Wednesday Reads: Tired and In the Dark

cllasGood Morning

This is going to be a pathetic morning round-up. Honestly, I am just too tired for anything other than a link dump, which is what I am giving you.

First this article about the HPV vaccine, you remember…the one that Michelle Bachmann declared makes little girls become crazed sex fiends. It is crazy not to get this series of shots…Why don’t teens get shots for HPV and other diseases?

My daughter and my son have gotten this vaccine, on recommendation of their pediatrician. At least they are both safe, from getting HPV and giving HPV which causes cancer.

More health news, well…if being unable to sleep straight through the night is a sign of Alzheimers, than this next link is also bad news. Lost Sleep Can Lead to Weight Gain

Hmm, that must be the reason my ass is sooooo huge. Lack of sleep and addiction to carbs. Go figure.

This next story is heartbreaking, and disgusting, and maddening all at the same time: Facing Protective Orders and Allowed to Keep Guns

You can probably tell from the article’s title that it involves violence against women.

Meanwhile:

In tech news: More addresses please—US hits a half-billion Internet devices

In nuke news: US orders nuclear sites to upgrade vents

Take a look at this, evolution going on right before our windshields.  Study: Birds evolve shorter wings to survive highway traffic

And to end this link dump…a couple of space articles. One story that deals with the heavens during the light of day, and  the other during the dark of night…

10 surprising space objects to see in the daytime sky:  A rundown of space objects visible under the right conditions to the unaided human eye during the day.

Moon and Jupiter on March 17, 2013

A beautiful image of last night’s moon and planet Jupiter from EarthSky Facebook friend VegaStar Carpentier in Paris.

Via VegaStar Carpentier Photogrpahy.  VegaStar is in Paris.  Thank you!   View larger.

Via VegaStar Carpentier Photogrpahy. Thank you, VegaStar! View larger.

Treat this as an open thread, and have a wonderful day.


24 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Tired and In the Dark”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    Though I take no pleasure in saying so, I predicted that they would not vote to ban assault weapons no matter how sorrowful the tragedy in Sandy Hook effected the entire nation. We are in the grip of the most radical proponents of the Second Amendment and some members of congress would rather honor the NRA than to approve some measure of safety towards the public they claim to serve.

    While Sarah Palin “mocks” Bloomberg for attempting to ban sugary drinks, this party is dedicated to the proposition that every man, woman and child not be denied the “right” to be armed with assault weapons and magazines that hold up to 30 bullets at a time.

    The stranglehold that this party has on our society, either by way of guns, severe cuts for medical access, women’s right to control her own body, or turning this nation into a land of vouchers, the despair they bring with their policies is spreading.

    As they keep chipping away at our right to vote which is leading this nation down a path of destruction.

    • RalphB says:

      Harry Reid consolidating all the proposals into one bill screwed the pooch and I’m not a bit surprised that he did it. Damn tool!

  2. purplefinn says:

    Thanks for the interesting links.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    What a gorgeous photo of the Moon and Jupiter!

    • hyperjoy says:

      Damn. We need to reintroduce legislation again and again until assault weapons are GONE. Don’t give up or give in.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Harry Reid makes me sick!!

      • RalphB says:

        Hell yes!!

      • Fannie says:

        That’s what I told him this morning in my email…………….he couldn’t get the 50 votes, and he fucking couldn’t work it to get the votes……..why is that that women have to work twice as hard as men in politics…………..she’s been out their working for those babies killed in Newtown, and fucking Reid is walking away from it. He also wants to end the sequestration budgets cuts for the Defense Department, and fuck the Headstart programs and meals won wheels……..more important to get your big guns ready.

  4. Fannie says:

    Oh hell, let’s get the big guns going now…………that’s all we need. The republicans think they are the party of power, and that’s where democrats needs to bring them down a knotch and fight with all their might. I’m with Diane Feinstein, let’s not lay down and play dead. This isn’t about a wish list, this is were we all become participants and get active, I don’t care how, what committee, what meeting, but we’ve go to step up and get in their face. If you don’t then I suggest you go out and buy yourself a dartboard………….

  5. Fannie says:

    Just read where the head of the Colorado Prisons Tom Clements, was shot dead in his home, just hours before Gov. Hickenlooper was scheduled to sign into law gun control reforms. Mainly, background checks, and having consumers pay for that, and limiting the magazine capacity to 15 rounds………………and many sheriff’s departments in Colorado have stated that they would NOT enforce these measures……….

    Add his name to the 2,899 individuals shot dead since Newtown.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      We are living in a soulless society.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Here’s a story about it.

      The executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot and killed Tuesday night as he answered the door at his home in a rural, wooded area, authorities said.

      El Paso County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Kramer said Tom Clements was shot in the chest around 8:30 p.m. by an unknown assailant at his home in an upscale section of Monument, Colo., just north of Colorado Springs.

      Kramer said a family member who was home at the time called 911, but declined to indicate whether the family member witnessed the shooting.

      • Pat Johnson says:

        More than likely a “freedom lover” resentful of any impediment to his right to own multiple weapons of mass destruction. Colorado is a hotbed of militia groups (little boys playing soldiers) who have increased since Obama was sworn into office.

        Someone focused on “protecting” the rights of gun owners much like those who have blown up or murdered abortion doctors in defense of the “unborn”. Lunatics.

  6. RalphB says:

    Charles Pierce: The Anti-Paul Ryan Budget

    The latest Gallup poll shows majority Republican support for the proposals in the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget, but it’s not even discussed let alone seriously considered. The same is true for most gun control measures.

    The desires of the majority in this country have been completely swamped by corrosive big money and inside-the-beltway conventional wisdom. We’re screwed.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      Ralph, even if Midas himself offered to pay off the deficit they will continue to say “no” until Obama caves.

  7. RalphB says:

    Round Trips to Cyprus Paul Krugman explains why the most obvious move, converting large deposits into CDs, hasn’t been considered. The round-tripping business depends on unfettered cash movements.

  8. RalphB says:

    TPM: French Police Raid Paris Home Of IMF Chief

    PARIS (AP) — A lawyer for IMF chief Christine Lagarde says French investigators have searched her Paris home as part of an inquiry into her role in a $400 million arbitration deal in favor of a tycoon.

    Hmmmm

  9. RalphB says:

    Good for Matt Yglesias!

    Slate: David Brooks vs. the House Progressives

    The biggest problem the liberal faction of the Democratic Party generally has is getting heard at all, so I’m really glad that David Brooks dedicated a column to explaining his problems with the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget that was released last Thursday. In a way, I think Brooks’ complaints make the case for the CPC budget more strongly than any of the praise I’ve read.

    Long story short, I would say the CPC budget has the following main advantages over the Ryan budget:

    * More food and medical care for poor children.
    * Less air pollution and a meaningful chance to avert the worst consequences of climate change.
    * Lower taxes on middle-class and working-poor families.
    * Medicare reform focused on reducing the unit price of health care services rather than increasing it.
    * More funding for transportation infrastructure and basic research.

    Brooks says the Ryan budget has the following main advantages over the CPC budget:

    * High-income individuals will be less inclined to take vacations or retire and more inclined to work long hours.

    In a world where trade-offs are, to an extent, unavoidable, I don’t see that as an enormously difficult choice.

  10. RalphB says:

    Fuck the Iraq chickenhawks! Every damned one of them.