Monday, March 31, 2014

Five Takeaways from the latest Climate Report

Food is going to be a big problem  -The Poor will be hit hard but the Rich will feel it too  -The world will become less stable  -Wealthy Countries are not pulling their weight

America is NOT the greatest country in the world any more - 3 minutes of honesty

This is sobering but necessary.

4 arguments that scream save public education!

The education privatizers are trying to convince us that parental 'choice' will solve all the problems in our schools. But the choice they have in mind is to dismantle a once-proud system of education that was nurtured and funded by a society of Americans willing to work together.
The wealthiest among us seem to have forgotten how important it is to cooperate, as most Americans did in the post-WW2 years, in order to forge new paths of productivity and inventiveness.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cancer killing Vegetables - Garlic, spinach, onions, kale

Good Information - They cover a variety of cancers and the cure.

Poverty is the biggest problem for Public Education today

The October 2013 Southern Education Foundation study indicates clearly that poverty, which has long been the biggest obstacle to educational achievement, is more important than ever. It is our true 21st century problem. Fifty years ago, we educated mostly working-class kids and up, and we did not expect those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder to graduate. Now we educate all students, including the very poorest and otherwise disadvantaged.

Koch Brothers - Buying Congress one politician at a time.

Policy making is cheap to the Koch Brothers.  Politicians are being bought off for a relatively low price and the Koch Brothers make Billions off of us, the middle class and poor.

Climate Science vs Climate Politics - A chart that explains much

Climate Science vs Climate Politics - Check out this chart.  

If you follow the news on climate change, you hear it over and over again: 97 percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is real and caused by human activity.
On Tuesday, geochemist James Lawrence Powell took that rhetoric even further, releasing a study finding that out of all 10,855 climate studies published in peer-review journals during 2013, only two of them explicitly rejected anthropogenic global warming. Put another way, that’s roughly .02 percent of published research that denies outright the existence of man-made climate change.

OUR TAX DOLLARS are being wasting our money on teaching CREATIONISM! Public Funding for non-science is horrible.

Although it is a well-established legal precedent that it is a gross violation of the United States Constitution, there is a monumentally concerted effort to funnel taxpayer dollars meant for public education to private religious schools to inculcate superstition founded on the Christian deity and the bizarre notion it created the entire Universe in six literal 24-hour days. In a report last week it was revealed that taxpayers are unknowingly funding $1 billion in tuition for private schools teaching creationism in 14 states across America, including hundreds of religious schools training children that modern biology, geology and cosmology are all lies.

School Privatization is turning into a disaster

I think at the rate we're moving now, we will see places like Detroit, New Orleans, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and many, many other cities where public schools become, if they still exist, they will be a dumping ground for the kids that the charter schools don't want. We will see the privatization of public education run rampant. 

Even though privatization is a disaster it is being pushed because there is big money to be made.  Those profits are being taken out of the education of the students is the problem.  I am teaching in Alaska and watching the cuts taking place, it is not good for the students.

A sustainable life - Is it possible to live comfortably off the grid? Yes, this video says.

The earth house sounds interesting.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Climate Change - No argument needed, think logically

We only get to play the climate game once.  If we get it wrong - we are screwed.  Short and interesting discussion on climate change options. 
very well done.

Texas Right Wing NutJob arrested on his way to rob a bank.

It sounds like he thought he could get away with it - Crazy Stuff.  When the I HATE OBAMA noise is taken seriously by the Right Wing Crazies.

GunFail - 29 shootings this past week. A slow week.

A relatively calm week in GunFAIL, finally with equally quiet numbers among the child victims. I found just five last week, ages 4, 12, 14, 14 and 16. That may be a record low!
No such slowdown in the number of people who accidentally shot themselves, though. There were still 21 of those, and the estimate of about 75 per month seems well on track for the month of March, where we're already up to 72. That brings the current running total for the year to 219. Of course, those are just the victims for whom I've been able to produce links.

Also, one dudebro visiting the neighborhood tattoo and piercing parlor who took his gun out to show his buds, and ended up with a free piercing.

Hobby Lobby - The slippery Slope

Lawyers will love this law, lots of money to be made sorting it out.

Staunch Republican says OBAMACARE WORKS!! Cheaper and better than what he ever had before.

Obamacare is working!

New Rules - Bill Maher

Advice to Democrats

Fracking - A discussion on The Daily Show: The Benefits of Fracking

The "Daily Show" ran a segment on hydraulic fracturing on Thursday night that featured its "correspondent" Asif Mandvi interviewing people on the controversial oil and gas extraction process known as "fracking."
Mandvi talked to Marita Noon, a former Christian speaker and the executive director of New Mexico-based Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy, a non-profit lobbying organization that also operates a group called Energy Makes America Great.

Tax Cuts for the Rich DO NOT INCREASE JOBS! This wealthy man explains.

Meet Nick Hanauer. He’s a very wealthy man, his family owns a lot of things, and he’s invested in some big companies that started out small (ahem ... Amazon...). He’s got a few things to say about who the job creators really are in our country, and it goes totally against the standard trope you usually hear from politicians and talking heads. Delightfully so.

What a great little house. I want to build this.

My hideaway from the world.

Half of American Citizens are at or near Poverty. Is this the America you want?

