Archive for June 20, 2012
This morning at 9:50 a.m. the power went out at my house. I called Xcel Energy and got a recording about how they were “aware” there was an “outage in my area.” There was no wind. No snow. No rain. The power came back on at 11:15 a.m.
On May 27 at 7:40 p.m. the power went out at my house. I called Xcel Energy and got a recording about how they were “aware” there was an “outage in my area.” There was no wind. No snow. No rain. The power came back on at 8:45 p.m.
On May 12 at 7:45 a.m. the power went out at my house. I called Xcel Energy and got a recording about how they were “aware” there was an “outage in my area.” There was no wind. No snow. No rain. The power came back on at 9:10 a.m.
Three power outages in six weeks?
Xcel’s CEO, Benjamin Fowke III got a $500,000 bonus last year (his total “compensation” (note how they don’t call it a salary anymore like they do for us Little People) was $5,974,445) because of his great work.
So, yo Mr. Fowke. Could you make it so my household doesn’t have to shut down for an hour or two every few weeks?
Thanks in advance.
The party-line vote by the Oversight Committee was 23 ayes (Republicans) to 17 nays (Democrats).
More than 200 people around the world entered TckTckTck‘s Date with History competition for a chance to speak truth to power and tell world leaders about the future they want at the Rio Earth Summit in June 2012. Out of all the entries, the public and our diverse jury of environmental leaders, activists and celebrities, 17-year-old Brittany Trilford of Wellington, New Zealand was selected as the winner.
And today, Brittany Trilford stood up and spoke to 130 heads of state in Rio. This is what she said:
On behalf of all the children I know, thank you Brittany. You nailed it.
OMG. The righties are going nuts over the faux controversy over Fast and Furious (a program begun during the Bush administration in 2006 and then called Operation Wide Receiver) because hello, don’t look now but it’s an election year. Woo hoo!
Anyway, they’re freaked that an uppity Obama invoked his executive privilege to stop an uppity Eric Holder from turning over documents, some of which are, by law, mandated to be kept secret (like grand jury testimony).
Meanwhile, this is at the top of the Drudge Report right now, a leader of the wingnut brigade:
Cute huh? Comparing Obama to Nixon for God’s sake as if executive privilege hasn’t been invoked since Watergate. Drudge knows his audience is stupid just like Fox does otherwise he wouldn’t try to pull this s–t. The fact is, Bill Clinton invoked executive privilege 14 times and George W. Bush invoked it six times.
This is the first time Obama has used it.
Crazy goes mainstream.
Here’s a story from my local newspaper:
Nederland police and Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers tranquilized and relocated a young moose who wandered into the town’s skate park this morning.
Officials said the juvenile bull moose walked into the bowl of the skate park and couldn’t get out. He was trying to climb up the steep sides, and rangers were worried he might break a leg and have to be put down.
The moose was tranquilized and moved to a more appropriate area, officials said.
Poor thing. I hope he’s old enough to be separated from his mama.
Amazing factoid from Talking Points Memo:
Ever heard of hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking – the controversial practice of extracing natural gas and oil from rock by pumping highly pressured water and other liquids under the Earth? If not, you’re in good company. A whopping 35 percent of some 2,400 in a representative sample of the U.S. conducted by the University of Texas Austin had “never heard of” the process, while another 28 percent “were not familiar” with it, meaning that 63 percent of the nation doesn’t know what the process is.
Thanks American media!
I love this perfect description of what passes for “news” in the U.S. these days. It’s a quote from Aaron Sorkin, the creator of The West Wing who will debut a new show on HBO on June 24 called, The Newsroom:
The thing that I worry about more is the media’s bias toward fairness. Nobody uses the word lie anymore. Suddenly, everything is “a difference of opinion.” If the entire House Republican caucus were to walk onto the floor one day and say “The Earth is flat,” the headline on the New York Times the next day would read “Democrats and Republicans Can’t Agree on Shape of Earth.” I don’t believe the truth always lies in the middle. I don’t believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of “fairness” is what’s troubling to me.
But back to my point. It seems very important that if someone on the right in the news screws up in a really bad way, that the media find someone on the left who screwed up in some kind of way so that we can have a “One From Column A, One From Column B” kind of situation. And that if there are five from Column A, there can’t be only three from Column B, because then they’ll be accused of liberal bias.
Bingo. Exactly right.
And then there’s this bonus quote — from the show — that is hilarious:
In one episode of Newsroom, we hear Will say, “I’m a registered Republican—I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not by gay marriage.”
Gotta remember that!
This is what a maniacal obsession with shrinking government gets you:
Over 120 CIA documents concerning 9/11, Osama bin Laden and counterterrorism were published today [6-19-12] for the first time, having been newly declassified and released to the National Security Archive.
The material contains much new information about the hunt before and after 9/11 for bin Laden, the development of the drone campaign in AfPak, and al-Qaida’s relationship with America’s ally, Pakistan. Perhaps most damning are the documents showing that the CIA had bin Laden in its cross hairs a full year before 9/11 — but didn’t get the funding from the Bush administration White House to take him out or even continue monitoring him. The CIA materials directly contradict the many claims of Bush officials that it was aggressively pursuing al-Qaida prior to 9/11, and that nobody could have predicted the attacks. “I don’t think the Bush administration would want to see these released, because they paint a picture of the CIA knowing something would happen before 9/11, but they didn’t get the institutional support they needed,” says Barbara Elias-Sanborn, the NSA fellow who edited the materials.
I periodically check NASA’s “Image of the Day” site because they post cool photos there. This is today’s. It’s called “Blue Marble 2012 — Arctic View.”
Fifteen orbits of the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite provided the VIIRS instrument enough time (and longitude) to gather the pixels for this synthesized view of Earth showing the Arctic, Europe, and Asia.
Suomi NPP orbits the Earth about 14 times each day and observes nearly the entire surface. The NPP satellite continues key data records that are critical for climate change science.