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  • Maine Voices: Green New Deal will defuse threat of modern life as dystopia

    01/09/2020 8:54:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Portland Press-Herald ^ | January 9, 2020 | BY LARRY GILMAN
    In the 1973 movie “Soylent Green,” Earth is grossly overpopulated and broiled by global warming. “How can anything survive in a climate like this?” asks Thorn, a New York cop played by Charlton Heston. “A heatwave all year long. A greenhouse effect. Everything is burning up.” It’s a fable, not a forecast, but it gets some things disturbingly right. As for “burning up,” 2014-2018 were the five hottest years in observed weather history, and last July was the hottest month. In the last decade Greenland melting has doubled, Antarctic melting tripled, sea-level rise accelerated. Civilization won’t end tomorrow, but its...
  • Climate Change Study Found Consistent Evidence of Global Warming Every Day Since 2012

    01/06/2020 1:21:08 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 3, 2020 | By Rosie McCall
    Scientists have developed a method that allows them to identify so-called climate change "fingerprints" in daily weather observations - and it found consistent evidence of global warming every day since late March 2012. Using climate models and statistical learning techniques, a team of researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland were able to identify climate change's "fingerprint" in global daily mean temperatures, which had been calculated from measurements collected in locations across the world. The researchers highlighted that while local daily mean temperatures might fluctuate significantly year-on-year, global daily mean measurements show a consistent trend towards global warming. They say their...
  • Republican group targets Graham in ad calling for fair Senate trial

    12/18/2019 8:43:32 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12 18 2019 | Rebecca Klar
    A Republican group is launching a new ad targeting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) after the House on Wednesday voted in favor of impeaching President Trump. The new Republicans for the Rule of Law ad quotes Graham pushing the Senate to allow witness testimony during the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, the group announced Wednesday. “Once upon a time Lindsey Graham was in favor of a fair impeachment trial,” a narrator says in the 30-second ad. It then cuts to a clip of Graham during the time of Clinton’s impeachment, telling reporters: “In every trial that there has ever been...
  • I Heart Michelle: Uplifting Words from the Forever First Lady (Vomit Alert)

    12/02/2019 12:48:00 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 29 replies
    Barnes and Noble ^ | 2/01/2019 | Michelle Obama
    Find humor, grace, and inspiration in the words of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Let this collection of short, pithy quotes give you strength, offer hope, and make you feel empowered. Michelle Obama is not only an admired public figure, but an influencer capable of giving rise to positive change. She holds fast and true to her beliefs, loves her family and country, and is an impassioned advocate for education as well as women’s rights. From interviews to speeches on the campaign trail and off, these brief excerpts provide a poignant glimpse into the thoughts and views of America’s “Forever...
  • Pelosi steps up as Trump abdicates responsibilities

    10/22/2019 12:16:11 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 61 replies ^ | October 22, 2019 | Eugene Robinson Washington Post
    Last week’s viral photograph of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointing her finger at President Trump and reading him the riot act reflected a larger reality: If Trump won’t responsibly lead the nation, Pelosi will. The president has pretty much ceased being president. Trump never really seemed to enjoy the job, except for ceremonial tasks like handing out medals. I’d be surprised if he could name every member of his Cabinet, and I’d be shocked if he had the foggiest idea of what, say, Secretary Elaine Chao has been up to over at the Department of Transportation. Does anyone imagine that...
  • Politico Impeachment Story Goes Full Laughable Drama Queen

    09/30/2019 8:02:46 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 30, 2019 | P.J. Gladnick
    In this episode of Politico Magazine Drama Queen Theater, we present the dilemma of Mikie Sherrill,  a "centrist" Democrat congresswoman representing New Jersey, and "former Navy helicopter pilot," and "former federal prosecutor," deciding to throw caution to the winds and impeach Donald Trump to repeal the 2016 election. Politico senior staff writer (and wannabe playwright) Michael Kruse penned a piece on Friday with the appropriately melodramatic title of, "‘It Feels Like a 1776 Kind of Fight’." Although he described Sherrill as "characteristically measured" and "unflappable," this is a tale of thick, shaky voices, quivering chins, unsuppressed sniffles, and dampened hankies. Oh,...
  • We could feed one million people living in colonies on Mars

