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Astronomers say a bright blob at the edge of Saturn’s rings may be evidence that a new moon is forming. (NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute)

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Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99% certainty

Sorry, but the belief that 7 Billion people don’t affect the planet is just too stupid to argue about.

Embrace that we affect the planet. Embrace that we affect the environment. Or embrace that you are too stupid to engage in reasoned debate. I’m looking at you, Oklahoma.

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The current front-runners for POTUS in 2016 are Clinton and Bush.

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The McCutcheon decision, Paul Ryan’s budget, and Obamacare deniers all say what the GOP can’t: We protect the well-off from redistribution of their wealth to those who don’t deserve it.

Republicans and Republican enablers disgust me.

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Will try to come back and answer posts, but exhausted. Moved home, but still working my ass off. Just wanted to get this out there.

Wal-Mart, for the first time in its annual reports, acknowledges that taxpayer-funded social assistance programs are a significant factor in its revenue and profits.

“Our business operations are subject to numerous risks, factors and uncertainties, domestically and internationally, which are outside our control … These factors include … changes in the amount of payments made under the Supplement[al] Nutrition Assistance Plan and other public assistance plans, changes in the eligibility requirements of public assistance plans, …”

IOW, 5 of the 10 richest people in America are relying on taxpayer dollars to fund their lavish lifestyles. While the TOPbaggers tell us giving them more money will make our lives better, and refuse to raise their taxes. Why this isn’t national news escapes me … oh, wait … I’ve been railing against how the “news” is reported for years, now. Maybe decades.

It seems really simple, to me. CUT taxes on incomes below $200K. if you have to RAISE taxes, do it onn incomes over $1,000,000 to 90%.

Yeah, I know, we’ll never do it. But, it seems more sensible to me to support this than railing against ALL Democrats, when some of them would support this and NO Republicans would.

Not to be a broken record, but I AM an anti-Republican, and not (necessarily) a pro-Democrat. Because Republicans suck, and teabaggers are WAY too stupid to see how they’re being manipulated by, inter alia, the Koch Bros.

$15 versus $1,000.000.

Seriously? D9 we need to have this dicsussion?

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would end bulk collection of Americans’ phone data

The Obama administration is preparing legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s widespread collection of Americans’ phone data while, officials say, preserving the government’s ability to gain information about terrorists.

The legislation, senior officials say, would allow data about phone calls made to and from Americans to be kept at the phone companies. The companies would not be required to hold the data longer than they normally would.

The effort comes as the administration is up against a deadline set by President Obama in January, when he directed his subordinates to find a way to end the government’s mass collection of phone data, a program that has stirred controversy since it was revealed through a leak to the news media last June. He gave them until Friday to come up with options.

Read the rest at the link to the right wing WaPo. Seriously. Read it.

Bush/Cheney started it. Obama’s ending it. Sorta like the war in Iraq, and hopefully soon, the war in Afghanistan.

I seriously don’t understand why you guys think GOP Presidents are “no different” from Democratic Presidents. Bush the lesser was WAY worse than Reagan, who was WAY worse than Nixon, who was WAY worse than Eisenhower. (Yes, I left H.W. and Ford out on purpose. H.W. was a CIA spook and creepy as fuck, but at least he had the decency to raise taxes on rich fuckers, and Ford wasn’t elected.)

Our next GOP POTUS will make Reagan and Bush the lesser look like rational, saintly men. Our next GOP POTUS will end the first, fourth, and fifth amendments. Our next GOP POTUS will reduce corporate tax rates to zero, capital gains taxes, and end food stamps, extended UI, WIC, Obamacare (if the House and Senate are also GOP), and end if not seriously cripple SS and Medicare.

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Shit.

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Nothing in the past few decades has eroded America’s credibility, its standing in the world, its capacity to go to war, like the war in Iraq. We expended billions upon billions of dollars and thousands of human lives in pursuit of showing off how tough we were, and the result was a disaster.

In the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, candidates Representatives Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, then-Senator Barack Obama (Now President of the United States), Senators Chris Dodd, Hillary Clinton and Mike Gravel were some of the most outspoken critics of the Iraq War. Other than the Pauls, who are right about this like a stopped clock (and wrong about pretty much everything else), and are libertarians, not Republicans, has any Republican ever expressed regret for support Bush and Cheney’s illegal war of aggression? That slimy little weasel Lindsey Graham and John “bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iraq” McCain (or is that John “stupid enough to pick Sara Freakin’ Palin as his running mate” McCain) are saying Putin’s doing his thing because “Obama’s too soft” on … something. Foreign policy, maybe? Whatever, as long as the certifiably insane GOP/Teabagger party isn’t to blame. For a situation that we have no control over…

Keeping Republicans out of the White House, permanently, really does matter.

But frankly, their “base” is so bug-fuck nuts, now, that anyone who could win a TeabaggerOP primary couldn’t win a general election, so we got that going for us, which is nice.

I think about McCain/Palin finishing their second term, and Palin being in line to be the next POTUS and my mind wobbles…

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