SDB Evening News for 091611: Is it Friday yet?Posted: September 16, 2011
This Sunday is my daughter’s birthday, she is turning 13…ah, it is a lovely age, cough…cough. It has given me time to reflect on just how fast those 13 years went by. It seems like yesterday we saw her blinking and sucking her thumb in the last sonogram I had before they delivered her. Seeing her bat the needle of when the doctor was giving me an amniocentesis, to make sure she was able to breathe on her own. (Preterm labor from 13 weeks for both kids had me on my back in High Risk for 7 months each.) That was strange to see the big specimen needle jerking back and forth as it stuck out of my belly.
Why do I bring it up, because damn it flew by so fast. The big stink at that time was Clinton and the “intern” smoke a cigar…but aside from that, things were really going well. I mean, 1998 was a good year right? Economy was good, people had jobs, not every damn person was texting each other 24/7. With the exception of the “what you consider it” scandal, and Titanic winning best picture, it was a dream of a year…
Look how fast it turned into shit. Especially since the last four years. Where the hell are we heading? And WTF is going to be done to keep us from going there?
If this is the kind of obstacle to government-funded jobs crap we are dealing with, how can we get out of the mess we are in…Tea Partiers: Light Rail an Invitation to Al Qaeda | Mother Jones
The citizens of Cobb County, Georgia are currently mulling a proposal that would increase property taxes for 10 years in order to fund a new light rail line between Atlanta to its suburbs. It’s a fairly straightforward proposal, the kind of thing that pops up all the time in communities across the country. But if there’s been one lesson of the past few years, it’s that mundane policy debates have a tendency to become a lot less mundane once tea partiers get involved.
In this case, the Georgia Tea Party is arguing that the county should abandon its light rail proposal because if the light rail line were to be completed, it would become a magnet for terrorist attacks. Here’s the group’s chair, J.D. Van Brink:
If anyone doesn’t believe me—England and Spain. Now, if we have a more decentralized mass transit system using buses, if the terrorists blow up a single bus, we can work around that. When they blow up a rail, that just brings the system to a grinding halt. So how much security are we going to have on this rail system, and how much will it cost?
In other words, Van Brink is arguing that because terrorists fantasize about blowing up American infrastructure, we should avoid spending any money on infrastructure.
Damn, this nut is from Georgia, I swear my state is becoming the Poster Child for Idiot Causes.
This just has to be a sign of how weirdly enmeshed in culture war politics American transportation policy has become, right? Even in the Georgia Tea Party people must understand that terrorists detonate a bomb that blows up a section of the Downtown Connector freeway that’ll be a huge problem for automobile traffic and bring the system to a grinding halt, right?
Hey, you people from Atlanta will understand this, no interstate coming in and out of this city would be a huge improvement. (No I am not supporting a bomb on I75.) I am just saying those highways are like parking lots these days, not having to get on the road and sit for hours in one of those traffic jams would be a dream.
But this anti-rail claim is coming from the same folks who think the solution to the US job problem is python regulation, from Matthew Yglesias: New Jobs Plan: Snakes On A Swamp | ThinkProgress
Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has been pushing the Interior Department to enact regulatory curbs on the importation of Burmese pythons into the United States. Apparently they’ve been infesting the Everglades and doing a great deal of damage. And according to the House GOP, this sort of thing is exactly why unemployment rate is over 9 percent:
But in a report released Wednesday, Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee denounced the proposed rule as part of the Obama administration’s “regulatory tsunami.” They said the snake ban could “devastate a small but thriving sector of the economy.”
I, personally, am an invasive species sympathizer (who are we, humans, if not the ultimate invasive species?) so I see where the critics are coming from, but this highlights precisely how petty and absurd efforts to tackle mass unemployment purely on the supply side are going to be. We don’t need four jobs selling snakes somewhere. We need millions and millions of jobs. We need well over a million new jobs per year just to keep up with the growing population rate.
Yglesias goes on to say that snake imports are not going to achieve that number…
Trade deals with tiny countries like Panama aren’t going to cut it. Picking nits about where Boeing does and doesn’t open factories isn’t going to cut it. The United States of America is a gigantic country with a gigantic economy and a gigantic labor force and a gigantic problem of joblessness. You need to move it with big levers. Snake-led growth doesn’t cut it.
“Snake-led growth” I like that phrase…it has a few different meanings doesn’t it?
You got your “snake in the grass” meaning:
Lee Fang at ThinkProgress follows up on the Sen. Bernie Sanders’ leak of oil speculator names. Major players include the Koch brothers and the Wall Street banks:
Last month, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) leaked confidential data about oil speculation to a number of media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. Ordinarily, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulatory body that oversees futures trading, does not provide identities of speculators to the public. However, the data leaked by Sanders provides a rare snapshot into the trading volumes by major speculators right before the oil price spike in the summer of 2008.
