Archive for April 16, 2010
Apropos of the right freaking out about the new START treaty and Obama ah, allegedly being “soft” on “defending America” (a commie) — hey, let’s drop some bombs!
From the wonderful Tom Lehrer:
First we got the bomb, and that was good,
‘Cause we love peace and motherhood.
Then Russia got the bomb, but that’s okay,
‘Cause the balance of power’s maintained that way.
France got the bomb, but don’t you grieve,
‘Cause they’re on our side (I believe).
China got the bomb, but have no fears,
They can’t wipe us out for at least five years.
Then Indonesia claimed that they
Were gonna get one any day.
South Africa wants two, that’s right:
One for the black and one for the white.
Egypt’s gonna get one too,
Just to use on you know who.
So Israel’s getting tense.
Wants one in self defense.
“The Lord’s our shepherd,” says the psalm,
But just in case, we better get a bomb.
Luxembourg is next to go,
And (who knows?) maybe Monaco.
We’ll try to stay serene and calm
When Alabama gets the bomb.
Please sign the petition at Release and Rescue to free chimpanzees who have, literally, been in a cage for 50 years:
50+ Years in a Lab… and Still Counting[Wenka] was old and grateful for the small kindnesses, like good fruit and sunshine. … It would be nice if she could be retired and live out her days quietly with other older chimps, enjoying good food, soft bedding, and warm sunshine.—A former Yerkes lab worker
Wenka was born in a laboratory in 1954. The 1950s – a decade characterized by President Eisenhower, Elvis Presley, the birth of the Baby Boom generation, the introduction of the polio vaccine, and James Dean – are long gone. We all live in a very different world now. But not Wenka. Five decades later, she is still in a lab and still being used for research.
An elder now, Wenka is the oldest known chimpanzee in a U.S. lab. She is reportedly being used in aging and cognitive studies at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, where she has been through a gamut of research. She has also been used to breed chimpanzees for research and has had all of her babies taken from her. Through the years, she has had myriad cage-mate friends or family who were eventually taken from her. She also has spent time alone. According to one lab caregiver, she has “spent plenty of time rocking in the back corner of her cage,” (an abnormal behavior associated with the stress of laboratory institutionalization).
Some lab caregivers have described Wenka as having a “1000 mile stare,” saying that her dissociation makes it difficult to reach her after all these years in a lab.
And we’re the “higher race” or whatever it is they say?
I don’t think so.
Republicans have been silent since RomneyCare was signed into law in Massachusetts by Mitt himself — in 2006!
But now that we’ve got “Obamacare” — whooah, what the hell?! — they race to retroactively hate RomneyCare.
Yep. Gotta love the ah, heh, staunch stand the GOP takes about stuff.
I was one of the researchers on the film.
It was released in June of 2004.
Finally, FINALLY, people are learning the truth about that network.
Per Media Matters:
In an interview to be published in the May 2010 edition of GQ Magazine, Lou Dobbs, the nationally syndicated radio host and former long-time CNN host, confirms he is “considering” a campaign for President.
Dobbs can either be a radio host or a candidate for office. I don’t think anyone would begrudge him the opportunity to explore running for public office but using his radio platform to further his political ambitions is entirely inappropriate.
Now that Dobbs has confirmed that he is “considering” a run for president, United Stations Radio Network — the company that syndicates his show nationally — should require he make a decision about his potential candidacy and if he chooses to run for office it should force him to take a leave of absence until the conclusion of any potential campaign.
But as for Lou Dobbs as a viable candidate? Haaaahhhhaaaaahhhhhha!
Saudi monarch has a strange idea:
RIYADH – A hot air balloon bearing the image of King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, beside the legend “King of Humanitarianism” and the Saudi flag took to the skies above Riyadh on Thursday as it embarked on a two-year journey taking a message of peace to 52 countries across the globe.
Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah, National Guard Vice-President for Executive Affairs and Deputy Chair for the Janadriya High Committee launched the balloon, which is captained by Emirati Abdul Aziz Al-Mansouri, from Janadriya Village to the north of the capital.
The initiative for the epic voyage reportedly came from the United Arab Emirates where sources described it as motivated out of “appreciation for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ humanitarian work and his peacemaking role in the international arena” and to mark the 25th anniversary of first National Culture and Heritage Festival in Janadriya.
