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Gas Mask: Is this how we will have to live in the future?

Dangerous giant smog cloud chokes Beijing

I know, it's China again, but with the deniers of climate change, is the whole world headed for this type of atmosphere?

Air pollution readings spiked across China's capital Beijing on Thursday, prompting residents to don air masks and offices and homes to put electric air purifiers on overdrive.

Commuters across Beijing found themselves cloaked in a thick, gray haze as air pollution monitors across the city registered readings over 20 times the recommended exposure levels suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau readings Thursday for PM 2.5 – air particulate smaller than 2.5 microns blamed for a range of severe respiratory ailments – registered over 500 micrograms per cubic meter. The WHO recommends no more than 25 micrograms per cubic meter.


I flew into Beijing once, when you couldn't see the terminal until the plane pulled up to the gate. The hotel where I was staying, you couldn't see the buildings across the street. The air was a weird color of green and it burned your eyes to be outside for very long.
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Jan 16, 2014, 07:47 AM (5 replies)

Ari Fleischer: How to Fight Income Inequality: Get Married

These opinions are solely Ari Fleischer's and not those of the above DU member.

In an attack on The President, the Mayor of New York and a Massachusetts Senator and on women.

"Marriage inequality" should be at the center of any discussion of why some Americans prosper and others don't. According to Census Bureau information analyzed by the Beverly LaHaye Institute, among families headed by two married parents in 2012, just 7.5% lived in poverty. By contrast, when families are headed by a single mother the poverty level jumps to 33.9%.

And the number of children raised in female-headed families is growing throughout America. A 2012 study by the Heritage Foundation found that 28.6% of children born to a white mother were out of wedlock. For Hispanics, the figure was 52.5% and for African-Americans 72.3%. In 1964, when the war on poverty began, almost everyone was born in a family with two married parents: only 7% were not.

Rather than focusing on initiatives that might address this issue, President Obama, as well as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, believe that the income gap can be closed by increasing taxes on the better-off and transferring the money to the poor.

Good luck with that. The tax code is already extremely progressive, as a December study by the Congressional Budget Office makes clear, yet poverty remains a significant problem. According to CBO, the top 40% of wage earners, those who make more than $51,100 a year, paid 86.4% of all federal taxes in 2010, the most recent data available. The bottom 40% of earners paid just 4.2% of all taxes. The top 40% paid virtually all of the income tax collected, while the bottom 40% paid a negative 9.1% of all income taxes. Paying "negative" taxes is possible because of the earned-income tax credit and other public-assistance measures that give the bottom 40% refunds for taxes they didn't pay.

Given how deep the problem of poverty is, taking even more money from one citizen and handing it to another will only diminish one while doing very little to help the other. A better and more compassionate policy to fight income inequality would be helping the poor realize that the most important decision they can make is to stay in school, get married and have children—in that order.


I would bet that the only degree women should be working for in school is their MRS degree.
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 14, 2014, 10:39 AM (5 replies)

One persons solution to climate change...

Turn off all the outdoor lighting

On the comments section of a New York Times article about rising sea levels:

MD Cooks
West of the Hudson 5 hours ago
I have several questions concerning global warming and how it is being studied and measured:
1. When temperatures are being recorded and documented, are they taken every hour ?
2. If the answer to the above question is yes, how long or how many years has this practiced been put into place?
3. If the answer to the first question is true, has there been a significant change in temperatures at night from the early 1900's?
4. If the answer to the above question is yes, than can it be assumed that one factor in the increase of night temperatures rising are due to the increase in the number of exterior lighting staying lit from dusk until dawn?

I ask these questions for practical reasons since if you fly across the US at night when it is not cloudy, the earth from that point of view almost looks like smokeless fires burning on the ground, so the heat being dissipated from all these lights must have some impact on ambient air temperatures.
5. If the above is then true, if by reducing how long and why a majority of the portion of these lights are on , shouldn't there be a decrease in ambient air temperatures.

Just a thought...

Article here, just click on the comments to see some of this lunacy


It would help if I added the link, wouldn't it! Doh!
Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Jan 14, 2014, 07:45 AM (7 replies)

Another theater shooting

It's Tampa Florida this time:

Ex-Fla. cop accused in fatal shooting over texting

Authorities in Florida say a retired police captain killed a man in a movie theater who wouldn't stop texting with his 3-year-old daughter.

