Saturday, September 20, 2014


White House announces plan to train 50,000 people, including veterans, to install solar panels | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

White House announces plan to train 50,000 people, including veterans, to install solar panels | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.
The jobs training program is among a host of initiatives the White House says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by more than 300 million tons through 2030, plus save billions of dollars on energy bills for homeowners and businesses. It will launch this fall at one or more military bases and train a total of at least 50,000, including veterans.
  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Watch: A neuroscientist debunks common beliefs about drug addiction - Vox

Watch: A neuroscientist debunks common beliefs about drug addiction - Vox

Carl Hart is a neuroscientist and drug addiction expert at Columbia University. In a recent TEDMED talk, Hart spoke about drug addiction and the many misconceptions surrounding the topic — and how those misconceptions can mislead drug policy.

Hart went into neuroscience to cure the drug addiction he blamed for causing crime and poverty in his old Miami neighborhood. But when he began to work on the issue, he learned that his assumptions were wrong.
  

Watch: A neuroscientist debunks common beliefs about drug addiction - Vox

Watch: A neuroscientist debunks common beliefs about drug addiction - Vox

Carl Hart is a neuroscientist and drug addiction expert at Columbia University. In a recent TEDMED talk, Hart spoke about drug addiction and the many misconceptions surrounding the topic — and how those misconceptions can mislead drug policy.

Hart went into neuroscience to cure the drug addiction he blamed for causing crime and poverty in his old Miami neighborhood. But when he began to work on the issue, he learned that his assumptions were wrong.
  

Wisconsin Republican Drops Out Of State Assembly Race Over 'F*gs,' 'N***ers' Remarks

Wisconsin Republican Drops Out Of State Assembly Race Over 'F*gs,' 'N***ers' Remarks

A 19-year-old Wisconsin Republican running for state assembly dropped out of his race after admitting to using offensive language on social media.

On Sept. 11, Jacob Dorsey apologized for a "hurtful" tweet that said, “f*gs need 2 leave my favorite state alone.” He dropped out of the race Wednesday after admitting he'd used other offensive language while referencing black people and gay people in YouTube comments.

“I have decided to withdraw from the race due to insensitive remarks that have surfaced from years past,” Dorsey told the Janesville Gazette. “This race has been extremely hard on my family and myself.”
  

Idiotic Wisconsin Republican lawsuit: ballot placement is only fair when they're on top

Idiotic Wisconsin Republican lawsuit: ballot placement is only fair when they're on top

The ballot is unfair because Democrats are listed first! It wasn't unfair in 2012, when Republicans were listed first. Because, you know, Republicans were listed first.
So to recap, the only fair Wisconsin ballots are ones where Republicans are listed first, and where draconian photo ID requirements protect against voter fraud that doesn't exist.

But hey, can't blame them. It's not as if they can win fair and square on their ideas.
  

Irate banker, tired of barking dog, shoots wrong corgi in front of horrified neighbors

Irate banker, tired of barking dog, shoots wrong corgi in front of horrified neighbors

A "prominent" Washington state banker who became enraged by a barking dog reportedly tried to kill the animal in front of its owners but shot the wrong dog, KIRO reported this week.

According to The Bellingham Herald, 55-year-old David William Latham had heard a dog barking for hours on Sept. 13 so he grabbed a rifle and walked across the street to where the dogs were confined in a neighbor’s fence.
  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Former Army General Lambasts Oil Industry for 'Hijacking' Democracy

Former Army General Lambasts Oil Industry for 'Hijacking' Democracy

After a BP executive lambasted “opportunistic” environmentalists and journalistic “sensationalism” from a podium in front of hundreds of environmental journalists in a New Orleans ballroom Wednesday evening, Russel Honore could not hide his disgust. Taking the podium some time after, Honore, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General, had harsh words for the oil and gas industry. In the four years that has passed since the BP oil spill, Honore has run out of patience with energy companies that he says have “hijacked” his state.

“They have hijacked our damn democracy. They lobby, they write the laws.”
  

Bernie Sanders: "You Can't Criticize the President for Trying to Think This Through." Blue Nation Review

Bernie Sanders: "You Can't Criticize the President for Trying to Think This Through." Blue Nation Review

“You can’t criticize the President for trying to think this one through,” Sanders toldT Blitzer this week. “Bush and Chaney were forceful, they were direct and it turned out to be a major blunder of which we are suffering today.”

Sanders reiterated his opposition to ground forces being used in opposition to ISIS on behalf of veterans saying, “I’m very concerned about two things: Ground troops getting caught up… our young people getting caught up in war. I’m Chairman of the Veterans Committee. I have seen what the war in Iraq has done to hundreds of thousands of young people and I worry about that. And second of all, I don’t know why the tax payers of Vermont have got to defend the royal family of Saudi Arabia which is worth hundreds of billions of dollars.”
  

Actual Religious Freedom Creates an Anti-First Amendment Firestorm in Bible Belt

Actual Religious Freedom Creates an Anti-First Amendment Firestorm in Bible Belt

The clash between Satanic magic and Christian magic is heating up in Oklahoma as a Satanic group gets ready to mock the Eucharist on September 21.
Liberty Counsel, which pretends to be “dedicated to advancing religious freedom,” yet which regularly attacks the religious freedom of others, is now asserting that that groups whose religious practices “offend other faiths” should be prohibited. Bob Unruh at World Net Daily tells us that “‘God-loving Americans’ confront ‘filth peddling’ Satanists” over the Black Mass in “the heart of the Bible belt.”  ...  Liberty Counsel is more than happy to champion its own spokesperson’s religious freedom when they are attacking Islam in a public place. But God and therefore the government forbid anyone else should have access to the same rights as a Christian.