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 Leave a 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:

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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

A Lovely Story About a Beautiful Young Lady and an Eagle

A 13-year-old Eagle Huntress in Mongolia

A photographer who snapped what could be the world’s only girl hunting with a golden eagle says watching her work was an amazing sight.

Eagle girl

(Image Asher Svidensky via bbc.com)

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April 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM Leave a comment

Regular Guy Zillionaire Mitt Romney (Supposedly) Stands in Line to Mail His 2013 Tax Return

Mitt Romney’s son Josh tweeted out a pic of his dad supposedly standing in line to mail/pay his taxes today.

Give me a break.  Takeaway here: We Romneys are so arrogant we think the American people are idiots who will believe Mitt did this and they won’t think this is staged. I mean, maybe the Mittster did stand in line to mail his tax return (or pay his taxes — there’s a difference) but don’t tell me (1) he filled the form out himself (think an army of tax preparers) or that (2) his return isn’t hiding millions of dollars in overseas bank accounts or (3) he isn’t taking advantage of loopholes we haven’t even heard of.

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(Via.)

Oh, and why in the world does Josh think anyone cares about what his father’s doing today?  I swear, the Romneys have generational problems with relationship with their fathers.  Mitt is still — apparently — trying to win the presidency his father failed to get and now Josh is (delusionally, imho) thinking we care about his dad…or something.

Ugh.

A screwed up family laid bare.

 

 

April 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM 1 comment

24 People Apply For Fake Job With Horrendous Job Description

USA, USA, USA!

“Only 24 people applied?”  Are they kidding?  It’s a wonder did.

Help Wanted

Out of the millions who reportedly read the ad, only 24 people applied to this prank job listing posted by Boston-based advertising firm Mullen, seeking a “director of operations” for a fictional company named Rehtom Inc.

The listed qualifications ranged from intense to virtually impossible, including:

- A 135+ hour work week (the equivalent of over three full-time jobs).- No breaks.

- No sitting.

- Able to lift up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis.

- Experience or knowledge of psychology, counseling, culinary arts, finance, medicine and social media.

The benefits were even tougher to swallow: no health insurance, retirement plans, vacation days or even holidays off.

Ditto for the salary, which is listed as “pro bono/unpaid.”

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Wow.  Sad.

April 15, 2014 at 3:44 PM Leave a comment

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