Oct 232017
 

I’m not sure why it is that I’m feeling so lethargic today, but because I am, this is my only article.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:39 (average 5:40).  To do it, click here. How did you do?

Religious Agony:

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Useless stinking Orb!

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Sean Hannity is echoing Alex Jones

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Birds of a feather are Republican assholes! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: If Antarctica’s ice sheets melted, the worlds oceans would rise by 200 – 210 feet, everywhere. Antarctica holds 6,957,470 cubic miles of ice. That represents over 90% of all the ice on the planet and between 60 to 70% of the worlds fresh water. The sea ice begins to expand at the beginning of winter, and eventually advances by 40,000 square miles per day, surrounding the continent and doubling the size of the ice in Antarctica. The snow that falls takes about 100,000 years to flow to the coast of Antarctica before it breaks off the marine extension of glaciers, or ice shelves, and becomes an iceberg. Once an iceberg breaks off the ice platform, any resistance that it provided to hold back the land ice is lost, and the continental ice can accelerate it’s flow to the southern ocean.

The Conversation notes that for the first time in 7,000 years a phenomenon known as upwelling (the upward flow of warm ocean water to the surface) is rotting the ice shelves from below. It is thought that the upwelling has caused the many ice shelf collapses and ice thinning that we have seen over the past decades.

The ocean surrounding Antarctica is extremely cold, but water over 300m deep, Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW), is about 3⁰C above the melting point of ice. Normally, the very cold water above keeps this away from ice shelves. But in some areas, CDW is spilling onto the shallow Antarctic continental shelf, causing the ice to thin.

Ice shelf thinning has accelerated in recent decades, but the picture is not the same everywhere. While the east of the Antarctic has shown modest gains in ice thickness, the west has outstripped this with significant ice loss – up to 18% in vulnerable areas like the Amundsen and Bellingshausen Seas.

I can only hope that a 200′ increase in sea level will coincide with a Trump/Pence/Ryan/McConnell/Koch vacation to Mar-a-Lago. RESIST!!

From NY Times: The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the speaking appearance of three agency scientists who were scheduled to discuss climate change at a conference on Monday in Rhode Island, according to the agency and several people involved.

John Konkus, an E.P.A. spokesman and a former Trump campaign operative in Florida, confirmed that agency scientists would not speak at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed program in Providence. He provided no further explanation.

Scientists involved in the program said that much of the discussion at the event centers on climate change. Many said they were surprised by the E.P.A.’s last-minute cancellation, particularly since the agency helps to fund the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program, which is hosting the conference. The scientists who have been barred from speaking contributed substantial material to a 400-page report to be issued on Monday.

The move highlights widespread concern that the E.P.A. will silence government scientists from speaking publicly or conducting work on climate change. Scott Pruitt, the agency administrator, has said that he does not believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are primarily responsible for the warming of the planet.

In context with the last Short Take, we are well and truly screwed. RESIST!!

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Oct 222017
 

You might never know it, given the way so many Americans abuse it, but the most precious of all our rights is the right to vote.  Voting is our only means with which to protect our other rights.  Failure to vote is the most heinous crime against ourselves that we can commit, followed closely by voting without due diligence.  If what we do top ourselves isn’t bad enough, Republican Secretaries of State are Stealing our right to vote.

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In most states, the power to expand or curtail the right to vote is largely in the hands of an obscure official, the secretary of state. Thirty-one of these secretaries are currently Republicans or aligned with the GOP. And four of them have gone to extraordinary lengths to make it harder to vote.

Jon Husted of Ohio: Husted, who is running for governor next year, has purged more than 2 million voters since he took office in 2011. Voters are deemed “inactive” if they fail to respond to “purge notices” from the state, which are sent to residents who either move or don’t cast a ballot for two years. In Ohio’s three largest counties, voters in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods have been purged at about twice the rate of people in Republican-leaning ones. This fall, the Supreme Court will hear a case on Ohio’s practice of targeting voters for inactivity. If it rules in Husted’s favor, his brand of purging could catch on in other Republican-controlled states.

Brian Kemp of Georgia: Another 2018 gubernatorial candidate, Kemp recently came up with a similar way to remove poor and minority voters from the rolls. He instructed local election officials to mail notices to more than 380,000 registered voters, targeting people who had recently moved. Those who failed to respond within 30 days were placed on the state’s inactive voter list; they’ll be purged from the rolls if they don’t vote in two consecutive federal elections. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a petition in court alleging that some of the notices violated state and federal laws and that the scheme disproportionately affected low-income and minority voters. In response to the lawsuit, Kemp said his office would make sure that nearly 160,000 people who improperly received the notice would remain on the active list; the ACLU, apparently unconvinced, responded that Kemp had to notify those people of the change and take further action…

Inserted from <Mother Jones>

I shared two of four with you.  Click through for the other two. including Kris Kobitch.

Every Republican in Office Is One Republican Too Many!

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Oct 222017
 

I have a very busy day.  Wendy will be here shortly, and we have lots to do, while meditating upon the holy Ellipsoid Orb!  When she arrives, I’ll break and finish when she leaves.

