Friday, December 14, 2012

There is a disconnect when it comes to guns in America

Every one of my positions cuts - out half the country. I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay rights, I'm pro-immigration, I'm against guns, I believe in Darwin.
~Michael Bloomberg

Thanks to Adam Lanza, 20, of New Jersey who went on a murderous rampage in an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut killing children and teachers, the NRA ranks will again swell and gun stores will have a bumper crop in gun sales.  Following the movie theater shooting in Colorado there was an up surge in gun sales and I am sure we will see it again following the elementary school shooting in Connecticut.  The NRA defends the right of every red blooded American to own guns, no matter how irrational that is.  The bigger the caliber the better. Every American has a right according to the NRA to own as many guns as he can afford.
There is a disconnect when it comes to guns in America, and we need a new national dialogue on gun ownership.  Who really needs guns?  Of course we recognize that law enforcement and military need them.  After that if no one else had guns maybe and just maybe these senseless mass killings wouldn't happen,  Oops, forgot if you take away guns from HONEST CITIZENS then only the criminals will have guns.  NO, that is an old argument that is full of crap.  If we eliminate guns in society the criminal's guns will dry up also.  Most criminals don't march into a school, movie theater or a diner and open fire on everybody in there.  It is the seething, law abiding, citizen who finally goes nuts at some perceived bullshit that does this.  It is the guy who's second amendment right's are protected by the NRA that does it. 
Think of all the people you know or are related too who have never had a criminal past and could go out and buy guns.  Do you think they are all stable.  Would you like to see them all with guns.  We need to rethink the second amendment and it's interpretation.  Maybe the phrase " a well regulated militia..." means the military, not Joe crazy next door.





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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The GOP platform




I AM TRYING TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND ON THE ELECTION CHOICES.  BUT, I JUST CAN NOT FIND ANYTHING ATTRACTIVE ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN POSITIONS.  THIS MORNING I WATCHED CONDOLEEZZA RICE SPEAKING RE:  WHAT DIFFERENCE ROMNEY WILL HAVE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON CBS.  IT WAS ALL GENERALIZATIONS,SUCH AS "LEADERSHIP" AND "RESPECT".  THE COMMENTATORS REPEATEDLY ASKED WHAT ROMNEY WOULD DO VS. OBAMA.  NO ANSWER. SO, WHAT ARE THE "SOLUTIONS" OFFERED BY THE GOP.

1) I'M NOT ATTRACTED TO-ANTI UNION RHETORIC.  WE ALL KNOW WHY UNIONS EXIST IN THE FIRST PLACE, ABUSIVE MANAGEMENT; ANTI UNION RIGHTS TO BARGAIN;

2) SHIFTING BLAME TO OBAMA FOR THE DEFICIT & the cost of 2 wars; REFUSING TO MENTION THE "MANAGEMENT CLASS" PLUNGING THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM INTO
CHAOS THROUGH FRAUDULENT SECURITIZED MORTGAGE INSTRUMENTS & CREDIT DEFAULT SWAPS, FORCING GUYS LIKE US TO BAIL OUT THE SYSTEM & INCUR DEFICITS; CONTINUAL UNPUNISHED RISKY BEHAVIORS & ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES OF THE "BEST & BRIGHTEST MANAGEMENT CLASS" (I.E. CORZINE, LEHMAN BROS., ETC.); INHERITING THE BUSH DEFICITS

3) THREATEN ENTITLEMENTS WITHOUT SPECIFICS ON REFORM

4) ROMNEY'S REFUSAL TO DISCLOSE MUCH PERSONAL TAX INFO

5) ANTI-ABORTION

6) CAMPAIGN MENTION OF BRINGING BACK THE DRAFT

7) ABSOLUTE REFUSAL TO MAKE ANY DEALS RE: CLOSING THE BUDGET GAP (I WANT PEOPLE WHO WILL MAKE DEALS.)