    09/25/2019 7:58:13 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Erika K. Carlson |
    With bugs, algae and other resource-efficient foods we could feed one million people on Mars within a century of arriving there. Scientists even invented a martian diet. Cannon and colleagues modeled the food needs of a human population on Mars that grows to one million over about a hundred Earth years through a combination of immigration and reproduction. Though the settlement would need to import a lot of food at the start, it could transition to an entirely Martian-grown diet in about a century with the right food choices, they found. The major limiting factor is space — or rather,...
  • Washington Post fact-checker gives Plame three Pinocchios for Libby claim

    09/10/2019 8:59:20 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/10/19 | Rebecca Klar
    The Washington Post "Fact Checker" column gave former CIA operative and current Democratic New Mexico congressional candidate Valerie Plame three "Pinocchios" for her claim that former George W. Bush administration official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby leaked her identity. Plame blamed Libby for the leak in a campaign ad released Monday, but according to the Post's fact-check, there is no evidence he disclosed her role to columnist Robert Novak. Novak wrote the piece that reported that Plame, identified as a CIA operative, suggested sending her husband, Joe Wilson, to Niger to look into a report that Saddam Hussein had sought uranium...
  • Jackie Kennedy’s fairy-tale wedding was a nightmare for her African American dress designer

    09/03/2019 8:05:21 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/28/2019 | GBillian Brockell
    The 1953 wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and then-Sen. John F. Kennedy was so perfect it is still being talked about more than 65 years later. As recently as 2017, gossip website The List was still calling it “the most beautiful wedding ever.” It was a fairy tale worthy of the legendary couple who would preside over Camelot. But for Ann Lowe, who designed the bridal gown, it was a nightmare. First, the wedding dress was destroyed 10 days before the ceremony. Then the 24-year-old bride, who did not really like the gown in the first place, snubbed her. Asked who...
  • Why Is Hollywood So Scared of Climate Change?

    08/20/2019 2:18:04 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | Aug. 14, 2019 | Cara Buckley
    Humans ruined everything. They bred too much and choked the life out of the land, air and sea. And so they must be vaporized by half, or attacked by towering monsters, or vanquished by irate dwellers from the oceans’ polluted depths. Barring that, they face hardscrabble, desperate lives on a once verdant Earth now consumed by ice or drought. That is how many recent superhero and sci-fi movies — among them the latest Avengers and Godzilla pictures as well as “Aquaman,” “Snowpiercer,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Interstellar” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” — have invoked the climate crisis. They imagine postapocalyptic...
  • 77 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List

    07/07/2019 1:21:25 PM PDT · by Syncro · 39 replies ^ | January 22, 2019 - Update July 6, 2019 | Sharyl Attkisson
    We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet—and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about. That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies.”   But as self-appointed arbiters of truth, we’ve largely excused our own unprecedented string of fact-challenged reporting. The truth is, formerly well-respected, top news organizations are making repeat, unforced errors in numbers that were unheard of just a couple of years ago.Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion,...

    07/09/2019 3:56:18 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 67 replies
    Vice News ^ | 7/8/19 | Daniel Newhauser
    COLUMBIA, South Carolina — Aliyah Johnson stood petrified for several long seconds, mouth agape, eyes wide, as Mayor Pete Buttigieg walked in the door. When she finally shook off her paralysis, she barreled into his chest for an embrace before breaking into inconsolable sobs. The 19-year-old Columbia resident had been looking in vain for Buttigieg all over the South Carolina Democratic Party Convention. When he made a surprise appearance at a meet-and-greet with black millennials at a bar called Truth, she knew it would be her chance. She had never met him before, but Johnson needed to tell him her...
  • Kamala Harris Destroys Joe Biden on Race

    06/27/2019 11:57:43 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 174 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | JUNE 27, 2019
    After agreeing with Marianne Williamson that reparations haven’t been talked about “truthfully and honestly,” Harris turned her attention to Biden, whose history regarding bussing and, more recently, his praise of a segregationist senator he worked with decades ago, has come under fire. “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bussed to school every day,” Harris added. “That little girl was me.” Biden started to defend himself, then abruptly stopped. “My time is up,” he said.
  • Bill & Hillary Clinton’s Life in Exile: The Once-Powerful Political Couple Seeks Attention...

