44 Comments on “Thursday Reads: Snowzilla and Other News”

  1. Fannie says:

    Hope you are totally prepared for the incoming snowzilla, and super glad you got your computer in order. Thanks for the links this morning.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    BBC News: Young people in UK “feel they have nothing to live for.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25559089

    Good job, austerity fanatics!

  3. BB I am glad you got that computer thing fixed too. Are you all stocked up and ready for the snow? There is a real annoying commercial I saw with Michael Bolton, that ass clown…and this cartoon hit the feel you get while watching it.

    Then this made me chuckle as well: Oops! Woman accidentally gets gift intended for Obama family friend | theGrio

    On New Year’s Eve, an Illinois woman finally received a package her brother-in-law had sent to her family for Christmas. The damaged box came with a surprise: A gift from “Barack, Michelle + the girls,” according to the handwriting on the self-adhesive gift tag.

    Alane Ecklund Church said her husband opened the box at breakfast on New Year’s Day and found it in “major disarray.”

    “The gifts were broken open. Parts of the old box were in this toilet paper box that the post office repackaged, and in the bottom of the box was this extra gift,” Church told the TODAY anchors on Thursday via Skype. “We were reading the tag, trying to figure out where this came from. It was opened, so we then discovered this was a very personal gift to Mama Kaye.”

    That would be Eleanor “Mama Kaye” Wilson, a close friend of the Obama family and godmother to Sasha and Malia. And the gift was a personalized book of photographs.

    “It’s very special. Private moments of their year of 2013 together,” Church said.

    After learning who the gift’s intended recipient was, Church tracked Wilson down and phoned her. That’s when she learned the Obama daughters make their godmother a memory book every year.

  4. Thanks for the update on the building fire in Minn. I tried to find out about that last night and could not get any info on it. Sounds suspicious to me…

  5. Delphyne49 says:

    Wow – that’s some picture of your street, BB – it rivals some of the ones in SF!

    I know what you mean about the forecasters – we were supposed to get light snow last night and there was none. Everyone around here is hyped up for the storm – it’s like being around a bunch of kids who’ve had too much sugar. Hopefully, the dire blizzard predictions will not materialize.

    Stay safe and warm!

    • bostonboomer says:

      That’s not my street, lol. Sorry if I gave that impression. It’s Beacon Hill in downtown Boston up near the State House. It’s one of the most expensive addresses around here. John Kerry has a house on top of Beacon Hill.

      I live in a northwestern suburb. I do live on a steep hill though.

      • Delphyne49 says:

        No, my eyes did not see that you wrote Boston’s Beacon Street – I saw Boston Boomer’s Street! I remember you said you lived on a steep hill and I just thought this was your street.

        • bostonboomer says:

          I figured that’s why you thought that. My hill has little cape cod houses on it and a few larger ones that were there before the development in the 1950s. Plus a couple houses that have been enlarged and one big ugly house that someone built at the top of the hill for some unfathomable reason.

  6. RalphB says:

    I posted this on yesterday’s thread at 2 am but it’s good enough to try again. This guy has them nailed.

    Salon: Why I fled libertarianism — and became a liberal

    I was a Ron Paul delegate back in 2008 — now I’m a Democrat. Here’s my personal tale of disgust and self-discovery

  7. RalphB says:

    Paul Waldman: The Two Americas Will Be the Defining Trend of 2014

    Democratic and Republican states will move further apart and the differences will become starkly clear to people living there. Will the differences cause population shifts?

  8. RalphB says:

    SteveM: STUFF THAT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN, ACCORDING TO THE RIGHT-WING MEDIA

    One shining example.

    Also not supposed to happen? A population increase in Jerry Brown’s California:

    The United States population grew only 0.72 percent last year, to 316,128,839 in July from 313,873,685 a year earlier, according to figures released Monday by the Census Bureau….

    There was strong growth … in California….

    The largest population increases over the year were in Texas (387,397 people), California (332,643) and Florida (232,111)…. California this year became the first state to top 38 million residents, with a population of 38,332,521….

    You may recall that in the early part of 2013, Fox became obsessed with the notion that California taxes were going to provoke a mass exodus from the state

    Oh, and the states in the bottom 15 in terms of population growth for 2013 include Wisconsin, Kansas, Mississippi, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico — all with right-wing/tea party governors. So what’s the pattern?

    • bostonboomer says:

      I heard this morning that Massachusetts grew too, though not that much.

      When Romney was Governor, we were losing population like crazy. It’s got to be related to economics.

      • bostonboomer says:

        But regionally, Massachusetts was the leader, with the other five New England states all ranking in the bottom 10 nationally in growth rate.

        Massachusetts has “some natural advantages vis-à-vis the rest of New England — we’re a natural magnet for young people to come here to study,” said Michael Goodman, an associate professor of public policy at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

        He said the relatively high quality of life here and the economic situation were draws for graduates to stay.