8) THREATENING TO REMOVE BEN BERNANKE.  (THE MAN HAS SAVED US VIA POSTPONING DISASTER, GIVING US TIME TO GET OUR HOUSE IN ORDER.) THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO BRING BACK "DEREGULATION", THE POLICY POPULARIZED BY BUSH I & BUSH II,...THE POLICY THAT BROUGHT US THE EVER POPULAR KEATING BANKING LOAN SCANDALS & THE PRIME LENDING MORTGAGE SECURITY SCANDALS RESPECTIVELY. YES, LET'S "UNSHACKLE" THE "BEST & THE BRIGHTEST"("WORST & CROOKEDEST") SO THAT THEY CAN ENRICH THEMSELVES FURTHER AT THE EXPENSE OF THE "CORPORATION BAILOUT TAXPAYERS".

9) THE BIG BUCKS CONSERVATIVE SUPPORTERS OF ROMNEY HAVE STUCK HIM WITH RADICAL "ENTITLEMENT BUDGET BUTCHER" PAUL RYAN, MUCH AS THEY STUCK McCAIN WITH "LOCK & LOAD" SARAH PALIN.

10) PLANNING TO REDUCE CORPORATE TAXES, WHILE MAINTAINING ALL OF THEIR TAX LOOPHOLES MAKING OUR CORPORATIONS THE LEAST TAXED IN THE WORLD ALSO, THE CLIMATE CREATED BY FRINGE CONSERVATIVES HAVE ENCOURAGED RIGHT WING RADIO SHOW HOSTS TO MAKE OUTRAGEOUS STATEMENTS, I.E. "OBAMA HAS PROCLAIMED HIMSELF AS EMPEROR & HAS TAKEN AWAY THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE".  THUS APPEALING TO GUN WIELDING DISTURBED MALCONTENTS WHO COMMIT VIOLENT ACTS WITH ASSAULT WEAPONS.
READ BETWEEN THE LIES,

YOUR FELLOW AMERICAN
MEMBER OF THE COFFEE PARTY






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Friday, August 31, 2012

Lies, lies and more lies

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
~Adolf Hitler

Here is a list of five lies that Paul Ryan told when he gave his speech at the Republican National Convention last night. Every single news outlet should report on these lies.
1. Lie: President Obama is the "greatest threat" to Medicare.
Truth: Obama didn't make any cuts to Medicare benefits; he made cuts to provider reimbursements, to improve cost efficiency and extend the fiscal security of Medicare by eight years. According to the Medicare actuary, "[Obama's] Affordable Care Act makes important changes to the Medicare program and substantially improves its financial outlook."
But Ryan actually does want to cut benefits. He proposed dismantling Medicare and replacing it with a voucher system, leaving millions of seniors to come up with more money to pay for care out of pocket.
2. Lie: President Obama didn't save a General Motors plant in Wisconsin.
Truth: First, Obama wasn't even in office when the GM plant closed. Second, Obama never made a promise to save it.
3. Lie: President Obama ignored recommendations of a bipartisan debt commission.
Truth: Paul Ryan actually sat on that commission. And he led Republicans in voting down the commission's own recommendation. So the commission never gave a report to Obama, because Ryan himself voted to kill the report before it could.
4. Lie: President Obama is responsible for the downgrading of the U.S. Credit Rating
Truth: House Republicans, including Paul Ryan, held the full faith and credit of the United States hostage to try to ransom it for trillions of dollars in cuts to social programs without increasing taxes on the wealthy one dime. Standard & Poors said specifically, "We have changed our assumption on [revenue] because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues." That's why our nation's credit rating was downgraded.
5. Lie: Ryan wants to protect the "weak."
Truth: Ryan's biggest feat in his political career was proposing a budget with dramatic cuts to programs benefiting the poor. He'd cut Medicaid by one third, take away health care insurance from 30 million Americans, and cut Pell Grants for 1 million students. All so that he could give more tax breaks to the rich.
Brenda Witt  moveon.org




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Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tea Party Talker Gets Old Fashioned Irish Tempered Tongue Lashing

"I think even the poorest people in the great country that is the United States should be entitled to basic health care."
~Michael D. Higgins

Tea Party Talker Gets Old Fashioned Irish Tempered Tongue Lashing
Some times it takes someone from a distance to see the truth and tell it.   Love this guy makes me proud to be part Irish American .

