Wednesday Reads: Big Bang July 4th Edition

Good Morning!

It’s July 4th!

So, in honor of those big firework shows that are probably canceled throughout the US, I will bring y’all a special edition of the evening reads, so be sure to check it out.

Now, however…this morning’s post we’ll be catching up on world news reports, and a few other stories to make your day.

First a warning, some of the news is upsetting and graphic.

In Syria, there is a report that exposes how Syria is running 27 torture centres, says rights group

 Syrian intelligence agencies are running torture centers across the country where detainees are beaten with batons and cables , burned with acid, sexually assaulted, and their fingernails torn out, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Tuesday.

The New York-based rights group identified 27 detention centers that it says intelligence agencies have been using since President Bashar al-Assad’s government began a crackdown in March 2011 on pro-democracy protesters trying to oust him.

Human Rights Watch conducted more than 200 interviews with people who said they were tortured…

I won’t post the rest, safe to say that it is not an enjoyable read.

In Mexico, the new president-elect is making some key decisions. Mexico’s president-elect may double security spending: aide

Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto will seek to double security spending to around 2 percent of GDP to fight drug violence and organized crime while proposing new tactics to the United States, a top aide said on Tuesday.

Emilio Lozoya, touted as a possible pick for foreign minister, said Pena Nieto’s administration would try to boost efforts to tackle money laundering and propose trans-border infrastructure projects to help create jobs, cut business costs and increase security.

“Today Mexico is investing a bit less than 1 percent of gross domestic product (in security) which is low and clearly not enough to confront this problem,” Lozoya told Reuters in an interview. “Investment on security needs to double at least.”

The aide continued…

Pena Nieto proposes focusing efforts on projects that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border such as tunnels and high-tech border crossings, which would create jobs, boost security and promote economic development, Lozoya said.

He said there was also scope for cooperation to fight money laundering and that the United States could help Mexico by stopping automatic weapons from crossing the border and feeding drug gang violence.

“There is a lot that can be done to combat money laundering in particular,” Lozoya said. “We are not getting the results that we want. … The United States can make an additional effort to reduce the flow of arms from there into Mexico.”

In other world news, the State Department released this statement last night: Statement by Secretary Clinton on her Call With Pakistani Foreign Minister Khar

I once again reiterated our deepest regrets for the tragic incident in Salala last November. I offered our sincere condolences to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives. Foreign Minister Khar and I acknowledged the mistakes that resulted in the loss of Pakistani military lives. We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military. We are committed to working closely with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent this from ever happening again.

As I told the former Prime Minister of Pakistan days after the Salala incident, America respects Pakistan’s sovereignty and is committed to working together in pursuit of shared objectives on the basis of mutual interests and mutual respect.

In today’s phone call, Foreign Minister Khar and I talked about the importance of taking coordinated action against terrorists who threaten Pakistan, the United States, and the region; of supporting Afghanistan’s security, stability, and efforts towards reconciliation; and of continuing to work together to advance the many other shared interests we have, from increasing trade and investment to strengthening our people-to-people ties. Our countries should have a relationship that is enduring, strategic, and carefully defined, and that enhances the security and prosperity of both our nations and the region.

You can read the rest at the link, it seems that relations between the US and Pakistan are feeling a little less heated, Clinton Says ‘Sorry’ to Pakistan, Afghan Supply Lines to Re-Open

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“Foreign Minister Khar and I acknowledged the mistakes that resulted in the loss of Pakistani military lives.  We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military.”

The word “sorry” has never been used by the U.S. government since the incident, instead choosing to express regrets and condolences.   The Pakistani government has been demanding an apology before it would consider re-opening NATO supply lines to Afghanistan, which were closed after the incident.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Sherry Rehman issued a statement that the country accepts Secretary Clinton’s statement and hopes that the two reluctant  allies can move forward.

” We appreciate Secretary Clinton’s statement, and hope that bilateral ties can move to a better place from here,” said Reham. “I am confident that both countries can agree on many critical issues, especially on bringing peace to the region.”

Yesterday Ralph mentioned a link about the Plantation State we’ve been discussing lately. Probation Fees Multiply as Companies Profit –  It was an important story and I thought it should be put up on the front page.

