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Halil
US Ecology (ECOL): Profiting From Potential Disaster Isn't Cynical, It's Sensible - NASDAQ.com - http://www.nasdaq.com/article...
US Ecology (ECOL): Profiting From Potential Disaster Isn't Cynical, It's Sensible - NASDAQ.com
The company, you see, is in the pollution control and cleanup business. In order for them to make money, there has to be hazardous waste to dispose of or an environmental disaster must have already occurred. To some, an investment that could conceivably have you profiting from disaster is, to say the least, somewhat distasteful. To an old forex guy like me, though, it is not only sensible, but also in some ways commendable. If ECOL succeeds in making disposal and treatment of hazardous waste freely available and relatively inexpensive, then the benefit to corporations of cutting corners with environmental protection is reduced. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
American democracy is doomed - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2015...
America's constitutional democracy is going to collapse. Some day — not tomorrow, not next year, but probably sometime before runaway climate change forces us to seek a new life in outer-space colonies — there is going to be a collapse of the legal and political order and its replacement by something else. If we're lucky, it won't be violent. If we're very lucky, it will lead us to tackle the underlying problems and result in a better, more robust, political system. If we're less lucky, well, then, something worse will happen. Very few people agree with me about this, of course. When I say it, people generally think that I'm kidding. America is the richest, most successful country on earth. The basic structure of its government has survived contested elections and Great Depressions and civil rights movements and world wars and terrorist attacks and global pandemics. People figure that whatever political problems it might have will prove transient — just as happened before. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
A little-known Virginia law is letting citizens start their own police force, carry a badge and arrest people | National Post - http://news.nationalpost.com/2015...
"Like more and more Virginians, Youlen gained his police powers using a little-known provision of state law that allows private citizens to petition the courts for the authority to carry a gun, display a badge and make arrests. The number of “special conservators of the peace” — or SCOPs, as they are known — has doubled in Virginia over the past decade to roughly 750, according to state records." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The trend has raised concerns in Virginia and elsewhere, because these armed officers often receive a small fraction of the training and oversight of their municipal counterparts. Arrests of private police officers and incidents involving SCOPs overstepping their authority have also raised concerns. The Virginia legislature approved a bill Friday increasing the training and regulation... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Report: Justice Department to Condemn Racially Biased Policing in Ferguson | Mother Jones - http://www.motherjones.com/politic...
"The US Department of Justice may have passed on filing federal charges against former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson after he shot and killed Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb last summer, but the department isn't letting the city's police force totally off the hook. According to the New York Times, the DOJ is about to release a report that accuses the Ferguson Police Department—and the city itself—of systemically mistreating the community's African American population with discriminatory traffic stops; disproportionate ticketing, arrests, and court fines; and physical abuse at the hands of police officers." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Richard Mack, Sheriff Who Refused Obamacare, Now Begs Strangers For Cash To Pay Medical Bills - http://www.inquisitr.com/1881557...
"Richard Mack, former sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, who became better known as a virulent opponent of the national health care law known as "Obamacare," is now begging for money from strangers online to pay medical bills for himself and his wife -- because they refused to buy into an Obamacare health plan and as a result, have no insurance." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Mack's site explains that he and his wife are "self-employed" and therefore have no medical insurance -- even though the Obamacare law is designed specifically to allow self-employed Americans to obtain health coverage." - Andrew C (✔)
Trying to figure out if Mack or the people who give him money are bigger dumbassess. - Anika
Andrew C (✔)
Marco Rubio Tries To Lecture Obama On ISIS, Commits Epic Error | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/world...
"Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) inexplicably told a conservative audience on Friday that President Barack Obama lacked a military strategy to confront ISIS because he feared upsetting Iran, a country that has actually committed itself to defeating the terrorist group." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"In the Senate, Rubio is a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Select Committee on Intelligence." - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
The right’s fear of education: What I learned as a (former) conservative military man - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2015...