HIGGINS: I've spoken of my time in the Midwest. I'm going to the Greyhound bus station and hearing for the first time "poor white trash." These people, who -- you know, I was there before the Civil Rights charter came in and frankly the idea that a person would not have one job, but would have two jobs, or three jobs and work all the light hours that are there and still not be entitled to the basic protection of fundamental care is so outrageous.
So whether you agree with Obama on what he is doing and aspects of his foreign policy -- I disagree with some things about Latin and South America --
[crosstalk]
But one of the things I do agree, the idea of being a social floor, below which people wouldn't fall, that's the future. I think even the poorest people in the great country that is the United States should be entitled to basic health care --
GRAHAM: Okay --
HIGGINS: -- And I don't think they'll thank the Sarah Palin lookalikes and followers for taking it off them.
You're about as late an arrival in Irish politics as Sarah Palin is in American politics and both of you have the same tactic. The tactic is to get a large crowd, whip them up, try and discover what is the greatest fear, work on that, and feed it right back in a frenzy. And that leads you in time then when you have in fact maybe one of the most gifted Presidents elected. I happen to not agree with all of his foreign policy but you know you regard for example someone who happens to have been a professor at Harvard as somehow now very handicapped.
You don't find anything wrong at all with this Tea Party ignorance that is being brought all around the United States, which is regularly insulting people who have been democratically elected.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lies and hypocracy or stupidity

“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”
~ George Carlin

It is either lies, hypocrisy or stupidity from the Republicans.  They must think we are all stupid to believe this shit.  They have never supported helping working Americans, the middle class or the working poor.  For them it is about the rich getting richer and the rest of America serving them as their permanent underclass, slaves is a good word.  It took 30 years to get Medicare.  Social Security was opposed by the Republicans for years but the Democrats prevailed.  It has always been the Democrats in the vanguard protecting the rights of Americans against the elite two percent, against greed and perceived privilege.  The Republicans will destroy Social Security and Medicare if they win. We will be a poorer nation for it and millions of Americans will lead lives of desperation and suffering.  But the elite  Romney's of the world will be fine, boy I am so glad of that.

The Romney campaign either doesn’t understand this or is being deliberately obtuse.
The Romney campaign adamantly disputes the critics’ assertions.
“The idea that restoring funding to Medicare could somehow hasten its bankruptcy is on its face absurd,” said Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign. She added, “Governor Romney’s plan is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered reforms that control cost throughout the health care system and extend the solvency of Medicare.”
That reflects a total ignorance of trust fund accounting and the implications of the Romney-Ryan plan. They cannot keep up the fiction that current beneficiaries would see no cuts. One group – 65 and 66 year-olds, or wealthier seniors – would see immediate cuts, plus everyone would see across-the-board higher costs on their out-of-pocket expenses. Not to mention the fact that the Medicare drug donut hole would be opened up again, free preventive care would be lost, etc., by a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  More



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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

RAPE!

“And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women - except, of course —those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape ‘kit ‘n’ stuff, But for everybody else, it’s a win-win. Unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years - whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know - actually, I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster.”
~Tina Fey
 
RAPE! A word that speaks of a horrible act. How can anyone qualify it? Can there be consensual RAPE, or violent RAPE or legitimate RAPE? I don't think so. To put a spin on RAPE is to use it to justify some aberration of anti abortion. Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, a low life piece of shit, would deny women the right to abortion if found to be raped but not violently RAPED. Give me a break, what this dumb dip shit fuck doesn't get is RAPE is RAPE. Maybe Aiken needs is to get RAPED, being a ultra right wing Republican he might just like it.  Not very nice, I know, but what he has said is not nice and millions of RAPE victims get it. But then he could become a real expert on RAPE, what a dumb piece of shit. This is the ultra right wing of the Republican party at their finest, including Rep. Ryan. Look at what these Republican right wing scum bags say:

It’s Sharon Brown, a local Missouri Republican official, who defended Akin and said, of the RAPE victim, “God has chosen to bless this person with a life.” RAPE or INCEST is okay with her. She is one dumb piece of shit.  Hey she needs to pray that some fool would RAPE here so that she can be blessed, the fucking ass hole. 