        Given that the state’s population skews older — and is expected to get even grayer in years to come — continued movement to the area, by students and others, remains important for Massachusetts, he said.

        • RalphB says:

          We’ve grown like crazy for the last 30 years and it has nothing to do with the lack of a state income tax. Since the 80s TX economy has diversified to be not very dependent on energy now. However, the energy industry is still big enough to make us somewhat counter cyclical and more resilient during recessions etc.

          It’s quite easy to start a business here and corporations locate here because of cheap land and construction costs. Low taxes don’t matter as much as a well educated work force due to the state university system, but that could easily change, and a pay scale which I imagine is below average. People move here because of the availability of jobs and cheap real estate. Though there may be some wingnut migration to other areas, in my area most folks move here from California or the Northeast and there are lots of them.

        • Mary Luke says:

          We are only growing at the top part of the income scale, because no one else can afford to live here. The economic situation for most people is getting steadily worse. We have the highest single family home price in the continental U.S.

          • RalphB says:

            I think that was true for the most part when I lived there in the 70s, at least for the coastal cities. Whole developments of $million+ houses were built in the West Austin hills which are full of CA migrants who think they got great deals.

          • bostonboomer says:

            I think she’s talking about MA. House prices have started going up around here again too.

          • RalphB says:

            Oh, oops! If housing prices go higher than San Francisco, then that will be a mess for anyone who isn’t rich.

  9. RalphB says:

    OFA is launching a new Web site, complete with videos and interactive maps, to showcase personal testimonials from those enrolled in the new health care exchanges…

    http://www.barackobama.com/health-care-stories/

  10. bostonboomer says:

    27,000 May Die Next Year Because Republican Governors, Lawmakers Refuse to Expand Medicaid

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ethan-rome/27000-may-die-next-year-b_b_4473163.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

    • RalphB says:

      Ed Kilgore has been calling the lack of Medicare expansion the Wingnut Hole. Five million people are stuck in the wingnut hole,

  11. bostonboomer says:

    I just learned that this storm is called “Hercules.” LOL

    https://plus.google.com/+TheWeatherChannel/posts/Sdvi7976g7f

  12. RalphB says:

    Yep, it’s Florida.

    Tampa Bay Times: Man deemed criminally insane arrested with van full of guns

    TAMPA — A man who shot a trucker to death in 1992 but was judged to be criminally insane seemed nervous Saturday when stopped for speeding east of Gainesville, a deputy reported.

    David Harris Dunaway, 58, was wanted by federal authorities, the deputy learned. A grand jury in Tampa had indicted him on a gun charge Dec. 18, alleging that he had a pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition, illegal for someone with Dunaway’s medical history.

    But in a search of his green Honda van, the deputy found more — 36 guns, 4,629 rounds….

  13. dakinikat says:

    Anyone serious about defending freedom or killing ducks can now purchase nine varieties of Mossberg shotgun, two semiautomatic rifles, or a semiautomatic pistol branded with the logo of the culture-warrin’, gay-bashin’ Roberston clan — plus, an American-flag bandanna comes with every purchase — because nothing says authenticity in the USA like cross-promotion.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/01/duck-dynasty-guns-now-available.html?mid=twitter_nymag

  14. bostonboomer says:

    You have to see this!

    Conservatives Might Be Taking This Whole Duck Dynasty Thing A Bit Far

    http://www.nationalmemo.com/conservatives-might-be-taking-this-whole-duck-dynasty-thing-a-bit-far/

  15. bostonboomer says:

    Pamela Geller’s Anti-Muslim Ad Hits A Snag In Boston

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/geller-ad-boston

  16. RalphB says:

    good question and answer…

    • bostonboomer says:

      They’re even making Kale chips now. Gross.

    • Fannie says:

      I was just a fixin’ my selfie a plate of collards with onions and mushrooms, and blackeyed peas, brown rice, and cornbread to go with. It was the best thing I’ve eaten in couple days, and I became everything I’ve always wanted to be.

      Haha, sticking my tongue out at ya.

      • RalphB says:

        I like collard greens. Did you ever eat polk salad? My grandmother used to cook it and it was great.

        • Fannie says:

          Nobody but me likes all the greens,spinach, turnips, collards, mustard, polk (although I can’t get it in the stores). I thought you would ask who was I became, no not Popeye, but was thinking of Hercules, after BB said the storm was named Hercules. That was being funny, and silly at the same time. Here:

  17. RalphB says:

    Wingnut heads are gonna explode if they can’t find some good denial soon. Hope I hear them popping.

    tpm: As Obamacare Sign-Ups Surge, So Does Conservative Rage

    It is amazing to witness the sheer depths of rage, denial and disgust many people experience as they see millions of people gaining access to affordable health care for the first time. Back on the 31st I wrote this overview which outlined how more than 9 million people now have health care coverage because of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). It now seems like the number is more like 10 million (more on that in a moment). …