Archive for September 15, 2010
Makes no sense but then again, the GOP makes no sense these days either.
Morris and Hannity have a combined lifespan of roughly 100 years but “standing on principle” isn’t an issue either of them have addressed while waiting for the Rapture.
Can’t wait to see the YouTube video of them pleading their case at the pearly gates.
The second heads up I thought I’d throw out tonight (aside from the one below) is this “Inequality Report.”
Lots of info here at “The Equality Trust” about people who live in dramatically unequal societies, like the United States.
Huge gaps in equality in a society cause citizens to suffer tremendous amounts of stress in terms of mental health, drug abuse, education, obesity, violence, and the well-being of their children.
Click around. There’s lots of info fascinating there.
The corporatocracy that has evolved in the United States is not only killing our jobs, but it’s literally killing us.
Two heads up tonight. First, this one: To See How Our Society Has Changed, Look at Your Kitchen.
A new exhibit at MoMA shows that you are where you eat. We talk with one of the curators about world-changing designs in the kitchen.
Consider the kitchen: After the bedroom, it’s the most fraught room in the house, a place of both technological innovation and gender anachronisms, of luxury and provision, of gastronomical pleasure and, occasionally, discomfort.
Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, a new exhibit at MoMA, tracks how kitchen design has evolved in the past century or so, from assembly line-like layouts during Industrialization to the proliferation of Tupperware after World War II and beyond.
If there’s a theme to it all, it’s that kitchens and what’s inside them have always echoed, and at times rebuked, the political, social, and economic tenor of the times.
It’s a long-ish article but worth it if you love spending time in the kitchen — cooking and ah, eating!
You think we’re broke and exhausted now? How about ten more years in Afghanistan: Petraeus: Afghan War Could Take Another Decade.
Question #81: Do you think the result of the invasion of war with Iraq was wroth the loss of American lives and other costs of attacking Iraq, or not?
Worth it: 23%
Not worth it: 71%
Don’t know/no answer: 6%
What a tragedy.
What a waste of lives and money and energy.
Some of us saw this writing on the wall before the invasion even began.
I was one of those on the streets trying to stop it but nobody would listen.
Hate to say it but I told you so America.
Millions of us did.
The DNC unveiled a redesigned website and logo overnight. If you ask me, the logo sucks:
Travel + Leisure put together some of the world’s coolest observation decks. Here are a few examples.
Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai:
I just heard that Vice President Joe Biden will be on the Rachel Maddow Show tonight.
What?! Has the Obama administration decided that it might, just might, want to speak to the base?
So, is Christine O’Donnell a lesbian? Following winger logic, she probably is. After all, she’s 41 years old and she’s never been married. (Channeling winger criticism of Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.)
What would we do if terrorists killed 13,000 Americans this year?
A new report by the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit environmental group, finds that pollution from coal-fired power plants will result in the premature death of more than 13,000 people this year. The report, which is an update from similar studies conducted in 2000 and 2004, says that emissions from coal plants, like sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), “continue to take a significant toll on the health and longevity of millions of Americans,” even though many of the emissions have decreased in recent years. The figures are significantly down from the 2004 study, which predicted nearly 24,000 deaths per year from coal pollutants.
And then there’s this idiocy:
Record sums were invested last year in coa power – the most carbon intensive form of energy on the planet – by the World Bank, despite international commitments to slash the carbon emissions blamed for climate change.
The World Bank said this week that a total of US$3.4bn (£2.2bn) – or a quarter of all funding for energy projects – was spent in the year to June 2010 helping to build new coal-fired power stations, including the controversial Medupi plant in South Africa. Over the same period the bank also spent $1bn (£640m) on looking and drilling for oil and gas.
However, the Bank Information Centre, which examined the spending, disagreed and said the figure invested in coal was $4.4bn in the fiscal year 2009-10.
The discrepancy is due to the World Bank not including in its figure a $1bn project in India which is funding power transmission networks for coal-fired power stations rather than the stations themselves.
Jesus, after nine years in Afghanistan, there’s this news:
Police fired into the air to disperse thousands of anti-American protesters in Aghanistan’s capital Wednesday, witnesses and police said, with one person killed and at least five wounded.
Demonstrators chanted “Death to America,” “Death to Christians,” and “Death to Karzai,” the latter referring to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in the biggest protests since unrest erupted last week over plans by a U.S. pastor to burn the Koran.
“There are more than 10,000 of the demonstrators and some of them are waving the Taliban flag,” police officer Mohammad Usman.
The protests come three days before a parliamentary election which the Taliban have vowed to disrupt. The election is a key test of stability in Afghanistan before U.S. President Barack Obama conducts a war strategy review in December.
It’s a good morning because I’m having fun watching Christine O’Donnell on the teevee. She’s gonna be fun to watch for the next two months.