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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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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/20/broadcasters-mouthpieces-of-elite-balanced-news-journalists

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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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the great steam roller to flatten out Main Streets around the world. Hang on, it about to get really rough sledding. Sad.

http://agonist.org/deflation-swamps-switzerland/#comment-277279

Then there’s this.

http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.com/2015/01/swiss-business-leaders-politicos-at.html

I guess I’ll need a bigger garden.

 

Update and it’s not good.

http://www.theautomaticearth.com/the-end-of-the-world-of-finance-as-we-know-it/

 

Pension! we don’t have to pay no pension and other stories of the coming worker Hell.

 

http://michael-hudson.com/

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It sure does get you to thinking.

 

Red Ice Interview: Psyop Memes

Tim Murdock is the host of White Rabbit Radio and the voice of Horus the Avenger. He has also produced the popular animations “How The Whites Took Over America,” “Anti-Racist Hitler,” and “Johnny Racist.”

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For those who put down “socialized medicine” and the “welfare state”: this

 

British ex-pats prefer to fly back to the UK for a checkup. it’s easier and cheaper.

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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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