Wendy just left. We finished everything and I fed her pizza for lunch.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:52 (average 6:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From AM Joy: FBI, law enforcement: Overlooking violent white supremacists?

The FBI says that ‘black identity extremists’ threaten police, but many believe authorities are ignoring the documented violence of white supremacists. Joy Reid and her panel discuss.

 

I think police have little interest in white supremacist gang violence for two reasons. Police depend on the Republican Reich, who white supremacists represent, for military toys with which to kill Blacks.  Second, police arresting such gang members would stand a high chance of arresting brother officers. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: When eleven-year-old Cub Scout Ames Mayfield learned that his den was holding an event where cub scouts would be encouraged to ask questions of Colorado state senator Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, he spent days doing research on her views and the issues.  He came prepared with two questions, one on gun control and one on comments she’d made at 2013 legislative hearing on poverty and mortality rates among African-Americans.

A few days after the event, where he did, indeed, ask his questions, he got the news that a den leader felt the questions were too pointed and had kicked him out of the troop.

His mother says that the only thing she told him to do was to be respectful and preface any question with “with all due respect.”

This perfectly illustrates the Republican position on the First Amendment. RESIST!!

From NY Times: In signing a recent executive order, President Trump promised that millions of Americans could soon obtain “great, great health care” through inexpensive plans that offer consumers options they had been denied under the Affordable Care Act.

But these health plans, created for small businesses, have a darker side: They have a long history of fraud and abuse that have left employers and employees with hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid medical bills.

The problems are described in dozens of court cases and enforcement actions taken over more than a decade by federal and state officials who regulate the type of plans Mr. Trump is encouraging, known as association health plans.

In many cases, the Labor Department said, it has targeted “unscrupulous promoters who sell the promise of inexpensive health benefit insurance, but default on their obligations.” In several cases, it has found that people managing these health plans diverted premiums to their personal use.

To anyone stupid enough to buy such a plan: Welcome to RepubliCare. RESIST!!

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The next ‘great’ prophet after Miller in this movement was David Koresh.

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Bill Maher from 10/20

 Posted by at 1:40 pm  Politics
Oct 212017
 

It’s that time of week again, and I’m happy to share three fine video clips from Bill’s show last night.  Enjoy!!

Monologue: Salt in the Wound

 

Bill may have been mistaken to present Tillerson positively in this. Chad withdrew its troops, which had stabilized the region, because Chad was added to the Republican Muslim Ban. This happened after Chad sued Tillerson’s company, Exxon, and made them pay $millions in past-due payments for Chad’s oil. That, along with a massive Republican intelligence failure, may well be why our soldiers died.

Janice Min: Predators in Power

 

Once Republican predators are outed, like Donald Trump and Clarence Thomas, Republicans ignore their crimes, and cover-up for them. Once Democratic predators are outed, like Weinstein and Weiner, we punish them and get them into therapy.  That says it all.

New Rule: ShitStarters

 

"Facebook is the place where thinking went to die." He sure got that right!

Now it’s time to…

RESIST THE REPUBLICAN REICH!!

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Oct 212017
 

I’m trying to be as lazy as I can today.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb.  My Broncos are visiting LA to worship with the Chargers.  The game will not be televised here, because it is at the same time as the damn SeaChickens game.  It’s also a Wendy day, and we have lots to do, including the dreaded task.  May the divine Orb shine its blessed light on your team, unless they are electrical.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:08 (average 3:54).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Dangerous Policy

 

For decades, it has been standard Republican misogyny that the right to life begins at conception, and standard Republican misanthropy that it ends at birth. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: In a stirring defense of Donald Trump’s chief of staff, General John Kelly, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Friday that it was “unpatriotic in the extreme” to offer irrefutable video proof that a four-star general lied.

“It is unpatriotic enough to accuse a four-star general of lying,” Sanders told the White House press corps. “But to make available a video that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that that general lied is unpatriotic bordering on treasonous.”

Warming to her subject, Sanders said that any American who sees undeniable video evidence that a general lied and chooses to believe the video “shows disrespect for our country and hatred for our flag.”

Andy, is this supposed to be unusual? It looks like standard Republican Reich raving to me. RESIST!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Trump Chief of staff John Kelly lied in attack on Rep. Wilson

Rachel Maddow reports the latest developments in the mess Donald Trump has made politicizing military next-of-kin notifications with the fact that Trump chief of staff John Kelly’s attack on Rep. Frederica Wilson in his defense of Trump was completely false.

 

No matter how greasy the sleaze, IOKIYAR! If Kelly were not a goose-stepping Fascist racist, Trump would never have appointed him. If you hoping Kelly will save us if Trump goes for the nuclear football, this is an example of his courage. RESIST!!

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I am proud to have been one of those patriots.

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Everyday Erinyes #97

 Posted by at 9:00 am  Politics
Oct 212017
 

Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage.  These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that.  Even though there are many more which I can’t include.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”

In a followup to the murder of Philando Castile, the “Mr. Phil” who, as the nutrition services supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School, was known for using his own funds to pay for students’ lunches when someone had to, there is now a fund in his memory.