The costs of food and housing and education and health care and transportation and child care and taxes have been well-defined by organizations such as the  Economic Policy Institute, which calculated that a U.S. family of three would require an average of about $48,000 a year to meet basic needs; and by the  Working Poor Families Project, which estimates the income required for basic needs for a family of four at about $45,000. The  median household income is $51,000.

Fermented Vegetables are good for your health

I need these.

It is past time for women to speak up against Men who make laws against their body and reproduction.

Men Can Say Stupid Things On TV. When They Do, Women Have A Way Of Shutting That Down.

Gererational War on Social Security - Taking Social Security away from our elders. The war is on.

RAISE THE LIMIT to keep Social Security solid for the next 75 years!  Presently, SS is taken out on the first 110,000 of income.  So Billionaires and Millionaires are not paying any more than you and I.  The wealthiest are making a killing as we can see with income inequality.  The least they can do is pay Social Security Tax on income up to 300,000 and it will keep the system solvent for many years to come.

...generational warfare cheerleaders are proclaiming that America is heading toward an epic and immoral conflict as better-off seniors are robbing millennials of shrinking federal dollars because retirement programs cost too much. That’s simply false, as Social Security is solvent through 2033, and spending on all mandatory programs as a percentage of GDP is close to where it’s been since 1975, at 21 percent.

Piers Morgan - Gun Control, His final comment

After reminding his viewers of the sobering statistics of gun violence in the U.S., Morgan let it rip;
“…I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theater, and then just a few months later, 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, that the absurd gun laws in this country would change – but nothing has happened. The gun lobby… lead by the NRA, has bullied this countries’ politicians into cowardly supine silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms. This is a shameful situation…”

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hobby Lobby case - Corporate America will be hurt big if Hobby Lobby gets religious designation. Interesting

All of this is a sideshow to the ensuing carnival of unintended consequences that will be unleashed should our venerated SCOTUS, inc.--or more precisely, Justice Kennedy, inc.--decide to grant supernatural powers to every corporation in America.
So says trial lawyer extraordinaire and Ring of Fire radio host Mike Papantonio (appearing yesterday on the Ed Schultz radio show) who says such a ruling would be good news for anyone damaged by corporate malfeasance.  For Hobby Lobby's super Jesus Powers would not only mark the end of Corporate Personhood.  It would end Corporate Indemnity.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

4 Ways giving Religious Rights to Businesses can hurt average citizens

- The right to discriminate will be in law.  -Employers can determine health care  - Women's rights will be limited.

10 Republican Lies - DEBUNKED

I hasten to note that this list obviously doesn't cover everything and I'm sure you'll have some additional examples for the comments below. But the following are definitely the 10 most mendacious things the GOP has attempted to foist upon the American public.

Sugar Substitute that kills bacteria on teeth, xylitol

Xylitol - Using it instead of sugar is like brushing your teeth according to this dentist.

We are losing another teacher. - Teacher Shortage looming

I too am quitting teaching.  I find the grind much too difficult and draining.  I see constant poverty and need of children and parents but less and less help available.  From my position as teacher I see homelessness, lack of food, mental illness, lack of medical care and imprisonment of a parent.  The above issues are daily and they trump the childs need to develop their reading, writing and math skills.  I am moving away from teaching because the heart ache and frustration of teaching is just too much to bare.  I am also away from my family so I am moving back to be a grandfather and father as well.  I DID NOT renew my teaching certificate in OR because I am done with teaching as my profession of choice.  TESTING, TESTING, TESTING instead of putting the needs of the child first is also a major consideration for leaving.  I just do not see us getting back to doing what is best for the child.

I am writing today to let you know that I am resigning my position as PreK and Kindergarten teacher in the Cambridge Public Schools. It is with deep sadness that I have reached this decision, as I have loved my job, my school community, and the families and amazing and dedicated faculty I have been connected with throughout the district for the past eighteen years. I have always seen myself as a public school teacher, and fully intended to work until retirement in the public school system. Further, I am the product of public schools, and my son attended Cambridge Public Schools from PreK through Grade 12. I am and always have been a firm believer in quality public education.

Women in poverty and on Welfare - The real story.

"People were embracing higher and higher standards for marriage," Edin explains. From a financial standpoint alone, "the men that would have been marriageable [in the 1950s] are no longer marriageable now. That's a cultural change." The low-income women in Edin's study reported that decent, trustworthy, available men were in short supply in their communities, where there were often major sex imbalances thanks to high incarceration rates. This, Edin found, was why low-income women were willing to decouple childbearing from marriage: They believed if they waited until everything was perfect, they might never have children. And children, says Edin, are "the thing in life you can't live without." As one subject explained, "I don't wanna have a big trail of divorce, you know. I'd rather say, 'Yes, I had my kids out of wedlock' than say, 'I married this idiot.' It's like a pride thing."

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Paul Ryan's latest Culture comments about the poor is just another excuse not to do anything.

Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem.
That’s the real issue with what Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said about distressed inner-city communities. Critics who accuse him of racism are missing the point. What he’s really guilty of is providing a reason for government to throw up its hands in mock helplessness.

Jon Stewart mocks the crazy news coverage regarding the missing airplane

Stewart said that CNN had one minute of good, accurate coverage of the plane's disappearance before he figured the network realized "Oh, sh*t, we got 23 hours and 59 seconds left to fill. F*ck it, let's go nuts."

