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Vikes erase Scott Walker's signature

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings' new stadium is quickly rising on the east end of downtown Minneapolis, but construction workers still have plenty of time to tend to the little things -- like erasing a pro-Green Bay Packers message that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tried to slip into the stadium.

While making a campaign visit to River Steel in West Salem, Wisconsin, Walker signed a steel beam that was being fabricated for the Vikings' stadium, also writing "Go Packers" on the beam, according to the New York Times.

However, when River Steel sent the beam to the main steel fabricator -- LeJeune Steel in Minneapolis -- the message was erased.

"Governor Walker did sign a piece of steel that was in a fabrication shop in Wisconsin, but his signature and whatever else he wrote has been removed from that piece of steel," Mortenson Construction senior vice president John Wood told Minnesota Public Radio.

Walker had boasted about his hijinks during a campaign appearance in Schofield, Wisconsin, on Friday.


Now, hope the voters Erase Scott Walker from the Governor's Mansion....

Collapse: The Oso Mudslide and the Community That Survived It

By Brooke Jarvis


It keeps talking about people screaming, but Willy Harper can hear only one person: a woman, somewhere close. She has a baby with her, someone yelled, and Harper and a small group of civilians are trying desperately to reach her, balancing on the splintered logs and crumpled bits of house that line the edge of the mudslide. They can’t see much beyond the abandoned home washed into the highway. Only mud, endless and everywhere, too thin and soupy to support their weight.

“What do you mean the people screaming?” he says into his handheld, which connects him to another firefighter, a man he knows from Darrington, the town on the other side of the slide. “I hear one lady screaming.”

“No,” the voice replies. “We can hear three men.”

Harper turns to the civilians, young guys smeared gray with mud. Some he knows, others he doesn’t; some are ripping pieces of tin off a roof, trying to build a path to spread out their weight so they don’t sink waist deep every time they fall off a shifting log. They’ve been told not to go into the slide, which blankets live power lines and jagged metal and who knows what else, but they’ve gone anyway.

“Stop,” Harper says. He’s 36 but looks younger—so much so that the president, when he comes to tour the devastation a month from now, will mention it in his speech. He’ll also call Harper a sheriff, which he’s not. Oso doesn’t have a sheriff, a town cop, or a mayor. Harper is a volunteer, the chief of a crew of volunteers that, in a busy year, might respond to two or three house fires. Mostly it’s car accidents, heart attacks. But this?



Voted for Carter and Nunn today!

Hope Georgia turns Blue....

Texas has issued only 340 voter ID cards this cycle

by Forrest Wilder
It’s another election season in Texas. Another year that we’re on track to maintain the nation’s most dismal voter turnout.

One difference this year is that voters are now required to present photo ID at the polls, the result of Republican-authored legislation ostensibly to deal with the diminishingly small number of voter fraud cases. It’s difficult to say what effect the voter ID requirement is having, though even some Republican state officials apparently knew that more than half a million registered Texas voters—disproportionately Hispanic and African American—lacked the credentials to cast ballots but didn’t bother to tell lawmakers.

One thing is certain: Very, very few Texans have gotten election identification certificates (EIC), the new state-issued form of photo ID for those who don’t have it—340 Texans, to be precise.

That’s less than two thousandths of a percent of Texas’ voting age population. That’s only a little more than one EIC for each of Texas’ 254 counties. And many counties haven’t had a single citizen obtain an EIC. Another way to slice the numbers: There are more licensed auctioneers (2,454) in Texas than there are people with EICs—more than seven times as many in fact. In Harris County, with more than 4.3 million people, a poverty rate of 18 percent and 70 percent people of color, there are 186 licensed auctioneers but just 21 EICs. There are more licenses for boxing judges in Lubbock County (4) than there are voters with EICs (3). There are more licensed elevator inspectors in Dallas County (35) than voters with EICs (28). And so on….

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Myrna Perez, deputy director of the voting rights project at the Brennan Center for Justice. “The information about the EIC has been dreadful. Nobody knows about it.”



Women with actual PhDs review 'sexy PhD costume' on Amazon

OK, OK so Halloween is thankfully over for another year but this is funny enough to publish in November, and it’s not exactly like costumes can’t be bought at other points in the year.

The Delicious Women’s PhD Darling Sexy (sic) costume looks as ridiculous as it sounds, but it prompted an amazing Amazon review bomb… by actual women with PhDs or studying for them.

Here are some of the best:

Sleeves are too short & have no stripes. Costume does not feature a hood. This is a “sexy BA” at best.

Like all lady Ph.D’s, I frequently ask myself: “How could I be sexier?”

Delicious costumes has come to my rescue! I can now lecture in my 5 inch gold spiked heels and “barely there” regalia while giving nary a thought to the male gaze and it’s implications on the prevalence of rape culture in our society.

I fully expect my chili pepper rating on RMP to go through the roof once I begin to greet my students in this costume. Hopefully I can keep my post structural hegemony’s from engaging in some wardrobe malfunctions. Then again, who cares?

I’m sexy! Forget about the 7 years I spent sweating out a dissertation and engaging in innovative research!



New Clock May End Time As We Know It

"My own personal opinion is that time is a human construct," says Tom O'Brian. O'Brian has thought a lot about this over the years. He is America's official timekeeper at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado.

To him, days, hours, minutes and seconds are a way for humanity to "put some order in this very fascinating and complex universe around us."

We bring that order using clocks, and O'Brian oversees America's master clock. It's one of the most accurate clocks on the planet: an atomic clock that uses oscillations in the element cesium to count out 0.0000000000000001 second at a time. If the clock had been started 300 million years ago, before the age of dinosaurs began, it would still be keeping time — down to the second. But the crazy thing is, despite knowing the time better than almost anyone on Earth, O'Brian can't explain time.

"We can measure time much better than the weight of something or an electrical current," he says, "but what time really is, is a question that I can't answer for you."



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