"In America, to our everlasting shame, money is the absolute yardstick of goodness. I like money just like anyone, but many other things have brought me as much or more satisfaction: being a father, writing an essay or seeing a new part of the planet. It’s easy to pick on poetry, humanity or art degrees. I was able to go back to school in large part because my military service made it affordable. The GI Bill paid for both my master’s degrees. My background and rough start make me an unlikely champion of college education. I’ve also been socially adjusted for my whole life to feel like a pretentious asshole and a fraud every time I bring it up. But education makes a difference in people’s lives. That’s why sensible people need to stand up against the vilification of education. A good start is to support Barack Obama’s free community college initiative. I earned most of the credits for my very first undergraduate degree at community colleges, and those classes kickstarted my interest in... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Americans Favor Legalizing Pot and Criminalizing Congress - The New Yorker - http://www.newyorker.com/humor...
Americans Favor Legalizing Pot and Criminalizing Congress - The New Yorker
"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—By a huge majority, Americans support laws legalizing marijuana and criminalizing Congress, according to a poll released on Thursday. While the poll reflects a relaxation of attitudes about recreational pot use, it also suggests that many Americans now view membership in Congress as a problem ravaging the nation." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Stocks Are in a Bubble and the Fed Knows It - http://schiffgold.com/intervi...
Steven Perez
Republicans Unlearning Facts Learned in Third Grade - The New Yorker - http://www.newyorker.com/humor...
Republicans Unlearning Facts Learned in Third Grade - The New Yorker
"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In the hopes of appealing to Republican primary voters, candidates for the 2016 Presidential nomination are working around the clock to unlearn everything that they have learned since the third grade, aides to the candidates have confirmed. With the Iowa caucuses less than a year away, the hopefuls are busy scrubbing their brains of basic facts of math, science, and geography in an attempt to resemble the semi-sentient beings that Republican primary voters prize." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Nevada Lawmaker Says Cancer Is A Fungus, Recommends Simply Washing It Out | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/health...
"Fiore, who is also CEO of a healthcare company […] told listeners: “If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing, let’s say, salt water, sodium cardonate [sic], through that line, and flushing out the fungus… These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"The American Cancer Society warns that while cancer patients whose immune systems are weakened by high doses of chemotherapy can sometimes contract fungal infections, “there is no evidence that antifungal treatment causes the patients’ tumors to shrink.” Cancer Research UK dismisses the claim that sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can cure cancer as a debunked “persistent cancer myth.”" - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
"there is no Senator Rand Paul without his batty old man. He exists as a political figure because of the years Crazy Uncle Liberty (!) has spent luxuriating on the raggedy fringes of American politics. His is a career built on a foundation of bananas, crackers and nuts. Without the folks to whom his old man delivered this current idiocy, Aqua Buddha is an ophthalmologist with dubious credentials, trying to scratch out a career in Frankfort or Louisville." - Andrew C (✔)
Eivind
Karl reMarks: Obama Outlines His Vision for a Likeable, Watered-Down Version of Islam - http://www.karlremarks.com/2015...
Karl reMarks: Obama Outlines His Vision for a Likeable, Watered-Down Version of Islam
"Following his recent statements about the US being 'at war with those perverting Islam', American president Barack Obama has now expounded his vision for ‘a likeable, watered-down version of Islam’ that is sure to get the approval of a large number of non-Muslims. In an exclusive interview with our blog through which Obama wanted to reach out to a wide audience of ‘not too Islamic folks’, the president outlined his ideas for a ‘cooler, lighter Islam’, in a bid to galvanise support against the Islamic State." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
"While admitting that he is not an expert in Islamic theology, Obama explained that a lot could be learned from the experience of liberal Christians and Jews which illustrates that a more metaphorical interpretation of religious texts can help reconcile the differences between religious dogma and modern sensibilities. For example if the Bible says homosexuality is a sin, the... more... - Eivind
Halil
Steven Salaita's long-anticipated lawsuit against the U. of Illinois includes a twist. @insidehighered - https://www.insidehighered.com/news...
Steven Salaita's long-anticipated lawsuit against the U. of Illinois includes a twist. @insidehighered
But the seemingly inevitable lawsuit, filed in a U.S. district court in Illinois, contained a twist: Salaita is also suing the John Doe donors he says illegally interfered in his contractual agreement with the university. Legal experts call the move creative, if not realistic, and relatively rare among higher education claims. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History | ThinkProgress - http://thinkprogress.org/educati...
