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And ANOTHER “Water” Issue!

California moves beyond rationing in the wake of "the most crippling drought of modern times."
Posted by , Friday, January 31, 2014

More “Water” Issues

In China and Iran, entire lakes have disappeared. As the resident Cassandra on this issue (I was talking about water when others were concerned about peak oil almost 25 years ago), I take no comfort in "I told you so."
Posted by , Friday, January 31, 2014

Response to “Fluoride”: Calcifier of the Soul

This is why the phrase “a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing” was invented. There is NO relation between fluoride and fluoxetine!! They are COMPLETELY different molecules. What we think of as “fluoride” (the stuff in toothpaste, for example) is NaF. Fluoxetine is C17 H18 F3. "Fluoxetine" is simply a “brand name” but has NOTHING to do with fluoride. Yes, Fluoxetine has fluorINE (NOT fluorIDE) molecules within it, but, as the chemical structure above notes, it is the SMALLEST part of the molecule. The molecule is MOSTLY a hydro-carbon. THERE IS NO FLUORIDE IN PROZAC! PERIOD!! I REALLY wish that people would learn REAL science so they don’t keep regurgitating and perpetuating PSEUDO-science.
Posted by , Sunday, January 12, 2014

Why is this man in jail?!?!

"For over six years, Roger Shuler has hounded figures of the state legal and political establishment on his blog, Legal Schnauzer, a hothouse of furious but often fuzzily sourced allegations of deep corruption and wide-ranging conspiracy. Some of these allegations he has tested in court, having sued his neighbor, his neighbor’s lawyer, his former employer, the Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department, the Alabama State Bar and two county circuit judges, among others. Mostly, he has lost. But even those who longed for his muzzling, and there are many, did not see it coming like this: with Mr. Shuler sitting in jail indefinitely, and now on the list of imprisoned journalists worldwide kept by the Committee to Protect Journalists. There, in the company of jailed reporters in China, Iran and Egypt, is Mr. Shuler, the only person on the list in the Western Hemisphere."
Posted by , Saturday, January 11, 2014

Two States Set To Legalize Pot

As with gay marriage, the zeitgeist is changing.
Posted by , Saturday, December 14, 2013

Must-See Video: Why You Should Worry About the N.S.A.

Posted by , Monday, November 25, 2013

NYT: Marijuana Legalization Measures Pass (Mostly)

Except for two of three counties in Ohio, almost all of the marijuana legalization referendums in every other state passed.
Posted by , Wednesday, November 6, 2013

High-Tech!

The future of TV news is here - and (uh-oh!) Fox has it!
Posted by , Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Response to MB’s Recent 9/11 Post

Posted by , Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Yay! IRS Extends Marriage Benefits to Same-Sex Couples

Following fast on the SCOTUS decision, the Treasury Dept. says it will provide same-sex married couples the same tax benefits as straight couples. And it's about time!
Posted by , Thursday, August 29, 2013

Yay! Feds Won’t Challenge CO, WA Pot Legalization!

Holder says DOJ will not interfere with new Colorado and Washington laws legalizing marijuana. And it's about time!!
Posted by , Thursday, August 29, 2013

MUST-SEE VIDEO: BASHIR ON TRAYVON

This should be must viewing for everyone in America! Bravo!
Posted by , Thursday, July 25, 2013

Comment re “A Simple Truth About Drugs”

A comment from Ian Alterman
Posted by , Saturday, July 6, 2013

VIDEO: The 9/11 Election

Excellent documentary on the 2001 mayoral race, created by Mark Green's son, Jonah. It could have been subtitled: "How Bloomberg Bought His First Election." That said, one of the things that gets lost re 9/11 is that it is quite possible that Green would have been mayor had the elections been held on their originally scheduled dates.
Posted by , Thursday, June 6, 2013

NYC and NYPD Criticized

Judge in two-month stop-and-frisk trial is harsh on City and NYPD tactics. Final ruling to come soon.
Posted by , Sunday, May 26, 2013

AZ’s Arpaio Guilty

A federal judge finds that Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio violated the Constitutional rights of Latinos.
Posted by , Sunday, May 26, 2013

The coming legalization of pot?

No longer "if," but "how."
Posted by , Sunday, May 26, 2013

Video: “Park Avenue”

Excellent, informative and eye-opening one-hour documentary on income inequality, cleverly using the two "sides" of Park Avenue (the mega-rich Manhattan side, and the poverty-level Bronx side) as its focus.
Posted by , Sunday, May 26, 2013

NYT: A Tax System Stacked Against the 99 Percent

Joseph Stiglitz on our unfair tax system.
Posted by , Monday, April 15, 2013

Must-See Video: Global Wealth Inequality

An eye-opening - and very upsetting - graphic illustration of the "haves" and "have nots." This should be "must" viewing for every human with access to the Internet.
Posted by , Sunday, April 14, 2013

NYT: Hacktivists as Gadflies

"For some reason, it seems that the government considers hackers who are out to line their pockets less of a threat than those who are trying to make a political point. Consider the case of Andrew Auernheimer, better known as 'Weev.' When Weev discovered in 2010 that AT&T had left private information about its customers vulnerable on the Internet, he and a colleague wrote a script to access it. Technically, he did not 'hack' anything; he merely executed a simple version of what Google Web crawlers do every second of every day — sequentially walk through public URLs and extract the content. When he got the information (the e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad users, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rahm Emanuel, then the White House chief of staff), Weev did not try to profit from it; he notified the blog Gawker of the security hole. For this service Weev might have asked for free dinners for life, but instead he was recently sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay a fine of more than $73,000 in damages to AT&T to cover the cost of notifying its customers of its own security failure. When the federal judge Susan Wigenton sentenced Weev on March 18, she described him with prose that could have been lifted from the prosecutor Meletus in Plato’s 'Apology.' 'You consider yourself a hero of sorts,' she said, and noted that Weev’s 'special skills' in computer coding called for a more draconian sentence."
Posted by , Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hillary Speaks! (The Onion)

"How bad do I want it? Do I want it bad enough to waste years of my life—years I’ll never get back—meticulously crafting my public and private image to somehow appear relatable to a populace with 57 percent voter turnout? Do I want it bad enough to spend sleepless night after sleepless night dumbing down my deeply held political convictions into a pile of generic rhetorical slop that even the most dimwitted American can barely comprehend?"
Posted by , Friday, April 12, 2013

OWS Settles “Book” Lawsuit

@$16/book, plus legal fees.
Posted by , Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Harper’s: The Rise and Fall of Occupy Wall Street (Must-Read)

Not what you think. I found this article so compelling that I did not want to wait six to ten months for it to become available online. So I re-typed the entire thing.
Posted by , Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NYT: Visions of Drones Swarming U.S. Skies Hit Bipartisan Nerve

Important posts by both MBs on Rand Paul's filibuster. But not included in either article was the impetus for it: not the use of drones to kill Americans here (though that came up), but their increasing use for surveillance. I disagree with RP on just about everything, and he did get a tad hyperbolic at times. But the importance of this issue cannot be exaggerated. We are going down a VERY slippery slope here, one that leads inexorably from "simple" surveillance uses to broader such uses - and, NOT so far-fetched an idea, to their use for more than just surveillance. As always, the MSM is dismissing the Cassandras as "conspiracy theorists," marginalizing concerned voices. We must NOT allow that!
Posted by , Monday, March 11, 2013