Three years ago, Gina Ray, who is now 31 and unemployed, was fined $179 for speeding. She failed to show up at court (she says the ticket bore the wrong date), so her license was revoked.

When she was next pulled over, she was, of course, driving without a license. By then her fees added up to more than $1,500. Unable to pay, she was handed over to a private probation company and jailed — charged an additional fee for each day behind bars.

For that driving offense, Ms. Ray has been locked up three times for a total of 40 days and owes $3,170, much of it to the probation company. Her story, in hardscrabble, rural Alabama, where Krispy Kreme promises that “two can dine for $5.99,” is not about innocence.

It is, rather, about the mushrooming of fines and fees levied by money-starved towns across the country and the for-profit businesses that administer the system. The result is that growing numbers of poor people, like Ms. Ray, are ending up jailed and in debt for minor infractions.

“With so many towns economically strapped, there is growing pressure on the courts to bring in money rather than mete out justice,” said Lisa W. Borden, a partner in Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, a large law firm in Birmingham, Ala., who has spent a great deal of time on the issue. “The companies they hire are aggressive. Those arrested are not told about the right to counsel or asked whether they are indigent or offered an alternative to fines and jail. There are real constitutional issues at stake.”

Please read the rest at the link.

In another part of the US, this time South Carolina a Drunk Driver Kills Son; Grieving Mom Must Pay For Clean-Up

A coroner in Greenville, South Carolina, called Loretta Robinson in June, 2011, and told her that her oldest son, Justin Walker, had died when his car was struck by a drunken driver.

This must be every parent’s worst nightmare.

As Robinson told WYFF4. com,

“I never would have imagined getting that call,” she said. “Never in one million years expected that.”

You might imagine that nothing could make this worse, but you would be wrong: Robinson has since been slapped with several bills in connection with the accident, including one to clean the street of her son’s blood.

I swear, you can’t make this stuff up these days…

She was in court on June 19, and looked Anna Gonzalez, the accused driver, in the eye as Gonzalez pleaded guilty. Justin Walker, Robinson’s deceased son, was not found at fault for the accident.

From WYFF:

The grieving mother then showed the judge the many bills she’s had to pay, even though her son was not at fault.

Robinson said she paid to have the wrecked car stored for months, in case there was a trial.

“I had to pay to have the vehicle towed,” she said. “I had to pay for the vehicle removed and to clean up the street from Justin’s blood on the ground.”

Robinson said that was the bill that stung the most – paying $50 to have the street cleaned.

“First of all, having to open the mail and look at the charge to the deceased, Justin Darryl Walker — the deceased! It’s just a hard thing to deal with in the context of your child,” she said.

That’s right: Robinson is being charged $50 for the removal of her son’s blood from the scene of the accident, even though her son was not at fault. How insensitive can the system get?

Robinson has not been able to work because of all the stress and emotional grief, she received some funds from the SC State Office of Victims Assistance, but it was not enough to pay for the cleaning fees. I just don’t understand why she is being charged for this in the first place.

Let’s move on to another car accident, this time a hit and run…John Bryson Had Ambien In System, But Prosecutors Decline To Charge

A report released on Tuesday revealed that former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson was driving with a small amount of the sleep drug Ambien in his system when he was involved in multiple collisions in Southern California last month.

Despite that, prosecutors declined to charge Bryson with any crimes, saying it was not clear the drug had anything to do with the bizarre June 9 collisions and that a seizure was more likely to blame.

Bryson resigned from President Obama’s cabinet on June 21 after revelations that he had crashed his Lexus into another car, drove away and then crashed into a second car minutes later in a neighboring city.

Well, Bryson’s actions still seem strange to me, but with all these zombie freak attacks going on in the world, I guess his odd behavior is nothing to get worked up about.

Casey Anthony Wears Caylee’s Cremated Remains Around Her Neck, Report Says Oops, I guess I spoke too soon about freakish behavior.

Casey Anthony is reportedly wearing a constant reminder of her daughter, Caylee – a necklace that contains cremated remains of the deceased two-year-old.

According to People, the locket containing Caylee’s ashes was a gift to the 26-year-old from her mom, Cindy. The magazine also reports Cindy Anthony wears a matching necklace.

Geez, now that is one story that gets me running for a bucket and a cleaning lady…ugh.