Here is another moron of the right; “It’s Representative Steve King of Iowa, who, like Akin, said he’s never heard of a minor getting pregnant from statutory RAPE or incest.” What a dumb fuck.

You have to give it to the Republican party for being regressive, and stupid;
And it’s the Republican Party itself. The Party’s draft platform or the upcoming convention doesn’t allow for abortions in the case of RAPE or incest.
It is okay to say get government out of my business but the Religious ultra conservative right have no problem using government to control women's reproductive rights. Shit, they want the government in everyone's bedroom. A woman’s body is not her own. In essence the ultra right would protect the rapist over their victim. They would victimize the victim making them bear the burden of their humiliation. Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, has tried to capitalize on his comments by raising money based on his stupidity. Every decent American should repudiate this low life piece of shit. Because that is what he is when he categorized RAPE victims, as if some asked for it, some wanted it and some maybe didn't want it. What America needs to say to the Republican right who support Rep. Todd Akin and Aiken himself is, FUCK YOU! This is not an elegant statement but it is honest and to the point.




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Monday, August 20, 2012

Mitt Romney vowed to increase the national debt by $716 billion, and no one so much as blinked

"Hypocrisy, the lie, is the true sister of evil, intolerance, and cruelty."
~Raisa M. Gorbachev

Romney vows to boost national debt by $716 billion, by David Lauter, LA Times: Before the presidential campaign hurtles off to the next skirmish, take a moment to notice what happened this week: Mitt Romney vowed to increase the national debt by $716 billion, and no one so much as blinked. ... Economist's view on Romney



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Friday, August 17, 2012

It has just gotten harder to vote in America if you are a minority, poor or a senior citizen.

A man without a vote is man without protection.
~Lyndon B. Johnson       

It has just gotten harder to vote in America if you are a minority, poor or a senior citizen.  A number of states, all Republican led or controlled, have pushed voter reform making it much more difficult for people to vote.  These states have made voting contingent on photo identification.  They have done this in the name of voter fraud.  Statistics point out that since 2000 there have been possibly 10 questions of voter fraud across the country, 10 in twelve years.  This is making laws for a problem that virtually doesn't exist.  The real reason for this is that the poor, the aged and minorities would be those most effected by this legislation.  The very people that Republicans see as Obama voters. 
In the past politicians have always encouraged the American people to get out and vote.  Now we see the Republican led states and legislators fighting to deny millions of Americans the vote.  This is cheating and dirty politics.  Romney should refute this tactic as dishonest and un-American but he won't.
Just as he won't release his taxes.  Why won't he release his taxes?  Maybe due to the tax amnesty offered a few years ago to people who violated American law and were hiding money in foreign banks in violation of American tax law.





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Sunday, August 12, 2012

A big yuck

“The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should be treated with caution.”
J.K. Rowling

Gotta love these guys.










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Friday, August 10, 2012

minority voters under attack from the right


“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”  ~George Orwell

Ohio Limits Early Voting Hours In Democratic Counties, Expands In Republican Counties

By Aviva Shen and Adam Peck on Aug 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Ohio has introduced a new tactic in their broader attempts to make it even harder for Democratic voters to get to the polls this year. Early voting stations in Ohio’s heavily Democratic counties will only be open between 8 am and 5 pm, while Republican counties have expanded their hours to allow voting on nights and weekends.