It's Gone: Mudslide and a community disappears

OSO, Wash. (AP) — First there was a "whoosh." Elaine Young said she thought it might be a chimney fire, a rush of air that lasted about 45 seconds. But when she stepped outside there was ominous silence. Something felt very, very wrong.
And then she saw it. Behind the house, a suffocating wall of heavy mud had crashed through the neighborhood.

The meaning of life - an explanation

The meaning of life with or without religion as your leading guide through life.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fred Phelp's son Nathan gives a very sincere and worthwhile message about his Dad's passing. Good Stuff

On behalf of Nathan Phelps, son of former Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps, Recovering From Religion issues the following official statement: “Fred Phelps is now the past. The present and the future are for the living. Unfortunately, Fred’s ideas have not died with him, but live on, not just among the members of Westboro Baptist Church, but among the many communities and small minds that refuse to recognize the equality and humanity of our brothers and sisters on this small planet we share. I will mourn his passing, not for the man he was, but for the man he could have been.

New Rules - Bill Maher Great

Bill Maher on Dems taking back the semantics of Political discussions.

Orange - Cinnamon cleaning agent - make it yourself

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sore Throat Medicines: Honey and stuff

Climate Scientists are very concerned - You should be concerned too.

Average global temperature has increased by about 1.4˚F over the last 100 years. Sea level is rising, and some types of extreme events — such as heat waves and heavy precipitation events -– are happening more frequently. Recent scientific findings indicate that climate change is likely responsible for the increase in the intensity of many of these events in recent years.

4 Years of Obamacare - IT IS WORKING!!! A 4 minute video

The numbers are staggering about the good things created by Obamacare.

10 Lunacies from the Right Wing this past week.

Women want malls and Not Equal Pay - OK.

10 Insane History Lessons taught in Voucher Schools - You and I are paying for this.

1. The Great Depression: Made Up to Spread Socialism
In a section titled "More Rumors," America: Land I Love In Christian Perspective takes on the origins of the Great Depression. The book explains that,
"Some people wanted to create an imaginary crisis in order to move the country toward socialism. They spread rumors of bank mortgage foreclosures and mass evictions from farms, homes and apartments.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

The President - The Biggest Tree in the World and how they photographed it

Putting this tree in one picture was a massive undertaking.  They took many photographs and morphed them together to get a single picture.

Hydrogen Pyroxide has many healthy and cleaning uses

You can even brush your teeth with it and put it in your bathtub.

Herbs for High Blood Pressure

These are what I need.

Obamacare hits 5 Million enrollees

Just last week the White House had announced 4.2 million sign-ups through February, not counting Medicaid enrollments, which means the pace has picked up in the last two weeks. The pace of enrollments is likely to continue over the next two weeks, meaning the administration's goal of six million enrollees is likely to be reached.

Conservative Fellow admits the US has third world health insurance. Great

Aasif Mandvi of The Daily Show used his wit to force the truth out of Fox conservative business commentator Todd Wilemon. It was a smooth takedown that left the professional in a fight for words.
“The US healthcare system is the best in the world,” said Wilemon. “But now with Obamacare our choices have been limited. You know, people are going to be seeing this cost more. I am getting less. I am not going to be happy.”

5 Times when News Anchors got Shut Down by experts

News and Fox in Particular are selling a political idea.  Here they try to lead the witness and it backfires.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A video of Mendenhall Glacier - Great

I was just in the ice cave today.  This is a great little video.

Me in an Ice Cave at Mendenhall Glacier.

Me in an Ice Cave today on the Mendenhall Glacier.  I might add that the Ice Cave from 4 years ago (now a pile of rock and sand) was much bigger.  This one goes in about 60 yards.

How do we know what is true? Great Video that explains it well

I am almost embarrassed to admit that I was virtually unaware of the many talents of the great Stephen Fry before seeing him in "V for Vendetta."

I loved that film and loved his character in it.

Since then I have learned a great deal about his vast body of work,

GunFail: People shot this week!

Another week heavy on the accidental self-shooters. I'm getting the impression that this was always the case, since the stream seems fairly regular and consistent. But it wasn't until recently that I really began counting them as a distinct category. This list includes 21 people who accidentally shot themselves, plus one 8-year-old injured by the recoil of a handgun he found and fired. In combing through the posts from early 2013, and keeping tabs as we go through 2014, it seems we can expect to find about 75 such cases each month.
All the regular categories were represented: four gun-cleaning accidents, one "home invasion" shooting (in which one "Second Amendments" a neighbor's property), two holster accidents, four guns dropped and discharged, two cop and/or security guard mishaps, and an assortment of target shooting accidents, "just trying to scare someone" accidents, and "just wanted to show off my gun" accidents.

February caps 29 year of warmer than normal months on Earth. (Polar Cap temps have increased dramatically)

What is not shown here is that temperatures in polar regions were remarkably between 5.4 and 12.6 deg F above the 1981-2010 climate mean!

Texas Woman destroyed Texas bigoted abortion bill

This was quite good.  It needs to happen more often.

18 Right Wing Myths about President Obama - Debunked. Good Information

1) Obama takes too many vacations.

 FACT: As of August 16th of 2013, Obama had taken 92 days of vacation vs 367 for George W. Bush.

2) Obama has divided the nation.

