Par for the course?

·Currently, the EPA is considering a stricter nationwide smog standard, which would strengthen the limit of permissible ozone concentrations set back in 2008 by the Bush administration. President Obama rejected the agency’s previous attempt to do so in 2011, following an aggressive campaign by industry lobbyists.”

 

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/30/the_u_s_cities_where_its_most_dangerous_to_breathe/?source=newsletter

 

What’s this all about?

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Barbarians

Botched Oklahoma execution leaves inmate writhing on gurney

• State calls off second execution after failure of first
• Untested cocktail of drugs fails to kill Clayton Lockett
• Execution halted after 16 minutes, inmate dies later
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/30/oklahoma-execution-botched-clayton-lockett?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
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Bayern Munich 0, Real Madrid 4 (0-5 global)

Real Madrid beat the holding champs, cross-town rivals play tomorrow in the other semi-final.

 

there’s a good chance that the final of the European Cup will be a wholly Madrid affair!

 

Celebrations hereabouts. I fear that tomorrow precious little work will be done!

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Monotheistic Religions Need To Go Away

Believing that “my God can beat up your God” is no way to run a planet.

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) – Heavily armed peacekeepers escorted some of the last remaining Muslims out of Central African Republic’s volatile capital on Sunday, trucking more than 1,300 people who for months had been trapped by violent Christian militants.

If monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) won’t end themselves by attrition, we need to end them by ridicule and pointing out their own internal hypocrisy.

Did you know that James Dobson’s group American Family Association is a far-right “christian” hate group?

Look, I don’t care if you want to make sandwiches by placing two slices of bologna, a slice of cheese, and some lettuce between two slices of Jesus. I mean, seriously, I don’t claim to understand how a wafer and some wine changes into Jesus in your stomach, but if that’s what you choose to believe, it doesn’t affect me.

But going to war over religion is no longer cool. WWTD; what would Timbuk do? Well, for one, I wouldn’t fucking go to war over your (fucked up) belief that two men (or women) in love shouldn’t be allowed to marry. Or your (fucked up) belief that Jeebus can beat up the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Or your (fucked up) belief that it’s somehow our DUTY to allow an already wealthy 1% to gain even more wealth by fucking up the only planet we have to live on (read that as Koch brothers trying to increase taxes on solar panels). Or …

If you want to argue that the US is less than perfect, I can’t disagree, but I’d ask you to look at Saudi Arabia, where petroleum oozes out of the ground like pus oozes out of a pestilent wound, yet women can’t drive because of Sharia law. Where would you rather live?

Ah, well, I’m either preaching to the choir or arguing with the faithful (who, by definition, cannot be persuaded), so never mind.

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Ukraine folly – or la follie?

Follie is french for “craziness”.

 

The US and, to a lesser extent, the EU, have tried to take in the Ukraine and impose neoliberal economics there for obvious (commercial) reasons. Unfortunately, the sugary candy that the US/EU offered aren’t to the taste of all Ukranians, especially those of Russian extraction.

 

I’ve posted a few posts on the subjects. The latest Salon piece is OK:

http://www.salon.com/2014/04/23/putin_bests_obama_and_thats_good_also_reddit_helps_catch_more_new_york_times_propaganda/?source=newsletter

 

 

 

What I find most worrying about the whole situation is that once again, the MSM, is being absolutely truant. If it fvcked up under Dubya with Iraq (etc), it’s doing the same with the Ukraine situation. And, unfortunately, our current misadministration is flayling about undecorously. Perhaps by design?

 

We’re reinforcing E. Europe, re-igniting the Cold War, and will probably up our defense spending for the umpteenth time.

 

Change we can believe in? Gimme an effing break.

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New Posts

Don’t know if this will help, but using a test account set to the same authority as everyone else who posts here, here’s how to post in Firefox:

From either the site (main) page or the dashboard, hover your mouse over “New” in the upper left corner.

Choose “Post”.

Between the subject line and the main message frame, choose either “Visual” or “Text”. I use text, but either should work.

Enter your subject line.

Enter your text. Apply any html, links, etc. at this time.

Scroll down a bit if you want to “Choose from the most used tags”. Category should be “Uncategorized”.

Hit the blue “Publish” button. There’s no need to save a draft. You should also be able to preview (using the preview button) before publishing.

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