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The grin is real.....

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JEB: "Alls I'm saying is the Dixie Chicks had better information than my brother"


‏@LOLGOP
- former frontrunner Jeb Bush
https://twitter.com/LOLGOP/status/601121911721107457

The Waco "Kerfuffle"

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Gawker Obtains Transcripts Which Confirm Report O''Reilly's Daughter - Saw Him "Choking Her Mom"

Court Transcripts: Bill O’Reilly’s Daughter Saw Him “Choking Her Mom”



Gawker has obtained partial transcripts from the custody trial at the center of Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly’s vicious dispute with his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy. The documents, which record testimony given last year, confirm that the ex-couple’s teenage daughter told a court-appointed forensic examiner that she witnessed O’Reilly “choking her mom” as he “dragged her down some stairs” by the neck. The same transcripts also reveal that O’Reilly—who famously settled a lurid sexual harassment claim from one of his young female producers—told his daughter that her mother is an “adulterer”; that he struggles to control his rage around his family; and that his daughter regards him as an absentee father.

SNIPPET HERRE:
http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--D1Z1b-wm--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/1261080430121596005.png

http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--Dx5vx39D--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_320/jb9vgs67pfg0uyhizuqs.jpg

TRANSCRIPTS & more HERE:
http://gawker.com/court-transcripts-bill-o-reilly-s-daughter-saw-him-ch-1704717356

EMPATHY STUDY: Rats forsake chocolate to save a drowning companion

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The new study, by researchers at the Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, puts those doubts to rest, Mason says. For their test of altruistic behavior, the team devised an experimental box with two compartments divided by a transparent partition. On one side of the box, a rat was forced to swim in a pool of water, which it strongly disliked. Although not at risk of drowning—the animal could cling to a ledge—it did have to tread water for up to 5 minutes. The only way the rodent could escape its watery predicament was if a second rat—sitting safe and dry on a platform—pushed open a small round door separating the two sides, letting it climb onto dry land.

Within a few days, the high-and-dry rats were regularly aiding their soaking companions by opening the door, the team reports online today in Animal Cognition. They did not open the door when the pool was dry, confirming that the rats were helping in response to others’ distress, rather than because they wanted company, Mason says. Rats that had previously been immersed learned how to save their cagemates much more quickly than those who had never been soaked, suggesting that empathy drove their behavior, she adds. “Not only does the rat recognize distress, but he is even more moved to act because he remembers being in that situation.”

Next, the team put the rodents to the ultimate test, pitting chocolate against altruism. In this experiment, rats on the dry platform had to choose between two doors, one that allowed their soaked companion to escape from the pool and another that provided access to a tasty chocolate treat. The rodents chose to help their companions before seeking the snack 50% to 80% of the time, showing that the urge to help a fellow rat was at least as strong as the desire for food, the authors say.

People differ from rats in many ways, but the study supports a growing body of evidence that there’s an evolutionary basis for helpful behavior, independent of culture or upbringing, Mason says. “Humans are not helping purely because mom taught us to help,” she says. “In part—and to what degree remains to be seen—we help because it’s in our biology.”




more:
http://news.sciencemag.org/brain-behavior/2015/05/rats-forsake-chocolate-save-drowning-companion
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10071-015-0872-2

Gohmert Alternate Universe: "Bush would have never invaded Iraq if he knew Obama would screw it up"

“Everybody else wants to ask that question of, ‘Gee, would you have gone into Iraq if you’d known what you know now?’” Gohmert complained to Virginia talk radio host John Fredericks.

“If President Bush had known that he would have a total incompetent follow him that would not even be able to negotiate a status of forces agreement with Iraq and start helping our enemies and just totally put the Middle East in chaos, then he would have to think twice about doing anything if he had known he would have such a total incompetent leader take over after him,” Gohmert said. “That should be the question.”


http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gohmert-bush-wouldnt-have-invaded-iraq-had-he-known-obama-would-succeed-him-and-fight-wrong-

With/Without Fast Track?

If Fast Track Passes, Anything Attached to a "Trade" Treaty Will Pass - See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2015/05/if-fast-track-passes-anything-attached.html#sthash.xa3FTHyb.dpuf






http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2015/05/if-fast-track-passes-anything-attached.html

As the facts emerge, you begin to see the motivation behind these infrastructure deniers

No one did a better job of explaining the source of this curious apathy toward passenger rail last week than the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik:

The will to abandon the public way is not some failure of understanding, or some nearsighted omission by shortsighted politicians. It is part of a coherent ideological project. As I wrote a few years ago, in a piece on the literature of American declinism, “The reason we don’t have beautiful new airports and efficient bullet trains is not that we have inadvertently stumbled upon stumbling blocks; it’s that there are considerable numbers of Americans for whom these things are simply symbols of a feared central government, and who would, when they travel, rather sweat in squalor than surrender the money to build a better terminal.” The ideological rigor of this idea, as absolute in its way as the ancient Soviet conviction that any entering wedge of free enterprise would lead to the destruction of the Soviet state, is as instructive as it is astonishing. And it is part of the folly of American “centrism” not to recognize that the failure to run trains where we need them is made from conviction, not from ignorance.
http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-plot-against-trains



.....they’ve deliberately starved our transportation system of federal funds, and with the cracks are starting to show, they want desperately to deny cause-and-effect to ensure that they’re not saddled with responsibility for the real-world consequences of their political philosophy.
http://www.narprail.org/hotline--blog/passenger-train-hype-machine-gears-up-yet-again








http://www.mexperience.com/guide/essentials/transport/mexico-bus-travel.php#1

back from central Mexico where i traveled to a wedding with my family - from Mexico City DF to Cuernavaca to San Miguel De Allende to Leon - Air-conditioned, on time, professional, good movies, clean bathrooms, comfortable seats with leg rests even.....

Come on America - You can't do Better?

kp

Is Jeb Bush Smarter Than A Hippie?

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/20/1386133/-Is-Jeb-Bush-smarter-than-a-hippie

Coal giant exploited Ebola crisis for corporate gain, say health experts Public health experts

Coal giant exploited Ebola crisis for corporate gain, say health experts
Public health experts outraged after world’s largest privately-held coal company, Peabody Energy, promotes its product in the fight against Ebola in Africa as part of a PR campaign to rebrand the fossil fuel as a solution to global poverty



Public health experts involved in the response to the Ebola crisis have condemned what they described as a ludicrous, insulting and opportunistic attempt to exploit the disease for corporate gain by the world’s largest privately-held coal company.

As part of a PR offensive to rebrand coal as a “21st-century fuel” that can help solve global poverty, it has emerged that at the height of Ebola’s impact in Africa, Peabody Energy promoted its product as an answer to Africa’s devastating public health crisis.


Greg Boyce, the chief executive of Peabody, a US-based multinational with mining interests around the world, included a slide on Ebola and energy in a presentation to a coal industry conference in September last year. The slide suggested that more energy would have spurred the distribution of a hypothetical Ebola vaccine – citing as supporting evidence a University of Pennsylvania infectious disease expert.

The World Health Organisation believes nearly 27,000 people contracted Ebola in an outbreak of the virus in West Africa last year, and more than 11,000 died – although the international agency believes that is probably an underestimate.


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/19/peabody-energy-exploited-ebola-crisis-for-corporate-gain-say-health-experts?CMP=twt_gu
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