FACT: Obama has done more to unite this nation than any president since Lincoln. But he’s up against a phalanx of 21st Century separatists, racists and neo-fascists, some of whom have openly proposed seceding. Here… let me hold that door for you. Besides; who’s dividing the Republican party into right wing and ultra-far right wings? Is Obama doing that too? Nope. Look in a mirror Teabigots.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Health Care compared to other nations. Hint: (We PAY MORE than England for no insurance.)

John Green is kind of amazing. He knows his facts way better than you or me. And they are mind-blowing and/or horrifying.

This is a great video and you learn a lot in just a few minutes of your time.  Well worth the time.

Republican Austerity Budgeting is a Terrible Mistake.

"The global economy is extremely fragile right now," says Reich. "This is the worst time to take the false snake oil of austerity economics. It's a very dangerous potion. We are doing it here in the US as well. We are not doing it as loudly, we're not embracing it quite as much, but the fact of the matter is we do need a much more stimulative fiscal policy."

Striking a note that politicians on the left should be pondering, he adds: "I think the whole debate about stimulus or austerity is really about the business cycle. What we are talking about – widening inequality – is more structural and that requires, beyond a reversal of austerity, some much more fundamental reforms."

New Federal Study to test Pot on PTSD, Groundbreaking.

For the first time, the Federal Government has approved a study to test if and when POT can successfully treat PTSD with soldiers.  The Feds normally put people in jail for smoking Pot.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Smoke in the cabin of the downed plane? This explanation makes sense.

This is a very good explanation of what could have happened to flight 370.  It makes much more sense than most other explanations I have seen.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Juanita Jean - There is no such thing as a Republican Woman. Busy Republican Girls

Honey, there is no such thing as a Republican woman.  There are Republican girls but once a girl becomes a woman, she becomes a Democrat.
This is the damn strangest story.

The Ryan War On Poverty just makes Poverty worse - Example - Kentucky

All of the Right Wing Policies have been in place and there has been sky rocketing unemployment and poverty.  The only hope they have are the programs which Paul Ryan is trying to stop or defund.

10 Ways the US abuses us citizens

Being poor, a minority or a woman in the US means YOU HAVE FEWER RIGHTS than white, middle class and/or wealthy.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cancer: Milk Thistle works on skin cancer

AMAZING news – please share: Scientists have found that Milk thistle protects against both UV-induced skin cancer and “photo aging” (light degradation) of skin.
Two University of Colorado (USA) Cancer Center studies, the second of which was published on Jan 28th 2013, have demonstrated that silibinin – the main active ingredient in milk thistle seed extract – has efficacy against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB)-induced skin carcinogenesis and photo-aging.
What’s truly astonishing is that silibinin has been found to act selectively – killing cells that have been mutated by UVA, while simultaneously being non-toxic to healthy cells and also accelerating repair of UVB-damaged non-cancerous cells.

The Missing Jet - WHERE IS IT? WHAT HAPPENED? This is the best total explanation I have seen.

Most likely, and by "most likely" I mean the probability is approximately 99.999999999999%, the plane and its unfortunate passengers are scattered like confetti across a large portion of the seafloor under the Gulf of Thailand or the Andaman Sea.

It does go into alternate theories.  Personally, I am hoping it is hidden in a jungle so at some point the innocent passengers can eventually make it back home to their loved one.  Realistically, that is probably not going to happen.

Tiny House with a queen sized bed. (less than 300 sf)

The more I see these, the more I think I might want to try this.

Jon Stewart and Anita Hill talk about her harrassment by Clarence Thomas 22 years ago.

There is a new movie called ANITA talking about sexual harrassment in our society now and in the past.

Sarah Silverman speaks for me - Let's protect the child!

Sarah Silverman is Pro Life and so am I.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Idiots and Politics: A video to explain how Politics works these days.

The Rich Liars hair smart people to know what Idiots think and guide the Idiots thinking to vote in the Rich Liars.

Jon Stewart Shames Republicans for Voting NO on the Veterans Jobs Bill

Jon Stewart is right on target again.

12 cures for sore muscles

cures for sore muscles.  As I get older, I need these.

Maher: Noah's Ark - quite good

And finally, New Rule: No one can blame me when I say this is a stupid country, when 60% of the adults in it think the Noah's Ark story is literally true.  Which is why I'm already sick of seeing the ads for this floating piece of giraffe crap.

The TeaParty and Right Wing are working to REPEAL THE 20TH Century.

Silly me: President Obama’s executive order to expand opportunities for overtime pay Thursday seemed like a win-win. Currently, if you make more than $23,000, you can’t necessarily receive overtime; the president’s order would raise that cap, and also make it harder for employers to classify people with almost no supervisory duties as “supervisors” and thus exempt.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Colbert: Applauds Fox for exposing the hidden danger of paying people overtime

Stephen Colbert couldn’t agree more, which is why he celebrated Cavuto and the crack team at Fox News for their willingness to speak hard truths about who deserves to be paid for their labor.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Republican Rape Insurance Stirs Outrage

Rape Insurance before you get raped or get pregnant from incest is wrong!!  The Republican War on Women continues.

2 elephants see each other after 20 years. Great Story

One elephant gets unchained and let go in a preserve with an old elephant friend.

Krystal Ball Brutally Eviscerates The GOP and trashes Corporate Dems - Interesting

Short version: The GOP is a staggering corpse that is fading into irrelevance and the real future is in the fight between pro-corporate Democrats and pro-worker Democrats.
But you definitely want to see it for yourself . . .

