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Non-descript politically active male seeks like-minded for purposes of restoring democracy.

I will vote for the Democratic POTUS candidate in the general election. Period.

Hillary may, or may not, be a “sure thing” if SHE runs, but Bernie would better represent me.

Make no mistake, I can’t understand why ANYONE would vote for a GOP POTUS.

But, I’m as tired as any of you of “third way” Clinton/Bush politics.

It’s time for a REAL change, and I think Bernie could win it all. I mean, just for example, who’s happy with making 30% less than we made a few decades ago, or NOT taxing the rich to pay for social security? THESE ARE WINNING ISSUES. Let’s advance them.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-identified socialist from Vermont, has met plenty of angry people in recent years.

“Some of them are in the Occupy Wall Street movement and consider themselves progressives,” Sanders said Monday at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank. “Some are in the Tea Party movement and consider themselves conservatives.”

Whatever their political bent, he said, “They have every right in the world to be angry.”

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Super Bowl Sunday is the highest of Holy Days for sports fans and NFL fans alike. But what about those outliers? What if your team isn’t playing, or you only care about college sports — or worse you’ve been invited to a Super Bowl Party but know nothing about who to root for or why?

Never fear, if you can’t get rah-rah excited about the Patriots vs. Seahawks showdown, you can definitely get excited about this year’s smorgasbord of political nuggets and subplots. If you can’t tap into that team spirit, here’s a list of 10 political reasons you might want to root for or against either team.

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Yeah, I know. Politicians lie. But how voters overlook the hypocrisy of Republicans continues to astound me.

Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa who delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, called in her address for cuts in government spending and described how her views grew out of her own “simple” upbringing, one in which her family diligently watched ever scarce penny, to the point where she owned only one pair of shoes.

But an investigation of public records by the Washington D.C.-based District Sentinel online news site showed that between 1995 and 2009, Ernst’s family received nearly a half-million dollars in government handouts, payments targeted toward subsidizing farms with taxpayer funds.

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At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, began deploying the radar systems more than two years ago with little notice to the courts and no public disclosure of when or how they would be used. The technology raises legal and privacy issues because the U.S. Supreme Court has said officers generally cannot use high-tech sensors to tell them about the inside of a person’s house without first obtaining a search warrant.

The radars work like finely tuned motion detectors, using radio waves to zero in on movements as slight as human breathing from a distance of more than 50 feet. They can detect whether anyone is inside of a house, where they are and whether they are moving.

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Next year, the Roman Numeral thingie gets extremely boring.

Anyhoo, this years stupid bowl holds promise to be a good game.

Although Aaron Rogers holds the highest QB rating ever, Russell Wilson would be second, if he had 1500 attempts, instead of 1252. Tom Brady is currently fifth.

Two of the top cornerbacks in the league, in Richard Sherman and Darryl (sp?) Revis.

“Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch, vs LeGerrette (sp?) Blount (“Beast Mode” in his own right).

Look, I’m not saying I know this will be a good game. It could be a lopsided blowout. But the number one ranked defense (Seattle) against the number 1 (AFC East, at least) ranked offense is going to be fun. Will Sherman play, or be healthy if he does? Will Brady throw his way (see previous sentence)? Will Russell Wilson try to throw on Revis?

Lots of questions for the head coaches to answer.

Who will run, the most? How will Blount run against the #1 rush defense? How will Lynch do against a pretty damned stout run defense? (This one is a no brainer, and beast mode WILL run on them. Period. One way or another. May be the game changer.)

I have more comments, but don’t want to bore you, especially if you’re not a football fan (or only cheer for one team).

Instead, check out the videos at this page:

Top 10 running backs ever

Amazing what some of those guys could do. Seriously, when you have time, watch the videos.

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Prolly NSFW.

Australian humor.

Glitter as a Service: want to piss off someone you dislike for only $9.99? Let us send them some stupid fucking glitter that is guaranteed to go everywhere.

I’d send some to WP. Just sayin’…

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…at an alarming rate.

Senator Ted Cruz appointed to oversee NASA in Congress

Cruz, a republican, has said it is “critical that the United States ensure its continued leadership in space,” but his stances on established science will no doubt be concerning: he’s gone on record, for example, denying that climate change exists. Cruz has also promoted himself as a Tea Party spending hawk, attempting to slash budgets across the government.

Put stupid people (like Ted Cruz) in charge of funding science, and you’ll get bad science.

The larger issue? Put stupid people in charge of government, and you’ll get bad government.

Teabaggers are absolutely, totally, out of touch with reality. And Ted Cruz is their king.

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The green chunk of ice will make its closest approach to Earth this evening, and won’t be back for another 8,000 years, according to the Mirror.

::snip::

It should be viewable in Orion’s belt, appearing as a small, fuzzy spot. Although viewable with the naked eye, it is recommended that viewers use binoculars to look at the comet, and to do so in an area with as little light pollution as possible.

while you’re outside, you may as well look for the winter hexagon and winter triangle, too.

Featured in the winter hexagon/triangle is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky!

Don’t be fooled by Jupiter, which rises later and is north of Sirius. It’s not a star…

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So I’m assuming that SCUBA divers, and whales, have a limit to how deep they can be and still poop.

(Rewilding is) a term, coined by activist Dave Foreman and broadened by Michael Soulé and Reed Noss in the 1990s, that Monbiot explains has two meanings. The first involves the mass restoration of ecosystems through attention to “trophic cascades” — the ecological processes that start at the top of a food chain and tumble down to the bottom, affecting the entire ecosystem in the process. The second involves the rewilding of places humans live—restoring some of the fauna that we’ve wiped out through hunting and habitat destruction.

“Paleoecology—the study of past ecosystems crucial to an understanding of our own—feels like a portal through which you may pass into an enchanted kingdom,” Monbiot says. “The story rewilding tells us is that ecological change need not always proceed in one direction. It offers us the hope that our silent spring could be replaced by a raucous summer.”

Hope you guys find this to be an interesting (if not useful when arguing with RW relatives) read. Please watch the TED talk, and tell my what you think.

Edit, I realize, now, that I should have left this link, here.

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Republicans, of course, do not want to do important things and certainly not do them well. They know they can but why would they? Their entire ideology is based of handing everything over to the rich, so instead of doing the people’s work, they sabotage the government.

In other words: Break the government, complain the government is broken and then push to privatize all the stuff you broke in the first place so the rich can get even richer while delivering worse service.

This is the ONLY message we need to get out to voters. Make them internalize it. Make them understand it. If you vote in a way that allows a Republican to hold office, you’re voting against yourself, your country, your children’s future … Mom and apple pie. You’re a traitor to yourself if not your country.

Read the rest.

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