Nov 122013
 

I’m writing for tomorrow and am still improving slowly.  I’m feeling down, because I need to cancel my volunteer work in prison tomorrow.  I’m just not well enough to handle the exertion yet.  This will be today’s only article, but I hope to be back to full time later this week.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:01 (average 4:44).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The Nation (via surveymonkey): The Nation’s Fox or Fox [Typo: should read Fox or Fiction] Quiz is not authorized, sponsored or associated with Fox News Channel or Fox Entertainment Group.

I got them all. How did you do?

From Crooks and Liars: Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is one of a growing number of wealthy residents who are drilling wells to get around water restrictions during one of the worst droughts in history — a practice that environmentalists are warning could leave less water for everyone else.

The Texas Tribune reported on Sunday that Abbott had installed the well just months before the city of Austin began cracking down on lawn-watering restrictions.

According to the Tribune, some of the resident’s in Abbott’s luxury Pemberton Heights neighborhood had marked their lawns with signs that noted "Watering by Private Well” to avoid being hassled by the city… [emphasis added]

 

The video explains the need for conservation and personal responsibility. However, what we see here is a preview of how the 1% and their Republican lap dogs intend to treat the severe shortages that climate change is bringing our way. They will hog the recourses we so desperately need and use them wastefully, just as they are now.

From Upworthy: The Eerie Thought About God That The Inventor Of The Nuclear Bomb Had When It Went Off

Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, considered to be the father of the atomic bomb, was anything but callous about the bomb’s destructive ability. He was one of the most knowledgable [sic] people on the subject of atomic weaponry, but he tirelessly campaigned against nuclear prolifieration [sic]. As we travel into the future, let’s not forget his words and sentiment.

 

Sadly, it is no surprise that the pro-death party are the ones who object to further nuclear reductions and insist on upgrading our nuclear arsenal.

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  13 Responses to “Open Thread–11/12/2013”

  1. 3:22 You may be down but it hasn't hurt your jigsaw solving times. I think you're improving. Magic kitty litter?

  2. The Nation ~ I only got half right. The headlines were all pretty ridiculous and any of them could have been FAUX.

    Crooks and Liars ~ What idiots! Taking water out of a well decreases ground water supplies! I believe even a fifth grader would know that, Mr. Abbott.

    Upworthy ~ Dr. Oppenheimer knew the potential for destruction and was afraid of his creation. Republicans think they know better than everyone else. That will not change.

    Cartoon ~ I'm surprised the arrow didn't get sucked into that black hole between the Tea-Buggers ears.

  3. ~ 6:02

    I got them all. How did you do?

    One wrong, Fluke no. 5 I think…

    Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott – - -> drilling wells to get around water restrictions during one of the worst droughts in history.

    Got Greed… :mrgreen:

    Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, considered to be the father of the atomic bomb, was anything but callous about the bomb’s destructive ability.

    "As we travel into the future, let’s not forget his words and sentiment."

  4. 4:13.  Thank Dog.

    Oh, come on, Nation, all of those could have been Fox.  I think I only got 2 out of 6.  (Off topic: the quiz could also have been called "What does the Fox say?")

    Please, let's all get behind Wendy Davis!  Otherwise Abbott will be the next Governor!

    Oppenheimer is the stuff of which operas are made.  Literally.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Atomic  I was very impressed.  I have a home made DVD.  Incidentally Oppie was thrown away by the US afterwards, as has happened to so many who committed the sin of having a conscience.  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/oppenheimer/

  5. Thanks TC; so sorry you have had to cancel your prison volunteer work, but it is important that you get better! 

    How typical of the hypocritical GOP that Texas' AG Greg Abbott has got round the water restrictions – they are all elitist hypocrites the whole lot of them!  Of course his lawn is more important than crops for ordinary people to eat – what a selfish horror the man is.

     

     

  6. Hey, Tom, I have missed you in my Inbox.  I have been sick also and just today remembered to go directly to Politics Plus.  Feel better!!

  7. Puzzle — 3:18  That was a real dog fight!

    The Nation — I got every one of them wrong!  Maybe it's because we don't get Faux Noise here north of the 49th!  We are blessed!  I must say however, in most cases, most headlines are just ridiculous enough to be from Faux Noise.  Example, the question about women's education and male unemployment.  Faux was on a tirade about women making more than men, and women even working.

    Crooks and Liars — And this asshole thinks he should be governor of the country's second largest state?

    "To me it’s just unconscionable," Texas State University's Meadows Center for Water and the Environment Executive Director Andrew Sansom told the Tribune. "It’s a total disregard for the resource… What we should be doing is reducing our consumption of water."

    Abbott should be setting an example as the state's potential chief executive, and he should be looking out for all Texans, not just the wealthy.  It should not matter that it is a private well.  He is still taking a scarce resource, depleting the water table.  And for what?  Green grass?  Perhaps farmers short on animal feed should take their animals to Abbott's residence and let them feed on the lush grass!  Good on Wendy Davis for not putting herself above the people!

    Upworthy — J Robert Oppenheimer "Now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds."

    From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppenheimer_security_hearing

    "Oppenheimer was seen by most of the scientific community as a martyr to McCarthyism, an intellectual and liberal who was unjustly attacked by warmongering enemies, symbolic of the shift of scientific creativity from academia into the military. Wernher von Braun summed up his opinion about the matter with a quip to a Congressional committee: "In England, Oppenheimer would have been knighted."

    Most popular depictions of Oppenheimer view his security struggles as a confrontation between right-wing militarists (symbolized by Edward Teller) and left-wing intellectuals (symbolized by Oppenheimer) over the moral question of weapons of mass destruction. …"

    Cartoon — . . . you can't mean his brain because he doesn't have one!  Also, no heart!

  8. First off I wish you a speedy recovery Tom. Then..

    Mr. Abbott seems to think water is a privilege rather than a right. There's a lot of that going around. I wonder if he golfs with the CEO of Nestle who only grudgingly complied with drought restrictions in Ontario? 

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/nestl%C3%A9-gives-in-on-water-drawing-conditions-1.1930333

    I don't envy Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. How do you live with that kind of burden? Poor man. Very moving clip.

    I've finally beaten the average time for the bloody jig-saws TWICE! lol  Now I'm hooked good and proper. 

     

     

    • Welcome Mary! :-)

      Congrats!  If you're hooked keep coming back!! :-)

      Oppenheimer was haunted by guilt all his life, and as Jo pointed out, cme to considered an enemy of the state because of they guilt.

  9. Thanks everyone.  That was an obedient diggie.  Today, however, mu boat sunk.