Penus Pumps for old men but no Contraception for women - Government (Republican) Hypocrisy.

Semantha Bee talks about Penus Pumps and how the Government will pay for them but do not want to pay for Contraception for women or Family Planning.

The Florida State Attorney who vindictively wants Marissa Alexander in Jail for 60 years.

A black woman cannot use Stand Your Ground Laws with this State Attorney.  Stand Your Ground for White Males only it seems.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gun Accidents this past week. Kids shot: 9 of 13 were under 10 (5 were pre-schoolers) 23 addidentally shot

An extraordinarily tough week for the kids this time around, with 13 accidentally shot, and a number of very young ones among the victims. Nine of the 13 were under age 10, and five of them were pre-schoolers. One of the victims was identified only as a child, so we can only guess how old he or she was. It could've been worse, of course. One of our "home invasion" shootings involved a stray bullet sent through the window of a home daycare. A total of six lucky Americans were gifted a freedom projectile by neighbors or other area patriots last week.
The other big total, surprising no one, was the number people who accidentally shot themselves: 23 of them.

50 Signs of watching too much Fox News

1. You are OUTRAGED at how Obama has shredded the Constitution but can’t name any rights you’ve lost since January 20, 2009.
2. You think record breaking cold weather in the middle of winter disproves “Global Warming.”
3. You think record breaking cold weather in the middle of winter disproves “Global Warming” but record breaking heat waves in the summer are just a fluke.
47 more

Cancer: Alkaline approach can successfully treat cancer

In the 1930′s, an interesting natural cancer treatment was proposed as a simple, effective answer to cancer – almost any cancer. This treatment approach is not well known because it is considered alternative or experimental – or even dangerous – by the medical and scientific community and hence has been referenced primarily in obscure publications outside the mainstream press.
This treatment approach is called alkaline therapy or pH therapy, and is based in part on observations of cultures without significant incidence of cancer and in part on scientific observations of and experimentation with cellular metabolism.
- See more at:
Kale, Cucumbers, Peppers are just a few of the vegetables recommended.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Maps Of the South: A Bad Place To Live For the Poor

If you want to achieve the American Dream, don't move to the South. That's because states in the South have extremely low levels of economic mobility.

Julia Boonstras lied when she said her insurance was too costly and she could not keep her doctor! SHE LIED!

She is saving over 1200.00 this year and she keeps her doctor as well.  She was not even close to being correct on her facts.

Lowest Health Care Cost Increase in 15 years - Obamacare is working

So to sum up, employer health care costs are rising at the slowest rate in fifteen years, employees are becoming better health care shoppers and making better choices concerning their health, and despite Republican propaganda employers have no intention of dropping employee health care plans.

And don't forget, this is being reported in Forbes Magazine, which is not exactly known for their cheerleading on behalf of Obamacare.

Jon Stewart - CPAC - The Paul Ryan Free Lunch Lie

One of the speeches he highlighted was Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) "moving" story about a boy who chose a brown-bag lunch over a free school meal -- the moral being that food assistance programs are liberals' ineffective patch for the problem of child poverty, or as Ryan called it, offering a "full stomach and an empty soul."
"Full stomach empty soul? Actually I think that's the slogan for Arby's," Stewart joked.
He then pointed out that not only did the woman Ryan took the story from never meet the boy mentioned in the anecdote, but the story's original author and the boy she wrote about regularly make public appearances advocating for free school lunches.

On Issue after Issue - Republicans are Wrong

President Obama’s cautiousness in deploying U.S. troops is in keeping with the nation’s evolving attitude toward long, expensive, overseas conflicts without directly achievable objectives. In late January of this year, results from a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll indicated that more than 50 percent of respondents (across party lines) believed that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan waged across most of the 21st Century to date, failed to achieve anything of consequence. At least not anything to warrant the costs, both economic and in human terms.

NC slashes water protection staff shortly after major coal ash spill!

North Carolina has moved forward with a decision to cut 13 percent of the agency responsible for protecting water resources even as one of the nation's largest coal ash spills continued to devastate rivers in the state.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Poor Can NO LONGER AFFORD Pneumonia Treatment

Yes, this is a scary headline. Almost sounds sensational. It isn't. It is a cold hard fact. At this moment, if you are counting your pennies, trying to scrape up enough to pay for a $4 drug at Wal-Mart or Target, you can not afford an antibiotic that will treat your walking pneumonia---meaning that you could end up in the hospital saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

Cancer - Ovarian: Frankincense more effective than Chemotherapy?

Pregnant Woman Shot and Killed by Trooper Husband

Guns are dangerous even in the hands of a good guy.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Glaciers are shrinking and ocean levels are rising because of it

As climate-watchers and coastal-dwellers keep a weather eye out for signals of irreversible changes in the environment, the world’s fastest-moving glacier has already begun self-destruction.
Jakobshavn is now shedding ice nearly three times as quickly as it was 20 years ago, dumping enormous and growing quantities into the ocean. It's contributed 0.1 millimeters per year to worldwide sea-level rise — more than 3 percent of the 3 mm produced globally — for the past decade.
The glacier “has been retreating for the last 100 years,” according to Ian Joughin, senior principal engineer at the Polar Science Center, part of the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory. “Retreat” means a glacier is shrinking in length, losing more ice from its face that meets the water than accumulates from higher up.
But it was only in recent decades that the retreat reached extreme levels.

