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Name: William Rivers Pitt
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10 MoJo Profiles of Fierce Women on International Women's Day

Political satirist Lizz Winstead, graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, and Antarctic explorer Felicity Aston

10 MoJo Profiles of Fierce Women
Happy International Women's Day. Here are some women worth reading about.

By Maddie Oatman
Mother Jones

Fri Mar. 8, 2013

In the early '90s, a guy at Sony told a female singer that she was "too black, too fat, too short, and too old." Lucky for us, she stuck with music, and twenty years later America finally discovered singer Sharon Jones. Now known as the "Queen of Funk," Jones recently played with Prince in Madison Square Garden. (We interviewed her in 2011). In honor of International Women's Day, we're taking a moment to highlight ladies like Jones, who, whether in politics, show biz, or coding, have managed to defy or ignore expectations. Below, a sampling from Mother Jones' archives of smart, fearless, and "sassy" women.

Jack Hitt takes on the Rorschach-blot-like figure of Hillary Clinton, in which Americans see many things. "More than any other public figure," writes Hitt, "Hillary forces us to acknowledge that the path to power for American women is not all that clear, more an odyssey than a march."

New Yorker writer George Trow once described Jamaica Kincaid as "our sassy black friend," a moniker Kincaid seemed to delight in when she talked to Mother Jones about her beloved Obama T-shirt, juggling motherhood and writing, and her newest semi-autobiographical novel.

Jen Pahlka left behind rock-star status in the computer-gaming world to launch Code for America, which places fellows in broke cities so they can build apps to conquer civic problems. We caught up with Pahlka last year to talk about breaking down barriers between the public and private sectors and solving Silicon Valley's sexism problem.

The rest: http://www.motherjones.com/media/2013/03/10-mojo-profiles-fierce-women-international-womens-day

Happy IW Day!

2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014

I see so many threads about who is or isn't or should or shouldn't run for president in 2016.

The fuck I give about who's running for president in 2016 is so small, it cannot be measured by any means known to science. The fuck I give is so small, it only exists in theory, like a quark or a superstring.

2014, people. Get your heads in the game.

90% of the reason shit is so fucked up right now is because everyone - well-meaning people, too - get all "Ermahgerd, presidential race!" and completely forget that almost all the government we have to deal with gets elected during the midterms...and 30% turnout (with 80% of that coming from far-righties who ALWAYS VOTE) = the current miserable situation in the House of Representatives = the current miserable state of the nation.

Fuck 2016. It'll come when it comes.

In the meantime, all politics is local, and happening next year.

Heads in the game, folks.

Granny Kay, the heart and soul of the Crawford Peace House, has passed.

Anyone who spent time in Crawford TX with Cindy Sheehan and the rest of the activists involved in that will remember her.

Granny Kay was the heart of that place, and maintained the Peace House for as long as she could. Her journey ended, and began again, on Sunday.

She will be missed.

Critical Part of Keystone Report Done by Firms with Deep Oil Industry Ties

Source: Inside Climate News

The State Department's recent conclusion that the Keystone XL pipeline "is unlikely to have a substantial impact" on the rate of Canada's oil sands development was based on analysis provided by two consulting firms with ties to oil and pipeline companies that could benefit from the proposed project.

EnSys Energy has worked with ExxonMobil, BP and Koch Industries, which own oil sands production facilities and refineries in the Midwest that process heavy Canadian crude oil. Imperial Oil, one of Canada's largest oil sands producers, is a subsidiary of Exxon.

ICF International works with pipeline and oil companies but doesn't list specific clients on its website. It declined to comment on the Keystone, referring questions to the State Department.

EnSys president Martin Tallett said he couldn't talk about the proposed pipeline, but he pointed out that in addition to working for the oil industry, his company also works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the World Bank.

(emphasis added by me)

Read more: http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130306/keystone-xl-eis-state-department-transcanada-oil-tar-sands-industry-ensys-energy-koch-brothers-exxonmobil-bp-obama

Don't mind the noise. I'm just breaking shit.

The Sequester is Good for You, and Other GOP Lies

House Speaker John Boehner.
(Photo: Jonathan Ernst / The New York Times)

The Sequester is Good for You, and Other GOP Lies
By William Rivers Pitt
Truthout | Op-Ed

Thursday 07 March 2013

Let me see if I have this right.