Former FL GOP Party Chairman testifies his party feels threatened by voters of color and acted against them

Marisa TreviƱo | August 10, 2012 | 2 Comment LatinaLista — The chilling admission recently by former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer should have garnered more national outrage than it did. Not just in Florida, but across the country. The party says one thing, but behind the scenes does something else,” said Greer. He’s talking about, in part, Governor Rick Scott’s administration’s effort to purge voter lists across the state. The administration called it a way to improve the integrity of Florida elections.
There is a culture in the Republican Party that deals with minority voters and there is a belief that minority voters are not going to vote Republican,” said Greer.







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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

State of Emergency

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
Abraham Lincoln



AUTISM-UNDECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY

THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) ANNOUNCED STARTLING CONTINUED INCREASES IN AUTISM RATES IN A MARCH 2012 REPORT.
Autism File Editor-in-Chief Polly Tommey declares "The lack of response from Government Agencies and Officials to such widespread suffering among children and families is shocking".(1.) During the 1980s the autism rate was 1 in 10,000. In March 2012, the CDC announced that a study of the CDC's Office of Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) showed that AUTISM RATES ARE NOW 1 IN 88, AND FOR BOYS THE RATE IS NOW A STARTLING 1 IN 54. Tommey, goes on to call for federal health agencies to declare a state of emergency. Tommey states that no U.S. health agency has conducted basic research of comparing health outcomes in vaccinated and non-vaccinated populations despite the fact that the data is available. In 2005 UPI reporter Dan Olmsted, tried to compare the vaccinated U.S. population, by comparing it to the unvaccinated population of the Amish in Lancaster, Pa. In that year, the CDC’s calculation of 1 in 166 U.S. children had autism. Olmsted therefore expected that fort the Amish population, a total of 100 children in Lancaster would have autism. He only found 3. One was a girl adopted from China. A second was an Amish child that had been vaccinated, and the third child’s vaccination status was unclear. (9.)
In the U.S. children now receive as many as 48 vaccinations by age six. The cumulative effects have never been studied.(2.) The safety of giving multiple vaccinations in one day, up to nine, has also not been studied. The author indicates we need to keep in mind that the blood brain barrier, which is especially vulnerable to toxic assault, has not yet been fully formed at age six.
The number of vaccinations recommended for children in the U.S. by age two years has risen from 8 in 1983 to 27 in 2010. Research analysis of vaccinations
given up to age two years and the prevalence of autism or speech/language impairment (SLI) found that the higher the prevalence of those receiving the vaccinations, the higher the prevalence of autism or SLI. (3.) (4.) (5..) The suspect elements in vaccinations are the preservative thimerosal, which contains mercury and is associated with neurobehavioral impairment, and aluminum , a neurotoxin and immunosuppressant, associated with the production of cytokines, which are inflammatory chemicals that damage the brain.
A review of more than a century of medical literature reveals ample evidence that neurological and immune system dysfunction caused by infectious diseases are often identical to neurological and immune system dysfunction caused by vaccines created using those same lab altered viruses and bacteria. A host disease or host/vaccine interaction causes inflammation which is acute at first and becomes chronic rather than resolving and leaving the host with good health. In both cases, the end result is unresolved inflammation leading to immune-mediated brain dysfunction of varying degrees of severity, which is the same profile many have observed in children with autism spectrum disorders.” (6.)(7.)(8.) Acute brain inflammation can manifest in learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, seizure disorders, autism, mental retardation, and other developmental delays. (6.)
United States Health Agencies need to reexamine what “good health” should be.
Using multiple vaccinations may play a critical role in the increase of the chronic disease known as autism. Several hundred vaccines are in development worldwide, (10) with calls for more, and no exemptions. (11) The vaccination program needs to be reviewed and reworked, requiring a minimum number of vaccinations until studies are conducted on animals first. Further, data available needs to be examined prior to continuing the current vaccination requirement. What is the federal government waiting for? Does every child born need to be on the autism spectrum before anything is done? And, what of those families already affected? Is the federal government trying to avoid the financial burden of admitting it’s required vaccination program is responsible for the damage already done?