(See, I told you these stories were going to make your day!)

Mandatory Ultrasounds Not Enough In Virginia Yup, I am going from one stomach turning link to another.

As Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound law goes into effect the state has released a list of places that a woman or girl can go to obtain a free ultrasound, purportedly to help defer the additional expense incurred with the procedure. The problem is, the list is made up almost exclusively of crisis pregnancy centers.

The Virginia law requires a girl or woman who needs to terminate a pregnancy obtain an ultrasound 24 hours before the procedure, regardless if one is medically warranted or not. The states that a “qualified medical professional trained in sonography and working under the supervision of a physician licensed in the Commonwealth shall perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging on the patient undergoing the abortion for the purpose of determining gestational age.” CPC’s often perform ultrasounds, but they just don’t always have medical professionals, so there’s no guarantee that an ultrasound performed by the CPC’s identified by the state would even meed the law’s requirements.

It gets worse. CPC’s are independently run women’s health “centers” that often fall outside the bounds of state regulation and oversight. A woman or girl who has an ultrasound at one of these CPC’s has no guarantee her medical information will remain private, nor does she have any guarantee the center will even turn over the image.

I wish someone would light some firecrackers under the asses of some of the legislators in Virginia, and give these douche bags a sparkling orifice to stick their PLUB ultrasound wands.
Of course, we can’t talk about dickheads without mentioning Rep. Joe Walsh… Blasts Double Amputee’s Military Service, Says She’s Not A ‘True Hero’
Though he never joined the military himself, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) disparaged his Democratic opponent’s military service at a town hall on Sunday, saying that she’s not a “true hero.”Walsh is running against Tammy Duckworth, a double amputee who lost both her legs in Iraq when insurgents hit her helicopter with an RPG in 2004.The Tea Party freshman opened the Elk Grove town hall by arguing that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was reluctant to discuss his own military service in 2008, which made him a “noble hero.” By contrast, “Now I’m running against a woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about,” Walsh said.

Video at the link.

I have a couple other political links for you, Which states have the most to lose if their governors reject Medicaid expansion? | theGrio

The Supreme Court has declared that states can opt out of the provision in the Affordable Care Act that expands Medicaid coverage (at the federal government’s expense for the first three years, and with states paying a small percentage of the cost after that) to people under age 65 who reach up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. But which states stand to lose the most if their governors say “thanks, but no thanks,” to the Medicaid funds? We ranked them based on the Kaiser Family Foundation data on the states with the highest rates of children currently being covered by Medicaid the percentage have no health insurance (via their parents or the government) at all.

Be sure to check out the states at the link…
And then, this one is a “must read” article:  UFO Sightings Are More Common Than Voter Fraud | Mother Jones
I won’t quote from that one, because there are just too many juicy tidbits to choose from. Just go read it.
Well, don’t think today’s post is all bad news,  Pilgrims’ Progress: Nuns Return Home After Bus Tour Against Ryan Budget
Good for them!
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Sister Simone Campbell stands in front of her bus during a stop in Harrisburg, Pa., on June 28. (Getty Images)

Last week, the most famous old lady on a bus was Karen Klein, whose torment by a couple of middle school monsters in Greece, New York, went viral (8 million clicks and counting) and netted her a new pension fund ($677,000 and counting). The bullies got one-year suspensions and Klein got a much-overdue vacation.

On Monday, the second most famous old ladies on a bus — the “Nuns on the Bus” — arrived in Washington after two weeks, nine states, 31 towns, and 2,700 miles on the road. They’d taken to the highway to decry Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed federal budget — now a cornerstone of the Republican platform — which slashes funding for food stamps, Medicare, and social services. Ryan, a practicing Catholic, has defended his budget as aligned with the teachings of the Church. The sisters, backed by American bishops, have a slightly different reading of the Gospel. “Many politicians offer deeply flawed theological justifications for the federal budget,” said Sister Simone Campbell, the executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice group, and the Whoopi Goldberg-style ringleader of the Nuns on the Bus. “They oughta get some theological help.” She added, “They gut the very programs that help Catholic sisters house the homeless, feed the hungry, and give children a chance.”