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater Monday triggered a retired Tampa police captain to fatally shoot a man sitting in front of him, as about 25 horrified moviegoers looked on, sheriff's officials said.

"Somebody throws popcorn. I'm not sure who threw the popcorn," said Charles Cummings, who, as a birthday treat, was about to watch the movie "Lone Survivor" at The Grove 16 Theater.

"And then bang, he was shot."

Curtis Reeves, 71, has been charged with second-degree murder and it's not immediately clear whether he has retained an attorney.

Pasco County Sheriff's officials said the shooting happened when Reeves asked 43-year-old Chad Oulson to stop texting at the theater in Wesley Chapel, a suburb about a half hour north of downtown Tampa.


NRA says, the answer is to pass out guns to all theater patrons

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Jan 13, 2014, 08:45 PM (1 replies)

20/20 to cover the Maryville MO rape incident

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Jan 10, 2014, 10:39 PM (1 replies)

This will make you want to pick up your pet's poop

Saw this on Facebook

On Edit: Disclaimer I am not condoning the transport of biological matter through the mail.
Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Jan 10, 2014, 09:44 PM (15 replies)

College Football history made with 2013 season

Why? Because even that array of excellence was an outlier. At no time previously had college football come so close to championship perfection; indeed, only in 1982, when the the champions of Divisions I-AA, II, and III (Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Texas State, and West Georgia) had all gone unbeaten had there even been the credible threat.

Welcome to 2013, and history. Florida State finished 14-0 to claim the BCS Trophy. North Dakota State captured their third straight Division I Football Championship, running the table to finish 15-0. Northwest Missouri State also rolled to a 15-0 record to claim the Division II title, while 15-0 Wisconsin-Whitewater vanquished their eternal nemesis to win their fifth Stagg Bowl in seven years. And in the NAIA, Grand View secured their first-ever national championship to cap off a perfect 14-0 season.

Five teams. Seventy-three wins. Not a loss between them. It had never happened before in the history of the greatest game on turf, but we can now hold 2013 up as the year the worth of every single national champion was utterly indisputable.


Proud to be an alumni from one of those teams, Northwest Missouri State University.
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Jan 9, 2014, 07:57 AM (1 replies)

Left Lane Squatters - Read the DAMN Sign...

I am so sick of the left lane squatters causing traffic to back up forcing others to pass on the right many times between other vehicles. It doesn't,matter if there are two or ten lanes these drivers move to the far left.

What is the attraction to the left lane that so many just sit there as they drive across town or across country? I drove more than 2000 miles this week and the single biggest hassle was these morons who refuse to get over as they pass the "SLOWER TRAFFIC KEEP RIGHT" signs which are posted on both the left and right side of the road.
Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Jan 2, 2014, 09:42 PM (387 replies)

25 accidents between Iowa City and Des Moines on I80 today

It was a slippery ride from Cleveland to Missouri, left Cleveland on snowpacked roads for 25 miles, everyone out at 5:30 am seemed to be driving with extreme caution. Cleared off through the windy city but the temp plunged to 4° and stayed there until we turned south at Des Moines.

Hit snow in Iowa City and people didn't seem to respect it as we saw many car and trucks slide off the road. Multi-car pileup in Des Moines. I even had a moment my self merging on the interstate when I hit a slick spot, a little swing this way and then that before we got it straightened out.

Have to flip the trip on Wednesday.

Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Dec 30, 2013, 09:18 PM (5 replies)

25-plus car pileup closes I-90 East of Cleveland

25-plus car pileup closes I-90 East at Vrooman; coroner says no injuries

December 24, 2013

25 cars in Ohio were involved in a pileup on Interstate 90 eastbound as the State Highway Patrol have closed the highway at Vrooman Road. The pileup occurred early Tuesday afternoon. There were no injuries.

At 2:10 p.m., the Ohio Department of Transportation Tweeted that tow trucks have arrived on scene and are beginning to remove vehicles. ODOT crews will also be clearing snow from I-90 eastbound for when the road is able to be reopened.

Motorists are being detoured off I-90 eastbound at state Route 44 northbound to state Route 2/U.S. Route 20 eastbound.


Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Dec 24, 2013, 05:21 PM (2 replies)
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