of Nashville had secured plans to create a $175 million BRT system to increase citizen mobility and help thwart congestion as the city’s population swelled. That might sound like a lot, but for a transit project in a major city, it’s a bargain, especially since BRT has repeatedly shown it stimulates economies and reduces pollution.

But even this relatively elegant city hack attracted the ire of powerful interests that find public transit distasteful. Spurred on by the Koch brothers’ influential political organization, Americans for Prosperity, Tennessee’s state legislature has just succeeded in passing an extraordinary new law that actually bans BRT.

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April 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM Leave a comment

People: Conservatives Hate You

My Tweet of the Day.  (BTW, Josh Barro is a conservative so he should know.)

Tweet of the Da 4-17-14

That said, poor people (which includes a wide swath of us now), keep on voting for conservatives because God, gays, guns, equal pay for them bitches, teachers who are brainwashing your kids, ranchers who are stealing grazing fees from We the People tryin’ to live life as Benjamin Franklin said and oh yeah, the IRS, Benghazi, letter carriers and that black guy.

As Alan Grayson (D-FL) said, if you get sick, shut-up and die.  Fast.  Don’t bother us, don’t make noise and don’t make a mess.

April 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM Leave a comment

South Korean Ferry Sinks — CNN Carries it “LIVE” 18+ Hours Later

Roughly 18 hours ago, the AP reported that a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea.  Hundreds are still missing.

Here’s a photo of the hull disappearing into the water:

S korean ship sinks via onlinesocialmedia.net

(Image via OnlineSocialMedia.net)

This is a screenshot taken during Anderson Cooper’s show tonight at 8:54 p.m. ET.  The video is supposedly “LIVE,” and it showed people being pulled off the ship that ahem, sank almost 20 hours ago:

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So, CNN shows “LIVE” video of people being rescued from a ship that sank 20 hours ago.  Okaaaaay.

CNN doesn’t care about being factual anymore.  Nor does Anderson Cooper.  If he did, he wouldn’t stand for this kind of thing happen on a show with his name on it.

April 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM Leave a comment

The Koch Brothers: Two Mentally Ill Guys With a Lot of Money

Koch brothers

(Image via RestoringTruthiness.org)

Koch Brothers Net Worth Tops $100 Billion as TV Warfare Escalates

Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who run Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries Inc., added $1.3 billion to their collective fortune yesterday on reports that U.S. industrial production gained more than forecast. The surge elevated their net worth to more than $100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

The Koch’s ascent comes as Freedom Partners, one of their fundraising networks, last week aired its first batch of television ads targeted at this year’s U.S. Senate races, including commercials knocking Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and Representative Bruce Braley of Iowa for supporting President Barack Obama’s health-care law.

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The Koch brothers can afford any medical procedure available to human kind but they’re fighting the ACA because, ah, because why, I have no idea.  Apparently they don’t want you and I to have even rudimentary health insurance.  I mean, even with the ACA, any one of us could be wiped out by the expense of catastrophic illness.  But no!  The sociopathic Kochs, who make billions in a day or two, don’t want us to have that.  Why in the world do they spending their time trying to quash that for millions of people?

They’re two sick, sick dudes.

April 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM Leave a comment

So Do I Get to Ignore Subpoenas Now Too?

This is a horrible, horrible precedent for our so-called leaders to set.  You know, the people who are sworn to uphold the laws of the United States?

I can only imagine what it will be like around here when this “trickles down:”

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U.S. Senator Bob Corker’s office said Wednesday that he will ignore a subpoena from the United Auto Workers to testify at a hearing next week in Chattanooga.

The latest controversy follows the disclosure of confidential documents by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

The UAW had subpoenaed Corker and two aides to testify at a hearing of the National Labor Relations Board.

The union claims Corker was part of an orchestrated effort to thwart a union election at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga — and they want the NLRB to order new elections.

Corker’s chief of staff Todd Womack said in a statement, “Everyone understands that after a clear defeat, the UAW is trying to create a sideshow, so we have filed a motion to revoke these baseless subpoenas.”

He added, “Neither Senator Corker nor his staff will attend the hearing on Monday.”

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Say I get subpoenaed for jury duty.  I guess I can now say fuck that!  The trial’s a “sideshow.”  Huh?

OMG, I feel for the little babies who are going to grow up in a country that’s unrecognizable from the one I knew.

Back in my day, nobody but nobody ignored a subpoena.

 

April 16, 2014 at 7:28 PM 1 comment

Mind-Blowing Headline of the Day

Did you hear about the new report that shows the United States is now an oligarchy instead of a democracy?

Oligarchy, Not Democracy: Americans Have ‘Near-Zero’ Input on Policy – Report

The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy.

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Nothing illustrates that more plainly than this astonishing development:

Headline 4-16-14

The most telling sentence in the article is this one:

Fallin signed the bill Monday that supporters say would prevent a hodgepodge of minimum wages in different parts of the state that could potentially harm the business community.

“Potentially harm the business community.”  Never mind harm to We the People.

You can read the article here.

 

 

 

 

April 16, 2014 at 8:49 AM Leave a comment

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