It’s been a turbulent few months for American nuns. In April, the Vatican handed down a report excoriating the Leadership Council of Women Religious — a group that represents most of the 57,000 nuns in the United States — for breaking with Church doctrine on social issues (e.g., abortion, contraception, homosexuality) and entertaining “radical feminist themes.” The sisters were gobsmacked. “I’ve given my life to living in this way,” Campbell said. “If you vow poverty, chastity, and obedience, you live open to embracing everybody. If the whole idea of Catholic sisters is to hug the world — and then they say you work too much with the poor? It hurt.”

These are my kinda sistahs!

Sister Diane Donoghue, 81 years old and, by her own estimation, still kicking, took the mic. The bus had stopped by Rep. Eric Cantor’s office yesterday, she said. The crowd hissed. There, the sisters had met a woman with cerebral palsy who depended on federal assistance. The crowd awwed. “I’m not going to stand here and say that the Ryan budget is moral,” Donoghue said. “It’s immoral!” The crowd went bonkers.

Wonderful isn’t it?

So on that note, what are you all doing on our Nation’s Birthday? Have a safe 4th  of July y’all! Stay cool!

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49 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Big Bang July 4th Edition”

  1. Morning! Wow, WTH is wrong with North Carolina!

    North Carolina General Assembly Officially Dismantles The Racial Justice Act | ThinkProgress

    Today in North Carolina, the Republican-dominated General Assembly overrode Gov. Bev Perdue’s (D-NC) veto of the rewritten Racial Justice Act. The landmark legislation allowed North Carolina death row inmates to reduce their sentences to life in prison without parole if they could show their sentences were based on widespread racial bias.

    North Carolina Defunds Planned Parenthood In Midnight Vote, Overriding Veto

    North Carolina’s Republican-controlled state legislature voted Monday night to override Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a state budget that strips money from Planned Parenthood.

    The same lawmakers overrode Perdue’s veto and moved to defund Planned Parenthood last year, but a judge blocked the provision, arguing that a state can’t single out a particular health provider. This time around, lawmakers found a way to sidestep legal challenges by not specifically naming Planned Parenthood in the budget. Instead, the bill prevents the state’s Health and Human Services department from contracting with “private providers” of family planning services — effectively, but not explicitly, singling out Planned Parenthood.

    Carney: ‘I feel rotten’ about accidental fracking vote :: WRAL.com

    State House lawmakers have apparently accidentally legalized fracking in North Carolina, due to a deciding vote one Democrat says was a mistake.

    Rep. Becky Carney, D-Mecklenburg, says she did not intend to cast the key vote that overrode the governor’s veto of the bill.

    The vote was 72-47, exactly the number needed for an override. Without Carney’s vote, the veto would have been sustained.

    Carney characterized her vote as “very accidental.”

    “It is late. Here we are rushing to make these kind of decisions this time of night,” she said.

    Carney pointed out that she has voted against fracking in the past, and said she spent the day lobbying other Democrats to uphold the veto of Senate Bill 820.

    • RalphB says:

      Maybe they’re jealous of their wingnut neighbors in South Carolina and attempting to catch up all at once? WTH indeed?

  2. One more story for you: David Cameron ‘prepared to halt immigration of Greeks into UK’ | UK news | The Guardian

    David Cameron is prepared to override Britain’s historic obligations under EU treaties and impose stringent border controls that would block Greek citizens from entering the United Kingdom, if Greece is forced out of the single currency.

    The prime minister told MPs that ministers have examined legal powers that would allow Britain to deprive Greek citizens of their right to free movement across the EU, if the eurozone crisis leads to “stresses and strains”.

    In an appearance before senior MPs on the cross-party House of Commons liaison committee, the prime minister confirmed that ministers have drawn up contingency plans for “all sorts of different eventualities”.

    The worst-case scenario is understood to cover a Greek exit from the euro, which could trigger a near-collapse of the Greek economy and the flight of hundreds of thousands of its citizens who are currently entitled to settle in any EU country.

  3. Beata says:

    Thank you for the morning reads, JJ. Lots of good stuff there.

    Happy 4th of July to everyone at Sky Dancing!

    • bostonboomer says:

      I still love that song! This one too.

      • Beata says:

        BB, lots of shots of southern Indiana in the Mellencamp video. My mother and I used to shop at that little grocery with the soft drink machine in front of it. A great “Mom and Pop” store. It’s closed now.