Fukushima: Children told - 'Don't touch the air outside."

In Koriyama, the city recommended shortly after the disaster that children up to two years old not spend more than 15 minutes outside each day. Those aged 3 to 5 should limit their outdoor time to 30 minutes or less.
These limits were lifted last October, but many kindergartens and nursery schools continue to adhere to the limits, in line with the wishes of worried parents.
One mother at an indoor Koriyama playground was overheard telling her child: “Try to avoid touching the outside air”.

Sarah Palin speech at CPAC - Esquire discusses her speech. Great Critique

A friend bailed on the speech, making the very plausible case that Palin is simply another political celebrity freakshow, like Donald Trump. I can see the point there but, with Palin, and watching the hysterical reception her puerile screed received, there is something more serious going on. She is the living representation of the infantilization of American politics, a poisonous Grimm Sister telling toxic fairy tales to audiences drunk on fear, and hate and nonsense. She respects no standards but her own. She is in perpetual tantrum, railing against her betters, which is practically everyone, and volunteering for the job of avatar to the country's reckless vandal of a political Id. It was the address of a malignant child delivered to an audience of malignant children. If you applauded, you're an idiot and I feel sorry for you.

Iditarod - Mushing with Jeff King. He has a helmet cam.

Those dogs are amazing.   1000+ miles on a dog sled.

Herb that kills cancer cells - Take in pill form

Artimisinin is what it is called.

20 ways to boost circulation

I need these.  I woke up with a numb hand the other day.

TransCanada Pipeline oil to go to China and oil spills - Facts

It is not oil - it is a thick gunk and it corrodes steal which causes oil spills and it is horrible to clean up.  The health hazards with this stuff is massive and IT ENDS UP IN CHINA not the US.   There are only 50 or less permanent jobs made with this pipeline and THE COST OF GAS AND OIL WILL NOT GO DOWN if the pipeline is built.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pictures of Denali - Trip from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Mudflats.

Great Pictures of Denali.
The road from Anchorage to Fairbanks and back is spectacular regardless of the season. I recently posted some photos from an autumn ride which were rich in color and clouds. But winter holds a particular charm of its own, with stands of bare birches and aspen; snow-kissed spruce; sawtooth mountain ridges that somehow look larger clad in white; and expansive vistas of frost-covered valleys, dotted with lakes and rivers frozen solid and covered with snow. There are few signs that humans exist, other than occasional power lines, and the very highway that takes you from the beginning to the end of the trip. Add to this visual banquet a crystal clear day with bright blue sky and visibility of hundreds of miles, and you get this.

CPAC Conference - Lots of Craigslist Personnal Ads asking for Gay Encounters - interesting.

Blasting Gays during the day must make them horny.

Keystone is NOT JUST ANOTHER PIPELINE! It is toxic and dangerous when it spills.

Keystone isn't any normal pipeline.  It would pump tar sands oil, one of the dirtiest fuels on Earth.  Adding more tar sands oil to our energy mix would accelerate climate change, put our health at risk for generations, and tarnish our international reputation. 
Tar sands are a sticky mixture of oil, sediment, and other compounds that requires lots of energy to extract and refine.  According to the State Department’s analysis of the Keystone project, Canadian tar sands oil produces 17 percent more carbon pollution on its journey from the ground to a tailpipe or smoke stack than the average crude we use.

Climatologist who predicted the Calif drought 10 years ago says we CAN EXPECT WORSE in the future.

scientists a decade ago not only predicted the loss of Arctic ice would dry out California, they also precisely predicted the specific, unprecedented change in the jet stream that has in fact caused the unprecedented nature of the California drought. Study co-author, Prof. Lisa Sloan, told me last week that, “I think the actual situation in the next few decades could be even more dire that our study suggested.”
Back in 2004, Sloan, professor of Earth sciences at UC Santa Cruz, and her graduate student Jacob Sewall published, “Disappearing Arctic sea ice reduces available water in the American west” (subs. req’d). They used powerful computers “to simulate the effects of reduced Arctic sea ice,” and “their most striking finding was a significant reduction in rain and snowfall in the American West.”

A fellow teacher saw a bear in her yard yesterday.

I was talking to a teacher and she said she saw a bear (looked like it had brown) while she was taking her garbage out before going to school.  She and he dog had to walk past the bear to get back into her house.  She then had to get to school and was a bit afraid to make it out to her car but did.

The brown part is a bit weird because we don't have many brown bears here, we have black bears.  2 or 3 brown bears were seen last fall.  Maybe the Browns have found us.  Bears seem to be coming out of hibernation.


Finally - Someone brought up the embassys attacked and people killed during the Bush Years! Took long enough

CNN's Begala Timed Them: It Took Crossfire Conservatives Under 5 Minutes To Invoke Benghazi Smears Against Hillary Clinton

Begala: "How Many Died In The 13 Attacks Under Bush And You Didn't Say A Peep?"

Friday, March 7, 2014

Why we invaded Iraq! Rachel Maddow does some investigative Reporting.

I do not often insist that people watch and share a documentary, however  I am doing so with this.

Shipping Container Houses - Great

These homes blow my mind! It's amazing to see that they can recreate a living space as elegant as these from shipping containers. If you like this idea too, share it with others.

