Just thinking

I have been wondering just how much environmental chemical pollution is caused by plastics.
Smell a solo cup sometime,
I just opened up a polytech above ground pool  Man on man! I am letting it air out for sev eral days before I put water in it,
What is the chemical smell doing to the ozone?

I can’t have a below-ground pool here due to proximity to the levee.



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BIG SCOTUS Decision Tomorrow on ACA

I don’t have a prediction.

Scalia has demonstrated that he has no respect for the constitution, and he’s a RW/GOP hack, but protecting insurance companies is a RW cause, so who knows how he and the other 3 RW judges will rule? Lord knows, protecting corporate profits rules Alito’s world. IMO, Alito’s the worst judge of the 20th and 21st centuries, although Thomas certainly gives him a run for the money. Roberts is another RW hack, but he shows occasional flashes of sanity and objectivity, so his vote on the mandate is a mystery, to me.

I think Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Breyer will uphold the constitution, but I’m not sure what that means in terms of the individual mandate. They’ll uphold the rest of the law, but maybe not the mandate.

Which, as usual, leaves Kennedy making the decision. Probably. Like I said, I don’t really have a prediction. If I absolutely had to guess, and I don’t, I’d bet on Scalia upholding the mandate but nothing else, with Alito and Thomas joining him. That was sort of tongue in cheek, but I have to believe it’s crossed their foul minds.

OK, if I have to guess, I’m betting the mandate will fall, but “severability” will allow the rest of the law to remain. Probably 5-4 on the mandate, and 7-3 on “severability”. Alito, Thomas, and Scalia are just politically motivated hacks at this point, and they’ll rule to overturn the whole thing. Roberts will join along with Kennedy and “the liberals” on maintaining the rest of the law.

But that’s not why I’m posting. Check this out;

If Health Care Law Struck Down, House Progressives to Push Single-Payer Option

While the White House, Congressional Republicans and Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign have probably worked out how they are going to react to the Supreme Court ruling, expected tomorrow, on President Obama’s health care law, the House Progressive Caucus is preparing themselves as well. According to Progressive Caucus c-chair Representative Keith Ellison, they are going to start pushing a single-payer system they are going to term “Medicare For All”.

In an interview with The Huffington Post Ellison said that a single-payer, publicly funded and administered program is the easiest and cheapest way to cover all Americans. He also said that all 75 members of the Progressive Caucus had signed onto the plan.

I’m going to repeat this ad nauseum (the beatings will continue until morale improves); there are NO progressive Republicans. There IS a difference between the two parties.

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And further off the deep end…

This week in crazy? We have Darrell Issa endorsing a completely nutso theory that Fast and Furious was all a plot to rally people around gun control (painfully, tragically, disproven: any party eager to find an excuse to push gun control would have used the attempted murder of Gabrielle Giffords). And then Jon Kyl today raised impeachment as a remedy to Barack Obama’s new plans for enforcing immigration policy.

It really is worth emphasizing that this kind of thing did not happen on a regular basis when George W. Bush was president. The ideas were out there — fringe cranks on the left regularly trotted out bizarre theories about September 11 and shadowy Saudi influence, or whatever. But it stopped there, and it stopped there because responsible Democratic leaders refused to sanction it. The key story that shows the difference? Conspiracy-spouting former Member of the House Cynthia McKinney was basically bounced from the Democratic Party, and she was only a back-bencher to begin with.

By contrast, Issa is a committee chair; Kyl is the Republican Whip in the Senate. You can be sure that there will be no pressure to remove them from these positions for embracing the crazy; quite the contrary.

Read the rest.

“Both parties do it” and “there’s no difference between the parties” makes you look stupid. The GOP is just plain fuckin’ nuts. ALL of them.

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Why Do Fresh Tomatoes Taste So Much Better Than Store-Bought Ones?

I’m not sure I agree that “I grew them myself and watched them ripen on the vine” isn’t part of the answer, or that I’d stop growing tomatoes if I could buy a good one at the supermarket, but I’m looking forward to my first BLT in a couple of weeks.

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Elephant seals help uncover slower-than-expected Antarctic melting

Public Release: 21-Jun-2012 http://www.agu.org/news/press/pr_archives/2012/2012-31.shtml
Geophysical Research Letters
AGU: Elephant seals help uncover slower-than-expected Antarctic melting
A team of scientists have drilled holes through an Antarctic ice shelf, the Fimbul Ice Shelf, to gather the first direct measurements regarding melting of the shelf’s underside. A group of elephant seals, outfitted with sensors that measure salinity, temperature, and depth sensors added fundamental information to the scientists’ data set, which led the researchers to conclude that parts of eastern Antarctica are melting at significantly lower rates than current models predict. Snip
The team is the first to provide direct, observational evidence that the Fimbul Ice Shelf is melting from underneath by three, equally important processes. Their results confirm a 20-year-old theory about how ice shelves melt that, until now, was too complex to be further investigated with models that had no direct observations for comparison. These processes likely apply to other areas of Antarctica, primarily the eastern half because of its similar water and wind circulation patterns, Hattermann said.

The scientists report their findings on June 22 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union.

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Whose In Love With Israel?? NOT ME!

I am not really happy with some of the people in the USA government either.

But I find the Israeli Government members pretty bad people.

US and Israel developed Flame, says official
16:57 20 June 2012

Mega-malware Flame was indeed created by US and Israeli spies to sabotage Iran’s nuclear efforts, according to a report in the The Washington Post. Flame’s nation-state origins were suspected ever since its discovery last month, and now an unnamed US intelligence official has confirmed that the virus, along with its partner Stuxnet, is part of a continuing cyber-assault on Iran.

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