        I love “Born in the USA”, too.

        It’s going to be 102 degrees here today with a heat index around 115! Hope it’s cooler where you are.

  4. JJ: you are a jewel. Xoxo

  5. ecocatwoman says:

    On my way to work yesterday, listening to NPR, this story was on as I pulled into the parking lot. Little America is a new book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran & the story is fascinating. First, I had never heard of America’s attempt in Afghanistan after WWII to transform Helmand into an agricultural area and how greed & incompetence (sound familiar Halliburton et al?) destroyed the effort & good will. 10 years after the war began & this period of America’s history is, once again, seeing the light of day. It’s tragic, fascinating & another example of the “doomed to repeat it” line. I know it’s not July 4th related, but take a listen: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/03/156114613/a-cautionary-tale-about-transforming-afghanistan

    Anyone grilling today? Fresh Air had a great cooking show yesterday, with some delicious sounding recipes, especially the desserts – blueberry cobbler & fruit gratin: http://www.npr.org/2012/07/03/156184929/summer-cooking-tips-from-americas-test-kitchen

    On this 4th as the cries of Liberty & Freedom blanket our airwaves, I’ll be thinking about how both seem to be doomed in our country as long as the Repugs & TPers are controlling the dialogue. Have a Happy one, everyone. I’ll be heading to a vegetarian Indian buffet for lunch.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I read his book about the green zone in Iraq, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, which was incredible. He’s a very good writer.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Terrific round-up, as usual, JJ.

    Joe Walsh has to be one of the biggest a-holes in the Republican party–and that’s saying something.

    And thanks for posting about the nuns on the bus. Sister Simone Campbell was on the Lawrence O’Donnell show last night describing their efforts to meet with Paul Ryan. But that supposedly good Catholic boy who claims he based his budget on church teachings just doesn’t seem to want to talk to the nuns. Hmmm…I wonder why?

    • ecocatwoman says:

      bb, did you see her interview on Colbert? If not, you must. She is INCREDIBLE. She blew me away with her answers & how she handled herself. Even though Stephen was in character, it was so evident that he was cheering her on. The interview was just before the nuns “hit the road.” That lady can kick a$$ & have you say Thank You afterwards. She’s delightful.

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Cat rescued in Massachusetts after 7 days stuck in a tree.

  8. RalphB says:

    Super roundup today!!! John Bryson was diagnosed right after the accidents by an ER doc and a neurologist who said he had a seizure. Looks like that’s what caused the wrecks.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I’m glad the prosecutor isn’t going to charge him. A small amount of ambien was found in his system, but he seems to have had a medical event. Would police want to charge someone who crashed because they had a heart attack?

  9. bostonboomer says:

    South Carolina is officially a third world country, along with Mississippi and Alabama. When are they going to secede?

  10. bostonboomer says:

    IMF tells US to allow mortgage cramdowns.

  11. RalphB says:

    More on Rmoney’s finances. Looks terrible to me.

    Mystery Bermuda-based company and other undisclosed Romney assets hint at larger wealth

    WASHINGTON — For nearly 15 years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s financial portfolio has included an offshore company that remained invisible to voters as his political star rose.

    Based in Bermuda, Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. was not listed on any of Romney’s state or federal financial reports. The company is among several Romney holdings that have not been fully disclosed, including one that recently posted a $1.9 million earning — suggesting he could be wealthier than the nearly $250 million estimated by his campaign.

    The omissions were permitted by state and federal authorities overseeing Romney’s ethics filings, and he has never been cited for failing to disclose information about his money. But Romney’s limited disclosures deprive the public of an accurate depiction of his wealth and a clear understanding of how his assets are handled and taxed, according to experts in private equity, tax and campaign finance law.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Oh, wow. This is huge. The Obama campaign has already jumped on the Vanity Fair story. I hope they really push this. It’s pretty obvious why Romney doesn’t want to disclose his tax returns.

    • Beata says:

      Is MSNBC covering these stories? I get only CNN. No coverage there as far as I know.