Climate Denier Buffoons - 5 Reasons (debunked) they refuse to see reason.

California’s record-breaking drought. Britain’s record-breaking floods. Australia’s unprecedented heat wave. And the polar vortex, times three. The only thing that matched the degree of extreme weather we saw this past winter was the extreme amount of climate denial that arose in response.
The overwhelming majority of Americans, and nearly all scientists, believe that climate change is real and caused by human activity.

Jesse Ventura calls Bullshit on Bitchy Billionaires

Tuesday on his show “Off the Grid,” former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura “called bullsh*t” on the “one percent” who are complaining about anti-rich persecution despite being allowed to run amok in the United States.
“With great power comes great responsibility, and with great wealth comes the right to b*tch and moan when you’re being persecuted. Not on my watch. I’m knocking the silver spoons out of the number one percenters mouths on today’s ‘Off the Grid,’” he remarked.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ed Schultz finally opposes the Keystone Pipeline

Ed changes his stance on : "Mr. President say no to this project...I was wrong."

What war does to Children - A startling and short video.

What war does to children.  I would also say that Poverty can do similar things to kids.

Jon Stewart - Republicans are shamed for screwing over Veterans

Stewart went on to say, “So the VA is wasteful, often, and ineffective. This is true, and adds to the debt for this bill. But apparently those were things that these senators didn’t worry about in 2008, when they voted to continue funding the Iraq war despite the Pentagon being unable to account for a missing $15 billion worth of sh*t that we bought.”

Wall Street: They need to make less money so our economy can move forward

Wall Street apologists argue that financiers are responsible for boosting U.S. productivity and creating new, decent-paying jobs. Well, we're still waiting. In fact, in the decade following the early 1990s, labor's share of our national income actually declined by 7.2 percent. Why?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Republicans are desperate at finding a scandal.

Issa held a hearing when he knew the person would not testify.  He would not let the Democrats ask any questions and in my mind, Republican Issa made a fool of himself.

Jon Stewart - What would Reagan do with Putin and Russia?

Great information

Fresh Water - Drinking water is a crisis

Have you heard? The world is running out of accessible clean water.
Humanity is polluting, mismanaging, and displacing our finite freshwater sources at an alarming rate. Since 1990, half the rivers in China have disappeared. The Ogallala Aquifer that supplies the U.S. breadbasket will be gone “in our lifetime,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.

KeyStone Pipeline would be like adding 42 coal plants - A Hazard to our Environment. (Raise the cost $10.00 barrell too)

A new study says our environment will be in danger if Keystone is allowed.

Polar Ice Cap Melt - see it here

Ice reflects the heat back into space.  As we lose ice, the heat does not reflect and heats up our atmosphere.  The less the ice, the more the heating.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Kochs - 7ways they benefit from Welfare for the Rich

Charles and David Koch, the secretive billionaire brothers who own Koch Industries, the largest private oil company in America, have spent millions bankrolling free-market think tanks and pro-business politicians in order, as David Koch has put it, “to minimize the role of government, to maximize the role of private economy and to maximize personal freedoms.” But a closer look at their dealings reveals that for the past 35 years the brothers have never shied away from using government subsidies to maximize their own profits, even while endeavoring to limit government spending on anything else. Simply put: the Kochs have no problem with socialism — as long as they’re in on the action.

Putin and Russia are not healthy - a few facts

Under what metric are Putin and Russia “#winning” with the invasion into Crimea? The Russian Central Bank just raised interest rates 150 bps in response to weakness in the Ruble. The Ruble is now the worst performing currency in the world this year.
The Russian economy has been very weak already so a rise In interest rates will weaken it even more going forward. This is all happening before the West imposes any sort of sanctions against the Russian government and those connected to Putin. Enormous sums of wealth from Russia have been laundered in the US and Europe so there are plenty of assets to go after. Even with all of the above it’s clear that Russia has lost a significant chunk of Ukraine from its influence. If there is a partition there will be a large portion of Ukraine that is western leaning. So, how is Russia better off now than they were three months ago? Putin must be playing some game of 3D chess.

9 Toxins to Remove From Your Life

Interesting stuff

Monday, March 3, 2014


Duke Oil is ruining the water and NORTH CAROLINA said nothing - UNTIL THE BIG SPILL

From now on, regulators were told, they must focus on customer service, meaning issuing environmental permits for businesses as quickly as possible. Big changes are coming, the official said, according to three people in the meeting, two of whom took notes. “If you don’t like change, you’ll be gone.”
But when the nation’s largest utility, Duke Energy, spilled 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River in early February, those big changes were suddenly playing out in a different light.

Guns cause 3 times the number of people killed and injured from the 9/11 attacks - YEARLY!!

The terrorist attacks on on the New York Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 resulted in 2,996 deaths. More than 6,000 were injured. Firearms cause cause death and injury at the rate of about three (3) September 11s each year.

The new laws in Arizona are not just racist, they are stupid! It was vetoed for the wrong reasons.

With every piece of ludicrous legislation, it becomes increasingly apparent that AZ- the postal abbreviation for the Grand Canyon State- stands for Angry Zenophobes. And yes, xenophobe is actually spelled with an X, but the insensible and intolerant denizens of Arizona are probably unaware of that. Arizona: the American Uganda. It’s not the hate, it’s the stupidity.