As experts from Stanford University, Rice University, the University of Massachusetts, andauthorities have concluded, rampant oil speculation was the prime driver of the record highprices for crude oil three years ago.
Notably, the top speculators are noncommercial players, meaning they are companies that simply and buy and sell crude contracts with no interest in actually refining and selling the product. Each contract in the list represents 1,000 barrels of oil. The documents show the total volume of trades made on one specific day shortly before the record high price of $148 per barrel.
The data, though revealing, still does not give a complete picture of trading strategies. Speculators invest in multiple private exchanges, and trading tactics can shift from day to day. Moreover physical plays, such as buying up large quantities of actual oil and storing it on tankers or in large containers, are still largely hidden from public view.
Go to the link and see who the snakes in the grass are!
You got your “snake in the pants” meaning: Women slow to embrace Rick Perry – The Washington Post
Multiple polls shows the Texas governor does well among male voters but not isn’t getting as much love from female voters.
In other words, the voters with those one-eyed snakes are more supportive of Perry…
And then the “snake in the hole” meaning: Not Letting Up | Talking Points Memo
Michele Bachmann is still going after Rick Perry over the HPV vaccine, in a campaign email a short time ago:
As a mother of three daughters, I believe that parents, in consultation with their doctor and family, should decide whether or not our young women should receive injections for sexually transmitted diseases. These personal decisions are best left between parents and doctors, taking into consideration a child’s personal health and family’s values.
It almost reads like Perry was proposing to inject young girls with sexually transmitted diseases — personally.
She’s also lumping Perry’s HPV plan with Obamacare. A two-fer.
Ah, what does it all matter anyway, in 2012 we will all be gone…and then some day far into the future, a new species of apes will find Trump’s hair locked away in some amber-like plastic mass in an area once known as Manhattan… Feathers Trapped in Amber Reveal a More Colorful Dinosaur Age – NYTimes.com
Color is coming to the formerly black-and-white Mesozoic world of dinosaurs and early birds.
Not exactly high-definition color, and some formidable characters may show up in the same old drab and scaly wardrobes; they are dinosaurs, after all, with a reputation for resistance to change. But in time, you can look for splashes of color in museum dioramas of feathered figures from the age of dinosaurs.
For more than a decade, hardly a season has passed without more discoveries of dinosaur and bird fossils in China bearing impressions of feathers and traces of chemical coloring agents. Now, in Canada, paleontologists have found 70-million-year-old amber preserving 11 specimens showing a wide diversity of feather types at that time.
One specimen of so-called proto-feathers had a single bristlelike filament and some simple clusters. Others were complex structures with hooklike barbules that act like Velcro; in modern birds, this keeps feathers in place during dives. Still other specimens revealed feather patterns for flight and underwater diving.
Preserved pigment cells encased in the amber, along with other evidence, suggested that the feathered animals had an array of mottled patterns and diffuse colors like modern birds, scientists at the University of Alberta, led by Ryan C. McKellar, said in a report published Thursday in the journal Science.
Let’s end with this…you know that we have reached that altered sense of reality when NASA finds a Star Wars like planet that revolves around two suns and Darth Vader aka Dick Cheney is alive because of some bionic heart pump device.
Sometimes the orange sun rises first. Sometimes it is the red one, although they are never far apart in the sky and you can see them moving around each other, casting double shadows across the firmament and periodically crossing right in front of each other.
Such is life, if it were possible, on the latest addition to the pantheon of weird planets now known to exist outside the bounds of our own solar system. It is the first planet, astronomers say, that has been definitely shown to be orbiting two stars at once, circling the pair — which themselves orbit each other tightly — at a distance of some 65 million miles.
A team of astronomers using NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft announced the discovery on Thursday in a paper published online in the journal Science, in a talk at a conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and in a news conference at NASA’s Ames Research Laboratory in Mountain View, Calif., Kepler’s headquarters.
The official name of the new planet is Kepler 16b, but astronomers are already referring to it informally as Tatooine, after the home planet of Luke and Anakin Skywalker in the George Lucas “Star Wars” movies, which also had two suns.
“Reality has finally caught up with science fiction,” said Alan P. Boss of the Carnegie Institution, a member of the research team.
Oh, y’all know the scientist are loving this, and I bet it is only a matter of time before the official name of Kepler 16b becomes…Tatooine.
And for the Darth Vader heart pump thingy, there is this clip of him on the View, where he explains that he no longer has a heart…and proceeds to prove it by sounding the alarm when he disconnects his battery:
So I ask again, where the hell are we heading too?
Can somebody help me out here?
Please y’all, give me a clue…comments section is down below.