Read between the lies.

Your Fellow American
Member, Coffee Party

REFERENCES


1. "Increased Autism Rate is Alarming", Autism File Magazine, August-September 2012, Issue 45, p. 57.

2. Shreffler, Rita "Cautious Over the Vaccine Schedule?", (Autism File Magazine, March 2012, p. 61.

3. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, May 26, 2011

4. Institute of Medicine/Adverse Effects of Vaccines, August 25, 2011.

5. "Positive Association Found Between Autism and Vaccination Schedule", The Autism File, Fall 2011, Issue 41, p. 52.

6. Fisher, Barbara Loe “Vaccines, Autism & Chronic Inflammation: The New Epidemic”, The Autism File, Issue 31, 2009, p. 35.

7. Jyonouchi H, Geng L, Ruby A, Zimmerman-Bier B. “Dysregulated innate immune responses in young children with autism spectrum disorders: their relationship to gastrointestinal symptoms and dietary intervention. Neuropsychobiol 2005;51:77-85.

8. Blaylock RL. “The central role of excitotoxicity in autism spectrum disorders. JAMA 2003; 6:10-22.

9. Olmsted D. The Age of Autism: The Amish anomaly. The Washington Times 2005 April 18, 2005.

10. U.S National Institues of Health. Directory of World Clinical Trials.

11. Fisher Bl. Attacks on Vaccine Exemptions Increase (commentaries 2007-2009).








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Thursday, May 17, 2012

An American Hero

Quote. “Men sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

An American hero gets his due 50 years later. Specialist Leslie Sabo is awarded the Medal Of Honor by President Obama in a moving ceremony.








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Thursday, April 26, 2012


Georgetown faculty members skewer Paul Ryan budget plan

US Congressman Paul Ryan New York, New York 10 April 2012House budget chairman Paul Ryan is a rising star in the Republican Party
Rising Republican star Paul Ryan has been condemned at a top Catholic university for remarks that his budget plan was inspired by church teaching.
Faculty members and priests at Georgetown said they could not condone a spending blueprint they warned would hurt society's most vulnerable.
The House budget chairman delivered a keynote lecture at the Jesuit college on Thursday morning.
Mr Ryan's plan has been praised by presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few," said the letter by 90 faculty members and priests to the Wisconsin representative.
The letter adds: "In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ."  BBC News more




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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Romney Budget Proposals Would Require Massive Cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Nondefense Spending — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Romney Budget Proposals Would Require Massive Cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Nondefense Spending — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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Great Siberian thaw | Down To Earth

Fox says it ain't so. Fox the science denier.

Great Siberian thaw | Down To Earth

"THIS phenomenon has dangerous portents for climate change -- parts of the world's largest frozen peat bog in Russia's western Siberia region, which accounts for 60 per cent of the world's peatlands, is undergoing a sudden thaw. The thaw in the northernmost parts of the frozen peatland, over one million square kilometres, is due to rise in global surface temperature, says a team of Russian scientists led by Sergei Kirpoten of Tomsk State University, Tomsk. Because the peat bog stores billions of tones of methane (a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide) that would be released into the atmosphere in the thaw, the phenomenon will undoubtedly hasten climate change. Thus, the pristine ecosystem underlain by permafrost has become both a victim and an abettor of climate change." for more go to www.downtoearth.org




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Sunday, February 12, 2012

How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy.

"They misunderestimated me." --Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
~George W. Bush



Bill Moyers: Where the Right Went Wrong
Sunday 12 February 2012
by: Bill Moyers, Moyers & Co. | Interview and Video

Conservative economist Bruce Bartlett. (Photo: Moyers & Co.)