    05/25/2019 9:26:22 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 80 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 25, 2019 | Bill Powell
    Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Life in Exile: The Once-Powerful Political Couple Now Seeks Attention, Audience One evening, ... an old friend and adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton sat down with the former president for dinner... Bill, ... looked thinner and more tired ... He is 72 now, ... He was, the friend says, a “bit sad, and more than a bit angry. [SNIP] “This guy’s political brain is still sharp—among the sharpest in the party—and he worries that [the Democratic Party] may be frittering away the chance it has to beat Trump next year.”That’s where the anger comes in....
  • Even Hillary Clinton may have trouble getting a ticket for ‘Hillary and Clinton’

    04/10/2019 5:22:39 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    Page Six ^ | 4/9/2019 | Cindy Adams
    Pumping blood into Broadway’s arteries is “Hillary and Clinton.” The political play opens the 18th. John Golden Theatre. Already SRO, HRC might even have trouble nailing a seat. Set during 2008’s New Hampshire primary. Campaign in trouble. She calls Bill to help. It works. She wins the state. Now from it comes a 90-minute play, which already tested in Chicago. Playwright Lucas Hnath, who also wrote “A Doll’s House, Part 2” — also about a powerful couple — also gets a splashy New Yorker profile in next week’s issue. John Lithgow plays Him in jogging togs. Tracksuit for Her —...
  • The Trump-Charlottesville 'Moral Equivalency' Lie the Left Keeps Telling

    04/04/2019 4:34:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | April 4, 2019 | Larry Elder
    During a 2008 interview with then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, ABC's Charlie Gibson asked whether Alaska's proximity to Russia offered Palin unique "insight." Palin responded, "They're our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska." In a Saturday Night Live skit, comic Tiny Fey mocked in this exchange with comic Amy Poehler, who portrayed Hillary Clinton. Fey as Palin: "You know, Hillary and I don't agree on everything ..." Poehler as Clinton: "Anything. I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy." Fey as Palin: "And...
  • Biden criticizes ‘white man’s culture,’ role in Hill hearing

    03/27/2019 3:09:45 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 51 replies ^ | 3/27/19 | Steve Peoples
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned “a white man’s culture” as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that undermined Anita Hill’s credibility nearly three decades ago. Biden, a Democratic presidential prospect who often highlights his white working-class roots, said Hill, who is black, should not have been forced to face a panel of “a bunch of white guys” about her sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas. “To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to give her the kind...
  • The coolest thing about the Oscars that you probably missed? The CIA's live tweets

    02/26/2019 2:57:33 AM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 25 Feb 2019 | Michelle Lou and Saeed Ahmed
    CNN)In a sea of users live-tweeting the Oscars last night, one account stood out: the CIA. Apparently, the agency is into movies -- especially "Black Panther." Throughout the night, the CIA Twitter feed explored the feasibility of the technology seen in the Marvel superhero flick. The agency also tested its followers' knowledge of metals, asking if they thought the fictional metal vibranium is real...
  • The secret behind Michelle Obama’s glowing skin [spoiler: It's $$$ and a personal skin care expert]

    01/23/2019 5:41:49 AM PST · by simpson96 · 71 replies
    Page Six ^ | 1/17/2019 | Emily Kirkpatrick
    <p>We’re finally learning a few of the secrets behind Michelle Obama‘s radiant complexion.</p> <p>In honor of her 55th birthday, Jennifer Brodeur, the “skin guru” who has been working with Obama since 2014, shared all of her tips and tricks for keeping the former FLOTUS looking totally flawless.</p>
  • Native American elder Nathan Phillips, in his own words

    01/21/2019 4:58:49 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 106 replies ^ | 1/21/19 | Sara Sidner
    Native American elder Nathan Phillips, in his own words Native American elder Nathan Phillips, who has made headlines everywhere after a video showed him in a face-off with a Catholic school student in front of the Lincoln Memorial, spoke at length with CNN the day after the incident. Phillips described what he felt was hatred coming from the young people in the crowd, who are pupils at Covington Catholic School in Kentucky and who had traveled to the nation's capital to attend the March for Life rally, also held Friday. The interview was conducted Saturday after the video went viral....