Sunday, March 29, 2015

Koch brothers freak out in response to Rolling Stone expose

Koch brothers freak out in response to Rolling Stone expose

Tim Dickinson's fantastic expose of the Koch brothers in the latest issue of Rolling Stone has gotten plenty of attention. For very good reason: it's a well-sourced, deep dive into the very toxic—literally toxic—business that earned the Kochs enough money to buy up an entire political party. That and the wrongful death judgement, six felony and numerous misdemeanor convictions, the tens of millions of dollars in fines, and the trading with Iran are all included in the story, well worth your time.
  :Robert's favorite comment at the linked source follows;

I'm hoping Rolling Stone's younger demographic pays close attention to this story and gets out there to vote D this year............... and every other year.

by Mostel26

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Addicting Info – Nebraska Farmer Makes Room Full Of Fracking Supporters Go Silent With Just A Glass Of Water (VIDEO)

Addicting Info – Nebraska Farmer Makes Room Full Of Fracking Supporters Go Silent With Just A Glass Of Water (VIDEO)

Lest people think Osborne is a bleeding heart tree-hugger, he notes that he’s worked in the oil industry and still even has family who work in fracking. However, his background can’t stand in the way of the troubling facts about what fracking does to the environment, particularly to a farming and livestock intensive state like Nebraska which relies heavily on its water reserves to function.
  :Robert's favorite comment at the linked source follows;

Murl Lewis · Top Commenter · Works at U.S. Border Patrol
the only thing that should be done with 'fracking' water is use it to give enemas to the kochs

Cop Gets Firsthand Taste of Police Brutality During His Own Violent Arrest | Alternet

Cop Gets Firsthand Taste of Police Brutality During His Own Violent Arrest | Alternet

The video very clearly shows Williams being kicked and assaulted.

“These officers’ false reports destroyed my reputation, traumatized my family and nearly caused me to lose my job and my liberty. If I hadn’t discovered the surveillance videotape, I might never have been able to clear my name,” Williams said in a statement to KDKA.

This is not the first time we have seen that thin blue line injuring its own.

In February, an officer responding to a domestic disturbance at a North Texas residence, shot and killed an off-duty sheriff’s deputy.

At the end of January, we reported on a Yonkers police officer who shot a suicidal officer from another precinct, claiming he feared for his safety.
  

How Our Vengeful Society Destroys Vulnerable People | Alternet

How Our Vengeful Society Destroys Vulnerable People | Alternet

America's war on drugs is rife with terrible tactics that succeed in exacerbating the very problems they purport to fix. But even in that rich field of wildly misguided policy, few things are as bad as the treatment of poor people struggling with addiction.

From throwing drug users in jail, to shipping them to court-ordered rehab, to taking kids away from their mothers, standard responses to addiction can trigger trauma and mental health problems that often lead to substance abuse in the first place. And some of the most vulnerable populations—the homeless, or poor and minority women—become ensnared in a system of state control that can wreck any chance they have of pulling their lives back together.
  

Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate's New Power Vacuum. | Mother Jones

Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate's New Power Vacuum. | Mother Jones

As caucus secretary, Murray is the fourth-ranking member of Senate Democratic leadership, behind Reid, Durbin, and Schumer. If she decides to take on Schumer for Reid's job, Murray could be the first woman to serve as a party leader in the US Senate. Murray's office didn't respond to a request for comment on whether she'd run for the job and, besides a general statement praising Reid, was notably quiet on Friday.
  My favorite comment at the linked source follows;

jbarelli Howard Brodsky •
Why do I never see these "they're all the same" posts on right wing boards? Could someone be trying to either keep voter turnout down or get people to vote for candidates with no chance of winning? Gee, why would they do that primarily on liberal and progressive forums?

Hint - The Republicans don't care whether you don't vote for Democrats because you've been conned into thinking they're "just like Republicans" or whether you can't get the proper ID, or even if you'd just rather watch "Law and Order" reruns instead of voting.

As long as you don't vote for Democrats, they're happy, and if they can con progressives into spouting their propaganda for them, they're positively overjoyed.

Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate's New Power Vacuum. | Mother Jones

Forget Elizabeth Warren. Another Female Senator Has a Shot to Fill the Senate's New Power Vacuum. | Mother Jones

As caucus secretary, Murray is the fourth-ranking member of Senate Democratic leadership, behind Reid, Durbin, and Schumer. If she decides to take on Schumer for Reid's job, Murray could be the first woman to serve as a party leader in the US Senate. Murray's office didn't respond to a request for comment on whether she'd run for the job and, besides a general statement praising Reid, was notably quiet on Friday.
  

Friday, March 27, 2015

China Develops World's First Hydrogen-Powered Tram | IFLScience

China Develops World's First Hydrogen-Powered Tram | IFLScience

As the world’s biggest polluter, China may have earned its reputation as the big bad wolf of greenhouse gas emissions. That being said, officials left many with their mouths open recently after their rare admission that they are aware of the negative impacts emissions have on global climate, which could threaten the country’s infrastructure projects, crop yields and environment.

Although still reluctant to set a target for slashing emissions, China is investing a substantial amount into green energy and was even a world leader in renewable energy production back in 2013. They generate more wind power than any other country in the world and their contributions accounted for almost 30% of all global investment in clean energy. Now, continuing with their push for clean energy developments, China has just announced the production of the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram.
  My favorite comment at the linked source follows;

Diederick • This is basically nonsense from a sustainabilty [sic] prospect. Hydrogen is very costly to produce clean ("green"). I think Elon Musk said it best. You can find it on Youtube. Meanwhile, most trams run using power lines which which can be fed with grey or green electricity. If they wanted to cut emissions, they should have bought an off the shelf tram from Europe.

She's back! Arizona legislator suggests church attendance should be mandatory

She's back! Arizona legislator suggests church attendance should be mandatory

Arizona Sen. Sylvia Allen won the Viral Emmy of Stupid a few years ago when she famously said, during a committee hearing on uranium mining, "the earth's been here 6,000 years" and has managed to survive human plundering this long, so don't worry about a little digging near the Grand Canyon. At the end of the video below, Sen. Allen also says that once the uranium is gone, the mining company will patch everything up and "You'll never even know the mine was there when they're done."
  My favorite comment at the linked source follows;

Allen couldn't possibly be required to live in the
real world, because she lives in a parallel universe. There is no off ramp into the real world.

I loved this diary! Mother Mags, you must have gone to the same writing classes as Hunter. Your take down is brilliant, and very funny. Bravo! Happily tweeted.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Head Of The Episcopal Church Says It's 'Sinful' To Ignore Climate Change

Head Of The Episcopal Church Says It's 'Sinful' To Ignore Climate Change

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church had strong words this week for people who deny climate change based on "political interests" or "willful blindness."

"The Judeo-Christian tradition has always called those motivations sinful," Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori said Tuesday at an event to raise awareness about climate change. "It’s decidedly wrong to use resources that have been given into our collective care in ways that diminish the ability of others to share in abundant life."
  My favorite comment at the linked source follows;

Almighty God, in giving us dominion over things on earth, you made us fellow workers in your creation: Give us wisdom and reverence so to use the resources of nature, that no one may suffer from our abuse of them, and that generations yet to come may continue to praise you for your bounty; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The book of Common Prayer according to the use of The Episcopal Church, page 827

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

All Hell Breaks Loose On Ted Cruz's FB Page As Conservatives Go On The Attack -

All Hell Breaks Loose On Ted Cruz's FB Page As Conservatives Go On The Attack -

In mid-November, President Obama gave an interview on a Sunday talk show where he talked again about his support for Net Neutrality. So naturally the crazy Conservatives immediately came out against it. Ted Cruz posted to his Twitter account saying that a neutral internet was the same thing as Obamacare for the web.
  My favorite comment at the linked source follows;

Eric E Kim Well I guess I’m now a democrat. Thanks for making it easy for me Ted. Don’t fck with my internet.