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The Posters that Warned against the Horrors of a World with Women’s Rights

By MessyNessy

At first glance, this illustration looks like the depiction of a rather cool Victorian hangout. The image was commissioned in 1908 for a political magazine of the era, Puck, predicting a liberated woman of the future. Fashionably-dressed women are shown smoking cigars and ignoring children, drinking, gambling using stock tickers and generally hanging out like barflies. The title underneath reads: Why not go the limit? For the benefit of those ladies who ask for the right to smoke in public.

Between the 1890s and early 1900s, thousands of illustrations like this were produced and distributed around the United States and England, on postcards, in magazines and on public billboards. The message was that women’s rights were dangerous and letting women think for themselves could only end in a nightmarish society.

I went digging for more of these illustrations on the net and found a plethora of examples. Many of them are so detailed and well-drawn, you can imagine the kind of influence they must have had on young impressionable minds …



Some pretty barbaric stuff in our past.

Snail named after The Clash singer Joe Strummer

MOSS LANDING >> Deep sea snails living in the dark, hot and acidic environment around hydrothermal vents are pretty punk rock, scientists have concluded.

Like rock stars with mohawks brooding in leather jackets studded with spikes, the snail genus Alviniconcha shares a spiked shell.

“Because they look like punk rockers in the 70s and 80s and they have purple blood and live in such an extreme environment, we decided to name one new species after a punk rock icon,” said Shannon Johnson, a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

The name A. strummeri honors Joe Strummer, the lead singer and a guitarist of the British punk rock band The Clash.



NASA’s $349 million monument to its drift

GULFPORT, Miss. — In June, NASA finished work on a huge construction project here in Mississippi: a $349 million laboratory tower, designed to test a new rocket engine in a chamber that mimicked the vacuum of space.

Then, NASA did something odd.

As soon as the work was done, it shut the tower down. The project was officially “mothballed” — closed up and left empty — without ever being used.

“You lock the door, so nobody gets in and hurts themselves,” said Daniel Dumbacher, a former NASA official who oversaw the project.

The reason for the shutdown: The new tower — called the A-3 test stand — was useless. Just as expected. The rocket program it was designed for had been canceled in 2010.



Newly-Released Documents Show NSA Claiming An Email Address Is A 'Facility,'

f it's late Friday afternoon and the public's attention is focused elsewhere, it must mean it's time for another document release from James Clapper's office (ODNI). The heavily-redacted documents dumped by the ODNI deal with the precursors to the FISA Amendments Act (FAA): the Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP) and 2007's interim legislation (Protect America Act or PAA) that bridged the gap between the TSP and the FAA.

The most interesting document in the release is an April 3, 2007 order from the FISA court which contains some rare hesitation from a FISA judge (Roger Vinson) as he deals with the NSA's desire to capture communications without providing probable cause support for its actions.

A footnote attached to the first paragraph of the order makes it clear Judge Vinson felt he was drifting into uncharted waters, with much of that being due to the NSA's shifting definitions of surveillance terms in its previous legal arguments.
This order and opinion rests on an assumption, rather than a holding, that the surveillance at issue is 'electronic surveillance' as defined at 50 U.S.C. 1801(f), and that the application is within the jurisdiction of this Court.

Vinson's order points out that the NSA attempted to change the rules of its interception program, both in terms of the evidence it provides as well as its desire to collect communications of known US persons.
Until recently, these were the only circumstances in which the government had sought, or this Court had entered, a FISA order authorizing electronic surveillance of the telephone or e-mail communications of suspected international terrorists. However, on December 13, 2006, in Docket No. , the government filed an application seeking an order that would authorize the electronic surveillance of telephone numbers and e-mail addresses thought to be used by international terrorists without a judge's making the probable cause findings described above, either before the initiation of surveillance of within the 72 hours specified in 1805(f)...


Elizabeth Warren was right: The links between Citigroup and government run deep

By Matt O'Brien and Darla Cameron
December 16 at 10:51 AM

Washington's version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is much less exciting than everybody else's. It's called One Degree of Citigroup, and it's not much of a game since so many economic policymakers has worked at the banking behemoth. It's exactly the point Elizabeth Warren made in a big speech last week, expressing anger with Citigroup and other big banks were able to weaken a key Wall Street regulation in the new government spending bill.

In many ways, however, this isn't One Degree of Citigroup. It's One Degree of Robert Rubin. After his stint as President Bill Clinton's Treasury secretary, Rubin decamped for the newly-created Citigroup, which formed after Congress passed a law ending the Depression-era prohibition on banks and securities firms from operating under the same roof. And then Rubin's long list of proteges followed. It's been enough to turn Citigroup into a kind of government-in-exile for Democratic policymakers, with current and past employees including current Treasury secretary Jack Lew, former Office Management and Budget chief Peter Orszag and current U.S. Trade Representative Mike Froman. (Former Treasury secretary Tim Geithner politely declined an inquiry about whether he'd be interested in joining the bank).


Tuesday Toon Roundup 3: The Rest

Cops and race


Tuesday Toon Roundup 2: Santa CONgress

Tuesday Toon Roundup 1: Torture Dick

NSFW Mr. Fish Toon

Be Scared, Sheep! Be Very Scared!

Ex-CIA official: Lone wolf attacks coming to US within 'next year'
By David McCabe

The United States should be prepared for a “lone wolf” terrorist attack within the next year, a former top Central Intelligence Agency official warned Monday.

“What concerns me the most is that we’re going to see this kind of terrorism around the world, and we are going to see it here ... we’re going to see this kind of attack here,” former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said on “CBS This Morning.”

“We need to be prepared for that. It shouldn’t surprise people when this happens here sometime over the next year or so, guaranteed,” he added.

The former CIA official said that it is hard to prevent lone wolf attacks — where individuals carry out violence without the close direction of a terrorist group — but that intelligence officials could look for chatter about a coming event on social media.

Morrell appeared on "CBS This Morning," as a hostage situation unfolds in Sydney that many have speculated is a terrorist attack.


What's the terror color today?

Senate makes designer steroids a controlled substance

The Senate passed a bill Thursday to prohibit the use of designer steroids.

H.R. 4771, the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act, adds "anabolic steroids" to the list on substances included in the Controlled Substances Act.

Use of the steroids have been linked to deaths.
The House passed the bill in September, meaning it now heads to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

The Senate also passed S. 2338, the United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization Act, which authorizes appropriations for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency through 2020. The agency ensures U.S. athletes don’t use performance-enhancing drugs. The measure now heads to the House for further action.

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