A generation of GOP trickle-down economic thievery depth-charged the American economy and set the nation trembling on the edge of collapse, combined a decade ago with massive GOP-supported tax cuts and two brutally expensive GOP-supported wars that eviscerated the Clinton budget surplus. This was followed by five years of the GOP filibustering everything and the sink in the men's room in order to thwart any genuine economic recovery, because they did not want the president to get the credit, and be damned to the people. Today, that same GOP has forced the country into this sequester nonsense because, according to their bastard gospel, closing tax loopholes for rich people and corporations in order to curb the debt they accrued makes the Baby Jesus cry.

The teeth of the sequester have not yet fully sunk in - most workers facing furloughs receive a 30-day notice before getting booted off the job - but the pain is on the way. Before too much time passes, there will be fewer air traffic controllers in the towers, so if you plan on flying later in the year, make sure your will is up to date...and bring a good book, because fewer controllers means less flights, and long delays for everyone, everywhere.

Looming cuts and furloughs at the Environmental Protection Agency will, among other things, hinder that agency's ability to warn people when smog levels in cities become dangerous to children, the elderly and the infirm. But pollution isn't really a problem, because climate change is a myth, right? Just take shallow breaths, and think happy thoughts.

The cuts and furloughs slated to affect the US Department of Agriculture will make things interesting during barbecue season, when a dearth of food inspectors will force the closure of meat and poultry plants all across the country. But hey, lower inspection rates and the inevitable food shortages to follow are the price we pay for this glorious new smaller government, yes? Keep those damn government hands off your hamburger, and if you get an e-coli infection and your organs start to fail, there's always Obamacare to catch you before you fall. Oh, and remember: the GOP is the party of small business, so if you own or work at a restaurant that loses business because the food shortages are screwing the inventory, just remember that this is all for your own good.

The rest: http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/14983-the-sequester-is-good-for-you-and-other-gop-lies

The ULTIMATE Anti-Gay Marriage Ad (trust me)

The look on the little girl's face at the end is beyond priceless.

RELEASED: State Dept. Keystone XL assessment

It's here: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/03/205548.htm

WaPo: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/keystone-xl-pipeline-will-not-have-huge-impact-on-climate-draft-analysis-says/2013/03/01/715491b0-82a5-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html


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...in the mother of all Friday news dumps, it seems. Doesn't bode well.

US State Dept. to issue assessment of Keystone XL on Friday

The U.S. State Department will release on Friday a long-awaited draft environmental assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would link Canada's oil sands to Texas refineries, several government sources said.

The State Department will release the assessment of TransCanada Corp's pipeline, which will examine a new route in Nebraska as well as emissions associated with the pipeline, the sources said.

The department declined an official comment.

The rest: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/01/usa-keystone-idUSL1N0BTD8120130301

Battling Feminist Burnout

Battling Feminist Burnout
By Jessica Valenti
The Nation

March 1, 2013

Feminists got two great pieces of news on the violence against women front this week. First, the Violence Against Women Act was passed—and not the watered-down Republican one either! This version of VAWA contained protections for the LGBT community and allows Native American courts to prosecute non-Native perpetrators on tribal land.

Then we learned that Girls Gone Wild—the exploitative porn empire that targets young intoxicated women—filed for bankruptcy. As I said on Twitter, I’m pretty sure a feminist angel got her wings as proprietor Joe Francis signed on the dotted line.

But in the same week we got this great news, a rape survivor at the University of North Carolina was threatened with expulsion for “intimidating” her rapist by becoming an anti-rape activist, there was another attack on Planned Parenthood, a Kansas bill moved forward that would allow doctors to lie to pregnant women in an effort to prevent them for getting abortions and a 9 year old girl of color—a child—was called a “c*nt.” One step forward, twenty steps back.

It reminds me of a question I get asked a lot when I speak to younger feminists: How do you continue to do this work when it’s just so depressing?

The rest: http://www.thenation.com/blog/173150/battling-feminist-burnout

More than ten years later, still the best cat meme of all time.

...and the GOP civil war widens yet again:

"Being from New York we're not supposed to be suckers. It's bad enough that these guys voted against it, that's inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, 'We screwed you now make us president?'"

-- Rep. Peter King (R-NY), quoted by Politicker, urging donors to cut off Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and others who "threw a knife in the back in New York" by voting "no" on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.

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