I’d find the story, but who knows how long my internet connection will work. The FCC denied the acquisition of T-Mobile by ATT. Whoo hoo! However, they said that ATT likely wouldn’t stop trying. Fuckers.
“It’s not just Vermont that you’re hurting. You are destroying the fabric of a nation. We are a nation that comes together in disaster and you don’t ignore people in Vermont or Missouri who have been hit by an earthquake or a tornado or California that has it’s problems. We are a nation. Don’t sell us out, Mr. Cantor. Don’t make us a second-rate nation.”—Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) concerning disaster relief for states effected by Hurricane Irene. (via kileyrae)
…what’s the real difference between legal drugs and illegal drugs? Some people think that only illegal drugs are habit-forming. Yet legal drugs can be just as addictive as illegal drugs. Just ask anyone who has tried to quit smoking, go off caffeine, or kick to Oxycontin habit.
“Dr. James Hansen, who runs NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, was arrested along with 139 other protesters taking part in a series of demonstrations against the planned $7-billion Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport 500,000 barrels of crude per day from America’s neighbor to the north all the way to the Gulf coast of Texas.”—
Canadian tar sand is seen as a horribly inefficient form of hydrocarbon energy due to the separation process, which requires more energy than the finished product puts out. Production methods also put off 3-5 times more greenhouse emissions than typical oil production.
Don’t know how many of you have heard about this. A US Army Ranger diagnosed with PTSD was getting ready for his ninth deployment to the Middle East in seven years. He recently committed suicide because he had reached his breaking point and believed suicide was his only way “out.”
At a recent book signing at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Rumsfeld was holding a “book signing.” The Ranger’s widow attended and told Rumsfeld (albeit briefly) about her husband. He dismissed her with a “Oh, I heard about that.” That’s it. “Oh, I heard about that.”
Here, she speaks after this encounter and shares some of the events leading up to her husband’s suicide. This is heartbreaking. And our Federal Government doesn’t give a damn — and neither do the Department of Defense. To a lesser extent the VA doesn’t care about what happens to us veterans either. It’s all a load of hog wash.
This is one of the reasons why I believe we should go back to an active Selective Service. Every person when they reach the age of majority should have to serve in the Armed Forces in one capacity or another for a minimum of three years. No exceptions, no deferments as in previous years. I still truly believe our federal government would be MUCH LESS WILLING to put American lives and resources in harm’s way if EVERYONE HAD TO SERVE.
This is truly heartbreaking. I rarely comment in such depth on things I post as I prefer people come to their own decisions. But, this issue is near and dear to my own heart since I am a veteran who served with honor (unlike many of the yellow elephants who are chicken hawks).
This is so reprehensible there are no words I can think of to adequately condemn its dark-heartedness and soulessness.
I first heard of it on KO’s show the other night and more details are now coming out. It involves a scheme that Rick Perry and former Senator Phil Gramm (both of Texas) cooked up to make money off the deaths of retired Texas teachers. Gramm was working for USB, a huge Swiss Bank, to develop a pool of life insurance benefits that would be sponsored by USB. Perry was going to offer retired Texas teachers life insurance policies with the beneficiaries being USB. In conjunction with that, Perry was going to cut health insurance benefits that were currently being paid out to the Texas teachers to be replaced by these “policies.”
There’s a name for it — Dead Peasants — and is simlar to a scheme that Wal Mart has utilized.
They fucking freaked out over the “tornado” they had last year where very few people were in danger for a only a few minutes. Lets not mention that their infrastructure is so old and delicate and that they only have a few bridges and tunnels to escape if things go sour. What happens when millions of people lose access to fresh water (who aren’t prepared/used to it)?
I’ve looked into the NYC Reddit and half the people on there aren’t even bothering to take their a/c window-units out. For Christ’s sake, if you can afford to leave for a few days, pack a few books and get out.
Japan Set To Declare Wide Area Uninhabitable Due To Radiation
"According to The Times, "The formal announcement, expected from the government in coming days, would be the first official recognition that the March accident could force the long-term depopulation of communities near the plant, an eventuality that scientists and some officials have been warning about for months." Just two weeks ago, it was reported that radiation readings at the site had reached their highest points to date."