Sponsored by Emirates Hot Air Balloon Company, the vessel’s first leg will take in Jeddah, Makkah and Madina before venturing out across the skies of virtually every member state of the European Union, Russia, Asian countries such as Pakistan, India, China, Mongolia, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as Australia, Africa and North and South America.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was asked for his opinion yesterday on the financial regulatory reform bill advancing in the Senate. “I can’t support it,” he said.
Explaining why, the Republican said one of his main concerns is that the legislation is “going to be an extra layer of regulation.” Which is, of course, true. That’s the point of the legislation. The financial industry went unchecked and nearly destroyed the global economy. That’s why the legislation is being considered — to bring oversight and accountability through regulation.
What was especially interesting, though, is hearing the confused senator tr to explain how he’d like to see the legislation improve. (thanks to reader R.L.)
Brown left open the possibility that he could support a compromise.
“I want to see when it’s going to come up, how it’s going to come up,” he said. “I’m always open to trying to work something through so it is truly bipartisan.”
Brown, whose vote could be critical as Democrats seek to find a GOP member to avoid a filibuster, assiduously avoided talking about specifics.
When asked what areas he thought should be fixed, he replied: “Well, what areas do you think should be fixed? I mean, you know, tell me. And then I’ll get a team and go fix it.”
To clarify, when the senator asked “Well, what areas do you think should be fixed?” he was talking to a reporter who wanted to know what kind of changes he hoped to see.
Brown went on to say that he finds the notion of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency problematic because “it’s more government.” He added, “Is that good? … If it’s an area we need to fix, then I’m certainly open to it. But I haven’t heard that that’s the biggest thing that’s problematic with it.”
Do you ever get the feeling that maybe Scott Brown isn’t quite ready for prime-time, and that his service in the Senate is more humiliating than it should be?
Sure sounds like it, but as I’ve heard more times than I can count, “he’s so handsome.” “He looks just like a politician.” He looks this, and he looks that. He’s the male equivalent of a “dumb blond.”
Imagine the media frenzy we’d see today upon the death and funeral of a man like Albert Einstein. Check out this article and the photos from Life magazine. How things have changed.
Albert Einstein, the genius physicist whose theories changed our ideas of how the universe works, died 55 years ago, on April 18, 1955, of heart failure. He was 76. His funeral and cremation were intensely private affairs, and only one photographer managed to capture the events of that extraordinary day: LIFE magazine’s Ralph Morse. Armed with his camera and a case of scotch — to open doors and loosen tongues — Morse compiled a quietly intense record of an icon’s passing. But aside from one now-famous image (above), the pictures Morse took that day were never published. At the request of Einstein’s son, who asked that the family’s privacy be respected while they mourned, LIFE decided not to run the full story, and for 55 years Morse’s photographs lay unseen and forgotten.
Hey, who among us doesn’t think we need financial reform, so the banks can’t rip us off like they did in the fall of 1988? The banks, that’s who. They don’t think we should change a thing — they want to be able to play whatever games they play — with the full faith and credit of the American people backing them up.
Anyway, I heard Elizabeth Warren speaking on the radio this morning. She is a law professor, author and the chair of the Congressional oversight panel created to investigate the bank bailout, or rather the cleverly-named, “Troubled Assets Relief Program.” She said the banks have hired 54 lobbying firms — 54! — in preparation for the fight, and they’ve hired a 55th firm to coordinate what the other 54 firms are doing.
Do we the people have a chance when put up against that? Let us pray.
You’re familiar with Google’s street views, right? Now Google is taking “street views” of trails and bike paths. So cool:
An odd-looking tricycle that’s been turning heads this week on the Boulder Creek Path is working to capture 360-degree photographic views of the popular path and other city bikeways to include on Google Street View later this summer.
The Google Street View trike will allow the Internet search giant to complement its popular Street View function, which gives users an on-the-ground perspective through their computer screens, with a “path view” for places where cars can’t go.
After promoting the Tea Partiers for going on a year, Fox feels the heat and pretends it’s a real news organization (but this too shall pass): Fox Scolds Sean Hannity and Then Pulls Him from Cincinnati Tea Party.
It’s a good morning because I have a very small house — cozy and easy to care for — but it’s not this is small:
Building “the world’s smallest sustainable house” is a mighty big claim, but that’s what one company says that they’ve done with their Nano Living Systems prefab. The Nano is a 200 square foot home designed to “comfortably” accommodate a family of four.
A family of four? I know we Americans are totally spoiled when it comes to the resources we use but 200 sq. ft. for a family of four?