      I really miss watching Halperin. 😉

      • bostonboomer says:

        I think it was mentioned on MSNBC yesterday. Politico had a tut-tut story about Obama going after Romney for tax evasion. They’re not a right wing site–noooooooo /s

    • ANonOMouse says:

      I’m with you Ralph……The VF story pretty much blows the lid off of Romney’s campaign slogan “Believe in America”. This numbnuts has clearly demonstrated, in both his business and his financial life, that he DOES NOT believe in America or the American worker. Romney is so out-of-touch with average American’s (dressage? wtf?) he has no clue how repugnant his brand of take the jobs, the money and run capitalism truly is.

  12. RalphB says:

    There are some good uses for technology like this, if I only had faith the governments would stop there.

    Maple Seed Drones Will Swarm The Future

    Imagine a cheap, tiny, hovering aerial drone capable of being launched with the flick of a person’s wrist and able to provide manipulable 360-degree surveillance views.

    It’s real, it’s inspired by maple seeds, and the company behind it, Lockheed Martin, envisions a future in which swarms of the new drones can be deployed at a fraction of the cost and with greater capabilities than drones being used today by the military and other agencies.

  13. RalphB says:

    Wingnuts are crazy attacking a kid. But now I know why the Texas GOP platform is opposed to teaching “critical thinking skills” in school.

    Jonathan Krohn Laughs Off Bitter Conservative Reprisals

    Jonathan Krohn, the teen conservative idol turned liberal heretic, is on the receiving end of a world of abuse from right wing pundits this week. Fine by him. But please folks, lay off his mom.

    “My mother had a friend today who said she can’t be friends anymore because of me,” said Krohn, who described her as close to tears. “She texted her and said ‘Have a nice life.’ It’s a friend she’s known since before I was born!” Krohn told TPM Tuesday.

    Republicans had largely forgotten about Krohn since turning him into a star speaker and author in 2009 at the tender age of 13. But that didn’t mean they were happy to let him go, reacting to a Politico interview in which he said he now supported President Obama with a torrent of unrestrained rage.

  14. RalphB says:

    A very simple explanation of what the ATLAS and CMS scientists found, if it’s really the Higgs Boson.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/video.cfm?id=instant-egghead-what-is-2012-06-29

    • RalphB says:

      The ATLAS experiment topped 5-sigma. Go Physics!

      New Particle Resembling Long-Sought Higgs Boson Uncovered at Large Hadron Collider

      NEW YORK—The city that never sleeps was mostly asleep. The bars were closed. But at 4:45 A.M., inside a library on Columbia University’s Manhattan campus, Michael Tuts was getting ready to pop the champagne.

      The physicist had good reason to celebrate. The massive team of scientists of which he is a part—3,000 researchers working on the ATLAS experiment at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider—had just announced the discovery of a new particle. The particle looks an awful lot like the long-sought, and long-hypothetical, Higgs boson, most famous for explaining why elementary particles, such as quarks, have mass. A competing, comparably sized experiment, known as CMS, had arrived at a very similar finding at the collider facility.

      • It’s not the God particle… because its the goddess particle 😉

      • RalphB says:

        There is a decent chance that they found another IV bottom quark but I’m gonna wait until it’s written up a whole lot better to say one way or the other. Whoever started the “god” particle crap was probably not a physicist.

        • ecocatwoman says:

          Can’t find the link, but I think it was on NPR’s ATC this evening. Apparently Higgs wanted to title his book/paper the goddamned particle (because of the difficulty in finding it) but his publisher/publicist suggested the change to the god particle. If I remember, I’ll look for the link later – should be posted after 7 tonight.

          The Guardian has a poll up & 80& of voters say it’s time to stop calling Higgs boson the god particle.

      • ecocatwoman says:

        Found the story about how Higgs boson got the god particle moniker:

        As for that “God particle” moniker, Marcelo previously reported that:

        “As some of you may know, The God Particle is the title of a popular science book by Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman, who was Fermilab’s director for many years and thus my boss when I was a postdoctoral fellow there. According to Leon, he wanted to call the book The Goddamn Particle because nobody could find the thing. However, his editor discouraged him from the title, suggesting that The God Particle would sell many more copies. This is the story that Leon tells us.”

  15. dakinikat says:

    It’s getting stormy here. I’m kinda happy about it because thunder scares the dog less than fire crackers. I have no idea what the draw is to making noise like that. The pretty stuff in the sky is okay … but why just make loud, irritating noises that scare small children and animals?