"An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"In August last year, the Republican National Committee blasted the Advanced Placement U.S. History test, claiming it “deliberately distorts and/or edits out important historical events.” The RNC said a new framework for the exam “reflects a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.” The College Board countered that the framework had not been changed since 2012." - Andrew C (✔)
"Efforts by conservative school board members in Colorado to make the Advanced Placement U.S. History course “more patriotic,” prompted a walk-out by students. Under the changes proposed in Colorado “students would only be taught lessons depicting American heritage in a positive light, and effectively ban any material that could lead to dissent.” In South Carolina conservatives asked... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Why are Conservatives so enamored with ignorance? One is forced to wonder if they might fear the effect of (legitimate, comprehensive) education on their election prospects... - Bren from iPhone
But what about Ad placement in U.S. History? That could be a moneymaker. - Ken Morley
I don't even understand how one could teach, say, the civil rights history of the US without including the negative stuff. - Andrew C (✔)
Well, you wouldn't teach that. - Todd Hoff
Halil
US Government plans to cull 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants - http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go...
US Government plans to cull 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants
In order to protect young salmon and steelhead trout in the Columbia River, US federal officials have come up with a proposal to cull around 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants that feed off them, reports the online National Monitor. The fish are listed under the Endangered Species Act as either threatened or endangered. - Halil from Bookmarklet
To save one species they are culling en masse another, difficult to decide how to react to this. - Halil
What will they do with the bodies, incinerate them? - Halil
I'm glad the plan is being challenged, if just to take a look at what might be done short-term and long-term to alleviate the problem. Habitat loss is likely a larger cause, but it might take too long to implement some of those changes, while shooting the birds is only a temporary "fix." - Jennifer Dittrich
Afaik once a flock has become used to a certain feeding ground it will always be an issue unless you can permanently encourage them to establish a new feeding ground, yes/no? - Halil
Culling may be appropriate in some cases, but too often it seems like the first tool off the shelf. - John (bird whisperer)
Andrew C (✔)
Sen. Jeff Jackson has Senate to himself | CharlotteObserver.com - http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2015...
Sen. Jeff Jackson has Senate to himself | CharlotteObserver.com
"[state] Sen. Jeff Jackson has had a busy day. He’s expanded Medicaid, restored university funding, approved non-partisan redistricting, made investments in wind and solar energy, outlawed puppy mills and enacted broad-based economic development." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
He doesn't have a quorum, of course, but it's pretty funny. - Andrew C (✔)
"Just had a big debate over whether to cut our university system even more. In a 1-0 vote, we decided that would be a terrible idea." - Andrew C (✔)
"Just came back from the Senate chamber. All votes were unanimous. Medicaid = expanded. Teachers = paid. Film = jobs. What's next? This is going to be like "Night at the Museum" except at the end we'll have a stronger middle class." - Andrew C (✔)
(more on his social media accounts: https://twitter.com/JeffJac... ) - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
GOP Builds Full-Scale Replica Of Struggling Ohio Town To Train Presidential Hopefuls | The Onion - America's Finest News Source - http://www.theonion.com/article...
GOP Builds Full-Scale Replica Of Struggling Ohio Town To Train Presidential Hopefuls | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Masterpiece of comedy. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Halil
Senate Panel OKs Ban on Triclosan - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories - http://www.cbs2iowa.com/news...
Senate Panel OKs Ban on Triclosan - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories
A Senate panel has advanced a bill that would prohibit in Iowa the sale of cleaning products that contain a certain sanitizing agent. The bill would prohibit a person from selling cleaning products that contain triclosan for the purpose of sanitizing. The ingredient is found in products like soaps and deodorants. Members of a human resources subcommittee advanced the bill Monday. It now moves to a full committee for review. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The Food and Drug Administration said in 2013 that there is no evidence that anti-bacterial soap cleansers with ingredients like triclosan were more effective than regular soap. The agency is reviewing the safety of triclosan in response to studies about its alleged health risks. Minnesota last year banned triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. - Halil
Oi, UK politicians are you watching this?!?!?!? Been writing to my MP to get this banned in UK with no success! :( - Halil
Steven Perez
Koch-Funded Groups: Cut All Federal Funding for Walking, Biking, Transit | Streetsblog USA - http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015...