The Philando Feeds The Children Fund was started by Pam Fergus, a local community college professor who was inspired by stories of Castile having helped pay for student’s lunches with his own money.

“We just had this little idea that we were going to help do Mr. Phil’s job and make sure you guys have good lunch to eat every day,” Fergus told students, according to a WCCO report.

In total, more than 2000 donors helped the fund raise over $72,000 — well above the initial $5,000 goal — which was presented to officials at [J.J. Hill Montessori School where Castile worked] on Friday by Castile’s mother Valerie.

That’s enough money to cover student lunch debt thoughout all of St. Paul for an entire year.

Click through for information on a couple of other memorials for Mr. Phil.  And here’s an unrelated but similar project –

When Sunshine emptied her piggy bank on the floor, her grandmother wasn’t surprised, but she was when Sunshine started putting baggies of the coins into her school backpack.

“I’m going to take it for milk money. I’m taking it for my friend Layla,” she explained. “She doesn’t get milk — her mom doesn’t have milk money and I do.”

Grandma Jackie Oelfke later helped Sunshine start a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise maybe $700 towards needed milk money.  It turned into almost $8500 at last report.  Click through to this story for a Daily Kos petition on school lunches.

Alecto, maybe you could help these folks to keep all of their good efforts unceasing.

Now, if only we could find out what happened to Sherin Mathews.

The three-year-old disappeared around 3:00 a.m. on October 7 from her home in Richardson, TX.  Maybe.  Her father says, as punishment for not drinking milk, he sent her outside to stand by a tree.  Fifteen minutes later, he noticed she was missing.  He says.  (Did I mention there are coyotes in the area?)

After sunrise, he reported the disappearance. He was arrested on child abandonment and endangerment charges the same day Sherin went missing but has since been released on bond.  Apparently the adults have stopped cooperating with the investigation.

But at some point during the first week after her disappearance, the police learned that the family’s SUV had been driven out around 4:00 a.m. that morning and returned within an hour.  Her father had said he was doing laundry.

Sherin is adopted.  The couple also have a biological child, who was immediately placed into foster care.  She is Indian – not Native American, Indian – and the Consul General of India in Houston is following the case closely.  So is the Times of India.

A number of items have been removed from the home by investigators, one being the GPS from the SUV.  Even if directions were not plugged in, the investigators believe they will be able to determine where the vehicle went, and, in particular where it may have stopped.

However, as I am typing this, she has not been found.

Tisiphone, could you help?  She is said to weigh only 22 pounds (10 kg), and to have an eating disorder and a communication disorder.  But none of that makes her disposable.

And now, as I type, I have the radio on to a show about movie scores, and the score currently being played is the one to “Get Out.”  How ironic.

I have a first to share – although not first enough for my taste.

A white police officer was found guilty, having been tried on a first degree murder charge, of killing a black man.

Only he is no longer a police officer.  Even at the time he was off duty, and he retired shortly after the incident.  And although the charge was first degree murder, he was not convicted of that, but of first degree manslaughter.  And to get that much took four trials – there were three prior mistrials.  And did I mention the young black man was his daughter’s boy friend?

The jury recommended fifteen years in prison for Shannnon Kepler.  We will see.  This was in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Well, an Oklahoma City jury convicted Daniel Holtzclaw, and the judge imposed the recommended sentence, but he is appealing vigorously.  A Tulsa judge may do the same, although 15 years to me seems like a bad joke after what appears to have been a stalking.

The daughter, Lisa, had been living in a homeless shelter “on and off” since her parents “kicked her out.”  A circumstance which leads me to doubt whether “concern for his daughter’s safety” was even a miniscule factor in his actions.  They sound more like control to me.  He had stalked his daughter through Facebook to learn she was dating the victim, Jeremey Lake.  He had stalked Lake through the police department files and found an old (juvenile) incident.  He stalked the couple by driving near Lake’s address.  When the two walked nearby, and Kepler asked what she was doing there, she walked away.  Lake then attempted to introduce himself and, per his aunt, to extend a hand in friendship, when Kepler shot him.

Kepler then shot Lake, he later admitted, claiming that he thought he saw him reach for a gun.

“He’s bringing it, I’m bringing it,” Kepler told the courtroom on Wednesday, according to the AP. “It was either him or me. I’m not going to stand there and get shot.”

I am not the only person who sees stalking here.  The prosecutors alleged in their closing arguments that Kepler “hunted” Lake down.  And there is no argument

that Kepler left the scene without calling 911 or attempting to giving medical attention to Lake, the Tulsa World reported. Kepler turned himself in about 2½ hours after the shooting, and retired from the force after being charged.

Megaera, I hope you will follow up on this to ensure that the penalty, small as it is, gets imposed.  And I feel for Lisa Kepler, who may have problems, but I don’t see from the story as given where she did anything a normal person wouldn’t do.  But, normal or not, I believe she needs help.  Your Eumenides hat?

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 HERE.

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