TRANSCRIPT

Interview With Bruce Bartlett: Where the Right Went Wrong

BILL MOYERS: Heather McGhee speaks of how the neoliberal economic experience of the last 30 years – including cutting taxes on the rich and waiting for the wealth and prosperity to trickle down -- has left her generation of Millennials standing under a spigot someone forgot to turn on. After a few drips and drops, it went dry. So did the very notion of equal opportunity for all. And today we’re living in a country deeply divided between winners and losers. Nowhere is that more evident than in our tax system – so distorted by loopholes, exemptions, credits, and deductions favoring the already rich and powerful that it no longer can raise the money needed to pay the government’s bills.

Among the people who saw this crisis coming was the conservative economist Bruce Bartlett, the supply-side champion who wrote the manifesto for the Reagan Revolution. Bartlett became a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House and a top official at the Treasury Department under the first George Bush. Yet for all those credentials, he is today an outcast from the very conservative ranks where he was once so influential. That’s because Bruce Bartlett dared to write a book criticizing the second George Bush as a pretend conservative who slashed taxes but still spent with wild abandon.

The subtitle says it all: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy.

For his heresy Bartlett was sacked by the conservative think tank where he worked. Undaunted, this card-carrying advocate of free markets and small government has been a prolific writer for popular and academic journals and has just published a new book: The Benefit and the Burden: Tax Reform - Why We Need It and What It Will Take. It’s a layman’s guide through the jungle of a tax system that, thanks to rented politicians and anti-tax ideologues like Grover Norquist, enable the one percent to make off like bandits while our national debt soars sky-high. I talked to Bruce Bartlett soon after he had finished his new book.

Bruce Bartlett on Where the Right Went Wrong from BillMoyers.com on Vimeo.

Read the whole article, http://www.truth-out.org/bill-moyers-where-right-went-wrong/1328974045





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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Siberian Methane Bomb

"It’s unlikely that the U.S. is going to take serious action on climate change until there are observable, dramatic events, almost catastrophic in nature, that drive public opinion and drive the political process in that direction."
~Robert Stavins, the head of Harvard’s Environmental Economics program:


Global Warming Methane Danger

Published by tonyleather | January 3, 2012

"Igor Semiletov, of the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, has warned of having witnessed unprecedented volumes of the lethal greenhouse gas methane - which is 20 times as bad as carbon dioxide for heat retention –bubbling to the Arctic Ocean surface during an extensive survey there.

A Russian research team been surveying the seabed of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for nearly 20 years, and are astounded at the scale and volume of the methane being released from beneath the Arctic seabed.
In earlier surveys, the team had found torch-like plume structures were only tens of metres wide, but this time they have discovered, for the very first time, continuous, powerful and impressive seeping structures, more than 100 times bigger.
The team were even more astonished that the sheer scale and high density of the plumes was such that over 100 were discovered in a relatively small area, suggesting that there should be thousands of them throughout the arctic region
It has been estimated that the Arctic permafrost is the storeroom for possibly billions of tonnes of methane gas, locked in the frozen ground, which extends for a vast distance into the seabed of the relatively shallow East Siberian Arctic Shelf sea from the mainland.
With Arctic sea-ice disappearing at ever more rapid rates in the summer months, and the region subject to rapidly risingtemperatures, the Siberian permafrost is already melting, and should the the trapped methane be suddenly released, the atmosphere would quickly change so much that rapid and severe climate change would be inevitable.
The Russian team published a 2010 study which estimated annual methane emissions from this region at 8,000,000 tons a year, but the latest findings make this seem a gross underestimate of the real situation.
The Academician Lavrentiev research vessel carried out a ten thousand square mile survey of East Siberian coastal seas, deploying four highly sensitive seismic and acoustic instruments to monitor the methane bubbles rising to the sea surface from beneath the seabed in plumes.
Checks conducted at over one hundred stationary points revealed methane fields on a scale not seen before, with some plumes as much as a kilometre wide, the emissions going directly into the atmosphere at concentrations 100 times higher than has been normal before. It seems likely that, within 20 years the arctic will be ice-free in summer months, and even more alarmingly, that global warming has already reached the point of no return."





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