Koch-Funded Groups: Cut All Federal Funding for Walking, Biking, Transit | Streetsblog USA
"Yesterday, a coalition of 50 groups, several funded by the Koch brothers, sent a letter to Congress arguing that the way to fix federal transportation funding is to cut the small portion that goes to walking, biking, and transit [PDF]. The signatories do not want Congress to even think about raising the gas tax, which has been steadily eaten away by inflation since 1993. The coalition membership includes many stalwarts of the Koch network, including Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Partners, and the Club for Growth. The Koch brothers recently went public with plans to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 elections." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Better to sink those bucks into fossil fuel subsidies! - Jenny H. from Android
Steven Perez
AT&T previews lawsuit it plans to file against FCC over net neutrality | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
AT&T previews lawsuit it plans to file against FCC over net neutrality | Ars Technica
"AT&T seems resigned to the near-certainty that the Federal Communications Commission will reclassify broadband as a common carrier service in order to enforce net neutrality rules. But it isn't going to let the decision stand without a legal challenge, and the company is already telling the world what it's going to argue in court." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Cry me a river, AT&T. - Jenny H. from Android
Andrew C (✔)
USDA pork inspectors speak out: “People are going to eat sh*t” - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2015...
"The USDA is piloting a new pork inspection program that features sped-up lines and a reduction in government inspectors — and its own inspectors are now speaking out publicly in condemnation of it." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"“I really think that is the story right there,” Ted Genoways, who spent four years investigating pork producer Hormel Foods for his book “The Chain,” told Salon. “The USDA has taken the position that people don’t care if there’s shit in their food. And I think that people do care. I think they care about that kind of contamination, and about the potential health consequences. And I... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Andrew Jerell Jones on Twitter: "Chris Christie 3 months ago: Ebola nurse, get treated!....Christie now: Government can't tell kids to get treated! http://t.co/tIdmlCaadg" - https://twitter.com/sluggah...
Andrew Jerell Jones on Twitter: "Chris Christie 3 months ago: Ebola nurse, get treated!....Christie now: Government can't tell kids to get treated! http://t.co/tIdmlCaadg"
Andrew Jerell Jones on Twitter: "Chris Christie 3 months ago: Ebola nurse, get treated!....Christie now: Government can't tell kids to get treated! http://t.co/tIdmlCaadg"
Andrew C (✔)
The President Picks A Fight Over The Budget - http://www.esquire.com/blogs...
"I thought the answer to Guthrie's persistent questioning should have been a lot simpler -- namely, that there are some hopeless fights that are worth having. So, today, the president picked that very fight with the Congress, sending up a budget guaranteed non-passage, but putting the Republican majority on the wrong side of a great number of issues from which there is no walking back after nearly 40 years of voodoo economics." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"What's necessary, of course, for his budget to be taken seriously is to have the president demonstrate that he takes his budget seriously. This means getting out there and hammering away at what an obscenity the carried-interest loophole really is, and how unpatriotic off-shoring profits should be regarded by anyone in this country struggling to get by. This means pinning the rush... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
Repeal of Medical Device Tax More Likely With Friends Across Party Lines | OpenSecrets Blog - http://www.opensecrets.org/news...
Repeal of Medical Device Tax More Likely With Friends Across Party Lines | OpenSecrets Blog
"Nearly five years after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, congressional Republicans have their best chance yet to follow through on a promise to undo part of it by repealing the medical device tax. A number of Democrats are on board for the repeal too. In fact, the tax is anything but a wedge partisan issue. But the bipartisanship may not have much to do with ideology: Republican lawmakers heading the effort have clear ties to the medical device industry and so do many of the Democrats who have signed on as cosponsors to the repeal. Opponents of the tax say the 2.3 percent levy on the devices — which can include anything from artificial hip replacements to rubber gloves — will inevitably mean layoffs, diminished profits, restructuring and higher prices for the consumer. In recent weeks, though, a Congressional Research Service report found that the actual impact may be “modest.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Indisputable proof that prosecutors and politicians are penalized when they hold police accountable - http://www.dailykos.com/story...