7 Numbers show how most American were robbed of their retirement money.

The dream of a comfortable retirement is dying for many Americans. It's being extracted as a form of tribute to the very rich, a redistribution of our nation's wealth, a "tax" imposed on the middle and lower classes and paid for with their retirement savings.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mendenhall Glacier Pictures from today.

 I skied into Mendenhall Glacier today.  I broke a ski pole which was a pain.  It was sunny and about 30 degrees but the wind was blowing 20 to 25 MPH to make it quite cold.  A little over a week ago I was in Death Valley and today skiing over a frozen lake to hang out at Mendenhall Glacier.  
I feel fortunate.

Van Jones: 'You can't point to God to excuse your bigotry.'

Van Jones is great, as always.

GW Bush Iraq invasion has Handcuffed President Obama on Options against Russia

For over two hundred years, America refrained from the practice of unilaterally invading a sovereign nation. It was part of our national DNA not to partake in preemptive war and as such we were on firm moral footing to call out the very kind of aggressive conduct the Russians are engaging in Ukraine.
We do not have those unimpeachable credentials, now - and we do not have them because President George W. Bush launched a preemptive war against a sovereign nation not to protect American lives and interests, but rather what one could strongly argue was more accurately the satisfaction of a personal vendetta.
The final analysis must reflect  that the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, without cause or justification, perhaps forever weakened America’s position to call out other nations for unprovoked aggression. Inescapably, that puts President Obama and American prestige in the untenable position it is today.

Pallet Home - Interesting

It says it can be built in one day.

8 Funny Auto Corrects

Union Membership in many countries.

What I find interesting is that the most unionized countries generally have the best economies and the most people working.

Job Growth in the Private Sector has been steady and growing under President Obama.

It would even be better if President Obama had gotten his jobs bill and a tax credit for bringing jobs  back from overseas.

How Corporations conquered Anerica and ruined our health.

Corporations only care about money NOT HEALTH or the safety of the consumer.
On the business side, corporate managers really had only a few choices that allowed them to satisfy investors’ growing thirst for quick and steady returns on investment. They could create blockbuster products that produced windfall profits for at least a few quarters or years. They could dramatically increase market share by finding new populations of customers or by driving competitors out of business. They could buy and sell companies, hoping to profit by selling off assets or acquiring fast-growing businesses. Finally, companies could increase profits by firing workers, cutting benefits, or using their political muscle to lower taxes or resist or weaken regulations, thereby leaving more revenue as profit. On the political front, corporations expanded each of these opportunities by deploying their new armies of lawyers, lobbyists, public relations staff, and trade associations.

People Killed by guns - A comparison

The US is highter than countries that have strict gun laws.  I had someone send me a chart where the US was low but the chart left off countries that were lower.  This is the real chart.

13 Amazing Wildlife Photos

He's only been taking photos in a serious way for about 3 years — but you'd never know it by looking at his portfolio. Take a look.  Tin Man Lee is the Photographer

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Republican Lies: Pentagon Budget NOT CUT TO 1930's levels. The truth

To fully grasp how absurd and filled with historical amnesia this “pre-World War II” claim is, just look at how the United States Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) characterized the challenge facing General George C. Marshall in 1939—before Germany invaded its first country and then-President Fraklin D. Roosevelt pretended that the U.S. was neutral while sending old Army planes to England.
“The U.S. Army in 1939 ranked 17 th in the world in size, consisting of slightly more than 200,000 Regular Army soldiers and slightly less than 200,000 National Guardsmen—all organized in woefully understrength and undertrained formations,” a SSI paper by Col. John T. Nelson said. “The Army possessed ony 329 crude light tanks and only a handful of truly modern combat aircraft with a total inventory of just over 1,800 planes.”

Bill Maher to Bill Crystal - Have you even met a war you didn't love?

I really like Bill Maher.

32 DeTox Smoothies

32 detox drinks to detox various parts of the body

Maddow - Texas - War on Women explained. Big Problems for Women

30,000 Unplanned Pregnancies because of closing services for Family Planning.

Bill Maher smacks down the entitled rich

Living on 500 Million dollars is so very difficult?  Really?  You are oppressed because of your millons?

20 Foods to give you the most energy

Minimum Wage for the wealthy

$150,000 per year is all the wealthy ask.

EPA Moves to Block Pebble Mine - Great News!

The fisheries in Bristol Bay could be devastated by the Pebble Mine.  Pebble needs to be stopped.

Medicaid Expansion - Jon Stewart, Where Expansion was not done - result

Al Madrigal talks to people without health care because Republican Governors turned down Medicaid Expansion.

Texas Conservative Republicans took away Health Care for Women in Texas - The Result

Texas has slashed funding for women’s health, leaving  more than 155,000 women statewide without cancer screenings, birth control, and other health care. This shameful status is an “achievement”? The inadequate avenues still standing can be “better coordinated”? Sen. Nelson’s Orwellian doublespeak is a political farce, and it doesn’t fool the savvy women of this state. They are fed up with out-of-touch politicians and ready for change.

Guttng Public Education: Conservatives and vouchers are dumbing down our kids. 7 crazy things they are now vbeing taught.

Conservatives are masters at using distortion and subterfuge to sell people on things they would never buy if properly labeled. Nowhere is this more evident than in the arena of “school choice” -- a conservative euphemism for "gutting public education from the inside out."