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6.8 magnitude quake shakes central Japan

Source: CNN.com

(CNN) -- A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Japan on Saturday night, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The quake, centered in the Nagano region at a depth of of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), happened at 10:08 p.m., according to the agency.
There was no immediate report of damage

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/22/world/asia/japan-earthquake/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Ford-Class (Aircraft) Carrier Cost Overruns Appear Likely, GAO Says


By David Lerman and Tony Capaccio

Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — The cost of the U.S. Navy’s new aircraft carrier is likely to keep rising from the $12.9 billion now estimated, with the final price masked by deferring some work until after the ship is delivered, the Government Accountability Office said.

In the latest in a series of reports offering political ammunition to critics of the Navy’s most expensive warship, the GAO today reaffirmed its earlier concerns that the Ford-class carrier being built by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. will cost more and take longer to complete than advertised.

“With the shipbuilder embarking on one of the most complex phases of construction with the greatest likelihood for cost growth, cost increases beyond the current $12.9 billion cost cap appear likely,” the watchdog agency said.

To stay within the cost cap, the Navy is deferring some work, including installing satellite communications equipment and correcting defects, until after the ship is delivered in order to create a funding reserve, the report found.

“This approach obscures visibility into the true cost of the ship and results in delivering a ship that is less complete than initially planned,” the GAO said.

More money down the rabbit hole, defending ourselves against an enemy that might never exist. I'm ALL for technology and innovation, but the Ford-Class carriers and the F-35 program are weapons systems that are being designed against enemies that have existing weapon systems that are of 1980's technologies, at best.

Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver - season finale tonight



25 years ago today. They blew their horns...

...and the Wall came down!

I don't think there are any Russians, and there ain't no Yanks...
Just corporate criminals playing with tanks.

Very funny campaign commercial! Al Stirpe (Sturpee) NY Assembly

"Albany Al! Albany Al!"

"Stirpe hates birds!"

Has anyone been watching the new season of Alpha House??


Alpha House is a television series released in 2013 produced by Amazon Studios. The show stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos as four U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C. It was created by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau.

The series is inspired by real-life Congressmen who share a home in D.C.: Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Representative George Miller (D-CA).

The series has a number of cameos from celebrities such as Bill Murray (as Senator Vernon Smits) and politicians such as Schumer as himself. Amazon Studios offered the first three episodes of Alpha House for free, with each subsequent episode released weekly thereafter for Amazon Prime members on Amazon Instant Video.

On February 11, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season. Production for the second season began filming in July of 2014, and will be released on October 24, 2014.

This season, it features:

-Singing Senators

-Koch(esque) Brothers Drones

-their childrens' reality show


-FoxNews-coached RW Authoritarian senators

I could go on and on...

CNN: News conference regarding Hannah Graham coming up

...they're implying a body may have been found. FYI.

ABC affiliate link:

A joint law enforcement briefing regarding the Hannah Graham investigation will be held at 5:30pm on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The briefing will be at the Albemarle County Police Department at 1600 5th Street, Charlottesville, Virginia.

35 Years Ago Today: US Dept of Education created


Congress established the United States Department of Education (ED) on May 4, 1980, in the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88, 93 Stat. 668, October 17, 1979). Under this law, ED's mission is to:

• Strengthen the federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;

• Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;

• Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in federal education programs;

• Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;

• Improve the coordination of federal education programs;

• Improve the management of federal education activities;

• Increase the accountability of federal education programs to the president, the Congress, and the public.

In the Senate, 69 voted in favor and 22 voted against separating education from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In the House of Representatives, 215 voted in favor and 201 voted against. President Carter signed the bill on October 17, 1979.

Following the establishment of the Department of Education, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare was renamed the Department of Health and Human Services.

39 Years Ago Tonight: NBC's Saturday Night Premieres w/ Host George Carlin


The opening skit with John Belushi and Michael O'Donohue:

The first monologue:

I still recall sitting in front of the ol' Radiation King TV watching this (I was 10).

Gay marriage is on pace to be legal in 73 states by next Tuesday.


Nate Silver
Gay marriage is on pace to be legal in 73 states by next Tuesday. http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/the-expansion-of-same-sex-marriage-over-time/

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