"In Albuquerque and Minneapolis, officers are letting local prosecutors and politicians alike know that holding them accountable, in any shape, form, or fashion, will come with very real consequences and repercussions from the police." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Halil
America: Save a Bald Eagle but face Jail time for doing so! « Raptor Politics - http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2015...
America: Save a Bald Eagle but face Jail time for doing so! « Raptor Politics
America: Save a Bald Eagle but face Jail time for doing so! « Raptor Politics
Illinois prosecutors next month will take wildlife photographer Steve Patterson to trial. His crime? Removing baby bald eagles from the wild. His punishment could be up to a year in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted of violating state laws that protect wildlife. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The question for the jury—did Patterson save two eaglets that had fallen from a tree from certain death, or did he criminally harass a protected species—will reverberate far beyond La Salle County, Illinois, and could influence the public’s willingness to help injured wildlife. - Halil
Andrew C (✔)
Republican SOTU responses get lost in translation | MSNBC - http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-...
"If Republican officials had said the two lawmakers intended to give different speeches, this might be less of an issue, but they actually said the opposite. Indeed, House Republicans specifically told reporters, in writing, that Curbelo would deliver “the Spanish-Language translated address of Sen. Joni Ernst response.” He’d have to change personal details such as his own name, but otherwise, it was supposed to be the same speech. Ernst, however, never mentioned immigration at all, while Curbelo devoted a paragraph to the issue. An English-speaking audience heard Republicans overlook immigration, while a Spanish-speaking audience was led to believe GOP lawmakers actually want to pass immigration reform. (They don’t.)" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"If this trick sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because we’ve seen the GOP try it before. About three years ago, we learned that Sen. Dean Heller (R) of Nevada created a campaign website with a separate, Spanish-language version. On the English-language version, the Republican condemned “amnesty” and “illegal immigrants,” while on the Spanish-language version, Heller conveniently forgot to include the same message." - Andrew C (✔)
It's like Republicans think that not many people know both English and Spanish well enough to notice the difference. - John (bird whisperer)
C'mon, John. We all know Hispanics don't speak any English. [/a little sarcasm] - Steven Perez
Prosey BUTTONS!
Propaganda and the Myth: Id As Ideology - http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread...
"The documentary though is real, and it is frightening—frightening because it IS real and confirms that pulling oneself out of poverty is nearly impossible. Wall Street chieftains, who subscribe to the philosophy that altruism is evil, greed is good, and privatization of everything is necessary, have shredded democracy. This is Ayn Rand’s vile vision. There’s footage of her in an interview. She’s creepy, chilling. No compassion for the poor. (Makes the hair on the back of my neck try to braid itself.) Rand’s a god to Paul Ryan, to the politicians whose plans include rolling back or eliminating safety nets for the impoverished while cutting taxes for the rich. Some of the nation’s most lucrative companies are paying little taxes, resulting in dysfunctional basic public services. Schools have suffered. Roads aren’t repaired. Civilization is at stake." - Prosey BUTTONS!
Andrew C (✔)
I hereby charge Timothy Loehmann and the Cleveland PD with the murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice - http://www.dailykos.com/story...
"When unarmed black men like Kendrec McDade and Amadou Diallo and Akai Gurley were killed by police, we were told to "wait for the facts to come out." Since then, we've learned that waiting for the facts is code for us to shut up and ignore the facts that actually are already available while the so-called American justice system prepares to railroad senseless victims and their heartbroken families so that reckless police can be exonerated. " - Andrew C (✔)
Further on down, King writes out the timeline of the new, longer surveillance video, showing that the officers did nothing for Rice -- who didn't die until the next day -- but did restrain his family from trying to help him. - Andrew C (✔)
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